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Year-end polls on the cards? [ARTICLE]

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Year-end polls on the cards? TORCHING LI Punters say conditions good for late Dec or early Jan GE chingli@newstoday.com.sg FOR the last time this year: Are we there yet? With several tell-tale signs in the air, political watchers have finally agreed that a General Election (GE) is just around the

After 22 years, a bid to reclaim land plot sold to Government [ARTICLE]

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After 22 years, a bid to reclaim land plot sold to Government VALERIE LAW va lerie@newstoday.com.sg AFTER acquiring a plot of land on Geylang under the Land Acquisition Act about 22 years ago from a private owner, the Singapore Land Authority has not made any changes to the acquired land,

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Marina Bay's latest jewel set to shine [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Marina Bay's latest jewel set to shine LEONG WEE KEAT Multi-purpose facility will host National Day Parade, other events weekeat@newstoday.com.sg FOR years, Singaporeans have been used to seeing the National Day Parade (NDP) held in either the National Stadium or at the Padang. But come 2007, a new venue is

Bird flu on EU agenda after first cases identified on continent [ARTICLE]

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Bird flu on EU agenda after first cases identified on continent —AGENCIES THE growing threat of bird flu spreading across Europe will top the agendas of European Union leaders this week, with the deadly Asian strain of the virus having landed on the continent Scientists and the EU's political chiefs

THE UNFAIR SENTENCE [ARTICLE]

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THE UNFAIR SENTENCE THOMAS KOSHY Ex-offenders will remain susceptible to hiring bias if the law leaves policy decisions up to bosses TODAY marks a new beginning for some 120,000 Singaporeans. Or does it? With the recently announced changes to the law, an ex-offender who has been convicted and sentenced for

PM visits Punggol North [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PM visits Punggol North JASMINEYIN He joins Muslims in breaking fast and record-breaking bids jasmine.yin@newstoday.com.sg IT IS something they have been doing daily during the on-going Ramadan month, so about 400 Muslim residents of Punggol North had a pleasant surprise when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong turned up when they

Run for president? No way, says Rice [ARTICLE]

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Run for president? No way, says Rice WASHINGTON Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday said she has no interest in running for the United States presidency, despite persistent efforts from supporters to goad her into a White House bid. "Obviously, I'm flattered that somebody thinks of me in those

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What sets Asia's leaders apart? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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What sets Asia's leaders apart? DERRICK A PAULO $2m study to compare regional and global leadership practices derrick@newstoday.com.sg THE questions abound: What makes a good leader in Singapore? Admitting that one does not have all the answers? How about what shapes leadership development here the most? Failure? One educational institution

SCDF team treats 204 quake victims [ARTICLE]

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SCDF team treats 204 quake victims CHANNEL NEWSASIA MUZAFFARABAD Singapore's Civil Defence Rescue Contingent deployed to Muzaffarabad, Pakistan has treated 82 more victims of South Asia's worst quake. This brought the total number of victims it has treated to 204, since the contingent's arrival on Friday. The team includes the

Wet, wet, wet – and get used to it [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wet, wet, wet and get used to it DERRICK A PAULO Torrential rain, which left streets flooded and hamstrung a movie shoot, expected for rest of month derrick@newstoday.com.sg THERE was no singing in the rain yesterday for a Bollywood film being shot in Singapore. Not on a day when dustbins

What a difference half a year makes ... [ARTICLE]

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What a difference half a year makes BUSY working professionals keen to add to their credentials, skills and knowledge now have the option of taking a shorter Master in Public Administration (MPA) programme at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Soon after assuming his post in August last

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14TH DENGUE-RELATED DEATH [ARTICLE]

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14TH DENGUE-RELATED DEATH There has been another denguerelated death. The Health Ministry says the 14th case here this year is a 67-year-old man who was admitted to the National University Hospital on Wednesday. He died a day later from bleeding gastric ulcers, having also suffered from hypertension and chronic obstructive

MURDER IN LIM CHU KANG [ARTICLE]

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MURDER IN LIM CHU KANG 938 Live A man was found dead at a workers quarters along Ama Keng Road in the Lim Chu Kang area yesterday morning. Police officers who arrived at the scene found the body lying face-up on the ground, with a pool of blood near the

IT TAKES BALLS TO FIGHT FIRES [ARTICLE]

