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    Performance of high-performing Asian economies put in perspective http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/08...c-performance/.

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    Tiger Balm got a slap on the wrist www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38645718/us/health

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    Default Some $3.8m in Creative Industries & MICA scholarships awards

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    By Mustafa Shafawi

    SINGAPORE: 54 scholarships and six bursaries, worth about $3.8 million have been given out under this year's Creative Industries & Ministry for Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) Scholarships Awards.

    They've been presented to those in the creative industries and information services, ranging from visual and performing arts, design, digital filmmaking, screenwriting, journalism and public relations.

    They were selected from 396 applicants, and this year saw the highest number of awards being given out says MICA.

    Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Acting Minister Lui Tuck Yew says the Creative Industries sector has seen steady growth in recent years.

    Employment's estimated to have grown by an average of 5.3 per cent annually between 2003 and 2008.

    And the Ministry's confident that prospects in the sector will continue to be bright with the Renaissance City Plan 3 and the Singapore Media Fusion Plan.

    MICA adds that the Creative Industries scholarships started from a national effort to transform Singapore into a global city for arts, heritage, media and design.
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    Default Hainan Airlines to fly to Changi

    Aug 12, 2010

    By Carmen Woo

    A NEW airline will be added to Changi Airport's network of airlines later this month.

    Hainan Airlines will arrive at Changi's Terminal 2 on Aug 29.

    The sixth Chinese carrier at Changi, Hainan Airlines will operate four weekly flights on a B737-800 aircraft connecting Singapore to Hefei and onwards to Dalian.

    Hefei will be a new city link for Changi Airport and brings to four the number of new city links to China established this year, following Jinan, Shantou and Qingdao.

    Hefei is the capital of Anhui province. The political, economic and cultural centre of Anhui province, the city of Hefei is located in mid-east China, some 400 km west of Shanghai.

    With the addition of Hainan Airlines, Changi Airport will be connected to China via some 400 weekly scheduled flights to more than 25 Chinese cities, reinforcing Singapore's position as the most connected Southeast Asian city to China.

    Total passenger traffic between Singapore and China crossed 2.9 million in 2009 and in the first six months of this year, grew by more than 20 per cent to 1.7 million, a figure higher than pre-recession levels.

    Changi Airport Group's Director, Market Development, Lim Ching Kiat, said: ' Passenger traffic between Singapore and China has been strong through the years and China is one of Changi's top five markets. We believe there is immense potential for traffic between Singapore and China to grow further with Hainan Airlines' new flights.'

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    Default Hainan Airlines to fly to Changi

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    By Carmen Woo

    A NEW airline will be added to Changi Airport's network of airlines later this month.

    Hainan Airlines will arrive at Changi's Terminal 2 on Aug 29.

    The sixth Chinese carrier at Changi, Hainan Airlines will operate four weekly flights on a B737-800 aircraft connecting Singapore to Hefei and onwards to Dalian.

    Hefei will be a new city link for Changi Airport and brings to four the number of new city links to China established this year, following Jinan, Shantou and Qingdao.

    Hefei is the capital of Anhui province. The political, economic and cultural centre of Anhui province, the city of Hefei is located in mid-east China, some 400 km west of Shanghai.

    With the addition of Hainan Airlines, Changi Airport will be connected to China via some 400 weekly scheduled flights to more than 25 Chinese cities, reinforcing Singapore's position as the most connected Southeast Asian city to China.

    Total passenger traffic between Singapore and China crossed 2.9 million in 2009 and in the first six months of this year, grew by more than 20 per cent to 1.7 million, a figure higher than pre-recession levels.

    Changi Airport Group's Director, Market Development, Lim Ching Kiat, said: ' Passenger traffic between Singapore and China has been strong through the years and China is one of Changi's top five markets. We believe there is immense potential for traffic between Singapore and China to grow further with Hainan Airlines' new flights.'

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    Default A*Star in TB research tie-up

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    By Hannah Koh

    BIOMEDICAL agency A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) is teaming up with a bioindustrial group and pumping S$3 million into Tuberculosis (TB) research.

    The partnership is expected to lead to improved detection and treatment of the highly infectious disease that affects millions worldwide.

    Researchers will study the immune cells in the blood of infected individuals without active TB and compare them with the blood of those with active TB.

    They will analyse changes in the behaviour of immune cells to identify what triggers TB infection or TB re-activation, as current tests cannot reliably predict if an individual is at risk of developing the disease.

    Results of this research are also expected to help clinicians assess patients' responses to treatment and deal with strains that have developed drug resistance, said A*STAR in a statement on Thursday.

    Professor Paola Castagnoli, Scientific Director of SIgN said: 'There is an urgent need to understand and find new ways to eradicate the disease - through prediction, early detection and effective treatment'.

    Currently, one-third of the world's total population are infected with the bacterium that causes TB, and every one in 10 will develop active TB in his or her lifetime.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.8 million people across the globe died from TB in 2008. TB is also a lead killer of people with HIV. More alarmingly, WHO has reported the spread of multidrug-resistant TB cases in all 81 countries surveyed.

    Locally, the incidence rate of TB jumped for the first time in 10 years in 2008 to a record 1,451 cases.

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    Default Yang Yang as YOG torch bearer on Fri

    Hi Loh,

    Heard from my wife that Yang Yang, the badminton legend of the 80's, is the IOC member to start the torch relay tomorrow morning 1030am at Lavender MRT. Unfortunately I am unable to be there to witness that. If you are there, do take some photos and share here

    I believe YY was also the IOC member to light torch during the Beijing game.

