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11-30-2010, 05:55 AM #3418
11-30-2010, 06:11 AM #3419
In 20o6 Singapore was ranked #12 in medals standing, above Hong Kong and Indonesia, but then dropped to #16 in 2010, below both Hong Kong and Indonesia who were overtaken by Singapore in 2006.
In short, Singapore has not only stood still, it has been overtaken by others who were behind in 2006.
11-30-2010, 07:21 AM #3420
Here is an article that is quite revealing on the sensitivity re cheque book recruiting of foreign sports talents http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/ED...ough,-says-Low.
Low says passport no enough, only carrying Singapore's national flag into the plane bound for Guangzhou can do. Here passport is not good enough, perhaps of cheque book recruiting or diplomacy. Only a true Singaporean carrying the country's flag is the real proof?
This is in a way similar to what you can find in every day scene in Singapore like here http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/11...reans-gone-to/.
11-30-2010, 11:06 AM #3421
Singapore, now known as Switzerland of the East, has of late become a rich wealth management haven for rich westerners fleeing from their home jurisdictions. But that will not last forever as the arm of the law will eventually come to be imposed on Singapore, www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/9384562. Anyway, make hay while the sun shines.
11-30-2010, 11:13 AM #3422
This may be the hottest topic among Singaporeans now and it sure is a difficult problem http://www.trulysingapore.wordpress....g-for/#respond because this is one area (defending the country) where foreign talents are not welcome.
11-30-2010, 08:51 PM #3423
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2010
5 more years in S'pore
By Grace Chua
THE Duke University medical school tie-up with the National University of Singapore (NUS) has been cemented for at least five more years.
The United States institution on Tuesday signed on for the second phase of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, a speciality school that trains a small cohort of postgraduate students in clinical practice and research.
The signing ceremony, held at the school's Outram building, was witnessed by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Education Minister Ng Eng Hen.
Professor Ranga Krishnan, dean of the school; Dr Victor Dzau, Duke's chancellor for health affairs; and NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan were also present.
The young medical school, which was set up in April 2005, can help to improve patient care in the coming years by taking new medical treatments from bench to bedside and vice versa, its leaders say.
It can do so by collaborating with SingHealth institutions such as Singapore General Hospital. For example, electronic patient data collected from hospitals can be studied for ways to improve health outcomes, said Dr Dzau, who spoke to The Straits Times ahead of the signing ceremony.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Victor Dzau (centre), Duke chancellor for health affairs, as well as Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan (second row, third from left) and Education Minister Ng Eng Hen (second row, fourth from left). -- PHOTO: NUS
11-30-2010, 09:19 PM #3424
For overseas Chinese especially, they have forgotten that their forefathers belong to more or less the same category, mostly starting out as labourers in a foreign land, and during their earlier years, they had to subject themselves to inhuman conditions, hardships, prejudice, discrimination, etc, just to eke out a better life for future generations who remain behind.
Now these 'future generations' have forgotten how their forefathers had toiled for them because times have been good - they belong to a so-called different and superior era so much so that they have the gall to point fingers at present-day foreign talents and call them all sorts of names.
Like their forefathers, these foreign talents also want a better life for themselves so don't belittle their efforts and put them to shame! Give them due respect for making such an important decision to migrate to a foreign country and starting life anew.
Last edited by Loh; 11-30-2010 at 09:23 PM.
11-30-2010, 09:43 PM #3425
You are right Loh.
To think of it, ALL citizens of Chinese-descent in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore can be considered FOREIGN TALENTS since our ancestors, who first stepped foot into these countries decades or centuries ago, all hailed from China; and were not Malays!
What an irony for us, future generations, to mock at the so-called foreign talents today; when we are not much different from them in terms of heritage and origin! We are essentially the same as the so-called foreign talents' future generations in 2-3 decades down the road!
11-30-2010, 09:46 PM #3426
HK has foreign talent in the from of Hu Yun.
The commentators in Asiad picked out Chan Yan Kit as a significant up and coming youngster.
Cant see the potential, maybe he needs more sparring partners.
11-30-2010, 09:51 PM #3427
In TT, we have Jiang Huajun, Tie Yana, etc
In Badminton, we have Wang Chen, Zhou Mi, and Hu Yun.
