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THE STRAITS TIMES SINCE 1845 SA TURD A Y M A R C H 16 2013 236 PAGES IN NINE PARTS TO SUBSCRIBE: 6388-3838 www.sphsubscription.com.sg $1.00 A Singapore Press Holdings publication MCI (P) 050/02/2013

Sports to get $400m boost over 5 years [ARTICLE]

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Sports to get $400m boost over 5 years Better facilities, greater accessibility with total funding crossing $1.2b By SANJAY NAIR, MAY CHEN nsanjay@sph.com.sg maychen@sph.com.sg AN ADDITIONAL $400 million will be channelled into sports over the next five years benefiting not just Singapore’s top athletes but also all those who take

Free entry to museums for Singaporeans and PRs [ARTICLE]

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Free entry to museums for Singaporeans and PRs By HUANG LIJIE ARTS CORRESPONDENT lijie@sph.com.sg FREE entry to museums yearround for Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) tops the list of moves by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to strengthen cultural identity and build a strong sense of belonging.

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Najib likely to pave way for polls soon [ARTICLE]

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Najib likely to pave way for polls soon Local media expects Parliament to be dissolved on March 25 By YONG YEN NIE MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT yyennie@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR After months of heated speculation, local media has predicted that Prime Minister Najib Razak will seek royal assent for Parliament to be dissolved

Private eye in Mongolian murder case dies of heart ailment [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Private eye in Mongolian murder case dies of heart ailment KUALA LUMPUR Controversial private detective P. Balasubramaniam died yesterday of a heart ailment, weeks after returning home to join the opposition rally circuit to speak about the murder of a Mongolian woman in 2006. Mr Balasubramaniam left Malaysia for an

ROOM TO PARK THE LITTLE ONES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ROOM TO PARK THE LITTLE ONES Finding a parking space near Carpe Diem Springs childcare centre tends to be easier than at other centres. After all, it is located in a multi-storey carpark in Spottiswoode Park Road. The centre is an example of innovative efforts by the Ministry of Social

Big drop in new private home sales [ARTICLE]

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Big drop in new private home sales By ESTHER TEO PROPERTY CORRESPONDENT esthert@sph.com.sg THE effects of the Chinese New Year last month and the cooling measures helped send sales of new private homes plunging to levels not seen for more than a year. Only 708 units were sold last month,

Inflow of foreign workers slows down [ARTICLE]

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Inflow of foreign workers slows down Pool grows by 32,200 in 2012 only half as many as in the previous year By AMELIA TAN ameltan@sph.com.sg STRICTER hiring policies are starting to put the brakes on the inflow of foreign workers, new figures showed yesterday. The numbers have gone up, but

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What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been YESTERDAY’S report, “Childcare leave for unwed parents”, stated that unwed parents will have six days of paid infant-care leave. This is incorrect. In terms of childcare and infant-care leave, the benefits which unwed parents receive are the same as that for married parents. Parents, regardless

NZ farmers hit by worst drought in 30 years [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NZ farmers hit by worst drought in 30 years India also faces risks of water riots as weak monsoon cuts harvests WORLD WATER DAY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMBERG WELLINGTON Major dairy exporter New Zealand has joined a growing list of agricultural countries being sucked dry by a drought its

Major terrorist cell busted in Jakarta [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Major terrorist cell busted in Jakarta By ZUBAIDAH NAZEER INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT zubaidah@sph.com.sg JAKARTA Indonesian police said they have busted a major terrorist cell in the nation’s capital after shooting dead three men and arresting four others. The coordinated operation was their biggest success so far this year in the battle

Larger role for Newater in meeting nation’s future needs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Larger role for Newater in meeting nation’s future needs By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg NEWATER, or reclaimed used water, will have a bigger role to play in Singapore’s water future. According to a report to be launched today by national water agency PUB, the reclaimed water will meet up to 55

Stand-off over card surcharge escalates [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stand-off over card surcharge escalates Taxi association stresses cab users’ inconvenience; banks back Visa By JESSICA LIM CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT limjess@sph.com.sg THE wrangle over credit card surcharges has intensified. Even as the National Taxi Association (NTA) urged parties to sort things out for the sake of consumers, the Association of Banks

Consumers’ rights lost with a swipe [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Consumers’ rights lost with a swipe COMMENTARY By TERRENCE VOON ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR tvoon@sph.com.sg SO VISA is playing hardball, and ComfortDelGro is saying unofficially at least that we don’t need your cards. Why should consumers care? Cash is still king when it comes to paying for cab rides, but the

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Yingluck is her own woman now [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Yingluck is her own woman now Steady stewardship of her country boosts confidence in Thai PM NEWS ANALYSIS By NIRMAL GHOSH INDOCHINA BUREAU CHIEF nirmal@sph.com.sg BANGKOK Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is often dismissed as a puppet of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. But nearing the half-way mark of

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Intruders not like us, say Suluks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Intruders not like us, say Suluks Community plans culture, customs seminars to reach out to other races SABAH INCURSION By LESTER KONG MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT lestkong@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Leaders of the Suluk community in Sabah are going to great lengths to distance themselves from the Philippine militants hiding from security forces

Mahathir alludes to hidden hand in siege [ARTICLE]

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Mahathir alludes to hidden hand in siege By TEO CHENG WEE REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT chengwee@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has suggested there is a hidden hand behind the unrest in Sabah, echoing officials who say they will track down the “mastermind” behind the incursion. These remarks are

DAP leader looks set to lead opposition’s Johor bid [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DAP leader looks set to lead opposition’s Johor bid KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia’s Chi-nese-based Democratic Action Party (DAP) is expected to move its veteran leader, Mr Lim Kit Siang (below), to contest a parliamentary seat in Johor in an attempt by the opposition to add to its seats in the southern

