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    Default Shayna wins in HK Open


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:45 AM Jul 18, 2011


    SINGAPORE - National bowler Shayna Ng (picture) has added yet another title to her trophy cabinet.

    Yesterday, the 21-year-old bagged the women's singles title at the 37th Hong Kong International Open, after beating home favourite Zoe Tam with a score of 227-158 pinfalls in the stepladder final.

    She pocketed a cheque of HK$26,000 (S$4,068) for her effort at the Hong Kong Bowling City.

    Shayna, a gold medallist with team-mates Cherie Tan and Geraldine Ng in the women's trios at last November's Asian Games in Guangzhou, reached the stepladder final as the top qualifier from the women's pool.

    Cherie, 23, Geraldine, 25, and Jazreel Tan, 21, were among the six that reached the stepladder final, finishing third, fourth and sixth overall, respectively, with Hong Kong's Joey Yip in fifth spot. Tan Yo-Hinn





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    Default Wanted: Ideas to chart S'pore sports

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    Everyone has stake in plan to take nation to next lap: Minister

    By Terrence Voon

    DECISIONS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

    'I hope the committee will listen carefully, because I'm not the only one who is concerned. What they decide will have an impact on my children and grandchildren.'

    Retiree Ronald Sim, 66, an avid badminton player, who said he is looking forward to sharing his views - such as providing more badminton courts and upgrading sports facilities to make them more elderly-friendly.


    IF YOU have an idea that can help shape the future of sports in Singapore, here is your chance to be heard.

    The Government is looking for feedback and suggestions that can help formulate a new national masterplan for sports, dubbed Vision 2030.

    The aim is to chart a new path for sports over the next two decades, by using sports as a tool for personal development, community bonding and nation building.

    This approach by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) differs from past initiatives led by the Committee on Sporting Singapore (CoSS) in 2001 and the Sporting Culture Committee (SCC) in 2006.

    In both cases, the recommendations were formed by government agencies and key members of the sporting fraternity. This time, the floor is open for the wider public to decide what they want.

    'We want the public to participate actively in co-creating Vision 2030 because we believe everyone has a stake in it,' said Major-General (NS) Chan Chun Sing, the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.



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    Feedback sought for sports masterplan

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 18 July 2011 1445 hrs



    SINGAPORE : A steering committee has been set up to look into "Vision 2030", which is to chart the path for Singapore sports over the next 20 years.

    Vision 2030 was first announced in June.

    But the committee - headed by the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing - will not be working alone.

    The government also wants all Singaporeans on board in planning the future of sports.

    In 2001, Singapore unveiled its first sports blueprint - the Committee on Sporting Singapore.

    It has achieved most of its targets.

    Now, to get to the next lap, a different approach will be taken.

    Major General (NS) Chan said: "This is not a small, closed community that is working on all these things, and by the time it is all done, we announce it to the public. In fact, there will be a lot of public consultation and we are getting (views from) a lot of the different stakeholders. Just to get a sense of it, the stakeholders we are getting are not just people in the sports fraternity that are usually participating in this."

    A website - www.vision2030.sg - will go "live" at noon on July 19 to get feedback.

    Beyond that, other channels like focus groups will also be used to gather feedback.

    Besides hardware, the new public-private partnership wants to build on the software and intangibles, like values and team-work.

    MG (NS) Chan also outlined that they are not looking at short-term goals. This explains the 20-year time-frame, though there will be intermediate goals along the way.

    The consultation exercise will look at Singapore's future challenges, including an ageing population, the pressures of living in an urban society, and higher expectations on the quality of life.

    The first recommendations will be out early-2012, but there are already many suggestions.

    Laurence Lien, CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, said: "Sports volunteering...(we) can make it more democratised, it is not just for elite athletes. We want everyone to enjoy it and I think what sports people - who enjoy sports - can do, is to organise more informal activities at the community level."

