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THE STRAITS TIMES. MICA (P) 094/11/2009 FRIDAY, MAY 28 2010 A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS

INSIDE 228 PAGES IN NINE PARTS

Great Sale starts today [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Great Sale starts today DEEP discounts, freebies, extended shopping hours. Shoppers can look forward to these and more as the annual Great Singapore Sale kicks off today. HOME PAGE B11 NEWS EXTRA PAGES E1-9

China PM visits [ARTICLE]

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China PM visits CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Seoul today for a visit amid questions on whether Beijing will finally take a stand on North Korea’s involvement in the sinking of a South Korean warship. PRIME PAGE A10

Asia enjoys export boom [ARTICLE]

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Asia enjoys export boom ASIA is riding high on an export boom that has put it well ahead of other regions as the world bounces back from the recent downturn. PRIME PAGE A20

SIM cards for iPad 3G [ARTICLE]

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SIM cards for iPad 3G STARHUB and M1 will begin selling specialised SIM cards to fit the iPad 3G from tomorrow. The micro SIM is about two-thirds the size of a regular one.The iPad will be launched in Singapore in July. HOME PAGE B1

Tussle over Parkway [ARTICLE]

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Tussle over Parkway JUST a couple of months after India’s Fortis Healthcare bought a 23.9 per cent stake in Singapore health-care giant Parkway, the company’s other substantial shareholder Malaysia’s state investment company Khazanah Nasional has launched a partial offer for the firm. MONEY PAGE D16

Civil servants to get bigger mid-year bonus [ARTICLE]

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Civil servants to get bigger mid-year bonus Half a month’s salary plus $300 one of the best in past 5 years BY SUE-ANN CHIA SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT sueann@sph.com.sg CIVIL servants will receive in July one of the biggest mid-year bonuses given in the past five years. They will get half

Marking Vesak Day [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Marking Vesak Day VESAK DAY GREETINGS The Prime Minister sends his greetings to all Buddhists on the occasion of Vesak Day. The Straits Times also sends Vesak Day greetings to all its Buddhist readers. BUDDHISTS began congregating at one of the largest temples in Singapore at 4.30pm yesterday, in observance

Rain could hamper oil spill clean-up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rain could hamper oil spill clean-up BY LIEW HANQING,GRACE CHUA hanqing@sph.com.sg caiwj@sph.com.sg SHOWERS over the weekend could impede efforts to contain the oil spill from Tuesday morning’s collision between two large vessels off the Changi coast. Mr Foong Chee Leong, the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) director-gen-eral of meteorological services, said

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Martha Stewart comes to town LIFE! PAGES F2&3 Mrs Goh Keng Swee on her 19-year marriage INSIGHT, PAGES A40&41 Fashion victims turned fashionistas IN URBAN BREAKING NEWS: www.straitstimes.com INTERACT: www.stomp.com.sg EMAIL: stomp@stomp.com.sg VIDEOS: www.razortv.com.sg NEWS TIPS: 1800-XXXXX28 CALL 6388-3838 TO SUBSCRIBE OR GO TO www.sphsubscription.com.sg CHANEL FINE JEWELLERY #01-04, TAKASHIMAYA

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Google up the street and in your face [ARTICLE]

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Google up the street and in your face WE SAY Google’s Street View data gathering is shaping up as another example of the search company overreaching itself in ingenuity. Because personal data was captured inadvertently, the company says ethical issues are raised over where a technology firm’s inventiveness crosses into

Listen up, Singapore [ARTICLE]

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Listen up, Singapore COLUMNS A genre-busting, non-commercial radio station could enliven airwaves here, says Bradley C. Freeman. REVIEW PAGE A39

Shed light on Separation [ARTICLE]

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Shed light on Separation OUR READER SAYS How crucial was Dr Goh Keng Swee’s role during Separation with Malaysia, asks Associate Professor Hussin Mutalib. FORUM PAGE A45

ONLINE BLOGS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ONLINE BLOGS www.straitstimes.com Terrence Voon looks back on childhood football games and the balls of World Cups past.

Outsourcing: A smarter option for our soldiers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Outsourcing: A smarter option for our soldiers It allows SAF troops to focus on honing core military skills BY JERMYN CHOW jermync@sph.com.sg THE latest episode of outsourcing by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has again led to some hand-wringing mostly among those who completed their national service some years ago

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN OUR report, Never Been Kissed, on May 22, we said the Social Development Network (SDN) lowered the age ceiling of 40 and cut annual membership fees from $30 to $10 to attract more young singles. This is wrong. Since last October, SDN had opened

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Services sector posts robust 8.8% growth [ARTICLE]

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Services sector posts robust 8.8% growth Data in line with overall recovery; low-base effect also a factor: Analysts BY LEE YEN NEE ynlee@sph.com.sg THE all-important services industry, which makes up two-thirds of Singapore’s economy, is the latest sector to record a return to robust growth. Business has been particularly strong

Ming Yi’s jail term cut by four months [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ming Yi’s jail term cut by four months BY SELINA LUM CONVICTED Buddhist monk Ming Yi’s track record of performing death-defying stunts to raise funds for Ren Ci Hospital has earned him a reduction in his jail term for his role in an unauthorised $50,000 loan to his former aide.

Vapour from oil ‘not toxic’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Vapour from oil ‘not toxic’ Air samples show no unsafe chemicals: NEA BY GRACE CHUA caiwj@sph.com.sg IT STINKS but it will not hurt, the National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday assured residents still catching whiffs of the noxious vapours in the air from Tuesday’s oil spill. The agency said its twice-daily

MPA won’t use special fund for clean-up [ARTICLE]

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MPA won’t use special fund for clean-up BY AMRESH GUNASINGHAM THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said yesterday it will not tap into pooled fund resources such as the Revolving Fund to offset the cost of the final clean-up bill for Tuesday’s oil spill off the Changi coast.

