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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 WEDNE S D A Y A U G U S T 1 201 90 cents A Singapore Press Holdings publication MICA (P) 002/02/2012

Younger ministers move up in Cabinet reshuffle [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Younger ministers move up in Cabinet reshuffle PM sets up one new ministry, and refocuses two others By LYDIA LIM DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR lydia@sph.com.sg THE Prime Minister has reshuffled his Cabinet, promoting six office-holders, including three who entered politics last year, and creating a new Ministry of Culture, Community and

Feng still in medal hunt [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Feng still in medal hunt By TERRENCE VOON SPORTS CORRESPONDENT tvoon@sph.com.sg LONDON Singapore paddler Feng Tianwei will play the biggest women’s singles match of her career today despite losing to world No. 1 Ding Ning in the Olympic semi-finals yesterday. The world No. 8 went down to China’s reigning world

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Job growth up in 2nd quarter [ARTICLE]

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Job growth up in 2nd quarter MOM preliminary estimates show drop in layoffs and unemployment By JANICE HENG janiceh@sph.com.sg THE number of new jobs went up in the second quarter of this year, even as figures for layoffs and unemployment dipped. Preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Manpower have it

China is neither pushy nor a threat, say PLA officials [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China is neither pushy nor a threat, say PLA officials Its weapons are a generation behind those of advanced armies, they say By HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg BEIJING The Chinese military is no threat and its weapons are a generation behind those of advanced armies, say Chinese defence

Lack of quality jobs is major challenge globally: Tharman [ARTICLE]

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Lack of quality jobs is major challenge globally: Tharman By AARON LOW ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT aaronl@sph.com.sg CREATING enough quality jobs is one of the greatest challenges facing countries around the world, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said yesterday. Mr Tharman told a conference here that not doing so could mean more

NUS doctorate student from China goes missing in France [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NUS doctorate student from China goes missing in France By LIM YAN LIANG yanliang@sph.com.sg A PHD student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has been missing in France for the past two weeks. Mr Cui Luchao (left), 27, who was on a three-month research attachment which began on May

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More vigilance needed [ARTICLE]

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More vigilance needed OPINION A SPATE of questionable state procurement cases might raise eyebrows, but need not shake public confidence. The system is sound, but agencies need to be more vigilant, as contracts grow in size and complexity. PAGE A26

Speeding up chip design [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Speeding up chip design MONEY FORMER classmates Kirvy Teo and Ng Harnhua have devised a way of tackling semiconductor chip design that could slash the costs and development time of one of the industry’s most important processes. Their success has attracted client interest from Nasdaq-listed firms and investors in Silicon

Railway art show [ARTICLE]

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Railway art show LIFE! FRENCH luxury brand Hermes will stage an art exhibition at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for 12 days, starting today. The Gift Of Time features whimsical art installations by American artist Hilton McConnico. They take viewers on a poetic journey through different concepts and experiences of

SGX, Sias launch drive to get heartlanders to invest in stocks [ARTICLE]

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SGX, Sias launch drive to get heartlanders to invest in stocks By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg THE Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (Sias) have launched a campaign to encourage people in the heartlands to embrace stock investing. The initiative, which will run for the next three

600 million hit as India suffers 2nd day of blackouts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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600 million hit as India suffers 2nd day of blackouts Power grids supplying 22 states fail in the middle of working day gnirmala@sph.com.sg By NIRMALA GANAPATHY INDIA CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI It was double the misery when the second blackout in two days struck north and east India, plunging twice the

PM steps up pace of political renewal [ARTICLE]

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PM steps up pace of political renewal Tan Chuan-Jin, Lawrence Wong from 2011 batch made Acting Ministers By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY TESSA WONG, ANDREA ONG AND JANICE HENG STEPPING up the pace of political renewal, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called upon two more men

Grace Fu promoted to full minister [ARTICLE]

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Grace Fu promoted to full minister By JEREMY AU YONG POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT jeremyau@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Andrea Ong THE Cabinet will once again include a female full minister in its ranks. Ms Grace Fu previously senior minister of state for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources as well

Perm secs named for new ministries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Perm secs named for new ministries By ELGIN TOH elgintoh@sph.com.sg WITH the restructuring of two ministries into three, permanent secretary appointments in those ministries will be redesignated accordingly. From Nov 1, Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, 52, will be Permanent Secretary at the newly created Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth,

PM’s NEW CABINET [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PM’s NEW CABINET SENIOR MINISTERS OF STATE Mr Heng Chee How, 51 PMO Mr Masagos Zulkifli, 49 Home Affairs Foreign Affairs Ms Indranee Rajah, 49 Law** Education** Mr Lee Yi Shyan, 50 Trade and Industry National Development MINISTERS OF STATE Madam Halimah Yacob, 57 Social and Family Development** Dr Amy

Govt seeks to forge stronger ties among citizens, and with them [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Govt seeks to forge stronger ties among citizens, and with them New ministry to focus on building cohesive and vibrant society: PM Lee By LEONARD LIM and TESSA WONG limze@sph.com.sg twong@sph.com.sg A NEW ministry will oversee arts, sports and youth from Nov 1, as the Government seeks to deepen its

Observers see shape of next generation of leaders emerging [ARTICLE]

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Observers see shape of next generation of leaders emerging By ANDREA ONG and TESSA WONG andreao@sph.com.sg twong@sph.com.sg OBSERVERS and MPs yesterday saw the changes in the Cabinet and ministries as the first of several steps the Prime Minister must take in this term to stay ahead of the challenges facing

It’s as much about heartware as hardware [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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It’s as much about heartware as hardware NEWS ANALYSIS By IGNATIUS LOW NEWS EDITOR ignatius@sph.com.sg ONE way to split the issues that governments have to grapple with is to draw a line between those that speak to the head and those that speak to the heart. The “head issues”, as

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India’s power sector needs urgent reforms [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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India’s power sector needs urgent reforms Blackout spotlights peak-hour shortfall of 10%; government seeks $500b in power sector investments NEWS ANALYSIS By KRITTIVAS MUKHERJEE INDIA CORRESPONDENT krittivas@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI A huge blackout that plunged half of India into darkness this week highlights the need for reforms in a sector riddled

Hundreds of miners trapped in India [ARTICLE]

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Hundreds of miners trapped in India AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE KOLKATA Hundreds of miners were trapped in eastern India yesterday after a massive power failure across the north of the country left them unable to operate their lifts, the chief minister of West Bengal state said. “We are trying to rescue the

ASIA

N. KOREA: UN visits storm-battered areas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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N. KOREA: UN visits storm-battered areas Downpours submerge rice paddies and homes, renewing famine fears WET WEATHER ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ANJU (South Phyongan) United Nations staff visited storm-pound-ed areas of North Korea yesterday, after heavy rain submerged buildings and rice paddies, cut off power and forced people to climb

CHINA: Heavy rain predicted for the north [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CHINA: Heavy rain predicted for the north BLOOMBERG XINHUA TAIYUAN (Shanxi) Parts of northern China were forecast to see heavy downpours yesterday, after some regions received more than 250mm of rain overnight, according to the China Meteorological Administration. The heaviest rainfall was forecast for parts of Hebei and Liaoning provinces

