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Straits Times, 18 June 2011

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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA(P)108/11/2010 SATURDAY, JUNE 18 2011 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 1.00

INSIDE 226 PAGES IN NINE PARTS

$12m bill ‘reasonable’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$12m bill ‘reasonable’ GENERAL surgeon Susan Lim’s $12 million bill to her Brunei patient was “reasonable” given her past earnings and if benchmarked against top professionals like Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen’s before he joined the government, a forensic accountant found in a report submitted last year at a Singapore

Muis raps Islamic group [ARTICLE]

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Muis raps Islamic group THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has taken a firm stand against the Obedient Wives Club, saying the latter’s views are contrary to Islamic teachings and demean women and the concept of family. L PRIME PAGE A8

Flood emergency in China [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flood emergency in China CHINA has mobilised troops to help with flood relief and raised its disaster alert to the highest level, as heavy rain continued, causing landslides and breaching dykes. More than one million people have been evacuated from their homes in central and southern China. L PRIME PAGE

MAS SELAMAT FOOTAGE RELEASED [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MAS SELAMAT FOOTAGE RELEASED THIS is Jemaah Islamiah terrorist leader Mas Selamat Kastari on the day he was recaptured in Johor in April 2009, more than a year after he escaped from detention in Singapore. Malaysian police have released previously unseen footage of his re-arrest for a television documentary to

Casinos to face full-scale inspection [ARTICLE]

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Casinos to face full-scale inspection Surveillance systems, accounts and games will be under scrutiny BY NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S casino watchdog will launch a full-scale inspection of the two casinos at the end of the year, to make sure that the operators are complying with all the rules and

Workers get picky in tight market [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Workers get picky in tight market BY AARON LOW, MARK TAY, IAN POH aaronl@sph.com.sg marktay@sph.com.sg pohian@sph.com.sg JUST a few years ago, the financial crisis gave bosses the upper hand in hiring staff. But in today’s increasingly tight labour market, the tables have been turned. Job-seekers are the ones calling the

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Hunk fest Opening soon: Dick Lee’s Beauty Kings Dads Amazing Most men aren’t prepared for fatherhood, but some are simply extraordinary. LIFE! PAGE E6 What next for opposition parties? Now the hard part renewal, mergers and staying in sight until the next GE SATURDAY SPECIAL PAGES D2-5 Gulf jitters Special

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South China Sea: Walking the talk [ARTICLE]

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South China Sea: Walking the talk WE SAY Beijing soothed jangled nerves in the region recently by saying that it would never threaten any country. But tempers have flared up again over the disputed South China Sea, with Vietnam and the Philippines accusing China of assertiveness if not outright aggression

Draining the flood away [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Draining the flood away COLUMN How to solve the flooding problem? Turn the Tanjong Pagar railway tract into a big drain, says Jeremy Au Yong. L LIFE! PAGE E24

Consider different varsity [ARTICLE]

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Consider different varsity OUR READER SAYS A university should be set up for students who may not qualify for the existing three, but are competent for tertiary education, says Vincent Tan. L FORUM PAGE A44

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been THERE were errors in the article published on June 14, headlined “Russian eatery the buyer of world’s oldest champagne”. The name of the champagne house should be Juglar. The 145 bottles salvaged from the shipwreck were believed to be on their way to the court

A code for accountability [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A code for accountability Proposed changes to code of corporate governance are timely BY GOH ENG YEOW SENIOR CORRESPONDENT engyeow@sph.com.sg FEW investors may be familiar with the Singapore code of corporate governance, but for the boards of the 700-odd listed firms, it serves much like the Ten Commandments. And like

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Thai teen’s family sues SMRT for $3.4m [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thai teen’s family sues SMRT for $3.4m Amount will pay for prosthetic limbs she’ll need in her lifetime, says lawyer BY POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Elizabeth Soh THE family of the Thai teenager who lost both legs following a horrific accident at the Ang Mo Kio MRT

Mas Selamat recapture on TV show [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mas Selamat recapture on TV show Documentary showing footage of police raid will be aired on June 30 BY RACHAEL BOON rachaelb@sph.com.sg NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN footage of terrorist detainee Mas Selamat Kastari, 50, being recaptured two years ago in Kampung Tawakal in Skudai, Johor, will be shown on television this month. Mas

Dr Susan Lim’s charges reasonable, says expert [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dr Susan Lim’s charges reasonable, says expert Amount is in line with the surgeon’s past earnings, according to his report BY SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg DR SUSAN Lim’s $12 million bill for treating her Brunei patient over a six-month period was reasonable based on her past earnings, said a

Treatment of Brunei royal ‘a loss-making assignment’ [ARTICLE]

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Treatment of Brunei royal ‘a loss-making assignment’ BY FIONA LOW SALMA KHALIK IN A fresh attempt to defend her reputation, Dr Susan Lim has called the job of treating a member of the Bruneian royal family “a huge loss-making assignment”. It was also an assignment that “technically bankrupted” her business,

Muis frowns on the Obedient Wives Club [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Muis frowns on the Obedient Wives Club It says club’s views are contrary to Islamic teachings and demean women BY NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has taken a firm stand against claims made by the Obedient Wives Club (OWC), saying the group’s views are

Saudi women go behind the wheel to defy driving ban [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Saudi women go behind the wheel to defy driving ban ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE RIYADH: A campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving kicked into high gear yesterday with female motorists getting behind the wheel to challenge the restrictions in the ultraconservative kingdom. One woman reportedly took a

Staff-strapped companies turning away business [ARTICLE]

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Staff-strapped companies turning away business STAFF shortages in the service sector are so severe that some firms have put expansion on hold and are scaling back their business. Security firm KH Security has stopped bidding for new projects and is focusing on retaining its existing staff, said senior business development

Important to stay calm [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Important to stay calm JUDITH TAN SCREAMING newborns can test the patience of any parent first-time and experienced ones alike. Doctors say that parents, already frustrated and sleep-deprived, should resist picking up a crying child and shaking it, because even gentle shaking can “rapidly escalate”, making the child a potential

No clear evidence in baby’s death: Coroner [ARTICLE]

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No clear evidence in baby’s death: Coroner Girl, who was comatose and put on life support, was second child from family to die BY ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg A CORONER said yesterday he could not come to a definitive finding on the death of a baby girl as the

Friends reach murdered man’s children in S’pore [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Friends reach murdered man’s children in S’pore They will head to Papua New Guinea to identify his body after he was shot dead while driving BY DANSON CHEONG dansonc@sph.com.sg DEPARTMENT store general manager Wong Tee Tee was driving his Toyota sport utility vehicle in Port Moresby when a group of

