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Breathless in Hong Kong

by Tabitha Wang
Every time I receive an email from Singaporeans saying they're coming to Hong Kong, it always ends with their top-most concern: ''How is the air over there?'' I was tempted to say the air in Hong Kong is like the girl with the curl right in the middle of her forehead: When it is good, it is very, very good but when it is bad, it's horrid. Trouble is, it's never very, very good or horrid. Just an in-the-middle mushy all-round blah. People see photos of Central with smog wreathing the landmark IFC, Bank of China and HSBC buildings, and wonder how...

A 'Kopitiam' model for wet markets?

I'm sure it came as a surprise to many just how emotive the subject of wet markets could still be today. Like many others, I had assumed - mistakenly it would seem - that most if not all Singaporeans would prefer to do their marketing in air-conditioned...

Pope's shield against lawsuits has a hole or two

by Ann Woolner
The Vatican City. AFP
More than a billion people around the world look to the tiniest nation on the planet for guidance. It occupies less than a quarter-square mile and contains fewer than 1,000 residents, yet has all the privileges of an independent, fully functioning country....

Drivers could save $100m in premiums

by Richard Hartung
Vehicle owners in Singapore could save an average of about $190 a year each if motor insurance premiums simply dropped from the $1.08 billion they cost in 2009 to their level the year before. The nine recommendations by the Motor Insurance Taskforce to tackle ''critical issues'' to address premium increases averaging 21 per cent last year are a positive step...

Bell tolls for Bulgarian wizard

Rarely has Sir Alex Ferguson said so much without opening his mouth. More than a few eyebrows were raised when the team-sheets came out about an hour before the second leg of Manchester United's quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Needing to claw back a 2-1 deficit from Munich last week, Ferguson opted to start Dimitar Berbatov on the...

Enough tongue-lashing, it's time Woods plays golf

He thought his game was always enough for the fans. The distinctive thwack when his driver hit golf ball consistently, drew a raucous din of gasps and cheers and ''You da man'' outbursts. His clutch putting inevitably drew thrilling roars at greens peppered all over the world. Tiger Woods transformed golf. Never-before-seen galleries lapped up his drives,...

I am my own man: Kenneth Jeyaretnam

It has been almost a year since Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam was persuaded to take over the leadership of the Reform Party, following the death of its founder - his father JB Jeyaretnam (JBJ). The 50-year-old former hedge fund manager, who gave up his job to focus on...

Who will blink first, Karzai or Obama?

by Steven R Hurst
Mr Karzai (left) rankled at Mr Obama's comments made in his recent visit to Afghanistan. AFP
On the surface, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's angry, anti-Western flare-up after last week's visit by United States President Barack Obama might be dismissed as a verbal clash of political cultures. But Mr Karzai lost face during Mr Oba-ma's lightning visit....

Aimed in the right direction

by THE GUARDIAN
Radical is not the word that leaps to mind reading through United States President Barack Obama's long-delayed Nuclear Posture Review. Any document that has been the product of 150 meetings, 30 of those convened by the White House National Security Council, almost by definition cannot be. The US has for the first time declared it will not use nuclear weapons...

Like Pele and Maradona

The violence of the shot was frightening; in that split second Arsenal must have known the game was up. Just two minutes earlier, Nicklas Bendtner had raised hope among the Gunners' faithful of a shock that would have reverberated around the world - although...
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