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TH E STRAITS TIMES. MICA(P)108/11/2010 SATURDAY, MAY 7 2011 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 1.00

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Commodity prices plunge [ARTICLE]

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Commodity prices plunge COMMODITY prices have gone into freefall in recent days as investors take flight amid near-panic over the health of the global economy. Oil, rubber, copper, gold and silver have been dumped in a savage sell-off, sparking similar falls on stock markets in the US, Europe and Asia.

Osama plotted new US hit [ARTICLE]

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Osama plotted new US hit OSAMA bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, by possibly derailing an American train, according to documents found in his hideout. Al-Qaeda itself yesterday confirmed that its leader was killed by the US’ raid on Monday, and threatened retaliation. L

Skinny is beautiful in India [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Skinny is beautiful in India TO GET the skinny on India’s “size zero” craze, look no further than Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, seen here (left) in a recent photo. In 2008,she dropped 8kg (above) almost overnight for a bikini scene in a movie, inspiring young women in her country to

ST subscriber wins $20k [ARTICLE]

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ST subscriber wins $20k IT PAYS to sign up for or switch to a direct subscription of The Straits Times. Another reader has won $20,000 in four lucky draws held in conjunction with ST’s subscription drive. News vendors will still earn the same income but will not need to collect

Hot contests in key GRCs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hot contests in key GRCs PAP expected to form govt, but vote swing to opposition likely BY ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM DEPUTY EDITOR zuraidah@sph.com.sg EVEN before the very first vote is cast, today will go down as a General Election of superlatives. It is not only the most competitive and inclusive poll

Is it HOT or COLD? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Is it HOT or COLD? Jeremy Au Yong spots seven contests to watch. But could there be some surprises? WHAT IF... Zakir Hussain considers four possible outcomes after all the votes are counted. And they include: PAP 87 OPPOSITION 0 OPPOSITION WINS 3GRCs the Aljunied roller-coaster ride There can be

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Vote is powerful, use it wisely [ARTICLE]

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Vote is powerful, use it wisely WE SAY The vote is powerful. Use it wisely for yourself, for your family, for your country. L EDITORIAL PAGE A34

And the winner is... [ARTICLE]

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And the winner is... OUR READERS SAY Regardless of tonight’s general election outcome, there is already a big winner, according to Anthony Goh, Christopher Teo, Khong Kiong Seng, Yong Kai Chang and Yeo Beng Siong. L FORUM PAGES A38-39

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com L Guest blogger Gillian Koh weighs the responsibility of voters and what they should be asking themselves before casting their ballots. L On Cooling-off Day, Ng Tze Yong reflects on GE 2011, tongue in cheek

The irony of GE 2011 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The irony of GE 2011 PAP and opposition both recognise need for ruling party to change BY CHUA LEE HOONG POLITICAL EDITOR leehoong@sph.com.sg WHATEVERconclusionstherulingPeople’sAction Party (PAP) draws when tonight’s poll results are out, there is already one certainty it knows: Its style must change. Mr George Yeo, PAP anchor in

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Commodity prices go into freefall [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Commodity prices go into freefall Concerns over global economy spark sell-off, rocking world markets BY GABRIEL CHEN FINANCE CORRESPONDENT gabrielc@sph.com.sg COMMODITY prices have gone into freefall in recent days as investors take flight amid near panic over the health of the global economy. Oil, rubber, copper, gold and silver have

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Aljunied battle goes down to the wire [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aljunied battle goes down to the wire Roller-coaster campaign ends with both sides appealing to the people NEWS ANALYSIS BY LI XUEYING POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT xueying@sph.com.sg ON THE final night of the fight for the voters of Aljunied GRC, Foreign Minister George Yeo appealed one last time to the rally crowd

Aljunied and Holland-Bukit Timah to see toughest fights [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aljunied and Holland-Bukit Timah to see toughest fights WHAT’S HOT ALJUNIED GRC BISHAN-TOA PAYOH GRC HOLLAND-BUKIT TIMAH GRC EAST COAST GRC POTONG PASIR SMC HOUGANG SMC PIONEER SMC JOO CHIAT SMC MOUNTBATTEN SMC BY JEREMY AU YONG TONIGHT, as was the case five years ago, all eyes will be trained

Incumbents taking no chances despite ‘sure-win’ forecasts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Incumbents taking no chances despite ‘sure-win’ forecasts WHAT’S COOL BUKIT PANJANG SMC HONG KAH NORTH SMC PUNGGOL EAST SMC YUHUA SMC JURONG GRC SEMBAWANG GRC WEST COAST GRC ANG MO KIO GRC PASIR RIS-PUNGGOL GRC BY ZAKIR HUSSAIN FOR People’s Action Party (PAP) candidates in a number of constituencies, the

WHAT MIGHT THE RESULT BE? FOUR POSSIBLE OUTCOMES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT MIGHT THE RESULT BE? FOUR POSSIBLE OUTCOMES Voters head to the ballot box today in Singapore’s most fiercely contested polls since 1963. Most people expect the Government to be returned to power with a resounding majority of seats in Parliament. They also expect the People’s Action Party’s overall share

Overseas Singaporeans all fired up – and some get to vote a day in advance [ARTICLE]

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Overseas Singaporeans all fired up and some get to vote a day in advance BY CHUA CHIN HON US BUREAU CHIEF chinhon@sph.com.sg WASHINGTON: With overseas voting in the United States and Britain taking place a day earlier, Baltimore-based academics Phillip Phan and his wife Lee Soo Hoon were among a

Will winds of change sweep PAP? [ARTICLE]

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Will winds of change sweep PAP? Analysts split on impact of George Yeo’s call to transform party BY RACHEL CHANG ELGIN TOH rchang@sph.com.sg elgintoh@sph.com.sg FOREIGN Minister George Yeo’s call on Thursday for a “transformed PAP” was unprecedented in its candour, political watchers said yesterday. While it added to the list

Officials make last-minute preparations [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Officials make last-minute preparations ELECTION officials were busy on Cooling-off Day yesterday, setting up polling stations across the island for people to vote today. About 2.2 million adults aged 21 and older in all constituencies except in uncontested Tanjong Pagar GRC will head for 732 polling stations to cast their

WP’s Cooling-off Day movie choice: Thor [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WP’s Cooling-off Day movie choice: Thor SOME 40 Workers’ Party (WP) candidates and members, led by party chief Low Thia Khiang, spent Cooling-off Day yesterday at a private movie screening. They watched Thor at the Iluma cinema. The movie is about Thor, the thunder god whose weapon of choice is

Tanjong Pagar opposition team yet to return $3,000 to donors [ARTICLE]

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Tanjong Pagar opposition team yet to return $3,000 to donors BY THAM YUEN-C, ANDREA ONG THE five independents who failed in their bid to contest Tanjong Pagar GRC after handing in their nomination papers late had yesterday still not returned all of the $68,542 they raised from well-wishers. They said

Polling Day parties, anyone? [ARTICLE]

