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07-06-2011, 04:21 AM #4778
Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011
The 1963 inaugural world championships, held every four years, was in Chelsea, Eastbourne, England where 11 teams participated.
Singapore first hosted this tournament in 1983 with 14 teams. This second attempt by Singapore brought together 16 teams from netball-playing countries.
The record year was 1995 when the venue in Birmingham, England attracted 27 teams.
Australia is the strongest country, having won 9 out of 12 championships, with New Zealand coming in second with 4 wins. The discrepancy with the figures was due to the fact that in 1979, there were three joint-winners including Trinidad & Tobago. Apart from NZ (6 times) and Australia, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and England were second at least once before.
Host Singapore and its northern neighbour Malaysia both lost to superior opponents yesterday.
MATCH REPORT: SINGAPORE v SOUTH AFRICA 33-70
COURT 1, POOL C
5th July 2011
A very loud and parochial crowd came out to the Indoor Stadium in Singapore tonight to watch host nation Singapore take on South Africa.
In the first quarter it was Singapore who took the early lead, capitalising on South Africa’s early game jitters but the South Africa girls found a new level in the second and were unstoppable after that.
Throughout the court there were many battles taking place but it was the tussle between the two centres Charlene Porima (Singapore) and Erin Burger that was a spectacle to watch as both players wouldn’t give an inch. Asha Tett was dynamic on attack, but the Singapore team couldn’t get the ball through court enough to create opportunities for their shooters.
South Africa turned it on in the second quarter and never looked back. The changes made by the coaching staff after the 2nd quarter proved pivotal to their team’s success. Amanda Mynhart came on at Goal Keep and shut down Huifen Chen, who was allowed too much space to move in the first quarter. Claudia Basson also took to the court at Goal Shoot and formed a tough and accurate combination with Goal Attack Mryka Holtzhausen who was not afraid to go to the hoop.
Player of the match: Erin Burger
MATCH REPORT: MALAWI v MALAYSIA 66-35
COURT 2, POOL D
5th July 2011
This was a match of contrasting styles; Malaysia showing the benefits of the steady, structured approach, while Malawi literally flew into a lead of 31 goals to finish the match 66-35. The latter demonstrated the versatility, agility and unpredictable nature of their play which kept Singapore’s neighbours on their toes.
Malawi move around the court very quickly and the weaving and dipping of the ball to find the spaces was inspiring to watch. Malawi had energy from the minute they stepped foot on the court. A consistently strong defense managed to get nearly every ball under the post, reducing the risk of nearly any faults when putting the ball up.
From the start of the second quarter, the whole Malaysian team ran onto the court with high hopes of reducing the deficit, sadly to face an interception in their first attacking movement in the circle by the Malawi GK, Vimkhumbo. The superb athleticism from the Malawi team, who currently stand at No 7 in the IFNA world rankings, proved too tough a challenge for the relatively young team from Asia.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Mwayi Kumwenda (Malawi)
07-06-2011, 04:55 AM #4779
Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011
More pictures of the SIS venue and court action.
07-06-2011, 05:32 AM #4780
That was great, Loh
07-06-2011, 09:21 AM #4781
07-06-2011, 09:45 PM #4782
S'pore, Malaysia seek closer cooperation in fighting trans-border crime
By Channel NewsAsia's Malaysia Bureau Chief Melissa Goh | Posted: 06 July 2011 2112 hrs
PUTRAJAYA : Malaysia and Singapore want closer cooperation in the fight against trans-border crime.
Speaking after meeting Malaysia's Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Singapore's Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said both countries can share experiences, particularly in combating cybercrime and human trafficking.
It is DPM Teo's first visit to Malaysia after the Singapore Cabinet reshuffle in May.
It comes amid increasingly cordial relations between the two neighbours.
Mr Teo, who is currently on a three-day visit to Malaysia, was greeted by Mr Hishammuddin at Putrajaya.
Both ministers held talks for nearly an hour.
Mr Teo said: "It has been a very good meeting. We decided to move forward on several new initiatives as well. It is a very strong cooperation that we have."
Mr Hishammuddin said: "On the ground, we already have a strong foundation... guiding them in the new landscape (is) new challenge that we face. I shared his His Excellency's view that we are happy with how things are. But we need to build on that, facing new challenges of the future '
Also present at the meeting were Malaysia's Police Chief and Singapore's Commissioner of Police.