Mud pumped in to plug leak [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mud pumped in to plug leak BP officials give effort 70% chance of success GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK TIMES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE COVINGTON (Louisiana): BP has begun pumping heavy mud into a leaking Gulf of Mexico well in its boldest attempt yet to plug the gusher

Obama extends halt on drilling [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Obama extends halt on drilling US leader to announce new rules for oil rigs AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: Struggling to seize control of a disastrous oil spill on his watch, President Barack Obama is rolling out tougher rules for oil rigs, accepting questions about his leadership and heading back

China under pressure to censure Pyongyang [ARTICLE]

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China under pressure to censure Pyongyang All eyes are on Beijing’s stand on crisis as PM Wen visits Seoul today BY GRACE NG CHINA CORRESPONDENT graceng@sph.com.sg Additional reporting by Lina Miao BEIJING: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Seoul today for a visit amid questions on whether Beijing will finally

‘Patience’ policy under stern test [ARTICLE]

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‘Patience’ policy under stern test NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON: Obama administration officials have dubbed their policy towards North Korea “strategic patience” a resolve that Pyongyang has to make the first move to re-engage and that it will not be granted any concessions. That patience is being tested now. Since President

South conducts sea exercise, North scraps naval accord [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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South conducts sea exercise, North scraps naval accord ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS SEOUL: South Korea flexed its muscles yesterday with anti-submarine drills and North Korea responded by saying it was scrapping an inter-Kore-an accord aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes. In the latest chapter of blistering rhetoric, Pyongyang accused its neighbour

Apple rises to become No.1 tech firm [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Apple rises to become No.1 tech firm It powers past Microsoft to usher in start of new tech era NEW YORK TIMES SAN FRANCISCO: Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your

US probes Apple on digital music [ARTICLE]

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US probes Apple on digital music REUTERS NEW YORK: The United States Justice Department is making preliminary inquiries into whether Apple Inc unfairly dominates the digital music market, according to three people whose companies have been contacted by regulators. They said the Department of Justice (DOJ) contacted some music labels

Facebook simplifies privacy controls [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Facebook simplifies privacy controls Pressure from users forces site to make management of content more user-friendly NEW YORK TIMES ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK: Facebook has introduced a new, simplified version of its privacy controls in response to mounting pressure from users and privacy groups. “A lot of people are upset

Group opts to scrap clan-based voting [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Group opts to scrap clan-based voting Move is aimed at opening up spots on governing council to a wider pool of talent SCCCI ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BY LEONG WENG KAM SENIOR WRITER wengkam@sph.com.sg MEMBERS of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) voted overwhelmingly yesterday to remove remnants

Info could have come sooner: Mindef [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Info could have come sooner: Mindef Ministry says needs of injured soldiers shot in Thailand were priority, but it should have informed media at that time JERMYN CHOW THE Defence Ministry has said it should have been quicker to make public details of a shooting incident that injured two servicemen

Asian exports close to pre-crisis peaks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Asian exports close to pre-crisis peaks Some nations see double-digit jumps in shipments BY FIONA CHAN fiochan@sph.com.sg ASIA is riding high on an export boom that has put it well ahead of other regions as the world bounces back from the recent global economic downturn. From Japan to Singapore and

Najib has to tackle more issues: Mahathir [ARTICLE]

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Najib has to tackle more issues: Mahathir Ex-PM points to water, bridge, CPF as matters to resolve with S’pore BY CAROLYN HONG MALAYSIA BUREAU CHIEF carolynh@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Former premier Mahathir Mohamad says there are outstanding issues that Malaysia must negotiate with Singapore, including building a bridge to replace the

Railway land valuation [ARTICLE]

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Railway land valuation BERNAMA THE valuation of land owned by Malayan Railway (KTM) in Singapore will be completed within a month, Khazanah Nasional’s managing director Azman Mokhtar said yesterday. “Then we’ll work out commercially what is the best thing to do,” Mr Azman told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. Khazanah and

Woman jailed for poisoning spouse [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Woman jailed for poisoning spouse Wife, 68, sent to prison for a year for lacing husband’s tea and food with arsenic DISTRAUGHT, the elderly woman turned to ask a police officer to confirm what the judge had said about her sentence. Told that she would be imprisoned for a year,

Obama focuses on domestic extremists [ARTICLE]

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Obama focuses on domestic extremists New security strategy looks at home-grown threats and redefines US ‘war on terror’ AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS REUTERS WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s administration will unveil a new security strategy that places the focus on home-grown extremists. Taking a step back from the Bush era’s “war

Indonesia, Norway ink conservation agreement [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Indonesia, Norway ink conservation agreement Deal calls for two-year halt on new land concessions to clear forests REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JAKARTA: Indonesia will place a two-year moratorium on new concessions to clear natural forests and peatlands under a deal signed with Norway aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, the government said

Palm oil, paper firms ‘destroying Indonesia’s forests’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Palm oil, paper firms ‘destroying Indonesia’s forests’ Many clearing land illegally, say green groups BY WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT wahyudis@sph.com.sg JAKARTA: Palm oil and paper producers are the biggest threats to Indonesia’s vast forests, according to environmental groups and other watchdogs. Many cut timber illegally, clearing large tracts for easy

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Google down the street, in your face [ARTICLE]

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Google down the street, in your face IT SOMETIMES seems that Google can overreach itself in ingenuity. The search company is already a domain unto itself in data capture and how to monetise it. It is making a fortune from using the information lode to target its advertisements. Google television

Will Japan go the way of Greece? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Will Japan go the way of Greece? EURO CRISIS BY HEIZO TAKENAKA The writer was a minister under former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. His portfolios included economics, financial reform and internal affairs and communications. He is currently director of the Global Security Research Institute at Keio University, Tokyo. PROJECT SYNDICATE

Pact could boost regional integration [ARTICLE]

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Pact could boost regional integration S P O RE MALAY S IA DEAL BY JOHAN SARAVANAMUTTU The writer, a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, was formerly dean (research) at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. THE Malaysia-Singapore resolution of a 20-year impasse over railway land in

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Rethinking for a new generation [ARTICLE]

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Rethinking for a new generation NUCLEAR ENERGY DEBATE BY DICKSON YEO, VALERIE CHOY, MICHAEL QUAH Michael Quah is the chief scientist and principal fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, NUS. Valerie Choy and Dickson Yeo are energy analysts at the institute. THE possibility of using nuclear energy in Singapore and

The price of logistical inefficiency [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The price of logistical inefficiency MATA JELI: A PERSPECTIVE ON INDONESIAN AFFAIRS BY BRUCE GALE SENIOR WRITER bruceg@sph.com.sg “OUR country is a vast island nation, and the problems of logistics and transport are considerable,” Trade Minister Mari Pangestu told the Jakarta Post last year. The problem is indeed serious. And