    One member of the public said: "I have seen some very good facilities that are near the neighbourhood, so...if they have more of that, then I think more people would take the time to go and work out."

    The steering committee will formulate strategies in seven broad areas, including the needs of Generation Z and the silver generation, among others.

    MG (NS) Chan reiterated that unlike the Committee on Sporting Singapore, no fixed budget has been set aside for Vision 2030. Instead it will evolve over time, with many stakeholders beyond the government contributing.


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    Default 200 years of Singapore's flora, fauna captured in book

    Jul 19, 2011By Joanna Seow

    Singaopore's biodiversity is more exciting and surprising than most people may think, if a new encyclopedia here is anything to go by. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


    SINGAPORE'S biodiversity is more exciting and surprising than most people may think, if a new encyclopedia here is anything to go by.

    'Contrary to expectations, there are species in Singapore that are found nowhere else in the world, and they should be protected,' said Professor Peter Ng, director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and one of the three editors of Singapore Biodiversity: An Encyclopedia Of The Natural Environment And Sustainable Development.

    The book, which is Singapore's first comprehensive reference to local flora and fauna, celebrates almost 200 years of natural history study here.

    It was launched at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Monday afternoon by President S R Nathan.

    National University of Singapore president Tan Chorh Chuan said at the launch: 'This collection provides a detailed record of the key changes that have taken place in our environment over the past two centuries.'

    'It also highlights what must be done to preserve our natural heritage for future generations,' he added.
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    Jul 19, 2011
    By Adeline Chia

    The arts and culture sector contributed more than $1.23 billion to the Singapore economy in 2009.. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE ARTS MUSEUM


    IT MAY be considered a small and 'soft' industry, but the arts and culture sector contributed more than $1.23 billion to the Singapore economy in 2009.

    This is a 50 per cent increase over 2003's figure of $818 million.

    The industry employs 24,800 people, including museum professionals, musicians and photographers, up 20 per cent from 20,677 in 2003.

    These figures were released by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica) yesterday, in a wide ranging survey of the arts and culture landscape.

    The study, titled Singapore Cultural Statistics, gives figures from 2003 onwards, on various activities such as arts performances in various genres, museum activities and the use of library resources.

    While the arts industry has enjoyed good growth, its total contribution is still relatively modest compared to other sectors. For example, total contribution to the economy by the service industry was $128.1 billion in 2009 and it employed 1.28 million people.
    Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times
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    Default CDCs to get closer to the ground

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 18 July 2011 2001 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Singapore's five Community Development Councils (CDCs) are taking steps to get closer to the ground.

    The aim is to reach out to those who may fall through the cracks.

    At the recent appointment ceremony for the mayors, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the basic ABCs for the councils - namely Assisting the needy, Bonding the people and Connecting the community.

    North East CDC moved to a smaller office but has bigger tasks for the team.

    To address residents' needs, 20 per cent more officers have been deployed.

    Teo Ser Luck, mayor of North East CDC, said: "We have a particular assistance scheme just for transport.

    "It's not just for people who are poor and needy.....(but) also for people who face ad-hoc expenditure and find it difficult to cope with the daily costs of living."

    While the scheme is not just based on income ceiling, Mr Teo added that "it is based on the family situation and what they are facing at the time of the day."

    On its part, South West CDC feels there is a need for flexibility in implementing assistance programmes.

    Close to 2,400 people received various forms of assistance from the CDC in the first five months of this year.

    Amy Khor, mayor of South West CDC, said: "We have increased the income ceiling criteria for our own local schemes, from S$1,500 to S$2,500 per month early this year, to help more residents.

    "In addition, we launched a One Million Dollar South West Flexibility Fund to help those whose needs may not be covered under the scope of the current National ComCare schemes.

    "For instance, families with disabled, families with chronic disease and immobile, we can help them alleviate part of the transport or medical expenses that they may have to incur on a long-term basis.

    "The key idea is to allow flexibility to be exercised for such assistance delivery so that everyone genuinely in need of help would not be left to fend for themselves."

