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    Default SAF ends Afghan missions

    Oct 18, 2010


    THE Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) completed and handed over a clinic they had funded and constructed to the Afghanistan authorities on Saturday.

    The completion of the clinic in Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan also marks the end of SAF's deployment in the area, said a Ministry of Defence spokesman in a statement yesterday.

    Over the past four years, the SAF has made many inroads in the province - funding and supervising the construction of a paediatric and women's ward extension at the Bamiyan Provincial Hospital, setting up a dental clinic as well as constructing two bridges, among other projects.

    With the end of the deployment there, the SAF can focus on other ongoing deployment in Afghanistan, the spokesman added.

    On Saturday, the Chief of Army, Major-General (MG) Chan Chun Sing, met the SAF trainers deployed in an artillery school in Kabul and received updates on their efforts to train the Afghan National Army.

    At the same time, Brigadier-General Hoo Cher Mou, the Republic of Singapore Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Staff, visited the SAF's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Task Group and the Weapon Locating Radar team which are deployed in Uruzgan province in the southern region of Afghanistan.

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    Default S'pore's stem cell discovery

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    By Amanda Lee

    A TEAM of Singapore scientists has discovered the most important genes in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), a crucial breakthrough in discovering how human stem cells work.

    Their research, published in top scientific journal Nature, is the first ever genome-wide study of human stem cells on such a massive scale.

    The results may may one day be used to treat debilitating conditions such as Parkinson's disease and traumatic spinal injury.

    The research team was led by Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), both from Singapore's Agency of Science, Technology and Research, said a statement from A*Star on Monday.

    Applauding the team's discovery, Professor Lee Eng Hin, Executive Director of A*Star's Biomedical Research Council, said: "This is an example of a great cross institutional collaboration. The combined strength of stem cell and genomics experts has led to a great piece of world-class work.'

    GIS Senior Group Leader for Stem Cell and Development Biology and Associate Director for Biology Dr Ng Huck Hui, and IMCB Principal Investigator Dr Frederic Bard led the team to investigate 21,000 genes in the entire human genome to find those which regulate the two characteristic properties of hESCs.

    These cover the capacity to turn into any type of cell in the human body (pluripotency), and the ability to retain that capacity indefinitely.

    Senior Scientist at the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Programme, The Hospital for Sick Children, Dr Janet Rossant said: 'The unprecedented scale of this screen has added considerable new information to our understanding of pluripotency and will help efforts to improve reprogramming of adult cells.'
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    Default Temple to be restored

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    By Lin Yang

    AFTER 30 days at sea, Chinese coolies disembarking along Singapore's old harbour headed for one important landmark to thank their deities for the safe passage: the Yueh Hai Ching Temple.

    Built at its current location near Raffles Place in 1855, the temple has witnessed Singapore's growth and nourished the souls of many generations of Singaporeans. Now, it needs its own nurturing.

    Its rooftop sculptures have dulled in colour and chipped. The building's interior rosewood beams have all lost their joints, and fit together only by being bolted with metal fasteners. Its concrete wall carvings turn into powder upon being touched. To remedy this, Ngee Ann Kongsi foundation, which owns the temple, will commit $5 million to restore it over two years, beginning next year.

    'We've fixed certain parts here and there, but this is the first time in 155 years that we're restoring the entire structure at once,' said Mr Baey Theng Mong, the primary administrator for the project at Ngee Ann Kongsi.

    Slated to begin after Chinese New Year in February, the restoration will see craftsmen remove the roof, support beams, sculptures, and wall carvings, leaving only an empty building shell.

    Skilled artisans from China will examine each sculpture and carved wood beam to determine whether it should be restored or replaced. They will then recreate every necessary replacement piece and return the temple to its former glory.


    Yueh Hai Ching Temple in Raffles Place slated to begin its renovation after Chinese New Year in February. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN
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    Default Tao Li wins second silver at FINA Arena Swimming World Cup

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    By Patwant Singh

    SINGAPORE: Singapore's top female swimmer Tao Li won her second silver in as many days at the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup held at the Singapore Sports School.

