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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013 126 PAGES IN FIVE PARTS TO SUBSCRIBE: 6388-3838 www.sphsubscription.com.sg 90 cents A Singapore Press Holdings publication MCI (P) 050/02/2013

6 more hospitals, lower medical bills [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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6 more hospitals, lower medical bills Govt to boost facilities and pay bigger share of health-care costs By SALMA KHALIK SENIOR HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma SIX more general hospitals and up to 14 more polyclinics will be built by 2030 as the Ministry of Health (MOH) ramps up facilities to

Incentives to ensure buses run on time [ARTICLE]

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Incentives to ensure buses run on time By CHRISTOPHER TAN SENIOR TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT christan@sph.com.sg AFTER years of wielding the stick to get bus operators to improve service standards, the Government is changing tack with carrots. A bus quality incentive framework it is launching mirrors a car-rot-and-stick approach taken by other

Heavy-vehicle crashes worrying [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heavy-vehicle crashes worrying AN ELDERLY motorcyclist has become the latest person to die in an accident involving heavy vehicles in the last three months. The death of Mr Buman Abdullah (above), who was hit by a lorry in Tuas, has renewed calls for more to be done to improve road

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Contractor’s woes may hit projects [ARTICLE]

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Contractor’s woes may hit projects Poh Lian Construction buys more time to sort out its problems By RACHEL SCULLY rjscully@sph.com.sg SEVERAL hundred million dollars worth of projects could be delayed after soaring costs forced Poh Lian Construction to seek breathing space from creditors. The long-established player whose office is near

CARDINALS GATHER TO VOTE: Cardinals celebrate mass in St Peter’s Basilica as uncertainty continues to swirl over the next leader of the Catholic Church. The conclave to elect the next pope began yesterday, with the cardinals sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel. L WORLD A19 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CARDINALS GATHER TO VOTE: Cardinals celebrate mass in St Peter’s Basilica as uncertainty continues to swirl over the next leader of the Catholic Church. The conclave to elect the next pope began yesterday, with the cardinals sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel. L WORLD A19 PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Some firms won’t pass on wage subsidy [ARTICLE]

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Some firms won’t pass on wage subsidy 75% of around 50 firms surveyed will give staff same pay rises as last year By AARON LOW ASSISTANT MONEY EDITOR aaronl@sph.com.sg SOME employers are unlikely to pass government-supported wage subsidies unveiled in the Budget on to workers and will keep any savings

New licensing rule to raise standards of cleaning firms [ARTICLE]

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New licensing rule to raise standards of cleaning firms By JANICE HENG janiceh@sph.com.sg ALL cleaning firms are set to be licensed from next year, in a move aimed at giving them better training and employment conditions. This will be a requirement under a law the Ministry of the Environment and

No more $3 admin fee for using Medisave [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No more $3 admin fee for using Medisave By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg PATIENTS will no longer have to pay a $3 administrative fee each time they use Medisave to pay for medical treatment. The announcement by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday was greeted with applause in Parliament, and

More bus lanes and bigger stops [ARTICLE]

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More bus lanes and bigger stops Bus priority schemes to be expanded to boost speeds and reliability By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg THE Government will spend $50 million over the next two years to give buses more priority on the roads, in a bid to improve bus speeds and reliability. It

Two-room flats may not appeal to many singles [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Two-room flats may not appeal to many singles By RACHEL CHANG rchang@sph.com.sg GOING by the numbers alone, the next launch of two-room Housing Board flats in July could be massively over-subscribed as a result of the recent move to allow singles to buy the units. Eight in 10 working singles

Ma names man who won daughter’s hand [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ma names man who won daughter’s hand By LEE SEOK HWAI TAIWAN CORRESPONDENT seokhwai@sph.com.sg TAIPEI Is she spoken for? Who is the groom and is he Taiwanese? Has he done his military service? For days, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s office has been buffeted by demands that he reveal the identity

Police to share evidence with FBI [ARTICLE]

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Police to share evidence with FBI By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S police said that they will share evidence with the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in probing the disputed death of American researcher Shane Todd last year. They will take into account any information and evidence gathered by

Anwar gives assurance of strong S’pore ties [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Anwar gives assurance of strong S’pore ties Opposition leader dispels fears that bilateral ties will be hit if there is a change of govt By CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Dismissing fears that Malaysia-Singapore ties might suffer in the event of a government change in Putrajaya, opposition

Japan extracts ‘fire ice’ gas from seabed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan extracts ‘fire ice’ gas from seabed AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO Japan, which imports almost all its energy, said it had successfully extracted methane hydrate, known as “fire ice”, from its seabed, possibly unlocking many years’ worth of gas for the resource-starved country. In what it is claiming as a world

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‘Hold it’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Hold it’ Yangon aims to preserve city’s character with new zoning law By NIRMAL GHOSH INDOCHINA BUREAU CHIEF nirmal@sph.com.sg YANGON A new zoning law expected to come into force by May will restrict the height of buildings in Yangon’s historic downtown district putting a crimp in the plans of investors

Myanmar cops used phosphorus in protest crackdown [ARTICLE]

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Myanmar cops used phosphorus in protest crackdown ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE YANGON Myanmar police used phosphorus in a crackdown on a rally against a copper mine last year, a parliamentary report led by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed. During the anti-mine protests in November, 108 people were left

Call for unity as cardinals set to vote [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Call for unity as cardinals set to vote ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY Cardinals yesterday heard a final appeal for unity before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong

China to US: Let’s meet over hacking [ARTICLE]

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China to US: Let’s meet over hacking Move follows US official’s call to stop cyber attacks REUTERS WASHINGTON POST BEIJING China has offered to talk to the United States about cyber security, hours after a senior US official called on Beijing to halt its persistent theft of trade secrets and

Snowstorm freezes travel in Europe [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Snowstorm freezes travel in Europe Heavy snowfall hits commuters, 2 deaths reported in France REUTERS BLOOMBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Frankfurt’s airport closed, trains stopped running under the English Channel, and hundreds of British and French drivers spent the night in their cars after an overnight snowstorm hit north-western Europe. In

Drug companies to help Interpol fight fake medicine [ARTICLE]

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Drug companies to help Interpol fight fake medicine AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON More than two dozen of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and other support to Interpol’s battle against counterfeit prescription drugs. A new programme at Interpol aims to help health agencies, police and Customs bureaus

Blow to NY mayor’s soft drink ban [ARTICLE]

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Blow to NY mayor’s soft drink ban Court strikes down Bloomberg’s plan to limit size of sugary drinks for sale ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK TIMES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE NEW YORK New York’s health-minded mayor, Mr Michael Bloomberg, has suffered a blow to one of his most cherished endeavours with the decision

British couple jailed after wife exposes cover-up plot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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British couple jailed after wife exposes cover-up plot SENSATIONAL TRIALS ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON A sensational trial that featured a leading politician, his extramarital affair, a speeding ticket, his now-divorced wife and her decision to wreak revenge has ended with both of them sent to prison. At Southwark Crown Court in

