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AN SPH PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS MICA (P) 191/11/2008 TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 2009 THE STRAITS TIMES.

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China attacks online porn [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China attacks online porn CHINA launched a major crackdown on Internet pornography yesterday targeting popular online portals and major search engines such as Google. The campaign is aimed at "purifying the Internet's cultural environment and protecting the healthy development of minors", the government said. PRIME PAGE A3

Obama's tax-cut plan [ARTICLE]

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Obama's tax-cut plan UNITED States President-elect Barack Obama and Democratcontrolled Congress are crafting a plan to offer about US$3OO billion (***** billion) in tax cuts to individuals and businesses. The size of the proposed tax cuts is greater than many from both political parties in the US had anticipated. PRIME

River Hongbao at Marina [ARTICLE]

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River Hongbao at Marina THIS year's River Hongbao celebrations will focus on the floating platform at Marina Bay. The nine-day event, which begins on Jan 24, will include live performances, light displays, stalls selling food and firecracker displays. HOME PAGE Bl

New home for madrasah [ARTICLE]

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New home for madrasah TOP madrasah, Al-Irsyad, has moved into a brand new home in the Singapore Islamic Hub in Braddell Road. With its new facilities and a boosted curriculum, it is buckling down to the job of preparing primary pupils for the PSLE and secondary education. HOME PAGE B2

Oil up on Gaza fighting [ARTICLE]

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Oil up on Gaza fighting ISRAEL'S escalation of its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip has reversed crude oil's decline, sending prices to its highest level in over two weeks. Nymex crude jumped by more than 3 per cent yesterday to US$4B per barrel. A dispute between Russia and

Blaze drama at Bangkok shopping mall [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Blaze drama at Bangkok shopping mall Firefighters spraying water on the Sua Pa Plaza shopping mall in Bangkok during a fire on Sunday night. Firefighters rescued over 100 people in the complex, which also houses residences, some by helicopter. The incident comes just days after a New Year's Eve fire

Gaza battles intensify, truce calls unheeded [ARTICLE]

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Gaza battles intensify, truce calls unheeded Diplomatic efforts make no headway as Israel, Hamas vow to fight on GAZA: Israeli tanks, planes and ground forces continued pounding Gaza yesterday, as Jerusalem dismissed international calls for a ceasefire and said the offensive would continue until Israel was safe. But defiant Hamas

Regional markets surge on Obama's stimulus plans [ARTICLE]

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Regional markets surge on Obama's stimulus plans Goh Eng Yeow By STOCK markets across Asia kicked off the year with a sharp rally yesterday, driven by hopes that the global economy will be on the mend later this year. Investors across the region, bruised from the mauling they took in

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Sri Lankan victory must be for all [ARTICLE]

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Sri Lankan victory must be for all WE SAY A military victory over the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka seems within sight. But a military solution without due recognition for the aspirations of the Tamils will be no solution. A permanent peace can be had only if magnanimity reigns

Back to gas guzzlers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Back to gas guzzlers COLUMNS Americans are again buying SUVs, setting off criticisms that they tend to favour gas guzzlers too much. But American car buyers deserve more understanding, says Tion Kwa. REVIEW PAGE AlB

A good eco-city prospect [ARTICLE]

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A good eco-city prospect China is transforming Beibu Bay into a growth engine that will offer economic opportunities not only for Singapore but for the rest of Asean as well, say Gu Xiaosong and Li Mingjiang. REVIEW PAGE Al9

Tackling unemployment [ARTICLE]

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Tackling unemployment OUR READER SAYS The Government can do more to help professionals, managers and executives who seem to have been left out in recent labour-support initiatives, says reader Gilbert Goh. FORUM PAGE A2O

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com Wang Meng Meng profiles Khaiful Nizam and the pressures he faces being hailed as the "new Fandi Ahmad". P. Jayaram explores the animal cruelty debate now being waged on how to control Mumbai's dog "nuisance".

Uphill task for democracy group [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Uphill task for democracy group Goh Sui Noi Chinese intellectuals' Charter 08 brings on heavy hand of the state By SENIOR WRITER CAPPING an eventful year, a group of 303 Chinese intellectuals put out a political manifesto last month that brought on the heavy hand of the state. Scores of

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China cracks down on online porn and vulgarity [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China cracks down on online porn and vulgarity Peh Shing Huei Major websites such as Google and Baidu targeted By CHINA BUREAU CHIEF BEIJING: China cracked down on major websites including Google and Baidu yesterday, warning against the portals' spread of pornography and vulgarity among the world's largest number of

Ming Yi goes on trial in April for fraud [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ming Yi goes on trial in April for fraud Elena Chong By COURTS CORRESPONDENT A JUDGE yesterday ordered high-profile Buddhist monk Shi Ming Vi and his former personal assistant to stand trial in April on allegations that they falsified the financial records of Ren Ci Hospital. Ming Vi, whose real

