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03-30-2011, 03:57 AM #4285
Three more new faces in 4th PAP batch
The Straits Times
Mar 30, 2011
By Yen Feng
(From left) PAP introduced three more candidates: Mr Edwin Tong, Mr Vikram Nair and Mr Ang Hin Kee. -- PHOTOS: PAP
THREE more candidates were introduced by the People's Action Party (PAP) on Wednesday, bringing the total number of PAP new faces so far to 12 in the coming general election.
Of the three, two are lawyers: Mr Edwin Tong, 42, and Mr Vikram Nair, 33. The third is Mr Ang Hin Kee, 46, who is the chief executive of the National Trade Union Congress' Employment & Employability Institute (e2i).
The candidates were introduced at the party's HQ by Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, who is also the party's Organising Secretary (Special Duties).
In his opening remarks, Dr Ng said that with more residents and rising expectations of economic progress, it was 'critical to bring in new able candidates who can continue strong, capable Government'.
The search for these candidates were extensive, and carried out for more than four years, Dr Ng said.
More than 260 individuals were considered. After many meetings, assessments and feedback from other activists and MPs, the selection was narrowed down to more than 20 people.
Thousands of man-hours were spent on this task by senior members of the party, Dr Ng said. 'For every cup of tea candidates drank, we drank 10 more to find the best brew,' he added.
Dr Ng said such exhaustive efforts were necessary in order to offer citizens 'the best possible team to preserve what we have and take us forward into the future'.
In their introductory remarks, all three candidates spoke of the need to meet the concerns of Singaporeans from all walks of life.
Said Mr Ang: 'I want to see individuals with different needs and abilities being given more options and different pathways to have a better life.'
Two lawyers and E2i chief
The three new PAP candidates introduced to the media on Wednesday are:
Edwin Tong Chun Fai
'We have a responsibility to preserve the core values on which Singapore's success has been built, and ensure that every Singaporean shares in that success.'
Occupation: Partner at Allen & Gledhill
Marital status: Married with three children
Highest educational qualification: Honours in law at National University of Singapore
Languages spoken: English, Chinese
Likely to be fielded in: Moulmein-Kallang GRC.
'I enjoy the company of grassroots leaders and volunteers. We have diverse backgrounds and each of us helps in the community in our own little way.'
Occupation: Lawyer at Norton Rose, specialising in international arbitration
Marital status: Not married
Highest educational qualification: Law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Languages spoken: English
Likely to be fielded in: Sembawang GRC.
Ang Hin Kee
'At the end of the day, I want to see individuals with different needs and abilities being given more options and different pathways to have a better life.'
Occupation: Chief executive of Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
Marital status: Married for over 12 years
Highest educational qualification: Bachelor of arts (honours), National University of Singapore
Languages spoken: English, Chinese
Likely to be fielded in: Ang Mo Kio GRC
03-30-2011, 09:47 PM #4286
Hot demand for two BTO projects
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
By Daryl Chin
Fernvale Flora, a build-to-order (BTO) residential development in Sengkang by the Housing and Development Board. -- PHOTO: HDB
THE 1,527 flats in two build-to-order (BTO) Housing Board projects in Jurong West and Sengkang were oversubscribed by seven times when applications closed on Wednesday.
This surpassed analysts' expectations of four times for the units on offer, ranging from studio to five-room units. The two previous BTO offerings had a subscription rate of five and two respectively.
Five-room flats drew the most bidding interest in both projects: 10 times the supply in Jurong West and eight times in Sengkang.
The healthy interest came even as the HDB provided details of 10 BTO projects expected to be offered in the next two months, during the launch of the Sengkang and Jurong West developments a week ago.
This was the first time the HDB had done so, to better help buyers land their dream homes. In BTO projects, flats are built after sufficient interest has been gathered from eligible buyers, of whom first-timers make up 95 per cent.
Said Mr Adam Tan, a spokesman for property firm PropNex: 'Though the new measures have helped some buyers decide which areas they should wait for, people will always flock to the popular areas like Sengkang and Punggol.'