Canadian Psycho in court for hearing on murder case [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Canadian Psycho in court for hearing on murder case AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MONTREAL An ex-porn actor dubbed the Canadian Psycho and charged with the grisly murder and dismembering of a Chinese man has appeared in a Montreal court for a hearing on whether a trial can proceed. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30,

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Hackers post US First Lady’s data [ARTICLE]

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Hackers post US First Lady’s data AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON Hackers have posted online what they say are personal data and credit files of US First Lady Michelle Obama, FBI chief Robert Mueller and celebrities including Beyonce and Jay-Z. The website posted what appeared to be reports from the leading credit

Australia plans media law reform [ARTICLE]

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Australia plans media law reform AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY Australia plans a shake-up of media laws but will stop short of press regulation. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the reforms are aimed at modernising the industry and guarding fairness and diversity. A public interest test to “nationally significant” mergers and acquisitions

S’pore envoy for Ionescu hearing [ARTICLE]

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S’pore envoy for Ionescu hearing SINGAPORE’S Special Envoy to Romania Ong Eng Chuan will attend today’s hearing in the trial of Silviu Ionescu, 51, the former Romanian Charge d’Affaires in Singapore. He will be accompanied by a representative from the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore. Ionescu is on trial for two

Jan factory output drops 1.5% in UK [ARTICLE]

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Jan factory output drops 1.5% in UK India’s production rises a surprising 2.4%, indicating modest recovery AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Britain’s manufacturing output slumped by 1.5 per cent in January compared with December, official data showed, dealing a fresh blow to the country’s hopes of avoiding a fresh recession. It was

SPH wins award for business excellence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SPH wins award for business excellence Singapore Press Holdings executive vice-president of cultural industry promotion Seow Choke Meng (right) receiving a Global Chinese Business 1,000 Award on behalf of SPH yesterday from Mr Francis Tiong, group chief executive officer of Media Chinese International, the publisher of Hong Kong-based magazine Yazhou

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Floating village on the Thames? [ARTICLE]

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Floating village on the Thames? BLOOMBERG LONDON London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to create a village that floats on the River Thames as the capital strives to develop derelict industrial sites on its eastern waterfront. The mayor is starting an international competition for developers for the project, which will float

Bakrieland avoids default [ARTICLE]

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Bakrieland avoids default REUTERS JAKARTA Indonesian property firm PT Bakrieland Development obtained last-minute funding yesterday to redeem a 280 billion rupiah (S$36 million) bond, avoiding default in the latest of a series of financial troubles to befall the Bakrie Group conglomerate. Shares in Bakrieland were suspended on Monday by the

Workers strike at Oman airport [ARTICLE]

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Workers strike at Oman airport REUTERS MUSCAT Thousands of South Asian labourers working on the expansion of Muscat airport downed tools yesterday in a rare strike to demand better safety conditions after a worker died in an accident, a company official and workers said. The work stoppage is likely to

Abu Dhabi, Malaysia ink billion-dollar deals [ARTICLE]

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Abu Dhabi, Malaysia ink billion-dollar deals AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR Abu Dhabi has struck deals worth billions of dollars with Malaysia as Kuala Lumpur seeks investment to boost the economy before polls due by June. The deals were announced after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met United Arab Emirates

China’s wealth management products probed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China’s wealth management products probed Banking regulator focuses on products which could lead to illegal operations BANKING UNDER SCRUTINY REUTERS SHANGHAI China’s banking regulator has launched a nationwide probe of banks’ wealth management products, the China Securities Journal reported, citing unidentified sources. The inspection by the China Banking Regulatory Commission

UK rejects stiffer bank leverage proposals [ARTICLE]

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UK rejects stiffer bank leverage proposals REUTERS LONDON Britain will resist calls to impose far stricter rules on how much banks can leverage their capital for investments and lending, insisting that there is no need to do so before 2018. The government is forcing banks to limit leverage to 33

Obama’s request on IMF funding rebuffed [ARTICLE]

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Obama’s request on IMF funding rebuffed REUTERS WASHINGTON Lawmakers have rebuffed a request by the Obama administration to approve a permanent increase in United States funding to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a setback for IMF reforms to boost the voting power of emerging economies. The reforms need congressional

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In the dock: overcrowded jails, years-long trials [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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In the dock: overcrowded jails, years-long trials Renewed focus on criminal justice system after man’s death DEATH OF INDIAN GANG-RAPE ACCUSED IN PRISON By NIRMALA GANAPATHY INDIA CORRESPONDENT gnirmala@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI The death in prison of an accused in the Delhi gang-rape case has brought the conditions of India’s overcrowded,

Idyllic village life marred by violence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Idyllic village life marred by violence By LESTER KONG MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT lestkong@sph.com.sg SEMPORNA Signs of the shootout were obvious in a now lifeless part of this sea village off Sabah’s east coast, once home to hundreds of Bajau and Suluk folk. As I teetered on the narrow, rickety walkway above

Permanent base to be set up in Sabah [ARTICLE]

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Permanent base to be set up in Sabah Lahad Datu facility will keep tabs on militant situation; soldier killed By LESTER KONG MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT lestkong@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will set up a permanent coastal base in the Lahad Datu district in Sabah, two hours away from where Sulu militants continue

Abe to mark end of post-war US occupation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Abe to mark end of post-war US occupation Fulfilling his poll promise, Restoration of Sovereignty Day will be held on April 28 REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keeping his election pledge to introduce a Restoration of Sovereignty Day to mark the end of seven years

Quake ceremony: China’s absence ‘disappointing’ [ARTICLE]

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Quake ceremony: China’s absence ‘disappointing’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TOKYO Japan has expressed disappointment at China’s absence from a ceremony marking the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake and tsunami. China’s apparent snub comes amid high tensions as both countries bicker over a set of nearby islands known as Senkaku in Japan

Beijing plans to survey disputed islands [ARTICLE]

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Beijing plans to survey disputed islands ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING China has announced plans to survey the Diaoyu Islands that Japan claims as the Senkakus, in Beijing’s clearest statement yet that it intends to set foot on the Japanese-controlled territory. At an “appropriate time”, China will send a team

Kim threatens strike on S. Korean isle [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kim threatens strike on S. Korean isle Latest threat to border island has weight of precedent AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un threatened to “wipe out” a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire from American sanctions and United Nations charges of

Rodman to holiday with Kim Jong Un? [ARTICLE]

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Rodman to holiday with Kim Jong Un? AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WASHINGTON The odd couple is getting odder: First, Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un take in a hoops game side by side. Now, they are reportedly planning a holiday together. The flamboyant 51-year-old former NBA star, who announced

HK woman jailed for 10 years for laundering $1b [ARTICLE]

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HK woman jailed for 10 years for laundering $1b REUTERS HONG KONG A Hong Kong public housing tenant was jailed for 10 years yesterday for laundering more than HK$6.8 billion (S$1.1 billion) through nine banks just two months after a mainland Chinese was imprisoned in the city’s biggest such case.

