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    Default Hong Kong pips S'pore as most popular city for international business

    By Amanda Feng | Posted: 20 July 2011 1552 hrs
    SINGAPORE: Hong Kong is now the most popular city for international business, while Singapore is a close second, says commercial real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).

    This is according to a study conducted by the firm, which analysed office locations of 280 of the world's largest companies across 232 cities.

    68.2 per cent of international companies surveyed were represented in Hong Kong, while Singapore was home to 67.5 per cent. Tokyo, London and Shanghai were next in the top five.

    CBRE said that easy access to other major Asian economies and the impact of rapid growth in mainland China's major markets were some reasons that enabled Hong Kong to emerge tops.

    "Hong Kong holds a unique position from which international businesses can operate globally," said CBRE's Head of Research for Asia Pacific, Nick Axford.

    "This is due to its location, lack of foreign ownership restrictions, a tri-lingual mix and an international, highly-skilled workforce."

    The survey also covered level of penetration by companies in various sectors across the globe including transport, distribution & retail, industrial goods & services, media, F&B and insurance.

    Singapore, who came in second, was the top choice for companies in the industrial goods and services sector.

    It was also ranked among the top five in media and banking & financial services.

    Petra Blazkova, head of CBRE Research in Singapore and South East Asia, said: "Singapore's ranking attests to the quality, quantity and competitive cost of Singapore's office space in attracting businesses."

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    Default Singapore as clean a society as you can find anywhere, says Murdoch


    by Teo Xuanwei
    04:46 AM Jul 21, 2011

    SINGAPORE - The attack on Mr Rupert Murdoch might have dominated newspaper headlines yesterday but it was the media mogul's unexpected mention of Singapore as an example of an "open and clear society" which has sparked off a belated buzz online and in the international media.

    During the hearing on the phone hacking scandal that has shuttered the News of the World, Mr Murdoch was asked by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins where the limits of legitimate investigative journalism lie.

    The 80-year-old's answer thrust the Republic into the spotlight
    - which included reports in The New York Times and on CNBC - on a scandal unfolding halfway around the globe: "When The Daily Telegraph bought a series of stolen documents of all the expenses of MPs, it caused a huge outcry, one which I feel has not been properly addressed.

    "I think there is an answer to it, and we ought to look at them as open and clear as a society in the world, which is Singapore - where every minister gets at least a million dollars a year and the Prime Minister a lot more and there is no temptation and it is as clean a society as you find anywhere."

    Mr Murdoch's response was a dig at a scandal in the United Kingdom last year where several MPs were found to have inflated their expenses.

    On social networking websites such as Twitter and on online forums yesterday, there was a flurry of comments from netizens, with many expressing reservations about Mr Murdoch's remarks.

    The issue of ministerial salaries has been a political hot potato here for many years, including during the General Election in May. A committee appointed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is now in the process of reviewing pay for political appointees and for the President.

    Mr Murdoch's comments elicited varied responses among observers and politicians here.

    Choa Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency MP Zaqy Mohamad said: "It's good that we are recognised for our transparency with regard to remuneration for ministers."

    Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang told Today that his party takes note of "both positive and negative comments about Singapore" by foreigners.

    Singapore-based political science don Bridget Welsh said: "My sense is that Mr Murdoch was engaged in a defence and (was) using every example he could find."
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    Default New book on Taoism also features other religions

    Jul 22, 2011
    By Andrea Ong

    Presidential hopeful Tony Tan with Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram. He is the guest of honour at an interfaith gathering for Racial Harmony Day featuring 200 religious leaders from 25 religious organisations. The event is organised by the Taoist Federation. Dr Tan will be launching a book marking the Taoist Federation's 20th anniversary. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE



    A NEW 153-page book published by the Taoist Federation to mark its 20th anniversary devotes a large section to showcase the many religious groups in Singapore.

    This was done in the spirit of racial and religious harmony, federation chief Tan Thiam Lye said at its soft-launch during a Racial Harmony Day celebration on Thursday organised by the federation and attended by more than 200 representatives from nearly 30 religious groups
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    Also at the event was presidential hopeful and former deputy prime minister Tony Tan, who presented copies of the book to leaders from the various groups.

    He told reporters afterwards that such events are important as racial harmony is one of the 'cornerstones of stability'. Harmony is also 'the bedrock of how Singaporeans of all races and all beliefs can live comfortably with each other, work together, enjoy themselves on social occasions like this generally without the stresses and strains which we have seen in so many other countries'.

