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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 TUE S D A Y FEBRU A RY 5 2013 80 PAGES IN FOUR PARTS TO SUBSCRIBE: 6388-3838 www.sphsubscription.com.sg 90 cents A Singapore Press Holdings publication MICA (P) 002/02/2012

White Paper ‘is for S’poreans’ benefit’ [ARTICLE]

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White Paper ‘is for S’poreans’ benefit’ DPM Teo: Proposals are not aimed at growth at all cost or pro-foreigner By ROBIN CHAN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT chanckr@sph.com.sg DAYS after it sparked heated debate, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday sought to refocus on the core aim of the White Paper on

Rojak seller, honours grad [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rojak seller, honours grad HOME B9 “My father worked so hard to build his rojak empire and I didn’t want his sweat and hard work to go to waste.” Meet Mr Abdhus Salam (above), one of the new breed of young hawker-preneurs PHOTO: JASON QUAH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SAF to get new defence and air force chiefs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SAF to get new defence and air force chiefs By JERMYN CHOW DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT jermync@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE will get a new defence chief and air force chief in March as part of a top-rung reshuffle in the military that is historic on several fronts. Current Chief of Air Force, Ma-jor-General Ng

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Buyers home in on larger flats in mature towns [ARTICLE]

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Buyers home in on larger flats in mature towns Such units in Ang Mo Kio, Tampines prove popular at latest BTO launch By DARYL CHIN darylc@sph.com.sg LARGER flats in mature estates have once again drawn the most interest in the latest Build-To-Or-der (BTO) exercise, a trend that is likely to

Car crushed by lorry [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Car crushed by lorry LIM YI HAN A LARGE lorry believed to be driverless at the time reversed several metres, uprooting trees and causing other damage before ramming into a parked car on Bloxhome Drive at Serangoon Gardens yesterday afternoon. The car’s owner, civil servant Joshua Chng, 49, said: “I

HK may act again to cool housing market [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK may act again to cool housing market BLOOMBERG HONG KONG Hong Kong monetary chief Norman Chan said more measures are possible to cool the city’s housing market, as elevated household debt adds to risks from property price gains over the past four years. Debt is “near historic high levels”,

9 foreign chambers oppose labour curbs [ARTICLE]

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9 foreign chambers oppose labour curbs They say Singapore’s reputation as an open economy could be hurt By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg NINE foreign chambers of commerce, representing companies with many billions of dollars of investments here, have added their voices to a chorus of protests against tighter government curbs on

S’pore-based ring ‘fixed hundreds of matches’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore-based ring ‘fixed hundreds of matches’ By WANG MENG MENG meng@sph.com.sg A SINGAPORE-BASED syndicate has been fingered as playing a key role in fixing more than 680 matches including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games Europol said yesterday. The European Union’s joint police body found

WHITE PAPER ON POPULATION DEBATE

Most foreigners will be supporting citizens, says DPM [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Most foreigners will be supporting citizens, says DPM Teo Chee Hean addresses concerns about foreigner numbers in 2030 By LEONARD LIM limze@sph.com.sg MOST non-resident foreigners in future will be on work permits, doing jobs and providing services that Singapore needs but which Singaporeans do not want to do themselves. These

Why maintaining stable core population is crucial to S’pore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Why maintaining stable core population is crucial to S’pore By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg AN AGEING and shrinking population could mean that workers will have to pay higher taxes to fund subsidised health care for a large number of seniors, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said. Business activity could

Govt ‘not pursuing growth at all cost’ [ARTICLE]

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Govt ‘not pursuing growth at all cost’ GOH CHIN LIAN DEPUTY Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean stated unequivocally yesterday that the Government was not pursuing growth at all cost and just importing foreign workers to drive the growth. Instead, it was seeking growth that would create good jobs, raise wages

Citizens must feel benefits of growth: MPs [ARTICLE]

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Citizens must feel benefits of growth: MPs By RACHEL CHANG rchang@sph.com.sg PAP MPs yesterday supported the Population White Paper, but urged the Government to ensure that the benefits from its growth strategy are more tangibly felt by citizens. “The Government must illustrate clearly how, as a result of the population

WP rejects road map, offers its own [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WP rejects road map, offers its own It proposes lower growth targets, upper-end 5.9m population by 2030 By RACHEL CHANG rchang@sph.com.sg THE Workers’ Party (WP) opposes the Population White Paper because its road map will dilute national identity and shrink the ranks of born-and-bred Singaporeans to a minority, said party

‘Instil confidence that Govt is for the people’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Instil confidence that Govt is for the people’ By LEONARD LIM limze@sph.com.sg THE need to instil in Singaporeans the confidence that political leaders have their interests at heart, whatever the circumstances, was underlined by Mr Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC) yesterday. To him, re-looking the People’s Action Party’s long-held

Concern that Malay proportion will shrink [ARTICLE]

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Concern that Malay proportion will shrink RACHEL CHANG TWO Malay MPs expressed concern yesterday that the Malay-Muslim share of the population will shrink along with the size of the Singaporean core. Speaking on the first day of the parliamentary debate on the White Paper, People’s Action Party (PAP) MP Intan

Expect this debate to be different [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Expect this debate to be different Confusion abounds over population White Paper; MPs admit misgivings WHITE PAPER ON POPULATION DEBATE FROM THE GALLERY By CHUA MUI HOONG OPINION EDITOR muihoong@sph.com.sg SELDOM has a parliamentary debate been carried out amidst such confusion and criticism even before a single word is uttered.

