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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA(P)108/11/2010 SATURDAY, MAY 28 2011 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 1.00

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Cheng Bock confirms bid [ARTICLE]

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Cheng Bock confirms bid 286 PAGES IN 11 PARTS A DAY after saying he was keen on running for the elected presidency, former Ayer Rajah MP Tan Cheng Bock has confirmed that he will do so. Encouraged by support he has received, he said that he intends to stand so

Time to heal rift: Thaksin [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Time to heal rift: Thaksin FORMER Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he wants politically divided Thailand to go back to normal. It is time for the Puea Thai party to lead reconciliation efforts since the ruling Democrat Party has failed to do so, he told The Straits Times in

15 town councils now [ARTICLE]

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15 town councils now SINGAPORE now has 15 town councils to serve residents. Among the notable changes, the old Jalan Besar Town Council has been dissolved and its operations mostly handed over to the new Moulmein-Kallang Town Council. The new Sembawang-Nee Soon council will also look after two GRCs believed

Fifa chief faces probe too [ARTICLE]

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Fifa chief faces probe too FIRST it was Asian football chief Mohamed Hamman who was ordered to face a Fifa ethics commission to answer accusations of exchanging cash for votes. Now it is Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s turn after Fifa announced yesterday that the 75-year-old Swiss would be investigated in

More HDB flats – and at a faster rate [ARTICLE]

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More HDB flats and at a faster rate Minister Khaw promises measures to help clear demand backlog BY ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg NEW National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has wasted no time in addressing the backlog in demand for new Housing Board (HDB) flats. He promised yesterday to

THEY’VE GOT THE MIDAS TOUCH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THEY’VE GOT THE MIDAS TOUCH Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (in purple) shrieking in mock horror as she holds up her hands, stained with gold ink. With her are (from left) former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, RWS chief executive Tan Hee Teck, Universal Parks and Resorts chairman and CEO

PM Lee spells out code of conduct for MPs [ARTICLE]

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PM Lee spells out code of conduct for MPs BY JEREMY AU YONG, RACHEL CHANG EVEN as he emphasised that Singapore is in a new phase of political development, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reminded People’s Action Party (PAP) MPs that two things must not change. The first, is

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Mr Lee’s places in history Architectural award winners INSIGHT SPECIAL, PAGES D2-16 LIFE! PAGES E14-16 John Lui turns zoo nurse Sanjay Nair says Man U Rohit Brijnath says Barca LIFE! PAGE E6 SPORT, PAGES C17-22 FOR BREAKING NEWS GO TO www.straitstimes.com REACH AND INTERACT ON www.stomp.com.sg EMAIL stomp@stomp.com.sg WATCH OUR

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Avoid a choppy South China Sea [ARTICLE]

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Avoid a choppy South China Sea WE SAY China should take more frequent opportunity to reassure Asean countries over its South China Sea claims like it did this week, when it agreed with the Philippines to avoid unilateral action that could heighten tension. L EDITORIAL PAGE A40

Bring back void deck shops [ARTICLE]

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Bring back void deck shops OUR READER SAYS Reintroduce mom and pop shops at selected void decks of Housing Board blocks, to rekindle the kampung spirit and promote racial harmony and social interaction, says Paul Chan. L FORUM PAGE A44

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com L Nirmal Ghosh looks at how reporting on personalities in Thailand can mostly lead to false impressions of journalists.

SIA’s low-cost start-up a step in right direction [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SIA’s low-cost start-up a step in right direction Competing with budget carriers in long-haul market makes sense BY KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE Airlines’ announcement on Wednesday that it plans to set up a new low-cost carrier to operate mid- to long-haul services has surprised many in the industry.

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Cheng Bock confirms bid for presidency [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cheng Bock confirms bid for presidency He wants to offer a contest, as there has not been one since 1993 BY ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg FORMER MP Tan Cheng Bock has confirmed he will run for President and will apply for a certificate of eligibility when applications open next Wednesday. “There’s

Applications open on June 1 [ARTICLE]

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Applications open on June 1 THOSE who wish to run for the presidency can apply for the certificate of eligibility from next Wednesday, said the Elections Department yesterday. The window for applications will close on the third day after the writ of election is issued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien

Measures may affect private home prices too [ARTICLE]

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Measures may affect private home prices too Pent-up demand will ease and property prices should fall, say analysts BY CHERYL LIM cherlim@sph.com.sg BUILDING more HDB flats, and doing so more quickly, will help ease pent-up demand and may also eventually reduce home prices, say property analysts. They also believe the

4,000 NEW FLATS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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4,000 NEW FLATS HDB launches largest batch of BTO units BY MARK TAY THE single largest batch of Build-to-Order (BTO) flats ever offered by the Housing Board (HDB) was launched yesterday. Nearly 4,000 new flats in six projects have been launched in Pasir Ris, Punggol, Tampines and Woodlands. Many are

‘Hold fast to the spirit of service to the people’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Hold fast to the spirit of service to the people’ This is an extract from the letter that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent to all PAP MPs yesterday, spelling out the code of conduct expected of them: “THE elections have shown that voters have concerns which need to be

RWS to open phase two by year end [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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RWS to open phase two by year end It’s expected to kick off in 3rd quarter, and pull in 16m visitors this year BY NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg RESORTS World Sentosa (RWS) is on track to open its phase two by year’s end. Starting with the opening of its Maritime

Taiwan casino? [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan casino? THEY are a scenic group of islands that some believe would make an ideal location for a casino. Which is why Genting chairman Lim Kok Thay has been keeping an eye on Taiwan’s Penghu archipelago. The islanders successfully voted against having a casino there in 2009. But the

International stars add glamour to grand opening [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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International stars add glamour to grand opening BY JOCELYN LEE HONG KONG actress Maggie Cheung lit up Universal Studios Singapore last night when the theme park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) held its grand opening, along with other stars such as Jet Li, Paula Abdul and Vicki Zhao Wei. Cheung,

New security measures [ARTICLE]

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New security measures Security for water storage tanks will be beefed up with the following measures taking effect on July 1: L Only building owners and town council and condominium employees will be granted access to the water tanks L Anyone else accessing the water tanks has to be checked

Tighter security for water tanks from July [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tighter security for water tanks from July PUB announces measures to step up supervision, restrict access after body-in-tank case BY FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg STRICTER measures will be in place to beef up the security of water storage tanks, following the grisly discovery of a maid’s body in the tank of

$3M: THAT’S THE VALUE OF ADS IN THIS PAPER [ARTICLE]

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$3M: THAT’S THE VALUE OF ADS IN THIS PAPER BY JENNANI DURAI TODAY’S edition of The Straits Times (ST) has hit a new record for advertising revenue. Revenue from display advertisements in the 172 pages of ST and Life! today, excluding the Classifieds section, is slightly more than $3 million.