Chan Yan Kit? He can no longer be considered as an "up-and-coming" youngster as he's already 25 this year! Just 2 years younger than LCW and 1 year younger than LD.
But you can consider Chan Wing Ki (parents moved from INA to HKG....so...foreign talent too?), Ng Ka Long as potential youngsters to rise up to the occassion.
11-30-2010, 10:02 PM #3428
Starhub sports sponsorship
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2010
Athletes get $800k boost
By Terrence Voon
CHRISTMAS has come early for some of Singapore's elite athletes.
Seven of them - including swimmer Tao Li and shooter Jasmine Ser - have received a brand new mobile phone and cash for their training needs. That is not all - they will also be getting airtime on television.
All this is part of a $800,000 injection by cable broadcaster StarHub, which is donating cash and airtime to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) as part of its ongoing push into local sports.
This is understood to be the biggest single contribution to Singapore sports by a broadcaster.
The company declined to reveal how much cash is involved in the sponsorship. But it is believed that most of the amount - to be disbursed over two years - will be in the form of television exposure for Singapore athletes, who will be profiled across StarHub's sports channels.
The cash portion, to be administered by the SNOC, will go directly to the selected athletes.
Seven of them - including swimmer Tao Li (left) and shooter Jasmine Ser (right) - have received a brand new mobile phone and more. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM SIN THAI
11-30-2010, 10:15 PM #3429
Public service beyond 62
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2010
The public service re-employment guidelines:
The guidelines cover the following areas: identification of eligible officers, terms of re-employment contracts and preparing officers for re-employment:
* To qualify for re-employment, an officer must have, in the three years prior to retirement, put in satisfactory work performance as well as have no disciplinary action taken against them. They must also be medically fit to continue working.
* When offering re-employment, public service organisations should take into consideration officers' preferences and the availability of suitable positions in the organisation.
* Public service organisations may re-employ officers in jobs similar to that before retirement, or on other arrangements such as part-time, job-sharing, or project work.
* Salaries will be determined taking into consideration the job level and any revised job arrangements.
* Officers nearing 62 years old are encouraged to attend a pre-retirement and re-employment preparation course at the Civil Service College to help them plan early for their retirement and re-employment.
* Eligible officers should be informed at least six months before retirement to discuss re-employment, with an offer to be made at least three months before retirement.
* Public service organisations will help officers not offered re-employment with career information and resources for their job search.
* Public service organisations will give a one-time lump sum Employment Assistance Payment (EAPayment) to eligible officers who are not offered re-employment.
FROM July next year, public sector employees reaching the retirement age of 62 will be offered the opportunity to stay on in the job until the age of 65 at least.
The move to implement re-employment guidelines for 15 ministries and over 50 statutory boards here - announced on Tuesday by the Public Service Division - will kick in six months ahead of when a new law on re-employing older workers is to take effect.
In setting an earlier deadline for itself, the public service, as one of the country's largest employers, will be setting an example for companies to adopt re-employment practices before the new law.
With its headcount of 124,000 officers, the public service accounts for about 4 per cent of Singapore's 3.05-million-strong workforce.
PSD director of careers and attractions Bernadette Sim said the decision would help its older officers remain 'economically productive and meaningfully engaged in their golden years'.
'The public service will also continue to benefit from the wealth of institutional knowledge and experience that these older officers bring with them.'
Re-employment will give public service officers the opportunity to work up to age 65 years in the first instance and, later, up to age 67 years, as long as they meet the criteria. -- ST FILE PHOTO
11-30-2010, 10:44 PM #3430
SINGAPORE WORKFORCE 2010 REPORT: Employment at a high
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2010
More women and older people join workforce; salaries have also risen
By Kor Kian Beng
SINGAPORE'S robust economic recovery and tight labour market over the past year have brought cheer for workers on several fronts, going by data in a just-released report on employment and earnings.
Employment among residents which is at its highest level since 1991 - when the Government started collecting and publishing data on the resident workforce and employment rate - was fuelled in part by more women and older residents being attracted to join the workforce.
Employees were also pocketing slightly higher salaries. The median monthly income for all employed residents was $2,500 as at June this year.
While this was a 3.3 per cent spike compared to $2,420 as at June last year, the real change for workers - after adjusting for inflation - was just 1 per cent.
Still, the increase pushed income levels closer towards the Government's goal of raising Singaporeans' median income to $3,100 by 2020.
