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05-12-2011, 02:21 AM #4472
Medisave can be used for cancer screenings
By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 12 May 2011 1350 hrs
A scanning electron micrograph of human colon cancer cells
SINGAPORE: With effect from July 1, patients will be able to use their Medisave for mammograms to screen for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colorectal cancers.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said this will help make the screening tests for more affordable and accessible to Singaporeans.
Patients can withdraw up to S$300 from their Medisave account per year to defray the cost of their mammograms.
MOH says close to 450,000 women will benefit from this extension in Medisave usage.
For colonoscopies, the withdrawal limit is higher, since it is a surgical operation.
It will be pegged at the prevailing withdrawal limit for day surgery procedures at S$950 for colonoscopy and S$300 per day for associated daily hospital charges.
MOH said there are about a million Singaporeans aged 50 and above who will benefit from this change.
05-12-2011, 03:31 AM #4473
NDP 2011 to reflect 'Singapore Spirit'
By Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 12 May 2011 1530 hrs
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Logo for the 46th National Day Parade
SINGAPORE: The 46th National Day Parade returns to the Marina Bay floating platform this year.
For the first time, the annual event will be presented in a two-hour musical that aims to get Singaporeans to reflect on what the "Singapore Spirit" means to them.
This year's logo, which reflects the theme "Majulah! The Singapore Spirit!", will be captured in a five-act musical that will take Singaporeans down memory lane from its tumultuous birth in 1965 to the present modern city-state.
The visual treat will take place on a specially constructed stage set against the Marina Bay skyline.
Construction work has already started, even though the birthday bash is still some three months away. The stage is expected to be completed next month when rehearsals are scheduled to take place.
Making a comeback are crowd pleasers like the Red Lions and the fly past.
And for the 27,000 people at the seating gallery, the parade will take on a different spin.
Colonel Alvin Kek, Chairman, NDP 2011 Executive Committee, said: "During the parade and ceremony, there will be two new elements. One is the "Majulah Moment", which we will see the flag-raising ceremony. We will also see an onward march where selected contingents will march past the spectators and into the spectators, symbolising our commitment as one nation."
The event will culminate with a pledge moment and singing of the national anthem.
Celebrations will also take place around the bay where some 100,000 people are expected to join in the revelry.
According to organisers, there will also be a greater emphasis on new media ranging from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr to a new mobile application, "NDPOnTheGo", to engage Singaporeans, including those overseas.
The main website comes with new features like the "Reflections wall".
"The Reflections Wall is a user-generated page where Singaporeans can post their reflections and share with other Singaporeans. These submissions can be either in the photos, videos or even short stories," said Major Ong Chin Woo, Chairman, Branding & Publicity, NDP 2011 Executive Committee.
Another highlight is the new "Faces of NDP" section, featuring "behind the scenes footage and stories about selected organising committee staff and various parade and show participants.
Balloting for parade tickets will be from May 20 to May 29.
05-12-2011, 08:38 PM #4474
Ionescu trial adjourned for insurance firm to examine case file
By Claudia Craiu | Posted: 12 May 2011 2237 hrs
BUCHAREST : The trial in Romania against its diplomat Silviu Ionescu for a hit-and-run case in Singapore, has been adjourned to Friday, after three witnesses took the stand on Thursday.
This was because Carpatica, the insurance company that insures the Romanian Foreign Office's cars, had asked for an extension to examine the case file.
Two witnesses arrived at the court punctually for Thursday's video-linked hearing at 10am Romanian time, but the third was late because he had difficulty getting a car park lot.
The first witness was the man who had invited Ionescu to the karaoke bar, while the second was in charge of the car log at the building where Ionescu's lady friend lived.
Before the hearing started, Ionescu said his defence team plans to refute the second witness and his log entries.
Desmond Koh, the deputy chief of mission at the Singaporean Embassy in Brussels, was also in attendance on Thursday.
The trial was to be held in a separate council chamber, where four more Singaporean witnesses were to give their accounts of the events on the day of the accident on December 15, 2009, via video link.
Six witnesses will be heard on Friday, starting at 2pm Singapore time.
Separately, the court date for May 17 has been moved to May 19, as the 17th is the Vesak Day public holiday in Singapore.
The trial is now scheduled to continue on May 13, 19 and 20.
