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THE STRAITS TIMES 116 PAGES IN FIVE PARIS MICA (P) 093/03/2005 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 2005 JpA SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 »80 CENTS

Defiant Saddam pleads not guilty [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Defiant Saddam pleads not guilty Ex-dictator argues with judge, scuffles with guards; trial adjourned to Nov 28 Baghdad AS IRAQIS and much of the Arab world watched intently on TV screens, a defiant Saddam Hussein appeared m court here yesterday, challenged its legitimacy, and finally pleaded not guilty to crimes

Man U star Ronaldo arrested for rape [ARTICLE]

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Man U star Ronaldo arrested for rape London MANCHESTER United's star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, 20, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of rape. Metropolitan Police confirmed that the Portuguese international was detained after he went voluntarily to a police station m central London to speak to police investigating an allegation made

STI plunges 3% as jittery investors dump stocks [ARTICLE]

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STI plunges 3% as jittery investors dump stocks Goh Eng Yeow By Market Correspondent Spectre of 1987 "The conditions are similar to 1987 stocks chased to ridiculous overvalued levels, big corporate bankruptcies and the rise m US interest rates." A SENIOR INSTITUTIONAL DEALER THE spectre of another October crash looms

UPFRONT

Looming battle of the yoga giants? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Looming battle of the yoga giants? Sandra Leong By STEP into the 18th floor of Ngee Ann City and you will see and hear a flurry of renovation works m full swing. But amid the whirr of drills and thuds of hammers, you might almost discern the peaceful hum of

IN A FLASH

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA Democracy m China The Communists will run things for a long time, says China's first White Paper on democracy. PAGE 8 A weaker presidency Dr Yudhoyono brought stability after years of erratic leadership but his seat has lost some clout. PAGE 15

WORLD [ARTICLE]

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WORLD Is it enough? Stockpiling drugs for a bird flu pandemic is not enough, better planning is also needed. PAGE 20 Global stem-cell bank Korean cloning pioneer to set up global stem-cell bank to share technology with other scientists. PAGE 21

REVIEW [ARTICLE]

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REVIEW Lessons from CoW War The Cold War won with both hard and soft power has lessons for the war against terrorism. PAGE 24

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME Loser's last gamble Gambler strangled wife, smothered their two kids and leapt to his death. PAGE HI Tasty and cancerous NUS study shows a cancer-causing chemical found m many fried foods is also present m some of Singapore's favourite meat dishes. PAGEH2 NTU plugs loopholes NTU takes steps to

FORUM [ARTICLE]

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FORUM Surviving bird flu Singapore is vigilant m barring entry to bird flu. But how ready is it to set up the mass quarantine centres needed if it fails? PAGEH7 No hurry on annuities Though annuities may be a good investment, those who turn 55 need to know they don't

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPORTS Arsenal's star scorer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pays tribute to French striker ThierVy Henry after he becomes the club's record scorer. PAGEHB No fencing m Cheryl Chosen over a more experienced fencer, Cheryl Wong, 14, is looking forward to taking part m the SEA Games. PAGE HlO

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONEY Fund buys 20 condos Ferrell Premier Real Estate Investment Fund buys 20 more River Gate condos. The foreign fund has spent $182 million on a total of 100 such units so far this year. PAGE Hl6 Borrow low, lend high Bank profits grow as gap between borrowing and lending

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Yudhoyonc^ first year Has President delivered on promises? ASIAWI4.WIS

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Academic freedom issues worried Warwick [ARTICLE]

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Academic freedom issues worried Warwick Ho Ai Li Questions ranged from what could be taught to whether protests could be held n\ Sandra Davif. Evidence of liberalisation "We have seen the boundaries opening up m Singapore and with the push to become a regional hub for finance, transport, arts and

CATCH SKI CHAMPS IN ACTION [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CATCH SKI CHAMPS IN ACTION Water-ski champions Stars of Florida execute a synchronised somersault, giving a preview of what this week- end's HSBC Wakeboard Cup at Bedok Reservoir will offer. The water-ski shows four m all will be a first at a local reservoir. Some of wakeboarding's top names are

S'pore picked to host major UN awards event [ARTICLE]

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S'pore picked to host major UN awards event Radha Basu By SINGAPORE will host a major United Nations awards ceremony for three years starting next April m a rare departure from tradition on two crucial fronts. First, such ceremonies are usually held m New York and Geneva, where most UN

More military exchanges for China, US [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More military exchanges for China, US Chua Chin Hon They agree to do that as Rumsfeld visits Beijing and asks for more transparency. By hum Bureau Chief In Reiiing CHINA and the US yesterday agreed to step up military exchanges as Beijing took pains to address the concerns of visiting

Proton loses tax breaks as KL eyes car giants [ARTICLE]

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Proton loses tax breaks as KL eyes car giants Leslie Lau By Malaysia Correspondent In Kuaia Lumpur MALAYSIA will scrap tax rebates for national car Proton and will take concrete measures to make the country the regional auto manufacturing hub. The government also outlined a host of incentives for foreign

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ASIA

Changing world's view of China [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Changing world's view of China Chua Chin Hon Veteran diplomat says Beijing must communicate message better to improve its image By China Bureau Chief In Beijing MORE EXCHANGES NEEDED "On China's rise, not everyone has the correct objective perception. But if we let those extremists prevail, both sides will suffer.

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CARAVAN BRINGS TEA AND HOPE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CARAVAN BRINGS TEA AND HOPE A group of more than 40 horsemen and 120 horses from China's south-western Yunnan province finally arrived m Beijing on Monday with four tonnes of Pu'er tea after being on the road for 5 M months. The horsemen, who set out on May 1, were

Communism here to stay, China says [ARTICLE]

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Communism here to stay, China says White Paper on democracy affirms one-party rule Beijing IN ITS first White Paper on democracy, China said one-party rule under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will not change as it implements reforms to make the country more democratic and strengthen the rule of law.