Also encouraging in the Singapore Workforce 2010 report, released on Tuesday by the Manpower Ministry, was data which showed a modest drop in the number of low-wage workers - those who earn $1,200 or less a month.
11-30-2010, 11:00 PM #3431
HPB to educate parents on giving children a healthy start
30 November 2010 1524 hrs
By Hetty Musfirah
SINGAPORE: SINGAPORE : The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is taking the fight against obesity and chronic diseases to even before a child is born.
It wants to empower parents-to-be and parents with information on healthy lifestyle to give their baby a headstart in good health.
The programme will be launched in April next year.
One in 10 Singaporeans are now obese.
One in four above the age of 40 suffers from at least one chronic disease such as diabetes or heart disease. And the risk increases with age.
But studies show that such possibilities can be lowered if mothers eat right for their child in the womb.
The understanding stems from studies that show that chronic diseases that manifest in adulthood, are "programmed" during pregnancy and the early stages of growth and development.
The HPB said there is an increasing body of evidence which suggests that the pre-natal and early developmental phases of life can influence the onset of chronic diseases and obesity in later years.
Experts said newborn babies who are at the lower end of the normal weight range of between 2.5 kg and 3.7kg face a higher risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood. The risk is higher if there is rapid weight gain after two years of age.
Professor David Barker, a pioneer of the Foetal Origins Hypothesis, also said a woman's body composition, which is influenced by her diet and lifestyle, before conception and during pregnancy also have important effects on the subsequent health of her offspring and on future generations.
Babies that are unusually heavy also face higher risk.
Professor Barker said: "What is the ideal child? Whether he is small or big, if they are not fat, they've got well-developed muscles, that is fine. In general, the taller the baby, the more muscular the baby and the bigger the head of the baby, the better.
"People who have coronary heart disease develop difficultly in their womb and were either malnutrition - because the mother did not have sufficient food or because there was insufficient food across the placenta - or excess in one kind of food. And there lies the origins of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and certain cancers."
The HPB hopes through its Healthy Origins and Firm Foundations programme, parents will receive the right information on maintaining healthy diets for their baby's future health.
Outreach efforts will be places like workplaces and hospitals.
"We are going to take a multi-prong approach. We will be ensuring the availability of a supportive, conducive environment to help parents and parents-to-be to nurture the well-being of children. We will be working with pre-schools to offer healthier food and beverages to pre-schoolers," said Dr K Vijaya, director of the Youth Health Division, HPB.
HPB said the existing dietary guidelines for young children under six years of age will also be reviewed. It will also come up with a new set of dietary guidelines for pregnant mothers to provide them information on maintaining healthy diets during pregnancy.
A health education resource package for new mothers will be also be developed in collaboration with maternity and children's hospitals.
"I come from a Chinese family. There are some myths saying that certain food cannot be eaten during pregnancy, so I hope that this programme can provide some tips," said Lynn Ng, a mother of two.
"I'm getting information from doctors so this programme I think will add value to the kind of information that I have received," said Shifaa Mohd Amin, who is 3-weeks pregnant.
Focus group discussions are being held to find out what should be included in the package that's slated to be completed in January.
11-30-2010, 11:10 PM #3432
Pilot programme for stroke patients at CGH
30 November 2010 1142 hrs
By Satish Cheney
SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry is undertaking a pilot programme at Changi General Hospital, together with the National Neuroscience Institute, to help stroke patients who visit its emergency department.
Mr Khaw was speaking at the opening of the 14th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities in Singapore where some 400 delegates from over 90 countries are attending.
Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the programme, called "Tele-Stroke", will allow doctors at the emergency department which does not have a resident neurologist, to consult neurologists at the National Neuroscience Institute via the Internet.
A webcam is used so that neurologists can see the patient, and view the CT scan of the patient's brain.
"This is to help establish the cause of a stroke patient arriving at the hospital emergency department so that the correct treatment can be rendered immediately...we think this will raise the level of care for stroke patients in all our hospitals," said Mr Khaw.
He added that such "better and cheaper" innovation in health care is needed, a call echoed by the World Health Organisation's Director General Margaret Chan.
She touched on the issue of counterfeit medication, a point also addressed by Mr Khaw.