Jurong East platform opens [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jurong East platform opens It aims to cut morning peak hour travel time BY JAMIE EE WEN WEI jamieee@sph.com.sg COMMUTER Mohammad Ariff saved about three minutes yesterday after a new platform went into service at Jurong East MRT station. The 22-year-old, who is self-employed, was among thousands of commuters who

Singapore: An island of 15 towns [ARTICLE]

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Singapore: An island of 15 towns 11 of 15 town councils reconstituted; change at the top for over half BY CAI HAOXIANG haoxiang@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE is now officially divided into 15 “towns” served by their respective town councils, based on a list the Ministry of National Development released yesterday. The biggest

All MPs can now rent void deck space [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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All MPs can now rent void deck space MND move will let opposition MPs set up offices to meet residents BY KOR KIAN BENG kianbeng@sph.com.sg IN A reversal of a 20-year policy, the Government yesterday announced that all elected MPs will be allowed to rent HDB void decks and build

Civil servants get mid-year bonus [ARTICLE]

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Civil servants get mid-year bonus BY JEREMY AU YONG CIVIL servants will get a mid-year bonus of a half-month’s salary plus $250. The Government announced the payout yesterday, citing Singapore’s strong economic performance so far this year. “The Singapore economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, expanding by 8.3

Sitoh hires agent to manage town council [ARTICLE]

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Sitoh hires agent to manage town council But Potong Pasir MP vows firm will re-employ council’s existing 16 workers BY TEO WAN GEK wangekt@sph.com.sg THE Potong Pasir Town Council will undergo a change of hands, as new MP Sitoh Yih Pin is now hiring a managing agent to run it.

No air-con office? No problem, says new Potong Pasir MP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No air-con office? No problem, says new Potong Pasir MP Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin (above) took to the void deck of a Toa Payoh HDB block to hold his Meet-the-People Session (MPS) last night, an unusual departure from People’s Action Party (PAP) MPs’ practice of holding these sessions

Singapore set to overtake HK in size of economy [ARTICLE]

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Singapore set to overtake HK in size of economy BY AARON LOW ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT SINGAPORE’S economy looks set to surpass that of its long-time regional rival Hong Kong this year for the first time. Powered by a robust Singapore dollar and an exceptionally strong economic rebound last year, the Singapore

Abhisit failed to heal rifts – my turn now, says Thaksin [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Abhisit failed to heal rifts my turn now, says Thaksin Ex-premier vows to use velvet glove more than iron fist to unite Thais BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: Thailand’s ruling Democrat Party has failed in its reconciliation efforts and left the country more divided, former Thai prime

Lese majeste charges ‘make things worse’ [ARTICLE]

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Lese majeste charges ‘make things worse’ NIRMAL GHOSH A SURGE of complaints and charges of lese majeste insulting the monarchy in recent years risks “making a bad thing worse”, former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has warned. “If you respect and are loyal to His Majesty (Bhumibol Adulyadej), stop showing loyalty

Author’s sentence for contempt of court upheld [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Author’s sentence for contempt of court upheld Alan Shadrake’s appeal against 6-week jail term, $20k fine dismissed BY SELINA LUM selinal@sph.com.sg THE six weeks’ jail and $20,000 fine handed down to British author Alan Shadrake, 76, stays. The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the sentence meted out on him by

Cholesterol drug no help to heart patients: Study [ARTICLE]

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Cholesterol drug no help to heart patients: Study NEW YORK TIMES REUTERS WASHINGTON: Lowering bad cholesterol levels cuts the risks of a heart attack; raising good cholesterol levels with niacin, a vitamin, would help too, right? Not really, according to the findings from a large government study announced on Thursday,

Fifa chief now also faces probe [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fifa chief now also faces probe Rival says he turned a blind eye to bribes REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE GENEVA: Fifa plunged further into crisis yesterday when it was announced that its president, Mr Sepp Blatter (left), would be investigated in the bribery scandal that has rocked football. The

Heard of a fish named Meryl Streep? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heard of a fish named Meryl Streep? NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK: Unscrupulous seafood firms have been reeling in customers by passing off cheap fish as expensive fillets, scientists using new DNA testing methods have found. Yellowtail was substituted for mahi-ma-hi. Nile perch was labelled as shark and tilapia may

Osama ‘thought of making deal with Pakistan’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Osama ‘thought of making deal with Pakistan’ CIA finds proposal by Al-Qaeda chief and aides but no proof it was ever raised with Islamabad NEW YORK TIMES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: Documents seized at Osama bin Laden’s hideout show the Al-Qae-da chief and his aides had discussed making a

No offer nor acceptance of port deal, says China [ARTICLE]

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No offer nor acceptance of port deal, says China NEW YORK TIMES BEIJING: This is officially the Year of Paki-stan-China Friendship and in a four-day visit to Beijing last week the third in just 17 months Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani proclaimed that the two best friends “are like

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Lauding the best of Asian kids’ fiction [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lauding the best of Asian kids’ fiction Picture book based on writer’s experience wins one of two new awards BY MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg IT WAS a celebration of the best of Asian children’s fiction as two inaugural awards were given out at The Arts House Chamber last night. The Hedwig

Why Facebook co-founder eats meat only from animals he kills himself [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Why Facebook co-founder eats meat only from animals he kills himself AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has a new diet: when he eats meat, it has to be from animals he has killed himself. He is doing this, the 27-year-old billionaire explains, in order to appreciate and

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Avoid a choppy South China Sea [ARTICLE]

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Avoid a choppy South China Sea CHINA should take more frequent opportunity to reassure Asean countries over its South China Sea claims like it did earlier this week, when it agreed with the Philippines to avoid unilateral action that could heighten tension. Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie and his Philippine

Netanyahu fails himself and Israel [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Netanyahu fails himself and Israel BY FAREED ZAKARIA WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP CONVENTIONAL wisdom is fast congealing in Washington that President Barack Obama was wrong to demarcate a shift in American policy towards Israel last week. In fact, it was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who broke with the past in