Modest political reforms unveiled for HK [ARTICLE]

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Modest political reforms unveiled for HK Vince Chong By Hong Kong Correspondent A POLITICAL reforms package announced by the government yesterday contains modest measures to update Hong Kong's electoral system, stopping short of setting a timetable for full democracy. This is the final of five reports published since a task

Lee Teng-hui calls for 'Taiwan identity' [ARTICLE]

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Lee Teng-hui calls for 'Taiwan identity' Taipei TAIWAN is not the Republic of China (ROC), which originated from the mainland, and should seek to be an independent country with its own identity, ex-president Lee Teng-hui has said. His remarks are certain to provoke Beijing. Mr Lee, who is on an

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EAST ASIA

Shrine-visit fallout can be contained: Koizumi [ARTICLE]

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Shrine -visit fallout can be contained: Koizumi Tokyo's tics with Beijing, Seoul do not hinge on halt to visits, he says Tokyo CLOSING THE DOOR "What on earth do you think of the fact that it closed the door to a possibility of a dialogue between Japan and China?" MR

PRINCESS BRIDE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PRINCESS BRIDE Nothing makes a bride feel more like a princess than a wedding gown with a long, long train. One bridal shop m Chaohu, m eastern China's Anhui province, has created a gown with a 40m train. The gown, worn by a model through the streets of Chaohu on

S'pore seeks close ties with prefectures [ARTICLE]

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S'pore seeks close ties with prefectures Kwan Weng Kin By Japan Correspondent In Tokyo SINGAPORE believes that boosting ties with prefectural governments will help enhance overall relations with Japan, visiting Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed said yesterday. He was m Tokyo after leading a 18-member delegation

US official tours N. Korean N-plant [ARTICLE]

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US official tours N. Korean N-plant Tokyo AMERICAN official Bill Richardson toured a North Korean nuclear facility yesterday as part of his efforts to encourage Pyongyang to dismantle its atomic weapons programme, one of his aides said. Mr Billy Sparks, Mr Richardson's chief of staff, said the New Mexico governor

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Aftershocks leave Pakistanis on edge [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aftershocks leave Pakistanis on edge UN warns that over 500,000 people remain at risk of dying from hypothermia MUZAFFARABAD STRONG aftershocks shook Pakistan yesterday morning, rocking buildings m the capital Islamabad and rattling nerves as new casualty figures pushed the death toll from the Oct 8 earthquake to more than

Srinagar on alert after militants kill minister [ARTICLE]

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Srinagar on alert after militants kill minister Srinagar SECURITY m Srinagar, the capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, has been stepped up after Muslim militants killed a pro-Indian Kashmiri lawmaker. Mr Ghulam Nabi Lone, 53, a junior education minister m the provincial government, was shot and killed

When a porous tent counts as a luxury [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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When a porous tent counts as a luxury Ben Nadarajan By In Muzaffarabad IT IS not exactly five-star accommodation, but staying m a tent at a refugee camp along the Neelum River m Muzaffarabad has proved to be quite an experience. I was woken up abruptly one night because of

ASIA QUICKLY

QUAKE ROCKS EASTERN JAPAN [ARTICLE]

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QUAKE ROCKS EASTERN JAPAN TOKYO: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 rocked eastern Japan late yesterday, the meteorological agency said. The temblor shook buildings m Tokyo and nearby areas, including Ibaraki, Chiba and Fukushima prefectures. A woman was injured m Ibaraki, the Kyodo News agency reported, but local police spokesman Meihan

MIGRANT WORKERS ATTACKED BY MOB [ARTICLE]

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MIGRANT WORKERS ATTACKED BY MOB BEIJING: A migrant construction worker drowned and 24 others were injured m Huizhou city m China's southern Guangdong province when they were attacked by some 200 men wielding iron pipes. The Beijing Times, reported yesterday that the attack happened on Sunday when 46 migrant workers,

TOKYO TO SHARE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO TO SHARE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TOKYO: Japan plans to offer its energy-saving technologies to other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) countries under a joint effort to cap growing energy demand. Tokyo was expected to announce the plan as Apec energy ministers began talks m South Korea yesterday, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun

TERRORISTS 'RECRUIT DRUG ADDICTS' [ARTICLE]

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TERRORISTS 'RECRUIT DRUG ADDICTS' JAKARTA: Terrorists have recruited at least 35 suicide bombers m Indonesia, a central Java regional police chief was quoted m a newspaper report as saying. According to the Kompas daily yesterday, Major-Gen-eral Chairul Rashid said many of the prospective bombers were drug addicts, as were "some

PHILIPPINES TO BE HUB FOR RUSSIAN OIL [ARTICLE]

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PHILIPPINES TO BE HUB FOR RUSSIAN OIL MANILA: The Philippines is expected to sign a deal this year to make itself the Asian distribution hub for oil from Russia, the world's No. 2 producer, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said yesterday. Mr Romulo, who travelled to Moscow last week to

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What a year: The highs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What a year: The highs- > > Winning a strong mandate Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a landslide victory m Indonesia's first direct presidential election over the incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri. He swept 29 out of 32 provinces, taking 61 per cent of the vote. His approval ratings over the past

– and the lows [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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and the lows Taking over Golkar Vice-President Kalla took on Mr Akbar Tandjung, then Golkar chairman, and defeated him m a leadership contest m December. That changed the political equation m Parliament overnight. Golkar, the largest party m the National Assembly, made an about-turn to become pro-government, enabling the government

Yudhoyono's tough first year: [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Yudhoyono 's tough first year: It has been a tumultuous year for Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who marks his first anniversary m office today. Straits Times Foreign Editor Warren Fernandez, and Indonesia correspondents Salim Osman and Dcvi Asmarani give their assessment. Kudos for keeping order "He has had to

Walking a tightrope between reform and caution [ARTICLE]

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Walking a tightrope between reform and caution Derwin Perhira NEWS ANALYSIS By WHEN former president Suharto fell from power m May 1998, the question on everyone's mind then was whether his successor would be able to bring about much needed change m the country. Four presidents on, the question remains

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WATCHING THE LINE OF FIRE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WATCHING THE LINE OF FIRE Philippine soldiers shooting pistols under the watchful eyes of US marines during a firing drill inside an air base at Clark, the former US base north of Manila. About 5,000 American and Filipino troops are holding joint ground, air and naval exercises on the main

Indonesian V-P to seek second term as Golkar chief [ARTICLE]

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Indonesian V-P to seek second term as Golkar chief Jakarta INDONESIA'S powerful VicePresident .lusut Kalla has said he n tends to seek a second term as leader of the country's largest party, Golkar. "As a Golkar cadre, I have the right to be elected and I will put my candidacy

Proton will have to fend for itself under new policy [ARTICLE]

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Proton will have to fend for itself under new policy Leslie Lau NEWS ANALYSIS By Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur IN ANNOUNCING the framework for Malaysia's new automotive policy (NAP) yesterday, the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has effectively admitted it can no longer shelter national car Proton from

US envoy Hughes' KL, Jakarta mission [ARTICLE]

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US envoy Hughes' KL, Jakarta mission Jonathan Eyal Top US official to urge Muslims to help promote world prosperity By Straits Times Europe Bureau In London Building regional relationships US UNDERSECRETARY of State Karen Hughes is due to arrive m Jakarta today to kick off her four-day swing through Indonesia

Heart infection kills Mighty Man [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heart infection kills Mighty Man Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA'S "Mighty Man" R. Letchemanah, 55, who once towed a Boeing 737 aircraft with his hair, died on Tuesday from a heart infection. On Sept 30, 1990, he amazed the world when he pulled a Boeing 737 aircraft weighing 32.5 tonnes for a