Japan joins Pacific trade talks at last [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan joins Pacific trade talks at last PM Abe overrides strong objections of farmers and some party members By KWAN WENG KIN JAPAN CORRESPONDENT wengkin@sph.com.sg TOKYO Japan has finally decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, just half a year before negotiations for the free trade pact are

Li Keqiang named as China’s Premier [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Li Keqiang named as China’s Premier His challenge is to maintain growth and ensure wealth is spread evenly By HO AI LI CHINA CORRESPONDENT hoaili@sph.com.sg BEIJING Mr Li Keqiang has become China’s new Premier, succeeding the affable Wen Jiabao and taking over the reins of the world’s second biggest economy

Factional divide between Cabinet and Politburo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Factional divide between Cabinet and Politburo NEWS ANALYSIS By KOR KIAN BENG By CHINA BUREAU CHIEF kianbeng@sph.com.sg BEIJING The top echelons of China’s new Cabinet to be unveiled today look set to be dominated by members or supporters of the Communist Youth League (CYL) faction now shepherded by Premier Li

Urbanisation: China’s silver bullet? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Urbanisation: China’s silver bullet? As Mr Li Keqiang assumes the hot seat as China’s new Premier, he faces a host of socio-economic challenges. In the first of a two-part series, The Straits Times China Bureau looks at his top priorities: improving the quality of growth through urbanisation and the quality

Signs of unease in S. Korea [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Signs of unease in S. Korea Growing sense of crisis with Pyongyang’s N-test, threat to destroy island By ANDREW SALMON FOR THE STRAITS TIMES andrewcsalmon@yahoo.co.uk SEOUL Having lived under communist North Korea’s gun for the past six decades, South Koreans have learnt to shrug off most threats from Pyongyang with

North Korean military ‘test-fires short-range missiles’ [ARTICLE]

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North Korean military ‘test-fires short-range missiles’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL North Korea’s military fired short-range missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), Yonhap news agency said yesterday, at a time of heightened tensions following Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test. A single unit of the North’s military test-fired missiles presumed to be

Myanmar’s Parliament to review Constitution [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Myanmar’s Parliament to review Constitution It could lead to possible changes allowing Suu Kyi to stand for president REUTERS YANGON Myanmar’s Parliament took the first step yesterday towards the possible amendment of the Constitution, which was drafted under a military regime and bars Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San

Indonesia, S’pore hold talks on sea boundaries [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia, S’pore hold talks on sea boundaries INDONESIA and Singapore held the sixth round of technical discussions on maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore, said a joint statement from the foreign affairs ministries of both countries. The discussions took place in Lombok yesterday and on

Pope’s message of radical humility [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pope’s message of radical humility Simplicity and shunning of trappings of power signal new style for the church NEW YORK TIMES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VATICAN CITY He stopped to pay his hotel bill a day after becoming pope. He wore simple black shoes and an ordinary wristwatch with a thick black

Shanmugam meets key US congressmen [ARTICLE]

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Shanmugam meets key US congressmen ON THE third day of his visit to the United States, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law, Mr K. Shanmugam, met several influential senators and congressmen who help shape American foreign policy through debates and discussions. Among them was the chairman of the Senate

Growth creates new middle class [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Growth creates new middle class Poverty also cut, with Brazil, China and India set to overtake richest nations: Study DEVELOPING WORLD GETTING RICHER AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MEXICO CITY The developing world’s rapid growth has sharply cut extreme poverty, created a new middle class and put the economies of Brazil, China and

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Crackdown on child sex ring [ARTICLE]

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Crackdown on child sex ring AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SYDNEY Police said yesterday that they had shut down one of the largest child sex exploitation rings seen in Australia, which was dealing in “abhorrent and disgusting” images. Australian Federal Police arrested and charged 21 people aged between 22 and 76 from around

Japan ‘must face up to past’ [ARTICLE]

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Japan ‘must face up to past’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE GENEVA South Korea and China have told the United Nations’ Human Rights Council that Japan must face up to its World War II-era sexual enslavement of women from across occupied Asia, but Tokyo insisted it had taken responsibility. Japanese deputy ambassador Takashi

Pork found in ‘halal’ meat [ARTICLE]

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Pork found in ‘halal’ meat AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE OSLO The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said it would file a police complaint against a food company after finding large quantities of pork in its halal-labelled products. Kebab meat sold by Norwegian group Kuraas to restaurants had between 5 per cent and 30

Grim outlook for young in US [ARTICLE]

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Grim outlook for young in US They face less secure future, retirement as most do not earn enough to save: Study YOUNG AMERICANS GETTING POORER NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON Ms Pearl Brady has a stable job with good benefits and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s. But she has

EU soothing pain of austerity drive [ARTICLE]

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EU soothing pain of austerity drive Countries hurt by tough policies given more time to repay loans ASSOCIATED PRESS FRANKFURT Three and a half years into its government-debt crisis, there are signs that Europe is adopting a gentler approach towards austerity. Political leaders are not backing away aggressively from budget

Boeing: 787 flights to restart in weeks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Boeing: 787 flights to restart in weeks ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO Boeing sees commercial flights of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet resuming “within weeks”, even though it has yet to pinpoint the cause of the state-of-the-art plane’s battery malfunctions. Boeing chief project engineer Michael Sinnett yesterday outlined a fix centred on

Senate, Fed deal blows to JPMorgan [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Senate, Fed deal blows to JPMorgan Senate probe finds CEO hid loss info; Fed says ‘weakness’ in capital plans WASHINGTON POST NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON JPMorgan Chase has suffered a double blow as a Senate report accused its iconic chief executive of hiding information about a massive loss from regulators,

Aussie casino hit by ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ scam [ARTICLE]

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Aussie casino hit by ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ scam AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MELBOURNE Australia’s largest casino has alerted police to a betting scam in which a high-roller reportedly netted A$32 million (S$41.5 million) in an “Ocean’s Eleven” style scam. Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper reported yesterday that a “whale” a gambler who wins or loses

