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Straits Times, 11 February 2011

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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA(P)108/11/2010 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 2011 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS

INSIDE 116 PAGES IN SIX PARTS

S’porean found dead in JB [ARTICLE]

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S’porean found dead in JB A 63-YEAR-OLD Singaporean businessman, Mr Kong Soon Chay, was discovered dead in a hotel room in Johor Baru on Wednesday, with cling-film wrapped around his face. The hotel manager broke into the room after repeated calls to the room went unanswered. There were no blood

War of words heats up [ARTICLE]

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War of words heats up -s” OP*' I 'Jl J .Jill THE war of words between Cambodia and Thailand over their disputed border heated up yesterday although there were no reports of fresh fighting between the two sides. Both continued to blame each other for the four days of armed

Credit card boom [ARTICLE]

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Credit card boom A BOOMING economy has led to an explosion in the use of credit cards in Indonesia. Transactions have more than tripled in value in the past five years, but the vast majority of people who use the cards are paying them back in instalments at high interest

Top biz school gets bigger [ARTICLE]

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Top biz school gets bigger INSEAD, ranked among the world’s best business schools, is set to expand its Singapore campus again. It is the second time the school has done so since making the “bold move” of setting up here at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

Mubarak stepping down, say reports [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mubarak stepping down, say reports President to address nation and ‘satisfy protesters’ demands’ BY ANDREW RAVEN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES CAIRO: After 17 days of nationwide protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, the strongest indication emerged yesterday that he could yield to protesters’ demands to step down, perhaps

Govt urged to spell out whistle-blowing policy [ARTICLE]

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Govt urged to spell out whistle-blowing policy BY CASSANDRA CHEW casschew@sph.com.sg THE Ministry of Finance (MOF) has been urged to spell out a whistle-blowing policy for statutory boards. The call by a committee of MPs, which tracks what government bodies have done to correct irregularities in the use of public

Number of runaway maids rises to 4,000 [ARTICLE]

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Number of runaway maids rises to 4,000 BY RADHA BASU SENIOR CORRESPONDENT radhab@sph.com.sg AT LEAST 4,000 foreign maids ran away from their employers’ homes last year, according to their embassies and shelters for foreign workers. Most complained they were homesick or stressed out by tough work conditions. Most had also

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V-Day style From the office to that date IN URBAN Young big spenders Why clubs are wooing the 18-25 set LIFE! PAGE C2 Coffee’s good for you Yes, that’s what they’re saying now PRIME, PAGE A3 BREAKING NEWS: www.straitstimes.com INTERACT: www.stomp.com.sg EMAIL: stomp@stomp.com.sg VIDEOS: www.razortv.com.sg NEWS TIPS: 1800-*****28 CALL 6388-3838

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Wish list for e-govt upgrade [ARTICLE]

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Wish list for e-govt upgrade WE SAY Information technology contractors putting in bids this month to revamp the eCitizen website will have high expectations to meet. But if met, Singapore will keep blazing a world class trail in e-government. L EDITORIAL PAGE A24

A knotty issue [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A knotty issue COLUMNS William Choong says there’s little chance Japan and Russia’s “Kurilian knot” dispute over four islands will be resolved soon. L REVIEW PAGE A24

Mobile phone madness [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mobile phone madness John McBeth asks: “Are we all nuts?” What did we all do before this social crutch came on the scene? L REVIEW PAGE A26

The sixth C dilemma [ARTICLE]

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The sixth C dilemma OUR READER SAYS Siow Tian Rui has no intention of giving up the good life he’s worked for to have children, while Tseng Yu Chu wants more help for would-be parents who need IVF treatment. L FORUM PAGE A29

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com L Ravi Velloor, our South Asia Bureau chief, on the latest political wrangling in Nepal.

Walking the tightrope of child protection [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Walking the tightrope of child protection Sanctity of family unit sometimes puts kids at continued risk at home BY RADHA BASU SENIOR CORRESPONDENT radhab@sph.com.sg A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl skips school repeatedly. The school can’t trace her mother. Social workers land at their doorstep to find out what’s wrong. The flat is

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been YESTERDAY’S story, “Danger Roads”, gave the wrong website where people can report road hazards to the Singapore Road Safety Council, as part of its month-long online survey. It should be http://report.ssi-nus.net/rsc/ We are sorry for the error.

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GEORGIA The World’s number 1 in fighting corruption. According to the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International, 78% of Georgians think that corruption has decreased overthe last3years-the best result across the 86 countries surveyed. According to the Tl survey, only 3% of Georgians who had contact with various public

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Enjoy your coffee, it won’t harm your health [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Enjoy your coffee, it won’t harm your health It can lower risk of diabetes: Study BY SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma COFFEE can actually be good for you, says a new study of coffee drinkers here, the latest to challenge the belief that its benefits are murky. The study

Singapore businessman found dead in JB hotel room [ARTICLE]

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Singapore businessman found dead in JB hotel room KIMBERLY SPYKERMAN MAVIS TOH A SINGAPOREAN businessman was found dead in a hotel room in Johor Baru on Wednesday, with cling-film wrapped around his face. The man, 63-year-old Kong Soon Chay, had checked into the Crystal Crown Hotel in Jalan Tebrau a

Casino levies boost Tote Board’s surplus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Casino levies boost Tote Board’s surplus It doubles charity funds as levies make up for drop in Toto, 4D takings BY NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg GAMBLERS have forsaken old favourites for the newest gaming in town. Toto, 4D and horse-racing have seen a dip in takings after the integrated resorts

A Taiwanese tale of sex, money and espionage [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A Taiwanese tale of sex, money and espionage AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS TAIPEI: Seduced by a woman described as “tall, beautiful and chic”, a Taiwanese general was lured by that most potent of cocktails sex and money into spilling military secrets. Taiwan’s media reported yesterday that a mysterious Mata Hari from

Number of missing maids still low [ARTICLE]

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Number of missing maids still low THERE is a difference between runaway maids and missing maids. There are many more runaways maids who flee their employers’ homes and go to shelters or their embassies for a variety of reasons. Their agents and employers are usually contacted within a day or

No pay for five years, claims one runaway [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No pay for five years, claims one runaway MS SITI Rochayati, 23, said she ran away after working for five years without being paid a cent. She said she was never allowed out on her own and, occasionally, was beaten. Only a minority of runaway maids say they fled employers

Employers left in the lurch [ARTICLE]

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Employers left in the lurch WHEN Ms Wendy Khoo’s father fell seriously ill last August, the businesswoman hired a maid to help look after him. The young Filipina claimed she had run away from her previous employer after a couple of months because she had been slapped “for staring out

Thailand, Cambodia step up blame game [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thailand, Cambodia step up blame game Some Thai villagers return home amid tense peace at scene of clashes BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: Rhetoric between Thailand and Cambodia continued to heat up yesterday, with Cambodian Premier Hun Sen calling the clashes at their border a “real war”.