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Mourning the passing of ‘Sihanouk time’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mourning the passing of ‘Sihanouk time’ World leaders pay their respects at cremation of Cambodia’s former king By NIRMAL GHOSH INDOCHINA BUREAU CHIEF nirmal@sph.com.sg BANGKOK The tens of thousands who attended former king Norodom Sihanouk’s funeral rites in Phnom Penh mourned not just the passing of a monarch, but also

ASIA

PR dangles $3b traffic plan to woo Penang voters [ARTICLE]

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PR dangles $3b traffic plan to woo Penang voters GEORGE TOWN The opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government in Penang has promised voters that it will embark on a mammoth RM8 billion (S$3.2 billion) project to build a tunnel connected to the mainland. The project was first proposed in 2011

Malaysia working on landslide warning system [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysia working on landslide warning system THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK PETALING JAYA Malaysia has begun work on a high-tech early warning system for landslides, similar to that in Hong Kong. The Landslide Warning System is expected to alert people via TV and radio of an impending landslide at least two

4 killed in oil tanker blast [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4 killed in oil tanker blast AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE YANGON At least four people were killed yesterday when two oil tankers caught fire and sank in a river in Yangon, an official said. The tankers were docked at a jetty owned by the military-controlled Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings in a

‘Punggol effect’ in Malaysia uncertain [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Punggol effect’ in Malaysia uncertain No simple link in hope and talk of sentiment spillover NEWS ANALYSIS By TEO CHENG WEE REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT chengwee@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR A curious thing happened after Singapore’s Punggol East by-election two Saturdays ago Malaysia’s opposition politicians and supporters got so excited, you would think they

India’s new rape law ‘insufficient’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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India’s new rape law ‘insufficient’ It does not go far enough to protect women, punish culprits: Activists By KRITTIVAS MUKHERJEE INDIA CORRESPONDENT mkritti@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI A landmark legal order aimed at curbing sex crimes in India is being widely panned by women as insufficient to protect them, forcing the government

Long jail terms given in Viet dissent case [ARTICLE]

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Long jail terms given in Viet dissent case REUTERS BANGKOK A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of subversive activities. The verdict follows a series of harsh punishments

Rules to stop Beijing smog need strong political will [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rules to stop Beijing smog need strong political will Critics say China lacks will to enforce laws, overcome vested interests NEWS ANALYSIS By GRACE NG CHINA CORRESPONDENT graceng@sph.com.sg BEIJING After weeks of being smothered by choking smog, Ms Jolene Mei heaved a sigh of relief last Friday at the sight

Chinese court grants divorce on grounds of abuse [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese court grants divorce on grounds of abuse ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING A court in Beijing has granted a divorce to an American woman and her Chinese celebrity entrepreneur husband in a high-profile case that highlighted the often hidden problem of domestic violence in China. The case began when Ms Kim

Database for China’s property misses deadline [ARTICLE]

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Database for China’s property misses deadline BEIJING China’s national real estate registration network, which is to provide information on the ownership of all properties in 40 major cities, is seven months past its deadline, leading observers to speculate that the process is being obstructed by government officials who fear their

WORLD

Surgery successful for girl shot by Taleban [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Surgery successful for girl shot by Taleban Activist recovering well in Birmingham hospital after 2 ops ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS LONDON Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taleban as punishment for campaigning for girls’ education, has had successful surgery to her skull and says

Israel hints it carried out Syria strike [ARTICLE]

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Israel hints it carried out Syria strike AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK TIMES MUNICH Israel has implicitly confirmed it staged an air strike on Syria last week, with President Bashar al-Assad accusing the Jewish state of trying to further destabilise his war-torn country. The Israeli attack last Wednesday on a Syrian

Obama ‘has the power to wage cyberwar' [ARTICLE]

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Obama ‘has the power to wage cyberwar' He can order pre-emptive strike under new policies, says legal review NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON President Barack Obama can order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, a secret legal review on

Chinese paper rejects US media claims of hacking attacks [ARTICLE]

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Chinese paper rejects US media claims of hacking attacks AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING China has roundly rejected claims by the US media of hacking attacks, hinting instead at ulterior motives by the United States. An article yesterday in the People’s Daily, regarded as the official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party,

America’s star sniper shot dead [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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America’s star sniper shot dead NEW YORK TIMES HOUSTON From his perch in hideouts above battle-scarred Iraq, Mr Chris Kyle earned a reputation as one of America’s deadliest military snipers. The Pentagon said his skills with a rifle so terrorised Iraqi insurgents during his four tours of duty that they

Hundreds mourn driver killed in US hostage drama [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hundreds mourn driver killed in US hostage drama ASSOCIATED PRESS MIDLAND CITY (Alabama) A school bus driver shot dead trying to protect children on his vehicle was mourned by hundreds at his funeral, as a stand-off continued over the abduction of a child from his bus. The hostage drama went

Labor trails in polls as new Cabinet sworn in [ARTICLE]

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Labor trails in polls as new Cabinet sworn in ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BLOOMBERG CANBERRA Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard swore in a reshuffled Cabinet yesterday, as two major opinion polls showed her government faced likely defeat in the September elections. The reshuffle was forced by the surprise resignations of

Egyptian who was assaulted now blames riot police [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Egyptian who was assaulted now blames riot police Man earlier said protesters had attacked, undressed him during demonstration ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS CAIRO An Egyptian man who was beaten and dragged naked by riot police during a violent protest has changed his story, a day after he accused protesters of undressing

British banks warned to ring-fence units [ARTICLE]

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British banks warned to ring-fence units Split retail and investment arms or face being broken up, says minister AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Britain’s biggest banks will be broken up if they fail to ring-fence retail operations from their investment divisions to avoid any future state bailouts of lenders, finance minister George

Thai tycoon to reap $1.9b from purchase of Ping An stake [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thai tycoon to reap $1.9b from purchase of Ping An stake BLOOMBERG HONG KONG Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont stands to make at least HK$12 billion (S$1.9 billion) profit from his purchase of a stake in Ping An Insurance (Group), China’s sec-ond-largest insurer, from HSBC Holdings. Ping An’s Hong Kong-quoted shares

Baby boomers ‘greatest victims’ of US recession [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Baby boomers ‘greatest victims’ of US recession NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK Young graduates are in debt, out of work and on their parents’ couches. People in their 30s and 40s cannot afford to buy homes or have children. Retirees are earning near-zero interest on their savings. In the current

China gears up for new central bank chief [ARTICLE]

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China gears up for new central bank chief Official newspaper says current head Zhou Xiaochuan will leave in March BLOOMBERG BEIJING China signalled that it is preparing for its first new central bank chief since 2002, as an official newspaper said Mr Zhou Xiaochuan will step down from his position

Aussie watchdog sues Visa for violating consumer laws [ARTICLE]

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Aussie watchdog sues Visa for violating consumer laws Sydney BLOOMBERG SYDNEY Visa, the world’s biggest payments network, contravened Australia’s consumer protection laws by preventing buyers from using a currency of their choice when shopping. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in an e-mail statement yesterday that it sued

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Not just a name on the signboard [ARTICLE]

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Not just a name on the signboard THE National University of Singapore was being a grateful beneficiary when it named a residential college after a pub-licity-shy couple who had given what it said was a “substantial” endowment. Universities, hospitals and cultural institutions like libraries and museums in the wealthiest of

The future of wages in S’pore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The future of wages in S’pore The Government White Paper on Population released last week forecast a slowing workforce growth and a tightening of the supply of foreign workers. Where are Singaporean wage earnings heading in a tighter labour market, given the previous decade’s wage trends? EYE ON THE ECONOMY

Keeping S’pore the best home for Singaporeans [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Keeping S’pore the best home for Singaporeans In his speech asking Parliament to debate and endorse the White Paper on Population yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean answered some questions Singaporeans have been asking since the White Paper’s release on Jan 29. The week-long debate continues in Parliament today.