More gave to charity last year [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More gave to charity last year Better economy, changes to Charities Act among reasons BY JENNANI DURAI jennanid@sph.com.sg WITH the economy looking up last year, people opened their wallets and gave more to charities than they did the year before. According to the Commissioner of Charities’ (COC) annual report released

From sultry model to Putin’s photographer [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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From sultry model to Putin’s photographer AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MOSCOW: The Russian government is facing a deluge of comments on the Internet after it hired an attractive former model and Miss Moscow finalist as personal photographer to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Defending its move, the government said Ms Yana Lapikova was

Gardens by the Bay springs to life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gardens by the Bay springs to life Gardens by the Bay reached another milestone, with the first trees entering its Flower Dome yesterday. Mr Christopher Dalzell, assistant director of Gardens by the Bay (left), was on hand to plant one of the bottle trees with the help of workers. The

July 9: Three groups to rally, with different aims [ARTICLE]

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July 9: Three groups to rally, with different aims Malaysian minister warns against breaking the law BY CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is bracing itself for a major confrontation on July 9 the day three groups say they will hit the streets for rallies, but with

CHINA’S GREAT RED REVIVAL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CHINA’S GREAT RED REVIVAL Party mounts propaganda blitz to woo the young ahead of 90th anniversary BY PEH SHING HUEI CHINA BUREAU CHIEF shpeh@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Carol Feng BEIJING: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is going pop in an attempt to gear the people up for its 90th anniversary.

China on high alert as rain continues [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China on high alert as rain continues Troops sent to help in flood relief, while over one million people have been evacuated REUTERS XINHUA AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING: China has mobilised troops to help with flood relief and raised its disaster alert to the highest level, as heavy rain

Canada elects first Tamil MP [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Canada elects first Tamil MP She calls for probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka HIMAYA QUASEM THE Tamil community worldwide has found a new sensation: Ms Rathika Sitsabaiesan, who recently won election to the Canadian Parliament. The 29-year-old has attracted a large following worldwide, including in Singapore, after

$372m memorial to Iron Man of India [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$372m memorial to Iron Man of India AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW DELHI: The state of Gujarat has invited international tenders to help build the world’s tallest statue a 182m-high memorial that will cost US$300 million (S$372 million). To be cast in bronze, the statue of Mr Vallabhbhai Patel, known as the

Brain implant for rats yields hope for dementia patients [ARTICLE]

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Brain implant for rats yields hope for dementia patients Device able to restore lost memory functions and strengthen recall NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK: Scientists have made a crucial first step in the development of devices that could one day repair deficits from dementia, stroke and other brain injuries. According

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South China Sea: Walking the talk [ARTICLE]

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South China Sea: Walking the talk ONLY recently, Beijing soothed jangled nerves in the region by stressing its defensive inclinations and promising never to threaten any country. But tempers have flared again over the disputed South China Sea, with Vietnam and the Philippines accusing China of assertiveness if not outright

Consider joint development in disputed areas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Consider joint development in disputed areas Former senior minister S. Jayakumar gave the keynote address at the Centre for International Law’s Conference on Joint Development and the South China Sea this week. Below is an excerpt of his speech. THE Spratly Islands in the South China Sea have long been

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Hard for board to be brake and accelerator [ARTICLE]

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Hard for board to be brake and accelerator BY LAWRENCE LOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is associate professor at the Department of Strategy and Policy of the National University of Singapore Business School. THE proposals in the Consultation Paper on revisions to the Code of Corporate Governance are

Water transfer project no cure-all for waste [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Water transfer project no cure-all for waste BY HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg I WAS in Hubei talking to farmers who had to make way for a plan to pipe water from central Hubei to northern cities such as Beijing. A neatly dressed man who said he was an

Who’s to blame for Indonesia’s fugitives? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Who’s to blame for Indonesia’s fugitives? THE ECONOMIST TO SEE Indonesian shoppers strolling along Singapore’s Orchard Road or to overhear them speaking in Bahasa Indonesia in the elevators of some of the city-state’s most exclusive medical centres is unremarkable. After all, the countries are only a short plane ride apart,

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What is the future of the opposition? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What is the future of the opposition? The watershed general election is behind them, but Singapore’s opposition parties have no plans to disappear. The six parties tell Insight their plans for leadership renewal and for moving ahead MORE than any other election before, last month’s general election will be remembered

Four under 40 in the next Parliament [ARTICLE]

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Four under 40 in the next Parliament Key leaders: Secretary-general Low Thia Khiang, 54, and chairman Sylvia Lim, 46 Potential leaders: Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong, 34; Aljunied GRC MPs Pritam Singh, 34; and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap, 35; and Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam, 34 WORKERS’ PARTY KOR KIAN BENG

Can the SPP survive Chiam? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Can the SPP survive Chiam? Key leaders: Secretary-general Chiam See Tong, 76, chairman Sin Kek Tong, 65, and vice-chairman Lina Chiam, 62 Potential leaders: Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC candidates Benjamin Pwee, 43, and Jimmy Lee, 35 SINGAPORE PEOPLE’S PARTY JEREMY AU YONG THE May 7 election was widely billed as the

Party at a crossroads [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Party at a crossroads Key leaders: President Sebastian Teo, 63, and secretary-general Goh Meng Seng, 41 Potential leaders: Former government scholarship holders Hazel Poa and Tony Tan, both 41; lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, 48; and advertising executive Nicole Seah, 24 NATIONAL SOLIDARITY PARTY ANDREA ONG THE National Solidarity Party (NSP) is

Focus on renewal, courting more parties [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Focus on renewal, courting more parties Key leader: Secretary-general Desmond Lim Bak Chuan, 43, engineer Potential leader: Harminder Pal Singh, 39, motivational speaker S P O RE DEM OC R A TI C A LLI A N C E ZAKIR HUSSAIN THE Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) is today a pale

New members may force rethink [ARTICLE]

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New members may force rethink Key leaders: Secretary-general Chee Soon Juan, 48 Potential leaders: Civil society activist Vincent Wijeysingha, 41; investment adviser Tan Jee Say, 57; psychiatrist Ang Yong Guan, 56; academic James Gomez, 46; private school teacher Michelle Lee, 35; and theatre director Alec Tok, 46 SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

An eye out for new blood from Day One [ARTICLE]

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An eye out for new blood from Day One Key leader: Secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, 52, former hedge fund manager Potential leaders: Andy Zhu, 29, real estate agent REFORM PARTY KOR KIAN BENG It may be a newcomer to the opposition scene, but the Reform Party (RP) recognised the need for

forum.

