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    Congrats to Spore for winning the WD. It's nice to have new faces.
    Thank you my friend. Saina Nehwal is a very good example for our girls apart from the Korean women's Uber Cup team!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbn View Post
    Careful Ants, some nut may call you Pancho Sanchez . In case some of you are unaware Don Quixote and Pancho Sanchez

    are characters from the novel"Man of La Manca". It is the story of a nut who thought he was a medieval knight and set out

    on a journey with Pancho and donkey on adventures to revive past glories and days of chilvary and old values.

    Anyway all my talk about global warming is part of the big picture of future problems caused by present symptoms in

    isolated floods.It s like seeing the doctor and complaining about a headache, he has to study you to see the big picture

    and see if there are related ailments and defects, he would be myopic by giving you aspirins and taking your money.It is

    what holistic education is all about nowadays, it is very difficult for Don Quixotes to understand.
    Which nut? Im not bothered at all.

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    Default Underdogs S'pore clinch Open title

    1st time any S'porean individual or pair has won a badminton Super Series title.

    Mon, Jun 21, 2010
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    By Chia Han Keong

    FEW gave them a chance against opponents who were fresh from winning last month's Uber Cup team championships.

    But Singapore's women's doubles pair, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari, turned the form book upside down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday.

    They won the Li-Ning Singapore Open title by beating the South Korean duo of Kim Min Jung and Lee Hyo Jung 21-17, 22-20.

    It was the Republic's first win in the Open since its inception in 1990.

    It was also the duo's second straight title, following their triumph in the India Open two weeks ago.

    "I thought we were mentally sound today, and that enabled us to fight hard and give all we could," Yao said. "To win in front of the home crowd is a big thrill. We played our usual game, attacked their weaknesses and fought till the end."

    Even though the duo were in fine form in recent weeks, they were the obvious underdogs against the South Koreans.

    After all, the Singaporean duo were ranked world No. 14, while the South Korean pair were seeded fifth in the tournament.

    Furthermore, the South Korean duo had helped their country score a monumental victory over China in last month's Uber Cup, preventing their opponents from winning the Cup for the ninth straight time.

    However, after the South Koreans raced to a 4-0 lead in the first game, Yao and Shinta began to exert their aggressive style on their opponents, forcing them into a series of errors.

    All of a sudden, they opened up a 17-9 lead and maintained that advantage even as the Koreans composed themselves, and won the first game 21-17.

    The second game was much tighter and, as the Koreans stepped up their game, errors also crept into the Singapore duo's play.

    It seemed as though the final was about to go into a decisive third game when the Koreans led 20-16.

    But the Singapore duo were not about to concede.

    "We treat every point as if we are at 0-0," Yao said. "That probably calmed us and helped us find our offensive rhythm back."

    Indeed, roared on by the partisan, 6,500-strong crowd, the Singapore duo rose to the occasion, winning six consecutive points to take the second game, and the title.

    When the Korean duo sent their final shot into the net, Yao and Shinta dropped their rackets, screamed in triumph and hugged each other, as the crowd rose to their feet to applaud them.

    "I'm so happy," said Shinta after the game. "Last night, I had trouble sleeping because I was so nervous. Luckily, I calmed down enough for the final."

    So, will she be losing more sleep due to sheer joy?

    She grinned but, before she could reply, Yao dragged her away to take photos with their national teammates.


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    Default After a 20-year wait, Singapore bags first major badminton title

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    by Low Lin Fhoong Updated

    SINGAPORE - What a fortnight it has been for Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei.

    Fresh off their women's doubles title at the India Open Grand Prix Gold on June 13, the Singaporean duo rode the momentum, smashing their way to the top again at the US$200,000 ($280,200) Li Ning Singapore Open 2010 Super Series yesterday.

    Little did they imagine they would be standing atop the Singapore Indoor Stadium podium after yesterday's final against Lee Hyo Jung and Kim Min Jung of South Korea, whom they beat 21-17, 22-20, celebrating the Republic's first Singapore Open title in 20 years.

