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    Terracotta Warriors invaded Singapore.

    Loh, surprised that they allow you take photos.

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    Terracotta Warriors invaded Singapore.

    Loh, surprised that they allow you take photos.
    I was surprised too.

    It seems the ACM has changed it's policy to allow visitors, many of whom are tourists, to take pics without the flash as in badminton super series in the SIS. Not only that, as a senior i can enter for free (FOC) any day.

    Luckily my camera was with me but I had little time, so I concentrated on the terracotta warriors exhibit.

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    Default Singapore-developed innovations to be showcased at Water Week

    By Lynda Hong | Posted: 02 July 2011 1902 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Five local innovations in water technology will be showcased at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) which begins on Monday.

    One of the innovations is the Integrated Pathogen Analyser, a genetic analyser which can filter water-borne pathogens in just an hour, compared to the current 24 hours. The science is in the pore size of the membrane - tailored to target and filter out specific viruses, bacteria or parasites.

    The made-in-Singapore innovation can then identify the exact strain of a pathogen through its DNA, replacing work currently done in laboratories and prove useful, especially in an event like the recent E. Coli outbreak in Europe.

    Associate Professor Thomas Gong, Director of Fluigen Pte Ltd, said: "We aim to develop an instrument, a single piece of instrument (which is) fully-automated and integrated, to replace and to duplicate laboratory functions. So that in the event of an outbreak, because it is a hardware machine, we can duplicate it."

    While the membrane from the Integrated Pathogen Analyser filters out water-borne pathogens, another innovation tests membranes in water treatment plants, so the quality of drinkable water will be better.The developer hopes to go overseas with his new membrane integrity sensor which has been tested out at Bedok Waterworks for six months.

    He said using it is cheaper and gives more accurate results compared to conventional technology used in water treatment plants. The developer is confident it can do the job "effectively."

    Dr Adrian Yeo, GM of Membranes Instruments & Technology, said: "The membrane integrity sensor is a method of monitoring the quality of the water and it's a filtration-based technique and it's much more sensitive than the traditional light-based technique that most people use in water treatment plants."

    Dr Yeo, whose first water technology venture had failed, hopes to raise up to S$2 million at the SIWW's TechXchange platform, which promotes commercialisation of R&D efforts. Dr Yeo said he is glad the platform will allow small companies like his, to pitch their water innovations to potential clients.

    Both Singaporean innovations will be presented at Water Week and the developers hope to attract commercial interest in their products.

    -CNA/ac

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    Default Singapore's two newest reservoirs open

    Jul 4, 2011

    By Mavis Toh


    Created by the damming of Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs now make Singapore's 16th and 17th reservoirs. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

    A FORMER landfill and an area once home to poultry and pig farms, are where two of Singapore's newest reservoirs now sit.

    Created by the damming of Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs now make Singapore's 16th and 17th reservoirs.

    At the official opening of the reservoirs on Sunday morning, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the two reservoirs are yet another significant milestone in Singapore's journey towards water-sufficiency and sustainability.

    The two reservoirs, with a combined catchment area of 5,500ha, will supply about five per cent of Singapore's water needs.

    Together with Marina Reservoir, they will also expand Singapore's water-catchment area from half its total land area to two thirds - an achievement Dr Balakrishnan suspects is a world record.

    'It is quite extraordinary and remarkable, if we just reflect on what this area used to be just over a decade or so ago,' said Dr Balakrishnan, adding that older Singaporeans may remember that Punggol once housed poultry and pig farms, and that Lorong Halus landfill lined one bank of Sungei Serangoon.

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

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    Default New reservoirs to boost S'pore's water supply

    Posted: 03 July 2011 1358 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Singapore's water supply received a boost with the opening of the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs.

    This brings the total number of reservoirs in Singapore to 17.

    The reservoirs were created by the damming of Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon. Both reservoirs can meet about five per cent of the country's water needs and will collect rainwater from estates and areas within Punggol and Sengkang, as well as parts of Hougang and Ang Mo Kio.