‘Southern porridge’ can be scalding [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Southern porridge’ can be scalding By HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg CORRECTIONS done, an unpopular chief editor gone and no more vetting before stories are run. You can say it has all ended rather well for staff of the Southern Weekend newspaper, whose protest against worsening censorship at the

FORUM

Downsides of a one-party system [ARTICLE]

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Downsides of a one-party system Cheng Shoong Tat WHILE Mr Ho Yi Jie’s eloquent case for a one-party system for Singapore is not without merits (“One-party system works for S’pore”; last Wednesday), it begs the question: What should be the mechanism to choose the one party that should govern in

Asking helper to sleep in living room contradicts MOM guideline [ARTICLE]

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Asking helper to sleep in living room contradicts MOM guideline Stephanie Chok Juin Mei (Ms) THERE have been suggestions that the Housing Board build two-bedroom studio flats so that caregivers for the elderly have a room to sleep in (“Seniors need extra room for caregiver” by Mr Shiva P. Banerjee,

What exactly is a ‘good quality living environment’? [ARTICLE]

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What exactly is a ‘good quality living environment’? POPULATION WHITE PAPER Constance Singam (Ms) DEBATES over the consequences of population growth have been vigorous, contentious and emotional (“Projected population rise raises concerns”; last Thursday). My response is emotional and I make no excuses for it. I am concerned about the

How to make foreigner influx more palatable [ARTICLE]

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How to make foreigner influx more palatable Toh Cheng Seong SINGAPOREANS who feel that the Government has pursued a loose immigration policy to achieve economic targets at their expense over the last decade cannot deny one fact our ageing and shrinking population will hurt our status as a key financial

Discourage abortions, encourage adoptions [ARTICLE]

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Discourage abortions, encourage adoptions Wong Weng Fai ACCORDING to the National Population and Talent Division’s “Population in Brief 2012” report, there were 30,946 citizen births in 2011, giving a total fertility rate of 1.2. At the same time, there were about 12,000 abortions per year in the past decade (“Abortions:

NTUC: Essential to tap ageing population [ARTICLE]

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NTUC: Essential to tap ageing population Heng Chee How Deputy Secretary-General, NTUC Chairman, NTUC “ULive@work" MR GEOFFREY Kung (“An ageing population can be productive”; last Saturday) is right. Each succeeding cohort of Singaporeans is better educated and, on the whole, more healthy than the previous cohort. This means that many

Raise pay to lift standards of pre-school teachers [ARTICLE]

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Raise pay to lift standards of pre-school teachers Cynthia Lim (Ms) I READ with great interest the Government’s moves to improve the quality of the pre-school curriculum, boost the training of pre-school teachers and, most recently, introduce further subsidies for childcare (“Pre-school stat board to be set up”, Aug 27,

WRITE IN [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE 1. MR YEO CHEE KEAN: Population debate Address three fundamental issues. 2. MR JEFFREY LAW: Ensure S’pore in 2030 is a draw for overseas S’poreans. 3. MR COLIN LOH: Share how 6.9m figure was worked out. 4. MR JOEL LIAN WENJIE: One-party system discounts value of democracy. 5.

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Record haul of drugs seized last year [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Record haul of drugs seized last year Most abusers caught in over 10 years as regional drug situation worsens By LIM YAN LIANG yanliang@sph.com.sg THE Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) seized a record haul of drugs last year and arrested its highest number of drug offenders in over a decade. Amid

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Plan for independent body to handle workers’ woes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Plan for independent body to handle workers’ woes It would tackle non-statutory issues for both local and foreign workforce SMRT ILLEGAL STRIKE By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg THE Government is looking at the possibility of setting up an independent body to handle the grievances of local and foreign workers which fall

Three-quarters of SMRT’s PRC drivers now union members: Lim Swee Say [ARTICLE]

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Three-quarters of SMRT’s PRC drivers now union members: Lim Swee Say By JERMYN CHOW jermync@sph.com.sg A MAJORITY of SMRT bus drivers from China have now signed up to join the labour union, said labour chief Lim Swee Say in Parliament yesterday. Mr Lim said that the joint efforts of the

SMC panel to complete review ‘in six months’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SMC panel to complete review ‘in six months’ By ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg THE review committee appointed by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) to look into doctors’ disciplinary proceedings is expected to finish its work in about six months, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday. The committee, made up of

Four Bills introduced in Parliament [ARTICLE]

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Four Bills introduced in Parliament FOUR Bills were introduced in Parliament yesterday by Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister, for Culture, Community and Youth and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) board member. The MAS (Amendment) Bill will give the regulator more power to resolve the problems of financial institutions and a

Qantas to make Singapore and HK its key Asian hubs [ARTICLE]

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Qantas to make Singapore and HK its key Asian hubs Carrier to re-time flights to give fliers more connecting options to rest of the region By KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg QANTAS will make Singapore and Hong Kong its two key Asian hubs as part of an overhaul of its

Container smashes into cabin, killing driver [ARTICLE]

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Container smashes into cabin, killing driver DAVID EE A CONTAINER-TRUCK driver was crushed to death at the Pasir Panjang port on Sunday after a container that his vehicle was carrying broke free and smashed into the driver’s cabin. It is believed that the 55-year-old Singaporean driver was making a U-turn

Syariah legal clinics to help needy women [ARTICLE]

