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THE STRAITS TIMES, 11 December 2008

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THE STRAITS TIMES MICA (P) 191/11/2008 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 2008 iff* AN SPH PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS

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Economists cut forecasts [ARTICLE]

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Economists cut forecasts ECONOMISTS now expect Singapore's economy to perform worse than Government forecasts, with growth for this year tipped to come in at 2.2 per cent while there could be a 1 per cent contraction next year. PRIME PAGE A6

No more easy car loans [ARTICLE]

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No more easy car loans SOME potential car buyers are finding it hard to secure a loan, even though they earn more than $3,000 a month and have a solid credit history. Banks seem unwilling to lend and are tightening credit lines, according to car dealers, who say four in

Chatline conman jailed [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chatline conman jailed AN UNEMPLOYED man who cheated four women he came to know on Internet chatlines was jailed for 27 months yesterday. Tan Sze Leong, 28, would boast that he came from a wealthy family, lived in Bukit Timah and had a personal driver. Two of his victims were

Thai Democrats take lead [ARTICLE]

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Thai Democrats take lead THANKS partly to the backing of the Bangkok elite and their wooing of a former Thaksin supporter, the Democrats look set to form Thailand's next government. But the volatile Thai political climate and shifting party alignments mean they still face obstacles ahead. WORLD PAGE A9

S'pore gets ready to make blockbusters [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S'pore gets ready to make blockbusters Chua Hian Hou Special effects studio in Mediapolis coming up by 2011 SETTING THE STAGE FOR SPECIAL EFFECTS The planned Mediapolis park (right) will have state-of-the-art infrastructure that will give filmmakers the special effects facilities they need to create high definition and 3-D films

China aims for stable growth [ARTICLE]

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China aims for stable growth Tracy Quek WITH INFORMATION FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS, BLOOMBERG, REUTERS By CHINA CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: China has pledged to redouble efforts to maintain "stable and relatively fast growth", after fresh data showed the global credit crunch had slowed its economy to its weakest pace in years. The

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prime-commentary

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN THE story "For friends" in Digital Life yesterday, it was stated that the price of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2B is $479. Panasonic has clarified that the price of the item is $749.

China unrests pose no threat – yet [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China unrests pose no threat yet Peh Shing Huei Beijing has been able to manage risks from localised mass incidents By I CHINA CORRESPONDENT PROTESTS appear to be so popular in China these days, that even the police got into the act last week. Some 100 policemen in Leiyang City

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VIEWPOINTS WE SAY A gauge for service quality Singapore has launched yet another award for service excellence. Perhaps it's time to consolidate all the various awards into one distinctive icon. EDITORIAL PAGE A23 COLUMNS High price to pay Compensating donors is an overly zealous way to shorten the waiting list

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Four women fleeced by chatline conman [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Four women fleeced by chatline conman Elena Chong Pretending to be rich, he promised well-paying jobs before cheating them By KIMBERLY SPYKERMAN MS WONG was surfing an Internet chatline earlier this year when she met a man named Barry, who described himself as the scion of a wealthy Bukit Timah

HK battles bird flu outbreak [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK battles bird flu outbreak REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, BLOOMBERG Chickens culled, poultry industry shut down amid fears of deadly strain HONG KONG: Hong Kong is exploring the need to change the vaccine used to protect chickens against bird flu as it battles its first outbreak in five years. Mass culling

Avian flu kills toddler in Indonesia [ARTICLE]

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Avian flu kills toddler in Indonesia AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JAKARTA: A two-year-old Indonesian girl died of bird flu, becoming the country's 113th fatality from the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. Her death, on Nov 30, was the first report of such cases in four months. Indonesia reported its

FREED JI DETAINEE: THE REACTIONS

Analysts are surprised but not alarmed [ARTICLE]

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Analysts are surprised but not alarmed Goh Chin Lian By SECURITY analysts were taken by surprise yesterday when they found out that Malaysia had released terrorist Yazid Sufaat (above) and more than a dozen Jemaah Islamiah detainees in the past month. They believe Yazid, who had links to the Al-Qae-da,

Yazid no longer a threat, says KL minister [ARTICLE]

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Yazid no longer a threat, says KL minister REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government yesterday confirmed that it had freed Yazid Sufaat, linked to the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and five other suspected militants, saying that they no longer posed

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prime financial crisis

Economists cut 2008 forecast to just 2.2% [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Economists cut 2008 forecast to just 2.2% Fiona Chan Robin Chan Prediction for next year even worse: Most say zero or negative growth By WITH only three weeks to the end of the year, economists are predicting that Singapore's economy will fare worse than the Government has forecast. A Monetary

World Bank paints a bleak picture for Asia in 2009 [ARTICLE]

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World Bank paints a bleak picture for Asia in 2009 ROBIN CHAN EAST Asian economies will expand at their slowest pace in eight years in 2009, said the World Bank yesterday. It predicted that growth in East Asia, excluding Japan, will hit 5.3 per cent, down from 7 per cent

60 Hong Kong investors compensated, says report [ARTICLE]

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60 Hong Kong investors compensated, says report Francis Chan By ABOUT 60 Hong Kong investors who bought structured products linked to collapsed Lehman Brothers, have reportedly received a total of HK$3O million (Sss.B million) in compensation. A total of 14 banks in the territory, including DBS Bank's Hong Kong unit,

Couple seek to recover USsl.2m in HK [ARTICLE]

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Couple seek to recover USsl.2m in HK Selina Lum DBS Bank (HK) sued over losses from Lehman-linked products By HONG KONG: Two former Singapore residents have sued DBS Bank (Hong Kong) for selling them structured products linked to the now-collapsed United States investment bank Lehman Brothers. The retired couple, Mr

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'The Senate seat is a valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'The Senate seat is a valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing' ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich, in a conversation taped by the FBI CHICAGO: The words on the recording sounded as if they were uttered by a mob boss. Instead, the United States federal authorities

Revelations shock even his harshest critics [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Revelations shock even his harshest critics NEW YORK TIMES LITTLE in the background of Governor Rod Blagojevich (right) prepared the people of Illinois for the man who was revealed in the criminal complaint that dropped like a bombshell. Delusional, narcissistic, vengeful and profane, Blagojevich as portrayed by federal prosecutors shocked

Calls for special election in Illinois [ARTICLE]

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Calls for special election in Illinois AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WASHINGTON POST CHICAGO: Top Democrats have called for a special election to fill the newly vacant Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama after the Governor of Illinois was arrested and charged with trying to sell it to the highest bidder.