    Together with the Marina Reservoir, they increase the water catchment areas from half to two-thirds of Singapore.

    National water agency PUB celebrated this milestone on Sunday at a ceremony officiated by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

    The plan is part of PUB's strategy to create estuarine reservoirs by damming the major rivers to collect and store as much of the 2,400mm of rain that it gets annually.

    Singapore has eight reservoirs collecting water from urbanised catchments in the densely populated city areas and residential towns.

    Dr Balakrishnan said: "The use of urbanised catchments required careful land use planning and supporting infrastructure to safeguard the quality of the water.

    "For instance, sewerage infrastructure had to be put in place to carry away used water. Old sewers had to be upgraded to ensure that there were no leaks polluting ground water. Highly pollutive industries had to be relocated outside the water catchment areas."

    Dr Balakrishnan added that the new reservoirs are significant in Singapore's journey towards water self-sufficiency and sustainability.

    PUB said water from local catchments is a pillar of Singapore's water sustainability strategy, along with imported water, high-grade reclaimed water branded as NEWater and desalinated water.

    Collectively, these four sources of water are known as the "Four National Taps" to ensure a diversified and sustainable water supply.

    PUB said besides enhancing water supply, the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs are set to transform the landscape in north-eastern Singapore.

    Envisioned as a "waterfront town of the 21st century", Punggol Town will soon become a commercial and social hub, with a 4.2-km waterway that connects both reservoirs running through the estate and town centre.

    Residents can look forward to waterfront living in the heartlands with a myriad of attractive and lifestyle choices lined up along the banks.

    DPM Teo said: "It's a multi-used reservoir, recreational area, people can enjoy the water centre here. It's just wonderful to see the transformation within just 15 years."

    Water from the Serangoon reservoir is still undergoing desalting process, and will only be fit for consumption by the end of this year.

    - CNA/cc/ac
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    Default Let the world netball championships begin


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jul 04, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Lights turned down, the Singapore Indoor Stadium finally burst to life at 5pm yesterday, as the Missions Foods World Netball Championships 2011 tipped off to a kaleidoscope of drums, lion dancers, freestylers and other performers.

    Witnessed by some 4,328 spectators and guest-of-honour President S R Nathan, who was pleasantly surprised when organisers brought out a cake to mark his 87th birthday, the festivities signalled the start of the eight-day tournament (July 3 to 10). The performances were greeted by shrieks and whistles as the crowd lapped up every item during the 90-minute show, put together by creative director Mark Richmond.

    But the loudest cheers were reserved for Singapore captain Jean Ng, who made a surprise appearance during the opening ceremony, joining performer Julia Abueva in a segment that illustrated netball and teamwork.

    The screams continued as the 16 teams marched into the stadium, with the 12-member Singapore team bringing up the rear of the procession.

    Ms Jessica Tan, chairperson of the local organising committee, was delighted to welcome the competition back to Singapore after 28 years.

    "It's now more than 20 years since Singapore last hosted the world championships in 1983. This is not only an opportunity for Singapore to extend our hospitality to the world, it will more importantly allow us to witness the world's best netball nations and players. I am really glad that IFNA and our netball nations have allowed us to make this a reality." she said in her speech.

    Added International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) president Molly Rhone: "Singapore are the stage of the World Netball Championship. We have heard the popular edict, it's better the second time around, and by all accounts it's clear to me that Singapore will do that."

    "Why are the 13th World Netball Championships important? From IFNA's perspective, they are an opportunity to showcase netball and enhance the development of the sport."

    "For spectators and fans watching this on television, it's about witnessing their favourite teams in action."



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    Sorry double posting.

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    Default Singapore girls ready to do battle

    Ng and Chan can't wait to get on the court as hosts look for a winning start against Botswana




    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jul 03, 2011

    SINGAPORE - It was four years ago that national netballers Jean Ng and Pearline Chan made an impassioned appeal at the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) congress for the World Netball Championships to be hosted in Singapore. Their impromptu speech helped the Republic gain the majority of 42 votes cast in Auckland, New Zealand to beat rival city Melbourne.