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IT TAKES BALLS TO FIGHT FIRES Channel News Asia A fire extinguisher in the shape of a ball is the latest weapon in fire-pre-vention efforts -targeting those, such as the young or the elderly, who are unable to lug the typically bulky, heavy fire extinguishers. The size of a handball,

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5 killed in attack on Tak Bai Buddhist temple [ARTICLE]

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5 killed in attack on Tak Bai Buddhist temple AGENCIES NARATHIWAT Suspected separatists early yesterday attacked a Buddhist temple in Thailand's majority Muslim southern province and killed five people including two teenagers and a monk. In the latest attacks, two Buddhist men were shot dead in Tak Bai district of

Helicopter crash mars ops [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Helicopter crash mars ops AGENCIES Six soldiers die, but Pakistan vows aid efforts will not stop BALAKOT (Pakistan) Relief operations for Pakistan's quake survivors suffered a double blow yesterday when a helicopter carrying six Pakistani soldiers crashed, killing all onboard, amidst poor weather which also hampered aid efforts on the

2 possible Bali suspects hunted [ARTICLE]

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2 possible Bali suspects hunted -AFP JAKARTA Indonesian police were combing predominantly Muslim residential areas on the resort island of Bali in search of two men suspected of planning "chaos" ahead of the third anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings, a report said yesterday. Indo Pos newspaper quoted an unnamed

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DROP IN DENGUE DEATHS IN THAILAND [ARTICLE]

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DROP IN DENGUE DEATHS IN THAILAND -dpa Thailand has reported 34,291 cases of dengue fever during the first nine months of the year with 58 deaths, health officials said yesterday. Last year, it was 49,246 dengue cases with 61 deaths.

INDONESIAN KILLED IN AIRPORT ACCIDENT [ARTICLE]

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INDONESIAN KILLED IN AIRPORT ACCIDENT -AFP An Indonesian woman passenger was killed and six others injured Sunday after a truck slammed into an airplane exit ramp at the Colombo International Airport yesterday.

37 DIE IN GANGES RIVER BOAT CAPSIZE [ARTICLE]

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37 DIE IN GANGES RIVER BOAT CAPSIZE -AFP At least 37 people died and 40 were missing after an overcrowded boat carrying farm labourers capsized on the Ganges River in northern India on Saturday.The boat, which had a capacity of 50 passengers, was carrying twice that number when it overturned.

M'sian groups pray for PM's ailing wife [ARTICLE]

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M'sian groups pray for PM's ailing wife -AFP KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian religious leaders held a special prayer session for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's wife, who is battling breast cancer, reports said yesterday. Mrs Endon Mahmood, 64, was described by doctors as being in a stable but weak condition last

A kiss that renewed sharia calls [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A kiss that renewed sharia calls MARIANNE KEARNEY Public display of emotional parting has outraged Aceh groups wanting lovers to be flogged IjMWI news@newstoday.com.sg JAKARTA A passionate kiss between a departing soldier and his Acehnese girlfriend, has caused outrage in Aceh, with student groups calling for the two lovers to

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ABDULLAH'S MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER UMNO FINDS HIM CORRUPT [ARTICLE]

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ABDULLAH'S MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER UMNO FINDS HIM CORRUPT AFP Malaysian cabinet minister Isa Samad has resigned after being found guilty of corruption by the ruling party. He signed a resignation letter saying he quit his post as Federal Territories Minister effective Oct 15. He was found guilty of vote-buy-ing and

AUSTRALIA TO BOOST SECURITY OVER HOMEGROWN TERROR ATTACK FEARS [ARTICLE]

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AUSTRALIA TO BOOST SECURITY OVER HOMEGROWN TERROR ATTACK FEARS -AFP Australia's main spy agency will double its staff numbers by 2010 in response to the threat of a homegrown terrorist attack. Staff levels in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) would rise from 980 to 1,860 over the next five

EXTRA PROTECTION FOR DUTCH POLITICIANS OVER TERROR THREATS [ARTICLE]

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EXTRA PROTECTION FOR DUTCH POLITICIANS OVER TERROR THREATS -dpa Dutch politicians have been given extra security protection, following raids that netted seven terror suspects linked to the Islamist "Hofstadgroep", police said. Among those under closer guard were the 12 leaders of the major parliamentary groupings. Some politicians, who have expressed

SMOKE-RELATED TREATMENT COSTS M'SIAN HEALTH MINISTRY DEARLY [ARTICLE]

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SMOKE-RELATED TREATMENT COSTS M'SIAN HEALTH MINISTRY DEARLY AFP Malaysia is being hit hard by the financial burden of smoking-related diseases, with healthcare costs linked to the habit absorbing nearly half the health ministry's budget. A study on the healthcare implications of smoking showed that related heart and lung cost RM

TOKYO HIT BY QUAKE [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO HIT BY QUAKE AFP An earthquake was felt in Tokyo yesterday, with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation reporting it measured 5.1 on the Richter scale. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Japan endures 20 per cent of the world's major earthquakes.

