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    Default PM Lee to host "live" forum with 12 S'poreans on CNA

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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 08 April 2011 1847 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is hosting a "live" TV forum, engaging a panel of 12 Singaporeans from a cross-section of the population on a wide range of topics.

    The forum will be shown "live" at 8pm on Channel NewsAsia next Tuesday on April 12.

    The hour-long programme is called "Question Time with the Prime Minister" and topics for discussion include social, political and long term issues facing Singapore.

    MediaCorp said for the first time, viewers are invited to send in their questions for the Prime Minister during the forum via SMS or email and he will address some of the questions during the"live" programme.

    The microsite for the programme at channelnewsasia.com/questiontime is now available for viewers to send in their queries for the forum. Online viewers can also catch the webcast "live" at the microsite.

    In addition, netizens can choose to put in their messages on Facebook.com/questiontime.

    Channel NewsAsia Presenter, Melissa Hyak, is moderating the discussions with the panel representing many sectors of society.

    They include a grassroots leader, a unionist, a businessman, a young professional, a polytechnic student, a university student, a retiree, a blue-collar worker, a political commentator, a journalist, a social worker and a new citizen of Singapore.

    Executive Producer Tan Lek Hwa, said: "With election excitement in the air, we want to provide another platform for the man in the street to be able to give voice to the questions or comments that they have always wanted to air, but never had the opportunity.

    "Together with the good cross section of representatives that we have lined up on the panel, the diverse mix of views and questions should make for a robust discussion with the Prime Minister."

    The forum will telecast at the following times: Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday, April 12, 8pm (Sin/HK) with encore telecasts on Friday, April 15, 6pm (Sin/HK) and Sunday, April 17, 7.30pm (Sin/HK). It will also be shown on Channel 5 on Friday, April 15 at 8.30pm.


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    By Sabrina Chan | Posted: 08 April 2011 2005 hrs

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    SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Education (MOE) will officially launch two more teacher academies this year.

    Speaking at the 2011 MOE promotion ceremony, Education Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said the Singapore Teachers' Academy for the Arts - or STAR - is gearing up for its July launch.

    It has lined up master classes and attachments with arts partners.

    The Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy - or PESTA - has also started preparations for its August launch by sending some of its staff for an international industry conference in San Diego.

    Dr Ng was at the ceremony to award promotions to 6,329 education officers from the Ministry.

    Amongst the recipients of the promotions is Mr Andrew Anthony, lead teacher at St Margaret's Secondary School.

    The veteran teacher discovered his love for teaching while tutoring fellow servicemen during his national service days and it is a love that has lasted 24 years.

    In 2010, he was awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching and spent 10 weeks at a US teaching college sharing good teaching practices with his overseas counterparts.

    "I feel that it is an affirmation and recognition of the work that I do," he said.

    "It helps me to know that the contributions that I have made to the success of the school is appreciated by the MOE and it helps me to know that I am on the right track."

    Miss Tan Bee Tin, who was also awarded a promotion, shared the same sentiment.

    "It is recognition to me that my work is important, that I can contribute to the educational realm," she said.

    The Senior Specialist at the Educational Technology Division said that although she is no longer a teacher, she feels validated that her work continues to impact the education system.

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    Default Cyber wellness educational game launched

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    By Sara Grosse | Posted: 08 April 2011 1422 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: A new computer game to educate children about cyber wellness was launched on Friday at Holy Innocents' Primary School.

    The event was attended by Minister of State for Education & Home Affairs Masagoes Zulkifli.

    Headed by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the game "Cyberonia" is the first of its kind in Singapore.

    The online game allows children to build their own houses, factories and recreational centres, while taking care of their citizens.

    But the game is not just fun and games
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    While playing, children will be quizzed on topics such as gaming addiction, virus protection and proper online etiquette.

    Before Cyberonia was launched, a pilot programme had been rolled out at Holy Innocents Primary, Casuarina Primary School, Lian Hua Primary School and Qifa Primary School.

    Students at Holy Innocents Primary School tried out the game on Friday.

    One student said: "It's challenging and fun to play with. One of the mini games is about privacy. We need to produce the right alphanumeric password for the people so that other people cannot guess easily the passwords".

    Another said: "I learnt more about cyber wellness, such as not to post hurtful comments online and not posting photos of other people without their permission".

    "We can only use 10 per cent of copyright materials and we must look out for cyber bullies," said another student.

    The concept of the game came about from a survey conducted by the NCPC in 2008.

