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    Default Reading next for Sports School stars?


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:47 AM Jun 29, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Even as the Football Association of Singapore explore the possibility of overseas stints and competitions for the Republic's under-15 and under-16 teams, two of the brightest stars from the junior squads could be heading for Europe soon.

    Adam Swandi and Hanafi Akbar, the two No 10s who left their mark at the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup, are back at the Singapore Sports School, studying and training.

    The general manager of the school's football academy, S Varatha Rajan, told MediaCorp yesterday they planned to contact England's Reading FC and explore an attachment for the two youngsters.

    The club, currently competing in the Championship in England, have one of the best youth programmes in the country.

    "We want to give Adam and Hanafi up to three months of attachment with overseas clubs and Reading is one of them," said Rajan. "We have to get their parents' permission for this and it has to be after their exams."

    Under-15 star Adam, who wowed the fans and foreign coaches with his creativity at the Lion City Cup, will sit for his Secondary 3 exams in October. Hanafi, the left-footed wizard in the under-16 side, is studying for his N Level examinations.

    Rajan is also talking to their parents to see how the Sports School can help the boys pursue a professional football career.

    "For Adam, especially, there is a possibility that he can get a good education and football development at Reading if his parents want him to go there. He is one of the smartest guys to pass through our Sports School's football academy and will get the best of both worlds," said Rajan.

    Former Lions striker Fandi Ahmad, who now works with the Genova International School of Soccer and is a scout for Serie B club Vicenza Calcio, is also looking to send the players to Italy for a short stint.

    He said: "I've been in touch with Rajan and the two boys, and we are working something out. There are also other promising talent in both the under-15 and under-16 sides and we should be looking to help them, too."

    Jita Singh, FAS' head of game development, cautioned against rushing the youngsters off to Europe. He suggested that they consider playing in Asia first.

    "We must bear in mind that apart from Europeans fighting to get noticed, some of Africa's best young talent are also heading to Europe. If our boys don't make it, they could return home disillusioned," said the former Malaysia Cup winning coach.

    MediaCorp understands the FAS are in talks with the Spanish, French and Australian FAs, and it could result in more overseas exposure for Singapore's juniors.

    "We are not only working to develop Hanafi and Adam, but everyone in both squads because they will form the backbone of our 2015 SEA Games team and future senior national squads," said Jita.











    The under-16 side who finished runners-up in the Canon Lion City Cup. Photo by KOH MUI FONG

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    Default Changi Airport to get heart attack devices

    Jun 29, 2011

    Tenders called for portable life-saving defibrillators to be installed at all four terminals

    By Poon Chian Hui & Lim Yi Han



    PORTABLE medical devices to handle heart attacks will soon be available in Changi Airport.

    A spokesman for the Changi Airport Group, which runs the airport, said a tender has been called to supply these gadgets, called automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to its four terminals.

    The device - which costs about $2,500 to $3,000 - helps to restore a normal heartbeat by delivering electric shocks. It buys time for the patient to be sent to hospital, as every minute of delay in resuscitation efforts reduces his chances of survival by 7 per cent to 10 per cent.

    'As the tender has not closed, we are unable to provide more details at this stage,' the spokesman added, when asked about matters such as when the installation would be completed.

    Currently, medical emergencies are handled by doctors from the Raffles Medical Group, which runs clinics at all the airport terminals except the Budget Terminal.

    The move signals a major breakthrough for the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF), which has been pushing for AEDs to be installed in as many places as possible.

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

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    Default 2-in-1 body armour for soldiers a winner

    Jun 29, 2011

    New vest among 125 cost-saving innovations recognised by Mindef

    By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent




    The new Integrated Body Armour (left) is in pixellated camouflage colours and weighs all of 6.5kg - light compared to the bulletproof vest and a second load-bearing vest worn previously (right), which weighed 10.5kg together. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM WUI LIANG



    A TWO-in-one body armour which protects soldiers from enemy fire and heat injuries has raised the survival odds of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel.

    The vest, in pixellated camouflage colours, weighs all of 6.5kg - light compared to the bulletproof vest and a second load-bearing vest worn previously, which weighed 10.5kg together.

    Not only does the light weight improve soldiers' mobility, it also speeds up their deployment such as when they go on patrol in Jurong Island or on peacekeeping missions abroad.

