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Straits Times - 2nd Edition, 26 February 2011

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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA(P)108/11/2010 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 2011 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 1.00

INSIDE 264 PAGES IN ELEVEN PARTS

Going after profiteers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Going after profiteers A PANEL has been set up to keep an eye on food prices and to help prevent profiteering. The Retail Price Watch Group, launched yesterday, is chaired by Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan. Members will meet at least once a month to

New liposuction rules [ARTICLE]

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New liposuction rules SIX new licensing requirements governing the performing of liposuction have been introduced. Among them is the requirement that all staff involved in such fat removal procedures must be trained in cardiac life support, following the December 2009 death of a property firm’s chief whose intestines were punctured

13m abortions a year [ARTICLE]

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13m abortions a year ABOUT 13 million abortions are performed in China a year. But what is causing widespread social concern these days is that not only are many of the women likely to be unmarried, but also some of them are barely in their teens. A 13-year-old girl had

PM: Lower hurdle for opposition parties [ARTICLE]

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PM: Lower hurdle for opposition parties Smaller GRCs and more single-seat wards offer more scope for contest BY LI XUEYING ELGIN TOH xueying@sph.com.sg elgintoh@sph.com.sg POLITICAL parties planning to contest the next election have to clear a lower hurdle than at previous polls, the Prime Minister declared yesterday in his first

Teeing off to a surprise lead [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Teeing off to a surprise lead Japanese golfer Chie Arimura teeing off at the 15th hole during the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament yesterday. The unfancied world No. 19 leads the 63-woman field by two shots after carding a sizzling six-under 66 at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course. She

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Christchurch heartbreak INSIGHT, PAGES A42&43 8HOT ISSUES FOR BUDGET DEBATE WORLD, PAGE C14 Ofce@home LIFE! PAGES E10&11 What next for the Middle East? SATURDAY SPECIAL, PAGES D1-9 SEE ALSO PRIME, PAGES A26&30 WORLD, PAGE C11 EDITORIAL: PRIME, PAGE A36 BREAKING NEWS: www.straitstimes.com INTERACT: www.stomp.com.sg EMAIL: stomp@stomp.com.sg VIDEOS: www.razortv.com.sg NEWS TIPS:

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Who goes where? Opposition parties start their intense horse-trading talks L PRIME A10 What happens next? GE pundits’ checklist for guessing Polling Day date L PRIME A6 Moulmein-Kallang GRC New GRC may have 2 ministers: Yaacob Ibrahim Lui Tuck Yew L PRIME A8 Reform Party woes Another blow to Jeyaretnam’s

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Libya: The politics of dominoes [ARTICLE]

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Libya: The politics of dominoes WE SAY The defiance showed by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is testament to an unwritten law in dictatorial history: The more defiant a dictator, the more detached he is from reality; the more detached he is, the more likely his fall. L EDITORIAL PAGE A36

Coffee enemas no cure [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Coffee enemas no cure COLUMNS Flush that coffee enema down the drain; the alternative treatment for pancreatic cancer has been found to be worse than conventional care, says Andy Ho. L REVIEW PAGE A40

S’pore’s edge over Britain [ARTICLE]

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S’pore’s edge over Britain Singapore’s recently unveiled Budget is one to be envied, as it can set out clear goals for inclusive growth, something Britain cannot as it does not have the surpluses Singapore has, says Teresa Lim. L REVIEW PAGE A38

Opposition should unite [ARTICLE]

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Opposition should unite OUR READER SAYS The opposition parties in Singapore should unite and form a single bloc for any real effect, and contest in all constituencies to give all voters a chance to exercise their ballot, says Paul Chan. L FORUM PAGE A44

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been THE table accompanying Thursday’s report, “Employers, take your PIC and save on taxes”, said software costs would be excluded from tax claims in relation to the purchase or lease of prescribed automation equipment under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme. The Finance Ministry has

Uprisings possible without the Internet [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Uprisings possible without the Internet The Web doesn’t spark revolts but it helps in mobilising protesters BY JEREMY AU YONG jeremyau@sph.com.sg IT IS not immediately obvious, but nearly all street protests involve only a minuscule proportion of a country’s population. None of the high-profile protests in recent memory, whether in

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High-level team looks out for profiteering [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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High-level team looks out for profiteering 3 supermarket chains to freeze prices for some house-brand products BY JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg CONSUMERS worried about rising food prices now have a new 13-man watchdog to keep an eye on suppliers and help prevent undue profiteering. Tasked with this mission is the Retail

Stricter liposuction rules for docs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stricter liposuction rules for docs MOH introduces at least six new terms on top of existing rules set in 2008 BY POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg THE Ministry of Health (MOH) has tightened rules on liposuction, an invasive cosmetic procedure in which a patient has fat deposits sucked out of his

Key revisions for procedures [ARTICLE]

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Key revisions for procedures SOURCE: MINISTRY OF HEALTH THE rules governing doctors who want to perform liposuction have been tightened by the Ministry of Health. The key revised licensing terms and conditions are that: L There should be at least two weeks between any two liposuction sessions performed on a

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likely The Prime Minister will keep his cards close to his chest, but pundits are guessing based on: FEEL-GOOD DAYS May 1: May Day. NTUC’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a major platform for the PAP. May 1: Growth Dividends and Medisave top-ups given to citizens, which should make them feel good.

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George Yeo dismisses opposition’s claim of gerrymandering BY TEO WAN GEK wangekt@sph.com.sg ALJUNIED GRC’S anchor minister George Yeo yesterday dismissed charges of gerrymandering made by the Workers’ Party (WP) after Thursday’s release of new electoral boundaries. WP chairman Sylvia Lim said the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) had gained an

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TEO WAN GEK ONE boundary change on the border of Aljunied GRC and neighbouring opposi-tion-held Hougang single member constituency (SMC) stood out because it involved zero voters. The change shifts a plot of land on which Hougang bus interchange sits from Hougang SMC to Aljunied GRC, paving the way for

Two ministers tipped to run in new constituency [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two ministers tipped to run in new constituency Talks under way between incumbent MPs, says Yaacob MOULMEIN-KALLANG GRC BY AMRESH GUNASINGHAM amreshg@sph.com.sg ENVIRONMENT and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has welcomed the inclusion of Cabinet colleague Lui Tuck Yew in the new Moulmein-Kallang GRC the clearest sign yet that both

Intense horse-trading begins among leaders [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Intense horse-trading begins among leaders Scramble for alternative plans amid efforts to avoid 3-cornered fights OPPOSITION PARTIES BY KOR KIAN BENG TESSA WONG kianbeng@sph.com.sg twong@sph.com.sg THE first thing Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) secretary-general Desmond Lim did yesterday morning was to phone Workers’ Party (WP) vice-chairman Mohammed Rahizan Yaacob. News stories