HK horse racing trots to a slowdown [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK horse racing trots to a slowdown -AP Soccer betting, casinos reasons for decline HONG KONG Watching horses thunder around a green grassy track ringed by skyscrapers makes going to the races in Hong Kong an exhilarating, unforgettable experience. But lately, people have been betting less on the horses and

Women astronauts for China [ARTICLE]

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Women astronauts for China AGENCIES BEIJING China is now in the midst of developing a selection criteria for women astronauts, state media said, following the launch of its second manned mission. An air force university was already accepting pilot trainees, the official Xinhua news agency said. "Experts say the country's

India warns of potential Google terror threat [ARTICLE]

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India warns of potential Google terror threat -AP HYDERABAD Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam expressed concern about a free mapping programme from Google Inc, warning it could help terrorists by providing satellite photos of potential targets. Google Earth, an Internet site launched in June this year, allows users

Voters turn out in force at Iraqi polls [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Voters turn out in force at Iraqi polls -AFP Iraq counts votes after landmark referendum: Talabani confident BAGHDAD Iraqi election officials started counting on Sunday mounds of ballots from an historic referendum on their new constitution, following a strong turnout hailed by world leaders as a milestone for the country.

Russians helping Iran create Europe missile threat: Newspaper [ARTICLE]

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Russians helping Iran create Europe missile threat: Newspaper -AFP LONDON Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran obtain the technology needed to make missiles capable of hitting European capitals, a British newspaper claimed on Sunday. Citing anonymous Western intelligence officials", The Sunday Telegraph said the Russians

Bollyburger, anyone? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bollyburger, anyone? -AP Inspired by McDonald's, Mumbai couple turn popular street snack into big, fast food business MUMBAI A young couple here have taken the city's most popular snack the lowly potato patty and transformed it into a fastgrowing business. Their model is none other than the world's fast-food king

Seeking divorce? Then read on [ARTICLE]

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Seeking divorce? Then read on BERLIN It does not quite depict the aspirational lifestyle promoted in most glossy magazines, but a new upmarket title for people seeking divorce has appeared in Germany and is expected to be a publishing hit. Rosenkrieg, or War of the Roses, has tapped into a

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KIDS AREN'T WELCOME, DOGS ARE [ARTICLE]

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KIDS AREN'T WELCOME, DOGS ARE Atop hotel in an upmarket Austrian resort has slapped a ban on young children but is still letting in dogs. Hotel Cortisen owner Roland Ballner, 38, said children were always badly behaved and invariably more trouble than they were worth. Bookings had flooded in since

ENDOWED WITH EXTRA 'WEALTH' [ARTICLE]

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ENDOWED WITH EXTRA 'WEALTH' A sculptor is coining it in by making statues of wealthy Russian businessmen showing them with huge penises and six testicles. German artist Jonathan Meese sells his 500 kg bronze statues of Russian oligarchs for about £350,000 ($1 million). The artist said he decided to equip

BOMB THREAT CALL TO GET DAY OFF [ARTICLE]

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BOMB THREAT CALL TO GET DAY OFF -AP A SriLankan Airlines stewardess called in a bomb threat because she wanted a day off, a newspaper reported yesterday. Investigators traced the call and found that it was made from a mobile phone belonging to the stewardess' boyfriend. "The inquiry reveals that

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Seeing red over parking lots [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Seeing red over parking lots MOH BOON HOWE Standardise Sunday parking for all HDB car parks and paint signs in bright orange instead Letter from I REFER to Cindy Lit's letter, "Inconsistency in red season parking lots causes confusion" (Oct 14). I can empathise with Ms Lit's lament about how

Where are the baby chairs? [LETTER]

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Where are the baby chairs? ETHELCHONG Letter from I HAVE a 12-month-old baby. My husband and I eat out during the weekends and we would bring our baby along. I am appalled to discover that quite a number of restaurants in Singapore do not have a baby chair or even

