Baby floats out to sea while parents sunbathe

LUCKY: Little Melda Ilgin was unharmed and still sitting in her float when rescue divers got to her.
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'Reds can attract the best'

Liverpool CEO Ayre defends club's 'smart and sustainable' transfer policy

SMART BUY: Liverpool's $61m deal with Roberto Firmino (above) will make the Hoffenheim forward their second most expensive signing after Andy Carroll. 

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Podolski signs 
for Galatasaray

German international leaves Arsenal 
for $3.7m

GOODBYE ARSENAL: Lukas Podolski (right) signing his new contract next to Galatasaray president Dursun Ozbek in Istanbul yesterday.
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Two-goal hero Faris stars for LionsXII

LionsXII starlet finds overdue form to score twice and contribute an assist

THANKS: Khairul Amri looks towards Faris Ramli (above) who provided him the final pass for his goal. Faris also scored the other two goals in the LionsXII's handsome victory.
THANKS: Khairul Amri (above) looks towards Faris Ramli who provided him the final pass for his goal. Faris also scored the other two goals in the LionsXII's handsome victory.

The handful of fans who missed the LionsXII’s opening goal at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night would be forgiven because of a shambolic incident just before kick-off.

A minute’s silence was to be observed by all in the stadium in respect to the passing of former Football Association of Singapore chairman N Ganesan.

But, barely 15 seconds elapsed before referee Ahmad Zuhaidi blew his whistle.

That sparked boos from the 2,800 or so fans, who were still shaking their heads and hurling abuse at the referee up until the fourth minute.

Thereafter, it was the Faris Ramli show, reports Ali Kasim.

The 22-year-old was first to the rebound after Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat could only palm away Safuwan Baharudin’s low drive.

With only his second touch of the game, Faris finished coolly into the bottom corner.

The goal set the LionsXII on their way to a solid 3-0 win over Kelantan last night.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 5.

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Can 'Super Slovak' Kaplan lead Geylang into TNP League Cup final?

Eagles relying on Slovak to lead them into final

SLOVAK'S SPARK: Geylang captain Jozef Kaplan (right) shaping up to shoot in their 4-2 win over Brunei DPMM.

With 10 goals in three matches, Geylang International go into tonight’s The New Paper (TNP) League Cup semi-finals as top scorers.

Brazil-born Japanese attacker Bruno Castanheira’s tally of five goals makes him the tournament’s leading marksman.

Winger Hafiz Nor, with three goals, is tied in second spot on the scorers’ chart.

But Jozef Kaplan is the man who makes the Eagles tick.

While comparatively modest in front of goal with two strikes in the League Cup, the attacking midfielder’s contributions are much more important than that.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 5.

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Muslims take a break together

We take a look at how Muslims in some parts of Singapore break their fast in the month of Ramadan

TOGETHERNESS: (Above) Three friends taking a break from exploring the Ramadan bazaar on Arab Street.
SHARING: I Am... Cafe workers breaking fast together by the entrance of the cafe.
Colleagues breaking fast in front of their shop near Sultan Mosque.
Volunteers Daud Rawther (left) and Mohd Shamim breaking fast at Angullia Mosque.
Barber Muhammad Fahim Mohd Ibrahim having a quick drink to break his fast.

As the sun starts to set, Muslims observing Ramadan prepare to break their fast.

When it is time for the maghrib (sunset) prayer, which also marks the end of the day's fast, the call to prayer can be heard coming from mosques as well as on the radio.

At the Angullia Mosque on Serangoon Road, the prayer hall is filled with people sitting cross-legged on the carpeted floor.

Together, congregants hold up their hands in prayer, giving thanks before consuming the porridge and bandung (rose syrup with milk) drink prepared by the mosque workers and volunteers.

In the kitchen area, Mr Daud Rawther, 42, is seen breaking fast with 39-year-old Mohd Shamim, a Bangladeshi who has been in Singapore for 10 years. Both men are volunteers at the mosque.

But not all Muslims here get to break fast with their families at home or in a mosque.

Spotted on the pavement of Muscat Street near Sultan Mosque, Miss Zahratonnisak Amyadi, 20, and her friends prepare for a quick meal of drinks and kebabs bought from the nearby Arab Street bazaar.

Miss Zahratonnisak, who works at I Am... Cafe, says: "We were walking around the area and decided to find a place to break fast before further exploring the bazaar."

Meanwhile, four of her colleagues get comfortable by the entrance of their cafe off Haji Lane, sharing packs of food and bottles of water while seated on a green mat.

For Mr Muhammad Fahim Mohd Ibrahim, 24, his job leaves him with little time to have a proper break-fast meal.


"I usually have a quick drink to break my fast before resuming my work," says the barber with Hounds Of The Baskervilles on Bali Lane.

He sits in one of the empty barber chairs and opens a can of coconut juice. After his quick drink, Mr Fahim continues tending to his clients.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The last day of fasting for Muslims in Singapore this year will be on July 16 - the eve of Hari Raya.

The festival is not to be confused with the Islamic New Year. Hari Raya, which literally means "grand day for rejoicing" in Malay, is known as Eid al-Fitr in Arabic, which translates to "feast of breaking the fast".

- Khairiyah Amirah Md Ramthan

Greece running on empty

Debt-ridden country facing chronic shortage of food and medicine

BARE: Shoppers standing in an aisle with empty shelves in a supermarket in Athens yesterday.
DISTRESS: Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis in tears outside a national bank, his savings book and identity card strewn next to him, after he could not withdraw his wife's 120 euros (S$180) pension money on Friday.
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Chill out at the office

Foosball tables, power nap beds, massage services - cool workplaces help attract talent, say firms

Venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures has an open concept, with a couch for meetings, a
bare-brick wall, cement floors and open ceilings.
COMFY: Digital storybook creator Paperplane's office has nailed the 'cool' workspace look, with its handmade pendant lights, coffee table upcycled from wooden pallets, down to its colourful floor.
RELAX: (Above) Garena employees can hang out at the entertainment corner.
Sleeping pods for Garena workers to catch a power nap.
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