The Missing Equation in Heart Disease

The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, USA, plays a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease.

Until recently, women's heart disease treatment was based on medical research performed on men, despite the fact that more women are dying of heart disease each year than men, with many women not properly diagnosed as the symptoms may differ from that manifested by men.

According to Barbra Streisand, the gender inequality even extends to mice (not related to the MICE in MICE industry which is the acronym for Meetings | Incentive Travels | Conventions | Exhibitions) in the labs.

"They're all male!" she said.

The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center raise the bar for cardiac care in the United States, providing specialized care for women with new diagnostic tools and programs.  Barbra Streisand used the gift of her singing to raise millions to boost a regenerative medicine research fund and cardiovascular program to fight heart disease among women, and has donated millions of her own money towards this cause that is close to her heart.  She speaks at events whenever she can, to increase awareness that will help countless women who do not know they are at risk.

Streisand is the 1st performer in history with a No. 1 album in 6 consecutive decades.

Singapore First to Try Out Public Self-Driving Taxis

Self-driving car start-up nuTonomy, which has raised about $20 million from mostly U.S. investors, is now running one of several autonomous driving trial projects in Singapore.

nuTonomy is promoting its self-driving car technology as part of efforts to reduce a reliance on privately owned cars.

Hopefully, in a few years' time, thousands of driverless taxis will become a reality on Singapore's road.

Currently, it is expensive to own a car in Singapore, and yet to many, it is an essential means of transport despite the costs. The public transport infrastructure still has a way to go in terms of providing comprehensive routes or being able to cope with demands.

Now, if they only allow Tut-Tut bikes start-up in Singapore..
Tut Tuts are part of the experience 

ITB Asia partners with Japan National Tourism Organisation

Partnership looks to drive commitment to promoting Japan as a world-class business and events destination in the region.

ITB Asia’s landmark partnership with Japan National Tourism Organisation looks to propel Japan up the international business and events destination chart.

“Japan is a prime MICE destination in the region,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia.

“It’s a perfect combination of first-class infrastructure, range of unique destinations, excellent hospitality, world-class food, heightened safety and cleanliness which draws international appeal. It gives us great pleasure to be in partnership with the Japan National Tourism Organisation of Singapore. ITB Asia will be the go-to platform that connects visitors and buyers, in effort to further drive Japan forward.”

“Tourism is a vital part of Japan’s growth strategy and our partnership with ITB Asia to attract international MICE travellers is one of the many efforts that further open our doors in achieving the government’s growth trajectory target of 40 million by 2020,” said Susan Ong, Deputy Director, Japan Convention Bureau/Japan National Tourism Organisation of Singapore.

“Our myriad of destinations – from pristine sun-kissed beaches at Okinawa to snow-capped mountains of Hokkaido, make us an exceptional and attractive MICE destination to international businesses.”

According to the 2015 statistics report by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Japan hosted 355 international meetings ranking top in Asia and 7th in the World.  

Japan will play host to the 2019 World Rugby Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan National Tourism Organisation of Singapore will have a booth at ITB Asia this year and will be providing delegates the latest information on Japan’s attractions, convention cities and other activities. 

Last year, ITB Asia attracted close to 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, as well as 880 buyers and more than 10,300 attendees over three days. 

For more information on ITB Asia 2016, visit

How To Cut Down On Risks Associated With Business Travel

Gone are the days when one can simply take off on a business trip without exposure to risks.

There are myriad ways personal safety can be threatened when abroad:

Health Risks
• Gastrointestinal problems due to water and food source
• Flu, Viruses and mysterious outbreaks due to infectious contagion
• Malaria, dengue and yellow fever that is insect-borne

Environmental Risks
• Altitude sickness, air pollution, cold or heat exposure
• Earthquake, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tsunami

Safety & Security Risks
• Airplane, bus, cruise ship, ferry, train and road vehicle incidents
• Accommodation, location to avoid
• Dangerous neighborhood or gangs
• Attacks, bag and luggage thefts, petty crime, uprising and outright acts of terrorism

The Unknown
• Otherwise harmless acts such as taking of selfies or photographs.
   Photographers have been known to fall off from heights to their detriment.
• Distractions
   Everything can appear interesting in a foreign land.
   But watch the curb and potholes!
   When moving towards something interesting, be aware of the road condition.

