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    Default Tighter criteria for work-pass applicants

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    Mar 10, 2011

    Qualifying salaries raised for foreign professionals and skilled workers

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    Foreign professional and skilled workers will need to meet a higher qualifying salary from July 1 before they can get a pass to work here. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


    FROM July 1, foreign professional and skilled workers will have to meet a higher qualifying salary before they can get a pass to work here.

    The change is prompted by the improving profile of the local workforce and to encourage companies to hire more qualified foreigners, said Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament yesterday.
    For professionals, the minimum monthly pay for getting an Employment Pass will be raised by as much as $1,000.

    These pass holders, who often are degree holders working in professional, managerial or specialist jobs, are categorised into three groups: P1, P2 and Q1.

    The new qualifying salaries for P1 is $8,000, up from $7,000, P2 is $4,000 ($3,500), and Q1 is $2,800 ($2,500).

    The revision is the first since 2001, when their qualifying salary was raised from $2,000 to $2,500.

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Wee Nam Kee chicken rice voted best hawker

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    Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice clinched the top spot for the Best Hawkers category. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    WEE Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice has emerged as the best hawker at the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2010.

    In its third year, the annual awards recognise brands, products and services in Singapore and the region as voted by AsiaOne readers.

    The People's Choice Awards 2010 has expanded to 31 categories, of which 13 are new. Some of the new categories include Best Hawkers, Best DSLR Cameras and Best Body Care Products.

    The top three winners, including the People's Choice, from each category was announced at the awards ceremony.

    The awards were presented at the Singapore Press Holdings Auditorium on Wednesday.

    Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice clinched the top spot for the Best Hawkers category, with Song Kee Fishball Noodles at Toa Payoh Lorong 5 and Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee at Amoy Street also making it to the top three.


    (Note: The boss of Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice (the smiling tall man in maroon LS shirt as shown in pic above) is a badminton fanatic and probably still remains as President of Harper Valley Badminton Club. My congrats to him.)
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    Default The Wizardy of Woz

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    Mar 9, 2011

    By Low Yi Qian, Multimedia Journalist



    STEVE Wozniak, better known as the co-founder of Apple, was in Singapore to conduct a seminar on innovation and creativity at DRIVE, or Driving Innovation Execellence, a series of talks held by the Work Development Agency and Next U.

    Steve Wozniak is the first speaker in the series, which aims to gather thought leaders in the industry to impart their knowledge and experiences on innovation and productivity.

    Mr Wozniak touched on topics like technology's role in education, the importance of innovation and even gave tips on how companies can encourage innovation within its own staff.

    Rounding up the seminar, he answered questions from the audience and shared his thoughts on why Apple is the new Sony. He also talked about the upcoming technological advances which he is most excited about.

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    Default Online mentoring portal for younger women

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    Mar 10, 2011

    By Judith Tan




    The new Women's Register was launched at the Singapore Council of Women's Organisation's celebration of 100 years of International Women's Day. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    A NEWLY-TWEAKED Women's Register has been re-launched as an online platform, targeting women between the ages of 18 and 35 years.

    This initiative aims to connect younger women to successful and accomplished older women who could guide them on matters such as the ins and outs of various industries, and potential career paths.

    It also provides an opportunity for the older women to become mentors and share their experiences and knowledge; and create a sense of community among women.

    The new Women's Register was launched at the Singapore Council of Women's Organisation's (SCWO) celebration of 100 years of International Women's Day on March 9.

    Among the women recruited as mentors include gynaecologist Ann Tan, and actress-entrepreneur Irene Ang.

    The concept of a women's register was first formulated in 2005 after a year-long public consultation with study groups led by prominent women leaders here.

    Also introduced at the dinner, held at Regent Singapore, was BoardAgender, another outreach programme to promote the importance of diversity at top levels of management and boardrooms.

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    Default NUS ranked 27th in the world by academics

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    Mar 11, 2011

    Harvard is No. 1; table shows US institutions most highly regarded

    By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer




    NUS president Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said the latest ranking was 'a positive affirmation from the international academic community of the world-class quality of education and research being produced at our university'. The university is ranked third in Asia. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


    THE National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked the 27th best in the world and third best in Asia by academics asked to pick the top universities in their disciplines.

    A total of 13,388 experienced academics in 131 countries were asked to rate universities around the world according to how good they thought their research and teaching were.

    The results, published on Thursday by Britain's Times Higher Education magazine, reveal that US institutions were most highly regarded, taking seven of the top 10 places.

