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    Default Youth olympic mural, yog singapore 2010

    Last year 3,088 young ambassadors of the inaugural YOG in Singapore left behind their mark by handcrafting personalised tiles which are now displayed permanently at the Esplanade MRT station.

    Coincidentally, I was there yesterday to take advantage of the Hari Raya public holiday and was rather glad to witness their creativity on the mural wall.
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    Default Elton John to perform at Singapore Indoor Stadium

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    Elton John (above) and his long-serving band will be performing his greatest hits at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. -- PHOTO: REUTERSBy Andy Chen


    The Rocket Man will have a blast-off in Singapore on Nov 20.

    Elton John and his long-serving band will be performing his greatest hits at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets, from $108 to $498, are on sale now at Sistic.

    The English singer-songwriter last performed here three years ago.

    His most recent studio album, The Union, was released in October 2010, in a collaboration with his idol, pianist and songwriter Leon Russell.
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    Default Screen doors installed on all elevated E-W MRT stations

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    Published on Sep 1, 2011


    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed the installation of half-height platform screen doors on all elevated stations on the East West Line on Wednesday. --PHOTO: SPH

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed the installation of half-height platform screen doors on all elevated stations on the East West Line on Wednesday.

    To date, 26 out of the 36 elevated MRT stations have been fitted with the platform screen doors. The installation of the platform screen doors at the remaining 10 stations on the North South Line will be completed by June 2012.
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    Default PM Lee pays tribute to President Nathan at farewell reception

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    Minister Lee Hsien Loong has lauded outgoing President S R Nathan for raising the standing of Singapore's highest public office both locally and internationally. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANGBy Kor Kian Beng


    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has lauded outgoing President S R Nathan for raising the standing of Singapore's highest public office both locally and internationally.

    He said the former diplomat brought a wealth of experience built up over a lifetime - in government, labour movement and the private sector - to the presidency over the past 12 years.

    'Singaporeans will remember you as a warm and approachable president. You treated everyone with respect, and went out of your way to meet different groups and understand their challenges and aspirations,' said Mr Lee.

    He also outlined Mr Nathan's contributions in various areas, such as championing charitable work for the needy and disadvantaged, and fostering Singapore's friendly ties with many countries through his overseas visits.
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    Default Singapore River Cruise adds MBS to its taxi route

    By Sharon See | Posted: 31 August 2011 1619 hrs


    SINGAPORE: From the Merlion Park, there is a faster way to cross the reservoir. Marina Bay Sands is the latest destination on the water route operated by the Singapore River Cruise.

    At S$4, the journey from Merlion Park takes less than 10 minutes.

    Visitors can also choose to board the river taxi from Grand Copthorne Waterfront for S$16

    This new route comes less than three weeks ahead of the opening of the Crystal Pavilions - one of which will house a Louis Vuitton store; and the other, international night clubs Pangaea and Avalon.

    Louis Vuitton Island Maison opens on September 18, Avalon on September 16, and Pangaea on September 22.

    "The Water Taxi arrives to us at a perfect timing. The opening of the Crystal Pavilions for us symbolises the final opening component of Marina Bay Sands. We're very grateful that the opportunity for our patrons to arrive via water taxi just means there is another easy mode of transport available to them," said John Postle, Executive Director of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

    See Toh Yew Leong, General Manager of the Singapore River Cruise, said: "MBS is one of the most popular destinations around the Marina Bay area. We want to bring tourists and locals to the destination in the shortest and fastest time. During the transfer, they also get to do some sightseeing and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the Singapore skyline."

    Singapore River Cruise is a daily service that operates every 15 minutes from 9am to 10pm. Visitors arriving at Marina Bay Sands drop off at the North Jetty where the ArtScience Museum is located.

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    Default Speak Good English Movement wants S'poreans to be good role models

    By Alvina Soh | Posted: 31 August 2011 1905 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: This year's Speak Good English Movement is encouraging Singaporeans to be good role models for children by speaking good English.

    Organisers said the theme "How You Speak Makes a Difference" also plans to help those weak in English by exposing them to the language.

    Helping yourself while helping others at the same time is what the campaign aims to do.

    Organisers said it is important for Singaporeans to speak proper English as it affects others, especially children who tend to mimic what they hear.

    Goh Eck Kheng, chairman of the Speak Good English Movement explains: "The advantages of this message are two-fold. When we make the effort to speak well around young children, we not only help our children but also ourselves as we will be consciously making the effort to speak better."

