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    Default Hwa Chong boasts top student in S'pore

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    Mar 4, 2011





    Hwa Chong Institution produced a record 94 perfect scorers for the 2010 A-level Examinations, the best results in four years. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    KOH Mingming - the top student across Singapore - scored nine distinctions at 13 AUs. She was part of Hwa Chong's bi-cultural studies programme and is effectively trilingual (English, Chinese and French). She now has a place at Harvard and Yale.

    Hwa Chong Institution produced a record 94 perfect scorers for the 2010 A-level Examinations, the best results in four years.

    It did exceedingly well in the Humanities, Mathematics and Sciences.

    More than 60 students scored eight distinctions and better. For the fourth year running, Hwa Chong had more than 200 students score seven distinctions and better.

    Over six in 10 Hwa Chong students scored 3H2 distinctions and better, making them eligible for admission to any top university worldwide.

    In addition, two students were awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence in Physics, presented by the Institute of Physics to top A-level Physics candidates.

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    Mar 4, 2011




    School candidates will be issued with their result slips by their respective schools from 2.30 pm on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: ALAN LIM


    A TOTAL of 14,280 candidates sat for the examination in 2010.

    The percentages are as follows: 90.8 per cent achieved at least 3 H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry (KI).

    This is a slight increase from 2009 where 87.9 per cent out of 14,212 candidates achieved the same result.

    The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-level) Examination is conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

    School candidates will be issued with their result slips by their respective schools from 2.30 pm on Friday.
    Private candidates will receive their results by post or they may also access their results at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.30pm on Friday.

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    Default Ng Teng Fong Hospital coming up in Jurong

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    Mar 4, 2011

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    An artist's impression of the Jurong General Hospital that will be renamed the Ng Teng Fong Hospital. -- PHOTO: JURONG HEALTH


    JURONG General Hospital will be renamed the Ng Teng Fong Hospital after the family of the late property tycoon donated $125 million to the hospital slated to open in 2014.

    Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan announced the name change in Parliament on Friday and called the donation a 'big boost to our effort to provide high quality healthcare for Singaporeans living in the west'.

    The hospital is fully funded by the Government but private donations provide additional assistance to needy patients, besides funding other worthy services, he said.

    The 700-bed hospital is the first regional hospital in Singapore to be integrated with a community hospital - the 286-bed Jurong Community Hospital - right from the start.

    Mr Foo Hee Jug, chief executive of JurongHealth, which runs the two hospitals, said the donation will be used to set up the JurongHealth Fund to support needy patients, staff training, facility enhancements and research.

    In a statement on Friday, Mr Philip Ng, son of the late tycoon, said the gift served to give back to the Singapore community as well as leave a lasting memory of his father.

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    Default Geriatric care to be top priority in coming decade

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    Mar 4, 2011

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    By Salma Khalik


    The East Java hospital team visiting St Luke's ElderCare in Hougang in August 2010. All healthcare workers will be taught geriatric medicine so they will be well-placed to help the ageing population manage their diseases well. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    EVERY doctor, nurse and therapist will be taught geriatric medicine so they will be well-placed to help the ageing population manage their diseases well.

    It will be a 'core competency' for all healthcare workers, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament on Friday. He said his ministry's priority for the next decade is to transform long-term care so it will be among the best in the world.

    This will become increasingly important as Singapore's population ages. Dr Lam Pin Min (Ang Mo Kio GRC) said that by 2030, one in five people here would be 65 years of age or older.

    To spearhead the move, a new Geriatric Education and Research Institute will be set up in 2011 to develop, coordinate and implement teaching and research in geriatric care. The Straits Times understands that the institute is likely to be set up near the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun.

    Among the first things it will do is to draw up treatment and care plans for five major problems that afflict the elderly: hip fractures, stroke, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.

    The aim is to help such patients transition smoothly from hospital to home and enable those with chronic ailments to 'manage their diseases well so that they can have a good quality of life', said Mr Khaw. The Agency for Integrated Care, set up by MOH just a year back, has already helped more than 10,000 patients.

