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PM: We don’t need poverty line to help the poor [ARTICLE]

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PM: We don’t need poverty line to help the poor Singapore’s needy have diverse needs that call for multi-layered help Rachel Chang In Colombo rchang@sph.com.sg Singapore is past the point where a poverty line is useful, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong indicated yesterday, as its groups of needy now take

Parliament takes a break in April [ARTICLE]

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Parliament takes a break in April Parliament will take its customary mid-term break in April next year after the Budget debate, and reopen in May, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. This move will allow the Government and MPs to take stock of events and set a new agenda

Joel dreams of football stardom [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Joel dreams of football stardom Joel Chew (left) has the full support of his parents to pursue his dream of making it big in professional football. He is just 13, but James and Celine Chew have already spent more than $25,000 to help their son hone his skills. Boys like

THEIR AMAZING RACE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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THEIR AMAZING RACE Brain tumour patient Czeslaw Szarycz, 52, will be running the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Dec 1, together with the neurosurgeon who operated on him, Dr Ivan Ng. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Online bullies beware [ARTICLE]

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Online bullies beware Victims of online bullying say they get little satisfaction when they complain about vicious, often anonymous, attacks. Experts see a pressing need to plug gaps in Singapore’s anti-harassment laws. The Law Ministry is looking at strengthening legislation to give victims more protection.

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TYPHOON TRAGEDY 50 OBJECTS THAT SAY “SINGAPORE” EYEWITNESS: JOMAR KHO INDANAN Heartbreak and hope in Tacloban TOP NEWSPAGES14&15 RAVI VELLOOR Asia must prepare for the next disaster. And the next. THINK PAGE50 SUNDAYLIFE!PAGES2-8 CHANG AI-LIEN LOVES ANIMALS, BUT SHE SAYS: Some animal activists are just too much THINKPAGE51 PHOTOS: KEVIN

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10 years’ jail for US hacker [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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10 years’ jail for US hacker judge: Actions by Anonymous member neither high-minded nor public-spirited New York Times New York A prominent member of the hacking group Anonymous has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail after pleading guilty to breaking into the computer servers of a string of US corporations,

Key info stolen from US agencies [ARTICLE]

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Key info stolen from US agencies Reuters Boston/San Francisco Activist hackers linked to Anonymous have secretly accessed US government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI has warned. The Federal Bureau of Investigation described the attacks as “a

Spam program holds PCs hostage [ARTICLE]

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Spam program holds PCs hostage Reuters London Cybercrime investigators are looking into a barrage of spam sent to millions of British banking customers designed to freeze their computers and demand a ransom, Britain’s National Crime Agency said. The agency, which began operating only last month, said last Friday that its

BATKID’S BIG DAY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BATKID’S BIG DAY AFP San Francisco A five-year-old boy recovering from cancer became a superhero for a day as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Even President Barack Obama got in on the act, sending pint-size caped

Batman Suparman story takes off [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Batman Suparman story takes off Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh Singapore’s Batman Suparman (below) made news when he was sent to jail last Monday for a string of crimes. His story also took off beyond Singapore, making the list of best-read stories on the BBC website. The interest clearly was less

Art comes out of the water closet [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Art comes out of the water closet David Ee Proper sanitation can lead to greater happiness that’s the message behind a new sculpture unveiled at the Marina Barrage yesterday to commemorate the upcoming World Toilet Day on Nov 19. Entitled Evolution Of Man: Poo Pee Happy, the $30,000 stainless steel

Keen to join new SAF volunteer corps? [ARTICLE]

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Keen to join new SAF volunteer corps? Duties may include patrolling critical installations and treating wounded soldiers Jermyn Chow Defence Correspondent jermync@sph.com.sg Those keen to join the new Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps may have to perform duties such as patrolling critical installations, treating wounded soldiers or managing crowds at

Murder of Taiwanese tourist off Sabah linked to Al-Qaeda [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Murder of Taiwanese tourist off Sabah linked to Al-Qaeda Air and sea hunt for gunmen who stormed island resort, killed him and kidnapped his wife Yong Yen Nie Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur yyennie@sph.com.sg Malaysian police have linked gunmen who murdered a Taiwanese tourist and kidnapped his wife on an

Plane amazing [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Plane amazing More than 2,000 people from the local aviation community came together yesterday and got themselves into the Singapore Book of Records after forming the “Largest Human Formation of an Airplane”. They had earlier taken part in this year’s Aviation Run, which raised more than $200,000 for the Community

China’s new policy ‘won’t cause baby boom’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China’s new policy ‘won’t cause baby boom’ Relaxation of one-child policy will be phased in gradually, province by province, says official Ho Ai Li China Correspondent In Beijing hoaili@sph.com.sg China will not see a baby boom in the short run, as the easing of its one-child policy will be phased

‘Tuhao’ for crass rich goes global [ARTICLE]

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‘Tuhao’ for crass rich goes global Lining the inside of your Rolls-Royce with jade is tuhao, gold-plating your BMW is tuhao, spending US$1.5 million (S$ 1.9 million) on a pet Tibetan mastiff red for good luck is tuhao. Tuhao the buzzword in China for the “crass rich” is now so

Pick up copies of ST and TNP for $1.20 [ARTICLE]

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Pick up copies of ST and TNP for $1.20 Readers of The Straits Times and The New Paper can pick up both dailies from the news-stands for only $1.20 from tomorrow until Dec 1. This means a combined savings of 50 cents for those who buy both papers, including their

S’pore firms snap up overseas properties [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S’pore firms snap up overseas properties Right time for forays as economies in US and Europe recover, say experts Rachael Boon rachaelb@sph.com.sg Significant real estate assets abroad are proving a major attraction for Singapore companies looking to broaden their investment base. Just last week, it was reported that Singapore sovereign

typhoon haiyan aftermath

My journey of heartbreak and hope [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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My journey of heartbreak and hope When disaster struck, senior sub-editor Jomar Kho Indanan (left) of The Straits Times went on a four-day mercy mission to stricken Tacloban. He tells his story to Cassandra Chew. FRIENDS REACH OUT TO HELP AMID DEATH AND CHAOS Cassandra Chew casschew@sph.com.sg I spent the