03-30-2011, 10:13 PM #4287
SIA and CNA tie-up to introduce "news ticker" on SIA flights
By Satish Cheney | Posted: 30 March 2011 1825 hrs
SINGAPORE: Within the next few months, 40 per cent of all SIA flights, including all long-haul flights, will have a 'live' news ticker service provided by regional news channel, Channel NewsAsia.
"We've already got games, movies, music. So I think introducing a news ticker tape was the most natural thing to move into. We know from feedback from our business travellers in particular, they wanted more up-to-date information on what's happening around the world, around areas that affect their business. So that's how we got into this tie-up," said Mr Tan Pee Teck, senior VP of Products and Services for SIA.
Fresh news headlines are provided every 30 minutes from the news channel's interactive news department.
"It is basically through the use of Internet technology. A file is sent to SIA's servers and in a way they use their own infrastructure to deliver it to the planes that are in the air. Basically it's using communications technology to deliver as quickly as possible, things that are updated in the newsroom here," said Mr Yeo Hock Lin, VP of E-News for Mediacorp.
Singapore Airlines said it plans to introduce "in-flight connectivity" later in the year, which will enable passengers to enjoy more news features.
03-30-2011, 10:23 PM #4288
Selected bus stops to feature MediaCorp news alerts
By Wayne Chan | Posted: 30 March 2011 1119 hrs
MediaCorp will be introducing digital screens at selected shelters which will present relevant information and bite-size entertainment for bus commuters
SINGAPORE: Commuters will soon be able to get breaking news, traffic and weather alerts on electronic panels while waiting for their buses at selected bus stops.
This is part of a new seven-year contract awarded on Wednesday to MediaCorp, by the Land Transport Authority.
During the period, MediaCorp will operate advertisement panels and introduce digital screens at selected stops.
It will be responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of about 1,300 bus stops islandwide.
MediaCorp will pay LTA a licence fee of S$41.6 million over the contract period.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers' media outlook last year, Singapore's out-of-home market is forecast to grow at 8.3 per cent between 2010 and 2014.
The market was estimated at S$142 million in 2009, and accounted for 11 per cent of Singapore's total advertising expenditure.
MediaCorp OOH Media vice-president Thomas Ang said the bus stops would be located along Orchard Road and CBD which experience high-traffic volume.
"I would say that it is almost island-wide. For the advertisers, I would say that they can look forward to more innovative and creative solutions to engage their audience," Mr Ang said.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, OOH advertising will gain share of voice during the next five years because of the increased use of digital billboards, which can show multiple ads on the same display and improved OOH audience measurement systems.
OOH revenues in 2009 grew four per cent from 2008 despite the recession.
03-30-2011, 10:30 PM #4289
Teens showcase ideas under Young Defence Scientists Programme
By Satish Cheney | Posted: 30 March 2011 2039 hrs
Robotic vehicle designed by Hwa Chong Institution students.
SINGAPORE: Students from Singapore schools presented their projects on defence science and technology Wednesday, under the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP).
The programme was collaborated by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and DSO National Laboratories, aimed at cultivating interest in defence science and technology among teenagers.
Among the highlights was a project by Hwa Chong Institution which showcased a robotic vehicle that attempts to save lives in an area too dangerous for humans to enter.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean said innovation is key to building the Singapore Armed Forces' capabilities.
"What the SAF lacks in numbers, it makes up for by leveraging on technology and defence R&D in a way that takes advantage of our small but highly educated population as a force multiplier to enhance its overall effectiveness," said Mr Teo.
Awards and scholarships were given out to some of the best young minds under the YDSP.
This year, 60 young student mathematicians and physicists were presented with the YDSP Academic Awards.
Another 31 also received the YDSP Scholarships.
03-30-2011, 11:23 PM #4290
Budding scientists showcase their works
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
Li Xuanji (left) and Kuan Xiang Wen showing the bug-finder program at the Young Defence Scientists Programme Congress in Orchard Hotel yesterday. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
A PAIR of students from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science have designed a program that can find bugs in a computer in seconds.