05-12-2011, 09:23 PM #4475
MM Lee shares his account of NTUC's history in commemorative book
By Sabrina Chan | Posted: 12 May 2011 2025 hrs
MM Lee Kuan Yew
SINGAPORE: NTUC continues its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with a special dinner on Friday night.
Among the individuals to be honoured is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who played a key role in the union's history.
An interview with Mr Lee - entitled "From dark days to trade unionism" - appears in a special commemorative book published by NTUC.
His account of NTUC's history goes way back to before Singapore's all-encompassing union was formed.
It is a story which starts in the turbulent 1960s, when pro-communists in the unions had a powerful grip on the Chinese-speaking unions.
In the interview, Mr Lee reminisced on the union fights, the case for re-structuring the unions, and touches upon present issues facing the group. He pointed out the issue of leadership succession as the biggest problem for NTUC right now.
But in the meantime, there is no doubt that NTUC is still going strong and ready to celebrate its legacy and its heroes.
05-12-2011, 09:28 PM #4476
20 more schools recognised for excellence in niche areas
Posted: 12 May 2011 1820 hrs
SINGAPORE : Fourteen primary schools have been awarded the Programme for School-Based Excellence while six secondary schools have been awarded the Niche Programme this year.
The awards, introduced in 2005, aim to recognise schools for their excellent performance in niche areas, including robotics and uniformed groups.
With the latest recipients, there are now 76 primary Programme for School-Based Excellence schools and 44 secondary schools that are Niche Programme schools.
This brings the total number of schools with niches of excellence, including independent schools and junior colleges, to 178, achieving the Education Ministry's target for half of schools here to develop areas of excellence by 2012.
These schools receive additional funding support to further raise the quality and reach of their school-based programmes in different niche areas.
An initial development grant of up to S$150,000 over three years will be provided for the schools to build up one to two niches.
A recurrent grant of up to S$50,000 per niche per year will also be given for schools to sustain and maintain their niches after the first three years.
The fourteen primary schools that have been awarded the Programme for School-Based Excellence status include Nanyang Primary School, St. Margaret's Primary School and Telok Kurau Primary School, while the six secondary schools that have been awarded the Niche Programme status include Outram Secondary School and Hai Sing Catholic School.
05-12-2011, 09:39 PM #4477
6 Singaporeans receive int'l award for achievements
The Straits Times
May 13, 2011
They are Ms Yip Pin Xiu, a national Paralympic swimmer, Mr Huang Wen Hong, a Mandarin radio DJ personality, Mr Andy Khong, an assistant professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Mr Adrian Lim, Principal of Ngee Ann Secondary School, Mr Clinton Ang, a young entrepreneur, and Mr Mark Cheng, who campaigns for sustainable development. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
SIX Singaporeans were given the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Honouree (JCITOYP) award on Thursday, and will go on to represent Singapore in the international leg of the award.
They are Ms Yip Pin Xiu, a national Paralympic swimmer, Mr Huang Wen Hong, a Chinese radio DJ personality, Mr Andy Khong, an assistant professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Mr Adrian Lim, the principal of Ngee Ann Secondary School, Mr Clinton Ang, a young entrepreneur, and Mr Mark Cheng, a sustainable development campaigner.
The JCI TOYP is a yearly award that has been in Singapore since 1972. It honours individuals from 18 to 40 years old for their personal and professional achievements, according to 10 categories. This year, there were Honoree awardees for six categories in Singapore.
Past winners include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. Six others have gone on to win at the international JCI TOYP. They include pop singer Ms Ho Yeow Sun and Member of Parliament Dr Fatimah Lateef.
'This award will give the winners international recognition for their achievements, and I hope their stories will inspire other young active citizens in the community,' said Mr JC Ang Yuit, who is the JCI Singapore National President.
Mr Huang, a radio DJ from SPH's 100.3FM, was given the award under the Cultural Achievement category and credited the win to his colleagues and listeners. He is joined by fellow Singapore Press Holdings colleague Jessica Cheam from The Straits Times. Ms Cheam was awarded the Merit Award, along with 5 others.