Dashed: Maid’s dream of going home for good [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dashed: Maid’s dream of going home for good IN SINGAPORE Amelia Tan ameltan@sph.com.sg After toiling in Singapore for six years, Filipino maid Mary Ann Pacino Basio was close to realising her dream of reuniting with her family. But Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged her hometown and crushed her hopes on Nov

Farmer, 27, dies of a broken leg [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Farmer, 27, dies of a broken leg One family’s tragedy illustrates the plight of the injured who keep waiting for help WHEN HELP COMES TOO SLOWLY New York Times Tacloban (Leyte) Richard Pulga lay on a hard steel gurney for five days with only a saline drip after being seriously

Food and medical aid effort gathers pace [ARTICLE]

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Food and medical aid effort gathers pace AFP Reuters Giporlos (Philippines) Substantial food and medical aid has finally begun reaching survivors of the super typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, but humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing devastated, remote communities. The scale of destruction caused by Super

Mail, and social call, for Taiwan’s elderly [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mail, and social call, for Taiwan’s elderly But postal service provider now seeks to institutionalise free visits to senior citizens Lee Seok Hwai Taiwan Correspondent In Tainan seokhwai@sph.com.sg Postman Di Ya-me delivers some 150 express letters and parcels around the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan every weekday morning. These days,

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Paraglider has eye on SEA Games [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Paraglider has eye on SEA Games He is pressing to get sport included in Asean meet David Ee davidee@sph.com.sg Carpenter Teh Kian Kong (right) has always been good with his hands, making furniture to measure for homes since he was just a teenager. But as a kid, he had a

Getting there not easy [ARTICLE]

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Getting there not easy David Ee Paragliding has not been approved by the SEA Games Federation, the body that decides the sports to be contested at the biennial event. The sport does not have a national sports association here that is approved by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) which is

A model caregiving family [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A model caregiving family Janice Tai Taking care of one relative is already a demanding task for most people, but Madam Nuraini Mohd Noor has to look after three special needs children who have been bedridden from birth. Madam Nuraini, who has three children suffering from epilepsy and intellectual disability,

Malays less likely to hire caregivers [ARTICLE]

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Malays less likely to hire caregivers Study finds that more Chinese and Indians hire maids; Malays rely on a larger and stronger family network Janice Tai, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh jantai@sph.com.sg asyiqins@sph.com.sg Malay families in Singapore are less likely to employ maids or turn to community services to care for

S’poreans take time to warm to new citizens [ARTICLE]

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S’poreans take time to warm to new citizens New immigrants at integration forum say locals tend to be reserved but are open to forming close ties Toh Yong Chuan tohyc@sph.com.sg Singaporean reserve was a subject of discussion at a conference on integration yesterday, with new immigrants saying locals do not

‘Amazing’ outing for SPMF kids [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Amazing’ outing for SPMF kids Primary 4 pupil Rachel Lee (second from right), 10, seeking advice from Raffles Institution student Sabrina Chan, 17, during an “Amazing Race” session at Resorts World Sentosa SEA Aquarium yesterday as part of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) STep-Up Closing Outing for

3 children rescued from burning flat [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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3 children rescued from burning flat Siblings hid in master bedroom toilet after fire broke out in their 7th-floor Admiralty Drive home Priscilla Goy goyshiyi@sph.com.sg Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) firefighters had to force their way into a burning flat to rescue three children yesterday. The children two sisters aged

Book marks 50th year of clampdown [ARTICLE]

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Book marks 50th year of clampdown Operation Coldstore saw left-wingers, trade unionists detained for subversive activities David Ee davidee@sph.com.sg Former detainees, historians and academics yesterday sought to rebalance the retelling of Operation Coldstore in 1963, with the launch of a book to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Operation Coldstore brought about

Mugabe attends graduation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mugabe attends graduation Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe left Raffles City Convention Centre yesterday a proud father, after attending the graduation of his only daughter, Bona (centre), with his wife Grace. Ms Mugabe, 24, graduated with a master’s degree after completing the Management Development Institute of Singapore-University of Wales programme here.

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China’s elderly go online to find love [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China’s elderly go online to find love Reasons include rising divorce rates, greater Net literacy but many end up divorced again Esther Teo China Correspondent In Beijing esthert@sph.com.sg Some people might swear off love after two divorces, but Mr Xu Huasheng is not giving up yet. In fact, the former

China’s leaders still ‘favour consensus’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China’s leaders still ‘favour consensus’ Beijing haunted by strongman politics, say analysts, even as Xi tightens grip on power Kor Kian Beng China Bureau Chief In Beijing kianbeng@sph.com.sg Chinese President Xi Jinping has gained more clout than expected following a key policy summit last week, sparking talk of a return

PM Lee opposes bid to influence Sri Lanka’s internal affair [ARTICLE]

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PM Lee opposes bid to influence Sri Lanka’s internal affair Rachel Chang Chang In Colombo rchang@sph.com.sg Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday signalled his disagreement with some countries’ attempts to influence Sri Lanka’s efforts to move past its long civil war. Responding to a question on Sri Lanka’s human rights

Ruins of Majapahit capital saved [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ruins of Majapahit capital saved Indonesia stops steel mill construction, pledges to make area a cultural heritage site Zakir Hussain Indonesia Bureau Chief In jakarta zakirh@sph.com.sg Its empire once dominated much of South-east Asia, but up till a few weeks ago, the ruins of the Majapahit capital in Trowulan were

India finally gets aircraft carrier from Russia [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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India finally gets aircraft carrier from Russia $2.9b retooled Soviet-era ship handed over after years of delays Reuters AFP Xinhua Moscow/New Delhi Russia handed over a US$2.3 billion (S$2.9 billion) aircraft carrier to India yesterday after years of delays, extending the South Asian country’s maritime reach in the Indian Ocean

Pilots die after copter crashes into Seoul building [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pilots die after copter crashes into Seoul building AFP Seoul A South Korean helicopter crashed into a high-rise apartment block in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district yesterday, leaving its two pilots dead. The private helicopter hit several apartments near the top of the 30-storey building before plunging to the ground, said

