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School of frock

Who would have guessed the red carpet premiere of a kiddie flick would throw up my best-dressed gal and guy of the week

SANDRA BULLOCK (A-)

PREMIERE OF MINIONS IN LOS ANGELES, US

Dress: Roksanda

Shoes: Rupert Sanderson

This is the first time I am crowning a winner based solely on what's on her feet. Bullock is totally schooling us in theme dressing, her classy LBD with the splash of yellow a fun nod to her latest flick. But it's those crazy-adorable Minion heels that made my day.


JANE ZHANG (B+)

PREMIERE OF TERMINATOR GENISYS IN LOS ANGELES

Gown: Not known

I am likely to have dreams about this fab multi-coloured vintage-esque number for nights to come. And for that, I thank the Chinese singer, who recorded the theme song for the movie.

 


 

NICKI MINAJ (B+)

BET AWARDS IN LOS ANGELES

Dress: Mugler

Shoes: Rene Caovilla

The apocalypse could be upon us because this is the first time Minaj looks like a normal woman. She is understated yet striking, from top to toe.

Can we have more of this and less of the nonsense she usually serves up please?

 


 

JOLIN TSAI (C)

GOLDEN MELODY AWARDS IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Jumpsuit: Balenciaga

Stay away from things that make your crotch look about a mile long - unless you want people to stare at it all day, pondering anatomical anomalies.

 


 

CHRISTINA MILIAN (C)

BET AWARDS IN LOS ANGELES

Jumpsuit: Erevos Aether

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The top part gives new meaning to breastplate. I can imagine there was more chafing going on than anyone should be subjected to. Ouch.

 


 

EVANGELINE LILLY (F)

PREMIERE OF ANT-MAN IN LOS ANGELES

Gown: Halston Heritage

Clutch: Les Petits Joueurs

It really pains me to slag off pregnant women, but this is honestly how one should NOT treat your baby bump.

She is practically following the Melissa McCarthy school of style - draping a fancy tent over herself and calling it a day. I am just calling it sad. And we haven't even got to that hair, people.

 


 

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

Is there even a contest here? The Peter Pilotto multi-print cocktail dress was a little unsightly to begin with and even more so as a rerun.

You have an elegant former supermodel in one corner who is well coordinated in hot pink Kurt Geiger pumps, and a fame-hungry TV personality in the other who has no respect for matching footwear or proper hemlines.

Can anyone say KO?

CINDY CRAWFORD

Omega Constellation Pluma Collection Launch in Mumbai, June 18

LA LA ANTHONY

BET Awards in Los Angeles, JUNE 28


MOST IMPROVED: EMILIA CLARKE

It's official - the poor girl only looks good when she has the Daenerys Targaryen blonde wig on. Outside of Game Of Thrones, there is little hope.

I hate the first dizzying black-and-white striped print with a vengeance. She followed up with a yellowish-orange gown that came with highly distracting pointy boob cups on the bodice.

But at least it is Clarke's most polished and least exasperating effort so far on the promo tour.

PREMIERE OF TERMINATOR GENISYS IN LOS ANGELES, JUNE 28

Gown: Rosie Assoulin

PREMIERE OF TERMINATOR GENISYS IN SEOUL, JULY 2

Gown: Ulyana Sergeenko


SPECIAL MAN-TION: JON HAMM

PREMIERE OF MINIONS IN LOS ANGELES

Suit: Ralph Lauren

You can't be the star of Mad Men and not out-suit the competition.

Luckily for Hamm, his days as Don Draper may be over, but his mad skills in rocking summertime neutrals aren't lost yet.


 

"I don’t think I’ll ever wear a crop top. My belly button will never be the same after the two kids — or my belly!"