Why visit a place where we are not welcome? [ARTICLE]

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Why visit a place where we are not welcome? Lawrence Koo I TOTALLY agree with Mr V. Kumar (“Going to JB? Not worth the trouble”; Thursday) that it is not worth the trouble going to Johor Baru so long as the situation remains unchanged. Last Saturday, I left home at

Consider a different varsity [ARTICLE]

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Consider a different varsity POLY GRADS’ ASPIRATIONS Dr Vincent Tan Massachusetts, USA I REFER to the letters by Madam Irene Koh and Madam Tan Joo Kim (“Poly grads’ uni frustration” and “Don’t force them to give up higher education”; Forum Online, last Saturday). Singapore has three universities that have consistently

WRITE IN: [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MADAM JOAN SEAH: Beyond results and medals 2 MS CATHERINE TAN: Let pupils sweat it out 3 MISS WOO JIA QIAN: Teachers, be more receptive to feedback 4 MR KUMAR PILLAY THANGAVALU: Take ‘I don’t know’ out of service dictionary 5 MR JERRY

Don’t take the fun out of sports in our schools [ARTICLE]

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Don’t take the fun out of sports in our schools Lim Siew Tin (Ms) I CANNOT agree more with Ms Chan Peck Lian (“End obsession with medals”; June 4). As a mother of a primary school boy, I was saddened when he ended up in a non-sport cocurricular activity (CCA),

Business-like approach [ARTICLE]

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Business-like approach “This is only because parents in the past wanted schools to be more professionally run and adopt the best practices in the private sector.” MR ANG KOK THIAM: “I am a father of two primary school-going children and I read with great concern the growing calls from parents

Ensure hygiene at wedding dinners [ARTICLE]

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Ensure hygiene at wedding dinners UNTRAINED PART-TIMERS Ng Swee San (Miss) I HAVE noticed an alarming trend at Chinese wedding dinners where more and more young part-time staff are used many of whom are untrained. To avoid a case of mass food poisoning, I urge the Ministry of Health (MOH)

Why only trained specialists should do it [ARTICLE]

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Why only trained specialists should do it AESTHETIC SURGERY Dr Karen Sng President, Singapore Society of Cosmetic (Aesthetic) Surgeons Dr Marcus Wong Chairman, Chapter of Plastic Surgeons, College of Surgeons WE WISH to emphasise that aesthetic surgery is distinct from the non-surgical aesthetic procedures Dr Loh Kwok Thye of the

Movie offerings here lack variety, choice [ARTICLE]

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Movie offerings here lack variety, choice Wong Wen Tsung WE HAVE so many movie cineplexes here offering us the latest in visual and auditory equipment, plus nice and comfortable seats to relax in. However, I lament the terrible lack of movie choices available. Scan the movie page and you tend

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE L German TV show mocks Singaporean practices MOST COMMENTED ON L Govt in talks on ‘green corridor’. Says richardpang: “This green corridor along the Malayan Railway line is fantastic (if implemented). As an Australian tourist, I look forward

Servicemen get sole comfort in Asics shoes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Servicemen get sole comfort in Asics shoes Change of brand in line with transformation of SAF to 3G fighting force BY JERMYN CHOW DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT jermync@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S soldiers, airmen and sailors will soon be fitted out in Asics running shoes for their physical training. Those who enlisted for basic military

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 German TV show mocks Singaporean practices MOST COMMENTED ON L Govt in talks on ‘green corridor’. Says richardpang: “This green corridor along the Malayan Railway line is fantastic (if implemented). As an Australian tourist, I look forward

Japan honours Goh Chok Tong for bilateral contributions [ARTICLE]

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Japan honours Goh Chok Tong for bilateral contributions ELGIN TOH EMERITUS Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has been conferred Japan’s second highest award for foreigners, the Japanese Embassy has announced. He will receive the award from Emperor Akihito at a ceremony in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo next Friday. The

100 Star Cruises passengers fall sick on trip [ARTICLE]

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100 Star Cruises passengers fall sick on trip They show food poisoning signs after city tour BY JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg A SIX-DAY cruise to Ho Chi Minh City and Redang Island turned ugly for about 100 passengers after they came down with food poisoning symptoms in the early hours of

New MRT, LRT stations opening [ARTICLE]

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New MRT, LRT stations opening COMMUTERS will have more options when Woodleigh MRT station and Damai LRT station begin operating on Monday. Woodleigh station in Upper Serangoon Road is the last of the 16 stations in the North-East Line (NEL) to open. Damai station in Punggol Drive completes the seven-station

Hackers steal data from NParks portal [ARTICLE]

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Hackers steal data from NParks portal Attack was limited but agency has alerted online users whose details were accessed BY TEH JOO LIN joolin@sph.com.sg HACKERS attacked the website of the National Parks Board (NParks) on Sunday and stole some data belonging to users. When contacted by The Straits Times, the

Mourners pay respects to Buddhist monk [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mourners pay respects to Buddhist monk Ex-minister George Yeo among steady stream of visitors attending wake BY YEN FENG zengyan@sph.com.sg HE was a respected figure here and abroad, and yesterday a steady stream of mourners from as far away as China, Taiwan and the United States attended the wake of

NSF with no licence showed ‘wilful disregard’ of road rules [ARTICLE]

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NSF with no licence showed ‘wilful disregard’ of road rules BY SELINA LUM A FULL-TIME national serviceman out to impress his girlfriend on her birthday in December 2009 borrowed a friend’s car to drive her home never mind that he had no driving licence. Edwin Lin Kangming, then 20, floored

Take a DIY walking tour at Bukit Brown [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Take a DIY walking tour at Bukit Brown BY JESSICA LIM BUKIT Brown Cemetery off Lornie Road will be turned into a walk-through museum tomorrow and next Sunday. Visitors who show up between 8.30am and 11.30am those two days can take a walk through the place, making stops at some

Another private school closes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Another private school closes ALG gets registration cancelled for withholding information BY LEOW SI WAN siwan@sph.com.sg THE Council for Private Education (CPE) has closed down a private school for withholding information requested, and for not disclosing that its partnership with an external degree programme provider had been terminated. ALG Education