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Polling Day parties, anyone? Friends are gathering at eateries and homes to watch election news BY HUANG LIJIE lijie@sph.com.sg FOR businessman Hoo Shao Pin, 42, the evening of Polling Day is an excuse to throw a party at home so good friends can gather to watch the results of the

Fly the flags high [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fly the flags high SHOW OF SUPPORT: Rally-goers show their support any way they can making a ball out of Workers’ Party flags (above), carrying balloons at a People’s Action Party rally (right), and screaming themselves hoarse, waving flags and blowing whistles for the National Solidarity Party (below), and the

Break PAP’s stranglehold [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Break PAP’s stranglehold Seven political parties delivered their second and final party messages on television and radio last night. The time allocated was based on the number of contesting candidates. We reproduce the messages that were delivered in English. WORKERS’ PARTY TOMORROW you will vote. Your decision will determine our

Your vote will decide your children’s future [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Your vote will decide your children’s future PEOPLE’S ACTION PARTY TOMORROW, you will go to the polls. Your vote will decide your future and your children’s future. You will be choosing whom to entrust to lead Singapore forward. There are immediate problems on everyone’s minds, like the cost of living

Help build a democratic society [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Help build a democratic society SINGAPORE PEOPLE’S PARTY THANK you so much for the tremendous support and encouragement over the past few weeks from voters in Hong Kah North, Potong Pasir and Bishan-Toa Payoh. Your turnout at our rallies has been amazing and electrifying. Democracy, justice and equality are enshrined

Make country the S’pore you want [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Make country the S’pore you want SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WE HAVE had a hectic 10 days. We had the privilege to meet thousands of people. Your support and encouragement have been overwhelming, and we thank you. Many of you told us the same things. That you cannot afford health care

Don’t switch into reverse gear by voting for status quo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Don’t switch into reverse gear by voting for status quo REFORM PARTY TOMORROW, you will be voting. For many of you, this will be an entirely new experience or a very rare one. I know you are excited at the opportunity. But what does voting in the General Election really

Think of the S’pore you want to build [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Think of the S’pore you want to build NATIONAL SOLIDARITY PARTY THIS General Election is important in shaping the future of Singapore. The decision you make on May 7 will determine how your family and you live your lives in the next five years. When you cast your vote on

Time for change, to have a heart for people [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Time for change, to have a heart for people SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE IN OUR previous party broadcast, we shared with you how Singapore’s economic progress was achieved at the expense of much social costs, such as increasing income gap, erosion of social values, and lack of true care and concern

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In The Straits Times’ Polling Day Special today The key issues of GE 2011 Campaign talk: Words politicians use Viewpoint by Janadas Devan The lighter side, by Lee Chee Chew

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‘He wasn’t just a figurehead’ [ARTICLE]

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‘He wasn’t just a figurehead’ Al-Qaeda chief had direct role in terror plots: US officials OSAMA’S DEATH NEW YORK TIMES REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: After reviewing computer files and documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, US intelligence analysts have concluded that the chief of Al-Qaeda

Obama honours 9/11 victims at Ground Zero [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Obama honours 9/11 victims at Ground Zero ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK: President Barack Obama solemnly honoured victims of the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks and declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden was an American message to the world: “When we say we will never forget, we mean what

London bombing victims unlawfully killed: Coroner [ARTICLE]

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London bombing victims unlawfully killed: Coroner REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: A coroner formally ruled yesterday that the 52 victims of the July 2005 London suicide bombings were unlawfully killed, but dented relatives’ hopes for a full public inquiry. Lady Justice Heather Hallett said the evidence presented to the 51/2 month

Victim testifies at Ionescu trial [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Victim testifies at Ionescu trial Malaysian man, who was severely hurt, says he can’t recall much about accident BY KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg THE Malaysian who was hit by a car in Singapore, in an accident allegedly involving a former Romanian diplomat, testified via videolink yesterday at a trial being held

N-plant in central Japan to be shut over quake fears [ARTICLE]

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N-plant in central Japan to be shut over quake fears REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday that Chubu Electric Power Co should halt all operations at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in central Japan, due to worries that a strong earthquake could cause another

S’pore balances rights, obligations [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore balances rights, obligations It presents to UN its approach to human rights BY LYDIA LIM, CASSANDRA CHEW lydia@sph.com.sg casschew@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE yesterday set before the United Nations its approach to protecting human rights, saying it strives for a balance between rights and obligations and is guided by the constraints of

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Thailand takes step closer to polls [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thailand takes step closer to polls PM Abhisit petitions for royal decree to dissolve Parliament; King could issue it over weekend BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday forwarded a petition for a royal decree to dissolve Parliament to King Bhumibol Adulyadej a

Patriotism’s in the air for party anniversary [ARTICLE]

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Patriotism’s in the air for party anniversary China issues order on TV programmes ahead of Communist Party event BEIJING: The Chinese authorities have told broadcasters not to air television dramas about crime, romance or espionage over the next three months and instead focus on patriotic programmes, state media reported yesterday.

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Vote is powerful, use it wisely [ARTICLE]

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Vote is powerful, use it wisely SINGAPOREANS head to the polls today in what has been called a watershed election for the country. History has already been made with an unprecedented 82 out of 87 seats being contested this round, with only one constituency, Tanjong Pagar GRC, returned unopposed to

Stronger trade ties, but no sea change [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stronger trade ties, but no sea change BY IAN STOREY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES Ian Storey is a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ON ARRIVAL in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao immediately set a positive tone for his two-day visit by declaring that he

Wen drives his way into Asean hearts [ARTICLE]

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Wen drives his way into Asean hearts BY BARRY WAIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES Barry Wain is writer-in-residence at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. WITH Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Indonesia, China has resumed its charm offensive, which was disrupted by a series of diplomatic missteps that caused concern

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Seeking a cancer cure amid DNA chaos [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Seeking a cancer cure amid DNA chaos DAEDALUS BY ANDY HO SENIOR WRITER andyho@sph.com.sg WHY IS there still no cure for cancer? Actually, quite a few can be cured. Some blood cancers leukaemia and lymphoma and some solid tumours breast and colon cancers, say do respond very well to treatment.