Albania refuses to host destruction of Syria’s arsenal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Albania refuses to host destruction of Syria’s arsenal AP Tirana (Albania) The world’s chemical watchdog has adopted a final road map for ridding Syria of its arsenal by the middle of next year, reaching an agreement hours before a deadline expired. But the plan was dealt a serious blow when

Iran and big powers ‘closer to nuke deal’ [ARTICLE]

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Iran and big powers ‘closer to nuke deal’ US official hopeful ahead of this week’s talks but Teheran holds firm Reuters Washington Major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement to curb Teheran’s nuclear programme, says a senior US official, adding that it is “quite possible” a

Aussie fashion world clings to past [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Aussie fashion world clings to past No interest in Asian or black models even as businesses rush to embrace Asian century Jonathan Pearlman For The Sunday Times In Sydney jonathanmpearlman@ gmail.com The faces on the covers of Australian fashion magazines vary widely, but they are inevitably those of white Anglo-Saxon

40 die in Libyan clashes [ARTICLE]

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40 die in Libyan clashes AFP AP Tripoli Fresh clashes erupted in a Tripoli suburb yesterday as the death toll from violence at an an-ti-militia protest topped 40. A fighter on the government side said one of his colleagues was shot dead and three others were wounded as fighting flared

S'pore and Slovakia can work on urban solutions [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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S'pore and Slovakia can work on urban solutions President Tan discusses possible areas for collaboration during visit to Slovak capital Bratislava Janice Heng In Bratislava (Slovakia) janiceh@sph.com.sg President Tony Tan Keng Yam highlighted urban solutions as one area in which Singapore and Slovakia can collaborate, a suggestion that won the

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Geithner joins private equity firm [ARTICLE]

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Geithner joins private equity firm Washington Former United States treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, who left the position in January, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Mr Geithner, who played a major role in combating the global financial crisis during the four years he

Big reward for info on attackers [ARTICLE]

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Big reward for info on attackers Reuters Washington The US State Department has said it has quietly offered a US$10 million (S$ 12.5 million) reward since January for information leading to those behind the Sept 11, 2012 attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in

Maldivians vote again [ARTICLE]

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Maldivians vote again AFP Male The Maldives yesterday voted in a run-off presidential election to elect a new leader, after the results of a poll in September were annulled and a poll to make up for it was cancelled. The contest between opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed and Mr Abdulla Yameen,

Mission to Mars [ARTICLE]

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Mission to Mars AFP Washington What happened to the water on Mars? How did its atmosphere become so thin over time? Maven, an unmanned Nasa spacecraft, is scheduled to be launched tomorrow on a mission to find that out. The probe by the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (Maven) is

Chinese ships enter disputed area [ARTICLE]

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Chinese ships enter disputed area AFP Tokyo Four Chinese coast guard ships sailed into disputed waters off the Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea yesterday as Japan continued a massive drill aimed at bolstering defence of its remote islands. The vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of

Forbes magazine looking for buyers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Forbes magazine looking for buyers Another prominent media family rocked by tough times in publishing industry Reuters New York The Forbes family is exploring the sale of its eponymous magazine title and Web publications, becoming the latest prominent media family to bow to the realities of an industry in turmoil.

JPMorgan to pay investors $5.6b [ARTICLE]

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JPMorgan to pay investors $5.6b New York Times New York The cheques from JPMorgan Chase just keep on coming as the largest United States bank works to move beyond its mortgage-re-lated troubles. JPMorgan reached a US$4.5 billion (S$5.6 billion) settlement with a group of 21 institutional investors last Friday over

That post can be used as ad: Facebook [ARTICLE]

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That post can be used as ad: Facebook New York Times San Francisco If you post something on Facebook, let there be no doubt that it can end up as an ad shown to your friends and acquaintances. Facebook has pressed forward with official changes to its privacy policies, first

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BUDGETING BLUES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BUDGETING BLUES Not budgeting during his student days proved to be a painful lesson for now-university professor Jeremy Goh. Having studied topics ranging from management to economics and finance, SMU associate professor Jeremy Goh realised it was important for people to invest their money based on their life cycle. ST

PROFITING FROM SRS [ARTICLE]

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PROFITING FROM SRS Goh Eng Yeow reveals how he plans to invest his Supplementary Retirement Scheme funds.

TALKING MORE MONEY [ARTICLE]

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TALKING MORE MONEY Former Sunday Invest editor Lorna Tan, who has recently released a new book, speaks about investor education.

Enjoy tax break while saving for retirement [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Enjoy tax break while saving for retirement Putting money into an SRS account is an option for those with cash to spare Alvin Foo alfoo@sph.com.sg The acronym “SRS” will hardly strike a chord with most Singaporeans despite the country being awash with abbreviations, but it is a key one to

young & savvy

A Xmas gift that’s so good [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A Xmas gift that’s so good Get into the festive spirit by helping the thousands of typhoon victims in the Philippines Jessica Cheam stinvest@sph.com.sg This Christmas, as many of us in Singapore gather in dining rooms to enjoy roasted turkey and wine, 800,000 or so people in the Philippines will

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Harsh awakening one winter to financial reality [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Harsh awakening one winter to financial reality Academic’s first month as an overseas undergrad taught him value of budgeting and planning Rachel Scully rjscully@sph.com.sg The joy of Christmas turned sour for financial academic Jeremy Goh back when he was a student, after he failed to do what he now teaches

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What I’m doing with my SRS funds [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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What I’m doing with my SRS funds Investing in an STI exchange-traded fund on a monthly basis looks like a good tactic Goh Eng Yeow Senior Correspondent engyeow@sph.com.sg Five years ago, as a vast financial firestorm raged across global stock markets, there were plenty of doomsayers who predicted that the

Saving for varsity starts before child turns five: Survey [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Saving for varsity starts before child turns five: Survey That’s what 73% of parents polled do; 39% expect their child to study overseas Rachael Boon rachaelb@sph.com.sg Cash-strapped parents won’t need any reminding, but plenty of people in Singapore are putting cash aside for their children’s education, according to a new