    'This cannot be achieved without constant effort,' said Dr Tan, who commended the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and other groups for working together.

    The book, Twenty Years Of Taoist Practice, will be released officially in October. Aside from the history of the federation and Taoism, it also has pictures and write-ups on over 20 groups such as the New Creation Church, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and Hindu Endowments Board.

    Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.
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    Default Dr Balaji's book on Indian history launched

    Jul 22, 2011
    By Andrea Ong

    The late Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Balaji Sadasivan has written a book on the history of early India. It will be launched by President SR Nathan as part of the South Asian Diaspora convention. Dr Balaji's wife Ma Swan Hoo will be giving a speech and presenting the book to President Nathan. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


    HE was more widely known as a statesman and top neurosurgeon, but Dr Balaji Sadasivan's last labour of love showed he was also a historian with a keen interest in India's past.

    On Friday, President S R Nathan launched a book which the late Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs had written during the last few years of his life. Dr Balaji, who was also a Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, died of colon cancer at 55 in September last year.

    Titled The Dancing Girl: A History of Early India, the book is a wide-ranging survey of India's history from the time of the Indus Valley civilisation 4,500 years ago to the height of the Mughal empire in the 17th century. It was written in a clear and engaging manner to appeal to the general reader, said Dr Balaji's wife Ma Swan Hoo, who helped prepare the book for publication.

    At the launch attended by guests including Malaysian Minister for Human Resources S Subramaniam, former Foreign Minister George Yeo and Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong. Dr Ma, 54, said her husband loved history and used to read extensively. 'Balaji was a very good teacher, and it was this desire to share his knowledge that resulted in his writing this book on the history of India,' she said.

    'To capture the intricacies of Indian history is no easy feat, especially for someone of Indian origin who only sporadically visited his ancestral homeland with its mysterious, exotic and incomprehensible history,' said President Nathan. However, he said Dr Balaji's book, which was launched as part of the South Asian Diaspora Convention organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies, managed to 'open doors of understanding into a shared past that explains why and how South Asia has come to be what it is today'.

    The book is published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas) and is available at Kinokuniya and other major bookstores. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Children's Cancer Foundation and $61,000 in donations have already poured in, said Iseas director K Kesavapany.
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    Default Singapore Lions edge past Malaysia 5-3

    Jul 23, 2011
    By Gerard Wong

    Singapore's players celebrate Aleksandar Duric's goal against Malaysia during their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification soccer match in Singapore July 23, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS


    SINGAPORE defeated bitter Causeway rivals Malaysia 5-3 in a thrilling World Cup second round qualifying match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.

    The Lions got off to a bad start when they conceded a goal just barely 27 seconds into the game but Malaysia mysteriously went to pieces after that as a brace by striker Qiu Li and goals by midfielders Mustafic Fahrudin and Shi Jiayi gave Singapore a dream 4-1 lead at the break.

    However, Singapore suddenly conceded two goals in quick succession midway through the second half and the game became a nail-biting open affair again.

    The Malaysians, smelling blood, surged forward and Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud had to pull off a few good saves to keep the Tigers at bay.

    Singapore striker Aleksandar Duric then provided some relief for the Lions when he scored the final goal of the game.

    The Lions will travel to Kuala Lumpur next week to play Malaysia on Thursday in the July 28 return leg at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
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    Default RI launches sports institute for student-athletes

    Jul 23, 2011
    By Terrence Voon

    Talented student-athletes at Raffles Instution (RI) are being groomed to be future leaders in sports science and research. -- ST PHOTO: STEVEN LEE CT



    TALENTED student-athletes at Raffles Instution (RI) are being groomed to be future leaders in sports science and research.

    The school on Saturday launched its sports academy, now called the EW Barker Institute of Sports, to help their students prepare for a lifelong career in sports.

    About 80 Year Five and Year Six students are currently part of the institute, which features dedicated laboratories for sports science, physiotherapy and psychology.


    Speaking at the launch, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean noted that RI has produced many prominent national sportsmen over the years, including swimmer and water polo star Tan Eng Liang, now the vice-president of the Singapore Olympic Council (SOC).

    Over 100 students have represented Singapore at major meets like the Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games in recent years.
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    Default Athletics: S'pore track and field team in for a medal revival

    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 23 July 2011 0647 hrs



    SINGAPORE: It has been six years since the Republic's track and field team last won a clutch of medals at the biennial SEA Games.They won eight in Philippines in 2005, and their tally from the 2007 and 2009 Games in Thailand and Laos were one gold and one bronze, and two golds and one silver, respectively.