To be precise, their bug-finder, named Leek, can do the job 17 times faster than the version designed and built at Stanford University in the United States.
This saves computer networks from crashing.
With the bugs picked up faster, the network has its weak points fixed sooner, making it tougher for hackers to take control of them, said Kuan Xiang Wen, 18, one of the duo.
He and Li Xuanji, also 18, spent their year-end school holidays last year tinkering with computer software to come up with Leek, under the guidance of scientists from DSO National Laboratories.
Their project was one of 72 developed last year under the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP), a joint effort between DSO and the Defence Science and Technology Agency.
03-30-2011, 11:42 PM #4291
PAP: 4 essential qualities to be a good MP, leader
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
By Yen Feng
Dr Ng, who introduced three more new PAP candidates to the media on Wednesday afternoon at the party headquarters, said the PAP held nearly 200 tea sessions with over 260 individuals over the last four years. -- PHOTO: ST
IN ITS extensive search for candidates to field in the coming polls, the People's Action Party looks for four essential qualities to be a good MP and government leader.
Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, who is also the party's Organising Secretary (Special Duties), said the candidates must:
Be an activist.
They must be committed to serve and are grounded in reality. They must also have the ability to put plans into actions to serve the people.
Have a heart for Singapore
While the candidates do not have to agree with the party's policies, they must believe that Singapore can improve, and are able to connect with the hopes and difficulties of Singaporeans
Have guts for Singapore
Candidates must be committed and stay the course, not wilt under pressure and succumb to populist sentiments. They must be able to think long-term.
As MPs and office holders, as people in positions of power and influence, candidates must be trusted to always make the right decision for the good of Singapore and never for personal gain.
Dr Ng, who introduced three more new PAP candidates to the media on Wednesday afternoon at the party headquarters, said the PAP held nearly 200 tea sessions with over 260 individuals over the last four years.
He said the candidates were assessed over a period of time, some for years, which saw them changing jobs, getting married, pregnant and through deliveries, said Dr Ng.
After thousands of man-hours spent on these exhaustive efforts, just over 20 candidates were selected.
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03-30-2011, 11:53 PM #4292
PAP: New faces flamed online
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
But they say they will focus on working the ground for elections
By Rachel Chang & Robin Chan
Ms Tin Pei Ling, seen here speaking to the media after a press conference at the PAP's headquarters on Monday, has had pictures from her Facebook account posted online. Netizens have also raged over the 27-year-old's youth, and alleged that she was being fielded because of her husband's position as principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
NEW People's Action Party (PAP) candidates may have been prepared beforehand for a frosty reception in cyberspace, but the speed and malice with which some of them are being picked apart online have come as a shock.
Within days and sometimes hours of their introduction to the media as PAP candidates, private pictures and even court documents have been dug up and disseminated online, and forums lit up with debate and speculation.
Although the new candidates admit that the sound and fury of cyberspace has taken them aback, they say they are trying to tune out the most vicious comments and focus on working the ground for the coming general election.
The two female candidates introduced thus far have been the subject of the most intense scrutiny online.
Pictures from the Facebook account of the PAP's youngest female candidate, 27-year-old business consultant Tin Pei Ling, showing her posing with a Kate Spade shopping bag or with her husband on holiday, were posted on various websites and blogs.
Netizens have also raged over her young age, and alleged that her being fielded was due to her husband's position as principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
In the case of Ms Foo Mee Har, the Standard Chartered banker, an application for a bankruptcy order against a Mr Bernard Chan, who netizens claim is her husband, has spread to various forums.
The fact that she became a Singaporean only in 2008 has also come under heavy fire online.
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03-31-2011, 12:02 AM #4293
Some hopefuls counting on home-ground ties
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
By Jeremy Au Yong & Kor Kian Beng
Workers' Party youth wing president Koh Choong Yong has not confirmed if he will be standing for election in the Sengkang West single-seat ward. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN
UP TO four opposition candidates could be contesting the next polls in their own home towns, and the latest to emerge is Workers' Party (WP) youth wing president Koh Choong Yong.