    Harvard University was first, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in second place. In total, 45 US universities made it to the global top 100.

    Two British universities, Cambridge and Oxford, made it to the top 10 and a dozen more were in the top 100.

    Japan's Tokyo University was the only Asian university to make it to the top 10, followed by Kyoto University, at 18th.

    Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.
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    WORLD'S TOP 10 VARSITIES

    TIMES Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2011 include:

    1. Harvard University
    2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    3. University of Cambridge
    4. University of California, Berkeley
    5. Stanford University
    6. University of Oxford
    7. Princeton University
    8. University of Tokyo
    9. Yale University
    10. California Institute of Technology
    27. National University of Singapore
    91-100. Nanyang Technological University

    After 50, the universities were bunched in groups of 10 and listed in alphabetical order. Singapore Management University was unranked because it is considered a specialised university.

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    Default Students at polys intern at top varsities

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    Mar 11, 2011


    Schools say such schemes boost interest in research

    By Amelia Tan




    Biomed Science student Daniel Poh, interned at HARVARD
    Biotech student Gan Sok Ting, interning at STANFORD
    Biotech student Lee Jin, interning at STANFORD -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



    SINGAPORE Polytechnic (SP) biomedical science student Daniel Poh's 10-week internship at Harvard University last year marked many personal firsts.

    It was his first trip to the US and his first taste of life as a stem-cell researcher. The second-year student spent 12 hours almost every day holed up in one of the labs at the Children's Hospital Boston, part of the Harvard Medical School.

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    Default Philippine President Aquino in S'pore for state visit

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    By Imelda Saad/Satish Cheney | Posted: 10 March 2011 1439 hrs


    Philippine President Benigno Aquino (L) is greeted by his Singaporean counterpart S R Nathan (R) during a meeting at the Istana.


    SINGAPORE: Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who is on a three-day state visit to Singapore, met President S R Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday morning.

    President Aquino was then hosted to lunch by Mr Lee.

    In the evening, Mr Aquino was hosted to a state banquet by President Nathan at the Istana.

    Distinguished members of the Filipino community in Singapore were also present at the banquet.

    Mr Nathan highlighted the contributions by the Filipino community here, saying:
    "There is also a sizeable Filipino community residing here, making significant contributions to Singapore's development. The profile of the community has gradually changed over recent years. There are now many Filipino professionals working in various sectors, some of whom occupy top positions in business and industry. The Filipino community has integrated very well."


    On his part, Mr Aquino said: "Every Singaporean has been empowered to fulfil his or her personal potential and I believe that the same potential holds true for my own people. You make me realise what we can someday achieve. I intend to lead my countrymen on a path of progress and I am grateful for your example."

    President Aquino is in Singapore with several other Filipino leaders, such as Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Adviser on International Relations Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisima and Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory L. Domingo, and a business delegation.

    During his visit, Mr Aquino will also deliver a keynote address at a Singapore Business Federation-International Enterprise Singapore Eminent Leaders Lecture titled "Philippines - Partnership for Progress", as well as visit the Singapore Management University.

    In addition, President Aquino will visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens for an Orchid Naming Ceremony. He will also tour the Changi Water Reclamation Plant and the Changi Airport and meet the Filipino community here.

    Economic relations between Singapore and the Philippines are strong.

    Bilateral trade reached S$22.3 billion last year, a 51 per cent increase from 2009, making the Philippines Singapore's fourth largest trading partner.

    The Philippines, in turn, was Singapore's 12th largest trading partner. Electronic products account for a large proportion of bilateral trade as the manufacturing process straddles both countries.

    Singapore investments in the Philippines are also on the rise. In 2009, the country's registered cumulative investments in the Philippines reached S$4.2 billion, a 26 per cent overall increase from S$3.3 billion in 2005.

    Investments are in diverse sectors including business process out-sourcing, airport development, transport and logistics, real estate and hospitality, information technology, telecommunications, retail and F&B.

    Singapore companies with a presence in the Philippines include Banyan Tree, Keppel Offshore and Marine, SIA Engineering Company and Ascendas.

    Tourism links have been boosted by increased air links. As of January 2011, five airlines operate the Manila-Singapore route. They are Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar Asia, Philippines Airlines, SIA and Tiger Airways.

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    Default Budget 2011: MICA to promote arts and culture to the masses

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    By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 10 March 2011 1351 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has outlined a raft of measures to grow the arts and culture within the community.

