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03-12-2011, 01:30 AM #4149
Orchid named after Philippine President during state visit to S'pore
By Sara Grosse | Posted: 11 March 2011 1651 hrs
SINGAPORE: An orchid has been named after Philippine President Benigno Aquino. He is on a three-day state visit to Singapore.
The Ascocenda Benigno S Aquino III was revealed when the Philippine President visited the National Orchid Garden on Friday.
The orchid bears flowering sprays with 10 to 12 flowers each. Petals and sepals are bright golden yellow with reddish-brown spots.
During the rest of President Aquino's visit, he will tour Changi Airport and meet the Filipino community in Singapore.
03-12-2011, 01:36 AM #4150
US 7th Fleet command ship calls on S'pore
By Dylan Loh | Posted: 11 March 2011 2027 hrs
SINGAPORE : The command ship of the US Seventh Fleet is still in Singapore, confirmed an official, who said they are recalling crew members who are out.
Earlier, Channel NewsAsia received an official email saying the USS Blue Ridge had been urgently re-directed to Japan.
It also said a performance by the US Navy's 7th Fleet Band, scheduled for Saturday at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, has been cancelled.
Lt Anthony Falvo, deputy public affairs officer, US Seventh Fleet, said: "We are preparing to potentially get underway as early as tomorrow morning. We have not received an order to get underway, we are merely preparing at this point.
"And I think we were talking about what the ship would do if we were asked to go. And I think, again, it's important to note that we have not received a formal request from the government of Japan. We are merely getting underway in anticipation of being asked to provide any support."
The ship, an important symbol of American military presence in Asia, was originally meant to dock here for about a week.
The USS Blue Ridge, last here in 2009, is one of the most technologically-advanced ships in the US fleet.
On board, some of the most sophisticated equipment used to co-ordinate America's naval activity in the Western Pacific can be found.
Part of the ship's activity also includes building relations with allies.
Captain Rudy Lupton, commanding officer, USS Blue Ridge, said: "Singapore, being in a strategic area that it's in, makes it a very conducive, you know, port of call for our ships.
"And it's a great city - it offers a lot of experiences for the crew, and we like to expose our crew members to places like Singapore, and so it's a great place for us to pull into."
Yokusuka, Japan, is the ship's home base. Her 1,000-odd crew members run a tight ship, but not everything is always smooth sailing.
Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Huebner said: "There's challenging parts like living in such close quarters to each other. But, really, that lets you get to know the people a lot better and you get to be best friends with folks in weeks."
The warship is named after the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern United States. She was commissioned in 1970 and is also known by her nickname "The Blue Cruiser". At roughly the length of two football fields, the ship can carry enough food to feed sailors out at sea for a period of 90 days.
03-12-2011, 03:33 AM #4151
03-13-2011, 12:16 AM #4152
SM Goh: Singaporean opinions matter
The Straits Times
Mar 13, 2011
SM Goh: Singaporean opinions matter
SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong said the government welcomes all feedback from Singaporeans, including opinions on controversial issues such as immigration.
SM Goh was speaking to some 200 REACH contributors at a forum held at the Marine Parade Community Club on Saturday.
SM Goh said one worrying trend is that Singaporeans are becoming too dependent on the government, and more needs to be done to make Singaporeans more self reliant.
He quoted an example of how Singaporeans reacted strongly to the Orchard Road floods that happened last year, saying that Singaporeans should not complain too much but instead learn from the Japanese tsunami incident, and approach situations calmly.
Other topics discussed include providing affordable housing for the elderly, foreign competition in Singapore and whether the two casinos would create more social problems.
Giving S'poreans a voice vital, says SM Goh
By S Ramesh | Posted: 12 March 2011 1250 hrs
Mr Goh Chok Tong (file picture)
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said giving Singaporeans a stake in the country goes beyond the issue of home ownership.
He said it also involves giving the people a voice in and outside Parliament.
Mr Goh said that's where channels like REACH, which is the official feedback channel for citizens to air their views and give suggestions on government policies and national issues, come into play.
He said when he became deputy prime minister in 1985, he decided to start the feedback unit to foster participatory democracy and consultative government.
Mr Goh said he found the process useful.