    Neither did the 6,500-strong crowd, who got behind the duo with chants of "Singapura". And when Shinta delivered the winning smash to the South Korean's back court before hugging team-mate Yao Lei, the indoor stadium burst into a thunderous ovation.

    Spotting mile-wide smiles as they collected their winner's cheque of US$15,800 from Singapore Badminton Association president Lee Yi Shyan, Shinta called the victory and their first super series title "unbelievable".

    Added Yao Lei: "We never thought so much about winning, just played our game and it's such a special feeling winning in front of a home crowd ... I believe it was our mental strength that really helped us."

    The women's doubles pair had already made history on Saturday, advancing to the final after a 2-1 victory over Taiwan's fourth seeds, Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin.

    Both players had also claimed the scalps of Laura Choinet and Weny Rasidi of France (the 8th seeds) and India's Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa en route to the final.

    Up against Uber Cup champions Lee and Kim, who had defeated China's world No 1 pair of Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli in last month's Uber Cup finals, the odds were stacked against the Singapore twosome, who are ranked 14th in the world.

    Both pairs started on a cautious note in the first game, which was dominated by long rallies, which Shinta and Yao Lei eventually won 21-17. The gritty Koreans fought back in a point-for-point battle in the second, levelling the score at 13-13 before taking the lead at 20-16 for game point.

    Cries of "Singapore, Singapore" hit a high in the terraces, as the Singaporeans clawed back to win the next six points and clinch the game 22-20.

    Yesterday's victory was extra special for Shinta, who dedicated the win to her father, Sugeng Subagyo, in Jakarta. The 22-year-old had missed celebrating Father's Day with him, telling MediaCorp: "He called me last night and told me to take just one more step for him so that he can be proud of me ... and that really motivated me."

    Both players will also receive a $50,000 cash incentive from the SBA for winning the Singapore Open title. The men's single was won by Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who beat Thai fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana 21-16, 21-16, while the women's title went to India's Saina Nehwal, who beat Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying 21-18, 21-15.

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    ..with the rate things are going for S'pore in sports, i wonder what will be another "first" for them in the upcoming Commonwealth Games???..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ..with the rate things are going for S'pore in sports, i wonder what will be another "first" for them in the upcoming Commonwealth Games???..
    I think the inaugural 'first' Youth Olympics Games to be held in Singapore from August 14-26, 2010 will be the most important event in Singapore's sports history, soon after our National Day on August 9.

    By winning the privilege to host this world event is already a momentus occasion for Singapore, much more important than the individual honours that our athletes may win from time to time. The YOG will be remembered for years to come and Singapore would want it to be special. If our young athletes manage to do well in their specialized events, this will be an additional icing on our YOG cake.

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    Default 23 to scale Sands towers

    Jun 21, 2010

    By Lester Kok

    The 21 climbing enthusiasts from all over the world will scale the 200-metre high facades of the resort in a relay contest called the World Championship Climb. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

    SOME of the world's top climbers will scale the three 55-storey glass towers of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) when the integrated resort officially opens on Wednesday.

    The 21 climbing enthusiasts from all over the world will scale the 200-metre high facades of the resort in a relay contest called the World Championship Climb.

    Many of these climbers are more accustomed to climbing rock walls and mountains than they are on glass buildings.

    Earlier on Monday, a trial climb was held to give several climbers their first taste on glass.

    Those who were interviewed by The Straits Times said that the climb was very challenging due to the hot and humid weather as well as the bad traction on glass.

    In fact, it was so tough that one of the experienced climbers felt faint, after her 55-storey ascent to the top.

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    Default 23 to scale Sands towers (in World Championship Climb)

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    By Lester Kok

    SOME of the world's top climbers will scale the three 55-storey glass towers of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) when the integrated resort officially opens on Wednesday.

    The 21 climbing enthusiasts from all over the world will scale the 200-metre high facades of the resort in a relay contest called the World Championship Climb.

    Many of these climbers are more accustomed to climbing rock walls and mountains than they are on glass buildings.

    Earlier on Monday, a trial climb was held to give several climbers their first taste on glass.

    Those who were interviewed by The Straits Times said that the climb was very challenging due to the hot and humid weather as well as the bad traction on glass.