    These include more funding to interest groups and having more arts content on free-to-air television.

    These measures are expected to cost the ministry about $80 million a year on average, for the next five years.

    Speaking in Parliament during the debate for the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) on Thursday, Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the steering committee looking into the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR)has put forward a vision of Singapore in 2025, as a nation of cultured and gracious people, proud of their heritage, and confident in the Singaporean identity.

    The proposals include a network of heartland performing arts centres, with affordable rehearsal facilities for casual practitioners to hone their craft or to just come together for practice.

    Over the next few years, the library could be more than a wonderland for book lovers.

    It could also be turned into a place where you can catch a performance or exhibition.

    That's an idea the government is exploring to bring the arts into the mainstream.

    "We must dispel perceptions that arts and culture is elitist, expensive, and restricted to 'high art'. Ballets, orchestras, we know that it is far more than that and we must help people realise that," said Mr Lui.

    "Art needs to broaden its appeal; it needs to provide more opportunities for participation, so that more people can appreciate the prevalence and pervasiveness of arts and culture in their lives, in their leisure activities," he added.

    Local interest groups will get more help through funding, and to secure facilities in community centres and schools.

    Besides national icons like the orchestras and museums, support will also be given to emerging talent through a national mentorship programme.

    The National Arts Council (NAC) will also tie up with private arts schools to spot and groom promising talent.

    More scholarships and subsidised training courses will also be available to existing practitioners.

    Last year, about 200 arts practitioners went through programmes subsidised by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), in areas ranging from the performing arts, technical theatre, arts education and creative entrepreneurship.

    The NAC is also working with partners to develop a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education, aimed at arts instructors in schools and community centres.

    More resources too will go into creating new audiences for the arts.

    Some ideas include having a lifestyle fund for companies to use for activities like lunchtime concerts and museum passes. Another is to work with schools to bring more of the arts into lesson time.

    And you don't even have to go beyond your living room to get a dose of culture.

    There will be more local arts content on MediaCorp's free-to-air channels such as okto, as well as online on MediaCorp's xinmsn.

    As for the traditional arts, more funding is on the way, while free admission to all museums could be a possibility in the future.

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    Default Possible review to policies regarding marriage and parenthood

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    By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid | Posted: 10 March 2011 1308 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The government is taking steps to review policies related to issues of marriage and parenthood.

    A group of woman MPs is conducting feedback sessions to find out what more can be done to make it more conducive for couples to get married, have children and for married couples to have more children.

    The effort comes at a time when Singapore's total fertility rate hit a historic low of 1.16 last year, below the replacement rate of 2.1.

    The sessions which will take place till June, will involve singles and young couples who are married but do not have children.

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua and REACH Supervisory Panel unit chairman, Dr Amy Khor co-chaired the first session on Thursday morning with some 50 stay-home mothers and fathers.

    Participants were asked what first motivated them to have children and what more can be done to help them re-integrate into the workforce.

    While many shared their joys about having children, some raised concerns about the lack of support, particularly flexible work arrangements.

    Ms Sher-Li Torrey, a mother of one, said: "Before you think about having a second child, sometimes you worry about time with family, whether you can still commit to work, whether future employers want to hire you as well."

    Mrs Lim agreed that this issue still needs to be addressed further and that there is scope for employers to be encouraged further in this issue.

    She said: "We will think through and come up with specific recommendations where the government can consider making flexi-work arrangements truly the norm and where nobody thinks of it as a special effort any more...if you are a company that does not take family into account ,you are not very progressive so that will be the ideal scenario that we will like to work towards."

    Mrs Lim said many pro-family benefits are also currently linked to working mothers, and she said the government can explore if stay home mothers can also receive similar support.

    When asked if the feedback sessions are part of a bigger plan to further enhance the Marriage and Parenthood package in the coming months, Mrs Lim gave little away.

    She said the purpose of the sessions were to take stock of the changing mindsets and views on issues concerning marriage and parenthood. But she agreed that such efforts will come in handy in addressing the low total fertility rate.

    Mrs Lim said: "What we are doing is basically rounding up views, updating ourselves on some of the current thinking the views and whether the challenges that have been there continue to be there in full force, or that certain aspects have been mitigated. For example childcare, I think we have done a lot and also what are some of the lingering issues that we can look at.

    "So we have some good suggestions - not totally new, but I think it just reinforces the fact that we need to work hard at it and the government in its facilitator role as well as an employer can probably look at how much more it can actually do."