Here are some items traveling personnel and organizations can concentrate on to limit disruptions arising from risks:

1. Adequate travel insurance policy.

2. Vaccination.

3. Access to health providers, even in remote location.

4. Contact list of emergency numbers travel assistance providers.

5. Avoid having a concentration of employees in the same transport or selected locations.

6. Programs that review travel risks and response protocols.

7. Check security settings on laptops and other electronic devices.

8. Check ease of access in communication.
    Emails has been known to lock one out when logged in from overseas.

9. Financial access.
    Credit cards that prompt for password when making payment abroad cuts off needed funds.

10. Pre-travel risk assessments for destinations.

11. Employee travel tracking.

12. Dress for weather protection to avoid falling sick.

13. Carry a first-aid kit of essential medication.

14. Receipts as safeguards.
      A delegate forgot to retrieve the luggage in the boot.
      The taxi driver did not respond to frantic Lost & Found calls by the call centre.
      Make it a habit to ask for receipts from cabbies.
      Or take a picture of the licence in the cab where receipts are not available.

15. Travel Checklist.
      Loss through confiscation can arise when packing rules are not observed.
      Follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule for liquids, gels and aerosols packed into the carry-on.
      Certain items (e.g. scissors, nail-cutters, penknife) have to be checked-in.
      In some countries, plants and food items are not allowed.

      Top of the checklist is the important travel document.
      2 notable cases involve an expat flying with her pets. She had misplaced the permits.
      Eventually, the flights have to be rebooked as she rush back to town to apply for new
      ones. Her uncomfortably caged up pets endured longer than necessary rides in humid
      A conference team had to fly ahead without its delegate tour leader, who had briefed
      them on travel protocol.  In the end, it was his own passport that was left behind.
      We now have locks as an essential item on the checklist, after taking it for granted
      that one of us would always remember to lock our luggage.
      So the day came when we went on a tediously plotted shopping trip, check-in our
      precious loot which also contains important business items, only to realise on the plane
      that we had not locked the luggage. Luckily, the baggage handlers were honest.  This is
      not always the case.

16. Observe airline regulations

      It happens even to frequent travellers.

      On a business trip to Japan, where accommodation had to be secured months ahead and
      paid in full due to critical shortage, we had checked-in well ahead of time for the flight
      to Japan, only to lax up.  We got distracted by the duty-free shopping and food zones,
      and recall rather suddenly that there is a gate-closing time which was 45 minutes ahead
      of the stated departure time.

      Mad dash to the gate to loud excited chatters of the attending personnel who ran the bags
      though security, and then ran along with us down the walkway as they escorted us in.

      Strangely, we hadn't hear any announcements for our names. We were so late other
      passengers  had moved to our seats which they had to vacate when they saw us claiming
      it. The plane lift off as soon as we sat - a record late for us.

      That was a close call.  We stand to lose thousands of dollars and yens in hotel penalty as
      well as air-ticket charges, since the flights were all fully booked to the point of not
      accepting wait-lists.
      We were told by delegates later that we were lucky that the airline or the pilot was lenient
      with us. One major airline had refused boarding to a business traveler for just being three
      minutes late. Engrossed with checking emails, time slips by before he knew it. The airline
      observe the gate-closing time to the dot, and would rather retrieve the check-in luggage
      from the cargo, and re-book the passenger than allow him to board the the flight.

To our fellow delegates,

Be Alert, Be Prepared, Be Safe.

Bon Voyage.

First ITB China in May 2017

For the first time, ITB organiser Messe Berlin, will open its popular travel trade show in the mega city of Shanghai, China.

Set to take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center, the event is an offshoot of the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin), the largest tourism trade fair in the world.

This will be the second travel trade show in Asia, with Messe Berlin successfully organising the ITB Asia every October in Singapore for the last eight years.

While ITB Asia reflects tourism in the whole Asian region, ITB China focuses on the Chinese travel market and serves as a platform for international destinations and suppliers to promote themselves to the fast-growing Chinese outbound market.