Obama seeks US$300b tax cuts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Obama seeks US$300b tax cuts Bigger than expected tax breaks amount to 40% of stimulus plan WASHINGTON: US President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are crafting a plan to offer about US$3OO billion (***** billion) in tax cuts to individuals and businesses, a move aimed at attracting Republican support for

Families of blaze victims claim bodies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Families of blaze victims claim bodies Carolyn Quek Death toll in Bangkok club fire rises to 64 By BANGKOK: The families of two Singaporeans killed in the nightclub fire on New Year's Day arrived here to claim the men's bodies yesterday morning. The relatives of air traffic controller Leslie Yeo

Shopping plaza fire leaves one man dead, 38 hurt [ARTICLE]

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Shopping plaza fire leaves one man dead, 38 hurt BANGKOK: A blaze in a shopping and residential plaza in Bangkok's Chinatown district killed one person and injured at least 38 others, police said yesterday. The fire broke out on Sunday night at the Sua Pa Plaza, trapping a number of

MM Lee sees poly's diverse talent [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MM Lee sees poly's diverse talent Li Xueying On a visit to Nanyang Poly, he passes on career tips to students By POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT NANYANG Polytechnic (NYP) student Eileen Leow, 20, studies animation design but dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Yesterday, her ambitions got a boost from Minis- ter

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Gaza humanitarian crisis worries world [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gaza humanitarian crisis worries world China's Hu expresses his concern to Bush "We are very worried about the humanitarian crisis that has emerged in the Gaza Strip." Chinese President Hu Jintao to US President George W. Bush, in a telephone conversation on Sunday BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao has expressed

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Altantuya issue haunts Najib at by-election [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Altantuya issue haunts Najib at by-election Carolyn Hong Posters of dead Mongolian woman are put up ahead of crucial test for DPM By MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF KUALA TERENGGANU: The ghost of Altantuya Shaariibuu is being resurrected in this quiet seaside town as it gears up for a by-election, with the

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Ex-MP gets 8 years' jail for taking bribes [ARTICLE]

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Ex-MP gets 8 years' jail for taking bribes Stiff sentence given as watchdogs slam Indonesian public courts for tendency to acquit graft suspects JAKARTA: Indonesia's powerful anti-cor-ruption court yesterday found a former MP guilty of taking bribes in exchange for agreeing to turn over protected forests for other uses, and

2 giants at odds in plans to build budget terminals [ARTICLE]

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2 giants at odds in plans to build budget terminals KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Bhd said yesterday it has the funds to build a low-cost carrier terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) within three years. Its statement is sure to raise eyebrows, coming on the same day that

Floods mar first day of school in Malaysia [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Floods mar first day of school in Malaysia Six-year-old Aleeya Amran (above) was clearly feeling under the weather during her first day of school yesterday at Putrajaya Presint 9 (1) Primary School in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur. But while she managed to get to school, elsewhere in the country, floods

Money hijacked via e-banking: 40 charged [ARTICLE]

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Money hijacked via e-banking: 40 charged KUALA LUMPUR: Forty people, comprising Malaysians and Indonesians, have been charged in Sabah over their involvement with a syndicate that transferred hijacked funds from bank accounts to Indonesia via electronic banking. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department T. Murugiah said a bank located

End of the line for Tamil Tigers? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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End of the line for Tamil Tigers? Ravi Velloor Sri Lankan troops ready to strike at Mullaitivu, site of the rebels' main military facilities By SOUTH ASIA BUREAU CHIEF SRI Lankan troops have smashed through the town of Kilinochchi, which is the headquarters of the rebel Tamil Tigers, and captured

India hands terror evidence to Pakistan [ARTICLE]

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India hands terror evidence to Pakistan NEW DELHI: India handed to Pakistan what it said was evidence linking the country to the Islamic militants who attacked Mumbai in November. "We have today handed over to Pakistan evidence of the links with elements in Pakistan of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai

Benazir's daughter sings the blues [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Benazir's daughter sings the blues ISLAMABAD: Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari (right), the 18-year-old daughter of slain former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto, poured out her anguish at the death of her mother by writing and performing a rap song in her memory, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. The teenager, who

Strong support for Yudhoyono and party [ARTICLE]

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Strong support for Yudhoyono and party Poll shows 43% would pick him as president, with 19% for Megawati JAKARTA: Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Democrat Party have topped an opinion poll which showed strong public support for his economic and anti-graft policies ahead of elections this year. Indonesia

A brush with the new year [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A brush with the new year Participants showing off their penmanship at a New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo yesterday. About 3,000 calligraphers, who qualified in regional competitions throughout Japan, took part in the annual contest to celebrate the new year. PHOTO: REUTERS

S'pore terror suspect's hearing postponed [ARTICLE]

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S'pore terror suspect's hearing postponed Wahyudi Soeriaamadja By INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT JAKARTA: A court case that had been scheduled yesterday to hear charges against a Singaporean terror suspect has been postponed to next Tuesday. The delay was due to a last-minute request from prosecutors for more time to complete the charge