    At Central Singapore CDC, cases of residents seeking help have gone up 25 per cent in the last month.

    The CDC is also enrolling more people into its local schemes like CASH UP, which gives low-income families up to S$1,000 matched savings if they play their part to keep costs down through prudent budgeting.

    In an email response, mayor of Central Singapore District, Sam Tan, said: "I have instructed our officers to be empathetic to the needs and concerns of our residents, and we will do our best to assist in a warm, timely and flexible manner.

    "We will try to be as flexible as possible, to extend help through temporary grocery vouchers and activate resources from voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) and other community organisations who may be able to help.

    "We are reviewing our work processes to increase efficiency, and exploring possibilities like a satellite office to reach more people in need."

    Meanwhile North West CDC is tapping on the resources of the better off.

    Teo Ho Pin, mayor of North West CDC, said: "We set up a Club100 in North West - a philanthropy club - to encourage individuals or corporations to make regular donations to help the needy in the district.

    "We have also set up a ComCare local network, which is a partnership among all the VWOs and 67 grassroots organisations."

    South East CDC's approach is to form micro-communities to identify those who need help.

    Maliki Osman, mayor of South East CDC, said: "I will tell my grassroots leader,
    'you are an RC member, you are responsible for this block, you live in this block. You must know the profile of this block, you must know where the needy are, you must know where the resources are'.

    "If we can create such an infrastructure and every micro-community is supported by committed grassroots leaders, we would be able to achieve the objective of strengthening the community."

    The CDCs have also been very active in the area of job assistance and job matching, since the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009.

    But with an improved economy now, the mayors said the focus is to encourage residents to go for training and retraining.

    One group which still needs help, the mayors said, are the professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETS).

    Mr Teo said: "With the low unemployment rate that we are facing today, there will still be those who are employed but still struggling to make their ends meet, because they probably got employed in a job with a low income. So, right now we continue to up-skill them and find them higher-paid jobs."

    Dr Khor said: "The South West CDC launched our own 'Up-skill the Un-skill incentive scheme' to give the job seekers upfront incentives in the form of transport or meal vouchers to encourage them to go for training and skills upgrading. For the first five months of this year, we have seen a 19 per cent increase in job seekers going for training. Of this, some 500 have benefited from the subsidy."

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    By Sara Grosse | Posted: 18 July 2011 1849 hrs


    SINGAPORE : A comprehensive guide to Singapore's biodiversity was launched on Monday.

    It is the country's first encyclopedia on Singapore's natural history and heritage.

    The encyclopedia - "Singapore Biodiversity" - was launched by President S R Nathan along with key stakeholders of environment conservation in Singapore.

    Those present included the Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, MP for Tampines GRC Mah Bow Tan, and Ambassador-At-Large at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Professor Tommy Koh.

    Initiated by two National University of Singapore (NUS) professors, the encyclopedia has information from 65 contributors.

    They come from academia, government agencies and environmental activist groups.

    The production of the publication is supported by a S$1.1 million fund raised through donations.

    From insects to flora and fauna, virtually every known living organism in Singapore is featured in the book.

    The 552-page encyclopedia took three years to complete, and charts almost 200 years of natural history study in the country.

    And it was quite an effort compiling information from so many contributors.

    Professor Peter Ng, general editor of "Singapore Biodiversity", said: "That was a challenge. Getting all these guys together. And then reading it, editing, and checking to make sure the facts are correct.

    "Another problem of course was that we always assumed that there was a whole amount of information already gathered that was easy for us to access and then just take and then edit. No. A lot of the information that we gathered for these chapters turned out not so easy to get."

    Professor Ng said the core of the encyclopedia is its collection of essays.

    They detail Singapore's ecosystems, past and present research, and tackle issues of climate change and public policy.