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New BOJ chief gets parliamentary nod [ARTICLE]

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New BOJ chief gets parliamentary nod BLOOMBERG TOKYO Japan’s Parliament has confirmed the appointment of Mr Haruhiko Kuroda, 68, as the Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor, with the new central bank chief expected to launch aggressive easing to stoke the economy. Mr Kuroda, who recently announced his decision to step

Macau casino giant inks Manila deal [ARTICLE]

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Macau casino giant inks Manila deal AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MANILA Macau mogul Lawrence Ho’s gaming firm signed an agreement yesterday to invest US$600 million (S$750 million) in a giant casino project in Manila, boosting the Philippines’ bid to join the world’s gambling big leagues. The investment in the Belle Grande integrated

US consumer prices rise on petrol spike [ARTICLE]

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US consumer prices rise on petrol spike REUTERS WASHINGTON US consumer prices recorded their largest increase in nearly four years last month as the cost of petrol surged, but details showed no sign of a pick-up in inflation to trouble the Federal Reserve. The Labour Department said its consumer price

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Drought sparks famine fears in India Western India is sufering from a drought that is said to be the worst in almost half a century, reports India Correspondent Krittivas Mukherjee. Read more about it at ST Asia Report. At www.stasiareport.com

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World’s mounting water woes WHEN water is always on tap, there is a risk of taking it for granted especially after earlier shortage fears have receded, thanks to technology like that of Newater. But efforts to conserve this precious resource, through care for waterways and sensible consumption, should constantly remain

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Breathe new life into wards The old rules that forbid air-conditioning and en suite toilets in subsidised hospital wards are out of date. There is an urgent need for a new framework for subsidised hospitals. By SALMA KHALIK SENIOR HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg www.facebook.com/ST.Salma SINGAPORE will be doubling the number of

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Primary ways to boost the system Six doctor’s appointments of five minutes each are not the same as one appointment of 30 minutes. When doctors are too pressed for time, patients suffer. HEALTH CARE IN SINGAPORE By TAN WU MENG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES stopinion@sph.com.sg The writer, a Singaporean, is

Sound and fury, signifying what? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sound and fury, signifying what? NORTH KOREA By AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER FOR THE STRAITS TIMES stopinion@sph.com.sg The writer is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, and a full-time freelance writer, consultant and broadcaster on developments in the two Koreas. IT ISN’T pleasant when people shriek,

Clearing the explosive aftermath of war [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Clearing the explosive aftermath of war By JOHN MCBETH SENIOR WRITER thane.cawdor@gmail.com ALMOST four decades since the end of Laos’ so-called secret war, across the heavily bombed eastern region, not a single road is built or a potential mine or hydro dam site explored without it first being checked for

Drinking yourself to death is not a human right [ARTICLE]

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Drinking yourself to death is not a human right By JOHN GAPPER FINANCIAL TIMES IT HAS been a frustrating week for well-intentioned and interventionist political leaders. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and British Prime Minister David Cameron have been roundly defeated in their efforts to prod citizens into health. Both

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No peace of mind with payout caps [ARTICLE]

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No peace of mind with payout caps Eddy toh Mew Chin I CANNOT agree more with Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong (“What price peace of mind for Singapore’s patients?”; Wednesday). A health insurance plan should provide one with peace of mind, without having to worry about huge medical bills in

No more daily mail delivery on weekdays? [ARTICLE]

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No more daily mail delivery on weekdays? Tan Kar Guan I AM a resident in Fajar Road in Bukit Panjang. In 2010, SingPost decided to stop delivering mail on Saturdays due to falling mail volumes arising from changes in lifestyle and mailing habits. Lately, I noticed the postman no longer

S’porean identity must include mixed-race kids [ARTICLE]

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S’porean identity must include mixed-race kids Peter Wadeley MRS MARIETTA Koh Ai-meng (“Citizens have every right to expect privileges”; last Saturday) claims that rising consciousness of what it means to be Singaporean should not be decried as chauvinistic or jingoistic. Last year, former president S R Nathan said that a

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FORUM ONLINE 1. MR GEORGE SEAH: Relook EC housing model. 2. MR ANG CHIN GUAN: Not so easy to raise productivity in private housing projects. 3. DR V. SUBRAMANIAM: Up to us to revive ‘kampung spirit’. 4. MR LEOW YEOW SENG: Daytime running lights have their merits. 5. MR JEFFERSON

Kindness at work boosts motivation to excel [ARTICLE]

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Kindness at work boosts motivation to excel William Wan General Secretary Singapore Kindness Movement MR SIM Joe Han’s question “Are we on the right track to improving productivity?” is highly pertinent (“Intrinsic motivation works better”; March 8). It is universally recognised that employees can be inspired towards greater productivity through

High-risk financial products not suitable for retail investors [ARTICLE]

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High-risk financial products not suitable for retail investors George Lim Heng Chye WHY are banks still offering ultra high-risk financial instruments, such as derivatives, options, futures and leveraged forex, to retail investors (“Bank wins claim over $15m loss”; yesterday)? The contracts are mostly underwritten by the retail investor, who is

Let’s help more women get back to work: NMP [ARTICLE]

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Let’s help more women get back to work: NMP Mary Liew (Ms) Nominated Member of Parliament MR SOON Hao Jing ‘Economically inactive’ women do contribute to nation”; Forum Online, Thursday) presumed that I equated “economically inactive” women with those who “do not contribute to our economy”, which I did not

WRITE IN: [ARTICLE]

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Why Lasting Power of Attorney process has to be comprehensive [ARTICLE]

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Why Lasting Power of Attorney process has to be comprehensive Daniel Koh Public Guardian Ministry of Social and Family Development WE THANK Mr Francis Cheng (“Cut red tape for government schemes”; Forum Online, Tuesday) for his feedback on the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Mr Cheng asked why it is