    Dr Khor said Reach is planning to set up a specific website to allow more to give their feedback on these issues.

    "I think this session has been very fruitful and useful for us to bring back to the policy makers, when they look into reviewing and refining the policies in relation to marriage and parenthood, so we can even set up a dedicated micro-site just for marriage and parenthood issues, so that you can get in there and start the discussion. That will be a little bit more structured."

    The marriage and parenthood package which provides cash incentives and other benefits to married couples, was last enhanced in 2008.

    The package includes a parenthood tax rebate, child relief, enhanced Baby Bonus, subsidies for centre-based infant care and childcare, extended maternity leave, paid childcare leave and unpaid infant care leave.

    REACH will be conducting three more feedback sessions by June.

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    By Imelda Saad | Posted: 10 March 2011 1925 hrs


    (L-R) Jeisilan Sivalingham, Hazel Poa, NSP Secretary-General Goh Meng Seng.





    SINGAPORE: Singapore's opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP) on Thursday unveiled its first slate of candidates for the upcoming General Election, the first political party to do so.

    They are:

    41-year-old Tony Tan, CEO of a private school;

    his wife, 41-year-old Hazel Poa;

    process manager Jeisilan Sivalingham, also aged 41;

    48-year-old lawyer Jeannette Chong Aruldoss; and

    37-year-old business consultant Nor Lella Mardiiiah Mohamed.

    Mr Tan, Ms Poa, Mr Jeisilan and Ms Nor Lella Mardiiiah are to be fielded at Moulmein-Kallang GRC, said the NSP at a news conference.

    "It has always been my dream to break the fortress of the PAP and that is a GRC," said NSP Secretary-General Goh Meng Seng.

    The NSP added that Ms Chong is a potential election candidate for Mountbatten single-member constituency (SMC).

    The party also said it expects to field up to 20 candidates in the coming General Election, with about half being fresh faces. These will be unveiled over the next few weeks.

    The next General Election could see the opposition contest all 27 constituencies, preventing walkover wins for the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) on Nomination Day for the first time since Singapore's independence.

    But there may be three- or four-cornered fights, a problem for the opposition because it will dilute their chances of winning against the PAP.

    The NSP is locked in a tussle with the Workers' Party (WP) to contest Moulmein-Kallang GRC. The GRC is formed from parts of the former Jalan Besar GRC, which NSP contested in the 2006 and 2001 elections, and most of Tanjong Pagar GRC's Moulmein ward.

    The WP wants to contest in the Moulmein-Kallang GRC because of its proximity to Aljunied GRC, where the WP had a strong showing in the 2006 election, garnering 43.9 per cent of valid votes.

    The NSP said it is still in talks with the WP to avoid a three-cornered fight.

    NSP president, Mr Sebastian Teo, said: "The voters do not want to see NSP and WP in a 3-cornered fight. They (WP) know that NSP has contested in Jalan Besar in 2001 and 2006 and NSP has put in a lot of resources and effort in this constituency, especially after the 2006 GE and we have stepped up the ground activity since 2008 to prepare for this coming election.

    "Since we have good people to stand for this (Moulmein-Kallang) GRC, it means we are very serious about it. So in short, I think rightfully we should be given the first priority to field our candidates in this GRC."

    Mr Teo added that it is premature to speculate if there will be more three-cornered fights in other GRCs and SMCs.

    Four of the five candidates unveiled on Thursday were former members of another opposition party, Reform Party. They are Mr Tony Tan, Ms Poa, Mr Jeisilan and Ms Chong.

    Some 20 people had quit the Reform Party last month, citing difficulties in working with its Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam.

    Talking about the four former Reform Party members joining the NSP, Ms Poa said: "Our group and NSP are rather complementary. NSP is strong in areas we are weak and we are strong in areas that NSP is weak. We feel that it will be a very good fit; there will be synergy in this combination and with willingness on both parties to give and take to work towards a common goal, we are confident this will be a successful partnership.

    "We are actually greenhorns in politics; there are still a lot of things we still have to learn, whereas the NSP has a much longer history and a lot of experience we can benefit from. On our part, Tony has been in the Ministry of Defence and for myself, I have been in the Administrative Service, so we also bring to the table some experience in the public service."

    "To me, the outcome of this election is not about me coming to this party and whether we can win, but what I hope is that after this election, Singaporeans understand that policies affect them, especially long-term policies, and for the young people, how much do you care for this country?" said Mr Tony Tan.

