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    Default S'pore, M'sia to benefit from development of KTMB land

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    SINGAPORE : The development of KTMB-owned land in Singapore will bring economic benefits to both Singapore and Malaysia, said the managing director of Khazanah Nasional.

    Azman Mokhtar, who heads the Malaysian investment company, said the valuation of the properties has begun and will be completed within a month.

    Mr Azman was speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

    He added that Khazanah and Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings, had already met and a working group had been set up.

    Malaysia announced its decision to give up its railway land in Singapore during a meeting of their two leaders on Monday.

    The two prime ministers agreed that Khazanah and Temasek would jointly develop the land with equity share of 60-40 in a joint company to be set up called MS Pte Ltd. - CNA /ls


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    May 29, 2010
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    Miss Singapore Universe

    A NEW Miss Singapore Universe was crowned on Friday night at the Shangri-La Hotel.

    Accounts executive Tania Lim, 22, beat hot favourite Annabel Tan, 25, who came in second. A former New Paper New Face finalist, Raine Ng, 23, won third place.

    From left: Runner-up Annabel Tan, Winner Tania Lim, and 2nd runner-up, Raine Ng. -- ST PHOTO: AIDAH RAUF
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    Default Oil spill hits Chek Jawa

    May 29, 2010

    It has also reached south-eastern tip of Johor, say reports

    By Grace Chua

    OIL from Tuesday's spill has hit two more parts of Singapore's shores, including the Chek Jawa wetlands on Pulau Ubin - home to unique ecosystems and the last refuge of several plants and animals once common in the country.

    The latest oil-slicked areas are north of the spill and other previously affected parts of East Coast Park, suggesting that tides and winds are pushing the slick towards Singapore's north-east.

    A 700m stretch of Changi Beach was also affected, between Carpark 6 and Carpark 7, and is now closed to swimmers.

    According to Malaysian press reports yesterday, the oil had also reached Teluk Ramunia on the south-eastern tip of Johor.

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was working with its Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts to address the spill, which occurred after the oil tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3, laden with 62,000 tonnes of crude oil, collided with the bulk carrier MVWaily early on Tuesday morning, 13km off Changi East.

    Some 2,500 tonnes of oil leaked into the water, causing a 4 sq km slick as the tanker moved to anchor in a safe place.


    The latest oil-slicked areas are north of the spill and other previously affected parts of East Coast Park, suggesting that tides and winds are pushing the slick towards Singapore's north-east. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK
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    Default Inside Tanjong Pagar station

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    May 30, 2010

    Long-time businesses there may end with station's impending move to Woodlands

    By Melissa Pang

    HIS teh tarik and teh halia are rich and creamy with just the right amount of milk and, as one customer put it, 'cannot be found anywhere outside'.

    Every day, Mr Masudul Hasan, 63, sees a steady stream of customers at his drinks stall at the M. Hasan Railway Station Canteen in the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

    But the days are numbered for him and the other tenants at the 78-year-old station.

    Last Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak announced that the Malayan Railway (KTM) station in Keppel Road will move to Woodlands by July next year.

    The move marks the resolution of a 20-year land dispute between the two countries.

    It also spells the possible end of businesses at the station, including Mr Masudul's.


    Last Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak announced that the Malayan Railway (KTM) station in Keppel Road will move to Woodlands by July next year. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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    Default Table Tennis: Singapore beat reigning champs China in World Cup

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    MOSCOW: Singapore's trio Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei rocked the sports world in Moscow when they beat reigning champions and world No 1 China 3-1 in the World Team Table Tennis Championships.

    It was sweet revenge for the Singapore women's team, ranked No 2 in the world, after they lost in the 2008 final and the Olympic final to the Chinese.

    China, powerhouses in the men's and women's game for so long, were left stunned by a confident display from the Singapore women.

