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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013 198 PAGES IN NINE PARTS TO SUBSCRIBE: 6388-3838 www.sphsubscription.com.sg $1.00 A Singapore Press Holdings publication MICA (P) 002/02/2012

New group to review family justice: CJ [ARTICLE]

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New group to review family justice: CJ ‘Radical shift’ towards greater stress on counselling and mediation likely By K.C. VIJAYAN LAW CORRESPONDENT vijayan@sph.com.sg CHIEF Justice Sundaresh Menon yesterday spelt out possible reforms to the law so families can settle disputes less acrimoniously. Speaking in his first major speech since taking

Finance pioneer leaving GIC after 27 years [ARTICLE]

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Finance pioneer leaving GIC after 27 years GOVERNMENT of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) chief investment officer Ng Kok Song retires on Feb 1. Mr Ng, 64, will be replaced by Mr Lim Chow Kiat, 42, GIC’s deputy chief investment officer, said GIC in a statement yesterday. Mr Ng spent 42

GAME FEDERER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GAME FEDERER SPORT C18 They were two junior tennis players from the Singapore Sports School facing one of the game’s biggest names, but they didn’t drop the ball. Angela Lim, 15, and Sherwin Foo, 14, were thrilled to meet Swiss maestro Roger Federer and have him sign tennis balls for

PM asks blogger to remove ‘defamatory post’ [ARTICLE]

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PM asks blogger to remove ‘defamatory post’ By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday asked blogger Alex Au to remove an allegedly defamatory article and readers’ comments that suggested he was corrupt and would hide wrongdoing in a town council matter. The online article by Mr

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SIA captains asked to take unpaid leave [ARTICLE]

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SIA captains asked to take unpaid leave Pilots told they can quit to join Scoot and SilkAir amid slowdown By KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has asked its captains to volunteer for unpaid leave, around a year after the same offer was made to first officers. The

WHY THEY ARE STILL SINGLE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHY THEY ARE STILL SINGLE HOME B1 2 Ms Zoe Teh (above) is 29 and does not currently have a boyfriend. The owner of a nail parlour blames it on a lack of time and opportunities. Salesman Gordon Wong (right), 34, on the other hand, thinks his modest pay may

GIC veteran to hand over to deputy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GIC veteran to hand over to deputy Man who helped manage nation’s reserves for four decades will serve as adviser BY AARON LOW ASSISTANT MONEY EDITOR aaronl@sph.com.sg AFTER more than four decades of helping to manage the country’s reserves, one of the pioneers at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

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What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN OUR story “$24m profit likely from sale of Wilkie bungalow” yesterday, we reported that there was a transaction at $450,000 in 2005. Jones Lang LaSalle has said that it was a transfer of part of the ownership and the owners did not buy the

Legal initiative to better serve govt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Legal initiative to better serve govt Project will develop expertise within AGC’s Civil Division By JENNANI DURAI, IAN POH jennanid@sph.com.sg pohian@sph.com.sg ATTORNEY-GENERAL Steven Chong yesterday said all govern-ment-related litigation should be handled by government lawyers. To this end, he has started a project to develop expertise within the Attorney-General Chambers’

Foreign lawyers’ pool grew 42% in 6 years [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Foreign lawyers’ pool grew 42% in 6 years IAN POH THE number of foreign lawyers here has grown faster than that of local ones in the last six years, said Law Society president Lok Vi Ming yesterday. Speaking at the opening of the new legal year, he said: “The spectacular

Two new Senior Counsel named [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Two new Senior Counsel named JENNANI DURAI SINGAPORE’S elite rank of lawyers has risen to 54 with the appointment of two more Senior Counsel yesterday. They are Mr N. Sreenivasan of Straits Law and Mr Lionel Yee Woon Chin from the Attor-ney-General’s Chambers (AGC). Mr Sreenivasan, 51, is managing director

Subordinate Courts may get a better name [ARTICLE]

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Subordinate Courts may get a better name JENNANI DURAI, IAN POH SINGAPORE’S Subordinate Courts have a branding problem an “unfortunate” name that belies their true importance, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon yesterday. In his speech, he mentioned ideas to improve the courts’ standing, including renaming them the “State Courts of

CJ’s story ‘testament to rule of law’ [ARTICLE]

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CJ’s story ‘testament to rule of law’ HIS father arrived in Singapore 60 years ago with little more than the shirt on his back, a spare set in his bag and a very modest amount of money, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon related yesterday. “He came seeking a better future for

RUSH FOR BARGAINS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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RUSH FOR BARGAINS Hundreds of bargain hunters rushing to indicate which discounted item they wished to buy on the the first day of the CNY Electronics Fair yesterday. They were hoping to snag one of the limited number of items such as TV sets and washing machines, going for $98

Very grave libels: PM’s lawyer [ARTICLE]

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Very grave libels: PM’s lawyer Lawyer’s letter demands apology for allegations of corruption over contract By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg IN AN article published online on Dec 21, blogger Alex Au had dwelt at length on issues raised by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council over the termination of an IT contract.

Websites’ liability for all content affirmed: Experts [ARTICLE]

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Websites’ liability for all content affirmed: Experts ANDREA ONG THE lawyer’s letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds blogger Alex Au responsible not only for what he wrote, but also for comments that netizens posted on his blog. The move affirms the principle that websites can be held responsible

Objections to Thomson View sale [ARTICLE]

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Objections to Thomson View sale By ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg THE whopping $590 million collective sale of Thomson View Condominium has hit a roadblock after 13 owners lodged objections to the deal. The Straits Times understands that the Strata Titles Board issued notice of a stop order yesterday. The

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WORLD

Hard times? Not for Spain’s Chinese [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hard times? Not for Spain’s Chinese Spain’s 170,000 Chinese immigrants have managed to thrive in a tough economy NEW YORK TIMES BARCELONA When Ms Wang Jiajia’s parents first moved to Barcelona from China in the 1990s, they had no working papers and spoke no Spanish. The family ate eggs to

Immigrants buying up distressed properties, starting businesses [ARTICLE]

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Immigrants buying up distressed properties, starting businesses NEW YORK TIMES THE Spanish government itself seems to have recognised the importance of this success. So determined is it to attract Chinese immigrants that last November, it passed a law offering residency permits to foreigners who buy homes worth more than ¤160,000

ASIA

Japan must ‘heal colonial wounds’ [ARTICLE]

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Japan must ‘heal colonial wounds’ S. Korean president-elect makes call amid tension over war past, territory REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL South Korea’s Presi-dent-elect Park Geun Hye said yesterday that Japan needs to come to terms with its colonial history, as tension between the two Asian allies of the United States

US slams Google chief’s plan to visit N. Korea [ARTICLE]