Seoul opposition scales down Parliament sit-in [ARTICLE]

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Seoul opposition scales down Parliament sit-in Following clashes that saw many injured, it is prepared to work out deal with ruling party SEOUL: South Korea's main opposition party partially ended a sit-in at Parliament yesterday after scuffles with security guards left dozens of people injured. The Democratic Party (DP) also

Why the protest [ARTICLE]

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Why the protest AT THE centre of the dispute is a free trade agreement (FTA) inked by South Korea and the United States in 2007. The pact has not been approved by lawmakers in either country. South Korea's ruling Grand National Party sees the FTA as necessary to stimulate the

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Obama's pick for commerce chief pulls out [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Obama's pick for commerce chief pulls out Richardson withdraws amid probe into firm working with his state WASHINGTON: Mr Barack Obama has stumbled in his hitherto smooth transition to the US presidency after his choice for Commerce Secretary was forced to pull out. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former

Donor gift followed Hillary's help [ARTICLE]

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Donor gift followed Hillary's help WASHINGTON: A developer donated US$lOO,OOO (*****,000) to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project, the New York Times (NYT) said. Mrs Clinton helped

Virginia governor set for top Democratic post [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Virginia governor set for top Democratic post WASHINGTON: Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (below), who was a top contender to be Mr Barack Obama's running mate, has been tapped by the Presi-dent-elect to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic sources said. Mr Kaine, 50, is likely to

Suicide blast at Baghdad mosque [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Suicide blast at Baghdad mosque PILGRIMS UNDER ATTACK Bomber in crowd of Iranian pilgrims kills more than 40 attending Shi'ite ceremonies BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber hiding among Iranian pilgrims has killed more than three dozen people outside a Baghdad mosque during ceremonies commemorating the death of one of Shi'ite Islam's

Iraqi govt takes control of Sunni militia [ARTICLE]

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Iraqi govt takes control of Sunni militia BAQOUBA (Iraq): The United States troops in a turbulent province north-east of Baghdad handed over control of the Sons of Iraq, a predominantly Sunni group of former insurgents and tribesmen whose revolt against Al-Qaeda in Iraq boosted security. US and Iraqi officials hailed

True love can indeed last a lifetime: Study [ARTICLE]

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True love can indeed last a lifetime: Study Brain scans show love and passion still burning brightly after 20 years LONDON: Cynical about love? Scientists have discovered that people can have a love that lasts a lifetime. Brain scans have proven that a small number of couples can respond with

Their young love is going nowhere [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Their young love is going nowhere BERLIN: Two childhood sweethearts aged six and seven from Hanover in northern Germany eloped on New Year's Day, and were determined to tie the knot under the African sun, police said yesterday. The pair, identified as Mika and Anna-Lena, "are very much in love,

Poor in maths? Society pays the price [ARTICLE]

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Poor in maths? Society pays the price LONDON: Children who fail to master basic maths cost society up to £44,000 (5593,000) by their late 30s, a report has said. Research by KPMG Foundation, a group of financial consultants, estimated that seven million adults in Britain have, at best, the maths

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Credentials presented [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Credentials presented JAKARTA: Singapore's permanent representative to Asean, Mr Lim Thuan Kuan, presented his credentials yesterday to Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan at a ceremony held at the Asean Secretariat. "We are pleased to receive Ambassador Lim. I am certain that his experience in Asean affairs will contribute much to the

Defiance against Aso [ARTICLE]

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Defiance against Aso TOKYO: A senior Japanese lawmaker threatened yesterday to leave the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a blunt show of defiance against the unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso on the first day of a high-stakes parliamentary session. Former reform minister Yoshimi Watanabe said he had sent a

Jobs' hormone treatment [ARTICLE]

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Jobs' hormone treatment NEW YORK: Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs, looking to quell rumours about his health, said yesterday that his doctors have discovered a hormonal imbalance that has been causing his weight loss. Mr Jobs said he will undergo a "relatively simple" treatment and will remain Apple's

Quake camps swamped [ARTICLE]

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Quake camps swamped MANOKWARI (Indonesia): Thousands of frightened residents flooded makeshift refugee camps in Indonesia's West Papua province yesterday after two powerful earthquakes flattened buildings and killed at least one person. Residents camped out in yards and streets outside their homes and there were some 14,000 refugees across the province,

Heavy snow causes chaos across Europe [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heavy snow causes chaos across Europe BERLIN: Heavy snowfall across Europe disrupted road and air traffic yesterday. Motorways in Germany were blocked for hours, and there was a 30km tailback on the A 2 near Hamburg. Duesseldorf International Airport said no flights were allowed to land or take off for

SLICEOFLIFE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SLICEOFLIFE Price catch TOKYO: The Japanese passion for sushi is apparently immune to the global economic crisis. A plump tuna yesterday fetched 9.6 million yen (*****,584) at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, the second highest price ever. This year's first auction took place before dawn at the world's largest fish market,

