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THE STRAITS TIMES 122 PAGES IN FIVE PARTS MICA (P) 219/03/2006 WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 2006 •S*A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 80 CENTS

MM: Gomez a liar who planned to damage Govt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MM: Gomez a liar who planned to damage Govt Ignatius Low THE JAMES GOMEZ SAGA Govt shows evidence which it says proves WP candidate's 'blatant dishonesty 1 By MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew called Mr James Gomez a "liar" yesterday after the Government produced evidence m his minority certificate fiasco

US, Japan reach deal to move American forces [ARTICLE]

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US, Japan reach deal to move American forces Kwan Weng Kin By Japan Correspondent In Tokyo AFTER more than three years, Japan and the United States have finally agreed on a roadmap for the biggest realignment of American forces m Japan m decades." But the realignment, which would boost military

UPFRONT

4 in race to be first Malaysian in space [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4 in race to be first Malaysian in space Carolyn Hong By Malaysia Correspondent In Kuaia Lumpur LAST Thursday, four young Malaysians, all extraordinarily fit and extremely hopeful, and wearing the broadest of grins, left for a two-week trip to Moscow. They are the last four to have made it

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Oil price soars as Bolivia puts reserves under state control [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Oil price soars as Bolivia puts reserves under state control Added concerns over Iran supplies may push price to US$lOO a barrel m the coming months La Paz (Bolivia) OIL prices shot past US$74 (Ssll7) a barrel yesterday, a day after Bolivia nationalised its gas and oil industry. The latest

$400m offer for Somerset site may spark bidding war [ARTICLE]

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$400 m offer for Somerset site may spark bidding war Joyce Teo By Property Correspondent A BIDDING war looks likely for the prime Somerset Central site above the MRT station after an unnamed developer yesterday committed to pay at least $400 million for the land. The offer means the site

Diving trip was meant as surprise for fiancee [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Diving trip was meant as surprise for fiancee Tracy Sua SIPADAN DROWNING DEATH Bernard Lo (right), 28, who died on Sunday, had bought a condo and had plans to get married By NOT COMING BACK IJI told him if he wanted to go on a holiday it is okay, but

Kallang body parts murder: Trial starts today [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kallang body parts murder: Trial starts today Selina Lum By HE was her boss at work, more than twice her age and married with three children. Less than 24 hours after the body parts of the China woman were washed up on the banks of the Kallang River, he also

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PAD warns Thaksin of renewed protests [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PAD warns Thaksin of renewed protests Nirmal Ghosh Thai opposition holds new rally as courts sit to decide legality of April election By Thailand Correspondent In Bangkok Legal quagmire TWO criminal cases filed yesterday by a group of nine activists and an independent watchdog group accuse the Election Commission m

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Labour growth Japan's workforce grows for first time m eight years as women and people m their 60s re-enter the jobs market. PAGE 11 Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) Where: SIM Headquarters When: 5 May, 6.30pm Register for the briefing now. Part-time programme: wwwl .sim.edu. sg/bbef.html Full-time programme: wwwl

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CHINA

US response puts Chen's S. America trip in limbo [ARTICLE]

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US response puts Chen's S. America trip in limbo Ong Hwee Hwee Negotiations over Taiwan leader's stopovers m US hit difficulties By Taiwan Correspondent In Taipei TAIWAN'S President Chen Shui-bian may be forced to postpone a visit to Central and South America, Taipei said on the eve of his trip,

HK cardinal urges Vatican to halt talks with China [ARTICLE]

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HK cardinal urges Vatican to halt talks with China Hong Kong HONG KONG'S Cardinal Joseph Zen yesterday called on the Vatican to suspend diplomatic negotiations with China and said the Holy See would soon react strongly to Beijing's decision to consecrate bishops without its approval. Referring to Beijing's "bad behaviour",

Cellphone fad rings up big bucks [ARTICLE]

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Cellphone fad rings up big bucks Hong Kong MS PENG Shan, a spirited 21--year-old Beijing design student, changes her cellphone's ringback tones as often as people change clothes, part of a growing fad that is delivering piles of cash to China's mobile carriers. Catering to Chinese subscribers' increasing desire for

READY TO GO [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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READY TO GO These children are all set to zoom off for the Second Inline Skating Festival at the Olympic Park m Beihaide, a resort city m northern Hebei province. The festival was held as part of the May Day celebrations PHOTO: XINHUA

HK support for Beijing and local govt at record high [ARTICLE]

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HK support for Beijing and local govt at record high VINCE CHONG Healthy HK economy, boosted by mainland policies, the major reason, says new poll By Hong Kong Correspondent SUPPORT for the local and mainland governments is at its highest here since Hong Kong returned to China m 1997, largely

China tells Japan to be more responsible about wartime past [ARTICLE]

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China tells Japan to be more responsible about wartime past Beijing A SENIOR Chinese diplomat urged Japan to take a more responsible attitude towards its wartime past days ahead of working-level talks aimed at improving troubled ties between the Asian neighbours. "Sino-Japanese ties now face certain difficulties. Such a situation

CHINA'S BIG SHOWMEN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CHINA'S BIG SHOWMEN Zhang Juncai, billed as the world's tallest man, stands at 2.42 m tall. Liang Yong, billed as Asia's heaviest man, weighs 215 kg. Both men were taking part m a show m Chongqing m south-west China on Sunday. PHOTO: AP

Minister slams hit talent showas vulgar [ARTICLE]

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Minister slams hit talent showas vulgar Beijing A FORMER Chinese culture minister has sparked a heated public debate with his description of a hugely popular television talent show, Super Girls, as vulgar and degrading. Mr Liv Zhongde, a standing committee member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political

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Japan sees first rise in workforce in 8 years [ARTICLE]

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Japan sees first rise in workforce in 8 years Brighter prospects lure women and people m their 60s back to labour market Tokyo JAPAN'S labour force has grown for the first time m eight years as women and people aged over 60 re-enter the job market, a further sign of

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17 MISSING AFTER LANDSLIDE [ARTICLE]

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17 MISSING AFTER LANDSLIDE BEIJING: Seventeen people are missing after a landslide at a gold mine m north-western China engulfed their homes, the Xinhua news agency reported. Five villagers are m hospital after a cascade of toxic gold tailings buried their homes following the collapse of a dam wall at

KL TO HOST ISLAMIC CENTRE [ARTICLE]

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KL TO HOST ISLAMIC CENTRE KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said yesterday it would host an international centre for Muslim journalists aimed at countering attacks on Islam. Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said journalists should be aware of attempts by Western media to undermine the religion and manipulate Muslim sentiment. He told a

HUNT FOR MILITANTS IN KASHMIR [ARTICLE]

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HUNT FOR MILITANTS IN KASHMIR JAMMU (India): India rushed hundreds of troops to hunt for Islamist militants m the remote mountains of Kashmir yesterday after 35 Hindus were killed over two days m one of the worst massacres m the region. The troop deployment began as a general strike to