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More people joining cancer support groups Patients and volunteers helping to raise public awareness of illness By PRISCILLA KHAM pkham@sph.com.sg MORE people are joining cancer support groups and it is encouraging news not just for sufferers. The rise is also helping spread awareness of a disease which kills one in

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Arts bodies’ input sought on culture fund [ARTICLE]

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Arts bodies’ input sought on culture fund Museums, arts groups to be consulted on $200m donation matching fund MINISTRY OF CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH By HUANG LIJIE, ANDREA ONG lijie@sph.com.sg andreao@sph.com.sg ARTS groups and museums are among the organisations that will be consulted on an upcoming mul-timillion-dollar fund that aims

THE Budget AND MY arts group [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND MY arts group Ms Charlotte Nors Executive director, Singapore Repertory Theatre PRISCILLA GOY MS CHARLOTTE Nors hopes that arts groups will be given the flexibility to choose how to use their funds, with donations set to increase after the Government said it will match private sector injections

Singapore Arts Festival to return in 2014 under independent company [ARTICLE]

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Singapore Arts Festival to return in 2014 under independent company HUANG LIJIE THE future of the Singapore Arts Festival, organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), has been determined. The nationwide performing arts festival, which is on a one-year hiatus, will return next year under an independent festival company set

$100m for youth groups to champion social causes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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$100m for youth groups to champion social causes By LIM YI HAN limyihan@sph.com.sg YOUTH groups will be given a big boost, with the setting up of a $100 million new fund to support their initiatives to champion ground-up causes. The National Youth Fund (NYF) will be created by pumping $72

Consultant support for charities with volunteers [ARTICLE]

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Consultant support for charities with volunteers By PRISCILLA GOY goyshiyi@sph.com.sg AT DOVER Park Hospice, special care is taken to prepare volunteers who help to care for patients. Besides orientation courses, they are trained in end-of-life care and befriending skills. They can also always turn to fellow volunteers and staff for

National athletes to get more support [ARTICLE]

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National athletes to get more support $40m in scholarships will go to about 60 elite performers in various sports MINISTRY OF CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH By MAY CHEN maychen@sph.com.sg NATIONAL athletes aiming to shine on the international stage like the Olympic Games will be backed by a more comprehensive support

THE Budget AND OUR passion [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND OUR passion Wang Zi Shun and Wang Zi Yao Twin sailors MAY CHEN THEIR school does not offer sailing as a co-curricular activity, and chartering a boat can cost up to a four-figure sum. But twins Wang Zi Shun and Wang Zi Yao, who started going out

A super club open to all sports enthusiasts [ARTICLE]

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A super club open to all sports enthusiasts MAY CHEN NO MATTER what your sporting ability may be, regardless of how old you are, if you are game enough, the Super Sports Club has a place for you. Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong told Parliament yesterday

THE Budget AND MY sport [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE Budget AND MY sport Geraldine Lee Olympic canoeist MAY CHEN IN THE last two years, canoeist Geraldine Lee has twice taken months off work to prepare for the biggest events of her sporting career. The 2012 Olympian and 2011 South-east Asia Games gold medallist has also dug deep into

Yaacob: Let’s nurture Malay-Muslim talent [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Yaacob: Let’s nurture Malay-Muslim talent By MARYAM MOKHTAR maryamm@sph.com.sg THE nurturing of talent must be the Malay-Muslim community’s focus in its “next key phase” of development, Minister-in-charge Yaacob Ibrahim said yesterday. He held up examples of individuals who have seized opportunities offered them to excel, such as Mendaki award recipient

Priority for first-time haj applicants [ARTICLE]

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Priority for first-time haj applicants MARYAM MOKHTAR THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has reviewed its haj pilgrimage registration policy to give priority to first-time applicants. They will be allocated 90 per cent of places in any given year, with the rest of the slots going to repeat pilgrims,

Got ideas on promoting harmony? Dip into $5m fund [ARTICLE]

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Got ideas on promoting harmony? Dip into $5m fund By PRISCILLA GOY goyshiyi@sph.com.sg CALLING schools and non-profit groups with ideas on how to promote racial and religious harmony a new $5 million fund can help turn those ideas into reality. The Harmony Fund aims to encourage more ground-up initiatives allowing

THE BUDGET AND us [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE BUDGET AND us Over the past three weeks, starting with the annual Budget statement and up till yesterday’s sitting, there has been a raft of policy changes. They affect everyone, from car owners to businesses and from parents with children to the disabled, several of whom have appeared in

Marathon debate reveals a new side to Parliament [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Marathon debate reveals a new side to Parliament Fresh mood, collegial atmosphere, despite a record 10 opposition MPs FROM THE GALLERY By CHUA MUI HOONG OPINION EDITOR muihoong@sph.com.sg APTLY enough, this year’s marathon Budget debate ended with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). After going through the ministries

Budget debate marks national shift: House Leader and Speaker [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Budget debate marks national shift: House Leader and Speaker By ANDREA ONG andreao@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE has moved into a new and uncharted phase, and the shift is reflected in the tenor and concerns raised in the past two weeks of debate on the Budget, said Leader of the House Ng Eng

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Property agent suspended and fined $10k By DARYL CHIN darylc@sph.com.sg A REAL estate agent has been fined $10,000 and suspended for six months for unethical conduct. The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) said yesterday that Benny Chua Cheng Thian had acted against his clients’ interests and placed misleading advertisements about

IME open to audit by team from US [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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IME open to audit by team from US It wants to prove it wasn’t involved in improper transfer of technology AMERICAN RESEARCHER’S DEATH By FENG ZENGKUN zengkun@sph.com.sg THE Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has said it welcomes a team from the United States to audit it to prove it was not

