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    Channel NewsAsia

    Feb 15, 2011

    Digging up Adam Park's war secrets

    By Grace Chua


    Student volunteers Zak Towle, 15, and Michael Ng, 24, working at a World War II battle site at No. 8 Adam Park. Yellow flags are put on artefacts found on the surface while orange flags are put on areas where the artefacts are found at least 10cm below the ground. -- PHOTOS: NURIA LIN

    NO. 7 Adam Park now houses a Japanese restaurant but it was once the headquarters of a British regiment helping to defend Singapore in World War II.

    Indeed, few know that the 8ha Adam Park estate, at the junction of Adam and Bukit Timah roads, was once the site of fierce fighting and later a prisoner-of-war camp.

    This year, its secrets could be unearthed in Singapore's first battlefield archaeological dig, a year before the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore on Feb 15, 2012.

    The project is a collaboration between National University of Singapore archaeologists, the Singapore Heritage Society (SHS) and the National Heritage Board (NHB).

    The dig's project manager Jon Cooper, 45, discovered the site by accident a few years ago. At that time, he had accompanied his wife to Singapore where she worked in a bank.

    They lived in a condominium up the road from Adam Park. Exploring the neighbourhood, Mr Cooper, a Briton who trained as a battlefield archaeologist at the University of Glasgow, found a small plaque.

    It stated that No. 7 Adam Park was previously the headquarters of a World War II regiment.

    He discovered that the thousand-strong Cambridgeshire Regiment had arrived in Singapore in January 1942, in the same month that the Japanese troops landed.

    At Adam Park in February that year, the regiment took on the Japanses when they tried to take control of a pumping station in Thomson that supplied water from a reservoir to downtown Singapore.

    The battle lasted three days, including house-to-house tussles. "The Cambridgeshires were getting pasted left, right and centre," Mr Cooper said.

    At the dig yesterday, he pointed out depressions in the earth which could have been chest-deep trenches, possibly filled with bullets, casings, military insignia and even beer bottles - the only hydration the soldiers had after their water supply was blown up.

    For several weeks fter the fall of Singapore on Feb 15, 1942, the ruined houses sat smouldering until some 3,000 Australian and British prisoners of war moved in. They would outfit the place with water supplies, a canteeen and even a chapel, and stay in relative comfort for nine months before being shipped nort to build the infamous Thai-Burma Death Railway.

    So far, with jast a metal detector and a small army of volunmteers, Mr Cooper has picked up artefacts like military pins and bullets.

    Seven-year-old Tom Burridge, whose family lives in one of the black-and-white bungalows in the area, even found a couple of bullets while playing in the garden.

    "His teacher doesn't know whether to believe him or whether he just has a very active imagination," his mother said. The family notified the archaeologists.

    So far, the team has secured $64,ooo in funding from the NHB plus $17,000 more from the SHS' sponsors and even Adam Park residents themselves.

    The sum will pay for surveys, excavation work and tests of remote sensing and radar equipment in the tropics over the next four or five months, said NUS archaeologist Lim Chen Sian.

    He and Mr Cooper said the project sets a precedent for other battlefield studies in Singapore and perhaps South-east Asia.

    "If you can do it here, why not also at Kent Ridge, Kranji or the north-west coast which Australians were defending?" Mr Cooper said, referring to other notable local battle sites.

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    By Ian De Cotta | Posted: 14 February 2011 2215 hrs

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    SINGAPORE : Work on the Changi Motorsports Hub has been stopped since the middle of last month.

    This comes after SG Changi, which won the bid to build the facility, failed to deliver an instalment for the S$50 million piling work.

    MediaCorp has learnt from SG Changi that the S$10 million outstanding amount will be paid on Tuesday, after company chairman and shareholder Fuminori Murahashi secured a personal loan.

    "The amount will be enough to cover the entire cost of the piling work, but it is not going to cover the amount needed to complete the project," SG Changi's director and general manager, Moto Sakuma, told MediaCorp.

    He added: "We have secured US$200 million from investors in Hong Kong that would have allowed us to do so, but they have frozen the funds."

    The S$370 million project came under scrutiny after recent reports said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau had begun a probe into the tender for the project.

    It was revealed the consortium's only other shareholder, Thia Yoke Kian, had been assisting the bureau with investigations since November.

    The Singapore permanent resident led the group to beat two other consortiums in their bid to build the track, but was dropped from the management team in July.

    While Mr Sakuma said they have handed their accounts and records to the Bureau and cooperated fully, they are unsure if the probe in still ongoing or has been concluded.