BEE-ZY PROTEST [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BEE-ZY PROTEST South Korean bee farmer Ahn Sang-kyu certainly knows how to create a buzz for his protest m Seoul he is swarmed by some 180,000 bees as he writes calligraphy opposing Japan's sovereignty claims over disputed islands, known as Dokdo m Korean and Takeshima m Japanese. Seoul and Tokyo

Tokyo may allow TV matchmaking ads [ARTICLE]

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Tokyo may allow TV matchmaking ads Tokyo ALARMED by a falling birth rate and a rapidly ageing society, Japanese policymakers are thinking of allowing TV ads for matchmaking agencies. Japan's population shrank m the year to last October for the first time since 1945, heightening worries about economic decline due

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INDIA/SOUTH ASIA

Nepal's PM names 7-member Cabinet [ARTICLE]

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Nepal's PM names 7 -member Cabinet Communist Party chief is country's No. 2 after haggling over key positions Kathmandu NEPAL'S new premier has announced a lean seven-man Cabinet with a Communist Party leader as his deputy amid haggling over key positions by members of the seven-party alliance. The Cabinet, which

Blackouts raise the heat in New Delhi [ARTICLE]

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Blackouts raise the heat in New Delhi New Delhi INDIA'S capital was plunged into darkness for as long as six hours as energy officials warned yesterday that the city was facing a long hot summer due to severe power shortages. "Blackout" said the Hindustan Times m a front-page headline, referring

Criminals to play themselves on big screen [ARTICLE]

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Criminals to play themselves on big screen Lucknow (India) CRIMINALS who kidnapped and killed for money m the ravines of central India will play themselves m a movie entitled Pakad (The Catch) if the star gets bail. Director Krishna Mohan Mishra said on Monday: "Five real-life dacoits (robbers) who terrorised

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No sign of $3b pledged by donors to fight bird flu: Jakarta [ARTICLE]

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No sign of $3b pledged by donors to fight bird flu: Jakarta But Asean gets some of 500,000 Tamiflu treatment courses from Japan for stockpiling Jakarta INDONESIA, the country with the most bird flu deaths this year, has not yet received funds pledged by donors to fight the disease that

Bomb-making video found in JI terror chiefs hideout [ARTICLE]

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Bomb-making video found in JI terror chiefs hideout Jakarta VIDEO footage seized m a raid on the hideout of South-east Asia's terror chief gives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble bombs, police said yesterday. The latest discovery further raised concerns that Al-Qaeda-linked militants were planning more attacks. Police spokesman Brigadier-Gener-al

Thai Airways plans new regional carrier [ARTICLE]

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Thai Airways plans new regional carrier Bangkok FLAG carrier Thai Airways yesterday announced plans for a new airline on domestic and regional flights as part of its strategy to combat cut-throat competition from budget rivals. The airline, called Euarng Luang, will target the mid-range market and start flying later this

Lava dome on Java volcano signals looming eruption [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lava dome on Java volcano signals looming eruption Jakarta A NEW lava dome has formed on top of Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi volcano, reinforcing signs that it may erupt soon, scientists said yesterday. The dome has been expanding since last Wednesday behind another dome that was formed m 1997, said

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MALAYSIA

Hiccups in tycoon's multimedia foray in Indonesia [ARTICLE]

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Hiccups in tycoon's multimedia foray in Indonesia Leslie Lopez Red tape and opposition from local business are stumbling blocks By Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur IN MALAYSIA, tycoon Ananda Krishnan's companies are best known for their ability to thrive m heavily regulated business environments such as power-gener-ation, multimedia and telecommunications

TANKER BLAST KILLS FOUR [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TANKER BLAST KILLS FOUR A Singapore foreman, known only as Mr Lok, mourning his fellow workers who were killed m an explosion on a super tanker offPenang. Mr Lok said he and 11 other workers boarded the vessel MV SUVA at about 3am last Friday to carry out repair work.

When love and religion know no age barriers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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When love and religion know no age barriers Kuala Lumpur A 33-YEAR-OLD man who married a 104-year-old woman said it was "God's will" that he tie the knot with someone old enough to be his great grandmother. For her part, the bride said that she hoped the marriage would last.

Mahathir's son 'did not speak for Umno Youth' [ARTICLE]

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Mahathir's son 'did not speak for Umno Youth' Kuala Lumpur THERE is no room m Umno Youth for leaders to make statements contrary to decisions taken by its executive council, said the movement's deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin. Umno Youth, he said, operated on consensus and any decision made would be

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WORLD

Greenhouse gases continue to rise [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Greenhouse gases continue to rise Stark warning also sounded on fast melting of Tibetan glaciers Survival story gives hope on corals GLOBAL warming may be deadly to most corals but not all it seems. Researchers have found at least one species that survives even after it has been turned white

Smaller increase [ARTICLE]

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Smaller increase THE 1.25 per cent increase m greenhouse gases last year was relatively small compared to previous years. The largest increase was a rise of 2.8 per cent from 1987 to 1988. Greenhouse gases fluctuate naturally, but human and industrial factors play a role. Over the past 50 years,

Latest tapes point to disunity in Al-Qaeda [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Latest tapes point to disunity in Al-Qaeda BROADCASTS BY TERROR CHIEFS Osama, Zawahiri, Zarqawi have their own different agendas: Experts Washington THE broadcasts last week by three of the world's best-known terrorist leaders shared at least one common goal, American intelligence officials say: embarrassing the West. The officials say they

Iraqi insurgents met US ambassador 7 times: Report [ARTICLE]

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Iraqi insurgents met US ambassador 7 times: Report Dubai IRAQI insurgents have met the US ambassador seven times to hammer out a truce, but decided to break off contact after formation of the new Iraqi government, a major Arabic-language newspaper said yesterday. In a rare interview with the London-based Asharq

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BERLUSCONI QUITS AS ITALIAN PM [ARTICLE]

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BERLUSCONI QUITS AS ITALIAN PM ROME: Italy's conservative prime minister Silvio Berlusconi handed m his resignation yesterday, following his election defeat last month. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi asked Mr Berlusconi to "stay m charge to handle current affairs", the President's office said. The resignation opens the way for centre-left chief

ISRAEL THE FIRST TARGET: IRAN [ARTICLE]

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ISRAEL THE FIRST TARGET: IRAN TEHERAN: Israel will be Iran's first target m response to any "evil" act by the United States, a senior commander m the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said yesterday. "We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel,"

UN PLEA ON CHILD NUTRITION [ARTICLE]

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UN PLEA ON CHILD NUTRITION UNITED NATIONS: Developing nations must do far more to halve the world's underweight infants by 2015, the United Nations agency Unicef said yesterday. Despite steady progress m many poor countries, the pace has lagged m others, threatening to cripple UN initiatives m health, education and