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    Default Budget 2011: Khaw speaks of scope to develop niche in TCM

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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 04 March 2011 1852 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan believes there is scope for Singapore to develop a niche role in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

    He said Singapore has had 10 years of TCM regulation and has made some progress in raising its standard of practice and training. And there is scope to do more.

    Mr Khaw was speaking during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on Friday.

    He said: "The key question for us is this: do we simply emulate the practice in China? Or do we forge a niche role for ourselves in Singapore, given our different history and greater exposure to Western medicine?

    "Both approaches are sensible. The second approach is more challenging but it may open up new opportunities.

    "For example, for Western drugs, the reporting of adverse events is routinely done. What about adverse events as a result of taking a Chinese herb? What about adverse events as a result of the interaction between Chinese herbs and Western medicine?"

    Mr Khaw said that if Singapore sets up a resource centre to collect such information objectively, it may become a useful centre, not just for Singapore but the region too.

    The question is whether Singapore can play such a niche role in TCM.

    Mr Khaw said some doctors with interest in TCM have begun joint research with TCM physicians.

    Their intention is to put TCM practices to scientific scrutiny and publish the findings in Western medical journals.

    So over the next few years, he hopes the TCM leadership can help Singapore determine the way forward.

    And if TCM legislation need to be amended to facilitate the next stage of development, Mr Khaw said he would be happy to do so.

    However, he had a word of caution.

    "But we must acknowledge the vast difference between TCM and Western medicine, in philosophy and in approach," he said.

    "The different regulatory regimes reflect these differences. Our healthcare system is based on Western medicine. TCM is considered an alternative medicine, regulated to different benchmarks," added Mr Khaw.

    The minister went on to say: "A TCM physician is not regulated to the same extent as a Western-trained doctor. A Chinese herb is not regulated to the same degree as a Western drug.

    "That is why Medisave does not cover TCM and many employers do not accept MCs issued by TCM physicians.

    "Whether this will change in the future will depend on how TCM intends to reform its practice and approach."

    There are currently more than 1,000 TCM clinics in Singapore, mostly in HDB towns.

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    Default Budget 2011: Recycling programme to be enhanced with one bin per HDB block

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    By Lynda Hong | Posted: 04 March 2011 1548 hrs





    SINGAPORE: Singapore will enhance its National Recycling Programme (NRP) by providing one recycling bin for every HDB block with daily collection.

    This is an increase from the previous rate of one bin for every five blocks of HDB flats.

    On average, a resident in Singapore generates 860 grammes of waste every day - which is one third more than in Germany or Taiwan.

    Over a year, Singapore can dispose enough waste to cover one eighth of Singapore's surface area, said Minister for Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament on Friday.

    To reduce waste and encourage more recycling, "we will make it easier for households to recycle. Households can now look forward to more recycling bins and more frequent collection services," said Dr Yaacob.

    Veolia Environmental Services is the first public waste collector to be awarded the contract under the enhanced NRP, which aims to boost recycling rates from the current 58 per cent.

    It will provide 660-litre bins for all 1,200 HDB blocks in the Pasir Ris-Tampines sector in July. The bins will be emptied every day.

    It will also provide another 3,000 bins, with a smaller capacity of 120 litres, for every household in landed properties in the Pasir Ris-Tampines sector. Recyclables in these bins will be collected weekly instead of the current fortnightly.

    Refuse collection in Singapore has been divided into nine sectors, managed by different public waste collectors.

    The trash bins provided by Veolia Environment Services are no ordinary one.

    They are retrofitted with Radio-frequency identification (RFID). This can help the public waste collector track the weight and quality of recyclables.

    Veolia Environment Services has also retrofitted its rubbish-collecting trucks with RFID and weighing technology.

    "We are able to target our outreach programmes more effectively. For example, (if) this particular household or block of estate....(has) contaminated recyclables in a bin, we are able to send out recycling ambassadors and work together with the grassroots network and implement education and awareness programmes,"
    said Christina Lee, marketing & communication manager at Veolia ES Singapore.

    During collection, Veolia Environmental Services will mix all the recyclables.