It felt splendid to be ordinary [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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It felt splendid to be ordinary LONDON EYE BY TERESA LIM FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is a Singaporean based in London. AS SINGAPOREANS vote today in the General Election, the results from Britain’s first national referendum in over 30 years are set to become public tonight. The referendum

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BOUQUET [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BOUQUET Police “Good job!” MR TAN TOI NGEE: “I have been very impressed with the professionalism of the police at the election rallies. Despite the large and often zealous crowds, police officers deployed at and around the rally locations were always calm and collected. They were unwavering in ensuring public

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MR DAVE YAP: Solve overseas voting problem 2 MR TAN HO GIAN: Get overseas voting process right 3 MR PATRICK LOW: His Sunday hope and prayer 4 STANDARD CHARTERED: Bank error complaint resolved 5 SAMSUNG: E-mail tracking started after complaint

Ultimately, good stems from us, not the politicians [ARTICLE]

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Ultimately, good stems from us, not the politicians Ang Wu Chye THE General Election has spun a host of negative comments, especially those flooding the online media, despite a more educated and informed society. I hope that when we pause to reflect, we remember that courtesy and graciousness should have

WRITE IN [ARTICLE]

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WRITE IN LETTERS should be meant for exclusive publication in The Straits Times. They should be no longer than 400 words and must include the writer’s full name, address and phone numbers. The Forum editor reserves the right to edit a letter. For women, please indicate Miss, Ms, Mrs or

PR who loves Singapore laments harsh words at rallies [ARTICLE]

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PR who loves Singapore laments harsh words at rallies Mariko Tania Kimura (Miss) ALTHOUGH I am part Japanese, I was raised and educated in Singapore. I went through the full examination treadmill at the Primary School Leaving Examination, and O- and A-levels. After graduating from a local university in 2009,

Partisan? ST is impartial and accurate [ARTICLE]

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Partisan? ST is impartial and accurate Jeffrey Law I DISAGREE with Mr Crispian Tan’s view on Thursday about The Straits Times practising partisanship (“Letter writer criticises ST for being partisan”). As a regular ST reader, I know that the national newspaper has played a more proactive role by reporting objectively

ST and TNP [ARTICLE]

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ST and TNP "Professional and unbiased. Well done." MR CHOW YEE LEE: “I congratulate The Straits Times and The New Paper for professional and unbiased election coverage, in content as well as visually. Please keep it that way. Well done, journalists.”

An education that changes lives [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Global perspective [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Global perspective HO JUNYI “I am a grateful beneficiary of NUS’ many opportunities that nurture students’ intellectual and character development. As a student of NUS’ concurrent degree programme in Law and Public Policy, I was encouraged to think critically on conceptual issues of fairness and justice, while always mindful about

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Vibrant campus NASH NG “Learning can be achieved through an academic context, but growing as an individual can be achieved only through daily engagement with life itself. That was why I made the decision to stay at Kent Ridge Hall. Life in an NUS hall of residence provides me with

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Giving back NISHA MOHD RAFIQ “At NUS, there are many opportunities for students, both in terms of field of specialisation during undergraduate years and graduate study prospects. I enjoy interdisciplinary research such as biophysics. This is the new approach for scientific research through the integration of several disciplines to solve

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Multi-dimensional experience SHIV TANDAN “NUS throws opportunities at you and then it throws up some more. I am only in my second year, and I have already been on a Model United Nations conference to the United States, a cricket tournament in Australia, directed a theatre production Mind Games, and

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Nicole Seah breaks down during rally L SPP: What’s the substance behind PM’s apology? MOST COMMENTED ON L More switching to cheaper kinds of smoke. Says gemini58: “Smoking is one of those habits which are hard to

June soon, but still no tour rush [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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June soon, but still no tour rush Bookings down, but agents expect pick-up after elections BY NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg TRAVEL agents hope that Singaporeans will get back to thinking about the June holidays and “voting” for which places they want to go to. With the June school vacation less

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Nicole Seah breaks down during rally L SPP: What’s the substance behind PM’s apology? MOST COMMENTED ON L More switching to cheaper kinds of smoke. Says gemini58: “Smoking is one of those habits which are hard to

Top award for general [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top award for general The Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, General George Toisutta, was conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera), or Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean at an investiture held at the Ministry of Defence yesterday. PHOTO:

Take heritage walk at Tanjong Pagar rail station [ARTICLE]

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Take heritage walk at Tanjong Pagar rail station NG KAI LING GET on board any of the 57 walking tours of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station this month if you are keen to track down its history and architecture. The Preservation of Monuments Board will be rolling out these tours, starting

Another ST reader wins $20,000 prize [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Another ST reader wins $20,000 prize Lucky draw held as part of ST’s direct subscription drive BY ANG YIYING ayiying@sph.com.sg ANOTHER Straits Times reader is $20,000 richer in a campaign to get more folks to sign up for or switch to a direct subscription managed by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

S’poreans tell of 3-day jungle ordeal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’poreans tell of 3-day jungle ordeal Women got lost on trek in Malaysian national park BY JALELAH ABU BAKER jalmsab@sph.com.sg ATTACKS by leeches, unnerving sounds of wild animals and a food shortage were among the trials suffered by two Singapore women when they got lost during a trek in Malaysia

American teen jailed 2 years for burglary [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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American teen jailed 2 years for burglary He and 2 accomplices broke into house while on holiday here BY ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg THREE cash-strapped foreigners here on a holiday broke into a house in Thomson and stole nearly $11,000 worth of items. The trio American Jorman Alexis Hoyos,

Woman took bribe in form of $20,000 loan [ARTICLE]

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Woman took bribe in form of $20,000 loan KHUSHWANT SINGH A PURCHASING manager called a supplier to ask for a $20,000 loan in return for giving more orders to the firm. Jennifer Ho Poh Hwa, 51, who worked for Terasaki Electric (Far East), told Mr Loh Nee Peng, managing director

Jailed for evading $313,000 in tax [ARTICLE]

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Jailed for evading $313,000 in tax KHUSHWANT SINGH A BUSINESSMAN who evaded $313,723 in income tax is to serve a total of 19 weeks behind bars. Henry Ng Choon Tat was sentenced yesterday to three weeks in jail for the tax evasion and four months for failing to pay a

Man accused of damaging cables [ARTICLE]

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Man accused of damaging cables AN ENGINEER was charged in court with mischief yesterday for damaging the fibre-optic cables of a high-speed broadband network at a Housing Board block in Clementi. Terrance Tan Khoon Shan, 34, is accused of damaging the cables of a fibre splicing box, an installation used

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More students use projects to do good NTU team raises funds for awareness campaign on heart disease BY LIM YI HAN, GOH KAI SHI limyihan@sph.com.sg gkaishi@sph.com.sg FOUR undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) set their hearts on making a social impact when they helped kick-start a campaign to raise awareness

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Deeds list L Esplanade Mothers’ Day show THE Esplanade will present a Mothers’ Day Concert specially for community groups tomorrow. It is part of the venue’s Beautiful Sunday series that showcases local music groups for free one Sunday every month. More than 1,700 beneficiaries and residents from grassroots and voluntary

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Get involved L Carnival to help dyslexic kids NANYANG Technological University’s Cultural Activities Club is holding a carnival to raise funds for the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. It will be held at Lot One mall on May 29 and funds raised will benefit children with dyslexia. Visit www.ntucacafth.com for more

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US job creation better than expected Private sector hiring boosts payrolls by 268,000, but jobless rate hits 9% REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: United States employment increased more than expected last month as private firms created jobs at the fastest pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy,

Oil bubble pricked by a host of factors [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Oil bubble pricked by a host of factors NEWS ANALYSIS BLOOMBERG NEW YORK: The killing of Osama bin Laden may have been the catalyst for the four-day rout in oil prices that is deflating commodity prices around the world, but the reasons go beyond that. Crude, which has risen 17

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L Hong Kong’s e-economy booming: Google L Genting Singapore loses $1.95b in market value MOST COMMENTED ON L Policy fears dent property stocks. Says coolbeagle: “Speculators deserve what they get if they’re not prepared for risk, don’t speculate.

