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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA (P) 094/11/2009 THURSDAY, MARCH 18 2010 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS

INSIDE 118 PAGES IN SIX PARTS

Motor insurance relief [ARTICLE]

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Motor insurance relief DRIVERS can expect a reprieve from escalating motor insurance premiums. Motor insurance companies, now in a healthier state following consecutive years of rising premiums, are likely to impose only marginal increases, the General Insurance Association of Singapore said yesterday when it released its performance figures for last

Non-oil exports up 23% [ARTICLE]

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Non-oil exports up 23% SINGAPORE’S non-oil domestic exports jumped a better-than expected 23 per cent last month to $14 billion from a year ago. Electronics powered the strong performance last month with a 26 per cent jump over the year before, followed by pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. PRIME PAGE A3

Airlines’ woes in Europe [ARTICLE]

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Airlines’ woes in Europe EUROPEAN airlines are facing major turbulence as they struggle to cut cost amid the economic downturn. British Airways is the latest among these troubled national carriers as it braces itself for a threatened strike by workers this weekend. WORLD PAGE A8

Tiger-mania in Augusta [ARTICLE]

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Tiger-mania in Augusta A MEDIA circus will descend on the Augusta National in Georgia when Tiger Woods makes his much-awaited return to professional golf to compete in the Masters there. Companies are expected to be falling over themselves to try to place advertisements in the telecast and tickets on the

Sports bodies told to register as charities [ARTICLE]

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Sports bodies told to register as charities Move to improve NSAs’ management and corporate governance BY JONATHAN WONG jonwong@sph.com.sgSee THE Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has instructed all National Sports Associations (NSAs) to register themselves as charity organisations by year end or risk getting their funds frozen. The change would see

For the old, having docs on call beats going to hospital [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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For the old, having docs on call beats going to hospital BY SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg TWO public hospitals are working to keep the old and chronically ill patients out for their own good. Older patients are more susceptible to the bugs that hospitals house, and also tend to

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3 Mandarin musicals set to rock the stage Tuberculosis still a threat today Ravi Velloor interviews Rajapaksa Sri Lanka has big post-war ambitions IN MIND YOUR BODY LIFE! PAGE C4 PRIME, PAGE A6 BREAKING NEWS: www.straitstimes.com INTERACT: www.stomp.com.sg EMAIL: stomp@stomp.com.sg VIDEOS: www.razortv.com.sg NEWS TIPS: 1800-XXXXX28 ma* INCQC The Straits Times

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State aid's fine, but what of self-help? [ARTICLE]

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State aid's fine, but what of self-help? WE SAY The trade agency IE Singapore could not have timed better its aid plan to help Singapore-based companies grow abroad. There should be ready takers among SMEs for the assistance in funding and introductions. But if they make a foray abroad on

They’re just men after all [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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They’re just men after all COLUMN Confucianist attitudes still impact the ability of most Chinese wives to cope with their husbands’ infidelities, says Andy Ho. REVIEW PAGE A28

Don’t let them get away [ARTICLE]

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Don’t let them get away OUR READER SAYS The Government should plug the loophole that allows former spouses to avoid paying alimony by filing for bankruptcy, says Jennifer Lee. FORUM PAGE A31

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com Nirmal Ghosh sees more “bloodletting” as the Red Shirts target the Thai PM’s home in Bangkok.

Widening the safety net – the faster the better [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Widening the safety net the faster the better There’s a growing group of people old or sick who really need help BY RADHA BASU SENIOR CORRESPONDENT radhab@sph.com.sg HERE were no big headlines, no drumroll. Yet the announcements from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) during last week’s

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN THE Sunday Times LifeStyle this week, a report, “Wheel Power”, gave the wrong impression that Miss Tan Xin Hui and Miss Tay Siang Hui want to spend five years cycling around the world. The duo, in fact, plan to go round the world on

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New rental block? Neighbours say welcome [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New rental block? Neighbours say welcome BY NUR DIANAH SUHAIMI A NEW rental HDB block is coming up in Tampines Street 22 and unlike their neighbours in Pasir Ris and Tampines Street 83, residents there are happy to have it near them. All 20 residents interviewed by The Straits Times

Electronics powers jump in Feb exports [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Electronics powers jump in Feb exports Strong performance may lift economy to double-digit Q1 growth BY FIONA CHAN fiochan@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S export sector rebounded from a slump in January to record robust growth last month, thanks to higher shipments to all of its top 10 markets. The powerful performance is expected

Building a better way to reuse concrete [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Building a better way to reuse concrete More demolition waste could potentially be used in erecting structures BY TAN HUI YEE tanhy@sph.com.sg A STEEL mesh sunshaded box of a building in the dusty industrial estate of Kranji Crescent has been hosting a steady stream of visitors from China, Mongolia, Israel

Starting small, going big [ARTICLE]

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Starting small, going big SAMWOH started small. The first level of its Eco-Green Building was made with concrete containing aggregate or loose granite with 30 per cent recycled content. But emboldened by success, it built the second level with 50 per cent recycled aggregate. Growing in confidence, its top level

DPM Teo meets top US defence, security officials [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DPM Teo meets top US defence, security officials WASHINGTON: Visiting Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean met his American counterpart Robert Gates at the Pentagon yesterday. They reaffirmed the strong defence ties between the two countries in their talks. Mr Teo, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, also met other

Spike and steal [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Spike and steal Jobless woman stole $40,000 from 14 men BY ELENA CHONG COURTS CORRESPONDENT AN UNEMPLOYED woman doped a string of victims and cleaned them out of more than $40,000, some of which she used to pay for Botox and beauty treatments. Forty four year old Vicky Herman Quek

Cracks showing among red shirts [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cracks showing among red shirts Moderates and hardliners split BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg BANGKOK: Thailand further tightened security at key areas in the capital yesterday as the mass protest aimed at forcing snap elections continued but splits appeared in the red shirt camp. Last night, the moderate leadership