    It takes just 15 seconds to don one, 30 seconds less than before.

    Military Expert 3 Saravanan, who led the army's 9th Division team that came up with the idea for the vest, said: 'Soldiers can just grab this one vest and go, rather than have to put on two items, which can be troublesome and heavy.'

    Although this 'Integrated Body Armour' was introduced in 2009 to all servicemen, improvements have been added to it since.

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

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    Default Pictures: Mini series on SG's old trades & places

    Jun 29, 2011

    By Tan Herng Yih




    (From left) Miss Elizabeth Lee, 22; Mr Lim Song Lip, 24; Mr Jeremy Tan, 24; and Mr Derek Foo, 23; are all third-year students at Nanyang Technological University?s (NTU) Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. The National Heritage Board (NHB) will provide them with a $75,000 grant to partially produce and promote a series of webisodes for their project, RediscoverSG, which will lead viewers on a trail of rediscovery of what Singapore means as home. -- PHOTO: ELIZABETH LEE


    A CREW of four young Singaporeans have produced a 10-part online mini series entitled Unseen/Unsaid, documenting Singapore's forgotten trades and places.

    Unseen/Unsaid will start airing online from June 29 2011 at http://rediscover.sg. The 10-part episode is born out of a desire to preserve the fragments of Singapore's past that is rapidly being replaced by new developments.

    The crew comprised Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergrads - Derek Foo, 24, Elizabeth Lee, 22, Lim Song Lip, 24, and Jeremy Tan, 24, and they hope to give audiences a fresh perspective of the forgotten trades and places in Singapore.

    The project is a tie-up with the National Heritage Board (NHB), under the Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (Hi2P). Rediscover.sg received a grant of $75,000, making them the youngest group to receive the grant since it launched in 2008.

    The 10-part series will feature places like the Tanjong Pagar KTM station, Yan Kit Swimming Complex and dying trades like traditional bakeries, Chinese opera and push-cart satay men. The group also hopes to influence like-minded youths to come out and do something about preserving the Singaporean identity.

    The RediscoverSG team has also produced a series of paper toys related to the series, which will be retailing at $20 for a set of five toys and the team aims to raise $10,000 for charity organisation MILK (Mainly I Love Kids), to help disadvantaged children and youths in Singapore.

    To find out more, visit http://rediscover.sg/

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    Default Tougher capital rules for Singapore banks

    By Rachel Kelly | Posted: 28 June 2011 2217 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced tougher capital rules for Singapore banks, setting the revisions at higher levels than those rolled out for Basel III.

    Basel III is the new global regulatory standard on bank capital adequacy and liquidity agreed by the members of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision following the global financial crisis.

    In a statement, MAS said Singapore incorporated banks were well capitalised and in a strong position to meet the new requirements.

    United Overseas Bank (UOB), DBS, OCBC Bank, and Citi Singapore fall under the new rules to be implemented by the MAS.

    Explaining the move, Minister for Trade and Industry and Deputy chairman of MAS Lim Hng Kiang said that each of the local banks was systematically important to Singapore, as together they accounted for more than half of the total non-bank resident deposits and loans in Singapore.

    As such, higher capital levels are required to strengthen the banks' ability to absorb unexpected losses effectively in a crisis.

    "Capital requirements that are significantly above Basel III will not result in a large reduction in economic output, but would be beneficial in reducing the likelihood and cost of a crisis," said Mr Lim at the 38th Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) annual dinner.

    In deciding on the levels appropriate for Singapore, MAS carefully weighed the costs of additional capital against the benefits, he said.

    Banks that are well-capitalised, prudently regulated, and located in stable financial centres such as Singapore, present an attractive value proposition to depositors and investors.

    Holding systemically-important banks to a higher solvency standard reduces both the likelihood of failure and impact to the real economy if one of them runs into difficulties.

    Under the global minimum standards of Basel III, banks are required to increase their capital to buffer against unexpected losses.

    Singapore has set its requirements for capital adequacy requirements (CAR) two percentage points higher than what is required by Basel III.

    MAS will require Singapore-incorporated banks to meet a minimum Common Equity Tier-1 (CET1) capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of 6.5%.

    Meanwhile, Tier-1 capital adequacy requirement will be increased from 6% to 8%.