S’pore office rents up 7.9% [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore office rents up 7.9% Growth the third fastest out of 26 markets in Asia-Pacific in first quarter, says new report BY CHERYL LIM cherlim@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE office rents and capital values notched up the third fastest growth out of 26 markets in the Asia-Pacific region in the first quarter. A

CapitaLand appoints COO [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CapitaLand appoints COO BY ESTHER TEO CAPITAL AND has appointed Mr Lim Ming Yan as chief operating officer in a move aimed at building its top leadership and management strength. Mr Lim, currently chief executive officer (CEO) of CapitaLand’s serviced residence arm The Ascott, will lead several key projects in

DBS, Sumitomo team up to boost Asian presence [ARTICLE]

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DBS, Sumitomo team up to boost Asian presence FRANCIS CHAN DBS Bank and Sumitomo Trust and Banking signed an agreement yesterday that will increase their collaboration across Asia. The partnership will include institutional banking, capital markets and treasury and markets. DBS said the alliance will enable both banks to offer

Shipyard ops help push Cosco’s Q1 profits up 17% [ARTICLE]

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Shipyard ops help push Cosco’s Q1 profits up 17% BY FRANCIS CHAN COMPANIES CORRESPONDENT PROFITS at China-based shipbuilder Cosco Corp rose 17 per cent to $37.1 million in the first quarter of this year, after it achieved higher revenue from its shipyard operations. Group turnover grew by 21 per cent

Gear up for ‘Made in the USA’ comeback [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gear up for ‘Made in the USA’ comeback Study bases prediction on US reinvestment rising in next few years REUTERS NEW YORK: The “Made in the USA” label may be poised for a comeback, according to a new study. The next few years will bring a wave of reinvestment by

New Berlin airport to boost trade ties with S’pore [ARTICLE]

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New Berlin airport to boost trade ties with S’pore BY MELISSA HO A NEW airport to open in Berlin next year should boost the already strong trade ties between eastern Germany and Singapore, according to a visiting delegation from the city yesterday. The airport, which will be Germany’s third-biggest, will

Facebook founder buys $8.6m home [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Facebook founder buys $8.6m home LOS ANGELES TIMES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAN FRANCISCO: A local newspaper has reported that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving up life as a renter for a posh house a short drive from the social network’s new Silicon Valley campus. The Bay Area News Group reported

Sins from the past receding, says RBS chief [ARTICLE]

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Sins from the past receding, says RBS chief BLOOMBERG LONDON: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) chief executive officer Stephen Hester said the “sins from the past are receding” after the government-controlled lender posted a bigger-than-estimated first-quarter loss. “There are still a few of them with us,” Mr Hester told reporters

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UOB Q1 profits slide 12.6% to $612m [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UOB Q1 profits slide 12.6% to $612m One-time gain had lifted previous earnings; net interest income down 3.2% at $871m BY HARSHA JETHNANI harshamj@sph.com.sg UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) yesterday posted first-quarter net profits of $612 million, a 12.6 per cent slide from the figure in the same period last year.

Spice i2i’s Affinity buyout delayed due to valuation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spice i2i’s Affinity buyout delayed due to valuation BY JONATHAN KWOK TECH firm Spice i2i said yesterday that its US$175 million (S$215 million) acquisition of Indonesia’s Affinity Group had been delayed until May 16, due to differences in valuing the firm’s assets. The mobile handset company said the delay, which

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Traders not budging from sidelines [ARTICLE]

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Traders not budging from sidelines Lacklustre day for STI ahead of US job data release and local GE BULLS AND BEARS BY GOH ENG YEOW SENIOR CORRESPONDENT engyeow@sph.com.sg A CRASH in crude oil prices failed to have much of an impact on local and regional markets. That was because traders

Hsu Fu Chi’s Q3 profit drops 16.5% to $39m [ARTICLE]

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Hsu Fu Chi’s Q3 profit drops 16.5% to $39m BY DENNIS CHAN DEPUTY MONEY EDITOR SINGAPORE-LISTED Chinese cake and candy maker Hsu Fu Chi International yesterday reported a 16.5 per cent drop in third-quarter net profits to 205.7 million yuan (S$39 million). Revenue for the three months ended March 31

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WHAT'S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES L We can’t fear Barcelona, says Ferguson L Second-string United advance to Barca showdown L Kezman blasts 'stupid' Asian Cup competition MOST COMMENTED ON L Fergie hits jackpot Says Bayleyan: “Alex Ferguson showed how shrewd he is

$100M QUESTION [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$100M QUESTION Ancelotti has to decide between misfiring Torres and fired-up Drogba THE BIG MATCH BY RICHARD JOLLY stsports@sph.com.sg FOOTBALL managers often see money as the panacea, not the problem. Carlo Ancelotti might be the exception to the rule. Coaching Chelsea contains pitfalls enough without having to worry about Roman

Vettel loses control and crashes car [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Vettel loses control and crashes car ASSOCIATED PRESS ISTANBUL: Sebastian Vettel was unharmed yesterday after crashing his Red Bull car during the rainy first practice for the Turkish Grand Prix. The German went way out on a right turn and his car slid back across the track and into the

‘NO HIGH HOPES’ [ARTICLE]

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‘NO HIGH HOPES’ Chinese GP winner Hamilton cautious about his chances ASSOCIATED PRESS ISTANBUL: Lewis Hamilton is taking the pressure off himself ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix by playing down expectations that he can beat Formula One defending champion Sebastian Vettel for a second straight race. He outwitted Vettel

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Next 72 hours Today Athletics Nike Goddess 5K (Marina Barrage, 5.30pm). Badminton Malaysia Open GP Gold: S-finals (Live, StarHub Ch211, 6pm). Basketball NBA play-offs 2nd rd, Game 3: Atlanta v Chicago (Live, StarHub Ch216, 7am), Dallas v LA Lakers (Live, StarHub Ch202, 9.30am). Cricket Griffin Kinetic League, Div 2: IA

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Badminton Malaysia Open GP Gold In Alor Setar, Q-finals (selected) Men’s singles: Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 21-18 5-1 (ret), Sho Sasaki (Jpn) bt Park Sung Hwan (Kor) 12-21 21-8 21-16, Bao Chunlai (Chn) bt Lee Hyun Il (Kor) 21-18 13-21 21-9. Women’s singles: Wang

“He has lost weight and it’s clear in his face.” [ARTICLE]

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“He has lost weight and it’s clear in his face.” DAVE FLASKAS, manager of Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, dismissing rumours the former Olympic champion has had plastic surgery

EXPERT TIPS FOR RUNNERS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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EXPERT TIPS FOR RUNNERS Sundown Marathon participants get health and race strategy advice FITNESS BY CHAN U-GENE ugenec@sph.com.sg ARE humans built for long-distance running? Are some of us more biomechanically suited for running than others? Is excessive running bad for the heart? These were some of the questions raised at

