ABOUT THE BOOK

Mr Cayden Chang's second encounter with cancer inspired him to write The Book Of Hope, which tells of his experiences with the disease, including watching his late mother battle terminal-stage lung cancer in 1997.

WHAT

The Book Of Hope

PRICE

$25 before GST

WHERE TO BUY:

Kinokuniya at Takashimaya

Mr Cayden Chang's second encounter with cancer inspired him to write The Book Of Hope, which tells of his experiences with the disease, including watching his late mother battle terminal-stage lung cancer in 1997.

NINETYSEVEN GOLD shines brightly

TRIAL 2: Ninetyseven Gold getting the better of Bring Money Home (inside), with War Affair third and Famous Artist fourth.
TRIAL 1: Royal Explorer beating D'Buffalo Man (outside)
TRIAL 3: Affleck (in blue) fending off Wonderful Prince (outside), with Scout Done third
TRIAL 4: Nomercy making it a one-horse race
TRIAL 5: Lucky Command (No. 4) beating Camera Stellata (green cap) and Golden Sand.
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Man jailed for raping half-sister fails in appeal

Rapist was sentenced in August 2013 to 22 years' jail

He sexually assaulted his mildly retarded half sister multiple times between March 12 and 14, 2010.

The car polisher even engaged in a threesome with his wife and the girl who was then 19 years old. All this while his stepson, who was then five, slept in their tiny one-room flat.

On Aug 1, 2013, Justice Tay Yong Kwang convicted the man, now 42, on two counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault by penetration following a 10-day trial.

He was jailed 22 years and ordered to receive the maximum 24 strokes of the cane.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, appealed against the conviction and sentence last year.

The Court of Appeal - presided by Judges of Appeal (JA) Chao Hick Tin and Andrew Phang, and Justice Quentin Loh - dismissed both his appeals yesterday.

JA Chao said they saw no reason to disagree with Justice Tay's findings.

During the man's trial in 2013, the court heard the teenager had an IQ of 58.

She lived with another half-brother in his flat in the western part of Singapore after their mother died in 2006.

But following an argument, this half-brother took her to the car polisher's flat in the southern part of Singapore on March 12, 2010.

On the first night, the car polisher told her to strip on the pretext of checking her for moles.

He raped and sexually assaulted her, ignoring her cries when she asked him to stop.

The following night, he forced her to watch him have sex with his wife, telling the teenager to learn from what they were doing.

On both nights, he subjected the teenager to a variety of sexual assaults, including rape and sodomy.

The girl told her stepfather on March 15 that year about her ordeal. Her rapist was arrested the next day.

In court yesterday, JA Chao said in the grounds of decision that Justice Tay had been scrupulously cautious in examining the evidence.

For instance, Justice Tay had highlighted certain incidents captured during the trial, such as the rapist's tone of voice and the victim's fear when her half-brother shouted at her in court.

The man, who was represented by lawyers Pradeep Pillai and Carl Lim, glared at the judges when he heard their decision yesterday.

He gestured angrily at his lawyers after the judges left the courtroom.

"I will be back with vengeance!" he exclaimed as he was led away from the dock in handcuffs.

For each count of rape, he could have been jailed up to 20 years and fined or caned.


BY THE numbers

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Number of strokes of the cane - the maximum - the rapist received

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Man, 69, jailed 4 weeks for punching cabby

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Local musician Tanya Chua says: 'Support my art, not freebies'

Musician Tanya Chua offended by fan's comment on lack of freebies with her album.

MANDOPOP: Singer Tanya Chua was in town for a press conference for her 10th album, Aphasia.

As a long-time artist, local musician Tanya Chua was deeply offended by a fan who complained about her new album, Aphasia.

"This person sent me a direct message on Facebook, saying he would no longer support me because of the lack of freebies with my new album," an angry Chua told The New Paper.

She was in town yesterday for a press conference for Aphasia at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.

"(Some people) think your job is to give them free music, free gifts and free everything," she said.

"That means my music has no value in their eyes."

Chua, 40, admitted the incident was one of those rare times where an online message "really hit (her) in the heart".

She shared the incident and her response publicly with her fans, but left out the poster's name.

The Facebook post was widely circulated and made headlines in Taiwan, where she has been based for the last nine years.

"These days, people hide behind computer screens to say whatever they want. It's freedom of speech, but it's also cultivating this sense that people can do whatever they want from behind a screen," said Chua.

"Say it to my face," she added.

The Singapore-born and raised singer began her music career in 1997 and has since found success in the Mandopop industry.

She is the only Singaporean to have won Best Mandarin Female Artiste at the Golden Melody Awards three times.

She also received the Business China Young Achiever Award last year.

Aphasia, which was officially released on Nov 13 last year, is Chua's 10th Mandarin album.

The electronica offering is a change of direction from her usual pop and rock ballads.

The album's title, which refers to a speech disorder caused by damage to the brain, echoes Chua's message of how humans have lost the ability to communicate because of technology.

GUILTY

"I'm totally guilty of that myself," she said.

"I used to stay up and play with my phone for hours when I couldn't get to sleep. Sometimes I'd so drawn into games, I'd look up and think, 'Where am I?' and feel like I couldn't identify words any more."

Since then, Chua has resolved to spending less time online.

She enjoys reading and baking, and is planning to take a three-month baking course in Paris later this year.

Chua feels "people know enough" about her because she posts regularly on Facebook and Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo.

But while she happily shares snaps of her outfits and behind-the-scenes peeks of her recordings, she insists on keeping some details private.

"One thing you'll never see me post is a picture of me in a bikini...And it's obvious why!

"Some things are better left unexposed."

(Some people) think your job is to give them free music, free gifts and free everything.

- Singer Tanya Chua recounting an online message from a fan

11 locals for golf's SMBC Singapore Open

The SMBC Singapore Open from Jan 28-31 will see 11 local golfers do battle alongside world No. 1 Jordan Spieth, Major winners Darren Clarke and Yang Yong Eun and Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson.

The tournament will also feature a host of top names from the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.

Few give local golfers much of a chance to make an impression, but Mardan Mamat will dare to dream when the tournament gets underway on Jan 28.

Mardan qualified for the competition on merit, having won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on the Asian Tour last year.

The five-time Asian Tour winner, who finished 17th on the Order of Merit last year, was the first Singaporean to have won an event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours when he claimed the Singapore Masters in 2006.

The other 10 spots will be taken up by players from the Singapore Professional Golfers' Association and the Singapore Golf Association.

Lam Chih Bing, who will be playing alongside fellow Singapore PGA members Koh Dengshan, Quincy Quek, Mitchell Slorach, Johnson Poh and Jerome Ng, is looking to make up for his disappointment in the 2008 edition.

The 39-year-old started strong and went into the final round second-placed, but eventually finished joint 18th.

Tickets are available from $20 at APACTix. Entrance is free on the opening day on Jan 28.

- JESLEEN SOH

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