Singapore research firms join forces [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore research firms join forces Aim is to sell services to pharmaceutical, biotech clients here and abroad BY GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg SEVEN Singapore research firms have banded together to sell their services to pharmaceutical and biotech industry clients here and abroad. Each firm is an expert in one small part

SPCA to the rescue [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SPCA to the rescue SPCA rescued a kitten trapped in a crack of a wall at Goldhill Plaza on Thursday, after receiving a call that afternoon. In emergencies involving an animal, call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ 24-hour hotline on *****355, ext 9. ST PHOTO: WANG

9 months’ jail after murder rap reduced [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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9 months’ jail after murder rap reduced Man pleads guilty to causing hurt in scuffle with retiree BY KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg AFTER spending six months in jail facing a murder charge and the hangman’s noose if convicted, odd-job worker Lee Beng Chuan, 58, was instead jailed nine months for causing

Two men charged with molestation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two men charged with molestation Separate cases involving Australian sailor, bomoh ELENA CHONG AN AUSTRALIAN national was charged in court yesterday with molesting a woman last month. Matthew Paul Freston, 38, a deckhand, is said to have grabbed the right buttock of a 23-year-old waitress in South Bridge Road on

Man faces cheating, fake passport charges [ARTICLE]

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Man faces cheating, fake passport charges ELENA CHONG A MAN has been accused of a cheating offence he allegedly committed 11 years ago while posing as a senior police officer. Goh Eng Leng, 47, a former mechanic who is now a taxi driver, allegedly deceived Mr Chan Seng Huat, 49,

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Businessmen charged with tax evasion [ARTICLE]

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Businessmen charged with tax evasion TWO business owners were charged in a district court yesterday with making false entries in their goods and services tax returns to evade taxes of $219,596 and $20,395 respectively. Tan Kim Teck, 44, is believed to have hoodwinked the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore into

Jailed for helping boy enter US illegally [ARTICLE]

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Jailed for helping boy enter US illegally SIX years ago, a man was paid $5,500 to accompany a 10-year-old boy travelling on an illegally obtained Singapore passport to Honolulu in Hawaii. Yesterday, Teo Tua Ter, 67, was jailed for eight months for his role in an international child-smuggling syndicate. He

Teenage girls arrested for motorcycle theft [ARTICLE]

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Teenage girls arrested for motorcycle theft AN ALERT police officer nabbed two teenagers wanted for the theft of a motorcycle after they were spotted riding along Upper Thomson Road on Thursday. The girls, aged 17 and 19, are believed to have stolen the motorcycle in Yishun on Wednesday. It is

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RGS girls raise $80k to build school in China [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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RGS girls raise $80k to build school in China 11 of them raised sum in just a year BY JUDITH TAN juditht@sph.com.sg NOT many students can say they helped build a school in China, but 11 from Raffles Girls’ School did just that. They contributed $80,000 from fund-raising efforts in

Awwa recipients help boost ST Pocket Money Fund [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Awwa recipients help boost ST Pocket Money Fund BY SEAN LAI THE poor, the elderly and students with special needs usually on the receiving end of aid from the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (Awwa) got a chance last year to pay forward the kindness. They did this by canvassing for

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Surprising jump in May exports Pharmaceuticals jack up figure by ‘huge margin’ BY GABRIEL CHEN FINANCE CORRESPONDENT gabrielc@sph.com.sg COMPANIES in Singapore shipped more goods overseas than expected last month, supported by a surge in pharmaceutical exports. But economists warn that the outlook for Singapore’s export sector remains cloudy, darkened by

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 New private home sales fall 13% L US stocks mixed on upbeat data, Greek woes MOST COMMENTED ON L CBD carpark crunch looms. Says Jingo2005: “Don’t drive to work if there is a carpark crunch. This will

Prada fails to get top dollar for IPO [ARTICLE]

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Prada fails to get top dollar for IPO $2.7b raised in HK lower than forecast due to turbulent markets, tax hurdle AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BLOOMBERG HONG KONG: Italian luxury goods maker Prada has raised a lower than-expected US$2.14 billion (S$2.7 billion) in its Hong Kong share sale, as turbulent global markets

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Asia tops the world in home price increases [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Asia tops the world in home price increases But region’s boom starts to show strain from rule tightening, rising interest BY ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg HOME price rises in the Asia-Pacific region have been leaving the rest of the world in their wake over the past year, but the

Singapore Land Authority getting 7 new members [ARTICLE]

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Singapore Land Authority getting 7 new members ESTHER TEO SEVEN new members are joining the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), while two will be reappointed. The new additions, who will take up their posts on Aug 1, come from a range of professions. Three members come from the financial service sector:

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F&N opens milk factory in Thailand [ARTICLE]

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F&N opens milk factory in Thailand BY YASMINE YAHYA FRASER Neave’s (F&N) food and beverage unit has opened a $110 million canned milk factory in Thailand, as it prepares to step up its presence in the Asian dairy market. The facility the company’s biggest investment in the country can produce

SingPost chairman to get $676k one-off fee [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SingPost chairman to get $676k one-off fee Lim Ho Kee took on oversight role after company’s CEO quit BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE Post has proposed to give its chairman a special one-off payment for last year as he spent extra time with the company after the previous chief executive

IMF cuts US growth forecast [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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IMF cuts US growth forecast Europe, US ‘playing with fire’ unless they move to reduce deficits REUTERS SAO PAULO: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday cut its forecast for United States growth this year for the second time in two months, warning Washington and debt-ridden European economies that they are

DPM Teo to trade groups: Help firms grow in Asia [ARTICLE]

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DPM Teo to trade groups: Help firms grow in Asia BY IAN POH TRADE associations should help local businesses take advantage of the huge growth opportunities across Asia, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. Mr Teo told a Singapore-China Business Association (SCBA) gathering yesterday: “To realise this potential, we

Saudi governor visits S’pore [ARTICLE]

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Saudi governor visits S’pore A GOVERNOR of Saudi Arabia is visiting Singapore to explore economic opportunities between his province and the Republic. Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Ha’il province, will be in town from today until Wednesday, the Ministry of Trade

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S’pore shares fall again on Greek fears [ARTICLE]

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S’pore shares fall again on Greek fears Investors also fret about weakness in the US economy BULLS AND BEARS BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg GREECE and its debt woes continued to stalk the local market yesterday and delivered another hit to the portfolios of rattled investors. The bourse’s losing streak has

Greece gets new finance minister in crisis reshuffle [ARTICLE]

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Greece gets new finance minister in crisis reshuffle REUTERS ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou yesterday appointed a new finance minister in a reshuffle to muster support for harsh economic reforms that had stoked violent unrest and split his ruling party. The reforms are a condition for Greece receiving an

