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Writ of elections issued yesterday; nomination day is aug 17

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Presidential Election on Aug 27

Former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan, former Peoples Action Party (PAP) Ayer Rajah MP Tan Cheng Bock, ex-NTUC Income chief Tan Kin Lian and former civil servant Tan Jee Say who contested in the recent General Election under the Singapore Democratic Party banner have already submitted their forms. The fifth, former JTC Corporation group chief financial officer Andrew Kuan, who was disqualified in the 2005 Presidential Election, has said he will submit his forms tomorrow. In the statement yesterday, the Prime Ministers Office also named the Peoples Association (PA) as the Nomination Centre, and PA chief executive director Yam Ah Mee as the Returning Officer. readying tHeir CaMPaignS With nine days for campaigning with Aug 26 designated as Cooling Off Day Mr Tan Jee Say noted that it is not easy to cover the whole country within the timeframe. But its something we have to live with and do the best we can, he added. Dr Tan Cheng Bock told Today that his campaign team has drawn up different plans for straight fights as well as multicandidate contests.

SINGAPORE In 13 days, Singapore will know if there will be a contest for the job of President of Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issued the Writ of Election yesterday announcing Aug 17 as Nomination Day. If more than one candidate qualifies to run, Singaporeans will go to the polls 10 days later, on Aug 27, to pick the Republics third Elected President in what will be only the second contested election since 1993. Candidates have until 1pm this Saturday to submit their applications for a Certificate of Eligibility. Five people have declared their intention to contest in the Presidential Election. Their candidacies are subject to the approval from the Presidential Elections Committee, which will issue the certificate to successful applicants not later than the eve of Nomination Day. On Nomination Day, candidates are required to present the necessary documents including the Political Donation Certificate to the Returning Officer, as well as pay the S$48,000 election deposit to the Accountant-General.

(The candidates) had the full liberty to speak to people and create their own audiences all this while and, in fact, the first-mover started building his profile in March and declared his interest in the post soon after the General Election (in May).
institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow gillian koh says nine days of campaigning is adequate
We are quite prepared for the campaign, and we will carry out all our plans, such as going around malls and hawker centres to be visible. We will also tap on other means, such as through the media and online, he said. Political commentators, however, felt that nine days are adequate for the Presidential Election campaign. Said Institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow Gillian Koh: The rules are

tiMeline for tHe 2011 PreSidential eleCtion

aug 3 Writ for Presidential Election issued aug 6 Deadline for submission of application forms for Certificate of Eligibility aug 13 Deadline for submission of application forms for Political Donation Certificate aug 17 Nomination Day (if there is only one qualified candidate, he will be awarded a walkover) aug 27 Polling Day (in the event that there is more than one qualified candidate)
clear on this. Theyve had the full liberty to speak to people and create their own audiences all this while and, in fact, the first-mover started building his profile in March and declared his interest in the post soon after the General Election. The presidential aspirants also took the opportunity to reiterate their independence from the ruling Peoples Action Party. >> Continued on Page 2

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un committee concerned by under-reported violence against women, number of women in govt
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Progress in womens equality, but ...

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Presidential Election: Aug 27

>> Continued from Page 1 Mr Tan Jee Say said his absolute independence from the PAP accords him the moral authority to fulfill the mission of the Elected President. Mr Tan Kin Lian noted that, while almost every presidential hopeful is claiming to be independent of the Government, the people of Singapore ... can see who is truly independent and who simply cannot be. He added: I intend to work in full cooperation with the Government to find common ground on issues that the people feel strongly about. I believe that a good government will be able to recognise a genuine call from the people and that the moral authority of the President will be sufficient weight for fair consideration. Mr Tan also urged companies and civic organisations to donate to charitable organisations instead of spending on wasteful political advertising for their preferred candidate. In response to media queries, Dr Tony Tan said he looked forward to a vigorous exchange of views during the campaign, carried out with decorum and in a manner befitting the office at stake. He reiterated his belief that the next President will be involved in decisions about the economic future of Singapore, perhaps needing to invoke the formal powers of the President on whether to draw down past reserves. Dr Tony Tan, who resigned as executive director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and chairman of Singapore Press Holdings, added: This is why I resigned from jobs that I loved to step forward and offer my candidacy.


Singapore Even as it welcomed the progress made to remove discrimination against women in the Republic, a United Nations (UN) committee on womens rights expressed concern at the persistence of domestic and sexual violence against women here which it says remains under-reported. This was among various issues the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) committee brought up in response to a report presented a fortnight ago by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob at the UN headquarters in New York. Singapore acceded to the international convention in October 1995 and is legally bound to put its provisions into practice. The Republic is also required to submit a national report at least once every four years on the measures it has put in place to comply with the treaty. Delivering the report, Madam Halimah had stressed to the 23-member committee that gender equality was important to Singapores economic growth. Singapore had risen to 10th out of 138 countries on the UN Gender Inequality Index, she added, noting that womens literacy had risen to 93.8 per cent and more than half of students entering universities were female. Stereotypes were disappearing though that was a work in progress, and womens participation in the workforce had increased from below 30 per cent in the 1970s

to 56.5 per cent last year. The CEDAW committees concluding observations dated July 27 were circulated to the media by non-government organisations here. While the committee welcomed progress in the socio-economic situation of women, it called on the country to take proactive measures to increase womens participation in various spheres, among other efforts. For example, while noting the redesignation of the Womens Desk as the Office for Womens Development on July 1, the committee expressed concern about its limited authority, resources and its capacity to ensure that gender equality policies are properly developed and fully implemented. On violence against women, the committee welcomed Penal Code amendments made in 2008 criminalising spousal rape. However, it noted that the amendments are only applicable if the perpetrator and the victim are living apart, in the process of a divorce, and if the victim had applied for a Personal Protection Order. The committee urged Singapore to review the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code so as to criminalise domestic violence and marital rape. It also wants Singapore to raise awareness about the criminal nature of domestic violence and marital rape and destigmatise victims, so that more women will report such incidences. The UN committee was also concerned that women here continue to be underrepresented in decision-making in the Government and other sectors.

on trafficking Ratify Un Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish trafficking in Persons, especially women and children Enact specialised laws against trafficking in persons, including an internationally-recognised definition of human trafficking on employment Provide paid maternity leave for all women regardless of nationality and marital status on foreign domestic workers and foreign wives Review and amend existing labour laws concerning maids and ensure they are entitled to, among other things,a day off. Repeal the law requiring work permit holders,including maids, to be deported on the grounds of pregnancy or contracting sexually transmitted diseases
To this, the UN committee called on Singapore to adopt laws and policies promoting womens equal participation in decision-making in public and political life. The committee also wanted paid maternity leave here to apply to all women employees regardless of nationality and marital status. Mdm Halimah had said there has been much progress in the status of women in Singapore, but recognised there is always more that can be done. The Singapore Government is committed to ensuring the progress of women and to the full and practical realisation of our CEDAW obligations, she added.

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SAF suspends outfield training

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SINGAPORE Two incidents in three days involving Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) one sustained superficial injuries, the other died have cast the spotlight back on training safety in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). As the SAF suspended outfield training in all army units and training schools to conduct a review yesterday, Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Defence and Foreign Affairs urged the public not to jump to conclusions before the investigations are complete. Nee Soon GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak, who chairs the GPC, reiterated the need for investigators to do their work. Dr Lim also noted that the two incidents were not of the same nature. Adding that one incident is one too many, Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Alvin Yeo said it was premature to conclude if there was any complacency in SAFs training safety regime. Said Mr Yeo: We have to look over a longer period of time and go through all the incidents that occurred ... That the two incidents happened in three days is a very unfortunate coincidence. On Tuesday, Specialist Cadet (SCT) Ee Chun Sheng, 21, was found unconscious during a navigation exercise. Despite

We have to look over a longer period of time and go through all the incidents that occurred ... That the two incidents happened in three days is a very unfortunate coincidence.
chua chu kang grc MP alvin yeo
prompt medical attention and efforts to resuscitate him, Ee was pronounced dead in hospital hours later. The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is investigating the incident. Ees death came two days after Specialist Cadet (SCT) Percy Toh Cheng Kai sustained superficial injuries after the propellant of a round in the grenade launcher exploded prematurely in the weapon. It was not clear how long the current outfield training suspension would be in place. SAF has also suspended livetraining with 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL) until further notice. Sembawang GRC MP Ellen Lee noted that the victims of the latest incidents were both rather inexperienced national servicemen. We have to find out why this is happening to the newer soldiers. I urge more caution in the field, especially for the new (soldiers).

Mr tan Jee say and his wife with supporters at the elections department yesterday. Photo by Wee teck hiaN

tan Jee Say submits application forms

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SINGAPORE Presidential hopeful Tan Jee Say put forward his case yesterday on why he should be eligible to stand in the election. Mr Tan, who submitted application forms for a Certificate of Eligibility at the Elections Department, also issued a two-page press statement on why he meets the stringent criteria. Mr Tan pointed out that between Feb 1, 1997, and Feb 9, 2001, he was the chief executive officer with the title of regional managing director of John Govett (Asia) and its successor company AIB Govett (Asia), which was incorporated under the Singapore Companies Act. Said Mr Tan: As the most senior officer in AIB Govett, which was the groups regional head office for the Asia-Pacific region, I was the groups representative in Singapore and the key contact person of the group vis-a-vis the Monetary Authority of Singapore. One of the criterion for the Presidential Election is for the candidate to have served not less than

three years as CEO of a Singaporebased company with paid-up capital of S$100 million. Alternatively, the candidate must have served for not less than three years in any other similar or comparable position of seniority and responsibility in any other organisation or department of equivalent size or complexity in the public or private sector. And Mr Tan reiterated that it is under the latter criterion that he has applied for a Certificate of Eligibility. He also pointed out that there was no stipulation of S$100 million in paid-up capital in this criterion. Had it been Parliaments intention to stipulate this requirement in the alternative criterion, it could easily have done so, he added. Mr Tan said: Rather, there are several alternative measures to paid-up capital as the touchstone to measure the size of a company, and in the case of an asset management company such as AIB Govett, we should look at the scope and extent of responsibility for funds under its management. He added: As for complexity,

I aim to reach out to Singapore. There are also non-Opposition supporters who have been quietly supporting me.
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AIB Govett was not only a booking office for assets but also ran a full investment management operation. Several Opposition politicians were at the Elections Department yesterday to lend support to Mr Tan. They included National Solidarity Party members Nicole Seah and Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, as well as Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member Michelle Lee. Mr Tan, who resigned from the SDP to put his name forward for the Presidential Election, told Today that he represents more than just the Opposition. He added: I aim to reach out to Singapore. There are also nonOpposition supporters who have been quietly supporting me.

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Comprehensive review to be carried out on bus service levels

SINGAPORE Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has tasked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to conduct a comprehensive review of current bus service levels by the end of this year and develop a robust plan of action. Writing on his Facebook page yesterday, Mr Lui said the review will focus on improving bus capacity, congestion levels, frequency and reliability. The goal is clear reduce waiting time, increase the predictability of bus journey times, improve our chances of getting onboard and provide better information to commuters, he added. As part of the review, Mr Lui said current quality of service standards will be raised further. In particular, he felt the Public Transport Council will need to audit and regulate more tightly to ensure standards are met. The Transport Minister envisages the public transport operators having significantly more buses and bus captains added to the existing fleet of about 4,000 buses. The Government will study how to help the operators grow their bus fleet and captains in a sustainable manner, Mr Lui added. While these improvements will take around 12 to 18 months to kick in, Mr Lui said he has also asked LTA to work with the operators to allow older buses which are nearing the end of their planned lifespan to be extended on a temporary basis. But they have to be road-worthy and not compromise safety, he said. This measure will add about 5 to 6 per cent of the fleet capacity until the arrival of the new buses, Mr Lui added. It is a more immediate measure which Im confident will allow us to improve the current service levels in areas where they are most needed. The Transport Minister urged the public to continue providing feedback to grassroots leaders and LTAs community relations officers on issues they encounter. Later this week, the SMRT will announce plans to add more train trips to improve frequencies during off-peak hours, he added.
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no reasonable excuse for not paying taxi fare? Face s$1,000 fine
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SINGAPORE With the number taxi drivers of being cheated of their fares reportedly on the rise, the spotlight has now turned on what recourse cabbies have when passengers make off without paying. Highlighted by a taxi driver who wrote to the media last week, the issue of enforcement against taxi fare cheating was discussed during a recent dialogue session taxi operators had with the Land Transport Authority, said Premier Taxi managing director Lim Chong Boo. Said Mr Lim: Without strong enforcement of the Public Transport Council (PTC) Act, theres a limit to what can be done to solve the situation. The issue of taxi fare cheating is not new but it is getting more prevalent and blatant as the fare dodgers perceive a loophole in the system that nothing can be done to penalise them. Taxi operators have seen an increase in the number of such cheating cases reported. ComfortDelGro cabbies, for one, have reported an average of 166 fare cheats a month this year compared with 134 a month in 2008. The operator manages 15,000 taxis in Singapore the largest fleet here. Cabbies and passengers can turn to the police for mediation if there is a dispute over the route taken or destination. If mediation is unsuccessful, the taxi driver can file a report with the police and may also lodge a magistrates complaint. A public transport official or police officer may also arrest without warrant any

person believed to have committed an offence such as failing to pay a taxi fare under the PTC Act. The passenger can be detained until his name and address have been ascertained, so that he can be brought to court. A passenger found guilty of failing or refusing to pay the fare as indicated on the meter without reasonable excuse can be fined up to S$1,000. Repeat offenders can be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed up to six months, or both. Passengers who feel they have been bullied into paying a fare where the taxi driver took a wrong route, or was taken to the wrong destination, can make a police report, file a magistrates complaint and complain to the taxi company. ComfortDelGro advises its drivers to file a non-payment report with the police. It may also, as a gesture of goodwill, reimburse cabbies for the loss of the fare. SMRT Taxis also requires a police report and taxi receipt for reimbursement. In the meantime, cabbies like Mr Tan Kok Yeow, are going to lengths to ensure they receive payment such as asking the passenger to leave their mobile phone in the taxi when they alight to get the money to pay the fare. Said Mr Tan, 46: If they say they dont have a mobile phone, Ill ask them politely to contact their family or a friend to bring the money to them while they wait in my cab, or Ill park my taxi and follow them to their destination. If they are sincere about paying, it should not be a problem.

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Changi Airport enhances airfield security with fibre-optic sensors

SINGAPORE Changi Airport will be the worlds first airport to reinforce its perimeter fences with fibre-optic sensors to detect intruders. More cameras will also be installed at airport boundaries, which will be integrated with the new multi-million-dollar defence system called AgilFence, made by Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics. Said Changi Airport Groups executive vice-president (airport management) Foo Sek Min: No system is full-proof and perfect. And as we review our existing perimeter protection, the introduction of this perimeter intrusion detection system will help us to have a better and faster response if there are any signs of intrusion. The pressure-sensitive sensors are protected by an armoured casing to prevent tampering and for easy maintenance. ST Electronics said the system is expected to last a decade, adding that it is immune to electromagnetic and radio frequency interferences, making it effective for deployment in an airfield. The system is expected to be fully operational by end-2012. dyLan Loh

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KUALA LUMPUR A private Malaysian television station has axed a series of commercials to mark the Muslim month of Ramadan after angry viewers complained the ads insulted non-Muslim ethnic minorities. A 30-second clip depicted a Chinese girl eating as Muslims watched, while another showed her wearing a sleeveless blouse. In the last one, she is shown shouting at a

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stall owner. The scenes were followed by messages urging viewers to show respect for Ramadan, which started on Monday, by not eating in public, wearing revealing clothing or being loud. Viewers, including Muslims, slammed private 8TV station for the three commercials, which they said stereotyped minority Chinese and imposed Islamic practices on non-Muslims. The TV station withdrew the clips and issued an apology late on Tuesday. The message was not meant to offend anyone, race or creed in any way. This is an honest mistake involving a very small amount of humour that was misinterpreted which led to concerns, it said on its Facebook page. aP

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Five-year hack hits 72 global organisations

BOSTON Computer security company McAfee has discovered a five-year hacking scheme, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organisations, including the United Nations and ASEAN (the Association of South-east Asian Nations), governments and companies around the world. McAfee said yesterday it believed there was one state actor behind the attacks but declined to name it. One security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence pointed to China. The long list of victims in the five-year campaign also includes the governments of the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada; the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the World Anti-Doping Agency; and an array of companies from defence contractors to high-tech enterprises. In the case of the UN, the hackers broke into the computer system of the secretariat in Geneva in 2008, hid there unnoticed for nearly two years and quietly combed through reams of secret data, according to McAfee. Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organisations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators, Mr Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee vice-president of threat research, wrote in a 14-page report released yesterday. What is happening to all this data ... is still largely an open question, the report said. However, if even a fraction of it is used to build better competing products or beat a competitor at a key negotiation (due to having stolen the other teams playbook), the loss represents a massive economic threat. McAfee learned of the extent of the hacking campaign in March this year when its researchers discovered logs of the attacks while reviewing the contents of a command and control server that they had discovered in 2009 as part of an investigation into security breaches at defence companies. Mr Alperovitch said McAfee had notified all the 72 victims of the attacks, which are under investigation by law enforcement agencies around the world. He declined to give more details, such as the names of the companies hacked.

Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organisations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators.
Mcafee vice-president of threat research dmitri alperovitch
Mr Jim Lewis, a cyber expert with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, was briefed on the discovery by McAfee. He said it was very likely that China was behind the campaign because some of the targets had information that would be of particular interest to Beijing. The systems of the IOC and several national Olympic committees were breached in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Games, for example. Everything points to China. It could be the Russians but there is more that points to China than Russia, he said. He added that the US and Britain were capable of pulling off this kind of campaign but we wouldnt spy on ourselves and the Brits wouldnt spy on us. rEutErs

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Mubarak pleads not guilty

CAIRO Ousted President Hosni Mubarak has denied all charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters during Egypts uprising after a court detailed the allegations against him at the start of his historic trial yesterday. The ailing, 83-year-old Mubarak (picture) was lying ashen-faced on a hospital bed inside a metal defendants cage with his two sons one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa standing protectively beside him in white prison uniforms. With Mubarak and his sons in the cage were seven other co-defendants former Interior Minister Habib el Adly and six top former police officials. In the courtroom, a prosecutor read the charges against Mubarak that he was an accomplice along with el Adly in the intentional and premeditated murder of peaceful protesters and that he and his sons received five villas worth nearly US$7 million (S$8.4 million) from prominent businessman Hussein Salem in return for guaranteeing him a lower price for state land to build a resort complex in Sharm el Sheikh. During the session, Mubaraks lawyer filed a motion that Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi the head of the council of generals that now runs Egypt be called to testify in the trial. He argued that Mr Tantawi was in control of security after Jan 28, three days into the protests. The motion signals an attempt by the defence to drag the military into the case. After several hours, the judge adjourned the trial to Aug 15, though hearings in el Adlys case would continue today. The judge ordered Mubarak to be held at the International Medical Centre, a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, and that an oncologist be among the doctors monitoring him. That was one of the strongest indications yet that Mubarak has cancer after months of unconfirmed reports. Mubarak, el Adly, and the six police officers could face the death penalty if convicted. The spectacle, which was aired live on state television, was a stunning moment for Egyptians, many of whom savoured the humiliation of the man who ruled with unquestionable power for 29 years. After widespread scepticism that Egypts military rulers would allow it, the scene went a long way to satisfy one of the key demands that has united protesters since Feb 11, when Mubarak fell following an 18-day uprising. This is the dream of Egyptians, to see him like this, humiliated like he humiliated them for the last 29 years, said Mrs Ghada Ali, the mother of a 17-year-old girl in the city of Alexandria who was shot dead during the crackdown. Egyptians crowded cafes, kiosks, anywhere with a television to follow the trial, which was held at the heavily secured Cairo police academy. A crowd of Mubarak supporters and hundreds of relatives of slain protesters and other Mubarak opponents massed at the gates, scuffling sporadically. They threw stones and bottles at each other while riot police with shields and helmets tried to keep them apart. About 50 supporters pounded on the steel gate trying to get


into the compound, chanting We love you, Mubarak! until the police charged at them with electrified batons and dispersed them. In other Arab countries, while many are still convulsed by their own upheavals, people watched the court drama with fascination. A Bahraini activist called Online Bahrain addressed other despots across the Arab world: Dear Arab dictator, take a long hard look at Mubarak. He was just as powerful as you were. Your time is up if you dont change. agencies

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1965 not a political film

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SINGAPORE An upcoming social-political thriller, which is set against the backdrop of a defining moment in Singapores history and featuring a young Mr Lee Kuan Yew as one of its characters, is not a political film, said its executive producer, Mr Daniel Yun. Neither has the film, 1965, The Beginning, been endorsed or sanctioned by the Government, Mr Lees office or the Lee family, said Mr Yun, who is also the chief executive officer of Homerun Asia. The Singapore company is co-producing the movie with Chinas Zonbo Media under the Co-production Agreement signed between Singapore and China last year. The movie which has generated much interest aims for an August 2012 release. Mr Yun said he is not worried about any possible conflicts. I personally have faith in MDA (Media Development Authority) that they will look at this film as they would any other commercial film, he told Today. ... If there is any interference, it wont be the interference people might think it is. Because were not re-writing history. Were looking at documented facts. And the spine of the film is really about the small moments of the characters and how their lives have changed. So if there might be any interference, it may be other things that in any other movie we would also face. I personally dont think there would be interference in relation to, for example, our portrayal of Mr Lee Kuan Yew,

I personally dont think there would be interference in relation to, for example, our portrayal of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
1965 executive producer daniel Yun
Mr Yun added. When contacted, the MDA said the film will be classified when it is submitted to them. The movie centres around a multi-threaded plot structure that examines the themes of home and identity through a defining moment in a young nations history 1965 was the year when Singapore became independent following separation from Malaysia. The movie will be shot in Singapore, Malaysia and China with a budget of US$5 million (S$6 million). When I was writing the Lee Kuan Yew character, the only person I had in mind was Mr Lee Kuan Yew, 1965s writer-director Lee Thean-jeen told Today. Because as a personality, he has a such a presence all on his own, he said. So, is it true what the grapevine is saying that Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung will be playing the young Lee Kuan Yew? The film-makers are neither confirming nor denying it. I really wouldnt pass up the chance to work with Tony Leung, Mr Lee Thean-jeen said. But at the end of the day, I think well be casting whoever is most suited for the role. Without prejudice to the actor being Singaporean or not, he added.

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Chinas inflation muddle

Barring unexpected shocks, price growth should peak soon
tential level, which, according to the consensus view, is around 9 per cent. In fact, most Chinese economists predicted last year that inflation would peak early this year. Changes in Chinas financial conditions reinforce this view. Historically, there is a lag of eight to 12 months between M1 monetary growth and inflation. The growth rate of M1 started to fall in late 2009. If past experience is a reliable guide, a decline in inflation is already overdue. The interference of cost-push factors contributed to the unexpected persistence of inflation. The rise in commodity prices since the middle of last year Chinas commodity price index has increased by more than 100 per cent since its 2009 low has had an important impact. Moreover, Chinese wages have been rising rapidly. whether an earlier loosening by the PBC would have been wiser. a diFFiCuLt FiVE yEars With taming inflation its top priority, the PBC has raised the bank mandatory reserve ratio six times this year. Commercial banks must deposit with the central bank 21.5 per cent of deposits as reserves. Recently, the PBC raised the one-year lending rate and the one-year deposit to 6.56 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively. Currently, Chinas inflation is not as bad as it was in 2007-2008. The rise in house prices has begun to stabilise, and the impact of the rise in commodity prices is tapering off. External demand in the second half of 2011 is unlikely to be strong, owing to the shaky global recovery. The steady increase in production costs, partly attributable to high borrowing costs, is squeezing enterprises profit margins of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. Declining profits and rising enterprise bankruptcies are posing challenges to Chinas monetary authority. In view of the need for structural adjustment, the PBC should maintain a tight monetary stance. But, with a coming decline in headline inflation and mounting concerns about growth, the PBC is likely to prove a bit more accommodating in the second half of this year. In short, although China will miss its inflation target of 4 per cent for this year, price growth will remain under control. In the second half of this year, Chinas growth rate could fall further, but there will be no hard landing. Chinas economic problems are more structural than cyclical. Owing to a lack of distinct progress in restructuring and rebalancing the domestic economy, the next five years will be difficult, and the window of opportunity for adjustment will close rapidly. But, viewing Chinas performance in the context of the past 30 years, there is no reason to believe that the country cannot muddle through once again.
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ven as the debt crises in Europe and the United States loom large and the global economic recovery falters, inflation is making a comeback worldwide. Indeed, emergingmarket economies are bracing for a serious bout of it together with the dire political consequences that it will bring. Chinas headline consumer price index (CPI) jumped 6.4 per cent year on year in June, reaching its highest level since July 2008. Against the background of a shaky global recovery, concerns have grown considerably over a possible hard landing for the Chinese economy, caused by monetary tightening aimed at controlling inflation. In China, food prices account for about a third of the CPI basket, with the price of pork bearing a large weight. As a result, the CPI is jokingly called the pork price index. In June, pork prices rose 57 per cent year on year, contributing nearly two percentage points to the overall inflation rate. Unfortunately, macroeconomic policy can do little about the hog cycle and usually should not respond to it. While Chinas inflation problem should not be exaggerated, complacency would be dangerous. Current inflation is more broad-based than it appears, regardless of the controversy surrounding the adequacy of Chinas CPI basket in reflecting the reality of underlying price movements. In fact, annual increases in nonfood prices accelerated to 3 per cent in June, up from 2.9 per cent in May. According to Chinas National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), living expenses increased by 6.1 per cent year on year in May. Many worry that nonfood prices may rise higher. Barring unexpected shocks, I believe that Chinas inflation may peak soon. From a macroeconomic perspective, Chinas current inflation is attributable both to demand-pull and cost-push factors. unEXPECtEdLy PErsistEnt Historically, inflation in China has followed GDP growth with a lag. Todays inflationary pressures are partly the result of the lagged impact of the stimulus package that China adopted in 2009 to fight off the effects of the global financial crisis. But Chinas GDP growth has already started to fall towards its po-

In the second half of 2011, Chinas growth rate could fall further, but there will be no hard landing.
Chinas current macroeconomic situation shares many similarities with the situation that it faced in 2007 and the best part of 2008, when, owing to strong investment and export demand, GDP growth surged significantly beyond its potential. Worried about worsening inflation and a budding real-estate bubble, the Peoples Bank of China (PBC, the central bank) gradually tightened its monetary stance. Yet inflation continued to worsen, peaking at 8.7 per cent in February 2008. The most difficult period for Chinese decision-makers was between February and September 2008, when, despite abundant signs of a softening in domestic demand, overall demand remained strong, as did inflation. To tighten or not to tighten: That was the question. The PBC continued to tighten. But the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 brought global economic growth to a screeching halt. Chinas GDP growth fell dramatically, owing to the collapse of external demand. To offset the negative shock, the Chinese government enacted a 4-trillion-yuan (S$750 billion) stimulus package, and the PBC shifted its policy stance abruptly. There is no question about the necessity for the turnaround. However, with hindsight, one might ask

Yu Yongding, currently president of the China Society of World Economics, is a former member of the monetary policy committee of the Peoples Bank of China and former director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of World Economics and Politics.

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at 34, she offers Pakistan hope

Its youngest Foreign Minister truly represents the country and its aspirations
cent live on under US$2 (S$2.40)a day. Wealth distribution in Pakistan is highly uneven and the richest pay little in taxes; Khar only paid 8,000 rupees (S$112) in taxes last year. So her ability to accessorise while millions in her country are homeless, jobless and malnourished is hardly surprising. It is indicative of the gulf between the haves and the have-nots in Pakistan today. Ms Khars early political career is symbolic of Pakistans version of democracy, where political parties are treated like family heirlooms and party leadership as an inheritance. Although Ms Khar was elected twice to the National Assembly on a pro-Musharraf ticket in 2002 and on a pro-Benazir ticket in 2008 she has never publicly campaigned to win an election. Her seat has been held by the Khar family for years and she owes her win largely to her politician father, Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar, who, not having graduated from college, could not run himself. Mr Khar propped her up instead, campaigning on her behalf and ensuring her win from rural, conservative Muzaffargarh, where their family owns land, fisheries, mango orchards, sugar cane fields, and
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s soon as Ms Hina Rabbani Khar touched down in New Delhi last week to meet Mr S M Krishna, her Indian counterpart, #HRK and #Birkin her initials and the name of her handbag began trending worldwide on Twitter. Across the border, reactions to Ms Khar who, at 34, is Pakistans youngest Foreign Minister were surprising. The Indian media gushed (First they sent bombs, now they send bombshells), while Pakistans was less enamoured (Does this expensively dressed minister represent a country which is under hefty debt?). But Ms Khar Hermes purse, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses and all very much represents Pakistan. And especially Pakistani political culture. The rich-poor disconnect in Pakistan is increasing. A 2010 study estimated that 32 per cent of Pakistans 180 million population subsists below the poverty line. According to the Human Development Index, 60.3 per

Pakistan Foreign Minister hina rabbani Khar (pictured here with India`s high Commissioner to Pakistan sharat sabharwal) flew to new delhi last tuesday to meet her Indian counterpart s M Krishna. aP

reigns supreme. Given the military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorates long history of involvement in Pakistans foreign policy, many wonder how Ms Khar can make a difference, especially when her predecessor apparently lost his job for resisting diplomatic immunity for a United States Central Intelligence Agency operative Raymond Davis, who killed two Pakistanis in January. As part of a government that has had its hands tied by the army, and a nation that is often labelled an army with a country, not a country with an army, Ms Khar and her Prime Minister are not the real decisionmakers. And no Foreign Minister will be, any time soon. Yet she offers hope. Pakistan has countless women like Ms Khar perhaps not in terms of lifestyle, but in how they choose to live their lives, dedicated to public service. From Fatima Jinnah to Benazir Bhutto, from Sherry Rehman to Asma Jahangir, Pakistani women are no shrinking violets. During the draconian years of former President General Muhammad Zia ul Haq, it was women who led the protests. Women artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, authors and professionals have always rejected the corseted roles men have sought to cast them in. Although the Hudood laws continue to cripple the status of women in Pakistan today, the Womens Act, the criminal law amendment against honour killing, the Bill for protection against harassment of women at the workplace, and the acid control and acid crime prevention laws are powerful strides forward. Today, nearly 30 per cent of doctors and

22 per cent of parliamentarians including the National Assembly speaker are women. In 2009, Ms Khar became the first woman to present the federal budget in parliament. Pakistani women are dynamic and unafraid, and this fact is one of the saving graces of our benighted country. Ms Khar has been criticised for being too young and for having a degree in hospitality management. But we are a young country with a young population (the median age is 21), so it is fitting that we have a young representative. While her father has no degree, she has two (the other in economics). What was achieved in Ms Khar and Mr Krishnas first meeting represented a marked change in outlook for the relationship between the two nations. Both sides agreed to boost trade by doubling the number of days the Kashmiri line of control would be open for commerce. Pakistan will give India most-favoured-nation status and India will lower tariff duties. Travel restrictions will be eased. India issued a statement that could be read to mean it was satisfied with Pakistans progress in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case. We still have a long way to go. It is unfair to expect Ms Khar to magically set right a history plagued with distrust. Our relations with India and America are complicated, and will remain so. But by confidently reaching out to India, she represents Pakistan and its peoples aspirations better than any man military or civilian ever could.
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Shehrbano Taseer is a reporter at Newsweek Pakistan.

