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    Default Make 'vertical kampungs' of high-rise living

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    Jan 26, 2011

    Centre wants to revive kampung spirit to encourage volunteerism

    By Teo Wan Gek




    Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong wants to revive the kampung spirit of old in today's high-rise apartment blocks. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong wants to revive the kampung spirit of old in today's high-rise apartment blocks, where the vast majority of Singaporeans now live.

    So does the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), which is spearheading the 'Vertical Kampung' - a new effort to encourage and enable informal volunteering.

    That is the kind of spontaneous helping which takes place when people respond to a neighbour's need, and which used to be a way of life in the kampungs or villages of old.

    It could range from giving a neighbour some salt, to tending a community vegetable garden together, to keeping an eye out for suspicious characters when walking the dog.

    In his keynote address at the 21st World Volunteer Conference at Resorts World Sentosa, Mr Goh said: 'This model is premised on the belief that every individual has talents and resources that can benefit his community.

    'NVPC will work with local community groups to identify the assets and resources within each community and hold public education workshops to help individuals realise that everyone can be a volunteer.'

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    Jan 27, 2011

    Oxbridge-style network will take applications for 2 colleges from Tuesday

    By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer




    An artist's impression of the vehicular and pedestrian bridge spanning Ayer Rajah Expressway that will link the main NUS campus at Kent Ridge to UTown, which is located on the site of the former Warren Golf Club. -- PHOTO: NUS



    THE spirit of Britain's famous Oxbridge college system will be coming to Clementi in August.

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) University Town (UTown), loosely modelled on Oxford and Cambridge's networks of colleges where students live and attend classes, will take applications for two of its colleges from next Tuesday.

    Tembusu and Cinnamon colleges will each house a mix of 600 freshmen and existing NUS students in the next academic year. Another college for 1,700 post-graduate students will also open that month; two more colleges will be ready next year.

    The main difference between living in NUS' existing six halls of residence and in UTown's residential colleges will be that UTown students will take some of their required courses in their college.

    NUS deputy president of academic affairs and provost Tan Eng Chye said the colleges are designed to be "learning commmunities" where students live and learn together in an intellectually, socially and culturally vibrant environment, one that promotes an exchange of ideas, creativity and cross-disciplinary engagement.

    Tembusu College, to be headed by Professor Gregory Clancey, a specialist in Japanese history and Asia-Pacific technology and culture, will offer modules encouraging students to explore global issues from an Asian perspective.

    Cinnamon College will house JUS' University Scholars Programme (USP), which is multi-disciplinary and offers study opportunities overseas. Professor in English literature John Richardson, who heads the USP, will be its master.

    Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh and East Asian historian Wang Gungwu will be the rectors for Tembusu and Cinnamon colleges respectively. As rectors, they will give direction and shape the academic tone of the colleges.

    Prof Tan said the colleges are for students who want a challenging education and can contribute to its intellectual and social vibrancy. Successful applicants will be students with academic aptitude, independence, broad interests and the drive to explore beyond their majors.

    The experience at these residential colleges will be all the richer because a diverse mix of students by nationality and disciplines will be given places.

    Those admitted for undergraduate study will live in the college for at least two years and take five academic modules offered and taught on its premises.

    Each class will have no more than 15 students, enabling in-depth discussions.

    But as the five modules make up just 12 per cent of the course requirements most NUS students must offer, college residents will join their peers in the main Kent Ridge campus for other modules.

    The two 21-storey colleges, each of which cost $60 million to $70 million to build, will have single rooms and six-room apartments, a dining hall, lounges, a community hall and seminar rooms.

    Accommodation fees in UTown will, on average, be 10 per cent higher than those in the halls of residence - $110 a week for a single room, against the $100 levied for the 7,000 places in the six halls of residence and Prince George's Park.

    Next year, UTown's sports complex and its education resource centre, both open to all NUS students, will be ready.

    A vehicular and pedestraian bridge spanning Ayer Rajah Expressway will link Kent Ridge to UTown.