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Syariah legal clinics to help needy women DEBBIE LEE NEEDY women who require legal help on syariah or Islamic law now have another avenue to turn to. The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) is now offering legal clinics that provide advice on issues related to syariah law. Volunteer lawyers

Save our knoll, urges Punggol residents’ group [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Save our knoll, urges Punggol residents’ group Proposed road will harm last natural feature in Punggol Waterway, it says By GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg RESIDENTS living near a forested hill in Punggol are urging the authorities not to build a proposed road through what they say is the last natural feature

Another 300,000 people may qualify for legal aid [ARTICLE]

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Another 300,000 people may qualify for legal aid Means test remains unchanged but deductibles have been increased PARLIAMENT By JESSICA CHEAM jcheam@sph.com.sg ABOUT 300,000 more people stand to qualify for legal aid after changes in the law to relax requirements for such inexpensive help were passed in Parliament yesterday. While

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Range for PSLE median scores [ARTICLE]

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Range for PSLE median scores ABOUT 80 points separate the median PSLE scores of the best performing and worst performing primary schools last year, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat as he urged people not to read too much into the scores. The range is from 160 to 240. If

$2.3b in Baby Bonus paid out since 2001 [ARTICLE]

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$2.3b in Baby Bonus paid out since 2001 MORE than 310,000 children have received a cash gift and over 240,000 have opened a Child Development Account (CDA), in which savings are matched by the Government dollar-for-dollar, since 2001. All in, $2.31 billion had been disbursed through the Baby Bonus scheme,

Resource use of 26 large-scale projects [ARTICLE]

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Resource use of 26 large-scale projects SINCE 2010, the Finance Ministry has assessed the management of 26 large-scale projects to ensure they make the most efficient use of resources, said Minister of State Josephine Teo yesterday. These were put through the “Gateway Process”, during which the projects’ concepts and designs

PRs with HDB flats and private homes [ARTICLE]

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PRs with HDB flats and private homes ABOUT 400 Housing Board flats are owned by permanent residents (PRs) who also own private property. These owners do not live in their HDB flats, and are most likely living in their private homes. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan disclosed the figures

WP’s Singh responds to Shanmugam’s challenge over UN vote [ARTICLE]

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WP’s Singh responds to Shanmugam’s challenge over UN vote ANDREA ONG WORKERS’ Party MP Pritam Singh yesterday responded to an earlier challenge by Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam on Singapore’s decision to abstain from a United Nations resolution on Palestine. In a written reply last month, Mr Shanmugam asked Mr Singh

New Punggol East MP gets down to work after swearing in [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New Punggol East MP gets down to work after swearing in By ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg THE first official day as the new MP for Punggol East was a busy one for Ms Lee Li Lian. She was sworn into Parliament at 1.30pm yesterday at the start of the day’s session

16-year-old Eastpoint Mall to get makeover [ARTICLE]

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16-year-old Eastpoint Mall to get makeover Upgrading long overdue, say experts; some upset by 18-month closure By MELODY ZACCHEUS melodyz@sph.com.sg EASTPOINT Mall, the stalwart of Simei estate for the past 16 years, will be getting a major makeover to better serve the burgeoning community there. The rundown six-storey mall will

SHOOT! THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE CARPET [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SHOOT! THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE CARPET This giant floral snake (right) rising up from the beach caught the eye of a camera-toting visitor to Sentosa yesterday. The “sculpture” is part of Singapore’s first Giant Floral Carpet, which measures 50m by 40m and is made up of 30,000 fresh flowers.

PLACE FULL OF MEMORIES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PLACE FULL OF MEMORIES MELODY ZACCHEUS DESCRIBING it as a shadow of its former self, tenants said Eastpoint Mall used to be lively and vibrant in the late 1990s and in the early 2000s. It was the place hip kids used to hang out at, as it had a rooftop

Early CNY lunch treat for elderly [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Early CNY lunch treat for elderly PAIGE LIM ELDERLY residents living in rental flats at Taman Jurong were treated to an early Chinese New Year buffet lunch yesterday at noon. The lunch, attended by about 80 people, was organised by the staff at Silver ACE Taman Jurong and provided by

Work pass letters now simpler and clearer [ARTICLE]

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Work pass letters now simpler and clearer THE In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for mid-skilled and professional foreign workers to work here have been simplified for clarity. The changes, which were published on the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) website yesterday, affect applicants of the Employment Pass, S Pass, Training Employment Pass,

A dim view of some energy-saving bulbs [ARTICLE]

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A dim view of some energy-saving bulbs Case finds one had too much harmful mercury, another not as bright as stated By MELISSA LIN mellinjm@sph.com.sg CONSUMERS are switching to energy-saving light bulbs, but a recent test of 10 varieties of these bulbs by consumer watchdog the Consumers Association of Singapore

NTU team uses lasers to cool things down [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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NTU team uses lasers to cool things down By GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg BULKY in-built computer fans and huge tanks of liquid helium used as industrial cryogenic coolants could one day be replaced by lasers as compact cooling agents. Assistant Professor Xiong Qihua, 39, and his team from Nanyang Technological University’s

Young want a taste of being own boss at hawker stalls [ARTICLE]

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Young want a taste of being own boss at hawker stalls They’re still a minority but not deterred by the long hours and hot environment HAWKER ENTREPRENEURS AT WORK By SABRINA TIONG sabrinat@sph.com.sg PACK up and go, a customer advised two young men, one month into their running of a

Graduate picks dad’s rojak stall over engineering career [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Graduate picks dad’s rojak stall over engineering career SABRINA TIONG WITH an honours degree in electrical and electronics engineering, one would expect Mr Abdhus Salam to be carving out his career in the engineering industry. But his time as an assistant engineer at a semiconductor company made him realise that

Weighty problem led to brothers’ own ramen recipe [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Weighty problem led to brothers’ own ramen recipe SABRINA TIONG OBESITY made Mr Cai Weili and Mr Cai Weisheng enter the hawker trade. The brothers were overweight after taking in too many calories while on a weight-lifting regime. “We looked at one of our pictures and got a shock after

Court mulls over word ‘import’ in drug challenge [ARTICLE]

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Court mulls over word ‘import’ in drug challenge Prosecution contesting ex-CJ’s ruling that purpose must be for trafficking By SELINA LUM selinal@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S highest court is mulling over the meaning of “import” in the Misuse of Drugs Act, after a challenge by the prosecution against a decision by former chief