Allow only cars to pass through Empress Place [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Allow only cars to pass through Empress Place HUBERT STADLER Letter from AS A regular concert and theatregoer, I am very familiar with the traffic and parking situation around Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall. The incident where an illegally parked car blocking a coach is not the first of

Fans have had enough, Sinchi [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fans have had enough, Sinchi WINSTON YAP WEE SOON S-League is no place for childish teams; slap redcarded players with life ban Letter from' IT IS disappointing to see Sinchi FC hogging the limelight (again) for the wrong reasons ("Shameful Sinchi turn S-League match into a farce", Oct 14, and

Lights on, but first aid room door locked [LETTER]

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Lights on, but first aid room door locked MANDYLIM Letter from ON FRIDAY, my friends and I spent the day at Siloso Beach in Sentosa. While playing in the sea, one of my friends suffered a cut on her knee. She was bleeding profusely. So, we brought her to the

This dad's a one-man mozzie buster [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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This dad's a one-man mozzie buster JEFFREY HO r 1 o ij: i i LOHCHEEKONG Blogger, 51, sends photos of breeding sites to NEA, updates public about latest danger spots via his site in the crowd I 51, Self-employed THE spotlight recently has been focused on irresponsible bloggers and one

A 'FINE' CITY, SO WHY DO PROBLEMS PERSIST? [ARTICLE]

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A 'FINE' CITY, SO WHY DO PROBLEMS PERSIST? MARKSNG isay OVER the years, we have heard about community leaders rushing for free school textbooks, diners heaping their plates at buffets and leaving food unconsumed, poor service and bad customers, and most recently, the furore over the obstructing car at Empress

ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES [ARTICLE]

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES As an alternative to society's existing quick-fix strategy of dealing with "Ugly Singaporean" behaviour, which tends to involve imposing stiff fines: Replace fines with civic education classes where offenders are taught (and society is given the opportunity to learn) why they behave the way they do Teach young

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY [ARTICLE]

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY JAMES DOBSON BYDR BREAKING FROM THE CIRCLE If you've everfelt like you're just running in circles, it may be because you are. An experiment was once carried out by the great French naturalist, John Henry Fabray. He took a number of processionary caterpillars, so called because

SINGLE LIFE IS NO VACATION [ARTICLE]

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SINGLE LIFE IS NO VACATION FRANCES ONG HOCK LIN isay HOW many of us have already applied for leave from Oct 31 to Nov 4? Those who have foresight would have done it at the beginning of the year, while others may have just realised the significance of this week.

Safer high-rises with escape chutes [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Safer high-rises with escape chutes JOHN NG Letter from I REFER to the report, "Safety standards for tall buildings to be raised?" (Oct 6). Despite advances in fire suppression technology, fires in skyscrapers and high-rise buildings continue to occur around the world for a multitude of reasons. And various events,

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CLEANING UP THE POO PROBLEM IN HDB AREAS [ARTICLE]

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CLEANING UP THE POO PROBLEM IN HDB AREAS LIM BOON HEE: The grass surrounding HDB blocks is peppered with small mounds of dog poo everyday. The odds of stepping on them are high and the poo creates a stink in the void decks. Many HDB owners who rear dogs just

LIVING OUT THE PRINCIPLES OF CUSTOMER SERVICE [ARTICLE]

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LIVING OUT THE PRINCIPLES OF CUSTOMER SERVICE NELSON QUAH: I read the thought provoking report, "Let's be passionate about service, people" (Oct 10) and support the idea suggested by Mr Ron Kaufman that a service curriculum be integrated into our education system from as early as Secondary 3 or 4,

The roundabout at Newton: Is it Circle or Circus? [LETTER]

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The roundabout at Newton: Is it Circle or Circus? KHOO LIH-HAN LETTER FROM TO MOST people, a circus is a travelling show with acts like clowns and acrobats. It is only in Britain that the word also means an open circular place where several streets intersect (such as Piccadilly Circus).

DPS premium higher than necessary? [LETTER]

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DPS premium higher than necessary? CHEECHIMENG Justify the huge surplus CPF scheme is accumulating, given the lower pay-out rate Letter from CPF's Dependents Protection Scheme (DPS) came into focus recently due to its privatisation. I, like most CPF members, am insured under DPS. So, I decided to look into the

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Foreign buzz to S'pore property mart -AFP The Sail@Marina Bay attracts buyers from across the region SINGAPORE'S tallest condominium project will only be ready in 2009 at the earliest but that has not stopped Asian buyers from joining the rush for one of the most prestigious addresses in town. At

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Private equity booming in Asia DOW JONES Investment banks are cashing in on a growing chunk of the lucrative M&A pie in the region HONG KONG Asia's emergence as a private equity hot spot has generated quite a bit of work for an old breed of deal makers investment bankers.