    Jurong Regional Library will host a "Speak Good English Carnival" on September 10 and 11. There will be games and activities to let the public learn and use English in an engaging way.

    Other partners participating in the movement include educational schools, such as Modern Montessori International, Epiphany Education and NTUC First Campus.

    The annual nationwide campaign was launched in 2000 to encourage Singaporeans to speak English that is universally understood.

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    Default A teacher's first love

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    by Frances Ess
    04:46 AM Sep 01, 2011



    Someone found me on Facebook recently. He was from the first batch of pupils I taught in 1986. Within an hour, we discovered and "friended" more than 20 others from his batch. I was so glad.

    People always say that you cannot forget your first love. Most teachers never forget the first batch of pupils they taught. It was exactly 25 years ago. I was still a Miss Ong.

    Some of my pupils could not even understand Mandarin, let alone English. Some struggled, as they had come from the extended stream; when they were in Secondary 1, they were already 14 or 15 years old. Others were involved in gang activities and found it difficult to leave the gang.

    Yet, their determination to make something of their lives left a deep impression in my mind. They were too poor to have tuition and many lived in the one-room flats along Old Airport Road. They were also humble, honest and happy.

    Ever eager to learn, they taught me that a good teacher is only as good as the pupils she has.

    They made me want to bring them on field trips every day (which I did during one September break, when I brought different groups of pupils to Pulau Ubin, the Central Business District and Bukit Timah Reserve).

    One group went with me to Pulau Ubin to collect weathered rocks every week until a policeman there asked what the value of the rocks was.

    We won a national geography competition using those rocks. It gave them immense confidence as they realised that, with determination and hard work, they could be on par with pupils from Raffles Institution, St Joseph's Institution or Chinese High School.

    Through Facebook, I discovered that many of them have become successful businessmen and women.

    They came from a challenging home environment and from a neighbourhood school where we survived on rudimentary facilities. We had, on record, the smallest audio-visual aids room. In spite of these obstacles placed in their lives, they persevered.

    This Teachers' Day, I am honoured I was given this opportunity to teach this batch of pupils. I learnt from them that, with fortitude, they can have a successful life.

    They provided me an education that no amount of mass lectures can replace: Given a proper environment with tender, loving care and a good dose of discipline, a single seed can blossom into beautiful roses.

    All children can be educated if given a chance and the belief.


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    Default HP's discontinued TouchPad sells out at Comex 2011

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    A crowd quickly gathered at the HP stand when the doors to the exhibition hall opened. --
    ST PHOTO: Tan Chong Yaw

    By Tan Chong Yaw, Digital Life

    As early as 2am on Thursday, people began waiting outside the glass doors at the ground floor of the Suntec convention hall, where giant consumer electronics show Comex is being held from Thursday to Sunday.

    Their prize? HP's discontinued tablet, the TouchPad, which was being offered at the almost giveaway price of $126 for the 16GB version, and $201 for the 32GB model.

    The 200 units offered - 100 for each version - were snapped up soon after the doors to the building were opened.

    The people who had been waiting outside raced up four floors to the HP booth, at the back of Hall 403, to grab the vouchers for the TouchPad.
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    Default Music pioneer Paul Abisheganaden dies, age 97

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    Pioneering conductor Paul Abisheganaden, who founded one of Singapore's first string ensembles and nurtured generations of musicians in schools and the National University of Singapore (NUS), died at age 97 on Wednesday at the National University Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

    By Akshita Nanda

    Pioneering conductor Paul Abisheganaden, who founded one of Singapore's first string ensembles and nurtured generations of musicians in schools and the National University of Singapore (NUS), died at age 97 on Wednesday at the National University Hospital.

    A widower, he is survived by three daughters, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

    His second-oldest daughter, retired lawyer Ruth Chia, 69, says the Cultural Medallion recipient succumbed to pneumonia. A formal service will be held on Sept 3 at 2.45pm at St Andrew's Cathedral, where he served for years as a choir master.

    Abisheganadan, whose younger brother Alex is a noted classical guitarist, is remembered as one of a handful of homegrown music enthusiasts who kept the classical music scene in Singapore alive during the 1940s and 1950s.
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    Default Sneak preview of Circle Line stations on Oct 2

    Posted: 01 September 2011 1210 hrs


    A train station on the Circle Line

    SINGAPORE: All 12 new Circle Line stations will be open to the public for one day on October 2, ahead of the official opening on October 8.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it's holding the full-day open house to give a sneak preview of the stations to the public before the final stretch of the Circle Line opens for passenger service.