Asean needs new ways to resolve disputes [ARTICLE]

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Asean needs new ways to resolve disputes BY POU SOTHIRAK FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer, a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, was Cambodia’s Ambassador to Japan from 2005 to 2008. ASEAN prides itself on having kept South-east Asia free from inter-state warfare for

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A time for soul-searching in France [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A time for soul-searching in France STRAUSS-KAHN AFFAIR BY ALISON DE SOUZA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer, a former Straits Times sub-editor, is now a freelance journalist based in London. THE arrest of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over the alleged attempted rape of a Manhattan

Getting to the heat of the matter [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Getting to the heat of the matter DAEDALUS BY ANDY HO SENIOR WRITER andyho@sph.com.sg NOTING that I had been laid low again by my recurring lumbago, my sister gave me some self-heating “moxa” pads which she had bought when she was last in Seoul. They were as good as real

Finding pleasure in a country again [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Finding pleasure in a country again LETTER FROM KYOTO BY JANICE TAY CORRESPONDENT tastingjapan@gmail.com The writer’s trip was sponsored by Gifu, Toyama and Nagano prefectures and Prime Travel. I HAD it all planned. With tourism slowing to a trickle in Japan foreigners too scared and locals not in the mood

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Happiness index the way to go [ARTICLE]

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Happiness index the way to go Justin Lee NOW that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has seen the wisdom of a happiness index that measures qualitative factors, such as general satisfaction, security and work-life balance, it cannot be dismissed as a quirky idea of a small country

Reintroduce mom and pop shops [ARTICLE]

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Reintroduce mom and pop shops Paul Chan IN LAST Saturday’s report (“Refocus on social values, engagement”), Education Minister Heng Swee Keat spoke about meeting residents who lamented the loss of neighbourhood shops. We need to change the way we envisage our society. A coffee shop at the void deck could

For clearer picture [ARTICLE]

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For clearer picture “Make unannounced visits to schools.” MISS WOO JIA QIAN: “I applaud Education Minister Heng Swee Keat’s decision to visit schools and observe classes. If his visit to a primary school is planned in advance, the principal may arrange for him to observe a class in which one

A swifter, surer parting of way for ambulances [ARTICLE]

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A swifter, surer parting of way for ambulances Edward Chan I AM glad to learn that uncooperative drivers who obstruct ambulances are reported to the Traffic Police for investigation (“Road hogs a menace to ambulances”; Thursday). I would like to point out a difficulty in following an advice for motorists

Let’s aim for a world-class road culture [ARTICLE]

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Let’s aim for a world-class road culture Dr William Wan General Manager Singapore Kindness Movement I AM deeply saddened by what happened to the ambulance rushing runner Lee Khoon Bok to hospital (“Road hogs a menace to ambulances”; Thursday). This tragedy brings out once again the absence of graciousness on

Isolating elderly not the solution [ARTICLE]

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Isolating elderly not the solution TOWNSHIP SUGGESTION Dr Lee Siew Peng Middlesex, Britain IT WOULD be an understatement to say I was horrified when I read Mr Chin Cheng Yeong’s letter (“Explore townships for the elderly”; Thursday). Growing old is not a disease it is a natural phase of life.

“If this trend continues, in a few years’ time, foreigners would outstrip Singaporeans in owning private properties.” [ARTICLE]

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“If this trend continues, in a few years’ time, foreigners would outstrip Singaporeans in owning private properties.” MR KHONG KIONG SENG: “I refer to Wednesday’s report (‘Foreign home buyers hit record in Q1’) and sincerely hope the new National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan will not just look into the

“Singapore is too small a country to allow rich foreigners to buy up property.” [ARTICLE]

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“Singapore is too small a country to allow rich foreigners to buy up property.” MR RONALD LEE SIEW WAH: “Wednesday’s report (“Foreign home buyers hit record in Q1”) spells bad news for Singaporeans. Singapore is too small a country to allow rich foreigners to buy up property. The number of

Limit private homes sold to foreigners [ARTICLE]

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Limit private homes sold to foreigners RECORD FOREIGN BUYERS Koh Chin Chin (Madam) I WAS shocked to read that the percentage of private homes sold to foreigners in the first quarter had soared (“Foreign home buyers hit record in Q1”; Wednesday). This shows the cooling measures served to deter only

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE 1 MS YAP CHING WI: Preserving common space 2 NSP: Response to query on fund-raising method 3 MR HENG TECK SENG: Decide on one official age for senior citizen 4 MR MURALI SHARMA: Improve cleanliness at food joints 5 MR OH BOON SIEW: Retiree’s tax grievance 6 MS

Botox can’t be used as a weapon [ARTICLE]

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Botox can’t be used as a weapon Judy Low (Ms) Associate Director, Corporate Affairs Public Relations, Asia-Pacific Allergan WE REFER to Wednesday’s report (“Export conference told: Botox can be a WMD”) and wish to point out that Botox is a medical product and cannot be used as a chemical or

Bad idea [ARTICLE]

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Bad idea “Such places would be sitting targets for thieves and robbers as the elderly tend to be less vigilant and agile.” MR KHOO LIH-HAN: “The townships envisaged for seniors by Mr Chin Cheng Yeong (‘Explore townships for the elderly’; Thursday) would lack inter-generational activities with the elderly remaining isolated.

Good idea [ARTICLE]

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Good idea “Singaporeans should be given a chance to be responsible for their old age and not impose on their children or relatives.” MR COLIN LOH: “I am a proponent of retirement villages as opposed to retirement homes (‘Explore townships for the elderly’; Thursday). In the United States and Australia,

WRITE IN: [ARTICLE]

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Medical tourist numbers take a hit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Medical tourist numbers take a hit Cancellations and drop in enquiries from Saudi Arabia, say concierges SAUDI KIDS’ DEATHS AT MOUNT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL BY POON CHIAN HUI, MELISSA PANG chpoon@sph.com.sg melpang@sph.com.sg THE effects are being felt. At least two medical concierges which bring in medical tourists are seeing cancellations and

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 MP exposes bus standards online L M1 ‘sorry’, offers free calls, SMSes MOST COMMENTED ON L Is Singapore boring? CNN list sparks debate. Says Lone_Wolfx: “The problem is that you are still stuck in the mindset that