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america must address the unsustainable growth of its entitlement programmes and reform its tax code

a crisis merely postponed

ast month, United States President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders came close to an agreement that could have set our nation on a sound fiscal path, only to see deal after deal, compromise after compromise, collapse. The debt deal that Congress finally approved on Tuesday, however, is a start. It calls for at least US$2.1 trillion (S$2.54 trillion) in deficit reduction, including, starting in the fall, caps on discretionary spending worth around US$900 billion in savings over 10 years, which is not chump change in anyones book. It represents an important first step towards fiscal sanity, and, by taking it we have avoided default and thus a potential financial crisis. We hope to avoid a costly downgrade to our debt as well. The problem with the plan is that it is just a step forward. It is not a solution. It leaves more than half of its work finding at least US$1.2 trillion in savings to avert an automatic set of cuts to a new bipartisan Congressional committee. Even if that committee is successful, more tough work will be necessary to avoid, a few years down the road, another crisis over the deficit. This country needs a plan to reduce our deficits by no less than US$4 trillion in the next decade. It needs a plan to cut more wasteful spending in the defence and nondefence budgets than this deal does. In addition, we must address the unsustainable growth of our entitlement programmes and reform the tax code to make it more competitive and more efficient. The bipartisan committee must take

To avoid drastic changes later, we need to make modest changes now like gradually increasing the retirement age, slowing the growth of benefits for higher earners and asking them to contribute a little more in payroll taxes. These changes can and should be made in a way that actually improves retirement security for the most vulnerable.
the deficit at the same time. To do all this, the new committee must be bipartisan and bold. It must resist the temptation to simply recommend the bare minimum necessary to avert the next crisis instead of truly dealing with our long-term fiscal problem. The leaders of Congress must appoint members who will come to the committee with a willingness to reach a principled compromise that puts national interests ahead of partisan ones. We were co-chairmen of a similar bipartisan group on debt reduction last year, and titled our final report The Moment of Truth. Of all our prescriptions, the most pertinent today is the one alluded to in the title: We must act now. If our government cannot address these terribly tough issues at a time when the publics attention is fully on them, when will we ever be able to? The committee must begin its work immediately. We can reform our budget gradually without disrupting a very fragile economic recovery, but reform it we must.
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according to the authors, if the us does not reform social security to achieve sustainable solvency, it will place an undue burden on future generations.

on these challenges. It should find savings of far more than US$1.2 trillion to get the deficit on track towards sustainability and to reassure markets, maintain our credibility, keep interest rates down and restore Americans faith in the political system. To do this, it cannot avoid addressing the big ticket items Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security solvency and tax reform. If we cannot find a way to slow the rapid rise of healthcare costs, they will drive this country to bankruptcy. We should ask more of healthcare providers and drug companies through adjustments in payment formulas and increased drug rebates for Medicaid and Medicare, more from beneficiaries through more rational cost-sharing rules that discourage the overutilisation of care, and more from lawyers through tort reform. And we need to cap growth in the long run. If we do not reform Social Security to achieve sustainable solvency, we will not only place an undue burden on future generations,

we will leave all beneficiaries with a 23-percent across-the-board benefit cut in 2036. To avoid drastic changes later, we need to make modest changes now like gradually increasing the retirement age, slowing the growth of benefits for higher earners and asking them to contribute a little more in payroll taxes. These changes can and should be made in a way that actually improves retirement security for the most vulnerable. And we must address the tax code. We need new revenue to finance the increasing costs of our healthcare system and an ageing population but it should come from reducing or eliminating tax breaks, not from higher rates. The tax code is riddled with annual tax breaks amounting to US$1 trillion most of which are just government spending in disguise. By reforming them, we can reduce individual and corporate tax rates in a way that keeps the tax code progressive while promoting economic growth and reducing

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson were co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

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After a fare hike, an inclusive society?

Letter from Adrian Tan
THERE has been much debate on whether there should be a public transport fare hike. Whatever the reason behind the proposed hike and the benefits it may bring, I wonder how long it will take and how much we have to pay for a transport system that supports Singapore to become an inclusive society. Being a wheelchair-bound person, taking trains and buses is an infrequent activity for me, as they are always crowded. Recently, I tried to board the train at Jurong East Interchange at about 5pm. I had to wait for three trains and try hard to squeeze into a carriage. I need not elaborate as commuters know how challenging it is to board trains at such hours. The taxi seems to be the only mode of transport for people with physical disabilities, especially during peak hours. However, the cost is high. The National Council of Social Service has subsidy schemes but these only support trips to work or school. That is, people with disabilities have to bear the full cost of travelling for events such as social gatherings. How often can a person afford to travel when the transport cost is almost S$50 each day? This is a deterrent in leading a normal life. We should understand that people with physical disabilities are not robots. They should be travelling not just for work. According to Maslows hierarchy of needs, social need is one of the basic needs of every human. This is recognised in countries such as Australia, which explains why its subsidy scheme includes travelling for non-work related purposes. I understand that Singapore aims to be an inclusive society. However, this will never be attained if the Government lacks the necessary policy to support the goal. I hope the relevant agency will look into this and bring us closer to becoming an inclusive society.

Patriotism: its more than a flag

Letter from Danny g Tan
I REFER to the letter Lets fly the Singapore flag (Aug 3), in which the writer appears to link a Singaporeans patriotism with whether or not he displays the National Flag at home. Patriotism is a complex issue; linking the display of a flag to ones patriotism is simplistic, to say the least. I am a true-blue, born-and-bred Singaporean who is proud to live and work here. However, I choose not to display our flag for personal reasons too complicated to share. But rest assured that my family, like many others who do not display our flag, still has the interests of our nation at heart as we celebrate our 46th year of independence. Happy Birthday!

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Letter from Juliana Chow
Corporate Communications Deputy Director, Energy Market Authority


changes in electricity tariff primarily driven by fuel cost movements

IN THE letter What about non-fuel cost? (July 25), Mr David Boey commented that the average non-fuel generating cost for the first nine months of this year has increased compared to the same period last year. In setting the non-fuel generating cost, the Energy Market Authority pegs it to the cost of the most efficient generating technology currently in our market. This has helped to mitigate the impact of the increase in global oil prices on consumers, by encouraging generation companies to invest in more efficient technology, which in turn allows consumers to benefit from such efficiency gains. The non-fuel generating cost includes the costs of operating the generating plants, manpower costs, capital costs and an adjustment component to account for any variation between forecasted and actual electricity consumption. As these costs vary at different time intervals, changes in non-fuel generating costs should be considered over a longer time period. For example, over the last three years, the non-fuel generating cost has increased by around 3 per cent per annum. Overall changes in the electricity tariff continue to be primarily driven by movements in fuel costs. The bulk of the increase in electricity tariff this year was due to rising oil prices.

Debate on local art can help highlight its peaks

Letter from adrian Chan Pengee
NOT many Singaporeans realise that the ongoing exhibition, Liu Kang: A Centennial Celebration, at the Singapore Art Museum is a unique opportunity to showcase the person who some may say is the best Liu Kangs Artist and Mo del. today FiLe Photo known, if not the most duced by a Singapore painter respected, painter Singapore will be a fierce one that will has produced. divide opinions. It is difficult for any art But it is important for us lover or critic to reach consento engage in such dialogue, as sus on a best-of list of Singait will highlight the peaks in pore artists, but Liu Kang surely the landscape of Singapore art. stands one of the best chances For good measure, my vote to fly the flag as perhaps the goes to Liu Kangs Artist And most notable of local artists. Model (1954), which shows felSingapore art needs such a low Nanyang pioneer Chen Wen flag bearer, if not to spearhead Hsi sketching a Balinese woman. a push by Singapore artists for With its whimsical air, international renown, then at simple lines and brave use of least to galvanise and unify the a strong and vibrant palette, arts scene here. it represents the best of an era A debate on who is or was and style and can be said to be the best or what is the most a landmark work. significant piece of work pro-

What is in a word?
Letter from daniel Chan Wai Piew
I REFER to the incident where Nanyang Technological University graduate Trinetta Chong spurted an expletive on an otherwise grand occasion. An NTU spokesman later said it was an isolated incident. It may be so for NTU, but I bet it was not the first time Ms Chong used such an expletive. Looking at the student population as a whole, this is an alarming, real issue and a wake-up call for our educators. Years ago, expletives, mostly in dialect, were hurled as abusive remarks or muttered casually, probably without the user knowing the meaning. In any case, they were used by uncouth or uneducated people in search of better words to express themselves. Today, we find students of all ages using expletives shamelessly in all languages and in all places, including trains, buses, shopping malls and, yes, schools and universities. What is in a word? Nothing, as it simply highlights the speakers emotion. Plenty, as it conjures images and actions and reflects the upbringing of the speaker. Indeed, how many graduates get the opportunity to go on stage to be a valedictorian? We have situational writing in school. It is time we teach situational talking, too.

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S$30 million boost for food r&D
SINGAPORE To address future food demands, the National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded S$30 million in research grants to three projects under its Competitive Research Programme (CRP) Funding Scheme. The Singapore-based researchers had proposed projects to study a type of seabass that will breed easily and grows twice as fast as the normal variety, disease-resistent rice strains and fish that will be less susceptible to infection. The three proposals were selected after a rigorous competitive process which started in October last year, with the submission of 35 white papers which responded to the NRFs grant call on Meeting Future Food Demands for Singapore. Eleven were picked and their researchers asked to flesh out full proposals, which were sent for international peer reviews. Finally, the NRFs International Evaluation Panel met to choose three. The CRP Funding Scheme offers funding support of up to S$10 million per proposal, over three to five years. CRP grant calls are announced twice a year. The NRF also announced yesterday a research grant to develop advanced membrane technology for large-scale wastewater treatment and seawater desalination.

a specialised clinic for each group

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SINGAPORE When it comes to public sexual health services, a majority of patients would prefer to have specialised clinics for individual groups such as youths and homosexuals, according to the findings of the first study on the subject here. The study also raised concerns about young people below 20 becoming sexually active at a younger age and men-whohave-sex-with-men (MSM), citing the need for sexual health prevention and intervention programmes specifically tailored for them. The Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic which conducted the study two years ago has since set up a Mens Clinic on its premises, seeing between 30 and 40 patients every month. The clinic, meant for MSM, has only male staff to make for a less intimidating environment for the patients. The setting up of the clinic in January is in line with the studys results, which showed that more than 70 per cent of the 130 MSMs respondents felt the need to have a clinic to cater to their needs. As for having other dedicated clinics, 61 per cent of all 1,000 respondents said that it was essential to have a clinic catering to young patients. While setting up these specific services could encourage the targeted groups to come forward for screening and treatment, such moves may also be viewed by some quarters as sending out the wrong signals to society. National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Straughan noted that some conservative groups would argue that abstinence is the best prevention but the truth of the matter is that there are these

alternative lifestyles in the community. Citing past findings that homosexuals tend to be at a higher risk of contracting Aids, she said: Having a dedicated clinic would reach out to them and promote control to turn a blind eye would, in fact, result in unwanted consequences. While such a service could be beneficial, the challenge lies in getting a positive take-up rate, added Associate Professor Straughan. As for youths, the Singapore Childrens Societys Dr Carol Balhetchet pointed out that information about sex is already widely available. Dr Balhetchet, its director of youth services, said that reaching out to youths would be best left to other youths who have gone through the hard way as adults will be deemed as judgmental. However, she added, a supportive family would strongly encourage youth to stay out of trouble. The DSC Clinic study, Patients Perception of Health Services for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Singapore, was published in the July edition of the Singapore Medical Journal. Led by Dr Gavin Ong from the DSC Clinic, the study collected 1,000 individual responses from patients over a four-week period in May 2009. Dr Ong told Today that the findings were in line with international studies and anecdotal observations, where confidentiality and competency of healthcare workers were key concerns of patients. While the issue of stigma was not highlighted in the study, Dr Ong said this was one of the studys limitations since the respondents were patients of the DSC Clinic. Still, he added, the study, being the first of its kind here, serves as a good reference point on patients needs.

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Four awarded LKY scholarship this year

all will pursue their post-grad studies in the united states
SINGAPORE Four people receiving the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship this year, given out by the Tanjong Pagar Citizens Consultative Committee, will be doing post-graduate studies in American universities. Recipient Lim Hui Min will be reading a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. She is currently a senior legal associate with Access to Justice Asia LLP, a Singapore-based NGO representing Khmer Rouge victims. Another recipient, Mr Chng Kai Fong, will be pursuing a Master of Science in Management at Stanford University. He was concurrently awarded the Administrative Service Postgraduate Scholarship and Fulbright Scholarship. His portfolio included the review of the Mother Tongue Language policy and the establishment of the new School of Science and Technology. Mr Hoe Wee Meng will be pursuing a Master in Public Administration at Harvard University, while Mr Tan Ken Jin will be reading a Master of Education (in the area of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation) at Boston Colleges Lynch School of Education. Mr Tan was also awarded the MOE Postgraduate scholarship. Launched in 1991, the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship was set up to commemorate the contributions of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to Singapore. To date, 32 Singaporeans have received the award. Applicants must be Singapore citizens, have outstanding academic records, demonstrate leadership qualities and be active in social or community service or sports. Outstanding Singaporeans can pursue postgraduate studies overseas or locally to develop their potential as leaders in their respective fields. There are no restrictions on the course of study. While there is no bond associated with the scholarship, Lee Kuan Yew Scholars are expected to actively contribute towards society.

Consumer confidence falls in second quarter

SINGAPORE Consumer confidence in Singapore took a slight beating in the second quarter this year, pushing the Republic out of its longstanding position at the global top 10 most-confident list. According to the latest Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index survey, Singapores consumer confidence fell six index points to 103 in the second quarter, the lowest in six consecutive quarters. The survey tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among 31,000 Internet consumers in 56 countries throughout the AsiaPacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and North America. Across the board from investing in stocks and buying clothes to taking holidays and upgrading technology consumer spending intentions are lower compared to three months ago. According to the survey, online consumers are less likely to spend on things they want and need, with only 35 per cent saying that the next 12 months is an excellent or good time to buy the things they want, down 10 percentage points from the first quarter. The top three household expenditure items consumers are looking to cut back on are groceries, new clothes and utilities. Said Nielsen Singapore managing director Joan Koh: Generally, consumer sentiment here is affected by lingering concerns about inflation and negative news flow from other parts of the world. As a result, even though the countrys economic outlook is healthy, consumers may still be at a crossroads: To spend now or later? She added that consumers are also likely to seek value in daily necessities such as switching to cheaper grocery brands. According to the survey, work-life balance and rising food prices topped Singaporeans list of worries for the second quarter.

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SINGAPORE A teenaged boy accused of the molestation of four girls and insulting the modesty of four others has been offered bail of S$15,000. His lawyer, Ms Christina Goh, told the court that the parents of the 15-year-old student have already put in place plans to ensure that he is accompanied at all times. The lawyer said the boys father will fetch his son from school as the youngster allegedly had committed the offences while on his way home. She added that he had already missed about a month of school. It is believed that the boy, who cannot be named due to his age, carried out the molestation of the four girls in the lifts of Bukit Batok apartment blocks between April and June this year.


Boy, 15, accused of molestation offered bail of s$15,000

He also allegedly insulted the modesty of four other girls in the neighbourhood within the same period. The teenager allegedly unzipped his trousers and exposed himself to one of them. It is believed that he appeared in the nude before the three others. His case will be mentioned again on Aug 25. shaffiq alkhatib

The lawyer said the boys father will fetch his son from school as the youngster allegedly had committed the offences while on his way home.