    The survey of over 1,500 students aged 12 to 15 years old found that while youth in Singapore were tech savvy, their awareness of safe and responsible online practices was very low.

    Some of the findings included not knowing how to restrict access to their personal information and accepting strangers as friends.

    The game is targeted at Primary 5 students because the NCPC feels this is an age where most children start using the Internet often.

    NCPC council member Lum Hon Fye said: "The internet is here to stay. Children, whether they like it or not, will have to use the Internet for research, for their school projects, for many things.

    "Since this is so important to them, we need to teach children how to navigate the Internet safely. And we need to do so before they get too deep into it".

    Cyberonia will be rolled out in all primary schools in Singapore by the end of the year.

    It will be made available to each school for a period of two weeks.

    A tracking programme in the game also gives schools a report on their students' overall performance.

    The top three scoring schools every quarter will be presented the "National Crime Prevention Council Cyber Safety" Award.

    NCPC said it hopes to roll the programme out again for next year's Primary 5 batch of students.

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    Default Singapore 'in talks to be offshore yuan hub'

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    Republic could become second such centre for trading the Chinese currency

    By Grace Ng, China Correspondent




    The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the Monetary Authority of Singapore is in talks with China's central bank, PBOC, to become a second offshore hub for trading the Chinese currency. -- PHOTO: REUTERS


    BEIJING - CHINA'S central bank is reportedly considering the idea of making Singapore a second offshore hub - after Hong Kong - for trading the Chinese currency.

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is in talks with the People's Bank of China (PBOC) to become an active market for buying and selling yuan, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

    While the Chinese side is 'receptive', no decision is imminent yet, it added, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

    When contacted, an MAS spokesman refused to comment on the Journal's report, saying only that Singapore is 'well-positioned to facilitate trade-linked business flows with mainland China'.

    If Singapore becomes a centre for offshore yuan trading, tipped to nearly double in daily volumes to US$1 billion (S$1.26 billion) by the end of the year, its status as the largest forex trading centre in Asia outside of Japan will get a boost.

    It could also help Singapore to catch up with its rival Hong Kong in offering yuan-denominated investment products.

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    Default Holland V rocks with singlets, shorts and slippers

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    Apr 10, 2011

    Event held in response to on-air rant sees casual dressers but it's like a normal Saturday

    By Melissa Lin




    Supporters of the Facebook event (from left) Chan Chee Han, Koh Kian Wee, Jay Liu and Lionel Tay at Holland Village yesterday. The event was organised by Mr Gerald Tock, who said his aim was to 'get people thinking about Singapore as a society and as a civil society'. -- ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM



    DRESSED in singlets, board shorts and flip-flops, Mr Jay Liu, 22, and his three friends did not look out of place at Holland Village hawker centre yesterday afternoon.

    The four, who are from the heartland areas of Yishun, Sembawang and Tampines, had turned up deliberately in those togs.

    They were there to support '1,000 peeps to Holland V in Singlets, Shorts and Slippers Day', the event started on social networking site Facebook in response to an on-air rant by someone named 'Samantha'.

    On March 23, Samantha had phoned in to local radio station 91.3FM, berating 'uncultured' heartlanders dressed in shorts and slippers and saying they should stay away from Holland Village. She has since apologised on-air for her remarks.

    Referring to the Twitter hashtag So Singaporean, Mr Liu, a civil servant, said: 'This is us being So Singaporean. There's nothing wrong with us dressing like this.'

    Meanwhile, shopkeepers yesterday told The Sunday Times it was largely just another normal Saturday at Holland Village.

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    Default More mums returning to work

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    Apr 10, 2011



    Trend buoyed by groups catering for such job seekers, and flexible work options

    By Amanda Tan




    Mums@Work founder Sher-li Torrey, 34, with her two-year-old daughter Clarissa. Mums@Work and online job portal Careermums will organise a networking session for about 100 mothers with some 25 employers on April 29. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG


    MORE mothers are going back to work as companies are increasingly more willing to allow flexi-options for them.

    In all, the Women's Development Secretariat has helped about 9,400 women return to the workforce since 2007. Later this month, stay-at-home mums looking for professional-level jobs have a job fair catered specially for them.

    Read the full story in The Sunday Times today.
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    Flexibility pays
    'It makes no business sense to release staff just because they cannot commit themselves to the regular working hours. It is more beneficial to the employers to make some changes to the work arrangements rather than to lose a contributing employee.'

