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10-20-2010, 03:12 AM #3112
Now who is teaching who? http://www.utwt.blogspot.com/2010/10...earn-from.html.
Mind you a communist country like China can teach Singapore a thing or two about letting the people having a larger share of a nation's wealth, and steer it away from its embarrassingly low 40-45% total wages as a percent of its national wealth.
Even Malaysia gives more to its people and will now even increase it with the recent cabinet approval of a minimum wage.
10-20-2010, 09:18 AM #3113
There are calls to ban Tiger Airways from Australian skies and to avoid flying on Tiger Airways., see www.mathaba.net/news/?x=620905.
This is very serious. I think governments should look into this before it is too late.
10-20-2010, 10:08 PM #3114
Latest sub hits the water
The Straits Times
Oct 21, 2010
RSS Swordsman will now undergo sea trials and modifications
RSS SWORDSMAN, the last of Singapore's two most advanced submarines, was launched in the Swedish coastal city of Karlskrona yesterday.
In keeping with maritime tradition, Ms Ivy Lim Swee Lian, the wife of Second Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, smashed a bottle of champagne against the diesel-electric vessel's sleek black hull.
RSS Swordsman is one of two second-hand Swedish Vaastergotland-class submarines Singapore bought in 2005. The other, RSS Archer, was launched last year.
These new Archer-class submarines are stealthier and have superior technology over their predecessors, the four Challenger-class submarines.
The two vessels have been fitted with the state-of-the-art Air Independent Propulsion system, which allows them to last six weeks underwater, or twice as long as the older Challenger-class submarines.
The older submarines have to surface periodically to recharge their batteries, making them vulnerable to detection.
RSS Swordsman, launched in Karlskrona, Sweden, yesterday, is one of the navy's most advanced submarines. It is stealthier and able to stay underwater longer. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
10-20-2010, 10:13 PM #3115
Giant sting rays delivered
The Straits Times
Oct 21, 2010
By Low Yi Qian, Multimedia Journalist
FIVE giant fresh water sting rays were delivered to the Singapore Zoo today, for an upcoming attraction called, The River Safari to open in 2012.
While the sting rays received today were only about 10 kilos in weight and 40 centimeters across, they do grow to astonishing sizes, weighing up to 500 kg and 5 meters in length.
The 5 sting rays, each about 2 years old, originate from the Chao Praya river in Thailand.
Sting rays are generally gentle creatures. However, they shot to infamy when TV personality Steve Irwin died in a freak accident after being pierced in the chest by a sting ray barb.
10-20-2010, 10:24 PM #3116
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10-20-2010, 10:36 PM #3117
Haze likely to stay at least 3 days, says NEA
20 October 2010 1824 hrs
SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) said moderate haze would likely continue in Singapore for the next three days.
It added hotspot activities in Sumatra were expected to persist or escalate.
Satellite pictures on Tuesday showed 202 hotspots in Sumatra, indicating where Indonesian farmers and plantation companies had set fires to clear large swathes of forests to get the land ready for the crop-plating season.
The number of satellite pictures has gone down to 146 on Wednesday.
But NEA said the drop in number of hotspots was not a clear indication of the haze situation as there might be undetected peat fires underground or fires undetected by satellite due to cloud cover.
NEA said the prevailing winds from the southwest and westerly directions were blowing the smoke haze to Singapore.
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim has expressed disappointment at the recent sharp increase in hotspots in Sumatra.
Speaking on the sidelines of the opening of a power plant on Wednesday morning, he said Singapore has asked the Indonesian authorities on several occasions to take extra measures to ensure the forest fires do not recur.
"We are a bit disappointed with what's happening; this is not the first time that we have informed the Indonesians that they should pay attention to the hotspots both in Sumatra and Borneo," Dr Yaacob said.
"And in fact, (on) many occasions, we have told the Indonesians, 'please take extra measures that this does not recur'.
"But this has happened. Last week, when we had our meeting in Brunei for the ASEAN Haze Agreement, we reminded (during) the meeting, that we should remain vigilant even though it is supposed to wetter than normal for this year".
Dr Yaacob added meanwhile, he had informed the Indonesians that Singapore would assist readily in fire-fighting effort.
The three-hour PSI reading as at 4pm on Wednesday was 79, which is in the moderate range.
A PSI level above 100 is considered unhealthy.
Hazy conditions over Singapore
10-20-2010, 10:43 PM #3118
Circle Line receives Green Mark Gold Award
20 October 2010 1150 hrs
SINGAPORE: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has awarded the Circle Line (CCL) the Green Mark Gold Award for its environmentally-friendly features.
The assessment and grading were based on the Green Mark for Rapid Transit System (RTS) framework, jointly developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and BCA.