Tune in to create a genre-busting station [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tune in to create a genre-busting station BY BRADLEY C. FREEMAN The writer is an assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. THEMediaDevelopmentAuthority (MDA) recently received proposals to fill vacant FM frequency 89.3, which had been used by the TVMobile service. The

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Love against the odds [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Love against the odds ndianah@sph.com.sg She was his wife, caregiver, confidante and closest friend. Yet little is known of Dr Phua Swee Liang, 71, who was married to Dr Goh Keng Swee for the past 19 years. The former deputy prime minister died on May 14 and was given a

‘I’m made of sterner stuff’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘I’m made of sterner stuff’ BY NUR DIANAH SUHAIMI WHEN she was just a primary school pupil, Dr Phua Swee Liang’s father told her that she would not have many friends in life. She was too direct and spoke her mind, he said, but added that those who worked with

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NEA promotes practical recycling [ARTICLE]

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NEA promotes practical recycling Ong Eng Seng Director Resource Conservation Department National Environment Agency WE THANK Mrs Mary Veel (“Forwardthinking, yes, but not in recycling”; May 14) for sharing with us the recycling practices in Britain, where she resides. As a small city state with limited land, Singapore has focused

Don’t forget the ‘3Rs’ in research [ARTICLE]

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Don’t forget the ‘3Rs’ in research ANIMAL WELFARE Deirdre Moss (Ms) Executive Officer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) LAST Sunday’s article (“Uniquely Singapore lab mice and micro-pigs”) reported that new facilities will be set up at Lim Chu Kang and Tuas to breed 600,000 mice and

Shooting incident: Mindef admits it should have issued statement [ARTICLE]

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Shooting incident: Mindef admits it should have issued statement Colonel Darius Lim Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Defence (Mindef) WE REFER to Mr Matthias Chew’s letter yesterday (“Shooting incident: Mindef should have told public”). The Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) immediate priority following any incident is to attend to the needs

Is S’pore a nation of spoilt princesses? [ARTICLE]

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Is S’pore a nation of spoilt princesses? Chan Hean Boon Wilson Loke YES I REFER to Mr Sulthan Niaz’s letter on Wednesday (“A nation of spoilt princesses?”). Because of its economic success, Singapore has inevitably created a generation of women who venture bravely in the corporate world but dare not,

“Times have changed and such outdated perceptions should too.” [ARTICLE]

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“Times have changed and such outdated perceptions should too.” MISS TAN WEI: “Mr Sulthan Niaz (‘A nation of spoilt princesses?'; Wednesday) should realise that women with higher qualifications are likelier to better provide for their children and contribute to the household finances. How would such an advantage make them ‘spoilt'?

“Remove the stereotypes and see...” [ARTICLE]

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“Remove the stereotypes and see...” MISS LIM RUO LIN: “Mr Sulthan Niaz conflated women who do not wish to marry as people who simply ‘are unwilling and unable to handle the rigours of motherhood’, and that career women do not want to get married or have children. Many other factors

“Mr Sulthan is spot on.” [ARTICLE]

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“Mr Sulthan is spot on.” MR DAVID SOH: “Mr Sulthan Niaz is spot on and here is my reason by way of an anecdote. My balcony overlooks a neighbourhood primary school and I regularly see parents and maids walking pupils to school. Most of the upper primary girl pupils walk

Not many rogue agents, replies real estate body [ARTICLE]

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Not many rogue agents, replies real estate body Dr Tan Tee Khoon Chief Executive Officer Singapore Accredited Estate Agencies I COMMEND Ms Tan Hui Yee (“Getting smart against rogue housing agents”; Wednesday) for highlighting how savvy consumers can protect themselves from falling prey to rogue agents. But rogue agents are

A triumph for two neighbours [ARTICLE]

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A triumph for two neighbours PACT OVER KTM LAND David Lam WHILE I disagree with Singapore’s disproportionately inferior share vis-a-vis Malaysia (40:60) in the stakeholding scheme reported in Tuesday’s report (“Tg Pagar train station to move to Woodlands”), I understand the practicality in moving one step backward to gain two

WRITE IN [ARTICLE]

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FORUM ONLINE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FORUM ONLINE More letters on www.straitstimes.com 1 MR VELOO VIJAYAN: Well done, leaders 2 MR BENNIE CHEOK: A score for harmony and understanding 3 MR RICHARD HASSELL: Let’s have a high-speed rail line 4 MISS PUVANA DEVI: Rebutting Mr Sulthan, point for point 5 MISS HOE SHU RIN: Healthy balance

Separation from Malaysia: How crucial was Dr Goh’s role? [ARTICLE]

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Separation from Malaysia: How crucial was Dr Goh’s role? Associate Professor Hussin Mutalib MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew made an interestingly significant remark about Singapore’s separation from Malaysia in his eulogy at Sunday’s state funeral for his colleague-in-arms, former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee. MM Lee said he had

“Relocating the station to Woodlands is regrettable.” [ARTICLE]

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“Relocating the station to Woodlands is regrettable.” MR GAVIN KHOO: “Relocating the railway station to Woodlands is regrettable. Passengers must travel all the way to Singapore’s northern edge just to board the train. Most major cities have their main train stations located in the city centre and the deal is

“Preserve the bridges.” [ARTICLE]

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“Preserve the bridges.” MR DANIEL LEE: “I congratulate both countries on the historic agreement which makes significant economic sense. However, this will also mean the kilometres of railways across the island will be redeveloped. For years I have been driving along Upper Bukit Timah and Dunearn roads to work, passing

“A fabulous nature corridor.” [ARTICLE]

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“A fabulous nature corridor.” MR LEONG KWOK PENG: “Imagine an almost continuous stretch of natural forest, fruit orchard and greenery from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands. Where else can one exercise uninterrupted by road crossings and enjoy nature simultaneously? Wouldn’t the railway line make a fabulous nature corridor and green expressway

“What about a rapid line to Kuala Lumpur?” [ARTICLE]

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“What about a rapid line to Kuala Lumpur?” MR STEVEN PATT: “I was happy to read about the rapid transit link to Johor Baru (‘More leisure options with transit link to Johor’; Wednesday). So, what about a rapid transit line from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, which was announced a few

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE SAF commando shot Dr Goh’s son on his parents MOST BLOGGED ABOUT A thing of the past? Says Sanook Thai: “The failure of the pasar malam is mainly linked to the profits and losses of participating vendors. Rental

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Micro SIMs are here for iPad lovers StarHub, M1 will start selling them tomorrow; and SingTel from June 1 BY LESTER KOK, TAN WEIZHEN lesterk@sph.com.sg tanwz@sph.com.sg APPLE fans here who have had to resort to cutting SIM cards to fit their iPad 3G models can put away their tool boxes.

WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE SAF commando shot Dr Goh’s son on his parents MOST BLOGGED ABOUT A thing of the past? Says Sanook Thai: “The failure of the pasar malam is mainly linked to the profits and losses of participating vendors. Rental

Worksite safety falls far short [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Worksite safety falls far short Lapses found at half the sites checked, 16 sites get stop-work orders BY JERMYN CHOW jermync@sph.com.sg THE numerous warnings and other measures that have been introduced to improve worksite safety do not appear to have had the desired effect. A check of 1,000 worksites carried

Millennia offers practical courses [ARTICLE]

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Millennia offers practical courses Entrepreneurship and innovation schemes allow for hands-on learning BY EISEN TEO eisenteo@sph.com.sg WITH only 30 per cent of its students gaining admission to public universities here, the nation’s only centralised institute is giving its curriculum a fillip with a dose of hands-on learning. Millennia Institute’s (MI)

Raffles Girls’ School may be relocating [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Raffles Girls’ School may be relocating School may move closer to RI, due to Integrated Programme BY LIEW HANQING hanqing@sph.com.sg FOLLOWING in the footsteps of school families coming together, Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) (RGS) looks set to become a neighbour of its brother school, Raffles Institution (RI). While the school

RGS site could be worth billions if sold: Analysts [ARTICLE]

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RGS site could be worth billions if sold: Analysts FIONA CHAN ITS students may be sad to see it go, but property developers will be eagerly eyeing the plum plot of land that Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) will leave behind if it relocates. The school now sits on a prized

Katong Convent’s prized attribute [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Katong Convent’s prized attribute Open space for students of all religions to interact BY CASSANDRA CHEW casschew@sph.com.sg SWOTTING till 6.30pm in school daily got Sarah Sulaiman what she wanted last year: to move from the five-year Normal Academic to the four-year Express stream. But the 16-year-old is atypical in more

President Nathan on private visit to US [ARTICLE]

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President Nathan on private visit to US PRESIDENT S R Nathan is on a private visit to the United States from today to June 8. A statement from the President’s office said that during Mr Nathan’s absence, Mr J.Y. Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will be Acting

World of Warcraft maker to set up office here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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World of Warcraft maker to set up office here Its Battle.net servers will be located here too, reducing lag for players BY DARYL CHIN, TAN WEIZHEN darylc@sph.com.sg tanwz@sph.com.sg GAMING giant Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of the world's most popular game World of Warcraft (WoW), is setting up an office in

Get your game on at S’pore Expo [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Get your game on at S’pore Expo EXCLUSIVE sneak previews of the highly anticipated StarCraft II computer game are among the highlights in store for gamers at the Licence To Play gaming convention. The three-day convention, which opens today at the Singapore Expo, will also be the first time that

‘Green grand prix’ to promote eco-friendly transport in fun way [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Green grand prix’ to promote eco-friendly transport in fun way BY VICTORIA VAUGHAN FORMULA One (F1) cars win the race when it comes to speed, but each litre of petrol takes them only as far as 1km. Their emissions also fail just about every standard that has been implemented. Throw

Retailers roll out deals for GSS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Retailers roll out deals for GSS TESSA WONG RETAILERS are gearing up for the start of Singapore’s biggest shopping season today, the Great Singapore Sale. Shoppers can expect the deep discounts and freebies like last year, say industry players, and many malls will extend their shopping hours. Forty tourist attractions

MP calls for compulsory vaccination to avoid cancer [ARTICLE]

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MP calls for compulsory vaccination to avoid cancer Cervical cancer kills one woman in Singapore every five days BY JUDITH TAN juditht@sph.com.sg TWO vaccines available here can protect women against a virus which causes cervical cancer, a disease which kills one woman here every five days. Yet, only three in

S’pore doing well as liver transplant hub [ARTICLE]

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S’pore doing well as liver transplant hub More foreigners coming here for complex procedure, involving live donor organs BY SALMA KHALIK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT salma@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE is gaining a name as a liver transplant centre, with increasing numbers of foreigners coming here for the complex surgery. A decade ago, such transplants

They left work early to eat with their families [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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They left work early to eat with their families An estimated 180,000 took part in Eat With Your Family Day BY ANG YIYING ayiying@sph.com.sg FOR employees at Cathay Organisation’s head office, having dinner with families on a weekday does not always happen. Yesterday was an exception, however. About 120 were

Two loan shark kingpins arrested [ARTICLE]

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Two loan shark kingpins arrested 23 members of two syndicates caught in 14-hour operation across island, including Orchard BY MAVIS GOH mavgoh@sph.com.sg THE leaders of two loan-shark syndicates and their army of members were arrested in two successive islandwide raids on Wednesday. A total of 23 people, aged between 17

Thrills in a tube [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thrills in a tube A rider trying out Singapore’s tallest slide at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 on its opening day yesterday. Riders on the four-storey-high Slide@T3 can expect to hit speeds of up to 6m a second. Visitors get to enjoy two free rides with every $30 spent at the

Teenager admits to sex acts with schoolmates [ARTICLE]

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Teenager admits to sex acts with schoolmates He coerced three boys into performing lewd acts in carparks BY ELENA CHONG COURTS CORRESPONDENT elena@sph.com.sg SOON after surfing the Internet for pornographic websites on homosexuality, a 14-year-old boy decided to try out such acts on his schoolmates and a classmate. The accused,

OCBC didn’t breach duties to elderly customer, court rules [ARTICLE]

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OCBC didn’t breach duties to elderly customer, court rules BY SELINA LUM THE High Court has ruled in favour of a bank sued by an elderly customer for freezing her accounts containing $8.9 million on the grounds that she was not mentally competent. In a 56-page written judgment, Justice Lai