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WORLD

Flu pandemic: Europe ill-prepared [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flu pandemic: Europe ill-prepared Rush to stock drugs while Russia confirms case and China has outbreak Brussels A WORRIED Europe has admitted that it is not ready to tackle a flu pandemic after its foreign ministers declared bird flu a global threat. Yesterday's admission came as tests carried out m

New outbreak of disease in north China 'under control' [ARTICLE]

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New outbreak of disease in north China 'under control' Beijing CHINA yesterday reported a new bird flu outbreak, the first time m two months it had made such an announcement. The authorities said 2,600 birds had died from the disease on a farm m the northern Inner Mongolia region. The

Hurricane Wilma storms into the record book [ARTICLE]

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Hurricane Wilma storms into the record book Cuba, Mexico hit by powerful Atlantic storm; Florida Keys orders evacuation Miami HURRICANE Wilma, the most powerful Atlantic storm on record, churned towards western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula yesterday, having already killed 10 people m Haiti. The authorities m Florida also ordered

Global stem-cell bank in Seoul. [ARTICLE]

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Global stem- cell bank in Seoul Los Angeles THE South Korean researcher who was the first to clone human embryos for stem cells plans to establish a worldwide stem-cell bank to make the technology available to other scientists. The World Stem Cell Foundation, unveiled yesterday m Seoul, intends to produce

WORLD QUICKLY

UN UNVEILS ACCOUNTABILITY RULES [ARTICLE]

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UN UNVEILS ACCOUNTABILITY RULES UNITED NATIONS: As part of continued efforts to enhance accountability m the wake of recent corruption scandals, the United Nations on Tuesday unveiled new rules calling for financial disclosure forms to be completed by all senior staff at the level of director or above. UN chief

RUSSIAN BOAT FLEES HOME [ARTICLE]

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RUSSIAN BOAT FLEES HOME MOSCOW: A Russian trawler, which took flight with two Norwegian inspectors on board after refusing to obey orders to halt, crossed into Russian waters early yesterday. It was on its way to a northern port, Russian fleet officials said. The trawler Electron, accompanied by the Russian

3-MONTH PAID LEAVE FOR UK DADS [ARTICLE]

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3-MONTH PAID LEAVE FOR UK DADS LONDON: British fathers with new babies could take three months paid paternity leave under plans-unveiled by the government yesterday. Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson said the proposals were included as part of a shake-up of maternity leave promised by the Labour Party m

U.S. SENATE VETOES PAY RAISE [ARTICLE]

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U.S. SENATE VETOES PAY RAISE WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday voted to deny Congress its annual pay raise. Citing spiralling budget pressures created by the war m Iraq and the US efforts to rebuild from the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Senate voted 92 to six to

Former victims hail 'overdue justice' [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Former victims hail 'overdue justice' SADDAM HUSSEIN'S TRIAL But some of the ex-leader's supporters slam trial as unfair humiliation Baghdad IRAQIS gathered around televisions to watch Saddam Hussein's trial yesterday, with Shi'ite victims of his regime calling it longoverdue justice but some Sunni Arabs condemning it as unfair humiliation of

Few knew about massacre in 1982 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Few knew about massacre in 1982 Cairo AT THE time, m 1982, it went nearly unnoticed. The massacre of the people of Dujail the subject of Saddam Hussein's trial yesterday happened at a time when few foreign journalists were based m Iraq, and the interest of the Arab and outside

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Albright has cameo in hit US sitcom [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Albright has cameo in hit US sitcom PHOTO FORMER US secretary of state Madeleine Albright is making her acting debut on the hit US sitcom Gilmore Girls, which is also being shown m Singapore. The diplomat and academic has a guest cameo spot m an episode of the show that

Teenager gives birth to triplets [ARTICLE]

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Teenager gives birth to triplets A 16- YEAR-OLD m the north of England became Britain's youngest-ever mother of identical triplets, the Sun newspaper reported yesterday. "I love them all to bits," said Ms Natalie Scanlan, now 17, as she posed for pictures with Ellie, Maddie and Lilly, who were born

Soviet reformer Yakovlev dies [ARTICLE]

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Soviet reformer Yakovlev dies MR ALEXANDER Yakovlev, who masterminded Soviet "perestroika" reforms with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, died on Tuesday after a long illness, aged 01 Mr Yakovlev was the "liberal face" of reforms constantly challenged by communist hardliners. "Yakovlev's death is a huge loss for all those who linked

Dig deep for lunch with Murdoch [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dig deep for lunch with Murdoch PHOTO: MEDIA mogul Rupert Murdoch is offering himself as a lunch date for anyone prepared to pick up the hefty bill to raise funds for an Israeli college. The chairman of News Corporation has posted an advert on Internet auction site eßay, inviting bids

Aussie politician attacked minister [ARTICLE]

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Aussie politician attacked minister AN AUSTRALIAN state politician was temporarily suspended from Parliament yesterday after he assaulted a minister during a debate m the chamber. Mr Andrew Fraser, a member of the opposition National Party, attacked New South Wales state Roads Minister Joe Tripodi during a late session on Tuesday.

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Reckless act by Koizumi [ARTICLE]

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Reckless act by Koizumi JAf'AN'S maverick Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has consistently said he visits the Yasukuni shrine to pray for peace. Reasonable allowance would naturally be granted an elected leader who wishes to honour the nations fallen on festival days i onsidering Japan's regrettable ord m the last war,

Lessons from the Cold War for Bush [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lessons from the Cold War for Bush Joseph S. Nye By PRESIDENT George W. Bush recently drew an analogy between the current struggle against violent jihadi terrorism and the Cold War. He is right m one respect: waves of terrorism tend to be generational. Unfortunately, like the Cold War, the

A compelling read about forging identity [ARTICLE]

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A compelling read about forging identity Asad Latif BOOK REVIEW By For The Straits Times Michael Leifer: Selected Works on South-east Asia Compiled and edited by Chin Kin Wah and Leo Suryadinata Institute of South-east Asian Studies, Singapore 748 Pages, 5589.90 ON ONE of Michael Leifer's occasional visits to Singapore,

Patients pitted against patents [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Patients pitted against patents Andy Ho TAMIFLU STOCKPILING By senior Writer I As I I uesday, Internet auction site eßay pulled the sale of Tamiflu. the bird flu drug of choice, after prices reached a staggering £104 (Ss3lo) for 10 capsules or one course of treatment. Demand for the drug

Diabetes poised to cause havoc in Asia [ARTICLE]

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Diabetes poised to cause havoc in Asia Paul Zimmit By For The Straits Times The writer is director of the International Diabetes Institute and head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating; Centre for the Epidemiology of Diabetes. YOU could be forgiven for thinking communicable illnesses, like HIV/Aids and bird flu,