PHILIPPINES: Death toll rises amid typhoon havoc [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PHILIPPINES: Death toll rises amid typhoon havoc AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MANILA Tens of thousands battled neck-deep floods in the Philippines yesterday as Typhoon Saola continued to bring heavy rains, with the death toll from the storm rising to eight, officials said. Heavy downpours battered parts of the country for the third

Chinese football to get a kick out of gongfu [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese football to get a kick out of gongfu Businessman blends sport with martial arts in bid to join professional league By PEH SHING HUEI CHINA BUREAU CHIEF shpeh@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Carol Feng BEIJING China’s football, often languishing in mediocrity and mired in corruption, need not remain a laughing

Zhang Yimou film at centre of graft probe [ARTICLE]

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Zhang Yimou film at centre of graft probe Auditor highlights improper tender process in awarding promo video BEIJING A five-minute promotional video directed by famed director Zhang Yimou, touting the achievements of China’s railways, is now at the centre of a widening corruption probe. The Ministry of Railways, which commissioned

UN envoy to probe Myanmar violence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UN envoy to probe Myanmar violence ASSOCIATED PRESS XINHUA SITTWE (Myanmar) A United Nations human rights envoy has travelled to western Myanmar to investigate communal violence that left at least 78 people dead and tens of thousands homeless. Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana flew to Rakhine state yesterday for a first-hand

RESCUED FROM CAPTIVITY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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RESCUED FROM CAPTIVITY A baby pangolin being released into the forest by a wildlife conservation officer in North Sumatra’s Karo district yesterday. Indonesian police had seized a cargo of 85 endangered pangolins, which were crammed into 14 sacks, from suspected smugglers at a bus station in Medan, North Sumatra, last

AirAsia’s takeover of Batavia hits turbulence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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AirAsia’s takeover of Batavia hits turbulence Officials looking into whether foreign ownership rules have been violated By ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT zubaidah@sph.com.sg JAKARTA Malaysian budget airline AirAsia’s planned takeover of Indonesia’s Batavia Air has run into turbulence. Officials here have questioned the legality of the union and have vowed to

Malaysian Indian rights group leader to return after 4 year exile [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysian Indian rights group leader to return after 4 year exile By TAN HUI YEE tanhy@sph.com.sg THE chairman of a Malaysian Indian rights group is due to return to Malaysia today after four years in exile in Britain. Mr P. Waytha Moorthy, who had his passport revoked after five of

Manila summons Cambodian envoy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Manila summons Cambodian envoy But he does not turn up to clarify comments on maritime dispute AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BLOOMBERG MANILA The Philippines said it had summoned Cambodia’s ambassador to explain comments he made accusing Manila and Vietnam of playing “dirty politics” in a maritime row with China, but the ambassador

Religious freedom being curbed: US [ARTICLE]

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Religious freedom being curbed: US Report says world govts using blasphemy laws to restrict liberty AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON The US warns that the world is sliding backwards on religious freedom, slamming China for cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists and hitting out at Pakistan and Afghanistan. As the State

Palestinians take Romney to task for his comments [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Palestinians take Romney to task for his comments NEW YORK TIMES ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has offended Palestinian leaders by suggesting that cultural differences explain why the Israelis are so much more economically successful than Palestinians, thrusting himself again into a volatile issue while on

Biggest terror threat lies in N. Africa: US [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Biggest terror threat lies in N. Africa: US Nations from Somalia to Nigeria key in countering Al-Qaeda, says Panetta BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON The US government no longer sees the greatest terrorist threats in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but rather a broad swathe of northern Africa from Somalia through Chad, Niger and Mali

Crucial to maintain govt forces after Assad: Panetta [ARTICLE]

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Crucial to maintain govt forces after Assad: Panetta REUTERS WASHINGTON Government forces in Syria should be held together when President Bashar Assad is forced from power, said United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. The mistakes of the Iraq war must not be repeated, he told CNN during a visit to

New criterion for British student visa [ARTICLE]

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New criterion for British student visa Immigration may demand interviews but move does not affect S’poreans By JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT Jonathan.eyal@gmail.com LONDON As the summer peak for student visa applications goes into full swing, the authorities here have just erected another barrier: Starting from today, British immigration officials will

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Raid at cinemas [ARTICLE]

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Raid at cinemas AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JUAREZ (Mexico) Three armed men dressed in black and wearing Batman masks raided two cinemas in northern Mexico at showings of The Dark Knight Rises. The men stole 240,000 pesos (S$22,700), leaving the manager of one cinema with serious injuries.

Ebola warning [ARTICLE]

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Ebola warning REUTERS KAMPALA: Uganda’s President has advised people to avoid physical contact after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus killed 14 people. There is no treatment for Ebola, which is transmitted by close contact and body fluids.

Cabinet in limbo [ARTICLE]

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Cabinet in limbo REUTERS KUWAIT Kuwait’s Parliament failed to swear in a new Cabinet after lawmakers boycotted the session. At the heart of the dispute is a ruling in June which effectively dissolved a Parliament dominated by opposition Islamists and reinstated its government-friendly predecessor.

S’pore ambassador to US presents credentials [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore ambassador to US presents credentials SINGAPORE’S new ambassador to the United States, Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, has presented his credentials to President Barack Obama. At a White House ceremony on Monday, the veteran diplomat said he hopes to work closely with the US to further deepen ties and broaden

Companies tap social media to get consumer input [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Companies tap social media to get consumer input Online users help firms gauge demand for potato chip flavours and cosmetics NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK A US snack food company is turning to social media to develop a new potato chip flavour, a task which, in the past, would have

Sydney drug bust nets $658m haul [ARTICLE]

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Sydney drug bust nets $658m haul AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY Australian police have seized crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ and heroin worth A$500 million (S$658 million) after smashing a Hong Kong-linked international drug syndicate. Seven people aged between 29 and 61 were arrested after police raids in Sydney on Monday. Four were

Strategy to boost trade, jobs in Japan [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Strategy to boost trade, jobs in Japan Govt aims for 4.8 million jobs, more FTAs to cover 80% of trade By KWAN WENG KIN JAPAN CORRESPONDENT wengkin@sph.com.sg TOKYO Japan has adopted a new strategy to revitalise its economy. It includes boosting sales of eco-friendly vehicles to 50 per cent of

Chidambaram back as finance chief in reshuffle [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chidambaram back as finance chief in reshuffle Change in portfolio comes as India tries to revive struggling economy REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW DELHI India’s home minister P. Chidambaram was switched to the finance portfolio for a third time in a minor reshuffle that also saw the power minister promoted as

Greece ‘running out of cash fast’ [ARTICLE]

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Greece ‘running out of cash fast’ REUTERS BLOOMBERG ATHENS Near-bankrupt Greece is fast running out of cash as it waits for its next instalment of aid from international lenders, according to Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras. “Cash reserves are almost zero. It is risky to say until when (they will

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Europe’s banks pummelled [ARTICLE]

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Europe’s banks pummelled REUTERS ZURICH Four of Europe’s top banks reported sharp drops in profits, citing economic stagnation, a rates-rigging probe and losses from Facebook’s initial public offering. UBS shocked investors after it reported that its second-quarter profit more than halved to 425 million Swiss francs (S$544 million), partly on

US consumer spending falls [ARTICLE]

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US consumer spending falls REUTERS WASHINGTON Spending by American consumers fell in June for the first time in nearly a year after accounting for inflation. Consumer spending, which makes up 70 per cent of US economic activity, fell 0.1 per cent when adjusted for rising prices. The Commerce Department had

Man U eyes $377m in IPO [ARTICLE]

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Man U eyes $377m in IPO AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK Football club Manchester United hopes to earn over US$300 million (S$377 million) in its proposed IPO on Wall Street. The club will put 16.7 million shares on the market, half in public shares and half belonging to its owner, American

Net giant Alibaba close to raising over $10b [ARTICLE]

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Net giant Alibaba close to raising over $10b NEW YORK TIMES BLOOMBERG NEW YORK Some US Internet companies may be unpopular with investors these days, but a Chinese one is not lacking in suitors. The Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce giant, is close to completing a more than US$8 billion

Surge in HK malls, offices up for sale [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Surge in HK malls, offices up for sale Developers selling assets to raise cash ahead of more govt land sales BLOOMBERG HONG KONG Developers exploiting a surge in Hong Kong property prices since 2009 are selling shopping malls, offices and parking garages at the fastest pace in at least seven

Apple, Samsung patent feud set for trial [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Apple, Samsung patent feud set for trial Jury panel selected to hear suit with billions of dollars at stake BLOOMBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE (California) A federal court jury in Apple’s patent trial against Samsung Electronics is set to be the first in the US to hear lawyers’ arguments and

New iPhone ‘to debut on Sept 12’ [ARTICLE]

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New iPhone ‘to debut on Sept 12’ BLOOMBERG CUPERTINO (California) Apple is preparing to introduce the next version of the iPhone on Sept 12 in what will be a design overhaul of its top-selling product, according to two people with knowledge of the company’s plans. The new iPhone will have

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50% of Singaporeans visit the dentist regularly. Are you one of them? w m f W 4 3 According to the Omnibus Study 2011 by the Health Promotion Board, 50.4% of Singaporeans made regular visits to the dentists every 6 months, or at least once a year. Meanwhile, the other

OPINION

Staying vigilant against corruption [ARTICLE]

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Staying vigilant against corruption A STRING of unrelated irregularities in government purchases that have come to light might give pause to ordinary Singaporeans. From alleged sexual solicitation in exchange for contracts to the purchase of pricey bicycles for park workers’ use, the incidence is to most people out of character.

Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls live in hope [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls live in hope BY INVITATION By ENDY M. BAYUNI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is senior editor of The Jakarta Post. By Invitation features leading thinkers and writers from the region and Singapore. BARELY two weeks after the Golkar party nominated Mr Aburizal Bakrie for Indonesia’s

GIC’s two winning strategies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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GIC’s two winning strategies The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation achieved a 20-year annualised real rate of return of 3.9 per cent for the period up to March 31. In its annual report released yesterday, GIC also offered further insight into its investment considerations. It discusses the merits of long-term

Thailand bent on bigger influence in Myanmar [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thailand bent on bigger influence in Myanmar By BRUCE GALE SENIOR WRITER bruceg@sph.com.sg LAST week, when Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reaffirmed Bangkok’s support for a multibillion-dollar deep sea port in neighbouring Myanmar, she was not just announcing another infrastructure project. Rather, she was trumpeting Thailand’s determination to extend its

‘Senseless’ not to study gun violence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Senseless’ not to study gun violence By JAY DICKEY and MARK ROSENBERG Jay Dickey, a Republican and lifetime member of the NRA, was a US representative from Arkansas from 1993 to 2000. Mark Rosenberg, president and chief executive of the Task Force for Global Health, was director of the National

FORUM

Hold family of mentally ill person responsible for public misdeeds [ARTICLE]

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Hold family of mentally ill person responsible for public misdeeds Edward Zaccheus MAY I plead with families of mentally ill people not to let their loved ones roam freely in public (“Dealing with mentally ill offenders”; July 6)? Last year, I was punched twice by a mentally ill adult while

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1. MRCHUWA: Cycling without rules or protection in Singapore. 2. MR CHIN KEE THOU: Allow advertising in lifts. 3. MS VANITA KANESON: Middle way in easing MC policy. 4. MR TAN CHIN AIK: Two unaddressed points in SMRT’s reply. 5. MR MOHD SENIN HOMBRI:

Improve tender alert to businesses [ARTICLE]

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Improve tender alert to businesses Galen Yeo NPARKS’ EXPENSIVE BIKES CONTROVERSY IT APPEARS that the key problem with the Government’s tender system is in publicising or disseminating the tender information to the business community (“CPIB investigating NParks bicycle purchase; bikes taken back from staff”; last Thursday). Few bike stores knew

Police must step up efforts to get riders off their cycles at crossings [ARTICLE]

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Police must step up efforts to get riders off their cycles at crossings Ong Hong Bee I DISAGREE with Mr Goh Kian Huat that motorists should accord the right of way to cyclists riding across pedestrian crossings (“No right of way for cyclists but...”; July 22). While motorists should exercise

For cat’s sake, act against irresponsible feeding [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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For cat’s sake, act against irresponsible feeding Lee Chiu San LAST Friday’s article (“Role model to his kids and community”) revealed that Cathay Organisation Holdings CEO Suhaimi Rafdi, who was named the latest Berita Harian Achiever of the Year, is a role model not only for his family and community,

WRITE IN: [ARTICLE]

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Buy low, sell high desire – HDB’s dilemma [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Buy low, sell high desire HDB’s dilemma Jonathan Leaw LAST Thursday’s article (“PRs in the HDB market: Boon or bane?”) offered valuable insight on the policy dilemma faced by the Housing Board. If tough measures are taken to drive permanent residents (PRs) away from the resale market, the demand for

Staff had allayed concerns over dad’s policy: NTUC Income [ARTICLE]

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Staff had allayed concerns over dad’s policy: NTUC Income Pui Phusangmook Senior Vice-President and General Manager Group Health Division NTUC Income MS LIM Meow Ching asked if there are plans to provide the extended MediShield benefits to people covered under IncomeShield M plans (“Lose-lose proposition for elderly dad”; Monday). She

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W E D N E S D A Y WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012 A U G U S T 1 2 0 1 2 A28 Yingluck’s bid to extend Thai influence

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Blazing the trail in innovative care When nurses across the SingHealth Group of eight institutions put their heads together to pursue quality improvement, research studies and trials to provide even better care for their patients, the results are inspiring. Dr Tracy Carol Ayre, SingHealth Group Director, Nursing and Singapore General

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Move to curb moonlighting security guards [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Move to curb moonlighting security guards From Aug 15, they cannot work for more than two firms at any one time By TOH YONG CHUAN tohyc@sph.com.sg SECURITY guards will soon find it harder to moonlight. In a move expected to shake up the industry and weed out underperforming firms, guards

Few people commute by water taxi [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Few people commute by water taxi Poll finds many who live and work in area think the service is for tourists By MELODY ZACCHEUS and LUA JIA MIN melodyz@sph.com.sg jmlua@sph.com.sg WATER taxis have been around since 1987, but they have never been the go-to mode of transport for those living

Many parents shy to talk about sex [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Many parents shy to talk about sex 80% think discussion with children is crucial but less than half do so: Survey By SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma MOST parents in Singapore think it is important to talk to their children about sex, but less than half actually do so,

Nurse sues director for alleged sexual harassment [ARTICLE]

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Nurse sues director for alleged sexual harassment Single mum claims Pacific Healthcare director pestered her for dates By K.C. VIJAYAN LAW CORRESPONDENT vijayan@sph.com.sg A DENTAL nurse is suing a director of Pacific Healthcare Holdings (PHH), Mr Benny Kwan, for alleged sexual harassment, claiming he had repeatedly bugged her for dates.

Hospital for colorectal diseases opens [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hospital for colorectal diseases opens By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg THE first hospital in the region to focus on colorectal diseases officially opened its doors yesterday. The 31-bed Fortis Colorectal Hospital in Adam Road will offer health screening services as well as care for ailments ranging from complex cancers to

Get cash for GST Voucher cheques at UOB [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Get cash for GST Voucher cheques at UOB LEE XIN EN THE cheques sent out to Singaporeans this week under the GST Voucher scheme can be deposited in any bank, but are encashable only at the 55 branches of United Overseas Bank. The Ministry of Finance says this is because

Low-income families can go for bigger flats [ARTICLE]

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Low-income families can go for bigger flats They can use $20,000 grant from HDB to buy three-room flats now By DARYL CHIN darylc@sph.com.sg FAMILIES earning $1,500 a month or less can now use their Housing Board grant to buy a bigger flat, following a change in the rules. Previously, only

Customers to get money back after spa closes down [ARTICLE]

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Customers to get money back after spa closes down CHIA YAN MIN FIFTY-THREE customers who bought packages from now-defunct spa operator Body Kneads will be getting their money back. Each will be refunded the unused amount on their deals, which add up to about $12,800. The customers are the first

No compensation for man burnt by colleague [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No compensation for man burnt by colleague By JALELAH ABU BAKER jalmsab@sph.com.sg A CARPENTER who was set on fire by a colleague following an argument will receive no compensation from his employer. Mr Kee Yau Chong, 24, claimed his injuries were workrelated, but his case was thrown out yesterday by

Biker jailed for crash that killed brother [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Biker jailed for crash that killed brother They had been drinking the night their motorcycle slammed into a car By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg SECONDS before the motorcycle slammed into the back of a car, pillion rider Harbans Singh shouted: “In front, in front, look out!” But it was

Her World’s new title tackles the weighty issues [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Her World’s new title tackles the weighty issues SINGAPORE’s best-selling women’s magazine, Her World, has launched a new annual title targeted at health-conscious women. Called Her World Fit and Fab, the new magazine has three major sections beauty, health and fitness. The magazine aims to cater to time-pressed professionals looking

Jail, six strokes of cane for assault [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jail, six strokes of cane for assault A 21-YEAR-OLD was yesterday jailed four years and ordered to be given six strokes of the cane for assaulting a computer technician who subsequently died. Muhammad Arsyil Johar was with two others in the attack on Mr Syed Ali Abdullah Alhamid, 25, at

I did it! I jumped with the Red Lions [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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I did it! I jumped with the Red Lions Thrilling skydive with NDP favourites was over too soon By JERMYN CHOW DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT jermync@sph.com.sg THERE we were in a Super Puma helicopter, hovering 9,800ft above ground. Below, the HDB blocks looked like Lego blocks; the forests, like bunches of broccoli;

A bird’s eye view [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A bird’s eye view For ST photojournalist Alphonsus Chern’s account of the jump, go to straitstimes.com/ttl

Oldest member looks to jump for joy on National Day [ARTICLE]

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Oldest member looks to jump for joy on National Day By LIM YAN LIANG phere.” yanliang@sph.com.sg HE HAS leapt out of airplanes more than 5,500 times before, but operationally ready national serviceman Staff Sergeant Danniel Lee, 49, still gets a case of the nerves before each jump. Then his training

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Lectures Talks August to December 2012 Free admission with registration. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg 4 Aug History Seminar Session 2 2pm Personal Voices within Collective Narratives Part I: History Theatre Inspirational Sources and Personal Narratives in the Construction of a Play Presenter: Chong Tze Chien Part 2: Using History

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BREAK FAST 7.18pm DAY 12 FORBBHGOUR BEACON OF For your valuable contributions to healthcare, for making a difference to patients’ lives. Happy Nurses’ Day. For a rewarding career, visit www.healthcare-youmakeadifference.com Alexandra Health Jurong Health EASTERN HEALTH ALLIANCE MINISTRY OF HEALTH SINGAPORE

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To all Nurses in the Intermediate and Long-Term Care sector, HAPPY NURSES’ DAY! Together with our patients and their family members, we salute you for your dedication and contributions to the sector. You have accompanied them in their journey of care, enabling them to recover within the community and to

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MONEY

Singapore a costly city? It depends [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore a costly city? It depends Average resident fares far better than expat in terms of living costs: Survey By AARON LOW ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT aaronl@sph.com.sg MANY private sector surveys paint Singapore as an expensive city to live in but a new study suggests that the high cost of living applies

Around the World with ASA Holidays [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Around the World with ASA Holidays A SPECIAL SERIES BROUGHTTOYOU BY SHAREINVESTOR Singaporeans’ love for travel just keeps on growing, as the crowds at the ASA Holidays Power-Packed! Travel Fair proved in mid-July. Sales hit a record high over the fair weekend, making it the best show to come to

Manufacturers downbeat on what lies ahead: Survey [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Manufacturers downbeat on what lies ahead: Survey Service sector also gloomy; global uncertainties dampen expectations By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg A NEW survey on business expectations paints a gloomy picture of firms struggling to stay afloat not that company boss Alex Tan needs any reminding. Mr Tan, managing director of Toyochem

More SMEs plan to hire staff [ARTICLE]

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More SMEs plan to hire staff By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg MORE of Singapore’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are looking to boost their headcount in the second half of this year despite the shaky economic outlook. The findings come on the back of improved confidence in the financial performance of

Bell Helicopter, Cessna check in at new regional HQ in Seletar [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bell Helicopter, Cessna check in at new regional HQ in Seletar By KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg CONFIDENT of growth prospects in Singapore and across the region, Bell Helicopter and sister firm corporate jet maker Cessna have built a sprawling new facility in Seletar. The 160,500 sq ft building, which

Bank loans still growing but at a slower pace [ARTICLE]

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Bank loans still growing but at a slower pace By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg TOTAL bank loans in Singapore inched up 1.7 per cent in June from May to $452.6 billion, a pace slightly slower than May’s 2.2 per cent month-on-month rise. Despite the slower growth, analysts say it is still

Beware of the cult of inflation, says expert [ARTICLE]

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Beware of the cult of inflation, says expert BLOOMBERG THE man who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco) said governments may turn to financial repression and various forms of quantitative easing to inflate asset values as equities fail to match historical returns. The Siegel

Hearing starts on eco-park consortium dispute [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hearing starts on eco-park consortium dispute By SELINA LUM selinal@sph.com.sg THE 12-day hearing into the internal dispute within the Singapore consortium behind a China-Singa-pore project opened in the High Court yesterday. The fight pits real estate veteran Han Cheng Fong, former chief executive officer of DBS Land and Fraser Neave,

Most S’poreans stick with main bank [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Most S’poreans stick with main bank By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg A LARGE majority of Singaporean customers remain loyal to their main bank, but only 15 per cent stick to just one bank, according to a new survey. The third edition of Ernst Young’s Consumer Banking Survey found that 80 per

$285.2m top bid for Tanah Merah residential site [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$285.2m top bid for Tanah Merah residential site ‘Bullish’ bid after 13-way tussle shows interest in well-located sites By ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg A RESIDENTIAL site in Tanah Merah has attracted a bullish top bid of $285.2 million in a closely fought 13-way tussle in a sign developers are

SME SPOTLIGHT MONEY

Building on a foundation of trust [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Building on a foundation of trust Keong Hong, which focused on doing projects well, grew slowly but steadily In the last of our four-part series on recently listed SMEs, we feature a construction company which now has a market capitalisation of about $55.8 million. By AARON LOW aaronl@sph.com.sg CONSTRUCTION firm

2 business groups tie up to help SMEs [ARTICLE]

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2 business groups tie up to help SMEs Asme and FMAS plan networking events, Heartland Enterprise Award YASMINE YAHYA TWO business organisations have joined hands to provide more services and benefits to small and me-dium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (Asme) and Federation of Merchants’ Associations

Upcoming events [ARTICLE]

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Upcoming events Logistics and Transportation Conference: Gearing Up For World Trade And Movement L Date: Aug 22 and 23 L Time: 8am to 5pm L Venue: Mandarin Orchard Hotel L Cost: $468 The theme of the inaugural Logistics and Transportation Conference will be Gearing Up For World Trade And Movement.

SME CLINIC [ARTICLE]

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SME CLINIC L Our company makes a processing machine that converts waste cooking oil and other feedstock into biodiesel. The biodiesel can be used to generate power for buildings, be it hotels, hawker centres or hospitals. We would like to export our machine to China and want to know: a)

Turning heads in Silicon Valley [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Turning heads in Silicon Valley Singaporean pair’s software to speed up chip design is attracting interest Some 5,000 new tech start-ups are registered in Singapore annually, many of which are developing cutting-edge innovations to improve the lives of people around the world. In the second of a three-part series, Esther

Simpler and cheaper system to monitor cancer [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Simpler and cheaper system to monitor cancer ESTHER TEO A DEVICE developed by local researchers could soon be making life easier for cancer patients. The system enables better detection of cancer cells in the blood and so improves the diagnosis and eventual treatment. Its inventors team leader Li Mo-Huang, 42,

MONEY COMPANIES

Shareholder nod for F&N deal waived [ARTICLE]

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Shareholder nod for F&N deal waived It means Thai brewer can hasten buy so it can vote on Heineken’s APB bid By LEE SU SHYAN MONEY EDITOR sushyan@sph.com.sg THAI Beverage is closer to nailing down its stake in Fraser and Neave (F&N) after it won a waiver from having to

Local bourse adds almost $40b in July [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Local bourse adds almost $40b in July By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE stock market bounce and a raft of new listings last month added almost $40 billion to the local market. The combined market value of all listed firms was $825.75 billion at yesterday’s close, up from $786.72 billion at

Soup Restaurant to sell Dian Xiao Er stake for $7.9m [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Soup Restaurant to sell Dian Xiao Er stake for $7.9m By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg SHAREHOLDERS of Soup Restaurant yesterday voted through a deal to sell its controlling share in roast duck chain Dian Xiao Er to the chain’s founders, closing the book on a two-year dispute. Soup Restaurant will get

Indian Entrepreneur Awards: Now more can take part [ARTICLE]

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Indian Entrepreneur Awards: Now more can take part By YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg INDIAN businesses can now submit their applications for this year’s Singapore Indian Entrepreneur Awards under a set of wider criteria. The Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has loosened the requirements needed for businesses to apply

MARKETS MONEY

STI climbs to a new high from early slump [ARTICLE]

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STI climbs to a new high from early slump Market perks up on hopes that US, Europe central banks will step in BULLS AND BEARS By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE Singapore market possessed just enough strength to haul itself to a new high for the year yesterday, despite trading in

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Manufacturers’ outlook gloomy: Survey B9

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A Y iY, AUGUST 1, 2012 A UGUS T 1 i 2 0 1 2 B11 Construction firm built on trust

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TROPHIES ARE A BIG DEAL Being able to keep prizes will be a big part of Lewis’ contract talks THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON As the victorious Lewis Hamilton flew out of Budapest on Sunday night, the trophy he had dripped “blood and sweat” to win several hours before was beginning

Raikkonen and Lotus move into the reckoning [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Raikkonen and Lotus move into the reckoning AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BUDAPEST Formula One teams have admitted that Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus should now be considered genuine title contenders following their success in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Finn finished just a second behind race winner Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, while

NEXT 48 HOURS [ARTICLE]

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NEXT 48 HOURS Today Football League Cup Gp A: Brunei DPMM v SAFFC (Yishun). Gp C: Hougang v Home (Hougang) 8.30pm. Tomorrow Cricket 2nd Test: England v South Africa, day 1 (Live, mio TV Ch123, 6pm). 2nd Test: Windies v New Zealand, day 1 (Live, StarHub Ch235 mio TV Ch122,

SCORES [ARTICLE]

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SCORES Tennis Washington Open 1st rd Men: Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8), Florent Serra (Fra) bt Brian Baker (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-4, James Blake (USA) bt Pablo Andujar (Esp) 4-6 6-2 6-2, Jeremy Chardy (Fra) bt Eduardo Roger-Vasselin (Fra) 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. Women:

IPO CHANGES RILE UNITED FANS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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IPO CHANGES RILE UNITED FANS Only half of funds will be used to cut club’s debt, owners will pocket the rest AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON The Glazer family drove another wedge between themselves and Manchester United supporters by reneging on their original plans to use all funds from a successful initial

Szczesny sees success for Arsenal even if van Persie leaves [ARTICLE]

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Szczesny sees success for Arsenal even if van Persie leaves LONDON Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny insists he is not worried about the club losing top scorer and captain Robin van Persie. Instead, he believes the squad will be stronger than last season, regardless of whether the Dutch hitman is sold,

Man City pay out bonuses, may splurge on Agger next [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man City pay out bonuses, may splurge on Agger next LONDON Manchester City have informed Liverpool that they are interested in buying Daniel Agger, but have yet to follow up their inquiry with a firm bid. City’s chief football administration officer Brian Marwood contacted Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre to

Mancini junior moves to Spain [ARTICLE]

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Mancini junior moves to Spain REUTERS MADRID Having a famous and successful father is not always easy in football, but Andrea Mancini is not about to let it get in the way of his ambition to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona one day. The 19-year-old son of Manchester City

TESTING TIME FOR SMART TRIO [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TESTING TIME FOR SMART TRIO HORSE RACING Written by Michael Lee WHENEVER an undefeated horse is on a roll, the greater is the fear of the bubble bursting at the next run. Trainer John O'Hara for one will be feeling a little under the pump as he tests this theory

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Bulgarians allege bias [ARTICLE]

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Bulgarians allege bias REUTERS SOFIA Bulgarian soccer team Ludogorets Razgrad have complained to Uefa about incidents that occurred during their 2-3 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League second qualifying round second-leg game last Wednesday. Ludogorets said club officials were the victims of racial abuse and offensive chants, while

Dempsey seeks switch to Reds [ARTICLE]

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Dempsey seeks switch to Reds THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Clint Dempsey withdrew from the Fulham squad that departed for Switzerland on Monday for a week-long training camp, with the United States forward hoping to move to Liverpool. The 29-year-old footballer has one year left on his contract.

QPR move in for £5m Berbatov [ARTICLE]

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QPR move in for £5m Berbatov THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Queens Park Rangers are preparing an offer for Manchester United’s £5 million-rated (S$10 million) Dimitar Berbatov, 31, as they continue to overhaul a football squad that only just avoided relegation.

London Olympics 2012 JULY 27-AUG 12

CRYING SHAME FOR FENCER [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CRYING SHAME FOR FENCER South Korean Shin stages a sit-down protest after controversial loss THE TIMES, LONDON ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS LONDON If there was a gold medal for most tears shed at these Olympics, then South Korean fencer Shin A Lam would have won it, as she left

Medallist’s mum to become a nun [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Medallist’s mum to become a nun ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK The mother of Thailand’s first medallist at the London Olympics is so happy that she plans to become a nun. Fireworks lit up the sky in Pimsiri Sirikaew’s rural hometown on Monday after she won a silver medal in the women’s

Day 3 medallists [ARTICLE]

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Day 3 medallists Diving Men’s synchronised 10m platform 1 Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan (Chn) 486.78 pts. 2 Ivan Garcia Navarro/German Sanchez Sanchez (Mex) 468.90. 3 David Boudia/Nicholas McCrory (USA) 463.47. Fencing Women’s epee 1 Yana Shemyakina (Ukr). 2 Britta Heidemann (Ger). 3 Sun Yujie (Chn). Gymnastics Men’s artistic team 1 China

ZARA HELPS BRITAIN TO SILVER [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ZARA HELPS BRITAIN TO SILVER But she is left to rue costly error which sees Germany take team title AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS LONDON Some might say Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Now she can also boast a silver medal. But she

Djokovic crushes Roddick to progress [ARTICLE]

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Djokovic crushes Roddick to progress AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Serbia’s Novak Djokovic fired a warning to his Olympic rivals as the world No. 2 crushed three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the tennis competition yesterday. While Roger Federer is the gold medal favourite after his

Line judge gives goal, ref over-rules him, Croatia win [ARTICLE]

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Line judge gives goal, ref over-rules him, Croatia win ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Croatia earned a disputed men’s water polo win yesterday after officials did not allow what would have been a Spanish equaliser on a last-gasp shot, while Montenegro dealt three-time defending champions Hungary their second straight loss of the

Kayaker penalised – by mum [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kayaker penalised by mum ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Talk about strict parenting. New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson made the semi-finals of the kayak slalom at the Olympics despite being given a two-second penalty by his mother Kay who is a judge at the Games. Dawson touched Gate 5 when going down

REAL EXAMINATION BEGINS FOR GU JUAN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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REAL EXAMINATION BEGINS FOR GU JUAN S’pore shuttler’s skills and mettle will be tested against Taiwanese today AT THE GAMES By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg LONDON Her Olympic campaign has been a breeze, but Singapore shuttler Gu Juan knows that the real examination of her skills and mettle is about to

Britain’s silver joy doesn’t last for long [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Britain’s silver joy doesn’t last for long AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON The raised index fingers of China’s gymnasts left no doubt which men’s team had won the Olympic title. But for 15 minutes, British fans clapped and cheered as the hosts snared an unexpected silver on Monday. Except they had not.

Nabbed for Daley abuse [ARTICLE]

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Nabbed for Daley abuse REUTERS LONDON Police arrested a 17-year-old yesterday after offensive tweets were sent to Tom Daley when the British diver failed to win a medal in his first event at the London Olympics. The Games’ poster boy and his partner Pete Waterfield had a chance to grab

#tweetbit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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#tweetbit A daily pick of athletes’ tweets and pics L Pic: PM travelling to Aquatics Centre to watch @TomDaley1994 @PeterWaterfield in #Olympics #diving final A post from Number10gov, noting that British Prime Minister David Cameron (second from the right) was using the Tube to get there L “@justinbieber: heard @FranklinMissy

Bikinis, not sport, are the main draw [ARTICLE]

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Bikinis, not sport, are the main draw ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON There are surely people out there who think that beach volleyball deserves to be taken seriously, but few of those people appear to be here just now. “I think the women are wearing too much in the top area, actually,”

YE’S CLEAN, IOC SUGGESTS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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YE’S CLEAN, IOC SUGGESTS Coaches, swimmers also blast claims that new 400 IM champion is on drugs ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Sore losers, just jealous, they said of the Americans. And it was not just Chinese fans and officials who closed ranks around 16-year-old swimming sensation Ye Shiwen. Even

Too fast isn’t necessarily reason to doubt it’s too bad [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Too fast isn’t necessarily reason to doubt it’s too bad AT THE GAMES For all the talk, not necessarily incorrect, about Ye owning a reserve of strength that is outrageous, the truth remains that athletes are built differently. By ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg FASTER is breathtaking. Faster is part of the

‘Adopted Brit’ is winner [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Adopted Brit’ is winner AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Success-starved Britain rushed to claim Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte as their own after the swimmer’s remarkable win in the 100m breaststroke. Meilutyte, who became the youngest winner of the Olympic event at 15 years and 133 days indeed, the youngest in any swimming

An ‘alien’ double champ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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An ‘alien’ double champ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON France’s rising swimming star Yannick Agnel has admitted his golds have left him feeling like an “alien” as he adjusts to life as an Olympic champion. Having anchored the French team with a stunning display in the 4x100m freestyle relay to touch out

Missile Missy on fire [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Missile Missy on fire ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Life just keeps getting bigger and better for “Missile” Missy Franklin, the American teenage swimming sensation whose fame is quickly spreading beyond the Olympic pool. Even teen idol Justin Bieber is a believer. “Heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine,” he tweeted. “Now

Day 5 highlights [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Day 5 highlights 20 golds at stake today. And these are the events you should not miss... FROM YELLOW TO GOLD? 9.15pm: Cycling Men’s individual time trial (mio TV Ch137) Britain’s great hope Mark Cavendish flopped in the road race. Will Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins suffer the same

Medal tally [ARTICLE]

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Medal tally C© 1 4 South Korea 3 2 2 7 5 North Korea 3 0 1 4 6 Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 10 8 Germany 2 3 1 6 3 19 11 Australia 1 2 1 4 12 Romania 1 2 0 3 7 Hungary 1 1 1

ONE WIN FROM A MEDAL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ONE WIN FROM A MEDAL Japan’s Ishikawa stands in the way of Singapore’s first singles medal AT THE GAMES By TERRENCE VOON SPORTS CORRESPONDENT tvoon@sph.com.sg LONDON Heroism will encounter history when Feng Tianwei marches out into her bronze-med-al play-off at 9.30pm (Singapore time) today. Singapore has never won an Olympic

Singapore scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Singapore scorecard BADMINTON Gu Juan Women’s singles group: bt Victoria Na (Aus) 21-10 21-7. Into last 16. SAILING Elizabeth Yin Laser Radial Race 3: 29th. Race 4: 13th. Ranked 29th out of 41. Colin Cheng Laser Standard Race 3: 26th. Race 4: 20th. Ranked 19th out of 49. TABLE TENNIS

Singaporeans on Day 5 [ARTICLE]

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Singaporeans on Day 5 SAILING Elizabeth Yin Laser Radial, 7pm Colin Cheng Laser Standard, 7.05pm SWIMMING Mylene Ong Women’s 100m free, heat 3, 5.06pm Quah Zheng Wen Men’s 200m back, heat 1, 5.21pm TABLE TENNIS Feng Tianwei v Kasumi Ishikawa (Jpn), women’s singles bronze-medal play-off, 9.30pm

