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TODAY MICA (P) 031/10/2011 A PUBLICATION OF NEWS HOTLINE 6822 2268 Thursday December 22, 2011 www.todayonline.com we set you thinking

Chinese New Year cheer as FairPrice freezes Thai rice price [ARTICLE]

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Chinese New Year cheer as FairPrice freezes Thai rice price TANYA FONG tanyafong@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE Prices of all NTUC FairPrice’s housebrand rice from Thailand will remain unchanged until the end of February after the Chinese New Year celebrations. Last month, amid consumer fears that floods in Thailand would result in more

Shorter wait for commuters as faulty trains return to service [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Shorter wait for commuters as faulty trains return to service SINGAPORE With 11 of the 13 faulty trains repaired and returned to service, commuters can expect, from today, average waiting time on the North-South Line to be reduced from the current six minutes to 2.5 minutes during two 30-minute belts

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‘Jong Un to share power with military, uncle’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Jong Un to share power with military, uncle’ Arrangement marks first time N Korea will not be led by single AGENCIES BEIJING North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after the death of Kim Jong Il, although his untested young son will be at the head

KIM EXPECTED TO BE EMBALMED LIKE HIS FATHER [ARTICLE]

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KIM EXPECTED TO BE EMBALMED LIKE HIS FATHER REUTERS Like his father before him, Kim Jong Il’s body will likely be embalmed and put on display as a lasting reminder of the bloodline of the family that founded one of the world’s most reclusive states. The “Dear Leader’s” body is

Kim's death sparks fears, hope in South Korea [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kim's death sparks fears, hope in South Korea AP SEOUL Mr Kim Yu Sik fled North Korea for the South some 60 years ago during the war that divided the peninsula. The 75-year-old now hopes Kim Jong Il’s death will finally allow him to live a dream and return to

H5N1: HK culls 17,000 chickens [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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H5N1: HK culls 17,000 chickens AGENCIES HONG KONG Workers began slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong yesterday after a dead chicken there tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, as a new mutant avian flu strain was found in seals in

BIRD FLU RISK IN S’PORE ‘LOW’ [ARTICLE]

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BIRD FLU RISK IN S’PORE ‘LOW’ The risk of bird flu to Singapore is, for now, “very low as no human cases have been reported in Hong Kong”, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday. Saying that it is monitoring the situation closely, the MOH also advised travellers to Hong

M'sia to open up banking sector: Najib [ARTICLE]

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M'sia to open up banking sector: Najib AGENCIES KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will open up its banking sector to more foreign investment, in a move by the government to put the economy back on investors’ radar ahead of general elections expected next year. In a 10-year blueprint, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib

Wen tells China banks to clean up their act [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Wen tells China banks to clean up their act AGENCIES BEIJING China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (picture) has told the nation’s banks to clean up lend- ing policies that have left some businesses strug- gling with excessive borrowing costs as slowing export growth and other pressures eat into profits, state newspapers

Hackers from China access US chamber network, says WSJ [ARTICLE]

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Hackers from China access US chamber network, says WSJ AGENCIES WASHINGTON Hackers in China broke through the computer defences of the United States Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to access information about its operations and its three million members, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported yesterday. WSJ,

Man jailed, fined for stealing private bus [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Man jailed, fined for stealing private bus ALVINA SOH SINGAPORE A jobless man stole a private bus and took his friends on a three-hour spin. For that, 23-year-old Nasrul Hisyam Nezarwan (picture) was sentenced to 15 months in jail and fined S$1,000. He has also been disqualified from driving for

Former car trader acquitted of charges of evading excise duty, GST [ARTICLE]

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Former car trader acquitted of charges of evading excise duty, GST TEO XUANWEI xuanwei@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE A former car trader, who was charged with 1,116 counts of evading excise duty and goods and services tax amounting to over S$1 million, has been acquitted of 350 of these charges. A District Court

Chinese government agrees to Wukan villagers' demands [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese government agrees to Wukan villagers' demands AP BEIJING Southern Chinese authorities have given in to key demands of protesting villagers after a nearly two-week standoff with the police, agreeing in a rare compromise to release detainees and return some confiscated land to farmers. Guangdong’s deputy Communist Party secretary Mr

Philippines seeks F-16 fighter jets, ships from US amid territorial row [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Philippines seeks F-16 fighter jets, ships from US amid territorial row AGENCIES MANILA The Philippines will seek a squadron of F-16 fighter jets and a third coast guard ship from longtime ally Washington amid simmering territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said yesterday