Opposition eyeing 13 out of 15 GRCs [ARTICLE]

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Opposition eyeing 13 out of 15 GRCs KOR KIAN BENG, TESSA WONG IN 2006, the opposition left seven out of the 14 group representation constituencies (GRCs) uncontested. At the coming polls, the parties have already made a claim on 13 of the 15 GRCs. Only two Sembawang and Tanjong Pagar

SMC FACE-OFF [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SMC FACE-OFF The PAP has not confirmed this line-up and the opposition line-up is based on sources BUKIT PANJANG F PAP Dr Teo Ho Pin, 51 (incumbent) SDP E Dr James Gomez, 46 HONG KAH NORTH F PAP Dr Amy Khor, 53 (incumbent) Reform Party E Unnamed candidate HOUGANG F

Reform Party chairman quits [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Reform Party chairman quits BY TESSA WONG THE chairman of the Reform Party (RP) resigned yesterday, the latest departure in a recent wave of resignations that has rocked the party. Its secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam told The Straits Times last night that Mr Tan Tee Seng’s departure would not affect the

WHERE YOU WILL VOTE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WHERE YOU WILL VOTE A guide for voters to find out the Single Member Constituencies to which they belong. (Tomorrow: Group Representation Constituencies) Bukit Panjang Current MP: Teo Ho Pin Likely rival: Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) General Election (GE) 2006 result: People’s Action Party (PAP) got 77.2 per cent against

PAP will ‘field young talent’ [ARTICLE]

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PAP will ‘field young talent’ Starting them young will give them experience, more time to learn, says Lim Boon Heng BY ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg PEOPLE’S Action Party (PAP) chairman Lim Boon Heng yesterday underlined the party’s commitment to fielding young candidates in the coming general election. Starting them young, he

Joo Chiat Road not in Joo Chiat, Holland V in Tanjong Pagar [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Joo Chiat Road not in Joo Chiat, Holland V in Tanjong Pagar These are just two of the naming quirks from redrawing of boundaries BY JEREMY AU YONG ANDREA ONG jeremyau@sph.com.sg andreao@sph.com.sg MR KWEK Buck Chua, 76, has lived in Joo Chiat all his life, for the most part in

Budget debate kicks off on Monday [ARTICLE]

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Budget debate kicks off on Monday BY CAI HAOXIANG PARLIAMENT sits on Monday for its annual, nine-day marathon debate on the Government’s plans and policies for the coming financial year. The recently increased foreign worker levies, productivity, social mobility, the rising number of singles, ageing population and the rising cost

VOTERS’ VIEWS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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VOTERS’ VIEWS PAP STILL GETS MY VOTE “It doesn’t really matter because I will still vote for the PAP. This is a good Government. The opposition parties like to come only during elections but they don’t really care about us.” Madam Chew Kuee Huang, 69, retired chambermaid WANTED: STRONG OPPOSITION

S’pore submits human rights report to UN [ARTICLE]

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S’pore submits human rights report to UN It lists achievements and stands firm in areas such as death penalty BY LYDIA LIM DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR lydia@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S first report to the United Nations (UN) on the state of human rights here highlights its achievements in health, housing and education. It

TRAVEL BUG BITES: The biggest travel fair here, held by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, opened its doors to bargain hunters yesterday at the Singapore Expo. The three-day fair is expected to draw 68,000 visitors and ring in $70 million. See Home Page B4 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TRAVEL BUG BITES: The biggest travel fair here, held by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, opened its doors to bargain hunters yesterday at the Singapore Expo. The three-day fair is expected to draw 68,000 visitors and ring in $70 million. See Home Page B4 ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG

Govt may review fertility schemes ‘as early as next year’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Govt may review fertility schemes ‘as early as next year’ More may be done if economy stays on track: DPM Wong BY LI XUEYING POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT xueying@sph.com.sg THE Government will review the measures to encourage marriage and parenthood as early as next year, and may enhance them if the economy

US ambassador’s name blocked in Web search [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US ambassador’s name blocked in Web search REUTERS BEIJING: Microblog searches of the Chinese name of the United States ambassador were blocked yesterday after he was spotted near a pro-democracy gathering on Sunday. It is the latest in a series of run-ins between Mr Jon Huntsman and the Chinese authorities

Jittery China blocks LinkedIn [ARTICLE]

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Jittery China blocks LinkedIn User had set up group to discuss if Arab-style uprisings should be brought to China ASSOCIATED PRESE BLOOMBERG AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: China is widening its Internet policing ahead of more “Jasmine Revolution” gatherings expected this weekend, with professional networking site LinkedIn reporting that it has been

Protesters in Libya shot at after prayers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Protesters in Libya shot at after prayers Crackdown by troops comes as UN considers sanctions, no-fly zone ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TRIPOLI: Libyan security forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi opened fire on demonstrators in several areas around Tripoli yesterday, after protesters attempted their first major rally in the

Chaos as bad weather delays evacuation [ARTICLE]

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Chaos as bad weather delays evacuation ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS ANKARA (Turkey): Bad weather hampered evacuation efforts yesterday, as scenes of chaos worsened at sea ports, airports and border crossings amid the mad scramble to leave strife-torn Libya. Rough seas and strong winds prevented ferries from leaving and planes

Gaddafi’s son calling the shots [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gaddafi’s son calling the shots Libyan leader relies on son’s fighters to keep him in power REUTERS WASHINGTON: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power may depend in part on the performance of an elite military unit led by one of his sons, according to American and European national security

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13 million abortions a year in China Multiple abortions by teens arouse concern BY GRACE NG CHINA CORRESPONDENT graceng@sph.com.sg BEIJING: The first time Ms Jenny Zhou had an abortion, she was only 20 and she remembered crying the whole time. Her boyfriend did not accompany her. He was in the

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Helper with a big heart [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Helper with a big heart A caregiver’s life is silently heroic, and SingHealth has decided for the first time to honour them. On Tuesday, SingHealth will give Inspirational Caregiver awards to 17 of them some of them parents, children or siblings, and others, maids. Professor Tan Ser Kiat, group chief

Putting life on hold for sis [ARTICLE]

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Putting life on hold for sis MOST women at 28 dream of marriage and babies or give their all to craft a sparkling resume. But Miss Sharon Sia has put her future on hold indefinitely. She cares full-time for her sister, Jin Zhu, 14, who has muscular dystrophy. “My father

Life revolves around older stepbrother [ARTICLE]