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Post-war Sri Lanka: A model by itself [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Post-war Sri Lanka: A model by itself President sets out his vision for the country in interview with ST BY RAVI VELLOOR SOUTH ASIA BUREAU CHIEF velloor@sph.com.sg COLOMBO: Sri Lanka aspires to be a regional aviation and shipping hub and to double per capita income in the next five years

Tamils abroad keeping the Tigers alive [ARTICLE]

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Tamils abroad keeping the Tigers alive COLOMBO: Its leaders may have been eliminated, but the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is far from extinct. Sri Lanka’s President, who said this, added that the movement is being kept alive by Tamils living abroad. “It is not over,” Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa

War hero Fonseka ‘is a fool’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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War hero Fonseka ‘is a fool’ COLOMBO: General Sarath Fonseka (left) was a political knave who has to face the military discipline that he imposed on thousands of other soldiers, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said. He ruled out any immediate pardon for the war hero and former army chief who

President Rajapaksa’s views on... [ARTICLE]

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President Rajapaksa’s views on... NO PARDON FOR FONSEKA “Do you know that when I was in remand I was in remand for three months back in 1985 I didn’t get the comfort he is getting? My mother was gravely ill and they wouldn’t allow me to see her. When I

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Europe’s airlines flying into trouble [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Europe’s airlines flying into trouble In Britain, threatened BA strike could prove severe for Brown BY JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT jonathan.eyal@gmail.com LONDON: A threatened strike by British Airways (BA) workers this weekend is the last thing Prime Minister Gordon Brown needs just as general election campaigning is kicking into high

WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE US slams human rights abuses MOST COMMENTED ON ‘Bloody’ face-off in Bangkok. Says tcssXXXXX: “I think this ‘bloody’ protest is in utterly bad taste and quite childish. Imagine how many lives could have been saved with that blood,

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Haze blankets Chiang Mai [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Haze blankets Chiang Mai Northern Thailand has been polluted by a thick haze for the past few days, forcing Chiang Mai International Airport to turn on its runway lights and the authorities to put out more cloud-seeding flights. Mr Surapol Leelawaroros, director of the 16th conservation area’s forest fire operation

Stalemate in ‘Allah’ issue between govt and Church [ARTICLE]

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Stalemate in ‘Allah’ issue between govt and Church KUALA LUMPUR: Talks between the federal government and the Roman Catholic Church over the use of the term “Allah” in its publication have reached a stalemate. The Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers have gone ahead to file a formal appeal against a High Court

‘No arms race between Singapore and Malaysia’ [ARTICLE]

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‘No arms race between Singapore and Malaysia’ XINHUA KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has never worried about Singapore’s efforts to build up its armed forces because it is usual for countries to improve their defences, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said. He stressed that the two neighbours enjoy close defence ties

Opposition vows to keep up GST fight [ARTICLE]

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Opposition vows to keep up GST fight But BN says delay of Bill was to have more time to get public feedback BY TEO CHENG WEE REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT chengwee@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s opposition yesterday vowed to keep up the pressure on the government, which had postponed a Bill on the

Villagers block roads to stop demolition [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Villagers block roads to stop demolition RAWANG: About 200 residents blocked the entrances to their village in central Selangor yesterday to stop the construction of electricity cable towers in the area by a utility company. All three roads leading to the village were blocked by residents from 7.30am, Malaysiakini online

Orang asli rally against land law changes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Orang asli rally against land law changes ASSOCIATED PRESS PUTRAJAYA: Hundreds of indigenous tribal Malaysians staged a rare protest outside the Prime Minister’s office yesterday to denounce potential changes to a law that they said would rob them of land. The orang asli which means “original people” in Malay collectively

Ex-PKR MP rips into Anwar [ARTICLE]

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Ex-PKR MP rips into Anwar KL’s seven independent lawmakers could be new force in politics, say experts BY ELIZABETH LOOI MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT elizlooi@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia now has seven independent Members of Parliament, but hopes for a new political force got off to a rocky start yesterday when one of

Aceh terror group’s recruitment video [ARTICLE]

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Aceh terror group’s recruitment video Emergence of group shows militants in region are adapting amid crackdown BANDA ACEH: A commander of a new Indonesian militant group looks into a camera and ridicules the notorious extremist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI). “They are not violent enough, come and join us,” he shouts,

What now for red-shirt protesters? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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What now for red-shirt protesters? They are left with escalating tactics or settling in for the long haul to wait for polls NEWS ANALYSIS BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg BANGKOK: The protest rally in Bangkok by the red-shirted United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will enter its sixth

Drug money ‘influencing’ Manila polls [ARTICLE]

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Drug money ‘influencing’ Manila polls Police zeroing in on candidates with ties to narcotics trade BY ALASTAIR MCINDOE PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT amcindoe@yahoo.com Source: PDEA US State Department MANILA: With a national election two months away, concerns that drug money may be financing the campaigns of unscrupulous candidates are under the spotlight.