The IT consultant, 37, is a prime choice as the WP's candidate in the Sengkang West single-seat ward, where he could face off against the People's Action Party's (PAP) Dr Lam Pin Min.
The WP has declined to comment on who would be fielded there, but Sengkang West residents have spotted Mr Koh leading the party's house visits in the ward.
Ms Ng Hui Hui, 30, a marketing communications specialist who lives in Anchorvale Road, told The Straits Times that Mr Koh and three party members visited her last Sunday afternoon, but he did not confirm if he would be standing there when she asked.
If he does, it is likely that Mr Koh's home address is a key factor: He has lived in the Anchorvale area in Sengkang West for nearly a decade.
However, he will have to contend with another Sengkang West resident in Mr Ooi Boon Ewe, 70, who heads the dormant People's Liberal Democratic Party, and has lived in the Fernvale area for seven years.
At least two others are using the same argument to bolster their electoral bids - National Solidarity Party's (NSP) Mrs Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss who grew up in Mountbatten and an independent, Mr Andrew Kuan, who spent his school years in Joo Chiat.
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03-31-2011, 12:14 AM #4294
GE 2011: ST launches General Election 2011 website today
The Straits Times
Mar 31, 2011
By Tessa Wong
A ONE-STOP online portal dedicated to the upcoming General Election (GE), with breaking news and the latest photos and videos, is being launched by The Straits Times today.
The site at www.straitstimes.com/ge2011 provides a comprehensive range of information that voters can use, including an interactive electoral map which shows them the political parties contesting in their respective constituencies.
Explaining the reason for the new venture, ST editor Han Fook Kwang said: 'The election is probably the biggest local story of the year, and we aim to serve our readers in the best possible way we can, both in the paper and online.'
He added: 'Online, we want to deliver the news fast, as it breaks, and with the trademark Straits Times quality for accuracy and reliability.'
The list of features is long, but one highlight is the extensive multimedia coverage, with photo galleries and video coverage of events in the run-up to Nomination Day, and then of the rallies leading to Polling Day.
For instance, expect swift uploads of videos showing the unveiling of new candidates and of politicians at the hustings. Said Mr Han: 'We intend to make full use of our video capability, so readers can see and hear for themselves how the candidates perform and handle themselves.'
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03-31-2011, 12:31 AM #4295
She led the transformation of S'pore's skyline
Mar 31, 2011
WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Former URA chief Cheong Koon Hean recognised for key role in developing Marina Bay
By Jamie Ee Wen Wei
DR CHEONG KOON HEAN: In 2004, in the wake of the Sars crisis and a tanking economy, Dr Cheong and her team had the tough task of convincing sceptical investors of the potential of the Marina Bay project. -- ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA
SHE led the team that transformed Singapore's skyline and turned Marina Bay into an international icon.
For her role in developing Singapore into a great-looking city, former Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) chief executive Cheong Koon Hean was named Her World magazine's Woman Of The Year 2010.
Now into its 20th year, the award, given out by the leading women's magazine, honours women who have made outstanding contributions to society and are role models to other women.
At the awards ceremony at the Fullerton Hotel last night, cancer researcher Marissa Teo, 34, was named the Young Woman Achiever, while long-time health volunteer Oon Chiew Seng was presented with the Woman Of The Year Special Award.
On the choice of the Woman Of The Year, Ms Jennie Chua, chairman of the award's eight-member judging panel and CapitaLand's chief corporate officer, said: 'Until Koon Hean and the URA developed the Marina area, we never had a distinctive skyline. Now, I think we have.'
Dr Cheong, who now heads the Housing Board, said she 'almost fell off the chair' when she was informed about the award.
03-31-2011, 12:44 AM #4296
Cross-border transport gets boost
By Joanne Chan | Posted: 30 March 2011 2052 hrs
Johor Bahru Checkpoint
SINGAPORE: From July, taxis plying both sides of the Singapore-Malaysia border will be able to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere in their domestic countries.
The implementation date of this taxi rule change was agreed on Wednesday at the eighth working meeting of the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee.