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Life revolves around older stepbrother MR RAVINDER Pathak, 49, has made lots of room in his heart and home for his 75-year-old stepbrother, Kalika, who is educationally subnormal. For more than 20 years, he has cared for his older sibling, who also has a heart that functions at only 22

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Libya: The politics of dominoes [ARTICLE]

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Libya: The politics of dominoes IN RECENT weeks, dictators across the Middle East and North Africa must have been afflicted with a severe case of agoraphobia the morbid fear of open spaces. After all, the groundswell of anti-government protests have all occurred in squares Tunis’ November 7 Square, Cairo’s Tahrir

China assailed by smell of jasmine [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China assailed by smell of jasmine BY GOH SUI NOI SENIOR WRITER suinoi@sph.com.sg WILL China’s “Jasmine Revolution” gather steam or will it fizzle out? That is the question on many lips, with the anonymous organisers of the first round of protests on Sunday having called for continued non-violent “jasmine rallies”

China-Taiwan pact puts pressure on Asean [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China-Taiwan pact puts pressure on Asean ASK: NUS ECONOMISTS BY SARAH Y. TONG The writer is an assistant professor at the economics department of the National University of Singapore and a research fellow at the East Asian Institute. L Mainland China and Taiwan signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (Ecfa)

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Inflation and inflated worries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Inflation and inflated worries MATA JELI: A PERSPECTIVE ON INDONESIAN AFFAIRS BY BRUCE GALE SENIOR WRITER bruceg@sph.com.sg THE Indonesian economy, which grew strongly throughout the global financial crisis, saw its stock market perform spectacularly well last year. Foreign investors poured around US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion) into the Jakarta Stock Exchange

Why Britain needs a budget like S’pore’s [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Why Britain needs a budget like S’pore’s LONDON EYE BY TERESA LIM FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is a Singaporean based in London. IT IS nearly the end of February, past the winter sale season, and yet discount signs are still hanging in boutiques and there is no shortage

Why coffee enema won’t work for Jobs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Why coffee enema won’t work for Jobs DAEDALUS BY ANDY HO SENIOR WRITER andyho@sph.com.sg MANY fear that Mr Steve Jobs may be suffering a terminal relapse of pancreatic cancer. Apple’s maestro now appears extremely gaunt, which is indicative of muscle mass loss, itself a bad prognostic sign in cancer patients.

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issues likely to light up the House [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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issues likely to light up the House It is that time of the year, when MPs scrutinise the plans and policies of the ministries. As this will be the last Budget debate before the House is dissolved for the impending general election, Insight checks out the hot issues that are

Passionate causes, perennial issues [ARTICLE]

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Passionate causes, perennial issues CAI HAOXIANG THEN there are the other issues the municipal, the perennial, the passionate causes and the pet peeves. Some issues blow hot and cold. Some are Goldilocks issues not too hot, not too cold. But whether it is about dysfunctional families, the Singapore identity, the

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Sensible call to devalue US dollar [ARTICLE]

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Sensible call to devalue US dollar Dr Sng Hui-Ying Research Associate in Economics Nanyang Technological University THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has finally advocated in a report presented to the G-20 meeting of finance ministers in Paris last week the devaluation of the US dollar to help correct the United

Only a united opposition can succeed [ARTICLE]

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Only a united opposition can succeed Paul Chan A BY-ELECTION strategy will never work for the opposition because the Singapore political landscape does not help weak parties (“Will opposition’s sweet and sour strategy still work?”; last Saturday). Singapore voters will be persuaded only if the opposition parties unite and form

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MR NG KENG NAM: When you need cabs, they’re off limits, or off... 2 MR BENNIE CHEOK: Driven to take the bus or train 3 MR KELVIN TEO: SME boss’ reaction to levy hike 4 MR ANDY SIM: Rallying round the Budget 5

Adding cabs and raising fares won’t solve erratic service [ARTICLE]

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Adding cabs and raising fares won’t solve erratic service Malti Gobind Lalwani (Miss) MEETING the demand for taxis has nothing to do with how many there are or how many more are put on the road, but it has everything to do with the time of day, location, weather and,

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Few or no taxis [ARTICLE]

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Few or no taxis MR NG KENG NAM: “Try getting a taxi on Friday or Saturday within the city. The taxi queues are inevitably long and when one tries to call for a cab, the waiting time just to be connected to the operator is unbearably long and, frequently, you

Why it’s harder [ARTICLE]

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Why it’s harder MR ALVIN TAN: “It’s getting harder to get a cab these days as they now have abundant customers and choices of routes where they are guaranteed a customer on the way back for example, the integrated resorts and the airport. Often taxi drivers ask me where I

Fare meters, EZ passes [ARTICLE]

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Fare meters, EZ passes MR MARK DAVIES: “I don’t know any other city where the fare meter system is so complicated (‘Fix confusing meter system to improve cab service’ by Mr Paul Chan; Feb 10). In other cities you simply pay what the meter states. I have had many overseas

Open new sources for maids, says agency association [ARTICLE]

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Open new sources for maids, says agency association Shirley Ng (Ms) President, Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) WE AVOIDED commenting publicly about the salary hike announced last month by 17 major employment agencies because we are a trade body, and especially when there were immediate allegations of price-fixing by employers

Reasons flats remain affordable: Good discount, no cash upfront, CPF-serviced [ARTICLE]

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Reasons flats remain affordable: Good discount, no cash upfront, CPF-serviced Ignatius Lourdesamy Deputy Director (Marketing Projects) Housing Development Board MR CHIANG Shao Soong asked whether HDB flats can be priced based on affordability (“Relook price benchmark for first flats”; Feb 16). Although HDB flats are benchmarked to resale flat prices,

They wanted only the popular projects [ARTICLE]

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They wanted only the popular projects WHY COUPLE’S UPGRADE TO BIGGER FLAT FAILED Tay Koon Quie Deputy Director (Sales) Housing Development Board MADAM Lim Yu Hong and her husband bought their current four-room flat near Cantonment Road from the Housing Board in 2004 as first-time flat buyers. (“Housing woes mar

Regardless of origin... [ARTICLE]

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Regardless of origin... MR JIMMY HO: “Miss Alice Cheah (‘Hiking maids’ pay unfair, misleading’; Thursday) stated that it’s reasonable to revise the starting pay of maids from time to time via the Association of Employment Agencies Singapore. Shouldn’t there be an authority responsible for reviewing and approving pay hike proposals,

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Doctor inflated $400 bill to $211,000 L More young women with tongue cancer MOST COMMENTED ON L More off-peak car cheats nabbed. Says Woodywoody: “Just do away with the OPC scheme. Why create another class of car

