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06-17-2011, 12:40 AM #4642
JB officials suspended over nude squat claim
Jun 17, 2011
Singapore to monitor closely outcome of Malaysia's investigation
By Tham Yuen-C
--ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
TWO Johor Baru immigration officials have been suspended over the treatment of the Singaporean women detained last week - as the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it would 'closely monitor' the outcome of Malaysia's investigation.
The two women have said they were ordered to undress and do squats after accidentally passing through immigration without getting their passports stamped.
Malaysia's Immigration Department director-general Alias Ahmad said yesterday that the officials have been suspended until the seven-man panel completes its investigation.
Meanwhile, the MFA said the allegations 'are serious and raise concerns'. 'We welcome the quick announcement of the Malaysian authorities of an immediate investigation,' said a spokesman.
Malaysia set up its multi-agency inquiry on Wednesday to investigate the incident, which has led to criticism of the women's treatment from both sides of the Causeway.
The committee, comprising officials from the police, prisons, immigration and detention centre departments, headed to Johor yesterday to start the probe. Mr Alias told the Nanyang Siang Pau newspaper the committee has been instructed to complete the task in five days, then submit a report to the Immigration Department. He said it would summon the two Singaporean women if necessary.
He stressed that their detention was legal as they had broken Malaysia's Immigration Act and did not pass through the biometric fingerprint checks.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.
06-17-2011, 12:42 AM #4643
Jakarta Globe to tap ST's expertise on student weeklies
Jun 17, 2011
By Serene Luo, Correspondent
Besides visiting Jakarta Globe, Ms Henson (right) and Straits Times representatives also dropped by Agence France-Presse's Jakarta bureau. -- ST PHOTO: STEFANIE YEO
JAKARTA: An Indonesian English-language newspaper wants to make use of The Straits Times' expertise in education programmes when it sets up its own student publication.
The Jakarta Globe, a 21/2-year-old broadsheet distributed in the city area, will launch a 16-page weekly for secondary school students by August.
Called the Student Globe, it hopes to use content from The Straits Times' award-winning weekly student publications IN and Little Red Dot.
An exchange programme between student reporters from both sides has also been proposed, said Straits Times associate editor Bertha Henson.
Meanwhile, 22 representatives from this newspaper, including its Media Club 'IN Crowd' of 13 student leaders, visited Jakarta on a four-day study trip that started on Monday.
They spent a day with the Globe's editors and student reporters, while researching and working on articles about teenagers' lives and culture in Indonesia's capital.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.
06-17-2011, 12:46 AM #4644
Unmanned checkpoint booth confuses S'poreans
Jun 17, 2011
The Malaysian immigration case involving two Singaporean women allegedly detained and forced to do squats naked by Malaysian immigration officers has made another Singaporean tell citizen journalism website STOMP about his experience with unmanned checkpoint booths. -- PHOTO: STOMP
THE Malaysian immigration case involving two Singaporean women allegedly detained and forced to do squats naked by Malaysian immigration officers has made another Singaporean tell citizen journalism website STOMP about his experience with unmanned checkpoint booths.
Eric claims a Malaysian checkpoint officer had allowed him to pass through without stamping his passports.
He said: 'My wife and I had a similar encounter with an unmanned booth that showed the green light, with the barricade lifted up. Fortunately, we were on our way out of the country. When it was our turn, we stopped at the booth and looked inside.
'There was an immigration officer who sat in the background, arms folded and expressionless. The lights inside were not switched on. Thinking there was another booth up ahead, we drove on.
'To our horror there was none and we were already out of Malaysia when we realised it. We felt compelled to drive on and it was only when we arrived at the Singapore side and narrated our encounter to the Singapore immigration officers that we were advised to return to the Malaysia side to have our passports stamped.
'We also understood from the conversation that our encounter was not unique. The incident had caused us much confusion and inconvenience. The Malaysian government must be responsible for such irresponsible conduct of its civil servants and not push the blame on innocent tourists.'
06-17-2011, 12:53 AM #4645
S'pore, Indonesia hold talks on maritime borders between Changi & Batam
Posted: 16 June 2011 2031 hrs
SINGAPORE : Singapore and Indonesia have held their first round of technical discussions to delineate the maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore between Changi and Batam.
