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How 'bout Some Attaboys and Attagirls (for a Change)

HOW often do you say #8220;thanks#8221; or #8220;good job#8221; to your colleagues, spouse, or kids? How often do you pass on praise to the dog, or cat, or parakeet? Do you sense an imbalance there?

Who will be champ?

SUPER yachts, champagne, caviar, flown-in chefs . . . the America#8217;s Cup is in town, and New Zealand#8217;s Auckland has turned into a billionaire#8217;s playground.

The Peking duck gets a roasting

The most recognisable Chinese dish is Pekingduck,known throughout the world as the quintes-sential oriental delicacy. As it is relatively troublesome to prepare,Pekingduck is often used to demarcate an established restaurant from the also-rans.Incredibly,this national delicacy of China isbeing threatened!KEE HUA CHEE finds out whyfeathers are being ruffled.

Behind bars for safety's sake

Beijing officials want to give the city a safe and clean image for the 2008 Olympics, writes JONATHAN ANSFIELD.

Minding Chinese manners

No spitting, no rolling up the front of your singlet, no throwing used chewing gum on the pavement #8211; Beijing struggles to mend its manners in time for the 2008 Olympics, writes TED ANTHONY.

A result of poor fitness

Inconsistency was the main problem of the Malaysian side in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, which ended on Sunday.

Ireland to host Special Olympics

Ireland will be saying #8220;cead miler failte#8221; or #8220;100,000 welcomes#8221; to more than 7,000 athletes at the 11th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin from this June 21-29, the country's biggest ever sporting event.

Harris: Don't disrupt our training

National football coach Allan Harris wants no interruption once his players report for the final phase of training on April 10 for the pre-Olympic tournament.

Germany plans greenest World Cup for 2006

Germany has pledged to make the 2006 World Cup the greenest sporting tournament ever, laying on buses, offering reusable dishes instead of disposable plates at matches and even channelling rain water on to pitches.

New proposals not likely to favour clubs with small budgets

After three months of deliberations the FA of Malaysia#8217;s (FAM) competitions committee are expected to arrive to a conclusion today on the new structure for the M-League next season.