 

- US actress and mother of two Alyson Hannigan on the one clothing item she avoids when attending events

He tries to kiss her, sniffs her neck

Businessman jailed 14 weeks for trying to molest property executive who turns down his bribe

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South Korean charged with trying to bribe S'pore police

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Staff in China firm need approval to get pregnant

CONTROVERSIAL: A woman and child in Xinjiang province. Official interference in personal matters has a long history in China.
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Wild boar kills elderly couple

TRAGIC: Mr Loo See Sing and his wife Liow Mei Lan were killed by a wild boar, which was later shot (above).
trAgic: (Left) Mr Loo See Sing and his wife Liow Mei Lan were killed by a wild boar, which was later shot.
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1MDB claims are 'political sabotage'

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ESM Goh on what makes a good leader

"The responsibility of democracy producing good governance lies with the citizens and the political parties which contest to govern them. This is stating the obvious but what is not obvious is the difficulty of discharging this responsibility. This is the challenge of democracy — the most difficult political system to operate successfully." - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong
"The responsibility of democracy producing good governance lies with the citizens and the political parties which contest to govern them. This is stating the obvious but what is not obvious is the difficulty of discharging this responsibility. This is the challenge of democracy — the most difficult political system to operate successfully." - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong spoke about good leaders and good government yesterday at the Institute of Policy Studies SG50 conference. We touch on some key points.​

WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

Integrity - honest, incorruptible and morally upright;

Competence - able, practical, innovative and effective;

Compassion - fair, just and looks after the weak, the poor and the vulnerable citizens;

Think ahead - anticipates challenges and strategises for the long term while attending to current problems;

Conviction - prepared to introduce necessary but painful measures out of conviction and eschews populist policies;

Selflessness - serves and not exploits power for personal and party (political) gain; and plans for leadership succession; and

Adaptability - adapts to changing political and social environments and is in tune with people's aspirations, especially the young and the new middle class

SO WHAT MAKES A GOOD GOVERNMENT?

Mr Goh said there are two basic conditions which he calls the "necessary condition" and the "sufficient condition".

1. Necessary condition

Those Singaporeans who can best run the office must step forward to run for office, said Mr Goh.

"The rest of us must be prepared to support them, because they represent our best hope for collective success. If they go down, Singapore goes down along with every one of us."

He said these candidates and the people must see political leadership as both a noble calling and a worthwhile profession, he said.

"It has to be a calling, first and foremost, because political leaders must have the conviction and the passion to work for the people and the country and be willing to sacrifice their time and lucrative careers. But it must also be a worthwhile 'profession' for them, like medicine, law and directors of corporations.

"Here, I certainly do not mean for us to have professional politicians, as that would be a disaster. I mean political service must be highly respected as a profession and devotion," he said.

He said that if politics is just a calling, in good times, Singapore will see fewer and fewer people in their prime prepared to make the sacrifices.

"The task for all political parties then is to seek out and encourage good people who can govern to run for elections. Then, at the end of the day, whichever party wins, it would be in a position to form a Cabinet which is exceptional," he said.

2. Sufficient condition

Mr Goh said Singaporeans should not treat elections like circuses, auctions, beauty contests, or tikam tikam (traditional game in which players pick random numbered tickets to try to win prizes).

Said Mr Goh: "On the evidence of past GEs, Singaporean voters are astute in their collective vote, choosing when and how to calibrate between showing approval and unhappiness. May they remain rational and wise."

TWO FEATURES THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DEAL WITH TO SUCCEED IN FUTURE

1. Higher and changing expectations of the citizenry

Mr Goh said our standard of living is at an all-time high, so it is only human to have higher expectations.

He added that expectations are also changing, saying: "...when I first became an MP, it was 1, 2, 3, 4 - one wife, two children, three-room flat, four wheels. For the generation after me, it was 5Cs - cash, car, condominium, credit card and country club.

"I do not know what the current mantra is but 'work-life balance' seems to be a priority."

The task for the Government, he said, is to encourage and help people meet these goals.

2. Impact of technology and social media

The Internet and social media is value-neutral, said Mr Goh.

"These technologies level the playing field and democratise information in the hands of the people..."

Social media allows leaders to get closer to people, he said. "It also enables leaders to consult with citizens in a more timely fashion, rather than communicating decisions only after they have been made."