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    Default Photoscape captures YOG moments in permanent show

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    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 26 January 2011 2028 hrs





    SINGAPORE : A new photo installation capturing the moments of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was launched at the Youth Olympic Park near Marina Bay on Wednesday by the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

    Called Photoscape, the permanent exhibition features more than 3,000 photos of athletes in the games mounted on three walls.

    Names of the 130 photographers who took the photographs are also included.

    The photographers were part of the 20,000-strong contingent of volunteers who helped to run the Youth Olympics in August 2010.

    Some the shutterbugs were there to savour the moment when their work becomes part of Singapore history.

    "Whenever I have overseas visitors, I am going to bring them here, especially when I have my name there. It's really an honour to (have my name) etched in metal here," said Jeremy Liu, a volunteer photographer at the 2010 YOG.

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    Default NTUC Eldercare, Rotary to provide quality care for seniors

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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 26 January 2011 1213 hrs


    Elderly at the NTUC Rotary Silver Circle (Marsiling)


    SINGAPORE : Singapore's Minister-in-Charge of Ageing Issues, Lim Boon Heng has outlined some of his plans for this year.

    It includes rolling out wellness programmes to all constituencies and working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) more closely on more clinical and medical aspects care for the aged.

    He was speaking on Wednesday at an NTUC Eldercare centre in Marsiling, which joined hands with the Foundation of Rotary Clubs to provide quality and affordable community-based eldercare services to more seniors in the Woodlands community.

    The day care centre at Woodlands received a donation of $120,000 from the Foundation of Rotary Clubs. It has also been re-named NTUC Rotary Silver Circle (Marsiling).

    "Through our network of Rotarians, we can do a schedule - (for instance) every month we come here - and also, some activities which we can organise to make a difference to the lives of these elderly people. Loneliness is one issue and we can help in that area," said David Tong How Heng, chairman of the Foundation of Rotary Clubs.

    NTUC Eldercare has the experience in managing ageing matters. As for Foundation of Rotary Clubs, it will share the professional services that it has, including geriatric services at the Marsiling Centre in Woodlands.

    Mr Lim said: "In this way, they don't have to re-invent the wheel; they don't have to learn the lessons that NTUC Eldercare has done over the last 12 years. They can see how it operates and contribute to it with their ideas and volunteers and the professional expertise.

    "We would like to see the day care services expand to the various needs of seniors... It's good that the Rotary Foundation has got a geriatrician as a volunteer and this will benefit the seniors at the centre."

    Mr Lim said he wants NTUC Eldercare's seven centres to look at keeping costs down.

    He said: "If you look at this centre in Marsiling, it has a capacity of 45 to 50 clients. It is sub-optimal, actually a little bit too small; we learnt it the hard way. So for the future centres, we are looking at being able to cater to 70 seniors.

    "This will bring the costs down as you have to employ a centre supervisor and you have to get all your supporting help... because you also need the therapists and the nursing help. So you need a number of centres and then sensibly deploy these professional staff on a sharing basis across several centres."

    It will be a busy year ahead for the minister in charge of ageing issues.

    "We should as far as possible enable people to age in place, and the kinds of services we need for individuals to live where they are and support their family members who are caregivers. It is important we build up the capabilities as quickly as we can," said Mr Lim.

    In 20 years' time, Singapore will see a three-fold increase of those aged 65 and above to about 900,000.


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    Default Mendaki unveils 'Leadership Incubator'

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    Jan 27, 2011

    Leadership Incubator open to all races to tap ideas on taking Malay community forward

    By Teo Wan Gek



    THE Mendaki Club yesterday launched a new platform it will use to tap energy and ideas from the young on how to take the Malay community forward.

    Called the Leadership Incubator, it is open to all races and aims to generate discussion on global issues that will impact young people, document and share some of the best ways of meeting challenges, and groom future leaders.

    Explaining the new platform was Mr Aaron Maniam, president of Mendaki Club, which organises activities for Malay/Muslim young people.

    'It is a think-tank to complement the club. It's called the Incubator because it's about nurturing current and future generations, based on the experiences of past programmes.'