Giving with head and heart [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Giving with head and heart Catherine Lim Suat Hong By For The Straits Times Catherine Lim is a freelance writer suathonglim@yahoo.com.sg THIS is a story about giving with head and heart by a Singaporean. It took place last Fricjay, not here, but m Chiang Mai. I was visiting a children's

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Gambling addiction leads to family's tragic end [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gambling addiction leads to family' s tragic end Chong Chee Kin Tormented by debt, he strangled wife, smothered their two kids and then jumped from the window ledge of their 1 2th storey Tampines flat By A GAMBL LR TO THE LAST "By the time you receive this e-mail, myself

Private sector leads R&D push, spending $2.6b [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Private sector leads R&D push, spending $2. 6 b Chang Ai-Lien Annual report shows marked increase m number of patents, scientists By Science (Correspondent MANYOPPORTUNITIES "Exchange of ideas with the top minds. ..brings new insight. ..and sparks many collaboration opportunities. The vibrancy created.Js simply exciting." MR KENNETH BRADLEY, Asia-Pacific managing

Cancer link, so go easy on favourite meat dish [ARTICLE]

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Cancer link, so go easy on favourite meat dish Radha Basu By Dengue update No. of dengue cases reported for Oct 19: 29 Seven-day daily average (Oct 13 to Oct 19): 47 No. of dengue cases admitted to public hospitals on Oct 18: 53 No. of beds taken up by

Leaders from Laos, Iran here for talks [ARTICLE]

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Leaders from Laos, Iran here for talks LAOTIAN Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is m Singapore on a four-day visit, one of two foreign dignitaries who are here for talks with government leaders. The other is Dr Mehdi Safari, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia, the Pacific and Commonwealth of

Package to spur budding medical tech firms [ARTICLE]

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Package to spur budding medical tech firms Natalie Soh By THE Government has launched an initiative to help budding medical technology companies get off the ground. The scheme, called the MedTech Concept (Medical Technology Device Concept Incubator), comes m a nicely bundled package. It includes funding, opportunities to tap into

Glitch in headlight switch affects 10,200 cars here [ARTICLE]

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Glitch in headlight switch affects 10,200 cars here Goh Chin Lian GLOBAL RECALL OF 1.4 M TOYOTA VEHICLES Models involved here: 10,000 Corollas, 200 Eehos By TOYOTA Motor Corporation is recalling about 10,000 Corolla and 200 Echo cars here to fix a faulty headlight dimmer switch the biggest recall of

Buying surge pushes up car COE prices [ARTICLE]

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Buying surge pushes up car COE prices GOH CHIN LIAN AFTER tumbling two weeks ago to their lowest levels m more than a decade, prices of Certificates of Entitlement (COE) for cars have rebounded by at least $2,500 as the low premiums boosted car sales. Major distributors promptly raised their

Lawyers seek early access for suspects [ARTICLE]

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Lawyers seek early access for suspects K.C. Vijayan Law Society awaits minister's response to paper submitted late last month By rime Corresfwndent SEVERAL lawyers have called for more to be done to allow arrested suspects early access to legal counsel. They said they do not regard this week's government response

Suspect in 7-Eleven robbery charged [ARTICLE]

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Suspect in 7 -Eleven robbery charged A 38 YEAR-OLD man was charged m court yesterday with robbing a convenience store of about $360 at knifepoint on Monday night. Abu Hassan Kariah allegedly walked into the 7Eleven store at Block 151 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 at about 9pm with a T-shirt

Bosses warned against not paying salaries [ARTICLE]

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Bosses warned against not paying salaries Khushwant Singh By THE Manpower Ministry (MOM) has sent out a warning to employers after a construction boss was fined $8,000 last month on eight counts of failing to pay his employees. Tan Chew Yock, 53, sole proprietor of Kingston Construction, withheld the salaries

CASE FILE

7 ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST [ARTICLE]

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7 ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST ACTING on a tip-off, Central Narcotics Bureau officers arrested a suspected drug trafficker and six others at a Selegie Road coffee shop on Tuesday evening. Police seized the 29-year-old unemployed man's drug cache hidden at a place m MacKenzie Road. They found ketamine, Ice, Ecstasy

CYCLIST HIT BY BUS [ARTICLE]

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CYCLIST HIT BY BUS A 62-YEAR-OLD cyclist suffered serious head injuries after he was hit by a bus while riding across a pedestrian crossing m Simei Street 3 early on Tuesday morning. The man, who works as a gardener, is m intensive care at Changi General Hospital. Witnesses can contact

SLEEPING MAN ROBBED [ARTICLE]

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SLEEPING MAN ROBBED A MAN who fell asleep on a bench m Joo Chiat Road after supper early on Tuesday morning got a rude awakening when he felt someone cutting the rear pocket of his jeans. The 36-year-old victim awoke to find that he was being robbed by two men

SWIMMER'S WALLET STOLEN [ARTICLE]

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SWIMMER'S WALLET STOLEN A 30- YEAR-OLD woman who left her bag unattended while she went for a swim at the Woodlands swimming pool on Tuesday returned about 45 minutes later to discover her wallet containing $40 missing. Anyone with information can contact the police on 1800-255-0000.

$550,000 Ramadan cheer for needy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$550,000 Ramadan cheer for needy THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) yesterday handed out more than $550,000 m donation money and food items to spread some festive cheer among the underprivileged and needy individuals during the Ramadan period. Representatives from 21 orphanages and homes for the elderly and the

Corporate bosses to go on Bull Run — for charity [ARTICLE]

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Corporate bosses to go on Bull Run for charity Mardiana Ismail BOOST FOR ST SCHOOL POCKET MONEY FUND AND 13 CHARITIES By CORPORATE attire worn with shorts and running shoes? No, not a wacky new fashion statement but the dress code for The Bull Run, a charity run organised by

Exchange student's switch to US varsity surprises NTU [ARTICLE]

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Exchange student's switch to US varsity surprises NTU Jane Ng Undergrad on subsidised programme makes transfer; students will now have to sign contract By NOT BOUND BY CONTRACT "I know some people are unhappy about my decision but I chose of my own free will and am not legally bound

Lee Kuan Yew post-grad scholarship: Apply by Nov 21 [ARTICLE]

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Lee Kuan Yew post-grad scholarship: Apply by Nov 21 OUTSTANDING Singaporeans who want to pursue postgraduate studies here or abroad bond-free can apply for the 2006 Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. Those with good academic records who demonstrate leadership qualities and are active m social or community service or sports can

Casino watchdog will have bite [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Casino watchdog will have bite How will the proposed Casino Regulatory Authority do its job as a watchdog? Natalie Soh reports. THE Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) is an all-power-ful watchdog charged with keeping the casinos m Singapore's integrated resorts on the straight and narrow free of money launderers and underworld

Revamp of master's course at LKY School [ARTICLE]

