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103-YEAR OLD SPRINTER WANTS TO CHALLENGE USAIN BOLT

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki - who holds the 100m world record for centenarians at 29.83sec and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the Jamaican flyer - plans to wait another five years for his dream race and was happy to reveal his secret weapon: his daughter's tangerine jam.

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POLY GRAD: THUMBS DOWN TO TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC

After completing 3 years of tertiary education, I graduated with a diploma in veterinary technology – and it is useless. Financing someone through vet school is no easy task, especially for those belonging to a middle income family. If you’re rich, (what the hell) just go ahead and go to vet school already. In Australia, vet school costs at least AUS$47,000 a year and the course of study is at least 5 years. As I’m a local in a country that have no universities offering a degree in vet science (or any vet-related courses for that matter), I would have to travel overseas to pursue a vet degree and thus, have the added burden of accommodation and other living expenses due to living away from my family.

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TANJONG PAGAR RAILWAY STATION MAY OPEN GATES TO FOOD LOVERS

TRAVELLERS with backpacks and FairPrice plastic bags - that is a sight seen no more at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. But people in search of a bite may return, if the authorities go ahead with plans to reopen the iconic building as an eating place. The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has approached architects and consultants this month to study whether former food stalls in the Keppel Road building can be reopened to serve the public.

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SG50 Special #50: Chill Crab Founder Cher Yam Tian

Food, food and more food. Singapore is the ultimate foodie's paradise and it is no wonder whenever visitors hit our Sunny shores, the first thing on their minds is Singaporean food. Chances are they have a bucket list of must try dishes and the Chilli Crab dish is THE local gastronomical experience stacked at the top of this list. Singaporeans may not be aware but the Chilli Crab has become a global ambassador of Singapore's food culture together with the likes of Chicken rice and Laksa. But behind the glamour of being Singapore's culinary poster boy, the Chilli Crab was borne out of the humblest of origins. It was not magically created in some five star restaurant but in one of the kampungs near the shores of East Coast during the 1950s when a lady named Cher Yam Tian tried to please her husband tastebuds during dinner time.

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PROPERTY PRICES UP BY 60% OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS

The Monetary Authority of Singapore says home prices remain elevated in spite of the cooling measures introduced in recent years. It said that over the past 4 years, property prices rose by 60 percent. MAS Managing Director Ravi Menon said that it’s too early to ease cooling measures even as the property market appears to be stabilising. Over the last 3 quarters, prices declined by 3.3 percent.

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POOR STUDENTS STUCK WITH MORE DEBT PURSUING BETTER PAPER QUALIFICATIONS: SPP

In the UK for example, manufacturing firms offer apprenticeship programmes allowing non-graduates to become highly-paid specialists. Wage is the most important consideration. PM Lee gave a few examples of non-graduates who succeeded in their careers. But a​re their wages as high as their university peers who are already in management-level positions? We believe a better way would be to track the quality of non-management jobs created by economic agencies.

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THAT HOLLAND VILLAGE OLD WOMAN TRIED TO CON ME $500

I don’t know why, but I still had a soft spot for her and I knew that I would never see the money again, but I wanted to do my due diligence and help her sort out a better solution to the “grave injustice” that had been done to her. I offered to buy her tea at the HV market and tried to uncover her story and talk to the players to reach a better outcome. Oh, how it unravelled from there. She would make fake calls on her phone without actually dialling numbers, and furnished me with names and contacts that didn’t exist. She declined to say which bank the alleged loan was from. Nothing existed. I declined to give her $500.

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AIR FORCE OFFICER: WE SINGAPOREAN SOLDIERS ARE NOT WEAK!

What troubles me is if there is a presence of a larger, prevalent view in Singaporean society that we are truly physically and mentally weak to defend our country and ultimately lack the will to defend what we call Home. This post will also address what our servicemen undergo, the reasons for the 2 years of service and what servicemen think and feel towards NS. I reckon that the outpouring of emotions from certain insensitive comments stems from the lack of understanding of these by those who have not or do not need to serve.

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