05-12-2011, 09:44 PM #4478
Singapore Arts Festival launched
The Straits Times
May 13, 2011
By Akshita Nanda
Sneak preview of The Singapore Arts Festival which includes seeing Japanese troupe Ishinha premiering their newest work on a 1,000 sq m stage built by the actors themselves. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
THREE hundred guests, including President S R Nathan, caught a sneak preview of the Singapore Arts Festival's opening show on Thursday evening at the Festival Village at Esplanade Park.
The three-week long annual event opens to the public on Friday and will lay on a buffet of performances and food stalls until June 5.
The outdoor production When A Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched, by Japanese troupe Ishinha, was performed on an 8m tall wooden stage built partly by the 26 actors on stage.
The venue will be used for other productions during the festival, including fusion jazz performances from Australian groups Loops and Topology. After June 5, Ishinha will tear the stage down.
Following the show, guests toured the Festival Village, a 7,000 sq m space dotted with tents where artists and members of the public can mingle and snack at food stalls stocked by local operators such as Tung Lok and Shiraz.
The village will also host free and paid performances, exhibitions and post-show dialogue sessions over the next few weeks.
05-12-2011, 09:48 PM #4479
Arts Fest opens at Esplanade Park
May 13, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
Japanese troupe Ishinha performing a sneak preview of When A Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched, about immigrants carving out a new life on foreign shores, yesterday at Esplanade Park. The 972 sq m wooden stage was partially built by the cast and crew. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
THE Singapore Arts Festival opens on Friday at the Festival Village at Esplanade Park, laying on a buffet of performances and food stalls until June 5.
Yesterday, 300 invited guests, including President S R Nathan, caught a sneak preview of the festival's opening show, an outdoor production by Japanese troupe Ishinha.
Titled When A Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched, the Japanese-language production about immigrants carving out a new life on foreign shores is performed on a 972 sq m wooden stage partially built by the Ishinha cast and crew.
The venue will be used for other productions during the three-week festival, including fusion jazz performances from Australian groups Loops and Topology.
The two-hour show soldiered on in spite of overcast skies and muggy weather. After the show, guests toured the Festival Village, a 7,000 sq m space dotted with tents where artists and members of the public can mingle and snack at food stalls stocked by local operators such as Tung Lok and Shiraz.
The village, back after a 10-year hiatus, will also host about 30 events, including both free and paid performances, exhibitions and post-show dialogue sessions. A new feature is the Kids Arts Village, a space managed entirely by children and hosting works of art catering to those aged 15 and under. Adults are allowed to enter only if accompanied by a child.
05-12-2011, 09:54 PM #4480
For this year's NDP, everyone's invited
May 13, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
Organisers aim to get all Singaporeans involved - at Marina Bay or online
By Jermyn Chow & Huang Lijie
Col Kek, 44, chairman of this year's organising committee, and his team from HQ Singapore Combat Engineers will be orchestrating the 46th National Day Parade to the theme of 'Majulah! The Singapore Spirit'. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
WHETHER it is dazzling spectators with a light-and-sound show or getting netizens to ponder about what defines the Singapore spirit, this year's National Day Parade (NDP) organisers want everyone to be part of the celebrations for the nation's 46th birthday.
The 27,000 people who land tickets to the Aug 9 party, to be held at Marina Bay, will catch the action up close. They will witness the precision foot drills of the marching contingents as they march up onto the spectator stands - an NDP first.
The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) newest hardware - US-made truck-mounted rockets dubbed the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or Himars, and the latest S-70B Sikorsky Seahawks naval helicopters - will also be on show.
There will also be the usual crowd favourites like the parachuting Red Lions and fireworks.
As the finale of the National Day Parade plays out on the floating platform at Marina Bay, Singaporeans islandwide will pause to say the National Pledge. This Pledge Moment was a hit with many when it was first held in 2009. Then, more than 600 locations, including shopping malls and fast-food restaurants, took part in the 30-second initiative.
These and other details about Singapore's birthday bash were unveiled yesterday by Colonel Alvin Kek, 44, chairman of this year's organising committee. His team from the SAF Headquarters Singapore Combat Engineers will be orchestrating the 46th NDP to the theme of 'Majulah! The Singapore Spirit'. Majulah is Malay for 'onwards'.
05-12-2011, 09:56 PM #4481
Four more schools join Direct Schools Admission scheme
May 13, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
FOUR more secondary schools have been approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to take in students based on criteria other than PSLE results, bringing the total number of eligible schools to 84.