Man jailed for swapping diamonds with crystals

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SINGAPORE A former sales manager who visited jewellery shops and swapped five genuine diamonds with look-alike crystals was jailed for a year yesterday. Loh Han Kok (picture), 39, targeted five different stores last year and stole more than S$63,000 worth of diamonds. He pleaded guilty to three charges, while four others were taken into consideration during sentencing. Loh used to work in the jewellery industry before he decided to dabble in multi-level marketing. But he did badly and racked up large credit card bills instead. The court heard that Loh stole the most expensive diamond, valued at nearly S$33,000, from a Lee Hwa Jewellery outlet at Causeway Point shopping centre in Woodlands. He visited the store on Dec 2 and asked to view the 1.5-carat gemstone. A customer service executive took it out and placed the diamond on a tray so that Loh could examine it under a scope. Loh then asked if he could take a look at the diamond certificate and the service executive obliged. He left Loh with the gemstone while he retrieved the document. While he was gone, Loh switched the diamond with a fake and pocketed the genuine gemstone. The switch was only discovered 11 days later when another employee re-examined

Photo courtesy sPore Police force

He stole the most expensive diamond, valued at nearly S$33,000, from a Lee Hwa Jewellery outlet at Causeway Point in Woodlands.
the stores loose diamonds and could not find a laser inscription, usually found on genuine gemstones, on an item she thought was a 1.5-carat diamond. The police were alerted to the offences after a jewellery store in Yishun lodged a report stating that one of its customers had switched a genuine diamond with a fake. Loh was arrested following an investigation which revealed that he had used a similar ruse in other shops islandwide. Deputy Public Prosecutor Amardeep Singh said that, after stealing the diamonds, Loh would sell them to a company known as To Win Enterprises. He received more than S$23,000 for three of them, said the DPP.

the Navy, air force aNd army come together

download the free tag reader app for your smartphone from and scan the tag, and youll be led straight to video of our men in action in a joint exercise between the army, Navy and air force.

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Call for release of Internet aCtIvIst

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Chinese rights advocates are calling for the release of an Internet activist who will soon face trial in a case they say highlights the governments fear of increasingly bold public activism. Supporters say Wang lihong, 56, represents a growing breed of Internet-empowered Chinese activists ordinary people who mobilise others to fight problems such as corruption or miscarriages of justice. The charge is linked to Wangs participation in a dem-

onstration outside a court in Fuzhou city last April in support of three bloggers accused of slander after they tried to help an illiterate woman pressure the authorities to reinvestigate her daughters death. Wang, held at a central Beijing detention centre, is expected to be tried in several weeks on the vaguely worded charge of creating a disturbance and will plead not guilty, her lawyer Han Yicun said. If convicted, she faces up to five years in jail. ap

a surveillance camera at Wutai shan, shanxi province.

More surveillance cameras needed

BEIJING Police in Beijing have ordered supermarkets and malls to install high-definition security cameras, as China continues its expansion in monitoring technology. Internal security spending has soared to almost 625 billion yuan (S$117.3 billion) this year, more than the countrys official military budget. Monitoring measures range from reinvigorating the neighbourhood committees that watch the comings and goings of residents to tightening Internet controls. The country has added millions of such cameras over the last five years. Officials say using higher quality cameras paves the way for increasingly sophisticated analysis and linking of the information. In May, Shanghai announced that a team of 4,000 monitor its surveillance feeds to ensure round-the-clock coverage. The south-western municipality of Chongqing has announced plans to add 200,000 cameras by 2014 because 310,000 digital eyes are not enough. Urumqi, which saw vicious ethnic violence in 2009, installed 17,000 high-definition, riot-proof cameras last year to ensure seamless surveillance. Inner Mongolia plans to have 400,000 units by next year. The city of Changsha, the Furong district alone reportedly has 40,000 one for every 10 inhabitants.
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study on Internet explorer users a hoax

A study claiming that those who use Microsofts Internet Explorer browser have a lower average IQ than those who use Google Chrome or Apples Safari is a hoax, the BBC reported yesterday. The research, which was conducted by bogus firm ApTiquant, claimed to have invited 100,000 Web users to take a free online IQ test and then compared the results to the browsers they used. It was carried by a number

of media outlets, including the BBC, CNN, The Daily Telegraph, Forbes and Today. But questions arose over ApTiquants authenticity after it emerged that its website was set up only last month, with images stolen from a legitimate French research company, Central Test. It was unclear who perpetrated the hoax. No one on ApTiquants contact number was available for comment when contacted by the BBC.

The end of Chinas rail ministry?

BEIJING Chinas deadliest highspeed train crash may hasten the breakup of a ministry that runs the worlds second-largest rail network, employs more people than the United States government and has debts larger than Denmarks economy. Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged more focus on safety and greater accountability following the July 23 crash that killed 40 people, endangering the Ministry of Railways dual grip on regulating and operating Chinas trains. Dividing these roles may improve management, financial transparency and safety, said Professor Hu Xingdou of the Beijing Institute of Technology. The railway ministry has been run like an independent kingdom for years. The concentration of power has caused inefficiency and mismanagement, and its a hotbed for corruption, Prof Hu said. The ministry, which employs 2.1 million people and has its own court system, accumulated and retained its powers partly because of a traditional national-defense role, Prof Hu said. The Communist Party has relied on railways to speed troop movements since coming to power, he said. Mr Sheng Guangzu, who became Rail Minister in February after his predecessor was removed during a bribery investigation, faces public anger over the accident, ministry ties to suppliers and the burial of a train carriage before rescue work was completed. He is also wrestling with waning demand for ministry bonds and debts totaling 2.1 trillion yuan (S$394 billion), or about 5 per cent of gross domestic product. Separating the ministrys regulatory and operating roles would bring the railways into line with other parts of Chinas state-run economy, including aviation, telecommunications and energy. In those sectors, government-backed companies, which are often listed, run the day-to-day businesses while separate state agencies regulate them. The ministrys dual role as referee and market player should be ended, said Prof Mao Shoulong, at Renmin University. The crash may provide a catalyst for the reform. He added: The ministry enjoys too high a ranking and too much power. reuters

seCret servICe apprehends seCond WhIte house fenCe-jumper In 48 hours

A homeless man was in custody on Tuesday night in the United States capital, Washington, after climbing over the White House fence. The man was apprehended by Secret Service agents, said agency spokesman Ed donovan. The fence-jumper, James dirk

Crudup, 41, had a backpack that was being examined for possible explosive material. He faces charges of unlawful entry and contempt of court for violating an order to stay away from the White House. President Barack obama was believed to be in the White House at

the time of the intrusion. on Sunday night, another intruder made it onto the grounds before she was apprehended: A six-year-old girl who slipped through the bars of the fence. She was returned to her parents outside the fence without any interrogation. agenCIes

sydney polICe try to defuse bomb strapped to teen

Police were yesterday called in to defuse a bomb strapped to an 18-year-old girl at a house in a wealthy suburb of Sydney. New South Wales police said the teenager, reportedly part of one of Sydneys wealthiest families, called them to the house in Mosman. Police then spent the next 10 hours helping extricate 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver.

A police officer initially said the device was believed to be an unusual collar bomb which has never been seen before in Australia. But when the device was finally removed, it was found to be non-explosive. officials had evacuated surrounding homes, closed streets to traffic and medical and fire crews were on standby. agenCIes

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Vietnam Parliament aPProVes Cabinet that strengthens Pms Power


Vietnams Parliament approved a new Cabinet yesterday that is likely to enhance the Prime Ministers power and may streamline policy-making during a rough patch for the economy but points largely to continuity in the coming five years. Analysts see all four deputy Prime Ministers as supporters of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan dung, bolstering his control over

the US$100 billion (S$120.9 billion) economy, which is struggling with high inflation, trade and budget deficits and a volatile currency. As widely expected, Parliament approved as central bank governor Nguyen Van Binh, a former colleague of the Prime Ministers, and also endorsed an audit and accounting expert to be finance minister.

The National Assembly handed Mr Nguyen a second five-year term last week. during his first term the economy overheated and then struggled through the global economic crisis. Some critics said Mr Nguyen reacted too slowly at times and shunned outside advice, and all three major rating agencies lowered Vietnams credit rating last year. reuters

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Japan takes steps to keep elderly from dying alone

TOKYO Japans rapidly ageing society, where nearly one in four people is over 65, means that more elderly are living alone every year and also, sadly, dying alone their bodies sometimes undiscovered for days. But now, local authorities are teaming up with institutions such as the post office to check in on senior citizens, increasing their human contact and improving their lives. In Tokyos Shinagawa ward, where last year at least 25 elderly died alone in their homes, an experimental programme that began this month gets postmen to check up on people over 65 once a month by handing them seasonal greeting cards, while a realtor is promoting the idea of house-sharing by single mothers and senior citizens. Last year, 4.6 million elderly lived alone across Japan, and the number of those who died at home rose 61 per cent between 2003 and last year, from 1,364 to 2,194, according to the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health in Tokyo. A deep-seated Japanese reluctance to interfere in the lives of others means that some of these people may go through their days without talking to anybody. An enormous flaw in Japanese society is that we dont look each other in the eye when were walking in the streets. We need to re-think the Japanese fear of interacting with others, social commentator Tomoko Inukai said. reuters

norwegian shot dead in PhiliPPines, susPeCt flees

An off-duty police officer is the main suspect in the killing of an 18-year-old Norwegian tourist outside a bar in a Manila suburb where he tried to stop a fight, the chief investigator said yesterday. Police said Mr Mikael Troy Johansen rasay had left the bar with friends early on Sunday when he tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman across the street. Chief Inspector rodelio Marcelo, head of the Quezon Citys Criminal Investigation and detection Unit, said that Mr rasay, who stood 1.9m-tall, knocked the man down in a fist fight.

A second man also fought with Mr rasay but the teenager also knocked him down. Gunfire rang out moments later and witnesses reported seeing another man chasing and shooting Mr rasay, who slumped to the ground after he was hit three times in the back, according to Mr Marcelo. The suspect, a Manila police officer who fled the scene in a car, has been identified by eyewitnesses. Mr rasay, whose father is Filipino, had spent much of his childhood in Norway. A wake was held at the rasay family home in Tanza township, near Manila. aP

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ROME An Italian parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft passed by the Constitutional Affairs Commission on Tuesday would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, naqib or any other garb that covers the face in such circumstances. It would expand a decades-old law that for security reasons, prohibited people from wearing face-covering items in public places. Women who violate the ban would face fines of between 100 (S$172) and 300, while third parties who force women to cover their faces in public would be fined 30,000 and face up to 12 months in jail.


Italian panel approves draft law banning veils that cover faces
Italy is the latest European country to act against the burqa. France and Belgium have banned the wearing of burqa-style Islamic dress in public, as has a city in Spain. The Italian law was sponsored by the Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconis conservative Freedom People party Ms Souad Sbai who said she wanted to help Islamic women better integrate into Italian society. However, Mr Roberto Hamza Piccard, spokesman for the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy, said banning the Islamic veil is unjust and touches individual liberty. He was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying that such a ban would isolate devout Muslim women, who would not be able to leave their homes. aP

Berlusconi hopes to calm concerns over economy

ROME Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (picture) was expected to address Parliament yesterday seeking to calm escalating market fears that Italy may be dragged into a Greekstyle financial crisis threatening the euro zone. On Tuesday, the financial markets pummelled Italy, sending interest rates on its 10-year bond well above 6 per cent. Most alarming to economists is that Italys position in the markets is deteriorating even though Parliament passed a 48 billion (S$83 billion) austerity package last month to bring the budget into balance by 2014. Italys Parliament will vote to approve a new package of financial support for Greece and other indebted European countries around mid-September. The countrys financial woes have also arrived in a feverish climate of judicial investigations, lurid rumours and rising popular anger with politicians who keep their privileges while imposing spending cuts on other Italians. Earlier this year, prosecutors charged Mr Berlusconi with paying for sex with a minor. But the new investiga-


tions tap deeper veins: Corruption, influence peddling and accusations that public officials are answering to murky networks of power far beyond their institutional roles. The most prominent investigation touches on Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti, whose political future was jeopardised when he admitted to paying cash to stay in a Rome apartment owned by a former political adviser and Member of Parliament. We are in a climate of stable instability, said Mr Massimo Franco, the chief political columnist of Italys leading daily, Corriere della Sera. The risk is that this instability will become more dramatic because of the market speculation, he added. agencies

syrian tanks occuPy main hama square, shell city

Tanks took over the main orontes square in the besieged Syrian city of Hama and electricity and telephone phone lines were cut yesterday as President Bashar Assads regime showed no signs of halting the intense military assault against an uprising now in its fifth month. All communications have been cut off. The regime is using the media focus on (former Egyptian leader) Hosni Mubarak trial to finish off Hama, one of the residents told Reuters by satellite phone from the city, adding that shelling concentrated on Al Hader district.

He said that tanks were seen thrusting to the centre from the south, accompanied by an array of ultra-loyalist units, including militiamen known as shabbiha, paratroopers and special forces. We are being subjected to shelling, machine gun fire, snipers fire, everything you can think of, said activist omar Al Hamawi. For the past four days, Syrian troops have tightened their siege on Hama, sending residents fleeing for their lives as the death toll reached around 100. The square was a venue for some of the largest demonstrations against Mr Assads rule. agencies

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libyan embassy in us to reopen under opposition


The US State department has signed off on papers that will allow the libyan Embassy in Washington to reopen. The embassy will be under the control of the opposition Transitional National Council and give staff access to roughly US$13 million (S$15.7 million) in mission assets that had been

frozen previously. State department officials said on Tuesday that the councils request to reopen the embassy had been reviewed and approved following President Barack obama administrations decision last month to formally recognise the Benghazibased group as libyas legitimate governing authority.

libyas former Ambassador to the United States, Mr Ali Aujali, who resigned to protest against libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafis violent crackdown on opponents, is expected to serve as charge daffaires. The State department had shut down the embassy shortly after it suspended the operations of the US Embassy in Tripoli in February. ap

Indias richest man may lose 27-storey home

NEW DELHI Indias richest man faces the prospect of losing the worlds most expensive family home after claims that the land it was built on was sold illegally. Mr Mukesh Ambani, the worlds ninth wealthiest man, moved his family into their 27-storey tower block home, named Antilia (picture), on Mumbais Arabian seafront last year. The home, which is claimed to have cost more than US$1 billion (S$1.21 billion), has three helipads, a 50-seat cinema, several swimming pools, a ballroom, six floors of parking for 160 cars and space for 600 domestic staff. But the petro-chemical magnate with a personal fortune of more than 16 billion (S$31.5 billion) could lose it. Mr Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, the local Minority Affairs Minister, told the state assembly that the plot was illegally sold by a childrens charity which ran an orphanage on the site. He said the land was owned by the Waqf Board, a trust which controls Muslim heritage properties and charitable institutions throughout India. It had given the plot to a charity to use as an orphanage for Muslim children but the Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Orphanage Trust sold it to Mr Ambani in 2002 for 3 million. The deal was approved by a charity commissioner but not by the Waqf Board, which has since launched court action to recover the site. A decision on whether to call in Indias Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would not be made until the current inquiry had been completed, he added. The charity denies any wrongdoing.
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us to tackle extremism at local level


local communities around the country are best suited to take on the challenge of combatting the kind of violent extremism that inspires people to kill, the obama administration concluded in a new national plan, expected to be released yesterday, to fight the threat of Al Qaeda and other violent radicals at home. And although Al Qaeda and like-minded groups pose the most significant and direct threat, the strategy focused on violent extremism of all varieties because violent ideologies change over time and new threats will undoubtedly arise in the future, according to an unclassified draft of the strategy. Communities are best

placed to recognise and confront the threat because violent extremists are targeting their children, families and neighbours, the strategy said, adding that the federal governments job is to act in a support role in bringing people together and sharing information about threats and concerns and community-based solutions. The eight-page plan, more than a year in the making, was short on specifics and staked out no new ground on the thorny issue of home-grown terrorism. It repeated many of President Barack obamas past statements and in parts was similar to a document the George W Bush administration produced five years ago. aP