Media on both sides tread warily [ARTICLE]

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Media on both sides tread warily NIRMAL GHOSH BANGKOK: In contrast to the fiery nationalism showed by government leaders in Thailand and Cambodia, the media in both nations have been measured in their coverage of the border clashes, though veering towards taking a patriotic line. They have, however, highlighted remarks

Hun Sen’s son ‘led attack against Thais’ [ARTICLE]

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Hun Sen’s son ‘led attack against Thais’ BANGKOK: Amid the latest clash between Thailand and Cambodia, one name has emerged time and again in the news that of Major-General Hun Manet, the eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and heir apparent. Military sources say Maj-Gen Hun Manet, 33,

Teen in school uniform kills 31 in Pakistan suicide attack [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Teen in school uniform kills 31 in Pakistan suicide attack REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK TIMES MARDAN (Pakistan): A teen in a school uniform blew himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment centre yesterday, killing at least 31 cadets in an attack that challenges government assertions that crackdowns have weakened

More young Americans hit by stroke [ARTICLE]

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More young Americans hit by stroke But rate falls for older people, a sign obesity is to blame: Study ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES: Strokes are rising dramatically among young and mid-dle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that obesity is leading to younger people getting hit by the

Similar trend for stroke cases likely in Singapore [ARTICLE]

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Similar trend for stroke cases likely in Singapore BY HIMAYA QUASEM SINGAPORE is likely to see much younger stroke victims, in a trend similar to that experienced by the United States, according to doctors. “As obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes become more prevalent, we are likely to see more

2010 double record: 11.6m tourists, $18.8b spending [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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2010 double record: 11.6m tourists, $18.8b spending IRs contributed to the good times, but pace may be slower this year BY JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Lianne Koh ALMOST a million tourists on average showed up in Singapore every month last year, drawn by hot new draws like the

Concerns over medical costs and ‘silver tsunami’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Concerns over medical costs and ‘silver tsunami’ BUDGET PREVIEW SERIES This is the fourth of a special 10-part series in which The Straits Times will explore some of the key issues expected to be tackled in the Budget on Feb 18. BY SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT www.facebook.com/ST.Salma TAXI driver David

SIA pilots urged by union to boycott dinner [ARTICLE]

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SIA pilots urged by union to boycott dinner KARAMJIT KAUR SINGAPORE Airlines pilots have been urged by their union to boycott an annual social gathering organised by the airline. The dinner, on Feb 25, is held by SIA to show its appreciation to pilots and honour top performers with service

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Indonesians piling up credit card debt [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesians piling up credit card debt 70% of users paying bills in instalments despite high interest rates BY WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT wahyudis@sph.com.sg JAKARTA: An aggressive drive by Indonesia’s banks has succeeded in putting more plastic in their customers’ hands, but it seems to be giving rise to a generation

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

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Woman dies after buttocks injection L Face of Egypt uprising sparks new fervour MOST COMMENTED ON L Softly, softly, China’s on the way. Says Just1more: “China will become the No. 1 economy of the world, but to

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Bashir’s terror trial adjourned till Monday [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bashir’s terror trial adjourned till Monday Judge makes ruling on technicality, as cleric was not given three days’ notice BY LYNN LEE INDONESIA BUREAU CHIEF lynnlee@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/stlynnlee Additional Reporting by Zubaidah Nazeer JAKARTA: Amid tight security and his supporters chanting “God is the greatest”, hardline cleric Abu Bakar Bashir turned

Break up regime of hate before it’s too late [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Break up regime of hate before it’s too late COMMENTARY BY LYNN LEE INDONESIA BUREAU CHIEF FOOTAGE of the deaths of three men from the Ahmadiyah sect at the hands of a mob in Banten, West Java, on Sunday has left many people in Indonesia reeling. The video shows the

PAS youth chief’s Valentine’s Day crackdown causing stir [ARTICLE]

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PAS youth chief’s Valentine’s Day crackdown causing stir KUALA LUMPUR: The youth chief of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) has raised a big controversy over his comments that Muslim authorities in four states controlled by Malaysia’s opposition are planning a crackdown during Valentine’s Day. While his comments found support among some

Don’t treat us as enemies: Mahathir [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Don’t treat us as enemies: Mahathir Expect Malaysia ‘to prepare for defence’ if it’s treated as foe BY CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has never harboured intentions of attacking or harming Singapore, former premier Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, but he warned the Republic that its constant

Megastar’s party merging with Congress [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Megastar’s party merging with Congress Deal may see Chiranjeevi take up chief minister post BY RAVI VELLOOR SOUTH ASIA BUREAU CHIEF velloor@sph.com.sg LAST Sunday, the man millions of Telugu speakers know simply as Megastar stood in the hallway of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi’s New Delhi residence after scripting what

Ex-aide in graft case claims trial [ARTICLE]

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Ex-aide in graft case claims trial THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK BUTTERWORTH: A former political secretary to a minister claimed trial yesterday to a money-laun-dering charge involving RM2 million (S$841,000). Hasbie Satar, 37, from Sarawak, allegedly committed the offence in an apartment in Butterworth on Feb 11 last year. Malaysian Anti-Corruption

N. Korea’s walkout a tactical retreat [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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N. Korea’s walkout a tactical retreat Pyongyang wants to avoid Seoul’s focus on sinking of ship and attack on island, say analysts NEWS ANALYSIS BY KIM JI HYUN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES jemmie@heraldm.com SEOUL: North Korea has walked away from preliminary talks with the South aimed at laying the groundwork

Snow brings relief to drought-hit China [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Snow brings relief to drought-hit China AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE XINHUA BLOOMBERG BEIJING: Snow across parts of northern, central and eastern China brought limited respite to a drought which has threatened winter wheat crops and fuelled talk of higher global prices, state forecasters said yesterday. The much-welcomed, but still patchy, snowfalls came

Guangdong businesses face severe labour shortage [ARTICLE]

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Guangdong businesses face severe labour shortage HONG KONG: With the Chinese New Year mostly over, it’s back-to-work time for China’s legions of migrant workers. But even fewer this year are streaming back to the southern Pearl River delta, Hong Kong media reported yesterday. While freebies and perks might have held

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US ‘at highest risk of terror hits since 9/11’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US ‘at highest risk of terror hits since 9/11’ American-born cleric Awlaki is the most significant risk, official says AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: The United States is facing “heightened” threats of attacks from extremists, possibly the highest since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, the head of US homeland security