Man killed as car, lorry collide on PIE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man killed as car, lorry collide on PIE Twelve people injured in morning crash near Simei; one now in intensive care By DEBBIE LEE ldebbie@sph.com.sg A MAN was killed and 12 other people injured in an accident involving a car and a lorry ferrying workers on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE)

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Travel fairs pioneer is packing his bags Natas chief steps down to complete PhD but it’s not a one-way ticket People is a weekly series that shines the spotlight on people in the news and around your neighbourhood. If you know of anyone whose story is worth telling, let us

‘Lim couldn’t know’ of future need for tender [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Lim couldn’t know’ of future need for tender Ex-SCDF chief’s tryst predated quake which led to tender: Defence SEX-FOR-CONTRACTS TRIAL By THAM YUEN-C yuenc@sph.com.sg FORMER Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim Sin Pang could not have orchestrated a tender for radiation detectors to favour the employer of his

StarHub’s talks for EPL rights finally kick off [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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StarHub’s talks for EPL rights finally kick off By IRENE THAM TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT itham@sph.com.sg AFTER a five-month delay, StarHub has finally begun negotiations for the rights to screen English Premier League (EPL) football matches on its channels. If it is successful, the next three seasons of the highly popular league

This childcare centre is under a carpark [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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This childcare centre is under a carpark Unusual locations chosen by some operators are not turning parents away By STACEY CHIA staceyc@sph.com.sg A CORNER of the multi-storey carpark at 108, Spottiswoode Park Road is plastered with murals of bright flowers and butterflies; a stark contrast to the rest of the

New wage rules add to cost pressure, say firms [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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New wage rules add to cost pressure, say firms Already squeezed by tighter foreign worker quotas, higher levies: Bosses By CHIA YAN MIN chiaym@sph.com.sg BOSSES say their firms will feel the squeeze from new wage rules for Singaporeans in fulltime work. The regulations announced in Thursday’s Budget debate state that

Galaxy S 4 smartphone to go on sale here in May [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Galaxy S 4 smartphone to go on sale here in May Gesture controls and lifestyle elements unveiled at New York launch By SHERWIN LOH sherwinl@sph.com.sg NEW YORK The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore from May, it was revealed yesterday. The South Korean company’s stores

Disease doesn’t stop them from caring for others [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Disease doesn’t stop them from caring for others By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg MADAM Chua Seng Lan had cancer, but that did not stop her from taking care of her wheelchair-bound husband. Mr Basheer Ahmad had to make a difficult transition to life bound in a wheelchair. Next week, he

3 more family service centres on the way [ARTICLE]

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3 more family service centres on the way Facilities in Ang Mo Kio, Potong Pasir and Jurong to tackle growing caseload By JANICE TAI jantai@sph.com.sg THREE new family service centres (FSCs) are to be set up to cope with the growing number of people seeking help. They will be opened

Business chambers vital to Singapore’s growth: PM Lee [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Business chambers vital to Singapore’s growth: PM Lee Bodies such as SCCCI can work with companies to boost economy By GOH CHIN LIAN chinlian@sph.com.sg TRADE associations and business chambers like the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) have an important role to play supporting businesses as they adapt

Family members sue for share of flat [ARTICLE]

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Family members sue for share of flat Dead siblings’ relatives file lawsuit over flat left by late mother By JOYCE LIM joycel@sph.com.sg MADAM Ching Choong Hwa had willed her four-room Housing Board flat on Holland Avenue to be shared equally among her four children after she died. The elderly housewife

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BATTLESHIP TOUR OFFERS GLIMPSE OF NAVAL LIFE A Seahawk naval helicopter perches majestically on the deck of the RSS Intrepid as visitors look around. The Formidable-class stealth frigate returned from a counter-piracy operation in the Arabian Sea recently. It will be docked at the VivoCity Promenade till tomorrow. Members of

NTU professor is world’s best in business teaching [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NTU professor is world’s best in business teaching He beats 3 other finalists to prize in teach-off before live classroom audience By POON CHIAN HUI chpoon@sph.com.sg AN INFORMATION systems expert from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been named the world’s best business educator. Professor Vijay Sethi, 52, beat three other

SMU professor dies during dive trip off Mersing [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SMU professor dies during dive trip off Mersing By JALELAH ABU BAKER jalmsab@sph.com.sg THE body of a Singapore Management University (SMU) professor who died during a scuba diving trip in Malaysia was recovered on Thursday. Professor Winston Koh, who taught economics, was believed to be on his first such trip

He falls to death in bid to get daughter’s shoe [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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He falls to death in bid to get daughter’s shoe Cabby plunged from window while trying to retrieve shoe that dropped onto ledge By WALTER SIM waltsim@sph.com.sg ONE side of a pair of new school shoes worth $16 ended up costing him his life. Taxi driver Goh Ah Seng, 58,

Man fined for sleeping naked in govt building [ARTICLE]

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Man fined for sleeping naked in govt building By KHUSHWANT SINGH khush@sph.com.sg A DRUNKEN man who thought he was asleep at home was found dozing naked in a government building. Lim Soo Wee went for a lie-down at the carpark staircase landing of the Ministry of National Development building in

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For her, a three-room resale flat For others, there’s a new option Two-room flats for singles: Too small, too far away, say some, but others welcome them By RACHEL CHANG rchang@sph.com.sg TO DESIGN consultant Thomas Tan, 38, HDB’s announcement this week that it will soon launch two-room flats for singles

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Potong Pasir set to get infusion of new life Experts foresee more retail amenities with 1,000 new homes in the pipeline HOT SPOT By CHERYL ONG ocheryl@sph.com.sg POTONG Pasir has long been something of a backwater but it is likely to spring to life in the next few years, with

Jan sales: 5.5% of buyers returned homes [ARTICLE]

