The Week in Retrospect [Mar 23 – 29]

In this edition of The Week in Retrospect!, we mourn the passing of Singapore’s First PM, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Other news include a big merger, ice shelves melting, and many more.

A nation cries out in mourning: Parliament on Thursday, March 26, sat in a special session to pay tribute to the many achievements of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away on March 23 at the age of 91. Defence Minister and Leader of the House Dr Ng Eng Hen paid an emotional tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Largest merger of 2015 announced: the world’s 5th largest F&B company is expected to be created after Heinz and Kraft announced their merger. The deal, backed by Warren Buffett, sent Heinz shares leaping.

It’s in the grape: New Zealand vintners pioneer low-alcohol techniques: New Zealand’s cooler climate is giving its winemakers an edge as they seek to exploit growing global demand for lighter, premium wines, as rising temperatures push up the alcohol content of wines from rivals such as Australia and the United States.

Cold reality: Antarctica ice shelves are melting dramatically: The ice floating around Antarctica is shrinking faster than previous thought, by 18% from 1994 to 2012. Researchers caution that this accelerating thinning may allow the permanent glaciers to slip in to the ocean and start melting, sharply increasing the sea levels.

Aviation industry under scrutiny after Germanwings disaster: After a French prosecutor said that the Germanwings co-pilot allegedly crashed the flight deliberately, critics have called for a thorough investigation on the mental health screening process for pilots. Meanwhile, many airlines have introduced new rules on keeping two crew members in the cockpit at all times.

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