Both men have been tasked with strengthening cooperation in the fight against trans-national crime through greater sharing of intelligence.
Malaysia's government portal was recently the target of cyberattacks by international hacker group Anonymous. It is an area where the ministers agreed both countries can share their experiences on while jointly tackling transnational crime such as human and drug trafficking.
Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (left) with Malaysia's Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein
07-06-2011, 09:52 PM #4783
New MediaCorp CEO is Shaun Seow
Posted: 06 July 2011 1746 hrs
Singapore's leading media company, MediaCorp, has appointed Mr Shaun Seow as its Chief Executive Officer and Board Director with immediate effect.
With a media career of more than 20 years, Mr Seow has been MediaCorp's Deputy CEO since 2005, overseeing a range of business lines spanning television, radio, print, interactive and outdoor media.
His appointment comes after an intensive executive search to fill the position of MediaCorp CEO after Mr Lucas Chow resigned in January 2011.
"I am very pleased that the new CEO is a homegrown talent from within the organization" said MediaCorp Chairman, Mr Teo Ming Kian.
"Having experienced and run the whole gamut of the media business, Shaun is a most worthy successor and I have every confidence that he will be able to harness the strengths of the company and work alongside the Board, Management and staff to steer the company to greater heights.
"The time for renewal of leadership is most appropriate as the company prepares itself for the move to a new campus at Mediapolis over the next few years."
An Eisenhower Fellow on US media studies and a President's Scholar who read Economics at Cambridge University in Britain, Mr Seow was instrumental in launching Channel NewsAsia internationally.
"I am honoured and humbled by the appointment, and grateful for the rare privilege the Board has given me to lead a company that touches the hearts and engages the minds of Singaporeans. I will strive to work with my colleagues to serve our audiences and partners even better, against a rapidly changing media landscape" said the former print and broadcast journalist.
"One of my priorities is seeking a deeper understanding of our audience's needs; while what we broadcast, publish or produce may not be everyone's idea of what is entertaining or informative, we will definitely aim to grow our audiences and create value. Innovating to stay relevant will be crucial.
"I am also quietly confident that the company, with its substrate of diverse and valued content, will be able to make its mark internationally, making MediaCorp a company Singapore can be proud of."
07-06-2011, 09:57 PM #4784
17 ABC Waters projects get certification
By Sara Grosse | Posted: 06 July 2011 1159 hrs
SINGAPORE : Eight private sector projects were among 17 recognised on Wednesday for incorporating environmentally-friendly water management features in their design.
This marks a four-fold increase in private sector projects that are eco-friendly.
The projects received the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters certification for their effort.
City Developments' H2O Residences is the first private development to integrate the surrounding water bodies and park.
It features a rain garden, biopond, and water terrace with wetland plants that function as a filtering system to ensure that clean water is discharged to the waterways.
Also recognised was executive condominium, Belysa - which is jointly developed by NTUC Choice Homes and CEL Development - for incorporating bio-retention valleys to treat rainwater run-off.
PUB said the private sector recognises the benefits of how their water design features can ensure water sustainability.
The government said strong support from the public and private sector is essential for ABC projects.
Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources, Grace Fu, said: "By end of this year, about two-thirds of Singapore's land area will be water catchment. This continued increase in urbanisation calls for a paradigm shift in the way we manage rainwater. These features, when implemented widely, can also help in our overall drainage management, as they slow down the flow of water into our drains and canals."
In addition, PUB has been working closely with educational institutions to incorporate ABC Waters designs into their curriculum. And come September, PUB will also be launching a new training programme targeted at professionals so that engineers and architects will learn how to use water designs in their developments.
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07-07-2011, 12:49 AM #4785
NDP theme song unveiled
By Sharon See | Posted: 06 July 2011 2127 hrs
SINGAPORE: Organisers of the National Day Parade (NDP) unveiled on Wednesday the cast of the NDP show, as well as the theme song "In a Heartbeat".
The show will be presented as an integrated musical to showcase the Singapore Spirit.
Organisers said determination, unity and confidence are among the many values that make up the Singapore spirit, adding they hope to bring them out through the show.
The performance is built on the life story of a mother and son.
The song, composed by music director Goh Kheng Long with lyrics by playwright Haresh Sharma, is sung by Singapore Idol 2009 runner-up Sylvia Ratonel.
NDP 2011 show committee creative director Beatrice Chia said: "We hope that their story would be a connection point for all Singaporeans, that they can see their lives within this particular musical.