What’s that *bleep* doing in a govt tweet? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What’s that *bleep* doing in a govt tweet? Employee mistakenly sends out personal message with expletive on HPB Twitter feed BY CHUA HIAN HOU TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT chuahh@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/hianhou JUST before noon yesterday, some 400 people got a very unusual health tip from the Health Promotion Board (HPB). No, it was

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 Doctor inflated $400 bill to $211,000 L More young women with tongue cancer MOST COMMENTED ON L More off-peak car cheats nabbed. Says Woodywoody: “Just do away with the OPC scheme. Why create another class of car

S’pore’s ‘strong citizen core’ defined [ARTICLE]

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S’pore’s ‘strong citizen core’ defined Citizens, including new ones, should make up more than half of population: DPM Wong BY LI XUEYING POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT xueying@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE should have a “strong citizen core” and this means more than half of the population should be citizens, said Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan

Seeking a good living for S’poreans [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Seeking a good living for S’poreans INTERVIEW WITH DEPUTY PM WONG KAN SENG L Q: There is a sense the Government does not want to enact legislation that will tie employers’ hands or add to their costs, for instance paid parental leave, because of our pervasive pro-business mindset. Is there

Crowds throng Natas travel fair [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Crowds throng Natas travel fair HUANG LIJIE TO TRAVEL overseas, housewife Jolene Koh first made a trip to the Singapore Expo yesterday. Arriving at 6.30am, she was the first to queue up to get into the mega travel fair organised by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas). “I

Cheap tours that may take you for a ride [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cheap tours that may take you for a ride Some attractions may be listed as optional, so you’ll have to pay extra for them BY HUANG LIJIE lijie@sph.com.sg IT PAYS to be extra cautious if the price quoted for a holiday package is a lot cheaper than that of comparable

Eating your way down memory lane [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Eating your way down memory lane CHERYL ONG IT MAY be styled after the swinging 60s, but the Singapore Flyer’s retro foodcourt has its eyes set firmly on the future. The newly launched Singapore Food Trail, run by Select Group, is part of a $10 million makeover for the Flyer,

Nicoll Highway firm lands $212m LTA job [ARTICLE]

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Nicoll Highway firm lands $212m LTA job Nishimatsu wins first civil contract since it was barred for 2004 accident DOWNTOWN LINE BY CHRISTOPHER TAN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT christan@sph.com.sg THE Japanese construction company implicated in the Nicoll Highway collapse has clinched its first Land Transport Authority (LTA) civil contract since the 2004

Poll: S’poreans find it hard to focus on conference calls [ARTICLE]

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Poll: S’poreans find it hard to focus on conference calls CHUA HIAN HOU HELLO, hello... are you still there? According to a poll of 750 Singaporean workers conducted by a British telecommunications company in December, about 10 per cent said they dozed off or doodled during a conference call. About

Foreign schools in Iskandar eye students from S’pore [ARTICLE]

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Foreign schools in Iskandar eye students from S’pore BY JANE NG THE foreign schools which have clustered together to start campuses in southern Johor’s economic development zone, Iskandar Malaysia, are hoping to give the international schools here a run for their money. These schools are not just wanting to pull

Bumper year for NTU job fair [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bumper year for NTU job fair LEOW SI WAN A RECORD 175 companies have taken part in the annual career fair at Nanyang Technological University, as the strong economy encourages employers to hire. Last year, 109 took part in the two-day event, which is held on NTU’s campus in Boon

Tisch Asia plans undergrad classes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tisch Asia plans undergrad classes US film school submits proposal for 5 degree courses, with places for 320 BY SANDRA DAVIE SENIOR WRITER sandra@sph.com.sg THE Singapore branch of the Tisch School of the Arts, where competition for its 80 places in the mas-ter’s-level programmes is fierce every year, plans to

More Web channels needed, say experts [ARTICLE]

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More Web channels needed, say experts Such shows should not be aired just on MediaCorp’s portal PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMMES BY IRENE THAM itham@sph.com.sg FOR public service programmes to stay relevant, they have to be aired on more Internet channels and not be limited to those run by free-to-air MediaCorp. This

Taekwondo champ fined for pimping [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taekwondo champ fined for pimping $29,000 penalty for that and bribery; wife also fined for helping him BY ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg HE BECAME a hero after winning a SEA Games taekwondo gold medal for Singapore in 1993, at the age of 22. Yesterday, Patrick Champion Wong’s reputation lay

Man jailed 3 years for molesting three girls [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man jailed 3 years for molesting three girls ELENA CHONG A SCHIZOPHRENIC was packed off to prison for three years yesterday for outraging the modesty of three teenage girls in Choa Chu Kang. Toh Boon Cheong, 50, who was found unsuitable for preventive detention, had earlier admitted to molesting the

Cabby charged with theft of haversack [ARTICLE]

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Cabby charged with theft of haversack But victim may not be able to recover all the stolen property BY KHUSHWANT SINGH KIMBERLY SPYKERMAN khush@sph.com.sg kimspyke@sph.com.sg JAPANESE national Kenji Ohwaka left his haversack on the kerb when he got out of a cab at Changi Airport. When he went to look

Man jailed for sex with underage prostitute [ARTICLE]

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Man jailed for sex with underage prostitute BY KHUSHWANT SINGH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY KIMBERLY SPYKERMAN A TRANSMISSION operator with a media company who paid a 14-year-old prostitute for sex two years ago was jailed for a year yesterday. Muhammad Fadhli Rezlan, 25, also contracted genital herpes from the encounter, his

Case dropped against man who said ‘burn’ minister [ARTICLE]

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Case dropped against man who said ‘burn’ minister JALELAH ABU BAKER A MAN arrested on suspicion of inciting violence after posting comments on Facebook calling for a Government minister to be burned has had the case against him dropped. Mr Abdul Malik Mohammed Ghazali, 27, wrote last August that it

S’pore-made cellphone creates a buzz with ECGs on the go [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore-made cellphone creates a buzz with ECGs on the go BY DARYL CHIN A MADE-IN-SINGAPORE touchscreen cellphone which can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading, transmit it to a medical call centre and receive an analysis of the result is making waves in the region. The company behind the device, called

Funding to boost work of clinician scientists [ARTICLE]

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Funding to boost work of clinician scientists Research aims to translate discoveries in laboratories into real-world applications BY JENNANI DURAI jennanid@sph.com.sg CARDIOLOGIST Carolyn Lam often felt torn between seeing her patients and a desire to do research during her early years on the job. “I had to do research after