This has now become a two-way process, with ministers taking part in forums with citizens to address the challenges that the country faces.
Mr Goh made these comments at the annual Reach Contributors Forum on Saturday.
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03-13-2011, 12:24 AM #4153
Google looking for a bigger 'town'
Mar 13, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
Internet giant's local office wants bigger space to house more staff and its famed 'breakout areas'
By Irene Tham
By the end of the year, Singapore-based Google South-east Asia would have moved to a site to accommodate an expanded staff strength of 300 or more. -- PHOTO: AP
SOMEWHERE in downtown Singapore is an office location where, once the staff move in, free breakfast and lunch, subsidised massages and a host of other perks are a motif of the company's innovative image.
By the end of the year, Singapore-based Google South-east Asia would have moved to this site to accommodate an expanded staff strength of 300 or more 'Googlers', as staff call themselves.
03-13-2011, 09:29 AM #4154
Good response to residential college
The Straits Times
Mar 13, 2011
More than 600 NUS undergrads keen to stay at Tembusu in University Town
By Leow Si Wan
An artist?s impression of the vehicular and pedestrian bridge spanning Ayer Rajah Expressway that will link the main National University of Singapore (NUS) campus at Kent Ridge to University Town (UTown), which is located on the site of the former Warren Golf Club. -- PHOTO: NUS
MORE than 600 undergraduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have applied for places at the Tembusu College of its University Town (UTown).
UTown has four residential colleges, two of which - Tembusu and Cinnamon colleges - will be open by August. The remaining two colleges will open next year.
The main difference between living in NUS' halls of residence and in its UTown will be that UTown students will live in and also take some required courses in their residential college.
Speaking at a media tour of UTown on Saturday, NUS deputy president of academic affairs and provost Tan Eng Chye said: 'Response from our students has been positive. In the three weeks since we started accepting applications (for Tembusu), over 600 NUS undergraduates have applied.
'We have admitted 230 students and will confirm about another 70 over the next few weeks.'
Each residential college can house 600 undergraduates, so about another 300 places in Tembusu would be available for freshmen and foreign exchange students, Professor Tan said.
03-13-2011, 11:19 AM #4155
GE: Good for S'pore if all 87 seats contested, says DPM Wong
By Monica Kotwani | Posted: 13 March 2011 1825 hrs
Wong Kan Seng
SINGAPORE : Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Wong Kan Seng, has said he welcomes contest from opposition parties in the area.
Speaking to reporters at the Bishan-Toa Payoh Inter-Faith Carnival on Sunday, Mr Wong said Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC has not been contested since it was formed in 1997.
He said having a contest would give voters in the constituency a chance to determine which would be the better team to serve them.
He also said it is good for Singapore if the opposition intends to contest all 87 seats during the General Election that is due by February 2012.
Mr Wong said: "I think that would be the first time that the whole of Singapore, all the voters in Singapore, would have the chance to cast their vote. I think it is a good sign that there is a great interest among the opposition parties to contest in all the constituencies. I hope they will keep up with that promise."
03-13-2011, 10:45 PM #4156
'No one screamed'
(We see her everyday on TV. She is part of us - Michiyo Ishida - and thank God she was unhurt during the recent disaster near Tokyo. I even saw her on CNA narrating an account of the scene in shaking voice and with a sad-looking face.)
A correspondent's account of the quake
by Michiyo Ishida
04:46 AM Mar 14, 2011
On March 11, I had the day off, and decided I would watch a movie with a friend whom I had not seen for months.
I headed to the train station, and as I crossed the road I noticed the window pane of a coffee shop shaking. I thought: "Oh, another earthquake."
But as I walked, the electric wires, posts and some buildings began to sway strongly. Then, I saw people hurrying out into the streets and gathering in the middle of the road.
No one screamed. They looked up rather quietly, keeping their eyes on the surrounding areas to avoid being hit by debris.
I looked at my watch and remembered I was running late to catch the movie. I phoned my friend but the call would not go through. I emailed her but it did not go through either.
Then I called my parents on their landline and mobile phone to check on them. But neither call went through. I decided to head back home to get a better picture of the quake.
