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Home is where the cave is

Family can't support her, so China woman chooses 'the next best alternative'

ON HER OWN: A damp cave on the outskirts of Yichang city, in Hubei province, is home for Madam Du Meiying. She collects the rainwater that seeps through the cave to drink, cook and clean with.
ON HER OWN: A damp cave on the outskirts of Yichang city, in Hubei province, is home for Madam Du Meiying. She collects the rainwater that seeps through the cave to drink, cook and clean with.
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'Battleship' telegram put in LKY exhibition

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found an old telegram from Mr Lee Kuan Yew, sent in 1958.

New speeches and personal items, including the "battleship" telegram, will be added to an exhibition on Mr Lee Kuan Yew from today, the National Museum of Singapore said yesterday.

They will be showcased at the ongoing In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Mr Lee had sent the telegram with the cryptic message 'ARRIVING TODAY BATTLESHIP' on Sept 26, 1958, to his family while he was in Sibu, Sarawak.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong came across the old telegram when he was going through the late Mr Lee's items.

In a Facebook post on April 6, PM Lee said no one knew what the telegram meant until his father returned home to explain that he wanted to have steam boat for dinner, but used the word "battleship" instead of two words "steam boat" to save telegram word costs.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 8pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It runs until May 24, and admission is free.


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Game for the TNP SUVival Challenge?

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Conquer a 4-storey hill in this year's TNP SUVival Challenge

Planning routes crucial to playing SUVival Challenge well, say organisers

EXCITING: Organisers during their recce of the off-road challenge site of this year's TNP SUVival Challenge.

Getting through the off-road segment of this year's TNP SUVival Challenge will be an uphill task.

Especially when many of the obstacles are literally on a hill up to four storeys high.

Mr Ryn Razif, 38, president of SUV Expedition Club, the event manager for this year's contest, said: "It'll be tough. But it will also be the most fun Challenge of the last 10 years."

While the obstacles are surmountable, participants will require confidence and courage to complete them, said 
Mr Ryn.

He said: "The organisers had a recce trip to the various Challenge sites over the weekend. Some of us got stuck - some twice - but even the two-wheel drives could make it through.

"You just need to follow the terrain and listen to the marshals."

The trick is not to be afraid to step hard on the accelerator, he added.

Participants will also have to navigate through plantations and deal with red, clay-like soil as they attempt the off-road segment.

"But there will be breathtaking scenery all around you, especially when you're on the hill," he said.

Now in its 10th year, the TNP SUVival Challenge takes participants on an adventure in Malaysia, where they will have to navigate their way through checkpoints with the help of clues, Amazing Race-style.

Contestants will take part in games and challenges, battle off-road terrain with muddy ditches, steep slopes and uneven ground.

INTENSE

Organisers have warned that this year's event will be the most intense so far. There is also $70,000 in cash and other prizes to be won.

Mr Ryn said it took the organisers about 45 minutes to reach the off-road site from the last Road Challenge 
checkpoint.

"We would advise participants to really plan their routes well. Planning is the most crucial element to playing the Challenge well," he said.

Mr Ryn, who was a participant in the Challenge in 2006, said he drew on his experience to engineer this year's Challenge.

He added: "We're almost ready and we are just fine-tuning some of the safety aspects of the various stations.

"We're looking forward to seeing as many familiar faces as possible... it'll be a good chance to catch up with others and make new friends in the off-road community," he said.

Registration closes this Sunday.


It'll be tough. But it will also be the most fun Challenge of the last 10 years.

- Mr Ryn Razif, president of SUV Expedition Club

Wing Tai to offer students job stints

Wing Tai, which owns 16 key brands such as Uniqlo, G2000, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse, will offer separate internship and traineeship programmes in a new deal signed with ITE.

Students became models for a day at the ITE-Wing Tai Central Runway show on Wednesday. Four outstanding student models walked away with a total of $1,500 worth of prizes after modelling Wing Tai apparel.

The two top spots went to Mr Luqman Hakim, 20, and Ms Chloe Choong, 19, who were named the Overall Male and Female Winner, respectively.

Mr Lim Eden, 20, and Miss Syafiqa Sapari, 19, also won Mr and Miss Photogenic awards respectively.

Under a newly-inked collaboration, Wing Tai will offer separate internship and traineeship programmes, each accepting 10 students annually for three years, beginning this year.

The retail giant owns 16 key brands such as Uniqlo, G2000, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse.

The job attachments last 10 weeks for the Higher Nitec course in Retail Merchandising, and about four months for the Nitec course in Retail Services.

After completing their internships, students who perform to Wing Tai's standards will be offered part- or full-time employment upon graduation.

Wing Tai said the job attachments are to support the Government's SkillsFuture scheme.

Mrs Helen Khoo, director of Wing Tai Retail, said: "(We) recognised the importance of investing in skills and training. We are happy to provide students traineeship opportunities ... to support their capability development."

ITE College Central's principal Dr Ang Kiam Wee, said the partnership would benefit their students. He said: "(We want to) help our students gain real-life skills in real-life settings, and enable them to transition smoothly to work in their relevant industries when they graduate."

Iman Fandi Ahmad to follow in model mum's footsteps

Wendy Jacobs nudging daughter towards modelling career

LOOKING GOOD: Iman Fandi Ahmad at The New Paper New Face competition last year.
Fandi Ahmad (left) with daughter Iman Fandi and wife Wendy Jacobs, during The New Paper New Face 2014 Grand Final.
DETAILS: Ms Wendy Jacobs putting on final touches for one of the contestants, Miss Jenica Tan.
TOPS: The winners of the ITE-Wing Tai Central Runway fashion show (clockwise from left) Ms Syafiqa Sapari, Miss Photogenic; Mr Luqman Hakim, Male Overall Winner; Mr Lim Eden, Mr Photogenic; Ms Chloe Choong, Female Overall Winner

Just as the Beckhams have encouraged their four kids to take up modelling, Fandi Ahmad's wife Ms Wendy Jacobs feels one of her five kids also has what it takes to become a model.

Ms Jacobs said she's encouraging her daughter, Miss Iman Fandi Ahmad, 15, to take up modelling as a career.

Iman took part in the TNP New Face 2014, winning the Miss Fashionista and Miss Popularity awards.

Ms Jacobs lectures part-time in grooming and etiquette at the Institute of Technical Education's (ITE) College Central's School of Business & Services.

On Wednesday, she choreographed a fashion show in conjunction with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ITE and their long-time partner Wing Tai Retail Pte Ltd, which will provide internships and trainee programmes to ITE students.

Read the full report in our print edition on April 10.

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Cabbies, Uber drivers rush for Changi Airport fare

Private hire cars getting better deal from Changi Airport fares? Cabbies say

Business for UberX driver Mr Steven Tang, 53, has been booming as more people know of the ride-matching app.

Especially so at Changi Airport, where he now gets a third of his business.

This has been made sweeter with Uber introducing a surcharge of $1.50 for pick-ups at Changi Airport yesterday. Even then, Uber claims its rides are cheaper than regular taxis, as the LTA-mandated surcharge is $5 during peak periods.

But taxi drivers who rely on airport pickups are worried that Uber drivers will rob them of their livelihood.

Said cabby A. L. Tan: "They steal our rice bowl because they don't have to follow LTA pricing, even though they are providing the same service. Not only that, they don't even need to wait in line under the hot sun."

Read the full report in our print edition on April 10.

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