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U.S. on new Al-Qaeda chief Flawed and uninspiring... [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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U.S. on new Al-Qaeda chief Flawed and uninspiring... ...but Zawahiri remains firmly in American crosshairs NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON POST AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: US counterterrorism officials all but welcomed the announcement that Ayman al-Zawahiri would succeed Osama bin Laden as leader of Al-Qaeda, arguing that his deep flaws are likely

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 Pregnant women moved from radiation hot spots L Heavy rain floods part of east Australia L Sleepy people eat more: Study MOST COMMENTED ON L Taiwan scrubs simplified Chinese script. Says Just1more: “Taiwan should be flexible. It

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Reason behind ‘leniency’ towards Bashir [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Reason behind ‘leniency’ towards Bashir Life term not given in order to avoid angering radicals, analysts say BY WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT wahyudis@sph.com.sg JAKARTA: The 15-year jail term handed to hardline cleric Abu Bakar Bashir this week is sparking debate, with analysts suggesting it was kept light to avoid angering

Two die after first suicide bombing in Nigeria [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two die after first suicide bombing in Nigeria AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMBERG ABUJA: A bomb attack on Nigeria’s police headquarters has killed two people, including a policeman, in what is believed to be the first suicide bombing by Islamic extremists in Africa’s most populous nation and key oil producer.

Heading east with great expectations [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heading east with great expectations Rapid economic development brings business and wealth to centuries-old trading outpost MEMO FROM MAKASSAR BY ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT zubaidah@sph.com.sg MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi): Mr Rizky Dermawan moved with his wife and two young daughters from Jakarta to Makassar a year ago to take a betterpaying

China stages military drills in South China Sea [ARTICLE]

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China stages military drills in South China Sea Exercises come amid tensions over territorial claims with neighbours ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS BEIJING: China staged three days of military exercises in the South China Sea and plans to boost its offshore maritime patrol force, state media said yesterday, as tensions

Philippines will not be bullied by China: Aquino [ARTICLE]

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Philippines will not be bullied by China: Aquino ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said his country will not be bullied by China in the territorial spat over the Spratly Islands, and that Beijing should stop intruding into waters claimed by Manila. Mr Aquino said yesterday

Vietnamese boat ‘pillaged by armed Chinese vessel’ [ARTICLE]

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Vietnamese boat ‘pillaged by armed Chinese vessel’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE HANOI: A Chinese vessel confiscated hundreds of kilograms of catch from Vietnamese fishermen, a local official said yesterday. “We were told the Chinese had taken away 500kg of fish and some fishing equipment,” said the official on Ly Son island, home

So many grads, so few good jobs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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So many grads, so few good jobs Only 20% in South Korea may land jobs that they want SEOUL: South Korea’s highly educated workforce was a major factor behind its economic miracle after the Korean War, but now, the economy is not generating enough quality jobs for university graduates. About

Closer military ties mutually beneficial [ARTICLE]

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Closer military ties mutually beneficial Cooperation lends KL clout in region, boosts US image in Muslim world, say analysts MALAYSIA-U.S. RELATIONS BY TEO CHENG WEE REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT chengwee@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Recent comments by the United States that it is seeking closer military ties with Malaysia come amid a notable warming

Steady hands needed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Steady hands needed Indian bomb disposal squad members defuse a powerful bomb which was planted on a train at Guwahati Railway Station in the north-eastern state of Assam yesterday. The train was carrying about 1,000 passengers. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Sell F-16s to Taiwan, US lawmakers press Obama [ARTICLE]

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Sell F-16s to Taiwan, US lawmakers press Obama AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: US lawmakers across party lines have stepped up pressure on President Barack Obama to sell dozens of F-16 fighters jets to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed

Pentagon warns against falling out with Pakistan [ARTICLE]

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Pentagon warns against falling out with Pakistan AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON: The US must keep working to salvage its relationship with Pakistan to preserve security in the region and protect against potential proliferation of that country’s nuclear weapons, top Pentagon leaders have said. Amid escalating tensions with Islamabad,

Nuclear crisis ‘hurt Japan’s reputation’ [ARTICLE]

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Nuclear crisis ‘hurt Japan’s reputation’ Meltdown damaged nation’s image of being careful and thorough, says Lee Kuan Yew BY ZAKIR HUSSAIN zakirh@sph.com.sg JAPAN’S recent nuclear meltdown has damaged its reputation for thorough planning, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has said. “To build a nuclear reactor near the coast where a big

Indonesia might not go nuclear [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia might not go nuclear AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO: Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on a visit to disaster-hit Japan, yesterdayvoiced reservations about plans to build a nuclear power plant in his country, media reports said. Dr Yudhoyono also expressed sympathy with Japan, noting that both countries located on the seismically

An artwork to savour [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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An artwork to savour A craftswoman showing her flower-shaped watermelon carving in Yongchuan district, south-west China’s Chongqing municipality, yesterday. The rural tourism season of Yongchuan district kicked off the same day. The watermelon carving activity had attracted many local residents during the opening ceremony. PHOTO: XINHUA PHOTO: XINHUA

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Pentagon expands effort to boost cyber security [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pentagon expands effort to boost cyber security It races to plug holes on many fronts after recent intrusions raise concern REUTERS WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers, and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new

Syrian leader’s cousin steps down [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Syrian leader’s cousin steps down Tycoon quits as head of phone company, but some doubt his sincerity NEW YORK TIMES REUTERS BEIRUT (Lebanon): Syria’s most powerful businessman, a confidant and cousin of President Bashar Assad, announced that he was quitting business and moving to charity work to pacify protesters, in

Stanley Cup riots shame Canada [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stanley Cup riots shame Canada Some worry Vancouver has lost Olympics goodwill, while others ask how cops lost control NEW YORK TIMES VANCOUVER: Canada’s grand obsession, ice hockey, led to great national embarrassment when the defeat of the Vancouver Canucks set off one of the country’s worst episodes of rioting

Doubts surface about kissing couple [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Doubts surface about kissing couple VANCOUVER: The image of the couple lying in the street seemingly locked in a kiss as riots erupted around them has become an Internet sensation, but the pair may not have been in the throes of a passionate embrace after all. According to The Guardian,

British public sector likely to retire later [ARTICLE]

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British public sector likely to retire later AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: The British government yesterday said it wanted to bring the retirement age for public sector workers in line with the age for the state pension, meaning most employees will have to work till the age of 66. Chief Secretary to