    Today, as the curtains come up on the 2011 Mission Foods World Netball Championships at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, both players will be primed for battle as they prepare to take on Group C rivals Botswana in the opening match in front of more than 8,000 fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

    It will be a special moment for the veteran players, both of whom have been capped 148 times in total.

    Said Chan: "It's been four years since we bid for the world championships to take place in Singapore. I can't believe how quickly four years have come and gone. I'm very excited, let the games begin!"

    Both teams last met during the Singaporeans' tour of Botswana and South Africa in May, when the Singaporeans were defeated 57-39 by the world No 18 side. At the Nations Cup in 2008, Botswana also scuppered the Republic's hopes of a finals spot with a 54-45 victory in the group stage. This is the nation's second appearance at the world championships, after finishing in 10th spot in Auckland in 2007.

    But Singapore coach Kate Carpenter believes that the past month of intensive training and matches will finally allow them to break their duck against the African team.

    She said: "We have to be better than them in all areas on court. Following our match with them in April, we have identified the areas within the sub-units, defence, shooting circle and centre, to work on improving our performance. We need to step up and, collectively, improve ourselves as a team so as to give ourselves a realistic chance to beat them."

    Singapore's circle defensive line-up of Ng, Lin Qingyi, Premila Hirubalan will need to keep their guard up against Botswana's captain Portia Rasekhumba. Touted as one of the best players in the team, the 26-year-old goal attacker and goal shooter was named player of the series in a tri-nation tournament involving Singapore and South Africa two months ago.

    Speaking to MediaCorp at a pre-event conference on Thursday, Rasekhumba said: "It's not our first time playing Singapore, so we are looking to win. We beat them at tri-nations a few months back and hopefully we will do the same here. We want to finish among the top eight in this tournament."

    Netball fans at the 11,000-capacity indoor stadium can also expect a scintillating display of speed, agility and power over the July 3 to 10 world tournament, as 16 of the world's top netball nations battle for the ultimate prize.

    Netball Singapore technical consultant Jill McIntosh has been part of the action at six world championships - as a player in 1983, and five times as a coach and consultant. But the event never gets stale for this Aussie veteran.

    Speaking to MediaCorp in an interview at Swissotel the Stamford on Friday, she said: "It's all about the skills of the players and different styles of play for each team.

    "Teams like Botswana and Malawi are very athletic and flamboyant, Jamaica and Barbados have great aerial ability, and others like England, Wales and Northern Ireland play a steady game.

    "Everyone assumes New Zealand and Australia will be in the final, but the top four (Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica) are very close and even. People talk about the top teams but it will be great to watch them all.

    "Netball Singapore and the Singapore Sports Council have done a fantastic job with this event, the venue is fabulous and I'm very excited."





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    Default Singapore varsities 'producing sought-after grads'

    Jul 5, 2011

    By Georgina Ng


    HOW THEY FARED

    NUS

    Ranked 16 for economics
    Ranked 15 in finance and accounting

    NTU
    Ranked between 51 and 100 for economics
    Ranked 44 in finance and accounting

    SMU
    Ranked between 151 and 200 in both economics and finance and accounting



    Graduating students at a Nanyang Technological University convocation ceremony. Singapore varsities were ranked within the world's top 200 in economics and accounting, two of the subjects most prized by employers. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK


    THREE Singapore universities have been ranked within the world's top 200 in economics and accounting, two of the subjects most prized by employers.

    National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) were given the impressive placings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

    The education networking company ranks universities based on various methods such as peer reviews. It placed NUS 16th in economics, and 15th in accounting and finance.

    NTU ranked between 51st and 100th for economics and 44th for accounting and finance, and SMU came between 151st and 200th for both subjects.

    In a separate survey, QS asked global graduate employers which subject areas are most sought after. Economics, accounting and business were the top three.