    But the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) are confident their current crop of athletes will do them proud when the 2011 SEA Games begin in Jakarta and Palembang from November 11 to 22.

    The national sports association are targeting six medals from their 23-strong squad, who earned their ticket for the Games from the Singapore National Olympic Council's selection committee on Friday.

    SAA chief of sport development and performance James Wong told Today: "We have a bigger squad than the last SEA Games, there is much more depth and more disciplines, and the quality of the people going is much higher.

    "Our target is six medals, and hopefully two or three will strike gold. I'm looking forward to some surprises."

    Among them could be 42-year-old Wong himself, chasing a ninth gold in the discus.

    Also in contention are the men's 4x100m relay team, who set the national record of 39.82sec en route to the silver at the 2009 Games, throwers Zhang Guirong and Wan Lay Chi, the women's 4x400m squad and male and female pole vaulters Sean Lim and Rachel Yang.

    Singapore athletics' biggest medal haul was at the 1973 SEAP Games here, with the likes of sprinters Eng Chiew Guay, Glory Barnabas and Canagasabai Kunalan, hurdler Heather Marican and high jumper Nor Azhar Hamid starring in a total of 29 medals (6 gold, 16 silver, 7 bronze).

    Wong is convinced track and field in the country is set for bigger, and better.

    "Whatever happens in the future will depend on these SEA Games and we need to set the momentum.

    "If we do well, a lot of athletes will believe in the system. We want to bring back the glory days, and be the top three nations in South-east Asia by 2015."

    Shot putter Zhang, who trains in China, is also hoping to compete in the javelin and discus at the Games.

    Said the 33-year-old, who will take part in the Singapore Open next month: "My target is to win medals in these two events, but my goal is to defend my gold in the shot put. I believe Singapore athletes will perform very well this year."

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    Default S'pore's chilli crab among '50 most delicious foods'

    Jul 25, 2011
    By Ashutosh Ravikrishnan

    Placing higher at no. 35 is Singapore's infamous chilli crab, which the website describes as a 'spicy, sloppy, meaty specialty' that is a must-try when visiting Singapore. -- PHOTO: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE


    SOME eat to live, others live to eat.

    If you belong to the latter group and you live in Singapore, you're in luck.

    Two popular Singaporean dishes have made it to CNNGo's list of the world's 50 most delicious foods.

    At no. 45 is the national dish of Singapore, chicken rice. 'Whenever you're not actually in Singapore eating chicken rice, you're thinking of it,' the website says.

    Placing higher at no. 35 is Singapore's infamous chilli crab, which the website describes as a 'spicy, sloppy, meaty specialty' that is a must-try when visiting Singapore.

    Thailand's Massaman curry tops the list, and is described as the 'king of all foods', with its 'spicy, sweet and savoury' flavours.

    Read the entire list here.
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    Default Robotic surgeon 'can ease bed crunch'

    Jul 25, 2011


    Less pain and loss of blood for patients allow quick recovery from surgery - freeing up beds

    By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent


    How the system works

    A TINY camera and surgical tools are inserted through small openings in the body.

    They are located at the end of robotic arms which rotate and move back and forth like a hand on a wrist.

    The surgeon sits at a console and looks at a screen which projects a three-dimensional image of what the camera sees.

    With the help of foot pedals and hand controllers, he manipulates the tools inside the body.

    His movements are translated into tiny ones by the robot. If the surgeon makes a 1cm movement, the instrument moves just 1mm.

    In normal keyhole surgery, the surgeon has to move left to get the tool to go right because the instruments pivot around the opening in the body.

    The robotic system, on the other hand, lets the surgeon move the controller in the direction he wants the instrument to move.


    National University Hospital surgeons (from left) Joseph Ng, Jeffrey Low and Fong Yoke Fai with the da Vinci robot. Dr Ng says robotic surgery can do much more than laparoscopy because the robot's arm is as flexible as a human hand and can bend and rotate just like a wrist and fingers. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    A ROBOT that can reach inside patients during surgery could help to ease the bed crunch affecting public hospitals, doctors say.

    The machine, called da Vinci, allows operations such as repairing heart valves and removing tumours to be performed without cutting muscles.

    Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Strait's Times.
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    Default NDP organisers harness technology to improve safety

    By Wayne Chan | Posted: 24 July 2011 1653 hrs



    National Day Parade operations team's "mobile clinic"



    SINGAPORE: This year's National Day Parade operations team has added a "mobile clinic" and moving "eyes-on-the-ground" to help it respond faster in case of an emergency.