Democrat Webb won’t seek Senate re-election [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Democrat Webb won’t seek Senate re-election AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK TIMES Additional information from Chua Chin Hon, US Bureau Chief in Washington WASHINGTON: US Democratic Senator Jim Webb, a critic of China and leading champion of engaging Myanmar’s military rulers, is hanging up his boots. “After much thought and consideration

Egypt’s army moves after 17 days of unrest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Egypt’s army moves after 17 days of unrest Senior officers, minus Mubarak, issue statement after high-power meeting AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK TIMES CAIRO: It was described as “Communique No. 1”, a phrasing that suggested a military coup. Egyptian television yesterday interrupted programming to present footage of a panel

Scholars form S. Arabia’s first political party [ARTICLE]

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Scholars form S. Arabia’s first political party ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE RIYADH: Ten moderate Saudi scholars say they have formed the kingdom’s first political party and have asked the king for recognition. After the turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia, there have been demands for reforms in Saudi Arabia, which

Guitar Hero gets tuned out – for good [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Guitar Hero gets tuned out for good Firm beset with poor sales shuts unit behind iconic music video game ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAN FRANCISCO: It’s curtains for Guitar Hero, the music video game franchise that allows players to pretend to be rock stars. California-based company Activision Blizzard, the world’s

Cabin crew with a difference... will it fly? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cabin crew with a difference... will it fly? Newly formed PC Air wants to distinguish itself from competitors and its “secret weapon” is a transsexual cabin crew boasting (from left) Nathatai Sukkaset, Dissanai Chitpraphachin, Chayathisa Nakmai and Phuntakarn Sringern. The “ladyboys” are set to make their debut when the Thai

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Wish list for e-govt upgrade [ARTICLE]

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Wish list for e-govt upgrade INFORMATION INFORMATION technology contractors putting in bids this month to revamp the eCitizen website will have high expectations to meet. The portal, along with the www.gov.sg homepage, is the most visible public face of a system that has become a model for e-government in many

Untying the Russo-Japanese Kurilian knot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Untying the Russo-Japanese Kurilian knot FOREIGN MATTERS BY WILLIAM CHOONG SENIOR WRITER williamc@sph.com.sg VISITING one of four disputed islands in the Southern Kuriles chain north of Japan in November, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev strolled along the coast, snapped a picture of the panorama and tweeted: “There are so many beautiful

Disaster-hit Australia open for business [ARTICLE]

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Disaster-hit Australia open for business BY WAYNE SWAN The writer is the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. ANYONE watching a 24-hour news channel in recent weeks could be forgiven for imagining that Australia is a disaster zone from one end to the other. Floods and cyclonic winds have produced

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Fault lines in the fraying social fabric [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fault lines in the fraying social fabric MATA JELI: A PERSPECTIVE ON INDONESIAN AFFAIRS BY BRUCE GALE SENIOR WRITER bruceg@sph.com.sg HOW long can a country like Indonesia continue to function when its citizens no longer have any faith in the effectiveness of their government? Indonesia is in a very different

So hung up on the mobile phone [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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So hung up on the mobile phone BY JOHN MCBETH SENIOR WRITER thane.cawdor@gmail.com WHENEVER you are out there in the public domain, stop what you are doing and look around. Then count the number of people who, one, have a mobile phone in their hands, two, are staring at it

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Blazing the trail in rehiring retirees [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Blazing the trail in rehiring retirees The new law mandating the re-employment of retired workers will take effect next January but several companies are already showing the way. Insight profiles a public-listed company and a small and medium-sized enterprise which have been rehiring retirees for years. How do they overcome

Older workers are not axed by maker of Axe oil [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Older workers are not axed by maker of Axe oil BY KOR KIAN BENG IT MAY be a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) but Leung Kai Fook (LKF) has been thinking big since 1991. For 19 years, the maker of the famous Axe brand medicated oil has been reemploying older

See older workers as a source of labour [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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See older workers as a source of labour FOR four years, German businessman Alexander Melchers, 43, literally lived and breathed re-employment. He was the chairman of the Tripartite Implementation Working Group on Employability of Older Workers (TIWG), which comprised representatives from the Government, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and employers’

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Quiet army of kindness [ARTICLE]

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Quiet army of kindness CHANGI AIRPORT’S... Larry Siah WHAT strikes me as a frequent transit visitor to Changi Airport is the quiet and efficient army of cleaners who maintain the airport’s award-winning standards. One is a bent, 79-year-old grandmother thank you for not discriminating against her because of her posture

Kindness Magnified [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kindness Magnified Submitted by 1 Cynthia Foo Director, Service Culture Unit, National University Hospital MARINA BINTE KHAMIS, a 23-year old nurse at the National University Hospital who came back to work on her day off just to make sure an elderly patient returned home safely to Kuala Lumpur. To her,

WRITE IN: [ARTICLE]

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No thanks, he prefers his good life [ARTICLE]

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No thanks, he prefers his good life HAVING BABIES Siow Tian Rui DR LEE Hock Seng (“Make children the sixth C”; Forum Online, Monday) wonders how the powerful natural biological instinct to mate and reproduce can be lost. The answer is simple: Humans are “hardwired” to have sex, and having

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MR KUNWAR BIR SINGH: River Hongbao... Help non-Chinese revellers enjoy it too 2 MR REVINDRAN ARUMUGAM: After the lift upgrade, problems 3 SCIENCE CENTRE SINGAPORE: More snow at Snow City 4 MR DAVID MALLIGAN: Why no rugby on pay TV? 5 MR MIHKAAIL

Yes, but they will need govt help [ARTICLE]

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Yes, but they will need govt help Tseng Yu Chun AFTER reading the news reports and recent letters about the low fertility rate, (“Make children the sixth C” by Dr Lee Hock Seng; Forum Online, Monday) I would like to give my two cents’ worth. My wife and I have

Right attitude – not more benefits – is the answer [ARTICLE]

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Right attitude not more benefits is the answer Lawrence Loh WILL a mandatory two-week paternity leave encourage fathers to be more involved in parenting and help reverse falling birth rates? Unlikely. (“Give dads baby leave, says Aware”; yesterday). Procreation is not a commercial transaction and those who have babies for

Avoid paying big salaries to hire charity leaders [ARTICLE]

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Avoid paying big salaries to hire charity leaders Victor Looi THE primary purpose of a non-profit or charitable organisation is to raise funds and to allocate them to the needy (“Charities offer big pay to draw talent”; Tuesday). Why then is a huge sum of money in the case of

Fee hike unrelated to campus makeover: NTU [ARTICLE]