Wang alleges German conspiracy against her [ARTICLE]

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Wang alleges German conspiracy against her TERRENCE VOON LONDON Singapore paddler Wang Yuegu admits she was outclassed by Japanese fourth seed Kasumi Ishikawa in yesterday’s singles quarter-final, but the feisty paddler did not go quietly. She was unhappy that a German umpire, Claudia Moeller, had been assigned for the match,

Joseph seeks redemption at S’pore meet next week [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Joseph seeks redemption at S’pore meet next week By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg LONDON Aug 9. It is a day which holds much significance for Joseph Schooling. Not just because it is Singapore’s birthday, but more because it is a day the swimmer will get to prove a point after his

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B24 Gu Juan safely through to KO rounds

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Y Y, AUGUST 1, 2012 A U G U S T 1 B25 2 0 1 2 Sporting world comes to Ye’s defence

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Well-timed Gift Travelling show on time by fashion house Hermes is aptly located at old railway station Huang Lijie lijie@sph.com.sg A stroke of good timing has led French luxury brand Hermes to stage its exhibition at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for 12 days. The show, which opens to the

Back to Chagall’s Russian roots [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Back to Chagall’s Russian roots Agence France-Presse Moscow Once banned as bourgeois, the work of painter Marc Chagall is enjoying a revival in the former Soviet Union. There is a new exhibition delving into the influence folk art and his Russian Jewish roots had on his work. Curator Ekaterina Selezneva

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Kingdom of quirks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kingdom of quirks Director Wes Anderson fills his latest comedy with his usual oddball crew of the kooky Review Comedy MOONRISE KINGDOM (PG13) 94 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: Scout-in-training and orphan Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) elopes with misunderstood Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) on the island of New Penzance in 1965.

KILLER INSTINCT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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KILLER INSTINCT An uncanny ability to turn characters into icons has helped John Travolta rise from his career lows John Lui Film Correspondent johnlui@sph.com.sg John Travolta, actor and aviation enthusiast, flew into Singapore from Shanghai on Sunday at the controls of his private jet. Not the vintage Boeing 707 passenger

A boring life, seriously [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A boring life, seriously Working, going out for pizzas on Saturday nights and fetching his children to school make up funnyman Steve Carell’s life Alison de Souza In Los Angeles stlife@sph.com.sg Steve Carell excels at social awkwardness. He has played on screen every kind of loser imaginable, including the virgin

Sweet road trip to the end [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sweet road trip to the end Review Romantic comedy SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (NC16) 100 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: The world is about to be destroyed by an asteroid and insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell) is paralysed over chances not taken and choices not made.

Thick as blood [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thick as blood This epic about the coal mafia shows there is more to Indian cinema than Bollywood glitz Review Drama GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (M18) 160 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: This epic, which is being released in two parts, follows a feuding family over 60 years in the rural eastern

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘The music and the parties and the paparazzi, I mean, it’s like living in Lebanon now’ Actor Dax Shepard (left) on what it is like living near pop star Justin Bieber (right) ‘I was with my son and it was a song he was playing. He

New Yorker writer faked Dylan quotes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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New Yorker writer faked Dylan quotes Jonah Lehrer resigns from magazine, admits to fabricating quotes in best-selling book Associated Press New York Times New York A staff writer for The New Yorker has resigned and his best-selling book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, has been halted after he acknowledged inventing quotes

Other publishing scandals [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Other publishing scandals Associated Press Reuters Over the past decade, numerous books have been pulled, whether because of lifting material from other sources or fabricating events. Q.R. Markham’s Assassin Of Secrets was pulled from the shelves last year, after passages in the thriller were found to have been plagiarised from

In comedy we trust [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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In comedy we trust The two leads in a new sitcom say they are just like the odd characters they play Rachael Boon rachaelb@sph.com.sg It seems like the producers of American sitcom Don’t Trust The B----In Apartment 23 do not believe in casting against type. In a recent interview with

Binchy breathed life into small towns [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Binchy breathed life into small towns The best-selling writer, revered for depictions of life in Ireland, writes the way she speaks Obituary #2: Maeve Binchy Associated Press Reuters London–Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy, who was known for her depictions of small-town Irish life, has died in Dublin after a brief

Multimedia artist a pioneer of essay film [ARTICLE]

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Multimedia artist a pioneer of essay film Obituary #2: Chris Marker New York Times Associated Press Paris Chris Marker, the enigmatic French writer, photographer, film-maker and multimedia artist who pioneered the flexible hybrid form known as the essay film, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 91. His death was

Dapper crooner in lavish musicals [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dapper crooner in lavish musicals Obituary #3: Tony Martin New York Times Washington Post New York Tony Martin, the debonair baritone whose career spanned some 80 years in films and nightclubs and on radio and television, died last Friday at his home in West Los Angeles. He was 98. His

Violinist wins inaugural strings award [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Violinist wins inaugural strings award Corrie Tan Singaporean violinist Helena Dawn Yah (below), has been named winner of the inaugural Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award a $4,000 grant for young string players aged 16 to 25. The 17-year-old, who goes by her middle name, Dawn, is studying at the prestigious

Little worms, big shot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Little worms, big shot Nicholas Chew’s nature photos earned him one of the top prizes at the Singapore Young Photographer Award Olivia Ho oliviaho@sph.com.sg He was walking with his family through Kent Ridge Park after heavy rain when he noticed worms wriggling out of the waterlogged soil all over the

Olympic blues bubble over [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Olympic blues bubble over Aquatic patterns and the colour blue dominate not only the games village but also the fashion world International Herald Tribune London From the flotilla on the Thames for the Royal Jubilee to the Olympic swimming pool with its undulating wave of a roof, London seems immersed

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Hobbit movie to be a trilogy [ARTICLE]

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Hobbit movie to be a trilogy Reuters Associated Press Bloomberg Los Angeles Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit will grow into three movies. The New Zealander director of the Oscar-winning The Lord Of The Rings movies said on Monday that after viewing a cut of the first film and

Boos at gig by a few thugs, says Madonna [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Boos at gig by a few thugs, says Madonna Reuters New York Pop star Madonna on Monday downplayed media reports of boos and calls for refunds from the audience of her recent concert (right) at Paris’ famed Olympia theatre, saying they were caused by “a few thugs” in the audience.

Eason’s wife incurs mainlanders’ wrath [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Eason’s wife incurs mainlanders’ wrath Hong Kong Hong Kong singer Eason Chan’s wife, style blogger Hilary Tsui (above), has incurred the wrath of Chinese netizens after she complained about “rude Chinese”. The former actress’ Weibo page was assaulted by angry netizens, said Ming Pao Daily News, and she was accused

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Finally, Canon fires first mirrorless power shot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Finally, Canon fires first mirrorless power shot Tan Chong Yaw cytan @sph. com.sg Canon has finally taken the covers off its first mirrorless camera, the EOS M. But it has taken the company almost four years to do so, from the time that Panasonic unveiled the very first mirrorless camera.