    Participants will be drawn from those who previously served in the club's various executive committees, but other youth leaders from across sectors and races can also join.

    Announcing the formation of the Incubator at Mendaki Club's 10th anniversary dinner last night was Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim.

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    Default Olympic Dream - Singapore Sports School eyes Olympic medal

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    27 Jan 2011

    SSP eyes Olympic medal after shining at Asian, SEA and C'wealth events

    By Lin Xinyi & Leonard Lim

    Seven years after opening its doors and altering the country's sporting landscape, the Singapore Sports School (SSP) has surpassed its own expectations.

    Since 2004, its students have helped Singapore win five medals at the Asian Games and three at the Commonwealth Games.

    "And if you had told us at the start that our students would win 23 South-east Asian Games gold medals by now, we'd have wondered how since thery're not even adults'" said the school's director of sports Irwin Seet.

    Only the Holy Grail - an Olympic medal - has eluded them but officials are striving towards that goal.

    Swimmer Tao Li, Optimist sailing world champion Darren Choy and paddler Isabelle Li are among the athletes or alumni from the Woodlands school who are being groomed by their national sports associations for Olympic glory.

    Darren and Isabelle were yesterday named as the school's most outstanding male and female students for last year at the SSP's seventh annual awards night ceremony.

    The SSP's first batch of students are now aged 20. And, as most of them are hitting their sporting peaks, Dr Seet is confident of more breakthroughs at top meets.

    "You will see the difference when our athletes compete as men, not boys," he said, pointing to the likes sof national jumpers Matthew Goh, 19, and Stefan Tseng, 20.

    "This is especially so in a sport like track and field, where athletes develop later."

    To ensure the best chance of success, the SSP has started to harness sports science and medicine even more, with former Singapore Sports Council sports science director John Limna roped in last October.

    He will help the athletes improve through performance analysis and sports psychology.

    Dr Seet. s[ealomg tp The Straits Times to sum up the school's progress since its inception, saide: "Our students can't train harder. We're already training them at an optimal level for their age and maturity.

    "But we can train smarter."

    The school has nine academies: Bowling, badminton, golf, netball, sailing, football, swimming, table tennis and track and field. From next year, 12 students will make up the pioneer cohort for its new shooting academy.

    But, as the school expands, care is being taken to ensure that as many needs as possible are met.

    Principal Deborah Tan said: "It's not a one-size-fits-all approach. We've begun to provide better differentiation in both our sports provisions and academic support."

    For example, the school engaged a private tutor for Isabelle, the top academic student in Secondary 1 and 2, when she needed a tailored programme that allowed her to spend months training and compteting overseas ahead of last year's Youth Olympic Games. She eventually won a table tennis singles silver.

    The SSP is also offering alternative pathways, to attract the best athletes amid competition from top mainstream schools like Raffles Institution.

    It started with only a four-year programme, but there is now an option for a six-year programme culminating in an International Baccalaureate diploma.

    This will allow students to have a longer runway to develop into an elite athlete, and to break into the national team.

    The school's primary role has been to provide the talent base for national teams, but inevitably it has also helped raise the bar for local school sports.

    Dr Seet said: "To keep up with the SSP, you've got to be more professional in the way you train.

    "You can't train twice a week and expect to win the national schools title."

    But it is the elusive Olympic medal that the SSP athletes are gunning for.

    HISTORY

    January 2004
    Some 138 students made history by being pioneers at the SSP.

    April 2004
    Then PM Goh Chok Tong officially opened the school.

    Sprinter Valerie Pereira became the first student to break a national record in the girls' U-15 200 metres.

    August 2008
    Student Tao Li became the first Singaporean to qualify for an Olympic "A" final, eventually finishing fifth in the 100m butterfly in Beijing.

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    Default Ionescu pleads with judge to allow him to travel outside Bucharest

    Channel NewsAsia By Claudia Craiu | Posted: 26 January 2011 2136 hrs


    Silviu Ionescu, former Romanian diplomat to Singapore on trial for hit-and-run



    SINGAPORE : Former diplomat Silviu Ionescu pleaded with the judge in court on Wednesday to allow him to travel outside Bucharest, the Romanian capital.

