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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 174 PAGES IN SEVEN PARTS TO SUBSCRIBE: 6388-3838 www.sphsubscription.com.sg 90 cents A Singapore Press Holdings publication MCI (P) 050/02/2013

Clearer learning goals set for pre-schools [ARTICLE]

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Clearer learning goals set for pre-schools New guidelines will push a common standard and discourage ‘overteaching’ By STACEY CHIA staceyc@sph.com.sg PARENTS will now have a better idea of what their children need to learn in kindergarten before starting primary school. In language, they need to know how to write their

INDIA LABOUR STRIKE TURNS VIOLENT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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INDIA LABOUR STRIKE TURNS VIOLENT People walking past a row of cars overturned by labour union members as the first day of a two-day strike turned violent in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi yesterday. Millions of bank and factory workers stayed home and public transport was shut down after

More heart attacks but fewer deaths [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More heart attacks but fewer deaths By SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma WHILE more people are suffering from heart attacks in Singapore, the number of deaths has dipped significantly over the past five years, a result of greater awareness and better prevention and treatment. Malays have also taken over

Household incomes rise, mostly [ARTICLE]

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Household incomes rise, mostly DESPITE inflation, lowerand middle-income families in Singapore saw their earnings continue to rise, the latest official figures show. However, real incomes of families in the bottom 10 per cent fell last year, likely as a result of economic restructuring which brought down growth and sped up

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Standstill in parts of India as workers go on strike [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Standstill in parts of India as workers go on strike Sporadic violence in union protest over high prices and govt reforms By NIRMALA GANAPATHY By INDIA CORRESPONDENT gnirmala@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI Hundreds of thousands of workers and government employees have heeded a call by India’s major trade unions to strike in

More resale flats sold at close to $1 million mark [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More resale flats sold at close to $1 million mark By DARYL CHIN darylc@sph.com.sg A NEW record has been set for Housing Board resale flats, with a 1,750 sq ft executive maisonette in Bishan changing hands for $1.01 million last month. It broke the previous record of $1 million, set

Incomes up for most, not for poorest [ARTICLE]

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Incomes up for most, not for poorest But real income of bottom 10% rose last year if imputed rentals taken out By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg SINGAPOREAN households are earning more income from work, the latest official figures show, though the rise was not across the board. Lower- and middle-income

Gap widens but Workfare helps [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gap widens but Workfare helps GOH CHIN LIAN THE income gap in Singapore widened last year despite Workfare and other government transfers given to the poor and taxes paid by those who are better off. The Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, rose from 0.448 in 2011 to 0.459

PAP town councils call open tender for IT system [ARTICLE]

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PAP town councils call open tender for IT system Tender comes as contract with current provider Aim expires on April 30 By LEONARD LIM limze@sph.com.sg PEOPLE’S Action Party town councils have put out a tender calling for a company to run their computer systems, as the controversial contract signed with

Who’s xenophobic? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Who’s xenophobic? Those who speak up for and against policies on foreigners drawing flak WHITE PAPER DEBATE By LEONARD LIM, ANDREA ONG limze@sph.com.sg andreao@sph.com.sg OVER the past week, the continuing conversation on the Population White Paper has taken on a new buzzword: xenophobia. At least three individuals critical of the

Big drop in COE price for small cars [ARTICLE]

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Big drop in COE price for small cars CHRISTOPHER TAN CERTIFICATE of entitlement (COE) prices ended lower yesterday, with two categories dropping by more than 10 per cent on the back of a seasonal post-Chinese New Year lull. But the plunge in COE prices for cars up to 1,600cc which

Kids may still face pressure, say parents [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kids may still face pressure, say parents PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM GUIDELINES By KEZIA TOH keziatoh@sph.com.sg THE updated kindergarten curriculum guidelines will go some way in addressing a common feedback among parents how much learning is considered enough for pre-schoolers. But it may not go far enough to ease the problem of

A faster, cheaper transport option to KL [ARTICLE]

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A faster, cheaper transport option to KL Impact will be felt most by low-cost airlines plying S’pore-KL route: Expert SINGAPORE-KL HIGH-SPEED RAIL By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg TRAVELLERS are happy about the high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as it will save them significant time and possibly money. But

Easier for Malaysians to shop in Singapore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Easier for Malaysians to shop in Singapore By JESSICA LIM, SABRINA TIONG limjess@sph.com.sg sabrinat@sph.com.sg RETAILERS here expect more Malaysians to come here to shop once the high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is operational by 2020. Mid-range fashion brands and consumer electronics are likely to benefit the most.

Businesses excited about growth prospects [ARTICLE]

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Businesses excited about growth prospects By YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg BUSINESSES here are already getting excited about growth opportunities that could arise from the planned high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, even though it is seven years off. They noted, however, that several factors will determine just how much

Positive coverage for Najib’s visit and joint mega projects [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Positive coverage for Najib’s visit and joint mega projects By CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Prime Minister Najib Razak’s two-day visit to Singapore and the announcement of several mega projects, including a high-speed rail link, have received positive coverage in the local media, with analysts welcoming the

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WORLD

Indonesia to tourists: Look beyond Bali [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesia to tourists: Look beyond Bali Spotlight thrown on lesser-known destinations in bid to boost tourism By ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT zubaidah@sph.com.sg JAKARTA Indonesia wants the world’s tourists to know it’s more than just Bali. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu wants to market lesser known attractions such

Jakarta Democrats close ranks, for now [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta Democrats close ranks, for now NEWS ANALYSIS By ZAKIR HUSSAIN By INDONESIA BUREAU CHIEF zakirh@sph.com.sg JAKARTA When Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took direct control of his Democratic Party’s reins a fortnight ago, many cheered the fact that the former general was now in command. Now, they grudgingly back

ASIA

Indonesia steps up bid to secure top WTO job for tourism minister [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesia steps up bid to secure top WTO job for tourism minister ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIAN officials have been told to actively lobby for Tourism Minister Mari Pangestu, 56, to take over the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as the May selection deadline nears. The Straits Times understands

Shock, dismay in Sabah over gunmen’s intrusion [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shock, dismay in Sabah over gunmen’s intrusion Locals alarmed by security lapse, govt’s lax response to Filipino men By LESTER KONG MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT lestkong@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR The “invasion” that took place just over 400km from their capital city of Kota Kinabalu has left many Sabahans shocked and incredulous about how

Selangor govt seeks to dissolve state assembly [ARTICLE]

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Selangor govt seeks to dissolve state assembly By YONG YEN NIE MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT yyennie@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR With a Malaysian general election widely expected some time in the next two months, the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government has become the first to ask to dissolve the state assembly. Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid

Film puts spotlight on alleged ‘Project IC’ plot [ARTICLE]

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Film puts spotlight on alleged ‘Project IC’ plot By CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Ms Nadira Ilana was born a year after her hometown of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah was paralysed by riots and fish bombs in 1986, following the tumultuous election a year earlier. But she

Cameron visits site of ‘shameful’ massacre [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cameron visits site of ‘shameful’ massacre However, British PM stops short of making a formal apology at Amritsar By KRITTIVAS MUKHERJEE mkritti@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI Mr David Cameron has become the first serving British prime minister to visit Jallianwala Bagh, the scene of a massacre of unarmed Indians almost a century

China broadens disclosure project [ARTICLE]

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China broadens disclosure project Family of Guangzhou district officials to also declare assets in pilot scheme By LI XUEYING HONG KONG CORRESPONDENT xueying@sph.com.sg HONG KONG A pilot “sunshine” project to make select mainland Chinese officials declare their assets is broadening its spotlight to include their immediate family members. Spouses and

Cyberattack report flawed: China [ARTICLE]

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Cyberattack report flawed: China REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING China’s Defence Ministry has rejected a report linking its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to sophisticated cyberattacks on US firms, saying it is scientifically flawed and unreliable. Both Beijing and Washington have traded charges over cyberattacks after the report by the security firm

ALERT AS COBRA GOLD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ALERT AS COBRA GOLD A US marine displaying a cobra skin around his neck during a jungle survival programme at a naval base in Sattahip, Thailand, yesterday. Cobra Gold 2013 is a joint multinational military training exercise that focuses on maintaining and improving military ties among Asia-Pacific nations, including the

Taiwan plans troop withdrawal from islets [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Taiwan plans troop withdrawal from islets Ex-battleground to become tourist spot as relations with China improve AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TAIPEI Taiwan plans to withdraw troops from two islets near the Chinese mainland and will turn the former battleground into a tourist attraction as relations improve, according to officials. The two tiny

North Korean video shows Obama ‘in flames’ [ARTICLE]

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North Korean video shows Obama ‘in flames’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL North Korea has released a new propaganda video showing US soldiers and President Barack Obama burning in the flames of a nuclear blast. The footage was uploaded on YouTube on Monday, two weeks after a separate video that showed New

US visa laws hinder bright foreigners [ARTICLE]

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US visa laws hinder bright foreigners Experts fear rigid rules are chasing away highly skilled US graduates WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON Much of the current immigration debate in the United States centres on the 11 million undocumented migrants in the country. But business and academic leaders are more focused on what

‘No idea is too wild at MIT’ [ARTICLE]

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‘No idea is too wild at MIT’ WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON Mr Anurag Bajpayee came to the United States when he was 18, lured by the dream of attending a US university. He ended up at the University of Missouri as his uncle lived nearby. At first, he did not understand

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Kerry to visit Europe, Mid-East on first trip [ARTICLE]

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Kerry to visit Europe, Mid-East on first trip REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit nine countries in Europe and the Middle East on his first trip as America’s top diplomat. The emphasis differs from his predecessor Hillary Clinton’s inaugural journey as Secretary of State,

Stanford sets US fund-raising record [ARTICLE]

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Stanford sets US fund-raising record ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO Stanford University has set a new US record for college fund-raising, becoming the first school to collect more than US$1 billion (S$1.24 billion) in a single year. It received donations from nearly 79,000 donors, including a US$150 million gift from Silicon

Report reveals Pope’s health woes [ARTICLE]

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Report reveals Pope’s health woes AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI is nearly blind in one eye and was advised by his doctor to limit air travel because of his high blood pressure, website Vatican Insider reported yesterday. The report also said the 85-year-old pontiff has problems sleeping and

Bulgarian govt resigns after violent protests [ARTICLE]

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Bulgarian govt resigns after violent protests REUTERS SOFIA Bulgaria’s government has resigned following days of violent nationwide protests, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity following Europe’s debt crisis in 2009. Bulgarians are upset over high energy costs, power monopolies, low living standards and corruption in the

He grew up in home with no running water [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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He grew up in home with no running water WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON Mr Prakash Narayan Govindan, 28, joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 and was working on his own water-purification research when he met Mr Anurag Bajpayee. More reserved than his gregarious partner, he grew up in southern

Mississippi officially abolishes slavery [ARTICLE]

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Mississippi officially abolishes slavery WASHINGTON The state of Mississippi in the United States has finally officially ratified the abolition of slavery, nearly 150 years late, according to a Times of India report. The oversight was discovered by an Indian-born research scientist. Dr Ranjan Batra’s role began with watching the Steven

Air pollution linked to heart attacks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Air pollution linked to heart attacks AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks. Research published yesterday in the European Heart Journal pointed at so-called PM2.5 pollution,

Tunisia PM quits after failing to form new govt [ARTICLE]

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Tunisia PM quits after failing to form new govt ASSOCIATED PRESS TUNIS Tunisia’s Prime Minister has announced his resignation, following a failed effort to form a technocratic government in an attempt to see the country out of its political crisis. The resignation of Mr Hamadi Jebali is expected to deepen

Pistorius’ account ‘appears consistent’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pistorius’ account ‘appears consistent’ Witness who heard ‘non-stop talking, like shouting’ found to be 600m away from scene BLADE RUNNER’S TRIAL ASSOCIATED PRESS PRETORIA A detective, testifying at Oscar Pistorius’ bail hearing, said that police have not found anything inconsistent with how the star athlete described his shooting of his

NY launches bid to woo tech start-ups [ARTICLE]

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NY launches bid to woo tech start-ups AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched an initiative to attract high-tech start-ups, the latest step in his campaign to turn New York into an East Coast version of Silicon Valley. The “We Are Made in NY” initiative includes a new

China’s FDI inflow sees steepest fall in 3 years [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China’s FDI inflow sees steepest fall in 3 years 7.3% drop reflects global firms’ caution, challenge from cheaper rivals REUTERS BEIJING China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell at their fastest rate in more than three years last month, highlighting the challenges it faces competing for funds with cheaper rivals

Japan’s January trade deficit hits record high [ARTICLE]

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Japan’s January trade deficit hits record high ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO Japan posted a record 1.63 trillion yen (S$21.6 billion) trade deficit last month as rebounding exports lagged behind surging imports of crude oil and gas due to rising prices and the weakening yen. The data released yesterday shows exports for