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Have a hug in return for donations 30 volunteers will offer hugs to strangers on Orchard Road today in drive to raise $15,000 BY GOH KAI SHI LIM YI HAN IF THAT warm glow that comes from making a donation to a worthy cause does not move you to open

Get involved [ARTICLE]

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Get involved L Concert for Home Nursing Foundation CATCH former Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) stars tomorrow evening as they perform in a charity concert in aid of the Home Nursing Foundation. To be held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, the event, which will feature stars such as Ye Zheng Wen

Deeds list [ARTICLE]

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Deeds list L SMRT raises funds for elderly ABOUT 1,400 SMRT staff and commuters took part in a flag day for its Silver Tribute Fund last Friday, held to raise funds for needy seniors covered by eight welfare organisations. About 90 elderly people and volunteers from seven of the organisations

Domestic helper pays it forward [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Domestic helper pays it forward Helped as a child, she saves up for a donation to ST Pocket Money Fund BY ANG YIYING ayiying@sph.com.sg HER mother died when she was 15 and her aunt supported her through high school and university. So, helping underprivileged children with school-related expenses is a

J.J. Lin lends school a hand [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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J.J. Lin lends school a hand Mandopop singer J.J. Lin (in checked shirt) helping staff and students create a mural on a recent visit to the Movement of the Intellectually Disabled (Minds) Towner Garden School. With skin-care brand Kiehl’s, he will raise funds for Minds with a $95 pack, on

Boost for ST Pocket Money Fund [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Boost for ST Pocket Money Fund ANG YIYING COMPANIES have been doing their bit for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. The community project by the newspaper helps children from low-income families pay for school-related expenses. Tonight, OWS a German car engine lubricant company here will present a cheque

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SCHOOL POCKET MONEY FUND MORE than 11,000 children from low-income families receive monthly financial assistance from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to help pay for their schoolrelated expenses. Organisations and individuals have been doing their part by contributing to the fund, a community project started by The Straits

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Making room for CPF investors at AGMs Review panel wants to give them more rights through several proxies PROPOSED REVISIONS TO COMPANIES ACT BY K.C. VIJAYAN vijayan@sph.com.sg IF YOU buy shares using cash from the Central Provident Fund (CPF), you might soon be able to attend annual general meetings (AGMs)

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L STI closes below 3,000 points L Fortis buys Singapore hospital MOST COMMENTED ON L CDL expects up to 5% fall in home prices. Says goodheavens: “Although developers can absorb any marginal drop in home prices, it is

Manufacturing off to strong Jan start [ARTICLE]

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Manufacturing off to strong Jan start Services sector also showed strong Q4 growth last year BY FIONA CHAN ASSISTANT MONEY EDITOR fiochan@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S manufacturing sector kicked off the year on a good note, with factories picking up the pace of production last month. Output rose 10.5 per cent in January

Oil price hike will hit West harder: Analysts [ARTICLE]

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Oil price hike will hit West harder: Analysts REUTERS BEIJING: No two oil shocks are alike, but the chances are that emerging economies could suffer a little less than the developed world if the latest price surge to 29-month highs is sustained. Yet this would not be another illustration of

AIA profit jumps 54% to $3.5b [ARTICLE]

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AIA profit jumps 54% to $3.5b REUTERS BLOOMBERG HONG KONG: AIA, Asia’s No. 3 insurer, beat forecasts with a 54 per cent jump in 2010 net profit, to US$2.7 billion (S$3.5 billion), as a recovery in stock markets boosted investment income, sending the firm’s shares to the biggest gain since

All eyes on plots near MRT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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All eyes on plots near MRT Many upcoming govt sale sites near stations BY CHERYL LIM cherlim@sph.com.sg THE sky-high prices and level of interest in a plot of state land near Bishan have raised expectations that the remaining sites under the Government Land Sales Programme could reap a vast bonanza.

S’pore can contribute ‘much to G-20’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore can contribute ‘much to G-20’ Its many hats a plus factor: French minister BY FIONA CHAN ASSISTANT MONEY EDITOR fiochan@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE has much to contribute to the discussions of the Group of 20 (G-20) countries, even though it is not a member of the bloc of leading economies, said

China Hongxing to probe irregularities [ARTICLE]

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China Hongxing to probe irregularities BY JONATHAN KWOK CHINA Hongxing Sports announced last night that it is appointing a special auditor to examine its affairs after uncovering financial irregularities. Trading in the company’s shares has been halted since Tuesday afternoon after the stock plunged 17.9 per cent earlier that day.

UOB profit soars 35% to $706m [ARTICLE]

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UOB profit soars 35% to $706m Bank unveils ambitious expansion initiatives BY GABRIEL CHEN FINANCE CORRESPONDENT gabrielc@sph.com.sg UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) grabbed bragging rights over its two local rivals yesterday when it beat market expectations with a 35 per cent rise in fourth-quarter profit to $706 million. The results, which

US economy growing slower than expected [ARTICLE]

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US economy growing slower than expected REUTERS WASHINGTON: The United States economy grew slower than initially estimated in the fourth quarter as government investment contracted more sharply and consumer spending was less robust, a government report showed yesterday. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was down to an annualised rate of

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Jardine C&C profit up 55% to record $1b [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jardine C&C profit up 55% to record $1b Indonesian market powers results; windfall in store for shareholders BY CHRISTOPHER TAN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT christan@sph.com.sg MOTOR group Jardine Cycle Carriage turned in another record performance last year, driven largely by a turbocharged Indonesian market and a firmer rupiah. It is marking the

Sembcorp Industries sees 11.7% dip in Q4 profit [ARTICLE]

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Sembcorp Industries sees 11.7% dip in Q4 profit BY JONATHAN KWOK SEMBCORP Industries has posted a 11.7 per cent fall in fourth-quarter net profit to $228.7 million, on weaker performance from its utilities and marine units. Turnover for the three months to Dec 31 dropped 14.4 per cent to $2.07

CapitaMall Trust bond offer raised to $300m [ARTICLE]

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CapitaMall Trust bond offer raised to $300m CHERYL LIM CAPITAMALL Trust (CMT) has raised its two-year bond offer from $200 million to $300 million after strong demand from investors. CapitaMall Trust Management (CMTML) said yesterday that the offer was 1.9 times subscribed. CMT originally allocated $50 million for retail investors.