The meetings, held in Singapore on June 13 and 14, follow from a decision made last August by then-Foreign Minister George Yeo and his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa.
Singapore and Indonesia already have a treaty delimiting the territorial seas in the western part of the Singapore Strait.
At the meetings, delegates agreed to hold regular sessions that will alternate between the two countries.
The Singapore team was led by Lionel Yee, Second Solicitor-General and Director-General of International Affairs at the Attorney-General's Chambers.
The Indonesian delegation was led by Rachmat Budiman, Director for Treaties on Political Security and Territorial Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- CNA /ls
06-19-2011, 06:10 AM #4646
Malaysia's probe over naked squat claims will "take couple of weeks"
By Satish Cheney | Posted: 18 June 2011 2217 hrs
SINGAPORE: Malaysia's inquiry into the case of two Singaporean women who were allegedly detained, forced to undress and do squats will take "a couple of weeks" to complete.
This is according to Malaysia's High Commissioner to Singapore Md Hussin Nayan, who was at an arts event at ION Orchard.
The two women said they crossed immigration lines accidentally because they saw no one at an immigration counter and had seen a green light ahead of them.
They were detained by Malaysia's Immigration authorities, who are investigating the incident and have suspended the officers concerned.
Commenting on the case, Md Hussin Nayan said he hopes the incident will not cast a shadow on relations between the two countries.
He said: "My only hope is that Singaporeans don't shy away from going to Malaysia. This incident in JB is definitely unfortunate but Malaysian authorities are taking measures to investigate and to punish those actions that aren't in conformity with the standards of operating procedures."
Well-known women's rights activist Marina Mahathir, who was also at the Singapore event, said that Malaysians are also expecting an explanation.
She said: "I can tell you a lot of Malaysians are very, very upset about it, particularly the women's groups.
"We think this was really uncalled for and we had this incident before with the police, not the immigration, and there was an order out that this shouldn't be done at all.
"This is a bit of a shock to all of us. And the two immigration officers have been suspended pending investigations, so we expect some explanation for this."
She added that Malaysia was generally a safe place and that Singaporeans should not have to worry about entering the country.
At a separate event in his constituency, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said Singapore will be watching the issue carefully.
"The allegations made by the two ladies raise serious concerns and we're happy that a committee has been set up and Malaysian authorities have said they are going to investigate this," said Mr Shanmugam.
Reports say the Malaysian panel to investigate the incident convened in Johor on 16 June to start the inquiry.
06-19-2011, 06:14 AM #4647
Football: Singapore U-15 beat Newcastle U-15
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 18 June 2011 2257 hrs
Photos 1 of 1
Singapore players celebrate
SINGAPORE: It was goals galore at the opening match of the Canon Lion City Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday.
Host Singapore's Under-15 team played an exciting game, beating Newcastle's Under-15 side 4-3 in the first match of the 9-day competition.
Despite the humidity, the visitors took an early lead with James Atkinson scoring from a corner kick in the 4th minute.
Host Singapore, with some strong support in the stands, were quick to reply and levelled the score ten minutes later as Muhammad Zulfadhmi slotted in a goal from a rebound.
On the half-hour mark, Newcastle were up again as Adam Armstrong made it 2-1 for his team.
And the visitors rallied to a 3-1 lead in the second half, thanks to Alex Gilliead's effort.
But the match was far from over for the host.
In the dying minutes of play, Singapore's Azhar Ramli's low shot caught the Newcastle backline by surprise, as Singapore narrowed the gap.
And much to the delight of the home fans, Iqram Rifqi drove in the equaliser in stoppage time to end the match 3-3.
But the drama continued, as substitute Mohamed Faridzuan flicked in the winning goal for Singapore, just a minute from the final whistle.
The Singapore U-15 team next play the youth team from Italy's Juventus on Wednesday, while their U-16 counterparts are up against Brazil's Flamengo, who won their first game beating Everton 1-0. It was the second match for the opening night.
06-19-2011, 06:21 AM #4648
Fandi gives back to his alma mater
by Ian De Cotta
04:47 AM Jun 18, 2011
In an effort to give back to an institution that helped support his blossoming football career in 1977, Fandi Ahmad (fourth from left) and ITE College inked a three-year deal yesterday to develop promising young talent throughout their three campuses - Central, East and West.
