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    Default Space's the limit at Space Academy Singapore

    By Alvina Soh | Posted: 13 June 2011 1938 hrs


    Participants of Space Academy Singapore preparing their rocket for launch.
    SINGAPORE: Some 20 students put hours of hard work into flight when they launched their rockets at Republic Polytechnic on June 7. From designing their rockets from scratch to having former staff of US space agency NASA as teachers, It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of them.

    The Space Academy Singapore programme is jointly organised by US-based aeronautical engineering company, TriVector International (TVI) and the Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA). It aims to hook students to science and engineering through the space training programme.

    Samuel Mathews, Director of Singapore Space and Technology Association, said: "They want to go into leisure or tourism, or finance and banking, because that's where the glamour is, that's where the money is.

    "So we want to bring the students back into engineering, because that is where we feel that the whole economy can grow on because that is where you find people building things, inventing things.

    "Space Academy Programme was set up primarily to encourage Singapore youth into science and engineering using space as a 'wow' factor, because space is always a 'wow' thing for everybody."

    The intensive five-day course teaches students astronautics, rocketry and systems engineering and helps them put theory to the test.

    Timothy Kauffman, a former NASA engineer, said: "The students have been extremely receptive. They are very very eager to engage and discuss with the professors. Many times they say, they are ready to perhaps change their career or their career plans to go into space science and technology."

    More than 100 students, aged between 13 and 21, have participated in the programme since it started in June last year. The programme is currently in its fourth run and the Space Academy Singapore said it plans to organise more.

    -CNA/ac

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    Default Marina Bay Sands to put sparkle into local nightlife

    By Ong Dai Lin, TODAY | Posted: 14 June 2011 0641 hrs


    One of the two Crystal Pavillions at Marina Bay Sands. (Photo by Ooi Boon Keong - TODAY)

    SINGAPORE: After a delay in opening and two lawsuits filed over alleged contract breaches, international nightclub brands Avalon and Pangaea look set to open their doors in Marina Bay Sands (MBS) after all.

    While the two clubs did not give a specific date when contacted by MediaCorp, the Avalon website stated that it will hold the Avalon At Large, an F1-related party, at MBS on September 23 and 24.

    Meanwhile, according to the Pangaea website, its club here will have capacity for 500 patrons and is now available for private bookings.

    The efforts to make MBS' south Crystal Pavilion a much-touted nightclub destination look set to happen with American Gregory Gumo of Crystal Pavilion Marina Productions, the man behind the two projects, MediaCorp understands.

    Avalon is famous in Los Angeles for being home to Hollywood celebrities and a venue for annual parties such as the Oscars and Emmys, while Pangaea is a party hot spot in New York, Miami and London.

    Mr Gumo, the co-founder and director of the Fuel Festival music event held in Singapore during the 2009 Formula One weekend, had told an online interview with former Zouk marketing manager Tracy Phillips on inSing last year he had suggested bringing in the two names after a few nightclub brands were discussed but none fit the bill initially.

    Mr Gumo, who is also one of the founders of Soundpedia, a Singapore-based Internet radio and music community website that was started in 2006, then flew the owners of the clubs to Singapore.

    The news that the clubs will open soon, as MBS also stated on its website, comes as a twist in an ongoing legal action.

    Last week, Singapore entertainment management company Kraze Entertainment filed a lawsuit against MBS for breaching a leasing agreement in April. The former had worked on bringing the two nightclubs into MBS and is alleging that MBS has wrongfully terminated a 10-year lease at south Crystal Pavilion.

    Last month, Kraze Entertainment, which has ties with Korean company Krazetech, also filed a writ of summons against Pan Av Asia Partners, the clubs' purported operators, for "various material breaches" in agreement.