"After all, this is a show for the entire nation, and we hope that they'll be able to find a piece of themselves in this show."
Former actress Sharon Au, who returned to Singapore two months ago from her studies in Japan, will be a part of the show.
Ms Au plays the role of Mother, a role she said some actresses may hesitate to take up.
But she accepted the role as she's always felt an affinity with the parade, having hosted it for seven years until 2005.
"All these six years away, I've missed Singapore many, many times. There're times when [I] think of home and [I] think of the people, so I feel that the parade is a time when we are brought back to that memory," Ms Au said.
She added: "When you don't leave (Singapore), you don't feel that kind of longing."
Ms Au said she is glad to be working with the team, who makes her laugh to the point of "fainting".
This year's show is presented in five acts with a colourful spectacle of song and dance.
It culminates in everyone's favourite highlight - fireworks.
For the first time, the NDP will be complemented by the completed Marina Bay skyline, and one of the highlights of the programme is a laser show to light up that part of the skyline.
07-07-2011, 10:38 PM #4786
Temasek portfolio hits record $193 billion
Jul 8, 2011
By Robin Chan
TEMASEK Holdings said on Thursday that the value of its portfolio reached a record high $193 billion at the end of its last financial year, while its net profit more than doubled from a year ago.
Its portfolio grew from a previous record of $186 in the preceding year, and it grew its net profit from $4.6 billion to $12.7 billion for the year ended March 31.
However, its one-year total returns to shareholders rose a modest 4.6 per cent, the firm said on the release of its annual report.
Mr S. Dhanabalan, chairman of Temasek Holdings, said in a statement: 'While Asia rebounded swiftly in 2010, the USA and European economies continued to face uncertainties. Rising debt burdens, inflation risks and political upheaval in the Middle East, tested the resilience of the global economic recovery.
'Against this backdrop, Temasek continued its steady investment and divestment pace, ending the year with a net cash position in anticipation of opportunities ahead.'
The firm made $13 billion of investments in firms such as Hutchison Port Holdings Trust, and also took part in the rights issue of China Construction Bank. It also made $9 billion of divestments. Speaking at a media conference, Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara - head of portfolio management - said the European debt crisis would present headwinds to growth while the US risks an extended period of modest growth.
07-08-2011, 12:12 AM #4787
S'pore win 37 medals at Special Olympics
By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid | Posted: 07 July 2011 2056 hrs
SINGAPORE : Singapore won a total of 37 medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece - five more than the previous Games in 2007.
In all, the 46 athletes raked in 12 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals.
The team received a warm welcome when they returned home on Thursday morning.
Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, was also present to receive them.
The Special Olympics are for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.
And this year, Singapore attained gold in categories like aquatics, athletics and bowling.
Singapore also took part in the half-marathon for the first time - winning gold and silver. Tan Too Sheng won the gold medal while Huang Kia Song won the silver.
Meanwhile, the seven-a-side football team secured gold after beating Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
Madam Halimah said: "I am really really proud of our team, they did really well, and I think it is not just a question of the medals. I was told that 15 of our athletes actually bested their last performances, they did better than their own performances, own timing. But what I think comes across so well, is the spirit, the passion and commitment that one cannot duplicate anywhere."
Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing, has also extended his congratulations to the team. He said: "Congratulations to all our Special Olympic Singapore athletes for doing Singapore proud, and in the process, exceeding the performance from the last Games. Special credit goes to their family members, coaches and supporters for making all these possible. You are all winners in every way."
07-08-2011, 03:39 AM #4788
3rd Asean Schools Games come to a close
Jul 8, 2011
THE 3rd Asean Schools Games (ASG) came to a close with a ceremony on Thursday at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) attended by 1,400 student athletes and officials.
At the Games' closing ceremony, Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower, handed over the ASG flag to Indonesia, the host for the next ASG in 2012.
Hawazi praised the athletes for their sportsmanship and spirit of friendly competition, and for showing a confidence and maturity beyond their years. He said: 'It has been a very successful Games, with many records broken. We can see that school sports in the region is maturing and going from strength to strength.
'It has also been a remarkable bonding experience for the young athletes, and will contribute towards building a closer and more united Asean.'
Earlier on Thursday, a group of 14 athletes and the Chefs-de-Mission representing the seven participating Asean countries called on the President - S R Nathan - at the Istana. They shared with him their involvement in sports and their future plans, the bonds formed during the ASG and their impressions of Asean.
Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Kelvyna Chan, also said participating in the ASG has broadened the world view of the young athletes through interaction with fellow youths from Asean countries. It had also exposed them to a high level of skill from overseas athletes.
The Singapore Schools contingent surpassed its past performances, winning a total of 79 medals - 26 Gold, 22 Silver, and 31 Bronze. Thailand topped the medal tally.
Thailand and Malaysia competing in the Asean School Games sepak takraw semi-finals -- PHOTO: BH
07-08-2011, 03:46 AM #4789
Netball: S'pore loses to Fiji in extra-time at World Championships
By Low Lin Phoong, TODAY | Posted: 08 July 2011 0637 hrs
SINGAPORE: Perched on the edge of their seats at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Charlene Porima, Chen Huifen and Li Ling were all but ready to celebrate a breakthrough victory over Fiji at the 2011 Mission Foods World Netball Championships on Thursday.
But the Singaporeans were left heartbroken at the death, as team-mate Charmaine Soh's effort bounced off the metal rim and into the hands of a Fijian opponent. With seconds left on the clock and the hosts up 43-42, Fiji passed the ball to goal shooter Afa Rusivakula who eventually tied the game and forced extra-time.
Ranked No 5 in the world, the Fijians' class eventually shone through and after an intense 74-minute battle, they walked off the Singapore Indoor Stadium court 57-47 winners in the classification match (positions 9 to 16), avoiding one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far.
Singapore, number 21 in the world, delighted the home fans, including their training partners from the Australian Institute of Sport, as they went toe-to-toe with their opponents, but just came up short in the end.
Fighting back tears, captain and goalkeeper Jean Ng said: "We really thought we had it at full time. We stopped driving onto the ball (in extra time), finding the spaces, and lost a bit of flow there."
Barbados 63 Sri Lanka 59
Fiji 57 Singapore 47
Samoa 54 Malaysia 45
Wales 47 Botswana 46
07-08-2011, 04:00 AM #4790
Catch the world's best at Toa Payoh
by Tan Yo-Hinn 04:45 AM Jul 08, 2011
SINGAPORE - Three of the world's top men's water polo teams, led by world champions Serbia, are here for their final tune-up ahead of the upcoming 14th Fina World Aquatics Championship in Shanghai from July 16-31.
The Serbians, who beat Spain 14-13 to win in Rome two years ago, will headline the Pre-World Championship Water Polo Games 2011 at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex from tomorrow till next Wednesday.
The event will also feature Australia, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Croatia, who finished third at the 2009 world championships.
The meet here is part of Singapore's efforts to position themselves as an international sports hub. Although Singapore will not be participating in the meet, they will train with the teams as part of their preparations for the SEA Games - which will last from Nov 11 to Nov 22 - in Indonesia, where they hope to secure their 24th successive title.
A Fina water polo referees school (Asia) course will also be conducted on the sidelines of the event. Tickets for the competition are priced at S$10 per day and are available from the Singapore Swimming Association's office at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex and at the gate on matchdays.
Pre-World Championship Water Polo Games 2011
Australia vs Spain
Croatia vs Germany
Serbia vs Croatia
Spain vs Australia
Serbia vs Croatia
Spain vs Germany
Spain vs Germany
Serbia vs Hungary
Spain vs Serbia
Croatia vs Germany
Hungary vs Australia
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07-08-2011, 04:34 AM #4791
Singapore's 1st solar-charging mobile phone
Jul 8, 2011
By Carmelita Miki Kwek
STARHUB and Foresight Technologies announced on Friday the launch the iNO Mobile 'Solo', Singapore's first solar-charging mobile phone.
Solos's features include a solar-charging battery, a shock-proof rubberised casing, a 1.8-inch LED screen, a mini-torchlight and an FM radio. Additionally, it is also splash-proof and dust-proof.
The solar-charging battery is charged automatically in sunny spots and take 24 hours to fully charge. The Solo has a standby and talk-time of up to 200 hours each.
Mr Ng Long Shyang, head of sales and marketing, StarHub, said: 'We are always looking to address the needs of our customers, one of which is the ability for military personnel and national servicemen to stay in touch with their friends and family while in the field. The Solo is an ideal feature phone to meet this demand, as it is designed for rugged use in any outdoor environment.
'Due to its solar-charging feature, the phone is also able to operate far longer than current traditional phones. More importantly, the Solo has no built-in camera which means it is also suitable in areas where the use of camera phones is restricted, such as in camps.'