4.5 tonnes of explosives, guns seized in Lahore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4.5 tonnes of explosives, guns seized in Lahore AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LAHORE: Pakistani police seized 4.5 tonnes of explosives, rifles and suicide vests during raids in the eastern city of Lahore, which has suffered a series of militant attacks, officials said yesterday. “The police raided different shops in the city today

Let yuan rise, say World Bank and IMF [ARTICLE]

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Let yuan rise, say World Bank and IMF China’s monetary policy should also be tightened to ward off asset bubbles BY GRACE NG CHINA CORRESPONDENT graceng@sph.com.sg BEIJING: The World Bank yesterday urged China to let its currency rise and rein in its loose money policy. It warned that inflation risks

Lose locks for luck [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lose locks for luck Two toddlers getting haircuts at a barbershop in Huaibei in eastern China’s Anhui province yesterday. Yesterday was the second day of the second month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar this year. Folklore terms it “dragon lifting head”, meaning the spring awakens after winter hibernation, when

Chinese ad firms ‘seeking clarity on Google plans’ [ARTICLE]

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Chinese ad firms ‘seeking clarity on Google plans’ ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS BEIJING: Chinese companies that sell advertising on Google’s China search engine have appealed for information on its future and say they might want compensation if it is shut down. The appeal in the name of 27 companies comes as

China still favours Taiwan military talks [ARTICLE]

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China still favours Taiwan military talks REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: China still wants talks on building military and security trust with Taiwan, a spokesman said yesterday, despite Beijing’s anger over recent US arms sales to the island. “We agree to look at the issue of setting up a military and

Chongqing police revamp follows top cop’s arrest [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chongqing police revamp follows top cop’s arrest ASSOCIATED PRESS CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK Move to raise efficiency of ‘bloated’ system and lessen opportunities for corruption as well BEIJING: Chongqing, the south-western Chinese city led by rising political star Bo Xilai, has ordered all lower-level police chiefs to re-apply for their

Kim Jong Il ‘may not live past 2013’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kim Jong Il ‘may not live past 2013’ ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may die within three years, according to Assistant US Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported yesterday that the senior United States envoy told US Ambassador Kathleen Stephens,

Drought in China affecting millions [ARTICLE]

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Drought in China affecting millions South-western region facing water shortage; cracks found on Kunming airport runway AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS BEIJING: Millions of people face drinking water shortages in south-western China because of a once-a-century drought that has dried up rivers and threatened vast farmlands, state media reported yesterday. The severe

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Israel lifts restrictions on shrine access [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Israel lifts restrictions on shrine access Tensions with US also easing over new settlement plans AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM: Israel yesterday lifted its tight restrictions on Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s holiest shrine and called off an extended West Bank closure after days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security

China sets trial for Rio Tinto exec [ARTICLE]

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China sets trial for Rio Tinto exec AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY: Australian Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu, accused of industrial espionage and receiving bribes, will face trial in China next week, the government in Canberra said yesterday. Australia said it was pleased that Hu’s case was moving to trial, eight months

Rich nations ‘arrogant’ during climate talks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rich nations ‘arrogant’ during climate talks US and EU failed to understand poorer nations’ concerns, says expert AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: The “arrogance” of rich countries at the Copenhagen climate summit in December contributed to the negotiations’ “disappointing” outcome, a leading economist has told the BBC. Lord Nicholas Stern, the former

Young gamers don’t do as well in school [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Young gamers don’t do as well in school ASSOCIATED PRESS SPOKANE (Washington): Parents who fear that buying a video game system will hurt their children’s schoolwork might be right. Young boys who receive their first video game systems do not progress as quickly in school as boys who do not

Privacy on the Net fast vanishing [ARTICLE]

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Privacy on the Net fast vanishing NEW YORK TIMES Bits of data about a person can be collected, assembled with the help of technology NEW YORK: If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address? Probably not.

Plea deal for US terror suspect [ARTICLE]

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Plea deal for US terror suspect Chicago man to admit involvement in Mumbai attack and plot to murder cartoonist ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CHICAGO: The Chicago man accused of scouting out the deadly 2008 Mumbai siege and a plot to kill a Danish cartoonist will plead guilty to terrorism charges,

‘Shrimp’ surprise under Antarctic [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Shrimp’ surprise under Antarctic In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature frolicking 183m beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet. The 7.6cm-long Lyssianasid amphipod is distantly related to shrimp. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from

Honda issues US recall for 412,000 vehicles [ARTICLE]

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Honda issues US recall for 412,000 vehicles AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO: Honda has announced the recall of an estimated 412,000 vehicles in the United States because of problems with “soft” brakes, in the latest blow to the embattled Japanese auto industry. The recall affects the 2007 to 2008 model

Pope to issue letter to Irish on sex scandal [ARTICLE]

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Pope to issue letter to Irish on sex scandal Pontiff hopes message will help with healing and repentance ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday he hopes his upcoming letter to the Irish faithful on the sex abuse scandal in Ireland’s Roman Catholic Church will help

Bid to be world’s fattest woman [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bid to be world’s fattest woman PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS LX New York show hosts Jane Hanson (left) and Sara Gore (right) posing with guest Donna Simpson at their studio in New York on Tuesday, in this photo released by Starpix. Ms Simpson, who tipped the scales at over 272kg when

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State aid’s fine, but what of self-help? [ARTICLE]

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State aid’s fine, but what of self-help? THE trade agency IE Singapore could not have chosen a better time to start a programme to help Singapore-based companies grow abroad. The economy has recovered. Global trade looks set to grow. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should find these conditions conducive

Blame the woman, spare the man [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blame the woman, spare the man CONFUCIANIST VIEW BY ANDY HO SENIOR WRITER andyho@sph.com.sg FILM-MAKER Jack Neo’s infidelity has been in the news of late. Some applaud the dignified manner in which Madam Irene Kng, his wife of 27 years, has conducted herself. Others, however, are disappointed that she has

S’pore a good learning model for Malaysia [ARTICLE]

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S’pore a good learning model for Malaysia BY YANG BANG NI MORE than 10 years ago, an article by Lung Ying-tai entitled “Fortunately, I am not a Singaporean” drew flak from Chinese Singaporeans after it was reproduced in Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao. New immigrants from China and Hong Kong who had

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Bibi thumbs his nose at Biden [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bibi thumbs his nose at Biden BY GWYNNE DYER FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is a London-based independent journalist. THE very public row over the Israeli government’s humiliation of United States Vice-Presi-dent Joe Biden has led to excited speculation that the US government might actually defy Israel this time.