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Victory in Sri Lanka has to be for all [ARTICLE]

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Victory in Sri Lanka has to be for all THE Sri Lankan army's capture last week of the rebel Tamil Tigers' administrative capital, Kilinochchi, could be a turning point in the civil war that has brought the nation to a standstill. Government forces pressing home the advantage are within an

Drive a mile in their SUVs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Drive a mile in their SUVs Tion Kwa ECONOMIC WATCH By SENIOR WRITER The US car industry doesn't always deserve the attacks launched upon it. Car sales are more complex than it might seem to those who never need to drive, or to drive in conditions and distances typical for

Will US plan be bold enough? [ARTICLE]

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Will US plan be bold enough? Paul Krugman FENDING OFF DEPRESSION By U"W" F WE don't act swiftly and boldly," declared Presi-dent-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly radio ad*A» dress, "we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment." If you ask me, he

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Exorcising Stalin's ghost [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Exorcising Stalin's ghost William Choong By SENIOR WRITER IMAGINE that a poll is conducted among young Germans today. The findings indicate that many of the respondents view Adolf Hitler with ambivalence. A majority thinks the Nazi leader did more good i than bad. About a fifth say they would k

Beibu Bay a good eco-city prospect [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beibu Bay a good eco-city prospect Gu Xiaosong Li Mingjiang SINGAPORE-CHINA TIE-UPS By FOR THE STRAITS TIMES HAVING successfully built the Suzhou Industrial Park in east China, Singapore decided in late 2007 to make another major investment in China, this time in the north. The Tianjin eco-city, which will eventually

When life comes to a virtual halt [ARTICLE]

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When life comes to a virtual halt Nayan Chanda NET BREAKDOWN By FOR THE STRAITS TIMES THE Internet has become such an integral part of modern life that, like the air we breathe, we take it for granted. Like oxygen, its importance to us is driven home only in its

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Fresh ideas needed to help professionals [LETTER]

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Fresh ideas needed to help professionals TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT I REFER to Saturday's report, "Labour movement's top 3 priorities", which listed Labour chief Lim Swee Say's top three priorities for Singaporeans in the current downturn. The priorities are similar to those adopted in the past few crises Singapore experienced. The first

Some travellers of budget carriers are inconsiderate [LETTER]

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Some travellers of budget carriers are inconsiderate I TRAVEL once a month on a Singapore-based budget carrier. Inconsiderate behaviour by some passengers is common on these flights. Passengers stuff used tissue paper, sour plum seeds and even used diapers into the seat pockets. Many passengers do so despite inflight announcements

Journal documents pupils' whole primary school life [LETTER]

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Journal documents pupils' whole primary school life WE REFER to the letter by Mrs Lee-Huan Ai-Min ("2-in-l textbooks not a good idea", Dec 25), who asked for separate printing of textbooks and workbooks for primary school books on Civics and Moral Education (CME) and Health Education (HEd). Lessons in CME

Real Chinatown is at Waterloo Street [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Real Chinatown is at Waterloo Street THE present Chinatown has failed in its attempt to attract tourists. Unlike Little India, which is an authentic charming area, Chinatown is becoming too "touristy", to the extent that tourists would want to give it a miss, as shared by Mr Andrew Raven in

Gaza: Why Muslims are outraged [LETTER]

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Gaza: Why Muslims are outraged I READ with interest Professor Rohan Gunaratna's view last Friday on potential terrorist threats in 2009, "Terror threat: New approach needed". He astutely pointed out that without building an enduring partnership between the West and the Muslim world, the fight cannot be won. However, a

Syllabus reviewed every six years [LETTER]

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Syllabus reviewed every six years WE REFER to Ms Chan Pui Yee's letter "Wastage in 'required' school textbooks" on Wednesday, which raised concerns about frequent changes in school textbooks. The Ministry of Education reviews the syllabuses for all subjects every six years to ensure that the contents remain current. Principals,

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Lighting up River Hongbao [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lighting up River Hongbao MELISSA SIM Nightly firecrackers, public performances this year THE floating platform at Marina Bay will be the new focal point of this year's River Hongbao celebrations. This is the 23rd year of the celebrations, which take place over the Chinese New Year. This year's nine-day event,

NRIC registration back in schools [ARTICLE]

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NRIC registration back in schools Jermyn Chow Move cuts down on travelling and waiting time at ICA building By FOR the past eight years, parents of children who turn 15 have had to trudge to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building in Lavender Road to register them for identity

Top madrasah moves to S'pore Islamic Hub [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top madrasah moves to S'pore Islamic Hub Diana Othman By TOP-PERFORMING madrasah Al-Irsyad has moved into a new and permanent home at the newly built Singapore Islamic Hub in Braddell Road. Classes for more than 900 primary and secondary-level students started last Friday. With 32 classrooms equipped with projectors and