    Feng, Singapore's world No 2, was the star of the team, after she beat China's world No 4, Ding Ning, in the first singles, before coming back to the table to clinch the winning point 3-2 against women's No 1, 19-year-old Liu Shiwen.

    Earlier, Wang stunned Liu in the second singles, while Sun fell to Guo Yan, setting up Feng's epic finale as the Singapore women became the 2010 world table tennis champions.

    Results:

    Singapore bt China 3-1

    Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Ding Ning (CHN) 3-2 (8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9)

    Wang Yuegu (SIN) bt Liu Shiwen (CHN) 3-1 (11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10)

    Guo Yan (CHN) bt Sun Bei Bei (SIN) 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6)

    Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Liu Shiwen (CHN) 3-2 (11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7)

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    Default Over 300 children put up international performance at ION Orchard

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    29 May 2010 2208 hrs

    SINGAPORE : It is not just the Great Singapore Sale taking centre stage at the Orchard Road shopping belt.

    More than 300 children from various countries were also there on Saturday evening for an international performance at ION Orchard.

    The Great Eastern International Kids Performing Festival celebrates performing arts for the youth.

    The kids hail from countries like Germany, Pakistan and Israel.

    From now till June 27, they will be staging plays, including the "Emperor's New Clothes". - CNA/ms
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    By Teh Joo Lin

    TWO Romanian officials flew into Singapore on Sunday afternoon to build their case against suspended diplomat Silviu Ionescu, who is denying his role in a hit-and-run accident here on Dec 15.

    The senior level prosecutor and police officer were met at Changi Airport's Terminal2 at about 4pm by Romania's acting charge d'affaires here, Mr Alex Coseru.

    Neither man spoke to The Straits Times as they walked from the arrival hall to the embassy car waiting outside.

    The visit by the officials, who will link up with their counterparts from Singapore to form a working group, is expected to deepen Romania's investigations into the involvement of Ionescu in the double hit-and-run case.

    This is important because the former charge d'affaires has refused to return to Singapore to face charges, after a Coroner's Court found him responsible for hitting three pedestrians in Bukit Panjang Road on Dec 15. One of them later died, while the other two were injured.

    As neither country has an extradition treaty with the other, the Romanian government could not compel Ionescu, 50, to return.

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    Default Singapore table tennis on course

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    05:55 AM May 29, 2010

    Germany upset Hong Kong to set up semi-final clash with Feng and Co

    by Ian De Cotta

    SINGAPORE - Hungary proved a mere distraction for the Singapore women's table tennis team on Friday, as they signalled their intentions at the Liebherr World Team Championships in Moscow.

    The 2008 Olympic silver medallists sent the Hungarians packing with a 3-0 rout, booking their place in Saturday's semi-finals, where they will face Germany, who produced a shock 3-1 win over fifth seeds Hong Kong.

    Singapore, the world No 2 behind China, beat the Germans 3-0 in a group match on Wednesday and are huge favourites to make the final. Defending champions China were playing the Netherlands at press time, along with Japan and South Korea.

    The Chinese are big favourites of course, and the tournament is all set up for a repeat of the 2008 final, when China beat Singapore.

    Eddy Tay, the Singapore Table Tennis Association's high performance manager, warned that the Germans delivered an improved performance on Friday and would be tough in the last four.

    Speaking to MediaCorp over the phone from Moscow, Tay said: "Hong Kong paid the price today because they were too confident.

    "Germany's Wu Jiaduo is especially dangerous and we need to watch out for her.

    "I am not going to say the final is assured and will only comment if we beat them."

    Tay felt Singapore played well against Hungary and Wang Yuegu's sterling performance in the opening match against Krisztina Toth paved the way for world No 2 Feng Tianwei and Sun Bei Bei to sweep past their respective opponents.

    Said Tay: "They needed to rest but I will be meeting them later to talk about our game against Germany.

    "We are definitely delighted with our win today, but we need to take each game at a time.

    "There is always the danger we might get carried away with too much confidence and it is something we will talk about."