The four - Hai Sing Catholic, Orchid Park Secondary, Ping Yi Secondary and Serangoon Garden Secondary - will offer respectively as their niche programmes robotics, visual arts, design education and uniformed groups, under the Direct Schools Admission (DSA) scheme.
Another two schools will offer a second niche programme. Fuhua Secondary will add uniformed groups to its list while Outram Secondary will add business enterprise.
Under this programme, primary pupils can gain early entry to secondary schools using a more diverse range of achievements and talents.
Of the 84 on the list, Integrated Programme schools, Specialised Independent Schools, autonomous schools and independent schools can admit students based on their own criteria, while the rest can enrol students under their niche programmes.
Pupils offered a place during the exercise still have to meet the PSLE cut-off scores set by the chosen school.
05-13-2011, 02:32 AM #4482
First a sports hub, then a sports city
Area at Kallang could include a tennis academy and various R&D facilities
by Tan Yo-Hinn
04:46 AM May 12, 2011
SINGAPORE - While local athletes and sports fans around the country await the completion of the S$1.33 billion Sports Hub, it turns out the area at Kallang adjacent to the new facility is also in line for a transformation.
One of the centrepieces of the initiative to remake the area is slated to be the world-famous Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy.
In March, MediaCorp revealed that the academy, with its headquarters in Barcelona, was in talks with the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) to open its third school here - the other facility is in Florida.
And the academy could well become a part of Kallang Sports City which, together with the Singapore Sports Hub, will make the area the heart and soul of sports in the country.
MediaCorp understands that, besides sports facilities like an international-standard tennis venue and private academies, the "city" could also cater to a sports industry where top firms and institutions set up research and development bases.
International sports bodies could also be based at Kallang Sports City, and it may include a hotel and other retail, entertainment, lifestyle and food and beverage outlets.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Teo Ser Luck first announced the Kallang Sports City concept in Parliament in March as part of the three-tiered Sports Facilities Master Plan, to promote sports in Singapore.
The land currently occupied by the Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre, Netball Singapore and the Singapore Cricket Association headquarters as well as the temporary offices of the SSC could all be included in the new plan.
Former Singapore squash star Zainal Abidin welcomed the initiative but said: "It's good if it happens but what's more important are our young athletes.
"We can afford such facilities but knowing how we're going to develop our athletes is more important."
Some of the models being looked at is the US$4-billion (S$4.9 billion) Dubai Sports City and the Seoul Olympic Sports Promotion Foundation. The entire Dubai initiative will be completed next year and includes a 60,000-seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium, an 18-hole championship golf course, the ICC Global Cricket Academy and the Butch Harmon School of Golf.
The one in Seoul is a legacy of the city hosting the 1988 Olympics and boasts the Olympic Sports Centre and Korea Institute of Sport Science.
Former men's world No 7 Emilio Sanchez, co-founder of the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy, told MediaCorp: "If we do an academy here, we will try to do some events and bring some of the stars (in)."
Malaysia's former Asian sprint king, Dr Mani Jegathesan, also welcomed the Kallang Sports City concept, saying: "A holistic and integrated approach seems the trend nowadays.
"But it must be sustainable ... Singapore must come up with a competitive package so international federations and sports companies will want to come here.
"Singapore has been a success story in many fields, and the key is replicating that template in sports."
An artist's impression of the Sports Hub, which is due to be ready by 2014. The area around it will be developed into Kallang Sports City. TODAY FILE PHOTO
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05-14-2011, 02:37 AM #4483
Witness can identify driver of Romanian embassy car
The Straits Times
May 14, 2011
By Khushwant Singh
A witness told a Romanian court via videolink that he would be able to recognise the driver of the car that ploughed into his friend between 2am and 3am on Dec 15, 2009. Mr Ricarno Izaan Lachica (above) said it was a Caucasian man at the wheel. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
A WITNESS told a Romanian court via videolink that he would be able to recognise the driver of the car that ploughed into his friend between 2am and 3am on Dec 15, 2009. Mr Ricarno Izaan Lachica said it was a Caucasian man at the wheel.
The 22-year-old full-time National Serviceman was not asked to identify the culprit but Judge Raluca Andras asked to return next Friday as the court may have more questions.