Cost cutting on menu for restaurants [ARTICLE]

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Cost cutting on menu for restaurants Goh Chin Lian Owners discuss joint moves, other issues at tripartite forum By RESTAURANT owners are banding together to buy food in bulk at lower prices, a move aimed at cutting costs amid the economic downturn. Their association has approached suppliers of meat, seafood

Retiree raises alert about unsafe road [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Retiree raises alert about unsafe road Yeo Ghim Lay By RETIREE Chan Tian Soo, 67, recently stuffed pamphlets into the letter boxes of 50 of his neighbours in South Buona Vista, but he was not advertising anything. Rather, he was warning them about the narrow and winding South Buona Vista

Celebrating the stars and nature [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Celebrating the stars and nature Shobana Kesava Astronomy, gorillas and plants among 2009's chief highlights By LET us look to the stars and the earth in this international year of astronomy, gorillas and natural fibres. Science Centre Singapore is taking the 400 th anniversary of the first astronomical observation by

Little Red Dot packs a punch [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Little Red Dot packs a punch Serene Goh ST's revamped weekly for primary school pupils promises fun approach to learning By HAVE FUN STUDYING "A self-contained fun workbook of sorts, with quizzes, questions and puzzles to help pupils understand what they are reading and to strengthen their language skills." Ms

16 years, 18 strokes for raping daughter [ARTICLE]

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16 years, 18 strokes for raping daughter Khushwant Singh Man claimed he mistook 11-year-old for a hostess after coming home drunk By A MAN who raped his mildly retarded 11-year-old daughter was yesterday sentenced to 16 years in jail and handed 18 strokes of the cane. The 40-year-old, who is

Cigarette butt found in packet of herbs [ARTICLE]

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Cigarette butt found in packet of herbs AMELIA TAN CONCERNS OVER PRODUCT SAFETY FIRST CASE "Eu Van Sang Singapore sold tens of thousands of packets of this herb over the years, and this is the first time we have had a complaint of such a nature." Eu Van Sang, in

No maggots in oranges sold here: AVA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No maggots in oranges sold here: AVA JUDITH TAN AN E-MAIL warning Singaporeans that mandarin oranges from China should be avoided as they contain maggots is creating a stir among netizens. But a Straits Times check showed that it stretches the truth. According to the Agri-Food Veterinary Authority (AVA), oranges

'One-Eyed Dragon' to hang [ARTICLE]

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'One-Eyed Dragon' to hang Selina Lum By A FORMER triad leader who gunned down a nightclub owner in 2006 has been denied clemency by the President in what was a last-ditch effort to avoid the gallows. The decision paves the way for Tan Chor Jin, dubbed the "One-Eyed Dragon", to

Man to pay $215,000 for taking bribes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man to pay $215,000 for taking bribes Elena Chong Ex-official of NLB unit escapes jail, will be witness in future probes By COURT CORRESPONDENT About the case LIM Seng Ping was chief technical officer of eLpedia, a subsidiary of the National Library Board, when he received bribes in return for

Court of Appeal allows firm's move to recover $21.6m [ARTICLE]

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Court of Appeal allows firm's move to recover $21.6m K.C. Vijayan By LAW CORRESPONDENT A PANAMA-REGISTERED firm that chased a state-owned Serbian company for 15 years through Switzerland and England to get back $75 million owed to it brought its long-drawn saga to the Singapore courts. And after several rounds

Boy caned 100 times: Mum charged [ARTICLE]

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Boy caned 100 times: Mum charged ELENA CHONG A WOMAN is facing a criminal charge of allegedly standing by while her 10-year-old son was caned about 100 times during a marathon beating in 2007. The 39-year-old woman, who made her second appearance in court yesterday, is accused of handing her

Still no pay for Tipper workers [ARTICLE]

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Still no pay for Tipper workers Melissa Sim By THE two-week deadline has passed, but Tipper Corp's workers have not received a cent of their unpaid salary. According to the company's director Loke Siew Fai, the firm appealed to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) yesterday for another month to pay the

New drug to fight pain approved [ARTICLE]

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New drug to fight pain approved Liaw Wy-Cin Lyrica helps patients suffering from chronic pain by calming overexcited nerve cells By FOR six years, terrible pain kept Madam Michelle Cheong flat on her back, but a recently approved drug has brought her welcome relief. Madam Cheong, 43, suffered from throbbing

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THE GREAT LEAP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE GREAT LEAP Terrence Voon Short-term goal: Better performances. Long-term goal: Improve rankings By "Every coach wants a bigger stage on which to prove himself. So, when Singapore came along, I said yes because I was eager to lead a national side." ALAIN CHEN THE aim: For Singapore's top male

Only 15, but Xuejie eyes the big time [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Only 15, but Xuejie eyes the big time PANG Xuejie may be only 15, but he is all set to take on the big guns of table tennis. The Singapore Sports School student was recently drafted into the national men's squad, joining a select band of lo-cal-born paddlers to do