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    Default Singapore's first 'healthy' hawker centre to be launched in April

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    By Evelyn Lam | Posted: 10 March 2011 2104 hrs





    SINGAPORE : Health-conscious hawker food lovers can look forward to Singapore's first 'healthy' hawker centre next month.

    The Health Promotion Board (HPB) and South West Community Development Council are working to get half of the hawkers at Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre in Jurong East (Block 347) to offer healthier food alternatives.

    Hawkers MediaCorp spoke to at Yuhua welcomed the move, saying they have already noticed more customers asking for healthier food.

    And despite the expected increase in costs and labour, they would not be raising prices as they feel the healthier food would draw in more business.

    HPB said the initiative is aimed at reducing nationwide obesity.

    Ang Hak Seng, chief executive officer of HPB, said: "Obesity has been on the increase by 1 per cent each year for the last three years...The reason why there is an increase in obesity is because Singaporeans are eating out more often but they are exercising less.

    "To combat obesity...we are adopting a bottom-up approach by mobilising grassroots organisations, VWOs (voluntary welfare organisations), and private companies to create a social movement in healthy lifestyle."

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    Default Tax filing made easier for 1.7 million individuals

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    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 10 March 2011 1939 hrs


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    SINGAPORE : It's still more than a month before the deadline but the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has issued a reminder to the 1.7 million taxpayers.

    Those planning to e-file their returns will have until April 18 to do so. Those who choose to send their tax returns via postal mail will have to do so by April 15.

    Last year, 94 per cent of taxpayers chose to e-file their returns, and IRAS is expecting 95 per cent to do so this year.

    This year, e-filing has been enhanced with a tax calculator feature.

    As soon as taxpayers have e-filed, an estimate of the tax payable will be shown on the screen. This helps them budget their tax payments.

    Also on the IRAS e-file portal, there will be a summary of tax savings tips for sole-proprietors and partners under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) Scheme.

    IRAS said by now, about 790,000 taxpayers would have received the "No-Filing Service" letters, which requires no action on their part if they are not making changes to their personal reliefs and have no additional sources of income.

    IRAS said so far, 87,000 taxpayers have filed their tax returns, 6 per cent higher than the same period last year.

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    Default Singapore develops its first homegrown cancer drug

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    By Vimita Mohandas | Posted: 11 March 2011 1818 hrs




    Singapore develops its first homegrown cancer drug

    SINGAPORE: Singapore has achieved a medical breakthrough with its first cancer drug, SB-939, developed by two cancer institutes here and a local biotechnology company, S*BIO.

    Developed by the Singapore National University Cancer Institute, the Cancer Institute of Singapore and biotech company S*BIO, the drug has gone through Phase One of tests with encouraging results.

    For over a year, the drug was administered orally to 30 cancer patients three times a week.

    Of these, 24 tolerated the drug well and four showed better than expected tumour growth control.

    Associate Professor Goh Boon Cher, senior consultant of the Singapore National University Cancer Institution, said, "the drug actually works by causing cancer cells to die preferentially over the normal cells. So there is some selective advantage to killing cancer".

    Doctors also say that there were fewer and only minor side effects which are reversible.

    "The main side effect was tiredness in the patients and some patients who had lowering of platelet count. There were some insignificant abnormalities in the electrocardiogram. In general, these side effects were tolerable, reversible and did not harm the patients, " said Associate Professor Goh.

    Associate Professor Goh said that Phase One of the study assessed the safety and tolerability of the drug, and to recommend a dose for Phase Two of trials.

    The drug is moving into Phase Two of trials by the end of this year.

    Doctors say it will take at least 10 years for SB-939 to be made a treatment option.
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    Default Local researchers make silkworms produce coloured silk

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    By Sarah Grosse & Sok Hwee Seet | Posted: 11 March 2011 2130 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Local researchers have found a way to make silkworms produce coloured silk - a method that bypasses the traditional silk-dyeing step and is also more environmentally-friendly.

    Once digested, the silkworms start producing coloured silk, forming cocoons that also glow in the dark.


    The silkworms' diet is mixed with mulberry powder and a special coloured substance.

    Eight scientists, from Agency for Science, Technology and Research, have been working on this process since 2009.

    They say the new process saves water and uses less resources than traditional silk production methods.

    Researchers are also looking at how the technnology can be used in medicine in the future.

