Valdes to train with Man United

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Costa could face United

Striker back in training after recovering from illness, but Remy is ruled out

HAND IN HAND: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (above) has largely relied on Diego Costa (above, left) for goals this season. But should the Brazilian miss out, the Blues boss could turn to another of his favourites, Didier Drogba, to lead the line.
HAND IN HAND: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has largely relied on Diego Costa for goals this season. But should the Brazilian miss out, the Blues boss could turn to another of his favourites, Didier Drogba (above), to lead the line.
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Boon for Barca

Enrique confirms Suarez will make debut in some capacity

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Bane for real

Injured Bale out of 
El Clasico but Ancelotti has strength in depth to cope with Welshman's absence

TOUGH TEST: Real defender Marcelo (right, challenging Raphael Varane in training) will have his hands full trying to stop a hungry Luis Suarez.
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Ronaldo and Messi to tangle in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo (left), Lionel Messi (right).

Tonight’s El Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu will see two men widely regarded as among the best of their generation strut their stuff, writes Neil Humphreys.

Cristiano Ronaldo is scaling new heights at Real, having broken the club’s psychological barrier last season by winning La Decima.

By lifting the Ballon d’Or for himself, he removed a final hurdle to global supremacy.

He stepped clear of the shadow. He became a man above Lionel Messi.

But the Barcelona forward remains the benchmark for attacking brilliance.

When it comes to moments of gob-smacking genius, Messi’s still the man beyond compare.

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School of frock

Who's on top? And who's a flop? Our headmistress of haute couture JEANMARIE TAN grades the best- and worst-dressed celebrities of the week

"Fashion is just a fun way for women to show our colours. Guys buy a car." - German actress Diane Kruger (above) on dressing up
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ICA takes tough stance against sham marriages

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Helping local-foreign couples settle in

New measures are being rolled out to help Singaporeans who marry foreigners better plan for their future.

The initiatives were introduced by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) yesterday.


The Marriage Preparation Programme

Offered at the Registry of Marriages, the 2½ hour programme will help Singaporean-foreigner couples better manage their finances and improve communication.

They will also learn to manage conflicts and their expectations regarding married life.

Couples marrying at the Registry of Muslim Marriages can sign up for a course customised for Muslim Singaporean-foreigner couples.

The Marriage Support Programme

This eight-hour programme aims to help couples manage cross-cultural differences.

Foreign spouses will also get help learning conversational language skills and receive advice on finding jobs to help with family finances.


Shorter processing times for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)

Couples will be allowed to submit an application for a Letter of LTVP Eligibility, which will be valid for a year before they get married.

Under this process, the wait for an LTVP to be issued will be reduced to up to six weeks, instead of six months or more for couples who only submit their application after marriage.

Easier for foreign spouses with LTVPs to find work

They will be issued a Letter of Consent from the Manpower Ministry, which will allow them to work in Singapore.

However, they will not be counted against the foreign worker quota of their employers. Their employers also do not have to pay the foreign worker's levy on them.

Penang says no to foreign hawkers

Bid to preserve local food heritage

NO, THEY CAN'T: The majority of respondents in a survey were in favour of banning foreigners as cooks of Penang hawker fare.
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