Shanghai river ‘clear’ of dead pigs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Shanghai river ‘clear’ of dead pigs City says it has restored clean water, no sign of diseased pork in markets BLOOMBERG XINHUA NEW YORK TIMES SHANGHAI Clean water has been restored to the parts of a river that runs through Shanghai from which thousands of dead pigs were retrieved, said

China trims fat from meetings [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China trims fat from meetings Annual political sessions focus on substance, not style, as frugality rules By HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Kor Kian Beng and Grace Ng BEIJING It is a mouthful to say the National People’s Congress (NPC) or the Chinese People’s Political Consultative

Cinematic flops suggest fading of a Chinese icon [ARTICLE]

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Cinematic flops suggest fading of a Chinese icon NEW YORK TIMES BEIJING It has been five decades since Mao Zedong decreed that altruistic soldier Lei Feng should be a shining star in the Communist Party’s constellation of propaganda heroes. But last week, on the 50th anniversary of that proclamation, came

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Changi’s challenge from new hubs [ARTICLE]

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China watching: Then and now [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China watching: Then and now China watching has been an arcane art more than a science since the Cold War. A new breed of scholars has made it more rigorous but its past legacy lingers. By JOHN WONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES The writer is professorial fellow at the East

Chasing the biggest story of his life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chasing the biggest story of his life Veteran newsman Andy Lack says his current job of trying to integrate all media platforms at Bloomberg is his hardest yet By CHEONG SUK-WAI SENIOR WRITER suk@sph.com.sg IN A career spanning the dawn of the famous news show 60 Minutes to the 2008

Looking at a brand new future... in 3-D [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Looking at a brand new future... in 3-D By NAYAN CHANDA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES stopinion@sph.com.sg The author is director of publications at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation and editor of YaleGlobal Online. WITHIN hours of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last month, the

CIA’s one-time Lao base still shrouded in secrecy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CIA’s one-time Lao base still shrouded in secrecy By JOHN MCBETH SENIOR WRITER thane.cawdor@gmail.com ELECTRICITYandanunsealed road now run through what was once known as Lima Site (LS) 20A. But 38 years after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) abandoned its secret Long Tieng base in one of the last acts of

The Iraq War – 10 years later [ARTICLE]

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The Iraq War 10 years later By JOSEPH S. NYE PROJECT SYNDICATE THIS month marks the 10th anniversary of the controversial Ameri-can-led invasion of Iraq. What has that decision wrought over the last decade? More important, was the decision to invade rightly made? On the positive side, analysts point to

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It hurts those it’s supposed to help [ARTICLE]

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It hurts those it’s supposed to help DRAWBACKS OF MINIMUM WAGE Patrick Liew Siow Gian I CONCUR with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam that we should not implement a minimum wage ‘It takes time before gains can be seen’ last Saturday). Wages should be dictated by free market forces, which

Better to focus efforts on ensuring social mobility: NMP [ARTICLE]

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Better to focus efforts on ensuring social mobility: NMP Eugene Tan Eugene Tan (Assistant Professor) Nominated Member of Parliament I AGREE with the thrust of Mr Jonathan Leaw Yee Guan’s arguments (“Benefits of a more progressive tax structure”; last Saturday). There is a role for redistribution, and wealth taxes, in

Maid placement fees: Employment agency group responds [ARTICLE]

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Maid placement fees: Employment agency group responds K. Jayaprema (Ms) President Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) MAID placement fees have two components overseas supplier costs incurred to recruit, train and process out the maid; and the local employment agency service fee to find an employer for the maid, process the

Cost of living goes up for all [ARTICLE]

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Cost of living goes up for all Ng Yan Ling (Ms) LABOUR chief Lim Swee Say is right to reject renewed calls from MPs for a minimum wage system (“S’pore wage model better: Swee Say”; last Thursday). I have lived in both Hong Kong and Singapore, and have seen how

Plans to measure broadband performance of all ISPs [ARTICLE]

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Plans to measure broadband performance of all ISPs Zohria Nunis (Ms) Assistant Manager, Corporate Marketing Communication Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore CONSUMERS have different considerations when choosing broadband plans offered in the market, and they can refer to the various studies of broadband performance offered by the industry (“Smaller ISPs

Consider serious impact on owners [ARTICLE]

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Consider serious impact on owners HDB FLAT BUYBACK SUGGESTION Francis Cheng THE suggestion to allow HDB flats to be sold back only to the Housing Board, with minimal capital gains, will have a severe impact on all HDB flat owners if it is implemented (“Khaw shares ideas to lower prices

Do more to meet housing needs of singles [ARTICLE]

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Do more to meet housing needs of singles Alvin Ang Han Cheang I AM disappointed at the new housing policy for singles, who will be restricted to buying only two-room HDB flats in non-mature estates, and whose monthly income cannot exceed $5,000 (“Singles can soon buy flats from HDB; last

‘Guaranteed’ COE for family nucleus: Lina Chiam replies [ARTICLE]

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‘Guaranteed’ COE for family nucleus: Lina Chiam replies Lina Chiam (Mrs) Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Chairman, Singapore People’s Party THE article (“Time for reality check amid calls to spend more”; last Thursday) cited my speech in Parliament during the debate on the Budget 2013 statement, in which I mentioned that

FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE 1. MR RAJASEGARAN RAMASAMY: Tread carefully on HDB flat buyback rule. 2. MR MARCUS WONG: Tighten policy on HDB flat rentals. 3. MR TAN KIN LIAN: Set up portal for sale of cheaper flats. 4. MR KWAN JIN YAO: Let students learn more about donors. 5. MR SOH

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(Meditation) NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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(Meditation) NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM ACM opens its spaces for classes after hours By JANICE TAI jantai@sph.com.sg THE silence of the empty gallery at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is punctuated by a calm voice. Along the aisles lined with artefacts, 15 listeners are silently following its instructions to focus

Heavy vehicle claims another life [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Heavy vehicle claims another life More training for drivers urged as such vehicles are harder to control By MARYAM MOKHTAR maryamm@sph.com.sg THE death of a 73-year-old motorcyclist after he was hit by a lorry on Monday has made it at least nine fatalities involving heavy vehicles in the last three

Promotion, tenure awards not a matter of politics: NTU president [ARTICLE]

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Promotion, tenure awards not a matter of politics: NTU president By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg NANYANG Technological University (NTU) president Bertil Andersson yesterday told students and faculty that the school’s promotions and tenure awards should be free of political considerations. In his annual State of the University address, delivered on campus,

Three firms bid for PAP town councils IT contract [ARTICLE]