With a bit of fear I unlocked my door. I found flowers on the floor but the vase was intact. I went into the living room: My press releases and reading materials were all over the floor. (It's not that they never are!) Then looking at the cupboard, some cups and pots were upside down and cracked.
I turned on the television and saw live footage of the tsunami swallowing up a coastal town and fire breaking out in many places. The devastating sight did not sink in at first.
I tried to make more calls from my landline. None went through.
I picked up some cash, snacks and my camcorder (as any professional TV journalist should) and headed to my parents' place in Suginami Ward. Luckily, I was able to catch a taxi.
I walked up eight stories of the condominium to the unit where my parents live because the elevator was out of power. I opened the door that was not locked. They were sitting on the couch wearing their coats.
The kitchen was a total mess, covered with broken plates and cups which my mother collected. I realised that the area was hit by an even stronger earthquake than mine in Shinjuku - it was plus 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7.
But purely by luck, they were not hurt.
They were in the basement of a nearby shopping centre during the quake, which is regarded as one of the best places to be during a tremor.
Relieved to know that they were safe, I headed back to central Tokyo - but that was the hardest part.
With no public transport, I looked for a taxi. The empty ones refused passengers so I called the crew I usually work with to see if they would pick me up. They were stuck in traffic for three hours, just to drive less than 5km.
The only choice left was to make my way on foot.
So I shoved my way through the streets filled with people who were making their way home from the city centre. Some were wearing helmets.
After two hours of brisk walking and jogging, I was back in Shinjuku.
The writer is Channel NewsAsia's Japan Bureau Chief.
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03-14-2011, 12:02 AM #4157
New drug trial for lung cancer patients
The Straits Times
Mar 14, 2011
Locally developed drug targets strain that affects mainly Asian non-smokers
By Feng Zengkun
LUNG cancer patients here will qualify for a new drug trial scheduled to start before the year end.
Developed entirely in Singapore, the oral drug, called SB939, is targeted at lung cancer patients suffering from a particular strain called adenocarcinoma, which affects mainly Asian non-smokers.
In the Republic, lung cancer is the second-most common form of cancer affecting men, and third-most common among women.
About one-third of lung cancer patients here suffer from the adenocarcinoma strain.
The trial will admit 35 to 50 such patients from Singapore and the region, chosen from volunteers and doctor referrals. It is expected to last between a year and 11/2 years.
The drug is the result of a collaboration among the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore; the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and local biotechnology company S*BIO.
03-14-2011, 09:32 PM #4158
Singapore eases rulings on Internet election advertising
By Imelda Saad | Posted: 14 March 2011 1722 hrs
Singapore Elections Department
SINGAPORE: Political parties, candidates and their election agents will now be able to use a broader range of new media platforms to conduct election advertising on the Internet.
The changes follow amendments to the Constitution as well as the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act introduced last year.
Internet election advertising can now be conducted via the following: podcasts, videocasts, blogs, micro-blogs (like Twitter), MMS, photo-sharing platforms (like Flickr), social networking sites (like Facebook) and electronic media applications like those found on mobile phones.
Currently, this "positive list" only covers party websites, chat rooms, discussion forums emails, SMS and hyperlinks.
Apart from this, candidates may also include appeals to forward their Internet election advertising, for example, through chain emails.
Previously, they are prohibited from doing so.
Election campaign recordings can also be used, so long as the recordings are not "dramatised" and published "out of context".
For example, a video taken at an election rally can be uploaded onto the Web, without the need to go through the Board of Film Censors.
All other films, though, must still be submitted to the Board for approval.
Candidates must declare the new media content they intend to use within 12 hours after the start of the campaign period.
This is to ensure candidates are "transparent and accountable" to the public on the Internet and telecommunications platforms they use for election advertising.
Declarations can be made on prescribed forms or online via the Elections Department's websites.
Thereafter, any other new platforms have to be declared in advance before advertising can be published.
Individual Singaporeans can participate in Internet election advertising without declaring their particulars.
Activities at the Speaker's Corner - Singapore's version of London's Hyde Park - will be controlled during campaigning period.
The space was freed up in 2008, allowing Singaporeans to speak without a permit.
Authorities said "if permits are not required at the Speaker's Corner, this could become an alternative venue bypassing the election rally permit regime".