The agreement, which was signed with ITE College Central's principal Tan Seng Hua at the Bishan campus, includes football scholarships worth a total of S$3,000 for 10 students per year to train with the Fandi Ahmad Academy.
The former Lions striker and captain will also act as ITE's sports ambassador to promote a healthier lifestyle among ITE students.
06-19-2011, 10:47 PM #4649
Singaporeans quick to help foreign victims
Jun 20, 2011
IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
Eagerness to help foreigners stems from belief that locals are well looked after
By Kimberly Spykerman
WHO THEY HAVE HELPED
Beneficiary: Thai double-amputee Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, who lost both legs after the teenager fell onto an MRT track in April
Amount received: $400,000
WHEN it comes to foreigners in distress, Singaporeans are quick to dip into their pockets to help. From victims of the Kallang slashings to the Thai teenager who lost her legs, donations came pouring in.
In the last decade, more than $1 million has been raised by those touched by the hard luck stories of foreigners who were injured or met with a tragic end here. Social workers and sociologists say the willingness to donate to foreigners may stem from the assumption that those in Singapore are already well cared for.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times.
06-19-2011, 10:50 PM #4650
Train finally arrives at Woodleigh MRT station
By S Ramesh | Posted: 20 June 2011 0957 hrs
Staff giving the floor an extra shine
SINGAPORE: Its been an eight-year wait for commuters who have been waiting for MRT trains to stop at the Woodleigh Station along the North-East Line (NEL).
The first train stopped at the station at around 5.55am on Monday to kick start train operations at the station which lies in between the Serangoon Interchange and the Potong Pasir MRT station.
Former Transport Minister Raymond Lim told Parliament in March this year during the Budget debate that Woodleigh Station had remained closed since the NEL began operations in 2003 because of low commuter traffic in the vicinity.
He, however, added that the pace of new developments around Woodleigh has since picked up, and SBS Transit, the operator of the North-east Line had decided to open the station in June this year.
Many commuters, especially those living near Woodleigh Station and also in the Braddell Road and Joo Seng area, stood to benefit from the station's opening.
Among the developments which are springing up in the vicinity include a new international school and several condominium developments.
Before the station opened, the nearest train station for residents living in the area had been the Potong Pasir MRT station.
06-19-2011, 11:00 PM #4651
Terracotta warriors brought to life with iPhone app
By Sabrina Chan | Posted: 19 June 2011 2313 hrs
SINGAPORE - With the help of an iPhone app, Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has brought to life - through augmented reality (AR), location-based gaming and interactive features - its exhibition on the terracotta warriors.
Said to be the world's first museum app, it resurrects characters from the story of Li Si, the prime minister and architect of the Qin Dynasty, and his son.
The exhibit, which has 100 artefacts from Shaanxi, China, and includes 10 life-sized terracotta figures, spans seven interactive chapters and visitors can engage characters from each chapter in AR and gaming modes when prompted.
The experience will extend beyond the museum. AR markers will be placed at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station from June 30 to July 27. iPhone users with the app installed will be able to view the terracotta warriors and take pictures with them through the iPhone camera.
The museum says the app enhances the traditional visitor experience with features that appeal to a younger crowd.
T Sundaraj, ACM's deputy director for programmes and audience development, said: "It gives a totally different dimension, a totally different way of interacting with these Terracotta Warriors, which actually becomes very memorable for them. So, that's what we want. We want people to leave our museum with good memories."
The "ACM: Terracotta Warriors" app can be downloaded for free from Apple's App Store.
The "Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy" exhibition runs from 24 June to 16 October.
06-19-2011, 11:33 PM #4652
Glorious day for Singapore sports
Cubs launch stunning fightback to shock Newcastle
by Shamir Osman
04:47 AM Jun 19, 2011
Canon Lion City Cup
Singapore under-15 4 Newcastle under-15 3
SINGAPORE - It was a group of 15-year-olds that lit up the Singapore football scene in an otherwise dark 2010, putting on a rousing bronze-medal show at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Last night, another group of 15-year-olds propelled themselves into the limelight, after a scintillating performance to kick off the Canon Lion City Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The hosts were 3-1 down with three minutes left on the clock, but Dejan Gluscevic's Singapore under-15 team turned on the afterburners, scoring three times to beat Newcastle's under-15s 4-3 to top Group A and put one foot into the semi-finals of the six-team tourney.