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Injured motorcyclist dies [ARTICLE]

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Injured motorcyclist dies A MOTORCYCLIST died in hospital on Wednesday morning, a week after he was injured in a traffic accident in Queensway. A car had collided with Mr Chong Chin Seong’s motorcycle last Wednesday when both vehicles were travelling along Queensway towards the Ayer Rajah Expressway. The collision, which

She slept through break-in [ARTICLE]

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She slept through break-in A FLAT in Block 401 Fajar Road was broken into on Tuesday when the victim, Madam Chua Hwee Siow, 75, was at home. However, she realised it only when her nine-year-old granddaughter returned home at about 1pm and alerted her that the drawers in two bedrooms

Woman stabbed by snatch thief [ARTICLE]

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Woman stabbed by snatch thief Man flees after failing to grab handbag BY MAVIS TOH mavistoh@sph.com.sg A MAN who stabbed his victim in an attempted snatch theft in Sembawang on Wednesday morning is still at large. He plunged a knife into the lower back of a 25-year-old woman as he

Firm to reward clients who cut carbon output [ARTICLE]

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Firm to reward clients who cut carbon output BY JUDITH TAN A HOME-GROWN solar energy company is helping users of its products do their part for the environment. Hyland Sunpower Station, which sells new generation solar systems, has put aside $1 million for a carbon credits reimbursement programme, it said

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Chinese put stock in celebrity market picks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chinese put stock in celebrity market picks Many chase after ‘star value’ stocks that their favourite celebrities invest in BY GRACE NG CHINA CORRESPONDENT graceng@sph.com.sg BEIJING: Injury may have kept basketball superstar Yao Ming off the court, but it has not stopped him from making a slam dunk in stocks.

WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST READ, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com MOST-READ ONLINE Professor jailed for organising sex club Suicide exposes harsh factory life ‘Dead’ woman found alive MOST BLOGGED ABOUT Seeing Bangkok differently. Says Joshua Ng: “It is odd that many are affected by the sight of gutted malls but

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HP, Dell raise Foxconn concerns [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HP, Dell raise Foxconn concerns Taiwan firm plans safety nets after 10th suicide at China plant AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING: Computer giants Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP) said yesterday they were looking into conditions at a Shenzhen factory owned by a Taiwanese supplier, following the deaths of 10 workers

China vows crackdown on hoarding of farm goods [ARTICLE]

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China vows crackdown on hoarding of farm goods It warns market players looking to profit from effects of bad weather REUTERS BLOOMBERG XINHUA BEIJING: China’s government vowed to clamp down on the hoarding of agricultural commodities after bad weather fuelled concerns that the country could face shortages of some products.

Rats damage huge swathes of China’s grassland [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rats damage huge swathes of China’s grassland AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BEIJING: A plague of rats has gobbled up vast swathes of grassland in north China, sparking a mass extermination drive amid concerns for herders, state media said yesterday. The proliferation has left holes across 65,000 sq km of Inner Mongolia, making

Interpol’s help sought to nab Thaksin [ARTICLE]

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Interpol’s help sought to nab Thaksin Thai govt wants him arrested and extradited on terrorism charges AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK TIMES BANGKOK: The Thai government said yesterday it would request Interpol’s cooperation to arrest fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges connected to the capital’s recent

Subsidies ‘could bankrupt Malaysia’ [ARTICLE]

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Subsidies ‘could bankrupt Malaysia’ Greek-style debt crisis looms, govt think-tank warns BY ELIZABETH LOOI MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT elizlooi@sph.com.sg KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians must be willing to pay more for fuel, food, electricity and other staples if the country is to avoid a debt crisis, like the one that has hit Greece, in

Hold credible polls, Myanmar urged [ARTICLE]

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Hold credible polls, Myanmar urged AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MADRID: The nations of Southeast Asia and the European Union urged Myanmar to ensure forthcoming elections are “credible and transparent”, as the EU pressed Yangon to allow a team to visit to discuss the polls. The call came at the end of a

India hit by worst heatwave in 100 years [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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India hit by worst heatwave in 100 years Mercury soars to nearly 50 deg C; power cuts and erratic water supply worsen conditions BY P. JAYARAM INDIA CORRESPONDENT pjay@sph.com.sg NEW DELHI: Large parts of northern, central and western India are reeling under the worst heatwave to hit the country in

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Retiree, 60, is oldest in China to give birth [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Retiree, 60, is oldest in China to give birth AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE CHINA NEWS DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK BEIJING: A 60-year-old retiree has become the oldest woman in China to give birth, bearing twins after becoming pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation, state media reported yesterday. The woman, whose name was not given, gave

Michelle Yeoh drives home safety message [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Michelle Yeoh drives home safety message ASSOCIATED PRESS MANILA: Movie actress Michelle Yeoh has brought her global campaign for road safety to the Asia-Pa-cific region, where she warned that deaths and injuries from accidents were reaching epidemic levels. At an international transport forum in Manila sponsored by the Asian Development

Beauty queen turns ‘Narco Queen’ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Beauty queen turns ‘Narco Queen’ ASSOCIATED PRESS BUENOS AIRES (Argentina): A Colombian model accused of leading a drug-trafficking gang that persuaded pretty young women to smuggle cocaine to Mexico has been arrested after evading Argentine police for five months. Angie Sanclemente Valencia had been hiding out in Buenos Aires since

Youngest Everest climber feels tall [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Youngest Everest climber feels tall ASSOCIATED PRESS KATMANDU (Nepal): The 13-year-old American boy who became the youngest person to scale Mount Everest made it off the mountain safely, saying reaching the highest point in the world was the time of his life. Jordan Romero (right), from Big Bear, California, reached

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NY bus ads on Islam cause a stir [ARTICLE]

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NY bus ads on Islam cause a stir Info for those wishing to leave the faith criticised as part of anti-Muslim agenda ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK: The questions on the ads are not subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you? A conservative activist and the

Nod for mosque near Ground Zero [ARTICLE]

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Nod for mosque near Ground Zero ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE AFTER hours of contentious public debate, a New York City community board voted to support a plan to build a mosque and an Islamic cultural centre two blocks from Ground Zero. The nod from the Manhattan Community Board 1, while