Lorna Tan talks more money [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lorna Tan talks more money Ex-journalist’s new book covers issues such as consumer protection Rachael Boon rachaelb@sph.com.sg The issue of consumer protection is never far from the public eye, given the number of scams and scandals that hit financial markets, so it was no surprise that former financial journalist Lorna

Er, what is shortselling? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Er, what is shortselling? FINANCIAL QUOTIENT Where do you see this? Mainly in financial news stories, especially in stock market reports. What does it mean? Short-selling involves selling securities the investor does not own in the hope of buying them back later at a lower price. stark It is in

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Villages that connect [ARTICLE]

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Villages that connect EDITORIAL Singaporeans, who can afford it, might favour living in a private retirement village, if the first one now on the drawing board strikes the right note. In a sense, this would represent a turning point for society. Once, elders aged gracefully in the midst of an

Prepare for the next horror that surely will come [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Prepare for the next horror that surely will come An Asia-wide natural disaster response body and emergency fund may be a good start Ravi Velloor Foreign Editor velloor@sph.com.sg “Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; And universal Darkness buries All.” Thus concludes Alexander Pope’s The Dunciad. Written in the

Animal activists risk turning off pet lovers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Animal activists risk turning off pet lovers Animal welfare is important, but cut out the online vitriol Chang Ai-Lien Senior Correspondent ailien@sph.com.sg When 40-year-old Lisa Soh was thinking of adopting a mongrel from an animal shelter, the housewife was grilled by representatives on where she lived and her past pet

School of the future? This one gets it right [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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School of the future? This one gets it right Han Fook Kwang Managing Editor hanfk@sph.com.sg There is a school in Woodlands that is really serious about educating its pupils. It doesn’t have a brand name and will never make the news because of its academic achievements. Its pupils are drawn

Get bosses, workers on same side [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Get bosses, workers on same side Tham Yuen-C yuenc@sph.com.sg When laws are changed to boost employees’ rights, employers will understandably cry foul. Any additional rules and regulations for them to follow will not come without costs, since processes usually have to be modified to comply. Amendments to two Bills passed

Framed, flamed and left helpless [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Framed, flamed and left helpless Ministry considering updating laws after rise in reports of harassment cases online, in real world Radha Basu Senior Correspondent radhab@sph.com.sg The day before her wedding on Oct 1 last year, Changi General Hospital doctor Lim Baoying was told by a friend that an impostor had

Needed: Laws against cyber harassment [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Needed: Laws against cyber harassment K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent Legal experts see an urgent need for laws against online harassment in Singapore, calling this the most pressing gap in efforts to strengthen anti-harassment laws. Although there are no specific laws to deal with sexual harass- ment, stalking, cyber bullying

STALKED, TERRIFIED BY ‘CONFIDANT’ [ARTICLE]

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STALKED, TERRIFIED BY ‘CONFIDANT’ Radha Basu It all started innocuously enough late last year. An older man whom Ms S. Selvi had known half her life began lifting photographs of her from her Facebook page and posting them on his profile. The 34-year-old single woman, whose father died when she

BOSS MADE SEXUAL ADVANCES [ARTICLE]

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BOSS MADE SEXUAL ADVANCES Radha Basu The first sign that something was amiss came at lunch-time on the very first day of work for Ms Sarah Tan (not her real name) in an eye-care firm in late July. The 39-year-old sales representative says her direct boss, a married man in

Cyber bullying on the rise among children [ARTICLE]

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Cyber bullying on the rise among children Radha Basu A 15-year-old truant turned her life around with weekly counselling and her own will to change. Early last year, after skipping school and staying away from home for days, teenager Hana (not her real name) was deemed beyond parental control. On

Waiting for dead son to become irrelevant... [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Waiting for dead son to become irrelevant... because that would then mean there’s no more bullying, hate crimes, his parents say LIFEMY CHANGED IT It Changed My Life is a weekly series about lives that have been dramatically changed by events, people or circumstances Wong Kim Hoh Senior writer kimhoh@sph.com.sg

Song and dance over dancing in public areas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Song and dance over dancing in public areas Lack of suitable venues for dance enthusiasts to hang out but others complain about noise Ho Ai Li China Correspondent In Beijing hoaili@sph.com.sg Some do so in costumes with sequins. Others put on Red Guard uniforms. But most are happy just to

YOUR LETTERS

Aid recipients must not treat charity as a right [ARTICLE]

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Aid recipients must not treat charity as a right Toh Cheng Seong Like the businessman quoted in last Sunday’s article (“Welfare must not undermine value of hard work”), I feel there are some among Singapore’s poor who have no qualms about accepting handouts, yet are reluctant to fulfil their obligations

How about a singles’ village? [ARTICLE]

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How about a singles’ village? Chua Boon Hou It seems many retirees welcome the idea of a retirement village (“Ageing Singapore to get first retirement village”; last Sunday). It makes me wonder if singles will warm to the idea of living in a singles’ village as well. Much of the

Plan ahead, allow short-term stays [ARTICLE]

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Plan ahead, allow short-term stays Jeffrey Law Lee Beng Older people can now explore new ways of living that will enhance their later years (“Ageing Singapore to get first retirement village”; last Sunday). Although a retirement village can offer a myriad of senior-living options, it is important to visualise future

Consider public retirement villages for the less affluent too [ARTICLE]

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Consider public retirement villages for the less affluent too Francis Cheng A retirement village should not be seen as something that caters only for “educated, affluent baby boomers” (“Baby boomers worried about growing old alone cheer the news”; last Sunday). To correct this perception, the Government could build public “executive”

Why exclude Cuba from travel insurance coverage? [ARTICLE]

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Why exclude Cuba from travel insurance coverage? Young Pak Nang The well-written article on travel insurance (“Get travel cover for peace of mind”; last Sunday) would have been comprehensive if it had alerted readers to the fact that some insurers exclude certain countries in their coverage. I have been insured

science

The doctor who helps patients die well [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The doctor who helps patients die well CEO of HCA Hospice Care brings humanity back into medicine through palliative care I’M A SCIENTIST Chang Ai-Lien Senior Correspondent ailien@sph.com.sg Q: You were trained as a radiation oncologist. How did you move into palliative or end-of-life care? Twenty years ago, when I