Ghost of E. Timor still haunts Kopassus [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ghost of E. Timor still haunts Kopassus O B A M A S VI S IT T O IND O NE S I A BY JOHN MCBETH SENIOR WRITER thane.cawdor@gmail.com IT IS only when United States Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume orders a cone of silence over the issue that

A significant event for Asean [ARTICLE]

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A significant event for Asean BY RODOLFO C. SEVERINO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer, a former Asean secretary-general, is head of the Asean Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. IN A few days, United States President Barack Obama will be visiting Indonesia. It will be an

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Plug bankruptcy loophole [ARTICLE]

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Plug bankruptcy loophole DEFAULTING EX-SPOUSES Jennifer Lee (Ms) I APPLAUD Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan for announcing measures to deter former spouses from shirking their responsibilities (“Measures to make ex-spouses pay up”, last Thursday). However, there is a loophole the Government must plug. Former spouses re- sort

‘Your S’pore’, ‘My S’pore’, it’s everybody’s S’pore [ARTICLE]

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‘Your S’pore’, ‘My S’pore’, it’s everybody’s S’pore Jorg Dietzel IT SEEMS to me that the motivation behind changing Singapore’s tagline from “Uniquely Singapore” to “Your Singapore” has been misunderstood, judging from Monday’s brace of letters by Mr Clinton Lim (“Don’t bark up the wrong tree”) and Mr Eugene Tan (“Intense

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MR JACK CHEW: Do more to catch errant dog owners 2 MR RON KAUFMAN: Building a superior service culture 3 MR WEE ENG LEONG: Can building plan be changed after vote? 4 MR RAYMOND ER: Sale of site will worsen traffic congestion 5

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Pets in public spaces: Enforcement is key [ARTICLE]

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Pets in public spaces: Enforcement is key Low Fatt Mun THE National Environment Agency’s (NEA) reply last Friday (“Walk in the park may cost $1,000 for irresponsible pet owners”) states the obvious. The public is well aware that it is an offence to smoke in certain areas, not to clean

Club should accept only national servicemen [ARTICLE]

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Club should accept only national servicemen Yeo Eng Huat THE National Service Resort Country Club (NSRCC) was set up by the Ministry of Defence to provide premier country club facilities to national servicemen who have served the nation. So I was surprised when I learnt a few years back that

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Insurance relief for motorists Any rise in premiums this year will be marginal, says GIA BY MARIA ALMENOAR mariaa@sph.com.sg DRIVERS, expect a reprieve from escalating motor insurance premiums this year. Motor insurance companies, now in a healthier state following consecutive years of rising premiums, are likely to impose only marginal

WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE French girl spills the beans on Neo Mitsubishi drops Jack Neo Foyce: I’m not stupid MOST COMMENTED ON Movie on Jack Neo’s affair? Says FengFeiFei: “Plainly speaking, if Jack Neo makes a movie based on his tryst, it

YP to close 2 Facebook pages [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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YP to close 2 Facebook pages Move by Young PAP follows Web spats; main page to stay BY RACHEL CHANG rchang@sph.com.sg THE youth wing of the People’s Action Party (PAP) is consolidating its online presence in a bid for better control over its new media message. The move by Young

George Yeo on visit to Azerbaijan [ARTICLE]

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George Yeo on visit to Azerbaijan FOREIGN Minister George Yeo is on an official four-day visit to Azerbaijan, starting today. His visit is the first by a Singapore minister since diplomatic ties were established between the two countries in 1994. It is at the invitation of his Azerbaijan counterpart Elmar

Nathan in India on private trip [ARTICLE]

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Nathan in India on private trip PRESIDENT S R Nathan is in India for a private visit. He left yesterday and will return on Sunday, said a statement from the President’s Office. During Mr Nathan’s absence, Mr J.Y. Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will act for the

India agents resume SIA, SilkAir sales [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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India agents resume SIA, SilkAir sales SIA to study ruling on commission by Indian authorities BY KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg TRAVEL agents in India who stopped selling Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir tickets more than a year ago have ended their 15-month boycott. But the dispute, which arose from

Care for liquid or dry eggs? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Care for liquid or dry eggs? AVA hatches ways to get Singaporeans to try alternative egg sources BY JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg SINGAPOREANS love their eggs, consuming four million daily. But not so when the eggs come in powder or liquid form even though they may have a longer shelf life

Two killed in separate work mishaps [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Two killed in separate work mishaps Metal pipe falls on one; crane jib pins another and injures three others BY CAROLYN QUEK MAVIS GOH carolynq@sph.com.sg mavgoh@sph.com.sg TWO foreign workers were killed and three others injured in two separate worksite accidents yesterday afternoon, as the workplace fatality rate continues to rise.

Push for students to learn from their environment [ARTICLE]

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Push for students to learn from their environment BY KAREN ZAINAL ZESLENE MAO BRITISH children aged above eight can recognise more Pokemon characters than local wildlife, a 2002 British study found. And the average American child can identify over 1,000 corporate logos, but only a handful can name more than

Cleaner who killed child escapes gallows [ARTICLE]

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Cleaner who killed child escapes gallows Man loved his daughter and did not intend to kill her, High Court rules BY K.C. VIJAYAN vijayan@sph.com.sg A CLEANER who attacked and killed his 23-month-old daughter was spared the death penalty yesterday when the High Court acquitted him of murder and convicted him

‘I told daughter her mum and I were good friends’ [ARTICLE]

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‘I told daughter her mum and I were good friends’ PARAPLEGIC SUIT BY SELINA LUM “YOUR mummy and I are very good friends.” This is how prominent paraplegic athlete William Tan said he placated the youngest daughter of the woman he now claims was his lover, after the girl heard

Tiwary faces theft, child porn charges [ARTICLE]