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    Default Inaugural Singapore Yacht Show launches at Sentosa

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    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 09 April 2011 1759 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Singapore has taken a major step towards becoming the Monaco of the East, with the launch of the inaugural Singapore Yacht Show on Friday. This makes the island only the third city, after Monaco and Abu Dhabi, to stage both the F1 Grand Prix and the super yacht show.

    Twelve luxury yachts are part of the line-up for the inaugural show at One Degree 15 in Sentosa. From a stunning 57-metre motor-sailor with huge masts to a traditionally-built sailing yacht, for a more nostalgic feel.

    The organisers put the show together at short notice and showed that they could deliver.

    Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Informa Yacht Group, said: "Three months is absolutely not enough time to organise a proper yacht show.

    "But for lots of reasons to do with our stakeholders and our own take on the need to launch a show now means that we have done it and we are very pleased. Lots of interest and looking forward to a really fantastic show in 2012."

    The fledgling super yacht industry is set to create spin-offs for other supporting services.

    Arthur Tay, Chairman of One Degree 15 Marina Club, said: "Retrofitting, interiors, F&B, sales of the boats, some of the conference things like cruising grounds, tourism aspects all have a part to play with this."

    The three-day event was officially opened by the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran, who said that Singapore has the potential to be the "third destination" for super yacht owners, after the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

    It looks smooth sailing for this industry, with 81 unique super yacht visits to Singapore last year, a five-fold increase from 2006. And that is why this show is looking at doubling the number of boats to 25 for the 2012 edition.

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    Default 150 SAF personnel honoured for Christchurch relief operations

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    Posted: 08 April 2011 2159 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: 150 Singapore Armed Forces personnel received the Overseas Service Medal for their contribution to the Christchurch quake relief operations.

    Among the recipients was a 116-man team which established a round-the-clock security cordon around the worst affected areas in the Christchurch Central Business District, and kept the local population away from buildings that were structurally unsafe.

    The team was in the vicinity of Christchurch for a bilateral exercise with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) when the earthquake struck on February 22.

    24 air force personnel who airlifted humanitarian supplies and evacuated civilians from the quake-hit city to Wellington and Auckland were also honoured, together with medical officers who provided healthcare and assisted in forensics work.

    Speaking at the awards ceremony on Friday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean said the experience gained from regular exercises with the NZDF allowed the SAF to integrate seamlessly with and add value to the relief operations.

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    Default SMU earns AACSB accreditation for business, accounting programmes

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    By Monica Kotwani | Posted: 11 April 2011 1216 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Management University (SMU) is one of the youngest universities to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

    SMU earned the accreditation for both its business and accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

    The programmes are offered by its Lee Kong Chian School of Business and School of Accountancy.

    AACSB is one of the oldest and most recognised form of professional accreditation programmes an institution can receive.

    SMU said that currently, some 620 business schools in 38 countries have maintained the AACSB accreditation. Another 177 institutions have AACSB accreditation for their accounting programmes.

    Accredited schools must maintain their accreditations every five years.

    After the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), SMU is the second university in Singapore to earn both accreditations.

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    Default RSAF team to battle piracy in the Gulf of Aden

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    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has, for the first time, deployed a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (F-50 MPA) to boost international counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE



    THE Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has, for the first time, deployed a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (F-50 MPA) to boost international counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden.

    The aircraft, to be based in Djibouti for three months, will conduct maritime air surveillance to provide the multinational Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 with an enhanced picture of the situation in the Gulf of Aden.

    It will also perform coordinated search operations to locate and investigate suspicious vessels.

    The deployment was officiated on Monday morning at the send-off ceremony for the 38-man F-50 MPA by the chief of Air Force, Major-General Ng Chee Meng.

    Since April 2009, the SAF has deployed two task groups to the Gulf of Aden.

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    By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 11 April 2011 2134 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: World-renown organisations have come on board as internship partners at the Yale-NUS College.

    That's a strong signal that corporations value an education in liberal arts, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Mr Lee on Monday officiated at the launch of Singapore's first liberal arts college.

    Representatives from the Ivy League institution Yale and the National University of Singapore caught their first glimpse on Monday, of the campus.

    Spanning about seven football fields -- or 4.68 hectares -- it will boast three residential colleges and other facilities including a gymnasium, science labs, and recording studios.

    In 2013, the campus will be a hive of activity, as students move from their rooms to the dining halls, to even a performing arts centre.

    Some will even have the chance to set up their own businesses within the college.

    Mr Lee said this collaboration has been a complicated project because of differences in social and political contexts.

    But Singapore, he said, is a society that constantly wants to change.