10 costliest office markets at start of 2013* [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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10 costliest office markets at start of 2013* REUTERS 1. London, West End (2) 2. Hong Kong, Central Business District (1) 3. Zona Sul area, Rio de Janeiro (8) 4. Connaught Place, New Delhi (5) 5. Tokyo, Central Business District (3) 6. Moscow, Central Business District (4) 7. Beijing, Central

Singapore CBD rents 52% lower than HK’s [ARTICLE]

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Singapore CBD rents 52% lower than HK’s PRIME Central Business District (CBD) office rental rates have dipped 16 per cent in Singapore, registering at 52 per cent lower than Hong Kong’s office rental rates this year. A study by real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield found Singapore has a competitive

AirAsia plans Indian airline with Tata Group [ARTICLE]

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AirAsia plans Indian airline with Tata Group BLOOMBERG KUALA LUMPUR AirAsia, South-east Asia’s biggest budget airline, plans to start a venture in India with the Tata Group after the government eased rules to woo investment in a country where air travel is set to triple. AirAsia made an application to

Malaysia’s Q4 growth beats expectations [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysia’s Q4 growth beats expectations Economy expands 6.4% on robust domestic demand REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia’s economy accelerated at an annual pace of 6.4 per cent in the fourth quarter, beating expectations with the fastest growth since 2010 as domestic demand stayed robust ahead of elections that must be called

New Beijing call to curb surging property prices [ARTICLE]

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New Beijing call to curb surging property prices BLOOMBERG REUTERS BEIJING China’s Cabinet restated its intention to extend a pilot property tax programme to more cities and urged local authorities again to put price control targets on new homes, in the latest effort to cool property prices. Cities that have

MONEY BRIEFS

BHP Billiton chief to leave [ARTICLE]

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BHP Billiton chief to leave AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY BHP Billiton said yesterday that its boss Marius Kloppers will leave in May, weeks after the head of rival miner Rio Tinto resigned, with profits hit by weak commodity prices and cool Chinese demand. After nearly six years at the helm, Mr

Q4 loss for Credit Agricole [ARTICLE]

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Q4 loss for Credit Agricole BLOOMBERG PARIS France’s Credit Agricole reported a record fourth-quarter loss after writing down goodwill at its Italian and investment-banking businesses. The net loss widened 30 per cent from a year earlier to ¤3.98 billion (S$6.6 billion), it said yesterday. It took ¤2.67 billion in goodwill

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Process information when buying food [ARTICLE]

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Process information when buying food THE discovery of horse meat in some beef products in Ireland has set off a Eu-rope-wide scare. This is reminiscent of the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy commonly known as the mad cow disease in the 1980s. This time around, there have been no casualties,

Shaping a loveable liveable Lion City [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shaping a loveable liveable Lion City Can a city of 6.9 million be both liveable and loveable? What goes into making a city liveable anyway? EYE ON SINGAPORE By GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg THE recent Population White Paper had Singapore’s planners declaring their aim of making Singapore “a city which is

New links usher in new era of growth [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New links usher in new era of growth MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE CONNECTIVITY By MUSHAHID ALI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. THE announcement by the leaders of Malaysia and Singapore this week of increased rail, road and

Trimming may be solution to contentious gay sex law [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Trimming may be solution to contentious gay sex law By ANDY HO SENIOR WRITER andyho@sph.com.sg LAW Minister K. Shanmugam has been meeting gay and lesbian activists and church leaders in a series of separate meetings. The former want to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code that criminalises gay sex;

The trouble with fatwas in Indonesia [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The trouble with fatwas in Indonesia By SALIM OSMAN SENIOR WRITER salim@sph.com.sg AFEWdaysbeforeChinese New Year was observed in Indonesia on Feb 10, a cleric in Solo, Central Java, issued a fatwa banning Muslims from joining in the celebration. Kiai Zainal Arifin Adnan claimed that the Chinese festival, known in Indonesia

Keep the global city-state going [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Keep the global city-state going PERSPECTIVES ON POPULATION DEBATE By ASAD LATIF FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer, a former Straits Times journalist, is an associate fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He came to Singapore in 1984 and is now a citizen. SINGAPORE is arguably the only

Facebook generation shaking up govts with new assertive mood [ARTICLE]

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Facebook generation shaking up govts with new assertive mood By AMIT JAIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is a communications specialist and consultant. He won the 2004 Panos Global Knowledge Programme Award for his article Coup In A Ballot Box. THE question may be provocative but what does the

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3 key issues in population debate [ARTICLE]

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3 key issues in population debate Edwin Sam AS THE population debate continues, there are three key aspects that need to be addressed. First, as citizens, we are concerned about overcrowding, dilution of our national identity and our children’s future. But we also need to think as consumers of goods

Don’t limit maid levy relief to working women [ARTICLE]

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Don’t limit maid levy relief to working women Chew Kwok Choong MAKING the foreign maid levy tax relief available only to working married women confounds me, especially with the national dialogue on pro-family measures. I am not wealthy, but I have a good job that allows my wife to be

Picky cabbies face penalties [ARTICLE]

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Picky cabbies face penalties Helen Lim (Ms) Director, Media Relations and Public Education Land Transport Authority TAXI drivers are not allowed to pick and choose their fares unless they have valid reasons, for example, if they are on call or changing shift (“Clamp down on picky cabbies” by Mr Peter

No territorial dispute over Senkaku Islands: Japan [ARTICLE]

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No territorial dispute over Senkaku Islands: Japan Yoshiyasu Iseki Counsellor Embassy of Japan THE article by senior writer William Choong (“Let wisdom prevail over island row”; Jan 25) and the letter by Mr Hsieh Fa-dah from the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore (“Share East China Sea resources, urges Taiwan”; Feb

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FORUM ONLINE 1. MR AZMAN ADNAN: Don’t lose focus on the elderly. 2. MR EE TECK EE: Singapore must adapt or perish. 3. MR ANG CHIN GUAN: Why businesses prefer hiring foreigners. 4. MR MUHAMMAD DZUL AZHAN HAJI SAHBAN: Update civil servants on code of conduct. 5. DR WILLIAM WAN:

Start reverse mortgage scheme to help seniors [ARTICLE]

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Start reverse mortgage scheme to help seniors Kuo How Nam THE Population White Paper has touched on our ageing population, which is a ticking time bomb. The main concern of retirees is whether they will have sufficient savings for their old age. Despite having Central Provident Fund Medisave and Retirement

Town councils need to be more accountable to residents [ARTICLE]

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Town councils need to be more accountable to residents Seto Hann Hoi (Dr) RECENTLY, the Sembawang Town Council settled a lawsuit brought by a man who became paralysed after falling along a walkway (“Walkway suit ‘resolved’ Feb 1). The town council will also be fined by the National Environment Agency

Set up breast milk bank for new mums [ARTICLE]

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Set up breast milk bank for new mums Valerie Lim Junmei (Ms) AS THE mother of a two-month-old boy, I am thankful for the enhanced baby bonus scheme that my child is entitled to. Perhaps another initiative the Government could consider is the establishment of a breast milk bank here.