    The 20-year old clocked 25.47 seconds in her pet event, the 50-metres butterfly, to clinch the silver on Sunday.

    Tao Li had skipped the recent New Delhi Commonwealth Games, to focus on November's Asian Games, with this competition serving as a tune-up.

    She narrowly lost out to world record holder, Sweden's Therese Alshammar who clocked 25.24 seconds, while the bronze was won by Australia's Merieke Guehrer with her time of 25.70 seconds.

    On Saturday night, Tao Li secured a silver in the 100-metres butterfly, clocking 56.78 seconds.

    "Definitely I will be performing better during the Asian Games, because by that time I will be tapering and all ready for the race. Just more heavy training and starts, turns, finish, that's the most I need to do for the next four weeks," she said.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    When Singapore was separated from Msia, most outsiders thought that Spore would not survive and would beg to be readmiitted. Our parents were fearful that their children would not be able to get jobs, etc, etc. But our leaders saw to it that is would never happen and they succeeded beyond all expectations and in fact put Spore ahead of Msia in economic terms in less that 50 years despite the fact the the latter is so much well endowed. Now Msia wants us to help them develop Johor's Iskandar.

    Due to the imagination and hard work of our leaders and the ordinary folk, Spore continued to make new highs in almost all sectors and the leaders' motto is to make Spore where people from all walks of life will want to live, work and play.

    Unlike in Msia, right from the inception of independent Spore, it is the foreigners who help us grow to where we are today, not just in business but also in other aspects including sports. So now we are able to secure the most number of gold medals in the recently concluded Delhi Commomonwealth Games with a relatively small contingent and this has inspired us to do better.

    To me it is heartening to see very rich businessmen and women making Spore their second home as it is an endorsement of our policies, safe, beautiful and friendly enivronment. They could easily choose to go elsewhere. And it is due to our leaders' great imagination to be able to convert hitherto useless land into something of great economic value. Sentosa Cove was carved out from the sea, so were many of our attractions that sit on land reclaimed from the sea, including Marina Bay Sands. We are able to do this with foresight, good planning and available resources, part of which were contributed by foreign workers. So we are able to create something almost out of nothing.

    The fear of losing something is part of human nature and this fear will be heightened in young people who do not have the benefit of experience. So they fear that the foreigner will take away their jobs, compet in housing, etc, etc. Singapore is now in a much better position than 50 years ago and yet we were able then to survive. The government has gained much experience all these years, especially when there is no disruption to their administration.

    Our young people are much better educated and have much more opportunities to upgrade themselves to be able to compete with the best. We now have more tertiary institutions offering much, much more programmes and in conjunction with well-known universities overseas. Our society is based on merit irrespective of one's background, religion and skin colour. Citizens are all treated the same, wherever they are from, and the needy will be assisted in whatever ways possible.

    Housing has been well taken care of by the government with the HDB making waves in public housing and being honoured by world bodies as outstanding in many areas. The HDB has schemes catered to the various economic needs of the citizens to ensure that they can own a home. About 70% of Spore's population is housed in HDB flats which kept on improving all the time.

    So Spore ensures that its citizens have a good education, have decent and varied jobs, have acceptable housing - all the basic needs plus good infrastructure, good health medical facilities, a clean, green garden city which allows one to travel anywhere relatively safely and to most parts of the world with its outstanding Changi airport.

    Inflation is a continuing phenonmenon with rising incomes. But Spore has been able to put this in check relatively well and with the increasing strength of the Sing dollar, it has allowed Sporean's to enjoy many foreign imported products and to be to travel to many more countries in the world.

    To me Spore is a miniature Paradise free from the harm, disparities, discriminations, bloodshed and natural disasters that we see in so many other countries. I hope our young citizens will soon discover what a great place they have to call home. Don't listen to outsiders who are just jealous of Spore's achievements and want Spore to fall.
    Let's make this part easier :

    In 1965 Singapore did not want to be or were forced out of the Federation of Msia.

    LKY just did not want to be controlled by what he called the village people and was determined to be

    modern and progressive.