    The collaboration fell through after Pan Av Asia Partners allegedly scrapped its licensing deal on March 25, resulting in Kraze Entertainment's own termination of its management agreement on April 9. - TODAY
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    Default Four public hospitals lauded for their electronic medical records systems

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 14 June 2011 1414 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Four public hospitals in Singapore have become the first in the Asia Pacific region to receive international recognition for their electronic medical record systems.

    Singapore General Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National University Hospital were presented the Stage 6 EMRAM Award by US-based HIMSS Analytics.

    The firm provides international benchmarking for electronic medical records systems implemented in healthcare institutions.

    Speaking at the award presentation, Permanent Secretary for Health, Yong Ying-I, said the growing sophistication in IT enables the hospitals to reduce medical and administrative errors as well as time savings, which help keep healthcare costs in check.

    The goal is to reach Stage 7 - operating in a fully paperless environment.

    In the United States, only 3.5 per cent out of the more than 5,200 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have achieved Stage 6 recognition for implementation of the electronic medical record.

    - CNA/cc

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    Default S'pore asks Malaysia about two women's ordeal in JB

    Jun 15, 2011



    Making suspects do squats is not standard procedure: Johor official

    By Tham Yuen-C


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    SINGAPOREANS crossing the Causeway must remember to make sure their passports are stamped when they enter and leave Johor Baru, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

    The reminder follows past advice from the ministry that those travelling into Malaysia through the various entry points, including airports, must make sure they get their travel documents stamped at an Immigration Customs counter.

    Singaporeans driving into Malaysia should also use the correct processing lanes by following the signs at the various checkpoints.

    After their passports are returned by the immigration officer, they should check that they have been stamped.

    If that has not been done, they should inform the officer immediately.






    A red exit stamp from the Malaysian immigration authorities, with a case number written below in blue ink, in one of the women's passports. They had driven across the Causeway in the early hours of last Thursday, and failed to get their passports stamped upon entry. They were detained for nearly 48 hours. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

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    SINGAPORE'S Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked the Malaysian immigration authorities for more information on the treatment of two Singaporean women detained for nearly 48 hours in Johor Baru.

    The women - who wanted to be known only as Ms Chang and Ms Lim - told The Straits Times that they were handcuffed, thrown behind bars and forced to undress and perform squats.

    Their nightmare happened after they accidentally entered Johor Baru without getting their passports stamped, by driving through what they said was an unmanned immigration lane.

    'Our consulate in JB has been in touch with the Malaysian immigration authorities to enquire on the investigation and detention procedures that the two Singaporeans underwent,' said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.

    Ms Chang, an insurance industry manager in her late 30s, and Ms Lim, an estate agent in her late 20s, met up with consular officers here yesterday to recount their ordeal.

    They had driven across the Causeway for a snack in the early hours of last Thursday.

    After realising they had accidentally gone straight through immigration, they immediately did a U-turn. They said they were questioned by immigration officers, and then taken to the Pekan Nenas detention centre in Pontian where they were ordered to strip and do 10 squats each.

    Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default JB immigration chief: squats not part of SOP

    Jun 15, 2011




    Conducting a body search sometimes requires detainees to remove their clothing for thorough checks but squats were not part of the standard operating procedure, Johor Immigration director Nasri Ishak said on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    JOHOR BAHRU - CONDUCTING a body search sometimes requires detainees to remove their clothing for thorough checks but squats were not part of the standard operating procedure, Johor Immigration director Nasri Ishak said on Tuesday.

    Mr Nasri was commenting on a recent report of two Singaporean women who were told to strip naked and perform squats after they were detained for not having their passports checked at the Causeway.

    'Removing clothes, however, is sometimes needed as it is essential for our officers to ensure that the detainees are not hiding any weapons,' he said.

    He, however, assured that the Home Ministry would conduct investigations into the matter.

    He added that these types of checks were conducted in a private room and the two Singaporean women were attended to by a female immigration official. They were eventually taken to the Pekan Nenas detention centre pending investigations to their case.