16,000 SPECIES FACE EXTINCTION [ARTICLE]

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16,000 SPECIES FACE EXTINCTION GENEVA: Polar bears, hippopotamuses and freshwater fish are among more than 16,000 species threatened with extinction, the World Conservation Union said yesterday. The number of species facing extinction rose from about 15,500 m the watchdog's previous Red List report, published m 2004. These include one m

Iraqi and Afghan states 'fragile' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Iraqi and Afghan states 'fragile' Both rank among 10 most vulnerable countries m spite of massive US aid, says study The world's most vulnerable nations ►> 1 Sudan 11 Guinea ►> 2 Democratic Republic of Congo 11 (Tie) Liberia ►> 3 Ivory Coast 13 Central African Republic ►> 4 Iraq

BATTLE OVER IMMIGRATION

Bruised govt braced for new policy battle [ARTICLE]

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Bruised govt braced for new policy battle Susan Sachs IN FRANCE Presidential hopeful Sarkozy's proposal to tighten rules set to cause more friction By For The Straits Times In Paris WEAKENED by a brewing scandal and a bruising defeat on labour law reform, the French government prepared for another contested

Open door for workers from new EU states [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Open door for workers from new EU states IN SPAIN Madrid IN THE decades after its ruinous civil war, Spain became a nation of emigres as people left m droves for other European countries or Latin America m search of work. Today, Spain has become wealthy enough to lure foreign

Employers slam freeze on skilled migrants [ARTICLE]

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Employers slam freeze on skilled migrants IN AUSTRALIA Sydney A CANBERRA decision to freeze skilled migration levels drew strong criticism yesterday from some of Australia's leading employer groups. Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone announced that after increasing places for skilled migrants by 20,000 to about 97,500 last year, there would be

Immigrants flex muscle in one-day boycott [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Immigrants flex muscle in one- day boycott IN UNITED STATES Demonstrators get their message across: They are important to US economy SUPER-FLOP? "I think 50,000 people protested m Denver, Colorado. Remember when the Broncos won theSuperßowlin 1998, there were 600,000 people m the streets." MR TOM TANCREDO. leader of House

US senators oppose anthem in Spanish [ARTICLE]

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US senators oppose anthem in Spanish Washington SIX US senators backed a resolution saying the US national anthem should be sung m Englishafter the release of a Spanish version during a congressional tussle over immigration reform. 'English is a part of who we are as Americans," said Senator Lamar Alexander

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Blaine's breath-taking attempt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blaine's breath-taking attempt TAKE a deep breath. Illusionist David Blame's latest stunt involves living m a waterfilled sphere for a week before attempting the world record for holding his breath. The 33-year-old American, shirtless and with an oxygen tube m his mouth, slid into his snow globe-like "human aquarium" on

Female astronaut quits [ARTICLE]

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Female astronaut quits COLONEL Eileen Collins, the first woman ever to pilot and command a space shuttle, has announced that she will leave Nasa. She will leave the National Aeronautics and Space Administration m the next week or two and plans to devote several months to her family. Col Collins,

Row over Rosa Parks' will [ARTICLE]

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Row over Rosa Parks' will NIECES and nephews of civil rights icon Rosa Parks have filed an objection to her will m hopes of gaining control of the use of her name and image. In the complaint filed last Friday, the family members allege that Ms Parks' longtime friend Elaine

Island break for William [ARTICLE]

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Island break for William BRITAIN'S Prince William has been reported to be flying to a Caribbean hideaway on Friday to join his girlfriend for a romantic holiday on the island where the late Princess Margaret conducted an affair. Ms Kate Middleton is already on secluded Mustique, London's Evening Standard daily

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Dignity of labour Why unions? Union membership is falling m many advanced societies. Would it be a tragedy if it did m Singapore too? What would be lost if the National Trades Union Congress withered? Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave an answer many years ago that still remains relevant. Addressing

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A few speed bumps and steep rises WILLIAM PESEK JR CHINA'S ECONOMIC ROAD MAP By MOMENTS after China's central bank shocked the world with a rate increase, Goldman Sachs was telling clients that the surprise move may boost the economy instead of slowing it. The central bank's governor, Mr Zhou

China dealt unfair hand in global game [ARTICLE]

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China dealt unfair hand in global game Guy de Jinquieres By IS CHINA a market economy? After a quarter-century of reforms that has bulldozed market barriers, made the country the world's thirdlargest export market and, by some estimates, shifted more than half its output into private hands, it is clearly

A global Nato? A stillborn idea [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A global Nato? A stillborn idea Bernard Loo By For The Straits Times THE idea that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) might evolve into a security organisation with a global mission has been debated ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an idea that has re-emerged,

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A case of overstretching? Anthony Paul AUSTRALIA'S SECURITY COMMITMENTS By Senior Writer AUSTRALIA is a nation that punches above its weight. Its defence forces are currently deployed m five countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Many former East Timorese and Solomon Islanders are doubtless grateful for peacekeeping services rendered m recent

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HOME THE STRAITS TIMES WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2006

ELECTION 06

Gomez lied, facts show that clearly: Kan Seng [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gomez lied, facts show that clearly: Kan Seng Mr James Gomez displayed "blatant dishonesty 11 m his conduct over his minority certificate application, said Mr Wong Kan Seng, the People's Action Party first assistant secretary-general. The Deputy Prime Minister who oversees the Elections Department yesterday gave a statement to the

Distraction, discreditation are PAP's tactics: Gomez [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Distraction, discreditation are PAP's tactics: Gomez THE JAMES GOMEZ AFFAIR "As far as we are concerned, we are clean. Our conscience is clear and we are going to focus on what matters more at the election to Singaporeans." MS SYLVIA LIM WP candidate warns voters about media campaign to 'confuse

No Gomez saga ifpollsarerun independently: Sylvia [ARTICLE]

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No Gomez saga ifpollsarerun independently: Sylvia IF ELECTIONS here were run by an independent commission, the ruling party would not have to agonise over the issues concerning Mr James Gomez's nomination paperwork, said Ms Sylvia Lim. While Foreign Minister George Yeo said yesterday that the Gomez saga concerned the integrity

Don't distract voters from real issues, move on: Low [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Don't distract voters from real issues, move on: Low WORKERS' Party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang was out campaigning with members of his party's East Coast GRC team m Bedok North yesterday when reporters asked him about the James Gomez controversy. Asked if the party would heed Senior Minister Goh Chok

Controversy dogs James Gomez, the'man under fire' [ARTICLE]

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Controversy dogs James Gomez, the 'man under fire' HE IS no stranger to controversy. Mr James Gomez, 41, was part of the disqualified Workers' Party (WP) team for Aljunied GRC m the last General Election m 2001. The team did not complete its nomination papers properly. The slip-up cost the