Mosque case: Washington will not reveal details

LOS ANGELES United States Attorney-General Eric Holder has invoked rules on state secrets to prevent information from being released in a lawsuit filed by Southern California Muslims who claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) monitored their activities. In a legal declaration, Mr Holder made a rare assertion of the state secrets privilege, arguing that it could cause significant harm to national security if the government is forced to reveal the subjects of a mosquesurveillance operation in 2006 and describe how the monitoring was carried out. Mr Holders declaration came in a motion to dismiss the bulk of a lawsuit filed against the FBI in February by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations. A judge must weigh the request, which comes after many details from the investigation, dubbed Operation Flex, have already been made public. The key informant in the case, Mr Craig Monteilh, turned against the FBI and described how his agency handlers taught him to ingratiate himself into the Orange County Muslim community, then secretly gather cell phone numbers, email addresses and record conversations. Mr Monteilh claims the FBI even told him to talk openly about jihad in an attempt to solicit terrorist sentiments from community members. But instead of responding to his violent rhetoric, mosque-goers called the FBI to say they were worried about his statements. The FBI said it does not initiate counterterrorism operations based solely on a groups religion. aP

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a new building, called one World trade center, rises in New york on the site of the terrorist attacks of sept 11, 2001. the skyscraper is now 76 floors and will reach 104 floors, just before the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month. aP

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OCBC profit up 15% despite rising staff costs

SINGAPORE Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), Singapores second-biggest lender, posted a lower-than-expected 15-per-cent rise in quarterly net profit this morning as higher staff costs and bad debt charges partially offset strong interest income. OCBC posted a net profit of S$577 million in the April-to-June quarter, compared to S$503 million a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had an average forecast of S$619 million for net profit. Net interest margin narrowed to 1.87 per cent in the quarter from 1.96 per cent a year earlier, OCBC said. Net interest income grew to S$827 million, a 15-per-cent increase from the same quarter a year ago, primarily on the back of loan growth of 27 per cent across various industry sectors in Singapore and key markets overseas. Said CEO David Conner in a press release: Our solid first-half performance shows that our investments are continuing to bear fruit, underpinned by favourable economic conditions in our key markets. While we are cognisant of inflationary risks, as well as possible negative implications of fiscal issues in the US and Europe on global markets, we will continue to focus on expanding our regional franchise for further growth. OCBCs revenue from wealth management activities comprising revenue from insurance, private banking, asset management, stockbroking and sales of other wealth management products grew to S$350 million, up 29 per cent from a year ago. Wealth management contributed 24.8 per cent of total revenue, up from 21.9 per cent a year ago. Also notable was the performance of OCBCs private banking business, with assets under management increasing 12 per cent in the first six months of the year to US$29.6 billion (S$35.7 billion). However, putting a drag on OCBCs performance was increased operating expenses, which rose by 11 per cent year-onyear to S$618 million. OCBCs staff costs rose 14 per cent to S$373 million. This was due to higher staff costs arising from headcount growth, salary increments, as well as sales commissions and incentive compensation linked to stronger business volumes, said the bank in its press release this morning. The bank noted that net allowances of S$56 million were substantially higher than S$18 million a year ago, comprising mainly portfolio allowances for the strong loan growth. This increase in portfolio allowances had a negative bearing on the earnings for the quarter, the bank said. The result comes after DBS , South-east Asias biggest bank, last week posted a quarterly profit that was slightly above analyst forecasts, helped by strong loan growth as it rebounded from a loss a year ago when it took a goodwill charge. agENCIEs

No ENd to gold rush as prECIous mEtals prICEs spIkE

Gold hit a record for a second straight day on Wednesday, powered by deepening fears over the spread of the euro zone debt crisis. Spot gold was last quoted at US$1,668.06 an ounce, up 0.5 per cent on the day, having hit a record US$1,672.65 earlier. US gold futures were last up 1.6 per cent at US$1,671.00 an ounce.

The current fundamentals in the gold market are supportive of these higher prices. Concerns about sovereign debt burdens, the long-term value of certain reserve currencies and fear of persistent inflation are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, said Mr Tom Holl, co-manager of the BlackRock World Resources Fund. mIllEt ENrIquEz

Franc too strong for its own good

GENEVA Switzerlands central bank moved unexpectedly yesterday to ease the pressure on the Swiss economy caused by the super-strong franc, which has soared to record highs as debt crises buffet the United States and Europe. Declaring their currency massively overvalued, the Swiss National Bank cut its key interest rate target, and said it would raise the supply of liquidity to the Swiss franc money market in the next few days in a bid to weaken the franc. An avalanche of greenbacks and euros has been tumbling into this Alpine outpost at record rates, as investors see the franc as a haven from the twin debt crises in the United States and Europe. But its resulting strength risks undermining economic growth in Switzerland and stoking inflation, the central bank indicated. The franc is like the new gold, said a Geneva banker who would give only his first name, Dmitri, insisting on the discretion that is the hallmark of this reserved nation. Its crazy and its all anyone is talking about, in the morning, at lunch, at dinner parties. The Swiss central bank sought to tamp down demand yesterday by narrowing its target band for a key rate, the 3-month Libor, to 0.00-0.25 per cent from 0.00-0.75 per cent to fight the francs appreciation. The Swiss authorities declared they wont tolerate a tightening of monetary conditions, and would take further steps as necessary to curb the francs rise.

The franc is like the new gold. Its crazy and its all anyone is talking about, in the morning, at lunch, at dinner parties.
a swiss banker who gave his name as dmitri The cost of fine Swiss-made goods, from watches to precision machinery, has gone from eye-popping to eye-watering, and Swiss companies are warning of peril. This is bad for the Swiss economy, said Mr Thomas Christen, the chief executive of Lucerne-based Reed Electronics, who has started buying cheaper materials to offset his costs. thE NEW york tImEs

RBS next in line to shed staff

LONDON Royal Bank of Scotland plans to shed as many as 2,000 jobs from its investment banking unit, the Financial Times reported this morning. The newspaper cited Mr John Hourican, head of RBSs global banking and markets division, as saying a smaller, more focussed business would deliver more stable profits. An RBS spokesman told Reuters that chief executive Stephen Hester had already made clear that the bank would cut more jobs, including at its global banking and markets (GBM) investment bank arm, but that the bulk of its cuts had already been made. The spokesman declined to say if a specific number of cuts was planned. RBS, like other banking groups with sizable investment banks, is reshaping its business in response to sluggish markets and tighter regulation. RBS has scaled back its investment banking business and has cut 27,500 jobs since the financial crisis, including thousands in its global banking and markets unit. On Monday, HSBC said it would cut 30,000 jobs and on Tuesday Rand Barclays said it would cut about 3,000 jobs this year.

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Asia-focused bank standard Chartered, the united Kingdoms second-largest lender by market value, has forecast an eighth successive year of record net income after reporting a 19-per-cent jump in first-half profit. Weve got income up, profit up, deposits up, lending up, dividend up, CeO Peter sands said yesterday. We have a somewhat different

story to tell to other banks were growing, were hiring, were delivering profit growth. net income climbed 19 per cent from a year earlier to us$2.57 billion (s$3.1 billion) for the six months ended June, the bank said. Pretax profit surged 17 per cent to a record of us$3.64 billion for the period.

standard Chartered, which earns most of its profit in Asia, said it plans to hire 1,000 people this year. Given the markets we are in, and the momentum of our businesses, we expect to deliver doubledigit income growth this year and beyond, Mr sands said. Costs remain tightly managed.

sGX securities turnover falls 3% from year earlier


SINGAPORE Securities turnover on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) fell 3 per cent from a year earlier to S$29.3 billion last month. In its monthly statistical report released yesterday, the SGX said this translated to an average of S$1.4 billion for securities traded daily. The biggest decline in volume trading was seen in the healthcare sector, which fell 72 per cent to 309 million shares valued at S$244 million. Financials and industrials were next, with their share volumes declining 25 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively. Yet despite the fall in volumes, the two sectors still led in terms of value, with financials at S$7.8 billion and industrials at S$4.7 billion last month. Oil and gas posted the largest trading gain, rising 52 per cent to 1.5 billion shares valued at S$2.9 billion.

Meanwhile, trading volume for structured warrants increased 84 per cent on-year to 3.4 million units last month. For derivatives, the SGX said trading volume rose by 15 per cent to 5.2 million contracts. On average, about 252,751 contracts were traded daily last month. Nifty futures led the volume gain, increasing by 52 per cent from a year ago with 1.2 million contracts traded. Agricultural commodity futures volume increased 3 per cent on-year to 21,409 contracts following the consolidation of SICOM contracts onto the SGX platform, the report said. More OTC commodity contracts were cleared last month as it inched 5 per cent higher from a year ago to 19,812 contracts. All in, the SGX cleared about S$32 billion worth of OTC Interest Rate Swaps last month, taking the total amount cleared to S$142 billion notional since its launch.

CiAs undergoes rebranding

SINGAPORE Ground handling group Changi International Airport Services (CIAS), a subsidiary of Dubai-based travel management provider Dnata, has rebranded its operations here and will now be known as Dnata. The move is part of its parent companys S$10 million global rebranding initiative in the 38 countries it operates in, including China, Australia and the United Kingdom. It is also in response to competition from other air service providers such as SATS, which launched its rebranding

programme in June, and new competitor, United States-based Aircraft Service International Group, who recently received its ground handling licence from the Changi Airport Group. The company said the rebranding of CIAS is geared towards standardising services and providing better care for its customers in the aviation industry. Dnata president Gary Chapman said: The airlines are under a lot of pressure with higher fuel costs, so they are going to put pressure on ground handlers and flight caterers. Supporting industries such as ground handlers will have to respond to such events by being price competitive.
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WASHINGTON The pace of growth in the United States services sector ticked down unexpectedly in July to the lowest level since February last year and the number of jobs created by the private sector also slowed, reports showed yesterday. Taken alongside disappointing data on the manufacturing sector earlier in the week, the services data showed an economy that was frustrating hopes for a rebound in the second half of the year after a very weak first half. It looks like this confirms that we are in a bit of a soft patch here, said Societe Generale senior economist Rudy Narvas at. It is not pointing to recession, but we still have to see how the data turns out the data is a little bit all over the place these days and the risk is things are not looking as bright as they were in June or prior to that. The Institute for Supply Management said its services sector index fell to 52.7 last month from 53.3 in June. The reading fell shy of economists forecasts for 53.6, according to a Reuters survey, though it was still above the 50 figure that indicates expansion in the sector. The new orders gauge slipped to 51.7 from 53.6, while employment fell to 52.5 from 54.1. The report echoed earlier global data that showed the euro zones service sector grew at its weakest pace in nearly two years, while Chinas sector grew at its slowest in three months. Like the manufacturing report earlier this week, the non-manufacturing ISM shows an economy stuck in first gear, said FTN Financial economist Chris Low. rEutErs

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The S&P 500 index rose, snapping a seven-day losing streak, but worries about the economy kept investors jittery and trading volatile. Trading was the busiest since mid-March. More than 10 billion shares changed hands as the S&P dipped to a new low for 2011 before storming back to finish higher. We are not in a bear market psychology yet, but we are definitely in a solid correction psychology, said portfolio manager James Dailey.

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Crude oil dropped to a five-week low on concern that a faltering economy will curb demand in the US, the worlds leading consumer. The main driver is the economy, said natural resource analyst Sean Brodrick. If the US economy is slowing, the easiest path for oil is lower. Well soon be testing support just below US$90. US crude hit its lowest settlement since June 27, while Brent oil for September declined US$3.23 to end the session at US$113.23.

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China urges us to deal with debt issue

SHANGHAI Chinas central bank governor yesterday urged Washington to act responsibly to deal with its debt issues, saying uncertainty in the market for US Treasuries will undermine the international monetary system and hamper global growth. The remarks by Mr Zhou Xiaochuan, head of the Peoples Bank of China, were Chinas first official response to the passage of a US deficit-cutting deal after weeks of bitter wrangling that alarmed financial markets and brought the country to the brink of what some pundits predicted would be a catastrophic debt default. As the largest creditor to the US, China is particularly vulnerable to US debt strains. Beijing has repeatedly urged Washington to protect its dollar investments, estimated to account for about two-thirds of its US$3.2 trillion (S$3.86 trillion) in foreign exchange reserves, the worlds largest. Mr Zhou welcomed US progress in dealing with its debt problems but urged Washington to take what he called concrete and responsible measures to bolster confidence in US Treasuries, of which China is a major buyer. Big fluctuations and uncertainty in the US Treasury market will influence the stability of international monetary and financial systems, thus hurting the

We hope that the US government and the Congress will take concrete and responsible policy measures ... to properly deal with its debt issues, so as to ensure smooth operation of the Treasury market and investor safety.
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Chinese agency downgrades us credit rating

BEIJING Chinas leading credit rating agency yesterday lowered its rating on United States sovereign debt to A from A+, with a negative outlook, saying the debt ceiling increase will not change the fact that the US national debt is growing faster than the overall economy and fiscal revenue. The move by Chinas Dagong Global Credit Rating is unlikely to affect US borrowing rates, but reflects the pessimism Washingtons debt battle has generated worldwide. Dagong has gained attention in the last year with a number of controversial calls on foreign government creditworthiness, although there is no evidence that the Chinese government or other major investors base their investment decisions on its ratings. In July last year, Dagong introduced itself to the world when it initiated its sovereign rating research by giving the US a lower rating than China. Back then, Dagong gave China an AA+ rating on its yuan debt and AAA for its foreign currency debt. The US got an AA rating for both local and foreign currency debt. In November, it dropped the US to A+ on concerns about quantitative easing and the ability of the economy to perk up and pay off its debts. Dagong is little-known outside China but hopes to compete with global ratings agencies Moodys, Standard & Poors and Fitch. agENCIEs


global economic recovery, Mr Zhou said in a statement posted on the central banks website. We hope that the US government and the Congress will take concrete and responsible policy measures ... to properly deal with its debt issues, so as to ensure smooth operation of the Treasury market and investor safety. Due to the vast size and deep liquidity of the Treasury market, US government bond yields are often the benchmark for the pricing of other financial assets around the world. So a sharp spike in US yields may

roil markets and raise borrowing costs, endangering global economic activity. Investors who hold Treasuries as collateral would be hurt, too. Mr Zhou made the remarks after US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law a measure to cut spending and raise the US debt ceiling, averting a default on government financial obligations. We welcome such progress, Mr Zhou said. We will further study details of the measures and closely monitor how they would be implemented in various stages. rEutErs

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google, fresh off losing a bid to buy thousands of valuable patents from bankrupt Nortel, accused its biggest rivals yesterday of banding together to block the internet giant in the red-hot smartphone arena. in a rare public outburst, google chief legal officer David Drummond blasted Microsoft, apple, Oracle and other companies for colluding to hamper the increasingly popular android mobile software by buying up patents, effectively imposing a tax on android mobile phones. apart from increasing costs for consumers, snapping up the patents will stifle technological innovation, he said. Microsoft and apple have always been at each others throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering whats going on, Mr Drummond wrote in a blog post, in which he referred to a hostile, organised campaign against android by

Microsoft, Oracle, apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents. an apple spokesman declined to comment. google is forging ahead in the smartphone market but has been hampered by a lack of intellectual property in wireless telephony, which has exposed it to patent-infringement lawsuits from rivals including Oracle. it lost out on the Nortel patents to a consortium grouping apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion and others, which together paid US$4.5 billion (S$5.4 billion). google had bid up to $3.4 billion for those patents before teaming up with intel for a combined US$4-billion bid. google was not previously focused on patents but is now shopping to stock up. it recently acquired more than 1,000 patents from iBM. Mr Drummond said google was looking to further stengthen its patent portfolio. reuters

blackberrys three new smartphones: (from left) the bold 9900, torch 9850 and torch 9810. ap