So permits will be required for all activities there during the campaigning period, regardless of whether or not the space is designated as an election site.
Other changes are:
an election agent must fill up two additional forms when consolidating the expenses of candidates within a Group Representation Constituency;
workers who are Singapore PRs or work pass holders can now carry out manual work such as putting up election posters and setting up physical facilities such as rally sites; and
items like soft toys, key chains, tissue packets and pins can now be distributed without political parties or candidates declaring their particulars to the Elections Department.
Experts say the relaxation of rules could make for a game-changing landscape as political parties leverage on new media to engage voters.
About one third of the more than 2.35 million voters are under the age of 35 and avid users of new media platforms.
"Traditionally the communication channels are one way - from the person who wants to say it to the public. This time round, what is different is that the public can now react and there can be interaction and really it will depend on whether the players are clever enough to create this interactive loop," said Dr Gillian Koh, senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies.
"It's a broader 'positive list' and there are a lot of things that are now allowed. So I think the question is then 'what is therefore not allowed?' I think it will be useful to flesh out the points at which somebody can fall afoul of these rules," added Dr Koh.
Political parties are expected to fully utilise new media. Mr Goh Meng Seng, secretary-general of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), said the "Internet can bring messages across at very minimum cost".
MP for Hong Kah GRC, Zaqy Mohamad, said the changes are keeping "in synch with the times".
He added: "Today many political campaigns involve the new media. Also, many MPs have new media presence and without this policy many would be concerned if election campaigning online has to stop. With this relaxation, it means the online space would be more vibrant and election will probably continue into not only the regular channels, that is the mainstream media, but also on the new media."
03-14-2011, 09:52 PM #4159
More workers get option to work beyond retirement age
The Straits Times
Mar 15, 2011
Some 85% of local workers given choice last year, from 77% a year ago: MOM survey
By Cai Haoxiang
MORE workers are getting the option from their companies to work beyond the retirement age of 62, a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) survey shows.
About 85 per cent of the local workforce in the companies surveyed last year had such a choice, compared with 77 per cent a year ago.
No less significant is the re-employment contract for workers who turn 62. The survey shows more than two-thirds of these older workers were re-employed on their existing contract, instead of a new one with invariably unfavourable terms.
The rising number of companies supporting such re-employment was cheered by Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong on Monday, when he addressed about 900 employers, human resource managers and unionists at a re-employment seminar.
He said: 'I am heartened by these findings which indicate that more employers recognise the benefits that experienced and mature employees bring to their organisations and are taking steps to keep them beyond 62.'
The survey on retirement and re-employment practices, carried out from September to December last year, covered 3,100 companies.
03-14-2011, 10:05 PM #4160
More elderly parents opt for conciliation
By Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 14 March 2011 2049 hrs
Khoo Oon Soo, Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents
SINGAPORE : More elderly parents seeking maintenance from the children are opting for a non-legal approach in resolving their cases.
The number of conciliation cases between parents and their children, handled by the Office of the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents, soared by more than 15-fold last year.
The number is set to increase further when changes to the Maintenance of Parents Act kick in on Tuesday, March 15.
The Offices of the Tribunal and Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents are currently located side by side.
But with changes under the Act, the legal route of seeking maintenance through the tribunal first is no longer an option.
All first time cases will now be directed to the commissioner for conciliation.
Khoo Oon Soo, Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents, Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports, said: "Conciliation is useful - it is informal, it is the way to go to resolve such issues.
"We would like very much that these maintenance issues be resolved among family members, and the way to do that is conciliation, and to achieve that, the Commissioner's Office must be made the first port of call before elderly parents go and file their claim with the tribunal."
It appears the idea may have rubbed off even before the changes kick in. The number of conciliation cases handled by the commissioner rose to some 270 last year, compared to 17 in 2009.
Mr Khoo attributed the increase to greater awareness. The success rate for conciliation was also high, with an agreement being reached in about 8-in-10 cases.
Mr Khoo, a former principal district judge of the Family Court who took on the role of Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents since May 3 last year, said an agreement can be reached within a month for simple cases, while more complicated cases can take up to three months.
Getting in touch with the children for conciliation sessions is also expected to become easier from Tuesday. Powers have been given to the commissioner to obtain information such as addresses and CPF records from public agencies.