The former Romanian charge d'affaires in Singapore, Silviu Ionescu, is presently on trial in a Bucharest court for manslaughter, causing physical injuries and making false statements. The ex-diplomat, 51, is alleged to have hit three pedestrians while driving a car belonging to the Romanian mission, and to have fled the scene.
He denies he was the driver at the time and says that the black Audi A6 had been stolen while he was working at the embassy at about the time of the accident.
In the first hit-and-rum along Bukit Panjang Road, hotel assistant manager Tong Kok Wai, 30, a Malaysian, suffered brain damage and died on Christmas Day. His friend, Mr Bong Hwee Haw, 24, also a Malaysian, was severely injured in the crash but has recovered. A few hundred metres down the road, Mr Muhammad Haris Abu Talib, 19, was run down.
His elder brother Muhammad Zahari, 24, a second-year undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University, said the group had waited at the junction with Bangkit Road until the 'green man' came on. Midway Bukit Panjang Road, he became aware of a car speeding at them and jumped out of its way.
More witnesses are expected to testify via videolink next Thursday.
05-14-2011, 02:54 AM #4484
Lower-income S'poreans to get first WSB by May15
Posted: 14 May 2011 1336 hrs
SINGAPORE: Lower-income Singaporeans will receive their first Workfare Special Bonus (WSB) by May 15.
The WSB is part of the S$3.2 billion 'Grow & Share' Package announced by the Government in the 2011 Budget.
The Ministry of Finance said the WSB, given on top of the regular Workfare Income Supplement (WIS), is part of the sharing of benefits from Singapore's strong economic growth in 2010.
It is paid in four instalments - with two instalments amounting to 50 per cent of WIS for work done in 2010, and 25 per cent of WIS each year for work done in 2011 and 2012.
Eligible employees will automatically receive their WSB payments fully in cash.
For example, a low-wage worker aged 60 and earning S$1,000 a month will receive S$1,400 in WSB this year, in two instalments.
This is on top of the S$2,800 that he will receive in WIS this year, giving a total of S$4200.
A worker aged 45 earning the same wage will receive S$700 in WSB this year - on top of the S$1,400 that he will receive in WIS, giving a total of S$2100.
Self-employed persons who declare their income and make their mandatory CPF Medisave contributions will receive half their WSB in cash, and half in their Medisave Account.
Those who had declared their income and made Medisave contributions by March 31, 2011 will receive their first instalment of WSB on May 15.
Those who missed the March 31, 2011 deadline may still qualify for WIS and WSB for work done in 2010.
They have up to May 31, 2011 to declare their 2010 income and up to December 31, 2012 to pay their Medisave contributions.
The WSB is expected to cost Government about S$450 million over three years.
05-14-2011, 03:06 AM #4485
GE 2011 forces Public Service to relook policies
Posted: 13 May 2011 1642 hrs
Teo Chee Hean
SINGAPORE: The recent General Election (GE) hasn't just forced politicians to admit they need to connect with the people, it is also forcing the Public Service to relook the way in which they formulate policies.
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean, the Minister in charge of the civil service, told participants at the public service awards ceremony on Friday that the public service needed to connect with citizens.
He said the recent GE showed that there was a clear desire by the electorate for their voices to be heard.
He added Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had also said that they must listen more to design policies which benefit Singaporeans and secure support from them.
DPM Teo said the Public Service had a key role to play to transform the way they governed and the way they formulated policies and deliver public services.
He said: "We need to do this in a way which will connect with the citizens."
He said that as Singapore society becomes more diverse and what our citizens want and expect become more wide-ranging, the challenges faced by our Public Service will also grow in terms of magnitude and complexity.
DPM Teo said: "It is neither effective nor sustainable for the Service to try to solve all these problems on our own. We need to tap on the collective wisdom and knowledge of the people and stakeholders to help tackle the challenges. We need to create an environment where public officers can work hand-in-glove with the people they serve to address the issues and create greater public value.
"Ultimately this involvement will help create a Singapore where citizens can feel engaged and have shared ownership of the challenges and look for solutions together. This will provide the foundation for a more resilient and cohesive society."
DPM Teo said the Public Service had been adopting such an approach for some time now and they have recognised the contribution of stakeholders and customers who work with them.