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Fee hike unrelated to campus makeover: NTU Chan Keng Luck Acting Chief Building Infrastructure Officer/ Director (Plans) Nanyang Technological University NANYANG Technological University (NTU) thanks Mr Wong Tuck Yin for his interest in the university’s Yunnan Garden Campus masterplan. (“Varsity fee hikes and campus makeovers”; Wednesday) This plan to be

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Pay$ even when you don’t Owe$ Loan sharks hound new owners of flats, even though debtor has already moved BY THAM YUEN-C JALELAH ABU BAKER yuenc@sph.com.sg jalmsab@sph.com.sg EVERY morning, Madam Vani opens the door of her flat with trepidation. Will the door still be brown, or will it have red,

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

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L In Pictures: Hotels Asia’s dirtiest? L S’pore women want rich husbands? OUR POSER L A reader wants lane restrictions and lower speed limits for bikers. Agree? YOUR SAY LXue Bridget Says: “We should. However, how many will

Buying a flat? Check the writing on the wall first [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Buying a flat? Check the writing on the wall first BY DARYL CHIN ARE property agents obliged to check if a unit being sold is targeted by loan sharks, and to alert potential buyers if so? Most agents interviewed said that while this it is not part of their job,

Beauty industry has ugliest Case record [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beauty industry has ugliest Case record HUANG LIJIE BEAUTY firms and building contractors were among the most com-plained-about businesses last year, Singapore’s consumer watchdog said yesterday. The beauty industry had the most complaints, with 3,111 51 per cent more than in 2009 said the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case). The

More caught for lying in work pass applications [ARTICLE]

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More caught for lying in work pass applications Fake degrees, diplomas often used; more employers turning to screening agencies for help BY TEH JOO LIN joolin@sph.com.sg MORE foreigners have been caught for falsely declaring that they are “foreign talent”, with offences such as lying about their academic qualifications. In the

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Serial car thief nabbed [ARTICLE]

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Serial car thief nabbed A SERIAL car thief, who is believed to be linked to at least four cases of motor vehicle theft and at least five cases of cheating, was arrested on Wednesday. The 35-year-old unemployed man used a number of methods to steal the vehicles, including driving off

Online vice gang busted [ARTICLE]

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Online vice gang busted TWO men and three women, aged between 23 and 30 years, were arrested for their role in an online vice syndicate. Four of the suspects were picked up at a hotel in Belilios Road on Tuesday and the fifth was arrested in the Yishun area later

2 fined for work safety lapse [ARTICLE]

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2 fined for work safety lapse TWO Bangladeshi employees of an engineering company working for Exxon Mobil at a Jurong oil refinery during a fire in 2007, that killed three, were each fined $1,000 yesterday. Maintenance worker Hannan Abdul Jalil Monowara Begum and site supervisor Anowar Hossain Khan Md Shahadatali

Insead S’pore to expand campus again [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Insead S’pore to expand campus again A decade on, business school is thriving BY SANDRA DAVIE SENIOR WRITER sandra@sph.com.sg INSEAD, ranked among the world’s best business schools, is set to expand its Singapore campus again. It is the second time the school has done so since making the “bold move”

Show-cause letter widens rift in SDA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Show-cause letter widens rift in SDA BY KOR KIAN BENG THE rift in the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), a grouping of three opposition parties, is showing signs of getting worse. Two parties in the alliance have sent its chairman, Mr Chiam See Tong, a letter demanding that he explain his

Chee pays fines, avoids jail term [ARTICLE]

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Chee pays fines, avoids jail term BY TESSA WONG SINGAPORE Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan yesterday avoided a five-month jail term after paying a total of $20,000 in court fines with funds raised by his party. He had been fined $5,000 on each of four charges against him

Businesses find value in social media [ARTICLE]

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Businesses find value in social media Survey finds social media playing big role in consumer decisions BY IRENE THAM itham@sph.com.sg SOGURT may be a small local firm selling yogurt. But in the minds of a new breed of tech-savvy consumers in Singapore, it has the same prominence as luxury labels

Invest in young Malay community: Yaacob [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Invest in young Malay community: Yaacob THE Malay community is the youngest of the three major communities in Singapore with one in three Malays aged 19 and younger. As such, it is vital for the MalayMuslim community to invest in youth development efforts, Minis-ter-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said

Forgery charges against bank exec dropped [ARTICLE]

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Forgery charges against bank exec dropped BY K.C. VIJAYAN LAW CORRESPONDENT IN A rare twist, prosecutors have dropped three forgery charges against a bank executive who had earlier been acquitted of misappropriating $10,000 from a client. In the forgery case, Ms Sylvia Tham, 33, was accused of trading on behalf

Construction firm ordered to pay more to laid-off staff [ARTICLE]

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Construction firm ordered to pay more to laid-off staff BY KOR KIAN BENG THE Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) yesterday ordered a major foreign-owned construction company to pay out more to six employees that it retrenched last year. Court president Chan Seng Onn rapped Sembawang Engineers and Constructors (SEC) for not

Salesman turned loan shark gets jail and $300,000 fine [ARTICLE]

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Salesman turned loan shark gets jail and $300,000 fine Cash-strapped dad of two had made $5,000 profit by time he was arrested BY ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg A FREELANCE salesman who ran a loansharking business on the side was jailed for nearly four years and fined $300,000 yesterday. Ku

Family friend to be tried for boy’s murder [ARTICLE]

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Family friend to be tried for boy’s murder A MAN is to go on trial for the murder of a six-year-old boy whose body was found in a trolley bag by the Kallang River. Mohammad Johan Rashid, 32, is accused of killing Muhammad Nor Rashidy Rahmat at a flat in

Ex-Cisco man jailed for peeping into bank toilet [ARTICLE]

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Ex-Cisco man jailed for peeping into bank toilet ELENA CHONG IT WAS his first day covering for another officer on duty at a bank when he turned Peeping Tom. Daniel Leong Jian Ming, 28, was a Certis Cisco officer when he insulted the modesty of two HSBC employees by peeping

Wisdom amid the gaiety of Chingay [ARTICLE]

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Wisdom amid the gaiety of Chingay S’poreans excelling in their fields to take part in symbolic ceremony BY JAMIE EE WEN WEI jamieee@sph.com.sg THEY are almost a century apart, but they will share the same stage at tonight’s Chingay parade. Singapore’s most famous centenarian Teresa Hsu, who is 113 years

Granite slab falls from 25th floor [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Granite slab falls from 25th floor MELISSA PANG TWO women were injured slightly by debris when a granite slab fell from the 25th floor of Centennial Tower, along Temasek Avenue, yesterday. The slab, estimated by an eyewitness to be the size of half a mahjong table, was part of the