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Three firms bid for PAP town councils IT contract By ROBIN CHAN chanckr@sph.com.sg THREE technology firms are bidding to develop and maintain a computer system for all the People’s Action Party-run town councils. The companies are NEC Asia Pacific, HCL Singapore and NCS, a wholly owned subsidiary of the SingTel

May 1 plan for second protest [ARTICLE]

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May 1 plan for second protest TESSA WONG THE man behind last month’s protest against the Population White Paper is planning another for May 1, hoping to draw twice the crowd. Mr Gilbert Goh, who runs the website Transitioning.org, wants to press the Government for more clarity and dialogue on

Sembawang, Nee Soon to each get own town council [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sembawang, Nee Soon to each get own town council Joint entity will be split to better cater to rapidly expanding GRCs By TESSA WONG twong@sph.com.sg THE Sembawang-Nee Soon Town Council (SNSTC) will split into two separate entities on April 1 so as to better manage the housing estates in its

How to better reward NSmen: ‘Give more cash’ [ARTICLE]

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How to better reward NSmen: ‘Give more cash’ Popular ideas from 100 Singaporeans include housing, health subsidies By HOE PEI SHAN really hpeishan@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Priscilla Kham, Tan Sue-Ann, Eugene Chua and Chen Jingjie MORE monetary incentives, please. That was by far the most popular suggestion among 100 Singaporeans

More help for those who have lost their sight [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More help for those who have lost their sight By MELODY ZACCHEUS melodyz@sph.com.sg STRUCK down by glaucoma early last year, Ms Patricia Chua, 30, holed herself up at home for six months after being left with just 10 per cent of her sight. “I made visits to hospital only for

Natas to accredit travel industry employees [ARTICLE]

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Natas to accredit travel industry employees Move aimed at raising professionalism in sector By JESSICA LIM limjess@sph.com.sg IN A bid to encourage travel industry employees to upgrade, the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas) has started accrediting individuals. Depending on their score, applicants will be conferred one of three

NUS launches new business analysis degree [ARTICLE]

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NUS launches new business analysis degree STACEY CHIA TO BOOST the pool of business analysts, the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be offering a new degree starting in August. The multidisciplinary Business Analytics programme will be based in the School of Computing. However, undergraduates will also have to take

35,000 set to make a splash for World Water Day [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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35,000 set to make a splash for World Water Day FENG ZENGKUN A RECORD turnout of 35,000 people is expected for Singapore’s World Water Day celebrations on Saturday including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who will help to form a giant “human water droplet”. Yoga sessions, walks, picnics, cycling, dragon

Soldier jailed for sex with minors [ARTICLE]

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Soldier jailed for sex with minors He got his girlfriend, 15, pregnant, then had sex with his cousin, 11 By ELENA CHONG COURT CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg AN ARMY regular, 21, who impregnated his 15-year-old girlfriend in 2008 and then had sex with his 11-year-old female cousin was yesterday jailed for a

Couple sues agency over underage killer maid [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Couple sues agency over underage killer maid By JOYCE LIM joycel@sph.com.sg A COUPLE allocated an underage maid who ended up killing their daughter is suing the worker’s employment agency for negligence. Nurhayati who goes by just one name was only 16 when she threw 12-year-old Linda Lee Yi Lin from

Ex-principal ‘unaware that fees went to coach’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ex-principal ‘unaware that fees went to coach’ EX-STTA OFFICIALS ON TRIAL By BRYNA SINGH brynasim@sph.com.sg A FORMER secondary school principal had no idea that money his school was paying the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) was being pocketed by a coach, a court heard yesterday. Mr Ong Kian Choon, 64,

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Plans for health-care expansion ‘on track’ [ARTICLE]

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Plans for health-care expansion ‘on track’ Staffing up by 8%; hospital and nursing home beds being added MINISTRY OF HEALTH By SALMA KHALIK SENIOR HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma SOME 3,700 health-care workers joined the sector last year, helping to keep on track the Government’s plans to expand both manpower and

Nursing homes must meet revised criteria for licence [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Nursing homes must meet revised criteria for licence By MELISSA PANG melpang@sph.com.sg NURSING homes will soon have to meet clearly defined criteria in areas ranging from fall prevention to financial management before they can get a licence. The new standards, which build on existing regulations and will be introduced by

THE Budget AND MY nursing home [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND MY nursing home Mr Tan Tzeh Phang Diagnosed with diabetes MELISSA PANG MR TAN Tzeh Phang, who is paralysed from the waist down, has lived in Ren Ci Nursing Home for six years. There is hardly a dull moment, with regular mahjong and karaoke sessions and excursions

Cigarettes: Out of sight, out of mind? [ARTICLE]

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Cigarettes: Out of sight, out of mind? By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg SHOPS could soon be barred from displaying cigarette packs for sale. Instead, they may have to sell them from “under the counter”. The Health Ministry will seek the public’s view on this dramatic measure, in a bid to

What price peace of mind for Singapore’s patients? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What price peace of mind for Singapore’s patients? FROM THE GALLERY By CHUA MUI HOONG OPINION EDITOR muihoong@sph.com.sg THE eureka moment in yesterday’s debate came at 6.05pm, when Mr Low Thia Khiang stood up near the end of debate on the Health Ministry’s budget. Debate on health-care spending has long

Two free health jabs for kids at polyclinics [ARTICLE]

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Two free health jabs for kids at polyclinics MINISTRY OF HEALTH By MELISSA PANG melpang@sph.com.sg SINGAPOREAN children can get two vaccinations for free at polyclinics from June this year. The jabs will shield them against some common and preventable childhood infections. One is a 5-in-1 combination vaccine that protects against

MPs want more steps to ensure punctuality of buses, trains [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MPs want more steps to ensure punctuality of buses, trains Govt announces reward-and-punish plan to spur reliability of bus services MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT By JERMYN CHOW jermync@sph.com.sg SEVERAL MPs yesterday wanted more action to be taken to ensure that buses and trains stick to their schedule and arrive on time.

Train noise barriers: First 8km up by 2016 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Train noise barriers: First 8km up by 2016 JERMYN CHOW THE Land Transport Authority will build the first of 20km of noise barriers in 16 stretches of the train network in areas such as Bedok, Ang Mo Kio and Choa Chu Kang. These are stretches where noise levels exceed 67

Rentals for hawker stalls cheaper now [ARTICLE]

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Rentals for hawker stalls cheaper now Decision to scrap minimum-price policy has led to lower tender bids MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg HAWKER stalls have become cheaper to rent following a policy change in March last year, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian

THE Budget AND MY hawker stall [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND MY hawker stall Mr Tan Chin Leong Bak kut teh seller FENG ZENGKUN FOR a lark, Mr Tan Chin Leong bid $166 a month to rent a hawker stall in Berseh Food Centre at 166, Jalan Besar. But to his surprise, even though rentals at the centre

NEA to step up action against littering [ARTICLE]

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NEA to step up action against littering By GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg THE National Environment Agency (NEA) will step up enforcement efforts to combat littering but community action is still needed, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu yesterday. Responding to MPs’ queries on littering and public