    Making its first appearance at this year's National Day Parade is the mobile battalion casualty station, which can be transformed from a truck into a medical post in just 15 minutes.

    Each station has enough supplies to take 200 casualties each, two times more than before.

    And with its own electricity, better life support systems can be used.

    "With this battalion casualty station, we can actually move the medical post to the casualty location," said Colonel Lee Heok Chye, chairman of Security Operations & Contingencies.

    In addition, lightweight Manpack Camera Systems will give the team moving "eyes-on-the-ground".

    The system, which is being used for the first time for NDP, has cameras that send live footage to the control room.

    "Previously, we depended on fixed CCTV locations that sometimes may not provide 100 per cent area coverage. With this system, we can actually understand the ground situation better," added Colonel Lee.

    With 30 other fixed cameras monitoring the parade area, organisers have taken special effort to ensure that spectators will have a smooth and safe experience.

    - CNA/cc
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    Default Ministry website offers answers on reserves and the presidency

    Jul 26, 2011

    WEBSITE UPDATE

    To access the Ministry of Finance's FAQ, log on to www.mof.gov.sg and click on the FAQ tab.

    WHAT information does the president have about the reserves? And did the Government provide former President Ong Teng Cheong with enough information to protect the reserves?

    The answers to these and other pointed questions are now on the Ministry of Finance's (MOF) website, which was updated extensively last week.

    Its frequently asked questions (FAQs) section has additional information on the reserves and a new section that explains the role of the president.

    The MOF uses the updated site to address what it considers 'misperceptions' under the section entitled 'What is the President's role in safeguarding the reserves'.

    It says, for example, that 'a misperception is that the late President Ong had not been provided with sufficient information for him to effectively protect the past reserves'.

    'In fact, he was given full access to the information of the reserves during his term of office. This information included the value of all the Government's financial assets, as well as a listing of physical assets, such as buildings and land.'

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

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    Default Two-thirds of NTU fresh grads secure jobs before convocation

    By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 25 July 2011 1858 hrs



    SINGAPORE: A record 9,066 students are graduating from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this year.

    And the cohort is riding on the waves of a tight job market, with two-thirds already securing employment
    .

    Brothers Harry and Henry Zhuang have just been conferred their Digital Animation degrees and will be working in the same company.

    "Actually we are quite surprised that the company is going to hire both of us. But he ensured that we are going to work on two different projects," said Henry, who graduated from NTU's School of Art, Design & Media.

    Harry said: "I think there are jobs available. It's whether you're willing to work or not."

    The brothers make up two-thirds of a cohort that have secured jobs before graduating.

    In a preliminary study conducted by the university, it was also found that the top five earners from NTU's Class 2011 are drawing entry-level salaries of above $10,000.

    NTU's new president predicts a significant proportion would be living and working abroad
    . The challenge then is to ensure future graduates have the competitive edge in a globalised job market.

    "I think we've got to change the curriculum to increase communication skills. Apart from being good mechanical engineers, physicists or biologists, you have to learn social skills, cultural intelligence, because the work market is international," said NTU's president Professor Bertil Andersson.

    "Many people say, for example, the SMU students are much better at communicating than NTU. I don't know if that's true, but certainly we should make the NTU students better in communication, having more social and international skills," he added.

    Professor Andersson, who succeeded Professor Su Guaning whose term lasted eight years, was giving his first convocation speech. Professor Su was also conferred the title of President Emeritus.

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    Default Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan to visit Singapore

    By Joanne Chan | Posted: 25 July 2011 1921 hrs




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    SINGAPORE : Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan will lead a delegation of Ministers and senior officials to Singapore on a three-day visit starting Tuesday, at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

    Mr Teo and Mr Wang will co-chair the 13th Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council, 4th Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering Council and 8th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meetings on July 27.

    A joint media statement issued by Singapore's ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry and National Development said the Suzhou and Tianjin Eco-City meetings will review the progress of the respective projects and chart new directions for future development.

    The two countries will also discuss existing and new areas of bilateral cooperation.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo and Vice Premier Wang will also jointly witness the signing of the Protocol to Amend the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and the Supplemental to the China Banking Regulatory Commission-Monetary Authority of Singapore Memorandum of Understanding - Statement of Cooperation on Crisis Management.

    During his visit to Singapore, Vice Premier Wang will also meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

    He will also be hosted to dinner by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Manpower, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

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    Default GIC reveals performance over 5, 10 years


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    SINGAPORE - In response to long-standing calls for more information about the Republic's investment portfolio, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) has revealed, for the first time, its performance over various time frames in its annual report, which it will released today.