    It also includes interviews with former ministers. The contributions include interviews with Mr Mah, former National Development Minister; Information, Communications and the Arts Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who was the former Environment and Water Resources Minister; and George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    The encyclopedia will serve as a resource material for scientists, policy makers and educationists.

    But contributors are also hoping the book will strike a chord with young Singaporeans.

    Professor Leo Tan, director of special projects at the Faculty of Science at NUS, said: "They are the custodians, they are responsible for the environment that they have to live in, raise their children in and maintain that quality of life."

    The book will be on sale at bookstores islandwide from July 19, and will retail for S$65.

    - CNA/ms
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    Default S'pore ranks first at International Physics Olympiad

    Posted: 19 July 2011 1551 hrs




    SINGAPORE: Singapore has been ranked first at the International Physics Olympiad.

    The Singapore team received five gold medals and was placed first out of 84 countries at the event held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 10 to 18.

    The Ministry of Education said this was an improvement over Singapore's 7th placing last year.

    The other teams that received five gold medals were from China, Korea and Taiwan.

    The Singapore gold medallists are Kang Zi Yang, Li Kewei, Lin Jiahuang and Lin Sen of Raffles Institution; and Tan Zong Xuan of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

    Meanwhile, Singapore received three gold medals and one silver medal at the 22nd International Biology Olympiad that was held in Taipei from July 10 to 17.

    The Singapore team was placed third in a field of 229 students from 58 countries.

    The gold medallists are Javan Lee Tze Han of Hwa Chong Institution; Hong Xinyuan of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science; and Jin Chentian of Raffles Institution. The silver medallist is Michael Sia Zhen Wei of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

    At the International Chemistry Olympiad held in Ankara, Turkey from July 9 to 18, Singapore received four silver medals.

    It was placed 17th in a field of 273 student participants from 70 countries.

    The silver medallists are Chew Hong En, Guo Xiuzhen and Lim Yuan Zhi Martin of Raffles Institution; and Seet Hua En Ian of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

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    Default S'poreans must make use of this chance to shape a sports culture


    by Leonard Thomas
    04:46 AM Jul 19, 2011


    The dream to make Singapore a sports nation is noble, but the plan to engage the entire country in Vision 2030 will only have liftoff if the public is convinced the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) can pull it off.

    MCYS Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing used the United States and Australia as examples of countries that own a thriving sports culture when he unveiled the masterplan yesterday, but most people here will scoff at the idea of investing considerable resources to try to reach such a level, when the system here is littered with a number of obstacles that stop Singapore from achieving its sporting goals.

    The paper chase is still the No 1 priority in school, most parents build their lives around their children's pursuit of academic success, and at the very heart of that race is what prevents generation after generation of Singaporeans from embracing sports.

    But, this is the first time the Government is opening the floor to all Singaporeans, young and old, from any walk of life, urging them to flood ideas, strategies, suggestions or even a battle plan, on how they think the country can get to sport's promised land.

    Nothing is sacred, as long as the idea makes sense.

    So if there are an overwhelming number of Singaporeans who feel it is time a second Sports School comes up, then I believe the Government would listen.

    After all, the Singapore Sports School at Woodlands gets around 1,000 hopefuls every year for less than 150 Secondary 1 places.

    This is a chance for the public to be heard. It is about how they want sports to become part of the fabric of society, Singaporeans cannot drop the ball and waste this great opportunity to score big.

    Maybe Singapore should even vie with the "big boys" and aim to host a mammoth multi-sport event like the Commonwealth Games, or even the Asian Games.

    South Korea's athletes have enjoyed unparalleled success since they hosted the Olympics in 1988. Ditto Spain, after the 1992 Barcelona Games.

    Both nations live and breathe sports.

    When they won the bid to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Malaysia's cycling and squash programmes, for example, benefited immensely from increased funding and better infrastructure and both disciplines are now world-class.

    The knock-on effect from hosting the inaugural Asian Youth Games in 2009 and the Youth Olympics last year is already being felt, with a number of notable successes at international level for our junior athletes
    .