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More nurses are now better qualified [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More nurses are now better qualified Three in 10 are degree holders; 88 have at least a master’s degree By MELISSA PANG melpang@sph.com.sg NURSES here are becoming more qualified to better perform their jobs flying in the face of a perception that the profession does not require much skill. Nurses

No suspected cases of Sars-like virus here [ARTICLE]

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No suspected cases of Sars-like virus here MOH monitoring situation closely, says risk of transmission low By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Priscilla Goy WHILE a Sars-like coronavirus has claimed another life, this time in Britain, no suspected cases have been reported here. The Ministry of Health (MOH)

Researcher’s death: Police had examined a hard drive [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Researcher’s death: Police had examined a hard drive FENG ZENGKUN THE hard drive at the centre of American researcher Shane Todd’s contentious death last year may have already been examined by the Singapore police. The Singapore Police Force yesterday posted a statement on its website, saying: “In the course of

Salute blood donors at ‘counters’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Salute blood donors at ‘counters’ By KEITH ANG keithang@sph.com.sg BLOOD donors are receiving “salutes” from members of the public who can now thank them for their life-saving contributions by pressing a button on two public “counters”. The bright red machines have been installed at busy locations and will clock up

Closed tender opened ‘to benefit lover’s firm’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Closed tender opened ‘to benefit lover’s firm’ PETER LIM SEX-FOR-CONTRACTS TRIAL By THAM YUEN-C yuenc@sph.com.sg FORMER civil defence chief Peter Lim Sin Pang opened a tender to more companies so his one-time lover’s employer could enter a bid, prosecutors in his corruption trial suggested yesterday. The 52-year-old is said to

Fares to New Delhi, Mumbai may rise [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fares to New Delhi, Mumbai may rise Indian budget carrier IndiGo to suspend these services from next month By KARAMJIT KAUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT karam@sph.com.sg PASSENGERS flying to New Delhi and Mumbai in India could be paying more in the coming months, with the impending exit of IndiGo from the market.

Driver riles residents with non-stop honking [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Driver riles residents with non-stop honking Video of woman on the horn and arguing near son’s school goes viral ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR By MELISSA LIN, CLARISSA SIH mellinjm@sph.com.sg csih@sph.com.sg A VIDEO of a furious car driver sounding her horn incessantly during a road row has attracted more than 55,000 views online

Parking dispute goes viral on Stomp [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Parking dispute goes viral on Stomp By CHENG JINGJIE jingjie@sph.com.sg A DISPUTE over a parking space between a former National University of Singapore (NUS) student and an adjunct associate professor from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has spilt online and gone viral. An account of the incident, which occurred on Friday

Exercise to keep dementia at bay [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Exercise to keep dementia at bay THE latest prescription to stave off and slow down dementia: physical and mental exercise, as well as social interaction. Hospitals here have started programmes incorporating these aspects to help their patients with dementia and other elderly patients who have yet to develop the disease.

S’pore prof’s flash of genius [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore prof’s flash of genius NTU expert’s invention may lead to powerful camera flashes in slim cellphones By TAN CHONG YAW cytan@sph.com.sg POWERFUL camera flashes in slim phones may soon be a reality, thanks to a Singaporean expert’s invention. Associate Professor Lee Pooi See came up with a method of

Can’t decide what outfit to wear? Just ask this software [ARTICLE]

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Can’t decide what outfit to wear? Just ask this software By PAIGE LIM paigelim@sph.com.sg THEY say fashion is about creativity, personality and flair. So taking wardrobe advice from a machine may not sound like the most obvious way to look good. Yet engineers at the National University of Singapore believe

Call for laws on flexi-work for mums [ARTICLE]

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Call for laws on flexi-work for mums Proposal is part of PAP Women’s Wing’s suggestions to MOM By TESSA WONG twong@sph.com.sg THE People’s Action Party Women’s Wing is calling for new laws to compel employers to give mothers flexible work arrangements. The proposal, part of a position paper submitted to

Bosses impress with their HR practices [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bosses impress with their HR practices By PRISCILLA KHAM pkham@sph.com.sg MADAM Chen Siew Lan works in a bubble tea outlet in Pasir Ris which opens till about 10.30pm. But the 61-year-old, who is employed as a helper, is able to leave every day at 5pm so that she can go

Scheme to boost hiring of disabled [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Scheme to boost hiring of disabled By SUE-ANN TAN suetan@sph.com.sg RESTAURANTS and cafes are being encouraged to hire more staff with mental disabilities in an initiative launched by a social enterprise yesterday. The Many Helping Hands Programme was started informally three years ago by restaurant chain Laksania. Together with the

Chemicals, pharma sectors seek professionals: Survey [ARTICLE]

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Chemicals, pharma sectors seek professionals: Survey JANICE HENG PROFESSIONALS are in high demand this year in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical device industries, according to the latest annual Robert Walters Global Salary Survey. These are among “the few sectors which continue to have anticipated growth in 2013”, said Mr Wayne

4 moneychangers fined for not keeping proper records [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4 moneychangers fined for not keeping proper records By KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg FOUR moneychangers who failed in 2010 to record five transactions involving nearly 720,000 of stolen Fiji dollars the equivalent of about S$500,000 faced the consequences in a district court yesterday. The four men pleaded guilty last week. Yesterday,

Guide for volunteers and social workers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Guide for volunteers and social workers By IAN POH pohian@sph.com.sg SOCIAL workers and volunteers are to be given a new guide to help them link residents to the organisation that best suits their needs. The South West Cares Referral Guide lists social service groups and types of help available in

HDB to fund green ideas for its estates [ARTICLE]

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HDB to fund green ideas for its estates By DARYL CHIN darylc@sph.com.sg THE Housing Board is providing funding of up to $100,000 to spur the development and testing of green ideas for its estates. The money for this first-ever initiative will come from a $1 million Greenprint fund that was

Leaders ‘will get chance to defend name’ [ARTICLE]

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Leaders ‘will get chance to defend name’ Commissioner of Charities denies the 9 members have ‘no right to defence’ CITY HARVEST CHURCH CASE By JENNANI DURAI jennanid@sph.com.sg THE charities watchdog yesterday denied claims that the City Harvest Church leaders at the centre of a corruption probe have not been given