But social media makes governing, a job which is already challenging, more complex. Said Mr Goh: "For example, the Government's voice is not as dominant as before. To get its messages heard, read or seen is a challenge."

 

"The responsibility of democracy producing good governance lies with the citizens and the political parties which contest to govern them. This is stating the obvious but what is not obvious is the difficulty of discharging this responsibility. This is the challenge of democracy — the most difficult political system to operate successfully." - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

ONE FM DJ Andre Hoeden excited about new morning show line-up

ONE FM 91.3 #2 Breakfast Show 
to have new blood and presenter Andre Hoeden welcomes the change

MAINSTAY: 
Andre Hoeden has been with the #2 Breakfast Show since February.

Come Monday, ONE FM 91.3's current #2 Breakfast Show trio will have new talent.

The team presently consists of presenters Andre Hoeden, Part-time Pete and radio DJ Elliot Danker, who joined last month to spice up the morning show and talk about his passion - sports.

As Part-Time Pete will be leaving, the arrival of a mystery DJ - or DJs - will shake things up from 6 to 10am on weekdays.

For Hoeden, the new team is a welcome change. Despite being a mainstay of the station's morning show since February, the 40-year-old feels that he can benefit from the addition.

Hoeden told The New Paper: "I am excited and I can't wait for Monday because there is so much I can learn from them.

"I have been told that the new jock or jocks have been in the industry for a while. I don't see myself on that level, so there is a lot to learn."

Excitement and anticipation has been building up all week. And the fear of being overshadowed has never crossed Hoeden's mind.

He said: "It is equal opportunity for all because we have unique personalities. I never worry about overshadowing or being overshadowed.

"It is not important because the show is - and should be - our priority. If it does well, then this becomes a team where we each pull our weight."

He added: "Besides, if the new... jocks are veterans as I have been told, (stealing the limelight) probably isn't their focus and so there is nothing to worry about."

Hoeden's previous morning show, The Married Men, was part of HOT FM 91.3, which was rebranded as ONE FM 91.3 in January.

The Married Men crew, which included radio DJs Rod Monteiro and Jillian Lim, had their contracts terminated in 2013 over an inappropriate pre-recorded telephone prank.

For Hoeden, it is important for each presenter to be disciplined, especially when working in a team.

The father of three advised: "There is a group of creative people who each wants a turn to speak, but remember that there is always the next opportunity to be creative. You don't always have to be the one to say everything."

TEAM EFFORT

As an executive producer, Hoeden heads the important task of pulling the show together while working closely with the producers and presenters.

"I have worked with the same team for a while now, and I love them and will miss that dynamic. But there is nothing like trying something new," he said.

It might be a squeeze in the radio booth come Monday, but Hoeden hopes the revamped crew will pull off their best to try and change that.

"We have a small studio so some adjustments have to be made. But I hope we do really, really well so we can earn ourselves a larger studio. Of course, ultimately, it is also for our listeners," he said.

Check out our online teaser video for clues on the new addition to ONE FM 91.3's #2 Breakfast Show.

You don't always have to be the 
one to say everything.

- Radio DJ Andre Hoeden

Woman suffers smoke inhalation in fire

"Our house is on fire, come home." That was all Mr Karma Rozani, 40, heard before his wife hung up the phone yesterday.

Mr Karma, who was on the job as a delivery driver, rushed back to his fourth-storey flat in Block 603 at Clementi West Street 1.

"I was so scared and worried," said Mr Karma.

He later learnt that his wife, Madam Norisla Ammran, 27, had been taken to the National University Hospital for smoke inhalation. Their four-year-old sonwas unhurt and safe with his friend.

Madam Norisla, who works as a facilities officer, said she grabbed her son and rushed out when she saw the fire. Neighbours helped them escape.

The New Paper was alerted to the fire by a caller.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted at 7.50am. Madam Norisla, the only casualty, was discharged in the afternoon.

The SCDF said a bedroom had caught fire. 

 

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