Local game developer tops the charts [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Local game developer tops the charts HIRANAND SUNNY SINGAPORE A local game developer has done in two-and-a-half weeks what other app developers can only dream of. When the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab launched Dark Dot on Apple’s iTunes app store in October, it became the top action game in 48

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China and the US, after Kim Jong Il [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China and the US, after Kim Jong Il A deeper dialogue needs to start, and this might be the perfect moment CHRISTOPHER HILL Christopher Hill was former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, and a former US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland. He was chief

Winners of 2011 reflect tumult across Pacific [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Winners of 2011 reflect tumult across Pacific WILLIAM PESEK William Pesek is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his BLOOMBERG If Asians got together to name a person of the year, someone who brought surprise, intrigue and economic impact to the region, the choice would be obvious: Mother

Time to move beyond band-aid fixes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Time to move beyond band-aid fixes RICHARD HARTUNG Richard Hartung is a consultant who has lived in Singapore since 1992. “Rush-hour commuters hit as fresh MTR cracks show”, a headline in The Hong Kong Standard blared in February. “Hardware failure triggers Sydney train chaos”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported in

Must we really turn off all electronic devices? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Must we really turn off all electronic devices? BLOOMBERG BLOOMBERG EDITORIAL Few things try the modern soul like air travel. The endless and arbitrary security hassles. The officious flight crews. Bag fees, shrinking seats, shrieking infants. Then, once you’re ready for takeoff, the verbatim diktats about turning off portable electronic

The power of living in truth [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The power of living in truth JEFFREY D SACHS Jeffrey D Sachs is Professor of Economics and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. PROJECT SYNDICATE The world’s greatest shortage is not of oil, clean

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Work together to keep them here [ARTICLE]

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Work together to keep them here All involved should give Singaporeans a chance to study medicine locally Letter from Shawn Tan Wei-liang THE article “Once abroad, hard to return?” (Dec 15) asks why overseas-trained Singaporean medical students do not return despite the “incentives” given. The answers are obvious to prospective

SMRT staff had it tough, too [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SMRT staff had it tough, too Letter from Yee Yee Kok Keong THE recent train disruptions have shown how self-centred Singaporeans are. Commuters who complained that the late start to services on Sunday had disrupted their lives have not thought of those recalled to work through the night to check

Set up a regulated taxi service, centralise bookings [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Set up a regulated taxi service, centralise bookings Letter from Tan Kin Lian I AGREE with Lyn Tai, in her letter “Taxi issue not solved, do away with booking fees”, that these fees should be capped at $1. Singapore’s model of deregulated taxi fares is clearly unsatisfactory: Poor service, lower

Each PR application carefully assessed based on its own merits, says ICA [ARTICLE]

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Each PR application carefully assessed based on its own merits, says ICA Letter from Koh Wee Sing Head, Public Internal Communications, Corporate Communications Division, Immigration Checkpoints Authority WE REFER TO Ms Cecilia Yong’s letter “Better to have face-to-face PR interviews” (Dec 17). In assessing applications for citizenship, permanent residence (PR)

Additional taxes for PRs buying HDB flats? [ARTICLE]

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Additional taxes for PRs buying HDB flats? Letter from Chua Soo Kiat THE latest property measures bring both hope and despair, depending on whether you own private property or are hunting for one. As the debates go on, it is timely to take stock of the Housing and Development Board

THIRD-PARTY DEALERS NOTIFIED TO KEEP ACCURATE CUSTOMER INFORMATION: STARHUB [ARTICLE]

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Manage smartphones, data plans properly while overseas: CASE [ARTICLE]

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Manage smartphones, data plans properly while overseas: CASE MONICA KOTWANI SINGAPORE Mobile users need to manage their smartphones and data plans properly when travelling overseas, said consumer watchdog Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE). This includes disabling functions like data roaming, turning off push notification settings and working with their telecommunications

Research funds flood into Ngee Ann Poly [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Research funds flood into Ngee Ann Poly Environmental Water Technology innovation centre gets SUMITA SREEDHARAN sumitas@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE The Environmental Water Technology Centre of Innovation (EWTCOI) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic has secured S$10.3 million in funding to enhance its researchers’ capability to work on industry projects in the next three years.