Nominate inspiring English teachers [ARTICLE]

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Nominate inspiring English teachers By AMELIA TENG ateng@sph.com.sg STUDENTS, parents and teachers can start submitting names for this year’s Inspiring Teacher of English Award. It is open to teachers in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and the centralised institute. Started in 2008, the award is for teachers who “ignite

2 drivers die in crashes, wives in passenger seats survive [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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2 drivers die in crashes, wives in passenger seats survive By BRYNA SINGH brynasim@sph.com.sg BOTH were driving with their wives by their sides. And in a cruel twist of fate, both died while their spouses lived. Two husbands were killed yesterday in a pair of remarkably similar but completely unrelated

SMS exchange under scrutiny [ARTICLE]

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SMS exchange under scrutiny Defence disputes Viet girl’s claim she did not message ex-prosecutor in English UNDERAGE VICE CASE By LIM YAN LIANG yanliang@sph.com.sg AN SMS exchange that allegedly occurred between former deputy public prosecutor Spencer Gwee and an underage prostitute was put under scrutiny by the defence in court

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New muscle to beef up skilled local manpower [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New muscle to beef up skilled local manpower Funding for firms to train S’poreans for process engineering services field By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg SINGAPOREANS keen to enter the process engineering services sector, a vital support to manufacturing, could benefit from an agreement signed yesterday. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU),

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Refining the human touch [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Refining the human touch Furniture industry focuses on skills upgrading in productivity drive Productivity is the key buzzword for economic planners as the Government moves ahead to restructure the economy. But how are firms coping with the productivity drive? Are the gains sustainable? For firms in the furniture industry, productivity

Early adopter sees improvements already [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Early adopter sees improvements already ESTHER TEO WHILE other businesses might be dragging their feet, office furniture manufacturer Innoplan Technology has taken the plunge into lifting its productivity. From training staff to adopting new IT solutions, the firm has recognised the need to invest in its staff to raise productivity.

Firm ‘will respond to claims in suits’ [ARTICLE]

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Firm ‘will respond to claims in suits’ CEO refers to allegations made by director in dispute over transactions SAKAE HOLDINGS’ ROW WITH DIRECTOR By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg THE falling out between Sakae Holdings and one of its non-independent directors Andy Ong Siew Kwee shows no sign of ending. Chairman and

Yamada’s stock surges 126% on ‘Sam Goi effect’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Yamada’s stock surges 126% on ‘Sam Goi effect’ By ALVIN FOO alfoo@sph.com.sg THE “Sam Goi effect” struck again yesterday with shares of Yamada Green Resources more than doubling after the “popiah king” bought in. The mushroom supplier’s stock surged 17 cents, or 126 per cent, to close at 30.5 cents.

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New faces at Temasek Holdings [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New faces at Temasek Holdings It hires ST Engg’s deputy CEO; lawyer Lucien Wong reportedly joining board By FIONA CHAN fiochan@sph.com.sg LESS than a month after Temasek Holdings reshuffled its senior management, the investment firm is getting an infusion of new blood. It has hired a new senior managing director,

More seed money for budding start-ups [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More seed money for budding start-ups TECHNOLOGY By GRACE CHNG SENIOR CORRESPONDENT chngkeg@sph.com.sg A BIGGER pool of investment funds and a greater acceptance of technopreneurship as a career have created a fertile field for local start-ups. Local go-getters with dreams of starting their own operations have probably never had it

S’poreans’ retirement funds a worry: Poll [ARTICLE]

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S’poreans’ retirement funds a worry: Poll By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg SINGAPOREANS are in danger of outliving their retirement funds and being left to scrape by, according to a new study by HSBC. It found that many people estimate their savings will cover only nine out of the 17 years they

Roxy-Pacific set to launch residential projects in April [ARTICLE]

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Roxy-Pacific set to launch residential projects in April By CHERYL ONG ocheryl@sph.com.sg ROXY-PACIFIC Holdings can expect to have a busy second quarter this year. Its chief executive Teo Hong Lim said at a results briefing yesterday that showflats at three of its sites will be completed by next month and

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Yeo’s Q4 net profit dips on property weakness [ARTICLE]

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Yeo’s Q4 net profit dips on property weakness By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg LOWER returns from its property division sent earnings sliding at Yeo Hiap Seng in the fourth quarter, it announced yesterday. Net profit came in at $5.24 million, 46 per cent down from the $9.73 million in the same

Regional markets up on positive global outlook [ARTICLE]

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Regional markets up on positive global outlook STI also ends higher, with trading centred mainly on penny stocks BULLS AND BEARS By YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg LOCAL shares gained some ground yesterday as bourses across the region rallied on optimism about the global economic outlook. The positive mood sent the benchmark

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TROPHY WAIT GOES ON: 8 9 YEARS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TROPHY WAIT GOES ON: 8 9 YEARS It’s another season without silverware with Arsenal all but out of Europe LONDON Out of the League Cup. Out of the FA Cup. Out of the Premier League title race. And after Tuesday’s atrocious 1-3 loss to Bayern Munich, out of the Champions

Blame players, not Wenger: Wilshere [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blame players, not Wenger: Wilshere LONDON Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has tried to take the pressure off his manager Arsene Wenger by insisting that the players should be held accountable for Tuesday’s loss to Bayern Munich. “The boss has been here for 16 years and he’s been doing a great

It’s not over, warns Heynckes [ARTICLE]

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It’s not over, warns Heynckes REUTERS LONDON Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes urged caution after their 3-1 win in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday but offered few reasons for Arsenal to harbour hopes of a comeback. His side have been irresistible since late October

Malaga coach Pellegrini blames his attack for ‘worst game of the season’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaga coach Pellegrini blames his attack for ‘worst game of the season’ REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTO (Portugal) Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini was unhappy that Joao Moutinho’s controversial goal for Porto was allowed to stand and criticised his attack as the Spanish team lost 0-1 in their Champions League last-16 first

WILLIAMS STALL EVEN BEFORE RACE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WILLIAMS STALL EVEN BEFORE RACE Motor-sports body FIA says new FW35 car’s exhaust design is illegal REUTERS THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON The first row of the new Formula One season did not take long coming. The covers had only just been pulled from the Williams FW35 car the last of

Bulls recharged after All-Star break [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bulls recharged after All-Star break ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS Even if Derrick Rose was not ready to return from injury, the Chicago Bulls got healthier as a team over the All-Star break and it showed. Luol Deng scored 20 points, Kirk Hinrich returned from a sev-en-game absence with 10 assists,