Boost for US-Mongolia ties with energy pact [ARTICLE]

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Boost for US-Mongolia ties with energy pact AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: Mongolia promised to give United States firms a role in its booming energy sector as American President Barack Obama reached out to the young democracy, which is also being courted by neighbouring China. Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj capped a trip

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Gulf kingdoms eye military pact [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gulf kingdoms eye military pact Saudi Arabia and other Gulf kingdoms are having to make serious changes amid the upheavals in the Arab world. These include moves to forge the Gulf Cooperation Council into a closer military alliance. Straits Times correspondent Jonathan Eyal reports from the region reports Jonathan Eyal

Snapshots of GCC members [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Snapshots of GCC members JONATHAN EYAL THE Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was established in 1981 by Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia accounts for 85 per cent of its 2.6 million sq km of territory, and half of its 42.5 million inhabitants. BAHRAIN L

Saudi Arabia at the crossroads [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Saudi Arabia at the crossroads NEWS ANALYSIS BY JONATHAN EYAL jonathan.eyal@gmail.com RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is the Middle East’s power house: it is responsible for 25 per cent of the Arab world’s combined gross domestic product and has amassed S$668 billion in foreign currency reserves. It also sits on the world’s

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Grey days ahead for Argentine tourism [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Grey days ahead for Argentine tourism SLICEOFLIFE ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s largest lake Nahuel Huapi, in Patagonia in the eastern foothills of the Andes is now grey, rather than its habitual deep blue. It is full of ash from the Puyehue volcano in neighbouring Chile. The volcano, dormant

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES L Schumacher rated greatest German sports figure L China’s top ping-pong players to learn English YOUR SAY L This year’s Lion City Cup boasts four big-name foreign clubs bidding to hoist the trophy. Eurosport screenings and EPL-

TOP NAMES SURVIVE [ARTICLE]

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TOP NAMES SURVIVE China’s Lin Dan and Wang Shixian eventually prevail in rubber games BY LIN XINYI linxinyi@sph.com.sg CHINA’S top shuttlers Lin Dan and Wang Shixian survived strong challenges at the Li-Ning Singapore Open yesterday, but there was no escape for world No. 3 Wang Yihan. Lin, the world No.

LESS IS MORE IN WARM-UPS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LESS IS MORE IN WARM-UPS Better not to turn the heat up too high until the actual race FITNESS NEW YORK TIMES CALGARY (Canada): The more scientists study warm-ups, the less they seem to understand about the practice. A new study found, for instance, that some athletes warm up so

'Underaged should not run long distance’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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'Underaged should not run long distance’ BY MAY CHEN A DOCTOR has come out to warn youngsters not to run endurance events of 10km or more, after it emerged that a 14-year-old had won the Sundown Marathon men’s 10km run using his girlfriend’s father’s bib. This, despite the event having

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Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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“We need to do something like organise a tour to Lourdes to see if we can reverse the scenario.” [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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“We need to do something like organise a tour to Lourdes to see if we can reverse the scenario.” STEFANO DOMENICALI, Ferrari team principal, feels a trip to the French town which is reputed to have healing powers is in order if Ferrari are to pull off a miracle and

Kirsten backs use of DRS in cricket [ARTICLE]

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Kirsten backs use of DRS in cricket REUTERS MUMBAI: Gary Kirsten, who coached India to cricket World Cup victory in April, has come out in support of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS). The South African, who was recently installed as the coach of his own national team, believes it

GUNNERS LAUNCH RAID [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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GUNNERS LAUNCH RAID Arsenal zero in on Gervinho and host of other signings THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Lille striker Gervinho for £10.6 million (S$21.2 million) this weekend, in a deal that may prove an important statement of intent during their contract negotiations

Spurs could offer Modric better deal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spurs could offer Modric better deal THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur may offer Luka Modric a new contract this summer but they will not entertain any offers for the Croatia international from Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City. Last Wednesday, Chelsea bid £22 million (S$44.1 million) for Modric and

Two-match ban for card trick: Uefa [ARTICLE]

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Two-match ban for card trick: Uefa AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NYON (Switzerland): Footballers who deliberately set out to get a second yellow card in order to give them a clean slate for later in a competition will now receive a two-match ban, Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino said yesterday. “Usually this is

Transfer talk

MCLEISH CROSSES BRUM DIVIDE [ARTICLE]

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MCLEISH CROSSES BRUM DIVIDE English Premier League side Aston Villa appointed Alex McLeish as their new manager yesterday, less than a week after the Scot quit fierce cross-city rivals Birmingham City. The move to sign McLeish, who was unable to prevent Birmingham from being relegated from the Premier League last

ETO’O WANTS TO PLAY IN ENGLAND [ARTICLE]

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ETO’O WANTS TO PLAY IN ENGLAND Arsenal and Manchester City are considering a move for Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o after he revealed he would like to try his hand in the English Premier League this coming season. “I have already shown that I have what it takes to play

ARGENTINA LINK FOR TEVEZ [ARTICLE]

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ARGENTINA LINK FOR TEVEZ Manchester City’s hopes of keeping Carlos Tevez at the club have been hit by the news that Inter Milan’s new boss is set to be a fellow Argentinian. Marcelo Bielsa is in line to take over at the San Siro, replacing Brazilian Leonardo who is on

UNITED SWOOP FOR VARANE [ARTICLE]

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UNITED SWOOP FOR VARANE Manchester United have bid £9.2 million for French central defender Raphael Varane, reported The Independent. The 18-year-old Lens centre-half is seen as a player for the future but the price United are willing to pay reflects his reputation as one of the rising stars of the

Flurry of transfer activities at Liverpool [ARTICLE]

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Flurry of transfer activities at Liverpool THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: Liverpool have stepped up their transfer activity, with Sylvain Marveaux on the verge of completing his move from Rennes after a medical examination and talks set to begin with Blackpool over a proposed deal for Charlie Adam. Marveaux has taken

EPL’s top clubs face tough games at start of new season [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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EPL’s top clubs face tough games at start of new season THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: The start to the new season is going to be tough for the top English Premier League teams. This was revealed by the fixture list, which was released yesterday. Manchester United will start their defence

LIFE BANS FOR 10 PLAYERS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LIFE BANS FOR 10 PLAYERS South Koreans come down hard on those accused of match-fixing BERNAMA AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL: Ten South Korean football players have been banned for life after they were indicted for accepting money from bookmakers to help their K-League teams lose on purpose. It is the toughest