CASE files case against Concord Development for unfair trading [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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CASE files case against Concord Development for unfair trading SINGAPORE The consumer watchgroup has brought a timeshare company to court, alleging that the firm had exerted undue pressure or influence on consumers, as well as making misleading and false claims. The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) filed the writ yesterday

YOU CAN DO IT, TOO [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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YOU CAN DO IT, TOO Twenty-four members of the Rotary Club of Singapore West set out yesterday to demonstrate that people on wheelchairs can move about normally in most public places, if given the means, support and encouragement to do so. They hosted and accompanied a group of 14 wheelchair-bound

New radio station targeted at women, families [ARTICLE]

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New radio station targeted at women, families JOANNE CHAN SINGAPORE A new English radio station which caters to women and families will hit local airwaves in nine months’ time. SPH Unionworks will operate FM92.0, after it won an open tender by the Media Development Authority (MDA). The addition of a

Ten months' jail for cleaner who hit wife [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ten months' jail for cleaner who hit wife ALVINA SOH alvinasoh@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE A cleaner with a string of brushes with the law for violent behaviour has been sentenced to 10 months’jail for hitting his wife even though she has a personal protection order against him. Anandan Palnisamy Manikam (picture), 45,

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China orders nationwide emission cuts by 2015 [ARTICLE]

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China orders nationwide emission cuts by 2015 AGENCIES BEIJING China has ordered local governments to reduce emissions of “major pollutants” by as much as 10 per cent by 2015, amid growing public anxiety over the country’s bad air. The authorities will also start to monitor the smallest and most dangerous

Flood victims' bodies left in garbage dump [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flood victims' bodies left in garbage dump AGENCIES CAGAYAN DE ORO Relatives and friends of flood victims in one of the worst-hit areas in the southern Philippines are outraged after a Mayor decided to let unclaimed bodies be left in a garbage dump. Cagayan de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano gave

China says Christian Bale should feel embarrassed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China says Christian Bale should feel embarrassed AP BEIJING Batman star Christian Bale should feel embarrassed for trying to visit a human rights activist while he was in China to promote a movie the country has submitted for an Oscar, a government spokesman said yesterday. Bale was physically stopped by

Up to 40 years needed to scrap Fukushima plant [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Up to 40 years needed to scrap Fukushima plant REUTERS TOKYO Decommissioning Fukushima Dai-ichi will take three or four decades, Japan’s government said yesterday as it unveiled plans for the next phase of a huge and costly cleanup of the wrecked nuclear plant. The plant, 240 km northeast of Tokyo,

INDONESIAN MAIDS TO ARRIVE IN MALAYSIA IN FEBRUARY [ARTICLE]

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INDONESIAN MAIDS TO ARRIVE IN MALAYSIA IN FEBRUARY The first batch of Indonesian maids after the lifting of the moratorium is expected to arrive in Malaysia at the end of February, according to Malaysia’s human resources minister, Dr S Subramaniam. He said agencies have begun processing applications and facilitating the

POLICE SAY BLAST IN YANGON KILLS 1, INJURES 2 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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POLICE SAY BLAST IN YANGON KILLS 1, INJURES 2 AP Police say a blast near a busy intersection in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon has killed one person and injured at least two others, one of them seriously. Security officials at the scene say the explosion in a public toilet

Ferry sinks off eastern Indonesia, 100 rescued [ARTICLE]

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Ferry sinks off eastern Indonesia, 100 rescued AGENCIES AMBON (Indonesia) —A wooden ferry carrying 130 people home for the Christmas holidays sank yesterday in stormy weather in eastern Indonesia in the second fatal marine incident in the country’s waters in a week. Mr Nus Sileti, a transportation official, said more

Woman lies upside down for 3 months to avoid miscarriage [ARTICLE]

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Woman lies upside down for 3 months to avoid miscarriage THE DAILY TELEGRAPH LONDON A pregnant British mother who had suffered several miscarriages has given birth to a girl, after lying upside down for three months. Ms Donna Kelly, 29, suffered from a weak cervix believed to have been caused

UK women urged to remove rupture-prone breast implants [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UK women urged to remove rupture-prone breast implants AGENCIES LONDON About 45,000 British women known to have faulty breast implants produced by a French manufacturer have been advised to have them removed over concerns they could burst and leak. The now-defunct Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) was shut down last year

PARIS AIRPORT STRIKE ENTERS SIXTH DAY [ARTICLE]