    A karting circuit, a quarter-mile drag racing strip, a motor museum and 35,000 square metres of commercial space are also being planned for the Motorsports Hub.

    The probe has spooked interested parties, especially those from Singapore, and SG Changi now plans to court investors from Japan and Europe.

    This could inevitably lead to the country's first permanent motor race track being under the total control of foreigners when completed at the end of 2011.

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    Default Public will get access to SMS flood alert by mid-year

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    Feb 15, 2011

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    By Amresh Gunasingham


    A motorcyclist riding through a flooded back alley near Rowell Road following three hours of continuous rain last August. The new SMS alert system was developed in the aftermath of last year?s floods in Orchard Road. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM




    AN SMS alert service warning of an impending flood will be made available to the public by the middle of this year.

    Announcing this on Monday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said the service, which is free, is now offered only to building owners and schools in flood-prone areas.

    Asked by Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (Marine Parade GRC) how the system fared during recent trials, Dr Yaacob said feedback indicated that it was "well utilised".

    "We (now) want to extend the system as wide as possible," he added. Interested users will have to subscribe to the service, provided by national water agency PUB.

    Warnings are sent when there is heavy rain or when water levels in drains near their homes or workplaces are rising. Water levels are monitored through sensors installed in the drainage network.
    An alert is sent when the capacity of the nearest drain or canal reaches 75 per cent. Another alert is sent when this hits 90 per cent capacity.

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    Default Gardens by the Bay a step closer with new milestone

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    Feb 15, 2011


    AN ARTIST'S impression of the Gardens by the Bay's Bay South plot. -- SOURCE: GARDENS BY THE BAY


    THE 101 hectares Gardens by the Bay in Marina Bay reached a new milestone on Tuesday with the capping of one of its two giant conservatories, the Flower Dome.

    At the 'Capping-Up' ceremony, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said that the Flower Dome, along with the second consevatory the Cloud Forest, are not just 'architectural icons' but an 'amalgamation of architectural, environmental engineering and horticultural excellence.'

    The two conservatories were designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling.

    The Flower Dome will feature Mediterranean-type plants, while the Cloud Forest, which is under construction, will mirror tropical high elevation regions like those in South America and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

    The conservatories will let visitors enjoy the uniqueness and diversity of these two botanical worlds, and appreciate the environmental conservation message that they carry.

    The Flower Dome will be opened for a sneak preview during the World Orchid Conference to be held at Marina Bay Sands in November this year. Gardens by the Bay will be fully completed by the middle of 2012.

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    Default Appeal against Ionescu turned down

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    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 15 February 2011 0958 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Romanian Prosecution Office's appeal against the Romanian Court's decision to allow Dr Silviu Ionescu to travel out of the capital, Bucharest, has been rejected.

    Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it has been informed of the decision.

    In a statement, MFA noted that Dr Ionescu will not be allowed to leave Romania.

    He is also not allowed to change his residence without the prior approval of the court and, among other things, cannot drive any vehicle.

    Dr Ionescu is also prohibited from approaching and communicating with the injured person, members of his family, witnesses or experts.

    MFA said it trusts that the Romanian authorities will continue to take all the necessary measures to ensure that Dr Ionescu complies strictly with the supplementary obligations imposed by the Court.

    The former diplomat faces trial for causing the death of a pedestrian in Singapore in December 2009.

    He has also been charged with causing physical injuries and making false statements.

    The next hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2011.

    MFA said it will continue to monitor the proceedings closely.

    It said it also expects the Romanian authorities to continue honouring its assurances given to the Singapore Government that justice will be done."

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    Default HDB abolishes sibling scheme

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    By Satish Cheney | Posted: 14 February 2011 1900 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Unmarried Singaporean and Permanent Resident (PR) siblings whose parents live overseas can no longer buy a new or resale HDB flat, from Monday.

    The government said they can either rent a room or a small flat from the open market.

    It said with the liberalisation of the subletting market for HDB flats over the years, the Citizen-Singapore PR sibling scheme, introduced since 1990, is now no longer necessary.

    Previously, the government allowed unmarried Singaporean siblings to buy a new or resale HDB flat, while PR siblings could buy a resale flat on a case-by-case basis with certain conditions attached.

    Senior Minister of State for National Development & Education Grace Fu said: "As HDB has been very stringent in assessing applications for this scheme, the number of such cases is small.

    "There are about 300 cases each year, or less than one per cent of total flat transactions".