Beautiful Science [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beautiful Science This image taken by Nasa’s Aqua satellite on Nov 10 shows an iceberg that was part of the Pine Island Glacier, which is now separating from the Antarctica continent. What appears to be a connection point on the top left portion of the iceberg is actually ice debris

Giving while living The growing trend of hands-on philanthropy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Giving while living The growing trend of hands-on philanthropy Philanthropists now want to get involved in the causes they are passionate about Lediati Tan suntimes@sph.com.sg No longer satisfied with simply giving their money away to charity, modern philanthropists are adopting a more hands-on attitude to doing good. They now want

Give time, not just money [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Give time, not just money Desmond Ng When it comes to helping the less fortunate, Singaporeans are financially generous. But they are time-poor which means they are short of time to volunteer their services or ideas. This is a pity because Singaporeans have plenty of ideas and skills that can

Beyond writing one-off cheques [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beyond writing one-off cheques Desmond Ng Helping others through philanthropy involves more than just writing one-off cheques it is a marathon backed by a commitment to give back to society, said Mr Patrick Chong. The chief executive officer of the Luxasia Group, one of the largest cosmetics distributors in Asia,

Independence helps build social progress [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Independence helps build social progress Desmond Ng Give a fish to a hungry person and he will eat for a day. But if you teach him to catch his own fish, he can eat forever. Philanthropist and Indonesian tycoon Theodore Permadi Rachmat better known as Teddy lives by this popular

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Seeking a wider talent pool [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Seeking a wider talent pool But unattractive career path has made many Chinese kids ditch pro football dreams here Wang Meng Meng meng@sph.com.sg Joel Chew dribbles past two defenders, shoots from distance, curls the ball into the net and sends a packed crowd at the Sports Hub wild. That is

Better options, so players quit for greener pastures [ARTICLE]

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Better options, so players quit for greener pastures Wang Meng Meng GOING against the grain, de-gree-holders Aloysius Yap, Sudhersen Hariram and Fabian Tan chased their dreams of becoming professional footballers in the S-League. However, the trio have since left the game in search of more viable careers elsewhere. While all

Kiong back to sail after 15 years [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kiong back to sail after 15 years He and partner Chan will handle heavy half rater boat specially picked by Games hosts Sanjay Nair nsanjay@sph.com.sg Even after an illustrious 16-year sailing career, Anthony Kiong finds himself in unfamiliar waters at next month’s SEA Games. The 38-year-old will race in the

High hopes for ‘best-ever’ swim team [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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High hopes for ‘best-ever’ swim team Chua Siang Yee Singapore’s dominance of swimming at the SEA Games looks set to get even stronger. At yesterday’s send-off ceremony for Myanmar-bound swimmers at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore Swimming president Jeffrey Leow declared that the contingent heading to Naypyidaw next month is

TV times [ARTICLE]

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TV times BADMINTON China Open Finals (Live, StarHub Ch211, 1pm). BASKETBALL NBA Chicago v Indiana (9am), Golden State v Utah (11.30am) Live, StarHub Ch216, LA Clippers v Brooklyn (Live, StarHub Ch202, 11.30am). BOXING Super-middleweight title Andre Ward v Edwin Rodriguez (Live, mio TV Ch119, 10am). FOOTBALL International friendly Brazil v

Scoresheet [ARTICLE]

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Scoresheet BADMINTON China Open In Shanghai, s-finals (selected, Chn unless noted) Men’s singles: Chen Long bt Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 21-18 21-7. Doubles: Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (Kor) bt Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 19-21 21-19 21-11. Women’s singles: Wang Shixian bt Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Tha) 21-13 21-5. Doubles: Bao Yixin/

Lotus reserve still waiting for a drive [ARTICLE]

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Lotus reserve still waiting for a drive The Times, London AFP Austin The United States Grand Prix has turned out to be as much about who is not in the race in Austin as who is the fastest man around this epic track on the flatlands of Texas. Davide Valsecchi

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Wong warming up for SEA Games [ARTICLE]

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Wong warming up for SEA Games National thrower James Wong posted a season-best 50.59m in the men’s discus at yesterday’s Singapore Athletic Association Track and Field Series 7. The 44-year-old is seeking an 11th SEA Games gold medal at next month’s SEA Games in Myanmar. He threw 51.32m at the

Serbs and Czechs all square [ARTICLE]

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Serbs and Czechs all square AFP Belgrade Serbia and defending champions the Czech Republic were tied 1-1 after the first day of tennis’ Davis Cup final on Friday as Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych swept through in straight sets. Djokovic, the world No. 2, first beat 44th-ranked veteran Radek Stepanek,

Rodriguez fails to beat scales [ARTICLE]

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Rodriguez fails to beat scales AFP Los Angeles Unbeaten Andre Ward will retain his World Boxing Association super-middleweight crown no matter how he fares in a title fight, after unbeaten challenger Edwin Rodriguez weighed in two pounds over the 168lb limit. Rodriguez surrenders US$100,000 (S$ 125,000) to Ward as punishment,

Trio battle it out in Mexico [ARTICLE]

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Trio battle it out in Mexico AFP Guadalajara South Korea’s Ryu So Yeon and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist fired five-under par 67s on Friday to share the second-round lead with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum at the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Ryu and Nordqvist finished with birdies at the par-5 18th while Pornanong

SBA looks to new CEO for healthier finance [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SBA looks to new CEO for healthier finance May Chen The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) showed the emphasis it places on financial health, in its choice of a new chief executive officer. Despite receiving more than 20 applications among them seasoned badminton officials from the region and Europe the association

Takaoka banking on Musketeer beating odds [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Takaoka banking on Musketeer beating odds Super Ninetyseven and Cash Luck start as favourites in today’s Singapore Gold Cup Chan U-Gene ugenec@sph.com.sg His greying hair may resemble wisps of silver, but there is no mistaking Hideyuki Takaoka’s golden touch at the Longines Singapore Gold Cup. Clinching four titles in the

Hibbert on fire to extend Pacers’ streak [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hibbert on fire to extend Pacers’ streak AP Indianapolis Indiana’s Roy Hibbert had the perfect knockout combination in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Friday night. In offence, he made all but two shots. In defence, he protected the rim. At the free-throw line, he could not miss and no