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US slams Google chief’s plan to visit N. Korea AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON The United States has criticised a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, calling it ill-timed in the wake of Pyongyang’s widely condemned rocket launch last month. Mr Schmidt is planning to visit the isolated

SNAKING UP TO THE CHINESE NEW YEAR [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SNAKING UP TO THE CHINESE NEW YEAR Jay, a sea lion, painting the Chinese character for “year of the serpent” at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in suburban Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday. The event, marking the forthcoming Year of the Snake in the Chinese lunar calendar, was held

Thailand loses No. 1 spot as rice exporter [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thailand loses No. 1 spot as rice exporter Hampered by price support scheme, it is overtaken by India and Vietnam By TAN HUI YEE THAILAND CORRESPONDENT tanhy@sph.com.sg BANGKOK Thailand has lost its crown as the world’s top rice exporter for the first time in 30 years. Hampered by an expensive

China closes magazine website, influential bloggers’ Weibo accounts [ARTICLE]

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China closes magazine website, influential bloggers’ Weibo accounts WASHINGTON POST REUTERS BEIJING Several influential Chinese bloggers and activists and even a popular cartoonist have had their online microblogging accounts shut down in recent days, while a pro-reform magazine’s website was shut yesterday. The moves dashed the hopes of many here

Indonesia’s Marty to visit Rakhine state [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesia’s Marty to visit Rakhine state Minister’s trip to restive area part of his nation’s bid to ease regional strife By ZAKIR HUSSAIN INDONESIA BUREAU CHIEF zakirh@sph.com.sg JAKARTA Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will visit Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Monday for a first-hand look at the troubled area where ethnic

Rule on female pillion riders ‘to be blocked’ [ARTICLE]

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Rule on female pillion riders ‘to be blocked’ THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK JAKARTA The Indonesian government said it will block a proposed by-law in Aceh’s second-largest city to ban women straddling motorcycles when riding pillion, with a top Home Ministry official saying the controversial move would contradict national laws

Gunman kills 5, injures 11 in Philippine slum [ARTICLE]

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Gunman kills 5, injures 11 in Philippine slum AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS KAWIT (Philippines) A gunman armed with a semi-automatic pistol killed at least five people and wounded 11 others as he rampaged through a slum on the outskirts of the Philippine capital. Yesterday’s shooting in a rundown residential area

Women flock to self-defence classes in Indian capital [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Women flock to self-defence classes in Indian capital New Delhi coming to terms with horrific rape-murder AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW DELHI After nearly three weeks of lurid reporting on a horrifying rape-murder in New Delhi, women in the Indian capital say they are more anxious than ever, leading to a surge

Fake photo of Delhi victim goes viral [ARTICLE]

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Fake photo of Delhi victim goes viral AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (India) The father of a student in south India has complained to the police after Internet users circulated a photo of his daughter on social media, claiming it was the Delhi rape-murder victim. A picture tribute to the dead woman,

Aides warn of ‘psychological war’ over Chavez’s health [ARTICLE]

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Aides warn of ‘psychological war’ over Chavez’s health AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CARACAS Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s top aides have accused the opposition and the media of using the President’s poor health to wage a “psychological war” to destabilise the country. Their hardline stance on Thursday follows Vice-President Nicolas Maduro’s return from

Martian meteorite reveals planet’s history [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Martian meteorite reveals planet’s history Year-long study of space rock suggests water was present at Mars’ formation ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LOS ANGELES It is dubbed “Black Beauty” and scientists are abuzz about a rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara Desert. A year-long analysis has revealed it is

WORLD BRIEFS

Taleban victim discharged [ARTICLE]

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Taleban victim discharged AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taleban for promoting girls’ education has been temporarily discharged from a Birmingham hospital. The hospital said yesterday that Malala Yousufzai, 15, who was shot on a school bus in Mingora, Pakistan, last October, will continue

Australia hit by wildfires [ARTICLE]

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Australia hit by wildfires ASSOCIATED PRESS SYDNEY Wildfires raged across southern Australia yesterday amid blistering temperatures and high winds. Up to 65 buildings were damaged by a fire east of the Tasmanian capital of Hobart and one person was reported killed. Hobart experienced a record high of nearly 42 deg

Peace overture in Iraq [ARTICLE]

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Peace overture in Iraq ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD Firebrand Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr made an apparent overture to other religious groups with visits yesterday to a Baghdad church that was the scene of a deadly 2010 attack and to one of the city’s main Sunni mosques. Amid rising sectarian tension, he

Boehner narrowly re-elected Speaker [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Boehner narrowly re-elected Speaker Vote shows Republican dissatisfaction growing over his leadership after difficult fiscal cliff talks By TRACY QUEK US CORRESPONDENT tracyq@sph.com.sg WASHINGTON Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner was re-elected to a second two-year term, surviving growing Republican dissatisfaction with his leadership following contentious

US Congress showcases record diversity [ARTICLE]

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US Congress showcases record diversity WASHINGTON POST ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON A record number of women and racial minorities were elected to the 113th Congress, which has just been sworn in. Among them were the first Buddhist to join the Senate and the first Hindu. The 113th Congress also includes a

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS People on their knees praying on the first day of business in 2013 at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. Japan’s deflation-plagued economy has contracted by about 8 per cent since 2007 as its leaders failed to reverse the course.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

US trade agency clears Google in antitrust probe [ARTICLE]

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US trade agency clears Google in antitrust probe No laws broken in the way search results are arranged NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON The Federal Trade Commission handed Google a major victory by declaring after a two-year investigation that the company had not broken antitrust laws in the way it arranges

US hiring eases slightly, economy sputters ahead [ARTICLE]

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US hiring eases slightly, economy sputters ahead REUTERS BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON The pace of hiring by United States employers eased slightly in December, pointing to a lacklustre pace of economic growth that was unable to make further inroads in the country’s still high unemployment rate. Payrolls outside the farming sector grew

Prolonged drought hits US wheat crop [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Prolonged drought hits US wheat crop Dry spell in world’s biggest supplier increasing fears that supplies will tighten BLOOMBERG CHICAGO The worst American drought since the 1930s Dust Bowl is damaging wheat crops across the world’s biggest supplier, at a time when hedge funds are the most bearish on prices

El Nino’s link to climate change unclear: Study [ARTICLE]

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El Nino’s link to climate change unclear: Study AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, according to new US research. The study involved scientists measuring the

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Gulf spill: Firm to pay $1.7b [ARTICLE]

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Gulf spill: Firm to pay $1.7b WASHINGTON The United States has hit drilling rig operator Transocean with US$1.4 billion (S$1.7 billion) in criminal and civil fines for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly two months after oil giant BP was fined US$4.5

LG, Samsung fined $70m [ARTICLE]