Nabbed over theft of m-cycle brakes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Nabbed over theft of m-cycle brakes By LIM YI HAN limyihan@sph.com.sg A MAN whose job was to drive passengers from Johor to Changi Airport was arrested on Sunday, after being caught trying to steal the front brakes of a motorcycle at Terminal 3. The 21-year-old and a youth aged 17

No dishonest intent in use of school funds, ex-principal says [ARTICLE]

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No dishonest intent in use of school funds, ex-principal says By JALELAH ABU BAKER jalmsab@sph.com.sg THE former principal of Maris Stella High School, accused of embezzling $67,700, yesterday claimed in court that it had never dawned on him that he could not use the money to pay for the fittings

Man jailed for ‘upskirt’ offences [ARTICLE]

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Man jailed for ‘upskirt’ offences By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg A SERIAL “upskirt” offender was jailed for 20 weeks yesterday for attempting to insult modesty and for insulting modesty. Dishwasher Choon Cho Sim, who faced a total of 38 charges, pleaded guilty to two of capturing upskirt digital images

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Manufacturing shows signs of recovery [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Manufacturing shows signs of recovery PMI here turns positive after six months of contraction By FIONA CHAN SENIOR ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT fiochan@sph.com.sg A RECOVERY may finally be on the books for Singapore’s struggling manufacturing sector, according to one early measure of industrial production. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which tracks anticipated

S’pore is world’s 6th most costly city: Survey [ARTICLE]

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S’pore is world’s 6th most costly city: Survey By CHIA YAN MIN chiaym@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE has been ranked the sixth most expensive city in the world, a survey by the business intelligence arm of the Economist magazine showed. According to the Worldwide Cost of Living 2013 survey conducted by the Economist

Telcos join hands with rivals [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Telcos join hands with rivals Trend sees telcos doing deals with social messaging firms like Nimbuzz By GRACE CHNG SENIOR CORRESPONDENT chngkeg@sph.com.sg SOCIAL messaging players such as WhatsApp and Skype cost telcos as much as US$23 billion (S$28 billion) in lost SMS revenue globally last year, according to tech market

Rising food prices ‘due to population growth, demand’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rising food prices ‘due to population growth, demand’ BLOOMBERG DUBAI Food prices that doubled in the past 10 years are more the result of population growth and increased demand for pro-tein-based diets than any cyclical reasons, according to Olam International chief executive Sunny Verghese. Three of the biggest annual gains

HDB may allow ‘non-approved’ uses for its shops [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HDB may allow ‘non-approved’ uses for its shops Applications to operate such trades are assessed on case-by-case basis By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg BUSINESSES that would normally be relegated to industrial parks may be able to set up shop in retail space managed by the HDB. A Housing Board spokesman told

Slow weekend for sales at showflats [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Slow weekend for sales at showflats By CHERYL ONG ocheryl@sph.com.sg PROPERTY sales at showflats continued to slow over the weekend as home-seekers adopted a wait-and-see approach in the wake of the new cooling measures. A combination of Chinese New Year distractions and the possibility that some developers might start throwing

Ezra head buys 25% of Thai Raimon Land [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ezra head buys 25% of Thai Raimon Land By ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg ENTREPRENEUR Lionel Lee (right) has dipped his toes further into the real estate sector with an investment in a listed Thai luxury property developer. Mr Lee, who heads Singapore-listed offshore services group Ezra Holdings, yesterday said

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Ex-KL minister sets sight on corporate S’pore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ex-KL minister sets sight on corporate S’pore He is the latest Malaysian figure to do so, with his investment in Ipco By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg MALAYSIA’S former de facto law minister Mohd Zaid Ibrahim’s emergence as a substantial shareholder of Singapore-listed Ipco International marks the start of a

Giant structure goes up on Jurong Island [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Giant structure goes up on Jurong Island By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg A NEW towering structure is dominating the Jurong Island skyline. The 108m tall xylene splitter, used in the petrochemicals industry, was installed by the Jurong Aromatics Corporation at its US$2.4 billion (S$3 billion) aromatics project on Jurong Island last

Temasek to invest in Indonesian retail giant [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Temasek to invest in Indonesian retail giant By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg TEMASEK Holdings is poised to spend US$300 million (S$370 million) on a key stake in a major hypermart operator in Indonesia. The move will give the Singapore investment firm a stake in the country’s fast-growing consumer segment. Temasek’s indirect

Sim Lian, Wing Tai see rosy Q2 net profit [ARTICLE]

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Sim Lian, Wing Tai see rosy Q2 net profit By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg PROPERTY developers Sim Lian Group and Wing Tai Holdings both reported healthy jumps in second-quarter net profit. Sim Lian, whose developments include The Tampines Trilliant and Waterview, yesterday posted a second-quarter net profit of $47.5 million, up

Prices of OCBC perpetual share issues diverge [ARTICLE]

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Prices of OCBC perpetual share issues diverge MAGDALEN NG THE prices of two OCBC perpetual share issues bearing the same interest rate have diverged significantly in recent weeks. The OCBC 5.1 per cent non-cumula-tive preference shares (NCPS) fell to $101.874 at closing yesterday while the OCC 5.1 per cent NCPS

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STI ends up 0.2% after touching five-year high [ARTICLE]

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STI ends up 0.2% after touching five-year high Wall St gains drive local market up, but profit taking minimises increase BULLS AND BEARS By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE robust gains made on Wall Street last Friday helped the local market inch up yesterday but profit taking kept the increase to

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ATLETICO PLAN S’PORE VISIT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ATLETICO PLAN S’PORE VISIT Europa League champs to spar with Lions and conduct coaching clinics By SAN JAY NAIR nsanjay@sph.com.sg SPANISH football clubs are setting their sights on Asia, with Atletico Madrid leading the conquest in Singapore. The Uefa Europa League champions yesterday announced their plan to play a friendly

Amri and Erwan ready to lead Singapore attack [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Amri and Erwan ready to lead Singapore attack By FABIUS CHEN fabiusc@sph.com.sg JUST 10 days ago, Khairul Amri was fearing for his fitness after he heard something go “pop” in his foot while jumping for a header. “I was very worried,” the Tampines Rovers forward said as he recalled the