‘Weed-like’ substance in wallets, belts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Weed-like’ substance in wallets, belts JALELAH ABU BAKER, THAM YUEN-C A 41-YEAR-OLD man tried to smuggle a substance believed to be cannabis into Singapore, hidden inside leather wallets and belts. But the Bangladeshi was nabbed by officers at Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 on Thursday. The “weed-like” substance was discovered when

FairPrice now accepts major credit cards [ARTICLE]

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FairPrice now accepts major credit cards Move a convenience to shoppers, allows them to earn reward points BY JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg DO NOT worry if you have forgotten to carry cash or an ATM card to shop at supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice. You can now use other major credit cards,

Lim Swee Say named deputy chairman of PA board [ARTICLE]

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Lim Swee Say named deputy chairman of PA board BY RACHEL CHANG LABOUR chief Lim Swee Say has been appointed deputy chairman of the People’s Association (PA) board of management with effect from June 1, taking over from retired minister Lim Boon Heng. The appointment, made by Prime Minister Lee

More air force trainee pilots making the cut [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More air force trainee pilots making the cut Use of simulators, better training, myopia surgery are reasons: RSAF chief BY JERMYN CHOW DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT jermync@sph.com.sg THE odds of air force trainee pilots here earning their wings have improved in the past five years. Where only five in 10 trainees made

Top military award for ex-NZ defence chief [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top military award for ex-NZ defence chief President S R Nathan yesterday conferred Singapore’s highest military award on New Zealand’s former chief of defence force, Sir Jeremiah Mateparae, at the Istana. He received the Distinguished Service Order (Military) for his contributions to Singapore-New Zealand military ties, including facilitating the Singapore

Suspected drugs found on pavement [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Suspected drugs found on pavement A BAG of white powder believed to be drugs was found lying on a pavement at the junction between High Street and Stamford Road by a member of the public yesterday. Police received a call about the palm-size package at about 11am. The Singapore Civ-

S’pore lawyer bags top regional award [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore lawyer bags top regional award WongPartnership’s Rachel Eng named Managing Partner of the Year at ALB Law Awards BY K.C. VIJAYAN LAW CORRESPONDENT vijayan@sph.com.sg TOP corporate lawyer Rachel Eng was named Managing Partner of the Year at a regional law awards event last night, the first woman to land

Parkway takeover is Deal of the Year [ARTICLE]

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Parkway takeover is Deal of the Year K.C. VIJAYAN IT WAS a clash of the titans. Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad bid head to head against India’s Fortis Healthcare. Only one of them could take the prize a takeover of Singapore’s largest healthcare provider, Parkway Holdings. Khazanah won

Group uses social media in bid to free dolphins [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Group uses social media in bid to free dolphins Acres launches petition drive for animals meant for RWS marine park BY SANDRA DAVIE SENIOR WRITER ANIMAL protection group Acres has turned to social media to secure freedom for the 25 wild-caught dolphins intended for a marine park in Resorts World

Teen charged over theft of women’s undies [ARTICLE]

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Teen charged over theft of women’s undies AN 18-YEAR-OLD was charged yesterday for climbing into his neighbours’ apartments and stealing women’s underwear. Eugene Tan is believed to have done this at least seven times, at different units in a condominium in Sengkang. He was arrested on Thursday after a resident

Hawker gets 10 years for killing his mistress [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hawker gets 10 years for killing his mistress Judge takes into account couple’s ‘unhappy relationship’ BY SELINA LUM selinal@sph.com.sg HE WAS spared the gallows last month. Yesterday, hawker Eu Lim Hoklai also avoided a life sentence. The seafood stall boss had been convicted of murdering his mistress in her massage

Martial arts coach guilty of statutory rape of student [ARTICLE]

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Martial arts coach guilty of statutory rape of student SELINA LUM A MARTIAL arts instructor, 46, who had a sexual relationship with his then 13-year-old student has been convicted of three counts of statutory rape and four counts of sexual exploitation. To be sentenced in July, he could be jailed

Feast your eyes on books [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Feast your eyes on books The 26th Singapore Book Fair opened yesterday with over 300,000 books and educational items for sale. Organised by the Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Chinese newspapers division and Marshall Cavendish Business Information, it is on until June 5 at the Suntec Convention Centre Halls 402 to

Doc shoved and kicked policewoman [ARTICLE]

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Doc shoved and kicked policewoman Drunk after karaoke session, he turned aggressive on officers ELENA CHONG A DOCTOR, drunk and saddled with the bill after a karaoke session with friends, refused to pay up and turned aggressive on police officers. Khoo Buk Kwong, 49, was yesterday jailed for two weeks

Two jailed for smuggling in birds, puppies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two jailed for smuggling in birds, puppies KHUSHWANT SINGH MOST people might carry coins or even a mobile phone in their pockets but an Indonesian had 16 songbirds instead when he arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. That same day, a car driven to Woodlands Checkpoint by a Malaysian had

Three get jail terms for casino offences [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Three get jail terms for casino offences KHUSHWANT SINGH THREE casino punters were given jail sentences yesterday. For trying to evade the $100 entry fee at the Marina Bay Sands casino, Loh Chet Ling, 25, will spend two weeks in jail. His friend, Ong Kok Mun, 24, who allowed him

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Teens get to the heart of bonding with elderly [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Teens get to the heart of bonding with elderly 100 students learn about social isolation of old folk at two-day event BY LIM YI HAN limyihan@sph.com.sg SEEING a smile on the face of an elderly person was reward enough for 15-year-old Jimmy Soh. He was one of 100 students who

Get involved [ARTICLE]

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Get involved L Pocket Money Fund gets help from teens ABOUT 1,500 teenagers will hit the streets tomorrow, selling items to raise money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. The fund helps students from low-income families pay for school-related expenses. On sale are miniature bears and sticky notepads

Deeds list [ARTICLE]

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Deeds list L Clans raise over $100,000 for Japan cause THE Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations has raised more than $100,000 for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The money was given to the Singapore Red Cross. L Prudential staff donate $80,000 to Japan STAFF of insurance firm Prudential

SCHOOL POCKET MONEY FUND [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SCHOOL POCKET MONEY FUND About 11,000 students from low-income families will get financial assistance from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund this year. Money year. From July, they will each receive $10 more each month $55 for primary school pupils, and $90 for secondary school students. The Fund aims