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Revamp of master's course at LKY School THE Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is revamping its 18-month, full-time Master m Public Administration programme following feedback that it is too long. It is introducing a one-year programme focused on training mid-career professionals, and which can be taken part-time or

Unique safeguards to tackle gambling addiction [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Unique safeguards to tackle gambling addiction Krist Boo NEWS ANALYSIS By ONE thing that stuck out when the Government released its proposed casino Bill on Monday was its inclusion of the National Council on Problem Gambling. The section on the council a panel of up to 20 appointed members occupied

PARLIAMENT

Not enough Medisave savings for the elderly [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Not enough Medisave savings for the elderly Li Xueying Self-employed too m the same situation but the low-income workers have enough By LOW-INCOME workers have enough Medisave savings to pay for their hospital stays, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan But less successful have been the attempts to ensure that

Bid to keep older workers on the job making headway [ARTICLE]

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Bid to keep older workers on the job making headway EFFORTS to help older Singaporeans find jobs and stay on the job are gaining pace. In the first eight months of this year, more than half of the 16,000 workers placed m jobs were at least 40, years old. And

Govt defends rule but will review it [ARTICLE]

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Govt defends rule but will review it QUARTERLY REPORTS THE Government has defended the need for quarterly financial reporting for many listed companies here although it has put the measure up for review. The issue was raised by Mr Leong Horn Kee (Bishan-Toa Pay oh GRC), who referred to recent

Lessons in saving skills for families [ARTICLE]

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Lessons in saving skills for families LOW-INCOME families will be taught basic budgeting and saving skills m a series of workshops conducted as part of the Money Sense financial education programme. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) deputy chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam unveiled the initiative m Parliament on Tuesday. "We are working

FORUM

Are we operationally ready to tackle bird flu? [LETTER]

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Are we operationally ready to tackle bird flu? Ng Tze Yik DANGER ON THE HORIZON EMERGENCY MEASURES How ready are we to convert our CCs, schools and even offshore islands into quarantine centres? THE recent overloading of our medical facilities/hospiidls due to the dengue outbreak has cast doubts on our

Buying annuity? No need to rush, can wait till 61 [LETTER]

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Buying annuity? No need to rush, can wait till 61 Dennis Ng Kah Wan I REFER to CPF Board's letter, "Annuity plans provide payouts for a lifetime" (ST, Oct 14), and Mr Tan Kin Lian's letter, "NTUC Income annuity pays more" (ST, Oct 15). From my letter, it was clear

Don't bank on bonuses to boost monthly payout [LETTER]

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Don't bank on bonuses to boost monthly payout Ng Lee Chin (Mdm) IN HIS letter. "NTUC Income annuity pays more" (ST, Oct 15), Mr fan Kin Lian, CEO of NTUC Income, claims that an NTUC Income annuity policy pays more because it pays a guaranteed monthly sum plus a bonus

Why was no bonus declared? [LETTER]

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Why was no bonus declared? Chen Zhide I REFER to Mr Tan Kin Lian's letter, "NTUC Income annuity pays more" (ST, Oct 15). He said that an annuity plan offered by NTUC Income pays a guaranteed monthly sum plus a bonus, which is not guaranteed. I have three annuity policies

Untitled [LETTER]

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Chiang Bak Hoi I HAVE two NTUC Income annuity policies. I have not received any bonus from both since 2001 and I do not expect to receive any soon. I wonder how many bonuses I will get throughout my life. When one wants to take up an annuity policy, one

Safe driver has to pay more for insurance [LETTER]

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Safe driver has to pay more for insurance Reena M. Sidhu (Mrs) WHEN my husband asked tor quotations from insurance companies upon our purchase of a new car, every quotation came with a loading because of his job. However, his job does not require him to be driving the whole

Gear up for quake, tsunami [LETTER]

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Gear up for quake, tsunami Nelson Quah I READ with great concern the report, "Spore 'not safe' from tsunami" (ST, Oct 15), m which a meteorologist predicted that Singapore and Malaysia are m danger from a future earthquake and tsunami. It would be comforting to know that the authorities here

Govt should distinguish between substance, form [LETTER]

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Govt should distinguish between substance, form Kelvin Chia Kwok Wai I REFER to the letter, "Don wasn't non-partisan m his analysis" (ST, Oct 14), by Mr Chen Hwai Liang, the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. Mr Chen seems adamant about imposing the partisan tag on Dr Cherian George by

SPORTS

Henry right on cue once more [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Henry right on cue once more SOCCER Back from injury, he scores twice to replace Wright as Arsenal's top scorer Prague IF STYLE and skills are all that matters, Thierry Henry would be unrivalled as Arsenal's greatest scorer. For good measure, he had a brace m the 2-0 Champions League

Bayern show that winning sparkle [ARTICLE]

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Bayern show that winning sparkle Munich BAYERN Munich are dreaming of a fifth European Cup win after a rediscovered sense of adventure gave them a 2-1 victory at home against Juventus on Tuesday. The German side needed to atone for two dispiriting defeats by Juventus m the group phase of

Wenger's tribute to Henry [ARTICLE]

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Wenger' s tribute to Henry Prague ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Thierry Henry after the French striker dethroned lan Wright as the club's record scorer with both goals m their 2-0 Champions League win at Sparta Prague on Tuesday. Henry returned after nearly six weeks out through injury,

Champions League [ARTICLE]

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Champions League GROUP A P W D L F A Pts Bayern Munich ..3 3 0 0 4 1 9 Juventus 3 2 0 16 3 6 Club Brugge 3 10 2 2 3 3 Rapid Vienna 3 0 0 3 0 5 0 GROUP B P W D L

England likely to get top seeding [ARTICLE]

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England likely to get top seeding London ENGLAND appear certain to be amohg the top seeds for the World Cup Finals draw after receiving a double fillip from Fifa. The latest rankings, released by world football's governing body yesterday, placed Sven-Goran Eriksson's team back m the top 10, reported The

Jaded Red Devils missing Rooney [ARTICLE]

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Jaded Red Devils missing Rooney SOCCER Suspended striker's absence obvious m struggle to draw with lowly Lille Manchester IT WAS a dismal night at Old Trafford on Tuesday even though Manchester United did not lose. The sight of 7,000 empty seats is bad enough at a time when the club

Ballack could be at United on free transfer next season [ARTICLE]

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Ballack could be at United on free transfer next season Manchester BAYERN Munich midfield maestro Michael Ballack will tell the German club that he does not want to sign a new contract. This news will delight Manchester United, who are trying to sign the Germany captain on a free transfer

Haynes, 71, dies after crash [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Haynes, 71, dies after crash Edinburgh FORMER England football captain Johnny Haynes died on Tuesday, a day after a car crash. He was 71 Haynes, who played 594 games for his only club, Fulham, and represented his country 56 times, died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, said a spokesman for Lothian