Currently, cross-border taxis are allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at just two places - Ban San Street near Bugis, and Pasar Bakti terminal in Johor.
There are some 400 authorised cabs which offer cross-border services - 200 in Singapore and 200 in Malaysia.
The Joint Ministerial Committee also agreed to boost connectivity by further increasing the quota for cross border bus services.
It noted that additional cross-border bus services between Singapore and Iskandar Malaysia have been approved and are being implemented.
A joint engineering study for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) link between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore was also approved.
The statement said officials from both sides will endeavour to gather international best practices in the implementation of a dual co-located Customers, Immigration and Quarantine system to complement the RTS link.
The Joint Ministerial Committee noted with satisfaction that Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings have progressed in the discussion on the development of an iconic project with a wellness theme in Iskandar Malaysia.
The project is targeted to be launched in May 2011.
The statement also said the river cleaning project in the Iskandar Malaysia is progressing well.
The Joint Ministerial Committee also endorsed the recommendations by the Tourism Work Group on the development and marketing of a trans-boundary, joint eco-tourism attraction involving Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Malaysia's three Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai.
The first phase will involve the twinning of Pulau Kukup and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
03-31-2011, 09:54 PM #4297
Yale-NUS College to open in 2013
The Straits Times
Apr 1, 2011
By Sandra Davie
The students will live and study in the three residential colleges that will be built next to NUS University Town sited in the former Warren Golf Club premises. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
THE Yale-National University of Singapore liberal arts college is finally a done deal.
On Thursday, the two universities announced that the 'Yale-NUS College', as it will be called, will open in 2013 and at a steady state admit 250 students a year.
The students will live and study in the three residential colleges that will be built next to NUS University Town sited in the former Warren Golf Club premises.
They will take up general education courses that will synthesise Western and Asian perspectives in the first two years, before going on to concentrate on a major.
At the end of the four years, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Science (Honours) awarded by NUS, but their degree scrolls will include the Yale-NUS College name.
NUS will also look into offering the college students double-degree programmes, which will enable them to combine their liberal arts education with a professional degree, be it in law or medicine.
03-31-2011, 10:11 PM #4298
Yale-NUS College gets faculty, alumni backing
The Straits Times
Apr 1, 2011
Dean of faculty believes college will be able to hire the best professors
By Amelia Tan
About Yale University
YALE University, founded in 1701, has been instrumental in shaping liberal arts education in the United States since the 19th century.
LOCATION: New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States.
RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE SYSTEM: Yale has a system of residential colleges like Oxford and Cambridge in Britain, where students live and study.
EDUCATION: Yale College, which is the liberal arts college for undergraduates, offers hundreds of courses in areas including the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
In the first two years, undergraduates are encouraged to take a wide range of courses before focusing on a deeper level in a few disciplines during their third and fourth years.
FAMOUS ALUMNI: Several faculty members have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Among them is Professor Thomas Steitz, who was one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Former United States presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are alumni, as is actress Jodie Foster.
Thinking across disciplines
ADMISSION: Yale-NUS College expects to admit its first students in 2013. It will start with 150 local and foreign students and grow to 250 students a year. The total enrolment each year will be 1,000.
CONCEPT: A four-year residential liberal arts undergraduate programme leading to a Bachelor's degree in Arts or Sciences, with honours, awarded by NUS. The degree scrolls will include the Yale-NUS College name.
In the first two years, students will have a broad-based multi-disciplinary education in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and mathematics before going on to concentrate on a major in the final years.
The college will also offer its students a number of double-degree programmes with other faculties at NUS.
The curriculum and teaching style - in small, seminar-like classes - is designed to teach students to think across disciplines and learn to see issues from multiple perspectives.
Extracurricular activities will help them develop leadership skills and encourage community service.
COLLEGE CAMPUS: Next to NUS University Town.
LEADERSHIP AND FACULTY: It will be launching a global search for a president who will head it. He will be assisted by a team of vice-presidents.
There will also be deans in charge of faculty recruitment, student life, curriculum development, international and professional experience, and the development of educational resources and technology.