After the national team's abject performance at the AFF Suzuki Cup last December, this will be a big year for Singapore football. There has been an injection of new blood in the Lions, a clash against old rivals Malaysia is on the cards in July in a two-leg FIFA World Cup qualifier, and the Football Association of Singapore have set a target of a silver medal in December's SEA Games under-23 tournament in Indonesia.
Right now, though, all the talk in the local football fraternity will be centred around Gluscevic's 15-year-olds, who showed they can mix it up with their peers from England.
Skipper Adam Swandi masterminded the come-from-behind victory, prodding Singapore into attack with incisive passing and a dazzling display of footwork; with R Aarvin adept in defence and his partner Sadik Said spraying useful passes from deep.
The performance of his juniors was not lost on Safuwan Baharudin, who at 19, already has a couple of senior caps to his name.
Recently back from the Singapore under-23 team's training trip to Sydney, and watching from the Jalan Besar stands, he was impressed by his juniors.
"Honestly I've not seen a youth side come back from 3-1 down like they did. Looking at how they've done, we (the senior side) have to step up our game," said Safuwan, who picked Sadik and Adam as standout players from the match.
Speaking to the media after the game, coach Gluscevic said: "This is no surprise to me, as long as the boys play up to their ability, they will do very well.
"To me they are the best players in the world, and this 1996 batch (under-15s) have a good opportunity to achieve the success of the 1995 generation (Youth Olympic squad)."
Defender Aarvin did not want to get carried away with a win over a Newcastle side that suffered from the heat and endured a lethargic closing 15 minutes.
He just hopes he is on the right path as he eyes a spot one day in Radojko Avramovic's senior side.
"It's a dream of mine and my dad's to one day play for the national team, and I will keep working hard to get there," he said.
Hockey boys blitz Brunei
by Mohamed Shamir s/o Mohamed Osman
SINGAPORE - Singapore's hockey boys romped to a 12-0 win over Brunei in the Boys Under-18 Hockey Asia Cup yesterday at the Sengkang Stadium.
The Singapore forward partnership proved effective, with skipper Silas Abdul Razak and Ashriq Ferdaus scoring a brace each.
Singapore are drawn in Pool A along with Pakistan, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan. Chinese Taipei also romped to a 12-0 win over Kazakhstan.
Korea are drawn in Pool B along with Malaysia, Sri Lanka and China. The Koreans underlined their billing as tournament favourites, beating Sri Lanka 8-0 last night.
Singapore will face Kazakhstan today, with Pakistan taking on Brunei in the other Pool A fixture. The lone Pool B fixture will see Malaysia take on China. SHAMIR OSMAN
Final day flourish for junior athletes
by Tan Yo-Hinn
Track and Field
6th SEA Junior Athletics C'ship
JAKARTA - Singapore's track and field team enjoyed their best performance in the region's top junior athletics meet, which ended here yesterday.
The Republic finished the 6th South-east Asia (SEA) under-19 Junior Athletics Championship with a haul of four gold, three silver and five bronze medals, bettering the previous best of three golds, three silvers and four bronzes in Phuket 2008.
Wong Kai Yuen and Chan Zhi Xuan added to the gold medal haul yesterday at the Madya Stadium by winning the boys' and girls' discus, respectively. On the track, Zachary Devaraj struck gold in the boys' 1,000m, while Ng Chin Hui came in second in the boys' 400m.
The most notable performance came from Chin Hui, 17, who nearly pipped Thailand's Nitipol Thongpoon in a photo finish as he set a new national under-18 record of 47.97sec, bettering S Pandian's 26-year-old mark of 48.20sec. Both runners were almost neck-and-neck in the final 100m and Nitipol dipped his head just ahead of Chin Hui to win in 47.95sec.
"This is the most epic finish I've ever had. It's the first time I've lost to someone by such a close margin. It's a little disappointing, but at least I did a new personal best," said Chin Hui.