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    Default A step closer to finding Chikungunya vaccine

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    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 15 February 2011 1121 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Scientists from A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), and French biopharmaceutical company, VIVALIS, are a step closer in finding a vaccine for Chikungunya, a disease spread by the Aedes mosquito.

    They have discovered two new fully human monoclonal antibodies which could neutralize several Chikungunya strains in a lab setting.

    The international team of scientists, coordinated by Dr Lucile Warter of SIgN, published their groundbreaking discovery in the Journal of Immunology.

    The report said monoclonal antibodies can be more potent and have fewer side effects than conventional small molecule drugs.

    The scientists are conducting further tests to validate the antibodies' performance as a potential treatment for Chikungunya.

    Chikungunya is prevalent in Africa, South Asia, and South-East Asia.

    In Singapore alone, over 1,000 Chikungunya cases were reported over the last two years.

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    By Joanne Chan | Posted: 14 February 2011 1846 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has rejected 611 individuals applying to be real estate salespersons.

    In a written reply to a parliamentary question, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said 392 were rejected as the applicants had neither taken CEA-endorsed exams, nor completed at least three property transactions over the last two years.

    Mr Mah added that these applicants can apply to register with CEA when they meet the necessary requirements.

    The other applications were rejected as they did not fulfil CEA's "fit and proper" criteria, due to reasons such as having previous convictions of serious offences such as fraud, illegal money-lending or drug-trafficking.

    Mr Mah said these criteria are in place to protect consumer interest.

    He added that in evaluating whether the applicants can be allowed to work as salespersons, CEA would take into consideration the severity of the offences and when they were committed.

    As of January 31, CEA had granted licences to 1,386 estate agents and 31,169 salespersons.

    Those not granted registration will not be allowed to practice.

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    uncle Loh,What are the most popular sports in Singapore ? table tennis,swimming,or badminton?
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    By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 14 February 2011 2026 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said it will consider building the North South Expressway in phases, where feasible.

    This comes after MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Lee Bee Wah suggested in Parliament that portions closest to residential areas be completed first, with the aim of minimising disruption to residents over what is estimated to be a seven-year project.

    Another issue was whether parts of the expressway near homes could be built as full tunnels, to ease traffic and noise disruption after the expressway is completed.

    Transport Minister Raymond Lim replied that while the expressway was designed as a full tunnel in highly urbanised areas, this was not always possible because large plots of land about 15,000 square metres, or about two football fields, are needed for the required ventilation buildings.

    Besides having to compete with other land uses, Mr Lim said there are also limits to how far possible sites, like the undeveloped land around Lentor Avenue and Yio Chu Kang road, can be developed.

    Mr Lim said: "The possible sites for these ventilations buildings such as the undeveloped land around Lentor Avenue and Yio Chu Kang Road are encumbered by the existing MRT viaduct or currently form part of MINDEF's training ground, or are close to Yio Chu Kang MRT station where the land has been set aside for high density residential use.

    "To place a ventilation building on any of these sites would put at risk the operations of a live MRT line, impede training for our national defence, or constrain our ability to have more homes in close proximity to the Yio Chu Kang MRT station."

    He added that a ventilation building would have to be built in the vicinity of Bishan Park, which would adversely affect PUB's Active, Beautiful and Clean upgrading programme at the heavily used park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miksss View Post
    uncle Loh, which sports is the most popular in Singapore? table tennis,swimming,or badminton?
    Participation-wise, I would say 'social' swimming, badminton and table-tennis, in that order. Table tennis should be gaining more fans as our girls have put Singapore on the world map.

    Badminton has always been one of the favourites and many schools, both primary and secondary and the tertiary institutions like the junior colleges, polytechnics and universities have reasonable badminton courts. Even some of the social, swimming and golf clubs have their own badminton courts. For example my 'social' club has a relatively new 4-court "multipurpose hall" used solely for badminton for the time being.

    The school scene is quite competitive and foreign students and coaches are imported to raise over-all standards.

    Our SBA has always been active and the new President seems to pay greater emphasis on youth development. So we are hoping that badminton will bring glory to Singapore in five to ten years' time and put Singapore on a sounder footing than before.

    For landscarce Singapore, swimming pools for educational institutions are few in number unlike the badminton courts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Participation-wise, I would say 'social' swimming, badminton and table-tennis, in that order. Table tennis should be gaining more fans as our girls have put Singapore on the world map.

    Badminton has always been one of the favourites and many schools, both primary and secondary and the tertiary institutions like the junior colleges, polytechnics and universities have reasonable badminton courts. Even some of the social, swimming and golf clubs have their own badminton courts. For example my 'social' club has a relatively new 4-court "multipurpose hall" used solely for badminton for the time being.