Refco may be split as Goldman seeks offers [ARTICLE]

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Refco may be split as Goldman seeks offers -AGENCIES REFCO, the New York-based futures broker that is under probe for fraud, may be split in two as Goldman Sachs Group, its financial adviser, seeks takeover offers, sources familiar with the plan said. Refco's regulated units, which offer futures contracts traded

G20 calls for stable oil supply and prices [ARTICLE]

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G20 calls for stable oil supply and prices -AFP XIANGHE (China) The need for stable oil prices and a stable supply of energy was highlighted by the Group of 20 countries yesterday at the close of their two-day meeting. "We are concerned that longlasting high and volatile oil prices could

Resolve rifts and free up trade [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Resolve rifts and free up trade -AFP Fair trade will reduce poverty and ensure economic growth: G2O XIANGHE (China) The Group of 20 most industrialised and largest developing countries yesterday called for greater efforts by the international community to free up trade in order to reduce poverty and ensure global

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Teach yourself to be a leader DAWN QUEK Author Steve Morris says you can'take ownership'of your life da wn@newstoday.com.sg THE initial prospect of working in Singapore was not at all appealing to Mr Steve Morris (picture). In fact, when his boss wanted him to leave Hong Kong to fill a

WHAT'SUP [ARTICLE]

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Can you insure against retrenchment? JOHN BITTLESTON Surviving through compensation and insurance Retrenchment: Part 5 In my earlier articles I suggested that we should prepare for retrenchment; that we should equip ourselves to deal with the New Work Revolution taking place; that employers have as big a responsibility as employees

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SUAVE OR SEXIST? James Bond has survived on screen since 1962, but not everyone is pleased about that. JEANINE TAN asked several personalities to explain the love-hate relationship with 007. Vernon A (right), DJ, MediaCorp Radio 98.7FM I'm a huge James Bond fan. My favourite Bond would have to be

Here ends Beyond's Story [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Here ends Beyond's Story Edric Sng CONCERTKEVIEW by| GLOW-STICK wielding fanatics. Pyrotechnics, video retrospectives. Those familiar chants, in Mandarin: "We will always love you, we will always support you." It could have been any Cantopop band selling out the Singapore Indoor Stadium; it could have been any of the young

Size isn't everything [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Size isn't everything EUSACHIA Bren might be small but he makes an impact elisa@newstoday.com.sg HIS cocksure attitude may have irked a couple of contestants on The Apprentice 3, but Bren Olswanger is not apologising for that "I was just confident about who I was and what I was saying," said

Magic fingers warm the heart [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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This first Cake is a bit too hard to digest David Chew THEATREREVIEW by asf aewra I Animal Mineral Vegetable TOUTED as an "offbeat, comic-sur-real play", Animal Mineral Vegetable is exactly that Comprising various vignettes, varying from an overbearing mother and her three sons to strange Chinese courtesans and a

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White Sox edge closer -AFP Super Garcia makes it three-in-a-rowfor Chicago MLB PLAYOFFS Los Angeles 2 Chicago 8 (Chicago lead series 3-1) ANAHEIM, California Freddy Garcia pitched Chicago's third straight complete game, and Paul Konerko hit another firstinning homer Saturday (yesterday morning, Singapore time) as the White Sox beat the

Clemens, Lamb lift Houston [ARTICLE]

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Clemens, Lamb lift Houston -AP MLB PLAYOFFS Houston 4 St Louis 3 (Houston take 2-1 series lead) HOUSTON Roger Clemens held St Louis Cardinals in check with six gritty innings, Mike Lamb homered and the Houston Astros won 4-3 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday

Tampines can taste title glory [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tampines can taste title glory ERIC DING But if the pressure gets to Vorawan's men, two-time champions SAFFC look good enough to steal the championship at the death sports@newstoday.com.sg SOME SAY winning the first one's the most difficult feat Others insist defending it is even harder. When the 2005 season