    "Among Asian societies, I would say Singapore is probably the least dissimilar in ethos to Western societies," Mr Lee said.

    "We're open and rational, we hold up the spirit of inquiry, we encourage independent thinking."

    While NUS declined to reveal building costs, its president, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, described the budget to be "sufficient" for it to be competitive against similar colleges in the United States.

    The Singapore government will be funding the Yale-NUS College.

    Mr Lee said: "But we hope the community will also support it generously through philanthropic gifts.

    "The college hopes to build up a sizeable endowment to attain a more stable financial footing".

    Since the green light was given just over a week ago to launch the school, more than 30 organisations and companies have offered to be internship partners.

    Familiar names include the United Nations, Singapore's Public Service Division, and luxury fashion label Chanel.

    This is a sign indicating industries want something more out of a university graduate.

    DBS Asset management CEO Deborah Ho said:"Banking, as a discipline, is not just focused on a narrow skill set.

    "Apart from academic (achievement), non-academic excellence, independent thought and having the courage to be able to do things differently would be things that we'll be looking for, going forward".

    This is where Yale-NUS College wants to step in.

    The four-year course will emphasise the comparative learning of different world civilisations and cultures, incorporating the study of Asian histories, societies, cultures, economies and politics.

    The first and second year will consist of a range of core subjects, with students selecting a major course of study in their third and fourth years.

    Yale University president Richard Levin said: "We're on the leading edge of a historic trend, I believe. So while parents still may have some resistance, I think the tide is running this direction".

    Professor Tan of NUS said: "Students today, many of them are still focussed on disciplinary studies.

    "But I think that this will evolve over time. I think it's important that we move more towards a deeper appreciation of the fact that 'broad-based' does not mean 'of no value', if you know what I mean.

    "In fact, one can think the converse that in the future, broad-based may be more valued than narrow specialisation".

    According to professor Levin, Yale University admits up to 1,300 students a year and only about three or four come from Singapore.

    He said he believes the college will provide more opportunities for Yale hopefuls here.

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    Default Tom Hanks to grace S'pore film event in June

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    By Qiuyi Tan | Posted: 12 April 2011 1746 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks will be gracing Singapore's first international film event, Screen Singapore, this June for the Asia Pacific premiere of his new feature film, "Larry Crowne".

    The dramatic comedy is about an everyday guy's personal re-invention after he loses his job during the recession.

    The film is directed, co-written and co-starred by Hanks along with Julia Roberts.

    It will premiere at the week-long ScreenSingapore's closing night gala on June 11 at the newly refurbished Lido Theatre on Orchard Road.

    The remaining line-up of stars and films remains unconfirmed, but organisers said the event will open with a Chinese film, and also feature a Bollywood night.

    ScreenSingapore also said individual films will get more attention here.

    "It will be easier for a film to be noticed. We're not a regular film festival, we don't have 50 or 60 films. We don't have lots of clutter, which makes a film festival," said Mr Dennis Davidson, member of the Board of ScreenSingapore.

    "We will be something different, it's a hybrid. It will be business-to-business, government-to-government. But the sexy bit is the red carpets! It's having big Bollywood stars, big Chinese stars, big Korean stars, and big Hollywood stars on the red carpet," added Mr Davidson.


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    By S Ramesh | Posted: 12 April 2011 1917 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Singapore and Spain will sign several agreements during the two-day working visit of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, which starts on Wednesday.

    A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Mr Zapatero will meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

    Prime Minister Lee will also host a dinner for Mr Zapatero.

    The two leaders will also witness the signing of the Singapore-Spain Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income, and the Singapore-Spain Agreement on Cultural, Education and Scientific Cooperation.

    Mr Zapatero will be accompanied by the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Miguel Sebastian Gascon, as well as a delegation of high-ranking Spanish officials.

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    Default Athletics: Wong quits SAA post to focus on training for SEA Games

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    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 12 April 2011 0636 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Nine-time SEA Games gold medallist James Wong has quit his position as honorary secretary of the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA).

    The 42-year-old, who is a lecturer (Sports & Wellness Studies) at Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Business Management, informed the SAA of his decision at a management committee meeting on Monday night, and will be replaced by lawyer Alexander Charles Louis.

    Speaking to MediaCorp on Monday night, Wong said: "I'm juggling a lot of things at SAA and want to focus my time on my training and qualifying for the SEA Games. The association's committee members are doing very well and they will continue to do good work. Everything is in good hands, and I will continue to assist in whatever way Mr Tang Weng Fei (SAA president) wants me to."