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES L Goalkeeper Pepe Reina hints at Liverpool exit L Barcelona to drop Unicef logo from shirt front L Loew hints Ballack’s Germany days may be over MOST COMMENTED ON L Roman eyes £50 million Arsenal player Cesc

BELIEVE IN US: HARISS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BELIEVE IN US: HARISS Young Lions skipper hopes his side can draw fans back to S-League BY LEE MIN KOK SANJAY NAIR mklee@sph.com.sg nsanjay@sph.com.sg HARISS Harun has pleaded for patience as the newly-named Courts Young Lions attempt to fulfil their potential as the future of the national team. Speaking at

Team won’t have full squad yet [ARTICLE]

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Team won’t have full squad yet SANJAY NAIR THE Courts Young Lions will not have their full complement of 30 players for the first few months of the new S-League season due to National Service commitments. The quintet of Gabriel Quak, Hafiz Sujad, Khairul Nizam, Safuwan Baharudin and Fadhil Noh

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HOMEWORK DONE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOMEWORK DONE Protectors are the team to beat, thanks to new faces Mendy, Kim, Qiu Li Final part in the preview of the 2011 S-League season looks at the year ahead BY TERRENCE VOON, LEE MIN KOK SANJAY NAIR tvoon@sph.com.sg mklee@sph.com.sg nsanjay@sph.com.sg ARMED with a slew of exciting signings and

ST predicts where the 12 S-League clubs will finish this season [ARTICLE]

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ST predicts where the 12 S-League clubs will finish this season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Home United A wealth of attacking talent at their disposal SAFFC Have strength-in-depth in every department Tampines Rovers Thin squad which could struggle with injuries Etoile FC

DUBAI-BOUND DUO SIZZLE IN TRIAL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DUBAI-BOUND DUO SIZZLE IN TRIAL SINGAPORE'S two poster horses Rocket Man and Better Than Ever were the clear standout acts at the Kranji barrier trials yesterday. As was expected of the seven-heat session, all eyes were riveted onto trial No 5 (Rocket Man) and 6 (Better Than Ever) when the

STTA insists new recruit Zhan still has plenty to offer at 29 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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STTA insists new recruit Zhan still has plenty to offer at 29 BY LIN XINYI HE IS older than Gao Ning, 28, the most senior paddler in the national men’s team. But the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) believes Zhan Jian, 29, one of its newest foreign recruits, still has

STILL STUCK IN THE WOODS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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STILL STUCK IN THE WOODS Former world No. 1 has erratic first round at Dubai Desert Classic ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE DUBAI: All eyes were on Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood when they began their three-ball at the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday, but, away from the glare of

Newcastle sign veteran striker Kuqi [ARTICLE]

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Newcastle sign veteran striker Kuqi LONDON: How does a club compensate for the departure of a £35 million (S$73 million) England striker? Newcastle went shopping in football’s equivalent of the bargain bin. They have signed Shefki Kuqi, a 34-year-old journeyman who was available despite the closure of the transfer window

Hundreds in Chechnya cheer Gullit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hundreds in Chechnya cheer Gullit REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS GROZNY (Russia): Ruud Gullit’s arrival in Chechnya on Wednesday to take over as coach of league club Terek Grozny saw him greeted not just by hundreds of fans at the airport but also the region’s highest official. Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader

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Indian league hit by first drug case [ARTICLE]

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Indian league hit by first drug case REUTERS MUMBAI: The I-League, India’s national football league, has suffered its first positive doping test since in-competition checks began in January. Mumbai FC midfielder Nishant Mehra’s ‘A’ urine sample returned a positive result for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is found in cannabis and is on

Heidfeld to replace Kubica at Renault? [ARTICLE]

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Heidfeld to replace Kubica at Renault? ASSOCIATED PRESS MADRID: German driver Nick Heidfeld will test drive for Lotus Renault over a four-day session in Spain as the Formula One team look to replace the injured Robert Kubica just weeks before the new season starts. Meanwhile, F1 teams carried a ‘Get

Hammers tipped for Olympic Stadium [ARTICLE]

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Hammers tipped for Olympic Stadium ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: English Premier League football club West Ham United may be facing relegation but they could have a 60,000-seat stadium after 2012. Their bid to move into London’s Olympic Stadium has been preferred to rivals Tottenham’s. A final decision has yet to be

England cricket legend Bailey dies [ARTICLE]

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England cricket legend Bailey dies REUTERS LONDON: Former England all-rounder Trevor Bailey died in a fire at his home in Essex, England, yesterday. A fast-medium bowler, Bailey, 87, was also a solid batsman. He played 61 Tests for England between 1949 and 1959, scoring 2,290 runs and taking 132 wickets,

Everton hit by Rodwell injury blow [ARTICLE]

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Everton hit by Rodwell injury blow LONDON: Everton’s poor season suffered another blow after midfielder Jack Rodwell was ruled out for at least four weeks. The 19-year-old limped off after 12 minutes of the England Under-21 team’s 0-1 loss to Italy on Tuesday. His latest lay-off means he will return

FILTHY RICH AND FAMOUS [ARTICLE]

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FILTHY RICH AND FAMOUS Real Madrid lead world’s 20 richest clubs, who pocket ¤4.3b in revenue ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMBERG LONDON: Recession what recession? The world’s leading football clubs are playing on a different field when it comes to riding out the financial storm. For the first time, the world’s 20

Two valuable lessons for Capello [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two valuable lessons for Capello COPENHAGEN: England’s 2-1 win over Denmark in Wednesday’s friendly raised two important lessons for coach Fabio Capello. Although the 19-year-old Jack Wilshere performed well, he was overshadowed by Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who is six months younger. It was a timely reminder that England need to

Messi steers Argentina to win over Ronaldo’s Portugal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Messi steers Argentina to win over Ronaldo’s Portugal ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA: Lionel Messi got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in their first international meeting on Wednesday, scoring a 90th-minute penalty to give Argentina a 2-1 win in a friendly. Two-time World Player of the Year Messi also exerted his influence

Replace friendlies with competitive football [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Replace friendlies with competitive football BY PATRICK BARCLAY THE TIMES, LONDON THE Parken Stadium encounter between Denmark and England gave further evidence of international football’s struggle to convince. A bright result for England was obtained from a dull match, an event from which it would be hazardous to draw conclusions

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Spurs willing to pay £25m for Benzema [ARTICLE]

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Spurs willing to pay £25m for Benzema PARIS: Karim Benzema, who made Brazil count the cost of playing with 10 men for 50 minutes with the winner that gave France a 1-0 win, is in talks with Tottenham over a summer move from Real Madrid to White Hart Lane. Spurs

Italy keep unbeaten run against Germany [ARTICLE]

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Italy keep unbeaten run against Germany DORTMUND: Germany’s bid to break a long-standing curse against Italy failed with a 1-1 draw on Wednesday. The Germans, whose last win against the Italians came 16 years ago in a friendly, also hoped to exact revenge for the 2006 World Cup final loss.