    This is one of the few travel restrictions still being enforced against Ionescu.

    He argued in court that he works as a consultant and needs to travel across Romania to fulfil his duties.

    He said: "If I am to be convicted and made to pay damage, where would I get the money from if I can't work?"

    The ex-diplomat was released from prison in November 2010 under judicial supervision and the terms of his release were that he does not leave Bucharest or Romania.

    He added: "I have no intention to attempt to go abroad. There is an international arrest warrant issued against me and I would be put behind bars the minute I leave Romania."

    The court will announce a decision on this matter on Thursday.

    Ionescu's next court date is on March 9 when more evidence is to be given.

    Until then, the judges still have to decide on how to hear the Singaporean witnesses.

    One option is to invite them to Romania and the other is to interview them via video conference.

    There are about 20 witnesses to testify in the Ionescu case and so far none has been heard, seven months into the trial.


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    Default Lakeside city centre planned for Jurong

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    Jan 23, 2011

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    There are four key aspects to HDB's ROH plans for the Jurong Lake area.
    Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Lakeside will be developed under the Outdoor Recreational Choices plan into a world-class leisure destination.




    Minister Lim Boon Heng announced on Saturday the details of HDB's Remaking Our Heartlands (ROH) plans for the Jurong Lake area. -- PHOTO: PUB



    A NEW city centre in the west will take shape by Jurong Lake over the next decade under the Remaking Our Heartland programme.

    To be called Jurong Gateway, it will span an area the size of 70 football fields and be the largest commercial hub outside the Central Business District.

    It will be home to the Jurong General Hospital and Community Hospital, a mall with an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, and office facilities.

    The existing heartland neighbourhoods in Jurong are also set for a thorough facelift: a 24km network of pedestrian and cycling tracks linking up the region will be completed in five years.

    A Bukit Batok resident will then have a through path to the Jurong East MRT station - one which crosses the Pan-Island Expressway - and he or she will even be able to make it to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

    Two new iconic Housing Board estates in the mould of Pinnacle@Duxton will also spring up alongside Bukit Batok Avenue 1, providing some 1,200 homes for new families or upgraders.

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    Default S'poreans No. 2 on CNN's 'coolest' list

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    Jan 23, 2011

    S'poreans No. 2 on CNN's 'coolest' list

    By Carolyn Quek




    Singaporeans have been named the second 'coolest nationality' in the world by travel website CNNgo. -- ST PHOTO


    SURPRISE, surprise. Singaporeans have been named the second 'coolest nationality' in the world by travel website CNNgo - and it all has to do with the Republic's burgeoning geek culture.

    'With its absurdly computer-literate population, Singapore is geek central and its people can therefore claim their rightful place as avatars of modern cool,' wrote Mr Barry Neild, the author of the report, which was published last Friday.
    Our nerdy ways, however, were no match for the Brazilians' 'sexy, laid-back, party-loving reputation'.

    They clinched top spot as the coolest people on the planet. The Jamaicans came in third, followed by the Mongolians, the Americans and the Spanish.


    The report proclaimed geeks as no longer the laughing stock in a digital age where 'old school notions of cool have been rebooted'.

    And the travel website's Singaporean icon of cool? Twelve-year-old primary school pupil Lim Ding Wen, who was the world's youngest iPhone application developer at the age of nine.
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    The Straits Times

    Jan 23, 2011

    Kovan food centre scores straight As

    By Melissa Lin




    Each of the 66 food stalls at a newly-renovated Kovan Food Centre had one of these: An 'A' food hygiene rating label from the National Environment Agency. -- ST PHOTO

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    EACH of the 66 food stalls at the newly renovated Kovan food centre has a grade 'A' food hygiene rating label from the National Environment Agency (NEA).

    This makes the Kovan 209 Market and Food Centre, located next to Heartland Mall, the only hawker centre in Singapore at present where all the food stalls have been given the highest grade for cleanliness.