    The total capital adequacy requirement (Total CAR) will remain unchanged at 10% from 1 January 2015.

    These standards are higher than the Basel III minimum requirements of 4.5%, 6% and 8% for CET1 CAR, Tier-1 CAR and Total CAR, respectively.

    Singapore banks are believed to have already met Basel III standards. As such, MAS is targeting that banks officially meet Basel III requirements by 2013, two years ahead of the international standard.

    And MAS wants the banks to meet its higher minimum requirements by 2015.

    In line with Basel III requirements, MAS will introduce a capital conservation buffer of 2.5% above the minimum capital adequacy requirement. MAS says this will be met fully with CET1 capital and phased in on 1 January each year, from 2016 to 2019.

    Mr Lim said: "The impact on banks' capital structures will be manageable. This is, in part, due to the already high internal capital buffers held by the banks and also due to the transition arrangements that will apply."

    So far Singapore seems to be ahead of the pack in terms of capital requirements compared to the Basel III global standards. Switzerland, the UK and China have introduced rules, at levels similar to Basel III.

    - CNA/ir

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    Default US human trafficking report "riddled with inaccuracies"

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 28 June 2011 1853 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says it is dismayed to find the US "Trafficking in Persons Report 2011" riddled with inaccuracies in the section on Singapore.

    In response to media queries, a MFA spokesman said such a casual approach to the facts is troubling.

    The MFA highlighted two inaccuracies among the "numerous others".

    It said the report has a major issue with forced labour on fishing vessels that "originated in Singapore".

    "This is the first such claim that such vessels originated in Singapore. This is untrue and unverified," said the MFA.

    "The Singapore government would not tolerate forced labour on Singapore flagged ships. The United States should thoroughly investigate the 'reports' before faulting us for not pursuing our 'phantom' ships," added the MFA.

    There's also the astonishing observation that "no known victims" of trafficking were afforded medical and other services at shelters in the past year.

    The Singapore government said it is deeply puzzled with this statement.

    Just last month it had provided the US with detailed information about a variety of services that trafficking victims had used in the past year, including medical, counselling and translation.

    While Singapore acknowledged that much remains to be done in its fight against trafficking, it said it is disappointed that the US chose to blatantly dismiss the facts and suggest that the country is not doing its share.

    The MFA spokesman said the US report also seems to assume that the domestic processes of all countries reviewed are the same as that of the United States.

    Singapore noted that the US has again unabashedly awarded itself a Tier-1 ranking, meaning full compliance.

    Yet, the New York Times had observed in a 23 April report that teenage girls coerced into prostitution in the US are treated not as trafficking victims but as miscreants who are arrested and prosecuted, instead of protected.

    This, the MFA spokesman said, is directly opposite from Singapore's approach to commercial *** workers of any age in Singapore. They are all prima facie considered as TIP victims.

    The spokesman added that as is well known, the US also suffers from serious problems with illegal immigrants.

    Many are trafficked by well-organised criminal gangs which seem to be able to operate with impunity, noted the spokesman.

    On any objective criteria, the US has a more serious TIP problem compared with Singapore, said the MFA.

    It said this incongruity could perhaps be explained by the fact that the report does not apply a consistent, transparent and measurable standard for all countries.

    As Senator James Webb said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 24 May 2011 "there are some inconsistencies in the way that [the US is] carrying out an otherwise well-intentioned policy. The classic example of that was that we've given Nigeria a '1' in our TIP Reports and we've given Japan a '2', and Singapore a 2W [in 2010].

    "We need to fix the law so that we are measuring the right sorts of things as we put these policies forward because it is causing a great deal of resentment among people who are otherwise our close friends."

    - CNA/ir

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    Default Human trafficking a repugnant crime

    By Mustafa Shafawi/Satish Cheney | Posted: 28 June 2011 1620 hrs


    A police officer handcuffs a suspect Related News Philippines, Singapore off US trafficking watchlist


    SINGAPORE: The Singapore government says trafficking in persons is a repugnant transnational crime and it adopts a holistic strategy against it.

    It emphasises cooperation with other countries and civil society to encourage reporting, information sharing and constructing proactive safeguards against human trafficking.

    Human traffickers are also firmly dealt with under Singapore laws.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the Penal Code and Women's Charter include a range of offences to cover *** and labour trafficking offences.