UK police grill man over ‘Ripper’ murders [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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UK police grill man over ‘Ripper’ murders AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE LONDON: British police were questioning a 40-year-old man yesterday over the possible murders of three prostitutes in northern England, which has sparked feverish speculation about a new “Yorkshire Ripper”. The man, who was arrested on Monday, is reportedly pursuing postgraduate research

Judge allows forced surgery on patient [ARTICLE]

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Judge allows forced surgery on patient Docs can forcibly treat cancer sufferer with hospital phobia LONDON: A British judge has ruled that doctors may force a cancer sufferer with a terrifying fear of hospitals to undergo life-saving surgery. A senior judge ruled that the 55-year-old woman, identified only as “PS”,

Anti-HIV drugs cut transmission risk [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Anti-HIV drugs cut transmission risk Research shows antiretroviral drugs had 92% success, but stresses vital role of safe sex AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS: People with HIV reduced the risk of handing on the Aids virus by an astonishing 92 per cent while they were taking antiretroviral drugs. Research just published provides

Girl, 7, face of Latin immigration [ARTICLE]

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Girl, 7, face of Latin immigration LIMA: A young Peruvian girl who told Mrs Michelle Obama that her mother is in the US illegally is now a star in her home country as the face of Latin immigrants seeking access to the American dream. “My mum says that Barack Obama

Throwing light on Mars’ deep chasm [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Throwing light on Mars’ deep chasm Astronomers say it is formed by ice accumulation, erosion and wind AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS: Astronomers say they can explain a nearly four-decade-old enigma surrounding rugged troughs and a chasm in the northern ice cap of Mars that could comfortably house the Grand Canyon. The

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Hypersonic flight record [ARTICLE]

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Hypersonic flight record ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: An experimental aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight, flying for more than three minutes at Mach 6 six times the speed of sound. The X-51A WaveRider was released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern California coast on Wednesday morning, the US

Wealthy hotelier dies [ARTICLE]

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Wealthy hotelier dies AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BERLIN: A publicity-shy German hotelier worth a reported ¤600 million (S$1 billion) choked to death on a piece of meat in one of his luxury hotels, the Bild daily reported yesterday. Mr Dieter Bock, 71, had ordered food in his room in Hamburg’s upmarket Atlantic

Bright lights, big Sydney [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bright lights, big Sydney The Sydney Opera House sails were aglow with different illuminated designs by American artist Laurie Anderson for the opening of Vivid Live in the Australian city yesterday. The annual three-week festival of music, film, theatre and visual arts is being curated by Lou Reed and Anderson

YouTube restored [ARTICLE]

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YouTube restored AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ISLAMABAD: Pakistan restored access to popular video sharing website YouTube, but 1,200 webpages remained blocked yesterday as a row about “blasphemous” content on the Internet rumbled into a second week. A contest organised by a user of social networking site Facebook calling on people to draw

Honda hit by strike [ARTICLE]

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Honda hit by strike REUTERS SHANGHAI: Honda Motor said yesterday that production would be halted at its four vehicle manufacturing plants in China at least until today, after they were shut by a labour dispute at a key parts facility. The No.2 Japanese carmaker, with the local government in Foshan

Pact may be delayed [ARTICLE]

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Pact may be delayed AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TAIPEI: Taiwan may postpone signing a major trade pact with China, a senior politician said yesterday, in the first indication that it may miss a June deadline to seal the agreement. While Taipei still aims to conclude the deal next month, “we would rather

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WHAT’S ONLINE MOST VIEWED, MOST COMMENTED ON AND MORE www.straitstimes.com.sg MOST-READ ONLINE STORIES Woods wants wife to keep mum MOST COMMENTED ON Portugal pin hopes on Ronaldo Says smokingguns: “To be fair, I thought Messi did quite all right. Ronaldo showed flashes, Kaka kind of got lost playing in Real.

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SILVER GENERATION [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SILVER GENERATION Asian teams, laden with ageing warriors, may not even see a silver lining BY TERRENCE VOON tvoon@sph.com.sg THIS World Cup, Asia’s representatives are mining football’s retirement homes for both inspiration and salvation. With a clutch of familiar names pushing 30 and beyond, age is simply not on the

Moments to remember The Battle of Santiago [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Moments to remember The Battle of Santiago Described by BBC presenter David Coleman as “the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football”, Italy’s 0-2 loss to hosts Chile in the 1962 tournament will forever be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Tensions had been high before the game,

Good things come in threes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Good things come in threes American Bert Patenaude scored the first World Cup hat-trick in 1930. Sandor Kocsis (1954), Just Fontaine (1958) and Gerd Müller (1970) scored two hat-tricks in the same World Cup. Gabriel Batistuta scored hat-tricks in two World Cups (1994 and 1998). Geoff Hurst (above) is the

Things they said [ARTICLE]

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Things they said We didn’t underestimate them. They were better than we thought. The late Bobby Robson, after his England side scraped past Cameroon 3-2 after extra time in the epic 1990 quarter-final. England scouts had told Robson that Cameroon would pose no problems, saying: “You’ve got a bye into

ENGLAND REVERT TO THE FAMILIAR [ARTICLE]

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ENGLAND REVERT TO THE FAMILIAR They will use 4-4-2 in training and work on skills and basic patterns THE TIMES, LONDON IRDNING (Austria): Fabio Capello attempted to get back to basics, by putting his players through their paces in a 4-4-2 formation, when England’s training camp resumed in Irdning yesterday.