    It will then sort them out at its plant in Tuas. That's because paper, glass and plastics can be further separated. For example, paper can be further sorted into old corrugated carton, old newspapers and office papers.

    Landed property owners in Tanglin and Bukit Merah will get a first taste of the new recycling system in April when the company pilots a programme for the 6,000 households in the area.

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    Default Budget 2011: Singapore to partner UK centre on climate change studies

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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 04 March 2011 1949 hrs


    A man walks towards the financial business district which was shrouded in haze due to forest fires in nearby Sumatra, Indonesia (file picture)


    SINGAPORE: Singapore is building up its capabilities in climate science and modelling to better understand regional and local climate patterns and predict future climate changes.

    Environment and Water Resources Minister, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, said this in Parliament on Friday.

    He said that Singapore is partnering the Hadley Centre of UK, a leader in climate science, on climate change studies and to co-develop regional climate models.

    On the question of air quality, the minister said Singapore had maintained relatively high standards this year, achieving a Pollutant Standards Index rating of "good" for 93 percent of the year.

    But there were a few days when air quality dipped to "moderate" late last year due to the haze from forest fires in the region.

    Dr Yaacob said: "Singapore is chair of the Sub-regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution from 2010 to 2012.

    "During our term, we will strengthen the bilateral programmes conducted by Malaysia and Singapore in Riau and Jambi respectively.

    "New regional initiatives will also be undertaken, such as the establishment of a Regional Haze Training Network for sharing of expertise and training in haze management, and enhancing the capabilities of the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre hosted by NEA (National Environment Agency) that tracks the hot spots in the region."

    Dr Yaacob said the flagship project this year will be the Kallang River-Bishan Park initiative, where the river will become the focus of the park following its transformation into a natural meandering waterway.

    The project also features innovative bio-engineering techniques and natural cleansing systems using plants.

    At MacRitchie Reservoir, amongst other improvements, visitors can expect a new submerged boardwalk that will allow people to walk through shallow waters.

    Dr Yaacob said these projects, including Sungei Whampoa makeover, are part of more than 100 identified islandwide under the ABC Waters Masterplan.

    These projects will be implemented in phases over the next 20 years.

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    Default Water deal expiry no impact on S'pore

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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 04 March 2011 1558 hrs







    SINGAPORE: The Singapore government has once again reiterated that the expiry of the 1961 Water Agreement with Malaysia will have no impact on the Singapore's water supply and water tariffs.

    Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim said this on Friday in Parliament.

    Dr Yaacob noted that Singapore's first Water Agreement with Malaysia would expire on August 31, 2011, while the second Water Agreement would expire in 2061.

    Through the years, as part of the Four National Taps strategy, Singapore has been building up local sources of water by developing new reservoir schemes as well as through desalination and using NEWater.

    Dr Yaacob said with the completion of Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs by the end of the year, the country's water catchment would increase to two-thirds of Singapore's land area.


    The second desalination plant in Tuas, which would be ready in 2013, will add another 70 million gallons of water a day to the water supply.

    In addition, Singapore would continue to introduce NEWater into its reservoirs, especially during dry spells.

    By 2060, Dr Yaacob said Singapore plans to increase the desalination and NEWater capacities to meet up to 30 per cent and 50 per cent of water needs respectively.

    He said these local sources are sufficient to replace water imported under the 1961 Water Agreement.


    But for water sustainability, having a robust water supply is only half the story, he said.

    Singapore must continue efforts in water conservation, with the government setting an example.

    Close to 70 per cent of all public sector buildings have achieved the Water Efficiency Building certification as part of their efforts to reduce water consumption.

    The private sector is also demonstrating commitment to improve water efficiency.

    To date, 86 premises have submitted their Water Efficiency Management Plans, with overall water saving targets of up to 10 per cent.

    For the domestic sector, Dr Yaacob said the long-term target is to bring down the daily per capita domestic water consumption to 147 litres by 2020, and 140 litres by 2030.

    Today, Singapore's homes consume 154 litres, down from 165 litres in 2003.