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TORONTO Research In Motion (RIM) is releasing three new versions of its BlackBerry smartphone simultaneously in the first overhaul of the handsets in a year as the company tries to regain ground against Apple. The new Bold 9900, first shown at RIMs BlackBerry World trade show in May, features a larger keyboard and thinner case. The Torch 9810 with slide-out keyboard looks similar to the first edition of the device. The last of the three new phones, the Torch 9850, is RIMs first touch-screen-only phone since the BlackBerry Storm, which was criticized for software glitches. All three are based on RIMs new BlackBerry 7.0 platform. The three devices will be available from 225 carriers, with some operators starting next week, in the biggest launch in the history of BlackBerry, said Mr Patrick Spence, managing director for global sales and regional marketing. RIM is counting on the phones, the first new models since last August, to reverse a revenue slowdown that led to RIMs prediction in June that sales this quarter may drop

for the first time in nine years. All the models include pinch-and-zoom browsing and webpage loading speeds that are 40 per cent faster than the old Torch, Mr Spence said. Were taking it a step further by enhancing the browsing experience, which is something we know we had to work on, he said. With the addition of what RIM calls liquid graphics that render images faster and make zooming smoother, its an industry-leading experience, he said. Competing against the new BlackBerrys will be a slew of new rival models. Apple plans to introduce an iPhone version in the coming months. Motorola will release the Droid Bionic, its latest Android phone, the same month. That means that RIM has to have an early and successful debut ahead of its rivals in the US, which accounted for about 40 per cent of RIM revenue last year, said IDC technology analyst Will Stofega. Its critical they get a jump start now, he said. Theyve definitely narrowed the gap with the competition. Display is definitely crisper and had to be, given what weve seen in terms of its competitors. blooMberg

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Reaching out to young entrepreneurs

SINGAPORE More young entrepreneurs are seeking funding to kick-start their businesses this year and financial firms are reaching out to these individuals to make their assistance more accessible. For the first half of this year, SPRING Singapore received 90 applications for its Young Entrepreneurs Scheme for Start-ups (YES! Start-ups) programme. The programme grants up to $50,000 per start-up where SPRING provides a S$4 grant to match every S$1 raised by young entrepreneurs under 26-years-old with innovative business ideas. There appears to be a significant increase this year compared to 2009 and 2010, where we saw about 120 applications each year, SPRING said in response to inquiries by MediaCorp. The agency has approved 97 applications and supported some 136 youths since the programme was launched in 2008. Despite global economic uncertainties, business owners appear to be optimistic about the future. As such, OCBC Bank has started a campaign to reach out to more start-ups. Last year, it started extending loans to businesses with a track record of one year. So far, OCBC said it has invested S$20 million to support the SMEs. This has since paid off as more than 50 per cent of active young businesses in Singapore are said to have a corporate account with the bank. To mark the third anniversary of its Ubi business banking centre, Mr Tan Chor Sen, OCBCs head of emerging business, and 250 staff spent a day visiting more than 6,500 SMEs in the Ubi area. While there is a high rate of failure among start-ups, Mr Tan does not consider lending to start-ups a high risk. More than two-thirds of our existing business borrowers were acquired during the last five years and we continue to enjoy double-digit loan growth even during the first-half of this year, he said. Mr Larry Yeo, regional sales manager of media players manufacturer AC Ryan, said the bridging loans it received from OCBC a few years back helped the company achieve exponential growth during the initial phase. For start-up SMEs, its a bit hard to get commitment from banks because you dont have a track record, he said, adding that the funding was needed to fulfil client orders. The firm plans to seek new funding from OCBC to expand to Africa, South America, Russia and the Middle East in the next two years. Artizen, a distributer and supplier of commercial kitchen and food service equipment, also hopes to tap on OCBCs commercial property loans to acquire a new space for its showroom, said its director Dick Seow. The firm has been a client since 2005 and has tapped the bank for project financing. Trade financing, overdrafts, working capital funds and loans to purchase equipment and machinery are among the services offered by financial firms like OCBC, Hong Leong Finance and DBS to start-ups. Loan applications in our SME segment, which includes start-ups, have stabilised after registering strong growth in the first half of 2011, said DBS head of enterprise banking Edwin Khoo. Despite current uncertainties in the macroeconomic environment, we firmly believe that SMEs will continue to do well in the long term, in line with Asias growth. To help start-ups take advantage of the low interest rate environment, DBS says it has also lowered the interest rate on its business loans for this year. Meanwhile, Hong Leong Finance has set up its 4th SME Centre@Branches at Yishun to serve local business community efficiently. Start-ups can also access SPRING Singapores programme for technology startups and grants under the SPRING Start-up Enterprise Development Scheme (SPRING Seeds). There is also the Incubator Development Programme (IDP), which has assisted close to 300 start-ups.

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Stirring Lions create selection headache

World Cup qualifiers clash with sEa games tourney leaving Fas to decide where focus will be
SINGAPORE What a difference 180 minutes of football make. From a state of emergency, where both fans and belief had deserted the national football team after a calamitous 2010, the Lions have turned things 180 degrees around. After two stirring showings against Malaysia, ending 6-4 after two legs, the Lions are through to the third round of the World Cup qualifiers, leaving the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) with a headache of a different kind. With at least four players key to both the SEA Games squad and the senior Lions side, they now have to decide if the focus will be on achieving the set target of a silver medal at the November SEA Games or making it into the final group stage of the World Cup qualifiers. FAS president Zainudin Nordin is well aware of the bridge that needs to be crossed soon but his team have at least decided when they will make the call. We are in with a fighting chance of making the fourth round of the qualifiers, and also stand a good chance at the SEA Games. We are already cracking our heads to resolve this, but we dont want to jump the gun, he told Today. The first two matches in the qualifiers are critical, and will give us an indicator of where we stand. We will look at how we perform in those two games and decide after that. Facing China, Jordan and Iraq in Group A of the third round qualifiers, Singapores schedule will see them open their campaign in Kunming on Sept 2, then return to host Iraq four days later.

Fas president Zainudin nordin (left) has to choose between a historic World Cup qualifying performance or sEa games glory. Photo By ErnEst Chua

But it is the November fixtures, away to Jordan on Nov 11 and a home game against China on Nov 15 that will prove problematic. The SEA Games are scheduled to run from Nov 11-22, and while exact dates for the Games under-23 football tournament are not yet available, it is virtually impossible to have players turn out for both the SEA Games squad and the senior team at the qualifiers. At least four players midfielder Hariss Harun, goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud, defender Safuwan Baharudin and attacker Shahdan Sulaiman are shoo-ins for a starting spot at the SEA Games, and they are also key to national coach Radojko Avramovics plans for the senior team. Izwan earned plaudits against Malaysia,

The first two matches in the qualifiers are critical, and will give us an indicator of where we stand. We will look at how we perform in those two games and decide after that.
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the 21-year-old turning in a steady performance between the Singapore sticks in the absence of the injured Hassan Sunny and Lionel Lewis. He said: Both are big tournaments, and I would love to be able to play in both if possible, but its really up to the coaches to

decide which team we train and play for. His sentiment was echoed by Safuwan, who showed a maturity beyond his 19 years in his two starts against Malaysia. He said: The Courts Young Lions are doing well and I think were moving close to peaking at the SEA Games but I think if the senior team does well in the first two World Cup qualifying matches, well probably stay with the seniors. But thats for the coaches to decide. We may have played in the first XI for the national team, but that doesnt mean that if were not with the SEA Games team then they cant perform there are others who can step in and do the job. I think the SEA Games team will manage just as well without us.

Singaporean golfers off to flying start

PETALING JAYA Eight birdies in a bogey-free first round gave Mardan Mamat and Lam Chih Bing the lead in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup Asian qualifiers here yesterday. The Singapore pair shot an eight-under-par 63 at the Seri Selangor Golf Club, giving them a one stroke lead over the hosts, Malaysia. If they qualify, it will be their fifth appearance in a World Cup together. The Singaporeans combined well shooting six birdies from the eighth hole. Mardan was rock solid. I kind of struggled but I was happy I managed to contribute a few birdies out there, The Times of India reported Lam saying. With only three places up for grabs, first-time pairings Shaaban Hussin and Iain Steel of Malaysia stayed in the hunt on 64. Shaaban, playing in his first Asian qualifying, put on a good debut performance as he eagled on the par five fifth from 10 feet. He had a solid round of one bogey and six birdies. I was feeling a bit nervous but Iain gave me some tips on how to play in this type of format. He helped me a lot and he played very well, said Shaaban. Shaabans team-mate, however, believes the actual test will begin today when the contest eventually levels out. Gareth Paddison and Michael Hendry of New Zealand are currently in third, while Nay Bala and Zaw Moe of Myanmar are fourth, off the lead by three shots. The biennial World Cup will be held in Hainan Island from Nov 24-27. agEnCiEs

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Five more gain elite olympic funding

total of 11 athletes now in olympic Pathway Programme as singapore continue push for glory in london
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SINGAPORE Five more athletes have been added to the multi-million-dollar Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP), as the Republic seek to improve on the sole silver medal gained at the Beijing Games three years ago. Announced last night by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, which administers the S$6.3 million fund, the five are pistol shooters Nigel Lim Swee Hon and Poh Lip Meng, table-tennis veteran Li Jiawei and shuttlers Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei. Today had reported in early June the inclusion Shinta and Yao the womens doubles champions at last years Li Ning Singapore Open with last nights announcement confirming their places in the elite programme. Both shuttlers, as well as shooters Lim and Poh, are presently in Surrey, England, as part of a three-week pre-Olympic stint. They will then head to the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships, which starts on Monday, at Londons Wembley Arena. The quintet bring to 11 the number of athletes in the OPP, which provides funding outside of that available to their respective national sports associations (NSAs). Six athletes were named in the first batch in

Since coming back from maternity leave early last year, Jiawei has been training hard and progressing well, and is now our third-highest ranked player in the ITTF list ... More importantly, with her pre-Olympic expenses now covered under the programme, we are able to use our NSA funding towards developing our younger players.
singapore table tennis association president lee Bee Wah
National paddler li Jiawei (left) will now join team-mate sun Beibei (right) in the olympic Pathway Programme. today file Photo

May 2009, namely paddlers Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu, shooter Jasmine Ser and swimmer Tao Li. According to Singapore Table Tennis Association president Lee Bee Wah, Jiaweis inclusion is affirmation that her comeback from time off to start a family is complete. Since coming back from maternity leave early last year, Jiawei has been training hard and progressing well, and is now our third-highest ranked player in the ITTF list. Her inclusion in the OPP is a real morale booster for our Olympic veteran, said Lee. More importantly, with her pre-

Olympic expenses now covered under the programme, we are able to use our NSA funding towards developing our younger players, she added. For Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) president Chng Seng Mok, the inclusion of Poh and Lim comes as no surprise. Both Nigel and Lip Meng satisfied the criteria for the OPP after winning gold at last years Commonwealth Games, said Chng. My biggest issue right now is to be able to hire a suitable coach to take them through to the Olympics, now that more

funds have been freed up by their inclusion into the programme. With most countries now working on four-year Olympic cycles, the more established ones would have had the funds to engage the most sought-after coaches after the Beijing Games, while we now have the harder task of identifying the best of the rest who can get the job done for us, added Chng. Funded by the Government and the Singapore Totalisator Board, the OPP provides additional logistical, technical and financial support to Olympic-bound athletes earmarked for medal success.

Young pro relishes Handa opportunity

SINGAPORE He turned 23 yesterday, but for young golfer Koh Dengshan, the best birthday present may have been a sponsors exemption to play in next months ISPS Handa Singapore Classic his first Asian Tour event. Koh was the Malaysian Amateur Open champion in 2008 and turned professional immediately after winning the Warren Amateur Open last Saturday. Im very excited and thank the Singapore Professional Golfers Association (SPGA) and the Asian Tour for this opportunity, he told Today. After a successful launch last year when South African Peter Karmis recorded a wire-to-wire victory at Orchid Country Club, the tournament is setting itself up as one of the few events locally that offer Singapore professionals the opportunity to cross swords with the best on the Asian Tour. The top 20 Singapore professionals will qualify for the event, while five spots have been set aside for local amateurs. SPGA president S Murugiah hopes to see a good handful of local players make the midway cut: Id love to see it as a starting point for our amateurs and a springboard for our young professionals. Bankrolled by Dr Harunisa Handa through his charitable group the International Sport Promotion Society (ISPS), the event carries a purse of US$300,000 this year after the organisers and the Asian Tour agreed to donate US$100,000 to the Japan tsunami and earthquake relief fund. PhiliP goh

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It is going to be a hectic four days, starting today, for local fencers looking to make the final cut for the November sEA Games, as they battle for honours in the 2011 Fencing singapore International (FsI). Held at the Clementi facility of first-time co-organisers, the singapore Institute of Management, the event will see close to 400 fencers from the world over competing in individual and team categories for foil, epee and sabre. the FsI will serve as a testing ground for both local and regional fencers. Fencing singapore general manager ryan Quek said: this event is critical for those fighting for the third and fourth spots in the team going to the sEA Games, in the womens foil and epee. Womens foil coach, slava Bobok, has already decided on the three women ruth Ng, Cheryl Wong and Wang Wenying who will fly the republics flag at the Games, and is casting a keen eye on two of his proteges, Joan Ang and Liane Wong, looking to take that final slot. Admission to the event is free.
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AKRON The superstar of European golf is heading west. Rory McIlroy, ever surprising and ever his own man, served up a surprise yesterday when he revealed that he intends to join the US PGA Tour and set up a home in Florida. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman, who won the US Open in spectacular style this summer, announced that he wants to play a full schedule in the United States next year, adding that he sees his long-term future centring on the US PGA Tour. I feel as if I play my best golf over here. I am very comfortable in this country and I am going to look at a few houses in Florida after next weeks US PGA Championship, he said, on the eve of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Im definitely looking at coming back and playing a full schedule here. Ive thought about it and feel my game really suits playing courses over here. I love Quail Hollow, Memorial, Akron and most of my favourite events seem to be on this side of the pond. McIlroys decision represents a startling volte-face. At the end of last year he gave up his US PGA Tour membership after just one year, citing fatigue. It is just not for me, he said at the time. Two of his three professional wins have come in the US at Congressional in June and at Quail Hollow last year, when he shot a final-round 62 to beat one of the best fields of the year. There was little indication of what has caused this change of mind, though it is safe to assume that McIlroys altered personal circumstances may have had something to do with it. Last month it emerged that he had

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split from his long-time girlfriend, who is based in Northern Ireland. He is believed to have told a small circle of colleagues of his intentions during last weeks Irish Open. Like other European Ryder Cup players, he will retain his membership of the European Tour, which requires him to play at least 13 events. It is expected that he will keep his home in Holywood, near Belfast, but given his

plans to play as many as 18 events in a full American schedule, he will inevitably spend less time in Europe. McIlroy said he had spoken to US PGA Tour officials yesterday morning in Akron and informed them of his intentions. Id like to give it a go again and last more than one year and see how it goes, he said. News of the Northern Irishmans decision will come as a boost to the US PGA Tour,

which will be negotiating new television deals in the coming months. In the absence of the former world No1 Tiger Woods, the US Tour is desperately in need of recognisable and charismatic figures to sell to its mainstream domestic audience. By virtue of his youth, his outspokenness and his talent, McIlroy fits such a profile to perfection. He will be welcomed with open arms. thE guardIaN

Nine-man rangers crash out of Champions League

MALMO Rangers Champions League hopes were shattered as they crashed out of the competition at the hands of Malmo after being reduced to nine men in the qualifier in Sweden. Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra were both shown straight red cards, before Malmos Ricardinho was also dismissed by the referee Vladislav Bezborodov at the Swedbank stadium. Rangers were dealt a blow ahead of the tie as Dorin Goian was ruled out by injury just hours after being granted clearance to play by UEFA. The club said the Romanian was carrying an injury and, with Rangers looking to turn around a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, Sasa Papac was drafted in to cover at centre-half. A goal by Rangers Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Daniel Larssons strike from last weeks first leg in Glasgow but it was Malmos Jiloan Hamad who had the final say, with Rangers forced to settle for a Europa League play-off spot. Ally McCoist described the result as a massive low. The match itself was pretty open and we created enough chances to add to our