Spain end poor streak in friendlies [ARTICLE]

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Spain end poor streak in friendlies AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MADRID: David Silva scored just four minutes from full time on Wednesday to earn Spain a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Colombia and end the world champions’ embarrassing streak of winless friendlies. Spain had lost two friendlies and drawn one since they won

OPERATION FACELIFT [ARTICLE]

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OPERATION FACELIFT Co-host Bangladesh out to put on its best face for World Cup ASSOCIATED PRESS DHAKA: Beggars are being paid to keep a distance. Bus and car owners are under orders to paint and repair ramshackle vehicles or risk fines. These are just some of the measures that Bangladesh

Closing in [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Closing in PARIS: Kim Clijsters moved to within one win of taking the No. 1 tennis ranking by rallying to beat Kristina Barrois of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round of the Open Gaz de France on Wednesday. The last time the four-time Grand Slam winner held the

Next 72 hours [ARTICLE]

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Next 72 hours Today Golf Dubai Desert Classic: Day 2 (Live, StarHub Ch213, 5.45pm). Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Day 2 (Live, StarHub HD Ch255, tomorrow, 4am and Ch213, tomorrow, 4.15am). Tennis ATP World Tournament: Q-final 1 (7.30pm). Q-final 2 (tomorrow, 2.30am) Live, StarHub Ch211. Tomorrow Basketball NBA: Phoenix v Utah

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Basketball NBA Cleveland 94 Detroit 103, Indiana 104 Charlotte 103, New Jersey 103 New Orleans 101 (OT), Philadelphia 95 Orlando 99, Washington 100 Milwaukee 85, Toronto 100 San Antonio 111, NY Knicks 108 LA Clippers 116, Utah 86 Chicago 91, Sacramento 100 Dallas 102, Golden State 116 Denver 114.

“Right now, everything is dead as to a transfer.” [ARTICLE]

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“Right now, everything is dead as to a transfer.” RAUL SANLLEHI, Barcelona’s director of football, on the club signing Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas

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STILL GOOD ENOUGH The STTA believes new recruit Zhan Jian, 29, has plenty to offer. B13 BIG-MONEY CLUBS Real Madrid and Barcelona are football’s biggest moneymakers. B14 MORE CHOICES England now have striking options after beating Denmark. B14

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NOTHING TO SHOUT ABOUT Tiger Woods shoots a modest one-under 71 in Dubai. B13

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STI dives as funds flow out of Asia Index hits lowest level in 41/2 months as region sees serious bailing out BULLS AND BEARS BY YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg INVESTORS are probably feeling they should have stayed on their Christmas holiday after a sharp fall yesterday left them worse off than

Hutchison unit to build intra-Asian cargo business [ARTICLE]

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Hutchison unit to build intra-Asian cargo business YASMINE YAHYA HUTCHISON Port Holdings (HPH) has set its sights on becoming a major entrepot player for intra-Asian cargo traffic, after making its name in the transshipment business in Hong Kong. HPH, a port developer and operator, is a unit of Hutchison Whampoa,

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Wells Fargo finance chief may get $28m in exit bonus [ARTICLE]

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Wells Fargo finance chief may get $28m in exit bonus BLOOMBERG SAN FRANCISCO: Wells Fargo’s former chief financial officer (CFO) Howard Atkins might be eligible for more than US$22 million (S$28 million) in compensation and benefits when he officially retires in August. He will be paid about US$9.2 million in

SingTel Q3 profit flat at $998m [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SingTel Q3 profit flat at $998m Strong S’pore, Australia showing but 12.5% fall in regional contributions BY CHUA HIAN HOU chuahh@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/hianhou A MIXED performance by SingTel’s regional associates was enough to leave the telco’s third quarter earnings flat despite the economic pickup. Local operations were buoyant as were those

F&N’s profits rise on strong food and beverage business [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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F&N’s profits rise on strong food and beverage business BY FRANCIS CHAN COMPANIES CORRESPONDENT PROPERTY once again took a back seat as food and beverage worked their magic on Fraser Neave’s (F&N) bottom line for the firm’s strong first quarter. The group racked up net profits of $156.5 million, 15.4

Merger fever boosts SGX-ASX bid [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Merger fever boosts SGX-ASX bid Proposals involving LSE, NYSE Euronext lend new urgency to talks BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE Singapore Exchange’s contentious bid to take over its Australian counterpart suddenly looks a lot more feasible after an extraordinary 24 hours of bourse mergers. The first deal announced involves the

Weber pulls out of race for ECB top post [ARTICLE]

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Weber pulls out of race for ECB top post BLOOMBERG LONDON: The campaign for the top job at the European Central Bank (ECB) has been thrown open with the sudden and unexplained withdrawal of German front runner Axel Weber, which has cleared the way for a slew of candidates to

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IMF sees greater role for yuan [ARTICLE]

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IMF sees greater role for yuan REUTERS WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday called for a greater role for China’s yuan currency as part of a broad-based overhaul of the international monetary system. In a speech at the IMF, Mr Strauss-Kahn said that adding emerging market countries’ currencies,

Twitter in takeover talks [ARTICLE]

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Twitter in takeover talks REUTERS NEW YORK: Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low-level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as US$10 billion (S$12.8 billion), the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. In December, Twitter raised US$200 million in financing in

Cisco spooks investors again [ARTICLE]

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Cisco spooks investors again REUTERS NEW YORK: Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc’s CEO John Chambers spooked investors for the third time in as many quarters, warning of dwindling public spending and weaker margins from tough competition. “Unfortunately, we believe that our concerns in the public sector will continue to

Blue chips turn red in Year of the Rabbit [ARTICLE]

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Blue chips turn red in Year of the Rabbit Chinese rates hikes, outflow of funds over risk woes spark sell-off BY YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg RED is the colour of fortune and prosperity, favoured during the Chinese New Year season but not when it reflects the stock market’s performance. The festive

Investment bankers’ body to merge with ABS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Investment bankers’ body to merge with ABS GABRIEL CHEN INVESTMENT bankers will have more opportunity to make their views heard thanks to an acronym-crunching merger announced yesterday. It involves the Singapore Investment Banking Association (Siba) being folded into the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS), the finance sector’s lead body.