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LG, Samsung fined $70m ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING Chinese regulators have fined South Korean companies LG and Samsung and four Taiwanese companies on charges that they fixed prices of flat panel screens sold to Chinese manufacturers. The firms were ordered to repay 353 million yuan (S$70 million), which includes 144 million

Aussie mogul reveals profits [ARTICLE]

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Aussie mogul reveals profits REUTERS SYDNEY Australian mining mogul Gina Rinehart gave in to pressure from the corporate watchdog to disclose details of her fortune, filing reports that show her privately held firm raked in profits of nearly A$1.9 billion (S$2.5 billion) over two years. The documents showed that after-tax

Miserable holiday season for Barnes & Noble [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Miserable holiday season for Barnes Noble Nook unit’s sales drop 12.6%, raising questions about firm’s digital future NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK For Barnes Noble, the digital future isn’t what it used to be. After a year spent signalling its commitment to build its business through its Nook division, Barnes

US shoppers spend $52b online during holiday season [ARTICLE]

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US shoppers spend $52b online during holiday season AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAN FRANCISCO Industry tracker comScore says US shoppers spent US$42.3 billion (S$52.2 billion) online during the year-end holiday season a 14 per cent jump from the same period in 2011. “The 2012 online holiday season was once again a very

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Facing up to shame of rape IF A nation is judged by how its women are treated, India has much to answer for in allowing a male-dominated culture to express sexual urges wantonly and often with impunity. Tragically, a young woman had to die from the unspeakable violence of gang

Bring back the kampung spirit of kindness [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bring back the kampung spirit of kindness If we want a kind and gracious Singapore, we must find ways to promote the spirit of give-and-take By WILLIAM WAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES ONE thing stood out last year in Singapore’s effort to be a more gracious nation: high-pro-file incidents involving

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Toll fees on the info superhighway By JOHN GAPPER THE FINANCIAL TIMES THE Tribune Company, owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and other down-on-their luck newspapers, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after four years this week. Its first move will probably be to sell off the papers

Protecting Japan's ‘beautiful seas' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Protecting Japan's ‘beautiful seas' By HENG YEE KUANG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The author is Assistant Dean (Research) and Associate Professor of International Relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. JAPAN’S new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, proclaiming that the country’s “beautiful seas” are

Bullish America, bearish EU, China [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bullish America, bearish EU, China By RAZEEN SALLY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES US PRESIDENT Barack Obama was recently re-elected, China has a new leadership, and the European Union is negotiating a new budget while trying to save the euro. Given that the United States, the European Union and China are

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A&E departments: Focus on treatment, not waiting times [ARTICLE]

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A&E departments: Focus on treatment, not waiting times Peter Chen THE article (“A&E waiting times still a bugbear for patients”; Dec 25) reported patients’ high level of dissatisfaction with hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments, and highlighted long waiting times as the main reason. A&E departments are responsible for triage

Social enterprises should have role in lease buyback scheme [ARTICLE]

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Social enterprises should have role in lease buyback scheme Geoffrey Kung Secretary, Reverse Co-operative Ltd MR PAUL Chan (“Extend lease buyback scheme to all seniors”; Wednesday) called for the Government to help “asset-rich, cash-poor” retirees living in private properties. The HDB’s Lease Buyback Scheme has not been well received, with

Enforce rules on industrial property use [ARTICLE]

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Enforce rules on industrial property use Indri Han (Ms) THE recent ramp-up of industrial land sales (“22 industrial sites to be offered for sale”; Dec 20) and moves to prevent speculation in strata-titled units are steps in the right direction to control the escalating prices of industrial land. These measures

Release enough sites to meet housing demand [ARTICLE]

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Release enough sites to meet housing demand THE Government released a lot of land for residential development last year in response to the pent-up demand for housing. However, I noticed that only one site at a time was released at any one location, and usually not more than two or

COE: Consider driver’s occupation as well [ARTICLE]

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COE: Consider driver’s occupation as well Alex Yeo THERE is another factor that the authorities should consider in a revamp of the certificate of entitlement (COE) system, and that is the car owner’s occupation (“COE: Time for a tune-up?”; Thursday). Many drivers use their cars just to get from home

All partners must chip in to honour athletes: Sports council [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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All partners must chip in to honour athletes: Sports council Alvin Hang Director, Corporate Communications and Relations, Singapore Sports Council WE ARE proud of the achievements of our Team Singapore athletes and have honoured them in various ways (“Soccer bonds the nation” by Mr Bai Zhongkai, Dec 25; and “Our

Sporting ability depends on talent, not ethnicity [ARTICLE]

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Sporting ability depends on talent, not ethnicity Muhd Syahir Mohd Yunus I AGREE with some points made by Mr Louis Francis Albert (“Reality check on state of S’pore football”; Tuesday), but disagree that football here will progress if we have more Chinese Singaporean players. A footballing career is a short

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More young couples in their 20s having kids [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More young couples in their 20s having kids More family-friendly work policies, greater sense of urgency cited for rise By TESSA WONG twong@sph.com.sg MORE young married couples in their 20 s are having children, an increase parents and experts attribute to two main changes in Singapore. These are: more family-friend-ly

The checklist syndrome [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The checklist syndrome Expectations for themselves and spouses the biggest stumbling block SINGAPOREANS AND MARRIAGE By JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Melissa Lin and Hoe Peishan A “CHECKLIST” syndrome is the biggest stumbling block when it comes to Singaporeans finding spouses, said dating experts. This list of expectations applies

Why she’s still single [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Why she’s still single JESSICA LIM SHE hopes to get married at the age of 30 and to start having children at 32. But Miss Zoe Teh, 29, a graduate from the Singapore Management University, has been single for the past two years. The owner of Thumbelina, a nail parlour

Why he’s still single [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Why he’s still single JESSICA LIM HE HAS never held hands with a girl, much less kissed one. But Mr Gordon Wong, 34, finally made the first move and joined a dating agency in November. He has been on a few dates so far, all with different people. “I joined

They’re getting married early [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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They’re getting married early By MELISSA LIN mellinjm@sph.com.sg RETAIL services executive Low Jia Xin witnessed how exhausting it was for her mother to raise her and her older sister. Their mum was 40 when she gave birth to Ms Low, now 23. She said: “Because she had us late, she

They married early [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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They married early By HOE PEI SHAN hpeishan@sph.com.sg FINANCIAL constraints did not stop one couple from getting hitched six years ago. Mr Andrew Tan knew he and his then girlfriend Eunice were right for each other so they decided to tie the knot when they were 25 and 23 respectively,

Perfect scores for 41 IB students here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Perfect scores for 41 IB students here Singapore tops Asia-Pacific area for third year By STACEY CHIA staceyc@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE has topped the Asia-Pacific region in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations for the third year running. Of the 1,370 students here who took the exams in November last year, 41