THE Budget AND MY anti-litter effort [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND MY anti-litter effort Ms Tan Yanping Undergraduate GRACE CHUA UNDERGRADUATE Tan Yanping spent part of a weekend last month learning how to deal with litterbugs. The 23-year-old picked up tips on what you can and cannot do, and what counts as a littering act, during a new

Concerted drive to make roads less polluted [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Concerted drive to make roads less polluted By ROYSTON SIM roysim@sph.com.sg THE Government will roll out several measures to improve air quality on the roads. It will implement a scheme to encourage owners of older vehicles to retire them earlier and upgrade to newer, more environ-ment-friendly models. Minister for the

Probe on NParks’ bikes ends [ARTICLE]

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Probe on NParks’ bikes ends GOH CHIN LIAN THE Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has completed its probe into the purchase of 26 Brompton bikes by the National Parks Board (NParks) last year. The case is now before the public prosecutor “for assessment and determination of whether there is any

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Flurry of property launches [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flurry of property launches Developers seeking to tap pent-up demand following January cooling measures, Chinese New Year lull By MELISSA TAN melissat@sph.com.sg THE pace of property launches has picked up in the past week as developers seek to tap a resurgence in market activity following the January cooling measures and

Commercial site in Jurong East draws strong interest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Commercial site in Jurong East draws strong interest Response ‘indicates potential demand from investors seeking alternatives’ By CHERYL ONG ocheryl@sph.com.sg A TENDER for a commercial site at Venture Avenue that drew nine bids outstripped market expectations. Experts said the keen response to the Jurong East site could signal that developers

Evonik owners sell 12% stake ahead of fourth IPO try [ARTICLE]

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Evonik owners sell 12% stake ahead of fourth IPO try BLOOMBERG FRANKFURT Evonik Industries, a German speciality chemicals maker, said its owners sold a 12 per cent stake in the company to institutional investors, paving the way for a fourth attempt to sell shares to the public. Owners RAG-Stiftung and

ARA plans to double assets over five years [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ARA plans to double assets over five years Reit manager wants to focus on expanding private property funds BLOOMBERG ARA Asset Management, a manager of real estate trusts partly owned by billionaire Li Ka Shing, wants to double assets under management over five years as its private funds buy more

Dim Sum bond rally prompts funds caution [ARTICLE]

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Dim Sum bond rally prompts funds caution BLOOMBERG HONG KONG A junk Dim Sum bond rally that drove yields to an 18-month low is prompting caution among funds, with UOB Asset Management preferring shorter-dated notes and Pacific Investment Management wary of high debt loads. The average yield on these yuan-denominated

SME SPOTLIGHT MONEY

Waste not, want not pays dividends [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Waste not, want not pays dividends In the second of a four-part series on environmental engineering companies, Yasmine Yahya speaks to Wah Hua, one of the largest waste management companies in Singapore, with over 30 years of experience. Yasmine Yahya yasminey@sph.com.sg GOING into the waste collection and disposal business is

Dedicated to helping small firms get ahead [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dedicated to helping small firms get ahead SMEs offered suite of services, from business tips to applying for grants SMEs need not navigate the landscape of assistance schemes alone. Enterprise Development Centres aim to be one-stop shops where SMEs can get advice on the problem areas they should tackle, and

Zooming in on the needs of micro SMEs [ARTICLE]

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Zooming in on the needs of micro SMEs CHERYL LIM HAIRDRESSERS, provision shop owners and other small business operators face the same broad challenges as their counterparts in larger SMEs. They, too, face business competition and manpower shortages. But these so-called micro SMEs often find that the effects of these

Plugging productivity gaps with helpful advice [ARTICLE]

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Plugging productivity gaps with helpful advice CHERYL LIM WORKERS in the manufacturing sector are a scarce commodity as a result of recent restrictions on foreign labour coupled with the reluctance of Singaporeans to take up factory jobs. This squeeze on available workers has meant that improving productivity is an even

Road-map tips are right up distributor’s street [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Road-map tips are right up distributor’s street CHERYL LIM AFTER nearly a decade in business, director Looi Sheau Chian decided it was time to take her company, BG Streets Holdings, into a new phase of growth. The firm owns the licence and distributorship for brands such as Disney and Cartoon

Advisers help laundry firm cut costs, plan expansion [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Advisers help laundry firm cut costs, plan expansion CHERYL LIM SOME timely advice has allowed employees at Orchid Laundry to say goodbye to the long days that had often kept them at the coalface until after midnight. The turnaround came when the firm, which was set up 40 years ago,

Get the right help for your business [ARTICLE]

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Get the right help for your business YOUR first step to raising productivity is getting the right advice. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can take the first step to make their businesses more productive by seeking expert advice. Close to 3,000 SMEs have benefited from productivity advice and more than

EDC meet focuses on smaller firms [ARTICLE]

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EDC meet focuses on smaller firms THE Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) Conference will focus on the need for smaller firms to transform their businesses to compete better. There will be talks by Sheng Siong chief executive Lim Hock Chee and Mr Steven Yeah, executive director of Valuemax. Mr Sani Hamid,

SME CLINIC [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SME CLINIC Mr Wong Hsun-Min Mr Wong Hsun-Min, head of business banking, RHB Bank Singapore L My company is an established international air and sea freight forwarder that also manufactures packaging for clients. In view of the recent Budget, how can an SME like mine fully use the various schemes

Bigger firms eligible for 2013 SME awards [ARTICLE]

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Bigger firms eligible for 2013 SME awards Better prizes too in 6th year of the awards, organised by BT and OCBC THE Emerging Enterprise Award is now open for submissions, with looser criteria and better prizes. The award, now in its sixth year, is accepting applications from small and medium-sized

Upcoming events for SMEs [ARTICLE]

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Upcoming events for SMEs 2013 Business and Service Excellence Sharing L Date: March 26 L Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm L Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, Grand Ballroom (Level 4) The theme for this year’s Sharing session, organised by Spring Singapore, is “Business and Service Excellence for Quality Growth”. The

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UE raises offer price for WBL Corp [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UE raises offer price for WBL Corp Shareholders give go-ahead, it will now offer $4.15 per WBL share By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg UNITED Engineers (UE) lifted its offer price for WBL Corp yesterday, the same day that shareholders gave it the go-ahead to launch the offer. UE will now offer

UE approached OCBC-linked parties, says chief executive [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UE approached OCBC-linked parties, says chief executive JONATHAN KWOK UNITED Engineers (UE) has offered an insight into why it launched a bid for WBL: It was not, as some imagine, the influence of OCBC-linked parties. Rather, UE’s executives developed an interest in WBL after The Straits Trading Company (STC) launched

$214m in short-sell trades on Monday [ARTICLE]