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Jan sales: 5.5% of buyers returned homes ESTHER TEO JANUARY’S official figures on new home sales may have been strong but 5.5 per cent of buyers had a change of heart, returning the homes they signed up for even after lodging a deposit. They returned 126 units out of the

2 new condos in east see strong sales [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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2 new condos in east see strong sales CHERYL ONG TWO condominiums in the eastern region racked up impressive sales at their previews yesterday. The 582-unit Urban Vista in Tanah Merah sold more than 180 out of the 230 units launched at its preview. The average price per sq ft

Telcos could ring in high yields [ARTICLE]

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Telcos could ring in high yields Payouts last year could pay for a few months of mobile bills: SGX By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg REAL estate investment trusts (Reits) have hogged the headlines recently, thanks to their high yields and the high-profile listing of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust. But telecommunications

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IN THE KNOW Bought/ Sold (’000) Date of effective change Stock Buyer/Seller Type Price after trade Substantial Shareholder Substantial Shareholder Pacific One Energy Limited 122 March 11 KS Energy March 11 187 Go Mei Lin Select Group 0.***** 56.51 0.37 March 11 Tai Kok Chuan Albedo March 12 Director Janet

Rowsley shares slump 18% [ARTICLE]

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Rowsley shares slump 18% By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg A RECENT buying frenzy over Rowsley, an investment firm controlled by billionaire Peter Lim, cooled sharply yesterday, as the stock slumped 18 per cent. The punters’ favourite penny stock had been steadily rising since mid-February to scale a record high

The frenzy evoked by Reits [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The frenzy evoked by Reits Mapletree’s trust up 14% since listing; SPH share price soars on news of possible Reit PLAY OF THE WEEK By GOH ENG YEOW SENIOR CORRESPONDENT engyeow@sph.com.sg INVESTORS have not taken their eyes off Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust (MGCCT) since it made its debut on

Retail sales down 1.4% in January [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Retail sales down 1.4% in January F&B the biggest drag; data suggests that consumers remain cautious By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg RETAILERS have recorded a drop in sales in January as consumers kept cutting back on spending in a sluggish economy. According to the Department of Statistics, retail sales slipped 1.4

Boustead enters into solar power joint venture [ARTICLE]

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Boustead enters into solar power joint venture By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg A WHOLLY owned subsidiary of Boustead Singapore yesterday entered into a Japan solar power joint venture. The joint-venture partner is Kinnarii Power Assets, a Singapore-based renewable project developer which focuses on the region. Boustead, an engineering and technology company,

Q3 profits at Popular Holdings dip 4% [ARTICLE]

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Q3 profits at Popular Holdings dip 4% THE absence of contribution from property development dragged third-quarter net profit at Popular Holdings down by 4 per cent to $11.7 million. Turnover for the three months ended Jan 31 also fell, by 8 per cent to $152.8 million. The book retailer and

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S’pore ‘can play key role in growing offshore yuan’ Republic can help increase liquidity, circulation of yuan in Asia: Tharman ACI WORLD CONGRESS By YASMINE YAHYA yasminey@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE’S status as a trading and financial centre can allow it to play a strategic role in supporting the growth of the offshore

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Bank reforms: ‘Too far, not far enough’ ACI WORLD CONGRESS YASMINE YAHYA A GROUP of financial industry insiders yesterday raised concerns about the ongoing global regulatory reforms in the banking sector. Some warned that the international authorities may be going too far, while others suggested that regulators may not be

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Record net profit for DBS Hong Kong By RACHEL SCULLY rjscully@sph.com.sg DBS HONG KONG has reported a record net profit of S$716 million for the last financial year, up 25 per cent from a year earlier. Net interest income grew 12 per cent to S$886 million though non-interest income slid

S’pore banks likely to drop ringgit reference rate [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore banks likely to drop ringgit reference rate Move will be a win for Bank Negara in its bid to control onshore currency market REUTERS BANKS in Singapore will likely abandon their reference rate for the Malaysian ringgit, sources say, handing a victory to Malaysia’s central bank as it seeks

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DBS named ‘trailblazer of the year’ Its progressive outlook makes it a winner at industry magazine’s awards By MAGDALEN NG songyuan@sph.com.sg DBS BANK was yesterday named the “Trailblazer of the Year” at yesterday evening’s Banking Payments Asia Trailblazer Awards 2013. In its fourth year, the annual awards, organised by the

China Flexible Packaging posts Q1 loss [ARTICLE]

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China Flexible Packaging posts Q1 loss By JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg CHINA Flexible Packaging Holdings slumped to a loss of 45.3 million yuan (S$9.1 million) in the first quarter, reversing a 534,000 yuan profit in the same period a year earlier. The maker of plastic packaging material blamed a drop in

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Poh Lian $60m in the red ‘due to mismanagement’ Director outlines building firm’s plight in court filing By RACHEL SCULLY rjscully@sph.com.sg BUILDING company Poh Lian Construction is in a $60 million black hole because it mismanaged funds and entered poor contractual deals, according to one of its directors. Mr Peh

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STI edges up in late buying spree [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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STI edges up in late buying spree Market hit by price swings on news of plunge in new private home sales BULLS AND BEARS By ANITA GABRIEL SENIOR CORRESPONDENT anitag@sph.com.sg AGGRESSIVE buying in the final half hour of trading managed to cushion the market’s slide and push it into positive

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PSG FACE FIRST TEST OF CALIBRE French glamour side are drawn with Barcelona in Champs League q-finals Champions League Quarter-final draw (1st leg: April 2 or 3, 2nd leg: April 9 or 10) L Malaga (Esp) v Borussia Dortmund (Ger) L Real Madrid (Esp) v Galatasaray (Tur) L Paris Saint-Germain