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PARIS AIRPORT STRIKE ENTERS SIXTH DAY AP French airport security personnel are on strike for a sixth straight day leading to long lines and potential delays at Paris’ busiest airport. Around 119,000 travellers were expected to crowd Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports yesterday ahead of the Christmas holiday

Details of lab-made bird flu will not be revealed [ARTICLE]

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Details of lab-made bird flu will not be revealed AP WASHINGTON The United States government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people, and two laboratories succeeded in creating new strains that spread more easily. On Tuesday,

Owners can rest in peace in pet cemeteries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Owners can rest in peace in pet cemeteries AP HARTSDALE (New York) Life is good again and death is looking better for animal lovers in New York who want to be buried with their Persians, Pomeranians or potbellied pigs. The state Division of Cemeteries has issued regulations that once again

Mexico Mayan region celebrates countdown to 'end of the world' [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mexico Mayan region celebrates countdown to 'end of the world' AP MEXICO CITY There are just 52 weeks to Dec 21,2012, the date some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world. Unlike doomsday enthusiasts who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, have

PEN REMOVED FROM WOMAN'S STOMACH 25 YEARS LATER STILL WORKS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PEN REMOVED FROM WOMAN'S STOMACH 25 YEARS LATER STILL WORKS AGENCIES A 76-year-old British woman went to the hospital complaining of weight loss and diarrhoea, only to find she had a felt-tipped pen lodged in her stomach (picture). The discovery was published in the British Medical Journal. The woman was

REMAINS OF GIANT DINOSAUR FOUND ON ANTARCTICA [ARTICLE]

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REMAINS OF GIANT DINOSAUR FOUND ON ANTARCTICA THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Scientists on Antarctica have discovered a fossil of a tail bone belonging to a titanosaur, the family of giant plant-eating dinosaurs. Titanosaurs were sauropods four-leg-ged herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails. Their remains have been found around the world

EXPERIMENTAL MALARIA VACCINE SHOWS EARLY PROMISE [ARTICLE]

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EXPERIMENTAL MALARIA VACCINE SHOWS EARLY PROMISE REUTERS British scientists have developed an experimental malaria vaccine that may have the potential to neutralise all strains of the most deadly species of malaria parasite. Results from very early tests of the vaccine in mice and rabbits show it induces an antibody response

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Banks take s$830.3 billion in 3-year ECB loans [ARTICLE]

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Banks take s$830.3 billion in 3-year ECB loans AGENCIES LONDON Banks took a huge €489 billion (S$830.3 billion) at the European Central Bank’s first ever offering of three-year loans yesterday, raising hope a credit crunch facing banks will be eased. A total of 523 banks borrowed money at the tender

Risk of Singapore slowdown rises as export demand falls [ARTICLE]

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Risk of Singapore slowdown rises as export demand falls MILLET ENRIQUEZ emelita@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE Economists are forecasting a difficult year for Singapore in 2012 as it faces the brunt of a slowdown in export demand. “Our prognosis is for the Singapore economy to actually bottom out in the second quarter of

Temasek buys Mosaic shares to become largest shareholder [ARTICLE]

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Temasek buys Mosaic shares to become largest shareholder DOW JONES SINGAPORE Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings has acquired a 6.5 per cent stake in Mosaic Co, a regulatory filing showed, making it the largest shareholder in the New York-listed fertiliser maker. The statement, filed Tuesday, said Temasek now owns 17.9

JETSTAR JAPAN UNIT TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR [ARTICLE]

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JETSTAR JAPAN UNIT TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR AGENCIES Jetstar Airways, a subsidiary of Qantas Airways, said yesterday it has applied for an operator’s certificate for its planned Japan venture and expects domestic flights to begin by the end of next year. Jetstar Japan is also

CapitaLand's Ascott may list assets in M'sia [ARTICLE]

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CapitaLand's Ascott may list assets in M'sia AGENCIES KUALA LUMPUR CapitaLand’s serviced residence unit The Ascott may group its Malaysian assets and list them on the local stock exchange, the New Straits Times daily reported yesterday. It may also inject the assets into Ascott Residence Trust, a real estate investment

Orchard Road rents stable in Q4: CBRE [ARTICLE]

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Orchard Road rents stable in Q4: CBRE WONG SIEWYING siewying@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE Rents for prime retail space along the Orchard Road remained stable in the last quarter of the year and are expected to keep firm early next year due to limited supply, real estate consultancy firm CBRE said in a