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Tiwary faces theft, child porn charges AUSSIE COURT DATE CYNTHIA LOW SYDNEY: Singaporean Ram Puneet Tiwary, 30, jailed in Australia for the murder of two fellow Singaporean students, will be back in court to face a slew of charges, including some for possession of child pornography and theft. These charges

Sales of private homes up 130% [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sales of private homes up 130% Singaporeans are the main drivers of surge last year BY MELISSA SIM MELISSA KOK simlinoi@sph.com.sg melk@sph.com.sg DOWNTURN? What downturn? Private home transactions for both new and resale homes jumped by more than 130 per cent last year, despite the downturn. Singaporeans were the main

SPH Magazines sweeps awards [ARTICLE]

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SPH Magazines sweeps awards SPH Magazines emerged as the biggest winner at the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Magazine Awards 2010 on Tuesday, walking away with five gold, eight silver and two bronze awards. The 15-award haul from the event, held at the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, was the

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com.sg MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES ‘Lawless’ Lions Marathon showdown in Singapore Gerrard loses head as Reds lose MOST COMMENTED ON Benitez may leave Liverpool, Torres demands big signings Says tokkoksinsongplaykita: “They should get their old favourite, Kevin Keegan, to be the coach.

EYE ON THE TIGER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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EYE ON THE TIGER His comeback could be biggest TV event since Obama’s inauguration ASSOCIATED PRESS THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: When William Makepeace Thackeray visited Augusta, Georgia, in the middle of the 19th century, he described it as a small, snug town. It is still small but it is hardly

Six lessons from the Tiger Woods saga [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Six lessons from the Tiger Woods saga SPORTINGLIFE BY ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg HERE’S how you know the universe has lost its moorings. When CBS honcho Sean McManus tells a US reporter that Tiger Woods’ return (this is before the Masters announcement) “will be the biggest media event other than Obama’s

Nicholas bowls perfect game [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Nicholas bowls perfect game BY LIN XINYI IN THE five years that Nicholas Lim has been bowling competitively, his game-high score stood at 249 pinfalls. But that changed yesterday, when the 13-year-old notched a perfect game of 300 in the National Age Group Championships boys’ Under-15 quartet event at Orchid

OBSTACLE COURSE [ARTICLE]

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OBSTACLE COURSE Some NSAs feel charity change not feasible owing to lack of staff BY JONATHAN WONG jonwong@sph.com.sg CHARITY began early for the Singapore Badminton Association. It registered as a charity in late 2008 even before the initiative by the Singapore Sports Council last October to get all National Sports

Robbo sees England heartbreak [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Robbo sees England heartbreak BY TERRENCE VOON AS ENGLAND’S Captain Marvel, Bryan Robson was part of the Three Lions’ World Cup Finals failures in 1982, 1986 and 1990. His prediction for this year’s campaign in South Africa: More heartbreak for Fabio Capello’s men. “I can see us being in the

Football legends to visit Singapore for Soccerex conference [ARTICLE]

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Football legends to visit Singapore for Soccerex conference TERRENCE VOON SOME of football’s legendary names are headed this way in July for the Asian leg of the world’s largest football business conference and exhibition. Portugal’s iconic goal-scorer Eusebio, 1970 Brazilian World Cup captain Carlos Alberto Torres and former Tottenham Hotspur

MORE MARATHON WOES [ARTICLE]

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MORE MARATHON WOES Top finishers’ manager say they’ve not received payout; SSC denies this BY WANG MENG MENG meng@sph.com.sg ANOTHER controversy has hit the Singapore Marathon. Walter Abmayr, the elite athletes’ manager for last year’s Dec 6 race, yesterday claimed that four of the top finishers have yet to receive

YOG update for Rogge [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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YOG update for Rogge YESTERDAY, the digital clock read 150. By the time International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge arrives in Singapore next Monday, the number of days to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) would have dropped to 145. The IOC president is due for his second official visit

Jordan buys Bobcats with an eye on profit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jordan buys Bobcats with an eye on profit NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK: As a basketball player, Michael Jordan ruthlessly exploited his opponents’ weaknesses. As a businessman, he is now trying to exploit the financially troubled sports world by buying the mon-ey-losing Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association for

Next 72 hours [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Next 72 hours Today Bowling National Age Group C’ships: Masters finals (Orchid Bowl, Orchid Country Club, 9am). Cricket IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals (Live, Ch111, 10.30pm). Football S-League: Gombak v Singapore Armed Forces FC (Jurong West), Woodlands v Sengkang (Woodlands) 7.45pm.Europa League: Fulham v Juventus (tomorrow, 2am), Liverpool

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Dowie tasked with stopping Hull’s slide [ARTICLE]

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Dowie tasked with stopping Hull’s slide REUTERS LONDON: Iain Dowie has been handed the task of saving Hull City from relegation from the English Premier League. The former Crystal Palace and Charlton football manager has nine games to try and reverse Hull’s dive towards a return to the Championship. Hull

Sick coach gets victorious welcome [ARTICLE]

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Sick coach gets victorious welcome REUTERS DENVER: The Denver Nuggets welcomed coach George Karl back to the bench after cancer treatment with a 97-87 win over the Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Nuggets (46-22) won

Young Lions post first win of season [ARTICLE]

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Young Lions post first win of season A LONG-RANGE strike by Safuwan Baharudin after 52 seconds helped the Young Lions to their first win of the S-League football season last night. Izzdin Shafiq (penalty) and Seo Su Jong also scored in a 3-0 win over Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Basketball NBA Indiana 99 Charlotte 94, Cleveland 113 Detroit 101, San Antonio 88 Miami 76, Atlanta 108 New Jersey 84, Memphis 104 Chicago 97, Denver 97 Washington 87, Phoenix 152 Minnesota 114, LA Lakers 106 Sacramento 99. Cricket Indian Premier League In Bangalore: Kings XI Punjab 203-3. Royal Challengers