Further blow to Fifa as IOC starts probe [ARTICLE]

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Further blow to Fifa as IOC starts probe LONDON: Fifa has suffered another hammer blow to its reputation. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has begun an investigation into one of the football governing body’s highest officials over a BBC Panorama programme’s allegations that he took bribes. According to The Guardian,

Barca condemn rivals Real [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Barca condemn rivals Real REUTERS MADRID: A war of words between Barcelona and Real Madrid intensified on Thursday when Barca president Sandro Rosell accused the Catalan club’s bitter rivals of anti-sporting behaviour and slammed Real coach Jose Mourinho. Bad blood boiled up between the Spanish football giants following four clashes

Fabregas worth less now, say Barca [ARTICLE]

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Fabregas worth less now, say Barca BARCELONA: Spanish football giants Barcelona believe Cesc Fabregas is now worth less than the ¤40 million (S$70.3 million) they were prepared to pay for him a year ago. Club president, Sandro Rosell claimed on Thursday that “wear and tear” has lowered the Arsenal midfielder’s

Reds fans see red over new club kit [ARTICLE]

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Reds fans see red over new club kit LONDON: Liverpool have released pictures of their new third kit, but some fans are angry that as it is blue and white colours normally associated with their arch-rivals Everton. Kit maker adidas has gone for the white and “cyan” (note the careful

Clubs should use only local talent: Platini [ARTICLE]

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Clubs should use only local talent: Platini REUTERS NYON: European football clubs should produce their own talent and not buy in bulk from other countries, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Thursday. The Frenchman said he was not happy about Qatari investors buying a 70 per cent stake in Paris

I’LL GET GOOD RESULTS: LI [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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I’LL GET GOOD RESULTS: LI She’s comfortable on Wimbledon grass, eyes back-to-back Slams AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: Chinese tennis player Li Na rewrote the record books by winning the French Open, and the overnight Asian superstar can cement her place among the game’s elite by sealing back-to-back Slams at Wimbledon. The

Isner, Mahut in rematch of longest match [ARTICLE]

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Isner, Mahut in rematch of longest match ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: The longest match rematch is coming to Wimbledon next week, after John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were drawn yesterday to face each other in the first round. Last year, the pair played the longest match in tennis history at the

Chinese star’s real fascination lies in her individuality [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese star’s real fascination lies in her individuality INGO0D CONSCIENCE BY ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg LI NA heads to Wimbledon as the first Asian, male or female, ever to win a Grand Slam. She is seeded third higher than previous Wimbledon champions, the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova. Consistency puts Caroline

Kai Yuen in class of his own [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kai Yuen in class of his own BY CHAN U-GENE JAKARTA: Wong Kai Yuen was Singapore’s sole champion as the Republic came away with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals on the first day of the South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championships yesterday. The 17-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student

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FAS set to tackle fracas case again today [ARTICLE]

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FAS set to tackle fracas case again today THE Football Association of Singapore’s disciplinary committee will meet for the fourth time today in an attempt to decide the case against S-League clubs Hougang United and Etoile FC. Thursday night’s hearing, which lasted for six hours, failed to yield a verdict

Myanmar’s Okkthar pip Pattaya United [ARTICLE]

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Myanmar’s Okkthar pip Pattaya United MYANMAR National League football team Okkthar United beat Thai Premier League side Pattaya United 2-1 in the final match of the RHB Singapore Cup preliminary round at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night. The Myanmar side, who are coached by former Singapore national team coach

Soler put in a coma after bad bike crash [ARTICLE]

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Soler put in a coma after bad bike crash AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LIECHTENSTEIN: Colombian rider Juan Mauricio Soler has shown a slight improvement after suffering serious head injuries in a crash on the Tour of Switzerland, his Movistar team doctor said yesterday. The cyclist was put into an artificial coma on

RORY ROARS ONCE MORE [ARTICLE]

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RORY ROARS ONCE MORE McIlroy leads Major after first round again, insists he is over Masters flop U. S. OPEN THE TIMES, LONDON BETHESDA (Maryland): All eyes in golf are on Rory McIlroy again after his wonderful start to the US Open at the Congressional Country Club, near Washington DC,

10th hole provides all the drama on Day 1 [ARTICLE]

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10th hole provides all the drama on Day 1 AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BETHESDA: Congressional Country Club’s terrible 10th hole bared its teeth in Thursday’s first round of the US Open as shots by stars such as Phil Mickelson and Ryo Ishikawa found a watery grave. The 218-yard, par-three, with a tee

Tiger falters, cash gap closes with Mickelson [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tiger falters, cash gap closes with Mickelson REUTERS NEW YORK: Phil Mickelson is making a run at surpassing fellow golfer Tiger Woods as the United States’ top-earning athlete, according to an annual survey released by Sports Illustrated on Thursday. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, owner of a record 16 Grand

Little room in big teams for Lewis [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Little room in big teams for Lewis DRIVER’SSEAT BY STEVE SLATER stsports@sph.com.sg EVERY year Formula One has a ‘silly season’. It is the time the rumours begin about where the leading drivers will race next year. While Jenson Button stormed to victory in Montreal last Sunday, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton

HOSTEL OR HOTEL: TEAMS DIVIDED [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOSTEL OR HOTEL: TEAMS DIVIDED Four hockey sides choose to stay outside the university hostel BY JONATHAN WONG jonwong@sph.com.sg A HOST of sporting events held at the same time as the Boys’ Under-18 Asia Cup caused hotel prices here to be jacked up substantially. That was the Singapore Hockey Federation’s

Pakistanis, S. Koreans fancied [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pakistanis, S. Koreans fancied JONATHAN WONG BETWEEN them, they have claimed the men’s hockey gold medal in six of the last seven Asian Games since 1986. Such dominance speaks volumes about the hold that Pakistan and South Korea have over the sport on the continent and the battle for supremacy

Cyclists get freezing start to their day [ARTICLE]

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Cyclists get freezing start to their day REUTERS GRENOBLE (France): Spending three minutes in a cubicle at minus 150 deg C is not exactly the kind of thing you dream of doing first thing in the morning, yet riders from the FDJ team will do it every day on the

Fandi despondent at losing mentor, inspiration [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fandi despondent at losing mentor, inspiration BY MAY CHEN THE day before he was named mentor to the students of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad suffered the heartache of losing his own mentor, Abdullah Yusoff. Fighting back tears, he had to take a moment

AN EXCITING WEEK AHEAD? [ARTICLE]