HOT BODS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOT BODS Text and pictures by Caroline Chia Bernard Tan, 25 Civil servant Height: 1.81m Weight: 83kg Exercise regimen: I run four times a week, doing sprint intervals and long-distance runs. Each week, I cover up to 30km. I also swim 2km twice a week. At the gym, I focus

Minister takes up challenge [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Minister takes up challenge Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, playing in a friendly netball match at the inaugural M1 Corporate Challenge at the Kallang Netball Centre yesterday. Forty-eight teams participated in the one-day carnival which saw Singapore’s busy executives both male and female bonding with

Curtain falls on Tendulkar’s legacy [ARTICLE]

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Curtain falls on Tendulkar’s legacy Cricket great says goodbye to the game amid standing ovation from adoring crowd AFP Mumbai Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wept as he left the pitch for the final time yesterday after his 200th Test match, ending a glittering career spanning nearly a quarter of a

FACT FILE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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FACT FILE Reuters L Born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai. Made his Test debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old, becoming the youngest Indian Test player. A year later, he hit his maiden Test 100 in England. L Has played the most Tests (200), scored the most Test runs (15,921),

Tears flow as Sachin bids farewell to his craft [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tears flow as Sachin bids farewell to his craft SPORTING LIFE Rohit Brijnath In Mumbai rohitb@sph.com.sg Today was too much even for him. Today, on his last cricketing day at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, even he, the impassive man, left the field forever with a stump in one hand and

Westwood’s birdie blitz puts him in the mix in Dubai [ARTICLE]

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Westwood’s birdie blitz puts him in the mix in Dubai Reuters Dubai England’s Lee Westwood struck a seven-under-par 65 in the third round of the US$8 million (S$10 million) DP World Tour Championship yesterday to give the former world No. 1 a fighting chance of claiming his first European title

No resting on laurels for Gilchrist [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No resting on laurels for Gilchrist Billiards champ hopes to hole world No. 1 spot, as well as SEA Games and Asiad titles THE STRAITS TIMES STAR OF THE MONTH Fabius Chen fabiusc@sph.com.sg For the past seven years, he has had to juggle the responsibilies of both player and national

Run together in sickness and health [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Run together in sickness and health Doctor and tumour patient’s shared passion an inspiration to each other Chua Siang Yee siangyee@sph.com.sg They had led vastly different lives, and would have been unlikely to cross paths but for a serious illness. Yet, program manager Czeslaw Szarycz and neurosurgeon Ivan Ng have

Lallana pleads for another chance [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lallana pleads for another chance AP AFP Reuters London England new-boy Adam Lallana has pleaded with manager Roy Hodgson to give him another chance after his international debut ended in a frustrating 2-0 defeat by Chile. Lallana was handed his first England cap in Friday’s friendly at Wembley, along with

SOCCER SHORTS

No Messi, no goals [ARTICLE]

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No Messi, no goals An Argentina side without superstar striker Lionel Messi were held to a 0-0 draw by Ecuador in an international football friendly in New Jersey on Friday. The Barcelona star, 26, is out for the next eight weeks with a torn left hamstring.

Irish eyes smiling again [ARTICLE]

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Irish eyes smiling again Manager Martin O’Neill and his deputy Roy Keane’s task of bringing back the good times for the Republic of Ireland started encouragingly on Friday with a 3-0 friendly win against Latvia. The home side triumphed with goals from Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long.

Eriksen blow for Spurs [ARTICLE]

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Eriksen blow for Spurs Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow before next Sunday’s English Premier League clash against Manchester City with news that playmaker Christian Eriksen could be out for a month due to an ankle injury sustained in Denmark’s 2-1 friendly win against Norway on Friday. Eriksen, 21,

All Whites clam up [ARTICLE]

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All Whites clam up New Zealand’s football team have gone into lockdown mode by refusing to speak to media ahead of Wednesday’s second leg of the World Cup qualifier against Mexico. New Zealand lost the away leg 1-5 and face a massive task to turn the tie around in the

Balotelli works hard, but Abate pegs Germany back [ARTICLE]

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Balotelli works hard, but Abate pegs Germany back AP Reuters Milan Controversial striker Mario Balotelli started Italy’s friendly match against Germany with a point to prove. Instead, it was left to team-mate Ignazio Abate to salvage a 1-1 draw against the Germans at the San Siro on Friday. Balotelli’s stuttering

A general feeling that Ronaldo will always rise above [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A general feeling that Ronaldo will always rise above Despite Ibrahimovic’s pre-match bravado, it was Cristiano who stole show in 1-0 win HEART OF FOOTBALL Rob Hughes stsports@sph.com.sg Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, once said: “Give me generals who are lucky.” Modern football managers habitually say: “In this game, you

France’s hopes hanging by a thread [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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France’s hopes hanging by a thread AFP Reuters Kiev No team has ever overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit in a European World Cup play-off, yet France coach Didier Deschamps believes his team can buck the trend despite a lousy start in their tie against Ukraine. “It was just the first

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A HISTORY OF SINGAPORE IN 50 OBJECTS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A HISTORY OF SINGAPORE IN 50 OBJECTS If you were asked to pick an object to represent Singapore, what would you choose? Tiger beer or Tiger Balm? An SIA kebaya or an Army T-shirt? The Merlion or Singa the Courtesy Lion? Taking a cue from the popular British Museum’s 2010

Crazy fan or ardent supporter? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Crazy fan or ardent supporter? Singer Jam Hsiao’s fan Yuki Kageyama is said to have spent $4.2 million on him over three years A weal thy Japanese woman moves into the same block in Nangang, south-east Taipei, as her idol, Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao, and tries to surprise him with

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The more kids, the merrier [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The more kids, the merrier Parents of large broods says there are sacrifices but things are manageable if planned properly Eve Yap eveyap@sph.com.sg A six-column wall calendar is the lifeline for housewife Michelle Wee. It is where the 38-year-old jots down every band concert, play, birthday party and tuition lesson