Developers: Too soon to assess property curbs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Developers: Too soon to assess property curbs BY ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER DEVELOPERS say that although sales volumes might have fallen, it is still too early to assess the impact of the cooling measures. Industry players at the annual Spring Festival lunch of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore

Big banks baulk at big bonanzas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Big banks baulk at big bonanzas Huge payouts for high performers No bonus or minimal sums for others SLICING UP THE SPOILS BY GABRIEL CHEN FINANCE CORRESPONDENT gabrielc@sph.com.sg AMERICAN and European banks are so gun-shy about the flak they have been getting over bank bonuses that even some staff here

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Blunder puts financial reps in a fix L Property shares fall after China rate rise MOST COMMENTED ON L Younger investors lead charge into stock market. Says silent_citizen: “It is better that investors start young, make mistakes

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The night is young Young people are the new big spenders when it comes to clubbing and nightspots are going all out to woo them cara van miriah caravm@sph.com.sg There is nothing like youthful spirits. Young clubbers splurging on bottles of spirits, that is. Meet the new high-rollers on the

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Scream for Swift [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Scream for Swift The teenybopper crowd sang and cheered as Taylor Swift played the ingenue, to their delight reviewconcert TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Wednesday natasha ann zachariah natashaz@sph.com.sg Country-pop sensation Taylor Swift could have sang the entire phone book and her fans in Singapore

A dance to remember [ARTICLE]

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A dance to remember reviewdance AS IF TO NOTHING City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong) Esplanade Theatre, Wednesday tara tan There is a certain irony in trying to pin down remnants of a performance about the transience of memory. In writing this review, some things came to mind: certain movement

Go ahead quote me [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead quote me ‘We are just warming the bench. They are being very nice and sitting aside for a little while’ Matthew Perry (right), whose new comedy Mr. Sunshine temporarily replaces former Friends co-star Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town on American television ‘I feel like she’s black. I’m black and

Spirit of the light [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spirit of the light Charismatic but humble, Feist adroitly rides the fine line between art and mainstream sound bites yeow kai chai kaichai@sph.com.sg Divas stand in the middle and command the stage. Then there are those, like Leslie Feist, who prefer the comfort of shadows and somehow still shine. The

My own possession [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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My own possession The Rite director Mikael Hafstrom says his exorcism flick is not a repeat of the famous Linda Blair movie sandra leong in los angeles stlife@sph.com.sg It is a daunting challenge for any film-maker to re-imagine the welltrodden subject of demonic possession. How on earth do you live

V-Day sex appeal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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V-Day sex appeal Fashion lovers, now is the time to wear your heart on your sleeve. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we assemble four darling looks to wear for that special night. No time to head home to preen? Thankfully, there are frocks smart enough for the office, which

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What women, and Jay, want [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What women, and Jay, want The Fierce Wife and Beauty Knows No Pain look at women troubles, while Jay tries hosting telemad foong woei wan woeiwan@sph.com.sg The long-time married couple in The Fierce Wife, a Taiwanese adultery drama, still have sex. They schedule it, complete with warm-up exercises, in the

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what’s up this week... and the weeks ahead [ARTICLE]

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what’s up this week... and the weeks ahead art JEAN-PIERRE ROC-ROUSSEY INBAR TOLLA French artist Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey’s colourful works are characterised by elements of myths and legends, while German sculptor-ceramic artist Inbar Tolla depicts the movements of the soul striving towards spiritual fulfilment in her works. Where: Opera Gallery, Ion

an hour @ the museum [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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an hour the museum Deepika Shetty In this weekly column, we visit museums and art spaces and highlight what you must see if you have only an hour to spare. It is a bunny wonderland at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which marks the Year of the Rabbit. Learn more about

my weekend [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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my weekend Evelyn Lee “I used to work as a lottery sweep attendant on weekends at the Yankee Stadium in New York, taking care of the logistics, prizes and food. It was really cool as I had a chance to meet all sorts of people and try out my jokes

Uproar over ‘cake corkage’ at eatery [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Uproar over ‘cake corkage’ at eatery Italian eatery Pizzeria Mozza says $7 ‘cake corkage’ charge was ‘interim policy’ after diner complains eunice quek euniceq@sph.com.sg A restaurant involved in a “cake corkage” controversy yesterday offered some crumbs of comfort over the issue. Italian restaurant Pizzeria Mozza in Marina Bay Sands said

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Streep as Thatcher [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Streep as Thatcher Agence France-Presse London Oscar-winner Meryl Streep has undergone a dramatic transformation for her role as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a forthcoming biopic about her life called The Iron Lady. The actress has adopted Mrs Thatcher’s trademark bouffant hairstyle, ruby-red lipstick and pearl earrings for

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JUST DON’T TAKE TOO LONG TO GET READY TEE HUN CHING Editor hunching@sph.com.sg The human being, if you didn’t already know, is an eternal optimist. How else can you explain why, in the face of grim data that shows ever rising divorce rates worldwide, people continue to pour money into

NEW ARRIVALS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NEW ARRIVALS ARRIVALSROHAIZATUL AZHAR susses out 10 fab and fun gifts for your valentine ROHAIZATUL AZHAR TEXAS HOLD’EM SET, $1,065, FROM VANILLA HOME Up the stakes for your man this Valentine’s Day with a game of sexy poker. ICONIC RING, $255, FROM SWAROVSKI Shaped like a screw bolt, this steel-and-silver

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SOLID FOUNDATION Keep your complexion impeccable with versatile and portable two-way foundations which can be used wet or dry. Urban puts eight of the latest to the test BEAUTY Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder $65 for compact powder and $25 for the case KT: If you like a

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WATCH STARS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WATCH STARS IAN LEE, ROHAIZATUL AZHAR The guest list was nearly as glittering as the timepieces when local watch retailer, Watches of Switzerland, and luxury Swiss watch brand, Franck Muller, celebrated their third anniversary together last month at the House of Franck Muller boutique in Ion Orchard. The dinner, jointly

COUTURE CUFFS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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COUTURE CUFFS German jeweller Charlotte (Ehinger-Schwarz 1876), best known for innovative designs such as crinkled yellow gold pieces, has launched a new collection of leather cuffs. The statement pieces, by the brand’s designer, Mr Wolf-Peter Schwarz, are available in more than 10 colours, including lime green and plum purple. They

COMMECOMES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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COMMECOMES Local fashion retailer Club 21 has opened a 3,035 sq ft standalone Comme standalone Comme Des Garcons store at 02-39 Hilton Shopping Gallery. It is the first time that the Japanese label’s Japanese various lines are housed under one roof in a permanent store here. The Comme Des Garcons

FLUFFY FOOTWEAR [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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FLUFFY FOOTWEAR Multi-label retailer Royal Sporting House is offering a Valentine’s Day promotion on surf labels Quiksilver and Roxy. When couples purchase one apparel item from Quiksilver and one from Roxy, they will receive a free his-and-hers bedroom slipper set (above). The promotion is valid at the Quiksilver/Roxy store at

HAVE A AVANA [ARTICLE]

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HAVE A AVANA Multi-label boutique Avana is holding a sale of up to 70 per cent until Sunday at its Pacific Plaza stores. Avana:j (01-07) stocks labels such as American casualwear brand Max&Cleo and Australian brand Wish, while Avana:loft (03-09) stocks evening dresses.