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    Default Netball: A dash of international flavour to spice up the league

    TODAY By Low Lin Fhoong, | Posted: 04 March 2011 0800 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Back for its 12th edition, the NTUC FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League (March 5 to April 16) will see some exciting new faces from netball nations Fiji, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea this year.

    The six-team annual tournament tips off at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on Saturday, with the six foreign players making their debuts with their respective club teams in Round 5, starting on March 19.

    Fijians Adi Unisi Raulini and Jeloma Whippy will join the Bedok Kings Vipers and Mighty Mannas, respectively, with Tanzania's national team captain Jacqueline Sikozi and Lilian Sylidion linking up with adidas Sneakers Stingrays and M1 Sunfish. Three-time champions Nike Marlins and new outfit Blaze Dolphins will welcome Nisha Omi and Alurigo Opina of Papua New Guinea.

    The foreign netballers were recruited by Netball Singapore to lend excitement to the league, as well as provide Singapore's national team with sparring opportunities ahead of the 2011 Mission Foods World Netball Championships at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from July 3 to 10.

    Fijian national under-21 team-mates Raulini, 22, and 18-year-old Jeloma are excited about their first visit to Singapore after missing out on selection for the World Championships.

    "It's a good opportunity to come to Singapore and I'm looking forward to it very much. I've been finding out more about Singapore on the Internet," said Raulini, who represented Fiji at the 2009 Netball World Youth Championships in the Cook Islands.

    Added Jeloma: "I hope to get more experience and learn new things in Singapore. I hope to get better to make the next world championships team."

    The Mighty Mannas, who finished runners-up to the Malaysian Arowanas last year after a 49-44 defeat, are looking to capitalise on Jeloma's 1.83-metre frame.

    Said captain Serene Lim: "She's going to be the tallest player in the team, and will definitely help at the shooting end. We're very excited to have her come on board."

    The top four teams in the league table will qualify for the semi-finals on April 9, with the Grand Final to be played at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on April 16, with the winner taking home the championship trophy and cheque for $10,000. - TODAY

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    Default Football legends Pele and Cantona visit Singapore Sports school

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    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 04 March 2011 1940 hrs





    SINGAPORE: Football legends Pele and Eric Cantona, together with American football star Cobi Jones, Cosmos Associate Director of Football, dropped in at the Singapore Sports School to officially open the re-turfed football pitch.

    The school pitch was opened six years ago and needed upgrading.

    Besides gracing the opening, and showing off their football skills, part of their visit was also to share their secrets with the students.

    Cantona also spoke of his ex-boss, Manchester United's Alex Ferguson and the impact on the club when he steps down.

    "He is one of the best managers of all time in the world", said Cantona of Ferguson, "(after he leaves) it will be very, very difficult".

    Pele and Eric Cantona are in Singapore for the New York Cosmos 2011 Asia Tour.


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    Default Top scorers tell of good time management

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    Mar 5, 2011

    Studies aside, they also found time to pursue several CCAs

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    Hwa Chong Institution's Koh Mingming, who scored nine distinctions, with mother Chia Chiao Koon, 51. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


    HWA Chong Institution student Koh Mingming decided to live in the hostel during her final year of junior college to save time on travelling and prepare for the A levels.
    Three times a week, she was up at 4.30am to write economics essays.

    Mingming, who aced English, Chinese and French, bagged a scholarship from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and plans to study economics at Yale University.

    She was one of six 'perfect' scorers from Hwa Chong, River Valley High School (RVHS), Raffles Institution (RI), and Temasek Junior College (TJC). They all took the 13 credits allowed and received distinctions in all their nine subjects.

    Mingming and Tan Zhi Xiang from RVHS led the pack of the 'perfect' scorers, getting an A1 for Higher Chinese. The others, including TJC's Elis Lee, got an A2 for Higher Mother Tongue.
    The top students, all 19 years old, managed to pull off the feat while juggling several co-curricular activities (CCAs) and pursuing other interests.

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    Default Hwa Chong twins among top scorers

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    Mar 5, 2011

    A-LEVEL RESULTS
    Showing by 2010 cohort is the best since 2006 revamp of exam curriculum

    By Jane Ng



    TWINS Daren and Derek Khu may not get new clothes or bags as often as their friends do, but when it came to things related to their studies, their parents made sure they had all they needed.