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$214m in short-sell trades on Monday JONATHAN KWOK SINGAPORE investors are getting a clearer idea of the extent of short-selling here thanks to a new disclosure rule. Short-sellers try to profit from selling a stock that they think will fall in price so they can buy back the stock later

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Singapore shares sizzle as Asian bourses fizzle [ARTICLE]

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Singapore shares sizzle as Asian bourses fizzle STI breaks 3,300 barrier helped by rises in SingTel, DBS and SPH BULLS AND BEARS By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg LOCAL shares bucked the regional trend to close higher thanks to another sizzling record performance on Wall Street. The benchmark Straits Times

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ZIMUTH wsitoh works suisse Az n <3iJ AtJ roMA W/l '•//Mi Hi «*V» f A THE CHRISTENING OF A BATTLE TANK Bear witness to the latest arrival from Azimuth, the pioneer luxury watchmaker in Singapore. Stationed at the boutique in Marina Bay Sands, the SP-1 Landship promises a sight to

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WAR OVER TUG OF WAR [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WAR OVER TUG OF WAR Two groups claim they are the official body representing the sport By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg CONFUSION over which body is in charge of tug of war in Singapore has resulted in both sides being tied up in knots. The Singapore Athletic Association’s (SAA) tug of

Sats seals Hub catering deal with US firm [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sats seals Hub catering deal with US firm MAY CHEN A HOME-GROWN company that fed athletes at the Youth Olympic Games here in 2010 has now moved on to a bigger playing field the Singapore Sports Hub. Sats has clinched a deal to provide food and beverage services via a

Honours for Bolt, Ennis [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Honours for Bolt, Ennis REUTERS RIO DE JANEIRO Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and British heptathlete Jessica Ennis won the Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday after their success at last year’s London Olympics. The Team of the Year award went to Europe’s Ryder Cup team

Talks to award naming rights ‘still ongoing’ [ARTICLE]

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Talks to award naming rights ‘still ongoing’ MAY CHEN NEGOTIATIONS for the naming rights to the facilities within the upcoming Singapore Sports Hub are ongoing and will be done on the terms spelt out by the Government. Sports Hub chief executive Philippe Collin Delavaud said yesterday: “The Government has been

QUAKING WITH FEAR [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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QUAKING WITH FEAR Federer and Nadal shaken up in first experience with earthquake REUTERS INDIAN WELLS (California) Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have coped with the crushing pressures of Grand Slam finals. But both were left rattled at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday after an earthquake rocked the California

Spurs rebound from heavy loss [ARTICLE]

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Spurs rebound from heavy loss ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Spurs rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a balanced performance against one of the National Basketball Association’s best teams. This was one satisfying victory. Tiago Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio

SCORECARD [ARTICLE]

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SCORECARD Basketball NBA Philadelphia 106 Brooklyn 97, San Antonio 105 Oklahoma City 93, Utah 103 Detroit 90, Phoenix 93 Denver 108, Golden State 92 NY Knicks 63. Cricket 1st Test In Galle, 5th day: Sri Lanka 570-4 dec and 335-4 dec (overnight 116-1: T. Dilshan 126, K. Sangakkara 105, K.

DI CANIO TOUTED FOR READING JOB [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DI CANIO TOUTED FOR READING JOB If selected, the new manager will have just nine games to save club THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Former West Ham striker and Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio is the favourite to take over as Reading manager after the club sacked Brian McDermott on

Reds need perfect finish to qualify for Europe: Gerrard [ARTICLE]

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Reds need perfect finish to qualify for Europe: Gerrard THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Steven Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool will need to produce a “perfect finish” to the season after the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals makes it likely that they will have to finish fifth in the Premier

Banned Watson rebuts charges [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Banned Watson rebuts charges REUTERS SYDNEY Suspended Australian cricketer Shane Watson is determined to play for his country again and dismissed suggestions yesterday that he had a poor relationship with the team’s captain Michael Clarke. Watson was one of four Australia players suspended from the third Test in India for

Oz cricket makes good point in a clumsy manner [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Oz cricket makes good point in a clumsy manner SPORTING LIFE By ROHIT BRIJNATH rohitb@sph.com.sg REVENGE is always gleeful. Mauled on the field by Australia, envious of their casual unity, cricketing nations have spent decades in painful prostration before them. Now, in a delicious irony, a grinning world is offering

ALMOST MISSION IMPOSSIBLE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ALMOST MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Arsenal will be without star Wilshere against a rampant Bayern at home REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Arsenal’s daunting Champions League task became even more difficult yesterday when Jack Wilshere was ruled out of today’s round-of-16, second leg against Bayern Munich with a sprained ankle.

WARRIORS STUMBLE TO SECOND LOSS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WARRIORS STUMBLE TO SECOND LOSS Goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng of Hong Kong champions Kitchee denying S-League side Warriors FC (in blue) a goal yesterday at the Jalan Besar Stadium, as his team prevailed 4-2 in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Group E match. The Warriors suffered their second defeat in two

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Boxer refuses to cooperate [ARTICLE]

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Boxer refuses to cooperate ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI Indian Olympic boxer Vijender Singh has refused to provide blood and hair samples to establish whether he used illicit drugs linked to a police probe of drugs worth more than US$25 million (S$31 million) that was seized from an international criminal network.

Kobayashi to drive for Ferrari [ARTICLE]

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Kobayashi to drive for Ferrari REUTERS MILAN Japan’s former Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi will compete in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship as the first Asian to race for Ferrari. Kobayashi, 26, who lost his seat with the Sauber F1 team last year, will drive a GT car for

Palermo re-hire Sannino [ARTICLE]

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Palermo re-hire Sannino ASSOCIATED PRESS PALERMO Desperate to avoid relegation, last-placed Serie A side Palermo have re-hired Giuseppe Sannino to mark their fourth coaching change of the season. The move comes a day after Gian Piero Gasperini rescinded his contract on Monday. The Sicilian club now have more coaching changes

Korean coach arrested [ARTICLE]

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Korean coach arrested ASSOCIATED PRESS SEOUL A basketball coach has been arrested in the latest match-fixing scandal to hit South Korean sport. Prosecutors arrested Kang Dong Hee on suspicion of trying to fix four games in return for US$43,000 (S$53,600) from two gamblers in 2011. They said the Dongu Promy

Porto intend to attack all the way [ARTICLE]

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Porto intend to attack all the way ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MALAGA As Malaga contest a European ban for next season, Porto plan to end the Spanish side’s current run in the Champions League today. Porto have not lost away from home this year, and keeping that streak alive

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A fairy-tale Journey [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A fairy-tale Journey Lead singer Arnel Pineda says diehard fans can be hard on him but he has no complaints Melissa Kok melk@sph.com.sg It has been five years since Filipino singer Arnel Pineda was discovered on YouTube and became the lead vocalist for legendary rock band Journey. But 45-year-old singer

Vox Pop [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Vox Pop Jan Lee “His songs are light and catchy and about real things that happened to him. It makes for very easy listening and his songs have really good lyrics. I have been coming to Mosaic for several years and what I like about Mosaic is that every year