    From 10am to 6pm on October 2 , the public can take unlimited free rides throughout the 12 stations to view the different architectural details as well as the Art-in-Transit artworks at the stations.

    Activities and entertainment are also being planned at six of the stations, namely: Buona Vista, Holland Village, Botanic Gardens, Kent Ridge, Telok Blangah and HarbourFront.

    Details are available at www.circlelinediscovery.sg.

    - CNA/cc
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    Default Dr Tony Tan sworn in as Singapore's 7th President

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 September 2011 1956 hrs


    President Tony Tan (C) takes his oath in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) and Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong (R). - TODAY photo


    SINGAPORE: Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam has been sworn in as the seventh President of Singapore, less than a week after winning the presidential polls.

    The 71-year-old former deputy prime minister took his oath in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

    A guard of honour mounted by the Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Police Force welcomed the country's new President, before he took his Oath of Office.

    "I, Tony Tan Keng Yam, having been elected as the president of Singapore, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties," he said.

    The swearing-in ceremony at the Istana on Thursday was witnessed by Cabinet ministers, members of the judiciary, parliamentarians and senior civil servants. Also present was Dr Tan's wife, Mrs Mary Tan.

    Dr Tan, whose term of office is for six years, was elected after a four-cornered contest in the Presidential Election held on 27 August.

    He garnered 35.2 percent of the ballot including the overseas votes.

    Dr Tan succeeds Mr S R Nathan who has served as President for the last 12 years, the longest presidency in Singapore's history.

    Just before Dr Tan was sworn in, there was a farewell reception for Mr Nathan.

    Mr Nathan received his final presidential salute before he took his leave at about 7.40pm, marking an end to his presidency.

    The swearing-in ceremony saw both President Tan and Prime Minister Lee emphasise the importance of unity for the nation in their speeches.

    In particular, Prime Minister Lee stressed that while a strong economy will always be a priority, Singapore must also build a united society which leaves no Singaporean behind and a well-functioning political system that delivers good government.

    Prime Minister Lee noted that the recently concluded general election and presidential polls were fiercely contested.

    In the Presidential Election, some candidates had championed various policies while campaigning, even though policymaking is the responsibility of the government and not the President and the debate was intense, at times even divisive.

    But now that both elections are over, Singaporeans must come together again and move forward as one people and one nation, said Mr Lee.

    "Singapore faces considerable challenges. To surmount them, we must remain cohesive and united, supporting one another, and making tough choices together. Then we can continue to progress and prosper, and create more opportunities and a better life for ourselves," he said.

    "The government will work hard to reach out to all groups, to draw us all closer together. As our President, you have an important contribution to make in promoting national unity."

    Mr Lee also spoke about the President's custodial functions and said there will be occasions when the government will seek the President's approval to draw on past reserves.

    Responding, President Tan said: "I will wield this 'second key' with utmost care. Our reserves have been painstakingly built up over decades, and should not be compromised.

    "Our government must continue to live within its means, and only draw on past reserves in an exceptional crisis - like the one we faced in 2008. I therefore welcome the Prime Minister's assurance that the government will continue to be responsible with our finances. I will play my role to safeguard our reserves, so that they can continue to give us confidence in tough times."

    President Tan added he can be both a resource and a symbol. So he will offer the Prime Minister his confidential advice on government policies and engage all Singaporeans to understand their interests and concerns.

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    Default STTA runs jersey design competition for national team

    Posted: 01 September 2011 1448 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is inviting Singaporeans to design a jersey for the National Table Tennis team which the team will wear in all international tournaments next year.

    The dateline to register for the competition is September 23 and designs can be submitted by October 10.

    The winner also wins a top prize of S$1,000.

    Application form to be submitted to www.stta.org.sg.

    Final designs to be submitted to han@stta.org.sg.

    For more information, please visit http://www.stta.org.sg.

    The winner will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Volkswagen Women's World Cup on October 28 at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

    - CNA/cc

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    Default Rail line open to public from September

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    by Esther Ng
    09:04 AM Sep 02, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Minister for Law K Shanmugam opened a 1.4-kilometre stretch of the former Keretapi Tana Melayu (KTM) rail line to the public this morning.

    The stretch extends southwards from the steel bridge along Bukit Timah railway road. The public can look forward to walking on the opened rail line from Sept 16.

    Other portions of the railway line will be opened progressively to the public as removal works are removed.