ICE QUEEN’S BACK, AND AT HER BEST [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ICE QUEEN’S BACK, AND AT HER BEST Olympic champ Kim shows she’s the one to beat after 2-year break ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON (Ontario) South Korea’s Kim Yu Na reminded everyone of what they had been missing on Thursday, winning the short programme in her first appearance at the World Figure

Kettlebell can get ‘bigger lift from more contests’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kettlebell can get ‘bigger lift from more contests’ By GOH JUN YONG jygoh@sph.com.sg KETTLEBELL lifting here got a massive hoist when Singapore hosted the Asian Kettlebell Championship 2013, the biggest competition outside Russia and the United States, last Sunday. Homegrown competitors did well in the Men’s Amateur Snatch and Women’s

MR NICE GUY’S A BEAST INSIDE CAGE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MR NICE GUY’S A BEAST INSIDE CAGE Charming Low to make home debut as ONE Fighting pugilist next month By CHAN U-GENE ugenec@sph.com.sg HE HAS a charming, infectious smile and he puts you at ease with his polite way of talking. He can also play the perfect host, whipping up

Will the Pope connect religion and football? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Will the Pope connect religion and football? IN GOOD CONSCIENCE By ROB HUGHES stsports@sph.com.sg IT WILL take a while, but eventually the newly ordained Pope Francis could become the best-known Argentinian on earth after Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. There is no irreverence intended by that observation. The Vatican has

SPORTS WORLD

Woodlands and Hougang draw [ARTICLE]

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Woodlands and Hougang draw WOODLANDS Wellington and Hougang United played out a boring goal-less draw in their S-League football clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night. Both sides have five points after four matches. They sit level with Brunei DPMM in fifth spot in the 12-team standings.

Duncan back with vengeance [ARTICLE]

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Duncan back with vengeance AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SAN ANTONIO (Texas) Tim Duncan finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs clinched a National Basketball Association play-off spot by edging out the Dallas Mavericks 92-91 on Thursday. Duncan made the most of his return as he had missed

Moskvina banned 6 years [ARTICLE]

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Moskvina banned 6 years REUTERS MOSCOW European short-course record holder Ksenia Moskvina, 23, has been handed a six-year ban after failing a drug test for the second time in three months, the Russian anti-doping agency said on Thursday. The Russian swimmer, who was banned for 12 months in December for

Benzema fined for bad driving [ARTICLE]

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Benzema fined for bad driving ASSOCIATED PRESS MADRID Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been fined ¤18,000 (S$29,900) and had his drivers’ licence revoked for eight months for reckless driving. The French ace was sentenced yesterday by a Madrid court after requesting a change in the court date from March

India, Pakistan series off [ARTICLE]

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India, Pakistan series off ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI The field hockey series between India and Pakistan was called off yesterday, after the Indian government declined to give the go-ahead owing to deteriorating relations between the two countries. The Pakistan hockey squad had been scheduled to visit India for five games

SCORECARD [ARTICLE]

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SCORECARD Badminton Swiss Open In Basel, 2nd rd (selected) Men’s singles: Chong Wei Feng (Mas) bt P. Kashyap (Ind) 18-21 21-7 21-16, Du Pengyu (Chn) bt Hsu Jen-hao (Tpe) 13-21 21-11 21-15. Women’s singles: Jiang Yanjiao (Chn) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 16-21 21-11 23-21, Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Petya Nedelcheva

RECOVERING NADAL BEATS HURT FEDERER [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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RECOVERING NADAL BEATS HURT FEDERER With both greats not at full fitness, quarter-final clash is hardly a classic ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIAN WELLS (California) Lured by the anticipation of another duel between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, tennis fans packed the main stadium at the BNP Paribas Open on a sultry

Azarenka, Stosur out with injuries [ARTICLE]

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Azarenka, Stosur out with injuries AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE INDIAN WELLS The women’s quarter-finals at the Indian Wells tennis tournament ended with a whimper on Thursday when defending champion Victoria Azarenka and seventh seed Sam Stosur pulled out with injuries. Azarenka’s bid to become the first woman since Martina Navratilova in 1990-91

VETTEL SETS THE EARLY PACE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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VETTEL SETS THE EARLY PACE Champion puts rivals in their place by dominating both practice sessions ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE For all the talk about the unpredictability of the new Formula One season, yesterday’s opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix followed a well-established pattern, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull

McLaren puzzled at car’s failings [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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McLaren puzzled at car’s failings ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE Jenson Button’s hopes of another Australian Grand Prix win appear remote after a woeful first day’s practice which McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh described as his “hardest day” in racing. Button, who has won three of the past four Melbourne races, was

Hamilton can give others run for money [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hamilton can give others run for money IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT By STEVE SLATER stsports@sph.com.sg ON THE face of it, not too much will seem to have changed as the cars line up on the starting grid for the first of the 19 races in the 2013 Formula One season.

MANY TOP COACHES, FEW TOP JOBS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MANY TOP COACHES, FEW TOP JOBS But observers say elite coaches should also aim to train youth sides By WANG MENG MENG, FABIUS CHEN meng@sph.com.sg fabiusc@sph.com.sg THEY have the highest coaching badge in the land the Asian Football Confederation Professional Diploma. Yet, Richard Bok, the most successful coach in S-League

Wenger ready to ditch below-par players in off-season [ARTICLE]

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Wenger ready to ditch below-par players in off-season THE TIMES, LONDON AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Arsene Wenger will signal his intention to build a new team at Arsenal by trying to offload several underperforming players at the end of the season. The manager will put cen-tre-back Thomas Vermaelen up for sale

In-form Reds wary of struggling Saints [ARTICLE]

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In-form Reds wary of struggling Saints LONDON Two sides with very different agendas square off at St Mary’s today. While Southampton glance nervously over their shoulder at a relegation zone they are not quite clear of, Liverpool eye enviously the Champions League places that seem tantalisingly out of reach. The