The Solo will be available islandwide from July 9 onwards at StarHub Shops (www.starhub.com) and selected exclusive partners' outlets.
Solos's features include a solar-charging battery, a shock-proof rubberised casing, a 1.8-inch LED screen, a mini-torchlight and an FM radio. Additionally, it is also splash-proof and dust-proof. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
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07-10-2011, 10:25 PM #4792
424 cadets march on to officer ranks
Jul 11, 2011
By Feng Zengkun
ALEXANDER Chuang was all set to go through with his national service when he got an acceptance letter to study medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
His superior gave him a week to decide which path he wanted to take first: Books or the Navy. He picked the Navy.
The newly minted Second Lieutenant, 20, was one of 424 cadets who graduated from the Officer Cadet Course yesterday. From here on, he will serve in the Naval Diving Unit, and enter NUS only after completing his service.
He received the Sword of Merit, which is given to the top 10 per cent of the graduating class from Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who reviewed the commissioning parade.
Explaining his decision to complete his NS first, 2nd Lt Chuang said his two-year stint will enable him to meet people from different walks of life.
The alumnus of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) said: 'Some people go to university and think that's all there is to life. I didn't want to be one of those people. As a doctor, you treat people from every station in life. National service gives you that breadth of experience.'
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times.
(Left to Right) Noor Hafiz Bin Ramle,21, Yap Hai Kee Kenny,20, Chuang Yi Alexander,20 and Tiong Wei Jie,20. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
07-10-2011, 10:38 PM #4793
More employers sending maids for skills upgrading
By Tan Weizhen, TODAY | Posted: 11 July 2011 0711 hrs
SINGAPORE: More employers are sending their maids to upgrade their skills, going by the ten-fold increase in the number of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) at classes organised by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training (FAST).
When FAST started organising such training in 2005, only 300 FDWs participated. The figure has increased to about 3,000 annually for the past couple of years. To date, more than 16,000 FDWs have been trained in areas such as cooking, baby care and computer literacy.
There are about 201,000 maids in Singapore, or about one in six households. However, the task to upgrade their skills - and offer the women better opportunities in life - is an uphill one.
The non-profit organisation said on Sunday that it is tough getting corporate sponsors as this particular cause is low on companies' list of priorities when it comes to corporate social responsibility efforts.
FAST president Seah Seng Choon said: "(Companies have) been approached by so many non-government organisations for worthy causes ... we just hope they can give us a part of their donation budget, so we can also do our part to enhance the well-being of the foreign domestic workers."
FAST's main source of funding is from the Lee Foundation. It is hoping that more companies and individuals will support its cause. Otherwise, the number of courses or classes it offers could be cut.
Each course is subsidised between S$4 and S$32 per hour. For example, maids or their employers pay about S$5 for a half-day cooking class and S$47.70 for a one-day computer course.
Yesterday, FAST received a S$100,000 donation from Keppel Corporation.
Mr Seah said they have identified more corporations to approach for donations but Keppel was the first to come on board. The company will also help to raise awareness among its employees to encourage them to send their FDWs for training.
Mr William Chew, vice-president of FAST, said such lessons could enhance the maids' economic opportunities when they return to their homeland. He related the story of a maid who, after attending a financial training programme, was able to invest in buffalos when she returned to the Philippines.
"Beyond learning and training, it also provides the domestic helper opportunities for a better quality of life," said Mr Chew.
Foreign domestic workers undergo training
07-11-2011, 12:48 AM #4794
Feng wins Japan Open
by Low Lin Fhoong
04:45 AM Jul 11, 2011
SINGAPORE - One week after clinching her first ITTF Pro Tour title of the season at the Korean Open, Singapore's world No 5 Feng Tianwei (picture) made it a double yesterday after a comprehensive 4-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 15-13) win over home favourite Ai Fukuhara in the final of the US$172,000 (S$210,132) Japan Open in Kobe.
Seeded No 1, Feng found the going tough against the Japanese world No 8 even though she won in straight games. Spurred on by the home crowd at Kobe's Green Arena, Fukuhara tested 24-year-old Feng all the way, but the Singaporean was always in control to wrap up another tournament win.
In the women's doubles final, Singapore pair Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu had to settle for second spot after a 4-1 loss (5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 13-11, 11-6) to Japan's Hiroko Fujii and Misako Wakamiya.
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