Now Barton says he might stay

LONDON Joey Barton has hinted he could stay at Newcastle United despite the fact he has been transfer-listed and forced to train on his own, but manager Alan Pardew is taking no chances, lining up Bayer Leverkusen winger Tranquillo Barnetta as his replacement. Although Bartons agent, Willie McKay, claims there is a lot of interest in the midfielder following the news he had been given a free transfer by Newcastle, the 28-year-old has suggested he may yet decide to dig his heels in on Tyneside. Once again communicating via Twitter, Barton said: Just because ur told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. Its my right. Just a thought (sic). Tottenham Hotspur have backed away from making a move for Barton but Stoke City are still thought to be keeping an eye on the situation. McKay maintains six top-flight managers have expressed an interest in signing Barton even though the player has also been offered to big clubs in the Championship. thE daILy tELEgraPh

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lead and unfortunately never took them. But in terms of the two performances, especially tonight, I think with the vast majority of our players I couldnt be happier to tell you the truth, said the Rangers manager. As disappointed as I am, I think we showed real character and no shortage of talent. Ive been involved at this club for a good number of years and you have to experience the highs and the lows. Tonights a massive, massive low and the

end of the season at Kilmarnock was a massive high. But you wouldnt swap it, its where you want to be. In my opinion you dont want to play for clubs where mediocrity is acceptable, we will certainly not accept that. Also crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle were Ukraines Dynamo Kiev, felled by Rubin Kazan, and Belgiums Standard Liege, who lost at FC Zurich. But FC Twente and Benfica registered away draws to make it to the next round. thE guardIaN

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George Young really is worth his weight in gold

UNLIKE the huge stack of S$50 notes Ive been casually using as a doorstop this week, theres nothing flashy or fake about up-and-coming star George Young. Hes even got a hole in his Wednesday socks. But my Friday and Sunday socks are in good condition, so you can tell which are the days I wear socks most often, he quipped. The 31-year-old is the host of Million Dollar Money Drop, the grandiose gameshow that airs next week on MediaCorp TV Channel 5. Each week,Young cheerfully gives each teamed-up pair of contestants a million dollars in cash which they put on trap doors that correspond to four possible answers, hoping that theyve put most of it on the correct one because the other three trap doors will open and swallow their dough.Young looks benevolently on as they try to keep as much of it as possible by getting questions right. My stack of S$25,000 is, unfortunately, just some of the fake money that has been used during rehearsals, which we borrowed for our photoshoot (and, yes, we had to pay fake interest). Having never hosted a gameshow before his resume includes acting gigs in BBC productions like Casualty, and even the Bollywood movie Jhootha Hi Sahi Young has been tackling the task with the bushy-tailed enthusiasm of a wide-eyed noob. And while the London-born son of a Malaysian-Chinese father and a Greek mother might also be new to the Singapore entertainment scene, his charisma has earned him several big breaks fast. He has not only landed several modelling gigs, but also hosts the infotainment series ArtBites on MediaCorp TV okto, and will star in the second season of acclaimed Channel 5 legal drama The Pupil (premiering on Aug 18). While Young has a million-dollar smile and looks like a million bucks suited up as a host, in person, he comes across as very much your regular video-game-loving, T-shirt-wearing guy. That is, if regular guys also have great skin and bucketloads of awshucks charm.

house, like a proper mini cinema in my own place. iMax would be great. A brilliant car. Some kind of sports car just something really extravagant. And have it in some silly colour pink. Just something like, You spent so much money on that car and you painted it that colour? Why? Cos I can. Cos Ive got a million dollars. Lest you think him reckless or extravagant, Young has always suffered from a good head on his shoulders. Kinda. Taking the bar to practise law was for the sake of his parents, who wanted him to do the safe option; leaving the profession to become an actor that was his own idea. But he said the immodest proceeds from his very first job modelling for a Pepsi commercial with a superimposed image of David Beckham were put in the bank. Although he admitted that he gradually spent it on computer games and food and drink.

HE SAId I bought her a trip to Paris ... it was a whole week, so that was pretty expensive. I paid for everything, yeah. George Young
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Money cant buy me love or can it?

If I had a million dollars

But what he would do if he had his own million? Ive thought about this before, he replied. The serious answer would be investing in bricks and mortar, really. If I really loved the property if I thought it could be marketable or just somewhere Id like to live then I would. Maybe Im just at a stage where I am thinking about investing. I want to establish a base somewhere. Im hoping its Singapore. Its a good market ... in terms of a business decision. And the non-serious answer? It would again be something to have within the

Young, however, has absolutely spent money to show a girl a good time. You stick it on a credit card, you worry about it later.Youre thinking about the immediate payoff, he twinkled. His most extravagant date was a birthday present. I bought her a Time Out guide to Paris, the psychology grad recounted. She was like: Oh, I always wanted to go to Paris. And she opened it and there were two tickets to Paris. I paid for the hotel it was a whole week, so that was pretty expensive. I paid for everything, yeah. So can he top that? That would really impress, wouldnt it? Young mused. Maybe hire their favourite singer or entertainer but then I would be out of the picture, wouldnt I? Id be sitting there (clapping) while theyre having a good time. Probably a singer to sing a ballad to them and then Id ruin it by joining in. I think that would probably use up most of the S$1 million, and then maybe the rest on a hotel room? But Young has the vibe of someone to whom money isnt everything. After all, if it were, hed still be a lawyer, wouldnt he? Im into tech and gadgets and stuff like that, so my most extravagant purchase is this kick-ass PC rig that I bought a few years ago that cost me a few grand, Young recalled. Id just started working in a law firm. It was a few thousand pounds. When I first started earning money, I thought: Yeah, Ill spend it on something thats just pure selfish enjoyment. Was it everything it was cracked up to be? Everything! the self-confessed massive gamer breathed reverently. Ah, I miss it. Although when I next saw Young a week later, he announced excitedly that he had just bought himself an xbox 360, with Kinect, no less. Catch Million Dollar Money Drop starting Aug 9, right after the National Day Parade telecast, on MediaCorp TV Channel 5.

Money (thats what I want)

Forget about the price tag? We asked George Young,The Muttons, Bobby Tonelli and Chua Enlai to share their views about the money, money, money ...
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Justin Ang (The Muttons): I would buy a house. Actually, wait ... I dont think thatll be enough to buy a flat in Singapore soon. Damn. Chua Enlai: I would use it to restore whatever is left of our historic architecture. Its something we should be proud of. Bobby Tonelli: Travel the world and buy a car. Complete the sentence: If money grew on trees ... George: Id be a gardener. Justin: Id buy lots of dog poop because I heard it makes trees grow faster. Enlai: Singaporeans would finally know what The Great Outdoors meant. Bobby: I would live in a forest. Vernon A (The Muttons): Id still be broke cos Im a terrible gardener. If I were made of money... George: Id stick myself in a savings account and live there until I doubled in size. Justin: I would give my toes to charity. Vernon: Id be spent every day. It must be funny in a rich mans world because ... George: Thats from a song, right? Because you can pay yes-men and laugh buddies to laugh at all your jokes. Justin: I would make him laugh and charge him S$1,000 for each joke. S$2,000 if he falls off a chair. Enlai: Because ABBA said so and Ill believe any Swede with a gypsy cut and bell bottoms.

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Id like to organically evolve

Kit Chan walks to the beat of her own drum
Christopher Toh

ITS been one busy year for Kit Chan so far. Just after helming the Total Defence music video campaign in February, Chan did a successful two-night stint for the Huayi Festival at the Esplanade, performing in collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. She then released an album, Reinterpreting Kit Chan, a collection of her favourite covers, popped in at the Ocean Butterflies gala concert, will do her bit at the upcoming Singapop concert on Aug 20, and thanks to unexpected positive response to her album in Hong Kong, shes compiling a special Hong Kong edition of the album. Oh, and shes also going to hold her first pop concerts, entitled The Music Room, which will be held at the Grand Theater in Marina Bay Sands on Oct 13 and 14. Unlike most Chinese pop concerts, which usually comes along with a lot of spectacular bells and whistles in the form of stage props, lighting and pyrotechnics, Chans shows, organised by MediaCorp Vizpro, will be far simpler. Although she will be singing her familiar Cantonese, Mandarin and English hits (and some songs youve never heard me sing live, she added), and there may be some costume changes and special guests, Chan said its not going to be a glitzy, glam affair. Ive seen so many different types of shows, but I realise that the things that strike a chord with me are the ones that are more musically evocative, she explained about the format of the show. Well, the whole show ... should evoke something in me. Those are the shows that I remember. Of course, sometimes its nice to watch spectacles, she said. So when I do a show like this, Im sure people will be thinking: Why is she doing it like this? Is she digging her own grave?

Ive seen so many different type of shows, but I realise that the things that strike a chord with me are the ones that are more musically evocative. Kit Chan

People want more stuff. But the SCO show which was just me and the orchestra did really well. So you never know. Anyway, Id like to offer an alternative (to whats out there). And no, shes not worried about the turnout. Its become SOP (standard operational procedure) for me, I dont think about turnout. Its something that you have to trust the marketing team to do, and whether one person or 1,000 people turn up, you still have to do the show. In any case, Chan said, the first person the show had to satisfy was herself. In any business, whether you cook food or make clothes, you have to do it for yourself first. Because how can you guess what people want? You cant. Id like to think Im a discerning person, and there is a time or place for (this kind of show). Thats why we picked Marina Bay Sands. Maybe if I did the show at the Indoor Stadium, it would be a bit off. Of course, with all this activity in the music front, is this a sign that Kit Chan is coming back full steam into the music biz? Dont hold your breath just yet, she said. I have been really busy, but that doesnt mean I will go on like that consistently, she said. Ive said it before, that I kind of like the idea of work being seasonal. And this is something that I dont take for granted. But right now, Im in my summer phase, this is my Indian summer (and) Im enjoying the summer of my contentment. After this, I think I need to have my autumn and winter, chill out a bit, and then think about the next cycle, whatever form it might take, Chan added. Its not that I want to keep people guessing; Im just marching to the beat of my own drum. Id like to organically evolve. I think its nice to keep your distance and not let your whole life be dictated (by what others expect). Kit Chans The Music Room will happen on Oct 13 and 14, 8.30pm at the Grand Theater, Marina Bay Sands.Tickets at S$68 to S$168 available from Sistic on Aug 8 onwards.

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Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones to receive Oscars
Leonardo DiCaprio named Hollywoods highest earning actor
LeONArDO DiCaprio was hollywoods highest paid actor over the last year as he made an estimated US$77 million (S$93 million). The star displaced Johnny Depp, the previous years biggest earner, according to the annual list by Forbes magazine which assessed income to May 1. DiCaprios two major films Shutter Island and Inception grossed a combined total of US$1.2 billion at the box office. In addition to his fee, the actor received a proportion of the profits from the films. Depp, who has seen his worth rise dramatically through the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, was the second highest earning star this year making an
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estimated US$50 million. Adam Sandler, who starred in Grown Ups, was the third highest with US$40 million, ahead of Will Smith on US$36 million and Tom hanks, who made an estimated US$35 million. Movie stars pay deals are often complicated and shrouded in secrecy and Forbes made its estimates after talking to industry insiders including agents and producers. It put Tom Cruise, once hollywoods highest paid star, in 10th place with an estimated US$22 million. A list of hollywoods highest earning actresses released by Forbes last month had Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker in joint top spot.

They didnt feature in any movies this year, but Oprah Winfrey, James earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will be getting Oscars. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences says the three will be honoured with Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in November. The academys Board of Governors voted on Tuesday to recognise the entertainment industry veterans. Winfrey will receive the Jean hersholt humanitarian Award, which honours philanthropic and humanitarian contributions. The 57-year-old media mogul, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1985s The Color Purple, supports various charitable and educational causes, including her own namesake foundations and Academy for Girls in South Africa. Jones and Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.

Jones has appeared in more than 50 films. The 80-year-old actor and voice of Darth Vader was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971 for The Great White Hope. his other credits include Field Of Dreams, Patriot Games and The Hunt For Red October. Smith was NBCs first makeup man when he started his career in 1945. he won an Oscar in 1984 for his work on Amadeus and was nominated again in 1989 for Dad. Known as the godfather of makeup, he also worked on The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver. Smith also helped train many of todays top movie makeup artists. Smith, Jones and Winfrey will receive their statuettes on Nov 12 at the third annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at hollywood & highland Center, just above the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are presented. AP

Arguments begin in Golden Globes broadcast dispute

ATTOrNeyS for the organisers of the Golden Globe Awards and its longtime producers sparred over whether an 18-yearold agreement gave the company a perpetual right to work on the show as long as it airs on NBC. If the agreement is interpreted as the producers want, the hollywood Foreign Press Association argued that it would lose crucial rights to its signature property, worth millions of dollars each year. The producers, dick clark productions, however, claimed they received a now-disputed perpetuity clause in part for resurrecting the show after a scandal knocked it from airwaves in early 1980s. United States District Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank, said she planned to issue a ruling this week. An attorney for the production company, also known as dcp, argued that courts have long upheld the rights of parties to enter into agreements that might seem strange to outsiders. In the case of the nearly 30year history between the hFPA and dcp, the perpetuity clause made sense, attorney Brad Phillips said. The production company had accomplished essentially miracles for this show, Phillips said. At stake is not only of hollywoods highest-profile awards shows, but also millions of dollars. Tax records for 2009, show that hFPA received US$7.5 million (S$6.9 million) for the Globes. hFPA and dcp split revenues from the Globes 50-50 under their agreement, which was first entered in 1983. Their relationship began months after CBS cancelled its contract to air the show after a controversy emerged over the hFPA, long criticised for being too cozy with the stars it honoured, was accused of impropriety in awarding a newcomer award to Pia Zadora. The hFPA has said there is plenty of time to plan next years show, regardless of whether they win this round in court or have to take their case to a jury. AP

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Ben Foster takes on Gotti role
ACTOR Ben Foster (picture) has landed the lead role in the upcoming movie about crime boss John Gotti and his son, producers said on Tuesday. But Lindsay Lohans role in Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father appeared to be in doubt after producers said she had not officially signed onto the movie and they were still in talks with her. Foster, 29, best known for roles in The Messenger and 3:10 To Yuma, will play John Gotti Jr opposite John Travolta, who has already been cast as the late head of New Yorks powerful Gambino family, John Gotti. Lohans casting as Kim Gotti, wife of John Gotti Jr, was announced in May. But Steve Honig, a spokesman for both Fiore Films and Lohan said on Tuesday that the producers of the film and Lindsays representation have not yet worked out an agreement for her to appear in the movie. Lohan, 25, whose career has been derailed by repeated trips to jail and rehab since 2007, has not had a movie role since the low-budget 2010 release Machete. Producers declined to comment on the apparent stumbling block. But it follows a change of director from Nick Cassavetes to Barry Levinson, and a lawsuit last week brought by actor Joe Pesci, who claimed that his part had been

Charlie Harper to rest in peace

CHARLIE Sheens Two And A Half Men character will not only be killed off, he will be given a funeral when the TV series returns in September, according to entertainment website Deadline Hollywood. Sheens screen demise follows his firing from Two And A Half Men after a vicious public spat earlier this year with the shows co-creator and producer Chuck Lorre. Lorre now appears set to exact revenge when the comedy returns with new star Ashton Kutcher in what Deadline Hollywood said is a secrecy-shrouded two-part season premiere, to be filmed later this week. Sheens womanising bachelor character Charlie Harper said to be a close