'Gomez told me it was just another wayang' [ARTICLE]

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Gomez told me it was just another wayang' Statement by Inderjit Singh, a member of the PAP team that is contesting m Ang Mo Kio GRC THE JAMES GOMEZ AFFAIR "It's not about James Gomez. It's not about a particular personality. It's about the integrity of the system which is

Do the right thing, George Yeo tells WP [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Do the right thing, George Yeo tells WP Goh Chin Lian By THE anchor minister m Aljunied GRC, Mr George Yeo, yesterday called on Workers' Party leaders Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim to "do the right thing" over the James Gomez affair. He hinted that if Mr Gomez is

'Gomez laughed, but I didn't think he was joking' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'Gomez laughed, but I didn't think he was joking' Statement by retired civil servant Thiayagarajah Karthigesu, one of the assenters for the PAP candidates contesting m Ang Mo Kio GRC "IN OR around 1998 to 1999, 1 was a member of the Political and Media Feedback Unit. Mr James Gomez

Ling backs down, only Chee and sister left [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ling backs down, only Chee and sister left Ben Nadarajan Aaron Low SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY 6 more CEC members, including Wong Hong Toy, set to apologise By ALL the remaining leaders of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), except for Dr Chee Soon Juan and his sister, Ms Chee Siok Chin,

Gear signs of disarray at SDP rally [ARTICLE]

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Gear signs of disarray at SDP rally SIGNS of disarray were clearly evident at the Singapore Democratic Party rally m Sembawang last night. Of the six men who are making moves to apologise to the two People's Action Party leaders, only Mr Gerald Sng was present when the rally started

SDP headed for disappointing end [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SDP headed for disappointing end Bertha Henson NEWS ANALYSIS By AND then there were two. It seems that, nice-sounding words about unity notwithstanding, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) leaders are jumping ship, leaving only Dr Chee Soon Juan to helm the leaky vessel, aided by his reliable executive officer and sister,

Offer to upgrade East Coast rapped [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Offer to upgrade East Coast rapped Chang Ai-Ljen WP RALLY IN TAMPINES WP chief says residents of the GRC have been neglected for years By THE Workers' Party attacked the PAP last night for fresh offers of upgrading to East Coast GRC residents only m the midst of the election

Sylvia Lim questions tripartite relationship [ARTICLE]

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Sylvia Lim questions tripartite relationship CHONG CHEE KIN THE links between unions, employers and the Government came m for criticism by Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim at an East Coast GRC rally last night. Saying workers' rights would be better protected if unions were free of Government control, she pointed

SDA posters removed in MacPherson as 'too big' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SDA posters removed in MacPherson as 'too big' Arlina Arshad Leong Weng Kam Sue-Ann Chia SDA RALLIES IN MACPHERSON AND CHUA CHU KANG By A SINGAPORE Democratic Alliance (SDA) candidate Sin Kek Tong had all 300 of his campaign posters m Macpherson removed by the authorities as they were too

PAP had real crooks on previous slates: Chiam [ARTICLE]

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PAP had real crooks on previous slates: Chiam SINGAPORE Democratic Alliance chief Chiam See Tong yesterday lashed back at the People's Action Party for criticising his selection of candidates, saying that the People's Action Party fared worse because it had had "real crooks" on its previous slates. He was responding

SDA's ideas a bad joke, says PAP [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SDA's ideas a bad joke, says PAP Sandra Leong Schemes proposed have long been offered by the People's Action Party By VOTERS of Jalan Besar GRC should not buy into the "seductive and dangerous" ideas proposed by the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), said Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts

Chiam running out of steam and time, says SM [ARTICLE]

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Chiam running out of steam and time, says SM Theresa Tan By SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong last night described Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) chief Chiam See Tong as a man who is running out of energy, ideas and time. The 71-year-old MP, who is facing the People's Action Party's

Where was WP in bad times, asks Eng Hen [ARTICLE]

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Where was WP in bad times, asks Eng Hen MANPOWER Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday criticised the Workers' Party for not helping Singaporeans through difficult times m the past five years, whether it was the Sars epidemic or the dengue outbreak. "Did you see the opposition m your ward helping

Expect more thunder as Polling Day nears [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Expect more thunder as Polling Day nears Warren Fernandez NEWS ANALYSIS By FULL-BLOWN electoral fireworks erupted yesterday over the James Gomez affair, with the campaign for the May 6 polls just past its midway point. Much heat has been generated over the case of the minority candidate form, or what

Tackling chronic illnesses is at top of Khaw's agenda [ARTICLE]

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Tackling chronic illnesses is at top of Khaw' s agenda Tan Hui Yee Health Minister stresses importance of early treatment to avoid complications By WHEN he is reappointed, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan wants to focus on chronic illnesses like diabetes to get people to seek treatment early to avoid

Low cost of living 'means low wages' [ARTICLE]

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Low cost of living 'means low wages' THOSE who hanker after low cost of living have to realise it would mean lower wages for everybody, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday. Mr Khaw, who leads the People's Action Party (PAP) six-man team contesting m Sembawang GRC, was responding to

Ministers' pay high? They can earn much more outside [ARTICLE]

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Ministers' pay high? They can earn much more outside PEOPLE who complain about the high pay of ministers need to be aware that these people can earn much more m the commercial world, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday. He was countering the Singapore Democratic Party which said during

Everyman hoping to clip wings of high-flier [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Everyman hoping to clip wings of high-flier Tee Hun Ching WEI CHEAN RADHA BASU CONSTITUENCY CLOSE-UP: CHU A CHU RANG Personal shortcomings both work for and against SDA's Steve Chia while PAPs track record gives Gan Kirn Yong the edge By ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY AND AS MR Steve Chia addressed

Fast facts [ARTICLE]

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Fast facts Candidates: People's Action Party: Gan Kirn Yong, 47, Minister of State for Education and Manpower National Solidarity Party (part of the Singapore Democratic Alliance): Steve Chia, 35, Non-Constituency MP Number of voters: 24,959 Constituency profile: Once associated with pig and poultry farming, the single-seat ward comprises 133 blocks

OUT AND ABOUT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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OUT AND ABOUT It's almost midway m the campaign, and candidates are still maintaining their daily punishing pace m an all-out effort to win over voters. There are welcome pauses, thankfully, such as when you have to stand still for a few minutes to pose for pictures with your supporters,

Fast facts [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fast facts CONSTITUENCY CLOSE-UP: SEMBAW ANG GRC Candidates People's Action Party: Mr Khaw Boon Wan, 53, Minister for Health; Mr Hawazi Daipi, 52, senior parliamentary secretary; Dr Mohamed Maliki Osman, 40, parliamentary secretary; Mr K. Shanmugam, 47, lawyer, Ms Ellen Lee, 49, lawyer, Dr lim Wee Kiak, 37, doctor. Singapore