Get Down with nostalgia [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Get Down with nostalgia Melissa Kok Review Concert GILBERT O’SULLIVAN Mosaic Music Festival Esplanade Concert Hall Monday People should really give Irish sing-er-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan more credit than he is given. The fey songwriter, who was once a best-selling artist in the 1970s, may have faded from the limelight over

Go ahead QUOTE ME [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Go ahead QUOTE ME ‘What does he give you back? I drive down the road, there’s more holes in the road than there are in a tennis racket, we’ve got no hospitals and we’ve got fire stations closing down’ Actor Ray Winstone (left) griping about the taxman in Britain ‘If

Around the Bloc and back [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Around the Bloc and back Indie quartet Bloc Party are riding high again after reuniting for their fourth album and world tour Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent dinohadi@sph.com.sg English indie quartet Bloc Party’s songs have always been acclaimed for their unique and enigmatic lyrics, written by frontman Kele Okereke. So

Starving to be a man-eater [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Starving to be a man-eater Jesseca Liu shed 7kg to ready herself for her sultry character’s bikini scene in Marry Me Jan Lee janlee@sph.com.sg The truth behind actress Jesseca Liu’s smoking-hot looks in the new Channel U series Marry Me is not so pretty. “I was very cold and frequently

Cancer-hit Rhoda star clings to hope [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cancer-hit Rhoda star clings to hope Reuters New York Valerie Harper, star of the 1970s TV comedy Rhoda, says she is determined to “live each day’s moments fully” despite a brain cancer diagnosis that doctors told her could bring death in a matter of days or in several years. The

Newton-John ‘terrified’ of past choices [ARTICLE]

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Newton-John ‘terrified’ of past choices Reuters London She was the cardigan-clad sweetheart in the hit musical Grease (1978) and the leotarded gym instructor in the raunchy 1981 single Physical. In 40 years of singing country, pop and rock, no one could accuse Olivia Newton-John of playing it safe. The Australian,

Chef vs chef [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chef vs chef It is Black versus White as a Michelin-starred duo dish out a special 10-course dinner menu Eunice Quek euniceq@sph.com.sg Expect a friendly food fight as two Michelin-starred chefs, who specialise in Japanese-influenced French food, reunite at fine dining restaurant LP+Tetsu from today to Saturday. Chef Laurent Peugeot

A breathtaking river journey [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A breathtaking river journey Chang Tou Liang Review Concert LA BANDE DE LA LOINGTAINE RECITAL Conservatory Concert Hall Monday La Bande de La Loingtaine are the five-member resident ensemble of La Loingtaine, a converted farmhouse and arts centre on the Loing River south-east of Paris. Students and faculty members of

Bid on some Hollywood magic [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bid on some Hollywood magic Reuters Los Angeles A futuristic prop rifle from Star Trek, Superman’s suit and Green Hornet’s car are the top-billed items in a Hollywood auction next month, when fans and collectors will have a chance to own memorabilia from film sets and actors’ closets. The one-of-a-kind

Stars’ financial details leaked [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stars’ financial details leaked Sensitive information of government officials was also put up on a website on Monday Associated Press Los Angeles The authorities and celebrities were grappling on Monday with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials

Amazon’s plan for website rights raises ire [ARTICLE]

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Amazon’s plan for website rights raises ire Agence France-Presse San Francisco Groups representing United States authors and publishers on Monday called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) to deny online retailer Amazon exclusive rights to websites ending with .book, .author or .read. The corporation is considering

Game for the museum [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Game for the museum Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto is happy that video games are being preserved New York Times New York Since helping to invent the modern video game industry in 1981 with his design of Donkey Kong, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has repeatedly reinvented it, most notably with the Nintendo

Create your own dolls with 3-D printing app [ARTICLE]

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Create your own dolls with 3-D printing app Reuters Toronto A new iPad app enables budding designers and artists to create their own dolls that are made overnight with 3-D printing technology. The London-based company MakieLab, which also offers customised toys and games, said it seeks to encourage creativity and

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LOVE & LIVE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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LOVE LIVE Romantic comedy Warm Bodies is not a regular zombie flick: It tells of how love can save the undead Alison de Souza In Los Angeles stlife@sph.com.sg The zombies that keep popping up on the screen and the page these days symbolise everything from socio-economic oppression to technolo-gy-fuelled alienation,

HOT TRAILERS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOT TRAILERS Tay Yek Keak TO THE WONDER (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=g-t3l6T53V8) Field. Sky. Water. Animals. Postcard scenes. Stirring string music which sends you to the heavens. A beautiful, ethereal-looking woman (Quantum Of Solace’s Olga Kurylenko) with arms outstretched in the big wide open. Rachel McAdams (above, with Ben Affleck) looking her

Zombies just like humans [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Zombies just like humans Alison de Souza Zombies. It is a tired genre, one that will be even more spent by the end of the year, when zombie movies such as World War Z starring Brad Pitt and R.I.P.D will have dragged their corpses across the big screen and the

Fresh take on the undead [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fresh take on the undead Boon Chan Review Romance comedy WARM BODIES (PG13) 98 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie shuffling about aimlessly until he meets the lovely, and human, Julie (Teresa Palmer). When he decides to protect Julie instead of feasting on her as a

Sleight show [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sleight show Many tricks in Steve Carell’s new comedy on the world of magic are real performances John Lui Film Correspondent johnlui@sph.com.sg Don Scardino, director of the magicthemed comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, called for a rewrite after he read the original script. There was magic in the first screenplay

Incredibly cliched [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Incredibly cliched John Lui Review Comedy THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (PG13) 100 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: Two bullied boys become friends over a shared love of performing magic. As adults, the flashy act of Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are a major Las Vegas draw. After

Radcliffe goes for edgier post-Potter roles [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Radcliffe goes for edgier post-Potter roles Associated Press London The time is coming maybe sooner than you expect when you look at Daniel Radcliffe (below) and do not think of Harry Potter. The 23-year-old actor has gone from boy wizard to Broadway hoofer to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, whom he

Yakuza clans are all the rage again [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Yakuza clans are all the rage again More politics and toned-down violence in Outrage Beyond, director Takeshi Kitano’s sequel to his 2010 gang war flick John lui johnlui@sph.com.sg Review Action drama OUTRAGE BEYOND (NC16) 109 minutes/opens tomorrow/ The story: Five years after the gang war described in the first movie

Kiss and tell for laughs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kiss and tell for laughs Actress Sandra Ng feels ‘cheated’ by her liplock with co-star Eric Tsang Yip Wai Yee yipwy@sph.com.sg Ever the professional, Hong Kong comedienne Sandra Ng asked director Wong Jing to add more funny scenes between her and actor Eric Tsang for the new comedy, Princess Seven

Killed by too many plot holes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Killed by too many plot holes John Lui Review Thriller CONFESSION OF MURDER (NC16) 120 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ The story: Detective Choi (Jung Jae Young) is haunted by his inability to find the serial killer behind the murder of 10 women. One night, the killer attacks him but the cop manages

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Spielberg plans film in Kashmir [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spielberg plans film in Kashmir Agence France-Presse Mumbai–Hollywoodveteran Steven Spielberg (right) is planning to produce a film set partly on the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region, a report said yesterday. He told The Times Of India that the film would be produced by

Gillian Chung and Korean beau make premiere debut [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gillian Chung and Korean beau make premiere debut Hong Kong Cantopop singer Gillian Chung (right) and her Korean movie producer boyfriend are getting serious about each other. Amid talk that they have met each other’s parents, they made their debut as a couple at the premiere of action adventure G.I.