Captain Park lifts Old Trafford [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Captain Park lifts Old Trafford PHOTO: Manchester THE cheers of the Old Trafford crowd as Park Ji Sung ran onto the pitch against Lille on Tuesday was an indication of the way Manchester United fans feel about their South Korean signing. "Fans are taking to him for his effort," Peter

Cheryl's SEA Games dream comes true [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cheryl's SEA Games dream comes true Chan Yi Shen FENCING Coach insists teenager is the right choice, but rejected Wan Sze feels hard done by By Marc Lim Failing to see eye to eye THE selection controversy came to light last month when Fencing Singapore's executive committee and its head

Ex-S'pore runner picked [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ex-S'pore runner picked CHAN YI SHEN ATHLETICS FORMER national middledistance runner G. Elangovan has been selected to represent Singapore m the Greatest Race on Earth Series. The 1,500-metre specialist will run m the Dec 4 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon the second stage of the four-leg marathon series. The event, sponsored

S'pore trio fined $1,000 each and warned for missing flight [ARTICLE]

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S'pore trio fined $1,000 each and warned for missing flight Alvin Foo SOCCER By A HEFTY $1,000 fine and a warning letter was the punishment meted out yesterday to each of the three players who missed the Singapore national team's flight to Phnom Penh last week. Defender Shariff Abdul Samad,

Balco founder, personal trainer jailed in drug scandal case [ARTICLE]

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Balco founder, personal trainer jailed in drug scandal case DRUGS IN SPORT San Francisco Names and careers tainted Marion Jones (sprinter) Jones' former husband, shot-putter C.J. Hunter, who tested positive for nandrolone at the 2000 Olympics, employed Conte as his nutritionalist. Her current boyfriend, Tim Montgomery, has been charged with

$ 18k on offer for performing 1080 stunt [ARTICLE]

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18k on offer for performing 1080 stunt CHAN YI SHEN WAKEBOARDING SPECTATORS could witness one of the rarest and most difficult stunts m wakeboarding the 1080 at the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir this weekend. The 1080 is a 1,080-degree rotation, or three full turns while upright, by

Blame not Wie's alone [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Blame not Wie's alone Abdul Hafiz FAIR GAME Her blunder could have been avoided if she and those around had played their part By PHOTO: GOLF considers itself the most honourable of games. Which makes for great stories. Like when Phillip Parkin found an extra putter m his bag after

Results [ARTICLE]

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Results HOCKEY SHF League, Men's Div 2: Chenab 4 IA 0 C&C United 1 Khalsa 0. Police 3 Jansenites 0. ICE HOCKEY NHL: New Jersey 4 Florida 3. Montreal 4 Boston 3. Phoenix 4 Edmonton 3 (OT), Vancouver 6 Chicago 2. SOCCER Uefa Champions League Group A: Bayern Munich (Ger)

OBITUARIES

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MRS LEE ENG LIANG nee ONG ENG NEO Age: 80 passed away peacefully on 19 October 2005, leaving behind loved ones. Sons: Spouses: Peng Guan, Fred Peng Lock, David Susan Sim Daughters: Poh Kirn Udo Kuypers Poh Im, Cynthia Poh Lian, Lynn Jose Chacon (Venezuela) Poh Cheng, Penny (Calvin Chow,

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Mra* ■> Jr. \f' "Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell m the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 Teo Eow Eve Age: 96 was called home to be with the Lord on 18 Oct 2005. Sadly missed and

OBITUARIES

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49th Day Memorial Service In Respect of From: Chao Khun Raj Funeral Management Committee Nanyang Thong Hong Siang Tng Management Committee mn^mmut) and all loved ones Jh 1. Memorial service will be held today 20.10.2005 from 9.00 am to 10.00pm 2. Address: 63 Anchorvale Walk next to Seng Kang Blk

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"The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. Paalm 27 George Chia Soo Keok Age: 65 was called home to be with the Lord on 18 Oct 2005. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved one*. Beloved Wife: Lily Lee Poh Eng Sons: Daughter-in-law: Gerard

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AL-FATIHAH MAIDIN FATIMAH D/OM.RKATUA "Our Beloved Wife, Mother Grandmother" passed away peacefully on 19/10/05, loved missed fay: Husband: Abdur Rahaman s/o Syed Mashood Son: Mohamcd Kassim s/o Abdur Rahaman Daughter-in-law: Sat rah d/o Muhii. Husoof Daughter: Asiya d/o Abdur Rahaman Son-in-law: Nahur Mydin bin Mastan family members, relatives friends (Black

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10TH ANNIVERSARY In Loving Memory Of SHIN LAY YOONG Departed 10 Nov 95 Dearest mother, we miss you so much. The low you gmv us Spoke beautically of you. Sadly missed by brother, sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law grandchildren. Bth Anniversary In Loving Memory Of HELEN QUEK TAN NIA CHEE Departed:

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Malaysian Airline sues ex-chairman, 2 ex-officials [ARTICLE]

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Malaysian Airline sues ex-chairman, 2 ex-officials Kuaia Lumpur MALAYSIAN Airline System (MAS) yesterday sued its former chairman and two other former officials for alleged negligence that triggered large losses. The airline said it was seeking RM174.6 million (5578.4 million) m damages from former company chairman Tajudin Ramli, Mr Ralph Manfred

Flowers-led group wants to rescue the rest of Refco's businesses [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flowers-led group wants to rescue the rest of Refco's businesses Consortium has exclusive rights until Monday to bid for troubled firm's units New York Eyeing the whole works BESIDES buying Refco's futures broker, Mr Christopher Flowers is interested m rescuing all of the stricken group's businesses. "We have an option

Tokyo Nikkei 225 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tokyo Nikkei 225 Yesterdays close: 13.129.49 (-222.75 points) The index slid 1.67 per cent as Toyota and other exporters fell after a surprisingly big gain m producer prices m the United States increased concerns about inflation m the key US market REUTERS

HK Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HK Hang Seng Index Yesterday's close: 14,372.76 224.64 points) Hong Kong stocks closed at their lowest level m over three months, shedding 1.5 per cent, after a strong US inflation report raised worries about further interest rates increases REUTERS

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

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Sydney S&P/ASX 200 Yesterday's close: 4.377.2 (-82.1 points) Australian share prices slumped 1 84 per cent as Wall Street s negative lead and fears about US inflation further spooked an already littery market AFP

Shanghai Composite Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Shanghai Composite Index Yesterdays close. 1.134.61 (-6.59 points) Chinese stocks closed 0 56 per cent lower with steel and energy companies affected by disappointing third-quarter results But Huaneng Power's stock surged after the firm reported a rise m third-quarter profits AFP

Kuala Lumpur ICICI [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kuala Lumpur ICICI Yesterday's close: 914.17 (-8.47 points) Malaysian stocks closed 0 92 per cent lower on speculation that the government may announce measures to tighten credit and as regional markets fell on concerns over higher interest rates. AFP