    In fact, it was so tough that one of the experienced climbers felt faint, after her 55-storey ascent to the top.


    The 21 climbing enthusiasts from all over the world will scale the 200-metre high facades of the resort in a relay contest called the World Championship Climb. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
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    Default Butterfly Trail at Orchard Rd to raise interest in nature

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    By Sona Remesh

    SINGAPORE : Nature may not be the first thing one associates with Singapore's prime shopping belt, but the Butterfly Trail at Orchard Road hopes to change this.

    Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh launched the first phase of the Butterfly Trail - a project to highlight Singapore's urban biodiversity.

    For a start, 900 shrubs and 24 trees have been planted along Nassim Road, including the so-called "nectar plants", which will attract butterflies to the area.

    Experts hope up to 50 species will find their way to the trail.

    There is also the butterfly walk - a four-kilometre trail from the Botanic Gardens to Fort Canning Park that aims to increase interest in nature.


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    Default PM Lee on a day's visit to Malaysia

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    KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be making a working visit to Malaysia today.

    Wisma Putra said Lee would have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his one-day visit.

    'The meeting is expected to follow up on the valuation of land and the land swap discussed during the Leaders' Retreat in Singapore on May 24,' it said in a statement here on Monday.


    On May 24, it was announced during Najib's visit to the republic that Malaysia would move its railway station at Tanjung Pagar to Woodlands.

    In exchange, three parcels of KTMB land - at Tanjung Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands in Singapore ' would be jointly developed by a company.

    The deal has been described as a breakthrough in a 20-year impasse between the two countries over the 217ha of land in the republic belonging to KTMB.

    The meeting, added Wisma Putra, would also further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

    Both prime ministers will hold a joint press conference after the meeting.

    Lee, who will be accompanied, among others, by the Foreign Affairs, National Development and Law ministers.

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    Default HDB to launch Punggol flats

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    By Hoe Pei Shan

    HORSE riding, kayaking, and even beach volleyball - these are just some of the many activities future residents of Punggol will be able to enjoy once Singapore's first eco-town within Punggol is ready.

    Blending in lush greenery, cascading waters, existing flora and fauna, and innovation, the Housing Board will be launching the nation's first waterfront public housing for sale in about a week.

    This new waterfront estate, which features solar panels and rooftop gardens and will be completed by 2015, marks the progress of Punggol's Remaking Our Heartland project that was first announced in 2007 and which aims to also build the neighbourhood's mass by increasing the number of dwelling units.

    To date, the area has seen the completion of a new town centre - including a sports and recreation centre, hockey stadium and community club - and an impressive 4.2km waterway that snakes through the heart of the neighbourhood and connects Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon.

    The waterway and promenades surrounding Punggol have been constructed to various themes to bring a little of everything to the residents. Some sandy coastal areas have been designed alongside boardwalks and a heritage trail.

    Said Mr Wu Da Wu, 35, who took a day off his construction job to catch the exhibition on Tueaday: 'It looks great, and with the surrounding water, it's very soothing.'


    Remaking of Punggol estate on track

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    SINGAPORE: Plans for remaking Punggol are on track.

    Senior Minister of State for National Development, Grace Fu, said as of June 1, HDB has completed almost 18,000 residential units in Punggol.

    Another 9,400 are under construction.

    Subject to demand, HDB is on track to complete 35,000 flats by the end of 2015.

    This will make Punggol similar in size to Toa Payoh.

    Ms Fu was speaking at the Punggol, Remaking our Heartlands Exhibition at HDB Hub.

    She said as Punggol's population attains critical mass, new facilities can and will come on board.

    The first mixed commercial-cum-residential development site at the Town Centre will be launched in the second-half of this year.

    And a premium HDB project will be launched later this month, boasting waterfront living an eco-friendly features.

    Ms Fu stressed that it's also important for a new town like Punggol, to foster its identity by heightening awareness of its rich heritage, which dates back to the early days of Singapore.

    Grassroots leaders are working together with government agencies to develop educational panels along the Punggol Waterway, highlighting various aspects of Punggol's developments, both past and present.