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Democrats closer to power in 'shotgun wedding' [ARTICLE]

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Democrats closer to power in 'shotgun wedding' Nirmal Ghosh NEWS ANALYSIS But the party must win over pro-Thaksin voters even if it gets to form new government By THAILAND CORRESPONDENT BANGKOK: The signs at present point to the Democrats forming the next government, but in the volatile climate of Thai

The new Great Leap Forward [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The new Great Leap Forward Powerisers, a kind of sports boots which enable the wearer to jump up to 3m and run up to 32kmh, are the rage among youngsters in Chinese cities such as Guiyang. PHOTO: XINHUA

Troops sent after Maluku clashes [ARTICLE]

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Troops sent after Maluku clashes ASSOCIATED PRESS JAKARTA: Hundreds of troops were deployed to a tense Indonesian province in the Maluku islands after sectarian violence left two churches and 50 other buildings in flames, police said yesterday. At least six people were injured. The region was the scene of fierce

Abdullah's reform Bills criticised [ARTICLE]

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Abdullah's reform Bills criticised Carolyn Hong Proposed judicial and anti-graft measures fail to win over opposition and even govt MPs By MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi presented his long-awaited reforms to Parliament yesterday when he tabled two Bills to set up new bodies to oversee judicial

China set to be 'leading innovator of the world' [ARTICLE]

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China set to be 'leading innovator of the world' REUTERS By 2012, it will overtake Japan and US in volume of new patents: Report BEIJING: China is churning out fresh inventions at a faster pace than any other country and is likely to unseat Japan as the leader in new

Chinese protest on Human Rights Day [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese protest on Human Rights Day BEIJING: Two dozen people protested outside China's Foreign Ministry in Beijing yesterday, using the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights to decry a myriad of alleged government abuses. Beijing police formed a cordon to hold them back and let

Mumbai attackers 'part of bigger cell' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mumbai attackers 'part of bigger cell' NEW YORK TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Police say 20 others chosen for suicide missions are at large MUMBAI: The Mumbai police said the 10 men who carried out the terrorist attacks here last month were among 30 recruits selected for suicide missions,

Pakistan may ban front for Lashkar [ARTICLE]

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Pakistan may ban front for Lashkar UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has said it would ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba group allegedly behind the Mumbai attacks, if the United Nations (UN) declares it a terrorist organisation. Islamabad also said all Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps would not be allowed on Pakistani soil,

Here comes the bride – with bullet in head [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Here comes the bride with bullet in head PHOTO: CHENNAI: Ms Nirmala Shankar got married on Nov 30 clad in a wedding sari and adorned with jewels, but also with a piece of a bullet stuck to the right side of her brain. The shrapnel had hit her when terrorists

Chance to change how Muslims see US: Obama [ARTICLE]

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Chance to change how Muslims see US: Obama President-elect talks about strategy for first year in office WASHINGTON: President-elect Barack Obama said his presidency is a chance for the United States to mend its image in the Muslim world, and that he will deliver a "major address" in an Islamic

George Yeo: How Asean can make its mark [ARTICLE]

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George Yeo: How Asean can make its mark ASEAN countries cannot do much to change the world, but they can make an impact on it by improving governance in the region, Foreign Minister George Yeo said yesterday. To do this, they have to draw on the democratic idea of always

world international

More airports being HIJACKED [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More airports being HIJACKED ASSOCIATED PRESS Visibility, vulnerability make them ideal targets LONDON: Protesters stormed the tarmac of one of Britain's busiest airports, shut down two airports in Thailand and invaded a runway in Athens and some experts see a worrisome pattern. In the post-Sept 11 era, protests at international

Red faces over risque cover of German journal [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Red faces over risque cover of German journal BEIJING: A prestigious science institute in Germany wanted beautiful classical Chinese text to adorn its journal to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, what was published was a racy flier for a strip club that promised customers beautiful housewives with curvaceous

Teen's death: Greek govt faces collapse [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teen's death: Greek govt faces collapse AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Shooting fans the flames of public ire over rampant corruption and joblessness ATHENS: The shooting of a schoolboy by police in Athens, which sparked violent clashes between police and protesters for several days, has highlighted the fault lines which run through Greek

ERUPTION OF ANGER [ARTICLE]

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ERUPTION OF ANGER "The pressure cooker was already boiling over; Saturday's shooting was just the detonator. This explosion of anger among young people is against the police...but also against the government which is not seen as working towards the common good." Mr Theo Livanios, a pollster for the Athens-based Opinion

world- in brief

India fuming over Taj replica [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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India fuming over Taj replica AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PHOTOS: DHAKA: Bangladesh is coming up with its own Taj Mahal, and India is not amused. India's High Commission yesterday voiced its displeasure over a life-size replica of the Taj, saying it would investigate to see if any copyright laws had been breached.

$2m to fight Somali piracy [ARTICLE]

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$2m to fight Somali piracy AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NAIROBI: An international conference on Somali piracy that kicked off here yesterday was expected to propose that the region's coastal nations arrest and prosecute the pirates. The proposal is outlined in a document by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and

KL-Jakarta air pact [ARTICLE]

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KL-Jakarta air pact BERNAMA JAKARTA: Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to sign a key agreement today that will allow limited use of each other's airspace without prior diplomatic permission, Malaysia's Chief of Defence Force General Abdul Aziz Zainal said. He said the agreement would allow military aircraft of both countries

Fake cosmetics seized [ARTICLE]

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Fake cosmetics seized THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK GEORGETOWN: A beauty centre with branches in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah is being investigated by the Health Ministry for selling fake Swiss skincare products which were actually from China. Yesterday, products worth at least RM5.5 million (552.2 million) were seized from a

Six-party nuke talks stall [ARTICLE]

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Six-party nuke talks stall REUTERS BEIJING: Negotiators seeking progress in ending North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions failed to make headway yesterday, the chief United States delegate said, offering little hope of a breakthrough. US envoy Christopher Hill said that after another day of the six-party disarmament talks, the negotiators were

SLICEOFLIFE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SLICEOFLIFE REUTERS It pays to lose weight CHICAGO: Losing weight is easier when there is money on the line, American researchers said. Weight-loss programmes that rewarded people with money and reminded them of the cash they stood to lose if they failed provided a powerful incentive to lose weight compared

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REVIEW & FORUM

A single distinctive service icon serves best [ARTICLE]

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A single distinctive service icon serves best THE Singapore Service Star, launched last week as a mark of excellence among tourist establishments, is only one among a growing number of awards for superior customer service since the public and private sectors began redoubling efforts to improve service quality in the

A helping hand for the arts [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A helping hand for the arts Lee Boon Yang By THE Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts' (Mica) two major challenges next year will be to sustain the emerging creative industries and nurture the arts during this downturn. We have already introduced support programmes within our available resources. For

Asian crisis? World Bank ready to help [ARTICLE]

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Asian crisis? World Bank ready to help Jim Adams By FOR THE STRAITS TIMES TODAY'S global financial crisis is not of East Asia's making. Yet the region, like the rest of the world, will not escape its effects. Fortunately, East Asian countries are better prepared to face today's financial turmoil

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High price of compensating donors [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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High price of compensating donors Christopher Cheng By Ng Lay Guat FOR THE STRAITS TIMES EVER-LENGTHENING waiting lists for kidneys is an old problem not unique to Singapore. Almost every country in the world has a waiting list that is growing longer faster than the number of transplants done per

Keynes is back but read history carefully [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Keynes is back but read history carefully By Joseph E. Stiglitz WE ARE all Keynesians now. Even the right in the United States has joined the Keynesian camp with unbridled enthusiasm. For those of us who claimed some connection to the Keynesian tradition, this is a moment of triumph, after

Recession a setback for climate change talks [LETTER]

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Recession a setback for climate change talks By Michael Richardson FOR THE STRAITS TIMES OFFICIALS from Singapore and 185 other nations involved in trying to craft a new global climate change treaty are taking part in ministerial-level talks this week in Poznan, Poland. They are trying to narrow disagreements on

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A sense of security and foreboding [LETTER]

