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04-16-2011, 04:40 AM #4387
Universal Studios's grand opening in May
The Straits Times
Apr 16, 2011
Universal Studios Singapore (USS) will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 28. -- PHOTO: RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
UNIVERSAL Studios Singapore (USS) will celebrate its Grand Opening with a bang on Saturday, May 28, with Hollywood and Asian celebrities scheduled to make appearances at South-east Asia's No.1 theme park.
The launch will kick off with a movie-themed Grand Opening ceremony at the signature 21m tall arch entrance of Universal Studios Singapore. An action-packed stunt show will thrill the crowd and set the stage for a grand procession of the park's biggest resident stars - Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Boop, Woody Woodpecker, The Scorpion King, Shrek, Princess Fiona and the heroes from Madagascar - with many more surprises and activities yet to be announced.
21 rides and shows are featured within Universal Studios Singapore showcasing world-popular themes such as the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Revenge of the Mummy, and Battlestar Galactica, the theme park's star attraction to date. The rollercoaster ride has been fully functional since Feb 20, almost a year after it was shut down due to a technical problem.
The action and entertainment opportunities for USS guests continue to grow with the soon-to-be-announced premiere of the world's first Madagascar-themed ride, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. Yet another blockbuster ride is scheduled for later this year, the much-anticipated Transformers' attraction, based on the popular box-office-hit movie series.
Mr Dennis Gilbert, Resorts World Sentosa's Senior Vice President of Attractions, said: 'The Grand Opening celebrations will bring to Singapore a slice of the Hollywood glitz and action.'
Guests can log on to www.rwsentosa.com to catch the latest updates as the Park moves closer to its Grand Opening Celebration day.
04-16-2011, 04:46 AM #4388
National Youth Council launches academy
By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 16 April 2011 1027 hrs
SINGAPORE: The National Youth Council (NYC) has launched its academy, targeted at capacity building for youth and youth sector organisations.
It is expected to train 4,560 youth leaders and youth developers over the next three years.
The academy will be led by Mr Aaron Maniam, a member of the NYC Council, who mooted the idea of the academy.
He said the academy will provide a safe and supportive learning environment for youths to enhance their leadership skills.
In order to facilitate the academy's training programmes, the current *SCAPE Youth Centre at Somerset Road will be renamed to "NYC Academy".
04-16-2011, 11:32 PM #4389
In Pictures: Singapore's Heritage Roads
The Straits Times
Apr 17, 2011
Home & garden
Mature trees, some about 80 years old, line Singapore's Heritage Roads
By tay suan chiang
A stretch of road that has been designated as a Heritage Road. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
ARCADIA, in the European Renaissance tradition, is an idyllic, wild paradise.
A recent bid to save an ageing condominium here of the same name highlights the possibility of paradise lost. But the case also makes it timely to revisit the decade-long Heritage Roads scheme and how to get more out of it.
Last week, the 33-year-old Arcadia condominium off Adam Road was in the news after its residents' application to extend its lease was rejected by the Singapore Land Authority.
The residents plan to appeal. If they succeed, on environmental and heritage grounds, it will be a first in local history.
Indeed, their estate is literally surrounded by green heritage. It is in Arcadia Road, a 1km-long stretch that is one of five designated Heritage Roads in Singapore.
The scheme was initiated by the National Parks Board (NParks) in 2001 to conserve some of the more scenic and significant tree-lined roads in Singapore.
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04-16-2011, 11:46 PM #4390
Over 77,000 books exchanged in a day
Posted: 16 April 2011 2021 hrs
Participants at the Book Exchange 2011 (photo courtesy of National Library Board).
SINGAPORE: A project for book lovers to refresh their collection and help save the environment at the public libraries is drawing huge support.
The Book Exchange on Saturday attracted more than 7,000 people, with over 77,000 books exchanged.
Chief Executive of the National Library Board, Mrs Elaine Ng, said this shows that people still love books and reading.
To participate, members of the public had to drop their used books at any public library from April 2 to 15.
A coupon was given for every book accepted.
On April 16, the coupons were presented at the National Library Building for a one-for-one exchange of books collected from other participants.
04-16-2011, 11:51 PM #4391
Northwest S'pore gets S$450m town renewal programme
By Dylan Loh | Posted: 16 April 2011 1625 hrs
A playground and fitness corner to be constructed as part of the town renewal programme.
SINGAPORE: Residents in the newly-redrawn Hong Kah North SMC and Chua Chu Kang GRC will get rejuvenated estates - to the tune of well-over S$450 million.
