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05-05-2010, 12:21 AM #1752
Shell opens $4b complex
The Straits Times
May 5, 2010
Project is expected to attract new wave of high-value investment
By Fiona Chan
ENERGY giant Royal Dutch Shell yesterday opened its highly anticipated multi-billion-dollar petrochemical complex in Singapore, producing chemicals used in almost every consumer product from clothes to cars.
The Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex - a sprawling network of plants on Pulau Bukom and Jurong Island connected by sub-sea pipelines - took four years, more than 15,000 workers and enough steel to construct three Eiffel Towers.
With an estimated cost of US$3 billion (S$4.1 billion), the project is Shell's lar-gest-ever petrochemical investment and will give a huge lift to the vital chemical industry in Singapore, which accounts for a third of total manufacturing output here.
Already, Shell's decision to expand its petrochemical operations in Singapore has prompted other chemical companies to locate their plants here as well, said Shell chief executive Peter Voser, who was in town yesterday for the opening.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was guest of honour at the opening, said Shell's new complex is expected to 'catalyse a new wave of high-value' investments in the chemical industry and generate investments of more than $2 billion from leading chemical companies.
This is because the new complex will bring a new source of feedstock - or raw materials - to Jurong Island, he said.
The Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex - a sprawling network of plants on Pulau Bukom and Jurong Island connected by sub-sea pipelines - took four years, more than 15,000 workers and enough steel to construct three Eiffel Towers. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
05-05-2010, 12:57 AM #1753
MediaCorp creative teams win international recognition
05 May 2010 0756 hrs
NEW YORK: Channel NewsAsia has won big at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards taking home one gold and three bronze world medals.
The event which celebrates the best of television and film production saw submissions came from 84 countries, with more than 300 gold, silver and bronze medals awarded for all facets of television and film production.
Creative Manager for Channel NewsAsia's on On-Air Promotions team Yazid Salomoon, who represented Channel NewsAsia at the festival, said: "It is quite a big deal because the New York Festivals is a world-renowned competition and to be able to win a medal is something that's a recognition towards our work, and we really do look upon it."
The biggest prize was the gold world medal for Channel NewsAsia's "Life after People" promotions by the team led by executive producer Lim Cheong Soon, producer and script-writer Vivian Lee and video editor Lee Beng Hoe.
Three bronze world medals came for the TV programmes "Scene City: Singapore Living Spaces" in the Educational/Instructional section, "It’s Organic" for the Environment & Ecology category and for the all-day business news promotion.
Channel NewsAsia was also awarded a finalist certificate for its Kim Jong-Il teasers in the Information Magazine Programme Promotion category.
Commenting on the wins, Ms Debra Soon, Managing Director, Channel NewsAsia said ”I am very proud of the wins by the team this year, particularly as it was a very challenging year financially for all broadcasters around the world.
"Our creative and programming talents were able to continue to commission, produce and deliver world class, award winning products, and contribute to the ongoing success of Channel NewsAsia."
The first time Channel NewsAsia won a medal at the New York Festivals was in 1999, with a gold world medal for "The Third Age" in the News Documentary/ Special category.
It has won six other medals at the New York Festivals from 2001 to 2009.
This year's competition which included some of the richest broadcasters such as third-time Broadcaster of the Year, American sports channel ESPN, also saw Channel NewsAsia's parent company MediaCorp being honoured twice.
This included special recognition from the United Nations for programming which best exemplifies the aims of the UN.
The bronze award shared by recipients from the United States and Singapore was for Caldecott Productions International's production of "Mother Earth Speaks" for cinematography.
The environment also proved a winner for website channelnewsasia.com with its Saving Gaia website savinggaia receiving the IMA Outstanding Achievement Award under the News category.
The Outstanding Achievement award which has been described as an extremely challenging award to win, is the second highest honour bestowed by the Interactive Media Council that's made up of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals.
The 2009 Saving Gaia site was deemed to have excelled in all areas of judging criteria with a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism.
The surprise win which delighted the multimedia team, caps the website's earlier success at MediaCorp's annual News Awards for the 2007 and 2008 Saving Gaia sites.
Winning TV programmes and promotions at New York Festivals
05-05-2010, 01:04 AM #1754
S'pore attractions see 5-8% on-year rise in visitors for first quarter
04 May 2010 1954 hrs
By Dylan Loh
SINGAPORE: The Association of Singapore Attractions reported a five to eight per cent year-on-year increase in visitors to the republic's tourist destinations for the first quarter of this year.
They're also seeing more tourists opting for their own sightseeing itineraries instead of tour packages.
