Maybe it was because when the waiter asked, “Still or sparkling?” you chose sparkling. It could have also been that you were ravenous and ate a little too much. Or, possibly, it was your ex, who happened to be dining at the same restaurant and stood a little too long over your table making awkward small talk. All of these things, *hic*, might cause spasms, *hic*, in your diaphragm, *hic*.Referred to in the medical literature as singultus (from the Latin singult, which means gasp or sob), hiccups are familiar to anyone who has ever taken a breath. In fact, you begin to hiccup while still in the womb. Most people hiccup the most during childhood, with the bouts becoming less frequent over time, but even in adulthood, hiccups are still a common, and annoying, occurrence. Just as we all have our own particular way of sneezing, we all have a unique way of hiccuping that can range from per minute.HE HICCUPED FOR 68 YEARSMost hiccups are benign and last only a few minutes or … [Read more...] about Why do we hiccup and what’s the best way to cure it?
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Whether you have something to celebrate or just need a break from the hustle and bustle of life, a staycation can be just the ticket. It’s a convenient and fuss-free getaway option without having to deal with mad airport rushes, last minute packing and flight delays. Here, we’ve made the experience even easier by doing the work for you — we’ve sussed out the latest and greatest Singapore staycations to suit any occasion – so you can just kick back and relax already. THE ECO HIGH-TECH: CAPRI BY FRASER CHINA SQUARE There's nothing like a smart and stylish hotel that speaks to digitally savvy travellers. Forgot your charger? The table lamp not offers three levels of brightness, it also charges your smartphone wirelessly. Guests also no longer need to insert their room cards to activate power in the rooms. Instead, all rooms are powered by smart control technology that detects guest occupancy, improving energy efficiency. And if you are a … [Read more...] about 11 best hotels in Singapore for a weekend staycation
caption Don’t buy into the myth of “happily ever after.” source Jon Super/Getty Images It’s normal for relationships to have some degree of conflict. But psychological research has found there are specific behaviors that weaken a partnership over time. Below, find 11 of the most common – and what to do instead. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Every romantic relationship goes through ups and downs. Even if you just had a massive fight about who stained the living-room couch with coffee (we know: It wasn’t you), it’s not the end of the world. However, certain behavior patterns can weaken a partnership over time, leaving one or both people wanting out. Psychological literature is rife with examples of such behaviors, including avoiding new experiences, not being honest about finances, and even texting too often. Note: If you recognize one or more of these patterns in … [Read more...] about 11 ways to ruin your relationship for good
What exactly is crisis communications? Crisis communications is closely related to reputational management, and is one of the founding pillars of PR. It’s probably what our industry is best known for because it’s highly visible. Companies’ reputations are enhanced or destroyed by how they communicate in a crisis. How you communicate during a crisis is just as important as how you fix it – sometimes more important. Reputational damage lasts long after a crisis is over. Sometimes a company’s reputation can actually be enhanced through good communication, even amid a disaster. A good example of this is AirAsia in 2014, when CEO Tony Fernandes’s highly effective response helped the company recover quickly after an air crash that killed 162 passengers. He understood that the damage to a company’s reputation from poor communication is more costly in the long run. But it’s not easy to build the capability. It is highly specialised, and it takes … [Read more...] about Time to think about getting out of your next crisis
As far back as he can remember, Willard Church Jr. has gone out ice fishing well into the month of April, chopping holes that were easily four feet deep into the Kanektok River near his home. But the waterway that runs along the village of Quinhagak, in southwest Alaska, barely freezes now, a testament to the warming temperatures wreaking havoc on the state's indigenous people and their subsistence way of life. "I am a hunter and a fisherman and I have spent my whole life living the subsistence lifestyle," Church, 55, a member of the Yupik Eskimo community, told an AFP team that recently visited the remote village of about 700 people that sits by the Bering Sea and the Kuskokwim Bay. "I have traveled all over the region, going on 10-day hunting and fishing trips out in the mountains," he added. "We grew up in a time when winter was actual winter, when our elders remember snow drifts as high as the peaks of people's houses. "Today, we're lucky to even get half an inch of snow on … [Read more...] about Climate change forcing Alaskans to hunt for new ways to survive