    An event like the Asian Games will have an even greater impact.

    The aim is to produce a regular supply of world-class athletes.

    The aim is to get families out regularly to catch the Singapore Lions play Selangor at the Jalan Besar or Bukit Jalil Stadium, or plan their schedule around an upcoming world swimming championship at the Sports Hub's new state-of-the-art swimming complex. Or an X Games event.

    The goal is to see young friends cycling as a group regularly on weekends, pretending to be Mike or Kobe on the basketball courts or employing Sampras' serve and volley technique on tennis courts.

    And if the country wants to show off a vibrant sports culture, then a regular supply of top-class administrators and coaches must also be churned out.

    Time to get cracking, Singapore, for the dream to come to life.



    Leonard Thomas is sports editor at Today.
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    Default 2011 Asia-Pacific Sports Conference (APSC)

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    POSTED: Tuesday July 19th 2011

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    The Commercial Power of Sports Events in Asia: Top Players Gather in Singapore

    19 July 2011 - With the recent influx of activity in major sports events throughout Asia, it is clear that the region will be at the forefront of commercial activities for decades to come. Top players in the industry will gather at the 2011 Asia-Pacific Sports Conference (APSC) at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore for 2 days of thought provoking discussion and networking.

    With Asia's large economic growth, size and young population, the region has been successful in bidding for, and winning major international sports events. This week saw the news confirming Japan's capital, Tokyo, officially entering their bid to host the 2020 Olympics, and only last week we PyeongChang succeed in winning the bid to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 - proof of the region's continuing importance in the sports event industry.

    Major sports events include the very recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, the Asian Beach Games 2012 and 2014, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the Asian Youth Games 2013, the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014, to mention but a few…

    Cornel Marculescu, Executive Director of FINA, in charge of the recently concluded FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, will be sharing his experiences during the Asia-Pacific Sports Conference in September. Presentations will be on the challenges and achievements the organising committee faced, as well as lessons learnt throughout the event management process.

    Cornel Marculescu, will be joined by Mr Dong-Hoo Moon, Secretary General and Vice President of the IAAF World Championships 2011 in Korea, which will take place just before the conference opens its doors in September. Mr Moon will present a case-study on his recent experiences on the organising committee's win, their utilisation of local stadiums in Daegu, the effect tourism has and how to ensure a legacy from the event.

    APSC is a must-attend event for local organising committees and federations in the Asia-Pacific region. Organisations attending include: Olympic Council of Asia, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, INASOC, Indonesian SEA Games Organising Committee, Indonesian Olympic Committee, IEC in Sports, Badminton World Federation, World Match Racing Tour, TSE Consulting, PMP Legacy, Singapore National Olympic Council, Singapore Rugby Union, ITTF, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, SportsHub Pte Ltd, Asean Football Federation, Asian Football Confederation, Singapore Sports Council, IFM Sports Marketing Surveys, Sponsorium, Prescient Sports and Entertainment, Hill and Knowlton, ASIAN Tour, ESPN Star Sports, World Sport Group and more.

    Visit Asia Pacific Sports Conference on http://www.asia-pacificsports.com

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    Default 'Singapore economy poised for growth'

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    SINGAPORE - There could be an oversupply of graduates here should the economy stagnate, said former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan yesterday.

    But Dr Tan reiterated that the Singapore economy is poised for growth "for many decades", as Asia continues its rise.

    The Republic's higher education landscape has seen a couple of additions in recent years, such as the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Singapore Institute of Technology.

    Dr Tan, who gave a lecture yesterday at the Singapore Management University on the "The Futures of Higher Education", was responding to a question from a fresh graduate on whether there could be an oversupply of graduates, which will lead to greater competition for jobs.

    Dr Tan, who had helmed the Education Ministry in the '80s, was Minister-in-charge of the university sector for more than two decades during his time in the Cabinet.