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A sense of security and foreboding William Goh I REFER to Monday's letter by Central Singapore District mayor Zainudin Nordin, "Mumbai carnage: We must not allow harmony to be shattered by terror", and the report, "Past terrorist attacks in Singapore". Mr Zainudin's comment that "there will always be those who

CPF cash top-ups meant for retirement [LETTER]

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CPF cash top-ups meant for retirement I REFER to last Friday's letter by Mr Jolly Wee, "Encouraging CPF top-ups", proposing the withdrawal of interest earned on voluntary top-ups to the CPF Special Account. The purpose of the voluntary CPF top-up scheme is to encourage members to make cash top-ups to

DBS Land didn't abandon Shanghai project [LETTER]

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DBS Land didn't abandon Shanghai project Dr Han Cheng Fong I REFER to the article, "When times are bad, prepare for good times" (Dec 3). In particular, I refer to the paragraph where Mr Liew Mun Leong says he took over the derelict Raffles City Shanghai project, "a big hole

MRT system designed to transport large numbers promptly and efficiently [LETTER]

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MRT system designed to transport large numbers promptly and efficiently I REFER to the letters, "Crowded trains: Bunching not the problem" by Ms Hannah Ruth Chia (Nov 25), and "No thanks: Why commuter hasn't taken a train in two years" by Mr Camillus Yap (Online Forum, Nov 22). Both writers

Marathon well run but can be improved [LETTER]

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Marathon well run but can be improved Gavin Moey I CONGRATULATE the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore Athletic Association on a job well done in organising the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. Unlike some participants, I did not have much difficulty collecting my race pack. I arrived at Expo Hall

14% hike in school-bus fares too hefty [LETTER]

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14% hike in school-bus fares too hefty Chong Ching Hoong I WRITE to express my disappointment with the recent increase in school-bus fares. Three weeks ago, when I went to Red Swastika School in Bedok North Avenue 3 to register my second child in Primary 1, I was shocked to

Passenger safety is top priority [LETTER]

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Passenger safety is top priority WE ARE sorry to hear about the incident involving Madam Tan Loo Peng's mother and daughter on board our bus ("Girl, grandma hurt when bus doors close", last Saturday). SMRT has been in touch with Madam Tan and is assisting the Traffic Police to investigate

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{j) WHAT'S ONLINE MORE LETTERS www.straitstimes.com ONLINE FORUM FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Why support for group may not be advisable 00 SINGAPORE MARATHON: No medical help for unwell child THOSE OF US WHO SMOKE: Don't treat us as subnormal human beings 'SEA PEOPLE': What happened to Singapore's Orang Laut? MCDONALD'S

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Banks driving car buyers up the wall Maria Almenoar Getting a loan is not easy even for those with perfect credit histories By tomobile, which sells China-made Chery cars, said customers are being rejected if their income is "$1 below the required level". He has seen customers who earn good

SCDF dogs trained to sniff out arson [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SCDF dogs trained to sniff out arson Teh Joo Lin Recruitment of Max and Rex has helped the fire investigation branch to solve cases swiftly By THE skills of two recruits in the Singapore Civil Defence Force "arson dogs" Max and Rex are helping investigators here solve arson cases quickly.

Imported Irish pork clears test [ARTICLE]

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Imported Irish pork clears test Tessa Wong By ALTHOUGH currently under an island-wide ban, all Irish pork imports here have so far tested clean for dioxins, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said yesterday. The imports were recalled on Sunday after Irish officials revealed that meat exported to dozens of

Mixed mood at human rights celebration [ARTICLE]

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Mixed mood at human rights celebration Jeremy Au Yong Cheer, scepticism at event to mark Declaration's 60th year By HUMAN rights will always take a back seat to other interests and no country in the world can be expected to have a consistent human rights policy, said Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh.

NEED FOR BALANCE [ARTICLE]

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NEED FOR BALANCE In the real world, no country, no matter how idealistic, can pursue a foreign policy based exclusively on human rights or even on human rights as a first priority." Professor Tommy Koh

President bids farewell to a friend [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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President bids farewell to a friend Goh Chin Lian By PRESIDENT S R Nathan spent half an hour with family members and friends of the late former MP Ho See Beng, recalling the experiences he shared with a man he considered a long-time stalwart of the labour movement. After paying

S'poreans still steering clear of Bangkok [ARTICLE]

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S'poreans still steering clear of Bangkok Tessa Wong Many are cancelling trips; some are waiting to see how situation plays out By NEARLY a week after protesters left Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Singaporean travellers remain wary of Bangkok as a holiday destination. A check with major tour agencies and airlines found

Blackout balloons [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blackout balloons Sixty biodegradable black balloons, representing the minutes of the hour during which people are encouraged to turn off the lights, were released into the sky over HortPark yesterday as drums sounded to Dublicise Earth Hour at 8.30pm on March 28 next year. ST PHOTO: SHAHRIYA YAHAYA

Spreading Christmas cheer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Spreading Christmas cheer PHOTO: THE Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped had decided to do without a Christmas tree this year because of the economic downturn. It chose instead to spend the extra money on welfare programmes for its 3,000 members. On hearing about this, home furnishing giant Ikea donated

Iseas to set up centre for Buddhism studies [ARTICLE]

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Iseas to set up centre for Buddhism studies Yen Feng By SCHOLARS of Buddhism could find themselves with a wealth of new resources come next year. The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas) yesterday said it will set up a centre for research into Buddhism following a $1 million donation

HK's Salon, MDA set up $100m film fund [ARTICLE]

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HK's Salon, MDA set up $100m film fund Chua Hian Hou By A NEW $100 million film fund will give Singapore media firms a shot in the arm. The fund, set up by Hong Kong's Salon Films group and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), will be used to

Woman, 92, ordered to take mental test [ARTICLE]

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Woman, 92, ordered to take mental test Selina Lum She challenged bank's call to assess her ability to handle $8.9m account I By A 92-YEAR-OLD woman who sued OCBC Bank for freezing her $8.9 million account has been ordered by the High Court to undergo an independent psychiatric test. Madam

Prostitute's death an accident [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Prostitute's death an accident Sujin Thomas CORONER'S RULING ON FALL FROM FLAT I By WHEN Mr Edmund Peter Anthony, 34, took a prostitute home last October, all he could think about was having a good time, but the assistant restaurant manager's night ended with the death of a woman and

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Maid jailed for false report [ARTICLE]

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Maid jailed for false report AN INDONESIAN maid who made a false report stating her employer had burnt and raped her has been jailed for one month. Baniyah, 23, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to giving false information to Senior Staff Sergeant Patrick Lim. She confessed that she had lied as

Couple injured in m-cycle crash [ARTICLE]

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Couple injured in m-cycle crash A COUPLE in their 60s were hurt badly after their motorcycle skidded on the Pan-Island Expressway, near the Jurong Town Hall exit, on Tuesday. Both suffered head injuries and abrasions on their bodies, and were taken to the National University Hospital. Witnesses can call the

Coffee shop broken into [ARTICLE]

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Coffee shop broken into THREE men broke into a coffee shop at Block 237, Serangoon Avenue 3, in the early hours of yesterday morning. A cash register, containing $2,000, was taken, along with a few packets of cigarettes. Anyone with information can call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000.