Fields are alive with hope as new sporting year begins [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fields are alive with hope as new sporting year begins Rohit Brijnath SPORTINGLIFE By January is a starting over. It is as if every man and woman starts with a clean slate. IN THE howling garages where the Formula One cars are tuned, on the tennis courts where new shoes

REUNION ON MERSEYSIDE [ARTICLE]

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REUNION ON MERSEYSIDE Liverpool-Everton derby will evoke memories of unity in 1989 tragedy LONDON: Liverpool will face Everton in a repeat of the 1989 FA Cup final just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The Merseyside derby was the highlight of Sunday's fourth-round draw, which also condemned

United can win quadruple: Fergie [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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United can win quadruple: Fergie SOUTHAMPTON (England): Alex Ferguson may have said it was "not realistic" for Manchester United to win a unique European and domestic quadruple, but he still believes his squad can compete on four fronts. United opened their FA Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over

TRANSFERTALK [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TRANSFERTALK Arsenal's tardiness could see Walcott leave Arsenal's failure to offer Theo Walcott an extended contract could cost them dear, according to the Daily Mirror. The 19-year-olds contract is set to expire in the summer of 2010, and he is thought to be unhappy that the club have failed to

Taylor's stunning win [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taylor's stunning win LONDON: English top seed Phil Taylor (above) won his 14th world title on Sunday, with a stunning 7-1 demolition of Dutch second seed Raymond van Barneveld in the PDC World Darts Championship final. Taylor, 48, threw a three-dart average of 109.76. Van Barneveld said: "He's absolutely brilliant.

Scoreboard [ARTICLE]

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Scoreboard Basketball NBA Toronto 108 Orlando 102, Washington 80 Cleveland 77, Detroit 88 LA Clippers 87, Memphis 102 Dallas 82, NY Knicks 100 Boston 88, LA Lakers 100 Portland 86. Cricket Third Test third day in Sydney: Australia 445 and 33-0. South Africa 327 (M. Boucher 89, H. Amla 51;

SPURS CLOSE IN ON DEFOE DEAL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SPURS CLOSE IN ON DEFOE DEAL Redknapp confident of getting striker for £12m Defoe's travels Charlton: From the youth ranks Aug 1998 to July 1999 West Ham: £11.5 million (5524.4 m) July 1999 to Feb 2004 Bournemouth: Loan Oct 2000 to May 2001 Tottenham: £7m Feb 2004 to Jan 2008

Robben helps Real move up to third [ARTICLE]

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Robben helps Real move up to third MADRID: Arjen Robben's superb run and curled shot gave Spanish football giants Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday, moving the champions up to third in the Primera Liga. Sevilla dropped to fourth after conceding a dramatic late equaliser in a

Ericsson 3's skipper out with knee injury [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ericsson 3's skipper out with knee injury Jonathan Wong By ANDERS Lewander, skipper of Ericsson 3, will miss the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race after suffering a serious knee injury that required him to undergo surgery last Saturday. The 45-year-old Swede injured himself when a sail bag slammed

Minister's idea not popular [ARTICLE]

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Minister's idea not popular KUALA LUMPUR: Several Malaysian sports bodies do not agree with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob's proposal to send sec-ond-string athletes to December's South-east Asia Games in Laos. Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union deputy president Karim Ibrahim said sending the second-liners to the event was

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Colin second at Aussie regatta [ARTICLE]

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Colin second at Aussie regatta FREMANTLE: Cheng finished second at the Australian Laser Championships Radial event yesterday. Colin, 19, MlgMM^ifecf^ifh Australian Richard Bott on 35 points at the end of the six-day, 11-race regatta, but had to settle for silver among the 79-boat fleet on a countback.

Rugby league player presumed drowned [ARTICLE]

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Rugby league player presumed drowned AUCKLAND: Sonny Fai, one of the brightest young hopes in New Zealand rugby league, is missing presumed drowned. Fai, 20, was swimming with family at Bethell's Beach in West Auckland when his younger brother got caught in a rip, reported The Times. He was swept

Thousands register to join Armstrong on tour [ARTICLE]

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Thousands register to join Armstrong on tour ADELAIDE: Thousands more recreational cyclists will ride on the coat-tails of Lance Armstrong's appearance in the Tour Down Under later this month. Officials said yesterday that more than 6,300 recreational cyclists have signed up to ride a stage of the tour this year,

Ivanovic opens season on triumphant note [ARTICLE]

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Ivanovic opens season on triumphant note BRISBANE: Ana Ivanovic started her 2009 tennis season with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech Petra Kvitova at the Brisbane International yesterday. The Serb will play Italy's Roberta Vinci in the second round. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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OBITUARY