DESIGNER ACT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DESIGNER ACT Actress Zoe Tay turned designer for a parenthood forum held last month. The mother of three boys was invited by health-care company Abbott Nutrition to design a tote bag and a baby romper. Both made their debut at the First Mums’ and Dads’ Congress 2011. The black fabric

OBJECT OF DESIRE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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OBJECT OF DESIRE Yves Saint Laurent’s Lucky Chyc Tote, a calfskin tote from the French house’s cruise 2011 collection, is one classic with a twist worth bagging. $2,510, from 01-25 Ion Orchard.

FASH hag [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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FASH hag So, while I was catching up with my girlfriends over brunch two Sundays ago, I found myself distracted by a young gazelle who strolled in wearing micro-mini denim shorts, an oversized off-shoulder T-shirt and a pair of slingback wedges. Well, I didn’t think much about it at first.

ASK URBAN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ASK URBAN HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE WAY YOU LOOK? DON'T SWEAT IT. E-mail your queries to URBAN at sfurban@sph .com .sg How did bubble skirts become fashionable and are there dos and don’ts when wearing the style? The bubble skirt is a short skirt with a balloon-like shape that

HEY GOOD LOOKING [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HEY GOOD LOOKING This stylish duo was spotted at the opening party of home-grown boutiques The Reckless Shop, Blackmarket No. 2 and Elohim by Sabrina Goh in Orchard Central on Jan 27. IMRAN JALAL Monica Ong, 25 flight attendant What are you wearing? My jumpsuit is from Forever 21 but

STYLE WATCH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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STYLE WATCH IAN LEE Cecilia Cheung Loud jungle-inspired prints usually prove to be a banana skin (pardon the pun) for most people, even a celebrity fashionista. But the 30-year-old Hong Kong actress is a fruity delight in this bold banana print and brocade Prada dress at the Italian label’s first

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WHITE IS RIGHT [ARTICLE]

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WHITE IS RIGHT The white shirt, with all its modern twists, is still the most popular item in a man’s wardrobe The New York Times Zeroing in on the most basic material in the menswear arsenal white T-shirts, blue jeans, khakis has made hip and happy campers out of clothing

CLEAN AND CRISP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CLEAN AND CRISP IMRAN JALAL shows how you can ace the classic and picks nine of Urban’s favourites How much detailing should there be on my white shirt? It really depends on the occasion. Subtlety works in the office. Ditch fancy embellishments or patchwork patterns as they are too casual

SLIM CHANCE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SLIM CHANCE More non-invasive procedures for fat loss are available and giving liposuction a run for its money IMRAN JALAL i imrjalal@sph.com.sg In man’s quest to get rid of body fat, he has burned it, sucked it out, chemically changed it and massaged it away. Now, he can also subject

COLD COMFORT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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COLD COMFORT IMRAN JALAL tried freezing his paunch away but realised good old diet and exercise is the way to go IMRAN JALAL imrjalal@sph.com.sg A big fat crisis has been brewing down south. No matter how many crunches I do or how compulsive I get about eating right, the jelly

LESS IS MORE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LESS IS MORE Our Facebook fans weigh in on four celebrities who are now half the size of their former selves. reports ROHAIZATUL AZHAR NOW Facebook fans say: Crystal Renn’s transformation had many fans talking, with some being disappointed with her weight loss. Ng Diana Melaniee feels that “the world

PAIRING UP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PAIRING UP How well do dating experts fare in their own relationships? GLADYS CHUNG finds out GLADYS CHUNG gladysc@sph.com.sg They have dished out relationship advice to thousands of singles. They have helped more than a handful find their soulmate. They are the Elizabeth Gilberts to lonely bachelors and bachelorettes. But

WORK THAT DATE OUTFIT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WORK THAT DATE OUTFIT Valentine’s Day falls on Monday but if you are thinking of wearing your dowdy workwear to your candlelight dinner think again. Urban shows you how to go from drab to fab with four fabulous work-to-date ensembles that won’t get you in trouble with the bosses ROHAIZATUL

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A WHIFF OF love [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A WHIFF OF love Scent experts tell KAREN TEE the smell of fresh cut flowers puts Singaporeans in a romantic mood while the smell of fried sambal keeps us happy Karen Tee karentee@sph.com.sg As the heroine muses in Shakespeare’s love story Romeo And Juliet, a rose by any name would

PRADA courts CHINA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PRADA courts CHINA The Italian fashion house stages its first fashion show outside Milan in Beijing with a bevy of Asian models. IAN LEE reports from Beijing IAN LEE The writer’s trip was sponsored by Prada A cast of top Asian models, including Chinese supermodels Liu Wen, Du Juan and

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COLOURFUL cuppa [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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COLOURFUL cuppa TAN HSUEH YUN i What tea has to do with pigs I will never know, but this brand of tea is charmingly named Teapigs. The guy I asked gave me a convoluted explanation involving some sort of mispronunciation of tea picks. Funny name aside, these whole leaf teas

WHOLEGRAINS WITH BITE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WHOLEGRAINS WITH BITE The right way to get wholegrains into your diet is to cook them in healthy ways. Say, a quinoa salad or a sandwich made with wholegrain bread. The fun way, of course, is to eat them in a snack. Piranha Maxi Grain Chips are made with masa

NEW YEAR FRENCH INDULGENCE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NEW YEAR FRENCH INDULGENCE I know some of you must be suffering from cookie fatigue. It is Chinese New Year after all, a time of spectacular cookie over-indulgence. Weaklings, get your act together please. These French cookies may look plain but they are good. The all-butter ones are crisp and

PALATE RUSH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PALATE RUSH The bright green packaging was what attracted me to these Meiji chocolate sticks and I’m glad I judged them by looks at first. Rich Matcha ($2.80) has white chocolate in it not my favourite but the intense green tea flavouring is what got me hooked. The bitterness of

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KIT CHAN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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KIT CHAN IMRAN JALAL it Chan pleads:”Don’t forget to mention the namecards, okay?” It may seem odd that a 38-year-old star would prize namecards from her latest project with the Total Defence campaign over branded doodads in her “curated” Chanel bag. But she has her reasons. “In my line of

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