Charity begins at home [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Charity begins at home Relatively Speaking Eve Yap eveyap@sph.com.sg To feed his family, retired businessman Tony Tay has sold all kinds of goods and services, from insurance policies to sewing machines and durians, and run a printing firm. He is no less committed to feeding the 3,000 needy people served

United we stand in protest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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United we stand in protest Seriously Kidding Andy Chen andychen@sph.com.sg There probably aren’t many experiences more humbling than having your spawned DNA exhibit genetic traits that uncannily mirror your flaws. My wife and I have seen in our daughters, Faith and Sarah, behaviour that cannot be only explained by the

Work stress makes me yell at kids [ARTICLE]

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Work stress makes me yell at kids Parenting 101 Mrs Jade Low-Lim Mrs Jade Low-Lim, who answered this question, is senior counsellor at Marine Parade Family Service Centre. QI am fine with my two primary schoolgoing children on weekends but I yell at them a lot during the work week

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Book into hotel libraries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Book into hotel libraries Some hotels have a collection of books that guests can borrow and a hotel in Florida runs a writers-in-residence programme New York Times Traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores have proved vulnerable to e-books and the Web, but many new hotels aim to distinguish themselves with old-fashioned pages that

The Concierge [ARTICLE]

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The Concierge Jennani Durai TRAFALGAR EUROPE DEALS Guided holiday company Trafalgar has introduced new itineraries to Britain and the rest of Europe for next year’s summer. Book any holiday to the continent before Feb 12 next year and enjoy 10 per cent off the price. One of the new packages

Beauty in the beasts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beauty in the beasts The chance to get close to animals in Mara, Kenya, was an eye-opening experience for Pat Law Pat Law’s TRAVEL BLACK BOOK Jennani Durai jennanid@sph.com.sg Who: Pat Law, founder of social media consultancy GoodStuph. The Singaporean, who is in her 30s, is single. Favourite place: The

Spirit of the wild [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spirit of the wild South Africa is a land of diverse vistas, experiences and stories Global Journeys Lee Siew Hua Travel Writer siewhua@sph.com.sg In the shade of an immense oak, I sip wine, then nibble on chocolate. It’s a doubly indulgent afternoon as cellar manager Kathy Van Niekerk pairs ruby-red

Rainbow nation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rainbow nation Lee Siew Hua South Africans joke that when they are upset, they dance. A dinner show, with both blithe and intense moments, seems pitch-perfect in telling the story of post-apartheid South Africa, which seeks to be a rainbow nation where all races live in harmony. Actor-singers with big

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Living with fewer things [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Living with fewer things Moving to a temporary new place has led me to discover that I can get by with bare essentials including 10 shirts Ignatius Low ignatius@sph.com.sg Uh, sir, do you want to pack this?” I looked at the young man from the moving company in front of

Bullies on the Internet and in the office [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bullies on the Internet and in the office Sharon Loh sharonl@sph.com.sg When my kids told me they were joining ask.fm, I felt I had failed as a parent. That’s the social networking site based on a question-and-answer format which was all the rage with pubescents. The site can be used

Make it a table for one [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Make it a table for one Tan Dawn Wei dawntan@sph.com.sg Are you an aspiring restaurateur hoping to unearth a yet untapped market in this food-obsessed city crammed with a million things and places to eat? Are you hopelessly lost for ideas because every dining concept you can possibly think of,

read

Oh father, who art thou? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Oh father, who art thou? Estranged son writes new biography of late botanist E.j.H. Corner who was branded a Japanese spy The Read Interview Akshita Nanda akshitan@sph.com.sg A brilliant botanist who was branded a Japanese collaborator, a passionate scientist who drove away his first wife and o n l y

Bookends [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bookends Akshita Nanda Who: Singer, songwriter and actor Linden Furnell (right), 25. The Sydney-born artist, who did his bachelor of arts honours in musical theatre at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, joins local actors Hossan Leong, George Chan and Robin Goh in Sing’Theatre’s upcoming musical revue, A French

bestsellers [ARTICLE]

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bestsellers Fiction 1. (1) Sycamore Row by John Grisham 2. (2) The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks 3. (3) Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 4. (5) Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella 5. (6) Quest by Nelson DeMille 6. (7) Never Go Back by Lee Child 7. (8) The Last

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In the spirit of branding [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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In the spirit of branding Alcohol brands are setting up brand-specific bars and creating unique cocktails Rebecca Lynne Tan rltan@sph.com.sg It used to be that slapping their logo on neon-lit signs, glasses and coasters was the extent of booze labels’ efforts to promote their brand in bars. Alcohol-makers, however, are

Cut out to be a chef [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cut out to be a chef Eunice Quek It is hard to miss the bruises and burn marks that cover the arms of Japanese chef Chiaki Watanabe (right). The soft-spoken 31-year-old tells SundayLife! they are the result of being the only female chef in Japanese restaurants in Tokyo. The head

Better, cheaper white truffles [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Better, cheaper white truffles Good weather in areas where white truffles are found has led to a bumper crop of the fungus Eunice Quek euniceq@sph.com.sg After a dismal season for white truffles last year, fans of the wild tubers can rejoice as this year’s crop promises to be better, and

Eat, drink, be merry [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Eat, drink, be merry Posh Nosh Foong Woei Wan woeiwan@sph.com.sg The pairing of food and wine is also known as marriage, a wet blanket of a word when you are having a night out with your friends. So it is cute how A For Arbite, a bistro offering pairings of

Taipei memories [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taipei memories Bitter gourd and pineapple, they sound like an odd couple, don’t they? When my friends and I first saw bitter gourd, pineapple and chicken soup on a menu in a Taipei restaurant, we thought it would taste weird. But it was wonderful, of course, and led to the

Late but great start [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Late but great start Rosaline Soon may have learnt cooking late, but she has mastered the craft well enough to publish three cookbooks Singapore Cooks Eunice Quek euniceq@sph.com.sg Rosaline Soon learnt how to cook only at 50. The 73-year-old, the youngest of 14 siblings, says: “I never had to cook.