Motorist jailed for causing 2 deaths [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Motorist jailed for causing 2 deaths By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg WHEN a car driven by an undergraduate beat a red light, it hit a motorbike and went on to knock down a traffic-light pole that landed on a pedestrian. The motorcyclist and pedestrian later died in hospital. On

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Beating odds to be longest-surviving dialysis patient here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Beating odds to be longest-surviving dialysis patient here Strict routine cited as factor in his survival for 33 years People is a weekly series that shines the spotlight on people in the news and around your neighbourhood. If you know of anyone whose story is worth telling, let us know

Diners who fell ill want explanation [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Diners who fell ill want explanation Those involved in food poisoning incident seek answers from hotel By NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg CUSTOMERS affected by a food poisoning incident at the Intercontinental Hotel are asking the hotel for an explanation and at least one is seeking compensation. More than 200 people

Food poisoning cases on the rise as more people eat out [ARTICLE]

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Food poisoning cases on the rise as more people eat out By MELISSA PANG melpang@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE may be a food paradise but as more people eat out and the number of eateries goes up, more food poisoning cases are also cropping up. The growth in the country’s population and a

Just a third of clubs adopt gaming code [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Just a third of clubs adopt gaming code Addiction risk ‘high’ due to easy access to clubs operating jackpot machines By NG KAI LING kailing@sph.com.sg ONLY about a third of some 100 clubs licensed to operate jackpot machines here have adopted a responsible gaming code since it was introduced in

HPB seeks recruits for study on iDat fitness app [ARTICLE]

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HPB seeks recruits for study on iDat fitness app By MELISSA PANG melpang@sph.com.sg A FREE mobile app created to help Singaporeans diet and keep fit is being assessed by the Health Promotion Board (HPB). The iDat or Interactive Diet and Activity Tracker is a mobile and Web application which was

Masseuse stole from ex-husband [ARTICLE]

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Masseuse stole from ex-husband She’s jailed for a day after court notes man’s plea not to impose stiff term By KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg A COUPLE divorced in 2002 but kept in contact for their daughter’s sake. Since 2010, the 15-year-old had been living with the father, a Singaporean businessman dealing

UniSIM raising funds for hurt serviceman [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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UniSIM raising funds for hurt serviceman POON CHIAN HUI SIM University (UniSIM) is raising funds for injured navy serviceman Jason Chee (right) who recently enrolled for a degree course at the private school. The 29-year-old lost his legs and left arm in a ship accident last month. The school is

Shanmugam meets gay activists [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shanmugam meets gay activists Discussion with women gay rights’ group part of ongoing engagement By TESSA WONG twong@sph.com.sg LAW Minister K. Shanmugam has held a meeting with activists from the women gay rights’ group Sayoni, in a move which he said is part of an ongoing engagement with the gay

Studying brain functions to help kids learn better [ARTICLE]

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Studying brain functions to help kids learn better By DAVID EE davidee@sph.com.sg LESSONS from the field of cognitive science studying how our brains work could help to improve how children learn, Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat said yesterday. In pre-school education, for example, it could shed light on the

MOM tightens academic cert rule [ARTICLE]

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MOM tightens academic cert rule Bosses must prove China qualifications are real for work pass applications By JANICE HENG janiceh@sph.com.sg EMPLOYERS applying for work passes for foreigners using tertiary qualifications from China will soon have to show proof that the certificates are real. This is the latest move to crack

Jail, cane for cabby who was robber and loan-shark runner [ARTICLE]

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Jail, cane for cabby who was robber and loan-shark runner By KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg WHEN loan sharks demanded payment from a cabby, he tried to rob a housewife in the carpark of a shopping mall. Thwarted in his attempt, Melvin Ong Hwee Ann, who was hooked on gambling, later agreed

Over-prescribing sleeping pills: Doc suspended [ARTICLE]

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Over-prescribing sleeping pills: Doc suspended More than 25 doctors hauled up for same offence in past 3 years By SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma ANOTHER doctor has been suspended and fined for over-pre-scribing sleeping pills, as the problem continues to plague Singapore’s health system. A disciplinary committee found that

New poly course in engineering systems [ARTICLE]

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New poly course in engineering systems By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE Polytechnic (SP) has launched a new diploma in engineering systems, which teaches students engineering disciplines along with social science and management skills. The course is touted as the first of its kind in Singapore and will begin with a

1.5kg of heroin seized in two operations [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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1.5kg of heroin seized in two operations HOME Team agencies intercepted another major shipment of drugs, after a Malaysian was nabbed with 1.4kg of heroin at the Tuas Checkpoint on Thursday morning. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers had checked the 28-year-old male suspect coming into Singapore and found a black

Travel deals too good to pass up? [ARTICLE]

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Travel deals too good to pass up? Complaints filed with Case, police over packages offered by woman By LIM YI HAN, PRISCILLA GOY limyihan@sph.com.sg goyshiyi@sph.com.sg FOR $500, customers could get a Singapore Airlines ticket to Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia or Hong Kong with hotel accommodation thrown in.

Travel booking complaints on the rise [ARTICLE]

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Travel booking complaints on the rise PRISCILLA GOY A HIGHER proportion of complaints received by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) against the travel industry last year was in relation to travel bookings not being honoured, compared with five years ago. More than a quarter of the 1,436 complaints received

Woman jailed for tying up nephews [ARTICLE]

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Woman jailed for tying up nephews Five-year-old found motionless, death caused by heart disease By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg A WOMAN who ill-treated her two young nephews by tying them up in the kitchen of her flat for two days was sentenced to one year and one week in

ALL DECKED UP AND READY TO GO [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ALL DECKED UP AND READY TO GO A passenger on a double-decker bus passes under Chinese New Year decorations along Eu Tong Sen Street in Chinatown yesterday. Though it is about five weeks to the festival, decorations have already started going up in Chinatown. The Year of the Snake arrives

16th-storey drama as man pushes SCDF rescuer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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16th-storey drama as man pushes SCDF rescuer By PEARL LEE leepearl@sph.com.sg A SINGAPORE Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer was pushed while he was on the 16th storey of an HDB block early yesterday morning, trying to help a man on the parapet. The 42-year-old former cabby was on the outside

Man hurt in fight in Geylang [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Man hurt in fight in Geylang Police are checking CCTV footage close to where incident happened By LIM YI HAN LIM YAN LIANG limyihan@sph.com.sg yanliang@sph.com.sg A MAN in his 40s is lying in hospital, recovering from what appeared to have been a fight that left a bloody scene in Geylang

Walk to save a life on National Life Saving Day [ARTICLE]

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Walk to save a life on National Life Saving Day A WALK over 1km will be held later this month as part of the annual National Life Saving Day celebrations. This year’s event, organised in support of the need to save lives, will involve at least 2,000 participants. The walk