    The Employment of Foreign Manpower Act and Employment Agencies Act have comprehensive provisions to protect the employment rights and well-being of foreign labour.

    MHA said that last year Singapore prosecuted five *** trafficking cases and another two cases for prostitution-related offences although trafficking was not made out.

    There were no offences disclosed in six cases and 36 cases do not have sufficient leads for prosecution at this juncture. One case remains under investigation.

    MHA said that Singapore also prosecuted eight labour trafficking cases.

    On top of these, enforcement action was taken against 182 companies in cases with elements that could be indicative of labour trafficking.

    MHA said the Manpower Ministry is continuing to refine its definition of offences that constitute labour trafficking.

    And in a further effort to tackle the issue, the government announced the formation of an inter-agency task force, chaired by the home affairs and manpower ministries, to coordinate decision making and policy alignment between agencies.

    The Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Economics (HOME), a local non-governmental organisation, said that while there have been positive developments, more could be done.

    HOME's executive director Jolovan Wham said that the government needs to align its definition of trafficking with the UN Palermo Protocol, which is the protocol to ensure protection for victims of human trafficking.

    "If the definition is not in line with the UN definition, then you have a lot of trafficked persons who may not be identified as being trafficked," he said.

    Founder and president of HOME, Bridget Lew-Tan, was also applauded by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for dedicating her life to protecting migrant workers and for being an example of how one individual can make a difference.

    - CNA/ir

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    Default The Istana is not just a green park

    By Lim Jing Jing, TODAY | Posted: 28 June 2011 0619 hrs


    A copy of the book 'Trees of Istana'. (Photo by Don Wong - TODAY)
    SINGAPORE: It was once a nutmeg plantation. Today, it is the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore.

    At 43 hectares, about the size of 53 football fields, it is home to more than 10,000 trees, which in turn house a variety of wildlife
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    The trees were here more than a century ago, long before any of the dense concrete jungle of shopping malls were built along Singapore's Orchard Road.

    The yellow flame trees lining the path leading to the Istana quietly greeted countless state visitors which included foreign dignitaries, statesmen and royalties.

    Today, other than functioning as the green lungs of urban Singapore, the trees of Istana have become a science lab for the National Parks Board's (NParks) study of wildlife in Singapore.

    "One good reason why we do it in the Istana is because it's serene and well-protected, so we can do our work quietly," NParks chief executive officer Poon Hong Yuen said.

    "Key figures, like Mr Lee Kuan Yew, have (also) been very encouraging of NParks doing new things in the Istana because these are the things he also enjoys very much."

    As a result, NParks introduced a pair of oriental pied hornbills in 2008 to the gardens to understand their nesting and feeding habits. Today, the Istana gardens is home to eight of these birds.

    The NParks says there are about 150 varieties of trees in the gardens of Istana.

    Over 70 of them are featured in the new book, Trees of the Istana, which was launched yesterday by President S R Nathan.

    The book took three years to write and was first mooted by President Nathan.

    The release of the book this year coincides with the United Nations' International Year of Forests. - TODAY

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    Default A career driven by a passion for botany

    By Amanda Feng, TODAY | Posted: 29 June 2011 0631 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: She was chased by a wild boar and bitten by snakes but that has not stopped Dr Yasmeen Mohamed's passion for botany research in forests deep in places such as Indonesia and Africa.

    It is a highly unusual career path for a Singaporean. And the 52-year-old, who graduated with a Masters in Plant Ecology and a doctorate from the University of Tasmania, is largely unknown here.

    But she thinks it is time that people here are more aware of natural food and the possibilities of its healing remedies.

    This interest in finding natural solutions led her to spend a total of 12 years in and out of the wild, with each stint in the forests spanning at least three months, she told MediaCorp in an interview on Tuesday.

    It was her grandmother who first inspired her. When she was a child, her grandmother, a natural medicine healer in Johor, had cured her of the anaemia that made her prone to fainting spells.

    When she began her botany research, Dr Yasmeen lived in temporary campsites and learnt to use nature's produce as substitutes for products typically found in daily life. Mahogany, for example, could be used to wash hair.

    She said: "When we were in the forest and ran out of sugar, we used herbs like cinnamon. When we needed vitamin C, plants such as roselle were a great source."

    Research funding came from her family, her own finances as well as a few companies which she conducted studies for.