    The school scene is quite competitive and foreign students and coaches are imported to raise over-all standards.

    Our SBA has always been active and the new President seems to pay greater emphasis on youth development. So we are hoping that badminton will bring glory to Singapore in five to ten years' time and put Singapore in a sounder footing than before.

    For landscarce Singapore, swimming pools for educational institutions are few in number unlike the badminton courts.
    thanks for your info uncle Loh

    great to know that badminton has always been one of the favourites sports for primary and secondary students in Singapore. Inversely with the school that im going to study now. Most primary and secondary students are prefer to play football. Why? Because they(as a newbie) do not need to train very hard,they also can achieve good outcome in our school competiton instantly. Totally different from badminton,need to train regulary 3 times in a week and also not guarantee will have a good achievement in our school competition,while in the school club there are already many "experience shuttlers" who have train for years.

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    Default Guess where's Asia's greenest city?

    SINGAPORE: The Asian Green City Index, a study commissioned by Siemens, has concluded that Singapore is Asia's greenest metropolis.

    The survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) analysed the aims and achievements of 22 major Asian cities with respect to environmental and climate protection.

    Singapore stands out in particular for its ambitious environmental targets and its efficient approach to achieving them.

    The republic received full marks in the Index for having an energy reduction strategy.

    It ranks above average for its robust policies that serve to contain urban sprawl and to protect green spaces from the negative side effects of development.

    Singapore also ranks above average for its extensive public transport network, at 0.21km per square kilometre, which is above the 22-city average of 0.17km per square kilometre.

    In addition, the city generates lower-than-Index-average waste per person, and the authorities collect and dispose all of it.

    Siemens Singapore CEO Lothar Herrmann said the country's many policies, incentive programmes and public awareness campaigns have worked well in improving its urban environment.

    He added what's more commendable is that the Singapore government constantly partners the private sector to find new and innovative ways to boost the island's sustainability.


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    Default Remembering those who died in Occupation

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    A quiet moment for the people who attended the memorial service for civilian victims of the Japanese Occupation at the War Memorial Park yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    THE last time Madam Chung Kwai Kuen saw her father was when she was four years old.

    It was the Japanese Occupation and he had boarded a truck to buy food, recalled Madam Chung, 74.
    'The Japanese told everyone who wanted to buy rice and other essentials to board a lorry which would take them to the distribution area,' she said. He never came back.

    On Tuesday, she was among 1,200 people who gathered for a service at the War Memorial Park to honour the civilians who died during the Occupation from 1942 to 1945.

    Organised annually by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry since the memorial was built on Beach Road in 1967, the event was attended by Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen, ambassadors, students, religious leaders and members of the public.

    The event also marked the fifth time that retired engineer Yoshiyuki Onogi, 70, had attended since 2003. The spokesman for Tokyo-based Malay Peninsula Peace Cycle, a peace activist group, said his group of 30 volunteers from Japan had also cycled to war sites in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

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    Default Gardens by the Bay reaches first milestone

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    By Joanne Chan | Posted: 15 February 2011 2245 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Singapore's latest national project, Gardens by the Bay, overcame funding difficulties to reach its first milestone on Tuesday with the capping of one of its two giant conservatories, the Flower Dome.

    The project faced rising construction costs when work started in 2007, leading overall cost to increase by more than 10 percent to over S$1 billion.

    But with more public and private funding and the use of cost-efficient technology, the project was able to take off, said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

    "We managed to do some value engineering, bring the cost down slightly and then ask for more funds. And I think the Finance Ministry was very understanding and managed to give us the funds. And we're also of course going for corporate sponsorships," he said.

    For example, the Kingfisher Lake - one of two main lakes in Gardens by the Bay - was sponsored a million dollars by Japanese company Kikkoman last year.

    Securing the final glass panel of the Flower Dome conservatory on Tuesday, Mr Mah described the "Capping-Up" ceremony as a milestone in a "long journey".

    He said that the Flower Dome, along with the second conservatory the Cloud Forest, are not just "architectural icons" but an "amalgamation of architectural, environmental engineering and horticultural excellence."

    The Flower Dome will feature Mediterranean-type plants, while the Cloud Forest, which is under construction, will mirror tropical high elevation regions like those in South America and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

    The two conservatories were designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling.

    The facade of the 1.2-hectare Flower Dome is made up of 3,300 special glass panels, which let in the sunlight while keeping the heat out. This allows the conservatory to mimic the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean.

    To ensure energy efficiency, only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.