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Investment funds big sellers of property [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Investment funds big sellers of property Value of sales in 2012 estimated to be more than double that of purchases By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg INVESTMENT funds were big sellers of property here last year, with the value of sales more than double that of purchases amid weaker economic conditions. The

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Alexandra becoming hot spot for new homes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Alexandra becoming hot spot for new homes More private projects coming up as CBD fringe has expat-rental potential By CHERYL LIM cherlim@sph.com.sg BETTER known for its industrial and office buildings, the sleepy neighbourhood of Alexandra has slowly been gaining favour among home buyers in recent years. Ms Jacqueline Wong, head

Big incentive to build large EC units [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Big incentive to build large EC units They are the best way for developers to up the ante in competitive landscape NEWS ANALYSIS By ESTHER TEO PROPERTY REPORTER esthert@sph.com.sg LARGE executive condominium (EC) units have been making headlines recently with their record high prices. The move by developers to build

Analysts still tip dividend plays [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Analysts still tip dividend plays Choices based on stability of yields and earnings despite global volatility By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg ANALYSTS are generally upbeat about the stock market this year, with one even tipping returns to exceed 20 per cent. While their forecasts vary, they generally agree that dividend stocks

With their revived fortunes, NOW’s looking good [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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With their revived fortunes, NOW’s looking good PLAY OF THE WEEK By GOH ENG YEOW SENIOR CORRESPONDENT engyeow@sph.com.sg NOW is the time to seize the moment. Traders tracking the fortunes of NOW Noble Group, Olam International and Wilmar International would have noticed the spectacular gains chalked up by the trio

IN THE KNOW [ARTICLE]

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IN THE KNOW Date of effective change Bought/ (Sold) (’000) Stock Buyer/Seller Type Price stake after trade Dec 27 Dec 27 Dec 27 Dec 27 Dec 28 Dec 28 Dec 28 Dec 31 Dec 31 Dec 31 Substantial shareholder Employees Provident Fund Board IHH Healthcare 482 Artur Jurczakowski Substantial shareholder

Jim Rogers gets Geo Energy option [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jim Rogers gets Geo Energy option He can buy 2m shares for $700,000; 10-year exercise period starts in 2015 By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg VETERAN commodities investor Jim Rogers has bagged an option to scoop up two million shares in Geo Energy Resources for $700,000, or 35 cents a

APB reshuffle as senior execs quit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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APB reshuffle as senior execs quit By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg SEVERAL senior executives are leaving or have left Asia Pacific Breweries (APB), signalling a shake-up at the maker of Tiger Beer, following its takeover by Dutch brewer Heineken. Those who have left include APB’s Indochina regional director Christopher Kidd, group

Deposit insurance: Standardising disclosures by banks, finance firms [ARTICLE]

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Deposit insurance: Standardising disclosures by banks, finance firms By CHERYL ONG ocheryl@sph.com.sg BANKS and finance firms must now standardise statements disclosing that a $50,000 protection limit will apply to deposits from Jan 7, under the deposit insurance (DI) scheme. The new rules will apply to full banks and finance firms

Ex-CapitaLand chief sells a million shares [ARTICLE]

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Ex-CapitaLand chief sells a million shares ALMOST immediately after stepping down as CapitaLand’s president and chief executive, Mr Liew Mun Leong has begun to cash out on his substantial holdings in the property giant. Mr Liew sold one million shares for a total of $3.73 million on Wednesday in two

Stats ChipPAC raises Q4 revenue forecast [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stats ChipPAC raises Q4 revenue forecast STATS ChipPAC has raised its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter and now expects net revenue in the three months to Dec 30 to be between US$475 million (S$586 million) and US$482 million. That is an increase of about 16 to 18 per cent

MONEY COMPANIES

The sun rose for Keppel – in a sunset industry [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The sun rose for Keppel in a sunset industry When things looked bleak in the 1980s, shipyard carved itself a niche By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg THE story of how Keppel Corp went global is perhaps best seen through the eyes of chief executive Choo Chiau Beng. For Mr Choo spearheaded

Staff overseas brave many challenges [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Staff overseas brave many challenges ALVIN FOO TO DO business in Vietnam, Mr Linson Lim, 51, literally had to develop a strong stomach, given the penchant of the people there for exotic food. Keppel Land’s president for that country said: “Deals are not concluded in boardrooms but over meals and

Retail investors ‘hungry’ to learn more [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Retail investors ‘hungry’ to learn more They’re keen on boosting investment knowledge: SGX exec vice-president By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg RETAIL investors are eager to beef up their investing knowhow, said Singapore Exchange (SGX) executive vice-president Chew Sutat. Many of them are keen on share investing and could benefit from more

MONEY MARKETS

STI enjoys lively start to new year [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STI enjoys lively start to new year Bourse rises steadily over the week, inching up yesterday to 2-year high BULLS AND BEARS By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg STOCKS on the local bourse might have closed flat overall yesterday, but they still enjoyed a roaring start to the new year.

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THIS IS A WEEKLY TABLE, FEATURING HOME SALES IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF SINGAPORE Selected non-landed private home sales with caveats lodged for Districts 1-12 in November Project Price Area (sq ft) Psf District 1 People’s Park Complex The Clift The Clift District 2 Altez Icon International Plaza Skysuites@Anson The Beacon

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Be The First To Know BreakingNewsSMS Alert Lianhe Wanbao Shin Min Daily News SoccerNews The Straits Times WorldNews The Straits Times SingaporeNews Timestamp: 04.12.*****5:27:35 Failed braking system caused oil rig at Jurong Shipyard to lurch to one side on Monday, said Sembcorp Marine CEO Wong Weng Sun. From SPH THE

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NEXT 48 HOURS Today Basketball NBA: Miami v Chicago (Live, StarHub Ch202, 8.30am), Oklahoma v Philadelphia (Live, Ch216, 9am). Cricket 3rd Test: Australia v Sri Lanka, day 3 (Live, StarHub Ch236 mio TV HD Ch123, 7.30am). Football English FA Cup, 3rd rd: Brighton Hove Albion v Newcastle United (8.25pm), Southampton

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GET SHARP with our humour columnist S. M. ONG as he skewers the week’s news

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15 •>; V Lj fcwH WILL THE REDS BE BEDEVILED? Robin van Persia's decisive late ■-■>. i penalty earned Man U the win against the Reds in the last -,nv- i emotional face-off at Anfield. Can the Devils keep up the momentum when the two rivals fA clash once again

SPORT

LESS IS MORE FOR FEDERER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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LESS IS MORE FOR FEDERER He wants to extend his record-laden career by playing fewer tournaments By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg AT 31, Roger Federer might be labelled a senior citizen in tennis years. But after a stellar 2012 his 15th year as a professional he believes that old can still

VIDEO REPLAY THE SPUR [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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VIDEO REPLAY THE SPUR Tight Knicks defence is key to ending San Antonio’s winning run ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Over an 82-game season, New York coach Mike Woodson knows he will need to motivate his National Basketball Association team. His pre-game pitch to the Knicks on Thursday was not intense.