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    Default Indoor Stadium to stage more sporting events

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    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 11 March 2011 2008 hrs





    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Indoor Stadium will stage more sports events - from monster trucks to indoor soccer.

    This to ensure the Kallang area remains abuzz with activities, despite the on-going construction for the SportsHub in the area.

    The Indoor Stadium, which is part of the mega SportsHub project, will also run 24 hours, if needed.

    Badminton and basketball are the current sports staples at the Indoor Stadium. Currently, 31 sports events make up its annual calendar, and that would be expanded to more than 50 over the next year.

    All this is to whet the appetite of sport fans and adrenaline junkies, on top of the already busy entertainment line-up that the Indoor Stadium is organising.

    Mark Collins, Managing director of the Singapore Indoor Stadium, said: "We are going to be doing some tennis exhibitions with the hope that we can attract an ATP Tour event permanently to Singapore.

    "There is a new indoor football, not futsal, but an actual football skills challenge event that is being supported out of UK by David Beckham and a couple of the other EPL players, we are looking to bring that to Singapore. We are looking to bring motor sports into the indoor arena, which is actually a common practice in North America and Europe."

    There are also plans to collaborate with the *SCAPE park and organise more extreme sports like BMX and skateboard events.

    The Indoor Stadium is also in talks with National Sports Associations (NSAs), to use the facility to test-bed their events, which will eventually move to the SportsHub when it is ready.

    The Indoor Stadium will offer preferred utilisation rates to these NSAs to make the deal more attractive.

    Action aside, patrons can also expect a more comfortable viewing experience. Refurbishment works will be carried out at the entrances, VIP room, F&B outlets and even the rest rooms.

    The various entrances will be colour-coded for easier identification and all refurbishment works will be carried out without any disruption to events.

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    Channel NewsAsia

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 11 March 2011 1123 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said he has a substantive agenda to further enhance Singapore healthcare over the next five years.

    Writing in his blog, Mr Khaw has pledged that good hospital care will be within 30 minutes of every patient.

    Detailing his Health Manifesto, Mr Khaw said this would be possible with a general hospital in every region in Singapore - Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in the north, Tan Tock Seng Hospital in the central, Changi General Hospital in the east, Ng Teng Fong Hospital in the west and Sengkang General Hospital for the North East.

    He also aims to track Singapore's morbidity indicators and get them to match the top tier of OECD countries in the key disease areas such as heart disease, diabetes, mental disorders and cancer.

    Currently, Singapore's indicators are about average, among the OECD countries.

    Polyclinics will also be redeveloped and upgraded.

    A new polyclinic is planned for the rapidly expanding population in Punggol.

    Long term care will be transformed to benefit the elderly with chronic diseases, so that they can have a good quality of life.

    To help Singaporeans stay healthy, Mr Khaw said his ministry will help Singaporeans go for regular health checks.

    Medisave will be expanded to cover mammograms and colonoscopies.

    Mr Khaw said keeping Singaporeans healthy requires a strong community spirit.

    Through the S$1 billion Community Silver Trust, he hopes to inspire successful Singaporeans to come forward to co-develop the long term care sector.

    Mr Khaw also pledged to keep healthcare affordable.

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    Default Ah Meng lives on in baby at zoo

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    Mar 12, 2011

    Male orang utan born to her granddaughter

    By Heather Marie Lee




    Chomel, granddaughter of the late Ah Meng, and her baby - described by keepers as a 'very amiable and expressive baby' - are healthy and bonding well. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    THE Singapore Zoo has had its first successful birth of a Sumatran orang utan in 14 years.
    A male was born to Chomel, the granddaughter of the late Ah Meng, arguably the zoo's most well-known ape, at 4.20am on Jan 31.

    It was an easy birth and Chomel, herself the last orang utan born at the zoo, is a natural mother.

    Her keeper Alagappasamy Chellaiyah, 60, who was Ah Meng's keeper, said of Chomel:

    'Despite being a first-time mother, she's an excellent one - she knew exactly what to do.'
    Mother and baby are healthy and bonding well. Keepers, ecstatic about the birth, describe the newborn as a 'very amiable and expressive baby'.

    The newborn's father is Galdikas, who arrived here last year from the Frankfurt Zoo for the purpose of captive breeding. The dad, who turned 11 this week, will remain here on a breeding loan. He was chosen as a mate for Chomel because he is unrelated to Ah Meng's side of the family. Ah Meng died in February 2008.

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