    The sovereign wealth fund traditionally publishes its annual performance aggregated over 20 years but, starting this year, it will include five-year and 10-year annual rates of return to "provide a good sense of the ongoing medium-term investment performance", said group president Lim Siong Guan at a media briefing yesterday.

    As at end-March, the GIC clocked a 20-year annual nominal rate of return in US dollar terms of 7.2 per cent, slightly above last year's 7.1 per cent. In real terms, after factoring in global inflation (3.1 per cent) and deducting all costs incurred, the gain was 3.9 per cent compared to last year's 3.8 per cent.

    Another new feature is the inclusion of two composite portfolios - computed from the MSCI All Countries Gross Total Return Index for global equities and the Barclays Global Bonds Aggregate Index for global bonds - and volatility statistics to provide "perspective" on the performance of the Republic's portfolio, said Mr Lim.

    Group chief investment officer Ng Kok Song said: "We wanted to provide more information on how the Government's portfolio was being managed, in light of the Constitutional amendments enabling the Government's Budget to draw on a portion of the long-term investment returns."

    Mr Lim reiterated, however, that the GIC's mission "is to preserve and enhance the international purchasing power of the reserves placed under our management by the Government, and the investment objective is to achieve good long-term returns against global inflation".

    CIMB-GK Research's regional economist Song Seng Wun said the move is "in line with demand by investors for greater clarity and transparency".

    "It gives a better gauge of performance over medium and longer terms ... and it shows whether the firm is nimble enough to capitalise on movements and react to dips and bounds," said Mr Song.

    Chairman and chief investment officer of APS Asset Management Wong Kok Hoi hailed the move as a "great improvement".

    He said: "It's clear that they're trying to disclose more."

    The fresh figures showed the GIC performing better over the five- and 10-year periods than the two composite portfolios - with 60:40 and 70:30 global equities to global bonds ratio, respectively.

    Over the 20-year time frame, however, the rate of return did not match up, albeit with lower volatility (see table).

    This was attributed to the poorer returns between 1991 and 2001, when the Government's portfolio was managed on a more conservative basis and held a lower percentage of equities.

    In terms of asset mix, the most significant was a 5-per-cent shift into emerging market equities or what Mr Ng described as "new growth economies".

    These include countries like Poland, Turkey and Russia.

    Notably, exposure in the United States and the euro zone was also cut by 3 per cent and 4 per cent respectively.

    While he described the GIC's investment portfolio as "nicely balanced at the moment", Mr Ng said the next 20 years will prove to be "more difficult" than the last 20 because of the challenging economic and investment environment.

    "The sustainable recovery of the developed economies remains uncertain, while the emerging economies face challenges in restraining inflationary pressure and currency appreciation,"
    he added.

    In terms of leadership, Mr Lim noted that the GIC saw an "unusually large" number of changes at the board and senior management levels. Still, the transition has been smooth because well-qualified successors were at hand.

    As for the executive director post, which is now vacant following Dr Tony Tan's resignation to run for President, Mr Lim said the decision rests with the GIC board.

    He added: "The critical thing is to make such an appointment only when there is an individual who has the requisite knowledge and experience and also has a clear appreciation of how the financial reserves under GIC's management contributes towards the well-being of Singaporeans."







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    Default Billionaire Lim, Ronaldo's agent hatch plan for top local footballers


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:46 AM Jul 26, 2011


    SINGAPORE - The Portuguese is acclaimed as the world's most powerful football agent, whose clients include top names in the sport like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Jose Mourinho.

    The Singaporean, one of the Republic's prominent billionaires, has close links with English Premier League champion Manchester United and shot to global prominence in his bid to buy Liverpool FC last year.

    They struck a friendship two years ago while moving in the same football circles with mutual friends such as United manager Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid boss Mourinho.

    Mr Jorge Mendes and Mr Peter Lim have now formed an alliance with the aim of opening up opportunities for Singapore footballers, including those in the national team, to play for top clubs in Europe.

    The plan, hatched by their common mission to help less privileged talent realise their sporting dreams, is to scout for at least four or five young Singapore footballers a year and recommend them to clubs in England, Spain and Italy.

    And not just any club but those who take a real interest in the development of Singapore talent, in much the same way Mr Ferguson helped Portuguese star Ronaldo after signing him as an 18-year-old in 2003 and South Korean winger Park Ji Sung two years later.