Black urine and botched transfusions [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Black urine and botched transfusions REUTERS MADRID Disgraced former American cyclist Tyler Hamilton claimed on Tuesday that he was given performance enhancing drugs, as well as illegal transfusions by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. And he told of bags of blood being sneaked into Tour de France hotels, experiments with insulin

Few drug tests for golfers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Few drug tests for golfers ASSOCIATED PRESS ARIZONA The player most likely to be subjected to rigorous testing under the PGA Tour’s an-ti-doping programme would figure to be Tiger Woods, one of the world’s top sports stars. But the 14-time Major champion has revealed that he had never been tested

Rory hits back at Faldo [ARTICLE]

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Rory hits back at Faldo REUTERS ARIZONA Rory McIlroy may have just two Majors to Nick Faldo’s six, but that has not stopped the 23-year-old from reacting angrily to a suggestion that his switch from Titleist to Nike golf clubs was a mistake. “Rory went from rookie of the year

SEA GAMES CHIEF LAYS DOWN LAW [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SEA GAMES CHIEF LAYS DOWN LAW Chef de mission to Myanmar wants officials to be fully prepared By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg THE first thing Annabel Pennefather did after being announced as the chef de mission of Singapore’s contingent to December’s SEA Games in Myanmar was to apologise. “If you were

D’Arcy says buck stops with swimmers [ARTICLE]

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D’Arcy says buck stops with swimmers REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY Nick D’Arcy believes his fellow swimmers have to take responsibility for Australia’s disappointment in the London Olympic pool last year rather than blaming coaches and team management. The controversial 25-year-old, who crashed out of the 200m butterfly in the semi-fi-nals

Growing pains harden MMA fighter Ng [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Growing pains harden MMA fighter Ng By CHAN U-GENE ugenec@sph.com.sg GROWING up in tough conditions has made Eddie Ng a tough fighter a point he wants to deliver when he takes on Frenchman Arnaud Lepont at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in April’s Kings and Champions One FC event. The 26-year-old,

SCORES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SCORES Basketball NBA Washington 88 Toronto 96, Orlando 92 Charlotte 105, Brooklyn 113 Milwaukee 111 (OT), Detroit 91 Memphis 105, New Orleans 87 Chicago 96, Denver 97 Boston 90, Utah 115 Golden State 101, Sacramento 102 San Antonio 108, Portland 98 Phoenix 102. Cricket 2nd ODI In Napier: New Zealand

FIFA URGES S’PORE TO ACT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FIFA URGES S’PORE TO ACT World football body wants alleged match-fixer Dan Tan to face justice ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE KUALA LUMPUR Fifa has again called for the Singapore authorities to do more to arrest alleged match-fixer Tan Seet Eng, but insisted that there was no reason to take

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Serena follows Azarenka out [ARTICLE]

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Serena follows Azarenka out ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI American tennis star Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Dubai Championships because of a lower back injury. The 31-year-old took over the No. 1 ranking last week in Qatar, the sixth time in her career she has been the top-ranked player in the

Maradona has dreams of future [ARTICLE]

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Maradona has dreams of future REUTERS BUENOS AIRES Diego Maradona dreams of seeing his newborn son Diego Fernando playing for Argentina with the sons of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, he said on Tuesday. Maradona’s former girlfriend Victoria Ojeda gave birth to Diego Fernando in Buenos Aires last week. Messi’s

Mayweather inks rich fight deal [ARTICLE]

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Mayweather inks rich fight deal REUTERS NEW YORK Eight-time world champion Floyd Mayweather has left HBO in favour of a 30-month, six-fight deal with Showtime and its parent company CBS in what is being called the richest pact in boxing history. Financial terms of the deal between the undefeated boxer

Wrestling champ in IOC protest [ARTICLE]

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Wrestling champ in IOC protest REUTERS SOFIA Bulgarian wrestling federation president Valentin Yordanov sent back his Olympic gold from the 1996 Atlanta Games yesterday, protesting against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) recommendation to drop the sport from the Games. “As a sign of protest I am returning my gold medal,

US varsity gives stadium bad name [ARTICLE]

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US varsity gives stadium bad name NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK A university in Florida has caused a stir for naming its stadium after a prison company. Florida Atlantic University renamed its football building GEO Group Stadium for a US$6 million (S$7.4 million) gift on Tuesday. “This is an example

GOALS APLENTY BUT FANS RATHER FEW [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GOALS APLENTY BUT FANS RATHER FEW New S-League season gets off to good start but turnout still low By WANG MENG MENG meng@sph.com.sg THE new Great Eastern-Yeo’s S-League season opened with a bang yesterday; too bad it was watched by just 1,053 spectators. At the Bedok Stadium, defending champions Tampines

Downcast Nani may leave but not Anderson [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Downcast Nani may leave but not Anderson AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Praise from Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson following his FA Cup heroics against Reading on Monday has not convinced Luis Nani that he has a future at Old Trafford. The winger, who failed to mark his opening goal with his

Man City chief accused of spying on former Barca colleagues [ARTICLE]

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Man City chief accused of spying on former Barca colleagues THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has become embroiled in controversial allegations that he spied on his former colleagues at Barcelona in a plot to quash leaks that could destabilise the regime of Joan Laporta, the

Benitez pines for return to Real ‘sweetheart’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Benitez pines for return to Real ‘sweetheart’ LONDON Rafael Benitez has openly courted Real Madrid as he prepares to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, describing the club where he began his career as his “sweetheart”. The Spanish giants are set to choose Jose Mourinho’s successor at the

Marseille do not fear Beckham [ARTICLE]

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Marseille do not fear Beckham ASSOCIATED PRESS MARSEILLE David Beckham might be making his highly-antici-pated debut with Paris Saint-Ger-main on Sunday, but his Marseille opponents have been quick to downplay his footballing relevance. Marseille midfielder Joey Barton took the opening swipe by saying that PSG’s new star signing was no

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Directing without words [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Directing without words The Last Stand’s Kim Ji Woon used sign and body language to communicate with his international cast Alison de Souza In Los Angeles stlife@sph.com.sg How did South Korean director Kim Ji Woon, who does not speak a lick of English, manage to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and

Getting into the head of state [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Getting into the head of state Will Lawrence In Toronto It is a tale of two American presidents portrayed on film in the same year. Daniel Day-Lewis has already won Golden Globe and Bafta awards for playing the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in Lincoln. A Best

American who explained Japan to the world [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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American who explained Japan to the world Obituary New York Times Washington Post Reuters Tokyo Donald Richie (right), a prominent American critic and writer on Japan, helped introduce much of the English-speaking world to the golden age of Japanese cinema. He and critic Joseph L. Anderson published The Japanese Film:

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WOMEN who ROCK [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WOMEN who ROCK Females are taking centrestage on the indie music scene Melissa Kok melk@sph.com.sg Girl power is rocking the local music scene. A new wave of young bands has just released, or is soon releasing, EPs and albums and most have at least one female musician. What is more,

Festival fiasco made good [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Festival fiasco made good SEYRA Singer-songwriter Sarah Ismail started out on her own with her guitar, belting out acoustic ballads in the comfort of her bedroom back in 2009. But “boredom”, as the 29-year-old puts it, made her rope in three more musicians and start a band proper, performing under

The dark side of the feminine [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The dark side of the feminine OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB This band of five members include three female musicians drummer Lennat Mak, 33, lead vocalist and songwriter Lee Yin Qi, 29, and guitarist Cherie Ko, 21. Mak and Lee have been with the band since they formed in 2011, while Ko

Girl guitarist strums hot and heavy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Girl guitarist strums hot and heavy THE SUMMER STATE Home-grown band The Summer State are known for the power-chord pop-punk melodies, and one of the guitars driving their sound is played by Victoria Chew, aged 21. Their music can get pretty heavy and fast-paced, something that seems unexpected coming from

Females with an edgy sound [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Females with an edgy sound SAPPORO SAFARIS Keyboardist Jacqueline Ho, 23, and horn player Cheryl Lim, 21, make up the female contingent of eight-piece folk-pop act Sapporo Safaris. And they lend a modern edge to the band’s overall sound. As frontman Kevin Ho, 23, puts it: “J a c q

RELEASES FROM LOCAL INDIE BANDS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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RELEASES FROM LOCAL INDIE BANDS SAPPORO SAFARIS What: An eight-piece collective that fuse feel-good folk, pop and horn-filled melodies and choruses meant for the audience to sing along to. Title: Figures Of Eight, released last month Find them: Go to sapporosafaris. bandcamp.com SEYRA What: A folk-pop quartet that will charm

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘Everyone’s got lovely teeth, so you don’t want to smile. Everyone’s ripped, so you start working out at four in the morning and eating egg-white omelettes’ Downton Abbey actor Rob James-Collier on Beverly Hills ‘My grandkids always beat me at Rock Band. And I say, “Listen,

Peer into the Blue yonder [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Peer into the Blue yonder Life lessons from the reissued albums of Scotland’s The Blue Nile Sound Bites Yeow Kai Chai kaichai@sph.com.sg As the nation gets heated up over the Population White Paper and what constitutes the Singaporean core, why not take a breather, put on some Hats and take

Delevingne’s the face to watch on runways [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Delevingne’s the face to watch on runways Reuters London As hundreds of models have strutted down catwalks in New York and London this month for the fall fashion shows, one face has emerged from the crowd British model Cara Delevingne. At New York Fashion Week last week, the 20-year-old walked

Ah Boys 2 is No. 1 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ah Boys 2 is No. 1 Sequel breaks its predecessor’s box-office record at $6.29 million Yip Wai Yee yipwy@sph.com.sg Director Jack Neo’s Ah Boys To Men 2 is now Singapore’s No. 1 top-grossing local movie of all time. As of Tuesday night, it had earned $6.297 million in box-office takings,

Les Miz heads back to Broadway [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Les Miz heads back to Broadway New York Times New York A new stage version of the blockbuster musical Les Miserables will open on Broadway in March next year in an attempt to capitalise on the popularity of the Oscar-nominated film, producer Cameron Mackintosh said on Tuesday. The reconceived musical

Watch Singapore short films online [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Watch Singapore short films online SGFilm Channel on YouTube will offer 40 works in its first year Boon Chan Media correspondent bchan@sph.com.sg Youreadaboutanaward-winning short film by a local film-maker but then have no idea where to watch it. But now, a new channel on ouTube offering short films by local

Say Hello! to Japan channel [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Say Hello! to Japan channel Boon Chan Say hello to a new channel offering Japanese entertainment and pop culture around the clock. Hello! Japan will launch next Monday as a free channel on StarHub. The 24-hour Channel 149 will broadcast a wide range of content, from animation to movies to

Humour in troubled waters [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Humour in troubled waters Inbound Troubles pokes gentle fun at Hong Kong’s overwhelming influx of Chinese visitors Telemad Foong Woei Wan woeiwan@sph.com.sg In the 1990 film Her Fatal Ways, Carol Cheng’s Chinese communist policewoman is sent to Hong Kong, where she is not so much shocked as puzzled by the

Bland and cold vision of tragedy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bland and cold vision of tragedy Corrie Tan Review Theatre ANTIGONE Li Liuyi Theatre Studio (China) Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts Esplanade Theatre/Tuesday There are clues aplenty as to how the works of the ancient Greeks might have been performed in the splendour of an outdoor arena that could hold

Picking songs like picking dresses [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Picking songs like picking dresses Indian vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar chooses songs according to his mood Sarah Roxanne Sim sarahsim@sph.com.sg Singapore audiences will get another chance to see wellknown Indian classical vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar, who last performed here five years ago. The 43-year-old, whose music career spans more than 25 years,

Audience troop on stage with placards declaring love for piano duo [ARTICLE]

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Audience troop on stage with placards declaring love for piano duo Chang Tou Liang Review Concert 4 HAND PIANO CONCERT Helen Lee Tong-Il Han, Piano Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Recital Hall/Tuesday It is a supreme irony that one of the world’s greatest composers, Franz Schubert (1797-1828), never got to

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Kate fans jump to her defence [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Kate fans jump to her defence Associated Press New York Times London Booker prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel’s comments on the former Kate Middleton turned into dinner-table talk across Britain, with even the prime minister weighing in on the matter. Mr David Cameron on a trip to India on Tuesday said

Korean actor accused of rape [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Korean actor accused of rape Seoul Top Korean actor Park Si Hoo (below) has been accused of rape by an aspiring starlet and will present himself for questioning this week, police said. Police said Park, 36, failed to obey a police summons for questioning on Tuesday, the Chosun Ilbo daily

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Eat right and exercise to stay healthy LEE HUI CHIEH Editor huichieh@sph.com.sg Most people probably know this: Obesity raises the risk of many physical diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Excess weight has been linked to fat deposits in the arteries. Men aged between 40

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Extra folic acid may reduce risk of autism [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Extra folic acid may reduce risk of autism Reuters Women who took extra folic acid in the weeks before and just after becoming pregnant were less likely to have a child with autism, a new study from Norway has found. As the lack of folic acid, also known as vitamin

Smoking bans linked to drop in preterm births [ARTICLE]

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Smoking bans linked to drop in preterm births Reuters Banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to lower rates of preterm birth (births of babies before 37 weeks of gestation), researchers in Belgium have found. It is well known that smoking during pregnancy can stunt the growth of unborn

Study confirms food-diabetes link [ARTICLE]

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Study confirms food-diabetes link Reuters People who eat a lot of food that results in blood sugar spiking quickly have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, a new study has found. The report analysed 24 studies published since 1997 that tracked what 125,000 adults ate.