Djokovic equals Lendl’s record with 29th straight win [ARTICLE]

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Djokovic equals Lendl’s record with 29th straight win ASSOCIATED PRESS MADRID: Novak Djokovic extended his season-opening win streak to 29 matches at the Madrid Open on Thursday for the best start in men’s tennis in 25 years. The Serb beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 and advanced to the quarter-fi-nals, where

Brutal blood sport shows gentle side [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Brutal blood sport shows gentle side INGO0D CONSCIENCE BY ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg EVEN for those of us who question whether boxing, the blood sport between humans, should be legal must admit that it throws up remarkable characters. This week began with the death of Sir Henry Cooper, truly a gentleman

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Golfer Ballesteros’ condition worsens [ARTICLE]

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Golfer Ballesteros’ condition worsens REUTERS MADRID: Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, 54, has suffered a severe deterioration in his condition after undergoing treatment for a brain tumour in 2008, his family announced yesterday. The five-time major winner (three British Opens and two Masters) had surgery on the tumour in late 2008

Bowler Warne, 41, to call it a day [ARTICLE]

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Bowler Warne, 41, to call it a day AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW DELHI: Australian bowling legend Shane Warne 41, will quit professional cricket after the end of the ongoing Indian Premier League season. “Yes this is my last year playing IPL,” he posted on his Twitter account yesterday. “I will miss

Unhappy Czech fans storm football pitch [ARTICLE]

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Unhappy Czech fans storm football pitch REUTERS PRAGUE: Fans of heavily indebted Czech football club Slavia Prague stormed the pitch during a national cup semi-final on Thursday to protest against the club leadership, forcing an early end to the match. Some 1,500 fans went onto the pitch before the start

PACQUIAO’S KO INCENTIVE [ARTICLE]

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PACQUIAO’S KO INCENTIVE If he floors Mosley, bout with Mayweather can earn Filipino US$100m ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao would earn at least US$20 million (S$25 million) if he beats Shane Mosley tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But if he knocks the 39-year-old American out, his next

Boxers work in ring of pain [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Boxers work in ring of pain SPORTINGLIFE BY ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg IT IS a strange moment full of surprise, fear, machismo to look down at your sporting vest and see it washed in blood. I was boxing in school, my opponent had a fist like a cosh. It collided with

Name alone won’t help Mosley fight off Pacquiao [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Name alone won’t help Mosley fight off Pacquiao PUNCHLINES BY JULIAN TURNER jturner@sph.com.sg MANNY Pacquiao did not choose Shane Mosley for his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title defence because he was the best boxer available. He said he selected the 39-year-old because the American was the biggest name. The difference

ALL SET FOR THE WORLD [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ALL SET FOR THE WORLD Rotterdam ready to host the world’s top paddlers BY LIN XINYI linxinyi@sph.com.sg ROTTERDAM: Once the home of the world’s busiest port, Rotterdam is arguably best known for its maritime heritage. But, in the coming days, it is the buzz at the Ahoy Rotterdam arena that

Singapore squad [ARTICLE]

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Singapore squad Men L Gao Ning (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) L Yang Zi (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) L Pang Xue Jie (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) L Clarence Chew (singles and doubles) Women L Feng Tianwei (singles and doubles) L Wang Yuegu (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) L

Forced to take the train [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Forced to take the train LIN XINYI ROTTERDAM: When the teams arrived at Ahoy Rotterdam for their first training session yesterday, the entrances of the paddlers from Singapore and China could not have been more different. The Chinese players the overwhelming favourites at the World Table Tennis Championships turned up

STAGS LET VICTORY SLIP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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STAGS LET VICTORY SLIP League leaders on verge of win but Bulls equalise with deflected free kick Tampines Rovers 1 Gombak United 1 BY FABIUS CHEN fabiusc@sph.com.sg ALEKSANDAR Duric went from hero to accidental villain as Tampines Rovers found themselves held to a 1-1 draw by Gombak United at the

Mourinho gets five-game ban [ARTICLE]

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Mourinho gets five-game ban REUTERS BERNE: Jose Mourinho has paid the price for his extraordinary criticism of Uefa after Real Madrid’s home loss against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League on April 27. The governing body has handed him a five-game Champions League ban and fined him

Race row splits World Cup side [ARTICLE]

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Race row splits World Cup side THE TIMES, LONDON PARIS: France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side, once hailed as a model of multi-ethnic harmony, have split along race lines amid the escalating row over claims that French football authorities planned to impose a quota on black and Arab players. As Laurent

BRIMMING WITH BELIEF [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BRIMMING WITH BELIEF Thanks to recent form, Chelsea will enter Old Trafford clash on a high THE BIG MATCH THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Jon Obi Mikel already has a strange history with Manchester United. In his convoluted transfer saga from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea ended up

Win over Chelsea will seal EPL title, says Ferguson [ARTICLE]

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Win over Chelsea will seal EPL title, says Ferguson AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: For Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, the equation is simple. Beat Chelsea tomorrow, and United will have won their record 19th English title. “Everyone is aware of the magnitude of Sunday’s game,” he said yesterday. “If we win,

Wading into the debate [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Wading into the debate S-League players give their thoughts on tomorrow’s potential EPL title-decider between Manchester United and Chelsea EPL MANAGERS ON THE TITLE RACE “I have backed Chelsea for the title all along. People laughed at me when they were 15 points adrift but, now, anything is possible. If

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DUTCH DEFENCE Singapore’s paddlers are in Rotterdam to defend their world title. B17 LAS VEGAS WINDFALL Manny Pacquiao would earn at least US$20m if he beats Shane Mosley. B16 1 -t V BOSCH TVifiVi; f? UNITED SQUARE {THOMSON RD) save! SHOWROOM SET (3DPCS) Mitsubishi 6Dr Fridge Folio Series Mitsubishi 6Dr

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And then there is politics... [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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And then there is politics... With more credible candidates stepping up to the plate, voters now have a real choice BY JANADAS DEVAN ASSOCIATE EDITOR janadas@sph.com.sg IN THE 2006 General Election, only 47 out of the 84 seats then were contested. The ruling People’s Action Party was only six seats

What’s getting voters fired up [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What’s getting voters fired up Cost of living and housing among top concerns but it is unclear how far this will affect voting patterns BY CHUA MUI HOONG, TEO WAN GEK muihoong@sph.com.sg wangekt@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by The Straits Times General Election team TAKING the pulse of an electorate of 2.21

Soaring home prices pose a big worry [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Soaring home prices pose a big worry HOUSING GE2006: COOL GE2011: RED-HOT ASK East Coast GRC voter E. Ang, 57, what the top issue is that will determine her vote today and she says immediately: “I worry about my children’s housing.” Like many other Singaporeans, the property agent and mother