    "This is what Peter and I are talking about," said Mr Mendes, who rarely grants press interviews but agreed to meet Today at his hotel suite at Marina Bay Sands on Sunday. "We are trying to find the best idea, the best way to do it and we will do it for sure. We have a plan and we will let you know."

    Mr Lim hopes his partnership with Mr Mendes will see talented Singapore footballers signing with top European clubs.

    "Jorge is impressed with the attitudes of our people and I am sure he will be interested to see who in the current national age-group squads and the Lions team he can recommend to European clubs," he said.

    Mr Mendes' move to unearth stars here came after he learnt of the S$10 million Peter Lim Scholarship launched in June last year for the Singapore Olympic Foundation.

    Mr Lim had started the scholarship as he did not want to see young talent here go to waste because they had no money to pursue a sports career.

    It struck a chord with Mr Mendes, who had helped his parents try to make ends meet by selling hats by the beach in Lisbon.

    When he became an agent in 1996, he resolved to help the less-privileged, among whom were compatriots Ronaldo and Nani, realise their full potential.

    Said the 45-year-old: "I started thinking about players from Asia after talking to Peter because you definitely have talent, good players who should be given the opportunity to improve.

    "There is quality here and we will check with the clubs and national team also."

    Matching players with the right clubs is a major part of Mr Mendes' success and he pointed to Mr Ferguson's guarantee in giving Ronaldo - who now plays for Real Madrid - playing time in at least 50 per cent of their matches when he joined United.

    "In four years he became the best player at Man United," said Mr Mendes. "Cristiano would not be where he is today if not for that guarantee and neither would Park Ji Sung. We can put a player in any club, but without a guarantee like that, a footballer's career can be wasted and there have been many examples.

    "So, if we do the right thing for your footballers, the situation will be different."



    Mr Jorge Mendes has big plans for Singapore. Photo by IAN DE COTTA
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    Jul 27, 2011

    S'pore's Duric dismisses Malaysian mind games and 85,000 crowd

    By Sanjay Nair

    'We've the two-goal advantage, but they're making it seem like the heat is all on us for the second leg. We need to stay calm and not fall for their tricks.'

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    Rival strikers Aleksandar Duric and Safee Sali during their chance meeting at the Hilton Petaling Jaya. They shook hands and posed for pictures.


    KUALA LUMPUR - TWO of South-east Asia's deadliest strikers crossed paths in a chance encounter at the lobby of the Hilton Petaling Jaya hotel on Tuesday.

    When they last met at the Jalan Besar Stadium last Saturday, Singapore's Aleksandar Duric and Malaysian ace Safee Sali did their best to outdo each other.

    They each plundered two goals, but Duric came out tops as the Lions won the first leg of their 2014 World Cup second-round qualifier 5-3.

    Yesterday, that rivalry abated momentarily, as the duo stopped to shake hands and pose for pictures. But, once the pleasantries were over and Safee made his way to the coffee house for lunch, a peppy Duric went on the offensive.

    The veteran striker, who scored the Republic's first and fifth goals, told The Straits Times: 'Malaysia are under huge pressure. They're running scared of us.

    'We've the two-goal advantage, but they're making it seem like the heat is all on us for the second leg.

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    Default Moshe Safdie to design Bishan condo

    Jul 27, 2011

    Famed architect, whose firm designed ArtScience Museum, to work on project near MRT station

    By Esther Teo, Property Reporter


    The 540-unit project will consist of two 38-storey towers linked by bridging sky gardens - vastly different from the more traditional approach of individual towers for suburban condo projects. The site was acquired by CapitaLand for $550 million earlier this year.


    AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned architect with a reputation for head-turning designs has been hired for a major condominium project in Bishan.

    In a bold move, CapitaLand has hired United States-based award winner Moshe Safdie to help reshape the look of the heartland.

    Mr Safdie, whose firm designed the eye-catching ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, has been commissioned to design the 540-unit project on the Bishan Central site.

    The site, near Bishan MRT station, was acquired by CapitaLand for $550 million earlier this year.

    Nestled amid Bishan HDB estate, the project will consist of two 38-storey towers linked by bridging sky gardens - a world apart from the more traditional approach of individual towers for suburban condo projects.

    Developers here are gradually changing the residential landscape by dazzling buyers with big-name overseas architects, say property watchers.

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


    An artist's impression of the Bishan project. Experts say enlisting a world-class architect may be a way for developers to overcome price resistance by differentiating their product. -- PHOTO: CAPITALAND
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