    He reiterated yesterday that Singapore's geographical location was a "great advantage".

    Noting that the China and India economies are projected to overtake that of the United States by 2030 and 2050 respectively, Dr Tan added: "The question is not whether there will be jobs for grads. But whether ... the institutions that train them can give them the skills ... and abilities to take advantage of areas of demand."

    He observed that more graduates are becoming entrepreneurs, and are finding new professions to carve out a career in.

    In his lecture, Dr Tan pointed out that jobs such as "social media manager" and "professional blogger" did not exist 10 years ago.

    Dr Tan also shared the principles which he felt should guide the next phase of development in higher education here.

    The sector has to be comprehensive by offering the widest range of programmes possible to cater to areas of large or emerging demand, said Dr Tan.

    It should also embrace flexibility - allowing people to switch to different pathways and fulfil their potential. Institutions should also continue to prepare students for global careers and attract cutting-edge research, said Dr Tan.



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    Default Football: Old Victoria School set to roar on Saturday

    By Ian De Cotta | Posted: 19 July 2011 2331 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The interest level for the first leg of the Asian Zone World Cup second round qualifier between Singapore and Malaysia here on Saturday is so high many believe the old National Stadium would have been filled with a capacity 55,000 fans.

    With the Jalan Besar Stadium only able to seat 6,000 fans - the venue for all 'A' internationals here until the new national stadium at the Sports Hub is ready in April 2014 - thousands of die-hard fans here and from across the Causeway have no tickets.

    With MediaCorp TV's Channel 5 broadcasting the match "live" from 7.25pm on Saturday, those who want a taste of the atmosphere of a big crowd, and perhaps even hear the roars from the stadium while watching the match "live" on a giant screen, can head down to the old Victoria School field next to the Jalan Besar Stadium.

    And it will be free entry.

    The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the People's Association (PA), who occupy the school premises now, will work together for the screening, and the plan includes entertainment before the match and at half-time.

    Food and beverage will also be available.

    And the atmosphere could be ratcheted up with the possible arrival of eight buses carrying Malaysian fans known as the "Ultras", who have no tickets.

    The Football Association of Malaysia received 500 tickets for the match.

    Away from the stadium, several night spots plan to show the match "live".

    Hard Rock Cafe will cater to local fans, and marketing manager Natalie Wee said jug prices for beer will be reduced during the match.

    "Saturday is usually our busiest day of the week, but this match is really big for Singapore football fans and it is too important to miss out," said Wee.

    Harry's, which operates 32 bars and a string of restaurants around the country, plans to show the match in at least 10 outlets, including Tampines and East Coast.

    "We're just over (with) the visits of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea to the region and are now in the midst of planning which of our outlets will show the match 'live'. Fans will have to check with us in a day or two where they can go to," said Brian Masters, the chain's head of sales and marketing.

    Dennis Foo of St James Holdings said eight of his 18 properties, including St James Power Station, are gearing up for the Causeway derby action.

    His outlets will offer Happy Hour prices during the match.

    "Singapore-Malaysia matches are always huge and as this is the biggest match - as it is World Cup action - we can't afford to let it go," said Foo. "It is going to be a great atmosphere for us."

    Grandstand tickets costing S$23 each for the July 28 return leg of the Asian Zone World Cup second round qualifier between Malaysia and Singapore at Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Jalil Stadium, will be on sale from Wednesday until Friday between 12pm and 8pm at the Jalan Besar Stadium's main office. Only 2,000 tickets are available.

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    Default 3 Singaporean youths to work with China scientists on climate study

    By Nurul Syuhaida | Posted: 19 July 2011 1720 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Three Singaporean youths will get to work with scientists in China on how to combat climate change after winning this year's HSBC/National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Youth Environmental Award.

    Some 60 entries were received for this year's award and four winners emerged eventually.

    The four winners are 18-year-old Brandon Chia Zheng Da, 22-year-old Chua Ang Hong, 20-year-old Wu Caishi and 17-year-old Gina Goh Shu Hui.