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    Things are really happening in Singapore.

    Over here its dullsville, "this cannot,that cannot".

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    Sands casino and law group dispute http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-0...aw-group.html/

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    According to this http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/08...olympic-games/ there are only 6 teams (countries) competing in soccer. The 6 teams are Singapore, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Bolivia, Vanuatu, and Montenegro. This is going to be a huge disappointment when S. Blatter turns up for the soccer matches.

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    The best hawker food stalls in Singapore are found here http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/eat/h...gapore-636748/

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    Default NUS, Cambridge exchange plan

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    Two engineering undergrads from each varsity will take part in year-long programme

    By Amelia Tan

    NATIONAL University of Singapore professor Victor Shim has long wanted to establish an exchange programme for engineering undergraduates between NUS and Cambridge University.

    More than a decade's worth of doggedness will finally come to fruition in October, when NUS becomes the first Asian university to send students to the renowned British institution.

    NUS will also be among an elite few, joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and the Ecole Centrale Paris in France, the only other schools to have such partnerships with Cambridge.

    Professor Shim, who is the NUS engineering faculty's vice-dean of external relations, first approached Cambridge with the idea in 1999. But the university said no as it had not established student exchange programmes with any other institution at that time.

    The Cambridge alumnus decided to try again in 2008, broaching the idea with Cambridge's engineering department head Ann Dowling when she visited NUS.

    Cambridge finally said yes in the middle of last year, after a year of e-mail exchanges and a visit by Prof Shim to Britain, where he met Cambridge's engineering dons to highlight the benefits of having their students exposed to an engineering education at a top Asian university.


    (From left) Cambridge students Jonathan Bassett and Daniel Barnard, both 20, and National University of Singapore students Koh Yan Tian, 20, and Chee Enqing, 22, are the pioneer participants in the exchange programme. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
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    Default Genting S'pore hits jackpot

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    RWS' cash registers netted $9.6m in average daily sales in Q2

    By Francis Chan, Companies Correspondent

    DOUBTS about whether Genting Singapore had hit the jackpot with Singapore's first integrated resort (IR) were put to rest on Thursday.

    Genting Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) had powered ahead to generate a sparkling $860.8 million in revenue with pre-tax profits of $503.5 million for the second quarter of this year.

    This works out to RWS' cash registers netting $9.6 million in daily sales, from which Genting Singapore pocketed a tidy $5.6 million in pre-tax profits.

    The blistering performance of RWS propelled mainboard-listed Genting Singapore to the big-time profits league.

    More importantly, the performance refutes early scepticism that the IRs, and the casinos they house, would not take off.

    The decision to build the IRs - taken by the Government in 2005 - was to beef up tourism in the city-state and create jobs but the move was hotly debated.


    Genting Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) had powered ahead to generate a sparkling $860.8 million in revenue with pre-tax profits of $503.5 million for the second quarter of this year. -- NP FILE PHOTO
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    Default Competition venues won't be white elephants after YOG: Dr Balakrishnan

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    SINGAPORE: Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan said it's all system go for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which is set to open on August 14.

    And Dr Balakrishnan is confident the competition venues will not be white elephants after the Games.

    Dr Balakrishnan made this point after touring three of the 18 venues.

    He said the challenge of hosting an international event is that facilities are left unused afterwards.

    But he assured this will not happen in Singapore.

    "So far all the indications on all the venues (are) green (and) we're all ready to go. We've been able to achieve world-class standards of competition venues in a very cost-effective manner. You'd notice (that) there's no wasted space its space that can be reused after that, and we're also making sure there'll be no white elephants," he said.

    Citing the Tampines Bike Park, Dr Balakrishnan said local athletes, sportsmen and weekend sports enthusiasts can use the facility when the competitions are over.

    He added organisers are ensuring the Singapore Games will be a unique experience.

    "We've also made sure the way we lay out the facilities also showcases Singapore. It's this combination of reaching this world-class standards, compact use, reuse of facilities and showcasing Singapore that makes our hosting of these games quite unique," he said.

    The Games, which ends on 26 August, will see some 3,600 athletes competing in 26 sports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmouthfish View Post
    Hi Loh,

    Heard from my wife that Yang Yang, the badminton legend of the 80's, is the IOC member to start the torch relay tomorrow morning 1030am at Lavender MRT. Unfortunately I am unable to be there to witness that. If you are there, do take some photos and share here

    I believe YY was also the IOC member to light torch during the Beijing game.
    Sorry, unable to attend.

    Will be there at the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening at the Float @ Marina Bay.
    Understand that the MM Lee will do the honours of lighting up the YOG Cauldron.
    Hope to take some pics there although my seat is at the wings.

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    Default S'pore to hold Asia's first sustainable light festival this Oct

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    12 August 2010 2037 hrs

    By Lynda Hong

    SINGAPORE: Singapore looks set to hold Asia's first sustainable light festival, which will be run from October 15 to November 7.

    Over 20 light art installations will be featured at the i Light Marina Bay Festival, to promote energy-efficient lighting for the urban environment.

    Street lights along the 3.5km Marina Bay area, which are deemed intrusive to the installations, will be switched off.

    i Light Marina Bay festival director Mary Anne Kyriakou said organisers are hoping to rally buildings, especially those in the Marina Bay area, to save energy.

    "We hope there will be enough uptake from Marina Bay stakeholders and other buildings and offices to turn off lights for a period of time during the festival period, so there's an offset of lamp power use, in terms of turning off lights in commercial office buildings with lamp power consumed in the festival," she said.

    Germany and Sydney have held similar festivals.
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