'If we can afford to spend, why not?' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'If we can afford to spend, why not?' Most teens with allowances don't think recession will curb their spending: Poll I By Lim Pow Hong I Seow Kai Lun SINGAPORE'S school-going children seem unaware of terms such as "recession" or "economic downturn". To the average teenager, a budget meal costs

Tips for parents [ARTICLE]

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Tips for parents Start giving a child a fixed allowance at a young age, so that he learns the value of money. Give allowances on a daily basis first, encouraging a child to save 10 per cent of it daily, before moving to a weekly, then monthly basis. Do this

Kids talk about money and spending [ARTICLE]

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Kids talk about money and spending FAST FOOD OVER KOPITIAM "I would rather eat fast food than go to the kopitiam to eat as the food there is not so nice." Ruthie Tan, 14, Tanjong Katong Girls' School RACKING UP PHONE BILLS "My parents got me to switch to prepaid

'King of cloves' Ng Bok Eng dies at 92 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'King of cloves' Ng Bok Eng dies at 92 Judith Tan I By BUSINESS mogul and philanthropist Ng Bok Eng, whose integrity and generosity stretched beyond the business community, died on Sunday; he was 92. Mr Ng was survived by his wife of 68 years, Madam Ho Gim Tee, four

After-school scheme puts smiles back [ARTICLE]

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After-school scheme puts smiles back HELPING NEEDY KIDS Single mum with five sons survives, thanks to pocket money fund I By Grace Chua SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Muhammad Zulfiqhul started Primary 1 this year barely able to add and without knowing the alphabet. But thanks to an after-school programme at the Bukit Ho

FairPrice's new cookbook for gourmets with heart of gold [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FairPrice's new cookbook for gourmets with heart of gold THIS holiday season, impress your dinner guests with a home-cooked gourmet meal and help raise money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund at the same time. These tasty recipes are from The Good Life Recipes 2008, a cookbook put

Donate to help 8,000 needy students [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Donate to help 8,000 needy students THE Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund needs your help to aid needy Singaporean students. A total of $4.4 million is required this year to help more than 8,000 children. You can donate by making out a cheque to "The Straits Times School Pocket

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LIONS TOPS, BUT AT A COST Wang Meng Meng Their perfect record in Group A is marred by physical battering By A PERFECT record in Group A of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup is indeed a feat to celebrate, but the Lions now have to count the cost of

Thailand, Vietnam in semi-finals [ARTICLE]

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Thailand, Vietnam in semi-finals BERNAMA PHUKET: Thailand geared up for an assault on the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup with a 3-0 demolition of Malaysia yesterday. The Thais, three-time winners of the biennial tournament but winless in the last two editions, took the lead through Sutee Suksomkit in the 20th

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Yao drives Rockets to win over Hawks [ARTICLE]

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Yao drives Rockets to win over Hawks ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON: The Houston Rockets blew a big lead, then relied on Yao Ming to rally the team to a 92-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday. Yao Ming scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high

Bolt and Walker – athletes of the year [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bolt and Walker athletes of the year AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE KINGSTON (Jamaica): Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and Olympic women's 400m hurdles champion Melanie Walker were named Jamaica's male and female athletes of the year on Tuesday. Bolt (above, with his International Association of Athletics Federations' male Athlete of the

Canberra backs World Cup bid [ARTICLE]

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Canberra backs World Cup bid REUTERS SYDNEY: Australia's bid to host the 2018 football World Cup received a major boost yesterday when the federal government pledged A545.6 million (5544.9 million) to help the campaign. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the government intended to work closely with the Football Federation of

London organisers plan shorter events [ARTICLE]

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London organisers plan shorter events ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: The organisers of the 2012 London Olympics want to use shorter sessions to allow more fans to see more events. London 2012 organising committee chief executive Paul Deighton also wants tickets to go to fans instead of groups that may or may

NFL cuts jobs in face of recession [ARTICLE]

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NFL cuts jobs in face of recession ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK: The National Football League will retrench more than 10 per cent of its headquarters staff following the downturn in the United States economy. About 150 of its staff in New York, NFL Films in New Jersey and television and

Harrington scoops Euro Tour honour [ARTICLE]

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Harrington scoops Euro Tour honour BLOOMBERG LONDON: Padraig Harrington was on Tuesday named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the second straight time, after he won two Major championships this year. The Irishman, 37, retained his title at the British Open in July, becoming the first European to

ROCKY ROAD AWAITS BLUES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ROCKY ROAD AWAITS BLUES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE They beat Cluj to finish second in group and will meet big guns in last 16 Chelsea 2 CFR Cluj 1 LONDON: Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he does not care who Chelsea play in the Champions League second round, even though his side's failure

Smooth sailing for Liverpool [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Smooth sailing for Liverpool AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PSV Eindhoven 1 Liverpool 3 LONDON: The contest was all but irrelevant, but Liverpool still found riches in their win over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday. Fringe players came good, the Reds secured top spot in Group D, manager Rafael Benitez

Renault's no to one-engine plan [ARTICLE]

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Renault's no to one-engine plan ASSOCIATED PRESS ENSTONE (England): The Renault Formula One team yesterday distanced themselves from speculation suggesting that they were considering the International Automobile Federation's (FIA) offer of a standardised engine to help cut costs. Renault said that reports suggesting that they were interested in the ruling

GROUP A [ARTICLE]

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GROUP B Panathinaikos 'Inter Milan '*Werder Bremen 6 3 1 2 8 7 10 6 2 2 2 8 7 8 6 14 17 9 7 tnorthosis Famagusta 6 13 2 8 8 6

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FENG WANTS PERFECT END Lin Xinyi Paddler hopes to finish 2008 with a flourish by winning Grand Finals I By THIS year has seen Feng Tianwei guide Singapore to its first Olympic medal in 48 years, achieve a career-high world No. 6 ranking and win her maiden International Table Tennis

Dhoni hopes Tests will lift spirits [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dhoni hopes Tests will lift spirits REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CHENNAI: India's capain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, hopes the cricket Test series against England will help the country heal the scars of last month's militant attacks in Mumbai. India is still shaken by the three days of carnage in the financial capital

Warne's musical may spark similar tales [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Warne's musical may spark similar tales Neil Humphreys LIGHTERSIDE By LOCK up your daughters and inform all hair-replacement therapists: Shane Warne is back. The greatest bowler in the history of world cricket (i.e. better than anyone else from Australia, England, India and two or three other countries) has swapped the

Pacquiao receives hero's welcome [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pacquiao receives hero's welcome ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO: MANILA: Filipino lightweight boxer Manny Pacquiao (left) returned home to a champion's welcome yesterday, after beating his bigger and more famous opponent Oscar de la Hoya last weekend in Las Vegas. "My victory is a victory for all of us," the 29-year-old said

Scoreboard [ARTICLE]

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Scoreboard Basketball NBA: Cleveland 114 Toronto 94, Washington 107 Detroit 94, Utah 99 Minnesota 96, Chicago 105 NY Knicks 100, San Antonio 133 Dallas 126 (OT), Houston 92 Atlanta 84, Phoenix 125 Milwaukee 110, Orlando 109 Portland 108, Sacramento 113 LA Lakers 101. Football Champions League, Group A: Chelsea (Eng)

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"They didn't even give me time to look at myself in the mirror. They gave me the tracksuit and I'm not sure it fits me well." Juande Ramos, who took immediate control of Real Madrid after Bernd Schuster was sacked on Tuesday

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I ,v I ROAD TO RECOVERY India's captain hopes the first Test will help heal the Mumbai scars. 812 fnT\ WHAT'S ONLINE O MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED AND MORE www.straitstimes.com.sg MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES 800 Fl officials wanted. Real Madrid fire Schuster. 26 Chinese basketballers gave false ages. Kinnear in hot

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to Our Chairman Mr. Heng Kheng Seng on the demise of his beloved mother MDM. CHANG PING HIANG Departed on 09 December 2008 W M From: The Management Staff of Penguin. PENGUIN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AT J ia

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to Mr Gary Heng Kheng Ngiap on the demise of his beloved mother CHANG PING HIANG who passed away peacefully on 9 December 2008 From: The Rocha Family and JA&y The Management Staff of the ,„™E™ C. F. SHARP GROUP OF COMPANIES

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f 16th ANNIVERSARY IN LOVING MEMORY OF DR WOON WAH SIANG DEPARTED 11 DECEMBER 1992 Our Dearest Dad and Kong Kong You are always in our thoughts And forever in our hearts We miss you so very much Forever loved and remembered by children, grandchildren and loved ones.

