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Pick ST journalists' brains at free talks

Public can tap their expertise in education, health and other areas at monthly sessions

Here is your chance to put questions to journalists, for a change.

The Straits Times, in collaboration with the National Library Board, is launching a series of monthly talks in which members of the public can draw on the expertise of its correspondents.

The free events are part of the askST initiative and will take place at 7pm on the last Friday of every month at library@orchard, located at #03-12, Orchard Gateway.

  • Where to register for the sessions

  • Members of the public can go to http://str.sg/4ouN to register for the askST@NLB sessions. Limited space for walk-ins will be available. Here are the first six talks to be held in the series.

  • 1. Friday, May 27 

    Ask Lorna: Can I afford to retire in Singapore? 

    By Lorna Tan, Invest Editor and Senior Correspondent

  • 2. Friday, June 24 

    Ask Aaron: How do I save enough for my children's future? 

    By Aaron Low, Deputy Business Editor

  • 3. Friday, July 29 

    Ask Sandra: What's the best school for my child? 

    By Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent

  • 4. Friday, Aug 26 

    Ask Eng Yeow: Stock market in September - gain or pain? 

    By Goh Eng Yeow, Senior Correspondent

  • 5. Friday, Sept 30 

    Ask Salma: Could I have a serious health problem if I feel perfectly well? 

    By Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent

  • 6. Friday, Oct 28 

    Ask Melody: Which local historic sites should be preserved? 

    By Melody Zaccheus, Correspondent

Journalists will share their knowledge in their areas of expertise.

Twelve have been lined up to take part, including Invest editor Lorna Tan and senior health correspondent Salma Khalik.

Ms Tan will kick off the event on May 27 with a discussion on the question: "Can I afford to retire in Singapore?"

"Most people know that they need to plan for retirement but wish they had started early or are unsure of how to start. I hope that by sharing my ideas, we can address their concerns."

Ms Khalik will examine how people who appear perfectly healthy could actually be harbouring a serious ailment. "The idea is to raise awareness that often, in the early stages, there are actually few or even no symptoms. In many cases, finding out early makes it easy to control the health problem."

Senior education correspondent Sandra Davie will tackle the question on many parents' minds: "What's the best school for my child?"

The Straits Times launched askST in January to help readers get answers to burning questions.

Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez said: "These talks will enable our readers to put their queries to our correspondents and engage them on the issues they care about."

Readers can send in questions ahead of the talks, by e-mailing them to askst@sph.com.sg or submitting them online at www.straitstimes.com/askst.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Pick ST journalists' brains at free talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe