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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 WEDNE S D A Y N O VEMBER 7 201 90 cents A Singapore Press Holdings publication MICA (P) 002/02/2012

D-Day for a deeply divided US [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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D-Day for a deeply divided US Some early projections suggest Obama is set to win second term By CHUA CHIN HON US BUREAU CHIEF chinhon@sph.com.sg WASHINGTON The tightest United States presidential election in recent memory will be decided today after a bitter and expensive campaign that has left the world’s

Jobs for poly and ITE grads [ARTICLE]

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Jobs for poly and ITE grads NINE out of 10 polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students find jobs within six months of graduating, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday. This has helped to keep the jobless rate among Singapore’s young low. L HOME B3

PM gives his take on leadership renewal [ARTICLE]

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PM gives his take on leadership renewal LESLIE KOH VIENTIANE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday gave his assessment of the leadership renewal taking place in China and the United States, the outcome of which will have a major impact on Asia and the world. Singapore had long-standing ties with

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Stricter criteria for personalised work pass [ARTICLE]

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Stricter criteria for personalised work pass Yearly pay limit raised to $144,000 from $34,000; period cut to 3 years By JANICE HENG janiceh@sph.com.sg FROM next month, foreign professionals seeking the top-tier Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) have to earn more than four times what they currently have to make in a

GAME FOR A LONG WAIT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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GAME FOR A LONG WAIT Student Jehangir Shaik Aziz (right), 19, queued for 30 hours at Funan DigitaLife Mall before he got his hands on a copy of new video game Halo 4. But to him, it was worth the wait. More than 4,000 fans (above) queued for pre-order redemptions

‘No win, no fee’ lawyer’s bill: $1.6m [ARTICLE]

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‘No win, no fee’ lawyer’s bill: $1.6m By K.C. VIJAYAN vijayan@sph.com.sg A LAWYER who agreed to accept payment from an accident victim only if he won her court suit has pleaded guilty to professional misconduct before a disciplinary tribunal, in a rare case. Mr R. Kurubalan, 55, made the deal

No EU member wants to break up grouping: PM Lee [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No EU member wants to break up grouping: PM Lee Europe leaders say structural issues need more time to work out, he adds By LESLIE KOH ASSISTANT POLITICAL EDITOR leskoh@sph.com.sg VIENTIANE After meeting fellow leaders from Europe and Asia over two days, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong came away from

Asia, Europe leaders reject protectionism [ARTICLE]

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Asia, Europe leaders reject protectionism REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BLOOMBERG VIENTIANE Leaders from Asia and Europe yesterday renounced protectionism and vowed to promote trade between the two regions, in the face of “substantial” uncertainties facing the global economy. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said the 49 countries of the Asia-Europe

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Australia’s pro-Asia vision [ARTICLE]

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Australia’s pro-Asia vision OPINION THE Australian government’s push for greater economic and social engagement with Asia is an ambitious plan that will benefit both the nation and its neighbours. To make it work, the current and successive Australian governments will have to come up with specific initiatives and adequate funding

Healthy winner [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Healthy winner MONEY FREQUENT experimenting enabled Jia Jia Wang’s Saw Lin Hua (right) to come up with wholegrain noodles a winner that resulted in a four-fold growth in sales. PAGE B10 PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Jack Neo’s new ‘recruits’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jack Neo’s new ‘recruits’ LIFE! FOR his latest film, Ah Boys To Men, about a group of army boys in national service, director Jack Neo had to find his biggest group of fresh faces yet for one film seven in the main cast alone. But the 56-year-old film-maker says it

A cold shoulder for Romney? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A cold shoulder for Romney? Of voters queueing in sub-zero chill, most look to have settled on Obama EARLY INDICATIONS IN OHIO By PAUL ZACH STRAITS TIMES US BUREAU zach@sph.com.sg CLEVELAND (Ohio) If grit and determination are an early measure of who will prevail in the United States presidential election,

Stars lend support in person or on Twitter [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stars lend support in person or on Twitter AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON American celebrities weighed in on the race for the White House, endorsing their favourite candidates on Twitter and in person, or making last-ditch pleas for their fans to vote. Singer Bob Dylan, midway through an encore at a concert

Caution in markets ahead of polls [ARTICLE]

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Caution in markets ahead of polls By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg STOCK markets around the world saw cautious trading yesterday as investors awaited the outcome of the knife-edge United States presidential election. Singapore was no exception, and the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) endured another lacklustre session before closing down 12.36

ST contest winners will get more time with pandas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ST contest winners will get more time with pandas NG KAI LING ON NOV 24, there will be no jostling with the crowd or rushing to take that one last picture of pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Winners of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers’ latest Panda-monium contest will be

Boss told driver to find fall guys [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Boss told driver to find fall guys Man found guilty of helping two friends dodge parking rap By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg A RECYCLING company boss was yesterday found guilty of instigating his driver to find two fall guys for parking offences committed by his friends. Seah Hock Thiam,

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Tension festers, 40 years on [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tension festers, 40 years on Uneasy calm in Lampung, Sumatra, after new bout of communal violence TRANSMIGRATION IN zakirh@sph.com.sg JAKARTA An uneasy calm has descended on two villages in South Lampung’s Kalianda district after last month’s mob violence, as community leaders sealed a pact to keep the peace. The bloodshed,

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Books on Chinese politics fly off the shelves overseas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Books on Chinese politics fly off the shelves overseas Mainlanders drive up sales of page-turners banned at home By HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Brenda Wu in Taipei BEIJING When Chinese tourists passed through Singapore’s Changi Airport during their national day break last month, they snapped

Foreign reporters eager to cover congress [ARTICLE]

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Foreign reporters eager to cover congress BEIJING Some 1,400 journalists from outside the Chinese mainland will be jostling for the limited spaces to cover the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-in-a-decade congress when it kicks off in Beijing tomorrow. The media centre for the 18th National Congress has received applications from around

Over 4,000 flee floods in Malaysia [ARTICLE]

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Over 4,000 flee floods in Malaysia THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK PETALING JAYA Rising numbers of evacuees flocked to relief centres as heavy rains in Johor, Selangor, Perak and Malacca continued unabated. According to National Security Council (NSC) figures, the number of evacuees increased yesterday to 4,248 in 30 relief centres,

Photographer lends his ears to the Dalai Lama [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Photographer lends his ears to the Dalai Lama Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, teasingly pulled the ears of a photographer after a news conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on Monday. The Dalai Lama, who was there as part of a 12-day visit to Japan, said that China’s

S. Koreans resort to forgery for school access [ARTICLE]

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S. Koreans resort to forgery for school access AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL South Korean prosecutors yesterday charged 47 parents with forging documents to en- rol their children in for-eign-run schools in a bid to give them an edge in the country’s hyper-competi-tive education system. Among those indicted was a 37-year-old housewife,

Overseas buyers snap up Japan water rights [ARTICLE]

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Overseas buyers snap up Japan water rights Investors, especially Chinese, drawn by lax rules, slump in land prices BLOOMBERG TOKYO Mr Morihiro Oguma’s phone rang every day with calls from brokers representing foreign investors who wanted to buy his Japan Mineral water-bot-tling business. “In many cases, I was told I

Myanmar urged to stop Rakhine sectarian strife [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Myanmar urged to stop Rakhine sectarian strife Australia, Britain raise the issue at Asia-Europe meet AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK TIMES VIENTIANE Australia and Britain have pressed Myanmar over the plight of ethnic minorities and called for an end to the deadly sectarian unrest in western Rakhine state. Australian Prime Minister

China sentences four to death for Mekong murders [ARTICLE]

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China sentences four to death for Mekong murders REUTERS BEIJING A court in south-western China yesterday sentenced a Myanmar drug smuggler and three members of his gang to death for murdering 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river in a case marking Beijing’s growing law-enforcement role beyond its borders. The

PKR MP rapped for ‘encouraging apostasy’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PKR MP rapped for ‘encouraging apostasy’ Nurul Izzah Anwar says her words have been twisted for political uses By YONG YEN NIE MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT yyennie@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Prominent Malaysian opposition MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has become a target of attacks by Islamic groups and gov-ernment-backed media for her comments that

Investors ‘yet to get gold already paid for’ [ARTICLE]

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Investors ‘yet to get gold already paid for’ KUALA LUMPUR Investors have yet to receive delivery from four companies suspected of running illegal investment schemes in gold, records seized by the authorities have revealed. In some cases, investors have been waiting for more than five months after making payment for

Congress likely to remain divided [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Congress likely to remain divided Republicans will still control House of Representatives, Democrats Senate ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Americans deeply dislike Congress, but they are unlikely to change its make-up in this election, which is expected to leave Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and Democrats keeping their

Workings of the US Congress [ARTICLE]

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Workings of the US Congress REPUBLICANS are expected to keep control of the House of Representatives, so a win in the Senate would give them full control of Congress an advantage for Mr Mitt Romney if he captures the White House, and a huge headache for Mr Barack Obama if

It’s a tie in first-in-the-nation ballot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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It’s a tie in first-in-the-nation ballot AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE DIXVILLE NOTCH (New Hampshire) Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at 1pm Singapore time yesterday, casting the first Election Day ballots in the US, with President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each receiving

‘Unsafe to allow voting by e-mail’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Unsafe to allow voting by e-mail’ Experts say New Jersey’s plan raises risk of hacking or online manipulation BLOOMBERG NEW YORK New Jersey’s plan to let residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy vote by e-mail is raising concerns among computer scientists that the ballots may be vulnerable to hacking or online

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Putin fires minister over alleged graft [ARTICLE]

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Putin fires minister over alleged graft BLOOMBERG MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired Mr Anatoly Serdyukov as defence minister after a probe into an alleged US$95 million (S$116 million) fraud case, making him the most senior official to be ousted over corruption by the leader. He is the second

Death sentence sought for soldier [ARTICLE]

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Death sentence sought for soldier REUTERS TACOMA (Washington) Military prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty for a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in Kandahar province in March. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Plans for Jerusalem homes spark anger [ARTICLE]

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Plans for Jerusalem homes spark anger AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JERUSALEM Israel has published tenders for 1,213 new homes in settlement neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem, drawing fire from Palestinians who said the move made them more determined to seek greater United Nations status. Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east

Singapore condemns acts of terrorism [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore condemns acts of terrorism SINGAPORE has strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Bahrain on Monday which killed two foreign workers and critically injured a third. The Republic “strongly condemns these acts of terrorism which have claimed innocent lives”, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the city-state

Bahrain’s king orders ‘swift arrest’ after blasts [ARTICLE]

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Bahrain’s king orders ‘swift arrest’ after blasts Govt and activists blame each other for bomb attacks that leave 2 dead AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS DUBAI Bahrain’s king yesterday called on its citizens to cooperate with the authorities to arrest “terrorists” who carried out a series of bombings that killed two Asian

Britain and Germany at loggerheads over EU budget [ARTICLE]

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Britain and Germany at loggerheads over EU budget Relations have seldom been cooler as Chancellor Merkel arrives seeking deal By JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT Jonathan.eyal@gmail.com LONDON When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Greece recently, thousands of local policemen were drafted to protect her. But no such security precautions are needed

SPREADING THE CHRISTMAS CHEER [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SPREADING THE CHRISTMAS CHEER It’s “love it or hate it” with these Christmas lights sponsored by Marmite at London’s Oxford street. Thousands of people turned up on Monday to watch 300,000 bulbs being lit to mark the start of the festive period. Former Take That star Robbie Williams turned on

Europe’s economies face further contraction [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Europe’s economies face further contraction Gauge of business activity in October was the worst since June 2009 REUTERS LONDON The fourth quarter has so far brought no improvement in the fortunes of most of Europe’s economies, which now risk shrinking more than previously expected. Yesterday’s purchasing managers’ indexes (PMIs), which

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Suzuki to exit US car market [ARTICLE]

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Suzuki to exit US car market BLOOMBERG TOKYO Suzuki Motor will pull out of the US car market after almost three decades, following Saab Automobile and Isuzu Motors. Suzuki will stop the sale of new cars in the United States, though it will continue offering motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and boat

AOL revenue up after 7-year slide [ARTICLE]

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AOL revenue up after 7-year slide AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON AOL said yesterday it made a profit of US$20.8 million (S$25 million) in the third quarter as the struggling Internet firm stemmed a seven-year decline in revenues. Its shares rallied 10 per cent in early trade on the news. AOL has

China to start talks on Asian trade bloc [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China to start talks on Asian trade bloc Tie-up to include Asean and 5 others a reaction to US-led pact without China REUTERS GENEVA China will, later this month, enter talks to create an Asian free-trade bloc covering 28 per cent of the world economy, a reaction to the US’

Hong Kong losing advantage as China go-between [ARTICLE]

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Hong Kong losing advantage as China go-between HONG KONG The advantage that Hong Kong had as an intermediary between the mainland and the outside world is on the wane, creating conflicts between the city and the mainland, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday. Citing a government report on economic

Antwerp struggles to keep its lustre [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Antwerp struggles to keep its lustre Diamond trade hit by low wage competition overseas NEW YORK TIMES ANTWERP (Belgium) Step off the train here and you cannot miss the signs on the stores: Diamond World, Diamond Gallery, Diamond Creations, or just Diamonds. Of late, there are banners and posters reading

Australia holds key rate in surprise move [ARTICLE]

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Australia holds key rate in surprise move AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY Australia’s central bank yesterday unexpectedly held its official interest rate steady at 3.25 per cent, saying that recent indications on the world economy were more positive. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) last month sliced 25 basis points off the

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5^ NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY CI-NTU: Tal$ir>§ a bilateral approach to education The Confucius Institute at Nanyang Technological University (CI-NTU) is a leading Chinese culture and language school in Singapore which is supported by the Chinese central government. From the courses offered at the institute students can expect to develop the

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Australia pivots to Asia too [ARTICLE]

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Australia pivots to Asia too ASIA has reason to be gratified by not just the Australian government’s push for greater economic and social engagement with Asia, but also the response to this of Australians in general. Polls show a broad acceptance of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s goals set out in

US must stay engaged in Asia [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US must stay engaged in Asia By INVITATION By HUGH WHITE FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is Professor of Strategic Studies at Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute. His book The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power was published in August by Black

Cleanest fight in US history [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cleanest fight in US history By NOAH FELDMAN The writer is a law professor at Harvard University and the author of Scorpions: The Battles And Triumphs Of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices. BLOOMBERG NOW that the candidates have left the hustings (whatever those are) behind, it can be said: This

US engagement in Asia stands strong and steady in political winds [ARTICLE]

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US engagement in Asia stands strong and steady in political winds By DAVID I. ADELMAN The writer is the US Ambassador to Singapore. THE United States has a long history of highly charged debates as part of our intensely competitive elections. Despite the rough-and-tumble of America’s campaigns, national elections are

Australia’s focus on Asia hardly new [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Australia’s focus on Asia hardly new By BRUCE GALE SENIOR WRITER bruceg@sph.com.sg AUSTRALIA is entering yet another period in which policymakers tout the virtues of adapting to Asia. Last month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government released a much-delayed White Paper which called for sweeping reforms in education, as well as

The dilemma of US-Iran relations [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The dilemma of US-Iran relations By JONATHAN EYAL EUROPE CORRESPONDENT Jonathan.eyal@gmail.com REGARDLESS of who wins the White House, dealing with Iran’s nuclear programme remains the most immediate and important security decision that the next US president will have to make. There is no time to lose: Even according to the

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Updates on mall renovation: MP explains [ARTICLE]

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Updates on mall renovation: MP explains Michael Palmer Member of Parliament Punggol East Constituency I AGREE with Mr Chia Yong Soong (“A mall stuck in limbo for the wrong reasons”; last Friday) that it is important for me to keep residents informed of the status of the works when there

HDB working as fast as possible to complete upgrading [ARTICLE]

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HDB working as fast as possible to complete upgrading Peggy Chia (Ms) Director (Commercial Complexes) HDB THE HDB carries out regular improvement works at our shopping centres to ensure that they remain appealing to shoppers (“A mall stuck in limbo for the wrong reasons” by Mr Chia Yong Soong; last

Ban fast cars from city streets [ARTICLE]

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Ban fast cars from city streets Bala S. Rajaratnam THE State Coroner’s testimony in the accident involving a Ferrari (“Hard for driver to react at 178kmh”; last Saturday) raised sobering questions about the handling of high-performance cars, which can easily achieve speeds of close to 200kmh within seconds. The Land

What’s a garden city without such sweet twitterings? [ARTICLE]

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What’s a garden city without such sweet twitterings? Khairon Bibi Mastan (Madam) THE Asian Koel roosts in Bedok as well, where I live (“It’s a big bird and a nuisance, but it’s protected” by Mr Daniel Ng; last Saturday). Unlike Mr Ng, their distinct and piercing cries are music to

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1. MR TERENCE TAN WAN LING: Upgrading’s fine but not at expense of price spiral. 2. MR MOHAMED SALIM MOHD AMIN: Effective penalties needed against motorists colliding with cyclists. 3. MS MELINDA ANN MICHAEL: Birds deserve protection. 4. MR JOHN LIM: Leave the birds

It’s a common bird, so why is it protected? [ARTICLE]

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It’s a common bird, so why is it protected? Sia Beng Choo (Ms) I EMPATHISE with Mr Daniel Ng (“It’s a big bird and a nuisance, but it’s protected”; last Saturday). Like Mr Ng, I suffered too after the Asian Koel began roosting in the trees near my HDB unit

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Broadband speeds have doubled: Study Those surfing overseas websites gain after SingTel, StarHub lift speed caps By IRENE THAM TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT itham@sph.com.sg BROADBAND users in Singapore are surfing on overseas websites like Facebook at twice the speed they used to get, the latest broadband test results show. The reason: Two

AGC seeks to appeal Hougang ‘no costs’ ruling [ARTICLE]

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AGC seeks to appeal Hougang ‘no costs’ ruling Says the ‘new law’ should be argued and clarified in the Court of Appeal By ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg THE Hougang by-election case took yet another turn yesterday. The Attorney-General is now seeking to appeal against a judge’s decision to exempt a Hougang

Attorney-General’s Chambers need not pay costs for withdrawing appeal: Chief Justice [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Attorney-General’s Chambers need not pay costs for withdrawing appeal: Chief Justice ANDREA ONG ANOTHER aspect of costs in the Hougang by-election case was also the subject of a separate Court of Appeal decision that was released yesterday. This time, the issue was on the costs the Hougang resident’s lawyer M.

Most poly, ITE grads find jobs in 6 months [ARTICLE]

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Most poly, ITE grads find jobs in 6 months This keeps youth jobless rate lower than in many economies: DPM Teo By STACEY CHIA staceyc@sph.com.sg NINE out of 10 polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students find jobs within six months of graduating, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said

Singapore’s ‘surprisingly green face’ in new book [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore’s ‘surprisingly green face’ in new book By DAVID EE davidee@sph.com.sg BRITISH publisher John Beaufoy was taken aback in 2010 when he was pitched the idea for a book on “wild Singapore”. He thought it was an oxymoron. But two years on, the book will sit on shelves worldwide alongside

PM thanks CJ for contributions to public service [ARTICLE]

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PM thanks CJ for contributions to public service By K.C. VIJAYAN LAW CORRESPONDENT vijayan@sph.com.sg PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed the country’s gratitude to Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong for his outstanding services, his able leadership and his role in raising the standing of Singapore’s legal system at home

Optical shops roped in for eye-screening [ARTICLE]

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Optical shops roped in for eye-screening GPs to refer diabetes-related sufferers to them, with rise in vision woes expected By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg FAMILY doctors and optical shops are being asked to take part in a new eye-screening initiative as the country gears up for an expected surge in

Want good eyesight? Try eating durians [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Want good eyesight? Try eating durians LESLIE KAY LIM EVERYONE knows carrots are good for your sight, but what about durians and marigolds? Eye surgeons Jerry Tan and Por Yong Ming launched a book yesterday that aims to help people eat their way to better vision. In it, they reveal

Injections helped diabetic see better [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Injections helped diabetic see better WHEN his eye problems were at their worst in July, diabetic Thomas Lee (right) had to stop driving at night. But with the help of regular injections into both eyes, Mr Lee, 47, the superintendent of an oil consultancy company, progressed from being unable to

US marines to test made-in-Singapore armoured infantry carrier [ARTICLE]

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US marines to test made-in-Singapore armoured infantry carrier By LIM YAN LIANG yanliang@sph.com.sg THE United States Marine Corps (USMC) will soon be testing the Singapore-made Terrex armoured infantry carrier, which, if picked, may be shipping Marines into war zones by as early as 2015. The eight-wheeled “battlefield taxi” of ST

New bus service for Hougang, Serangoon [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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New bus service for Hougang, Serangoon Route is latest addition under Bus Service Enhancement Programme By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg A NEW bus service will be rolled out on Nov 18 to serve residents living in the Hougang and Serangoon estates. It is the third new route to be launched this

Wheelchair access on six more bus routes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Wheelchair access on six more bus routes ROYSTON SIM SIX more SMRT bus services will be accessible to wheelchairs from Nov 15. These are services 167, 859, 860, 966, 980 and 985, said the public transport operator yesterday. The buses will connect passengers to MRT and LRT stations, including Bras

Thai teen fell ‘like a leaf dropping’ [ARTICLE]

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Thai teen fell ‘like a leaf dropping’ Driver testifies he saw someone fall or faint, and hit brakes immediately LAWSUIT OVER MRT TRAIN ACCIDENT BY JOYCE LIM joycel@sph.com.sg AS SOON as train driver Mohamed Faizal Mohd Yunos saw Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak falling onto the tracks, he immediately hit the

Tale of kindness in the playground wins contest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tale of kindness in the playground wins contest NG KAI LING THEY were tales of generosity to touch the heart. And all were written by students keen to encourage graciousness towards others. Nanyang Girls’ High School won the Singapore Kindness Movement’s story writing contest after its students penned a tale

Two charities win inaugural prize for good governance [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two charities win inaugural prize for good governance By JANICE TAI jantai@sph.com.sg AT THE Singapore Association for Mental Health, donors do more than just sign a cheque. They are also given a chance to see first-hand how its centres are run and have a say in how their contributions are

Group to put costs to green effort launched [ARTICLE]

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Group to put costs to green effort launched By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg FELLING trees and selling the timber may stimulate the economy, but there are hidden costs, such as an increased risk of floods and the loss of flora and fauna. A new environmental group launched in Singapore yesterday wants

Payments for show ‘to start this week’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Payments for show ‘to start this week’ MD of ice-TV says new investors found, project getting back on track ASIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL By RACHAEL BOON rachaelb@sph.com.sg EVERYONE who worked on Asia’s Next Top Model will soon be paid what they are owed, its executive producer told The Straits Times

Man cheated perfume suppliers of $220,300 [ARTICLE]

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Man cheated perfume suppliers of $220,300 KHUSHWANT SINGH A SALES executive who cheated two perfume suppliers of nearly $220,300 was yesterday jailed for 21/2 years. Goh Chye Meng, 40, who pleaded guilty on Sept 19, gambled the money away in the casinos here. Deputy Public Prosecutor Lynn Tan told the

Man jailed for plotting goldsmith robbery [ARTICLE]

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Man jailed for plotting goldsmith robbery By ELENA CHONG elena@sph.com.sg THE mastermind of a plan to rob a goldsmith, who aborted the scheme when the place was too crowded, was yesterday sentenced to 21 months’ jail. In August, Kee Hong Yong, 26, recruited a teenager, Hei Lip Gan, to commit

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SingTel ‘to make life more exciting’ for customers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SingTel ‘to make life more exciting’ for customers Rebranding drive includes surprise offers and personalised services By GRACE CHNG SENIOR CORRESPONDENT chngkeg@sph.com.sg TELCO SingTel is beefing up customer service in a major rebranding exercise. The aim is to prompt users to recommend its services to friends and reduce customer churn,

Growth for life insurance despite downturn [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Growth for life insurance despite downturn Quarterly surge boosted by steady demand for protection plans By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg THE life insurance industry defied the economic slowdown to expand in the third quarter, thanks to demand for protection plans. Weighted new business premiums a weighted measure of premiums collected on

1,500 to attend Islamic economic forum in JB [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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1,500 to attend Islamic economic forum in JB By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg HEADS of state and global leaders will be among 1,500 delegates from 50 countries converging on Johor Baru early next month for the three-day World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF). Themed Changing Trends, New Opportunities, the forum

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Savouring success with healthier fare [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Savouring success with healthier fare Noodle-maker’s sales grow four-fold with launch of wholegrain option In the first of a four-part series on functional foods firms, Magdalen Ng talks to Jia Jia Wang’s Saw Lin Hua By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg WHILE many other business owners enjoy some hard-earned rest on the

Govt help to guard overseas investments [ARTICLE]

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Govt help to guard overseas investments COMPANIES already operating in overseas markets can tap a new government political risk insurance scheme to protect their investments. Mr Mike Ng, group director for capability development at International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, said that the Political Risk Insurance Scheme is aimed at encouraging Singapore

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SME CLINIC L I have recently expanded my business and have increased my staff strength. I’m also planning to purchase a factory. How do I go about securing a commercial property loan? Most banks offer commercial property loans, and for some developments, the developer may have a tie-up with certain

Freshening take on products for personal care [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Freshening take on products for personal care Maker of wet wipes believes in staff innovation, quality assurance, R&D Innovation plays an important part in shaping small and medium-sized enterprises. In the first of a four-part series profiling SMEs in Singapore, we speak to Freshening Industries, a leader in the disposable

Rock school hits all the right brand notes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rock school hits all the right brand notes Academy among 49 organisations lauded for their branding initiatives SINGAPORE PRESTIGE BRAND AWARDS By ESTHER TEO esthert@sph.com.sg A MUSIC school that favours teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber over Bach and Beethoven is one of 49 organisations to win a gong at the

Emerging markets on companies’ radar, study shows [ARTICLE]

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Emerging markets on companies’ radar, study shows By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg COMPANIES across the globe are planning to send more staff on overseas assignments to emerging markets as growth slows in major developed economies, a study has found. China is the most common destination, followed by Africa and India, said

StarHub to defend market share with new content [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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StarHub to defend market share with new content BLOOMBERG STARHUB, Singapore’s biggest broadband Internet and cable TV operator, is adding new content to make it “stickier” and stop customers from moving to rivals including SingTel. About 1.2 per cent of StarHub’s pay TV customers switched operators in the third quarter,

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Income support helps Perennial China Trust meet forecast [ARTICLE]

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Income support helps Perennial China Trust meet forecast By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg PERENNIAL China Retail Trust reported yesterday that the funds available for distribution was $10.9 million in the third quarter in line with the projection given at its listing last year. The amount was boosted by income support structures

25% jump in Sats’ quarterly profits [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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25% jump in Sats’ quarterly profits Boost from more flights, passengers at Changi and joint-venture earnings By KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg CHANGI Airport’s biggest ground handler, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (Sats), has reported second-quarter net profits of $50.3 million, up 25.4 per cent from the same period last year.

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STI sluggish as investors await US presidential poll [ARTICLE]

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STI sluggish as investors await US presidential poll Caution over developments in China, Greece contributes to listlessness BULLS AND BEARS By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE stocks suffered another sluggish, listless session yesterday as investors awaited last night’s evenly poised United States presidential election. The benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) slipped

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BACK ON FAVOURITE COURSE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BACK ON FAVOURITE COURSE Scott over British Open meltdown, will aim for fourth S’pore Open title By SANJAY NAIR nsanjay@sph.com.sg IT IS the kind of setback many athletes find the hardest to forget: a seemingly unassailable lead turning into a painful defeat. But Adam Scott insists he is different. His

Toned-down Daly still has the drive [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Toned-down Daly still has the drive SANJAY NAIR ON HIS best day, John Daly is a Major winner. On his worst, the eccentric American is capable of an 88 and has been known to walk off the golf course in the middle of a tournament. “The intriguing thing about me

McIlroy looking good to top European Tour money list [ARTICLE]

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McIlroy looking good to top European Tour money list ASSOCIATED PRESS RORY McIlroy looks set to win the European Tour money title, after nearest rival Peter Hanson and the next four challengers declined to contest the last two tournaments. The Ulsterman only has to fin- ish in the top 10

T’WOLVES BLOW DOWN NETS HOUSE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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T’WOLVES BLOW DOWN NETS HOUSE Brooklyn fans boo players who waste 22-point lead to lose to inferior team ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK It took years to raise the steel and arrange the glass panels to create abillion-dol-lar basketball palace in Brooklyn filled with hope and possibility. It took only minutes

Challenger goes behind bars to prepare for champ John [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Challenger goes behind bars to prepare for champ John By JULIAN TURNER jturner@sph.com.sg ON MOST people’s to-do lists, spending time in a Thai prison ranks just below pulling your own teeth out with a pair of pliers. For boxer Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo it has been a necessity, as he prepares to

UCI to probe Vinokourov [ARTICLE]

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UCI to probe Vinokourov REUTERS PARIS The International Cycling Union (UCI) is to open an investigation into allegations that Olympic champion Alexandre Vinokourov bribed Russian Alexandr Kolobnev to win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, the governing body said on Monday. The Astana rider from Kazakhstan won the one-day race by beating

McLaren drivers rue unreliable rides [ARTICLE]

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McLaren drivers rue unreliable rides LONDON Jenson Button has slammed his McLaren car as the worst he has had in three years at the team. The 32-year-old British driver, who finished fourth in last Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said in The Guardian: “I don’t get it. This car hasn’t

OVER THE MOON [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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OVER THE MOON Outsider Green Moon won the 152nd edition of the A$6.2 million (S$7.9 million) Melbourne Cup yesterday, upstaging foreign horses favoured to take Australia’s richest race. Ridden by Brett Prebble, Green Moon defied the 22-1 odds to win the 3,200m handicap at Flemington Racecourse by a length from

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NEXT 48 HOURS Today Basketball NBA: Chicago v Orlando (Live, StarHub Ch216, 8am). Football Uefa Champions League Gp E: Chelsea v Shakhtar (Live, mio TV Ch111), Gp H: Braga v Man United (Live, mio TV Ch112), Gp G: Celtic v Barcelona (Live, mio TV Ch113) tomorrow, 3.40am. Tennis ATP World

SCORES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SCORES Basketball NBA Memphis 103 Utah 94, Miami 124 Phoenix 99, Dallas 114 Portland 91, San Antonio 101 Indiana 79, Philadelphia 88 New York 110, Brooklyn 96 Minnesota 107, Sacramento 94 Golden State 92, LA Clippers 101 Cleveland 108. Football English Premier League West Bromwich Albion 2 Southampton 0. Spanish

SLOVAK’S NO SEX SYMBOL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SLOVAK’S NO SEX SYMBOL Hantuchova insists she’s an athlete first even if good looks have benefits By CHAN U-GENE ugenec@sph.com.sg SHE has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated in a bikini and also posed nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue. Daniela Hantuchova has been known

Federer trounces Tipsarevic at Tour Finals [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Federer trounces Tipsarevic at Tour Finals REUTERS LONDON Roger Federer started his bid for a seventh ATP World Tour Finals title in record-breaking fashion, crushing Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 at London’s O2 Arena yesterday. It took him to 40 match wins in his 11 appearances at the traditional season-ender, breaking

Pals ready for bruising encounter [ARTICLE]

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Pals ready for bruising encounter AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON They are close friends, training mates and now, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray find themselves standing in each other’s way at the ATP Tour Finals in London tonight. After winning their opening Group A matches on Monday Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and

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Hulk’s missing sister found [ARTICLE]

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Hulk’s missing sister found AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAO PAULO Brazil footballer Hulk’s younger sister, who disappeared on Monday and was feared kidnapped, has been found after nearly 24 hours and reunited with her family. Police said Angelica Aparecida Vieira, 22, was at home in north-east Brazil, but gave no details about

Cemetery for die-hard fans [ARTICLE]

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Cemetery for die-hard fans MUNICH Schalke fans are being given the chance to take their love of the German football club to the grave, after the opening of the official Schalke cemetery. The Beckenhausen-Sutum cemetery, which overlooks the team’s Veltins Arena, will include a dedicated burial ground for supporters that

S. African cyclist tests positive [ARTICLE]

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S. African cyclist tests positive AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CAPE TOWN South African cycling champion David George has tested positive for the banned substance EPO, the authorities said yesterday. The 36-year-old was on the US Postal Service cycling team in 1999 and 2000, at the same time as disgraced American cyclist Lance

Strachan tipped for Scotland job [ARTICLE]

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Strachan tipped for Scotland job ASSOCIATED PRESS GLASGOW Former Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Gordon Strachan is favourite to take over as Scotland manager following the sacking of Craig Levein on Monday. Scotland won just three of their 12 competitive matches under Levein and are 56th in the Fifa rankings

Bolt in line for top IAAF award [ARTICLE]

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Bolt in line for top IAAF award AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said that Olympic double sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica heads a shortlist that includes Aries Merritt of the United States and Kenya’s David Rudisha for the accolade of World Athlete of the

PSG, Dinamo fans brawl before game [ARTICLE]

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PSG, Dinamo fans brawl before game REUTERS PARIS More than 80 Dinamo Zagreb football fans were arrested by Paris police in a hotel in the French capital just hours before the Croatian team were due to take on Paris Saint-Germain. The arrest came after fans of the two teams clashed

TERRY RETURNS TO LIFT BLUES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TERRY RETURNS TO LIFT BLUES Banned captain to shore up leaky defence in must-win Shakhtar match REUTERS LONDON Football neutrals and anti-racism campaigners will disagree, but John Terry is sorely missed. Without the centre-back, European champions Chelsea have shipped 10 goals in the four games that he missed while serving

Celtic hope to trouble depleted Barca backline [ARTICLE]

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Celtic hope to trouble depleted Barca backline AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE GLASGOW If there ever is a good time to play Barcelona, this may well be it. The Catalan giants are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League Group G clash at Celtic today, with Adriano joining captain Carles Puyol,

LIZARRE STUi A HOPE FOR GOLD [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LIZARRE STUi A HOPE FOR GOLD HORSE RACING Written by i Michael Lee TRAINER Patrick Shaw was on cloud nine when he saddled the quinella of the Singapore Gold Cup six years ago, but he remains down-to-earth about any chance of lightning striking twice with another duo in the time-honoured

Braga victory will make Fergie’s day [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Braga victory will make Fergie’s day AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BRAGA (Portugal) Alex Ferguson will get a giant reward for 26 years of sterling service, but what the Manchester United manager really wants is another safe passage to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. The 2.7m bronze statue the club commissioned

Bayern count on new-found team spirit [ARTICLE]

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Bayern count on new-found team spirit AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MUNICH Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery said his team are hitting top form ahead of their Champions League clash against French side Lille today with all to play for in Group F for the German side. Bayern, Bate Borisov of Belarus and

NO GO YET FOR FINE IDEA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NO GO YET FOR FINE IDEA S-League changes exclude penalties for bottom two clubs for now By FABIUS CHEN fabiusc@sph.com.sg A NEW competition format and fitness test, increased foreign player quota and prize money. Changes abound in the 2013 Great Eastern-YEO’S S-League, but there was no sign of the most

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Trials and triumphs of army life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Trials and triumphs of army life Stereotypes, product placements and melodrama in director Jack Neo’s new movie Review Drama AH BOYS TO MEN PART 1 (PG13) 113 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: Spoilt rich kid Ken (Joshua Tan) wants to wriggle out of national service enlistment to study overseas with his

Jack Neo’s new ‘recruits’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jack Neo’s new ‘recruits’ Home-grown film-maker Jack Neo (right) has always had a knack for spotting new talents. He made stars of Shawn Lee and Joshua Ang after casting them in I Not Stupid (2002) and directed Megan Zheng to a Golden Horse win for Best New Performer for Homerun

Drama masterclass [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Drama masterclass A teacher helping his students come to grips with tragedy is a moving film of hope and healing Review Drama MONSIEUR LAZHAR (PG13) 94 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: A teacher commits suicide in the classroom of an elementary school in Montreal. The replacement Bashir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), who

Make teacher’s tale real, not cute [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Make teacher’s tale real, not cute Boon Chan For a film set in an elementary school, Monsieur Lazhar is free of the cloying cuteness that could so easily have overwhelmed it. The Oscar-nominated Canadian Frenchlanguage drama, based on the one-man play Bashir Lazhar, is about an Algerian immigrant who steps

Singers with zingers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singers with zingers Pitch Perfect is a bright and breezy comedy reminiscent of the first season of TV show Glee Review Musical PITCH PERFECT (PG13) 110 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: University freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a loner with dreams of being a music producer. She is persuaded to join

BACK IN THE FRAME [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BACK IN THE FRAME After a string of screen flops, actor Ben Affleck is enjoying success again, with rave reviews for his latest film Argo Will Lawrence In Toronto stlife@sph.com.sg Writer-director Ben Affleck says he feels like he has had to fight two uphill battles to get to where he

Hollywood veterans bring on the funnies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hollywood veterans bring on the funnies Will Lawrence Injecting some humour into an edge-of-the-seat thriller, Alan Arkin and John Goodman star as a pair of Hollywood players in Argo, which recounts the true-life tale of how the CIA and Hollywood extricated six Americans from Iran during the hostage crisis of

Hostage crisis Hollywood style [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hostage crisis Hollywood style Review Drama ARGO (PG13) 120 minutes/Opens next Tuesday/ The story: In November, 1979, Iranians stormed the American embassy in Teheran and took about 60 Americans hostage. But six Americans manage to slip out and find shelter in the Canadian embassy. An audacious plan is hatched to