Mumbai Scenex [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mumbai Scenex Yesterday's close. 7.971.06 (-151.19 points) The Sensex fell to its lowest level m more than a month Foreign investors sold shares on concern that a weaker rupee and higher interest rates m the United States will reduce the allure of Indian equities. BLOOMBERG NEWS

Jakarta Comooalic Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta Comooalic Index Yesterday's close: 1,075.91 (-19.96 points) Indonesian stocks closed 1 82 percent lower m line with weaker regional markets on concerns that the US Federal Reserve may turn more aggressive on raising interest rates. AFP

Bangkok SET Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bangkok SET Index Yesterday's close: 684.07 (-11.11 points) Thai sharefrices fell 16 percent following the central bank s decision to raise its benchmark interest rate by a larger-than-expected 0 5 percentage point AFP

Straits Times Index Stocks [ARTICLE]

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Straits Times Index Stocks Stock Name Wt Close Change AllgreenSOc 0.32 1.270 -0 050 Ascendasreit 105 2.020 -0.070 BILIntIUS2Oc 0.54 1.290 CapitaLmd 3.19 3.120 -0 140 Capitated 0.84 2.320 -0 100 Chart StmiCond 28c 065 0.950 -0 045 CityDevMc 2.55 8.450 -0 200 ComfortOelGro 25c 161 1.430 -0.020 Cosco Corp

Top Actives [ARTICLE]

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Top Actives October 19 October 19 Global Voice 5c 69.678.000 Wee Poh 0.5 c 59.149.000 Sing Tel 15c 35.251.000 Biosensors USO.OIC 31 973.000 Capita Land 28,245.000 Bio-Treat HK4Oc 25.743.000 CapitalanßNPeCW6o222 20.568,000 CapitalandOßeCW6O227 20.423.000 STATSChP 25c 18,292.000 SembMar 11c 18,187,000 Chart SemiCond 26c 17,682.000 BiosensorMßLeCW6o6oB 16.359.000 Mediaßing 10c 16,192,000 UTAC USl5c

Currencies [ARTICLE]

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Currencies October 19 FOREIGN CURRENCY NOTE RATES (9AM): SINGAPORE DOLLARS TO ONE UNIT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY I Source HSBC Bank USA. Spore Branch (*M'sian nnggit. Interbank rate by OCBC) UNIT TRUSTS TABLE APPEARS ON MONDAYS Buying Selling Aust dollar 1.2570 1.2720 Can dollar 1.4310 ***** Em 2.0120 2.0350 Malaysian ringgit*

Bonds, Loans & Warrants [ARTICLE]

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Bonds, Loans Warrants TRANSACTION DATE: OCTOBER 19 2005 i nma m cwrokt usi vouhk NM H CM CMmn TMBB SALE WO 27 16 4226 MtireeiANPeCWoSo324 16 5 -3.5 42 8 5 4 AriaMCorpWMl22t 5 5 unch 210 59.5 24 5 404? AscetrtasCA eCWOSC324 315 -2 13.5 3 5 3795 fcrtro*

Central bank must keep inflation in check, say Fed officials [ARTICLE]

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Central bank must keep inflation in check, say Fed officials New York CORE inflation m the United States has been well-contained despite sharp rises m energy prices, but the Federal Reserve must ensure that price pressures do not get out of control, Fed officials said on Tuesday. Continuing the tough

Seagate eyes $ 1.4b in capital spending as profit balloons [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Seagate eyes 1 .4 b in capital spending as profit balloons Grace Ng It expects bulk to flow to its operations m Spore, Malaysia, Thailand and China By STRONG DEMAND The hard diskdrive giant has been riding the boom m sales of consumer electronics products, including digital video recorders as

Singapore could be knowledge hub on India [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore could be knowledge hub on India Narendra Aggarwal By Fconom ics Correspondent WITH the Indian growth engine spreading beyond the country's top cities, businesses m Singapore should look beyond the traditional investment destinations. The advice came from Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was speaking at a conference to mark

Intel gains up; sales forecast disappoints [ARTICLE]

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Intel gains up; sales forecast disappoints San Francisco TECHNOLOGY bellwether Intel on Tuesday said quarterly net profit rose but supply constraints crimped the revenue forecast at the world's biggest chipmaker, disappointing some investors, and shares fell 3 per cent. Third-quarter net income rose to US$2 billion (553.4 billion) from US$l.9l

Fewer orders for chip equipment [ARTICLE]

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Fewer orders for chip equipment San Francisco NORTH American companies that sell equipment used to make semiconductors received US$l.O9 billion (Ssl.9 billion) m orders last month, about 1 per cent less than the year's high set m August, as chipmakers remained wary of new spending commitments. Orders for chipmaking equipment

China Construction Bank's IPO draws $130b [ARTICLE]

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China Construction Bank's IPO draws $130 b Hong Kong CHINA Construction Bank's (CCB) initial public offering (IPO), the world's biggest m four years, drew at least US$76 billion (Ssl3o billion) m application monies, nine times the amount it is seeking globally, people involved m the sale said. Hong Kong residents

Time for local banks to pay savers more [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Time for local banks to pay savers more Kelvin Wong NEWS ANALYSIS By THRIFT, it seems, doesn't pay. Certainly not with the kind of interest that banks m Singapore have been giving customers for depositing money with them. That interest rates on savings deposits have plummeted from the heady years

Global fund buys 20 more River Gate units [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Global fund buys 20 more River Gate units Joyce Teo With that, Ferrell has spent $182 m on 100 units of condo project along Singapore River By Property Correspondent Splashing out FERRELL Premier Real Estate Investment Fund, which represents foreign investors, has bought 20 apartments of the 545-unit River Gate

Citibank adds two new branches, making a total of 8 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Citibank adds two new branches, making a total of 8 KELVIN WONG CONTINUED EXPANSION "It really comes down to the right location, at the right time. We want to focus on the nodal parts of the island." CITIBANK is opening a new branch at Parkway Parade today, with another planned

Rising interest rates, inflation fears cause massive sell-down [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rising interest rates, inflation fears cause massive sell- down Goh Eng Yeow TAKING STOCK Banks, property plays among worst-hit as foreign funds, local investors pull out By BANK and property stocks were trampled m a dramatic selling stampede sparked by investor concerns over rising interest rates and inflation yesterday. The

Top Rises (c) [ARTICLE]

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Top Rises (c) October 19 CENTS STI 2200 OBePW*****0 52 5 19 5 591 STI 22OOSGAePW*****0 47 16.0 51.6 RaftlesEdu 2.5c 99 6 0 6 5 STI2200SGAePW*****8 7 5 5 5 275 0 NOl DB ePW*****7 72 5 5 0 7 4 0CBCBkDBePW*****3 27 5 0 22 7

Top Rises (%) [ARTICLE]