Abba singer makes comeback [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Abba singer makes comeback Agence France-Presse Stockholm Agnetha Faeltskog, former singer of legendary Swedish pop group Abba, will release her first album in nine years on May 13, her record firm said. “I never thought I would sing again, but when I heard the first three songs I couldn’t say

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Sandra Ng on kissing Eric Tsang Don’t stop believin’ Playing a man-eater PART C Jesseca Liu lost 7kg for sexy role “His mouth completely covered mine.” C6 Filipino singer cannot please all Journey fans C7 C9 Even zombies need a little loving, say Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer (both pictured),

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Commentary

Wi-Fi hot spots not really so hot [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Wi-Fi hot spots not really so hot Oo Gin Lee ginlee@sph. com.sg For five years, as a freelance tech writer, I ran from meeting to meeting, trying to get work done in between. I took that break from full-time journalism to have more flexi-hours to care for my kids. Wireless@SG,

WHAT FANS SAY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT FANS SAY facebook About Facebook’s facelift, which includes more filters for the newsfeed and fewer distractions: The majority will not love it immediately but, in the long term, “love” will outweigh “hate”. Bang Hong Looks like it’s going in the right direction! Mun Jun Hyeon Facebook should change its

News

Vertu picks Android [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Vertu picks Android Android’s strong market share and robust ecosystem persuaded the luxury phone maker to choose it for its new smartphone. reports SEOW TEIN HEE teinhee@sph.com.sg Released from the chains which once bound it to Nokia’s Symbian operating system, luxury phone maker Vertu was free to choose between the

Digital cameras the hot sellers at IT Show [ARTICLE]

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Digital cameras the hot sellers at IT Show By Tan Chong Yaw cytan @sph. com.sg Digital cameras did well at the IT Show, despite the absence of big brands such as Canon and Nikon this year. Of the eight leading camera brands, only Casio, Samsung and Fujifilm took up booth

Chatting with the Woz [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chatting with the Woz By Derrick Ho SOME 90 students stayed up past their bedtime last Saturday for a live Skype video chat with legendary Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at 2am (right). For about 30 minutes, “the Woz” answered various questions from the students, aged 11 to 18 years old,

Spotlight

Shooting the Messenger [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Shooting the Messenger This Friday, Microsoft will retire Messenger in favour of Skype. Digital Life traces Messenger’s history and the road ahead for existing users Aaron Tan aarontan@sph.com.sg When Mr Koh Chee Boon signed up for MSN Messenger in 1999, he had as many as 30 buddies online at the

How to migrate to Skype [ARTICLE]

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How to migrate to Skype When Microsoft e-mailed the more than 100 million Messenger users in January that it was to retire its venerable instant messaging (IM) service on March 15, it urged them to upgrade to Skype. It told them that just as they had always done, they would

Frequently asked questions [ARTICLE]

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Frequently asked questions What happens to my Skype and Microsoft contact lists after I merge my accounts? After your accounts are merged, your Microsoft contacts and Skype contacts will appear on your All contact list. If you have a friend who is on your Skype contact list and also on

Move your chatter here [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Move your chatter here Cannot live without Messenger? Do not fret. Use these services instead, says SHERWIN SHERWIN LOH sherwinl@sph.com.sg In the late 1990s, ICQ was the king of instant messaging (IM), but the emergence of what was then MSN Messenger in 1999 halted its growth. By 2009, Microsoft’s chat

Get all your accounts under one roof [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Get all your accounts under one roof Too many instant messaging accounts? SEOW TEIN HEE shows you five ways to gather all your IM accounts under one roof, using third-party clients SEOW TEIN HEE Adium Platform: Mac OS X Supports: Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, Twitter, IRC, Windows

Phones

The sound of HD voice [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The sound of HD voice SEOWTEIN HEE test drives StarHub’s voice quality improvement technology SEOW TEIN HEE teinhee@sph.com.sg Last Thursday, StarHub activated high definition (HD) voice, a feature that improves the overall voice quality on its mobile network. Benefits Background noise often interferes with voice transmission, so a caller tends

Cookoo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cookoo By Trevor Tan trevtan @sph. com. sg At first glance, the Cookoo smart watch looks like an ordinary watch with an analogue movement. But the watch face is actually a digital display that shows incoming and alarm notifications when it is paired with your iOS devices. The watch crystal

Photos

Sigma DP3 Merrill [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sigma DP3 Merrill By Tan Chong Yaw cytan @sph. com.sg Japanese lens maker Sigma is better known as an independent that makes DSLR camera lenses for major players such as Canon and Nikon. Its new DP3 camera looks like a largish compact the size of three iPhones stacked together with

Fujifilm X20 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fujifilm X20 By Tan Chong Yaw The X10 prosumer compact launched in late 2011 had the Fujifilm X series’ signature instant antique looks. It is all modern on the inside with a sensor that is about 30 per cent bigger than that of most prosumer compacts. But it came at

Sports

Adidas Energy Boost [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Adidas Energy Boost By Trevor Tan trevtan @sph. com.sg If you have been a tech journalist long enough, you will find words such as “innovation” and “revolutionary” being chucked at you in press releases faster than you can blink. Now it is Adidas’ turn to claim that it has come

Asics GT-3000 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Asics GT-3000 By Trevor Tan The GT-3000 is the successor to the GEL 3030, as Asics has changed the name of the series but the GEL logo can still be seen at the heel counter. These are regular running shoes in a simple functional design; the foxing carries Asics’ distinctive

Klipsch A5i Sport In-Ear Headphones [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Klipsch A5i Sport In-Ear Headphones By Sherwin Loh sherwinl@sph. com. sg I have never believed lime green to be a good colour for any product. But the Klipsch A5i are the best sports earphones I have ever used, its lime green colour notwithstanding. That is because these babies stay in

Audio

Supertooth Twin Disco [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Supertooth Twin Disco By Seow Tein Hee teinhee@sph.com.sg Two speakers are better than one and this is aptly demonstrated by the Supertooth Twin Disco Bluetooth stereo speakers. hey are true twins, right down to the identical 552.7g weight, 182 x 108 x 70mm dimensions and the fabric cloth cover of