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STI rebounds 1.75% after 4-day slump [ARTICLE]

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STI rebounds 1.75% after 4-day slump Sharpest rise since November but index still down on the week BULLS AND BEARS BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg AFTER four painful days of declines, the bargain hunters emerged with a vengeance yesterday and sent a bruised and battered market jumping 1.75 per cent. It

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A tale of two Kashmirs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A tale of two Kashmirs Caught in a separatist war, ordinary Kashmiris walk a razor-thin line of shifting loyalties For every two young men flinging rocks at police patrols, there is a third who would rather have stayed home. For every two young men flinging rocks at police patrols, there

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 Christchurch ‘permanently changed’ L Gaddafi will be ‘big father’ in new regime: Son MOST COMMENTED ON L China may execute organ traders. Says anne_susanti: “The problem of organ trading must be endemic for the Chinese government to

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More wildlife seizures in Malaysia and Thailand [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More wildlife seizures in Malaysia and Thailand BANGKOK: Thai Customs authorities seized elephant tusks, pieces of ivory, and rhino horns worth US$1.7 million (S$2.2 million) that were being smuggled in cargo containers from Nigeria, German news agency DPA reported yesterday. Separately, two men have been caught in Malaysia’s Penang state

Youth, talent flock to opposition parties [ARTICLE]

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Youth, talent flock to opposition parties Pakatan Rakyat gives young blood more room to rise, while BN unable to refresh its ranks BY CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Mr Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was just 19 when he started writing political speeches and policy papers for the

Indonesia may delay plan to cap fuel subsidies [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia may delay plan to cap fuel subsidies Move aimed at addressing country’s pressing inflation problem for the short term BY LYNN LEE INDONESIA BUREAU CHIEF lynnlee@sph.com.sg JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is leaning towards delaying a plan to limit fuel subsidies from April, as it seeks to put a dampener

Marcos era victims to get payouts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Marcos era victims to get payouts ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS MANILA: About 7 ,500 victims of human rights abuses during former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ regime will receive compensation for their suffering starting next Monday, 25 years after a peaceful revolt forced him into exile in Hawaii, according to their lawyers.

GO SOLAR: Thailand builds massive plant [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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GO SOLAR: Thailand builds massive plant It will power up to 70,000 homes as govt targets 20% in renewable energy BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: On an open plain in Thailand’s Lopburi district, workers sweat under the hot summer sun whose very energy will be harnessed by

GO SOLAR: Bids soon for first plant near KL [ARTICLE]

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GO SOLAR: Bids soon for first plant near KL THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will soon call for tenders to build the country’s first solar power plant at a cost of about RM60 million (S$25 million), said the chief of power utility Tenaga Nasional (TNB). The move is

Investor interest in India ebbs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Investor interest in India ebbs Direct investment fell almost a third last year NEW YORK TIMES MUMBAI: India’s rise has captured the world’s imagination, as the economy grows at nearly 9 per cent a year. Yet foreign businesses and investors, once increasingly eager to tap that stunning growth, have started

Patients’ deaths linked to killer drip [ARTICLE]

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Patients’ deaths linked to killer drip Drug firm in India under probe and govt hospital being inspected after 12 pregnant women die ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JAIPUR: Contaminated intravenous fluid is suspected to have caused the deaths of 12 pregnant women over a period of 10 days at a government

Shooting off their ‘famous mouths’ [ARTICLE]

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Shooting off their ‘famous mouths’ Taiwan’s talk show pundits are rising in influence, to politicians’ ire BY LEE SEOK HWAI TAIWAN CORRESPONDENT seokhwai@sph.com.sg TAIPEI: They are known in Taiwan as famous mouths, and some of them are, by most accounts, packing too much bite. Talk-show commentators known popularly as ming

The ‘silver tongues’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The ‘silver tongues’ Cheng Hung-yi, 51, host of Big Word News (Da Hua Xin Wen) Mr Cheng, a former business journalist, is arguably the most controversial and famous TV ming zui in Taiwan for his take-no-prisoners style in particular, his snipes against politicians and policies of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT)

Libyan unrest: China rethinks investment [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Libyan unrest: China rethinks investment No-strings attached strategy in Africa risky, say analysts HONG KONG: As Libya’s political turmoil continues to affect Chinese business interests in the country, the potential loss is shaping up to be one of the gravest lessons for Beijing’s decadelong “go-out” policy, analysts say. China has

N. Koreans get Arab revolt fliers and food via balloons [ARTICLE]

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N. Koreans get Arab revolt fliers and food via balloons REUTERS SEOUL: South Korea’s military has been dropping leaflets into North Korea about democracy protests in Libya and Egypt, and has also sent food, medicine and radios for residents as part of a psychological campaign, a legislator said yesterday. The

Young migrants commit a third of China’s crimes [ARTICLE]

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Young migrants commit a third of China’s crimes AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: Young migrant workers committed a third of China’s crimes last year, a leading think-tank said yesterday, reflecting growing discontent among the nation’s underprivileged population. China’s urban-rural divide and the discrimination that comes with it are causing rising concern among

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PANDA-MONIUM [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PANDA-MONIUM 2 bears yet to make debut at Tokyo zoo, but shops are already cashing in BY KWAN WENG KIN JAPAN CORRESPONDENT wengkin@sph.com.sg THE panda house at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo stood empty for two years and 10 months after its last inhabitant, Ling Ling, died. It will be another month

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US bets on kings, not presidents [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US bets on kings, not presidents It sends key diplomats to offer reassurance, advice to monarchs NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON: As the Obama administration grapples with a cascade of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, it has come to a stark recognition: The region’s monarchs are likely to

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Foreign relatives join quake vigil in NZ [ARTICLE]

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Foreign relatives join quake vigil in NZ Hopeful wait for 228 still reported missing, despite officials’ pessimism ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CHRISTCHURCH: Distraught relatives from several countries arrived in New Zealand yesterday to join an anxious vigil for the 228 people still missing in the earthquake that shattered Christchurch. No

Till death (almost) do us part [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Till death (almost) do us part AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHRISTCHURCH: A woman pulled from the rubble of New Zealand’s earthquake three days ago got married yesterday, in a poignant glimmer of hope for a country coming to terms with the disaster. Ms Emma Howard wed partner Chris Greenslade in

Another huge Toyota recall [ARTICLE]

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Another huge Toyota recall 2.3m cars affected in US, Canada, in latest move to fix earlier defects AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BLOOMBERG DETROIT: Japanese automaker Toyota recalled another 2.3 million vehicles to fix floor-mat and carpet defects that could jam the accelerator, the latest in a spate of recalls to hit the

Apple set to unveil iPad2 next week [ARTICLE]

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Apple set to unveil iPad2 next week BLOOMBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK: Apple is expected to unveil the second generation of its wildly successful iPad tablet next week, widening its headstart against competitors just starting to sell their first tablets. Apple on Wednesday e-mailed invitations to a media event in