    QS Intelligence Unit head Ben Sowter said Singapore universities are 'truly showing their strength in producing graduates which will be highly sought after by employers'.

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

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    Default Water R&D to get boost

    By Ryan Huang | Posted: 04 July 2011 2308 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Research and development in Singapore's water sector is set to receive a boost.

    This comes in a fresh funding of S$140 million from the National Research Foundation.

    This is on top of the S$330 million previously committed in 2006
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    The news was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who stressed the importance of investing in new technologies for the long term.

    Mr Tharman was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2011.

    Finding new ways to develop sustainable water solutions will be key to Singapore's water security, and the government believes continued investment in the sector will be crucial towards this goal.

    It is raising the amount committed to promote R&D in the sector by nearly 50 per cent to a total of S$470 million.

    DPM Tharman, who is also Minister for Finance and Manpower, said: "So far, the projects funded under this initiative include those looking into domains like advanced membrane processes, bio-mimicry and low-energy seawater desalination.

    "We are hopeful that with these investments, we will achieve our goal of growing the value-added contribution from this sector from S$0.5 billion in 2003 to S$1.7 billion by 2015, and doubling jobs in the sector to 11,000 by then".

    Another key factor to grow the industry involves the private sector.

    One latest example is the award of a contract by national water agency PUB to ST Electronics.

    This is to create a system to help it manage its resources better.

    Called an Intelligent Water Management System, it aims to enhance PUB's capability to integrate real-time information on water resources in Singapore and manage water operations across the entire water supply, water catchment, used water and drainage systems more efficiently.

    The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2012.

    Another example is through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) such as the Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant, which involved Keppel Seghers.

    This is typically a contract between a public sector agency and a private party, where the private party takes on significantly more financial, technical and operational risk in the project.

    Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said: "The way we have organised our water supply system has got several lessons for many other countries.

    "More recently, we've used public private partnerships, or PPP, for short, to involve the private sector in the desalination as well as the production of NEWater, so our companies like Hyflux, Sembcorp and Keppel Corp, have entered into contracts with PUB.

    "These are complicated contracts and I'm not saying that they are easy to execute but if done properly, it provides an avenue to involve the private sector ingenuity, latest technology as well as commercial discipline in order to produce water more efficiently, and ultimately, at an affordable rate for our consumers".

    Another advantage of PPPs is it allows local companies to build up a track record.

    This gives them a competitive edge when they bid for contracts overseas.

    These are just some of the main reasons for Singapore's success in the PPP model and why it is attracting interest from other countries.

    -CNA/wk

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    Default Singapore hosts inaugural Future Global 100 Initiative

    By Julie Quek | Posted: 04 July 2011 2214 hrs
    SINGAPORE: Companies in Asia that are looking to expand globally will now have a new platform to network and learn from their more successful counterparts.

    This platform called Future Global 100 Initiative (FG100) aims to bring together corporate movers in Asia and globally, so that smaller Asian companies are able to tap on their expertise.

    Among the big multinational corporations in the group are DHL, Citibank and World Trade Organisation.


    Among the objectives of the FG100 is to provide companies the opportunity to share business insights.

    Tan Pheng Hock, president & CEO of ST Engineering said: "It is such a globalised world that one region or one sector could easily affect another sector or another region.

    "For an example, the US economic growth affects the global demand. It's a big part of the market and one should not say it address one market and ignore another."

    ST Engineering, a participant of this initiative, said that it is important for companies in Asia to diversify their operations.

    It said this will allow them to react better and unforeseen events such as the H1N1 flu pandemic will not severely hit their businesses.

    Another partner of this initiative, global logistics firm DHL said this is an ideal platform for companies to network, and build an "international community of new and potentially high-flying companies."

    Mr Amadou Diallo, CEO of Africa & South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding said: "Now it is important for us to give them the opportunity to grow in this market.

    "The major challenge for Asian companies, if you want to go into places like Nigeria, is that people will not be able to understand the local legislation."