Places catering to families and adventure-lovers are becoming increasingly popular and the association has named the Sentosa Luge, Bedok Reservoir Park's Forest Adventure and museums as some examples.
It will be a roller-coaster ride for Singapore destinations gunning for tourist dollars and new offerings like the Integrated Resorts mean older or existing attractions have to step up their game.
Walter Lim, secretary-general, Association of Singapore Attractions, said: "All attractions should look at a mixture of how they could re-invent their key attractions whether in terms of rides, exhibits, animals, or how they could organise events to extend their reach. And of course we mustn't forget the whole visitor experience so customer service is very important."
Attractions like the Singapore Flyer have taken the advice and made efforts to establish its presence overseas.
Patsy Ong, spokesperson, Singapore Flyer, said: "Initiatives include being featured in some of the documentaries in Latin America, in UK and across Asia. And we're also working with a few airlines where we're featured in the in-flight audio, including publications, doing a lot of in-market promotions as well and we do work very closely with Singapore Tourism Board."
Despite a setback in 2008 when the giant wheel stopped turning due to a technical fault, the Singapore Flyer has since posted a positive year-on-year growth in visitorship of about 20 per cent from February to March this year."
And with the Singapore Tourism Board projecting 11.5 to 12.5 million visitors for 2010, the tourism outlook certainly looks bright. -
The Singapore Flyer
05-05-2010, 05:32 AM #1755
Romania's approach on this is based on precedents.
An almost carbon copy case involved an American marine serving his embassy in Romania, in which he caused the death of a popular Romanian musician in a car accident after refusing to obey a traffic signal only a few years back. The marine was drunk and refused to be subject to further blood tests. The American marine then hurriedly left Romania for Germany.
Romania's request to the US to lift the marine's immunity was refused by the US.
Instead the US in a court-martial it conducted convicted its own marine for obstruction and making false statements.
Another similar case involved a Russian diplomat in Ottawa Canada, with a history of dangerous driving, killed a Canadian and seriously injured another Canadian in a reckless crash. Canada requested Russia to lift the diplomat's immunity. Russia refused and recalled their diplomat home and tried and convicted/jailed him for the same offence in Russia.
Trying to conduct a trial by media on the Romanian ex-diplomat in Singapore gives one the impression you are after that pound of flesh.
05-05-2010, 05:51 AM #1756
Is there no end to the grumpy broken record.
1) What has whatever happened in Singapore got to do with outsiders?
2) What can be achieved by this repetition, only a few people read these comments in BC, if you want to send an effective message go to Singapore and petition like Greenpeace, or appear on TV or sth and Email Lee Kuan Yew.
3) How does this endless grumbling and repetition help anyone, its very tiresome and boring.
4) When did anyone demand a pound of flesh, its the media's duty to follow up on developments in affairs, just like everywhere, the media cannot act a judge jury and executioner,its against the law.
05-05-2010, 06:12 AM #1757
Bbn, may I remind you it was Singapore's foreign minister George Yeo who made an appeal to the Singapore news media to refrain from trial by media on that Romanian chap, less it jeopardized Singapore's case.
I am merely saying exactly what he has warned against. Now the chickens have come home to roost. Guess that thirst for a pound pound flesh is just to overpowering for any self-restraint.
We now see red faces and the supremacy of the Vienna Convention law.
05-05-2010, 06:37 PM #1758
May I remind you that you have been repeating yourself on the same topic of pound of flesh,media ,Geneva Convention again and again.We have heard it all before, why keep repeating, do you like playing the same cd again and again?
WE are no experts on Law, law stands for justice, not the mumbo jumbo
one reads verbatim from some web-site.there are experts in International Law.
It seems your whole presence here is to persecute and embarass Singapore , without a care for the victims, are you any better than the media?
Why keep om persecuting Singapore, when you are Malaysian, you can't even keep your own house or Legal System or media in order, let alone comment on others.
Confucius said" Judge not, so you won't be judged". I am surprised that Singaporeans are sophisticated,matured and diplomatic enough not to criticise other societies, in a manner that borders on childishness.
When one reads newspapers, one reads things with a pinch of salt, after all the stories are written by journalists and editors and maybe their bosses, how authoritative can they be? In a democracy they can print whatever they like, its up to the reader to be matured enough to be able to discern what they are reading and the quality of the information.Many countries practise censorship of the media, if the people in power do not like what you are writing, they either withdraw your licence, ask the Editor to be sacked etc this has happened to the Star, Sun etc etc inb Malaysia.
In a democracy you can say what you like, but there is something called Libel and Slander, you could close shop if you are irresponsible.