    Wong intends to focus on his target of winning a 10th gold medal at this year's SEA Games, which will be held in Indonesia from Nov 11 to 22.

    The national record holder in the discus (59.87m) and hammer (58.20m) hit a distance of 46.79m at the SAA Track and Field Series 3 event on April 3, and will need to reach 52.02m to qualify for the Games.

    At the 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane, Wong clinched his eighth gold in the discus with a throw of 53.60m to defeat Thai rivals Kvanchai Numsomboon (52.15m) and Wansawang Sawasdee (52.02m).

    Just last month, the SAA was hit by the resignations of vice-president (competitions organising) Ho Mun Cheong, and staff member David Yeo (chief of high performance). SAA chairman (officials) Loh Chan Pew has since taken over Ho's post. Plans are underway to hire a new high performance chief, high performance executive and sport development manager.

    SAA chief Tang insisted there was no cause for alarm, when he said: "James has not qualified for the SEA Games, he's giving himself a bit of pressure and wants to concentrate on his training. It's not unusual for a new organisation to have changes and as long as we continue to have stability in the management, it should be alright." - TODAY

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    Default Schools to move in order to go single session

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    Temporary moves will allow upgrading, so P1 intakes can hold steady

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    Henry Park Primary School (above), currently in Holland Grove Road, will relocate temporarily to the former Raffles Junior College site in Mount Sinai next year while changes to its buildings are made, including construction of an additional block. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN


    AT LEAST seven primary schools will need to relocate temporarily to new sites, to allow them to be upgraded and go single session by 2016.

    Upgrading will provide for more classrooms to allow them to maintain their Primary 1 intakes - a relief for parents eyeing places - and enjoy new facilities such as dance studios and running tracks.

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    Tan Wearn Haw, chief executive of Singapore Sailing Federation, said: 'Singapore Sailing's role is to inject vibrancy into the sailing scene and grow the sport. ' -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER/CALVIN WONG


    SIXTEEN regional teams will compete at Marina Bay for the inaugural Bay Challenge title in May.

    Competing in high-performance Laser Bahias in a match race format, the two-day event is being held in conjunction with Boat Asia 2011.

    In the race format, two boats will be locked in a one-on-one battle around a two-lap course. Lasting a short but intense 12 minutes, each match will see the two contesting teams jostling for pole position and pitting their tactical and speed skills against each other. The resulting winning team will walk away with the Challenge trophy and will also have the honour of being crowned the winner of the first-ever Bay Challenge.

    Race organiser, TMX Show Productions, is partnering the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) to bring about this event.

    Tan Wearn Haw, chief executive of Singapore Sailing Federation, said: 'Singapore Sailing's role is to inject vibrancy into the sailing scene and grow the sport. Making it a viable and self-sustaining ecosystem would be a testament to the value proposition of sailing. So we are happy to sanction the upcoming Bay Challenge and excited to grow Bay Challenge as a key sailing event for Singapore and the region with TMX.'

    The organisers aim to attract at least 10,000 spectators over the May 14 to 15 event. Spectators at the Bay Challenge at Marina Bay can also visit Boat Asia 2011. Already in its 19th edition, Boat Asia is Asia's largest and longest running boat show with a stellar showcase of sleek sailing yachts, luxurious powerboats and prestigious lifestyle brands.

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    Default HDB acquires 39 flats over illegal subletting

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    The Housing and Development Board (HDB) stepped up its enforcement against unauthorised subletting of flats in 2010. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    THE Housing and Development Board (HDB) stepped up its enforcement against unauthorised subletting of flats in 2010. This comes after 7,000 flat inspections conducted in 2010 (an increase from the 3,000 done in 2009).

    Of the 7,000 flats inspected, 95 flat owners had action taken against them by the HDB in relation to unauthorised subletting. The actions taken include compulsory acquisition of the flats and imposing of financial penalties.

    Of the 95 flat owners owners caught by the HDB for illegal subletting, 39 had their flats acquired.

    The public's feedback played a greater role in the HDB's inspections, with public feedback leading to 1,800 inspections (of the total of 7,000). This is almost double the number received in 2009.

    Under current HDB rules, flat owners who wish to sublet their entire flats must meet the Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) and obtain the HDB's approval before doing so.

    HDB will continue to step up inspections and is welcoming public feedback on suspected unauthorised subletting, which it promises to keep strictly confidential. The public can report such suspected cases by calling the dedicated hotline 1800-555-6370.

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