    Led by a private business group Platinum Circle, this initiative brings together over 350 corporate movers from 30 countries as well as government leaders.

    The group said these corporations, which come from over 20 industries or sectors, represent a combined annual revenue that exceeds US$3 trillion.

    Platinum Circle is made up of nearly 1,000 global and national corporations, each with annual revenues of over US$100 million.

    Lionel Lee, chairman of Platinum Circle, said some of the enterprises attending the roundtables are "on track to become global giants by as early as 2014.

    Meanwhile, on Monday, Singapore became the first out of seven Asia Pacific cities to host this inaugural event and roundtable discussion, followed by Mumbai, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Sydney.

    The group said about 50 invited leaders in various sectors and markets will attend the roundtable at each location.

    -CNA/ck

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    Default Sembcorp's water treatment plant to start H2, 2012

    By Stella Lee | Posted: 04 July 2011 1729 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Sembcorp has announced its integrated industrial wastewater treatment plant on Jurong Island will begin operations in the second half of 2012.

    The plant is expected to treat up to 9,600 cubic metres of water per day which will double its current industrial wastewater treatment capacity on the island.

    The S$40 million facility is designed to serve industrial customers in the Banyan, Tembusu and Angsana districts of Jurong Island.

    The Sembcorp integrated wastewater treatment plant will complement the new multi-utilities facility that will be developed at the petrochemical hub.

    Similar to Sembcorp's existing multi-utilities centre on the island's Sakra district, the new facilities will provide the integrated supply of steam, water and industrial water and wastewater treatment services.

    In addition, Sembcorp will also be developing a new combined-cycle gas turbine cogeneration plant.

    This is expected to generate 400 megawatts of power and 200 tonnes per hour of process steam in its initial phase.

    -CNA/wk

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    Default Singapore on track to meet water needs

    Jul 6, 2011

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    Second desalination plant a big step towards goal of self-sufficiency

    By Jessica Cheam , Environment Correspondent


    Singapore's water demand is expected to double by 2060. Then, 50 per cent of its needs will be met by Newater, 30 per cent from desalination and 20 per cent from local catchment areas.



    Related Link
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    SINGAPORE yesterday took a big step towards becoming self-sufficient in water as work began on its second and largest desalination plant.
    The $890 million plant in Tuas, which begins operations in July 2013, will triple the Republic's water desalination capacity.
    That will bring Singapore closer to its goal of supplying 30 per cent of its water needs from desalination by 2061.

    The Tuaspring plant is built by home-grown firm Hyflux, which also runs SingSpring in Tuas, Singapore's first desalination plant which was completed in 2005.

    Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan hailed the occasion as 'yet another important and strategic milestone in Singapore's water journey'.

    The new plant will pump another 318,500 cubic m of water per day into the Republic's national tap. That will add to the current 136,500 cubic m produced daily by the existing plant, which currently supplies 10 per cent of Singapore's water needs.

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

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    Default Surgery without scars using NTU's robotic fingers

    Jul 6, 2011

    SINGAPORE scientists have developed a way to do surgery without scars - by getting to the site through the patient's mouth.

    It is still in the trial stage, but the gadget looks promising. Three patients in India were the first to benefit. They had cancer tumours in their stomach removed within minutes and left the hospital for home the same day.

    Doctors at India's Asian Institute of Gastroenterology said the robotic fingers developed by Associate Professor Louis Phee and his team at the Nanyang Technological University cut an eight-hour procedure to just 17 minutes.

    Prof Phee started work on these robotic fingers six years ago - to give Professor Ho Khek Yu of the National University Hospital his dream machine. Prof Ho is a gastroenterologist. Currently, such doctors can access a patient's stomach via a tube inserted through the mouth.

    But it is equipped with only one tool at the end of the tube. Prof Ho said he could do so much more if he could have both his hands at the end of the tube inside the patient.