The Raffles Institution student, who now aims to crack the national record of 47.40sec jointly held by Godfrey Jalleh (1974) and Haron Mundir (1989), will head to the World Youth Championship in Lille, France next month.
There was little drama in the 1,000m. Zachary stormed home to win in 2min 33.09sec, and the 17-year-old even found time to wave and blow kisses to the 8,000-odd crowd in the final 50m.
It was a golden double for Singapore in the discus events, as Kai Yuen, 17, and Zhi Xuan, 16, won the boys' and girls' final with throws of 51.27m and 41.07m, respectively.
Zhi Xuan's effort was a new national under-18 record, beating the previous mark of 41.06m by Wan Lay Chi in 2005, and she qualified for next month's World Youth Championship, pending official confirmation.
Singapore's strong performance in Jakarta bodes well for next year's meet, which will be renamed the SEA under-18 Youth Athletics Championship and will be held in the Republic in May or June.
Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) president Tang Weng Fei said they will do all they can to keep the athletes in the fold.
"We definitely have the talent and we must make sure this team does not slip through," he said.
"These athletes have the potential to do well at the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games."
06-20-2011, 04:22 AM #4653
Singapore in the year of 1952
I'm now reading Peter Neville's "The Awakening Of The Lion: SINGAPORE" (1999) to be reminded of how Singapore was like then.
I think Peter was a young British national serviceman stationed in Singapore then and in Chapter Twelve, page 166 of his book, this was how he described the Lion City:
"Singa Pura were the ancient Sanskrit words, meaning Lion City. Today, in this year of 1952, Singapore is still known as the Lion City, a gateway to the Orient, a tropical garden-like island paradise and probably the most cosmpolitan city in the world, where an intriguing blend of many nationalities live.
Chinese by far are in the majority but there are also Malays, Indians, Britiish, and minorities from many other parts of the world. Here live the very rich, the poor, the honest men and rogues; students intent on an education, barebacked coolies and prostitutes galore. And on every part of this twenty-six-by-fourteen-mile island can be seen British soldiers and members of the Royal Air Force who are stationed on the island, and sailors of all ranks from His Majesty's Ships docked at the giant naval base. Also enjoying the island's many amenities are seamen from every part of the globe. Mostly, these men are on shore leave from off modern, luxury cruise liners, old and rusty tramp steamers, huge oiltankers and merchants ships, as well as junks, dhows and other such small craft loading and unloading cargo in the world's second largest seaport. The 36-square-mile harbour boasts the best facilities in Southeast Asia, with giant warehouses and many long concrete docks lining the port.
Singapore City is itself built around the harbour. There are the local fishermen and boat builders, too, rubbing shoulders with adventurers, airline crews and pearl divers. And there are tin mine managers and rubber planters who have journeyed down from Malaya to enjoy a spell of rest and relaxation on the island. Added to these is the gradually incresing number of tourists, mostly wealthy Americans, sight-seeing the Far East.
Chinese women with babies strapped to their backs are numerous, as are the peanut, sweetmeats and fruit vendors, trishaw wallahs and taxi drivers. They mingle, jostling each other, shouting, cursing, singing and laughing, each and every individual seemingly talking in a different language in this grossly overpopulated city. But what a city! It is so beautiful, so richly colourful, surprisingly clean in may parts, though ugly and drab in others, especially in the poorer Chinese tenement sections of which there many. Yet, in all areas, rich and poor, one can hear much laughter; most of the populace appear carefree, and where a strangely exciting, almost intoxicating aura captivates the intruder.
There are the exotic smells, the bright fluorescent lighting of advertising signs flashing rainbows of colours at night. And there are the many and varied colourful costumes of the populace, the multicoloured sarongs, the slinky cheongsams, the pajama-like samfoo, the graceful sari and the baju kebaya, to name just a few.
There is the steady roar of traffic, and the constant blaring of horns from impatient drivers, mostly taxicab drivers. There is the spirited bargaining with the trishaw riders; the orangeade and fruit carts which are like little islands on the overcrowded sidewalks; the clothes-lines of bamboo, like flag-bedecked yardarms, stretching from windows often halfway across the street.