    Besides researching for food, the mother of two also does research on existing products in the market as well as alternative remedies for sicknesses.

    She has learnt, for instance, that an ingredient found in detergents used to wash the floor - sodium lauryl sulphate - is also commonly found in shampoos, where it creates the bubbling effect.

    Dispensing some advice, she said: "Soap used for handwash can be replaced with lemon. A piece of lemon and some water is a great alternative."

    She now works with Wellcare Holdings in Singapore, through which she is sharing her discoveries in a community health project here.

    Through talks she holds around Malaysia and now in Singapore, the scientist said she was committed to educating the public about healthy living and how they can improve their wellness.

    Her "greatest concern", she stressed, is the younger generation. "As a parent myself, I hope our children will learn healthy habits earlier, to get a better head start in life." - TODAY

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    Default "C.L.I.F." is Channel 8 most-watched drama for first half of 2011

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 28 June 2011 1344 hrs


    Joanne Peh (left) and Qi Yu Wu (right) in a scene from "C.L.I.F.".
    SINGAPORE: With officer Leow Xin Yi's climatic rescue from the terrorists on Monday night, "C.L.I.F." has concluded its successful run on Channel 8 as the most-watched drama series of the first half of this year.

    MediaCorp TV said last night's finale even attracted over 1,041,000 viewers.

    The drama series had an average viewership of 924,000.

    "C.L.I.F." also has the highest average number of streams per episode on MediaCorp's Catch-Up TV portal on xinmsn.

    Inspired by true crime files, "C.L.I.F." is a collaboration between MediaCorp and the Singapore Police Force.

    Director of the Police's Public Affairs Department, Assistant Commissioner Ng Guat Ting, said through the drama, viewers get a better understanding of the work demands, and lives of the men and women in blue.

    She hopes that viewers continue to keep in touch with Police via their social media platforms.

    - CNA/fa

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    Default MINDEF celebrates productivity & innovation

    By Qiuyi Tan, Lim Jing Jing | Posted: 28 June 2011 2345 hrs





    SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Tuesday celebrated productivity and innovation - also known as MINDEF PRIDE Day.

    This year is also the 30th anniversary of the MINDEF PRIDE movement.

    Staff members were recognised for their outstanding innovations on Tuesday at the National Library.

    MINDEF said it had saved almost S$137 million in the last financial year alone, through innovations and work improvement ideas.

    To step up the movement, the ministry will double the Innovate@MINDEF fund to S$2 million.

    Furthermore, to forge cross-unit and cross-domain collaboration, project teams can now tie up with research institutes like the Defence Science & Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories.

    All these are to nurture an innovative Singapore Armed Forces, fuelled by the ideas of its servicemen.

    Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Heng, said: "To encourage this, we're promoting a 'safe-to-experiment' environment. In other words, try! Don't be afraid to try - make mistakes even, and learn."

    One of the innovations is a new body armour that offers full protection to soldiers - but at almost four kilogrammes lighter.

    Previously, soldiers had to carry up to 10.5 kilogrammes on them. Now with the improved armour, the weight has been reduced to about 6.5 kilogrammes.

    The new armour merges the bullet-proof vest and load bearing vest. This makes it more convenient for soldiers to gear up to three levels of protection.

    MINDEF said the armour can be removed within 17 seconds. This is an important safety feature in case a soldier gets entangled or injured.

    Comfort is also a factor.

    Captain Spencer Giam, staff officer, equipping, Singapore Armed Forces, said: "What we have introduced is a mesh design that actually improves the breathability and air flow for the soldier, such that during training, there is improved ventilation and the soldier will be able to keep cool more effectively."

    The new armour, along with the protection plates, is also cheaper to produce. The project is expected to help MINDEF save S$17 million over the next 20 years.

    The Singapore Navy is also making a splash at the MINDEF PRIDE Exhibition with its new Exercise Mine Disposal Charge testing equipment.

    The invention simulates conditions in the sea bed using air pressure. This saves time for the navy, as it no longer needs to go to the sea to test the ammunition rounds used in military exercises.

    ME2 David Soh, Republic of Singapore Navy, said: "The benefit of this project is, we can actually bring the sea to the workshop."

    The exhibition, which is held at the National Library, ends on Thursday.