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AN EXCITING WEEK AHEAD? It remains to be seen if Lion City Cup will live up to all its pre-event hype BY LEE MIN KOK mklee@sph.com.sg THE organisers of the Canon Lion City Cup, which begins today, are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year’s competition

Republic’s hopes end as Gu is bundled out [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Republic’s hopes end as Gu is bundled out BY FABIUS CHEN ANY lingering hopes of a local champion being crowned at this year’s Li-Ning Singapore Open were snuffed out yesterday, as the Republic’s lone remaining shuttler crashed out in the quarter-finals. Back on Court 3 the scene of her come-from-behind

Possible future stars [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Possible future stars English and Italian teams set to add to a star-studded foreign cast Juventus Under-15s Little is known about the team, as they will only reach Singapore shores tonight. Their late arrival is down to them competing in the Giovanissimi Nazionali Championship the country’s U-15 league where they

Wang in last four, wants more scalps [ARTICLE]

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Wang in last four, wants more scalps LIN XINYI IN A BATTLE between badminton’s future stars at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday, it was China’s Wang Zhengming who triumphed. The world No. 20, who had toppled top seed Taufik Hidayat on Thursday, reached the second SuperSeries semi-fi-nal of his career

Once a powerhouse, Indonesian men are slipping away [ARTICLE]

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Once a powerhouse, Indonesian men are slipping away FABIUS CHEN WITH a fourth Olympic Games appearance potentially on the cards, Taufik Hidayat is a concerned man. And it is not because he is not looking forward to next year’s London Games. No, the Indonesian shuttler is eager to reprise his

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U.S. OPEN BLAST-OFF Rory McIlroy takes the round-one lead for the third time in four Majors. C21 LI-NING SINGAPORE OPEN (BADMINTON) YOUR TRIPLE TREAT THIS WEEKEND Sports fans, rejoice. The Singapore Indoor Stadium, Jalan Besar Stadium and Sengkang Hockey Stadium are the places to be WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT:

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Saturday.extraordinary fathers

Men poorly prepared for fatherhood [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Men poorly prepared for fatherhood Study finds most are surprised at demands of caring for a baby BY THERESA TAN theresat@sph.com.sg MOST men are inadequately prepared for the demands of fatherhood, a local study of first-time dads has found. They are taken aback by the sheer amount of time and

Dad gives up top job for family [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dad gives up top job for family THERESA TAN WHEN Mr David Ang, 43, realised his elder son, Emmanuel, now 13, was hurting because of his frequent travels, he gave up the top job in his company. In his former post as regional chief operating officer of Veolia Water South-

Helping others cope with autistic children [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Helping others cope with autistic children THERESA TAN THE weight on lecturer Norman Kee’s shoulders seems almost impossible for any father to contemplate three autistic sons to raise and a wife slowly losing her sight. Yet Mr Kee, 48, is taking the demands life has imposed on him in his

Daughter is top priority [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Daughter is top priority Dad left job and set up a school to be with her BY THERESA TAN theresat@sph.com.sg FOR Mr Iwan Pekerti, 42, his top priority in life is the well-being of his only child Tia. And this statement is not just lip service. He left his engineering

Dad gives daughter his kidney [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dad gives daughter his kidney He braved risks of surgery to relieve child of dialysis agony BY THERESA TAN theresat@sph.com.sg FEW fathers have had to make the sacrifice Mr Mohamad Ali Haji Salleh made for his daughter. The 51-year-old security guard braved the agony and risk to donate a kidney

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They work while you are sleeping [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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They work while you are sleeping BY CHERYL WEE, KEZIA TOH, WOO SIAN BOON CALL them the night people, the army of workers who come out just as the rest of us are falling asleep to undertake those essential jobs that can be done only in the wee hours. Sure,

Technical staff, food workers out in force [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Technical staff, food workers out in force Mr Muhammad Nasir M. Yusuf (right), 29, has been on the permanent night shift with the SBS Transit team for three years, maintaining the North-East Line. Lifting machinery is no solo effort. “We work as a team to get things done and help

About the authors and project [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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About the authors and project MS CHERYL Wee, Ms Kezia Toh and Ms Woo Sian Boon are 22-year-old undergraduates at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. For their final-year project, they decided to delve into the lives and challenges of night-shift workers, who report for

you think.

Long-distance love in the digital age [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Long-distance love in the digital age Technology can bring you ‘closer’, but nothing replaces being there SOAPBOX BY JOANNA SEOW LONG-DISTANCE romance has a lot going for it in the digital age. Technology has shortened travel time and sped up communication, from paper-and-pen letters to e-mail and instant messaging. Couples

Target stressed-out youth to quit smoking [ARTICLE]

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Target stressed-out youth to quit smoking Despite persistent efforts, smokers still made up 14.3 per cent of Singapore’s population last year, up from 12.6 per cent in 2004. YouthInk writers discuss what might work best to cut down the numbers. MY LIFE THOSE in high-stress vocations such as national service

Varsity not just about grades [ARTICLE]

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Varsity not just about grades MY THOUGHTS BY JONATHAN LIAUTRAKUL The writer, 21, is waiting to start his undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore’s arts and social sciences faculty. IN THE short span of time since December, my days in the army have become memories, and I am

science.

Harnessing hydrogen fuel cells for power [ARTICLE]

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Harnessing hydrogen fuel cells for power Firm launches cheaper power plant tech which uses renewable biomass BY JESSICA CHEAM ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT jcheam@sph.com.sg A HOME-GROWN firm has cracked the secret to using hydrogen fuel cells for power at a lower cost and using renewable biomass to boot. Real Time Engineering (RTE)

DIMINISHING GIANTS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DIMINISHING GIANTS Megafish are on the brink of extinction due to the damming of tributaries, water pollution, heavy shipping traffic and overfishing. The Mekong River is home to more species of giant fish than any other river on earth. LIM KAILI takes a look at some megafishes in Asia that

Study highlights need to improve fish farming practices [ARTICLE]

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Study highlights need to improve fish farming practices AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON: Nearly half of the fish eaten around the world now come from farms instead of the wild, with more foresight needed in China and other producers to limit the ecological impact, a study said. With rising demand for fish

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BIG FISH DYING OUT Asia’s megafish are at risk of extinction due to dams, pollution, heavy shipping traffic and overfishing. D11 shift Graveyard Cheryl Wee, Kezia Toh and Woo Sian Boon document the lot of workers of the night, who start toiling when others go to sleep. PAGES D6-9 PHOTOS:

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