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GDP not the sole measure of HAPPINESS’ Factor in quality of life too in well-being index, say economists BY MARK TAY AARON LOW marktay@sph.com.sg aaronl@sph.com.sg TRADITIONAL measures of economic success like gross domestic product (GDP) figures are becoming insufficient to gauge the general well-being of Singaporeans, say local economists. They

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 Rental gap set to widen again L UBS plans to move investment bank overseas MOST COMMENTED ON L $1.33 billion price tag for Laguna Park site. Says changping: “You cannot get a new apartment of similar size

Judgment reserved in DBS High Notes case [ARTICLE]

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Judgment reserved in DBS High Notes case Investors hoping appeal decision will be in favour of compensation claim BY YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg THE Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on the dispute between DBS Bank and a group of investors seeking compensation from the bank. The 213 investors had

Panasonic aims to be eco-product leader [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Panasonic aims to be eco-product leader BY MELISSA HO ELECTRONICS giant Panasonic is aiming to be the best green innovation company in its industry by 2018. One goal is to achieve 80 per cent of Asia-Pacific sales from eco-products by March 2013. Such products account for 66 per cent of

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Japan’s inflation up 0.6% [ARTICLE]

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Japan’s inflation up 0.6% AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO: Japan’s consumer inflation rose for the first time in 28 months in April, partly due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the Arab political turmoil, data showed yesterday. However, analysts said the small jump does not spell an end to the

IMF to name candidates [ARTICLE]

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IMF to name candidates AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will publish the names of the candidates seeking to become its next managing director by June 17, a spokesman said. Nominations opened on Monday for the post after Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned last week to face sexual assault charges

Greek PM seeks political support to avoid debt default [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Greek PM seeks political support to avoid debt default REUTERS ATHENS: Greece’s Prime Minister held talks with opposition leaders yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to win their support for more austerity and to free up European Union-International Monetary Fund aid needed to avert a debt default. Financial markets were spooked

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Robust hiring rate boosts lease volume [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Robust hiring rate boosts lease volume Residential transactions up 8.7% in Q1 on strong economic climate: Savills BY ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg STRONG hiring activity by firms has propelled the residential leasing market in Singapore to its most stellar first-quarter performance in about 10 years. A report by property

Perennial shares details of China assets ahead of IPO [ARTICLE]

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Perennial shares details of China assets ahead of IPO BY GABRIEL CHEN FINANCE CORRESPONDENT PERENNIAL China Retail Trust (PCRT), which owns shopping mall assets in China, yesterday announced details of its initial public offering (IPO) to raise $776.2 million. The trust, managed by a firm controlled by former CapitaLand retail

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The audacity of Chinese frauds [ARTICLE]

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The audacity of Chinese frauds Wall Street-listed Chinese firms like Longtop churn out lies with the help of local banks NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK: To pull off a fraud that humiliates the cream of the global financial elite, you need to have some friends. And where better to have

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S’pore shares track rise in HK bourse [ARTICLE]

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S’pore shares track rise in HK bourse STI inches up on better mood among investors but still down for week BULLS AND BEARS BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg ACTIVITY picked up, investors found themselves in a better mood, and that helped send the market up yesterday, in line with some regional

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Pakistan the epicentre of terror: India [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pakistan the epicentre of terror: India Accusation comes as Washington mutes its criticism of Islamabad BY RAVI VELLOOR SOUTH ASIA BUREAU CHIEF velloor@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI: India described Pakistan as the global epicentre of terror and a fragile state as it opened talks with the United States Homeland Security chief, even

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 Man blows up like human balloon L Search for baby torn from mother’s arms by twister L US man jailed for life over notorious kidnapping MOST COMMENTED ON L Osama planned to blow up oil tankers. Says

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Erdogans v Ulamas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Erdogans v Ulamas The Erdogans Named after reform-minded Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Erdogan faction is pro-Anwar Ibrahim and supports closer ties with the Parti Islam SeMalaysia’s (PAS) non-Muslim partners in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition. Erdogans are seen as willing to compromise on the Malay-Muslim agenda,

2 key factions in PAS polls showdown [ARTICLE]

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2 key factions in PAS polls showdown Big battle looms between moderates and conservatives BY HAZLIN HASSAN MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT hazlinh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) is heading into a heated contest for party posts, the results of which could affect its political strength and standing in the

KL will not cut fuel subsidies for now [ARTICLE]

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KL will not cut fuel subsidies for now TOKYO: Malaysia will look for avenues to keep fuel prices at current levels for as long as possible to avoid burdening consumers, Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted as saying by New Straits Times yesterday. The government held off on a fuel

Toxic chemical found in Taiwan drinks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Toxic chemical found in Taiwan drinks Big recall under way in island’s worst food scandal; crisis may have spread overseas BY LEE SEOK HWAI TAIWAN CORRESPONDENT seokhwai@sph.com.sg TAIPEI: Taiwan is reeling from its worst food poisoning scandal after an industrial chemical linked to a range of ailments, from early puberty

New rice crisis ‘cannot be ruled out’ [ARTICLE]

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New rice crisis ‘cannot be ruled out’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MANILA: A repeat of the 2008 rice crisis that led to riots in the developing world cannot be ruled out as the cost of other agricultural goods surge, a research group has warned. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said the

Graft probe: Ex-party treasurer ‘flees’ to S’pore [ARTICLE]

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Graft probe: Ex-party treasurer ‘flees’ to S’pore JAKARTA: Mr Muhammad Nazaruddin, the former Democratic Party treasurer implicated in several bribery cases, fled to Singapore on Monday, a day before the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) clamped an overseas travel ban on him, Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said. Mr

Spinning straw into fuel [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spinning straw into fuel Thais turn to agricultural waste for energy MEMO FROM BANGKOK BY NIRMAL GHOSH THAILAND CORRESPONDENT nirmal@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Nirmal BANGKOK: In a research laboratory near Bangkok, Dr Vorakan Burapatana toys with a gleaming contraption full of tubes, containers, dials and electrical connections. The machine is used for fermenting

Toad exodus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Toad exodus Thousands of young toads making their way from the swamps where they spawn in Cheongju, South Korea, on their way to surrounding mountains, following a rainy spell earlier this week. PHOTOS: REUTERS PHOTOS: REUTERS