Madrid club offer Adam 1-year stint in academy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Madrid club offer Adam 1-year stint in academy SANJAY NAIR ATLETICO Madrid have given Singapore’s Adam Swandi an open invitation to return to the Spanish club. The 17-year-old Singapore Sports School graduate, who spent a week training at the club’s academy last November, did enough to impress Atletico’s coaches that

STUDENT SETS RECORD WITH PERFECT 400 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STUDENT SETS RECORD WITH PERFECT 400 After flawless performance, shooter Martina, 13, targets Asian Youth Games By WANG MENG MENG meng@sph.com.sg SHE picked up the sport of shooting only one year ago, but Martina Lindsay Veloso has already done what no other Singaporean or Asean marksman has shooting a perfect

Mickelson glad to return to winning ways [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mickelson glad to return to winning ways ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS SCOTTSDALE (Arizona) Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in golf’s Phoenix Open on Sunday, again flirting with history in a dominating run at TPC Scottsdale. He shot a four-under 67 to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA

SCORES [ARTICLE]

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SCORES Americal football Super Bowl XLVII In New Orleans: Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31. Basketball NBA Boston 106 LA Clippers 104, Detroit 97 LA Lakers 98, Toronto 85 Miami 100. Cricket 1st Test In Johannesburg, 4th day: South Africa 253 275-3 dec (A. B. de Villiers 103 n.o.,

Lakers win despite late free-throw woes [ARTICLE]

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Lakers win despite late free-throw woes ASSOCIATED PRESS AUBURN HILLS (Michigan) In a season full of turmoil and frustration, this would have been a particularly exasperating loss for the Los Angeles Lakers. One of the most accurate free-throw shooters in National Basketball Association history had missed two, giving the Detroit

FLACCO LIGHTS UP SUPER BOWL [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FLACCO LIGHTS UP SUPER BOWL Baltimore quarterback is MVP after throwing three touchdown passes ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS NEW ORLEANS In a Super Bowl that went from blowout to blackout to shoot-out, the Baltimore Ravens held on to edge the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 on Sunday in one of the most

Brothers in arms – only after whistle blows [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Brothers in arms only after whistle blows SPORTING LIFE By ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg YOU eat four eggs. He’ll eat five. You kick a can. He’ll hoof harder. When you’re a kid, and have a brother, even the trivial is a contest. When Briton Alastair Brownlee said of his fellow triathlete

Beckham’s PSG deal to avoid hefty tax? [ARTICLE]

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Beckham’s PSG deal to avoid hefty tax? THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON David Beckham’s financial footwork in moving to France was hailed as equal to his football skills, after experts suggested that the deal had been structured to avoid a big tax bill. The former England captain’s move to Paris Saint-Germain

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Canada stun Spain in tennis [ARTICLE]

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Canada stun Spain in tennis REUTERS VANCOUVER Top seeds Spain crashed out in the Davis Cup first round for the first time since 2006, when Milos Raonic gave Canada an unassailable 3-1 lead in their World Group tie on Sunday. He killed off the understrength five-time champions with a 6-3,

Italy shock France in rugby [ARTICLE]

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Italy shock France in rugby REUTERS rugby ROME Italy produced a stunning performance to shock France 23-18 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday and blast the Six Nations rugby wide open. Tries from captain Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni, plus 10 points from man of the match Luciano Orquera and

Man United to tour Hong Kong [ARTICLE]

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Man United to tour Hong Kong AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE HONG KONG Manchester United will play in Hong Kong for the first time in eight years as part of the club’s pre-season tour, the Premier League giants and organisers said yesterday. The Red Devils will face local football team Kitchee on July

MANCINI NOT GIVING UP TITLE RACE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MANCINI NOT GIVING UP TITLE RACE City manager rues poor showing but believes 9-point gap is surmountable AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Steven Gerrard scored a 30-metre scorcher and Sergio Aguero netted from a seemingly impossible angle in the 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool. But it was Daniel Sturridge’s first-half

PREMIER LEAGUE [ARTICLE]

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PREMIER LEAGUE P W D L F A Pts 1 Manchester United 25 20 2 3 60 31 62 2 Manchester City 25 15 8 2 47 21 53 3 Chelsea 25 13 7 5 51 27 46 4 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 6 6 42 29 45 5 Everton

Better for West Brom to sell Odemwingie [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Better for West Brom to sell Odemwingie EYE ON EPL By ALEKSANDAR DURIC stsports@sph.com.sg HIS manager describes his action as “total lunacy” and I agree Peter Odemwingie’s move on transfer deadline day was just plain stupid. Granted, there may have been a point when the West Bromwich Albion striker’s switch

No last hurrah for Ivory Coast’s Drogba [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No last hurrah for Ivory Coast’s Drogba THE TIMES, LONDON REUTERS RUSTENBURG (South Africa) Ivory Coast’s golden generation including Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure have once again failed to deliver a trophy to match their promise. They were eliminated 1-2 by Nigeria in the quarter-finals

Chelsea and Mourinho may reunite [ARTICLE]

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Chelsea and Mourinho may reunite LONDON Rafael Benitez could have just one more league game to stay in the Chelsea hot seat, as the Blues look to draw Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge. Under-fire Benitez has gone four games without victory, and failure to beat Wigan

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CLASSICS HOLD COURT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CLASSICS HOLD COURT Iconic works from the Eastern and Western canons get a fresh look for Huayi festival Corrie Tan corriet@sph.com.sg This year’s Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts at the Esplanade bears an unmistakably literary air as well as a penchant for tragic love stories. Five of its blockbuster theatre

TWELVE ANGRY MEN Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TWELVE ANGRY MEN Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) Singapore does not have a jury system. But that does not mean that the seminal courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men (1954), has nothing to do with us, insists Singapore theatre director Nelson Chia. The 41-year-old will be presenting a Mandarin version of American

EIGHTEEN SPRINGS Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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EIGHTEEN SPRINGS Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong) When theatre director Mathias Woo, 44, first read the Eileen Chang novel Eighteen Springs (1969) in secondary school, he did not quite understand it. Speaking in Mandarin with a thick Cantonese accent, he says: “There were a lot of bits about love that I