    In fact, when they started schooling at Hwa Chong Institution, their mother decided to find work as a cleaner.

    Her $600-a-month pay cheque helped with the expenses, such as photocopying notes for their studies.

    Together with her husband, a security guard, they pulled in $2,000 to support the twins and their two older sisters, one of whom has just started working as a teacher.

    The family live in a four-room HDB flat in Bukit Batok. The couple's support paid off and the twins emerged among Hwa Chong's top scorers in last year's A-level exams.

    They got their results yesterday. Derek, the younger of the twins by two minutes, scored eight distinctions while Daren had seven.

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    Default Water deal's expiry won't affect prices

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    Mar 5, 2011

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    By Cai Haoxiang


    The expiry of the water deal between Singapore and Malaysia will not affect supply and prices, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    WATER will not cost more and its supply will not be affected when a 50-year agreement with Malaysia expires in August, the Environment and Water Resources Minister said on Friday.

    'The expiry of the 1961 Water Agreement will have no impact on our water supply and water tariffs,' Dr Yaacob Ibrahim told Parliament during the debate on his ministry's budget.

    Singapore has developed enough local sources to replace water imported under the 1961 agreement, which allows the drawing of up to 86 million gallons daily from Johor's Skudai and Tebrau rivers.

    Singapore's three local sources of water are its reservoirs, desalination and Newater.

    By the end of this year, when the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs are ready, the city state's water catchment will increase to two-thirds of its total land area. It has also ramped up production of Newater and desalinated water, which together now meet 40 per cent of total demand.

    A second water agreement with Malaysia, signed in 1962 and which allows Singapore to draw up to 250 million gallons daily from the Johor River, will expire in 2061. Singapore aims to be self-sufficient in water by then.

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    Default Hwa Chong, River Valley High produce top A-level students

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    By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 04 March 2011 1520 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The 2010 GCE A-Level results are out, with Hwa Chong Institution producing a record of 94 perfect scorers, the best in four years.

    And 19-year-old Koh Mingming is Hwa Chong's top student with 9 distinctions at 13 Academic Units.

    Another top student is 19-year-old Tan Zhi Xiang from River Valley High School, who also achieved 9 distinctions at 13 Academic Units.

    Mingming, who speaks English, Chinese and French, graduated from Hwa Chong's bicultural studies programme. She now has a place at Harvard and Yale.

    Besides being the top student at River Valley High, Zhi Xiang is also a recipient of the Institute of Physics, Singapore (IPS) medal, which is awarded to the top scorers in Physics in the entire A-Level cohort.

    "I've never been the top student in RV before. It just came as a surprise for me. I think it opens up a lot of possibilities for me. I'm currently making a choice between teaching and law," said Zhi Xiang.


    He said his experience as a senior in St John's Brigade in his fourth year and sharing his experiences with his juniors made him want to take the teaching path.

    As for going down the path of law, he said he wants to make an impact on the international stage.

    "My ambition is to be an international lawyer and fight for human rights," he said.

    Zhi Xiang said there will be a lot of reflecting in the next few weeks to decide which path he wants to do down.

    For River Valley High students who collected their A-level results on Friday, they are the pioneer batch under the Integrated Programme.

    The Integrated Programme, also known as through-train programme, is a scheme which allows the brightest pupils at secondary schools in Singapore to bypass the 'O' levels and take the 'A' levels, International Baccalaureate or an equivalent examination directly after six years of secondary education.

    Over at the Millennia Institute, which offers a three-year A-Level programme, student Ambrose Lim is especially hopeful in pursuing his dream degree.

    The 20-year-old has a hunger for numbers and hopes to study economics.

    What sets him apart from other students is that he is visually-impaired and cannot see beyond four metres. In fact, he needs a special machine to magnify the things he reads.

    And that was not the only hurdle he has had to conquer. "I failed my A-levels last year. Some of the teachers here encouraged me to come back. They believed I could do better. They said they're willing to help me through the fourth year," said Ambrose.