Rising costs on many voters’ minds this time [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rising costs on many voters’ minds this time COST OF LIVING GE2006: HOT GE2011: RED-HOT COST of living is a perennial concern in every general election. In 2006, it certainly featured in opposition rallies. But while it sizzled at opposition rallies, it may not have featured much in people’s voting

Immigration: Heat diffused by govt measures [ARTICLE]

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Immigration: Heat diffused by govt measures TOO MANY FOREIGNERS GE2006: COOL GE2011: LUKEWARM IN 2006, the Government set up the Citizenship and Population Unit to promote Singapore’s immigration policy overseas and attract foreign talent. It did its job too well. The number of foreigners who became permanent residents (PRs) rose:

When the upgrading carrot became a voter’s stick [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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When the upgrading carrot became a voter’s stick VOTES FOR UPGRADING GE 2006: RED-HOT GE 2011: COOL THE PAP has used the promise to upgrade Housing Board estates as a carrot to win votes since the 1997 election. It told voters then that constituencies which supported the opposition would go

Will saying sorry stem the loss of votes? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Will saying sorry stem the loss of votes? PROUD ARROGANT PEOPLE GE2006: HOT GE2011: RED-HOT IN THE eyes of some, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has become as an online video put it a party of Proud Arrogant People. This is despite its track record of bringing jobs and growth

Brimming over with ideas and emotions [ARTICLE]

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Brimming over with ideas and emotions THE 9-DAY CAMPAIGN GE2006: HOT GE2011: RED-HOT TWO features mark the 2011 General Election campaign as unique. First, it marks a maturing in the engagement between the People’s Action Party (PAP) and its political opponents. There was no attack by PAP big guns on

POLLING SCORECARD [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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POLLING SCORECARD Here’s your guide to today’s polling. You can fill in the results as they are released on www.straitstimes.com/ge2011 and tick the winners as they are announced. SINGLE-MEMBER CONSTITUENCIES- FOUR-MEMBER GRCSUR-MEMBERGRCs- GRCs- FIVE-MEMBER GRCs- FIVE-MEMBER GRCs- FOUR-MEMBER GRCSGs SIX-MEMBER GRC-

Let’s have a Party tonight [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Let’s have a Party tonight Tonight is going to be exciting but how do you make watching the General Election results even more thrilling? By throwing a party, of course. JOHN LUI dishes out five tips to make tonight one you will remember, long after your blue umbrella has faded.

Watershed election, thanks to waterworks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Watershed election, thanks to waterworks BY LEONARD LIM NOW there is another reason to call this election a watershed one for Singapore. From ministers to opposition candidates and even a candidate’s wife at least nine players in the GE have shed tears over the past few weeks. Local politics, previously

THE RALLIES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE RALLIES The Straits Times’ Picture Desk looks back on nine days of feverish campaigning ...OR SHINE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) addressing the crowd gathered at UOB Plaza during the only lunchtime PAP rally of this GE on Tuesday. During his speech, he apologised for the shortcomings of

THE CANDIDATES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE CANDIDATES SMILE, YOU’RE ON PM’S CAMERA: PM Lee snapping a shot of the crowd with his iPhone4 during the lunchtime rally at Boat Quay on Tuesday. Fellow ministers Lim Swee Say and Wong Kan Seng were also spotted doing the same thing at the PAP rally. ST PHOTO: TERENCE

THE PEOPLE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE PEOPLE READY FOR ACTION: Mr Kuan Kim Swee, 81, putting a red whistle around his neck at the start of the PAP rally for Moulmein-Kallang GRC at the field by Kallang Avenue last Friday. For many Singaporeans, this General Election will be the first time they vote, with 82

IT’S GE -tai TIME [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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IT’S GE -tai TIME Grassroots organisations organise performances to entertain residents BY MARYAM MOKHTAR, WONG KIM HOH maryamm@sph.com.sg kimhoh@sph.com.sg ON MONDAY night, under a white marquee at an open field in Yishun, Law Minister K. Shanmugam beseeched the heavens for a change in his sad love life. He was making

And the winners are... businesses [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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And the winners are... businesses BY MARYAM MOKHTAR ELECTIONS always get the vote of florists, car rental agencies and printers, which all enjoy a boost once candidates hit the campaign trail. Five vehicle rental companies told The Straits Times that they have seen an increase in orders for 10-foot open

Mums on the campaign trail [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mums on the campaign trail They admit it’s tough but can count on supportive families BY ADELINE CHIA chiahta@sph.com.sg WITH three young children in tow and her lawyer husband working in Hong Kong, opposition candidate Michelle Lee has her hands full juggling family and the campaign trail. “Sometimes when I’m

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US flip-flops create confusion over raid [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US flip-flops create confusion over raid White House changes attack story yet again NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON: On Monday, the Obama administration said Osama bin Laden had been killed after a firefight with United States Navy Seal commandos, and that he had used his wife as a human shield. On

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 Osama’s last wishes reported in decade-old will MOST COMMENTED ON L Can Obama and US seize the moment? Says OneMoment: “President Barack Obama and his team led the US out of the near-depression that started in 2008,

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US Congress leaders back continued aid for Pakistan [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US Congress leaders back continued aid for Pakistan AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: Leaders of the United States Congress voiced support for preserving aid to Pakistan, calling for a clear-eyed view despite outrage that Osama bin Laden lived for years in the allied nation. Several lawmakers have accused Pakistan of playing a

Pakistan grilling Osama’s wives for information [ARTICLE]

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Pakistan grilling Osama’s wives for information ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden and his three wives were living in a house in Pakistan for the last five years, confining themselves to two rooms on one of the floors of the three-storey complex, media reports said. According to ABC News, one of the

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Najib moves on cheap housing for the young [ARTICLE]

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Najib moves on cheap housing for the young HDB-style body mooted to build cheaper houses BERNAMA KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will soon launch an affordable housing programme, with homes priced at RM220,000 (S$90,500) and below, to enable young people to own houses, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday. He said the

Verdict making its rounds [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Verdict making its rounds A Cambodian monk typing on his laptop at Battambang University in Cambodia yesterday as the United Nations-backed genocide tribunal officers distribute recent verdict books of Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch. Eav was the first Khmer Rouge leader to be sentenced to

Hmong Christians protest in Vietnam [ARTICLE]

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Hmong Christians protest in Vietnam REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE HANOI: Vietnam has deployed troops to contain a rare protest by ethnic Hmong Christians, some of whom were calling for an independent kingdom, diplomatic and other sources said yesterday. The government indicated the unrest was still on. The protest by as many

Border spat may weigh on Asean summit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Border spat may weigh on Asean summit Cambodians expected to raise issue but Thais want it settled bilaterally BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: Bad blood between Bangkok and Phnom Penh risks overshadowing the two-day Asean summit in Jakarta beginning today. As border skirmishes continue, Cambodian Prime Minister

Test of Indonesia’s ability to be a global player [ARTICLE]

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Test of Indonesia’s ability to be a global player BY ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT JAKARTA: As the Asean Summit gets under way today, observers say it will be a test of Indonesia’s aspirations to be a world player and its ability to rally member nations towards an Asean Community along