FANS TAKE THEIR PICKS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FANS TAKE THEIR PICKS Juhari, 15, SAFFC fan (above) "I think that the Warriors can still catch up with Tampines as I have a feeling that Tampines will slip up against Home United." Norhafinza, 23, SAFFC fan "Tampines are without their first choice keeper and SAFFC can take advantage of

Sinchi v Young Lions [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sinchi v Young Lions Jurong Stadium Wednesday Bpm Prediction: Sinchi 1 Young Lions 3 Likely scorers: Han Jianye (Sinchi), Khairul Amri (Young Lions) Suspensions: Zhang Jiang and Luo Tongliang (Sinchi), Ismail Yunos (Young Lions) Injuries: Sun Minghan (Sinchi) Last 5 games: Sinchi WLLLL, Young Lions LWWLW Previous league meetings: Young

Out for a strong finish [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Out for a strong finish ERIC DING With SEA Games looming, Young Lions want to end league campaign on a high sports@newstoday.com.sg SINCHI VYOUNG LIONS Jurong Stadium, Wednesday, Bpm THE Young Lions' quest for a top-five spot in the S-League standings continues with a trip to Jurong Stadium to face

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Paya Lebar v Albirex [ARTICLE]

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Paya Lebar v Albirex Hougang Stadium Tomorrow, 8pm 1X2 1/2 GOAL Home Draw Away Home (+2 1/2) Away (-21/2) $8.90 $5.90 $1.18 $1.45 $2.45 TOTAL GOALS Ogoal $30.00 1 goal $12.00 2 goals $5.50 3 goals $4.00 4 goals $4.00 5 goals $4.90 6 goals $6.90 7 goals $13.00 8

TOP SCORERS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOP SCORERS Today FILE PHOTO I TOP OF THE CHARTS: Grabovac leads the pack as S League hitman supreme. Goal 24 19 19 19 18 17 14 13 13 13 12 Is Player Club Mirko Grabovac Tampines NohAlamShah Tampines Kengne Ludovick Balestier Egmar Goncalves Home Indra Sahdan Daud Home Jonathon

Thai kitman ends 10-year fling with S'pore football [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thai kitman ends 10-year fling with S'pore football DARREN LAI da rren@newstoday.com.sg THE NAME Chai Worachart may not ring a bell with most football fans but to the Young Lions' players and coaches, the diminutive Thai is an integral part of the team. Chai is the unofficial kitman of the

Paya Lebar v Albirex Niigata [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Paya Lebar v Albirex Niigata Hougang Stadium Tomorrow, Bpm PAYA LEBAR PUNGGOL will need a miracle if they are to pick up any more points this season. A 3-1 defeat to the Young Lions last week meant the Seahorses have lost 23 of their 25 games, with just one win

SAFFC v Geylang [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SAFFC v Geylang Choa Chu Kang Stadium Thursday, Bpm YET AGAIN, this is a must-win game for SAFFC as they continue to chase defending champions Tampines Rovers for the title. Struggling Geylang were on an eightmatch losing streak before posting a 2-1 win over Sinchi FC last week. Defensive lynchpin

Woodlands v Balestier Khalsa [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Woodlands v Balestier Khalsa Woodlands Stadium Thursday, Bpm WHATEVER happens in their final two matches. Woodlands are assured of a topthree placing for the season and also have the incentive of a RHB Singapore Cup Final against Home United to look forward to. It has already been a great 2005

Tampines v Home United [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tampines v Home United Tampines Stadium Friday, 7.10pm Live on Channel News Asia TAMPINES ROVERS could lift the S-League title even before kicking a ball in their penultimate match of the season, if Geylang United beat SAFFC in their clash 24 hours earlier. Notwithstanding other results, the defending champions will

Heard it through the grapevine [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Heard it through the grapevine CUP FINAL FIESTA Singapore Cup title sponsors RHB Bank have organised a carnival as part of the build up to the final on Nov 6 at the National Stadium. The promotional event starts today and will go on for three days at Caltex House, Raffles

Alonso steers Renault to glory [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Alonso steers Renault to glory -AFP Spaniard wins Chinese Grand Prix as his team take constructors'title FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix SHANGHAI World champion Fernando Alonso won an incident-packed Chinese Grand Prix yesterday to end his season in style and hand his team Renault the constructors' world championship. The victory

Aussies close in on Super Test win [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Aussies close in on Super Test win -AFP SYDNEY The World XI must face the twin leg-spin menace of Shane Warne and Stuart Mac Gill to conjure a come-from-be-hind victory against Australia in the Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The world all-stars will have to battle against historical