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v Ist Anniversary In Loving Memory Of MRS. TERESA (HARRIS) TEO MDM. CHIA CHENG ENG Departed: 11 December 2007 In life loved and honored, In death remembered. Deeply missed and fondly remembered by Pauline, Grandchildren, Brothers, Sister and all loved ones

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From the family of the late Lo Hwei Yen 08.01.1980 27.11.2008 To our dear relatives, friends, colleagues, business associates and well-wishers from the public, We miss our Princess Yen more than words can say but we would like to thank you for helping us to shoulder our grief with your

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CHANYOWKEE Age: 72 passed away peacefully on 9 Dec 2008, leaving behind loved ones. (Wife: Chuey Yeow Hoe deceased) Son: Daughter-in-law: Chan Chee Leong Keith Yap Fong Yuen Lynda I I Daughter: Son-in-law: I Chan Lai Chan Elsie Yeo Eng Meng Steven I Granddaughters: I Chan Yu-Lynn Karmen I Chan

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The family of the late PAI KANG HAN Departed 5 December 2008 wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to relatives, friends, colleagues and business associates for their kind assistance, attendance, condolences, donations and wreaths during their recent bereavement. Special Thanks To: Local and oversea government officers Local and

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J. 3 "Safe in Jesus' Arms" fc Second Anniversary MICHAEL OH JIN LEONG 22 March 1945 11 December 2006 We remember... We celebrate... We believe... Deeply missed and cherished by i hf all who loved him best. v> ?-s■&*

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In Loving Memory Of Bth Anniversary 2nd Anniversary Chow Kheng Fong Leong Yat Choon Departed 11 December 2000 Departed 23 June 2006 "We often think of bygone days, When we were together, The family chain is broken, But memories of you both live forever." Dearly missed and forever cherished by

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HO TON JEN Age: 48 passed away peacefully on 9 December 2008, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Khuong Thuy Quyen Sons: Ho Hoa Thanh HoHoaHao Ho He Zhang Sisters: Brothers-in-law: Ho Duan Meng John Dahlberg Ho Duan Juat Wong Cheong Phong Ho Teong Zee Colin Loo Nephews: Matthew Dahlberg, Joshua

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I I Ist ANNIVERSARY In Loving Memory of S. KARTAR SINGH SEKHON (J HAND I AN A) Departed 11 December 2007 Deeply missed and lovingly remembered In the hearts of family and loved ones always. "O Lord, of Thee these boons I ask, Let me never shun a righteous task.

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JOSEPH CHONG CHUAN PENG Age: 91 was called home to be with the Lord on 10 December 2008. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Wife: Rosa Ng Ah Na Sons: Daughters-in-law: Joseph Chong Michelle Chng Peter Chong Eng Cheok Huek Clement Chong Delphine Wee Daughters: Sons-in-law: Maria Chong

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Singapore Linarmed Training Institute rounder, President and Qhieflnstructor^ MASTER TAN SENG LEE J Age: 68 passed away peacefully on 9 December 2008, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Tay Kooi Wah 1Son: Daughter-in-law: JTan Poh Yong, Nikko Shinobu Saito, Sandy Daughter: Son-in-law: Tan Poh Yen, Joyce Chee Keng Eng Grandson: Granddaughter:

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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 MADAM MAGGIE LOH SOOI YIN Aged: 86 was called home to be with the Lord on 10 December 2008. Dearly missed and remembered by Son: Daughter-in-law: Li Lit Siew Sandra Koh

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The family of the late i GEORGE MELVYN BELL Departed 07/12/08 wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to relatives, friends, colleagues I and business associates for their kind I assistance, attendance, condolences, donations T and wreaths during their recent bereavement. I

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TAN GEK NGOH Age: 92 passed away peacefully on 9 December 2008. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. (Husband: Chua Chian Lee, deceased) Sons: Daughters-in-law: (Chua Him Chye, deceased) Sim Mah Lee Chua Peng Kuan, Victor Tan Li Siang Daughters: Sons-in-law: Chua Choy Kheng (Tan Kok Jing, deceased)

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Lee Khai Mun Age 56 passed away peacefully on 9 December 2008, leaving behind loved ones. Wife Long Shiow Yeng Daughters Lee Xln Min Lee Xin Yun Lee Li Xian I Brothers Lee (deceased) Sisters-in-law Chow (deceased) Lee Yiong Lee Kai Yee Tan Ah Bee Lee Tai Chee (deceased) Lim

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9TH ANNIVERSARY CPT.TEDDYQUAH KOKMENG I Departed: 11 Dec 1999 ...we still miss you I Dad Robert Quah Mum: Lucy Quah Sis Tammy Quah family friends

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jjgi Kg \SajeintiiearmsofJesii7\ J J CHUATECKSENG Called Home: 11 Dec 1995 Peacefid beyourrest dear Dad/KongKong 13yearsagowehadtopart But precious memories ofyou Remain deep in our hearts Dearly cherished by loved ones

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I. r ThalalThevasam Ist Anniversary KRISHNAN SINGH Dearly missed and forever cherished by family, friends and relatives. Thevasam Prayers will be held on 11.12.2008 (Thu), 7pm at Sri Sivan Temple (Geylang East) Please treat this as a personal invitation. Tel: 6474 0442 J

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"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." Psalm 23:4 Mrs Brampy Irene Age: 71 was called home to be with the Lord on 9 Dec 2008, dearly missed by loved ones. Husband: Robert (deceased) Son:

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T 1 In Loving Memory of Cheang Chwee Neo Departed 11 Dec 2002 There's a sad but sweet remembrance, There is a memory fond and true; And a token of affection, mother, And a heartache still for you. Always remembered by your loved ones. ka A

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Buying spree lifts STI above 1,800 Yang Huiwen BULLS AND BEARS Investors buoyed by expectation of Wall Street rally from auto bailout I By There was also grim data from the World Bank indicating that global economic growth will slow to its weakest level in four decades next year. Risk

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■ STRAITS TIMES INDEX [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STRAITS TIMES INDEX STOCK TRADING VOLUME 1.782 billion shares worth $1.53 billion UP DOWN Gainers: 350 Losers: 152 Unchanged:7so

FTSE ST INDEXES [ARTICLE]