Discovery lifts off for one final mission [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Discovery lifts off for one final mission Shuttle to be retired on return; Nasa to let private sector handle orbital trips ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL (Florida): Discovery, the world’s most travelled spaceship, has thundered into orbit for the final time, heading towards the International Space Station (ISS) on a journey

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Abhisit’s true confession: Oops, I’m British too [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Abhisit’s true confession: Oops, I’m British too ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister has a confession to make: He is also British. Mr Abhisit Vejajjiva (below) publicly acknowledged his dual nationality on Thursday for the first time during a debate in Parliament. He automatically holds British citizenship because he was

NZ police catch up with ‘accidental millionaire’ [ARTICLE]

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NZ police catch up with ‘accidental millionaire’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WELLINGTON: A woman who allegedly fled New Zealand with her Chinese partner after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account was arrested yesterday, police said. Kara Hurring and Gao Hui, also known as Leo, left for China shortly

Lawmaker jailed for drug smuggled in underwear [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lawmaker jailed for drug smuggled in underwear AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court has jailed a congressman from one of the Philippines’ most powerful political families, for smuggling cocaine and another drug into the territory. District Court judge Joseph Yau on Thursday described the 18month prison

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TACKLING A SUICIDE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TACKLING A SUICIDE Former Chicago Bears defender kills himself but questions role of sport INGO0D CONSCIENCE BY ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg WITH all that nature and man has destroyed in the world this week, sport would appear to be a trivial pursuit. It would, except where sport itself involves tragic early

Next 72 hours [ARTICLE]

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Next 72 hours Today Basketball NBA: LA Clippers v LA Lakers (Live, StarHub Ch202, 11.30am). Cricket ICC World Cup: Sri Lanka v Pakistan (Live, mio TV Ch123, 4.30pm). Football Dutch Eredivisie: Kerkrade v Doetinchem (Live, mio TV Ch113, tomorrow, 2.40am). English Premier League: Wigan v Man United (Live, mio TV

“It is a massive time for us. We know it is going to be difficult, but we have to keep going and keep trying to create chances.” [ARTICLE]

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“It is a massive time for us. We know it is going to be difficult, but we have to keep going and keep trying to create chances.” Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, as his team prepare for five matches over the next 2½ weeks that will have a significant bearing

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Badminton Austrian International Challenge In Vienna (only S’pore scores) Women’s singles, 1st rd: Gu Juan bt Monika Fasungova (Svk) 21-10 21-13, Fu Mingtian lost to Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 12-21 17-21, Chen Jiayuan lost to Mayu Sekiya (Jpn) 21-14 8-21 8-21. 2nd rd: Gu bt Elena Prus (Ukr) 21-10 21-9.

TICKET CHAOS STUMPS ORGANISERS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TICKET CHAOS STUMPS ORGANISERS Police justify baton charge on fans, saying it was to prevent injury THE TIMES, LONDON AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MUMBAI: Almost 2,000 policemen and an exclusion zone 500m from the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium will be employed to prevent unrest before tomorrow’s cricket World Cup match between India and

A look at the lighter side of the Cricket World Cup [ARTICLE]

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A look at the lighter side of the Cricket World Cup PLANTS ORDERED TO CUT BACK: The authorities in cricket-crazy Bangladesh have asked factories across the capital Dhaka to suspend operations each evening until the end of the World Cup to save power, so fans can watch the tournament on

Game’s greatest stage will soon throw up young star [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Game’s greatest stage will soon throw up young star BY PETER ROEBUCK stsports@sph.com.sg ALTHOUGH the heavyweights are already flexing their muscles, anything is still possible in this World Cup. Not too much notice need be taken of the first round. Admittedly India looked red hot, England were dreadful, West Indies

Aussies thump Kiwis in lopsided contest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aussies thump Kiwis in lopsided contest AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS NAGPUR: Australia yesterday added to the raft of one-sided contests at this World Cup by thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground yesterday. New Zealand may be a Test-playing nation but onlookers could even have been

Fifa rules Yemen unsafe for Olympic football qualifier [ARTICLE]

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Fifa rules Yemen unsafe for Olympic football qualifier ZURICH: FIFA has postponed Yemen’s home qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics against Singapore for a second time because of pro-democ-racy protests in Sanaa. It says both legs of the first-round tie must be played on neutral territory to ensure fairness and

WEST HAM LACK STABILITY [ARTICLE]

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WEST HAM LACK STABILITY To perform better, Grant must restore order, like Reds’ Dalglish has done THE BIG MATCH BY RICHARD JOLLY stsports@sph.com.sg WHEN West Ham visited Liverpool in November, the familiar chant of “sacked in the morning” was directed at one un-der-pressure manager. More unusually, the taunting came from

Dalglish’s tactics [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dalglish’s tactics RICHARD JOLLY In his brief spell in charge, Kenny Dalglish has proved unafraid to experiment tactically. The Scot was swift to abandon the 4-4-2 formation Roy Hodgson used at the end of his reign. In its place, Dalglish has tried three different systems. Most inventively, the 3-5-1-1 deployed

McIlroy wilts sooner than expected, but the rest of his generation bloom [ARTICLE]

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McIlroy wilts sooner than expected, but the rest of his generation bloom THE TIMES, LONDON MARANA (Arizona): One day after Rory McIlroy had talked of golf’s new generation, himself prominent among it, the Northern Irishman was given short shrift in the second round of the WGC-Accen-ture Matchplay Championship by a

NEW LASER QUEST [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NEW LASER QUEST SingaporeSailing outlines switch in approach to training BY MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg ELITE local Laser sailors will now get to spar against the world’s best on top of working with various coaches in their preparation for major regattas. While the move is a departure from having fixed coaches

Sherlyn, 19, trades books for sails [ARTICLE]

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Sherlyn, 19, trades books for sails BY CHAN U-GENE WHILE her classmates are preparing for university, 19-year-old Sherlyn Chen is readying herself for a very different journey a sailing trip around the world. The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) International Baccalaureate holder has signed up for the Clipper Round the World challenge

WOMEN ATHLETES A BIG HIT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WOMEN ATHLETES A BIG HIT By bothering to connect with fans they make sport more fun to watch SPORTINGLIFE H S B C W O MEN S C HAMPI O N S BY ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg I WANT to hit like a girl. Go on then, have a giggle. You

Gym work key to golfing success [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gym work key to golfing success FITNESS BY LEE MIN KOK LAST year, Katherine Hull’s average drives measured 251.8 yards on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Not content with her golf swing, the 29-year-old Australian put herself through a punishing fitness routine over the past couple of months,