WEE HUR UNIT WINS RESIDENTIAL SITE FOR S$2o6.2M [ARTICLE]

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WEE HUR UNIT WINS RESIDENTIAL SITE FOR S$2o6.2M DOW JONES Singapore-listed Wee Hur Holdings said yesterday its unit was awarded a tender for a residential site at Punggol district for S$206.2 million. Wee Hur Development, which intends to develop condominiums on the site, will fund the acquisition with internal funds

SINGTEL [ARTICLE]

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SINGTEL STOCK CALLS Neutral S$3.10 DMG keeps its rating and S$3.13 fair value. House says SingTel’s recent launch of its 4G mobilebroadband service, which marks a pricing-strategy shift, will help it gain revenue on heavy data usage in ways it has not been able to with current 3G price plans.

STI [ARTICLE]

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ASIA [ARTICLE]

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HSBC to sell Japan private banking business to Credit Suisse [ARTICLE]

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HSBC to sell Japan private banking business to Credit Suisse AGENCIES TOKYO HSBC Holdings, Europe’s largest lender by market value, has agreed to sell its Japanese private banking business to Credit Suisse as it seeks to cut assets and reduce expenses in preparation for tighter capital rules. The sale of

Japan prosecutors raid Olympus offices [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan prosecutors raid Olympus offices AGENCIES TOKYO Japanese prosecutors raided the headquarters of disgraced firm Olympus and the home of its former president yesterday in a probe into a US$1.7 billion (S$2.2 billion) accounting scandal that has threatened the survival of the camera and medical equipment maker. Tokyo prosecutors, police

CHINA TOPS US, JAPAN AS TOP PATENT FILER [ARTICLE]

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CHINA TOPS US, JAPAN AS TOP PATENT FILER REUTERS China overtook the United States and Japan as the world’s top patent filer this year, as it steps up innovation to improve its intellectual property rights track record, a Thomson Reuters research report showed yesterday. The report said the world’s second-largest

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GOOGLE TO LAUNCH TABLET TO TAKE ON THE IPAD IN 6 MONTHS [ARTICLE]

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GOOGLE TO LAUNCH TABLET TO TAKE ON THE IPAD IN 6 MONTHS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Google will release a flagship Android tablet in the next six months to challenge Apple’s iPad, its chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed. In an echo of the firm’s smartphone strategy, whereby its own Nexus range

Amazon weighed buying RIM, interest cooled [ARTICLE]

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Amazon weighed buying RIM, interest cooled REUTERS TORONTO, NEW YORK Research In Motion (RIM) has turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com and other potential buyers because the BlackBerry maker prefers to fix its problems on its own, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Amazon hired an investment bank

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The road to excellence SINGAPORE “You make changes when you are doing well, because not every change will deliver a positive result and it’s better to absorb failures when things are going well than when you’re in a desperate situation,” says Mr Thomas Chua, chairman and managing director ofTeckwah Group.

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Terry faces criminal charges in racism row [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Terry faces criminal charges in racism row England and Chelsea captain will go to court on Feb 1 THE DAILY TELEGRAPH LONDON The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday authorised criminal charges to be brought against John Terry in relation to allegations of racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand after deciding that there

Liverpool likely to appeal Suarez ban [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Liverpool likely to appeal Suarez ban AGENCIES LIVERPOOL An “upset” Luis Suarez (picture) was fiercely defended by Liverpool yesterday after he was handed a lengthy eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Suarez was also fined £40,000 (S$81,460) after an independent regulatory commission found him guilty of

Tottenham out to prove a point [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tottenham out to prove a point A win against Chelsea will show Spurs have what it takes to nick the title AGENCIES ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham vs Chelsea LONDON Tottenham will cement themselves as the capital’s top club if they beat London rivals Chelsea today (tomorrow morning, Singapore time) at

Chinese official fixed Man United friendly [ARTICLE]

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Chinese official fixed Man United friendly THE DAILY TELEGRAPH LONDON Huang Junjie, an experienced Chinese referee, admitted receiving bribes to fix a friendly match between Manchester United and China’s Shenzhen FC in 2007, as well as a 2009 fixture between Australian A-League club Sydney FC and China’s Shanghai Shenhua. United