He cited Northlight School which worked with parents, potential employers of the students, sponsors and donors from the conception stage to design a customised programme for students with difficulties handling the mainstream curriculum.
A total of 19 organisations and 103 individuals were honoured today.
DPM Teo reminded them even as they recognised their achievements, they must never be satisfied with themselves.
He added: "And as we seek to strengthen our engagement with the public whom we serve, we must listen actively and work closely with them on issues affecting them."
05-15-2011, 01:02 AM #4486
Fencing the latest academy at Sports School
by Philip Goh Haw Hann
04:47 AM May 14, 2011
SINGAPORE - The Republic's Olympic medal hopes have been boosted by the inclusion of fencing as the newest academy at the Singapore Sports School (SSP), taking the total to 11 sports academies so far.
The sport will have 12 student athletes for its first intake next year.
Fencing has been delivering good results at the junior and cadet levels, while the senior squad brought home two silver and two bronze medals from all three weapon groups - foil, epee and saber - at the 2010 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Australia.
Singapore's women foil and saber teams are currently ranked among the top 15 in the world and are aiming to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
The sport has seen a healthy growth in recent years and there are now more than 1,200 competitive fencers across all age groups and Singapore.
It also acquired its co-curricula activities status in schools this year.
SSP's director of sports, Dr Irwin Seet, said the school hopes to attract the best talents to their newest academy, "as we can best enunciate the Olympic pathway for these fencers".
Fencing Singapore president Nicholas Fang welcomed Friday's announcement, saying: "We are working closely with the school to ensure the right coaching and management personnel are in place to guide and shape the academy's development." Philip Goh
05-15-2011, 09:45 PM #4487
BCA honours design feats
by Esther Ng
04:47 AM May 16, 2011
SINGAPORE - It is a nine-storey building on top of one of Singapore's busiest spots, Orchard MRT Station, with four levels of underpasses below Paterson Road, four levels of shopping and parking as well as a roof garden.
For constructing all that within 30 months, engineer Lai Poh Huen bagged a Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
One of four winners this year, Mr Lai from RSP Architects Planners & Engineers won another award in the residential category for transforming Singapore's tallest building in the '50s into a serviced apartment block.
He restored the facade of Ascott Singapore Raffles Place to its former glory, relocated four lift shafts in the building and built a swimming pool on the 18th storey.
Introduced in 2008, the BCA award recognises Qualified Persons - the professional engineers for structural works - for developing excellent design solutions to overcome challenges while maintaining high safety standards.
Recognition was also given this year to engineers See Lin Ming and Ho Chong Leong from Arup Singapore for their civil engineering feat: The Helix bridge. Its lightweight structure is strong enough to support the weight of at least 10,000 people. Engineer Chew Boon Fei of YWL Engineering won for his work on Sentosa Boardwalk.
The BCA Awards will be held on Thursday at Resorts World Sentosa.
The Helix bridge. PHOTO COURTESY BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY
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05-17-2011, 02:42 AM #4488
China, S'pore to enhance defence exchanges and security cooperation
By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid | Posted: 16 May 2011 2133 hrs
DPM Teo Chee Hean welcoming People's Republic of China Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie to MINDEF. (Credit: MINDEF)
SINGAPORE: China and Singapore have agreed to work towards enhancing defence exchanges and security cooperation between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and People's Liberation Army (PLA).
This came as Member of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China, State Councillor and Minister of National Defence General Liang Guanglie met Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean on Monday morning.
The two met at the Ministry of Defence.
Later in the afternoon, General Liang called on Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.
General Liang is in Singapore on a three-day official visit till Tuesday.
Mindef said General Liang's visit highlights the progress made in defence ties, following the signing of the bilateral Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation in January 2008.
The ministry added that the armed forces of both countries interact regularly through the exchange of visits, courses, seminars and port calls, and have also held two joint counter-terrorism (CT) training exercises.
Mindef said General Liang and Deputy Prime Minister Teo had exchanged views on regional security issues and reaffirmed the importance of the long-standing bilateral defence relationship and interactions.
They also expressed satisfaction with the progress in bilateral defence ties. In a statement to the media, Mindef said General Liang's visit underscores the warm and friendly defence relations between Singapore and China.
It also builds on the regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits between both sides.
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