ANTIGONE Li Liuyi Theatre Studio (China) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ANTIGONE Li Liuyi Theatre Studio (China) Renowned Chinese theatre director Li Liuyi feels that China still has a lot of catching up to do with ancient Greece. In crisp Mandarin, the 51-year-old says with a laugh: “We’ve lagged behind for 2,000 years. The ancient Greeks upheld the ideals of freedom,

AWAKENING Edward Lam Dance Theatre (Hong Kong) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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AWAKENING Edward Lam Dance Theatre (Hong Kong) The secret to theatre director Edward Lam’s understanding of women, he believes, lies in his upbringing. He says in Mandarin over the telephone from Hong Kong: “From a very young age, I was no stranger to the language of women.” Lam, who is

THUNDERSTORM Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio (Hong Kong) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THUNDERSTORM Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio (Hong Kong) Cao Yu’s Thunderstorm (1934) has become a staple in the Chinese dramatic canon. Singapore alone saw a restaging of Thunderstorm as traditional huangmei opera at the Esplanade just two years ago and home-grown theatre group The Theatre Practice performed its take at the

Timbuktu’s old manuscripts saved from militants [ARTICLE]

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Timbuktu’s old manuscripts saved from militants New York Times Timbuktu, Mali When the moment of danger came, Ali Imam Ben Essayouti knew just what to do. The delicate parchment manuscripts in the 14th-century mosque he leads had survived hundreds of years in the storied city of Timbuktu. He was not

Flicks on a beach at dusk [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Flicks on a beach at dusk Nine films on art and artists to be shown at Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach Yip Wai Yee yipwy@sph.com.sg Adding to the busy film festival calendar here is a new and unusual event: the Art-In Film Festival At Dusk. The event, which will run from March

Taiwanese folk singer Pan An-pang dies [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Taiwanese folk singer Pan An-pang dies Taipei Pan An-pang (inset), a pop idol in the 1970s known for Grandma’s Penghu Bay and other folk songs, died on Sunday morning in a hospital in north-west Taiwan. He was 58, said newspapers yesterday. Taiwan Apple Daily, quoting musician Yen, said the cause

Pianist Melvyn Tan to play for charity [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pianist Melvyn Tan to play for charity Lisabel Ting Singapore-born British pianist Melvyn Tan will be back in Singapore for his second full-length solo concert next month this time for charity. Time Travel With Melvyn Tan: A History Of The Piano is his pro bono effort in aid of the

Private sketches of a pioneer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Private sketches of a pioneer Exhibition of late artist Cheong Soo Pieng’s works features some displayed for the first time Huang Lijie Arts Correspondent lijie@sph.com.sg The artistic legacy of the late pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng lives on in a new exhibition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa).

French hand in Chinese calligraphy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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French hand in Chinese calligraphy Deepika Shetty French artist Fabienne Verdier spent 10 years mastering calligraphy in China and her art elegantly blends Eastern and Western influences to mesmerising effect. She speaks of isolation and loneliness, but in real life she cuts no picture of the solitary artist toiling away

Worn slippers take flight [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Worn slippers take flight Husband-and-wife duo turn recycled materials into art installations Behind The Scenes Mark Cheong stlife@sph.com.sg Prototypes, an exhibition by Filipino husband-and-wife duo, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, is now on at The Drawing Room, Gillman Barracks. The Melbourne-based artists exhibited in Singapore during the 2008 Biennale and their

Super Bowl ads scramble for attention [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Super Bowl ads scramble for attention Associated Press New York Super Bowl ads have morphed into soap operas. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shrugged off aliens and other villains so he could get more milk for his kids at breakfast in a Super Bowl spot for the Milk Processor Education Programme.

Look back and learn [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Look back and learn Annie Cabigting’s paintings showcase the importance of an audience in art Deepika Shetty deepikas@sph.com.sg Filipino artist Annie Cabigting’s works draw intense bids at art auctions. Last year, Filipino art gallery Finale Art File which presented six of her works at Art Stage Singapore, had a sell-out

Inventor of Etch A Sketch toy dies [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Inventor of Etch A Sketch toy dies Washington Post New York Times Washington Mr Andre Cassagnes, the French inventor of Etch A Sketch (above), a drawing toy that was a popular children’s plaything for two generations and became a potent political metaphor in last year’s American presidential race, died on

Tipping point of tips [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tipping point of tips Do tips encourage better service or just better maths skills? Culture Vulture Stephanie Yap ysteph@sph.com.sg Here’s a tip: If you’re going to leave a nasty note, be prepared for it to go viral on the Internet. This is what a pastor in St. Louis, Missouri, discovered

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘I really don’t know how I could ever have been brave enough to do all the things those children did... so when people talk about my courage, I think to myself, “They don’t know anything about Harry Potter”’ Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi (left) on

BACKSTAGE PASS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BACKSTAGE PASS Lisabel Ting T-SHIRTS WITH LOCAL FLAVOUR An upcoming T-shirt exhibition features 30 shirts with locally themed designs, such as renderings of the Merlion, HDB flats and Electronic Road Pricing. It is organised by GoodEyeDeer, an initiative set up to promote local design. The shirts will be exhibited alongside

The many limbs of love [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The many limbs of love Choreographer Philippe Decoufle hopes Octopus, a show inspired by real relationships, will reach out and touch the audience Akshita Nanda you akshitan@sph.com.sg French choreographer and impresario Philippe Decoufle can conjure visual feasts of dance and light, but finds it hard to name each new production.