    'After we forwarded the investigation papers, the Deputy Public Prosecutor in charge of the case decided that they should be deported back to their country,' he said, adding that there was no reason for his officials to purposely humiliate the women. -- THE STAR/ANN

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    It was previously reported that two Singaporean women who had failed to get their passports chopped by immigration officials, were jailed for one night and told to strip naked and perform 10 squats. They were eventually released back to Singapore the next day at 5pm.

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    Default Singapore ratifies ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    By Ambiga Raju | Posted: 14 June 2011 2154 hrs


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    SINGAPORE : Singapore has ratified the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, the first Asian country to do so.

    Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi, who is attending the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, said the ratification is a significant step for Singapore.

    He said it means a commitment to apply provisions in the Convention to Singapore-flagged ships for decent work for seafarers.

    He said the ratification was made with the full support of tripartite partners - the seafarer unions and the National Trades Union Congress, as well as the maritime industry and the Singapore National Employers Federation.

    In receiving the instrument of ratification from Singapore, Ms Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, ILO director of International Labour Standards, said the ratification sends a powerful signal to the global maritime community.

    Mr Hawazi also said the Ministry of Manpower will be signing a partnership agreement with the ILO to develop and implement a joint co-operation programme in progressive labour and workplace practices in the ASEAN region.

    The agreement will help strengthen co-operation between Singapore and the ILO in helping to enhance human resource management and development in the region.

    In another development, Singapore ended its term as a titular member representing ASEAN in the ILO Governing Body.

    As the titular member representing ASEAN during its three-year term, Singapore coordinated and delivered statements on behalf of ASEAN on key governance issues of the ILO.

    Vietnam is the newly elected titular member for the region.

    - CNA/al

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    Default Exhibition charts Singapore's economic progress

    By Vimita Mohandas | Posted: 14 June 2011 2120 hrs


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    SINGAPORE : Some 40 historic mementos will be on display at an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Economic Development Board (EDB).

    "Transforming Landscapes, Improving Lives" will be on at the National Museum from Wednesday.

    The exhibition aims to highlight how Singapore's economy has evolved over the years. It will also provide a glimpse into Singapore's future as a home for global business and innovation.

    Mosquito coils, joss sticks and wigs - these were the kind of items local factories used to produce.

    The change came from around the 1960s when Singapore shifted towards industrialisation.

    The exhibition - divided into three phases - takes visitors on a journey of Singapore's economic progress. The three themes are the Pioneering Spirit, Daring to Dream and Future Ready.

    "The series of artefacts that you see here on display are artefacts which reflect the different era of economic activities in Singapore. And over the years, from the kind of things that were manufactured in Singapore, show that Singapore's capability in manufacturing and also the different kind of new industries we are trying to build, has improved over the years," said Jayson Goh, chairman of the Organising Committee of the EDB 50th Anniversary.

    With the help of oral history recordings, visitors can learn how Singapore emerged from the 1985 recession.

    And a stoic Darth Vadar mask on display at the exhibition signals the future as Singapore moves into fast-growing areas such as digital animation.

    For example, Lucasfilm Ltd established its first overseas production studio in Singapore in 2005.

    The exhibition was officially opened by President SR Nathan on Tuesday evening.

    He congratulated the board and said a bold and visionary EDB was needed for the benefit of all Singaporeans.

    He hoped the exhibition will give everyone, especially the younger generation, a deeper understanding of Singapore's economic development.

    Admission is free and the exhibition will be on till the end of September.

    - CNA /ls

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    Default Motor Racing: V8 Supercars heading to Singapore

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 14 June 2011 2135 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: More high octane action is headed Singapore's way, once organisers of the V8 Supercars close their deal.

    Its management team is on a fact-finding mission in Singapore, which it considers the most important market in Asia. If successful, they would like to stage a race as early as November 2012.