There's the drying of fish, with only a layer of newspaper separating it from the unsanitary pavement. The fish lie there baking under the torrid sun, smelling to high heaven, until it turns a rich yellowish-brown, and becomes a delicacy. Street urchins and beggars clutch at the arms of passers-by, and ragged shoeshine boys grope at legs and feet of potential customers to attract their attention. One hears the quick talk of the street-traders selling a fantastic assortment of goods, their voices mingling with the loud clatter of mahjong tiles coming from doorways and open windows where games are being played.
All contribute their share, however meagre, to making the British Colonial City of Singapore what it is today, in this year of 1952."
06-20-2011, 10:00 PM #4654
Channel NewsAsia launches 3D documentary
By S Ramesh | Posted: 21 June 2011 0943 hrs
SINGAPORE: Singapore's regional broadcaster, Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday launched a 3D documentary produced in Singapore for television at Asia's largest broadcast technology trade fair, Broadcast Asia 2011.
Called "24 Hour Asia", it's a co-production between Channel NewsAsia and InFocus Asia and is only the second made in Singapore 3D documentary for television.
The documentary is supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), and is part of its initiative to develop 3D production capabilities and talents within Singapore's television industry.
All this, to place Singapore at the technological forefront in Asia alongside Korea and Japan.
The one-hour programme gets under the skin of three cities in Asia - Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.
The programme showcases a day-in-the-life of each city, capturing the unique tapestry of Asia's dynamism and revealing each city's secrets within 24 hours.
And the 3D camera technology gives viewers a completely different experience and pulls them closer than ever before to the buzz and the energy that characterises each of these Asian cities.
According to MediaCorp, the production team spent two months on development and pre-production, more than a month filming and another two months on post production on the documentary.
MediaCorp said there are plans to screen the full length 3D feature to the public, so as to have a view of how technology, money and soaring ambition have turned Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai into the powerhouses they are today.
Ms Debra Soon, Managing Director of Channel NewsAsia, said: "We have seen an incredible progress in the area of 3D television technology and are pleased to be able to help lead television production in Singapore and Asia into this exciting technology by producing this documentary, which captures the heart and essence of Asia in a way never seen before.
Most viewers have watched 3D programmes in the cinema but not on television.
Channel NewsAsia strives to continually produce innovative and compelling content, to bring viewers new dimensions in our programming and build new capabilities for the future."
Other partners in this project are Singapore post production company, Edit Lounge, and UK-based, Pro3D, which provided training and stereo-graphing expertise.
24 Hour Asia - 3D is a one-hour documentary and will be made available to the international market after the launch at Broadcast Asia 2011.
06-20-2011, 10:09 PM #4655
NTU and Fraunhofer launch 3D technology virtual monitor
By Vimita Mohandas | Posted: 21 June 2011 0646 hrs
Wolfgang Muller-Wittig (L) and Alexei Sourin using the multi-touch table to navigate a 3D virtual building on the touchscreen. (Photos courtesy NTU)
SINGAPORE: To find out the meaning of a particular Chinese character, all one will have to do is point it towards a camera, and an image of what it represents will be flashed on a monitor.
Such a virtual augmented Chinese learning aid to benefit non-Chinese learners is just one of the prototypes developed by the new research centre jointly set up by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Fraunhofer - one of Europe's largest research organisations - to develop 3D technology.
The S$14 million Fraunhofer Interactive Digital Media @NTU, funded by NTU, Fraunhofer and the Media Development Authority, will focus on interactive and digital media research and will also look into commercialising applications.
The centre also hopes to develop breakthrough projects for the benefit of sectors such as tourism, culture and transport.
Engaging youths will be key for the centre as media technologies constantly change.
Professor Freddy Boey, Provost-Designate at NTU, said: "Today, our young people are very media-savvy, very visual. Everybody has an iPhone, iPad and this is where we're coming in. With good graphic improvements, it will engage our young people, not only in Singapore but the whole of Asia."
The centre will also work on research areas like computer graphics and computer vision.
The facility will also offer joint PhD-programmes in visual computing with two leading universities from Germany and Austria.
As a start, a total of 20 scholarships will be given to promising PhD students - 10 from NTU and another 10 from the universities in Germany and Austria.
Under this programme - graduate researchers can go to Austria or Germany for at least a year to do their thesis and research at the Fraunhofer institutes there and vice versa.