Beijing fetes Myanmar President [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beijing fetes Myanmar President China’s welcome confers legitimacy upon Thein Sein’s new civilian govt ASSOCIATED PRESS XINHUA BEIJING: China bestowed a pomp-filled welcome on Myanmar’s President yesterday, conferring legitimacy on the country’s new, nominally civilian government and ensuring continued Chinese access to its neighbour’s natural resources. The state visit is

Chinese military sets up cyber-defence task force [ARTICLE]

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Chinese military sets up cyber-defence task force AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: China’s military has set up an elite Internet security task force to fend off cyber-attacks, state media reported yesterday, denying that the initiative is intended to create a “hacker army”. The People’s Liberation Army has reportedly invested tens of millions

S. Korean court jails Somali pirate for life [ARTICLE]

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S. Korean court jails Somali pirate for life AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BUSAN: A South Korean court yesterday jailed a Somali pirate for life after convicting him of the attempted murder of the captain of a hijacked ship. The convict, Mahomed Araye, was also found guilty of maritime robbery. Prosecutors had originally

China’s farmland deals in Brazil sowing unease [ARTICLE]

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China’s farmland deals in Brazil sowing unease South American nation sets curbs on foreign ‘land grabs’ in response to Chinese zeal NEW YORK TIMES URUACU (Brazil): When the Chinese came looking for more soya beans last year, they enquired about buying land lots of it. Officials in this farming area

Parts of Inner Mongolia ‘under martial law’ as protests spread [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Parts of Inner Mongolia ‘under martial law’ as protests spread REUTERS BEIJING: The Chinese authorities sealed off parts of the northern region of Inner Mongolia yesterday in what residents described as martial law, to try to quell a fifth day of protests by ethnic Mongolians over the death of a

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Mladic fit to stand trial, judge rules [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mladic fit to stand trial, judge rules AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS BELGRADE: A Serbian judge yesterday ruled that General Ratko Mladic was fit to stand trial and could be extradited to a United Nations court to face charges of genocide. The ruling came amid pleas from Mladic’s family that

$50b in aid plan to support Arab Spring [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$50b in aid plan to support Arab Spring G-8 leaders focus on helping to stabilise Egypt and Tunisia ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE DEAUVILLE (France): Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide US$40 billion (S$49.5 billion) in funding for Arab nations trying to establish free democracies, officials said

Gaddafi stashed billions in Wall St, Europe banks: Report [ARTICLE]

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Gaddafi stashed billions in Wall St, Europe banks: Report NEW YORK TIMES BLOOMBERG NEW YORK: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has stashed billions of dollars of Libyan oil revenue with financial institutions on Wall Street and in Europe, according to a document made public by an international advocacy group. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan

Mubarak ‘had knowledge about every bullet fired’ [ARTICLE]

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Mubarak ‘had knowledge about every bullet fired’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO: Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, charged with murder, “had complete knowledge about every bullet fired” at protesters, according to damning testimony by his former spy chief. Mr Omar Suleiman, the former head of intelligence who was briefly vice-presi-dent, told

Republicans shift focus with jobs plan [ARTICLE]

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Republicans shift focus with jobs plan REUTERS WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON: Congressional Republicans unveiled a jobs agenda on Thursday, shifting the subject from their unpopular health-care plan and hitting President Barack Obama where it hurts the 9 per cent unemployment rate. Two days after suffering a stunning election defeat, largely because

Locke to push for US firms in China [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Locke to push for US firms in China Envoy-to-be to hold Beijing to its pledges, like further opening of financial sector BY CHUA CHIN HON US BUREAU CHIEF chinhon@sph.com.sg WASHINGTON: Economic cooperation and public diplomacy look set to be the top priorities for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke when he assumes

Injunctions can’t tame the tide of new media [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Injunctions can’t tame the tide of new media British judges struggle to protect privacy in the age of Twitter NEWS ANALYSIS BY JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT Jonathan.eyal@gmail.com LONDON: Every British child knows the legend of King Canute, one of the country’s earliest monarchs, who believed himself to be so powerful

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French touch for Sydney icon [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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French touch for Sydney icon The “sails” of the Sydney Opera House being lit with a 3-D effect during the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival yesterday. The effect was created by French collective Superbien, using a technique called projection-mapping. Now in its third year, Vivid Sydney which will run

Seeking Goodluck? Head to Nigeria [ARTICLE]

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Seeking Goodluck? Head to Nigeria SLICEOFLIFE AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LAGOS: So what do you get in Nigeria with Sunday, God’s Gift, Whoknows, Noisy Place and, of course, Goodluck? It could be a family gathering. Tomorrow’s inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan will do more than officially bring an end to a landmark

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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 COMMENTED ON L Barca fear eruption Says Bayleyan: “I hope for Park Ji Sung’s sake, that Manchester United can lift the European Cup.” YOUR SAY L Patrice Evra believes cockiness cost Man Utd the European Cup against Barcelona two

WE WON’T BE SO COCKY THIS TIME, SAYS EVRA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WE WON’T BE SO COCKY THIS TIME, SAYS EVRA Man United desperate to avoid 2009 mistake against Barcelona C H A MPI O N S LE AG U E FIN A L THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Patrice Evra believes that cockiness cost Manchester United the European Cup against Barcelona two

Wozniacki out, Federer goes through [ARTICLE]

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Wozniacki out, Federer goes through FRENCH OPEN AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS PARIS: Women’s world No. 1 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the French Open yesterday. The Dane lost to 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova 1-6, 3-6 in the third round. The 20-year-old held her opening service game to draw

LATE REVIVAL AGAIN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LATE REVIVAL AGAIN Heat master the art of comeback to see off Bulls, enter NBA Finals NEW YORK TIMES CHICAGO: There are perhaps a thousand ways to close a series and seize a conference title, but none more emphatic or definitive than the method LeBron James chose on Thursday when

Accusations fly on eve of race [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Accusations fly on eve of race THE TIMES, LONDON MONTE CARLO: Lewis Hamilton has accused his championship rivals at Red Bull of employing drivers at their sister team to form a mobile roadblock to prevent him from beating Sebastian Vettel. The McLaren driver made his allegation in the build-up to

Next 72 hours [ARTICLE]

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“I had to get the cobwebs out and the muscles going but it’s a good start to the season by winning.” [ARTICLE]

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“I had to get the cobwebs out and the muscles going but it’s a good start to the season by winning.” USAIN BOLT, after beating compatriot and arch-rival Asafa Powell in the 100m at the Golden Gala meet in Rome with a time of 9.91 seconds

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Athletics Rome Diamond League Men’s 100m: 1 Usain Bolt (Jam) 9.91sec. 2 Asafa Powell (Jam) 9.93. 3 Christophe Lemaitre (Fra) 10.00. 4x100m: 1 Canada 38.65. 2 Italy 38.89. 3 Germany 39.09. Winners only 200m: Andrew Howe (Ita) 20.31. 400m: Chris Brown (Bah) 45.16. 800m: Khadevis Robinson (USA) 1min 45.09sec.