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Vivien Shaw Soo Fong Age: 65 Passed away peacefully on 1 January 2009 Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones Father Mother Tan Sri Dr. Runme Shaw (Deceased) Puan Sri Peggy Shaw nee Soo Wei Ping Son Daughter-ln-Law Daughter Son-ln-Law Pascal Demierre Jenny Lim Stephanie Cheah Clifford Cheah Grandsons

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With Deepest Sympathy And Heartfelt Condolences to our Managing Director Mr. Pascal Demierre Family On the Demise of His Beloved Mother VIVIEN SHAW SOO FONG From: The Board of Directors, Shareholders, Management Staff of HALCYON Investment Corporation Subsidiaries

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With Deepest Sympathy And Heartfelt Condolences to our Dear Friend and Partner Mr. Pascal Demierre Family On the Demise of His Beloved Mother VIVIEN SHAW SOO FONG From: Robert, Su-Lyn, Lucas Lucy Meyer Simon, Angela Png Kai Wang Valentin Schillo Nicole Zhou

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have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 COLLIN WONG SIEW HONG Age: 72 Was called home to be with the Lord on 5 January 2009. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Wife: Daisy Choy Oi Lin Son: Daughter-in-law:

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36 OM SHANTI MADHUKANTA MANHARLAL SHAH Age: 72 passed away peacefully on Monday, 5 January 2009. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by Manharlal Govindji Shah Timbadia Family Prayer meeting will be held on Tuesday, 6 January 2009 at 6pm at Singapore Jain Religious Society Building, 18 Jalan Yasin, Singapore *****1.

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SINNAVAN SIVASAMY Age: 80 passed away peacefully on 4 January '09. Dearly missed by loved ones. Wife: Mdm Kasiammal Son: Sinnathurai Daughter-in-law: Kaliammal Daughter: Senthamarai relatives and loved ones. Body is resting at Blk 13, #15-33, Farrer Park Road. Hp: 9022 9766 Cortege will leave on Tuesday, 6 Jan '09

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BERNARD SIM HENG WAH Age: 60 passed away peacefully on 5 January 2009. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Wife: Annie Seah Lian Heok Son: Marc Sim Cheng Wee Daughter: Son-in-law: Sim Cheng Lin Lim Boon Wee Granddaughters: Megan Lim Zi Hui Vera Lim Kai Hui Body is

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r 6th Anniversary In Loving Memory Of KWOK CHEE SENG Departed 6 Jan 2003 Fondly loved and deeply mourned, Heart of my heart, i miss you so. With Love, Kirn Lian Children L A

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NEO TIANG LEE Age 73 passed away peacefully on 4 January 2009, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Tan Yeo Ching Sons: Daughter-in-law: Roland Neo Koc Hoon Neo Pol Lo Jolin Tan Chong Hong Neo Po Yu Daughter: Son-in-law: Cynthia Neo Po Khim Ricky Wong Yen Leong Grandson: Granddaughter: Rayan Wong

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In Loving Memory BILLY HO HAN TIONG Date: 06-01-2008 Always remembered by Wife: Ryn Wong Qoi Lean Son Clement Ho Families

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1 DORAISAMY RENGASAMY Age: 82 was called home to be with the Lord on 5 January 2009, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Letchimi d/o Raman (deceased) Sons: Daughter-in-law: R. Surendran (deceased) R. Selvarajan Patricia Premarani Daughters: Son-in-law: Saroja Pari Pari

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KPMG hands report on NEL to Tharman [ARTICLE]

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KPMG hands report on NEL to Tharman Jessica Cheam By AUDITOR KPMG has handed a confidential report on troubled NEL Group to Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a further sign of the row over claims of illicit deals escalating. The Singapore Exchange (SGX) was notified of the report by the Monetary

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Visitors throng Nova 88 showflat Joyce Teo By PROPERTY hunters put aside the gloomy economic outlook last weekend and turned out in force to check out and even buy new flats. At Nova 88 in Balestier likely to be the only new official launch so far this year about 500

Warrants trade in doldrums [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Warrants trade in doldrums Goh Eng Yeow Data shows 25% fall in turnover last year amid financial crisis By EVEN the once wildly popular warrants market has taken a significant hit from the downturn. Data provided by French bank Societe Generale shows that the total turnover for covered warrants last

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8 checks in 16 years on Madoff company WSJ: USssob scam not detected despite tip-offs about 'unusual' practices Madoff is free on bail and has not formally responded to the charges or entered a plea. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra), the industry-run watchdog for brokerage firms, reported in 2007

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Factory output in 4th straight month of decline Robin Chan By A FORWARD-LOOKING indicator of manufacturing activity here has contracted for a fourth straight month in a clear sign that factory output is set to kick off 2009 with a whimper. Last month's purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose 0.5 points,

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Daimler SEA gets new chief CHRISTOPHER TAN GERMAN car-maker Daimler has appointed a new head for its regional office here. Mr Wolfgang Huppenbauer, 55, is Daimler South-east Asia's new chief executive. He replaces Dr Rainer Thiel, 60, who has retired after being at the helm since 2004. Mr Huppenbauer is