    The conservatory is divided into smaller gardens featuring plants such as poppy flowers from California and Cat's Paw plants from Australia. One of the gardens - the Flower Field - will have changing displays including tulips and lavender.

    The conservatory will also have an event space which can be rented out for weddings and other functions. There will also be two restaurants within the conservatory - one serving Mediterranean cuisine and the other, Chinese.

    The Flower Dome is part of Bay South - the first of three gardens in Gardens by the Bay.

    Construction for Bay South is expected to be completed by November, and opened to the public in June next year.

    Explaining the time difference, Mr Mah said the plants need time to grow.

    NParks says previews of Bay South will be arranged for organised groups from February next year.

    It adds that the preview period will help the Gardens ease into its operations and allow the public to provide feedback.

    The public will also get a sneak peek of the Flower Dome in November this year, during the World Orchid Conference.

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    Default CEO Lucas Chow resigns from MediaCorp

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    Singapore: MediaCorp announced Tuesday that Mr Lucas Chow will be resigning from the company as its CEO on 31 July 2011 and that the company has initiated the search for his successor.

    Mr Teo Ming Kian, MediaCorp Chairman, said a Search Committee to consider candidates from outside and within the company has been set up.

    "I am confident that with the robustness of MediaCorp and the commitment of its management and staff, the transition to the next CEO will be a smooth one” said Mr Teo.

    “Lucas has built up MediaCorp to what it is today in the five years as its CEO. Under his watch, MediaCorp has done well to keep up with audiences’ needs and changes sweeping the media industry" added the MediaCorp Chairman.

    In a statement, the Asian media firm noted that Mr Chow who had joined MediaCorp in December 2005, took the company through some of its most challenging years, including the world recession that started in 2009.

    Under his leadership, the company had not only weathered the financial storm but also emerged stronger in terms of stature and offerings.

    This includes garnering several international accolades, including last year’s double win of Asian Television’s Terrestrial Broadcaster and Terrestrial Channel, as well as major product innovation and launches, among them the popular video portal xinmsn.sg, high definition channel HD5, out of home business and soon-to-be-launched Over-the-Top TV service.

    Under Mr Chow, the media firm also saw the restructuring and integration of MediaCorp’s sales and marketing division, pulling together the efforts of TV, radio, print and interactive to provide a one-stop solution for advertisers.


    The MediaCorp statement also noted that during Mr Chow's tenure, the company started and led a regional broadcasters’ association called SMART Alliance, which aims to synergise efforts in programming, sales and technology.

    In addition, there were strategic investments in Indonesian media conglomerates PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent company, PT Global Mediacom.

    Mr Chow said: “I am very grateful to my colleagues who have worked tirelessly with me all these years, and fortunate to have had the guidance of chairmen Ho Kwon Ping and Teo Ming Kian, as well as a supportive board.

    "For the next phase of MediaCorp’s development, I wish the new CEO well in taking the company to even greater heights, as well as moving physically to a new campus at Mediapolis. I think the timing is right for a new CEO to take over the reins from here. Having been with MediaCorp for five years, I think I have done what I have set out to do, and it is time to move on."

    Mr Chow said he plans to join another company which is in a different line of business.

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    Default Laying the foundation for Olympic glory

    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 15 February 2011 2350 hrs

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    SINGAPORE - Having taken a hit after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with only two sailors Roy Tay and Terence Koh remaining from the 14-strong squad vying for tickets to the Games, the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) are looking to expand their fleet for London 2012 and beyond.

    "That's a paltry number which won't get us anywhere and we had to rebuild the squad not only for 2012 but also 2016… our priority is to have a bigger fleet," said SSF president Benedict Tan.

    He was speaking to MediaCorp, as SSF's new CEO Tan Wearn Haw, a former Olympian, assumed office on 15 February.

    Youth sailors Elizabeth Yin, Victoria Chan, Scott Glen Sydney and 2010 Asian Games silver medallist Colin Cheng are expected to join the 2012 Olympic squad when it is named in two months' time.

    CEO Tan, 32, who joined the SSF on a two-year secondment from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, is already looking to make an impact.

    "We are now at the stage where we can leverage on things going on in Singapore - the setting up of the Sports Institute, funding support the government is giving and energy in the sports sector. The setup for a good showing, in terms of getting sailors, is on track," said the Sydney Olympian and America's Cup sailor.

    Tan also welcomed the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) proposal to include kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics, adding that they could consider recruiting current enthusiasts.

    The discipline will replace windsurfing if selected by the world governing body.

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