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F1 CARS ARRIVE AT GARAGES

Work has already begun in front of Lewis Hamilton's garage at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, even if the Mercedes star has yet to enter the circuit park. Forklifts bearing large container boxes were a common sight along the pit straight area last night as logistics workers unloaded the turbo-charged Formula One cars into their team garages.

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SHATTERING MYTHS ABOUT SCHOLARS, SMARTS AND RESPECT

Defenders of the scholarship system insist that if scholars fly, it is because their A-level results and the hoops they went through to win scholarships turn out to be accurate predictors of their workplace contributions; non-scholars' allegations of unfairness are just masking the fact that they are genuinely not as able. Certainly, some of the strengths that won them their scholarships, combined with the exposure and confidence imbued by a good overseas education, do translate into superior workplace performance. But it would be disingenuous to ignore systemic reasons why scholars are unfairly favoured when they start work.

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IRAQI: WE LED A GOOD LIFE UNDER SADDAM BUT THE AMERICANS DESTROYED EVERYTHING

I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. I was 12 during the first Gulf War in 1990. Until then, I never heard a mosque call for prayer. I almost never saw a woman covering her hair with a hijab. My mum wore make-up, skirts, blouses with shoulder pads, and bermuda shorts. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, I've realised that most Americans don't understand that Iraq used to be a Westernised, secular country with an excellent education system and great health care. Iraq was rich - not the richest, but rich.

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WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITY NUS HIRED A FRAUD AND DEFENDED THEIR DECISION

A FORMER assistant professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) who landed a prestigious position at a United States university is now at the centre of a sensational fraud investigation. But US media outlets now report that these credentials began to unravel after West Virginia University (WVU) handpicked him in 2012 for the first endowed position in a new School of Public Health.

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PRC CHEAT YANG YIN: BUT MADAM CHUNG IS OLD & DON’T NEED SO MUCH MONEY!

"Madam Chung knew her actions would attract unhappiness from her relatives and she executed the LPA and the will to protect me and my family and to give us the assurance we would be provided for," said Mr Yang, who denied splurging on expensive hotels while on overseas trips. As for allegations that Madam Chung "lives frugally nowadays", he said the widow is "getting on in years and does not lead such a lavish lifestyle any more". "This does not mean, in any way, that Madam Chung is being treated badly. It is just a change in circumstances," he added.

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PRC CHEAT YANG YIN: BUT MADAM CHUNG ASKED ME TO BE HER GRANDSON!

Mr Yang said in court papers. "Madam Chung also asked me to come to Singapore to stay with her... Since I had grown quite fond of Madam Chung, I decided that I would like (to act) as her grandson." Last year, his wife and two children moved into the bungalow. "If I had to go back and forth to visit my family in China, this would have hampered my ability to take care of Madam Chung," he said.

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NO PUBLIC SCREENING OF FILM ON POLITICAL EXILES: MDA

Dr Yaacob added: "Many other ex-CPM members and supporters chose to return, acknowledge their actions, and renounce communism and violence. They and their families continued to live here and to contribute to building modern Singapore." He did not elaborate. But records show they include former communist leaders Eu Chooi Yip and P.V. Sarma. Both returned here from China in 1991.

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TUSSLE OVER WIDOW’S FORTUNE: PR STATUS OF EX-TOUR GUIDE UNDER PROBE

"The ICA is aware of media reports on the case and is looking into the matter." The spokesman said PR applications are decided by factors including qualifications, income and length of stay in Singapore. But he warned: "Individuals who provide false information in their application for immigration facilities will be dealt with firmly under the law. "In addition, they will have their immigration facilities cancelled or revoked." Those convicted of offences also risk losing their PR, the spokesman added. Besides the ICA probe, Mr Yang also faces a police investigation.

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HENG: FUTURE OF EDUCATION LIES IN QUEST FOR SKILLS

That, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday, goes to the heart of a national report to improve the career prospects of Singapore's polytechnic and technical institute's students. After two days of impassioned debate by MPs on the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review (Aspire) report, Mr Heng set out what he described as "limiting beliefs" that could inhibit people from achieving their full potential. The first is the mistaken belief that qualifications are all that matters. But "the highest qualifications will do a person no good, if there are no good jobs available in the first place", as shown in Taiwan and parts of Europe, he noted.

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