    Goh will not be joining the group to China as she is below 18 years old.

    While last year's winners visited a rainforest in Puerto Rico to find out how different species of lizards are affected by deforestation, the trio will head to China on a 12-day trip to study climate change.

    They received a warm send-off on Tuesday from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

    Their Earthwatch study trip will take them to Gutianshan National Nature Reserve in Zhejiang province.

    One of the winners, Mr Chua, who is a student at Nanyang Technological University, said: "It's a really different perspective. We are going to the nature to explore how our actions are affecting the forest, the trees, as well as the bio-diversity so it's a really good exposure for all of us."

    Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of NYAA Council, said China was chosen this year as it is currently undertaking a study on climate change.

    "Each year, the HSBC/NYAA environmental award sends students to work with real scientists everywhere in the world and China is not the only location. This year we chose China because there is something relevant that they are going to do that is pertinent to us."

    The youths will receive hands-on training in China from scientists at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    They will also be learning more about how the forest is affected by climate change.

    On its partnership with NYAA since the inception of the award, Alex Hungate, group general manager and chief executive officer of HSBC Singapore, said: "Over time, by supporting the NYAA, we're convinced that will enhance the leadership of Singaporean youths."

    - CNA/fa
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    Default NDP 2011 celebration to extend beyond The Float@Marina Bay

    Posted: 20 July 2011 1229 hrs

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    SINGAPORE: This year's National Day celebrations will extend beyond The Float@Marina Bay to include some 100,000 Singaporeans around the Marina Bay waterfront and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

    Titled "NDP 2011 Celebrations", the event will include eight organisations and celebration hotspots, including the Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer and Young NTUC.

    RWS will also provide free entry for some 5,000 Senior Citizens to Universal Studios Singapore.

    The locations will have a variety of performances, as well as the LIVE telecast of the Parade.

    Another highlight of the celebration - "The Pledge Moment" - will kick off at about 8.10pm, when the Singapore Civil Defence Force chime is played across the island.

    This year's Pledge Moment will also include some 26 private and public partners across 1,200 locations, including Starbucks Singapore, Sakae Holdings and NTUC Fairprice.
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    Default Swimming: S'pore makes stunning splash at world champs

    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 20 July 2011 0720 hrs




    Singapore's synchronised swimming team compete in the preliminary round of the free combination sychronised swimming competition in the FINA World Championships. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)




    SINGAPORE: In the biggest success yet for synchronised swimming in the country, the Singapore team qualified for the final of the free combination event at the 14th FINA World Championships on Tuesday in Shanghai.

    The team of 10 Singapore women, who chalked up 70.400 points to pip Thailand and make the top 12, will meet in the final on Thursday.
    Speaking to Today from the Chinese city, Mr Dexter Kang, Singapore Swimming Association's general manager, said: "This is the best performance as we have not won anything internationally. We have won some medals at age-group level, but not in the Open category.

    "We have already nominated the team for two events at the SEA Games ... We hope this result will help the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) in their selection."

    The SNOC will meet on Friday to pick the athletes and teams for this year's SEA Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11 to 22.

    Malaysia, which is absent from the world championships, is the favourite for the gold, with Singapore now possibly set for a silver medal, although the Thais will be out for revenge.

    Besides Thailand (69.700 points), SEA Games host Indonesia was also in the 15-team field, scoring 65.780 points.

    Mr Kang said of his team: "The girls are all very happy and excited to be in the final. The goal is to improve on their points and scores, and use this opportunity to prepare for the SEA Games."

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    Default S'pore a springboard for South Asian diaspora: PM Lee

    Posted: 21 July 2011 1113 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore is well positioned to be a springboard for the South Asian diaspora to engage the rest of Asia and the world.

    Speaking at the inaugural South Asian Diaspora Convention, Mr Lee said Singapore will actively foster closer links with South Asia.