The BCA-LTA Green Mark for RTS was developed to provide a holistic approach in evaluating and rating the environmental performance of RTS for existing and future lines.
LTA Chief Executive, Chew Hock Yong, said: "The award reaffirms the agency's commitment in ensuring that the planning, design, construction and operations of our MRT systems take into account potential environmental impact, and engage the appropriate measures to minimise the impact."
The regenerative braking system, where the energy that is produced by the train during braking is re-used, is one of the features that was awarded high scores.
This energy, if not harvested, would be wasted as heat.
The recovered energy can be re-used by a nearby train or channelled through an inverter system to be used by the station.
With this, the CCL achieved a 1 per cent reduction in energy usage or 433MWh a year, enough to power up about 90 HDB flats for a year.
The CCL also scored well on its water conservation efforts.
For instance, the use of effective drift eliminator in its air-conditioning units reduces drift loss of the cooling tower.
The process helps the CCL save 13,550 cubic metres of water every year, equivalent to the water consumption of about 60 HDB households' in a year.
Other green features of CCL include energy-conserving escalators that reduce its speed when not in use or stop completely during extended period of non-usage.
A train station on the Circle Line
10-20-2010, 10:56 PM #3119
NHC uses breakthrough technology to treat lung cancer
20 October 2010 1927 hrs
SINGAPORE : Singapore's National Heart Centre has used a breakthrough technology to treat early-stage lung cancer.
It became the first in Southeast Asia to use robotic arms and a 3D camera for the surgical procedure.
The minimally invasive procedure allows surgeons to remove the infected tissues with precision.
Used successfully on two patients in August, the procedure may be offered to more with early-stage lung cancer.
About a third of the 300 patients the centre sees every year are in the early stage.
The procedure is said to be less painful and safer.
Dr Su Jang Wen, a consultant at the National Heart Centre, said: "(Because of the technology), we are able to appreciate much better the visualisation of the surgical fields and (have a) much more precise dissection and (it) also enhances the safety of the whole operation."
10-20-2010, 10:59 PM #3120
New NTU invention improves mobile phone reception, voice clarity
20 October 2010 1824 hrs
By Lim Wei Lin
SINGAPORE: A research team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has a new invention that can increase the voice clarity for mobile phone users for example, even in a crowded train.
The world's smallest on-chip low-pass filter by NTU is 1,000 times smaller than existing off-chip filters.
A low-pass filter is a circuit that allows low-frequency signals to pass through while reducing unwanted high-frequency signals from going through.
Compared to existing off-chip filters, the new invention occupies a small area on integrated circuit chips, which can be found in portable devices such as mobile phones, laptops, vehicle-mounted radars and speed guns used in traffic monitoring.
The design was unveiled this morning at the official opening of VIRTUS, the new Integrated Circuit Design Centre of Excellence.
The man behind the invention, Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, who is the Head of Circuits and Systems at NTU's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, described it as a breakthrough that is set to revolutionise wireless communication.
According to Professor Yeo, the invention improves the reception and enhances clarity for users of mobile phones and other wireless applications such as Bluetooth and other mobile devices.
"If you are speaking to your friend on your mobile phone in a noisy food centre or in a train, you would still be able to hear him clearly," said Professor Yeo.
The filter also consumes less power and can be incorporated into existing IC chips at almost no cost.
This filter project is jointly funded by NTU and Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the marketing and commercialisation arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Six industry players, including companies such as Infineon Technologies and Mediatek Inc, have pledged to contribute S$5.5 million to VIRTUS to support advanced integrated circuit design research.
10-20-2010, 11:04 PM #3121
7 halfway houses to standardise aftercare support & services
20 October 2010 2309 hrs
SINGAPORE : Seven halfway houses in Singapore have signed an agreement to standardise aftercare support and services to inmates, ex-offenders and their families.
Jointly developed by Singapore Prison Service (SPS) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), the agreement aims to offer more structured programmes that focus on skills, employment and building positive support networks.
It was signed on Wednesday by the seven halfway houses, which received certificates from the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli.
The seven halfway houses in the scheme are Breakthrough Missions, Green Haven, Jamiyah Halfway House (Darul Islah), Pertapis Halfway House, Teen Challenge (Singapore), The Ashram and The Helping Hand.
Currently, most halfway houses offer programmes with an emphasis on the spiritual development of inmates.
The new model places greater emphasis on the practical application of skills, employment, and building supportive networks for the ex-offenders.
10-20-2010, 11:10 PM #3122
NParks to educate public on people-monkey co-existence
20 October 2010 2118 hrs
By Monica Kotwani
SINGAPORE: National Parks Board (NParks) will be holding guided walks to educate people on how to behave when they see a monkey.
The walks are organised after anxious callers contacted NParks, following a recent case in Malaysia in which a monkey killed a baby.