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Grief hurts but heals too [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Grief hurts but heals too DR JAMES LOW low.James.yh@alexandrahealth.com.sg Dr James Low is a senior consultant and palliative care physician at the department of geriatric medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He is a fellow of the professional bodies of medical specialists, the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) and Royal College

Healthy Spaces

How to read a food label [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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How to read a food label Understanding the information on food packaging can help you make healthier choices. Lea Wee reports Lea Wee leawee@sph.com.sg Looking for healthier bread or cheese at the supermarket, but at a loss as to where to start? You can get some clues from food labels,

Decoding nutrition information [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Decoding nutrition information Source: Ms Lynette Goh, a senior dietitian at the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics CALORIE CLAIMS Calorie or energy-free: The product contains 5 kilocalories (kcal) or less per serving. Low calorie: The product contains less than 40kcal per serving or for drinks, less than 8kcal per 100ml. Tip:

Bread and butter issues [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bread and butter issues Mind Your Body tails Ms Lynette Goh, a senior dietitian at the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, as she tours a supermarket and shares tips on what to look out for on food labels. DAIRY AND CALCIUM-FORTIFIED PRODUCTS Milk, milk products and calcium-fortified soya products are good

Facebook fans on how they read food labels [ARTICLE]

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Facebook fans on how they read food labels facebook I read food labels every day as I am concerned about my calorie intake. I am overweight and monitoring my serving sizes and calories is my primary method of losing weight. Also, reading food labels helps me to choose nutrition-dense food.

Cover Story

Fending off dementia [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fending off dementia More evidence has emerged that there are ways, other than pill popping, which can slow down the march of this degenerative brain disease LEA WEE leawee@sph.com.sg Several strides have been made in recent years to knock down the notion that there is no life for people after

Ways to maintain your brain reserve [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ways to maintain your brain reserve Lea Wee At least two hospitals here have rolled out programmes which combine physical and mentally stimulating exercises to enhance their patients’ functions and keep dementia at bay. The National University Hospital (NUH) introduced a United States-based programme called the Acute Care Of The

The Pro

A bridge to healing [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A bridge to healing Medical social worker Esther Lim tells Joan Chew how she helps patients and families handle crises Joan Chew joanchew@sph.com.sg I specialise in suicide and crisis intervention because... When I was working in the emergency department years ago, I saw how a crisis, such as a life-threatening

Ask The Experts

Momentary deafness when he sits up in bed [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Momentary deafness when he sits up in bed DR DAVID LAU consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Raffles ENT Centre at Raffles Hospital QI am a 66-year-old man. A decade ago, I suffered sudden hearing loss followed by tinnitus (ringing in the ear) in my left ear. My

Are my mood swings due to menopause or bipolar disorder? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Are my mood swings due to menopause or bipolar disorder? DR CORNELIA CHEE director and senior consultant at the Women’s Emotional Health Service at National University Hospital QI am suffering from bipolar disorder and have been prescribed long-term psychiatric medication. My menstruation has not been regular. As I am approaching

Herbal Help

Fruit remedy for coughs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fruit remedy for coughs The popular luohanguo clears ‘heaty’ lungs to relieve a sore throat. JOAN CHEW reports reports JOAN CHEW joanchew@sph.com.sg WHAT IT IS: The Siraitia grosvenorii, a species of herbaceous perennial vine native to southern China, is well known for its fruit. The arhat fruit, or luohanguo in

No harm using arhat fruit to make soothing drink [ARTICLE]

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No harm using arhat fruit to make soothing drink MAINSTREAM MEDICINE SAYS There is no harm in using the arhat fruit to sweeten a warm drink to hydrate the throat, even though doctors do not prescribe the fruit to treat a sore throat, said Dr Nelson Chee, an ear, nose

Eat To Live

The many uses of salt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The many uses of salt KITCHEN Sylvia Tan Salt brings out flavour in food, but this everyday ingredient also has myriad other uses including cleaning. While no one is thinking of cleaning now that the Chinese New Year season is ending in three days, file this away for when you

Beef up your salad [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Beef up your salad Extra-lean cuts of beef add protein to a dish of greens SYLVIA TAN wdspice@gmail.com Sylvia Tan is a freelance writer. We are at the tail end of Chinese New Year and eating will be stripped down, at least in my household. So meals will contain no

Fit & Fab

Eat clean and train mean [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Eat clean and train mean Trainer, gym owner and champion Kettlebeller David Devito tells Ng Wan Ching about his dedication to fitness Ng Wan Ching wanching@sph.com.sg What do you do to keep fit? In my world, being fit means having endurance, stamina, strength, power, speed, coordination and flexibility. That is

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S SPECIAL NATAS TRAVEL 2013

Jewels of the Emirates [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jewels of the Emirates Zackaria Abdul Rahim wakes up to a different city every day during his cruise holiday Zackaria Abdul Rahim WITH seven days at sea discovering the “Jewels of the Emirates”, I thought I would have plenty of time to finish reading the hefty tome Les Miserables. But

Turkmen adventure [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Turkmen adventure roughs it out on the road less travelled to Turkmenistan James Cheah NESTLED between the “Stans” of the Uzbek, Afghan and Kazakh peoples, with Iran running along its southern border, Turkmenistan lies at the heart of Central Asia along the famed Silk Road of times past. We arrived

Trekking in Lombok [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Trekking in Lombok Kok Siew Huan scales the challenging Mount Rinjani before chilling out at the Gili islands Kok Siew Huan BALI comes to mind when you mention a holiday in Indonesia that takes in both the mountains and the beaches. Lombok, the lesser known of the two islands, has

Myanmar refreshed [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Myanmar refreshed Uma Venkatraman finds precious stones, gilded statues and majestic pagodas in the once-reclusive state that’s opening a new chapter in its chequered history Uma Venkatraman RUBIES and jade those were the two things that came immediately to mind before my trip to Myanmar. And democracy leader Aung San

The other side of Laos [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The other side of Laos Visiting the communist state in the heart of South-east Asia is a step back in time for Lim Yann Ling Lim Yann Ling THE aim of the eight-day Lao Explorer journey, read our Universal Travel package brochure, was to uncover “the other side” of Laos