Hussey waiting for fitting farewell [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hussey waiting for fitting farewell ASSOCIATED PRESS SYDNEY Australia’s Mike Hussey will have to wait to see whether he gets another chance to make one last big score before he retires from Test cricket. Team-mates had predicted that he would sign off from his 79-match international career with a century

SCORES [ARTICLE]

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SCORES Basketball NBA NY 100 San Antonio 83, Denver 97 Minnesota 101. Cricket 1st Test In Cape Town, 3rd day: New Zealand 45 and 275 (overnight 169-4: B. McCullum 51, D. Brownlie 109, B. Watling 42; D. Steyn 3-67, V. Philander 2-76, J. Kallis 2-31). South Africa 347-8 dec (A.

INJURED AZARENKA OUT OF SHOWDOWN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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INJURED AZARENKA OUT OF SHOWDOWN World No. 1 pulls out against Williams to be ready for the Australian Open ASSOCIATED PRESS BRISBANE Victoria Azarenka’s preparation for this month’s Australian Open took a blow yesterday, when tennis’ women’s world No. 1 withdrew from her Brisbane International semi-final against Serena Williams owing

Indian tennis will not bow to player power, says association chief [ARTICLE]

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Indian tennis will not bow to player power, says association chief REUTERS MUMBAI The Indian tennis association is refusing to be held to ransom by regular Davis Cup players, who have hinted at a possible boycott if their demands for a greater involvement in the running of the team are

Mcllroy may skip 2016 Olympics [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mcllroy may skip 2016 Olympics AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON World No. 1 Rory McIlroy admitted on Thursday that he may sit out the 2016 Olympics to avoid a storm over the sensitivities of playing for either Britain or Ireland. The 23-year-old, who is from Holywood in Northern Ireland, would be eligible

Love sports, not a circus [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Love sports, not a circus IN GOOD CONSCIENCE By ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg IT’S a new year, so why not try to sell something retro, old sport wrapped in loud modernity? London promoter Barry Hearn has been coining it in with his boozy reincarnation of world darts at the Alexandra Palace

SPORTS WORLD

Athletics snags $50k drink deal [ARTICLE]

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Athletics snags $50k drink deal THE Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) has clinched a sponsorship deal with The Coca-Cola Company, which will supply its Aquarius brand of isotonic drink for all SAA-organised or assisted events this year. The in-kind sponsorship deal is worth more than $50,000, and coincides with the first

Del Bosque is best coach [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Del Bosque is best coach XINHUA MADRID Spain’s national football coach Vicente del Bosque (above) has been named the best national team coach of 2012 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The vote was carried out among journalists and experts from around the world. Del Bosque led

Japan to host Tour event [ARTICLE]

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Japan to host Tour event AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO A Japanese city is to host a special event under the Tour de France banner in October to mark the 100th edition of cycling’s most prestigious race. Saitama City, north of Tokyo, and tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation will soon reach a

Cyclist Stander killed in crash [ARTICLE]

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Cyclist Stander killed in crash REUTERS JOHANNESBURG South African Burry Stander, one of the world’s top mountain-bike athletes, was struck by a minibus taxi and killed while cycling on a coastal road in his home country. Stander, 25, was fifth in the men’s cross-country event at the London Olympics last

Argentina cracks down [ARTICLE]

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Argentina cracks down ASSOCIATED PRESS BUENOS AIRES Argentina has laid out new rules aimed at reducing tax evasion and money laundering in football. Argentinian clubs are now responsible for putting the profits from player transfers into special bank accounts and declaring details on contracts and agents. Any discrepancy will see

DUO’S GLASS DREAMS SHATTERED [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DUO’S GLASS DREAMS SHATTERED FAS rejects Shahril and Baihakki’s pleas for release to join Thai club By WANG MENG MENG meng@sph.com.sg DESPITE their appeals to be released from their contracts, wantaway LionsXII duo Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan’s dreams of joining Bangkok Glass have been shot down by the Football

Feng appeals for patience as team rebuild [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Feng appeals for patience as team rebuild By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg NOW that two out of Singapore’s three Olympic medal-winning paddlers are retired, the sole survivor knows the road to Rio 2016 will be difficult. Feng Tianwei, 26, yesterday called for patience for the new-look national women’s table tennis team,

Webber ‘will still be No. 2 at Red Bull’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Webber ‘will still be No. 2 at Red Bull’ BERLIN Australia’s Mark Webber will remain behind Sebastian Vettel in the pecking order at Red Bull Racing, according to the team’s adviser, Helmut Marko. The 36-year-old Webber made a strong start to the Formula One season last year, winning twice, but

STURRIDGE WILL BE MIDDLE MAN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STURRIDGE WILL BE MIDDLE MAN Rodgers wants newcomer as central striker and Suarez may get wider role THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON The status of Luis Suarez as Liverpool’s top scorer and talisman will not prevent a change of position to accommodate the arrival of Daniel Sturridge. Suarez has flourished as

Wenger eyeing Japan for talent [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wenger eyeing Japan for talent REUTERS LONDON Having seen the well of talent dry up in France, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Japan as an emerging market to find new players for his English Premier League side. The Frenchman has built a strong reputation for plucking the likes of

Transfer talk [ARTICLE]

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Transfer talk VILLA WANT LESCOTT ASTON Villa are planning a move for Joleon Lescott in order to avoid a relegation scrap, according to reports. The out-of-favour Manchester City defender is the man Paul Lambert wants to shore up Villa’s leaky defence. The team are just one point above the relegation

Sneijder offered to QPR but we can’t afford him: Redknapp [ARTICLE]

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Sneijder offered to QPR but we can’t afford him: Redknapp LONDON Harry Redknapp is shocked at how far the fortunes of Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder have fallen, after revealing that the Dutch playmaker was offered to his relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers. The 28-year-old Dutch international has been linked with

Right move to walk out of match: Milan coach [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Right move to walk out of match: Milan coach REUTERS MILAN AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has received the full support of his club after he led his team off the pitch during a friendly at Italian lower division side Pro Patria on Thursday in protest at racist chanting by

Not much money left: Moyes [ARTICLE]

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Not much money left: Moyes THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON The money well is drying up at Goodison Park and David Moyes is tightening his belt as part of cost-cutting measures. The Everton manager has revealed that his club’s financial plight means he can hope for nothing more than a “couple