Under a five-year Town Renewal Plan, two new schools will also be constructed. A primary school will be built near Jurong West Street 75 and a school for students with special needs constructed at Choa Chu Kang Grove.
S$124.5 million will be spent on cyclical works for sprucing up ageing flats while S$2.6 million will go to large-scale projects, like a hub for the young and old to interact.
Other projects include resting pavilions, new jogging and cycling tracks and upgraded parks.
S$24.7 million will be for neighbourhood renewal, and S$19.1 million for improvement projects like sheltered walkways and vehicle drop-off porches.
The Keat Hong ward will also get a new community club by 2015. It will be located opposite the Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall and will offer facilities and programmes for the purpose of bonding residents.
Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong, who is also an MP for Chua Chu Kang, said: "The first thrust is looking at how we can improve the living environment for our people. How we can through upgrading, improve their homes, add new facilities, build the infrastructure to serve them better.
"The second thrust is on how we can build an active and vibrant community so that we roll out more programmes, create more space for our residents to socialise."
But there is always room to further aid residents.
New PAP candidate Ms Low Yen Ling said: "I think we can do more to help them improve the facilities, (for example) spalling concrete... in the toilet, kitchen (as well as) the windows and the doors, so as to ensure that the residents, especially the senior citizens, have a very safe environment to live in."
Fellow PAP candidate Mr Alex Yam said: "We can start expanding some of our roads to improve the transport and the traffic situation within the estate."
Also in the pipeline, more flats to undergo lift-upgrading and increasing the number of carpark lots.
04-17-2011, 09:18 PM #4392
SSC, PA looking at integrated management of sports and recreational facilities
By Dylan Loh | Posted: 17 April 2011 1547 hrs
Senja-Cashew Community Club
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Sports Council and People's Association are exploring how sports complexes co-located at community clubs can come under one management.
In most cases, the Sports Council looks after sports facilities while the People's Association manages the community clubs.
The Senja-Cashew Community Club is making an impact because of its people-centric approach in running things.
A mural in the community club, which was painted by students of nearby secondary schools, will be repainted on a yearly basis to give more youths a stake in the facility. It is one way the community club is giving people in the area a greater sense of ownership.
The club serves residents in Bukit Panjang SMC and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. And because everything is under a single management, it provides convenient access for the residents to both sports and leisure.
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also a MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, said: "These are ideas which came from the ground. What we have done is to be a midwife to these ideas, make it happen, and make it happen in a wonderful and meaningful way for people and families on the ground.
"So it's got nothing to do with sweetening the ground and the timing is because it took us this long to get everything, literally from a drawing board, to where we are."
Mayor of the North West District and MP for Bukit Panjang SMC, Dr Teo Ho Pin, added: "What is important down the road is to promote healthy lifestyle among our residents and that's the reason why we have many activities, which we want to engage the residents, keep them active, and keep them happy."
The club sees a steady stream of 30,000 monthly visitors on average since it opened in September 2010.
04-17-2011, 09:27 PM #4393
Overseas S'poreans celebrate Singapore Day in Shanghai
By Kristine Lim | Posted: 17 April 2011 0105 hrs
Singapore Day 2011 in Shanghai
SHANGHAI : 5,500 Singaporeans and their families from cities all over China, gathered in Shanghai's Century Park on Saturday to join in Singapore Day 2011.
There were Singaporean favourites like satay, nasi lemak, roti prata, chilli crab and more.
Food stalls saw snaking queues, with waiting time of up to 35 minutes. And some dishes were sold out in just two hours.
Besides the food, there were also Singapore acts to enjoy - on stage were performances from popular shows like The Little Nonya, Under One Roof and Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd.
For Singaporeans living in China, it was about the closest they could get to home.
"There is so much food, and we see so many Singaporeans here overseas. We are feeling great," said one Singaporean.
"I think it is worth it that I queued more than half an hour for the food. It's good; it's satay laksa and Indian rojak," said another.
Guest of Honour Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng joined in the festivities.
He said Singaporeans overseas also share the fruit of the country's economic growth.
And with the ongoing election fever, Mr Wong also urged eligible overseas Singaporeans to register and exercise their vote.
"Their votes are counted, it is important. In fact, every vote counts. They choose the party that will bring Singapore forward and that's the key. Basically this election is about them voting for their future and their family's future," said DPM Wong.