Kean's on the chopping block [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kean's on the chopping block AGENCIES ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Blackburn 1 Bolton 2 BLACKBURN Steve Kean is one foot out the door following his team’s 1-2 defeat to Bolton at Ewood Park yesterday, with the club’s owners, Venky’s, understood to be exploring the possibility of offering Mark Hughes a return

Young Tigers eye top five finish [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Young Tigers eye top five finish Ong finalises squad and sets personal target for his team’s debut season in the S-League SHAMIR OSMAN shamir@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE It may be their debut season in Singapore, with the development of their youngsters the primary aim. But that has not stopped Young Tigers coach

Singapore tennis gets new technical director [ARTICLE]

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Singapore tennis gets new technical director Paul Dale once coached Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan PHILIP GOH philipgoh@mediacorp.com.sg SINGAPORE Paul Dale, who once coached former Thai tennis star and world No 9 Paradorn Srichaphan, has been appointed technical director at the Singapore Tennis Association (STA). The two-year deal, which takes effect

Confirmed MSL fixtures to be released tomorrow [ARTICLE]

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Confirmed MSL fixtures to be released tomorrow SHAMIR OSMAN SINGAPORE The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have yet to finish their inspection of Malaysia Super League (MSL) stadiums, hence delaying the release of the 2012 season schedule till Friday. Originally planned for release yesterday, FAM vice-president Datuk Hamidin Haji Amin

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Christmas with the STARS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Christmas with the STARS All our celebs want for Christmas is family time and fabulous nosh MAY SEAH may@mediacorp.com.sg GRINCHES and pre-enlightenment Scrooges aside, everybody loves Christmas. And although celebrities could hypothetically afford to celebrate every day like it was Christmas, they are also suckers for the festive atmosphere that

Send in the clowns [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Send in the clowns The Noose’s head writer, Prem Anand, attributes the show’s success to clownish inspiration May Seah may@mediacorp.com.sg THE antics of Barbarella Posh-Beckham are eye-catching to say the least, but her popularity is due to a man called Prem Anand. Who, you may ask? Well,Anand is the creator

Hello again, Mat Yoyo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hello again, Mat Yoyo The old-time favourite children’s programme is coming back this time, in four languages MAY SEAH IF YOU were a child in the ’80s, you will remember what a hit the Malay-language children’s television show MatYoyo was. In fact, it was so popular that it ran for

Pretty cool [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Super Junior Show 4 to be held a day later [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Super Junior Show 4 to be held a day later CONCERT organisers Running Into The Sun (RITS) and Conceptual today announced that due to a slight change in schedules, top Korean boy band Super Junior who recently won the Singapore’s Choice for Most Favourite Korean Artist at the Mnet Music

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A New Year in Provence All is quiet on New Year’s Day in the French town of Aix-en-Provence Anthony Peregrine features@mediacorp.com.sg THE DAILY TELEGRAPH WITH Christmas subsiding, New Year’s Eve heaves immediately into view.We must now gear ourselves up for a second bash.This is okay if you’re young, resilient and,

The insider [ARTICLE]

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Mendoza [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mendoza How to spend S$ 101 (you big spender, you) in a day SERENE LIM NAMED as one of the great capitals of wine, Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes and its great big outdoors is the perfect backyard whether you’re mountaineering under the sun or skiing

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WINE-SERVING TEMPERATURES Ch’ng Poh Tiong on how best to serve Brought to you by Ch’ng Poh Tiong We often hear that red wine should be served at “room temperature” But does this refer to the temperature of a room in Beijing, Cairo, Anchorage, or Singapore? This “room temperature” actually refers

THINGS TO DO [ARTICLE]

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THINGS TO DO Mapping the Homeland: We are Proud of You Check out Malaysian painter Phuan Thai Meng’s first exhibition in Singapore. Mapping the Homeland: We Are Proud of You is a showcase of his signature brand of photorealist paintings laced with socio-political commentaries. Creating a visual representation of Malaysia

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ON MEDIACORP THE X FACTOR USA Channel 5, 10pm The final three contestants take to the stage to battle it out for the last time. Who will emerge the first winner of The X Factor USA and who will buckle under pressure? Tune in tonight to find out. I SHOULDN’T

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ON MEDIACORP BLOGTV.SG VI Channel NewsAsia, 1.02pm Today file With taxi fares going up, up, up just who is hitting pay dirt? Are cabs on the inflation highway or this just purely greed-motivated price-fixing? POINT OF ENTRY II (PG) Channel 5, 8pm An abandoned baby leads to the discovery of

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