England upbeat on Grand Slam success [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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England upbeat on Grand Slam success AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CARDIFF History awaits the winner of today’s climax to the Six Nations, as Wales and Grand Slam-seeking England battle for northern-hemisphere supremacy. A rugby tournament blighted by the weather and that has delivered precious few highlights at least got the finale it

TORRES HITS WHEN GOING GETS TOUGH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TORRES HITS WHEN GOING GETS TOUGH Chelsea in q-finals as much-criticised striker delivers against Steaua THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is backing Fernando Torres to go on a goal rush after he scored a vital winner for the London club against Steaua Bucharest in the Europa

Cisse pops up late to extend Magpies’ run [ARTICLE]

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Cisse pops up late to extend Magpies’ run THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON It has been a while since St James’ Park witnessed drama like this, but the wait may just have been worth it. The clash against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday was Newcastle United’s 12th fixture in the Europa League

Taunted Adebayor has the last laugh [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taunted Adebayor has the last laugh THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON Andre Villas-Boas called on Uefa to act tough after Emmanuel Adebayor was subjected to racist abuse at the San Siro on Thursday. The Togolese forward scored a priceless goal to help Tottenham Hotspur avert calamity and progress on away goals

Put aside differences, Hodgson tells Ferdinand and Cole [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Put aside differences, Hodgson tells Ferdinand and Cole ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Roy Hodgson has left Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole in no doubt that they must put their differences aside, after the Manchester United defender was recalled to the England squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino

Premier League [ARTICLE]

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Premier League Today Everton v Manchester City Live, HD Ch102, 8.45pm Swansea City v Arsenal Live, HD Ch102, 11pm Southampton v Liverpool Live, HD Ch103, 10.55pm Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion Live, HD Ch104, 10.55pm Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers Live, Ch105, 10.55pm Manchester United v Reading Live,

STANDINGS [ARTICLE]

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STANDINGS P W D L F A Pts 1 Manchester United 28 23 2 3 68 31 71 2 Manchester City 28 17 8 3 51 24 59 3 Tottenham Hotspur 29 16 6 7 51 36 54 4 Chelsea 28 15 7 6 56 30 52 5 Arsenal 28

CITY MAY GET TRIPPED UP BY BOGEY TEAM AGAIN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CITY MAY GET TRIPPED UP BY BOGEY TEAM AGAIN But feel-good factor in Everton has dimmed after recent spate of losses THE BIG MATCH By RICHARD JOLLY stsports@sph.com.sg ONE of this season’s ambitions will go unrealised. Some of the star players have underperformed horribly. The manager has endured a week

Young insists Man United will not falter [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Young insists Man United will not falter AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Manchester United winger Ashley Young has warned title rivals Manchester City there is no chance of his team faltering with the Premier League crown within touching distance. United return to league action against manager-less Reading at Old Trafford today determined

Mancini desperate to reduce gap before derby [ARTICLE]

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Mancini desperate to reduce gap before derby AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON Manchester City must reduce the 12-point deficit at the top of the Premier League before the upcoming Manchester derby to have any hope of keeping their title, manager Roberto Mancini said yesterday. City trail Manchester United ahead of their visit

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THE BUDGET and what matters to us [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THE BUDGET and what matters to us Parliament passed the Government’s Budget yesterday, after a nine-day debate during which MPs probed policy and ministers announced plans to transform Singapore. JEREMY AU YONG identifies five ways in which this year’s debate was a break from the past. JEREMY AU YONG jeremyau@sph.com.sg

Foreigners can give back in other ways [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Foreigners can give back in other ways Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Hri Kumar Nair recently sparked a public debate when he proposed to levy a national defence tax on non-citizens to create sharper distinctions between Singaporeans and foreigners. In his Budget debate speech this week, he observed that Singapore has

Rooting for low-hanging carrots [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rooting for low-hanging carrots TAGGED PARLIAMENT had quite a bit to chew on this week, not least of which was how to entice the rabbits of Singapore’s industry to nibble on government carrots. Nominated MP Teo Siong Seng got the ball rolling when he called on the authorities to cut

A taxing question of luxury v necessity [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A taxing question of luxury v necessity The answer will mean difference between taxing one and keeping the other cheap POLITICS 360 By LESLIE KOH ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITOR leskoh@sph.com.sg THE recent announcements on loan curbs and higher taxes for cars and investment property seemed to share one common element, apart

Why study? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Why study? BY INVITATION Students considering a university education should ask themselves whom they want to be, not what they want to be By SIMON CHESTERMAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES stopinion@sph.com.sg The writer is the dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. By Invitation features expert views

The ‘boring’ people who changed the world [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The ‘boring’ people who changed the world Today’s big winners are the ‘Material Boys’ who grow grain and drill for fuel By DAVID BROOKS NEW YORK TIMES BECAUSE I have to generate two columns a week for you, dear reader, I spend some time hunting for new ideas on the

Confessions of a cyber loafer [ARTICLE]

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Confessions of a cyber loafer By LUCY KELLAWAY FINANCIAL TIMES ONE day recently, I was sitting at my desk reading an academic paper on cyber loafing when I glanced at my screen and saw a colleague had tweeted: “This shouldn’t be funny but it is.” I clicked on the link

The inequality that exists today derives less from the unequal availability of opportunity than it does from the unequal ability to exploit opportunity’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The inequality that exists today derives less from the unequal availability of opportunity than it does from the unequal ability to exploit opportunity’ Inequality is increasing almost everywhere in the post-industrial capitalist world. This is not the result of politics, nor is politics likely to reverse it, for the problem

Food parcels from a faraway world [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Food parcels from a faraway world By JANICE TAY CORRESPONDENT tastingjapan@gmail.com KYOTO You can always count on bad weather to make things more interesting. A light snow is falling when I run for a bus headed north one morning late last month. By the time the bus reaches the village