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FTSE ST INDEXES Mid Cap 348.87 9.39 Basic materials 235.80 6.92 Utilities 282.24 11.26 Small Cap 296.96 8.65 Industrials 355.17 18.05 Financials 439.72 17.34 All Share 432.13 15.05 Consumer goods 375.15 20.57 Technology 357.00 5.24 Fledgling 385.87 5.55 Health care 378.99 14.08 Real estate 358.02 16.88 China 196.43 11.38 Consumer

SINGAPORE STOCKS [ARTICLE]

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Currencies [ARTICLE]

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Currencies FOREIGN CURRENCY NOTE RATES: (9AM): SS TO ONE UNITOF FOREIGN CURRENCY Dec 10 2008 Buying Selling Hust dollar 0.9800 1.0110 Can dollar 1.1850 1.1990 Euro 1.9330 1.9550 Malaysian ringgit* 0.4149 0.4156 NZ dollar 0.8080 0.8250 Sterling pound 2.2070 2.2310 US dollar 1.4940 1.5100 S$ TO 100 UNITS OF FOREIGN

Straits Times Index Stocks [ARTICLE]

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Straits Times Index Stocks HIGH LOW CODE COMPANY TRADED SALE +OR'OOO HIGH LOW YIELD P/E $MII 718 375 1490 670 2180 590 70.5 123 515 3580 1920 2236 1340 780 454 270 909 319 1880 1460 467 464 384 590 473 414 316 2170 572 228 5606 CapitaLand 138 5417

FTSE ST Mid-Cap Index Stocks [ARTICLE]

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FTSE ST Mid-Cap Index Stocks HIGH LOW CODE COMPANY TRADED SALE +OR'OOO HIGH LOW YIELD P/E $MII 165 272 210 256 246 438 102 104 238 228 200 190 365 334 195 106 595 398 765 418 372 317 190 580 87 222 256 101 130 117.4 36.5 357.2 126

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Cargo carriers hit hard by slowdown [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cargo carriers hit hard by slowdown Karamjit Kaur JettB, SIA Cargo among global freight firms suffering as traffic shrinks I By I AVIATION CORRESPONDENT SINGAPORE'S only privately owned cargo carrier has hit turbulence, with just one plane in its fleet and only a single scheduled flight a week between Singapore

Aussie govt pledges $34m to keep ABC centres open [ARTICLE]

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Aussie govt pledges $34m to keep ABC centres open ASSOCIATED PRESS SYDNEY: Australia's federal government yesterday pledged tens of millions of dollars to keep 241 childcare centres open until March as the nation's largest childcare group struggles to continue operations amid deep debt. The As34 million (5533.6 million) will keep

French firm to open Sephora store here [ARTICLE]

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French firm to open Sephora store here Michelle Tay By PROFIT margins are getting thin at retailers but French luxury group LVMH remains bullish on Singapore and plans to open three posh beauty stores here over the next 12 months. Mr Ravi Thakran, LVMH group president of South Asia, South-east

Asean nations must shift to high-value trade: Study [ARTICLE]

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Asean nations must shift to high-value trade: Study Elizabeth Wilmot I By SOUTH-EAST Asian nations must rebalance their economies or their trade will be hit once oil prices resume their rise, said a study by logistics firm DHL and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The study examined 383 trading relationships

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1,000 Shanghai workers stage sit-in [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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1,000 Shanghai workers stage sit-in AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Rare factory protest is latest sign of strain in manufacturing industry SHANGHAI: Nearly 1,000 workers staged a rare sit-in outside a Shanghai factory yesterday in the latest sign of strain in China's manufacturing industry, which has been hit hard by the economic crisis.

A 'misunderstanding' [ARTICLE]

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A 'misunderstanding' MAINBOARD-LISTED Huan Hsin Holdings yesterday said the protest at its factories in Shanghai was due to a misunderstanding. In a statement to the Singapore Exchange, Huan Hsin said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shanghai Yi Hsin Industry Co, has respected local labour laws and has paid its employees on time.

$23b loan deal set for US car giants [ARTICLE]

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$23b loan deal set for US car giants ASSOCIATED PRESS, BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON: Congressional Democratic leaders and the White House have finalised a deal to spend US$l5 billion (Ss23 billion) on emergency loans for struggling United States carmakers, congressional officials said yesterday. The measure could see a House of Representatives' vote

Opportunities in China for S'pore firms [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Opportunities in China for S'pore firms Fiona Chan By MANUFACTURERS in Singapore may be feeling low from the slowdown in global demand but here are three little words to cheer them up: "China wants you". The economic crisis has hit Singapore and China in different ways, said Mr Li Ming

Govt suspends industrial land sales [ARTICLE]

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Govt suspends industrial land sales Joyce Teo Move comes amid lower demand, and falling prices and rents I By I PROPERTY CORRESPONDENT SALES of state-owned industrial land have been suspended for the first half of next year in the light of economic uncertainty. Only industrial land on the "reserve list"

BNP Paribas to hire more staff here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BNP Paribas to hire more staff here Gabriel Chen Analysts say French bank's plans a boost to wealth management industry I By A MAJOR global financial institution is going ahead with a hiring spree in Singapore in the next few months in defiance of the gloom in the financial sector.

America's highest-paid CEO – Oracle's Ellison [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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America's highest-paid CEO Oracle's Ellison AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: Oracle's Mr Larry Ellison (inset) was the highest-paid chief executive in the United States last year with a total compensation of US$l92 million (Ss2BB million), a survey by a corporate research firm showed on Tuesday. The Corporate Library survey of top executive

HIRED ON CONTRACT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HIRED ON CONTRACT Joyce Teo Key finance exec but... Over half of S'pore firms polled see this as good solution to tight staffing "flexible, strategic staffing solution in these current economic times", said Robert Half director Tim Hird. The survey of 4,948 finance and human resource managers in 17 economies

SURVEY FINDINGS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SURVEY FINDINGS /g| What would you consider as the most important reasons for the increased popularity of senior-level contract finance professionals? Better acceptance by stakeholders More people willing/obliged to work as interim managers To make their labour force more flexible For cost efficiencies To gain access to specialised skills Global

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THE POWER LIST 2008 ENTERTAINMENT

Shining stars [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shining stars ong sor fern From TV to film to concerts, these bright sparks showed their strength this year Singapore's entertainment scene has had a busy, buzzy year with a host of activities from both veterans and new faces. From home-grown films which made an impact both here and overseas

1 Jack Neo, 48 Film-maker [ARTICLE]

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1 Jack Neo, 48 Film-maker Boon Chan Ten years after Money No Enough (1998) broke box-office records here, entertainer Jack Neo still has his finger firmly on the heartland pulse. The sequel Money No Enough 2, which he directed, wrote and starred in, has taken in a rosy $4.9 million

2 Tanya Chua, 33 Singer-songwriter [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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2 Tanya Chua, 33 Singer-songwriter Cheryl Tan When Singapore singer Tanya Chua won Taiwan's prestigious Golden Melody Award (GMA) for Best Mandarin Female Singer two years ago, some thought it was a fluke. Then the industry's dark horse, she beat stalwarts China-born pop queen Faye Wong and fellow Singaporean Stefanie

3 Eric Khoo, 42 Film director [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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3 Eric Khoo, 42 Film director John Lui Eric Khoo made history this year when his fourth feature-length film, My Magic, became the first Singapore film to make it to the prestigious Palme d'Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. He did it with a Tamil-language story about