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changed and his pay cut. Pre-production starts next month and shooting is due to start in January. Levinson described Foster as one of the few young actors who can literary transform himself from role to role, from light comedy to a deadly gunslinger ... I think he can bring something very memorable to the role of Gotti Jr. The senior John Gotti was known as the Teflon Don for his ability to evade conviction before eventually being convicted of murder, racketeering and extortion. He died of cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. REUTERS

version of himself helped to make Two And A Half Men the most-watched comedy on American television. Deadline Hollywood said Harper would die and his Malibu beachfront house would be put up for sale, allowing Kutchers character to be introduced as a potential buyer. Sheen was fired in March after insulting Lorre in a bizarre series of interviews that followed months of drug and drink-fuelled partying and repeated spells in rehab. Kutcher, the creator of TV series Punkd and the husband of actress Demi Moore, was hired in May as a new character on the series. Sheen has since signed a deal for a new TV series called Anger Management, but the show has not yet been picked up by any US television network. AGENCIES

One epic Teenage Dream

POP princess Katy Perrys Teenage Dream reached a new height this week as Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) became the albums fifth single to reach the top of Billboards pop songs chart, marking the first time any album has amassed such a feat in its 19-year history. If Perrys newest No 1 also lands atop the Hot 100 later this week, Teenage Dream will be the only album other than Michael Jacksons Bad to generate five separate No 1s. Bad was released in 1987, before Billboard began issuing the pop song chart. Prior to Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) reaching No 1, Teenage Dream was tied with Justin Timberlakes FutureSex/ LoveSounds (2006-07) and Lady Gagas The Fame (2009) which both had four

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Of glass houses and neighbours

Local artists take on Malaysia and the first arts council in two shows
Mayo Martin

THERE is a house-like structure with transparent Perspex walls squatting in the middle of the gallery, surrounded by large frames tilted at an angle; a handful of paintings and drawings scattered here and there; and hanging upside down from the ceiling is a chair encased in Perspex. By tomorrow, Tang Da Wus Long Po Feng Yi / First Arts Council will be completed as one of two shows opening at Valentine Willie Fine Art (VWFA), along with the gallerys annual survey show of Singapore artists, this time titled Imagine Malaysia. The highly-anticipated installation which also includes contributions from Jeremy Hiah, Lee Wen, Zai Kuning, and Pan Jia Ding, marks the influential artists first solo show in Singapore in 25 years. And while no one has yet to see the complete work, gallery owner Willie offered up a teaser of what to expect. Drawing on various allusions including the emotional and financial support given to Vincent Van Gogh by his brother, Theo, and sister-in-law Willie reckons its a critical look at the role of cultural institutions and the idea of nurturing artists. Hes been wonderfully cryptic, he said of the multi-disciplinary artist and founder of The Artists Village. Meanwhile, also in the gallerys space, 20 local artists have gazed into their respective crystal balls to Imagine Malaysia. VWFAs third annual Singapore survey show, after The Air-Conditioned Recession and last years Beyond LKY, looks at the relationship between the two countries. It was thematically conceived to tie up with the recent closure of the Tanjong Pagar railway station, where the gallerist had unsuccessfully wanted to set up a counterpoint exhibition of Malaysian artists. The artworks on display reveal a varied dispositions towards the theme, with hints of subtle political commentary in some, poignant reflection in others and even some playful approaches. One of Jason Wees works are different embroidered flags postulating a scenario of adding an additional point in Malaysias 14-point star. Green Zeng will present a sculpture of a time capsule with the words Open After Reunification. Sherman Ong, meanwhile, presents the poignant short dance film I Want To Remember, which features an incarcerated Singaporean interrogated by a naturalised Singaporean

1 Johor-Singapore Causeway by Green Zeng. 2 Tree Of Life by Sean Lee. 3 Petronas (After Humans) by michael Lee. 4 First Arts Council by tang Da Wu.

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woman from Malaysia. The dynamics of the relationship between the two countries are explored in works by Ang Song Nian, who offers two similar-looking photographs that actually include one of Pulau Tekongs terrain mimicking the oil palm plantations in Malaysia; Alan Oeis two portraits of Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohamad; and Zhao Renhuis series of photographs of lions and tigers. Poetic musings are revealed in the family portraits of Alecia Neo and Sean Lee, the former reconstructing portraits of a family with roots in Ipoh, and the latter employing the delicate hands of his own to create unusual shapes and figures. In some ways, like Tangs own installation work utilising structures, a number of works in Imagine Malaysia bring it to the fore, such as Genevieve Chuas intricate postage

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Dubai is a fantastic constructed dreamscape that must be seen to be believed

entire population. At last count, the resident population of dubai one of seven emirates in the United Arab emirates stands at about 1.93 million, while another 1.07 million enter the city daily for business. the segregation between the locals and the expatriates mirrors the divide between the old and new dubai: the expats hardly meet or converse with a local in their everyday lives. that is not to say that the locals resent dubais breakneck pace of progress or its rulers for masterminding the development. the sycophancy over dubai ruler sheik Mohammed might seem excessive to outsiders with huge banners of him lining the expressway, portraits of him in classrooms and offices and newspapers publishing glowing articles about his achievements almost every day. But the adulation of emiratis of their ruler is well-placed.they enjoy free education, health care and interest-free housing loans. And it is his grand vision fuelling dubais breakneck pace of development that has taken the shape of outlandish architectural feats: the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; the Palm Islands, an artificial archipelago; and the World, 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map are some of the completed projects, with several in the pipeline. For the average traveller in dubai, luxury does not always come with an extravagant price tag thanks to keen competition among the hotels, which offer up to 50-per-cent
Getting there: singapore Airlines operates daily flights on weekdays and twice-daily flights on weekends to dubai. travellers to dubai during ramadan should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public view during the day. While the majority of eating and drinking establishments are closed during the day, some coffeehouses with screens to allow people to eat away from public view are open. Where to stay: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray the lavish interior of the fivestar hotel is inspired by palaces of the Ottoman period and features hand painted finishings, turkish artworks and murals that conjure up images of the Ottoman empire. the resort boasts the largest spa in the Middle east the 80,000 sqm, two-storey talise Ottoman spa


An oasis of wealth
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take a trip along the dubai Creek on a wooden dhow and soak in the sights of old dubai.

the everyday lives of the emiratis are a sight that most expatriates do not see.

the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

A desert metropolis awash in oil money, obsessed with skyscrapers, and where opulence is unabashedly celebrated. But scratch beyond the surface and dubais eclectic mix of east-meets-West and oldmeets-new will charm even the cynics. First impressions can deceive: the sight that greets visitors immediately upon leaving the airport is a six-lane expressway flanked by shiny skyscrapers, which almost resemble giant trophies glistening under the desert sun. the construction boom that began in the 1990s and went into an overdrive a decade later means there are few mementoes of dubais distant past. But dubai Creek, a 10km waterway that splits the city into two main sections, provides remnants of old dubai, a common reference used by the tour guides for the area around the creek. Here, workers onboard large, wooden dhows unload their cargo of bulging cardboard boxes directly on to the quays. Nearby, shopkeepers peddle textiles and spices along the narrow streets of the Gold soukh shopping area. to seek a deeper understanding on the Arabic way of life, visit the sheikh Mohammed Centre Of Cultural Understanding. It explains Middle eastern culture and practices such as why the women are covered from head to toe in public and why the men are almost always dressed in white and women in black. the centre is just one way of preserving their proud heritage for the native emiratis, who face a constant struggle as they make up only a fifth of the

discounts during ramadan and dubais summer months (June to August). For instance, rates at the luxury resort Jumeirah Zabeel saray this month start from a relatively affordable s$236 per person per night. If you desire more personalised service, the Armani Hotel dubai provides a personal butler. the hotel was the first to be designed by Italian designer Giorgio Armani, in collaboration with emaar Properties. said Marc dardenne, chief executive officer of emaar Hotels & resorts: the concept of lifestyle managers, who meet every need of the guests, has redefined service standards. dubai is not quite Ibiza, but its nightlife is one of the citys biggest draws for european visitors seeking not just the sun, but also some fun. And most of the clubs offer fun until 3am. the action here usually revolve around hotels as these are the places that have liquor licenses. Unlike many Arab countries, and even in some parts of the UAe such as neighbouring sharjah, where drinking is not allowed, nonMuslims are free to drink in dubai. dubai is also synonymous with luxury shopping. But for those who prefer a more authentic Arabian experience, there are the local souks or markets that can be found around town. From the narrow alleyways selling gold, perfume, spice, electronics to the textile souks in deira and Bur dubai, visitors can pit their bargaining
facilities where guests can try the traditional turkish bath. What to do: Try iFLY Dubai Located in Mirdif City Center, the indoor skydiving center provides visitors the opportunity to experience flying in a vertical wind tunnel. Perfect for the whole family. Where to shop: Dubai Mall the worlds largest shopping mall has about 600 retailers including designer labels and global brands. Dubai Creek area the souks (traditional markets) are one of dubais greatest attractions. they are located on both sides of the creek. the highlight is the colourful spice Market, which abounds with exotic aromas and bustles with locals seeking bargains.

skills against some of the worlds savviest traders. But whats a trip to the Middle east without heading into the desert? dune bashing is a popular activity among visitors who can also enjoy a lavish dinner in the middle of the desert, complete with a belly-dance performance.

It is this triumvirate of culture and luxury in exotic Middle east which makes dubai richly rewarding. This trip was made possible by Singapore Airlines and the Dubai Governments Department Of Tourism And Commerce Marketing.

enjoy the sunset after an exciting ride in the desert.

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How to spend S$101 (you big spender, you) in a day
So what if Kaohsiung isnt as popular as Taipei? Taiwans second-largest city has been quietly and rapidly transforming itself in the wake of the successful clean-up and subsequent development along the banks of Love River running through it. A hit TV show, Black And White, starring Mark Chao made the southern city cool; while the new Juejiang Shopping district more than rivals Taipeis Ximending. Prices here are cheaper, too which pretty much seals it as the biggest reason to go south.

onboard the Hello Kittythemed Ferris wheel (NT150 for adult fare), officially known as Kaohsiung Eye, for a birds eye view of the city and the sea surrounding it. Late lunch at Cijin island: S$21.58 From Gushan Ferry Pier in Koahsiung, take a ferry (NT15) to Cijin Island for a half day trip. Rent a bike (NT100 for a day) from the rental shops at the Cijin Ferry Pier to see historical attractions like the Chi Hou Lighthouse and Tien Hou Temple. Stop at the old seafood street to savour fresh catch prepared the way you want them. Each dish is only about NT100 so order four or so and pig out. Chilling out at The Wall: S$19.42 Spend the rest of the day in Koahsiungs coolest area. The Pier 2 art district has transformed old warehouses along the wharf into modern art galleries. once youre done with that, park yourself at The Wall ( where indie acts, local and foreign, rock the house. Tickets start from NT400. Spend any remaining dough on drinks.

Breakfast at a local soya bean milk stall: S$10 A traditional brekkie in Taiwan consists of salty soya bean milk, fried fritters, pancakes and dumplings. Hit Guo Mao Lai Lai (Junction of Liuhe Second Road and Zichiang Road) for a satisfying dose of local cuisine. Be prepared to queue. Shopping and rides at Dream Mall: S$50 Hang out at Taiwans biggest mall. The whopping 50,000 square meters space has huge department stores like Hankyu where you can shop your brains out. After that, refresh your spirits on the rooftop theme park by hopping

Total: S$101
Prices and conversion rates accurate as of press time.

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Chan Brothers Monster Travel Fair
Dont miss the one-day Chan Chan Brothers Monster Travel Fair happening this Sunday (Aug 7) at Suntec Singapore Level 4 Exhibition Hall 401. Besides getting a free goody bag and a chance to win cruise vacations and spa vouchers in the instant Click, Spin, Win competition at the fair, you can look forward to great deals like early bird discounts and a free second holiday. Citibank holders can also enjoy additional S$50 off selected packages, and a free luggage when you charge S$2,500 to the card.

Travel deals and steals 20th birthday bash is offering prizes of weekend stays and accommodation bargains to travellers as part of its 20th birthday celebrations. Enjoy specials like three nights for the price of two when booking hotels both in Singapore and worldwide. There are also daily draws to win getaways from Sofitel and Hilton when you register.Visit deals/20thanniversary-sg for more information. Promotions end on Aug 20.

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things to do
Ze Huang Xiao Zhen and Huang Jie Songwriting Sharing Session With hits like Tahiti and December Night, Ze Huang is well-known for her signature toe-tapping melodies and unpretentious lyrics. Huang Jie is armed with his soothing vocals and insightful lyrics. Meet these two fun and talented indie singer-songwriters and learn more about them and their songwriting styles.
Today, 8pm, CrazyWorld Cafe, 24 Temple Street. Free admission with performance ticket. First come first served.

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Today, 7.30pm, Objectifs, 56A Arab Street. Free admission. To register, call 6293 9782 .

Chong Tze Chien. Come witness the official launch of his sophomore collection of plays titled Four Plays.
Today, 6.30pm, Fest!val Club, National Library Building.

The Visit Presented by the Singapore I-Lien Drama Society, this play is a 1956 classic by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt. It has been adapted for Asian audiences by director Chua Soo Pong and producer Lim Ngian Tiong. The play tells the story of Claire, who returns to her impoverished hometown. Claire offers an extraordinary monetary gift to the mayor and townspeople in return for the death of her former lover. As the drama unfolds, Claire proves that everything, including justice, can be bought.
Today and tomorrow, 8pm, Play Den at The Arts House. Tickets at S$22 from

4th ASEAN and Asia Forum: Economy, Energy, Environment The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Forum is an annual regional conference organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. This year the panel focuses on energy, the environment and the economy, as well as panels on business, trade, and the wider outlook for ASEAN nations. Leading keynote speakers expected at the forum include Charles Ormiston, Tony Fernandes and Muhamad Noor Yacob.
Today, 8am to 6pm, Capella Singapore, Grand Ballroom. Tickets at S$800. Registration required.

Etiquette 2011: Words Be a part of the inaugural Women Out Loud and listen to poetry, prose and dialogue from nine writers.

Readings include that of awardwinning novelist, short-story writer and playwright, Ovidia Yu, ands published author-artist Dana Lam. Listen about their emotional night of first love, supermarket rage, mother-daughter tension and clinical regret.
Today, 7.45pm to 10pm, The Substation Theatre. Entry by donation.

Images of Cambodia This photographic show introduces an exciting and diverse country rich in history and culture a country that curator Nicholas Deroose has developed a deep connection with. Earnings from print sales will go to Tabitha Foundation, a foundation that helps the poor.
Today, 7pm, DYMK Bar and Cafe, 41 Neil Road.

International Workshop on Masculinities in Asia This workshop addresses the masculinity and gender in Asia. By engaging scholars of gender studies in Asia from a variety of geographical locations, theoretical perspectives, and disciplinary approaches in a conversation, the workshop identifies shared concerns, challenges and discourses, and transnational and regional patterns and processes.
Today, 9am to 1pm, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 469A Tower Block, Level 10, Bukit Timah Road. Free admission. To register, email

Artist talk by Sara Roitman Sara Roitman is a Chilean Israeli artist based in Ecuador. Sara will be talking about her latest show at Light Editions Gallery and discussing her photography of the human form and the conceptualisation of her latest work. She will also be sharing her personal journeys, dealing with issues such as human trafficking, history and gender. Contains some nudity, parental

Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011: Chong Tze Chiens Four Plays Book Launch The festival will feature celebrated local playwright

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Wild indonesia
BBC Knowledge (StarHub TV Ch 407), 10pm
Strung out along 5,000km of the equator, between asia and australia, Indonesias 17,000 islands make up the largest and most varied archipelago on earth. From freezing glaciers to coral reefs, orangutans to Komodo dragons, the sheer diversity of landscapes and life defies the imagination. This bluechip series tells the story of one of the worlds most fascinating regions and its magical wildlife.


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Double Exposure is a docu-series that goes behind the lens of celebrity photography duo Markus Klinko and Indrani, a former couple, along with high-end-stylist GK Reid, giving viewers a taste of the world of high fashion and celebrity photography.



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In this animated re-telling of the classic story, three spirits take Scrooge on an eye-opening journey revealing truths he is reluctant to face.

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