MAKE IT YOURSELF: ONDE ONDE [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MAKE IT YOURSELF: ONDE ONDE The following list of ingredients are for preparing all four onde onde flavours pandan, purple sweet potato, pumpkin and yam. If preparing all four, divide all the measurements under “For the onde onde” section by four. INGREDIENTS 350g grated coconut 1 /2 tsp salt For

Blissful bites [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Blissful bites The dim sum at TungLok Teahouse is of high standards and it offers a selection of Teochew dishes too Restaurant Review Wong Ah Yoke Food Critic ahyoke@sph.com.sg The TungLok group of restaurants has brought back the familiar TungLok Teahouse name to the CBD area. The original Tung Lok

Sauvignon Blanc [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sauvignon Blanc HOW TO DRINK LIKE A PRO GRAPE 101 Text by of Daniel Chia Based on genetic and statistical records, Sauvignon Blanc is very likely to have originated in the Loire Valley in France, and not Bordeaux as commonly believed. It is mentioned in records going as far back

Mee siam with all the extras [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mee siam with all the extras Cheap Good Thng Lay Teen layteen@sph.com.sg At 4am, when most people are asleep, Ms Tan Bee Eng is at her stall in Redhill Market cooking mee Siam and lontong. The petite 58-year-old is used to a tough life after her father died when she

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LIDO SHAW HOUSE LEVEL 5 JCUBE 2 JURONG EAST CENTRAL 1 LEVEL 4 BALESTIER SHAW PLAZA LEVEL 4 BUGIS BUGIS JUNCTION LEVEL 4 LOT ONE LEVEL 5 LOT 1 CHOA CHU KANG nex nex SERANGOON CENTRAL LEVEL 4 CAPTAINPHILLIPS(CS)✱ 10:20am,1:40,4:00, 6:50, 9:40 JUSTIN&THEKNIGHTS OF VALOUR(CS)✱ 10:00am,11:10,12:00 1:10, 3:10, 5:10,7:10, 9:10

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DAIlYo whole duck STER rl ft DALY V. Bid ner Serving For dine-in only. Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last. f .ii Chef Chan's Restaurant ©National Museum of Singapore #01-06,93 Stamford Road, S *****7. Tel: 6333 0073 Fax: 6333 0026 Email: chefchan@singnet.com.sg www.chefchanrestaurant.com.sg

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This age-old family recipe began 80 years ago. It originated from Putien, Fujian Province in China. It symbolizes longevity and is only cooked during family reunion dinner on Lunar New Year. The chicken soup is boiled till you get the taste and aroma of chicken, topped with mushroom, omelette and

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To order Grandmother’s Recipes cookbooks, e-mail ros@grandmothersrecipes. com.sg or go to www. grandmothersrecipes. com.sg. The cookbooks are sold at major bookstores at $40 each.

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MUST TRY Soya Pig Intestines ($14) This dish is hard to find these days and it’s a treat. The restaurant does it so well too.

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Yuletide delights Sylvia Tan finds the way to a stress-free Christmas with turkeys and festive goodies from InterContinental Singapore and Singapore Marriott Hotel TO THINK that year after year, I slaved in the kitchen roasting my own turkey when all I needed to do was to order a cooked one!

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Leasing as an option [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Leasing as an option By eliminating hefty downpayments, maintenance costs and depreciation risks, leasing appeals to those who want a new car every few years By Lynn Tan CONSUMER leasing for new vehicles has long been a practice in Western markets to make high-end cars more accessible to buyers. Automakers

Fast and flashy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fast and flashy From concept vehicles to production cars, the Tokyo Motor Show has plenty for motoring fans to ogle next week By Ming E. Wong SANDWICHED between the massive Frankfurt event in October and the American Detroit Show usually held in January, the Tokyo Motor Show from Nov 22

Fight for market share [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fight for market share The revised Category A helps Asian marques win back customers from Continental brands and makes room for diesel cars By Cheryl Tay IN RECENT years, due to skyrocketing Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices and the shrinking supply of certificates, Continental car brands have taken up a

Electric cars charge up [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Electric cars charge up The variety of models, affordability and availability of charging stations are factors that will determine their popularity By Cheryl Tay IMAGINE a future where you plug into a domestic socket to fully charge a car in about six to eight hours before driving off. Several car

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READY-TO-DRIVE *All technical specif cations and recommended retail prices shown are accurate as at Nov 7, 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 ENGINE CAPACITY: 1,595cc ENGINE POWER: 156hp 5,300rpm TORQUE: 250Nm 1,250 to 4,000 rpm TOP SPEED: 230km/h 0-100KM/H: 8.5sec FUEL CONSUMPTION: 5.5L/100KM DEALER: Cycle Carriage Industries TEL: 6298-1818 PRICE (INCLUSIVE OF

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Roar of the coupé Always attractive and on the go, now it comes with a spacious boot and an even sexier look By Cheryl Tay ONCE hampered by restricted boot space and cramped rear seats, modern coupés have overcome their limitations by breaking away from convention to appeal to a

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WHAT’S COMING YOUR WAY *All technical specif cations and recommended retail prices shown are accurate as of Nov 7,2013 Mazda Biante ENGINE CAPACITY: 1,997cc ENGINE POWER: 111kW 6,000rpm TORQUE: 190Nm 4,100rpm TOP SPEED: 176km/h 0-100KM/H: 12.7sec Citroën DS5 1.6L e-HDi 115 ETG (Diesel) ENGINE CAPACITY: 1,560cc ENGINE POWER: 112bhp 3,600rpm

On the road to the Land of Smiles [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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On the road to the Land of Smiles Lai Yew Kong drives to Hat Yai the unof cial capital of Thailand’s south, where “Washington” meets “Little Mermaid” Lai Yew Kong MANY of my friends and I have been driving to Thailand regularly to take in the sights of the Land

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thesundaytimes November 17, 2013 ON THE FAST TRACK With exciting models rolling out, motoring is still fun despite an uncertain COE climate Leasing as an option P2 Fast and f ashy P8 Fight for market share P14 Electric cars P20 Roar of the coupé P26 Thailand holiday P32

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Content 2-3 8-9 Leasing as an option Fast and fl ashy Fight for market share 14-15 Electric cars charge up 20-21 Ready-to-drive Roar of the coupé 26-27 What's coming your way On the road to the Land of Smiles 22-23 30-31 32-33

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