Only a six-month ban for Kolo Toure [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Only a six-month ban for Kolo Toure THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Kolo Toure will miss only the first three weeks of the new English Premier League season, after the Manchester City defender escaped a long suspension on Thursday for failing a drugs test. A Football Association (FA) independent regulatory commission

Waiting to be whisked off on a magical, mystery tour [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Waiting to be whisked off on a magical, mystery tour INGO0D CONSCIENCE BY ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg DO YOU ever wish for something that is more than reasonable to expect from a game? I am at that point this morning. Wembley Stadium will tonight host the Champions League final between two

CLUBS SHAKE HANDS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CLUBS SHAKE HANDS Hougang and Etoile ready to move on after pre-match brawl BY LEE MIN KOK mklee@sph.com.sg THE two S-League clubs involved in Monday’s pre-match brawl at the Hougang Stadium took the first step towards reconciliation yesterday. Amid calls for increased security at stadiums and harsher punishment for offenders,

Fifa zooms in on kelong match in UAE [ARTICLE]

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Fifa zooms in on kelong match in UAE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI: Fifa has broken up a scheme to rig a football game in the United Arab Emirates, which it believes is part of a wider match-fixing scandal that stretches from Finland to East Asia. Tipped off on alleged plans to

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Race horses kept back after test [ARTICLE]

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Race horses kept back after test THREE of the visiting international horses for the SIA Cup and the KrisFlyer International Sprint Presvis, Wigmore Hall and California Memory have been detained at the Singapore Turf Club after pre-travel screening revealed a possible virus in their blood. Samples have been sent to

Mardan scrapes past cut in Japan [ARTICLE]

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Mardan scrapes past cut in Japan CHIBA: Singapore No.1 Mardan Mamat struggled to a even-par 72 yesterday for a 142 total from two rounds but made the weekend rounds of the Japan Golf Tour’s Diamond Cup by a single stroke. He is tied for 34th at the 120 million yen

Home take over lead in S-League [ARTICLE]

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Home take over lead in S-League HOME United soared to the top of the S-League football table last night, after a 3-1 win over strugglers Tanjong Pagar United at the Jalan Besar stadium. The Protectors fell behind to a Kim Jong Oh goal at the stroke of half-time. But a

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ROONEY SEEKS REDEMPTION [ARTICLE]

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ROONEY SEEKS REDEMPTION The formerly troubled striker is fit, in form and eager to shine again AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: Twelve months ago, Wayne Rooney’s shoulders were bearing England’s hopes in South Africa. But he failed to score a single goal and left the country physically and mentally exhausted as a

Hernandez ready to push himself to limit [ARTICLE]

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Hernandez ready to push himself to limit ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will not promise goals in tonight’s Champions League final. But he has promised sweat. “I’m not obsessed with goals. The goals are the result of the work of the whole team. Forwards only have the

Man United prepare [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man United prepare Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson throwing a ball at first-team coach Renee Mulensteen during a training session in Manchester ahead of the Champions League final against Barcelona. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ASSOCIATED PRESS Wayne Rooney (below) has plenty to prove in tonight’s showdown. The impact the striker

Enforcer Busquets a key man for Barca [ARTICLE]

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Enforcer Busquets a key man for Barca LONDON: Every drama needs its villain. Enter Barcelona defensive anchor Sergio Busquets. He is lucky to be playing today, after being investigated by European football’s governing body Uefa following a complaint from semi-final opponents Real Madrid that he called Brazilian full-back Marcelo a

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Barca’s win bonuses almost double United’s [ARTICLE]

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Barca’s win bonuses almost double United’s LIONEL Messi and his teammates will earn £650,000 (S$808,535) each if they win the Champions League for Barcelona nearly double Manchester United’s bonus. The Spanish giants are set to cough up an estimated £16 million for the entire squad. United players can expect to

Win or lose, Guardiola could move on [ARTICLE]

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Win or lose, Guardiola could move on BARCELONA coach Pep Guardiola could be tempted to leave after the Champions League final against Manchester United whether they win or lose, former player and coach Johan Cruyff has said. Guardiola has won nine trophies in three seasons since he took charge at

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BEAUTY SHOULD ALWAYS PREVAIL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BEAUTY SHOULD ALWAYS PREVAIL Why Barcelona must win: BY ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg FRIENDS, foes, football people, lend me your fanaticism. I come here not to bury the Crap Invincibles but to praise the beauty of Barca. Shakespeare will not mind if I mangle his words and being a man of

Barcelona to win [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Barcelona to win i I’ve seen Barcelona play many I’ve seen Barcelona play many times this season and they have a squad that’s untouchable. Do you remember that game when they beat Real Madrid 5-0? If it was against United, it would have been 10-0! I don’t think United’s defence

Man Utd to win [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man Utd to win If there’s one man who can If there’s one man who can outfox Guardiola, it will be Ferguson. He’s a crafty old fox and I’m sure he’ll plan his tactics perfectly, like packing the midfield and making sure the Barcelona players are always hounded. The beautiful

Fletcher key to United’s hopes: Wilshere [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fletcher key to United’s hopes: Wilshere THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Jack Wilshere had no hesitation in identifying Darren Fletcher as the player who would be integral to Manchester United’s hopes of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final today. Given that Fletcher’s absence through suspension was widely cited as a

IT’S WRITTEN IN THE STARS [ARTICLE]

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IT’S WRITTEN IN THE STARS Why Man United must win: BY SANJAY NAIR nsanjay@sph.com.sg INSTEAD of suing them, Ryan Giggs should thank Twitter if he picks up his third Champions League winners’ medal tonight. Here’s why. When allegations of the Welshman’s “excursions” off the field first appeared on the micro-blogging

WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN Barcelona v Manchester United CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TACTICAL ISSUES Who stops Lionel Messi? He has taken a more central role and has started to drop deeper into midfield to collect the ball. The tactic already gives opposing midfielders extra work and draws defenders out of position. United will

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SOLVING THE MESSI PUZZLE [ARTICLE]

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SOLVING THE MESSI PUZZLE United’s problem is that the striker has changed his game since 2009 ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: It is a question everyone asks: How do you stop Lionel Messi? English champions Manchester United have to find the answer tonight in the Champions League final at Wembley against Spain’s,

Messi is not the only dangerman: Vidic [ARTICLE]

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Messi is not the only dangerman: Vidic THE TIMES, LONDON REUTERS LONDON: Nemanja Vidic fears Champions League heartbreak for Manchester United if they become obsessed with shackling Lionel Messi in tonight’s final against Barcelona at Wembley. Vidic captained United to a record 19th English title this month but the Serbian

Big-game winning 4-4-2 system will serve United better [ARTICLE]

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Big-game winning 4-4-2 system will serve United better BY RICHARD JOLLY ALEX Ferguson has spent the week debating the personnel and the tactics that he will use in tonight’s Champions League final. But it is not clear whether he knows that Barcelona’s system was determined in 1973. When Johan Cruyff

Barcelona prepare [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Barcelona prepare Barcelona fans giving their team a rousing send-off as they left for London on Tuesday evening. The Spanish giants are favourites to return home with the trophy. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ASSOCIATED PRESS Barcelona defender Gerard Pique preparing to face his former

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CHICANERY IN MONACO Lewis Hamilton asks stewards to stop any funny business at Grand Prix. C16 SLAP ON THE WRIST Kolo Toure will miss only three games next season due to drug ban. C17 GREAT SINGAPORE* bhi e i AM SUN ROADSHOW Samsung 5jJ|ART TV 28-29 MAY rcher m: VACUM

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Much of Singapore’s destiny has been determined in one small, spartan room. [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Much of Singapore’s destiny has been determined in one small, spartan room. Cabinet room BY ROBIN CHAN chanckr@sph.com.sg It is hidden away, under guard, in the sprawling, lush grounds of the Istana. There are few trappings of power or ostentation amid the mahoganypanelled walls with two slender windows and a

Mr Lee Kuan Yew planted his first tender sapling on June 16, 1963. [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mr Lee Kuan Yew planted his first tender sapling on June 16, 1963. Garden BY LEE SIEW HUA SENIOR WRITER siewhua@sph.com.sg When he bedded down the little Mempat tree in Farrer Circus, a traffic roundabout, he also seeded a civilised garden city in an unruly land. In season, the tree,

When enrolment at The Chinese High School and eight other once-reputable Chinese-medium schools fell to a trickle in 1978, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew came up with a practical solution to save them. They would be transformed into ‘super schools’ for the top 10 per cent of students, [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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When enrolment at The Chinese High School and eight other once-reputable Chinese-medium schools fell to a trickle in 1978, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew came up with a practical solution to save them. They would be transformed into ‘super schools’ for the top 10 per cent of students, Schools

The 47-year-old block of flats stands on a hill in Queenstown, [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The 47-year-old block of flats stands on a hill in Queenstown, Flats BY TAN HUI YEE CORRESPONDENT tanhy@sph.com.sg towering over a busy intersection, the neighbourhood school, and newer public housing projects a stone’s throw away. Residents who have lived in Block 81, Commonwealth Close long enough have witnessed from their

It's 7.45pm on a Tuesday night at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club. [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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It's 7.45pm on a Tuesday night at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club. Community centres BY WONG KIM HOH SENIOR WRITER kimhoh@sph.com.sg In the main hall, a group is practising Aikido throws. In a studio, half a dozen women are learning to strengthen their abdominal muscles. In other rooms, motley groups

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A tapestry of dreams [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A tapestry of dreams REBLOGGED BY JONATHAN LIAUTRAKUL A TEENAGER’S passion for literature, art, photography and music spawned an unusual blog that marries all her interests in personal and creative ways. When Diana Abdul Rahim, 19, started it in January last year, it was as a starting point to hone

Financial courses can enrich bonds [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Financial courses can enrich bonds More students in tertiary institutions are devoting final-year projects to promoting a cause or raising awareness of social issues. YouthInk writers share a project they would want to lead, to benefit the community. 18 AS A university undergraduate embarking on my own final-year project in

The new photojournalists [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The new photojournalists General election inspires young people to document the hustings in new book NOW TRENDING BY SERENE LUO serl@sph.com.sg IT’S 3am, May 8, and a carpark in Potong Pasir was noisy, pulsing with emotion. In the back of a lorry, Mrs Lina Chiam was thanking residents who had

Why royalty can still be relevant in modern times [ARTICLE]

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Why royalty can still be relevant in modern times MY THOUGHTS BY MUHAMMAD FAROUQ OSMAN The writer, 22, is a second-year sociology major at the National University of Singapore. SOME of my friends find my immense interest in the British monarchy curious. They question my respect and admiration for an

Through their eyes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Through their eyes L Jean Qingwen Loo, 27 The freelance photographer said she found the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) rallies “extremely emotional”. “Each party’s rallies had a different feel... but SPP’s really tugged at everyone’s heartstrings because of Mr Chiam See Tong’s devotion and style of standing up for what

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7 wonders of the wild [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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7 wonders of the wild wildThere are seven species of sea turtle Ω all listed as threatened or endangered. Here’s a look at these ancient marine reptiles to mark World Turtle Day this Monday. Sources: UNDERWATER WORLD SINGAPORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SEETURTLES.ORG LOCAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS HAWKSBILL TURTLE TAG-AND-RELEASE PROJECT To mark

Scientists’ close encounters of a cellular kind [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Scientists’ close encounters of a cellular kind Cutting-edge microscopes raise hopes of finding new cures for diseases BY FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg SCIENTISTS here are getting 200 times closer to rogue cells by tracking them with a new suite of medical microscopes. This could allow them to zoom in on more

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SEA TURTLES IN TROUBLE All seven species of the ancient marine reptile are listed as threatened or endangered. INSIGHTSPECIAL Five essays on former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s places in history by Robin Chan, Lee Siew Hua, Clarissa Oon, Tan Hui Yee and Wong Kim Hoh. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: ISTOCKPHOTO and

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