"But then his heel, his heel, his heel..." [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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"But then his heel, his heel, his heel..." CAROL ANN DUFFY, Britain’s Poet Laureate in her poem Achilles, inspired by David Beckham’s Achilles’ tendon injury

Baghdatis stuns Federer, eyes Grand Slam [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Baghdatis stuns Federer, eyes Grand Slam AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE INDIAN WELLS (California): For once, Roger Federer could not find a way to get the win. The world No. 1, playing his first tennis tournament since winning his 16th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, was philosophical after falling

BLUES CAN’T BLAME ANYONE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BLUES CAN’T BLAME ANYONE They have few answers to former manager’s better-organised Inter THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Of all the many traits that Jose Mourinho instilled in his Chelsea teams, the only one to rear its head on Tuesday was the persecution complex. Once again, John Terry et al found

Hat-trick of shame [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hat-trick of shame Chelsea striker Didier Drogba departs the Champions League in ignominy for the third successive season THE TIMES, LONDON 2008 final: Man United 1 Chelsea 1 (United win 6-5 on penalties) Drogba is sent off four minutes from the end of extra time for slapping Nemanja Vidic. Chelsea

Terry runs over club staff [ARTICLE]

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Terry runs over club staff ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry was questioned by British police yesterday after knocking down a member of the club’s security staff in his car following the team’s 0-1 Champions League loss to Inter Milan. Chelsea said that Terry’s car was surrounded by photographers

Singapore the gateway to bringing samba soccer to Asia [ARTICLE]

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Singapore the gateway to bringing samba soccer to Asia BY JONATHAN WONG IT WANTS to bring Brazilian football to Asia. And it starts with Singapore. That is the target Clube dos 13, the organisation that represents 20 of the biggest clubs in the Brazilian Football Championship, has set for itself.

Honda aiming higher after CSKA’s win [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Honda aiming higher after CSKA’s win REUTERS SEVILLE: Keisuke Honda was CSKA Moscow’s match winner in their 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Tuesday but the Japan international is far from satisfied with the slice of history that he made. The 23-year-old midfielder brushed off the milestone of becoming the first

Milner boosts England hopes [ARTICLE]

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Milner boosts England hopes THE TIMES, LONDON WIGAN: James Milner confirmed his status as England’s rising football star with a match-winning performance on Tuesday in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win at Wigan. He scored a typically smart goal in the 63rd minute, his 10th of the season, and posted another reminder

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A Breakthrough In The Singapore Bereavement Industry [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fed’s pledge on rates lifts Asian markets [ARTICLE]

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Fed’s pledge on rates lifts Asian markets STI hits nine-week high; trading volume also exceeds daily average BULLS AND BEARS BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE Singapore market detected enough nuggets of good news in the United States Federal Reserve’s overnight policy statement on interest rates to roar to its highest

Sino-Env’s China managers eye stake [ARTICLE]

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Sino-Env’s China managers eye stake BY ESTHER TEO TROUBLED Sino-Environment Technology Group may have a chance of getting back on its feet again. The management of its China subsidiaries has made an offer to help restart operations if it can take a 20 per cent or bigger stake in the

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Subway eyes big slice of S’pore market [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Subway eyes big slice of S’pore market Sandwich chain wants to double number of outlets and to be No. 1 BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg AMERICAN sandwich chain Subway aims to double the number of its outlets in Singapore from 77 to about 150 in just five years and has fast-food

Businesses not making use of free trade pacts [ARTICLE]

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Businesses not making use of free trade pacts BY ROBIN CHAN THERE may be free trade deals galore in Singapore, but many businessmen are still not making use of them because of the amount of form filling and legalese. Customs and trade consultant Frank Debets told a seminar yesterday that

Expert warns of trade war erupting [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Expert warns of trade war erupting He says economic blocs may proliferate, firms may turn to insourcing DETERI O R A TIN G U S C HIN A TIE S BY DICKSON LI dicksonl@sph.com.sg MARKETS around the world will suffer the fallout from the trade war that is brewing between

How Asean can help regional integration [ARTICLE]

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How Asean can help regional integration BY HARSHA JETHNANI ASEAN could consider allowing its secretariat to set meeting agendas, along the lines of what the European Commission does, a leading academic has proposed. This could be one of the various ways the 10-member Asean grouping, along with its three dialogue

Biomed sector to grow by up to 10% [ARTICLE]

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Biomed sector to grow by up to 10% EDB confident that output will hit $25b target by 2015 BY VICTORIA VAUGHAN vvaughan@sph.com THE thriving biomedical science sector is predicted to grow by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent this year, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said yesterday. The

Siglap condo makes en bloc pitch [ARTICLE]

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Siglap condo makes en bloc pitch BY ESTHER TEO CULFORD Gardens in Siglap has been put up for a collective sale with an asking price of between $37 million and $40 million. Marketing agent Credo Real Estate’s managing director Karamjit Singh said that at this price, each unit owner can

Fed keeping interest rates near zero [ARTICLE]

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Fed keeping interest rates near zero US central bank more upbeat about jobs but cautious about housing REUTERS WASHINGTON: The Federal Reserve has renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for an “extended period”, despite sounding more upbeat about jobs. The US central bank’s nod to a firmer

BOJ offers cheap loans to fight deflation [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BOJ offers cheap loans to fight deflation ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO: Japan’s central bank is escalating the fight against deflation by offering more cheap loans to banks. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) voted after a two-day policy board meeting yesterday to double the amount available under its short-term lending programme to

DBS signs 2-year deal with PayPal [ARTICLE]

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DBS signs 2-year deal with PayPal BY CHUA HIAN HOU BUYING goods and services online just got a bit more convenient. DBS Group Holdings and online payment giant PayPal yesterday announced they had signed a two-year exclusive deal. This will allow DBS’ 1.35 million online banking customers to move money