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Top Rises October 19 CENTS STI2200S6AePW)***** 7 5 275 0 5 5 PSlHIdgsiOc 5 5 83.3 2 5 Nylect 1 5c 7 5 66.7 3.0 STI 2200 DBePW*****0 5? 5 59 1 19 5 DBS DB ePW*****S 7 55 6 2 5 STI 2200SGAePW*****0 47 516 16 0

Top Falls (c) [ARTICLE]

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Top Falls (c) October 19 CENTS Venture Corp25c 1270 60 0 4 5 DBS Grp 1570 50.0 3 1 Keppel Corp 50c 1180 50 0 4 1 FM 1690 40 0 2.3 UOB 1370 400 2.8 TACBtlO2OO 280 37 3 7 3

Top Falls (%) [ARTICLE]

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Top Falls October 19 CENTS TAC OB eCWOS1 114 8 686 175 STI2180S6AeCW*****8 25 58 0 34 5 TACCAeCW*****7 10 57 4 13 5 KepCorpMBLeCW*****3 10 5 57 1 14 0 Co$coCorpDBeCW*****7 10 5 52 3 115 SuntecReitDBeCW05 0 5 50 0 0 5

M1 rings up 18% jump in earnings to $44m [ARTICLE]

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M1 rings up 18% jump in earnings to $44m Bryan Lee By MOBILE phone operator Ml yesterday reported an 18 per cent jump m quarterly profit to $43.8 million. Revenues rose 5 per cent m the three months ended Sept 30 to $196.8 million as the telecoms firm added prepaid

HONG LEONG OPTIONS FOR KWEK LENG BENG [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HONG LEONG OPTIONS FOR KWEK LENG BENG GOH ENG YEOW DIRECTORS' TRADES ONE of Singapore's richest men, billionaire Kwek Leng Beng, has been given stock options m one of the companies he controls. In a filing with the Singapore Exchange on Monday, Hong Leong Finance announced that it had awarded

Local firms earn more but still trail foreign counterparts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Local firms earn more but still trail foreign counterparts Lorna Tan By Financial Orrcspondent LOCAL firms are making twice as much profits as before, but they still lag behind foreign companies operating m Singapore m terms of returns, said the Department of Statistics (DOS) yesterday. Its latest survey of the

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Bank profits grow with widening interest gap [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bank profits grow with widening interest gap Kelvin Wong Difference between borrowing and lending rates is biggest m 7 years By MIND THE (RATE) GAP IN A little-noticed trend, the gap between interest rates that banks m Singapore pay depositors for their hard-earned savings and the benchmark lending rate has

CURRENCIES [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCIES BUYING SELLING Australian dollar 1.2570 1.2720 Euro 2.0120 2.0350 Sterling pound 2.9440 2.9750 US dollar 1.6860 1.7050 Yen (100 units) 1.4557 1.4713

Infrastructure firms forming alliances [ARTICLE]

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Infrastructure firms forming alliances EYEING OVERSEAS DEALS A NUMBER of Singapore companies have opted for a strength-in-numbers approach and formed groups to chase infrastructure contracts overseas. The Changxing Island Feasibility Study Team comprising eight infrastructure and utilities players such as Jurong International Consulting, Ascendas and Hyflux will focus on master

UP & DOWN [ARTICLE]

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UP DOWN Gamers: 85 Loser*: 580 Undated: 449

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life! THE STRAITS TIMES Thursday October 20 2005

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HOT BABE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOT BABE Gals, check out how you can look like one; guys, learn how to date one m Urban today LONG, flowing hair and natural flush make-up: These may be two of the hottest looks to sport m the coming months, so claims a trendsetting report by Procter Gamble. Called

Triad versus triad [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Triad versus triad And the nominees are... TAIPEI Johnnie To's triad thriller Election and Stephen Chow's comedy Kung Fu Hustle are the top candidates vying for the Golden Horse Awards this year. Election, which was m competition at the Cannes Film Festival m May, is ahead with 11 nods to

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Zouk parties on [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Zouk parties on Jill Alphonso "he club opens tomorrow after a $7million extreme makeover with plenty of experimental materials MUSIC Mf PORTYR 'There are a lot of details which some people may not notice. But all of them add up to give the club a different look and feel' Ms

MOK AND MIMI [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MOK AND MIMI Clara Chow ARTS REPORTER Singer-actress Karen Mok, often the wild child m movies, says she identifies with her stage role as Rent's edgy Mimi KAREN Mok is sitting next to this reporter m a cinema hall. The press conference to publicise her role m the upcoming musical

Karen says... [ARTICLE]

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Karen says... 1 sometimes see Leslie Cheung m my dreams. He'd be at home, like when we used to visit him at Chinese New Year, giving out red packets. I always think about him' On her mentor, the late singer Leslie Cheung, wtio killed himself m 2003 They acted m

Miss independent [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Miss independent She acknowledges this with a businesslike nod: "There were a couple of years when I was making movies non-stop. But when I broke into the Taiwanese music industry, my priorities shifted. "And there haven't been any roles that I really wanted to play m the Hong Kong film

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Speed dating, bookworm style [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Speed dating, bookworm style Film rights are the highlight as authors and their books are matchmade with film producers at the world's largest book fair this year THE Frankfurt Book Fair is a bibliophile's sweetest dream and worst nightmare: A gluttonous feast of some 350,000 books m almost every language

Book 'em [ARTICLE]

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Book 'em HERE are other highlights of this year's Frankfurt Book Fair to whet literary appetites: > Kimchi Land is hot South Korea is this year's guest of honour, led by a delegation offering a line-up of film, dance, art, theatre and, of course, books. Ten of the country's best-known

Life after tragic fall [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Life after tragic fall Lee Sze Yong Plans to promote tetraplegic Thomas Chua's new book were shelved after he injured his neck Life!bestsellers Fiction 1 The Broker by John Grisham 2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 3. Angels And Demons by Dan Brown 4 State Of Fear by

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Making a big bang in the arts scene [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Making a big bang in the arts scene Clara Chow Theatre sound effects can be as exciting as that of a concert. Just ask hot sound designer Darren Ng ARTS REPORTER 'My mother once told me that all she wants is for me to play all the songs I've ever

Tunnel vision [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tunnel vision Clara Chow Walk down the Esplanade Tunnel and Brian Gothong Tan may just make you wonder Where am I? ART THE MYSTERIOUS BOOK OF INVISIBLE CHILDREN Bnan Gothong Tan Esplanade Tunnel UnM Sunday ARTS REPORTER PUBLIC art has never had it so good, what with the ongoing Singapore

And the beat goes on [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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And the beat goes on A study shows that music tempo, rather than style, is the greatest stress reducer MUSICAL training may be good for the heart, according to an Italian study m next month's issue of the Italian medical journal Heart. It found that musical tempo, rather than style,

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