    He added that there is potential for relationships to grow.

    Mr Lee said Singapore is located at the crossroads of trade, talent and capital flows.

    And that it's hoped as countries in South Asia stabilise and prosper, economic ties can be developed and strengthened.

    The South Asian diaspora has about 50 million people worldwide - comprising emigrants or descendants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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    Default Football: Singapore Lions all set for World Cup qualifier

    By Satish Cheney | Posted: 20 July 2011 1939 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: It promises to be a mouth-watering affair for fans when perennial rivals Singapore and Malaysia play the first-leg of the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.

    Tickets were sold out in a matter of hours with some being re-sold for S$400 on the Internet.

    Signing autographs could be something 20-year-old Hariss Harun will be doing more of, if he helps the Singapore Lions tame the Malaysian Tigers.

    The midfielder who's fast becoming the face of Singapore football, is quietly confident of the biggest match of his career so far.

    Hariss Harun said: "We want to beat them as much as they want to beat us. It's going to be a big game but the battle is on the field.

    "The important thing is what's being done on the field. We players have to step up our game, especially judging from what happened in the last friendly match against Chinese Taipei.

    "We've got a couple of areas to work on before the game. I'm sure things will be taken care of over the next few days."

    Lions coach Raddy Avramovic is keeping his strategies close to his chest as he refused to speak to the media.

    But there's no doubt Malaysia's Safee Sali will be getting some attention.

    Safee is on fire at the moment after scoring two goals against English legends Liverpool in a friendly match last Saturday which the Tigers lost 6-3.

    The Malaysian team is expected to arrive in Singapore on Thursday and Coach K Rajagopal probably knows that he faces a tough fight with a Singapore side keen on capitalising its home ground advantage.

    Singapore may have beaten Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the friendly match but veteran striker Aleksandar Duric said the Malaysians may have a slight edge.

    He said: "They probably have the same team that played in the Suzuki Cup, so they probably have a bit of an advantage than us.

    "But I don't give them that much favour. You can say a little bit, maybe, stronger than us at the moment."

    While the number of tickets for the match has been rather limited, the interest levels have been very high for the match.

    This is evident as the Football Association of Singapore and the People's Association are arranging a "live" screening of the match at the old Victoria School field near the Jalan Besar Stadium and entry will be free.

    The match will also be shown "live" on MediaCorp TV's Channel 5 at 7.25pm.

    Ticket sales for the second leg in Kuala Lumpur have started with 2,000 tickets made available for Singapore fans.

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    Default Integrated ticketing service TicketCube launched

    By Dylan Loh | Posted: 20 July 2011 1530 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Show-goers can expect greater convenience with the launch of an integrated ticketing service in the heart of Singapore's Orchard Road.

    Called TicketCube, the platform brings together four local ticketing outlets - ApeSnap, Gatecrash, SISTIC and TicketBooth - under one roof, it allows show-goers to buy tickets from any of the four service providers.

    Aw Kah Peng, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board, said: "We went around to other cities like New York and London.

    "When people travel to these cities, one of the things that they actually look out for and ask themselves is 'what can I do if I have a couple of evenings here?'

    "And they go to a place like Leicester Square or Times Square, they see the excitement building around where people are buying tickets for shows. And we asked ourselves whether we can create the same kind of excitement (here)."

    And the excitement is also extended to industry players.

    Gaurav Kripalani, artistic and managing director of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, said: "Something like this, where Singaporeans as well as visitors can say - 'hey, listen I'm in town for a day, what should I go and see', is an invaluable service. I think it will be a huge boost to the arts industry."

    Kenneth Tan, chief executive of Sistic, added that: "It provides marketing avenue like the advertising panels. So I think, there's much marketing mileage that we can leverage on."

    TicketCube also offers concierge services to assist customers with enquiries about Singapore's arts and performance scene.

    TicketCube is located in the heart of Orchard Road between Ngee Ann City and Wisma Atria.

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