    The KTM railway station, and line, was closed on June 30, with the formal handover of the land to Singapore at midnight.

    Although it no longer in service, the train station - with its 20-metre ceiling over the central hall and tiled wall murals - will be preserved as a national monument. WITH AGENCIES
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    Default New F1 trophy

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    04:46 AM Sep 02, 2011

    The winner of the fourth running of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will be lifting a trophy that is evocative of the city he just raced in.

    The new design was unveiled yesterday by title sponsors SingTel and trophy makers Royal Selangor.

    The new hardware is unlike the V-shaped one handed out for the past three editions - with tubular panels placed in random vertical fashion to represent the drivers of all nationalities - and immediately brings to mind the skyscrapers that surround the Marina Bay circuit. Photo courtesy SingTel




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    Default A sideline showdown

    Avramovic ignores Camacho quip, Lions' coach rather his pride bare their fangs on pitch


    by Shamir Osman
    04:46 AM Sep 02, 2011

    3rd round FIFA World Cup qualifiers Group A

    China vs Singapore, Tuodong Stadium, Kunming (8pm)



    SINGAPORE - His face adorned a flag draped behind the block of Singapore fans at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, with the words: "In Raddy we trust".

    Having led the Lions to two ASEAN titles, a history-making run into the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2008, and repeating the feat in the current campaign, there is little doubt Radojko Avramovic (picture) has a cult following here.

    Indeed, after masterminding a famous 6-4 aggregate victory over old rivals Malaysia in the second round qualifiers in late July, a sizable faction believes Avramovic can get the Lions' third round campaign off to a glorious start with victory over China in their Group A opening game tonight.

    His charges will face a fiery battle on the Tuodong Stadium green, with a mouth-watering faceoff on the sidelines already in the offing.

    Avramovic will pit his wits against China coach Jose Antonio Camacho, the man who led a star-studded Spain to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

    And that clash has already kicked off with an exchange of words between the coaches at the pre-match press conference yesterday.

    But Avramovic brushed off talk of a need to prove a point against a world-renowned opponent. "This is not a personal challenge for me, and I'm not obsessed with that side of things. For me it's more a matter of the team on the field and how they perform," Avramovic told Today.

    Accused by Camacho of employing a one-dimensional tactic of hoofing the ball to central striker Aleksandar Duric, Avramovic played it cool and, indeed, turned the tables on the Spaniard, with a wily move. The Serb said that if the Spaniard's assumption formed the basis of China's preparations, then "let's keep it that way", as a rare smile broke across his face.

    If the last few fixtures are anything to go by, the Lions are equally adept at moving the ball along the ground in the attacking third, and utilising the 1.92m Duric inside the box.

    Despite the Lions missing regulars Hariss Harun (National Service), Ismail Yunos (knee injury) and Fazrul Nawaz (personal commitments), Avramovic has vowed to keep his charges playing the way they did against Malaysia in the earlier qualifiers, and the Aug 24 friendly against Thailand. "I just want the team to continue playing as we have in the last few games, to concentrate and give more on the pitch to make up for the players that we are missing. We must show that will to succeed," said the 61-year-old.

    Despite playing away at high altitude - Kunming is 1,900m above sea level - against a team comprising players with European experience, Avramovic asserts China are facing more heat than his Lions.

    "I see this as an opportunity for this generation of Singapore players to make a name for themselves, and despite everything, I think China are under more pressure than we are," said Avramovic.

    China coach Camacho's decisions are reportedly being influenced by the bigwigs in the Chinese Football Association, and his instructions, given in Spanish, have been lost in translation as they make their way to his players via an interpreter, a situation that is not helping the Spaniard tasked with awakening the sleeping giant.

    The Avramovic motif on that flag in Bukit Jalil has already been printed on T-shirts, for sale to believers, and those numbers will surely rise if the Serb could take advantage of the situation in Kunming, and negotiate his charges past China.

    The Lions will return on Saturday to prepare for a Sept 6 battle with Iraq, and yet another big name coach in Zico.

    He said, with nonchalance: "I don't know why people keep talking about big name coaches and their teams - the players are still the same, we already have details of the team and how they play. We have done our homework, and will prepare ourselves accordingly."



    Probable Singapore first XI

    Lionel Lewis, Juma'at Jantan, Daniel Bennett, Safuwan Baharudin, Shaiful Esah, Mustafic Fahrudin, Isa Halim, Shi Jiayi, Shahril Ishak, Qiu Li, Aleksandar Duric


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    Default Remembering the school years ...