    For example, the panels along the Heartwave Wall, near Punggol MRT station, will depict the story of Punggol's evolution and its significant development milestones.

    The Heritage Trail along Punggol Road will showcase the history of the road, together with a focus on the flora and fauna of old and present Punggol.
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    Default PM LEE-NAJIB TALKS - Land swop deal in 3 mths

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    By Jeremy Au Yong, Political Correspondent

    THE final decision on the land swop deal linked to Malayan Railway land in Singapore will be made only in three months' time.

    At a press conference in Putrajaya this evening, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak said that they had agreed to put it off till September for both sides to study the matter further.

    The two leaders and their respective delegations had met for an hour in Putrajaya prior to the press conference. The meeting was a follow-up to a retreat held in Singapore last month where both leaders made a significant breakthrough on the railway land issue.

    The land swop is the one remaining unresolved issue. The Singapore side had presented Malaysia with a specific proposal on the land swop and will now wait for Malaysia's response.

    Said PM Lee: 'This is a major decision, so Malaysia will think it over further and Singapore will take back the comments which Malaysia has made and we will consider them and we look forward to settling the matter within three months.'

    At the meeting, the two leaders also agreed to reduce their respective toll charges at the Second Link by 30 per cent from Aug 1 this year.


    Commenting on Mr Lee's working visit, the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in its statement yesterday: 'The visit will also further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.' It also said Mr Lee will co-chair the 'four-eyes' meeting with Mr Najib, and added: 'Both prime ministers will subsequently hold a joint press conference.' -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN
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    A more exciting picture from the Straits Times today.
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    Default A*Star scientist wins award

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    A*STAR scientist David William Townsend will be awarded the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology for the design, commercial development and clinical implementation of the PET/CT scanner.

    He will receive the medal jointly with his co-inventor, engineer Ronald Nutt, at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 26 June.

    IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity.

    Called the 'Medical Invention of the Year' in 2000 by Time magazine, the PET/CT scanner enabled cancer tumours to be detected faster and more accurately, for diagnosis as well as staging and during treatment.

    Prof Townsend is currently head of PET and SPECT development at the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) under A*Star, and a Professor of Radiology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

    He is leading a team to develop both single photon and positron-emitting radiotracers for pre-clinical imaging of disease.

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    Default Buzz is back in S'pore

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    THE buzz is back in Singapore's convention and exhibition industry as Asia-Pacific economies rebound and new casinos attract more visitors to one of the region's favourite meeting destinations.

    From telecom and hotel trade shows to Christian prayer meetings and home-decor fairs, conference centres are enjoying robust demand from event organisers along with rising attendance numbers.

    Convention centres have already sealed contracts for events in 2011 and 2012, with Singapore Expo, located close to Changi Airport, hosting a tenth of all business-related events.

    'The big conventions and exhibitions sector is starting to bounce back,' said its deputy general manager Chandran Nair. 'A significant number of associations and organisations have stopped playing a wait-and-see game.'

    Singapore hosts some 6,000 business events annually, accounting for a quarter of such meetings held in Asia in 2008, according to official figures, but the global recession hit the industry in 2009.

    In 2008, Singapore welcomed three million business travellers including convention participants, said Melissa Ow, assistant chief executive at the Singapore Tourism Board in charge of business travel and conventions. The segment contributed S$6 billion or about 40 per cent of total tourism revenues in 2008, Mr Ow said.


    Visitor arrivals up

    * Total visitor arrivals including tourists and business travellers slipped 4.3 per cent to 9.7 million in 2009, but the STB forecasts visitor arrivals for 2010 could range from 11.5 to 12.5 million.

    * The target is 17 million arrivals by 2015 - more than three times the current population of Singapore.

    * The turnaround of the local economy despite lingering US weaknesses and the recent financial shocks in Europe is also boosting demand for meetings and display space at convention centres.

    * Economists expect Singapore's output to expand 9.0 per cent in 2010 after contracting 1.3 per cent last year, and the government has been pushing service industries to reduce dependence on manufacturing in the long term.