4 PLow Ka Hoe, 39 SingTel's director of mio TV and content [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4 PLow Ka Hoe, 39 SingTel's director of mio TV and content Boon Chan Tele communications giant SingTel scored a major coup when it announced in July that its pay-TV service, mio TV, would be offering hit American television series ondemand as soon as 24 hours after they premiere in

5 Kenneth Tan, 43, COO, Media Development Authority, and Singapore Film Commission director [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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5 Kenneth Tan, 43, COO, Media Development Authority, and Singapore Film Commission director John Lui He has been a fixture on Lifel's power list since 2006. Mr Tan first made his debut at No. 9 for shepherding Golden Village's VivoCity outlet to a spectacular opening. Last year, he climbed a

6 Lee Thean-jeen, 40 Writer, director, producer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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6 Lee Thean-jeen, 40 Writer, director, producer Jocelyn Lee If an English-language television drama looks cinematic and beautiful, and also boasts a literate script, chances are, it was produced by seasoned writerdirector Lee Thean-jeen. The Singapore permanent resident earned his spot on Lifel's power list by cornering the market on

7 Midas Promotions [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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7 Midas Promotions Eddino Abdul Hadi ST PHOTOS: Scorching sun and sweltering afternoon heat did not deter 10,000 music fans from packing Fort Canning Park for the second day of music festival SingFest in August, one of the largest crowds the venue has seen. The draw was Midas Promotions' coup

8 Kok Len Shoong, 51 MediaCorp vice-president of Chinese drama productions [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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8 Kok Len Shoong, 51 MediaCorp vice-president of Chinese drama productions Cheryl Tan She may not be recognised in the streets by fans but her keen talentspotting eye determines who gets star treatment. Ms Kok is the unofficial king and queen maker in Caldecott. The modest 51-year-old, who has worked

Go ahead quote me [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead quote me 'I go through life ''^e a arate Singer Britney i&HLtffiL-h* describing how she copes with fame 'I've become a character in a comic. That's what it feels like. And that character is always drunk!' Singer Lilv Allen (right) -inger Lily Alien (rignt) 'I may be the

9 Pek Siok Lian, 39 Film-maker [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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9 Pek Siok Lian, 39 Film-maker John Lui Former CNN and MediaCorp journalist Pek Siok Lian, 39, debuts on this list by breaking new ground at Singapore's box office. Her documentary, Mad About English, about the feverish pre-Olympics rush to learn the language in China, screened in three halls in

10 KittyWu – Errol Tan, 32 and Lesley Chew, 27 Music label concert organisers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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10 KittyWu Errol Tan, 32 and Lesley Chew, 27 Music label concert organisers Eddino Abdul Hadi Music label-cum-concert organiser KittyWu came out of nowhere and made a splash on the local alternative music scene in little over a year. Not only does it have seven albums in its label catalogue

Oprah's big girth [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Oprah's big girth Associated Press The talk-show host has piled on the kilos again, and she fesses up about it in her magazine Chicago- An embarrassed Oprah Winfrey says she's "fallen off the wagon" of healthy living and has ballooned to 90kg. In next month's 0 magazine, Winfrey, 54, details

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Stars + short run = Broadway hit [ARTICLE]

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Stars short run Broadway hit Bloomberg, Associated Press New York Confirming the selling power of well-known actors in classic drama, the producers of Broadway's All My Sons and The Seagull announced that they have recouped their costs. The two shows are the first of the 2008-09 season to do so.

Mistletoe madness [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mistletoe madness adeline chia Singapore theatre's big names gang up for lots of festive fun in Another Crazy Christmas arts reporter This might be the ultimate feel-good Christmas show: Another Crazy Christmas by Dream Academy Productions, a concert that is back by popular demand after the successful inaugural edition last

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Paula: Producers put stalker on Idol for fun [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Paula: Producers put stalker on Idol for fun Associated Press Los Angeles American Idol judge Paula Abdul (right) says the Fox network and producers knew Paula Goodspeed (far right) had stalked her and allowed the woman to audition for the show anyway. Goodspeed was found dead after an apparent suicide

Kiefer goes on Walk of Fame [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kiefer goes on Walk of Fame Agence France-Presse PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Watched by his actor father Donald Sutherland, award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (both left) became the 2,377th star to be honoured on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, completing a roller-coaster 12 months that saw him begin the year in a prison

Blur to reunite [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blur to reunite Associated Press London The members of Britpop band Blur said on Tuesday they are reuniting to play a concert in London next summer. The July 3 show in Hyde Park would feature the original lineup of (above from left) Dave Rowntree, Alex James and Damon Albarn as

buzzing [ARTICLE]

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buzzing RUFFALO'S BROTHER DIES AFTER SHOOTING Actor Mark Ruffalo's brother, Scott, a 39-year-old hairstylist, died on Monday night, a week after he was found in his Beverly Hills home with a gunshot wound to the head, police said on Tuesday. A woman wanted by police in connection with the shooting

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Ono! jj^fc Crazy Christmas Reality bites -i^%^V i M IS] \s\ I f flP^B-V ENTERTAINMENT V' Veteran film-maker Jack Neo roars to the top spot in his first appearance on Lifel's Entertainment power list. jjg^xso^i r;, Find out why and who else made it. I I mr I y W

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a global executive nning your move up the corporate ladder, make the most of your international experience GLOBALISATION is not a new phenomenon but remains a hot topic. Executives with strong international experience will r enjoy increasingly distinct advantages as the world becomes more integrated and the economy more globalised.

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Six-inch heels or your health? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Six-inch heels or your health? Gloria Chandy Editor gloria@sph. com. sg We all become slaves to fashion at some time or other. I don't mean slaves in the determined way of those self-styled fashionistas the wannabe style mavens who are forever in pursuit of the "must-haves", who are permanently clued

SATURDAY, DEC 13 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SATURDAY, DEC 13 Communication Disorders: Present State And Future Directions: A forum in English and Mandarin on communication disorders organised by the department of speech therapy, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). National Neuroscience Institute, Basement 1, Exhibition Hall, TTSH. 8.30 to 10.30am. Free. To register, call 6357-8324 or e-mail yee_teng_ong

contents [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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contents 4 DOC TALK 5 SEROTONIN FOUND TO AFFECT BONE GROWTH 6 CAPSULES 8 GAME ON AT YOUR OWN RISK 10 STEP UP IN FOOTCARE 12 SLIP SLIDING INTO DEPRESSION 14 WHAT'S GIVING YOU THE BLUES? 16 BESIEGED BY SLEEP ATTACKS 18 BUTTER UP? 19 THE PRO 20 ASK THE

WIN! [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WIN! An iZEST posture vest worth $178. Three vests to be given away. Simply answer this question: The iZEST posture vest is the only back care product selected by Singapore General Hospital Patient Information Guide 2008. True or false? E-mail your entries with your full name, NRIC and contact details

MONDAY, DEC 15 [ARTICLE]

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MONDAY, DEC 15 Menopause And Nutrition: Learn about the physical and emotional impact of menopause and how optimising your nutrient intake can help you to cope better. 9 Bishan Place, 06-05 Junction 8 Office Tower. 4 to spm. Fee: $8. To register, call 6250-1012. For women over 40 only. Have

Doc Talk

The spirit triumphs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The spirit triumphs Dr Ong Say How In this final column, I felt an article on resilience and recovery would be appropriate to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit in overcoming life's adversities. I remember vividly a 10-year-old boy, Alan, who was referred to me because of his lying