WHAT FANS SAY [ARTICLE]

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WHAT FANS SAY On shipping delays for the Pebble e-paper watch on Kickstarter: It’s never bad news when there’s a delay on Kickstarter. In fact, most projects are delayed on Kickstarter because they are committed to deliver something that works. Yi Chuen Good news for me. I selected orange to

News

Samsung smart to add content to its TVs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Samsung smart to add content to its TVs By Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph.com. sg You do not have to be a mio TV subscriber to enjoy the movies offered by SingTel’s pay TV service. It has partnered with Samsung to roll out mio TV Play video, a video-on-demand (VOD) service for

Spotlight

Camera makers tough it out [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Camera makers tough it out More rugged models are now on the market as they gain a steady fan-base Tan Chong Yaw cytan@sph.com.sg Chew Chia Weei is a tough customer for camera makers. Just last month, he demonstrated to friends how hardy his camera was by hitting it repeatedly on

Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 By Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph. com.sg It began as Samsung’s flagship tablet but with the Korean company releasing so many tablets across so many sizes and types, it is easy for this one to get lost in the mix. Personally, I’m more interested in the upcoming

Home

Apple TV (3rd Generation) [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Apple TV (3rd Generation) By Trevor Tan trevtan@sph. com. sg Despite its moniker, this is not a TV but a digital media receiver that streams content to your high-definition TV from the iTunes Store or any computer running iTunes. It also supports streaming from sources such as YouTube, Flickr and

Psst... you can watch the Olympics while at work [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Psst... you can watch the Olympics while at work Can’t get to a TV? There are other ways to catch up on the action, says TREVOR TAN TREVOR TAN trevtan@sph.com.sg Will you be missing all the action of the 2012 London Olympic Games? There are ways you can catch up

First look: RecordTV beta [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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First look: RecordTV beta By Trevor Tan Remember RecordTV? It was the Internet start-up that won the lawsuit against MediaCorp for offering a service that lets viewers watch MediaCorp programmes online. With the lawsuit over, the RecordTV (Recordtv.com) website is now rolling out its Internet-based digital video recorder that lets

Photos

First look: Canon EOS M [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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First look: Canon EOS M TAN CHONG YAW looks at Canon’s first mirrorless camera, which is the 650D subjected to a weight-loss regimen. As a result, it can now slip into his front trouser pocket Price unavailable. In the United States, the EOS M with 22mm lens sells for US$799

LG Optimus 4X HD [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LG Optimus 4X HD By Seow Tein Hee teinhee@sph. com.sg After a series of disappointing devices, the LG Optimus 4X HD is a shining beacon of hope for the South Korean company’s Android portfolio. The latest entry in the Optimus line-up is a powerhouse, though its exterior might say otherwise.

Sony Xperia Acro S [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sony Xperia Acro S By Seow Tein Hee Two days ago, I nearly emptied a glass of water over a review unit. I was quick enough to save the phone from a watery death. But if the phone had been the Sony Xperia Acro S, there would have been no

PCs

HP Z1 Workstation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HP Z1 Workstation By Trevor Tan trevtan @sph. com.sg Workstations tend to be boring and chunky. It is usually a tower chassis with ugly cables running from it to your monitor and peripherals. All these are history with HP’s new all-in-one workstation. This workstation is huge and very heavy. You

Bluelounge Bonobo Backpack [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bluelounge Bonobo Backpack By Trevor Tan My wife complains I own more bags than she does. That’s because of my quest for the perfect day bag. I think I may have found it in the new Bluelounge Bonobo Backpack. Many a laptop backpack tends to have: J Too many compartments

Cars

Lexus GS 350 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lexus GS 350 By Adli Yashir Adli Yashir is a correspondent/Internet coordinator with Berita Harian The most visible tech feature you will notice as you get into the Lexus GS 350 is the 12.3-inch display screen. It is the largest in any car to date. Critics argue that the screen

Volkswagen CC [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Volkswagen CC By Trevor Tan trevtan@sph. com. sg Motoring maniacs usually take “CC” to mean “Coupe Cabriolet”. But here, it stands for “Comfort Coupe”. The Volkswagen CC is a four-door model instead of the two-door types usually associated with the “coupe” label. Take a good look at its exterior and

Audio

Libratone Live [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Libratone Live By Trevor Tan trevtan @sph. com.sg Libratone Live is an AirPlay-enabled speaker. AirPlay is a proprietary protocol from Apple that allows audio, video and photo streaming between devices using Wi-Fi. Wrapped in cashmere, the triangular monolith looks stylish from the front. A single white button in front stands

Monster Diamond Tears– Edge [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Monster Diamond Tears– Edge By Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph.com. sg Finally, there is a headphone design that is as loud as it sounds. For those in the market for a set of eye-catching cups, they do not get shinier than the Diamond Tears Edge from Monster. Wrapped in clear plastic, each

New products

Sony Walkman NWZ-F800 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sony Walkman NWZ-F800 DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER Price unknown, available end October Weighing only 100g and housed in a compact aluminium body, this Walkman has a powerful Nvidia Tegra II dual-core processor, the Google Android 4.0 mobile operating system and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. With a premium S-Master MX digital amplifier

Sony PlayStation Vita Hatsune Miku Limited Edition 3G/Wi-Fi Pack [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sony PlayStation Vita Hatsune Miku Limited Edition 3G/Wi-Fi Pack PORTABLE GAMING CONSOLE $588, available on Aug 30 Sony is releasing a limited-edition Hatsune Miku Sony PlayStation (PS) Vita pack in collaboration with Sega. It includes the PS Vita exclusive title, Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva, and bears the image of

Aztech S-Plug PSC100 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aztech S-Plug PSC100 POWER-SAVING DEVICE $39, available later this month Your TV set, set-top box and home theatre system use power even when they are on standby or sleep mode. Now, you can save the Earth and money by using the Aztech S-Plug PSC100. This smart power-saving device switches off

Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX-II [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX-II CAMERA LENS $1,050, Canon-mount available next month This compact ultra wide-angle zoom lens has a focal length range of 11-16mm with a big constant f2.8 aperture for use in low light conditions. It has an internal silent focusing motor that allows autofocusing on all Nikon

Accutone Taurus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Accutone Taurus EARPHONES $79 If you love your music with ample bass, you may want to get the Accutone Taurus. It is tuned for a stronger bass to give that extra punch to your favourite rock or hip-hop tunes. A switch positioned between the aluminium grilles lets you ramp up

Canon Xeed WX6000 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Canon Xeed WX6000 PROJECTOR $6,000, available middle of this month The Xeed WX6000 uses the new liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) panel and Canon’s proprietary Aspectual Illumination System 4.1 to achieve a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. It allows high-resolution projection in bright rich colours. The LCOS panel is also resistant to

Ranger Handy Keyboard [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ranger Handy Keyboard PERIPHERAL Compiled by Trevor Tan $55 This wireless keyboard has a trackball and a scroll wheel with left and right click keys, so a mouse is not needed. Its 15 clearly marked hotkeys give you quick access to frequently used short cuts and functions such as volume

SME Tech

Facebook, Dropbox used to run fried rice joint [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Facebook, Dropbox used to run fried rice joint Social networks and free Web app help to improve company’s efficiency. reports PHEBE BAY Phebe Bay is a freelance writer The staff of famous fried rice eatery Chen Fu Ji have a unique way of learning about a staff promotion or discounts

What do paid services offer? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What do paid services offer? Vendors of IT services say they offer customers more privacy, security and customisation. Digital Life checks out some commercial offerings Salesforce Chatter is a social platform which adapts to business needs. It allows employees to collaborate on sales deals and support cases and projects across