NO PROBLEM WITH ROTATION: GIGGS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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NO PROBLEM WITH ROTATION: GIGGS United veteran always ‘ready when called upon’ despite supporting role AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Ryan Giggs insists manager Alex Ferguson is having no problems keeping his large Manchester United squad happy ahead of the FA Cup third-round clash at West Ham today. Ferguson has rotated his

Rest at last for Torres as clubs rotate squads? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rest at last for Torres as clubs rotate squads? ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON All 20 English Premier League clubs enter the FA Cup this weekend after a gruelling festive schedule, giving many exhausted players a chance to take a breather. Chelsea begin their Cup defence at Southampton today, with Rafael Benitez’s

Blues reach deal with Ba’s agents [ARTICLE]

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Blues reach deal with Ba’s agents THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON The deal was complicated and the negotiations trying, but Chelsea finally got their man. Demba Ba, the Newcastle United striker, sealed a £72,000 (S$143,645)-a-week deal and completed his £7.5 million move to Chelsea after the European champions reached agreement with

GUNNERS HAVE TO TURN UP FOR THE CUP [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GUNNERS HAVE TO TURN UP FOR THE CUP Trophy-starved Arsenal cannot afford to leave out top players at Swansea THE BIG MATCH By RICHARD JOLLY stsports@sph.com.sg IT WAS in Wales that Arsenal lifted their last trophy. With his final kick of the ball as a Gunner, Patrick Vieira dispatched his

FA Cup [ARTICLE]

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FA Cup Third round (selected) Today Brighton v Newcastle United Live, Ch111, 8.25pm Southampton v Chelsea Live, Ch111, 10.55pm Peterborough v Norwich City Live, Ch112, 10.55pm Macclesfield v Cardiff City Live, Ch113, 10.55pm Aston Villa v Ipswich Town Bolton v Sunderland Crawley Town v Reading Fulham v Blackpool Manchester City

Balotelli will get ‘100 chances’, says City boss [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Balotelli will get ‘100 chances’, says City boss AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down his row with Mario Balotelli and insists the striker still has a future with him by claiming he will give him another “100 chances” at the club. The Italian pair were

Mancini must get rid of Mario or it’ll be the end [ARTICLE]

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Mancini must get rid of Mario or it’ll be the end By TONY CASCARINO THE TIMES, LONDON stsports@sph.com.sg COMMENTARY THERE is nothing unusual about a training session being marred by an unexpectedly heavy tackle, such as the one from Mario Balotelli on Scott Sinclair that seems to have sparked his

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S’pore economy 2030 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore economy 2030 As the Singapore Conversation gathers pace, the Insight team examines present trends for a reading of the future in politics, the economy and society. This week, Robin Chan reports on growth, spending and the global outlook. reports economy Robin Chan 1 Asia keeps growing ASIAN economies are

Grow fast, grow slow, grow well: Three scenarios [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Grow fast, grow slow, grow well: Three scenarios By ROBIN CHAN chanckr@sph.com.sg AS SINGAPORE matures, restructures and undergoes a dramatic demographic shift, it is entering a new era of slower growth. And it is doing so at a time when global attitudes towards economic expansion undergo a big shift, in

Understanding trade-offs in any growth strategy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Understanding trade-offs in any growth strategy Q&A: S. ISWARAN L We are having a National Conversation about the future and a White Paper on Population issues will also be released soon. What are your views on the growth debate and the future of the Singapore economy? When we look at

Ageing population will strain finances [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ageing population will strain finances Govt may face pressure over reserves spending and resistance to tax hikes SINGAPORE ECONOMY 2030 By ROBIN CHAN chanckr@sph.com.sg Inequality and welfare INCOME inequality all over the world has widened dangerously, leading to the fall of governments, Occupy Wall Street protests, and an Arab Spring.

More than grades [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More than grades National Institute of Education (NIE) director Lee Sing Kong shares with Goh Chin Lian his take on trends in education this year. NIE trains more than 2,000 teachers a year for Singapore’s schools. CHATROOM|LEE CHATROOM|LEE SING KONG chinlian@sph.com.sg L What are the trends to watch this year?

Remember to follow Father’s rules [ARTICLE]

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Remember to follow Father’s rules TAGGED IF YOU’RE attending a coming performance at the Substation Theatre called Figuring Father, perhaps you might want to make sure you keep to the rules. You know, keep your mobile phones on silent mode, no heckling, and speak only when you’re allowed to. Because

School’s back, with changes [ARTICLE]

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School’s back, with changes TRENDING A look at the talk of the week By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg What it’s all about SCHOOLS re-opened this week, welcoming students to a new year with a number of significant changes coming up on the education scene. From this year onwards, students will

Ditch that oversized school bag [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ditch that oversized school bag Push to focus on character and values won’t work unless parents cooperate POLITICS 360 By TOH YONG CHUAN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT tohyc@sph.com.sg EDUCATION is an area where parents make a big difference, and the point was drummed home when I accompanied my daughter on her first

CHINA IN 2012 Start of a new growth path [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CHINA IN 2012 Start of a new growth path On the road to greater domestic consumption, and focusing on more capital- and skills-intensive activities BY INVITATION By JOHN WONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES THE Chinese economy ended last year with surprisingly strong growth of around 7.7 per cent, according to

The jolt of dopamine behind Internet addiction [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The jolt of dopamine behind Internet addiction FINANCIAL TIMES A 24-YEAR-OLD woman arrives at the psychiatric clinic of the University of Athens school of medicine in Greece. Her symptoms: mild anxiety, sleep disturbance and a loss of interest in hobbies. Instead, she spends five hours a day on Facebook. She

Our brain rewired [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Our brain rewired Development of memory, focus, empathy seems to take back seat THANKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA THE NET By APRIL DEMBOSKY FINANCIAL TIMES I AM flying. No plane, no wings, just me soaring over rooftops with a mild flip in my belly as I dip closer to the grid

Ex-celebs find stardom again on social media [ARTICLE]

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Ex-celebs find stardom again on social media By JOE POMPEO THE NEW YORK TIMES IN THE 1990s, Sally Jessy Raphael was the doyenne of daytime television, a bespectacled redhead whose mild, auntish mien belied the sensational tabloid fodder that her syndicated talk show was built upon. These days, Raphael, 77,

Be edgy but not outre [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Be edgy but not outre Top execs maintain professional aura in outfits with just a hint of daring DRESSING FOR SUCCESS? By J.J. MARTIN THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE MS KAREN Katz works in the fashion industry. But unlike some of her peers, she has never, ever shown up for

Older folk become what they think: Study [ARTICLE]

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Older folk become what they think: Study By JUDITH GRAHAM THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE ALL of us have beliefs many of them subconscious, dating back to childhood about what it means to get older. Psychologists call these “age stereotypes”. And, it turns out, they can have an important effect

2012 over. Phew. What’s next? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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2012 over. Phew. What’s next? Across the globe, people welcomed the new year in unique ways, amid analysts’ cautious economic outlook for 2013. There were the usual dazzling fireworks, confetti and drinking, but some chose to celebrate the first day of the new year by plunging into the freezing ocean

Petraeus battles his own army [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Petraeus battles his own army Tome tracks counterinsurgency’s rise from dirty word to policy The Insurgents: David Petraeus And The Plot To Change The American Way Of War By Fred Kaplan Illustrated, 418 pages Simon Schuster By JANET MASLIN THE NEW YORK TIMES ACCORDING to Fred Kaplan’s new book about

Soul food for Kyoto’s seasons [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Soul food for Kyoto’s seasons By JANICE TAY CORRESPONDENT tastingjapan@gmail.com AS IF the cold were not enough, even the turnips insist on announcing the season. When those stacked in the shops are as big as a child’s head these are not the fist-sized offerings of autumn winter has reached Kyoto.