Marital bliss more of a miss [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Marital bliss more of a miss Review Comedy ALL IN GOOD TIME (NC16) 93 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: Newly marrieds Atul (Reece Ritchie) and Vina (Amara Karan, both right) are forced to live in the tiny Lancashire home of the bridegroom’s parents after their honeymoon plans are dashed. They find

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘You can’t get people to give in by scolding them. Only by doting on them can you get extreme obedience’ Actor Jaycee Chan (left) ‘I think at this point they deserve their happiness. It’s like, “Just leave them be now”’ Actress Kristen Stewart (left), who cannot

Dancer in peril [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dancer in peril Two film-makers remember the death of a gay Turkish student, allegedly killed by his own family John Lui johnlui@sph.com.sg The murder of 26-year-old physics student Ahmet Yildiz four years ago in Istanbul sparked outrage among gay and lesbian activists in Turkey. They believed that his own family

Seduce readers to keep on reading [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Seduce readers to keep on reading Author Michael Cunningham talks about the art of storytelling and love for his iPad Adeline Chia Arts Correspondent chiahta@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/chiahta Rules and formulations may seem at odds with a free-flowing artform like writing, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham came close to issuing a

‘Every novel I’ve ever written, at a certain point, falls apart’ [ARTICLE]

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‘Every novel I’ve ever written, at a certain point, falls apart’ Adeline Chia Is writing cathartic for you? At times. There’s a danger of over-romanticising the writing process. It has its moments when you feel smarter than you actually are, and when you feel like you understand something that happened

Composer Elliott Carter, 103, dies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Composer Elliott Carter, 103, dies Associated Press Washington Post New York Elliott Carter, the American classical composer whose challenging, rhythmically complex works earned him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes, died at his home in New York City on Monday. He was 103. His music publishing company, Boosey Hawkes, called

Top Model hopefuls are runway ready [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top Model hopefuls are runway ready Most of the 14 contestants in the first Asia’s Next Top Model contest are not new to the world of modelling Rachael Boon rachaelb@sph.com.sg There is a good chance that the winner of the inaugural Asia’s Next Top Model already has modelling experience, instead

Journalist awarded French honour [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Journalist awarded French honour Huang Lijie Veteran journalist Pan Cheng Lui has interviewed his share of cultural giants, including recipients of the prestigious French honour, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). But it never crossed his mind that he would one day be

Keeping a close eye on things [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Keeping a close eye on things Celebrity chef Scott Webster says Singapore diners often ask where the produce is from Rebecca Lynne Tan rltan@sph.com.sg Most celebrity chefs who open restaurants in Singapore usually visit them only about four times a year. However, there are some like Australian chef Scott Webster

Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere out of Balenciaga [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere out of Balenciaga New York Times San Francisco In a surprising move reflecting the rivalry between two French luxury titans, PPR announced on Monday the departure of Balenciaga’s star designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. Mr Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of PPR, cited a “joint decision to end

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Psy storms Paris square in Style [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Psy storms Paris square in Style Agence France-Presse Seoul South Korea has awarded one of its highest cultural honours to the rapper Psy for taking the world by storm with his Gangnam Style video. The culture ministry announced yesterday that Psy, 34, would receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit,

The Grandmasters’ full trailer hits the Web [ARTICLE]

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The Grandmasters’ full trailer hits the Web Hong Kong The veil has been lifted on Wong Kar Wai’s long-in-gestation wuxia film The Grandmasters, with its first full trailer hitting the Web. Star Tony Leung Chiu Wai was first glimpsed in rain-drenched fight scenes as wing chun master Ip Man in

Noisy homecoming for bad boys of Boston [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Noisy homecoming for bad boys of Boston Associated Press Reuters Boston Thousands of Aerosmith fans watched lead singer Steven Tyler (above) and the band perform on Monday in front of a Boston building where they once lived. The band blared out hits including Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion and

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My quest for audio freedom Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph.com.sg My wife scared the heck out of me one night. It was about 11pm and I was deep into a chapter of the horror survival game Resident Evil 6. When it comes to monsters, zombies, gore and a constant lack of ammunition,

WHAT FANS SAY [ARTICLE]

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WHAT FANS SAY On Apple’s new iPad mini, which drew queues to retailers: Bought it online. No point losing sleep just to be the first to get it. I expect the response, even in gadget-mad South Korea and Tokyo, will be low. Ivan Ong You can’t expect more by changing

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Life-saving 3-D technology New software that lets doctors analyse liver before surgery among innovations on show at A*Star event. reports BRANDON NEO nbrandon@sph.com.sg Surgeons can now operate on livers with greater confidence by taking advantage of a software-driven service that can help them to perform a 3-D analysis of a

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Win a Samsung Ativ Smart PC! Digital Life, together with Samsung and Microsoft, will be giving away more than $8,000 worth of prizes to celebrate the launch of Microsoft Windows 8. This week, simply answer “true” or “false” to the following statement and stand a chance to win a Samsung

S’pore team launches 5 mm hard drive [ARTICLE]

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S’pore team launches 5 mm hard drive By Oo Gin Lee A local research institute has made what it claims to be one of the slimmest hard disk drives in the world. Dubbed the A-drive, the slim hard drive, developed by the Data Storage Institute (DSI), is one of a

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Doing the Gangnam Style at home [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Doing the Gangnam Style at home With the popularity of dance titles that track full body movements, casual gamers are turning into casual dancers and vice versa Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph. com. sg She took dance lessons in secondary school, has attended dance classes since and even tried following dance tutorials

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Dance Central 3 By Sherwin Loh Even with repeated attempts, Dance Central 3 keeps telling me that I may never ever except in my dreams move like Jagger. Having played every version of this popular dance game, a few things have become apparent with the arrival of the second sequel:

Just Dance 4 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Just Dance 4 By Sherwin Loh Xbox Kinect With just one attempt, Just Dance 4 says I almost have Moves Like Jagger. If Dance Central is focused on the steps, Just Dance is more about the party atmosphere and having a good time. Why else would they create colourful avatars

Gaming

Of Orcs And Men [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Of Orcs And Men By Eugene Neubronner Eugene Neubronner is a freelance writer Sometimes, I wonder what happens to the evil races in fantasy games after the human hero saves the day. In Of Orcs And Men (OOAM), the tables are flipped as it seems that humans have become butchers