Shell’s Bukom complex to open in May [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shell’s Bukom complex to open in May Opening of petrochem facilities timely, as global markets recover BY JESSICA CHEAM jcheam@sph.com.sg LONDON: Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell will officially open its highly anticipated multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex in Pulau Bukom on May 4 a project almost five years in the making. Chief

WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE HDB steps up enforcement MOST COMMENTED ON Strong new home sales in February despite CNY, cooling measures. Says ladyhaha: “As long as interest rates stay low and the Singapore dollar remains on an upward trajectory, yield-seeking inflows into

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Jai Ho to indie Indian theatre [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jai Ho to indie Indian theatre Three new performing arts groups each aim to stage at least one production a year deepika shetty deepikas@sph.com.sg When stage and television actress Shalaka Ranadive relocated from London to Singapore three years ago, she did the rounds of theatre groups, television studios and independent

Spiced up line-up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Spiced up line-up Rafta Rafta (All In Good Time) What: Based on British playwright Ayub Khan-Din’s play which won the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Comedy 2008, this comedy stars (above, from left) Subin Subaiah, Daisy Irani, Shabir, Glory Ngim, Debra Teng and Gerald Chew. In English, it examines

More Mosaic shows sold out [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More Mosaic shows sold out Thirteen gigs in this year’s festival, up from last year’s eight, are sold out, with other shows’ tickets selling fast eddino abdul hadi dinohadi@sph.com.sg With three days to the end of the Esplanade’s annual Mosaic Music Festival, almost half of the ticketed shows are sold

Grisham novels turn e-books [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Grisham novels turn e-books New York Popular legal thriller author John Grisham has broken his holdout against selling his books in an electronic format and will sell all of his 23 titles as e-books, his publisher said on Tuesday. The former lawyer, whose bestsellers include The Firm and A Time

Three Mandarin musical treats [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Three Mandarin musical treats Catchy tunes, fantastical tales and bilingual stars take the stage this year to give English musicals a run for their money adeline chia chiahta@sph.com.sg When one thinks about the Singaporean musical theatre scene, one person springs to mind: composer-musician Dick Lee and his works such as

Solitary refinements [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Solitary refinements Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian rethinks Chinese ink traditions with a palette of black and white deepika shetty deepikas@sph.com.sg The recent canvas creations of Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian are just as introspective as his writings. This is evident from his 14 new ink-on-canvas paintings. These will be on display

Bard’s lost play found [ARTICLE]

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Bard’s lost play found Associated Press London Is this love’s labour no longer lost? A scholar says a play written in the 18th century is very likely based on a missing work by William Shakespeare. After years of literary investigation, a professor at the University of Nottingham said on Tuesday

Newbie in race for Best Script prize [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Newbie in race for Best Script prize Trainee teacher Cheow Boon Seng is up against established playwrights such as Alfian Sa’at and Goh Boon Teck christa yeo mpyeo@sph.com.sg Novice playwright Cheow Boon Seng is up against established names for the Best Script prize in this year’s Life! Theatre Awards. His

Go ahead quote me [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead quote me ‘It’s in my contract that Heidi can’t stand next to me when she has heels on’ Actress Eva Longoria Parker (right) on working with supermodel Heidi Klum, who makes a guest appearance on Desperate Housewives ‘It’s as if I was invisible before Mad Men. Now people

Ode to the Games [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ode to the Games Have poets record their reflections of the athletic pursuits at the Youth Olympic Games culture vulture yong shu hoong stlife@sph.com.sg Yong Shu Hoong is a poet, freelance writer and Singapore Literature Prize winner. Last week, I came face to face with the giant Bird’s Nest in

backstage pass [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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backstage pass DIGITAL PRINTS EXHIBITION Local illustrator Tan ZiXi, better known as Msxi, is presenting her first solo exhibition at Old School. Called Ten Years Of Work For Every Minute On Stage, the exhibition comprises 11 pieces of hand-rendered digital prints and shows the life of a Chinese acrobat troupe

Ooh-la-la, Paris, lah [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ooh-la-la, Paris, lah A Singaporean artist goes to France to be in a cabaret in Sing’Theatre’s new comic musical akshita nanda akshitan@sph.com.sg The real-life experiences of Singaporeans in the French capital are being brought to life by local theatre company Sing’Theatre, in a comic new musical, A Singaporean In Paris.

Teen violinist set for Oslo contest [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teen violinist set for Oslo contest Akshita Nanda As a full-time secondary school student, teen violinist Selina Tang can only devote herself to music part of the time. But she has been selected to compete at the prestigious Menuhin Competition in April in Oslo, Norway. The contest founded in 1983

Dino might [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dino might The informal style of Dinosaur Jr. makes the trio’s first concert here seem like a jam session Mosaic Music Festival eddino abdul hadi dinohadi@sph.com.sg They are alternative rock legends but Dinosaur Jr.’s concert was more like an informal jam session among old friends. The raw and loose nature

vox pops [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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vox pops Kezia Toh Dominic Foo, 27, graphic designer Show: Camra, Indie-Mand, Mosaic Music Station (Outdoor Theatre) “This was a very good and original performance, because they didn’t seem to stick to any genre. It is my third year at Mosaic.” Janine Campbell, 30, television producer Show: Camra, Indie-Mand, Mosaic

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Avatar DVD out on Earth Day [ARTICLE]

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Avatar DVD out on Earth Day Reuters LosAngeles–Avatar, the world’s highest-grossing film, will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on Earth Day, April 22, in the United States and Canada, News Corp announced. The discs go on sale around the world between April 21 and May 6, News Corp’s 20th

Haim laid to rest [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Haim laid to rest Reuters Los Angeles The authorities on Tuesday released the 911 audio tape of actor Corey Haim’s sudden death at age 38, as family gathered in his Toronto hometown for a private funeral service for the former teen movie star. Corey Feldman, Haim’s co-star in 1980s movies