    04:45 AM Sep 02, 2011

    SINGAPORE - About S$1.2 million has been pumped into a new heritage centre by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to chronicle the history of Singapore's education system.

    At the MOE Heritage Centre's official opening yesterday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat called for contributions of stories from the public and the teaching fraternity on their school days.

    Currently housed at the former New Town Primary School and Permaisura Primary School, the centre will be relocated later to the Goh Keng Swee Centre for Education at North Buona Vista.

    It will comprise the existing MOE Headquarters Building and a new MOE Phase II Headquarters Building.

    The centre features two types of galleries. The Experiential Galleries cover the development of education in Singapore from the colonial period to the Japanese Occupatio, while the Thematic Galleries cover different aspects of education such as school buildings and architecture, co-curricular activities and the use of technology in education.

    More than 500 artefacts are being displayed, and they include blackboards, typewriters and well-worn textbooks dating back to the '50s.

    The MOE said the rich repository of archival materials will also serve as a good research base for students and teachers. It added that the place will be used to train teachers.

    Mr Heng said he hopes that the centre will draw out more stories from among teachers and school staff, students, parents and alumni, so that fond memories of their school days can be captured for posterity, either in words or images.

    Singaporeans can share memories of their school days, school friends and teachers via email at iremembersg@nlb.gov.sg.

    Those who are keen to volunteer to collect memories and content about life in Singapore can also obtain more details or sign up at https://vms.nlb.gov.sg.

    Mr Manogaran Suppiah, executive director, Academy of Singapore, said: "We want to capture our history. We have about 50 years of history.

    "I think people who walk through this heritage centre will have a very rich understanding of our past, how we started, the struggles we went through." CHANNEL NEWSASIA



    The MOE Heritage Centre. Photo by Wee Teck Hian








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    Lions sunk by penalty decisions

    Avramovic and his men have nothing to show for a spirited performance

    by Shamir Osman 04:46 AM Sep 03, 2011

    Asian World Cupqualifiers, Group A

    China 2 Singapore 1

    SINGAPORE - He spoke about it the day before the game, at the time it appeared little more than a passing comment.

    But Radojko Avramovic has clearly seen enough in international football to know just how important little decisions are in a game.

    Aleksandar Duric played his heart out, Qiu Li showed flashes of brilliance and Lionel Lewis made an outstanding penalty save, but it was Lebanese referee Andre El Haddad who stole the spotlight last night, as the Lions fell 2-1 to China in the opening Group A match of Asia's third round of World Cup qualifiers.

    Singapore coach Avramovic hoped the match officials would do a good job for both teams, he felt it was crucial for any team starting an important campaign.

    How prophetic the Serb turned out to be. In a space of 10 minutes in the second half in Kunming last night, El Haddad offered not one, but two opportunities for the home side to get back in the game after a 33rd minute Duric goal silenced the partisan crowd at the Tuodong Stadium.

    While the Singapore players argued with the referee for the first penalty in the 57th minute, Lewis did barge into Chen Tao and perhaps El Haddad was right, although it was marginal.

    Lewis, who had only just come on for the injured Izwan Mahbud, made amends with a good save as China's newly-appointed Spanish coach Jose Camacho gesticulated wildly on the touchline.

    It was the second penalty decision 12 minutes later that sent the Lions and their coach flying into a rage.

    Shaiful Esah was harshly adjudged to have pulled on the shoulder of Yu Dabao and this time there was no mistake as Zheng Zhi slotted home to set China on the road to recovery.

    El Haddad then followed up with another controversial decision when he denied the visitors a penalty just a minute later, after Duric was tripped by Li Weifeng.

    Avramovic screamed and lashed out at the assistant referee and the fourth official, and was duly sent to the stands by El Haddad.

    Seconds later, China went on to score the winner through Yu Hai.

    The 61-year-old Singapore coach had calmed down at the post-match press conference, and said: "It was a good first half, the players did very well and we could have scored more. But in the second half they came back and then some things happened.

    "I'd like to say a big thank you to the players who put in a big effort."

    Pumped up for the game, Singapore's China-born Qiu Li could not contain himself at the end, remonstrating with El Haddad as his team-mates struggled to keep him away from the Lebanese official, and he eventually received a yellow card.

    The Lions will return from Kunming today and their campaign continues on Tuesday when they host Iraq at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

    Other group A result Iraq 0 Jordan 2
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