Mr Khoo said such information can be received "quite rapidly" - taking between just 24 and 48 hours. This will help overcome the current handicap of not being able to trace the children for conciliation sessions.
On average, about 14 per cent of cases at the tribunal and about 3-in-10 cases at the Commissioner's Office cannot proceed as children of applicants cannot be located, or because merits of the case cannot be determined.
Mr Khoo said: "Because of these changes, we are able to have more accurate, current information about the whereabouts of children, their income and resources - these will be very helpful for us when we conduct conciliation sessions.
"In so far as the children are concerned, they can rest assured that the information that we have received about them - their whereabouts, their incomes and resources - these will be kept confidential from the elderly parents."
A child will be given a letter to attend a conciliation session and will be given 5 to 7 days to respond before a reminder is sent. Failure to attend a conciliation session will be considered by the tribunal should the case be heard.
If a child does not turn up for a conciliation session, it is understood that this may influence the tribunal's decision when hearing the case. The child will not be jailed or fined, but it is understood that the tribunal may ask the child to pay a higher quantum to the elderly parents.
Other amendments to the Act will also allow cases to be heard at a greater frequency, thus shortening the time taken for resolution.
03-14-2011, 10:15 PM #4161
Couples enrol in classes as marriage's no laughing matter
By Wayne Chan | Posted: 14 March 2011 1151 hrs
Lim Kay Siu and Neo Swee Lin
SINGAPORE: More couples in Singapore are enrolling in marriage education courses.
Providers of such courses say couples taking up their courses surged by 10-15 percent in each of the last two years.
One of them, Touch Community Services, says it saw 10-15 percent increases each year in 2009 and in 2010, compared to annual increases of 3-5 percent in previous years.
The providers say the increase is due to couples being more aware that they should not wait till issues arise to seek help.
And to get more on board, Marriage Central will stage its first ever comedy show "Marriage is no Laughing Matter" starring real life comedy couple Lim Kay Siu and Neo Swee Lin.
1,900 tickets for its five shows were sold out within three days after sales began on 23 February.
Lim Kay Siu said: "It's going to be a very lighthearted funny look at this thing called 'marriage', this journey that couples take together, the highlights and the pitfalls. We take a nice comedic, like fun musical look at it. So I think it will be very entertaining but you go home thinking about all these things."
Neo Swee Lin said: "We're going to sing a song that he wrote called 'Together' - about living together and sharing a life together."
The show is part of "Real Love Works 2011", an annual celebration which will be held from 25 March to 3 April.
The show is one of several initiatives this year that will marry "entertainment" and "marriage education".
Anita Fam, chairperson of Marriage Central's Advisory Board, said: "It's the pressure from work, it's work-life balance or the lack of work-life balance...How do we manage our children's education? How do we manage the pressure from work and at the same time nourish our relationships with our spouses? It's really trying to think of more imaginative, creative ways of being able to reach out to these couples in the midst of their busyness."
General manager of Touch Community Services, Edmund Wong, said two common issues he comes across are communication and finances. The other is in-laws.
He said: "Because they are from small families, they have not got a lot more opportunities to rub shoulders with siblings and living in the bigger families. And when they get into a marriage situation and living with the in-laws, sometimes they need a little bit more effort just to handle the relationships much more than just between her and the spouse."
Ms Fam agreed, saying the recent drop in divorce rates is partly due to couples becoming better prepared for marriage-related issues.
Marriage Central said it also wants to work more with community partners and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) this year to better manage some of these challenges on the ground.
Understanding that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution, a slew of activities like love cruises, baking classes and even an amazing race-styled "luv-a-thon" have been organised.
98% of the tickets to Marriage Central's Marriage Convention 2011 have also been snapped up, with the Malay seminars getting sold out in just three days.
A joint event with MediaCorp and Touch Community Services, Marriage Convention 2011 will see marriage "edu-tainers" from the US, Jay and Laura Laffoon conducting a marriage seminar for marriage educators.
Other marriage experts will also conduct seminars in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil at the convention.
Marriage Central has also put together a list of promotions for soon-to-wed and married couples to enjoy special discounts for dining, recreation, travel and wellness.