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CPART Life! Theatre Awards Three companies staging productions this year C2 New Indian arts groups Paris Je t’aime Paying musical tribute to the city of love C9 THURSDAY, MARCH 18 2010 Will newcomer have the write stuff to win? C7 A bumper crop of three Mandarin musicals will take centrestage

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We’re voyeurs at heart [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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We’re voyeurs at heart Gloria Chandy Editor gloria@sph. com.sg One might have thought that, as far as the airing of dirty linen goes, the Tiger Woods drama would have taken the trophy. But the latest tabloid sex scandal seems to be eliciting greater excitement as it is home-grown. That must

Health diary [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Health diary SATURDAY, MARCH 20 Ear, Nose And Throat Problems: A public forum on what causes hearing and smell loss and the treatment methods available. Changi General Hospital, Auditorium, Training Centre Level 1, 9am to noon. Fee: $5. For inquiries and registration, call 6850-2729. Learn About Lasik: A public forum

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Breaking it gently [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Breaking it gently Dr Wong Seng Weng I never thought that a talk I gave could save a life. United States President Barack Obama speaks well. Still, his critics wonder whether he can make a real difference to America and the world beyond his rousing speeches. People watch and see

That vacation high does not last [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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That vacation high does not last Researchers find there is very little post-trip happiness. Instead, people get more out of planning and anticipating a trip The New York Times Visit our pharmacists for free consultation on supplements and medication, weight management, minor ailments, smoking cessation, blood pressure/glucose monitoring and chronic

Ask Your Pharmacist [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ask Your Pharmacist Yang Lingxian Pharmacist, Watsons Compass Point Are supplements necessary? Which ones should I take? Take a straw poll on supplements and there will be mixed views. Some people dislike taking them while others believe that a cocktail of supplements is a must-have. Whichever group you belong to,

Wining while dining may be good for health [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wining while dining may be good for health Fact or fiction The New York Times The claim: A glass of wine with dinner aids digestion The fact: Scientists are still trying to confirm the claim. Some have found that alcoholic beverages speed the emptying of food from the stomach and

That cuppa’s good for you [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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That cuppa’s good for you Drinking coffee and tea even decaffeinated versions can lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, a study has found Los Angeles Times Coffee has had its good press and its bad. So has tea, though to a lesser degree. Should you drink it? How much

When kids choke... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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When kids choke... Smaller airways, less developed swallowing skills and bad eating habits put kids in danger. STACEY CHIA reports Source: Dr Chew Su Yah staceyc@sph.com.sg an associate consultant at the children’s emergency department at National University Hospital Children have been known to choke to death after putting some object

I did not know what I missed until I had my astigmatism corrected [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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I did not know what I missed until I had my astigmatism corrected Advertising Feature Winning Advice Eye Care Professional shares his perspectives on astigmatism. What are the symptoms of astigmatism? Astigmatism causes blurred vision at all distances. Some common symptoms include difficulty in differentiating 'O' from 'D' and '3'

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The forgotten disease [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The forgotten disease Could tuberculosis be rearing its ugly head again? Singapore saw a spike in cases in 2008 for the first time in a decade April Chong aprilc@sph.com.sg In the 1950s and 1960s, tuberculosis (TB) was a major health issue here, with about 5,000 new cases in 1960. However,

The taming of TB [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The taming of TB Since 1960, Singapore has managed to reduce cases by 87 per cent. But mutant strains of TB germs resistant to drugs are a worry. APRIL CHONG reports APRIL CHONG aprilc@sph.com.sg Tuberculosis (TB) was a big problem in post-war Singapore. The disease’s transmission was high and few

THE COUGH THAT WOULD NOT GO AWAY [ARTICLE]

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THE COUGH THAT WOULD NOT GO AWAY April Chong Businessman Kingsley Koh, 62, did not think he would contract a disease like tuberculosis (TB). A sprightly man, he does not drink or smoke and he jogged or took brisk walks up to three times every week. His only medical condition

Fat mum, fat kid? [ARTICLE]

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Fat mum, fat kid? How much weight a pregnant woman gains and whether she gets gestational diabetes can influence her child’s weight in adulthood The Los Angeles Times The risk of becoming overweight or obese appears to begin before a child is even born, some recent studies found. The studies

Yoga can help kids relax [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Yoga can help kids relax They learn to stay focused and calm. Various yoga postures also benefit them physically. STACEY CHIA reports STACEY CHIA staceyc@sph.com.sg Yoga lessons may be one alternative to letting your children while away their time in front of the computer or television to de-stress. Dr Sharon

Are almonds rich in calcium? [ARTICLE]

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Are almonds rich in calcium? The nut contains calcium but not enough to qualify as a good source of the nutrient Are almonds a good source of calcium or do they block calcium absorption? While they contain calcium in significant amounts, they do not provide enough per serving to qualify

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Positive thinker [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Positive thinker Dr Chung Sook Yin, 61, a public health doctor who focuses on preventive and holistic medicine at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, says she believes in the healing power of the mind. POON CHIAN HUI reports MYB speaks to health professionals in this weekly column POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg

Stubbing out saves arteries [ARTICLE]

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Stubbing out saves arteries AP Kicking the habit can only do smokers good no matter when they choose to do it. It could even improve artery health. A new study has shown that a year after quitting, smokers' arteries showed signs of reversing a problem that can set the stage

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Mandarin treat [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mandarin treat The idea of a cheese jelly in a mandarin orange soup may sound odd but the savoury cheese balances the sweetness of the dessert. SYLVIA TAN reports SYLVIA TAN wdspice@gmail.com Sylvia Tan is a freelance writer If you can still get mandarin oranges, this is a dessert to

Cheese panna cotta in orange soup [ARTICLE]

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