    The food centre has more to boast about. It also received four awards from various agencies at its official opening on Saturday.

    They are the Green Mark Certification from the Building and Construction Authority, the Water Efficient Building Certification from the Public Utilities Board, the Singapore OK Award from the NEA, and the five-star toilet rating conferred by the Singapore Restroom Association.

    The awards were given to commend the centre for its hygiene and cleanliness and its environmentally friendly design and operations.

    After six months of renovations costing about $4 million, the centre re-opened in November last year.

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    Ngee Ann Poly students break new ground in medical therapy


    By Lim Zhiying | Posted: 27 January 2011 1947 hrs


    Automated bed that relieves pressure on critical areas of the body and improves blood circulation.


    SINGAPORE : Hospitals and nursing homes in Singapore can soon look forward to innovative therapy systems designed by engineering students from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

    Using a practice panel, stroke patients who have lost the ability to see and respond to things can follow the visual cues on the panel to gradually restore their awareness and motor movements.

    Another device is an automated bed for patients suffering from bed sores. It relieves pressure on critical areas of the body, and improves blood circulation.

    Hospital staff say bedridden patients have to be manually turned by two nurses once every two hours.

    Dr Cecil Tan, senior principal physiotherapist, Singapore General Hospital, said: "Definitely, in the care of patients, we have enough of things that we need to do for the patient.

    "And not having time to turn the patient regularly or not using the manpower can relieve the nurses to do other nursing care which is also just as important."

    Both devices are the result of a collaboration between Ngee Ann Polytechnic's mechanical engineering students and the Singapore General Hospital, and are expected to be ready for use by 2013.

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    Former Romanian diplomat can travel out of Bucharest

    By Claudia Craiu | Posted: 27 January 2011 2359 hrs

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    BUCHAREST : Former Romanian diplomat Silviu Ionescu is free to travel outside the capital, Bucharest.

    A Romanian court accepted his appeal to do so on Thursday.

    Ionescu had told court on Wednesday that he needed to travel as he is now a business consultant.

    He also said that he would need money as the sole breadwinner providing for his family.

    The judge agreed with this.

    Ionescu also said that if the court eventually makes him pay damages he would need money to do so.

    He had said earlier that he had no intention of leaving the country as there is an international arrest warrant issued in his name.

    The former diplomat faces charges of homicide, causing physical injuries and making false statements, arising from two hit-and-run accidents in Singapore in December 2009.

    His next court date is on March 9.

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    By Dylan Loh and Evelyn Choo | Posted: 27 January 2011 2322 hrs


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    SINGAPORE : The groundbreaking ceremony for the future National Art Gallery took place on Thursday.

    Entry to four areas within the museum - slated to open in 2014 - will be free.

    The free entry applies to areas such as the Singapore Gallery, which will display local artworks, and the Building History Gallery, which will showcase the history of the former Supreme Court and City Hall, where the museum is based.

    A Children's Gallery, specially for the young ones, and the museum's rooftop plaza and garden can also be accessed for free.

    The museum said admission charges for the rest of the gallery are being worked out.

    Also on display will be Asian art pieces, with a focus on Singaporean works.

    Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew said: "The National Art Gallery, we hope, will be a people's museum. Our aspiration is for it to become part of the recreational lifestyle of every Singaporean, and a must-see destination for every tourist, a community and civic destination where people from all walks of life can enjoy, explore and engage with art."

    The overall construction won't be easy.

    Having been built on poor soil conditions, the City Hall Building is tilting by a few degrees.

    Contractors will have to strengthen the base with deep vertical structures - a technique otherwise known as piling.

    Surrounded by roads and prominent buildings, the team must also ensure construction is done within site constraints.

    "To carry out basement works, we have a lot of height restriction areas. So we can't use normal machines to carry out the basement works. So with the specialists, we are arranging for a small headroom wall machine for this project," said Masaru Chayama, GM of Takenaka Corporation.

    And this could be why building costs skyrocketed from the initial S$350 million to S$520 million.