    * Chua Chor Hoon, the head of research for Southeast Asia at realty consultancy DTZ Debenham Tie Leung, told AFP that growing the convention industry is key to achieving the target.

    'With the global economies recovering from last year's recession, the outlook for (the business meetings industry) in 2010 is good as companies are more willing to spend again,' Mr Chua said.

    * For conventioneers, Singapore offers a central location and extensive airline connections as well as a safe, business-friendly and English-speaking environment.

    All convention centres are connected to the mass transit system, and many offer integrated hotel, entertainment and dining facilities, with accommodation generally cheaper than in Hong Kong, its arch rival.

    * The addition of two massive casino complexes earlier this year - one on Sentosa island, the other right next to the banking district - is another incentive to hold regional and world conferences in Singapore Both properties began operations earlier this year and have already signed close to 200 events contracts each, according to company officials. -- AFP.


    Singapore hosts some 6,000 business events annually, accounting for a quarter of such meetings held in Asia in 2008. -- ST PHOTO: ARTHUR LEE CH
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    Default IR set for 125k daily visitors

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    By Lim Wei Chean

    LAS Vegas Sands' head honcho Sheldon Adelson expects his US$5.7 billion Marina Bay Sands integrated resort to attract 125,000 visitors daily when it is fully open.

    He made the bold prediction on Wednesday morning at a press conference attended by some 1,100 media representatives ahead of the resorts' grand opening ceremony.

    The casino alone attracts some 25,000 visitors daily, one-third of whom are Singaporeans and residents who pay the $100 daily levy or $2,000 annual levy to enter.

    A gong ceremony will mark Wednesday's grand opening , which will be followed by a star-studded gala dinner.

    The remaining two-thirds of the 2,500 hotel rooms were opened on Wednesday, together with more retail shops, restaurants and additional meetings and conventions facilities.

    Its sky garden will open to the public from 2pm on Thursday but the 150m-long infinity-edge swimming pool is open only to hotel guests.

    The Art Science Museum, two theatres, two floating pavilions on the bay and the rest of the mall are expected to be progressively completed throughout the year.

    The Lion King, the permanent show at one of the theatres will start performing in the first quarter of next year.


    Mr Adelson made the bold prediction on Wednesday morning at a press conference attended by some 1,100 media representatives ahead of the resorts' grand opening ceremony. -- PHOTO: AP
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    Default MARINA BAY SANDS CASINO OPENS - MBS aims to change game

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    Integrated resort expects to welcome to 150,000 visitors daily

    By Lim Wei Chean

    THE Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resort celebrated its opening on Wednesday with a lavish bash, but not before its owner made an even more glittering prediction: Just as the resort's towers have transformed the skyline, the IR will 'forever change' Singapore's image and give the country's tourism industry a major fillip.

    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson called the US$5.7 billion (S$7.92 billion) facility a game-changer for tourism here, and added that after all is said and done, he expects between 125,000 and 150,000 people to visit it each day, a record for parent company Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) properties worldwide.

    Speaking at a press conference before the opening ceremonies, which featured a competition to climb the three towers, a glittering dinner party and concert, among other things, Mr Adelson proclaimed that 'the integrated resort model is unmatched, and MBS will now be the reference point by which all new tourism projects are judged'.

    The 71-year-old American added: 'It's going to change Singapore by providing entertainment amenities that were not here before. 'This will be for the Asian people a very major attraction, and will change the conservative perception of what Singapore has in the night time.'

    The Republic will reap much of the benefits, he said, as MBS will transform the tourism industry and attract visitors from countries in the region and further afield, including China, Australia and even Europe.

    The scale of its opening ceremonies, at least, was grand: Some 2,500 guests were invited, as were 1,100 members of the media from 17 countries, who were specially flown in. International superstars such as Diana Ross and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child also lent a touch of glamour to a gala celebratory concert on Wednesday night.


    CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference at the Marina Bay Sands convention centre in Singapore June 23, 2010. Adelson is in Singapore to officially open the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, which includes three hotel towers, a "Skypark", shopping and convention centres and a casino. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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