Yale astronomy and physics professor Charles Bailyn, who has been appointed dean of faculty, will be in charge of faculty recruitment. A total of 100 faculty members will be recruited.
Ms Teh Su CHing (above, third from left, with friends) studied literature and theatre studies at Yale University and is currently studying dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore. She welcomes the new Yale-National University of Singapore College, saying: ' At Yale, I found out about a good number of disciplines I had no knowledge of in JC. I began to consider issues from multiple angles.' -- PHOTOS: COURTESY OF TEH SU CHING
THE man tasked with recruiting professors for the new Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) College is convinced that it will have enough academic freedom and a conducive teaching and learning environment to hire the best and the brightest.
Professor Charles Bailyn, who teaches astronomy and physics at Yale University, said in a phone interview from the United States that he is convinced the college will be successful.
That is why, he added, he has agreed to serve a three-year term as dean of faculty, and spend the whole of 2013 in Singapore when the college opens.
'Yale hopes to re-imagine a liberal arts education in an Asian context, and I think by starting without constraints of history and traditions, we will be able to create the best liberal arts education,' said Prof Bailyn who has been teaching at Yale for 20 years.
In recent months, some Yale professors have expressed scepticism that such an education, which hinges on free speech and expression, can flourish in the context of Singapore's laws.
Prof Bailyn said he understands their concerns. But he added that after having in-depth discussions with NUS and American schools with tie-ups in Singapore, Yale is convinced that the college will provide a conducive environment for liberal arts education.
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03-31-2011, 10:29 PM #4299
Singapore's first liberal arts college to start in 2013
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 31 March 2011 1851 hrs
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
SINGAPORE : Singapore's first liberal arts college is all set to take in its pioneer batch of students in two years' time.
The Yale-NUS College will open its doors to the first batch of 150 students.
More details were released on Thursday after Yale University and the National University of Singapore finalised an agreement which had been delayed.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore (NUS), said: "What will be distinctive about this college would be the fact that it will bring together some of the best elements of liberal arts education that is already present in Yale (and) take some strengths from NUS and develop a new curriculum that really blends the ideas and contexts of the West with ideas and contexts of Asia."
This is the promise of the new Yale-NUS college - the curriculum will be broad-based, involving the arts, humanities, sciences and mathematics.
And after four years, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Science with Honours, awarded by the National University of Singapore.
Professor Tan said: "This is a school in NUS, and what I think is the important and valuable element here is that Yale will be very, very involved in the curriculum, and jointly recruiting faculty (members) and jointly bringing in students.
"And what they bring to this partnership is a deep understanding, knowledge and experience with liberal arts education at its highest level."
The size of a typical classroom will be capped at 18 students, and this is to promote interaction and an emphasis on critical thinking.
Another feature that will set Yale-NUS apart is the presence of three residential colleges that will house about 330 students each.
Professor Lily Kong, vice-president of university and global relations at NUS, said: "The residential model is, I think, by far one of the most exciting features of this college. It will entail students living on campus with some of their professors.
"What it will mean is that students will take the learning out of the classroom into the dining hall. They will continue their discussions and debates, share ideas with one another."
NUS said the fees are expected to be higher than courses offered by NUS' Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Science Faculty.
The agreement between Yale and NUS was reached despite reservations among some Yale faculty members. They had voiced concerns on what they saw as "the lack of academic freedom" in Singapore.
But administrators from NUS said such opinions were not shared by the majority.
"They have looked quite closely at what we do in university and I think they are fully satisfied that the faculties here can do research in areas that they choose, and that they teach the topics that they cover without restrictions," said Professor Tan.
NUS explained that there was a three-month delay in finalising the agreement, which was due late last year, because it took longer-than-expected to iron out many aspects of the agreement.
Professor Kong said: "They were all just different aspects of work that needed to be done. They needed more time than we had budgeted for, in a sense.
"Amongst those things would be working out the financials - because we needed to make sure the college would be on sound footing. It was also getting the agreement in legal terms worked out."