Members mulling over use of common visa [ARTICLE]

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Members mulling over use of common visa JAKARTA: Asean is considering the introduction of a common visa for all member countries, said Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa yesterday. The system, if implemented, would allow a person from outside the region to move freely within its 10 member countries after getting

Tainted raw beef kills four in Japan [ARTICLE]

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Tainted raw beef kills four in Japan Health Ministry says 94 who ate dish at Korean chain are ill, prompting change in law BY KWAN WENG KIN JAPAN CORRESPONDENT wengkin@sph.com.sg TOKYO: Four people have died in the past 10 days, and many more remain seriously ill in hospital, after eating

More China food scandals [ARTICLE]

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More China food scandals CHINA’S food scandals seem ineradicable, with two major cases uncovered recently in Shenzhen city and the far-west Xinjiang region, although an earlier spate has prompted tougher laws. Steamed buns from an illegal workshop in southern China’s Shenzhen were found to have been made using waste water,

Sony CEO apologises for massive security breach [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sony CEO apologises for massive security breach ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS TOKYO: Sony chief executive Howard Stringer has apologised for “inconvenience and concern” caused by the security breach that compromised personal data from more than 100 million online gaming accounts. In a blog post late on Thursday, the head of the

To the young, skinny is the new beautiful [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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To the young, skinny is the new beautiful Bollywood actress leads ‘size zero’ craze as Western ideals catch on MEMO FROM INDIA BY NIRMALA GANAPATHY INDIA CORRESPONDENT gnirmala@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI: Ms Kareena Kapoor, 30, is known as the actress who triggered the size zero phenomenon in India. In the 2008

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WHY NOT A BABY GIRL? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WHY NOT A BABY GIRL? China’s gender gap was a hot topic last week after the latest population census showed that men outnumbered women by 34 million and the gap is growing. The Straits Times examines China’s urban and rural society’s attitudes towards females, and how this will contribute to

Vital stats [ARTICLE]

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Vital stats SOURCE: 2010 NATIONAL POPULATION CENSUS (RELEASED LAST MONTH) L During the last decade (2000-2010), the average gender ratio of newborn babies was 118 males to 110 females. L There are 34 million more men than women in China. This is the smallest imbalance in half a century. L

Quest for son led him to flee to mountains [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Quest for son led him to flee to mountains BY HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: Farmer Yuan Tieming has had one lifelong wish: He wants a son. As a rural resident in central Henan province, he is permitted to have two children under China’s one-child policy if his first

When brothers share a wife [ARTICLE]

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When brothers share a wife HO AI LI BEIJING: Faced with a shortage of brides, two brothers living in the mountains in the south-western Guangxi region married the same woman. She took turns bearing them children. The problem is expected to get worse. State researchers forecast 24 million Chinese men

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Military might to figure in US-China talks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Military might to figure in US-China talks Senior military officials to be part of strategic talks for the first time BY CHUA CHIN HON US BUREAU CHIEF chinhon@sph.com.sg WASHINGTON: Strategic talks between the United States and China next week will include senior military officials for the first time, with Washington

China yuan policy to move forward [ARTICLE]

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China yuan policy to move forward BLOOMBERG BEIJING: China “will push forward” on improving its currency system, Vice-Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said ahead of a meeting next week of United States and Chinese senior officials. China is ready to “intensify communication with the US” on the yuan, he said yesterday

12 years’ jail for Egypt’s former interior minister [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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12 years’ jail for Egypt’s former interior minister REUTERS CAIRO: Egypt’s publicly reviled former interior minister has been jailed for 12 years, the first member of former president Hosni Mubarak’s Cabinet to be sentenced, a step which sent a message that no one in the new Egypt is above the

Trio arrested over Morocco cafe blast [ARTICLE]

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Trio arrested over Morocco cafe blast AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE RABAT: Three Moroccans have been arrested in connection with last week’s bombing at a Marrakesh cafe, including a man with loyalties to Al-Qaeda who had attempted to travel to Iraq and Chechnya, the Interior Ministry said. The main suspect had “made the

Global warming may trigger food price hikes [ARTICLE]

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Global warming may trigger food price hikes Impact on yield could worsen just as demand rises sharply in future NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK: Global warming is already cutting substantially into potential crop yields in some countries to such an extent that it may be a factor in the food

Nose-blowing could raise risk of stroke [ARTICLE]

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Nose-blowing could raise risk of stroke SLICEOFLIFE LONDON: Coffee, sex and blowing your nose could raise the risk of a type of stroke, said researchers in the Netherlands. The study on 250 stroke patients identified eight risk factors linked to bleeding in the brain, BBC News reported. They included drinking

Dry spell in Hubei [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dry spell in Hubei A villager walking past a pond which has almost dried up in Macheng City, central China’s Hubei province, on Wednesday. Hubei province has been affected by a drought since November last year, causing a serious water shortage in one-third of its counties and cities. The local

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Quiet in the hall [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Quiet in the hall Schools say their students are taught how to behave before attending a concert corrie tan corriet@sph.com.sg Acting principal of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Fanny Tan has responded to a show of bad concert etiquette by some of the school’s students at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert, Poets

Ramayana delights [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ramayana delights Two shows based on the Hindu epic will be staged here in traditional dance and colourful costumes deepika shetty deepikas@sph.com.sg Singaporeans can look forward to not one but two dance dramas in one month here based on one of the richest and most grandiose Hindu epics, the Ramayana.

Music tribute to lost kingdom [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Music tribute to lost kingdom The T’ang Quartet will use Chinese and Western instruments to perform Chinese composer’s piece based on the 4,000-year-old Shu kingdom akshita nanda akshitan@sph.com.sg Taking British fantasy writer Neil Gaiman around a museum in his native Sichuan province led Chinese composer Hu Xiao-ou to imagine a

Getting to ‘sense’ Singapore [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Getting to ‘sense’ Singapore corrie tan A Barcelona-based theatre group wants audiences here to intimately experience Singapore with all their senses. Teatro de los Sentidos (which means “theatre of the senses” in Spanish) will reacquaint audience members here with their own country in an experimental show held from May 24

Chinese herbs score in Indian food [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese herbs score in Indian food This week’s World Gourmet Summit tossed up great fusion cuisine, among other hits wong ah yoke ahyoke@sph.com.sg Last week, I ended my round-up of the first half of this year’s World Gourmet Summit wishing for a bigger bang this week. I got my wish.