    After a second attempt, Ambrose succeeded in qualifying for a spot in a university.

    Millennia Institute says 95 percent of the 2010 cohort are eligible for university courses, having scored a pass in at least two H2 subjects. The figure is a notable improvement over the last five years.

    Nationwide, the 2010 cohort did better than the previous cohort, with 90.8% of students scoring a pass in at least three H2 subjects and in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.

    The Education Ministry says this is the first time the figure has breached 90 per cent since the curriculum was revised for the 2006 batch of A-level students.

    In 2009, it was 87.9%.

    14,280 school students sat for the examinations last year.

    Private candidates who sat for the exam will receive their results by post.

    They can also access their results online at www.seab.gov.sg

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    Default A $5.3 million makeover for Muscat Street

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    Mar 5, 2011

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    Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rashid briefing the public on the Muscat Street Project. -- PHOTO: MFA SINGAPORE


    MUSCAT Street, home of Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque), may not be as busy as some other byways in Kampong Glam, but the Singapore and Omani governments believe that it holds a lot of promise.

    Hence, the Muscat Street Project. It aims to upgrade and beautify the street so as to enhance its overall attractiveness, provide more community space and add to the area's distinctive ethnic character.

    Work on the $5.3 million project will start in November. It was the brainchild of the former Head of the Muscat Municipality, Mr Abdulla Abbas, during his visit to Singapore in April 2007. President S. R. Nathan signed the project's Memorandum of Intent during his state visit to Oman in March 2009.

    Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, hailed it as an opportunity not only to 'look at the past, but also to look at the future in terms of what it holds for Singapore-Oman relations'.

    Named after the Omani capital, the street, normally a service lane for neighbouring roads, will see eight-metre high granite arches displaying Omani-style ornate carvings situated at its entrance and exit.

    The centrepiece will be the granite murals with mosaic artworks that will line the street.

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    Default DPM Teo opens Lor Halus Wetland biodiversity haven

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    Mar 5, 2011




    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean opened the Riverside Walk portion of the Punggol Promenade and Lorong Halus Wetland. -- PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


    MORE than 1,000 residents gathered for a brisk walk to mark the occasion as Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean officially opened the Lorong Halus Wetland and part of the Punggol Promenade on Saturday.

    Located in north-eastern Singapore along the eastern bank of Serangoon Reservoir, Lorong Halus Wetland was transformed from a landfill into an educational site and biodiversity haven for plants, birds and other wildlife.

    The project is part of the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme by national water agency PUB. 'The Lorong Halus Wetland will provide a new space for members of the public to enjoy not just the tranquility and greenery of the wetland, but also the new habitat that this wetland has created for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other wildlife,' said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB's Director of Catchment and Waterways.

    The Riverside Walk portion of the 4.9km-long Punggol Promenade was also opened by Mr Teo on Saturday. Envisioned as a rustic promenade, it allows families to enjoy the natural setting of the river banks. It is designed with exercise stations, dedicated bicycle and jogging tracks, as well as lookout points that allow visitors to get closer to the water's edge.

    The Punggol Promenade is part of URA's Parks and Waterbodies and Identity Plans. In the plans, the coastal and waterfront areas of Punggol were envisaged as a major recreational and leisure destination for the residents in the north-east of Singapore.

    When fully completed at the end of the year, the promenade will provide seamless public access to the entire Punggol waterfront and serve as a recreation corridor to support future waterfront housing and a range of recreation developments.

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    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 05 March 2011 2246 hrs





    SINGAPORE: Italy's Omar Bertazzo walked away with US$12,500, after emerging as the champion in the OCBC Cycle Singapore's professional criterium on Saturday.

    Eighty-seven professional cyclists were flagged off at the F1 Pit Building for the race, which was held at night for the first time.

    The star-studded line-up was led by defending champion Ben Kersten from Australia.

    All the cyclists raced around a new 1.7km route circling the F1 Pit Building.

    Held over two days this weekend, the 2011 edition of the OCBC Cycle Singapore has 10,000 participants - up from the 9,000 last year - competing across nine categories.


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