Volunteers act as eyes and ears for PAP [ARTICLE]

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Volunteers act as eyes and ears for PAP WHEN Dr Chee Soon Juan and other members of the Singapore Democratic Party turn up within Sembawang GRC to garner support for their team, which is contesting there m this election, PAP branch activists get wind of it quickly. This is because

Where's the big battle? [ARTICLE]

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Where's the big battle? Leslie Koh Sparks have yet to fly m Sembawang GRC: The opposition appears to be steering clear of the NKF issue and some residents say there's no sign of its candidates By "l'm more interested m the day-to-day issues -will my corridor be cleaned, will the

She conned 280 into paying $166,000 for non- existent jobs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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She conned 280 into paying $166,000 for non- existent j obs Khushwant Singh Woman jailed for cheating locals as well as agent and workers m India By SHE collected nearly $166,000 from over 280 applicants m 2004 and last year, promising them jobs m the Middle East. But they never

Man jailed for using false IC to get passport [ARTICLE]

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Man jailed for using false IC to get passport AN INDIAN national who bought a Singapore identity card and used it to get a passport was jailed for one year and one month and sentenced to three strokes of the cane yesterday. Moorthy Pugalendhi pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a

Cheating: Plea against sentence dismissed [ARTICLE]

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Cheating: Plea against sentence dismissed Elena Chong By A FORMER manager of computer supplier Techkit. who was jailed for two years for submitting false invoices to cheat a company, had his appeal dismissed by the High Court yesterday. Ku Yann Peng, 34, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to three

Jailed for road rage [ARTICLE]

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Jailed for road rage A MOTORIST who attacked a lorry driver m a fit of road rage was jailed for two weeks yesterday. The incident took place m Lorong 25 A Geylang on Jan 15. Lam Kok Kong, 47, furious that his car had been blocked by a lorry dropping

Bird flu virus now hardier and survives longer [ARTICLE]

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Bird flu virus now hardier and survives longer JUDITH TAN ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY Experts warn against complacency during warmer summer months MORE HEAT-RESISTANT "HSN I at room temperatures can stay alive for at least a week m wet conditions...One of the often overlooked facts about influenza is that it's more

How to cope with thalassaemia [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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How to cope with thalassaemia TO STAY alive, thalassaemia sufferers need regular blood transfusions. The inherited blood disorder is usually passed from parent to child, can affect both men and women and, according to the National Thalassaemia Registry, about 4 per cent of Singapore's population carry the genes responsible for

Singapore to train more neurosurgeons [ARTICLE]

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Singapore to train more neurosurgeons Judith Tan By SINGAPORE has only 24 neurosurgeons who operate on the nerves, spinal cord and brain m active practice, including 13 m the public sector. So the Ministry of Health is looking at increasing the number of local trainees m this speciality by at

Crucial to retain cutting edge in defence [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Crucial to retain cutting edge in defence Marcel Lee Pereira The business of defence can never be fully outsourced, says Teo Chee Hean By PHOTO EVERY country needs to retain its own indigenous cutting-edge defence capabilities even while remaining open to international collaboration, says Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean. "After

CIGARETTES HIDDEN IN 'COURIER' ENVELOPES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CIGARETTES HIDDEN IN 'COURIER' ENVELOPES A Singaporean man posing as a courier was arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint yesterday morning for trying to smuggle cigarettes inside envelopes. The 44-year-old man had hidden 110 packets of contraband cigarettes m brown A3-size envelopes, each labelled with a courier slip. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

Scam victims to get help to file claims [ARTICLE]

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Scam victims to get help to file claims Marcel Lee Pereira By VICTIMS of scams and other unfair practices can now seek redress more easily, thanks to the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case). For a $10 fee, Case will help them prepare documents seeking compensation. The consumers can then show

SIA to fly direct to Milan and Barcelona from July [ARTICLE]

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SIA to fly direct to Milan and Barcelona from July Karamjit Kaur Regular fares start at $1,1 50 -lower than the $1,500 travellers now pay By Aviation Correspondent TRAVELLERS can fly direct from Singapore to Milan, Italy and Barcelona m Spain when Singapore Airlines (SIA) launches the new services m

Top French business school to open Asian centre here [ARTICLE]

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Top French business school to open Asian centre here Liaw Wy-Cin By AFTER almost a century educating executives m France, premier French business school Essec will open an Asian Centre here next Saturday, its first business school outside Paris. Essec, which started m 1907, wants to incorporate Asia into its

FORUM

Means testing for health services discriminatory [LETTER]

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Means testing for health services discriminatory OPENTOALL The Government must not discriminate against any particular group when offering its services. I ONLINE FORUM For more readers' views, log on to http://www. straitstimes.asia 1 .com. sg/forum Access to letters online is free. »LTA shouldn't restrict volunteer body's efforts to find missing

Fix SAM, Sing Post [LETTER]

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Fix SAM, Sing Post I HAD a parcel to be shipped to Europe on Saturday. When I had it weighed at the SAM machine at the Orchard MRT underpass, the postage I had to pay was $6.60. As I did not have the money, I went to the SAM machine

LTA to discuss options with Crime Library [LETTER]

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LTA to discuss options with Crime Library MISSING-PERSONS POSTERS I REFER to the article, "Remove missing persons' posters: LTA" (ST, April 28). The Land Transport Authority (LTA) fully appreciates the Crime Library's good intentions m wanting to put up visible notices of missing persons. For this reason, we did not

No new posters will be put up at LTA sites [LETTER]

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No new posters will be put up at LTA sites I REFER to the letter, "Crime Library should act responsibly" (ST, April 29), calling for the removal of posters put up without permission. We would like to clarify that Crime Library (Singapore) has no intention of going against any regulation

Crime Library helped her find long-lost mum [LETTER]

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Crime Library helped her find long-lost mum THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) has ordered Crime Library to take down the thousands of missing-per-sons posters put up at bus stops and pedestrian walkways. i have been a beneficiary of the work of Crime Library, Thanks to it, I was able to

Low salary for goldie [LETTER]

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Low salary for goldie THE article, "Where oldies are truly goldies" (ST supplement, May 1), featured Mr Abdul Mohammad Shah, who has been working m Chemical Industries (Far East) Ltd for 17-18 years for a salary of over $600 a month. Why is his salary so low? If the oldies

What about those who are not able to vote? [LETTER]

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What about those who are not able to vote? BOTH my father and my sis-ter-in-law are unable to cast their votes this election as they are overseas. What should we do? Both my mother and my mother-in-law have medical conditions and will have trouble walking to the various centres to

eMob allows NSmen to be reached early [LETTER]

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eMob allows NSmen to be reached early I REFER to Mr Nigel Ang Kok Ann's letter, "Stick to e-mail notification for mobilisation, Mindef" (ST, April 26), where he suggested restricting notification for mobilisation to e-mail. Mobilisation exercises are important for the SAF to maintain its operational readiness. The e Mobilisation