Last edited by Bbn; 05-05-2010 at 06:46 PM.
05-05-2010, 10:31 PM #1759
Local sports marketing company ESG wins exclusive rights from Badminton World Federat
May 5th, 2010
Contributed by Merliza Lim
Singapore, Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – Enterprise Sports Group (ESG), a sports marketing and consultancy firm based in Singapore, has just been appointed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as the exclusive Sponsorship agency for the 2nd edition of the BWF World Super Series (2011-2013) after outshining Singapore-based like World Sports Group and International sports giant IMG Sports and Entertainment in the bid.
International Olympic Committee vice-president Ng Ser Miang mentioned that ESG’s triumph is the first time an important contract was signed with an international sports federation.
According to him, “It’s wonderful and an important milestone for Singapore. Badminton is an important sport, especially in Asia, which has many big events and substantial sponsorship money. This will help to encourage more Singapore companies to go into this area.”
ESG will be seeking multi-million dollar sponsorships for the 13-stop BWF world series which will travel to countries like Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore and China, with viewership of the games rated over 100 million people.
“The BWF is very pleased to have TSA and ESG as its partners moving forward to the next phase. We believe that the hosts of the Super Series, the BWF and this new partnership with TSA and ESG will not only secure a significant commercial income, but will also significantly raise the bar in terms of quality and reach of the product. I very much look forward to working with this new team in the next phase,” said Thomas Lund, COO on the confirmation of TSA and ESG. TSA (Total Sports Asia) has been appointed as the official Media agency for this series.
This significant win in the global badminton arena is a monumental success for this homegrown company which has been securing successful sports sponsorships and representations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.
“Building and extending our Badminton dominance in Asia and beyond has always been the key focus for our company for the past 5 years,” said Terence Khoo, Founder and Director of ESG.
ESG, since its inception in 2005, has helped SBA (Singapore Badminton Association) in areas of event secretariat, marketing, commercial representation, media and logistic for the Singapore Open events in the past 5 years. The Company also secured Aviva as the Title Sponsor for the Singapore Open and worked closely with Aviva to activate their sponsorship.
Early this year, ESG was appointed by BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) to assist them on sponsorship representations and the company brought in ING for BAM as their new major sponsor. ESG was also selected by the Badminton Association of Indonesia to help raise more than US$1 million (S$1.4million) for the association and its national team.
05-06-2010, 03:23 AM #1760
I wasn't criticising S'pore
The Straits Times
Apr 30, 2010
New ambassador says remarks on freedom not an attempt to meddle
By Jeremy Au Yong
COMMENTS he made about Singapore's political freedom two months ago had annoyed many here.
So Mr David Adelman, on his first day on the job as United States Ambassador to Singapore, spent much of his first meeting with the Singapore media mending fences.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, he stressed repeatedly that his earlier remarks - on how he would use public diplomacy to promote political freedom in Singapore - were not an attempt to interfere in local politics.
He had earlier presented his credentials to President S R Nathan at the Istana.
The 45-year-old former state senator of Georgia said his statement was simply an expression of his pride in the American system. It was not a specific comment about Singapore.
He said: 'My comment is a comment that could be made by any ambassadorial nominee to virtually any post across the world, which is, we value the United States, our press freedoms, our freedoms of assembly and our multi-party democracy and we believe it's a great example of a working democracy that has been... a constructive force around the world.'
Mr David Adelman, on his first day on the job as United States Ambassador to Singapore, spent much of his first meeting with the Singapore media mending fences. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
05-06-2010, 04:05 AM #1761
Remaking of S'pore pays off
Apr 30, 2010
By Joyce Teo
THE implementation of Singapore's plans to remake Singapore has improved the quality of life for people.
National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said a lifestyle survey conducted recently by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) offered encouraging results.
Among some 4,000 respondents surveyed through face-to-face interviews, more than 80 per cent agreed that Singapore is a great place to live, work and play in.
Over 90 per cent of them said they were satisfied with the living environment, over 85 per cent were satisfied withthe working environment while over 80 per cent were satisfied with the leisure offerings here.
Mr Mah pointed out that close to 90 per cent of the respondents say that Singapore is their home and where they belong.
'The survey results are showing a positive trend - that Singaporeans love their city more,' he said.
The survey also pointed out areas that can be improved such as Singapore's nightlife offering.
Strong sense of belonging
Apr 30, 2010
By Lin Yingxin
SINGAPOREANS have a strong sense of belonging to their country, a lifestyle survey by the Urban Redevelopment Authority has shown.