The long-tailed monkey, known as the macaque, is also a popular species in Singapore forests.
NParks' Central Nature Reserve assistant director James Gan said: "What we are hoping (to achieve) through these kind of guided walks, (is) to have people better appreciate monkeys in their natural habitat and (for the public) to learn how to relate to these monkeys better, so that monkeys and human beings can co-exist peacefully".
NParks said people who feed wild monkeys alter the monkeys' relationship with the eco-system.
Such feeding lures the monkeys out of their natural habit to forage for food in the forests, onto residential areas such as those near the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Ms Helene Mayne, a resident near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, said residents do not mind the frequent visits by monkeys and are even protective of them.
"Monkeys do not generally seek out interaction with humans.
"And unfortunately, it's the people who come out and feed the monkeys (that cause) the macaques (to) seek that interaction.
"They're very family-orientated creatures. They're not naturally aggressive animals," she said.
10-20-2010, 11:14 PM #3123
MOE & NIE developing a series of grammar books
20 October 2010 0033 hrs
SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Education and National Institute of Education are developing a series of books on grammar.
Speaking at the Inspiring Teacher of English Award ceremony on Tuesday, Senior Minister of State for Education, S Iswaran, said the books aim to help students learn grammar in a structured and engaging way.
They are characterised by their extensive use of visuals, illustrations and simple, age-appropriate language to explain complex grammatical concepts.
Mr Iswaran said examples are drawn from everyday life that students can relate to and humour is incorporated to make learning fun.
He said the "About Grammar" series will be an important resource to complement the extensive reading and exposure to good English that all learners need.
The first in the series, "About Grammar - Basic" for Primary 3-4 students, will be available next month.
The next two books, "About Grammar - Intermediate" for Primary 5-6 students and "About Grammar - Advanced" for secondary school students, will be ready in June 2011 and June 2012.
Another joint effort between the ministry and the National Library is the production of a second edition of the "Joy of Reading", a handbook that provides information to parents on age-appropriate children's books.
A copy of the second edition will be provided for each parent of next year's Primary 1 cohort.
Meanwhile, Mr Iswaran said the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) will be launched in June next year, with the core team headed by the current principal of St Andrew's Junior School, Mrs Wai Yin Pryke.
10-20-2010, 11:17 PM #3124
2 new green power plants
The Straits Times
Oct 21, 2010
JURONG Island, the nerve centre of Singapore's petrochemical industry, was given a greener sheen yesterday with the opening of two new power plants that burn fuel more cleanly.
The $800 million co-generation plants built by energy giant PowerSeraya are able to burn natural gas more efficiently compared with older plants.
They are also able to generate about 130 tonnes of steam every hour, which is then sold as thermal energy to oil companies operating in the area.
In all, there are now four such plants in Singapore built by PowerSeraya. They are able to shave carbon dioxide emissions by 10 per cent.
The two new plants were officially opened yesterday in a ceremony witnessed by Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.
PowerSeraya is one of the largest electricity-generating firms here, supplying up to 30 per cent of Singapore's energy needs. In total, about 1,500MW of electricity are generated by PowerSeraya's 14 power plants operating here.
10-20-2010, 11:21 PM #3125
New centre to build energy savings
The Straits Times
Oct 21, 2010
By Grace Chua
BUILDINGS consume a quarter of all the energy used here, and a new research centre aims to drive that amount down - by figuring out how to make them more energy-efficient.
The Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore was one of two new research centres announced yesterday under the National Research Foundation's $1 billion Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (Create) scheme. The programme, set up in 2006, allows global universities to establish research centres here.
For its first project, Berkeley scientists will work with local researchers to make tropical buildings sustainable and energy-efficient, said Professor S. Shankar Sastry, one of the centre's leaders. He said 'smart dust' networks, made up of tiny sensors, could monitor and adjust temperature and lighting to reduce costs.
'I think nobody is looking at the tropics,' Prof Sastry said, observing that buildings' energy needs here are vastly different from those in colder climes. 'And now that most buildings are being built in tropical or subtropical regions like India and China, the potential impact is huge.'
Some of the five-year project's targets include cutting energy use by 80 per cent in new buildings and by half in retrofitted ones.
The other Create centre announced yesterday is a tie-up between Nanyang Technological University and Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University. It will study nanotechnology's applications for sensing water pollutants and recycling water, as well as energy harvesting and conservation.
10-21-2010, 01:58 AM #3126
Minimum wage not likely for Singapore, http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt...-are-singapore.
This is not surprising because having a minimum wage will have a multiplier effect spiral and the country's total wages portion of the national income will get bigger at the expense of corporate profits and less money for the government. The biggest companies in Singapore are also government owned.
10-21-2010, 02:00 AM #3127
10-21-2010, 02:04 AM #3128
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