Do lead-wick candles pose a health hazard? [LETTER]

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Do lead-wick candles pose a health hazard? RECENTLY, my distant relative from the United States visited my house and commented that I should not burn lead-wick fragrant candles m my enclosed air-conditioned living room, as poisonous lead fumes would be emitted into the atmosphere. Following her comment, I did a

Copying artworks at museum? Apply for permit [LETTER]

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Copying artworks at museum? Apply for permit DRY MEDIUM Students can draw m the galleries using dry medium. I THANK Ms Jessica Lai Kit Mun for her comments m the letter, "Allow students to copy artworks at museum" (ST, April 27). An art museum is an important platform to present

SPORTS

Stop dreaming, Sven: Fergie [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stop dreaming, Sven: Fergie WAYNE ROONEY'S INJURY United manager says England coach should exclude Rooney as he won't recover m time London NO WAY, Sven. Wayne Rooney will not be going to next month's World Cup. His Manchester United and England teammate Gary Neville is certain the injured striker will

England can take their time with Rooney [ARTICLE]

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England can take their time with Rooney ENGLAND coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has been thrown a lifeline by Fifa. World football's ruling body confirmed that he could replace the injured Wayne Rooney up to 24 hours before their opening World Cup game against Paraguay on June 10. The star striker is

Door opens for Spurs' Lennon [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Door opens for Spurs' Lennon London THANKS to Wayne Rooney's injury, the door to the England World Cup -squad has opened for many other players. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson must think of alternatives now that he is almost certain to be without his injured striker, who is out for at

Battle for fourth down to the wire [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Battle for fourth down to the wire •SOCCER Arsenal win to keep up with Spurs but victory tainted by Diaby's injury London ARSENAL were bruised and battered during their 3-0 English Premiership win over Sunderland on Monday. They have even lost Abou Diaby after a horrific Dan Smith tackie left

Ruud puts United in a spot [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ruud puts United in a spot Manchester ONE bad miss and Ruud van Nistelrooy's future at Old Trafford is once again the subject of speculation. The striker had a penalty kick saved on Monday, leaving Manchester United to draw 0-0 with Middlesbrough m their English Premiership match. United have now

Broken metatarsals: Are modern boots to blame? [ARTICLE]

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Broken metatarsals: Are modern boots to blame? Lin Zhaowei By FOUR Singaporean doctors, specialising m sports medicine and orthopaedics, agree that modern-day boots can contribute to the increasing incidents of metatarsal injuries m footballers. "Soccer boots these days seem to be designed to be more flexible, giving players a better

More injuries for Cup finalists West Ham [ARTICLE]

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More injuries for Cup finalists West Ham Birmingham A HARD-FOUGHT victory ensured that West Ham United would finish m the top half m their first season back m the English Premiership. But they paid a high price. Their dressing room after a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion was a

Ferguson favours McQaren [ARTICLE]

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Ferguson favours McQaren MIDDLESBROUGH manager Steve McClaren, who is expected to be unveiled as England's next coach later this week, has received a ringing endorsement from his former boss Alex Ferguson. "Steve has the knowledge of the squad, he knows all the staff and players, that's why he is favourite,"

Birmingham boss slams 'arrogant' footballers [ARTICLE]

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Birmingham boss slams 'arrogant' footballers London BIRMINGHAM owner David Sullivan has renewed his criticism of the club's leading players, following their relegation from the English Premiership. He also said the likes of striker Chris Sutton, whom he labelled a "very talented player", Mario Melchiot and Jiri Jarosik would not be

Sng raises the high jump bar [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sng raises the high jump bar Alvin Foo ATHLETICS Michelle's 1.79 m eclipses Yu Long Nyu's 13-year-old record of 1 .74 m By HER road was paved with failure and heartbreak, but Michelle Sng's moment finally came on Monday. The 18-year-old high jumper broke Yu Long Nyu's 13-year-old Singapore national

De Oliveira tames mighty Selangor [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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De Oliveira tames mighty Selangor Lin Xinyi SOCCER By TAMPINES Rovers forward Peres de Oliveira inspired his team to a 3-2 victory over Selangor m the AFC Cup Group F clash at Tampines Stadium yesterday. The win lifts the S-League champions to pole position m the group with one game

Derek, 6, becomes Singapore's first world champion [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Derek, 6, becomes Singapore's first world champion Alvin Foo CHESS By DEREK Lim may be just six years old, but he made history on Monday. The Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) Primary 1 pupil won the Un-der-7 title at the World Schools Chess Championships m Halkidiki, Greece. Said World Chess Federation general

Dott just holds off Ebdon [ARTICLE]

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Dott just holds off Ebdon SNOOKER Sheffield (Engiand) SCOTLAND'S Graeme Dott spoke of his relief after holding off a determined comeback from Peter Ebdon of England to clinch his first World Snooker Championship yesterday. Ebdon went into the last session at The Crucible 7-15 down but refused to give m,

My addiction to gambling is ruining me, admits Daly [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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My addiction to gambling is ruining me, admits Daly "GOLF American reveals m autobiography that he has lost more than US$5O million gambling Jacksonville (Florida) GOLFER John Daly, known for his massive drive off the tee, also has a mammoth gambling problem. He says he has lost between US$5O million

Not Nash for MVP again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Not Nash for MVP again Chia Han Keong IN THE HOOP By THE National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player will be announced next week, but sources revealed that the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash will win it for a second straight year. If so, then the league has gone for the

Qippers' first play-off success since 1976 [ARTICLE]

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Qippers' first play-off success since 1976 THE Los Angeles Clippers waited 30 years to put an end to their play-off drought. But there was a limit to their joy, since they believe there is a lot more they can accomplish. They finally reached the second round of the National Basketball

Results [ARTICLE]

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Results BASEBALL MLB: Toronto 9 Baltimore 7, Boston 7 NY Yankees 3. Chicago White Sox 8 Cleveland 6. Detroit 3 Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 8 Florida 5, Atlanta 2 Colorado 0. Cincinnati 6 St Louis 1, NY Mets 2 Washington 1, Texas 3 Tampa Bay 0. Milwaukee 4 Houston 2.