    Talk of pulling off an upset against China in Sunday's final was quickly brushed aside by Tay.

    But he said: "The Chinese are just too good at the moment, but we will certainly put up a fight against them, if we do meet in the final."

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    Great to know Singapore did well in the Table Tennis. Like Korea who upsets the Chinese in Uber Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ants View Post
    Great to know Singapore did well in the Table Tennis. Like Korea who upsets the Chinese in Uber Cup.
    Thanks ants. This bunch of of TT girls is just incredible. So Singapore is not China's 'second team' anymore, hahaha!

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    Default Govt spending S$2.5m on sports satellite centres for youths

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    29 May 2010 1753 hrs

    By Sharon See

    SINGAPORE : The government is spending S$2.5 million on new satellite centres for sports development, especially for sports featured in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August.

    The YOG will be held over two weeks, but organisers hope it will leave a lasting legacy.

    So the authorities are establishing satellite centres that will feature sports from the YOG.

    Teo Ser Luck, co-chairman, Singapore Youth Sports Development Committee, said: "These satellite centres will be able to give a chance to all the young people to learn the different sports of their interests, of their passion.

    "It does not matter if they are not in the school team today; they will still get a chance to play and to learn the sport and they will do it regularly."

    The centres will be introduced in phases.

    The first four - for sailing, wrestling, badminton and basketball - will start operations next month.

    The others may be opened by the end of next year.

    Mr Teo said: "We start with the sports that have a following, I think secondly would be the sports that may not be mainstream, like wrestling, but we felt that they will provide good character development and education for a child."

    The centres will be established in existing sports facilities such as schools and community clubs.

    Mr Teo said more funding will be provided, if response is good.

    The S$2.5 million will be spent on programmes, such as for coaching and equipment.

    On ticket sales for the YOG, Mr Teo said the organising committee will make more tickets available to the public, after recent reports said tickets for the opening ceremony were 40 per cent oversubscribed.

    He said: "We felt that 40 per cent is a very high percentage, and we want to make sure that the public, especially the local public, has a chance to be able to view and enjoy the opening ceremony.

    "So we intend to reallocate some of the tickets that were blocked or actually reserved for different purposes, to the public."

    Mr Teo said tickets for most of the events are selling well, except for the preliminary rounds.

    He hoped more Singaporeans will support local athletes, especially for football, table tennis and badminton.

    For more information on programmes offered at the Satellite Centres for Sports Development, visit http://www.singaporesports.sg/SCSD. - CNA/ms
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    Quote Originally Posted by ants View Post
    Great to know Singapore did well in the Table Tennis. Like Korea who upsets the Chinese in Uber Cup.
    =Loh;1453926]Thanks ants. This bunch of of TT girls is just incredible. So Singapore is not China's 'second team' anymore, hahaha!
    Congrats to Singapore. It's always good to have a new champ. Germany had the chance to upset China's men team but miss out.
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    Default Congrats! Singapore paddlers: PM Lee

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    31 May 2010 1600 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has congratulated Singapore's women paddlers for winning the World Team Table Tennis Championships final.

    Singapore's trio Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei rocked the sports world in Moscow when they beat reigning champions and world No 1 China 3-1 in the championships to become world champions.

    Mr Lee said: "I am delighted that our table tennis players have done us proud. Congratulations to them, and to the coaches and supporting team who made this happen.

    "I was at a post-golf game dinner at Orchid Country Club last night (30 May) , organised by the PAP Town Councils. We managed to catch a little bit of the last game on TV before dinner.

    "At dinner we tracked the game almost point by point. Lee Bee Wah was there, receiving regular updates by SMS. When we heard that our team had won, she went up on stage to interrupt the proceedings and announce the good news. As you can imagine, the audience cheered, and drank more than one yam seng to our team."


    Ms Lee Bee Wah is the president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

    (Now this is the same iron lady who refused to nominate a former China coach for the "Coach of the Year" award despite his part in helping Singapore win the historic Beijing Olympics silver medal!)