Exhibits at the event showcased developments in Singapore, such as housing, national defence, economy and education.
The children also have a ball of a time at the Kids Zone, a first in the series of four Singapore Days.
This is because the majority of overseas Singaporeans in China are there with families.
Children played with games which brought back a sense of nostalgia for their parents, such as pick-up sticks and 'five stones'.
04-18-2011, 08:18 PM #4394
$2 billion to keep ITE on top
The Straits Times
Apr 19, 2011
Polytechnics will also have more places for ITE students to move up to
By Leow Si Wan
The 9.54ha ITE College West at Choa Chu Kang was officially opened yesterday. It has been equipped with a 22-room training hotel, a coffee-barista training centre and state-of-the-art facilities. --ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
THE education system here aims to equip every student with skills needed to make a good living, and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a crucial part of this vision, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
To ensure that the ITE continues being a key pillar of the system, the Government will pump $2 billion into it in the next five years as an investment in vocational and technical education.
The Government invests heavily in ITE to develop top-notch infrastructure for it, and to staff it with capable, inspiring teachers who deliver an industry-relevant curriculum, he said.
The result is a system of technical and vocational training not found elsewhere in the world, said PM Lee.
It is through this system that the Government aims to equip every young Singaporean - even those less academically inclined - with skills he needs to hold his own, make a good living and be a part of this country's economic transformation.
04-18-2011, 08:30 PM #4395
PM Lee: I wish I were young again
The Straits Times
Apr 19, 2011
PM Lee Hsien Loong (left) is offered pastries by ITE student Alyssa Nur Salia Bte Sani (right) at the pastry and baking training kitchens of ITE College West. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
"I just spent two hours walking around your campus. You've got great facilities, great students and I enjoyed myself. I wish I were young again.'
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made those remarks to more than 500 students at ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang where he was the guest-of-honour for the official opening ceremony.
Spanning an area of 9.54ha (more than 23 football fields), ITE College West is the second of three planned colleges in Singapore. The first was ITE College East in Simei, and ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio which is slated to open its doors in 2013.
In his opening address, PM Lee highlighted that ITE graduates are much sought after by employers, and that most employers have a good perception of ITE graduates.
He quoted a stamp of approval from Sumitomo Chemical: 'ITE graduates are positive in their thinking, have good working attitude and are willing to work hard. They are also honest, disciplined and independent.'
04-18-2011, 08:34 PM #4396
Yishun hospital wins gold for creative design
The Straits Times
Apr 19, 2011
Khoo Teck Puat scores for user-friendly touches for patients, staff, visitors
By Cheryl Ong
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's award-winning features include a backyard with a large pond, a roof garden growing sweet potatoes and figs, as well as bright airy rooms that keep the heat out. It is the only gold award winner this year in the BCA competition. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
THE Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Yishun has bagged a design award for its creative design innovations.
In several places, it looks anything but hospital-like: It has a large pond in its backyard, a roof garden that is a veritable farm growing sweet potatoes and figs, and bright rooms that are airy, yet keep the heat of the sun out.
These and other thoughtful touches that cater to people with mobility issues, as well as hospital workers and visitors, have won the hospital a gold in this year's Universal Design Awards handed out by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
BCA deputy director Goh Siam Imm said: 'The hospital did well because it integrated its design with its specific needs. For example, hospital staff moving from place to place won't clash with visitors trying to find their way from the entrances to the wards.'
The judges took into account design aspects such as safety and connectivity between buildings, but placed greater weight on accessibility and user-friendliness.
For example, most of the doors at KTPH are sliding ones, because the designers realised that patients may not have the strength to operate door handles or door knobs.
04-18-2011, 08:56 PM #4397
MOM to focus on raising productivity and income
By Joanne Chan / Dylan Loh | Posted: 18 April 2011 1119 hrs
Workers undergoing training at a Continuing Education and Training (CET) centre
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will focus on raising productivity and growing the incomes of Singaporeans over the next few years.
It will be based on three key pillars - building a productive workforce, progressive workplace and inclusive growth.
Speaking at the MOM Workplan Seminar on Monday, Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong said Singapore's economy rebounded strongly last year.
While the year ahead is filled with opportunities, it will also be challenging.
Mr Gan said his ministry will provide greater and more targeted support to encourage workers at all levels to participate in training.
More investment will be put towards strengthening the Continuing Education and Training (CET) infrastructure.
It was previously announced that two national CET campuses will be built in Paya Lebar and Jurong Lake district by 2013.