OBITUARIES

Untitled [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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LIM TONG Age: 95 passed away peacefully on 2-5-2006, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Onn Ah Nyo Sons: Daughters-in-law Lim Kirn Kee Chew Huat Neo. Elsie Lim Kirn Looi Lee Sau Yeng Ling Kin Huat Lee Siew Yoke. Joyce Lim Kai Meng Tan Kirn Cheong Daughters: Sons-in-law: Lim Kirn Leng

OBITUARIES

Untitled [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mdm Lim Juat Phooi, aged 77, left us suddenly after contracting a massive stroke to the brain on May 1,2006. Born m 1929, she was a pillar of strength for the family as she raised her four children with her late spouse, Mr Koh Sing Soon. Mdm lim is well-loved

Untitled [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell m the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 SHIRLEY CHRISTINA CHI A MOEY CHEE Age: 61 Was called home to be with the Lord on 1 May 2006. Dearly missed and fondly

Untitled [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, m whom I trust. Psalm 91 :2 LO WERN TERK, BERNARD AGE: 28 was called Home to be with the Lord on 30 April 2006. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Dad: Mum: Lo

MONEY

HK Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK Hang Seng Index Yesterday's dose: 16.868.04 (+206.74 points) Hong Kong stocks rose, lifting the index to its biggest advance m two weeks. 01 scnps suchasCNOOC gained with prices of crude going up. BLOOMBERG NEWS

Tokyo Nikkei 225 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tokyo Nikkei 225 Yesterday's close: 17,153.77 (+228.06 points) Japanese stocks dosed 1.35 per cent higher as a weaker yen. which helps exporters. encouraged buying ahead of a three-day national holiday AFP

Sydney S&P/ASX 200 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sydney S&P/ASX 200 Yesterday's close: 5,273.1 (-37.3 points) Australian stocks closed down 0.7 per cent as investors sold banking stocks ahead of an announcement from the Reserve Bank of Australia on interest rates. AFP

Bernanke says markets misread his comments [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bernanke says markets misread his comments US stocks slip after he clarifies that inflation-wary Fed may still raise rates New York UNITED States Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told a television reporter that markets had misinterpreted his comments last week that the central bank may pause m its cycle of

Crash course in being Fed chief [ARTICLE]

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Crash course in being Fed chief "Bernanke is still easing his way into the role and learning what he can and can't say, and to whom." Mr Franulovich, a currency strategist man to learn the hard way that his words carry far greater import than before. Shortly after taking over

Shanghai Composite Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shanghai Composite Index Friday's dose: 1.440.22 (+23.49 points) The markets are closed until the weekend for the Labour Day holidays. REUTERS

Kuala Lumpur KLCI [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kuala Lumpur KLCI Yesterday's close: 951.25 (-1-2.02 points) Malaysian stocks closed 0.21 per cent higher buoyed by late buying m blue chips and stronger regional markets. Volume was 1.33 billion shares, worth RM1.39 billion. AFP

Mumbai Sensex [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mumbai Sensex Yesterday's close: 12.218.78 (+176.22 points) The Sensex rose to its second straight record. ICICI Bank climbed after Deutsche Bank raised its rating on the stock, citing higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit. BLOOMBERG NEWS

Jakarta Composite Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta Composite Index Yesterday's close*. 1,475,89 (-0.56 point) Indonesian stocks closed flat as early gains were eroded by profit-taking amid fears that foreign fund flows are easing AFP

Bangkok SET Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bangkok SET Index Yesterday's close: XXXXX (-0.03 point) Thai stocks closed flat after profit-taking by foreign investors m the energy sector was offset by others trying to get into the market. AFP

Straits Times Index Stocks [ARTICLE]

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Straits Times Index Stocks May 2 Stock Name Wt Close Change AHgreensoc 0.32 1.510 +0.010 Ascendasreit 1.07 2.270 -0.010 BIL Intl US2Oc 0.40 1.480 -0.010 Caprtaland 4.28 4.940 +0.040 Capita Mall 0.74 2.370 -0.020 Chart SemiCond 26c 1 .30 1820 +0.020 CityDev 50c 2.67 10 400 +0.300 ComfortOelGro 25c 1.51

Top Actives [ARTICLE]

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Top Actives May 2 Goldtron o.lc 306,424,000 SingTei 15c 37,199,000 Eucon 5c 24,828,000 Aetna 5c 24,288,000 GMG Global 5c 23,953,000 Japan Land 5c 22,982,000 Teledata 5c 20,206,000 SIX P0 KV/100 19,600,000 SunßusinessSc 19,041,000 China Paper US4c 17,906,000 Biosensors USO.OIc 17.246,000 UTAC USl5c 16,242,000 BiosensorßNPeCW6o6ls 14,651,000 Pearl Energy USI2.SC 13,822,000 Jadasonlc

Currencies [ARTICLE]

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Currencies May 2 FOREIGN CURRENCY NOTE RATES (9AM): SINGAPORE DOLLARS TO ONE UNIT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY SINGAPORE DOLLARS TO 100 UNITS OF FOREIGN CURRENCY Source: HSBC Bank USA, S pore Branch (*Msian nnggit: Interbank rate by OCBC) UNIT TRUSTS TABLE APPEARS ON MONDAYS Buying Selling Aust dollar 1.1910 1.2050 Can

Amazon now using Microsoft search engine [ARTICLE]

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Amazon now using Microsoft search engine Los Angeles MICROSOFT scored an important win against rival Google as Amazon.com began using its technology to power the Web retailer's search results on some of its sites. Amazon.com started using Microsoft's search engine on April 28 at A9.com and Alexa.com, Microsoft senior product

Bonds, Loans & Warrants [ARTICLE]

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Bonds, Loans Warrants TIMBACTIW Mil IMT 2. 7» 7 5 3 AnaaaC*rp««BI22l 5 tack 350 7 2 4105 Asatrara 81*8517 6 +0.5 2 10.5 2 3795 Attrra WS7BBS3 2.5 -0.5 3 11.5 2.5 4288 Bit-tiiiaUWaCWlBSIS 5 unch 3960 18 9 4289 Bw-TrtatSM>*CV*il215 14 +1 2498 28.5 6 4300 BilitawBM'sCWBOSIS 10

APB may pick up Foster's Asian units for up to $238m [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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APB may pick up Foster's Asian units for up to $238m GROWING MARKET: India's Aurangabad Breweries, which operates two breweries m Maharashtra and Goa, produces and markets local beer brands including Cannon-XXXXX and Arlem. APB's deal allows it to increase its stake m the Indian firm from 76 per cent

Turmoil in Asia not stopping investors [ARTICLE]

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Turmoil in Asia not stopping investors Region has netted $1.1 trillion m funds since 2001; some analysts say it's unsustainable THERE was a time when coup threats and constitutional crises were turn-offs to foreign investors considering emerging markets. No longer. In Thailand, despite huge street demonstrations, foreign investors have poured

Far East Mansion up for sale at $249m [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Far East Mansion up for sale at $249 m Joyce Teo By Property Correspondent AMID growing collective sale fever, the 218 owners of Far East Mansion off River Valley Road are hoping to sell their property en bloc for $248.5 million which would give them $1.13 million each. This is

Gallant Venture to sell shares at 94 times earnings [ARTICLE]

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Gallant Venture to sell shares at 94 times earnings Bryan Lee »NEW IPOS High PE ratio arises from injection of land m Bintan which firm will sell By INVESTMENT holding company Gallant Venture is selling its shares at 94 times historical earnings, making the initial public offer (IPO) one of