"Last month Interpol and WHO conducted an operation involving more than 40 countries, to protect public health and safety against illegal internet sales of health products. Singapore took part, with intensified checks on suspicious websites. As a result 26 internet platforms were screened and several individuals are now being investigated."
Besides stringent checks, the cost of drugs is also another key element. Mr Khaw said the focus should be on increasing value for patients.
"As a patient living with heart disease, I've seen how my anti-cholesterol drug prices have come down rapidly over the years. It has saved millions of heart patients millions of dollars worldwide.
"Psychiatrists told me that many expensive psychiatric drugs will run out of patent period soon. While the pharmaceutical companies are unhappy, I am very happy for our patients."
The conference which begins on Tuesday will end on December 3.
Held every two years, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the conference started by the World Health Organisation.
Through the four-day programme, the conference aims to provide opportunities for regulators to share and discuss current and topical issues of global concern such as, for example, access to quality medicines, counterfeit medicines, clinical trials and lessons learned from the H1N1 pandemic.
11-30-2010, 11:40 PM #3433
Sailing: SingaporeSailing bank on Wearn Haw
01 December 2010 0746 hrs
By Tan Yo-Hinn,
SINGAPORE: After a search of almost two months, SingaporeSailing will appoint Tan Wearn Haw as their new chief executive.
Wearn Haw, who returned to sail for Singapore at last month's Asian Games in the keelboat event after a five-year absence, will occupy one of the most high-profile seats among the 64 national sports associations (NSAs) in the country.
"It's definitely an honour (for me). It will be a big task but it's great because I enjoy challenges," he told MediaCorp on Tuesday.
"It's also a way for me to give back to the sailing community as I was one of the first few batches of kids (then) to go through the (junior sailing) programme started by the likes of (former president and current International Olympic Committee vice-president) Mr Ng Ser Miang. Sailing has given me many experiences."
Wearn Haw succeeds Australian Andrew Sanders, who left the post in February.
SingaporeSailing is one of the highest-funded NSAs in the country and, since 2004, has produced 17 world champions in the junior and youth classes, as well as a combined 18 medals, including seven golds, from the last two Asian Games.
Crowned Sportsboy of the Year in 1993, Wearn Haw studied in France and the United Kingdom under a Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship.
He competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as professionally on the World Match Racing Tour and America's Cup.
He will see out his role as a sports officer at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and SingaporeSailing are in discussions with the ministry on a release date for him.
The search for a new high-performance chief to succeed Mark Robinson, who has also decided to move on, continues but SingaporeSailing president Dr Ben Tan believes Wearn Haw is the right man to helm the NSA.
"He is an accomplished sailor in a variety of classes, from single-handed, double-handed, windsurfing, keelboats, America's Cup and mega-yachts to extreme 40 catamarans," said Dr Tan.
"His extensive sailing credentials, strong engineering training, development as a PSC scholar and work experience in the MCYS, Singapore Sports Council and Singapore Sports School equip him with a unique skill set that is ideal for the job."
Details of his plans will be finalised soon but it will be aligned to "The Next Leg", a six-year blueprint unveiled by SingaporeSailing recently.
Said Wearn Haw: "For me, it's about adding value into sailing. That will be my key priority." - TODAY
SingaporeSailing chief executive Tan Wearn Haw (TODAY pic)
12-01-2010, 01:36 AM #3434
20 charges of money laundering
The Straits Times
Dec 1, 2010
More charges for American
By Elena Chong
AN AMERICAN businessman now in remand for overstaying was accused on Wednesday of 20 charges of money-laundering.
Kamari Kenyada Charlton, 37, a former Florida State University football player, was earlier accused of overstaying for 169 days and cheating an Australian retiree of A$17,142 (S$21,645) in a conspiracy with others.
The fresh charges accuse him of 20 counts of acquiring cash ranging from A$4,769 to A$35,967 for no consideration, and having reasonable grounds to believe that the property directly represented another person's benefits from criminal conduct.
The alleged offences occurred from July 2008 to April this year.
Charton's next pre-trial conference is in Dock 15.
The penalty for each of the money-laundering charge is a fine of up to A$500,000 or up to seven years' jail or to both.
Kamari Kenyada Charlton, 37, a former Florida State University football player, was earlier accused of overstaying for 169 days and cheating an Australian retiree of A$17,142 (S$21,645) in a conspiracy with others. --PHOTO: INTERNET
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