Of the 4,000 interviewed for the survey carried out from August last eyar to March this year, 89.8 per cent of the respondents declared Singapore is their home, 73.5 per cent said they would retire in Singapore and 71 per cent hope that their future generations will stay on here.
The top three places that hold the fondest memories for the respondents are the housing estates, national icons and destinations, as well as conservation places and old buildings. Parks and greenery across the island state also make Singapore special.
More than 72 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the conservation of heritage buildings and areas in Singapore. They find the distinctive architecture and building style, rich history and heritage, as well as the traditional trades and activities appealing.
However, 73.2 per cent felt that the physical landscape in Singapore changes too quickly, and 64.2 per cent felt that not enough familiar buildings and places are conserved. Most feel that familiar places should be kept as they contribute strongly to their sense of belonging.
Amenities, parks and greenery, as well as commercial centres were held up as the top three aspects that are most important to the identity of a neighbourhood. Almost all respondents agreed that hawker centres should be maintained as one of the key amenities in housing estates.
The full report of the surveys is available on the URA website at http://spring.ura.gov.sg/conceptplan2011
Foreigners find S'pore vibrant
Apr 30, 2010
MOST foreigners are happy staying in Singapore and find the city state vibrant and exciting, and are attracted here by the clean and safe environment.
They even like the hot and humid climate in tropical Singapore, which they feel has its own distinctive character, with the greenery contributing strongly to its identity.
A lifestyle survey carried out by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and released on Friday, showed that most foreigners are generally satisfied with the top five facilities they mostly use - supermarket, shopping centres and shopping malls, financial services (banks and STM), coffeeshops, hawker centres and food courts, and restaurants and cafes.
Nearly 93 per cent of the respondents said they are satisfied or very satisfied with the living environment in Singapore, in terms of essential facilities such as health-care and transport, variety of housing types and design of residential environment.
Most of them prefer to live in the fringe of the city centre or in the city centre, with 93.2 per cent of them renting their homes and 6.8 per cent owning them.
The survey showed that 55.4 per cent of the foreign respondents prefer living in public to private housing, with three-room Housing Board flats and private condominiums being the most preferred housing types.
Most of the foreigners who placed their children in nurseries or childcare centres are satisfied with these facilities. For those with children above seven years, most of them send them to international schools.
Eight in 10 of them take some form of public transport to work .
They are also satisfied with the leisure environment in Singapore, in terms of the range of facilities and activities available.
Mr Mah pointed out that close to 90 per cent of the respondents say that Singapore is their home and where they belong. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN
05-06-2010, 04:13 AM #1762
Great place to live, work, play
The Straits Times
Apr 30, 2010
SINGAPORE is a great place to live, work and play in.
Nearly 84 per cent of 4,000 residents here gave the thumbs up to the city state in a lifestyle survey carried out by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) from August 2009 to March this year - a 10.2 per cent jump from the survey carried out in 2006.
Many more - 78 per cent - also find Singapore to be a vibrant and exciting city with its own distinctive character, an increase of 11.4 per cent from 2006.
Specifically, more than 90 per cent the respondents said that they were satisfied with the living environment, over 85 per cent were satisfied with the working environment and over 80 per cent were satisfied with the leisure offerings in Singapore.
The remaking of Singapore has also not gone unnoticed by foreigners. Over 85 per cent felt that Singapore was a great place to live, work and play in, and 81 per cent of them agreed that it has its own distinctive character.
National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan highlighted these key survey findings when he spoke at the URA corporate plan seminar on Friday morning.
Describing the survey results as 'encouraging', Mr Mah said what heartened him more is that Singaporeans identify more with the country.
He noted that close to 90 per cent of the respondents say that Singapore is their home and where they belong. - 20 per cent more from the last survey. And more than 70 per cent want to retire in Singapore. Similarly, over 70 per cent of them hope that their future generations will be based in Singapore.
Mr Mah said the survey showed that the remaking of Singapore efforts are showing a positive trend - that Singaporeans love their city more.
He told the seminar: 'With more Singaporeans travelling round the world and working across borders, Singapore must still mean something special, as home, to our people. A house is not a home. Simply having a good living environment and first world infrastructure will not create an endearing home.
'The character of a city, what makes it stand out among many new cities, goes beyond new buildings or iconic structures. Take Times Square, New York and West End, London for example. Their claim to fame is not based on the latest or best infrastructure, but they are distinctive in character and have established a personality of their own in peoples' minds.
'Therefore, while we congratulate ourselves for our achievements, we need also to remind ourselves that the work does not stop here. More needs to be done. With our new hardware in place, we need to look beyond the physical, to search for the 'soul' of our city, and work towards enhancing it. '
The full report of the surveys is available on the URA website at http://spring.ura.gov.sg/conceptplan2011.