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Budget to focus on quick fixes? Fiona Chan Tax experts divided, with some saying it will also take a longer-term view By NO CHOICE "I think the Government has no choice but to go for quick, potentially temporary fixes to help businesses and individuals get through the very difficult and

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Location-based SMS ads for all Chua Hian Hou By A LOCATION-BASED advertising service offered by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is now available on all three local mobile phone operators. The newly expanded service offers advertisers a chance to pitch their special offers via SMS to more than four million mobile

Conflict in Gaza reverses oil's slide [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Conflict in Gaza reverses oil's slide Yang Huiwen Crude touches US$4B over concerns war may disrupt supplies By WHITHER PRICES? "Oil prices will likely remain under pressure from the slowing world demand... However, if the global economy bottoms out some time this year, supply concerns could contribute to a rebound."

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Go free and easy in Zagreb deepika shetty Croatia's small political hub, with its pretty parks and scenic charm, has a relaxed lifestyle Zagreb Life in Croatia's pocket-sized capital is extremely relaxed. In fact, first-time visitors get the impression that nobody in this town works, says one of its native

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Cooking up the holiday spirit tan yong soon Brutal stress of Michelin stars For a holiday with a difference, a civil servant learns to cook at the famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with his family Price of lessons How much does a course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris cost?

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Stormy Seasons Adeline chia A mature content advisory on a hit musical has led to it being withdrawn from two discount schemes arts reporter 'Yes, my life is incredible but, oh W M my God, I have to quote me work at it' Actress Kate Winslet (right) 'He is very

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Cruise: Scientology helped my dyslexia Madrid American actor Tom Cruise (below), one of Scientology's best-known adherents, overcame the effects of his dyslexia thanks to the church's teachings, he said in an interview published on Sunday. He told XL Semanal, the weekly magazine supplement of daily Spanish newspaper ABC, that at

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A walk with wolves tara tan The world of teenage girls with androgynous looks is explored in an online photo exhibition arts reporter 'I'm trying to weigh whether the child is better off left savage or tamed and anaesthetised' Genevieve Chua Visual artist Genevieve Chua blends myth and reality in

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Mayday rocks the house mak mun san MAYDAY 7TH ALBUM (POETRY OF THE DAY AFTER) PROMO GIG Stadium Green Sunday There are acts who routinely come here, pass off a lacklustre performance as a concert and still expect Singaporeans to fork out serious money to support them time after time.

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CEO turns daring Calendar Boy John lui Flanked by sexy models, Mr Felix Ong poses as hero in a calendar and spouts words on infidelity 'It is not the glory at the end of one's life that I relish but the colourful life I have come by that I cherish'

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Travoltas deny negligence claims Freeport, Bahamas John Travolta said on Sunday he and his wife Kelly Preston are "heartbroken" over the death of their son, who collapsed at their vacation home on Grand Bahama. Police said a caretaker found Jett Travolta unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning and he

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Leading in troubled times Guide your organisation and customers out of the financial storm with transformational leadership THE financial crisis, which hogged the headlines globally in 2008, will continue to do so this year. While doom and gloom may well dominate the news over the next 12 months, all is

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What happened where? Dear readers, Welcome to our all-new, brighter, bolder, bigger Little Red Dot. We're now up to 20 full pages of fun-filled lessons with a new line-up of stories and all kinds of goodies. What's more, you'll find a whole new cast of characters appearing throughout our pages

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Weird news around the world Dogs, rather than children, money or homes, are what divorcing couples are fighting over in the United Kingdom. Other than ownership of the pets, legal documents are also being drawn to set out dog-visiting rights. Mr Paul Nolan, 33, who fought to keep his border

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BIGBIGWORLD Read through the following articles, then draw arrows to connect each box to the corresponding area on the map. Next, try writing headlines for the weird news items on the left. Finally, have a go at the exercises on the right. BY SEOW KAILUN Exercises BY MALINI NATHAN

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BIGINASIA LIN ZHAOWEI The numbers, faces, events and places of the region. By PHOTO: PHOTO: THE BIG EVENT Direct transport links between China and Taiwan Direct flights and shipping began on Dec 15. WHY IT MATTERS Before that, flights had to go through Hong Kong or stop over in a

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You're invited! /fin THE QUEEN 4-^/ ByDesreeYeng.9,Pri mar y4 Holy Innocents' Primary School There was once a great queen of France, who spent a lot on wine and romance. She wore her beads everyday, and even to the bay. Her favourite colour was purple, tne very thought of it gave

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TEACHING TIP The content on every page has been carefully created according to ability levels and categorised as High, Middle and Foundation (Low). The activities on these pages have been developed to fit these categories. MIDDLE HIGH SUPERVISING EDITOR Bertha Henson EDITOR Serene Goh JOURNALISTS Yen Feng, Lim Pow Hong,

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