Dubai to build F1 theme park [ARTICLE]

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Dubai to build F1 theme park -AFP SHANGHAI Dubai plans to build a US$36O million ($607 million) Formula 1 theme park, with work getting under way next year, the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday. Developed by Union Properties in conjunction with Formula One Administration Ltd, the park, at Motor

Sorenstam on fire [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sorenstam on fire -AP Women's No 1 leaves Michelle in the shade GOLF Samsung World Championship PALM DESERT, California Annika Sorenstam seized control amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park and fired a 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead at the Samsung World Championship on Saturday (yesterday morning,

Purdy seizes lead as Baird skids [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Purdy seizes lead as Baird skids -AFP GOLF Michelin Championship LAS VEGAS Ted Purdy charged into the lead at the Michelin Championship Saturday (yesterday morning, Singapore time), as overnight leader Briny Baird's dream tournament became a nightmare. Baird started the third round with a two-shot lead, but finished tied for

Marina Bay facility thrills sports chiefs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Marina Bay facility thrills sports chiefs LEONG WEE KEAT weekeat@newstoday.com.sg IMAGINE Singapore's national football team squaring off against Brazil with the Singapore's skyline as the backdrop. That fantasy may soon become a reality in mid-2007 when the multi-purpose facility at Marina Bay is completed as part of the development of

Sinchi want out of S-League again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sinchi want out of S-League again JOSE RAYMOND Chinese side upset over criticism of the team's disgraceful actions jose@newstoday.com.sg THE roller-coaster ride that is Sinchi FC took another loop yesterday when club officials said that they want to pull out of the S-League. Sinchi vice-chairman Wang Jinhui said that the

Tampines edge closer to title [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tampines edge closer to title -ERIC DING NTUC INCOME-YEO'S S-LEAGUE 2005 Balestier 1 Tampines 4 CLASS was the difference as Tampines Rovers displayed all the hallmarks of a champion with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over 10--man Balestier Khalsa at the Toa Payoh Stadium last night The result extended Tampines' lead

The Real galacticos [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The Real galacticos PRIMERAUGA -AFP Coach Luxemburgo says his side are finally showing their full potential Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 3 MADRID Real Madrid coach Wanderley Luxemburgo could not contain his delight at his team's 3-0 win in the local derby at Atletico Madrid on Saturday. His team went

Juventus maintain perfect streak [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Juventus maintain perfect streak -AFP I SERIEA Juventus 1 Messina 0 ROME Juventus coach Fabio Capello singled out goalkeeper Christian Abbiati for special praise after his last minute heroics in Saturday's 1-0 win over Messina. The Serie A leaders missed a host of chances after Alessandro Del Piero had given

I won't be forced out, says Eriksson [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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I won't be forced out, says Eriksson —AFP LONDON Sven-Goran Eriksson is adamant he will still be in charge of England at the World Cup next summer and will not be forced out of his job by his growing legion of critics. Despite overseeing England's qualification for Germany, the Swede

Confidence-boosting win, courtesy of 18-year-old [ARTICLE]

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Confidence-boosting win, courtesy of 18-year-old -AFP ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP Sunderland 1 Man Utd 3 SUNDERLAND Alex Ferguson believes striker Giuseppe Rossi's first Premiership goal is a sign of things to come from both the 18-year-old as well as the rest of his side as they battle to keep in touch with

WHO'S BORING NOW? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHO'S BORING NOW? ■—AFP Mourinho goes 3-3-4 to obliterate Bolton-and all those'boring'jibes ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP I Chelsea 5 Bolton 1 LONDON Jose Mourinho (picture) claimed Chelsea, who blasted five sec-ond-half goals past Bolton, had provided the perfect riposte to the critics who have labelled them boring. "We are not boring," Mourinho

It's over for us: Wenger [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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It's over for us: Wenger -AFP Arsenal boss gives up on title after third defeat ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP West Brom 2 Arsenal 1 WEST BROMWICH Arsene Wenger (picture) virtually conceded the English Premiership title to Chelsea after watching his Arsenal side surrender the lead as they went down 2-1 to West

Spurs target place in Champions League [ARTICLE]

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Spurs target place in Champions League -AFP ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP Tottenham 2 Everton 0 LONDON Tottenham boss Martin Jol believes his side are playing well enough to book a place in the Champions League after overseeing a 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday. Egyptian striker Mido and England World Cup hopeful

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