    - CNA/al

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    Default SSC launches first-of-its-kind development programme for children

    By Lim Jing Jing | Posted: 28 June 2011 1305 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) on Tuesday introduced a development programme for children aged two to 10.

    Dubbed "FUN Start MOVE Smart!", the SSC described it as a "potential springboard to sporting excellence."

    According to the SSC, this package is the first of its kind to be created in Singapore.

    The goal is to build a strong foundation in motor skills at a young age.

    This will enable children to acquire more specialised sports skills as they grow, and finally, establish a lifelong commitment to sports in them
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    Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, launched the first instalment of the programme on Tuesday morning.

    "Through the Fundamental Movement Skills programme, we will enable our early childhood professionals to create a stimulating preschool environment where all children enjoy the opportunity to develop their physical literacy," she said.

    The programme comes in the form of resource guides and training workshops for childcare and preschool teachers.

    260 teachers have signed up for the workshops since March, and the Council aims to train some 440 more by June next year.

    The SSC will also introduce similar packages for parents and coaches in the next two years.

    - CNA/fa

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    Default Young Singaporeans chronicle Singapore's old haunts

    By Monica Kotwani | Posted: 28 June 2011 1812 hrs

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    SINGAPORE : Four young Singaporeans have launched online, a 10-part mini-series which chronicles Singapore's old haunts and sights.

    Calling themselves the RediscoverSG team, Derek Foo, Elizabeth Lee, Lim Song Lip and Jeremy Tan scoured the island to discover the places and faces they grew up with.

    An ageing baker that reflects on his life's work at a traditional bakery; revisiting an old-style playground that sits uncomfortably amidst new developments; and a glimpse behind the curtains of a Chinese Street Opera that has lost its old world glamour - these are some of the snippets of old Singapore that viewers will get to experience through the mini-series.

    22-year-old Elizabeth Lee said the team wanted to be as authentic as possible.

    She said: "The lady in the Chinese Opera video - she's an old Chinese grandmother who speaks Cantonese. She's from Hong Kong. She speaks traditional Cantonese, not the street Cantonese. And the episode on foreign workers, we got someone who works closely with foreign workers in Singapore, so he tried his best to imitate their accent, more so than the Singaporean Tamil accent."

    The series is a result of six months work by the young film-makers from the Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

    They were interning for a studio when the idea was mooted by the studio's founder.

    The team said over S$100,000 has been spent on the project, including a S$75,000 grant from the National Heritage Board's (NHB) Heritage Industry Programme.

    The team is also the youngest group to receive the grant from the programme since it was launched in 2008.

    Kin Shili is the assistant manager of NHB's Industry Development Division.

    "What we thought was interesting in this project was that it was done by this group of young Singaporeans who themselves went through the process of seeing the trades and places disappearing before their eyes. It's quite heartening to see young Singaporeans stepping up to educate their peers on heritage as well," said Kin.

    For Lee, the project has given her more than just work experience.

    "We didn't expect the older generation of Singaporeans would be so willing to talk to us. You realise a lot of them have stories, but nobody has ever bothered to ask them. Once you ask them, they are very willing to tell," said Lee.

    Called Unseen/Unsaid, the series' will start airing on at www.rediscover.sg at 11am on Wednesday.

    The rest of the clips will be featured every Wednesday from 11am.

    - CNA /ls

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    Default Netball: Australians fly in to a quiet reception

    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 28 June 2011 0634 hrs

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    The Australian netball team arrives at Changi Airport. (Photo by Wee Teck Hian - TODAY)

    SINGAPORE: Many have tagged them as favourites to lift the world netball title this year but there was little fanfare when the nine-time champions arrived in Singapore on Monday.

    The Australian Netball Diamonds were greeted by a handful of officials at the arrival hall at Changi Airport's Terminal 1 in the afternoon and were soon on a coach heading for Swissotel the Stamford, the official team hotel for the 2011 Mission Foods World Netball Championships.

    Netball's biggest tournament will see 16 teams, including hosts Singapore, do battle at the Indoor Stadium from July 3 to 10 for the right to be called world champions.


    Despite the low-key welcome for Australia, Molly Rhone, president of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA), believes publicity for this year's world championship has been healthy, with many competing nations ramping up the excitement levels over the last few days.