Halo 4 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Halo 4 By Oo Gin Lee ginlee@sph.com.sg Master Chief is back and is very much alive and kicking. Fans of the hit shooter series were left hanging over the fate of the super soldier at the end of Halo 3, which was launched five years ago. Then, the game ended

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hatsune Miku Project Diva F By Eugene Neubronner Eugene Neubronner is a freelance writer She has great looks, more than a million fans and a repertoire that spans more songs than any singer has ever sung. And she is not even real. Meet Hatsune Miku, who is said to be

Football Manager 2013 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Football Manager 2013 By Trevor Tan trevtan@sph. com.sg It is every football fan’s dream to manage the club he supports. This explains how the football managerial simulation game franchise, Football Manager, can bounce back every year with a new version. But it must have dawned on the developers that Football

Harry Potter for Kinect [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Harry Potter for Kinect By Michael Khoo Michael Khoo is a freelance writer Here is something about my relationship with Harry Potter. I do not have one. The Harry Potter series has never excited me and while I have seen the movies, it is only because I had to accompany

Phones

Plantronics Voyager Legend [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Plantronics Voyager Legend By Seow Tein Hee teinhee@sph. com.sg This Plantronics headset might actually live up to its name and be a legend in the making, just because it is not a bad Bluetooth headset, unlike a few others I have tested. Its thick ear loop hooked onto my right

Tablets

Apple iPad mini [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Apple iPad mini By Trevor Tan trevtan@sph. com.sg The iPad mini is a device that had been predicted for so long that its arrival was almost an anticlimax. The only surprise was that no one knew how big it would be or precisely how it would look. When the mini

Windows 8 RT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Windows 8 RT By Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph. com.sg There is no official meaning for the RT in the title, but I recommend “Requires Tweaking”. Windows 8 RT is Microsoft’s attempt at a cheaper Windows operating system (OS) for tablet devices, without slowing things down with the bulk of a full-fledged

PCs

Lenovo Yoga 13 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lenovo Yoga 13 □L E=XCL_USIVG= By Oo Gin Lee gin lee@sph. com.sg At first sight, the Yoga 13 looks like yet another slim ultrabook from Lenovo but open it up and you will immediately figure out why it is named after the popular activity. The touchscreen can be pushed all

Asus VivoBook S400 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Asus VivoBook S400 By Oo Gin Lee Do not expect anything spectacular from the S400. With a $1,098 price tag, this touchscreen laptop targets the budget conscious. It is among the most affordable of Windows 8 machines with a touchscreen at launch. This entry-level laptop comes with an array of

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch) [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch) By Trevor Tan trevtan@sph. com.sg In June, I tested the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and loved it. Now,a more compact model is here. This 13.3-inch compact version shares the same design, with the unmistakable smooth aluminium unibody chassis. But in terms

Photos

Fujifilm XF1 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fujifilm XF1 □L G=XCl_USIVGr. k A By Tan Chong Yaw cytan@sph. com. sg Prosumer compacts usually score low on looks. Most of these pocket-sized cameras, tuned for the highest image quality, come in staid designs in conservative black. Fujifilm’s X10 launched late last year upped the ante by offering a

Audio

XtremeMac Tango Air [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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XtremeMac Tango Air By Seow Tein Hee teinhee@sph.com.sg The way I see it, the XtremeMac Tango Air is an upsized version of XtremeMac’s compact Soma BT Bluetooth speaker. The Tango Air’s controls are clearly marked and easy to access. Four buttons are aligned along the speaker, starting with the power,

Infogo.com [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Infogo.com By Seow Tein Hee Infogo.com is a digital music download service that is like Apple’s iTunes Store, but has an Asian slant. It offers Mandarin, Japanese and Korean soundtracks on top of the usual songs in English but its range is not as wide as iTunes’. You buy the

New products

Samsung Smart Camera MV900F [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Samsung Smart Camera MV900F CAMERA $499 The MV900F is a stylish little 16-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can share your shots online directly from your camera or transfer them to your mobile phone with ease. Its 3.3-inch touch display can be flipped out 180 degrees, making it easier

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400r KEYBOARD $65 This keyboard features a long wireless range which will let you work and play from across the room if you wanted to. The K400r features a built-in 3.5-inch touchpad that recognises Windows 8 multi-touch gestures. Set-up is easy. You simply plug in the

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u CONVERTIBLE NOTEBOOK From $1,699 The ThinkPad Twist is a versatile Windows 8 machine powered by Intel core i5 to i7 processors, with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. The Twist can be used in four ways. Its 12.5-inch display can be used like a notebook. The

Brother MFC-J2510 InkBenefit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Brother MFC-J2510 InkBenefit MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER $398 This sleek inkjet printer can churn out two-sided prints automatically in sizes up to A3. It will also scan, copy and fax documents. A 3.7-inch touchscreen interface makes it easy to use. It supports wired and wireless networking.

Jabra Clear [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jabra Clear BLUETOOTH HEADSET $98 Jabra’s latest offering is a compact headset that weighs in at just 9g and can be connected to two Bluetooth devices at any one time. Crisp sound quality without distortion is promised by its high-definition voice technology while Jabra’s Ultimate Comfort Eargels ensures a good

Nexus 10 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Nexus 10 TABLET Pricing and availability to be announced Created by Google in partnership with Samsung, the Nexus 10 is the first tablet to use the powerful A15 processor and run the latest version of the Android operating system (OS) 4.2 known as Jelly Bean. Its huge 2,560 x 1,600

Nakamichi MV5 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Nakamichi MV5 EARPHONES By Brandon Neo $79 Small and colourful, these earphones come with 8mm dynamic drivers that deliver high audio quality with punchy bass. A microphone and in-line remote are built into the cable to make it easier for users to take calls and control their music on supported

SME Tech

Keeping shelves stocked via an app [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Keeping shelves stocked via an app Canned food distributor Hosen Group uses smartphone-based system to monitor stocks. reports TAN CHONG YAW cytan@sph.com.sg An empty supermarket shelf is one of the greatest fears of a canned food distributor such as Hosen Group. Having a hot product is wasted if it sells

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Lynn Tan’s Apple MacBook Pro [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lynn Tan’s Apple MacBook Pro PHOTOS and TEXT: TREVOR TAN M iss Universe Singapore 2012 has an enviable figure despite a declared appetite for junk food that most would find unbelievable. Lynn Tan, 24, said she loves to eat and that she eats a lot. Her taste in snacks run

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