Now that they have been settled, the new college has begun its search for 100 "passionate and innovative" faculty members.
After the initial intake of 150 students, the number will grow to 250 every year. So the four-year course will see the college take in a total student population of about 1,000 from Singapore as well as other countries.
Professor Kong said: "The academic quality is a given. But more than that, these must be interesting individuals who bring diverse interests and backgrounds to the classroom," said Professor Kong.
"We don't just want Singaporeans only, because part of that diversity and that interest in the classroom is also to have some international students. So as far as what the proportion will be exactly, much depends on that diversity that steps forward. But certainly, up to 80 percent will be Singaporean students," she added.
Yale-NUS will begin its outreach programme at junior colleges from July.
03-31-2011, 10:33 PM #4300
This baby monitor is a breath-taking gadget
The Straits Times
Apr 1, 2011
Technology developed by A*Star can detect breathing difficulties
By Chua Hian Hou , Technology Correspondent
The BreathOptics technology used in manufacturer Excelpoint's super-sensitive mat offers an effective and unintrusive way for parents to tell if their baby has developed a lung infection, says Prof Rajadurai (above) of KKH. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
A HIGH-TECH baby monitor that can detect an infant's distress has been developed and tested in Singapore.
The device is more advanced than most commercial monitors which simply transmit sounds made by the child. The wireless, battery-operated foam mat is embedded with sensitive fibre-optic cables which are linked to a sensor system that monitors the infant's motions.
03-31-2011, 10:51 PM #4301
Equestrian: National Equestrian Park officially opens in Singapore
By Tan Yo-Hinn, TODAY | Posted: 31 March 2011 2119 hrs
The National Equestrian Park officially opens in Singapore.
Equestrian: S$6m National Equestrian Park officially opens
SINGAPORE: The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Dressage Challenge is one of the biggest events in the sport's calendar and, for the first time, it will be on show in Singapore this year.
The National Equestrian Park (NEP), located on a six-hectare site at Jalan Mashhor off Thomson Road, was officially opened by President S.R. Nathan on Thursday, and it will be put to the test during two prestigious meets at the end of the year - November's FEI World Dressage Challenge and the Concours de Saut d'Obstacles Internationale (CSI) Young Riders in December.
Equestrian's new home in Singapore costs around S$6 million and features a competition site, 40 stables and seating arenas.
By the end of the year, it will also include international and Olympic-standard competition facilities, an on-site academy, a quarantine and rehabilitation centre, a hospital, 120 stables, rest paddocks, tracks and trails.
Speaking to MediaCorp on Thursday, Equestrian Federation of Singapore (EFS) president, Melanie Chew, said: "We have three aims for this Park. First, as a home base for the Singapore equestrian team, and to allow Singaporeans to train to compete in this sport for events like the SEA and Asian Games.
"It is our hope that we eventually send competitors to the Olympic Games."
The park is part of the larger 25-ha Equestrian Zone that includes the neighbouring Riding for the Disabled centre and the Singapore Polo Club, who bore the cost for the new facility.
The Polo Club will help maintain the NEP for the next 15 years. Apart from being the training base for the national team and the venue for international meets, the facility will also host EFS' community outreach activities like the Equine-Assisted Learning (EQUAL) programme - which involves 160 students from Northlight and Assumption Pathway Schools - and the Equestrian Satellite Centre, which hosts the Pony Programme and Pony Road Show.
"We have a very important benchmark for the EQUAL programme, which is to put 500 children through it in three years," said Chew.
"We will measure the improvement of the students and it will be a first-of-its-kind study published worldwide.
"For the equestrian satellite centres, through the NEP, people can learn to ride, and it will be made affordable and accessible."
"The other big target is to field more people in competitions and for them to bring back some medals," she added.
Helping the NEP come alive will be 25 of the 38 horses for the equestrian event at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which Singapore hosted last year. The NEP will add another 12 horses to their stables soon.
"We gave them (the YOG horses) a long rest after the Youth Olympics because they were very tired. But they are now contributing in an unexpected way right now, helping the children in the EQUAL programme," said Chew. - TODAY
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