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Don’t thrash the schoolboys [ARTICLE]

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Don’t thrash the schoolboys Guan Yangyue Iread with dismay Mr Chang Tou Liang’s review of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Poets Of Poland concert (Poets Thrashed By Schoolboys, Life!, May 2). It appears that he has put as much effort into venting his own frustration at the schoolboys as into actually

Be gentle on boys [ARTICLE]

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Be gentle on boys Tan Yan Zhang The concert review Poets Thrashed By Schoolboys caught my eye as I am a frequent concertgoer. At concerts, I have come across audience members who behave inappropriately. They drop water bottles on the floor, and talk and sneeze loudly during the performance. This

Free music lessons available [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Free music lessons available Goh Vivien I refer to the letter by Ms Ho Suit Keng, Music Education For All (Life!, April 30). Ms Ho must be too young to remember that in 1955, a six-year-old boy playing a homemade violin in Chinatown was noticed by the legendary Singapore violinist

Limited access to Transit Area [ARTICLE]

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Limited access to Transit Area Inspector Choo Hong Xian Police spokesman I refer to your story Fly For Food (Life!, April 30). The Transit Area in our airport is gazetted as Protected Place under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act, Cap 256. The access to the Transit Area is

West Side Story playwright dies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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West Side Story playwright dies New York Times Bloomberg New York Arthur Laurents (right), the playwright, screenwriter and director who wrote two of Broadway’s landmark shows, Gypsy and West Side Story, and created one of Hollywood’s most wellknown romances, The Way We Were (1973), died on Thursday at his home

2nd Sony for Zhao [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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2nd Sony for Zhao Zhao Renhui bagged his second Sony World Photography Award as this year’s Still Life Photographer Of The Year magdalen ng songyuan@sph.com.sg Singapore Young Artist Award recipient Zhao Renhui continues to make an impact on the international photography scene. At the prestigious annual Sony World Photography Awards

Home Alone house for sale [ARTICLE]

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Home Alone house for sale Reuters Chicago The stately Georgian home where actor Macaulay Culkin outwitted a pair of bumbling thieves in the 1990 hit film Home Alone is for sale for US$2.4 million (S$2.9 million). John and Cynthia Abendshien, the owners of the four-bedroom, red brick home north of

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Work, play, nap [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Work, play, nap A pod for naps, a homely hang-out and a light-filled terrace are among the features offices have added to make the workplace more comfortable tay suan chiang design correspondent taysc@sph.com.sg Falling asleep at work is usually frowned upon but not at the office of German business software

Gorgeous office designed by staff [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gorgeous office designed by staff Mention Estee Lauder and images of luxury beauty products come to mind. It is no surprise then that the American beauty brand’s office in Singapore is drop-dead gorgeous, too. It is housed in a 40,000 sq ft space in an office tower in Havelock Road

Chill in homely spaces [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chill in homely spaces A 300-seat amphitheatre is not something you would expect in an office but it forms the heart of the new Singapore premises of Ogilvy Mather, one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies. The firm, which has a staff of about 600, outgrew its old location

design item [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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design item Danish kitchenware brand Bodum is well-known for its stylish coffee- and teamakers. Now fans can add an electric hand mixer to their collection. The nifty gadget is good for small jobs such as mixing small batches of batter. It also has two beaters, a balloon whisk and dough

Swelling with style [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Swelling with style Neil Denari’s glass-and-steel condominium marks a milestone in his career New York Times New York Architecture is a notoriously slow profession. Mastering all the elements that go into designing a building scale and context, material and form, the structure needed to hold the building up takes a

Coloured Caricature [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Coloured Caricature root awakening I bought this plant (right) from the nursery but do not know what it is. How do I care for it? Commonly known as the Caricature plant, its scientific name is Graptophyllum pictum. It is part of a range of cultivars with different coloured leaves. It

Go ahead quote me [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead quote me ‘We don’t know what’s gonna shake it as a result of this and everyone needs to take a minute to be mindful of the events’ Actor Don Cheadle (left) advocating reflection, not celebration, after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death ‘You don’t make a commitment

Simplifying the tech things in life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Simplifying the tech things in life I want to invent a type of technology that will simplify life’s choices, including whom to vote for jay talking jeremy au yong jeremyau@sph.com.sg Today, many of you stepping into the voting booth will face a few serious questions about the make-up of this

life!.motoring

Cherokee charm [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cherokee charm This Jeep seeks to win you over with its modern good looks and impressive amenities christopher tan senior correspondent christan@sph.com.sg Of the 57 pictures spread across 46 glossy pages of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee brochure, only seven depict the big macho 4x4 in an off-road environment. The

Get cosy in this petite wagon [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Get cosy in this petite wagon Despite its uninspiring design, the Skoda Fabia Combi woos with its price and driveability christopher tan senior correspondent christan@sph.com.sg Station wagons are a bit like swimming pools. The smaller they are, the less sense they make. So the idea of compact wagons is sometimes

fast lane [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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fast lane christopher tan HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR THE CITROEN DS5 The head-turning Citroen DS5 is expected to arrive in the second half of next year. It is the first Citroen to have a diesel-electric drivetrain, with a total output of 200bhp going to all four wheels. Citroen claims that

torque shop [ARTICLE]

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torque shop My car tyres are wearing out more on one edge than elsewhere. Why is this happening? Most of the time, this is caused by wheels which are not aligned properly. Send your car for realignment at a competent workshop or tyre shop. Automobile Association of Singapore (www.aas.com.sg)

The Flash in focus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The Flash in focus DC Comics is planning a story event for the scarlet speedster and other superheroes in Flashpoint Associated Press Philadelphia The summer film hype may be around Green Lantern, but as far as DC Comics is concerned, The Flash will share the spotlight. The Scarlet Speedster is

Michael Hui’s Italian honour [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Michael Hui’s Italian honour Agence France-Presse Udine, Italy In Asia, he is known as the “Bruce Lee of comedy” but it was not till this week that Hong Kong’s Michael Hui realised his brand of humour could have universal appeal. Mixing slapstick with often savage social commentary, Hui, 68, has

Lost in the circus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lost in the circus This circus act delights with its tricks and languages but lacks energy and fails to resonate reviewtheatre THE JUGGLER’S TALE Traditions Editions Theatre Circus Esplanade Theatre Studio/Thursday corrie tan corriet@sph.com.sg At its best, The Juggler’s Tale is a delightful cartwheel of colour and whimsy. At its

Donny and Marie cut new album [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Donny and Marie cut new album Associated Press Las Vegas On the final track of their new album their first together in 30 years Donny and Marie Osmond give a nod to difficult times. “Sun follows rain, strength follows pain,” the duo sing before echoing the song’s title, “We will

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Superstar trio ‘fled after 911 attacks’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Superstar trio ‘fled after 911 attacks’ New York Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fled New York the day after the Sept 11 attacks in a car, and together made a westward road trip to Ohio. The superstar trio are now dead and cannot verify if that bizarre trip,

Kate goes grocery shopping [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kate goes grocery shopping Associated Press London Photographs published in British tabloids yesterday showed Kate Middleton out doing domestic duties, days after her glamorous wedding on April 29. With husband Prince William back to work in the military in Anglesey, Wales, where they live, the new Duchess of Cambridge was

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Students behaving badly Arts Fest countdown The new Jeep Grand Cherokee A slick update Singapore through Spanish eyes, time travel with T’ang Quartet Who teaches them concert etiquette? E15 E2 E5 More ofces are creating homey environments, some with living and dining rooms, to take the stress of employees who

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