Agreements for the two joint programmes with Graz University of Technology and Technische Universitat Darmsradt have been signed. - TODAY
06-20-2011, 10:15 PM #4656
World Match Racing Tour may stage sailing event in S'pore
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 20 June 2011 2130 hrs
SINGAPORE : Singapore could see another big sailing event at Marina Bay by as early as next year.
Organisers of the World Match Racing Tour - the sailing equivalent of F1 - are in talks to bring the event here.
Marina Bay has been seeing more sailing events recently, and that calendar could get even busier, if the World Match Racing Tour makes a stop in Singapore.
Currently, there are nine stops on the Tour and the organisers said the event promises exciting sailing.
Patrick Lim, executive chairman of the World Match Racing Tour, said: "Match Racing now, in the format that we have developed, is racing in an arena situation where crowds are very close, you can see the sailors, almost hear them and you can feel the tension, you can feel the competition and you can feel that passion. And a site like this, Marina Bay, really lends itself to that sort of competition and that sort of venue; it is almost a purpose-built venue." "
The promoters are looking for partners and sponsors for the race.
Another unique feature is that the Singapore organisers will have to get their own boats, and this will mean the boats can be used all year round for training and clinics and help grow the sport here.
Tan Wearn Haw, CEO of Singapore Sailing, said: "We should have people knocking on the doors of professional sailing because World Match Racing Tour is a breeding ground, a stepping stone...to professional sailing and that has traditionally been the case."
Organisers said the worldwide television coverage reaches 170 countries, but beyond that, the boats measuring about 10 to 12 metres will be a colourful sight at the Bay.
The World Match Racing Tour is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation. And this year, a total prize purse of US$1.75 million is on offer. The organisers are even considering making the Singapore race the penultimate one for the 2012 season if all negotiations go through.
06-20-2011, 10:36 PM #4657
S'pore denies Malaysia's airspace encroachment charges
Jun 21, 2011
By Carolyn Hong & Lin Zhao Wei
KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore yesterday dismissed as 'baseless' a statement by Malaysia that the Republic's air force had encroached into the country's airspace 2,508 times since 2008.
The Malaysian Defence Ministry had detailed the alleged incursions in a written answer to its Parliament in response to a question filed by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
It said a diplomatic protest note was sent to Singapore over each incursion, and added: 'Every movement of the Singapore air force that is of concern is monitored using the equipment of the Malaysian Armed Forces and Malaysian Civil Aviation Department.'
When contacted, Colonel Desmond Tan, a spokesman for the Singapore Ministry of Defence, said: 'Either there was no Singapore government aircraft flying in the area at the time of the alleged violations, or they were Singapore government aircraft operating either within Singapore airspace or exercising the right of transit passage in the Singapore Strait.
'Singapore has refuted Malaysia's allegations via diplomatic notes,' he added.
The Malaysian Defence Ministry said Republic of Singapore Air Force aircraft crossed into its airspace 985 times in the second half of 2008, or an average of 164 times a month; 1,286 times in 2009, or 107 times a month; and 218 times last year, or 18 times a month.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times.
06-20-2011, 10:39 PM #4658
M1 launches 4G network today
Jun 21, 2011
By Chua Hian Hou , Technology Correspondent
Workers setting up a model of a panda at an exhibitor's booth near the China pavilion for the CommunicAsia trade show at Marina Bay Sands yesterday. More than 2,000 companies are showcasing their products and services at the four-day event. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
BUSINESS customers of M1 will be able to sign up for 4G, or fourth-generation, mobile network services from today.
Their key to blazing mobile broadband access speeds will come courtesy of thumb-sized modems called dongles, which they will use to hook up their notebook computers to the Internet.
M1's $280 million long-term evolution (LTE) launching today will produce access speeds of up to 75Mbps, four times faster than possible via current 3G technology.
It is the first such network to go live in South-East Asia.
SingTel said it will begin replacing its existing high-end dongles with LTE-ready ones from next month, ahead of an October launch of its LTE service, while a StarHub spokesman said it will launch its service later this year.
For now, however, M1's LTE network coverage will extend only from Tanjong Pagar to Beach Road, including the financial district. By March next year, coverage will be nationwide, and M1 will boost download speeds up to 150Mbps.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times
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