Furniture firm Lorenzo to raise $6m [ARTICLE]

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Furniture firm Lorenzo to raise $6m GRACE NG FURNITURE maker and retailer Lorenzo will use funds from its initial public offering (IPO) to expand and capitalise on the improving property markets across the region. The firm hopes to raise $5.5 million m gross proceeds from the IPO, which it launches

More global disputes resolved in S'pore [ARTICLE]

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More global disputes resolved in S'pore LEE SU SHYAN FOREIGN companies locked m international commercial disputes are increasingly looking to Singapore as a neutral legal system to help settle these stand-offs. The rows often involve China firms and their Western or regional counterparts. Last year, about 75 disputed deals were

Banks, beer and oil power STI to another record high [ARTICLE]

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Banks, beer and oil power STI to another record high Chua Kong Ho TAKING STOCK Surge m just a few index stocks is enough to push market benchmark to 2,632.8 By THE market shrugged off jitters over further United States interest rate hikes and potential disruptions to Bolivian energy supplies,

Soon Su lin to lead Orchard Turn project [ARTICLE]

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Soon Su lin to lead Orchard Turn project Grace Ng By THE company that is developing a landmark Orchard Road project at Orchard Turn has appointed Ms Soon Su Lin as chief executive (CEO). Ms Soon resigned yesterday from her position as executive director of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) Singapore

CDL posts $41m net profit as home sales pick up [ARTICLE]

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CDL posts $41m net profit as home sales pick up GRACE NG CITY Development's (CDL's) first-quar-ter net profit inched up 2.3 per cent to $41.2 million as residential property sales picked up. Revenues rose 4.5 per cent to $541.4 million for the three months ended March 31. Net asset value

Top Rises (¢) [ARTICLE]

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Top Rises May 2 CENTS F&N 2300 90.0 4.1 DBSGrp 1830 50.0 2.8 Keppel Corp 50c 1570 40 0 2.6 CityDev W0605 10 780 35 0 47 JMHUS2Sc4OO 1830 31.6 1.1 CityDev 50c 1040 30.0 30 Haw Par Corp 650 30 0 4 8 SIA2OO 1430 30.0 2.1

Top Rises (%) [ARTICLE]

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Top Rises May 2 CENTS DBS MBL eCWO6OSOB 26 100 0 13 0 DBS BNP eCWO6OSIB 29 81.3 13.0 DBS JP eCWDSOSIB 47 80 8 21.0 GoldtronO.lc 4 5 80.0 20 DBS SGA eCWXXXXX3 30.5 79 4 13.5 DBS BNP eCWOB 1009 38.5 711 16.0 DBS BNP eCWXXXXX7 16 60.0

Top Falls (¢) [ARTICLE]

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Top Falls May 2 CENTS OmegaNav 50 USIc 2550 50 0 19 JardineClC 1090 30.0 2.7 WBLCorp 645 30.0 4.4 Creative T 25c 1010 20.0 1.9 CapitalanMßLeCWOS 116 16.0 12.1 JSH US5c 500 1130 15.8 0.9 DBS Bk 6% NCPS 10 XXXXX 10.0 01 Venture Corp2sc 1340 100 0.7

Top Falls (%) [ARTICLE]

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Top Falls May 2 CENTS SembMar BNPeCWO6OSIS 0.5 90 0 4 5 Informatics WXXXXX0 0 5 50.0 0.5 ChinaEntSp lc 1 33.3 0 5 FHTK Hldgs 0.5 c 1 33.3 0.5 Biosen*orsMßLePWo6 4 27.3 1.5 STX PO BMP eCWXXXXX8 3 25 0 1.0 DBS CA ePWO6IO2O 6.5 23.5 2.0 TPV

FJ Benjamin founder steps down as chief exec [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FJ Benjamin founder steps down as chief exec GABRIEL CHEN HANDING OVER Mr Benjamin, 71, will stay on as executive chairman, while his brother, Nash, 56, takes over as CEO. Mr Benjamin admits that with the market changing and lifestyle fashion becoming more important the group will need young, vigorous

DIRECTORS' TRADES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DIRECTORS' TRADES GABRIEL CHEN STAMFORD TYRES PRESIDENT UPS STAKE THE group president of Stamford Tyres has increased his direct interest m the company by almost 1 per cent through the exercise of warrants. Mr Wee Kok Wah exercised 2,157,894 warrants last Friday at 10 cents a share, raising his direct

MONEY

Manufacturing, services sectors upbeat on business outlook [ARTICLE]

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Manufacturing, services sectors upbeat on business outlook Narendra Aggarwal Key surveys show upswing m business leaders' sense of optimism for the period to September By Economics Correspondent A MOOD of optimism over Singapore's business outlook has swept across the business community, extending to both the manufacturing and services sectors the

Factory survey bounces back [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Factory survey bounces back "Most of the chamber's members... expect a bit of softness around the middle of the year...and that activity will pick up again before year-end." MR OVERMYER, executive director of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce A CLOSELY- WATCHED survey of factory purchasing managers has swung back

Cosco's net profits surge 46% to $38m [ARTICLE]

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Cosco's net profits surge 46% to $38m GABRIEL CHEN "QUARTERLY GAIN FUELLED by the strong performances of its ship repair and dry bulk shipping businesses, Chinese shipyard giant, Cosco Corp (Singapore) posted a hefty 46 per cent jump m its first-quarter net profits to $37.6 million. The group's sales shot

STRAITS TIMES INDEX [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STRAITS TIMES INDEX May 2 2006 2,632.8 +22.09

UP & DOWN [ARTICLE]

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See Chauhan 'go mad' at Esplanade [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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See Chauhan 'go mad' at Esplanade Get ready to be wowed by Sunidhi Chauhan s powerful voice and sexy back-up dancers on May 1 9 Kristina Tom A MONTH after singing m Melbourne at the closing of the Commonwealth Games m March, Bollywood playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan says she was

Hopkins is a Dassionate Diker at 68 [ARTICLE]

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Hopkins is a Dassionate Diker at 68 Corrie Tan THESPIAN Anthony Hopkins has played many roles m his long career but one would hardly have expected to see him as a passionate motorbiker at his age. The 68-year-old actor is starring m The World's Fastest Indian (2005). part of the

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Ready, set, go Lee Sze Yong By his own admission, Robert Khoo is no shrewd businessman. But he has inherited one thing from his businessman father his handyman skills and tool set primetime 1 want to take a taxi to Perth from Sydney after thaf What a customer once told

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Win tickets to watch Jasmine Women CAN daughters avoid the same mistake made by their mothers m the treacherous game of love? The movie Jasmine Women, set m the 1930s and spanning 50 years, shines the spotlight on three women Mo, Li and Hua. Their names, when put together, mean

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