A one-stop centre providing training and career services for workers, the campuses are touted as the first of its kind.
The Paya Lebar campus will have a variety of hardware to support continuous learning. Besides a lecture theatre where lessons delivered can be streamed over the internet, it will also have 80 training rooms able to accommodate 2,400 adults as well as so-called "learning pods", for trainers to prepare classes.
Mr Gan said: "As the campuses get ready, we will continue to engage the industry players and our tripartite partners to fine-tune the features.
"But we also have to bear in mind that these two centres are not going to just last for the next 10 years, 15 years. They are going to last the next 30, 40, 50 years. They are long term investments, so there is built-in flexibility within the design of these two campuses to allow the training landscape to evolve."
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress, Lim Swee Say, added that this will help increase the employment rate.
He said: "For the workers of Singapore, it's very obvious, that we want to go on the offensive. For example, we not only want to be able to maintain low unemployment rate, but more importantly, we intend to increase our employment rate. We want our workforce to be more inclusive, so that not just young, but also old."
The campuses will provide 150,000 training places and train up to 50,000 workers annually.
The designs of the two campuses were unveiled on Monday at the seminar.
04-18-2011, 09:04 PM #4398
ITE College West officially launched by PM Lee
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 18 April 2011 2140 hrs
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the launch of ITE College West
SINGAPORE: The Institute of Technical Education's second regional campus was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday afternoon.
ITE College West, located in Choa Chu Kang, has a training capacity of 7,200 full-time students, but is accommodating 300 more due to high demand.
At the official opening, ITE students performed the award-winning American musical - "West Side Story".
It was a sign that the college has come a long way since it was established in 1992, said the Prime Minister.
He said: "Hardly any other country has anything similar or comparable to the ITE, and certainly nobody has anything which looks like the ITE and can perform "West Side Story". And this reflects our commitment to have an education system catered not just to an elite or minority, but across the board to all our students."
Guests had a tour of the training kitchens, restaurants, a 22-room hotel and retail outlets - all built to provide an authentic learning environment for students. Some of the facilities are even open to the public.
The retail store in the campus also serves as a training facility for the students, and there are more than 300 such centres in this college alone. PM Lee said the institute has established itself as a critical pillar of the education system, with one in five students in Singapore going to the ITE every year.
In fact, enrolment numbers have doubled since 1995 from just 12,800 then to a record high of 25,600 currently.
In 1995, ITE offered 24 full-time courses in four industry sectors. This has increased almost four-fold, to 93 full-time courses in 11 sectors.
As for the new campus, it has managed to accommodate 300 more full-time students than its initial training capacity.
Bruce Poh, Director and CEO of the Institute of Technical Education, said: "We are well within our capacity to absorb 7,500, even 7,900 we still can absorb...with the brand new infrastructure like this, it has been attracting a lot of students to come here, offering courses like hospitality programmes."
ITE is now awaiting completion of its third regional campus, ITE College Central, slated to begin operations by January 2013.
04-18-2011, 09:11 PM #4399
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital wins BCA gold award
By Sara Grosse | Posted: 18 April 2011 1814 hrs
A roof garden at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
SINGAPORE : Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has become the first hospital to win the Building and Construction Authority's (BCA's) gold award.
It was among 13 winners recognised on Monday at the annual awards for universal design that is user-friendly and accessible.
The hospital took features such as a rooftop garden and a view of trees and plants at every corner into consideration when designing an environment that was healing in nature.
Mr Liak Teng Lit, CEO of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, said: "When patients have a view of the greenery - they can see outdoor, they can see the sky - they actually feel much better.
"They recover faster, they need less pain killer. So, in fact, all of our patients, whether in the wards or the clinic, they get a view of the outside."
The hospital is surrounded by greenery and water features which are supposed to help patients relieve stress.
BCA took these features into consideration when assessing the hospital.
The hospital spent about S$700 million to create what it calls a "hassle-free" environment.
This includes colour-coded signs to help visitors navigate easily, food trays that are non-slip, and a retail store that sells items to help patients rehabilitate at home.
The BCA committee felt the integration of all these elements demonstrated the hospital's universal design.
Mr Cheong Yip Seng, chairman of the BCA Universal Design Award Assessment Committee, said: "Universal design is really intended to make life easy for the users of facilities.
"How can a facility organise itself in such a way that the user of the facility finds it very convenient? Is it accessible to the general public? Does it have features that cater to a whole range of different ages?"