    Speaking to MediaCorp on Monday, Rhone said: "Jamaica are very strong and when they left the country yesterday, there was a big send-off.

    "England
    are excited, and there is a lot of publicity in Fiji, South Africa, Malawi.

    "I expect to see all 16 teams here all geared up and ready for an exciting championships."

    Defending champions and world No 2 Australia have been hit by injuries to captain Sharelle McMahon and wing attacker Lauren Nourse, who have both been ruled out of the tournament.

    But coach Norma Plummer insists their younger players will be ready to step up when they take on their first opponents in Group A, Samoa on July 4. They will then face Northern Ireland (July 5) and Sri Lanka (July 6).

    Said Plummer: "We lose a lot of speed when we lose Sharelle ... and we lost Lauren. But we have some very exciting new players (Erin Bell, Chelsea Pitman and Sharni Layton) because they play in the ANZ Championship, so they are playing New Zealand players week in, week out. Their enthusiasm is unbelievable and they bring a fresh approach to the game."

    The Kiwis are currently ranked No 1 and after two test matches earlier this month in New Zealand - the Aussies won the first 52-47 and the Silver Ferns took the second 45-42 - many expect the two trans-Tasman rivals to lock horns again in the final.

    Log on to Mission Foods World Netball Championships for more information on the event. - TODAY

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    Default St Joseph's Conventgirls see stars

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:47 AM Jun 29, 2011

    SINGAPORE - England's netballers arrived to a rousing welcome at the airport yesterday when they were greeted by 40 screaming and cheering pupils from St Joseph's Convent.

    The girls came armed with banners for the team they have adopted as part of the school's outreach programme, ahead of the 2011 Mission Foods World Netball Championship, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from July 3 to 10.

    Sixteen nations, including hosts Singapore, will do battle in netball's biggest tournament and the initiative has attracted 25 schools, who will host an exhibition on their adopted country's culture, history and netball background.

    The girls from St Joseph's Convent met their favourite players and posed for photos before the English boarded their team bus.

    "Finally, I get to see (England captain) Sonia Mkoloma in person," said 15-year-old Tammy Tan. "I am looking forward to watching the teams play as I would like to pick up some tips to improve my game."

    Defending world champions Australia arrived on Monday and spent 45 minutes at their adopted school, CHIJ Toa Payoh, yesterday for a coaching clinic.

    Australian coach Norma Plummer felt the session was a good way for her team to unwind after an intensive four-day training camp in Hong Kong.

    "We've got nothing on for two days and we can't keep flogging players," said Plummer. "If they were back at the hotel they'd probably be out shopping anyway.They're having fun and this is fairly relaxing for them before we pick up the pace again."

    The tournaments kicks off on Sunday when Singapore face Botswana in a Pool C clash. Philip Goh



    Visit www.wnc2011.com for more information on the world championships.










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    Default Some Woodlands businesses gear up for crowds

    Jun 29, 2011

    IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
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    This prata shop in Woodlands is offering a $1.90 set to attract the crowds that it hopes will spill over from the nearby Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Other shopkeepers aren't as optimistic, saying that the three-minute walk from the station might put people off. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    ONE prata shop is offering a $1.90 deal for its pratas, another drink stall has ordered 10kg more of coffee and tea powder. Some businesses across the Woodlands Train Checkpoint are gearing up for the crowds brought in by the KTM railway, which will be moved there from Tanjong Pagar.

    But not all shopkeepers in the area are as optimistic. Some think that their being a three-minute walk from the new station is a put-off, and that people headed for Malaysia or looking for transport to destinations here are probably not big-time shoppers.

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    Default Plants galore at Gardens by the Bay

    By Wayne Chan | Posted: 29 June 2011 1224 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: Visitors to Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay can look forward to seeing 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties planted on 18 Supertrees, when they opens next year.

    Some of the bromeliads, orchids and tropical flowering climbers come from Brazil, Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

    Ranging from 25 to 50 metres in height, some of the Supertrees will have environmentally-sustainable functions such as photovoltaic cells that will harvest solar energy for lighting at night.

    Some will also be integrated with cooled conservatories and serve as exhaust receptacles.

    Visitors will also be able to take in the view of the Gardens from a 128-metre long aerial walkway suspended 22 metres from the ground that will connect two of the 42-metre tall Supertrees.

    - CNA/fa
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