Polish and precision [ARTICLE]

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Polish and precision Mervin Beng Review Concert SSO GALA CONCERT: NEEME JARVI NICOLA BENEDETTI Singapore Symphony Orchestra Neeme Jarvi, conductor; Nicola Benedetti, violin Esplanade Concert Hall/Last Friday In his second outing with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, legendary Estonian conductor Neeme Jarvi opened the first of two concerts with Wagner’s Overture

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Destiny’s Child together again at Super Bowl [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Destiny’s Child together again at Super Bowl Agence France-Presse Reuters Associated Press New Orleans Pop diva Beyonce thrilled the Super Bowl crowd on Sunday with a pyrotechnic half-time spectacular that doubled as a much-anticipated Destiny’s Child reunion. And she kept the adrenaline going hours later by announcing on her website

Timberlake returns to song stage [ARTICLE]

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Timberlake returns to song stage Associated Press New Orleans One of the most anticipated musical moments of the year so far happened in New Orleans and was connected to the Super Bowl but it had nothing to do with Beyonce. Instead, it was another superstar, Justin Timberlake, who had the

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Dancing in the land of samba [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dancing in the land of samba I was there last year, and it was an exciting experience. Next to football, the Rio Carnaval is the consummate passion of all Brazilians. Rio is known as the “Carnival Capital” of the world. A wild four-day celebration, 40 days before Easter, it starts

Rustic charm of Sekinchan [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rustic charm of Sekinchan relishes the languid pace of life in western Peninsular Malaysia Carolyn Hong TO MOST visitors hurrying north on the coastal road in western Peninsular Malaysia, Sekinchan looks like just another nondescript town along the way. But those who slow down will discover that Sekinchan has an

In the ‘House of Orange’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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In the ‘House of Orange’ The Dutch town Delft near Amsterdam charms with its scenic canal walks, towering churches and exquisite pottery by benny lee IF YOU want to plan a day trip out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Delft is a good choice with its picturesque canals and well-preserved

Hot spot for the faimly [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hot spot for the faimly Going on a Costa Atlantica cruise is a lot of fun for kids and adults christina ching SUN, slide and sea what’s not to like on a cruise holiday? Costa Atlantica’s pool with a slide will no doubt be one of the top draws that

What’s coming up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Surfing responsibly [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Surfing responsibly Sincerely,Geeky Dot oday is Safer Internet Day in Singapore! Although the day has been celebrated in Europe since 2004, this is the first time we are doing so here. The day aims to promote responsible behaviour and netiquette in the online world. Last week, there was a fatal

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Exercising democracy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Exercising democracy By Nicholas Teo I t was touted as a close fight, but Workers’ Party (WP) candidate Lee Li Lian (above), 34, sailed into Parliament on her second attempt in the Punggol East single-member constituency on Jan 26. The final margin of victory was nearly 11 percentage points, or

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Gracious ridesare happy rides [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gracious ridesare happy rides he world is a better place when people help one another, and when people stand up for what is right. Whatever your age, you can speak up for those who are too shy or unable to do so for themselves. Sometimes, the person you have to

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FESTIVE knowledge [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FESTIVE knowledge How well do you know the traditions of Chinese New Year? Nicholas Teo gives you the low-down Nicholas Teo More than one billion people around the world celebrate Chinese New Year, an important festival that marks the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. During

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Shopping paradise [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shopping paradise With more than 140 malls, shopping shares the top spot with eating as national hobbies. Nicholas Teo reports reports Nicholas Teo Being the hub of international trade means that a large variety of goods and products will always land in Singapore. Locals and foreigners are spoilt for choice

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Scanning the Internet horizon [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Scanning the Internet horizon His job is to safeguard his customers’ online data by monitoring for cyber attacks. reports Nicholas Teo Mr Eugene Teo is an unsung hero to many businesses and individuals. Together with his team of more than 10 security professionals at Symantec Security Response, the manager for

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Children at work [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Children at work brings you news from the region Eileen Aung-Thwin I n India, widespread poverty has forced parents to put their children to work. Although labour laws ban children from working, more than 12.6 million children still toil in restaurants, farms, tea stalls and in homes. WHY IT MATTERS

A tradition of beating [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A tradition of beating The death of a Japanese teenager has sparked a debate in Japan over the use of corporal punishment in schools. WHY IT MATTERS A 17-year-old student and basketball captain killed himself because he was repeatedly beaten by his basketball coach. Corporal punishment in schools has been

Foreign construction workers, maybe? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Foreign construction workers, maybe? Hong Kong may relax strict rules that bar foreign construction workers from working in the territory. This is because it plans to build more badly needed housing and needs the labour to do so. WHY IT MATTERS Currently, only locals can work in the industry but

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NEWS IN PHOTOS Do you know what has been happening around the world? How do you feel after reading about these incidents? Write in to stdot@sph.com.sg to tell us. By Kimiko Chan By Kimiko Chan ACTIVITY Find an article in The Straits Times about a crime or alleged crime. Who

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It's all Greek to me [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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It's all Greek to me tome There are many words in the English language that have been borrowed from other languages. This week, Debra Ann Francisco looks at Greek words and their influence on our modern English vocabulary Debra Ann Francisco 1. Some words with “ch” are usually pronounced with

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Moderation is the key [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Moderation is the key looks at what the news can teach you about being your best self Eileen Aung-Thwin IN THE NEWS WHO: A 15-year-old girl and her 16-year-old friend in California in the United States were arrested last month after they drugged the younger girl’s parents using milkshakes laced

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Getting into the festive mood [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Getting into the festive mood ACTIVITY Activity 1: Graphic Stimulus Study the advertisement carefully and then answer questions 1 to 6. For each question, three options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (a, b or c). Write the correct letter (a, b or c)

Winning at the box office [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Winning at the box office ACTIVITY Part 1 Read the passage carefully and answer questions 1 to 4 in complete sentences. (ST, Jan 9) Local film-maker Jack Neo’s national service dramedy Ah Boys To Men (right) is king of the hill when it comes to top-grossing Asian titles in Singapore

Taking aim at gun law [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Taking aim at gun law ACTIVITY By Jennifer Claudine Looi Read the article to solve the crossword puzzle that follows. (ST, Jan 21) AUSTIN (Texas) Thousands of gun advocates have gathered peacefully at state capitals around the United States to rally against the Obama administration’s plans for stricter limits on

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Scramble for Scrabble [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Scramble for Scrabble New boardgame inspired in part by crossword puzzles is a bestseller at department stores New York City, Jan 5, 1953 One of the most popular games last year was a new word-making board game that continues to fly off the shelves. Called Scrabble, it was created by

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Eye spy a carrot [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Eye spy a carrot Are carrots really good for your eyesight? Kimiko Chan looks at the science behind this claim Kimiko Chan Manyparentstell their children that carrots are good for their eyes and it turns out that this is not just a tall tale. Carrots are high in several nutrients

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What’s that smell? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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What’s that smell? Civets cats emit a uniquely pungent smell. By Ellen Whyte By Ellen Whyte Civets are small carnivores that live in tropical forests in Africa and South-east Asia. These animals have a distinctive musky smell that comes from civetone, a greasy paste that is made by the civet’s

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