Many more also find Singapore to be a vibrant and exciting city with its own distinctive character. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
05-06-2010, 06:14 AM #1763
NUSS now has four badminton courts
Our club, the NUSS (National University of Singapore Society), a graduate club, is now the proud owner of a multi-purpose hall (MPH) which has four badminton courts.
Despite badminton's popularity over tennis and squash in Singapore for a very long time, badminton was not given its rightful place in our club until about four years ago when our badminton section members lobbied hard for its inclusion in our new Sports Complex during an AGM. Tennis got their three roof top courts in Phase 1 a year ago, but our patience paid off two Sundays ago when our badminton buddies got to play in the four brand new badminton courts. The other new facilities include the Olympic size swimming pool, a relatively large gym, two squash courts, two table-tennis rooms in the same MPH, a billiard room with two tables and a bar and shower facilities.
Much thought has gone into the construction of the MPH which is specially catered to badminton. We avoided the ceiling lights and instead had the lighting deflected from the walls. Of course the height of the ceiling is no less than 30ft and the flooring has a rubberized bottom with a layer of formica top for rough usage.
I played there last night for the first time as I was away on holiday two Sundays ago. I still have to get used to the conditions and the hot and humid weather this past few weeks did not help. This was made worse by our players forgetting to open the lower louvred windows although most of the higher top hung windows were partially opened.
However, this is much better than going around the island to rent courts during weekends although in our case, we were lucky during the past several years to have at our disposal the entire two-court facility at Sheares Hall, a students' hostel. With our own courts we can have two sessions a week instead of one and we can also entertain our fellow badminton enthusiasts during friendly matches at home. Our shower and bar facilities are just around the corner.
Its going to be wonderful for our guys from now onwards.
Last edited by Loh; 05-06-2010 at 06:19 AM.
05-06-2010, 07:15 AM #1764
Bbn, pls stick to one topic and not rant all over the floor. Stay in focus instead of throwing all sorts of barbs from someones's nationality to Confucius.
Let me remind you that all I wanted to contribute here re the Romanian ex-diplomat was another point of view. I thought that what was badly needed here was a more balanced viewpoint or opinion, because I saw an injustice here of a cruel trial by media.
Obviously you and Loh not only disagree with me but pls don't throw the kitchen sink at me. Just give your own opinions without quoting Confucius and kicking all your neighbours.
To summarize, my take on this topic and the one-sided reporting :
A foreign diplomat in Singapore killed a pedestrian in Singapore through reckless driving. The diplomat left Singapore after the incident with the full knowledge of the Singapore government, hindrance-free because of his diplomatic immunity from local laws.
Singapore concluded the diplomat was guilty and ought to be brought back to Singapore.
It even issued an arrest warrant against him and asked Interpol to issue a Red Alert on him. It also claimed the diplomats immunity is no longer valid.
My opinion is that no host country can issue any arrest warrant for a foreign diplomat with immunity. Also, the host country does not have the right or power to lift a diplomat's immunity.
Only the sending country (Romania) has the right to lift its diplomats immunity. The most the host country can do is to regard the diplomat as a persona non grata, in which case the diplomat has to leave the country and return home.
Diplomatic immunity is governed by the Vienna Convention and the rules are clearly spelled out.
The fact that the diplomat is beyond the laws of Singapore does not mean it he is guiltless or free. You must remember Romania has its own laws to deal with their diplomats who have commited crimes in host countries. The diplomat will be tried in Romania, not Singapore.
However, Romania's sovereignty and dignity have been battered by that arrest warrant and Interpol Red Alert, which frankly Singapore has acted in haste and error. Frankly, how can any country issue arrest warrants for foreign diplomats for crimes commited in the host country? Also, how can Singapore assume the diplomat has no more immunity? Although the arrest warrant and Interpol Red Alert have been withdrawn the bad feelings are already there.
Romania is a member of the EU. The EU has a rotating president. Romania's turn to fill that position is a matter of time. Things can get a bit complcated.
05-06-2010, 09:02 AM #1765
05-06-2010, 10:04 AM #1766
05-06-2010, 12:03 PM #1767
05-06-2010, 10:41 PM #1768
Don't assume too much if you have not received extensive legal training and worse still, to jump to conclusions which you have been prone to doing before.
What you have indicated above is nothing new, but our legal minds will work hard to find a final resolution to this problem. I have faith in our legal system not your baseless utterances and negative remarks on Singapore.
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