Work from home? You may have less work-life balance [ARTICLE]

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Work from home? You may have less work-life balance By EVGENY MOROZOV and Slate. The writer is a contributing editor at the New Republic and the author of the forthcoming book, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly Of Technological Solutionism. THE WASHINGTON POST THE early case for telecommuting made

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Listen up to Dia’s Voice [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Listen up to Dia’s Voice Runner-up of 2011’s The Voice Dia Frampton says she is no rookie performer Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent dinohadi@sph.com.sg It was a good thing that American singer-song-writer Dia Frampton did not win the inaugural season of reality television singing competition The Voice in 2011. “I

Cash only at Vatican [ARTICLE]

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Cash only at Vatican Associated Press Vatican City, Rome It is “cash only” now for tourists at the Vatican wanting to pay for museum tickets, souvenirs and other services after Italy’s central bank decided to block electronic payments, including credit cards, at the tiny city-state. Deutsche Bank Italia, which for

Taking a break from the spa [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Taking a break from the spa Actress turned entrepreneur Jazreel Low says her return to the screen is not a comeback but a holiday Yip Wai Yee yipwy@sph.com.sg Should former television actress Jazreel Low ever want to make her comeback in show business, she would have no lack of offers.

Fine dining without the fuss [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fine dining without the fuss The Fat Duck chefs will helm kitchen of new restaurant with dishes that go easy on the wallet Tan Hsueh Yun Food Editor hsueh@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/tanhsuehyun After organising a series of pop-up brunches in different restaurants here, the people behind the Bacchanalia Brunch series are ready

Get a cuppa in a reusable cup [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Get a cuppa in a reusable cup Associated Press Bloomberg Chicago Starbucks Corp, the world’s largest coffee-shop operator, began selling reusable plastic cups for US$1 (S$1.22) at its United States and Canadian stores on Thursday. The white plastic cup (inset) has the Starbucks logo on it and resembles its iconic

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Disabled dogs bring joy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Disabled dogs bring joy Harry Chia I love dogs and am always saddened when I see disabled ones that are abandoned in the streets or put to sleep by owners who do not want to see them suffer. Reading your article, Disabled Dogs Win Hearts (Life!, Dec 29), perked me

Les Miz: Kids missing out on great classic [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Les Miz: Kids missing out on great classic Koh Kin Chai I read Cheng Zimin’s letter, No Bad Influence, No Bad Vocals In Les Miz (Life!, Dec 29), and agree with it. My children, aged nine and 11, both love musicals. After I found out about the movie (above) in

Simple rules to a happy nation [ARTICLE]

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Simple rules to a happy nation M. Lukshumayeh I refer to the article, How To Be Happy (Life!, Dec 29), by Professor Tommy Koh and thank him for sharing the 10 rules to help people lead happier lives. I find the rules to be genuine and simple to adopt. They

Put thought into food centre makeovers [ARTICLE]

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Put thought into food centre makeovers Murali Sharma I refer to the article Food Centres Freshen Up (SundayLife!, Dec 30). I would like to share some observations on the upgrading of food centres. When a food centre is renovated, do the authorities conduct a survey to find out which are

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘Once I’m obsessed with somebody, I’m terrified of them instantly. I’m not scared of them I’m scared of me and how I will react’ Actress Jennifer Lawrence (right) on being wowed by her acting idols such as Meryl Streep ‘I used it to motivate me then,

Meditation on a retreat [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Meditation on a retreat I was once inspired to follow Leonard Cohen’s example and live my later years in a monastery 60something Richard Lim ricklim@sph.com.sg Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, whose recurring themes of love, religion, sex and loss have made him a cult hero since the 1960s, is enjoying a

Dodging the truth [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dodging the truth Heavy on war-movie cliches, the show avoids hefty issues in the capture of Osama Bin Laden John Lui johnlui@sph.com.sg Review Action CODE NAME: GERONIMO (M18) 101 minutes/Now showing/ The story: Loosely based on the 2011 mission to kill or capture Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the movie

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JUMBLE FEVER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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JUMBLE FEVER One of four trendy tricks to jazz up your home this year is to mix up the styles Natasha Ann Zachariah natashaz@sph.com.sg Followers of home-decorating trends better wise up: Orange is so last year. Along with expensively wired automated homes, pots of plants and, oh, following trends. Well,

Chill out amid arty tranquillity [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chill out amid arty tranquillity Resort-like bungalow of Da Paolo’s Scarpas also comes with a homely vibe AT HOME WITH Judie Scarpa Natasha Ann Zachariah natashaz@sph.com.sg When Mrs Judie Scarpa, 60, and her husband Paolo, 57, of the Da Paolo gourmet deli and restaurant chain, bought their two-storey bungalow off

ROOT AWAKENING [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ROOT AWAKENING I got this plant (left) from a market in Bedok. The seller said it came from Malaysia. What is it and how do I care for it? It is botanically known as Oxalis hedysaroides and commonly known as the Fire Fern, although it is not a true fern

Shrink and show [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shrink and show Americans can order a mini version of their home for $12,000 and make it a centrepiece New York Times Kingston, New York Michael DelPriore of Ryerson Studio makes free-standing, eerily lifelike models of houses, commercial spaces and city parks. With computer programs such as AutoCAD available, you

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Need for more Speed [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Need for more Speed Bentley’s newest power coupe could have packed an even bigger punch Christopher Tan Senior Correspondent christan@sph.com.sg It does not boast the most monumental engine Bentley has produced. Nor is it the quickest model from Crewe. The honours belong to a 6.7-litre V8 pumping out 1,000Nm of

Old world charm for old school folk [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Old world charm for old school folk The Freelander II behaves much like an SUV from the past but that may be exactly what its fans want Christopher Tan Senior Correspondent christan@sph.com.sg Land Rover’s Freelander II now boasts the new-age Range Rover Evoque’s engine and transmission. But it still behaves