    That is what Prof Phee has developed - two tiny robotic 'hands' controlled by the two hands of the doctor. One can be used to hold a polyp or to lift up the tumour while the other is used to snip, cut or burn it off.

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    Default NUS, SMU honour late Mdm Kwa Geok Choo

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 05 July 2011 1804 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Management University (SMU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have jointly announced that they will pay tribute to the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

    SMU will name its new Law Library, a new Scholars' Programme and a top Law Graduate Award after her.

    NUS will establish a professorship in property law, a distinguished visitors programme, bursaries and scholarships, in honour of the late Madam Kwa, an alumna of the University.

    NUS hopes these initiatives can help to enhance the quality of the legal services sector in Singapore.

    In a joint statement, the two universities said the tribute is befitting of her achievements and the values she held dear.

    It added that while former Prime Minister and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew can be credited for taking Singapore "from third world to first", Madam Kwa can share in that acclaim for standing by her spouse and assisting him through the development of the nation.

    Professor Tan Cheng Han, dean for NUS of Faculty of Law said: "Through these initiatives, we feel that we are being true to the spirit of Madam Kwa, who mentored many NUS Law graduates over the years and who was also very concerned that no law student should be left behind because of a failure to afford legal education."

    Prof Tan was speaking to Channel NewsAsia at the sidelines of the faculty's commencement ceremony on Tuesday.

    SMU Chairman Ho Kwon Ping said the university wants its students to follow in her footsteps, striving for excellence with humility and perseverance.

    Ms Kwa Kim Li, managing partner of Lee & Lee and niece of the late Madam Kwa said the family is deeply touched by the initiatives.

    She said that without a doubt, Madam Kwa had played a key role in the Singapore story even though her role, and the low profile she chose to keep, was often not accorded the recognition it deserves.

    - CNA/ck

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    Default World's best swimmers headed to S'pore for training

    By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 05 July 2011 1659 hrs

    SINGAPORE : Some of the world's top swim nations have chosen Singapore as the venue for their final preparations en route to what is the biggest aquatics competition this year - the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

    World-renowned and Olympic gold medal winning names such as Stephanie Rice and Leisel Jones from Australia, and French Freestyle specialist Alain Bernard will arrive in Singapore this month for their final lap of training prior to the World Championships.

    They will be joined by more than 300 other swimmers, divers, and water polo players from 25 countries, including powerhouses Canada (swimming), Sweden (diving) and Hungary (water polo).

    The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) said Singapore has been the preferred training hub for teams travelling to Asia for competitions since August 2006.

    To date, the republic has hosted over 1,500 world class athletes from over 30 countries
    .

    It added that Singapore's position in the heart of the Asia Pacific, its excellent transport, medical services and sports facilities, along with a safe cosmopolitan environment make it an ideal training venue for teams to acclimatise before major competitions in Asia.

    While the teams are here, Singaporeans will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the sports superstars.

    Autograph signing and open training sessions with the Australian and French teams along with water polo and diving competitions are just some of the many activities that the public can look forward to.

    - CNA /ls

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    Default Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011

    Out of curiousity, I visited the Singapore Indoor Stadium last evening to watch my first international netball match.

    The SIS was unlike the familiar badminton tournament scene that I'm used to seeing. The decor was different with two netball courts in beige parquet flooring occupying the entire area. The participating nations' flags were hung high up the same way they did for badminton. But the girls wore colourful outfits mostly in their national colours and yes, they all wore skirts with tight shorts underneath.

    And the spectators, mainly from participating countries, were not quite the same as badminton fans. But they really gave a very strong vocal support to their teams. Some were a sight to behold with their "decorated" appearances and attires while the young ones performed a jig here and there. Our young Singapore Netball suppporters were also "visible" with their screams. But the attendance in these preliminary rounds could be better. Perhaps in the finals, the entire stadium will be full house.

    Australia was dominant trouncing their Northern Ireland counterparts in the first session.

    In the second session, both hosts Singapore and neighbours Malaysia were no fight for their strong opponents South Africa and Malawi respectively.
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