Marriage Central hopes this new approach will encourage more couples to attend marriage education programmes.
03-14-2011, 10:19 PM #4162
Singapore the first South-east Asian location for Model UN Conference
By Qiuyi Tan | Posted: 14 March 2011 2108 hrs
Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo
SINGAPORE: More than 2,400 student leaders from around the world are in Singapore this week for the World Model United Nations Conference that starts Tuesday at the Suntec Convention Centre.
Teams from more than 60 countries will simulate UN member nations, international organisations and government bodies to debate global issues.
Co-hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Harvard University, this is the first time the university-level Model UN conference is taking place in Southeast Asia.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr George Yeo said that one must not harbour cynicism and stop believing that the UN can be improved.
"I believe all of you participate in this conference do so because you believe in the UN, and are inspired by its lofty goals. Unless the nations of the world act in concert, how can we confront common challenges like climate change, nuclear proliferation and international terrorism?" said Mr Yeo.
03-14-2011, 10:24 PM #4163
S'pore unlikely to be affected by problems at Fukushima plant
Posted: 13 March 2011 2249 hrs
Aerial view of quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture before blast
SINGAPORE : Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) has said Singapore is unlikely to be affected by the problems at a Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima.
It added that the incident is taking place some 5,000 kilometres away, and that it will continue to monitor the situation.
Concerns have been raised of a radioactive leakage after a massive quake damaged the facility's cooling system.
03-14-2011, 10:34 PM #4164
World Water Day activities this weekend
By Alvina Soh | Posted: 14 March 2011 2043 hrs
SINGAPORE : World Water Day is on March 22, but Singapore will be celebrating it in a big way this weekend.
National water agency PUB said over 20,000 people, including ministers and MPs, will take part in activities across the island from March 19 to 20.
Alexandra Canal will be officially opened by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Saturday, kicking off a series of events under the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters project.
Other events include cycling, kayaking, and kite flying.
More than 4,500 people will also try to set a record at a mass stepping exercise.
PUB said these activities are aimed at helping Singaporeans forge an even closer relationship with water, in the first large-scale World Water Day celebrations.
Linda de Mello, deputy director, 3P Network Department, PUB, said: "This year because we completed nine major ABC sites, there is an opportunity for all of us to go to these sites and actually be a part and celebrate World Water Day. When you foster a close relationship with water, you treasure it, you want it to be clean."
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will kick-start a dragonboat race at Marina Barrage on March 20.
Over at Jurong, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will flag off Jurong Lake's Amazing Race and kayaking orientation.
Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo will participate in a clean-up activity at Bedok Reservoir, while Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam will brisk walk at Lower Seletar Reservoir with residents.
Senior Minister of State for National Development and Education, Grace Fu, will officiate the launch of the new ABC Waters Learning Trail@MacRitchie Reservoir.
03-15-2011, 04:15 AM #4165
Alexandra Canal Park Connector "ABC" water project
I visited the Alexandra Canal "Active, Beautiful, Clean" (ABC) project last Saturday.
It starts from across the junction of Margaret Drive and Tanglin Rd where Masjid Jamek Queenstown mosque stands . New facilities like parks, ponds and pavilions are constructed alongside the huge Alexandra Canal which has been transformed to allow for water sports like canoeing, etc. Viewing galleries have been included on one side of the canal banks to cater for competitions and the like.
Running and cycling tracks are also added along the entire stretch of the canal that ends at Delta Avenue.
Trees, flowering plants and scrubs have been planted to create a garden-like atmosphere. Private condos overlook the project from both sides of the canal at the beginning and towards the end.
But the Alexandra Canal Linear Park Connector for joggers and cyclists has been built some time ago at the stretch in Strathmore Avenue near Queenstown MRT and covers Queenstown Secondary School as well as Masjid Jamek Queenstown mosque towards Tanglin Road. New high-rise flats under the HDB SERS Scheme (Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme) to resettle particularly the residents who lived there before their old flats were demolished to make way for the SERS flats are now in place at Strathmore Avenue. Two highly popular BTO (Build-To-Order) projects, the SkyTerrace and SkyVille @ Dawson are now under construction.
Here are some pictures of the Park Connector at Strathmore Avenue:
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