    So in 1965 Singapore went it alone and without ANY RESOURCES or a HINTERLAND unlike HK
    built an industrial economy spearheaded by a good government based on modern values.Similarities with HK end here, HK was built not by governments but entrepreneurship with a large HINTERLAND.
    The society was merit based but always with a hint of socialism to keep the peace.

    On the other side of the straits people who remained had a bit more positive outlook as at that time
    as at that time the world economy was very focussed on commodities and agriculture.It was assumed there was plenty for everyone but conflict broke out just 5 years later.40 years later the same conflicts are replayed all over again although most of the people had already achieved a lot of material progress, poverty was virtually eradicated. Today the conflict boils down in sheer greed and corruption with the rich demanding to get ever richer and preserving the status quo.It is all about
    getting rich without effort and at other people's expense.

    Definitely there are similarities between HK and Singapore rather than differences.Msia though has a different agenda altogether and the values with HK or Singapore are worlds apart.

    I think the above should be clear enough without having to keep repeating all these stuff over and over again.

    Malaysia is learning that in the modern world one cannot prosper on resources alone. there must be human capital, technology,expertise etc. etc., in her case it is taking a long time to come to terms with reality and in all probability may never happen.

    The main element is CULTURE. Humans may be educated but they still retain their culture.

    So who is better off Singapore, Hk or Malaysia? Draw your own conclusions, its what you want.

    Africans will probably say Zimbabwe or Nigeria is the best of Africa, its from their point of view.

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    Anyone interested in finding out the critical success factors of nations should wallow thru the famous book written by

    the American guru of Strategy : 1)The Competitive Advantage of Nations.It is an authoritative academic text.

    Even reading 2) the memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew in the Singapore Story would be useful.

    Other than economics countries may have other priority agendas. The best example is China under Mao during the Cultural Revolution when he forced the country to go backwards,reason? "one needs to move backwards three steps in order to move forward 10 steps. " in short first you have to remove all opposition.

    Singapore definitely had a much easier path and it all boils down to culture. the biggest problem facing Singapore just as in msia is that its people are too dependent on the government to deliver whereas In Hk and China people are more self-reliant.

    Sorry to have to blabber on and on ,all mentioned is based on a lot of academic studies and research,especially in economics, not fiction.

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    Culture, what culture in Singapore? It used to have a mix of cultures but not now. This is the common feedback I got from my Singaporean friends and PRs living there. If there is one thing that stands out about Singaporeans it is arrogance and the constant need to brag about small mundane things, perhaps out of a culture of "hitting" out and paying back perceived insults, i.e. deep-seated hurt and an inferiority complex of being "kicked" out from Malaysia.
    You can look no further than the contents of this thread which assaults us with arrogance and a display of blowing one's horn, repeatedly, for no apparent reason. Why so "kia su"? Why the huge inferiority complex? Earlier claim (false) of Singapore having won the Nobel Prize, despite being rebutted, defines 'Singapore Also Can".

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    Default Five S'pore-based consortia receive S$10m in funding in first SEC

    The Straits Times
    17 October 2010 1919 hrs

    By S Ramesh

    SINGAPORE : Five Singapore-based consortia have received a total of S$10 million in funding as part of the first Smart Energy Challenge (SEC).

    The Energy Market Authority (EMA) said the SEC, launched last November, aims to support the development of new technologies and solutions to strengthen Singapore's energy competitiveness, efficiency and security.

    The inaugural projects focus on three areas - power generation, energy for transport, and energy efficiency for industry.

    The recipients are CPower vTrium (CPvT); Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with IUT Global; National University of Singapore (NUS) with ST Kinetics; Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR with SP PowerGrid and AddValue Technologies; and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

    Lawrence Wong, chief executive of EMA said: "The SEC will harness the development capabilities of our tertiary institutions and industry players to bridge the commercialisation gap and bring new inventions to market.

    "We hope to see more innovative Singapore-based energy solutions coming out as a result of this initiative, not only to address Singapore's energy needs but also to capture regional and global opportunities."

