Stefanus Ian

Correspondent & Photographer

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Stefanus is a freelance writer, journalist and photographer, who is also a stringer at Agence France-Presse. He has covered a variety of topics from sports, aviation to commodities.

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Yahoo News Singapore
'No tournament safe' from fixing, says badminton star

A top Danish badminton player who was approached to fix matches told AFP that "no tournament is safe" from corruption and said he was sure some events were being rigged. World number 11 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, who was targeted last year by a Malaysian man, said it would be naive to think that all badminton matches were clean.

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Wifi in the sky looks set for takeoff

SINGAPORE: Wifi in aircraft, hobbled in the past by slow speeds, could soon take off as new technology enables passengers to surf the web as if they were in a coffee house. More airlines are rolling out new and improved services thanks to satellite technology, industry leaders said at the recent Singapore Airshow, with the public increasingly demanding wifi on planes.

Insing
Singapore grapples with smartphone addiction

People spend their time on smart phone while travelling on the MRT train in Singapore on 30 April 2014. (Photo: AFP / Roslan Rahman) Easily distracted? Can't be separated from your smartphone? Constantly checking your device for no real reason? Chances are you're an addict - and you may even need professional help.

Yahoo
05/09/2014
Pussy Riot members vow no let-up in Russia human rights fight

'Pussy Riot members vow no let-up in Russia human rights fight' on Yahoo News UK. Two Pussy Riot members on Friday vowed no let-up in their campaign against human rights abuses inside Vladimir Putin's Russia, as they made their first overseas trip since being released from jail.

Yahoo
05/17/2014
Ferdinand worried by England's Carrick snub

Rio Ferdinand has warned England may have left themselves exposed in midfield at the World Cup by omitting Michael Carrick from their core squad for Brazil. The former England captain, who announced his abrupt departure from Manchester United this week, also queried the decision to drop Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Asiaone
04/13/2014
Badminton: Santoso shocks Lee to win Singapore Open

SINGAPORE - Unseeded Indonesian Simon Santoso pulled off a major shock when he thrashed badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the Singapore Open for the first time on Sunday.The 28-year-old, considered a rank outsider against Malaysia's imperious Lee, upset the form book in style with an emphatic 21-15, 21-10 victory in just 48 minutes in the Singapore final.

France24
Serena slams 'sexist, racist' slur from Russian boss

SINGAPORE (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams lashed out at "sexist" and racist" comments from the head of Russian tennis Sunday after he jokingly called her and her sister Venus the "Williams brothers". Williams applauded swift action from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which fined Russian federation chief Shamil Tarpischev $25,000 and banned him from tennis for a year.

Channelnewsasia
Indonesia's Batik Air to launch international service

SINGAPORE: An airline owned by Indonesia's Lion Group announced on Thursday it will launch international services with a flight from Jakarta to Singapore later this year. Batik Air, which is part of the Lion Group that also owns Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, will start the flights by November or December, said its chief executive Achmad Luthfie.

Yahoo -- AFP
Football: Scholes backs Man Utd for Champions League final

SINGAPORE: Manchester United great Paul Scholes on Saturday backed the struggling English giants to beat Bayern Munich and go all the way to the Champions League final -- even without injured top-scorer Robin van Persie.

Yahoo
04/01/2014
OCBC offers US$4.95 bn for Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank

Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) said Tuesday it has offered to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank for $4.95 billion as it seeks to boost its presence in the giant Chinese market. OCBC said in a statement the acquisition would provide it with a platform to grow its yuan-denominated businesses, and broaden its access to US and Hong Kong dollar funds.

Digitaljournal
Singapore talks on Internet's future hear plea for freedom

Control of the Internet should be handed from US supervision to a diverse group of stakeholders, and not to governments that could limit freedoms, a meeting on the web's future heard Monday. Organisers also said that a US decision to relinquish control was not the result of any one event -- after speculation it came under pressure from snooping disclosures from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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A Singapore Telecom (SingTel) logo is seen on a building overlooking the skyline in Singapore on April 1, 2014. Singapore Telecom (SingTel) said on April 1 its net profit rose six percent year on year in January-December, but a strong local dollar pared down overseas earnings.

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Emirsyah Satar (R), President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia and Eugene Park (L), CEO of Gallant Venture, attend a signing ceremony during the Singapore Airshow on February 11, 2014. PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., flag carrier of Indonesia, and Singapore based investment company, Gallant Venture, on February 11 signed an MoU to develop Bintan Island into a tourism and aviation hub.

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A man walks towards the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) headquarters building in Singapore on April 1, 2014. Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) said on April 1 it has offered to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank for 4.95 billion USD as it seeks to boost its presence in the giant Chinese market.

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Roy Ngerng, a blogger, speaks at speakers corner during a rally to demand reforms in the country's pension system in Singapore on June 7, 2014. Some 2000 Singaporeans staged a peaceful rally led by Roy Ngerng, a blogger being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for questioning the government's handling of pension funds.

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Retired Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar (standing) holds a training session for young players at the Singapore Cricket Club on June 3, 2014. Tendulkar told reporters he welcomed the opportunity to play alongside West Indies great Brian Lara in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord's Bicentenary match on July 5.

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Filmmaking legend George Lucas (front L) of Disney's Lucasfilms poses with Stormtroopers (back) and Yoda (front R) characters from Lucas' Star Wars films at the opening of Disney's Lucasfilms' new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler in Singapore on January 16, 2014.

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TO GO WITH Asia-religion-Islam-Ramadan,WRAP BY STEFANUS IAN People watch a soccer game at a bar in Jakarta on June 29, 2014. Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on June 29, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid 'sinful' bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.

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A Royal Australian Air Force Boeing F-18F Super Hornet (L) performs aerobatic solo display at the Singapore Airshow on February 14, 2014. Emerging Asian carriers made their presence felt at a major airshow on February 13 with multibillion-dollar deals that underscored the region's importance as the growth driver of global aviation.

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Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie (R) poses for a picture with Lumexis CEO Doug Cline (L) after a press conference in Singapore on February 27, 2014. Indonesia's newest full service carrier Batik Air announced that it is launching its international service starting with Singapore.

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Retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, 39, attends a press conference during a promotional trip in Singapore on March 22, 2014. Scholes on March 22 backed the struggling English giants to beat Bayern Munich and go all the way to the Champions League final -- even without injured top-scorer Robin van Persie.

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Retired Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar (L) holds a training session for young players at the Singapore Cricket Club on June 3, 2014. Tendulkar told reporters he welcomed the opportunity to play alongside West Indies great Brian Lara in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord's Bicentenary match on July 5.

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Retired Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar holds a training session for young players at the Singapore Cricket Club on June 3, 2014. Tendulkar told reporters he welcomed the opportunity to play alongside West Indies great Brian Lara in the MCC vs Rest of the World Lord's Bicentenary match on July 5.

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Workers install the automated roof on the national stadium at the new Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore on May 19, 2014. The 6,000-seat aquatic centre is the first facility at the new Singapore Sports Hub to be completed and will be open to public in June this year.