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APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS MAN'S DEATH SENTENCE

A 39-YEAR-OLD man who had been on death row for five years for knifing an elderly housewife more than 110 times in 2005 was yesterday denied the chance to escape the gallows. Muhammad Kadar is the first convicted murderer to have his bid for re-sentencing rejected by the Court of Appeal since laws were changed last year giving judges the discretion to impose a life sentence instead of the death penalty for certain categories of murder. Muhammad and his older brother Ismil first went on trial in 2006 for murdering their neighbour, Tham Weng Kuen, 69, at her Boon Lay flat while robbing her.

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BRITON GETS 3-WEEKS JAIL IN ROAD RAGE CASE

A motorcyclist who punched and shattered the window of a car in a road rage incident on Nov 16 was sentenced to three weeks' jail yesterday. But Briton James George Palin, 33, is appealing and is out on $15,000 bail. The former regional director of a recruitment company had been riding his motorcycle in Tanjong Katong Road when he hit the bumper of the car driven by legal officer Chiang Pak Chien while overtaking him.

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AUSSIE FIRM EYES SINGAPORE BUS ROUTES

The company's Singapore office is located off West Coast Highway, and is manned by three employees, including a former SMRT operations executive. Mr Smith added that Tower - which operates buses in Perth, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as in Greater London - will not be competing solely on price. Rather, its focus is on providing quality service by concentrating on human resources. He is aware of the bus-driver shortage here, and wants "to understand whether it has to do with working conditions, salaries or something else". While he admits the salary range here seems "low", he wants to first learn more about the cost of living here, other jobs that are open to bus drivers and what they pay.

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AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN TALENT PUNCHES LOCAL SINGER IN THE FACE

An Australian expatriate was charged in court yesterday for allegedly punching a local jazz singer in the face. The alleged assault is believed to have been sparked after Ms Ho apparently told the expat off for scolding a limousine taxi driver, according to previous reports.

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JAPANESE MAN IS WORLD'S OLDEST

Mr Momoi bagged the title after the death in June of American Alexander Imich, who was born a day earlier. The recognition means Japan is now home to the world's oldest man and woman, with 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka taking the female honours. Except for poor hearing, Mr Momoi is in good health and enjoys reading books and watching sumo wrestling on television, according to local press.

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IT WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE TO BET ON TOTO

It will be more expensive to place a Toto bet. The cost of each betting category in the Toto game will be doubled. Currently, it cost 50 cents for one Ordinary bet. Singapore Pools is revamping the Toto game, the first time since 1997, as the lottery operator is hit by higher taxes on lotteries which kicked in last month.

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