    Dr Zhou Jianying from Institute for Infocomm Research (A*STAR), one of the fund recipients, said: "Our project aims to develop a security architecture blueprint for strengthening the power grid infrastructure. We look forward to working with SP PowerGrid, who is well known for its world class grid network performance.

    "Besides the blueprint, the SEC award will also enable us to develop tamper-resistant devices that can be connected safely to the grid."

    The inaugural Smart Energy Challenge attracted 88 proposals from tertiary institutions, research entities and companies.

    All proposals were reviewed by an inter-agency technical expert evaluation panel and an advisory committee.

    Funding under the SEC is made available from EMA's S$25 million Energy Research Development Fund.


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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    Culture, what culture in Singapore? It used to have a mix of cultures but not now. This is the common feedback I got from my Singaporean friends and PRs living there. If there is one thing that stands out about Singaporeans it is arrogance and the constant need to brag about small mundane things, perhaps out of a culture of "hitting" out and paying back perceived insults, i.e. deep-seated hurt and an inferiority complex of being "kicked" out from Malaysia.
    You can look no further than the contents of this thread which assaults us with arrogance and a display of blowing one's horn, repeatedly, for no apparent reason. Why so "kia su"? Why the huge inferiority complex? Earlier claim (false) of Singapore having won the Nobel Prize, despite being rebutted, defines 'Singapore Also Can".
    Again the Devil's Advocate, an outsider who tries hard to be heard often without basis and who dared not even return to settle in his home country and now tries very hard to sow seeds of enmity and distrust among Sporeans and its neighbours. A broken down record player repeating himself.

    Frankly, if Spore is so bad as what you have discriminately painted, then why are there so many foreigners, including Msians, who want to settle here? Someone has hinted you have an axe to grind with Spore, that's why you want to oppose everything Singapore Also Can, including wanting it to be shut down.

    Thankfully you do not own this website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Again the Devil's Advocate, an outsider who tries hard to be heard often without basis and who dared not even return to settle in his home country and now tries very hard to sow seeds of enmity and distrust among Sporeans and its neighbours. A broken down record player repeating himself.

    Frankly, if Spore is so bad as what you have discriminately painted, then why are there so many foreigners, including Msians, who want to settle here? Someone has hinted you have an axe to grind with Spore, that's why you want to oppose everything Singapore Also Can, including wanting it to be shut down.

    Thankfully you do not own this website.
    I am sure your Malaysian friends will still welcome you as they are not so petty as you think.
    I have no axe to grind against Singapore, only a distaste for such naked arrogance over every small thing. I am not saying Singapore is so bad, only putting your arrogance over such small things and also a few huge ones like falsely claiming to have won the Nobel Prize into where it should belong.
    Re your claim that many foreigners are settling down in Singapore this is not the case if you define settling down as living permanently as citizens. This is borne out by the fact that 40% of Singapore's population are foreigners and they are there to work, make money and then go home to retire.
    So dependent is Singapore on these foreigners who refuse to become citizens that the option to remain PRs remains with them.
    In principle I was of the conviction that a thread like yours here which spews propaganda on a massive scale with no allowance for chit chat is out of place. It should be broadcast on paid newspaper advertisements, a more appropriate media. But I have now changed my opposition to this thread because we are attracting a few more chit and chats. The more chit chats the more lively and more deserving it should remain.

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    Has Singapore soccer come to this sorry state? http://www.hardhitting-nobs.blogspot...e-is-over.html. No wonder, it opted out from the AFC and the Champions League.

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    This is a rather blunt piece of opinion from a former Singaporean lawyer www.singaporedissident.blogspot.com. Now who is right?

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    show me the money.... haha.... I love SGD.... haha.... I love Singapore DOLLAR.... haha...

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    If you fudge too often with numbers you get yourself all tangled up and the reader becomes more confused, see http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2010...ses-questions/ and http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_592121.html.

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    Is this good for Singapore's gdp? http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_590081.html.
    If yes then there is double counting, don't you think so?

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    A drug discovery joint venture with the Singapore government closing down http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2...r-spokeswoman/

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    A drug discovery joint venture with the Singapore government closing down http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2...r-spokeswoman/
    Any more of your devil's delight?

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