    "It's important to remember that the first cost estimates were done at a very early stage, where we had no architects on board. We had no architectural plans, we've only done some very basic site investigations," said Sushma Goh, director of National Art Gallery, Projects, Exhibition Management & Operations.

    "Now, with the architects and engineers on board, we've done extensive tests on-site, and we know exactly how we want the building to behave, and how the floor planning would be. And I think construction costs have gone up as well. So I think all of that added together, we now have a higher cost. But in a way it was to be expected," she added.

    To preserve the dignity of the monuments, the management has also identified some key spaces to be conserved.

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    Default Duke-NUS collaborating on vaccine R&D programme

    Channel NewsAsia By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 27 January 2011 1436 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School is collaborating with US-based vaccine maker, Inviragen, on vaccine research.

    The goal of the partnership is to better understand how emerging infectious diseases are transmitted and how transmission can be prevented.

    Through this collaborative program, the two parties hope to advance the research and development of vaccines against infectious diseases such as dengue fever, hand, foot and mouth disease and chikungunya.

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    Jan 29, 2011

    Vertical farm produces 5 times more vegetables
    Novel device could help land-scarce S'pore meet food production targets

    By Jessica Lim

    THERE is now a new way to farm vegetables in land-scarce Singapore: farm skywards.

    A private engineering company, D.J. Engineering, has teamed up with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to come up with a device that can grow at least five times as many vegetables as conventional farming methods are able to given the same land area.

    The device is 6m tall with tiers of planting troughs which rotate around an aluminium frame to provide the plants with uniform sunlight.

    A water-pulley system, using rainwater collected in overhead reservoirs, rotates the troughs.

    Harvests - of leafy vegetables like xiao bai cai and bayam - have already been made at a prototype 1,000 sq m vertical farm set up a year ago at AVA's Sembawang Research Centre. The farm employs 19 of these structures.

    None of the vegetables is sold at supermarkets or restaurants here yet but will be at year end, if all goes as planned.

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    Changi Airport makes ex-deejay a millionaire

    By Karamjit Kaur

    Mr Ivan Rantung beat five other finalists and 830,000 eligible shoppers to become the winner of Changi Airport's first-ever 'Be A Changi Millionaire' retail draw. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING

    WHEN he picked up a $4,900 camera at Changi Airport in October, Mr Ivan Rantung never imagined that it would one day make him a millionaire.

    The purchase he made just before getting on a plane to Kota Kinabalu, gave him a shot at the biggest ever cash giveaway in a retail draw in Singapore, and possibly by any airport in the world.

    On Friday, the 39-year-old ex-radio deejay-turned-entrepreneur became $1 million richer, beating five other finalists and 830,000 eligible shoppers in Changi's first-ever such draw.

    The draw was the culmination of a six-month-long campaign, co-sponsored by Visa Worldwide, that ran from June to November 2010.

    During the time, total spending at Changi's 230 retail stores and 110 food and beverage outlets jumped 13 per cent year-on-year, said Changi Airport Group (CAG).

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    Lakeside-Taman Jurong cycling path unveiled

    By Qiuyi Tan | Posted: 30 January 2011 1712 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Cycling between Lakeside MRT station and Taman Jurong Town hub is now easier and safer, with a new dedicated cycling path.

    The 1.4-kilometre path was completed and unveiled on Sunday morning by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

    From Lakeside train station, the path runs parallel to Yuan Ching Road, along Jurong Lake Park and on to Taman Jurong Town hub.

    This is the first completed stretch of the Taman Jurong cycling paths.

    One resident said she welcomed the new cycling path, adding that she felt assured as her husband would frequently cycle to work.

    Another added: "(The path) is quite cooling, and I don't need to cycle along the main road (anymore)".

    When fully completed in 2012, Taman Jurong will have some 10-kilometres of cycling track connecting cyclists to the town hub, Lakeside and the Jurong Lake area.

    Taman Jurong is one of seven HDB towns under the National Cycling Plan, which a $43 million plan to build cycling paths that will connect key amenities in residential towns.
    Last edited by Loh; 01-30-2011 at 07:20 AM.

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