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No snow for ice sculptures

SAPPORO (Japan) • Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the snow festival in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, attracted by some 200 large, intricate ice sculptures. But this year, there is a problem: no snow. With high temperatures that festivalgoers put down to climate change, organisers were forced to truck in […]

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An ambitious gathering of love, loss and identity

POETRY TO GATHER YOUR LEAVING Edited by Boey Kim Cheng, Justin Chia and Arin Alycia Fong Ethos Books/ Paperback/ 684 pages/ $30/ Available at bit.ly/ToGatherYourLeaving /4 stars “If as a child I’ve said/ ‘one day I shall have no home’,” writes poet Wong May in Kampong Bahru, 1975, “…now it is said/over & again… the […]

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From Artemis Fowl to a vodka-guzzling dragon

When Irish author Eoin Colfer decided to write a children’s book about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind, he did not think it would go down well at all. His first book, Benny And Omar (1998), had been criticised in the media because its protagonist, a normal kid who sometimes misbehaves, was “not a good role model”. […]

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Art Basel cancels Hong Kong fair

HONG KONG • This year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the most important destinations in the international art market calendar, has been cancelled, with organisers citing the “sudden and widespread outbreak” of the coronavirus in China. The fair, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and featuring premier galleries from […]

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Arts groups cancel, push back shows

Performing arts groups in Singapore have cancelled or postponed upcoming productions in the light of the coronavirus outbreak which originated in Wuhan city, China. At least three theatre groups – Checkpoint Theatre, Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Repertory Theatre – have postponed their shows after the Ministry of Health (MOH) last Friday raised the level […]

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The red carpet’s best..and worst

The stars turned up shining at Hollywood’s biggest event, the 92nd Academy Awards, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, Singapore time. It may have been a congregation of Hollywood’s finest – think Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson – but it was the underdogs who stole the limelight […]

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Six other films by Bong Joon-ho

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made history when he took home the Oscars for both Best Director and Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday (yesterday, Singapore time). Parasite (2019), his satirical take on the class divide, is the first Asian film to win the Best Picture award. It follows an impoverished family […]

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Galling that women directors still overlooked

“Congratulations to those men,” actress Issa Rae said drily, when she announced the yet again all-male slate of director nominees for this year’s Oscars nominations announcement last month. The 92nd Academy Awards, which took place on Monday, Singapore time, had given nods to Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Bong Joon-ho, Todd Phillips and Quentin Tarantino. Eventually, […]

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South Koreans celebrate historic wins

SEOUL • South Korean social media erupted in celebration yesterday after the dark comedy Parasite became the first non-English-language movie to win the Best Picture award, already having netted three other Oscars in a historic first for the country. Director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite vaulted over what he once called the “one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles” to […]

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Making Oscar history

Even as stunned South Koreans celebrate the history-making Oscar victories by Parasite and its director Bong Joon-ho at the Academy Awards on Sunday (Monday morning in Singapore), those who live and work in Hollywood must be scratching their heads and wondering: “What happened?” Why did the mostly American academy voters, whom Bong gently chided in […]

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How Pete Buttigieg Defied The Polls In Iowa

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3 People Shot At Walmart In Eastern Arkansas, Police Say

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NYPD Union Threatens Mayor

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Earth-Shaking Irish Election Sees Left-Wing Sinn Fein Party Win Biggest Share Of Votes

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Trump’s $4.8 Trillion Budget Plan Includes Cuts To Farm Subsidies, Food Stamps And Medicaid

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Coronavirus: Hygiene measures stepped up at public events and venues in Singapore

Before they could march into the wedding hall in the evening yesterday, Ms Rahimah Rashith and her husband Soufyan Zakhnini had their temperatures taken and filled out their names and contact numbers on a contact sheet. All their guests at the Changi-Simei Community Building did likewise after Singapore raised its alert level to orange in […]

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Coronavirus: Even private remarks that hurt racial feelings are uncalled for, says Masagos

Making remarks which hurt the religious or racial feelings of any community is uncalled for even if done privately, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday. Referring to recent online posts by religious teacher Abdul Halim Abdul Karim, Mr Masagos told The Sunday Times the Government is serious in dealing with hate speech. Mr […]