    Tony Cochrane, Chairman of V8 Supercars, said: "Singapore is really the perfect hub for us in this part of Asia. There is obviously a lot of expats who live in Singapore. It has great accessibility from Australia, well over 120 flights a week from Australia.

    "So we know that our event here will bring a huge Australian crowd up, so it will be a really great tourism driver for the government."

    If all goes to plan, Singapore will be the third overseas stop, after Abu Dhabi and New Zealand, in the current 14-round series. The other 12 races are currently staged in different Australian cities - on street circuits and dedicated tracks.

    The track around the F1 Pit Building, extending towards the Republic Boulevard and Republic Avenue, is a possible location. Unlike F1, a shorter 2.2 kilometres is required for the V8, meaning fewer road closures and disruptions.

    Other possible sites include the area around Changi Exhibition Centre and a heartlands venue at a yet-to-be decided site. The V8 team said once the Changi Motorsports Hub is ready, they would then shift the race to that venue.

    Cost-wise, the event is also more manageable, with an estimated budget of S$15 million for the entire race. Organisers are confident to pack in about 50,000 spectators a day, over three days. Fans can also better identify with the cars, as these are modified stock models.

    Teh Leong, the Singapore representative for V8 Supercars, said: "They are looking at a whole spectrum of events plus activities. That will include like training schools, promoting activities among the Singaporean motor enthusiasts, and also using Singapore as a platform for Asian market."

    The team has already met the Singapore Motorsports Association and over the next few days, will meet representatives from the Singapore Sports Council, the Singapore Tourism Board, and potential sponsors. They are hoping to wrap up all the negotiations within the next three months so that it will leave them enough time to make preparations for next year's race.

    -CNA/ac

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    Default Ten ITE students receive Lee Kuan Yew award

    By Lim Jing Jing and Seet Sok Hwee, TODAY | Posted: 14 June 2011 0658 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Ten students from the Institute of Technical Education received the Lee Kuan Yew Model Student/Trainee Award on Monday for their academic achievements and for overcoming life's challenges.

    One of the recipients, Mr Lee Yu Qing, 24, said he had not always been a role model.

    Seven years ago, he was a bad hat, he said. "I almost went into Boys' Home because I was mixing with a group of friends. We got involved in a riot and I was caught by the police."

    His father's plea that he not be remanded was heeded by the authorities. That made him realise his father's love for him. National Service helped keep him on the right path.

    Today, Mr Lee juggles both studies and family responsibilities.

    He helps his elder sister take care of their 74-year-old wheelchair-bound father and mentally-disabled elder brother.

    Mr Lee also works part-time as a driver to supplement the family's income.

    A group of students also won the Lee Kuan Yew Technology Award for their invention which helps patients exercise. The equipment can be used to work the feet and hands.

    It costs about S$500, a fraction of the cost of a commercially-available equivalent. - TODAY

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    Default S'pore unemployment rate falls to three-year low

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 15 June 2011 1016 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Singapore's overall unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 1.9 per cent in March amid healthy economic growth and a tight labour market.

    The unemployment rate was 2.2 per cent in December.

    The Manpower Ministry (MOM) said fewer workers were laid off in the first three months of the year.

    Employment creation was also fairly strong, though MOM said it has eased from the robust gains during the initial rebound from the 2009 recession.

    Total employment rose by 28,300 in the first quarter, down from the seasonal high gains of 33,900 in the fourth quarter of 2010, driven by year-end hirings for the festive season.

    The growth was also lower than the robust 36,500 in the first quarter of 2010, supported then by hirings arising from the Integrated Resorts and the strong job market rebound from the recession.

    Most of the employment gains in the first quarter came from services (26,500).

    All services industries expanded their workforce, led by community, social & personal services (9,000), professional services (4,400) and wholesale & retail trade (3,400).

    Construction added 1,500 workers, recording an increase for the second consecutive quarter, supported by increase in public sector building activities
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    Manufacturing registered small gains of 100.