    Singapore's women's team and their coach hold their trophy after defeating China at the table tennis world team championships final.
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    Default ViewPoint: Table-Tennis Victory - Accept foreign talent as 100% S'porean

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    It is an insult to these paddlers' years of hard work to belittle their current feat. -myp

    By Chia Han Keong

    SINGAPOREAN sports fans must be masochistic.

    Already deprived of a steady diet of world-class triumphs, a bunch of them still refuse to properly celebrate the stunning World Team Championships victory of the Singapore women's table-tennis team.

    Wins like this are as rare as the Republic's Olympic-medal wins, which occurred just twice between 1960 and 2008.
    Furthermore, the opponents were eight-time defending champions China.

    They might be initiating a new generation of world-beating paddlers, but it did not mean that they were any less formidable.

    Yet, Singapore still prevailed 3-1 in the series, as Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei fought their hearts out - Feng battling from behind to win her two singles ties - to upset the favourites.

    In a pure sporting sense, Sunday's victory trumped the team's Beijing Olympics silver showing two years ago, when they were thrashed 0-3 by China in the gold-medal match.

    Still, some fans are critical that this team is made up of China- born paddlers and featured no Singapore-born player.

    These fans will accept nothing less than a world-class sports victory achieved by a local- born athlete - preferably coached by a Singaporean, without foreign input in training.

    One Yahoo! Fit To Post user, Raj, wrote: "What's the point? Most athletes are imported into Singapore anyway. It's just a sense of hollow value. Hardly any pride in it."

    One Stomp user, juvenile10, also wrote: "It's China who won, not Singapore; China B Team beat China A Team."

    Indeed, much of the resentment stems from the perception that Singapore table tennis took the easy route to success by importing foreign talents and neglecting to bring in local hopefuls.

    While such points may be valid, it is also worth pointing out that, in this age of globalisation, the notion that a sports team comprising individuals of a "pure" nationality is preferable is getting outdated. So many countries have had foreign talents aid their sporting causes.

    France, for instance, won the 1998 World Cup with superstar Zinedine Zidane, who is of Algerian descent.

    Germany, three-time World Cup winners, have Brazil-born striker Cacau in their current squad. And top American middle-distance sprinter Bernard Lagat was Kenyan, before becoming an American citizen in 2005.

    The Singapore paddlers were still diamonds in the rough when they chose to sacrifice their Chinese nationality to train in and play for Singapore.

    Their gutsy hollers and tears after Sunday's triumphs represent their dedication to bringing glory to the nation.


    While one may feel blase about an "imported" victory, it is an insult to these athletes' years of hard work to belittle their current feat, for they must have spent most of their career wondering if they could ever overcome a mighty China.

    That they did it in Singapore colours is the country's privilege and, perhaps, it is time to accept these foreign talents as 100-per-cent Singaporeans.

    They have earned the right.
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    Default A warm welcome home

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    05:55 AM Jun 01, 2010

    by Low Lin Fhoong

    More than 200 fans waited for little over an hour to greet Singapore's all-conquering women's table tennis team. The players emerged at around 9.35pm, first Feng, than Wang Yuegu, followed by Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu, and each drew loud cheers.

    Some, like businessman Patrick Low and his wife, Doris, had skipped dinner to catch a glimpse of the paddlers, who sent shockwaves throughout the sports world with a 3-1 win over 17-time champions China at the World Team Table Tennis Championships.

    Said Mr Low: "People may say they are all from China, but they are Singaporeans now. Singapore was made up of immigrants in the past, and these new immigrants have done us proud.

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    Very good selective immigration policy that produces world champions! Now, Singapore may want to also go for China's second string men paddlers. With enough incentives, who knows, Singapore may conceivably one day become double TT champions.
    But don't just dump badminton. Here you have three great sources, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
    If you have the determination and also money why not?

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