Honda may be driving force [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Honda may be driving force REUTERS TOKYO: Once a Dutch master, now a Russian czar, midfielder Keisuke Honda could prove to be Japan’s most potent weapon at the World Cup. His directness and powerful running will be Japan’s trump card, as the Blue Samurai look to catch Cameroon cold in

Okada sticks to his guns [ARTICLE]

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Okada sticks to his guns REUTERS TOKYO: Japan coach Takeshi Okada is planning no major changes to his World Cup-bound team despite coming under fire after a 0-2 defeat by South Korea earlier this week. Okada, who said he had offered his resignation after the defeat in Saitama on Monday,

ORANJE ARE LOOKING GOOD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ORANJE ARE LOOKING GOOD Van Persie confident after double that Dutch have the attacking talent REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS FREIBURG (Germany): Watch out world, here come the Dutch. Robin van Persie feels the Netherlands’ 2-1 win over Mexico in their World Cup warm-up on Wednesday should send a warning to the

Positive signs for France in win over Costa Rica [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Positive signs for France in win over Costa Rica REUTERS LENS (France): Scoring the winner on his France debut is not good enough for Mathieu Valbuena, who dreams of seeing the once-great side heal their wounded pride with a successful World Cup run. The pocket-sized winger, who helped Marseille win

Fakes eat into official sales [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fakes eat into official sales REUTERS JOHANNESBURG: Fake World Cup souvenirs are costing Fifa’s official suppliers millions of dollars in lost sales, an anticounterfeit organisation said on Wednesday. Fake shirts, flags and other souvenirs are available on South Africa’s streets often sold by traders at traffic lights. South Africans have

Economic lift may fall short [ARTICLE]

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Economic lift may fall short REUTERS JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s economy will probably get a boost from the World Cup, but the uplift may fall short of lofty hopes the country had when it got news that it would be host, a Reuters poll showed. With two weeks to go until

Eriksson’s the best man to lead Ivory Coast, says Toure [ARTICLE]

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Eriksson’s the best man to lead Ivory Coast, says Toure ASSOCIATED PRESS SAANEN (Switzerland): Ivory Coast’s stars backed their new coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, as the squad continued a crash course of introductions to each other ahead of the World Cup. Defender Kolo Toure hailed the Swede as one of the

REAL AWAIT JOSE’S ARRIVAL [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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REAL AWAIT JOSE’S ARRIVAL Pellegrini’s firing eases way for Mourinho, who’s sorting out Inter payout THE TIMES, LONDON REUTERS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MADRID: Jose Mourinho wants to coach Real Madrid. They sack Manuel Pellegrini, paving the way for the Portuguese. But wait, it is not that simple. Mourinho has not been

Half of Liverpool fans give Benitez a red mark [ARTICLE]

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Half of Liverpool fans give Benitez a red mark THE TIMES, LONDON LONDON: The deep level of disillusionment with Rafael Benitez among Liverpool fans was laid bare yesterday by an exclusive survey for The Times, which suggests that more than half of supporters at Anfield have lost faith in the

Villain back in our midst [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Villain back in our midst HORSE RACING written by, Michael Lee TRAINER John Meagher will finally get to unveil former Melbourne galloper Villain at Kranji tonight. Though the former Danny O'Brientrained Carnegie five-year-old boasted only one win from 15 starts back home, he still came with some hype courtesy of

Any Humour to have the last laugh [ARTICLE]

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Any Humour to have the last laugh written by Craig Brennan THE $125,000 Class 1 Stakes over 1400m this afternoon may be small on numbers but it is one full of intrigue. Just seven runners will face the starter at 5.25 this afternoon with five of those gallopers having legitimate

SINGAPORE MARCH INTO Q-FINALS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SINGAPORE MARCH INTO Q-FINALS They rest top duo and are not at 100%, but still beat the US 3-0 BY LIN XINYI linxinyi@sph.com.sg MOSCOW: They were not at their best, nor did they send out their best. But the Singapore women’s team still routed the United States 3-0 in their

Warriors dumped out of Cup after blowing two-goal lead [ARTICLE]

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Warriors dumped out of Cup after blowing two-goal lead Singapore Armed Forces FC 3 Bangkok Glass 5 BY WANG MENG MENG ONLY a third of the season has gone but Singapore Armed Forces FC, the undisputed powerhouses of local football, are facing a campaign without silverware. If there is any

Semenya’s comeback race dropped [ARTICLE]

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Semenya’s comeback race dropped ASSOCIATED PRESS MADRID: Caster Semenya’s return to racing has been put on hold after an international track meet in Spain was cancelled because of a budget shortfall. The South African runner, who is still awaiting the results of a gender verification test, was expected to race

ALL WET IN PARIS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ALL WET IN PARIS Organisers under pressure after second straight day of delays FRENCH OPEN ASSOCIATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS: Former champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams fell victim to the Roland Garros rain yesterday, when their French Open second-round matches were postponed for a day. Nadal had been due

Teens are arrogant: Kuznetsova [ARTICLE]

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Teens are arrogant: Kuznetsova AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PARIS: French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has blasted her teenage rivals, claiming ambitious youngsters have no respect for the sport’s high achievers. Denmark’s world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki is the only teenager currently in the top 25 and Kuznetsova believes the failure of others

Next 72 hours [ARTICLE]

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Next 72 hours Today Basketball NBA Western Conference Finals Game 5: Phoenix v LA Lakers (Live, Ch202, 9am). BowlingSingapore International Open (Orchid Bowl, Orchid CC, 9.30am 2.30pm). Cycling Tour of Italy: Stage 19 (Live, Ch205, 8.45pm). Football Singapore Cup, prelims: Phnom Penh Crown v Etoile FC (Jalan Besar. Live, Ch5

"Klitschko has passed his zenith and there are many who fight like living sand sacks." [ARTICLE]

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"Klitschko has passed his zenith and there are many who fight like living sand sacks." Polish boxer Albert Sosnowski, who is challenging WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for his belt tomorrow

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Ikeda claims ladies’ amateur golf title [ARTICLE]

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Ikeda claims ladies’ amateur golf title THE Philippines’ Chihiro Ikeda, 19, shot a one-under 71 yesterday for a 214 total to win the Singapore Ladies’ Golf Association Amateur Open. She finished two strokes ahead of Singaporean Charlotte Thomas at the Singapore Island Country Club’s Island Course. Macau’s Ginger Mak was

Solid start for England’s cricketers [ARTICLE]

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Solid start for England’s cricketers ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON: England prospered in the first session of the first cricket Test against Bangladesh yesterday, reaching 105-1 at lunch. Jonathan Trott hit five fours and was 50 not out, while Andrew Strauss was unbeaten on 40.