    - CNA/cc

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    Default Table Tennis: Singapore's Wang Yuegu now 7th in international ranking

    Posted: 14 June 2011 1316 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Singapore's Wang Yuegu has climbed the Pro Tour standings of the International Table Tennis Federation following her women's singles victory at the Brazil Open in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

    With her fifth ITTF Pro Tour title, Wang now ranks seventh on the women's singles list with 13,063 points, having played in five tournaments covering three continents, including her latest outing at the Brazil Open.

    The Singapore player retained her crown two days after her 31st birthday, beating compatriot Li Jiawei 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8.

    However, according to the ITTF, the busiest player on the Federation's Pro Tour is Singapore's Li Jiawei.

    She has missed only one ITTF Pro Tour tournament in 2011 and with her runner-up spot from Sunday's all-Singapore final at Rio de Janeiro, she is now at no.9 on the women's singles standings with 9,688 points, having played in seven tournaments.

    - CNA/sf

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    Default NUS appoints 3 dons to key posts

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    The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced three key appointments in health and medicine yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN


    THE National University of Singapore (NUS) announced three key appointments in health and medicine yesterday.

    Associate Professor Benjamin Ong has been made senior vice-president (health affairs), Professor John Wong is the new vice-provost (academic medicine) and Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan will take over as medicine dean.

    Prof Ong, 54, is chief executive of National University Health System (NUHS), which oversees the operations of the National University Hospital, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and NUS Faculty of Dentistry. He will continue in this job after starting his new role, which involves promoting academic medicine and cooperation through NUHS.

    Prof Wong, 54, is currently the dean of the School of Medicine. His new job will involve helping to develop academic medicine and integrating the research done by the medical school and dentistry faculty. Prof Yeoh, 49, is currently vice-dean (academic affairs) of the School of Medicine.

    NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan said the new appointments will 'bring a powerful vision, great experience and expertise to medical education, research and care'.

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    Default S'pore-made kit to diagnose dengue fever

    Jun 16, 2011

    By Feng Zengkun & Melissa Pang

    The Aedes mosquito. -- PHOTO: NEA


    TESTING of a Singapore-developed kit that uses saliva to diagnose dengue fever has expanded to Sri Lanka after a similar effort kicked off in Cambodia in March last year.

    Developed by the local Environmental Health Institute (EHI), the kit has already been tried out on some 140 patients here from 2005 to 2007 with promising results.

    Traditionally, the diagnosis of the potentially lethal ailment, spread by the Aedes mosquito, requires a blood sample.

    The extension of testing to Sri Lanka this month was announced at yesterday's first-ever Asean Dengue Day, an annual event to promote prevention and control.

    Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 billion people are at risk of dengue. About 70 per cent, or 1.8 billion, are from Asean.

    Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan noted that the disease remains prevalent in the region, though the number of cases here has plunged since a 2005 outbreak affected 14,209 people and killed 25.

    Read more in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Govt in talks on 'green corridor'

    Jun 16, 2011

    Minister on possibilities for KTM railway land

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    About 40km of railway sit on the 173.7ha tract of land, including at least 14km of disused line from Clementi to Jurong. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    THE Minister of State for National Development has sounded what green groups have read as a positive note on the fate of the island's north-south strip of railway land.

    Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin indicated in a Facebook post that the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the National Parks Board have been in talks with the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) over several interest groups' proposal to turn the land into a continuous strip of recreational space.

    The 173.7ha tract of land, which now belongs to Malaysia's Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), reverts to Singapore on July 1. About 40km of railway now sit on it - 26km from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, and at least a further 14km of disused line from Clementi to Jurong.

    BG Tan, who described the proposal for such a 'green corridor' as 'fascinating', wrote in his post:

    'I believe that there are exciting possibilities to bring Singaporeans together as we embark on this journey to create our home, even as we preserve our environment and heritage.'

    The authorities will meet members of the interest groups soon, he said, and 'outreach efforts' will begin in earnest in due course.