Silver award winners included Sentosa Boardwalk for its seamless connection between Vivocity and Resorts World Sentosa, and Mapletree Business City for its range of amenities incorporated in a work building.
Four newly-developed HDB residences also bagged silver and bronze awards. Rivervista@Kallang won silver, while Strathmore Green, Dover Gardens and Golden Jasmine won bronze awards.
Paya Lebar MRT Interchange station and Nicoll Highway MRT station won silver and bronze respectively in the Open Category.
The 13 winning awards given out this year consist of one gold, five silver and seven bronze awards.
04-19-2011, 08:18 PM #4400
Shooting: Gai Bin, Jasmine named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 19 April 2011 1719 hrs
Jasmine Ser poses with her Commonwealth Games 2010 gold medal. (file picture)
Shooters named Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year
SINGAPORE: The sport of shooting scored a double bull's-eye with the Singapore Sports Awards selection committee on Tuesday.
Gai Bin, 42, was named Sportsman of the Year, while 20-year-old Jasmine Ser was named Sportswoman of the Year.
Both shooters were picked for their outstanding performances at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year.
Gai Bin's seven medals, three of which were gold, at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year made him the favourite.
This is the first time in three years that the committee has picked a Sportsman of the Year. In 2009 and 2010, no athlete was chosen as Sportsman.
Gai Bin said: "I started representing Singapore at competitions since 2007, and I am grateful to receive such an honour."
The selection committee was also unanimous in selecting Jasmine Ser as Sportswoman. Despite her two gold and two silver medals at the Delhi games, she was up against formidable contenders - swimmer Tao Li and paddler Feng Tianwei.
Jasmine is currently in Germany for training and said the win would motivate her for the 2012 London Olympics.
"We are all equally deserving for this award. Nobody can compare directly because we have different sports. You can't make the comparison - for example, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games have different standards for different sports," she said.
Bowling's William Woo was named Coach of the Year for the second time. His first win was in 1996.
The 50-year-old said: "They recognise the whole of last year we did win - besides the Asian Games, also the Asian Youth, the World Youth - the kind of medals that we have and the consistency we had."
The women's table tennis team of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu and Li Jiawei won the Team of the Year (Events) award.
Sailing's Darren Choy clinched the Sportsboy title, while bowler New Hui Fen won the Sportsgirl award.
The winners will receive their awards and cash rewards ranging from S$4,000 to S$10,000 on May 25.
They were picked by the Singapore Sports Awards Selection Committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Mr Teo Chee Hean.
04-19-2011, 08:20 PM #4401
S'pore's first satellite to launch today
The Straits Times
Apr 20, 2011
It'll blast off on Indian rocket and take photos to measure soil erosion
By Jermyn Chow , DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT
SINGAPORE will finally head to space this afternoon, after a series of stops and starts that lasted more than four years.
The Republic's first locally-built micro-satellite will blast off on an Indian rocket at 12.42pm, Singapore time, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, barring last-minute hitches.
04-20-2011, 09:07 PM #4402
First S'pore-built satellite now in orbit
The Straits Times
Apr 21, 2011
By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent
An Indian PSLV-C16 rocket blasting off at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh yesterday. It carried three satellites, one of which was built in Singapore - the micro-satellite X-Sat. -- PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
LIFT-OFF, finally. Singapore's first locally built satellite has officially been launched into space.
Riding on a rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), the micro-satellite X-Sat blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India yesterday, more than four years late.
The 105kg fridge-size satellite, which will be used to take photographs to measure soil erosion and environmental changes on Earth, was one of three riding on Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16). The other two were built by India and Russia.
Yesterday's launch, at 12.42pm Singapore time, was PSLV's 18th successful lift-off since its maiden flight in 1994. Only two launches have failed.
X-Sat is designed and built from scratch by scientists and engineers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore's defence research body DSO National Laboratories.
Now in orbit, X-Sat is establishing communication contact with ground control in NTU, a process likely to take up to a week. Once contact has been made, an 'initial health status of the satellite will be ascertained and confirmed', said an NTU spokesman.
04-20-2011, 09:08 PM #4403
Woman engineer blazes trail at NTU
Apr 21, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer
Prof Fouke hopes to inspire women considering a career in science and technology.
THE hunt for someone to head Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) engineering school is over - after more than 100 candidates were considered.
The Straits Times has learnt that American Janie Fouke, 60, will take over from Professor Pan Tso-Chien in July, and make history as the first woman to head an engineering school here.
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