Serotonin found to affect bone growth [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Serotonin found to affect bone growth Los Angeles Times A study on mice has found that besides the skeleton, a chemical called serotonin also controls bone growth A study on mice by researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has turned current thinking on bone growth on its

Capsules Health news in small closes

TIMING OF DRUG EFFECTS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TIMING OF DRUG EFFECTS The New York Times Have you ever wondered how drugs taken once a week, once a month or even once a year do their work? There are three basic mechanisms, said Dr Marcus M. Reidenberg, head of the clinical pharmacology division of New YorkPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

MEASLES DEATHS FALL DUE TO VACCINATION [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MEASLES DEATHS FALL DUE TO VACCINATION Reuters Measles deaths have plummeted by 74 per cent globally this decade thanks to a concerted effort to vaccinate children in Africa and other hard-hit regions, health officials said last week. Measles deaths worldwide fell from an estimated 750,000 in 2000 the year before

BE A SCROOGE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BE A SCROOGE The festive season can be overwhelming parties, cooking, eating, drinking... It inevitably leads to weight gain. However, you canl fight the flab by sticking to a few easy rules. Be a bit of a Scrooge with yourself- it could pay off. An article on WebMD offered these

Game on at your own risk [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Game on at your own risk Too much of a good thing is bad for you. Doctors warn that playing video games for too long at a stretch can ruin your health. DHANYOSMAN reports Video games must be on many Christmas gift lists as they make ideal presents for friends

Dreaming in monochrome is black and white [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dreaming in monochrome is black and white The New York Times The claim: Some people dream only in black and white. The facts: In an age of high-definition television and vivid cinematography, it might seem peculiar to think that anyone would experience colourless dreams. For many people, the dream state

Video games are not all bad [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Video games are not all bad Dhany Osman PHOTO: Video gaming has been shown to have some health benefits so it's not all bad news for avid gamers. According to Dr Chan Poh Chong, a consultant at the University Children's Medical Institute at the National University Hospital, there have been

Step up in footcare [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Step up in footcare Badly-fitting shoes and oh yes, those killer heels can lead to foot ailments and deformity, GRACIA CHIANG finds out We do not give them the attention they deserve until they hurt. During a typical day, a person spends about four hours on their feet and takes

High heel horrors [ARTICLE]

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High heel horrors Ready to slip into your favourite pair of stilettos for that Christmas party you have been invited to? Think again. The maximum pressure under the forefoot can increase by 110 per cent from a flat shoe to a shoe with a 3-inch heel, said podiatrist Tye Lee

FOOTNOTES [ARTICLE]

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FOOTNOTES Children's shoes Must be wide over the toes to allow movement. Shoe size must be evaluated regularly. Avoid buying shoes that are a size bigger in order to save money. They should not be able to slide on and off easily. Should have devices such as laces, buckles or

Cover Story

Slip slidin into depression [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Slip slidin into depression MUG I lAN RAJASEGERAN Everyone feels fed up, miserable or sad sometimes, especially amidst the current recession. When does it become depression, a medical illness that needs treatment? The global financial crisis will certainly put a damper on celebrations this festive season. People are already beginning

BATTLING THE DOLDRUMS [ARTICLE]

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BATTLING THE DOLDRUMS No one can deny that the best way to fight the blues is by trying to lighten your mood. However, that is easier said than done. You need to work at it. Psychologist Daniel Koh has some suggestions: 1 Watch a funny movie: When we smile or

HIGH ANXIETY

What's giving you the blues? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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What's giving you the blues? Dhany Osman Depression is caused by imbalances in the neurotransmitter levels within the brain. Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that help to regulate a person's mood and emotional state. Major depressive disorder, or clinical depression, can come in many sub-types. Generally, women are almost twice

Stress weakens the immune system [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stress weakens the immune system Los Angeles Times Stocks are falling. Companies are handing out pink slips. Home values are collapsing. Financial icons are folding. As the economy plummets and stress levels soar, people need to find ways to manage their stress or more than their investments will suffer. Chronic

Besieged by sleep attacks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Besieged by sleep attacks JOVANDA BISTON day. teen who battles to stay awake Narcolepsy affects only about 0.05. of the population in Singapore Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that causes its sufferers to suddenly fall asleen during the talks to a Staying awake is a never-ending struggle for Tan Liying.

Poor awareness [ARTICLE]

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Poor awareness Dr Jenny Tang, deputy head of paediatric medicine at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), said that the exact cause of narcolepsy is not known but genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role in it. Narcoleptics can experience sleep attacks at any time during the

Cheers from the free spirits [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cheers from the free spirits REUTERS Reuters PHOTO: Independent-minded people may be more prone to drinking on an impulse than those who tend more towards conformity. In a series of studies in the United States which looks at individualism on both a national level and a personal one, researchers found

Butter up? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Butter up? Los Angeles Times While butter and margarine both have a lot of calories, the fat compositions are very different If there is one indulgence that is practically unavoidable at this time of the year, it may well be the tray of Christmas cookies, which are a far cry

Benefits of a low-calorie breakfast [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Benefits of a low-calorie breakfast People who habitually eat breakfast tend to be leaner than other people, a new study shows. However what you eat at the first meal of the day also counts. The study followed some 12,300 American adults who participated in government health surveys from 1999 to

The Pro

Like a lifeguard [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Like a lifeguard Dr Jazlan Joosoph, 37, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Raffles Hospital, loves his job as he brings new life and joy into the world every day. ZUREENA HABIB reports I decided to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology because... It is both challenging and immensely rewarding as

Ask the Experts

NO END TO DAILY HEADACHES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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NO END TO DAILY HEADACHES Dr Chan Yee Cheun Ql am a 33-year-old man and since January this year I have been suffering from persistent aches. They occur almost every other day and sometimes last for days. I did a 2.4km run a few months ago and the pain got

MYSTERIOUS SKIN [ARTICLE]

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MYSTERIOUS SKIN Dr Chris Foo Ql am an 18-year-old boy and recently I have begun to notice lots of injuries on my body such as sudden tears to the skin which heal very slowly. I do not remember getting these injuries. All these injuries tend to be around the leg

Age is but a number [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Age is but a number The New York Times A new study on ageing finds that older people generally feel younger than their actual age Seventy is the new 57. Older people feel, on average, about 13 years younger than they really are, according to a new study of ageing

Kitchen

Take time to loaf around [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Take time to loaf around Make cakes and sweets look pretty so they can double as table decorations. Even bread can be made to look like a fancy Christmas loaf, says CYNTHIA LOW Most people vow to eat less every Christmas, but like many good intentions, these inevitably vanish. It

CHRISTMAS BREAD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CHRISTMAS BREAD RECIPE 1 Ingredients: 1 sachet of dried yeast (I4g) 200g packet mixed dried fruit 3 tbs rum or brandy (optional) 400g white bread flour 1/2 tsp salt I 50g caster or light brown sugar 85g butter, cut into pieces 250ml milk 1 egg beaten i Lemon icing: 1

Fit&Fab

Climb every mountain [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Climb every mountain Mountaineer Joanne Soo tells lEONG she survives on three to four hours of sleep a day and stays healthy by avoiding meat What do you do to keep fit? I like to climb mountains and climbing helps to keep me fit. I don't really like to run,

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