    Read the full report in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Well-wishers donate $250,000 to Thai girl

    Jun 16, 2011

    By Elizabeth Soh, In Bangkok



    Nitcharee flashing a V-sign during her session with head physiotherapist Pakaorn Sai-pan at the rehabilitation centre yesterday. The teenager returned to Thailand on Monday and has been undergoing physiotherapy, in preparartion for prosthetic limbs. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE


    THE Singapore Red Cross will give $250,000 in donations to the family of double amputee Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, 15, on Thursday.

    The sum, contributed by a group of anonymous donors, is meant to support the Thai teen's medical rehabilitation after she lost both legs when she fell off the platform at Ang Mo Kio MRT station and a train crushed them in April.

    A cheque for the $250,000 will be presented by the chairman of Singapore's Red Cross Society, Mr Tee Tua Ba, to Thai Royal Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn this afternoon at the Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok.

    According to a spokesman for the Singapore Red Cross Society, the donation did not come from fund-raising efforts - the society was approached just on Wednesday morning with the donations.

    'The amount comes from a group of donors who approached the society and asked if we could pass on the money to our Thai counterparts, with whom we work very closely,' she said.

    She added that the sum will be given directly to Nitcharee's father.

    Read the full report in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    Default Thumbs up for Singapore's tennis academy plans

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 15 June 2011 1910 hrs



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    PARIS: Singapore recently announced plans to set up a tennis academy to groom future champions in the sport.

    To achieve that, the government could be partnering Spain's Sanchez-Casal, Academy in Barcelona, a move that has received the thumbs up from two big names in the tennis world, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier.

    In May, eight Singaporean teenagers trained at Spain's Madrid Tennis Federation.

    That was part of a programme by the Singapore Tennis Federation to prepare full-time players for Singapore.

    The government is now looking at partnering the commercially-run Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy.

    Commenting on the tie-up and its advantages, Mr Agassi said: "When you have a headquarters in your country where the kids can at an early age learn and compete against each other, I think this is great for their development and for the growth of their sport and, they are learning it from people who have great experience in the sport."

    Mr Courier added: "I know Sergio (Casal) and Emilio (Sanchez) very well, and they have certainly built a great brand name for their academy and they know how to work tennis players. They have a pretty good track record of success. (Svetlana) Kuznetsova came through their programme, she has been a great champion."

    The two tennis greats were in Roland Garros - the venue for the French Open - to attend a junior tennis tournament, where 16 players from around the world competed.

    Singaporean Shaheed Alam was among them. The 12-year-old feels that more junior tournaments are needed in Singapore.

    Currently, only four such tournaments are held during the school holidays.

    Shaheed said: "Four times a year is not enough. In the US, they have (them) every fortnight. So, even if you lose one, the next two weeks you can look forward to the next tournament."

    Shaheed could get his wish, as a new event could be staged in Singapore soon.

    Gilbert Ng, general manager of Singapore Tennis Association, said: "We are hoping that Longines will be more involved, we are in discussion with Longines to possibly have a carnival kind of tournament in Singapore."

    Further collaborations are on the cards. Longines is exploring the possibility of getting the Singaporean teenagers currently training in Spain to continue their European adventure by taking part in such competitions in Roland Garros.

    - CNA/ms
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    Default Donations for Thai teen cross $400,000 mark

    Jun 17, 2011

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    By Elizabeth Soh & Poon Chian Hui




    Nitcharee celebrating her 15th birthday with her parents, relatives and friends at Tawandang Microbrewery Restaurant in Bangkok last night. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE


    DONATIONS are still pouring in for Thai teenager Peneakchanasak Nitcharee, even as she continues her recovery in Thailand after losing her legs in a train accident at Ang Mo Kio MRT station.

    The Thai Embassy in Singapore said yesterday that it has collected about $140,000 since the 15-year-old's accident two months ago.

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