Lam makes his third British Open [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lam makes his third British Open BY JONATHAN WONG LAM Chih Bing will make it a hat-trick of appearances at golf’s oldest major championship after he fired a bogey-free five-un-der 67 yesterday to qualify for the British Open. The 34-year-old Singaporean finished third with a nine-under 135 total at the

ARIMURA STAYS TOUGH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ARIMURA STAYS TOUGH Japanese overcomes wind and early stumble to take two-stroke lead HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS BY JONATHAN WONG jonwong@sph.com.sg THE stroke was unconvincing and as Chie Arimura’s par putt rolled past the first hole yesterday, the first cracks seemed to appear in the little-known Japanese’s game. Her one-shot lead

About a third of record 4,200 fans come from abroad [ARTICLE]

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About a third of record 4,200 fans come from abroad BY SANJAY NAIR Additional reporting by Lee Min Kok THEY hail from Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and as far as Britain. And if the anecdotal evidence is any indication, almost a third of the 4,240strong crowd (a record for

Event details [ARTICLE]

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Event details Where: Garden Course, Tanah Merah Country Club. Par 72, 5,987m. Prize money: US$1.4 million (S$1.8 million). US$210,000 first prize. Tickets L Single-day pass: $30 (today, tomorrow). L Season: $60. Children (below 16) free. L Senior citizens (60 and above): Half-price. L Available at Sistic outlets and at www.sistic.com.sg

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

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES L Ferguson hopes for better in return leg L Walcott blow as Arsenal maintain title push L Unlikely hero Squillaci moves Arsenal closer to United MOST COMMENTED ON L FAS seeks mid-sized, football-specific stadium Says TrueBeliever: “The

SAILING AHEAD AGAIN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SAILING AHEAD AGAIN Dinghy events in SEA Games but shooting and table tennis lose some BY TERRENCE VOON tvoon@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S medal hopes in sailing at November’s South-east Asia (SEA) Games are back on course. Hosts Indonesia have agreed to include Olympic-class dinghy events, which spells good news for the Republic,

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TOUGH TASK Avram Grant has to find a way to restore order at West Ham. C22 STILL ON TOP Chie Arimura hangs on to her lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions. C25 IS I III I L\ SPECIAL PHILIPS/PIONEER BLURAY PLAYER r EUROPE BRAND HOB HOOD BUILT-IN OVEN STAINLESS STEEL

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A REGION ABLAZE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A REGION ABLAZE Dictators are out. But what emerges from the Arab world’s present throes may be neither Islamism nor Western democracy. So what’s driving the upheavals from Algeria to Yemen? WHY NOW? BY JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT jonathan.eyal@gmail.com THERE was nothing in the brief life of Mr Mohammed Bouazizi

ON THE MARCH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ON THE MARCH A Tunisian fruit seller’s fiery suicide in December sparked off an eruption of protests fuelled by anger over joblessness, corruption and political repression. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa as embattled leaders face growing ranks of protesters. STATEOFPLAY 1TUNISIABen Ali

EGYPT:CRUCIBLE OF UNREST [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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EGYPT:CRUCIBLE OF UNREST Tunisia lit the spark, but it was Egypt that fanned the firestorm of protests in neighbouring countries. We report on the continuing battle for reform after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak. BY ANDREW RAVEN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES araven755@gmail.com CAIRO: When it comes to plumbing the

Rash of parties and personalities jockey for power [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rash of parties and personalities jockey for power A host of groups plan to run for Parliament; several figures are tipped for presidential bid EGYPT:WHOTOWATCH BY ANDREW RAVEN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES araven755@gmail.com CAIRO: Six months from now, if Egypt’s military government keeps its promise, millions of people here will

Much at stake in Arab crisis [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Much at stake in Arab crisis Oil supply disruption poses a threat to Asian economies WHYITMATTERSTOASIA BY MICHAEL HUDSON, RANA KHOURY MARY STONAKER The authors are researchers at the Middle East Institute. meimch@nus.edu.sg meisec@nus.edu.sg marystonaker@nus.edu.sg WHY should Singapore and Asia, more broadly care about the astonishing upheavals rippling across the

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Getting a real taste of working life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Getting a real taste of working life Youth today willing to take on tough temporary jobs during holidays NOW TRENDING BY SHERYL QUEK sherquek@sph.com.sg WANTED: Manual labour for little money. Not quite the job that the “maid generation” is known to go after, but when it comes to holiday gigs,

Singapore’s next superhero: Salvation Sam [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore’s next superhero: Salvation Sam WATCH THIS FACE BY EISEN TEO For more information, go to www.facebook.com/salvationsam SUPERHERO Salvation Sam can lift up to six tonnes and fights quirky villains like the Grammar Nazi but you know he is from Singapore when he also has to face nagging parents who

Plastic surgery: It’s up to the individual, says youth [ARTICLE]

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Plastic surgery: It’s up to the individual, says youth More young people here are opting for plastic surgery liposuction and double-eyelid surgery, for instance. YouthInk writers weigh in. MY LIFE Collin Wang Collin Wang, 20, is a third-year media and communication student at the Singapore Polytechnic. Why judge them? BEAUTY

Status updates [ARTICLE]

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Status updates Money can be put to better use “Deciding to go under the knife is much more than just wanting to have a pretty face. In fact, you are just announcing to the world... that you value good looks over inner beauty and that you are incapable of being

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Nature’s Weirdest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Nature’s Weirdest From newly discovered deep-bottom dwellers to mammals that resemble rodents, nature has unravelled some outright weird-looking creatures. The Straits Times takes a look at some of them. SCIENTIFIC NAME Psychrolutes marcidus ALSO KNOWN AS Blobfish FOUND IN Australia Dubbed as the world’s most miserable-looking fish Made up primarily

A S’pore way to watch your blood pressure [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A S’pore way to watch your blood pressure Wristwatch device gives more accurate readings than arm cuff: Study BY JUDITH TAN juditht@sph.com.sg A HOME-GROWN wristwatch that records blood pressure and heart rate changes has been proven to stop a ticking time bomb in its track. Singapore researchers, together with those

Potential uses for the new device [ARTICLE]

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Potential uses for the new device JUDITH TAN L How does A-Pulse Casp work? The technology offers a non-invasive way to calculate Central Aortic Systolic Pressure (Casp) the pressure exerted as blood is pumped out of the heart into the aorta. This artery is the largest in the body. The

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NATURE’S WEIRDEST Many strange-looking creatures like the blobfish can be found in nature. Here’s a look at some of them. D11 What next for the Arab world? Asians and others too will feel the impact as a young Tunisian’s fiery death sets the

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