Marchisio seen as Juve’s key man [ARTICLE]

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Marchisio seen as Juve’s key man ASSOCIATED PRESS MILAN: New Juventus football coach Luigi del Neri has said he will build his side around midfielder Claudio Marchisio. Del Neri, who has signed a two-year contract with the Turin club, has been charged with reinvigorating a team that finished seventh in

Baseball league set to take off in China [ARTICLE]

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Baseball league set to take off in China REUTERS BEIJING: China will launch a professional baseball league in seven cities this year as a springboard to creating an Asia-wide league involving regional powerhouses Japan and Taiwan over the next six years. QSL Sports, which is owned by China-born American financier

Sosa avoids perjury charges [ARTICLE]

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Sosa avoids perjury charges ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON: The United States Justice Department will not be asked to pursue a case against former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa for possibly lying to the US congress. Sosa is reported to be on a list of baseball players who allegedly failed drug tests in

Scorecard [ARTICLE]

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Scorecard Basketball NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Orlando 113 Boston 92 (Boston lead series 3-2). Cycling Giro d’Italia 173km 17th stage from Brunico to Peio Terme: 1 Damien Monier (Fra/Cofidis) 4hr 29min 19sec. 2 Danilo Hondo (Ita/ Lampre) +36sec. 3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Rabobank) +39. 4 Daniel Moreno (Esp/Omega) +1min 5sec. 5

MAGIC SHOW NOT YET OVER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MAGIC SHOW NOT YET OVER Orlando win second game in a row to send series back to Boston ASSOCIATED PRESS ORLANDO: Not ready to go home just yet, the only place the Orlando Magic are headed is back to Boston. Halfway to history. Taking another step toward overcoming a 0-3

Formula One leader Webber stays firmly grounded [ARTICLE]

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Formula One leader Webber stays firmly grounded ISTANBUL: He may lead the Formula One drivers’ world championship standings now but Mark Webber is under no illusion that he has already reached the summit. Thanks to back-to-back victories in Spain and Monaco, the Red Bull driver will go into this weekend’s

Young Zorros have their day [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Young Zorros have their day Participants from Camp Play being introduced to epee fencing in the modern pentathlon one of the 26 sports contested at August’s Youth Olympic Games. Students from Temasek Junior College, in partnership with the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association, organised a two-day introductory camp for 140 primary

Cycling trio on French training trip [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cycling trio on French training trip BY FRANKIE CHEE ASIAN Games hopeful Dinah Chan and two of her teammates from local club Passione JFT Cycling Marcus Leong and Luke Chen are in Dunkirk on a one-month training stint in the French city. The trio, the first in a trial exchange

Only 27 individual YOG slots left [ARTICLE]

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Only 27 individual YOG slots left BY LEE MIN KOK JUST 27 individual-sport slots remain in the Singapore contingent for August’s Youth Olympic Games, after the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced the selection of the female bas ketballers yesterday. The four girls Hannah Ng, Tok Hui Min, Alanna Lim

Mickelson eyes chance to become golf’s No. 1 [ARTICLE]

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Mickelson eyes chance to become golf’s No. 1 AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE FORT WORTH (Texas): Tiger Woods’ world No. 1 ranking is on the line again this week, but Phil Mickelson said his only chance of seizing the top spot is to put the matter out of his mind. “It would be

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S’pore shares start to stabilise [ARTICLE]

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S’pore shares start to stabilise Strong showing in US stock futures, European bourses brings on rally BULLS AND BEARS BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg ENCOURAGING signs emerged on the Singapore bourse yesterday to suggest that the recent correction would remain just that a correction without degenerating into a full-blown bear market.

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Ex-financial controller jailed for faking profits [ARTICLE]

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Ex-financial controller jailed for faking profits JEL man gets 10 months for helping to falsify papers to inflate profits BY JONATHAN KWOK jonkwok@sph.com.sg THE former group financial controller of JEL Corp has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for his part in a racket designed to fraudulently inflate the

Ex-WBL senior executive guilty of insider trading [ARTICLE]

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Ex-WBL senior executive guilty of insider trading BY GABRIEL CHEN THE High Court ruled yesterday that a former senior executive of WBL Corp breached Singapore’s strict insider trading rules. The court found that Mr Kevin Lew Chee Fai, former chief risk officer of the conglomerate, sold 90,000 WBL shares at

Global recovery is under way: OECD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Global recovery is under way: OECD Rebound driven by trade flows, emerging markets and stimulus policies NEW YORK TIMES PARIS: Despite mounting concerns about European debt and fears that Asian economies may be overheating, the global recovery is taking root, an international research group says. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation

China confident of European market recovery [ARTICLE]

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China confident of European market recovery REUTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMBERG BEIJING: Europe remains a key investment market for China’s foreign exchange reserves, the Chinese central bank said yesterday, helping to soothe markets unnerved by a report that it was reviewing its euro zone bond holdings. The Financial Times said on

US economy grew less than estimated [ARTICLE]

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US economy grew less than estimated ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON: The economic rebound in the United States in the past quarter turned out to be slower than first thought, one of the reasons unemployment is likely to stay stubbornly high this year. The economy grew at a 3 per cent

$92m upgrade for Six Battery Road [ARTICLE]

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$92m upgrade for Six Battery Road Makeover will include green features to boost energy efficiency BY JESSICA CHEAM jcheam@sph.com.sg RAFFLES Place Grade A office building Six Battery Road is to undergo a $92 million facelift that will give its tenants a greener working environment. CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT) Management, which owns

Prudential denies rumour that AIA takeover is off [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Prudential denies rumour that AIA takeover is off REUTERS BLOOMBERG LONDON: Britain’s Prudential yesterday denied market talk that it had pulled its US$35.5 billion (S$50 billion) bid for US rival AIG’s Asian unit, after rumours that the deal was off boosted Pru’s shares as well as the pound. “This speculation

Pan Hong back in black with $35m profit [ARTICLE]

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Pan Hong back in black with $35m profit BY MARISSA LEE PAN Hong Property Group, which focuses on developing residential and commercial properties in China’s smaller cities, is back in the black with a 170.7 million yuan (S$35 million) full-year net profit, thanks to stronger sales of residential units. This

Possible bidding war over Parkway [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Possible bidding war over Parkway Khazanah’s surprise move could derail Indian company’s plans BY DAWN ZENG dzeng@sph.com.sg A CORPORATE battle is looming for control of Parkway Holdings, Singapore’s largest private health-care provider. Just two months after India’s Fortis Healthcare bought a 23.9 per cent stake in Parkway, Integrated Healthcare Holdings

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