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    Default Singapore has highest parking rates in SEA

    Jul 27, 2011

    SYDNEY - SINGAPORE has the most expensive parking rates in South-east Asia, according to research released on Tuesday.

    Singaporean commuters pay an average of US$24.59 (S$30.40) a day, compared to commuters in Tokyo who pay an average of $62 a day.

    However, Singapore does not rank within the top 50 daily parking rates in the world.

    The Colliers International Parking Rate Survey has Oslo at the priciest place to park at $89.04 a day, followed by Copenhagen at $73.11, and Melbourne at $69.53.

    Jakarta has the cheapest daily parking of the 156 cities surveyed, at just 92 cents a day. -- AFP
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    Default S'pore will spiral down if govt is weak

    Jul 27, 2011

    By Elgin Toh

    FORMER prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has warned of the dangers of Singapore moving towards a two-party system and electing weak and ineffective governments.

    The progress made by the country since independence is not cast in stone and would 'spiral downwards' with poor governance, he argued in a recent interview with China Central Television (CCTV).

    In an implicit reference to arguments made during the May General Election, he noted that many Singaporeans now desire a 'First World Parliament' and a two-party system.

    'Their argument is simple. A First World country must have a First World Parliament. A First World Parliament must have a First World opposition. Then you can change dice. I think if ever we go down that road, I'll be very sorry for Singapore,' he said.

    Campaigning on the platform of a 'First World Parliament', the Workers' Party won an unprecedented six seats at the May 7 polls. The ruling People's Action Party's vote share was also cut to 60.1 per cent.

    Mr Lee's interview with CCTV took place a month ago and aired on July 6, and was done for its English talk show 'Dialogue' in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1. A full transcript was obtained by The Straits Times yesterday.

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



    Mr Lee's interview with CCTV took place a month ago and aired on July 6, and was done for its English talk show 'Dialogue' in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1. A full transcript was obtained by The Straits Times yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG
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    Default S'pore achieves best ever showing at International Math Olympiad

    Posted: 26 July 2011 1720 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Singapore students have achieved their best ever showing at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

    The six-member team came in third out of 101 participating countries at this year's event, held between July 16 and 24 in Amsterdam.This year's result is a huge improvement over Singapore's 22nd placing in 2010.

    They clinched four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the competition.

    The gold medallists are: Ang Jie Jun of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Lim Jeck of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Joseph Kuan and Ding Yue of Raffles Institution (RI). NUS High School of Mathematics and Science's Ang Yan Sheng took a silver, while RI's Ryan Kor took a bronze.

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    Default S'pore helps Danang in urban transport planning

    Posted: 26 July 2011 1345 hrs
    SINGAPORE: Singapore and the World Bank are helping the Vietnamese city of Danang plan its urban transport system.

    The Temasek Foundation, the World Bank and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise signed an agreement Tuesday enabling Danang government officials to learn from Singapore's experience.

    The Temasek Foundation will provide a grant of close to S$1 million towards the project.

    The collaboration is part of the World Bank - Singapore Urban Hub's ongoing support to Vietnam's urban infrastructure development and financing programmes.

    The Urban Hub, established in 2009, provides a platform for the World Bank to bring together and share Singapore's developmental expertise in urban management with World Bank's client countries.

    - CNA/cc


    Picture shows a newly built road leading to a beach in central coastal city of Danang. (AFP Photo/Hoang Dinh Nam)
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    Default NTU rated 5-star university

    Posted: 26 July 2011 1913 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the first university in Singapore to be rated five stars under a new QS Stars rating system.

    The new system is a comprehensive evaluation by Quacquarelli Symonds, an information provider for higher education that is behind the annual QS World University Rankings.

    According to QS, a typical five-star university is generally world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.

    NTU joins an international league of similarly acclaimed universities such as Cambridge, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that have also been awarded a five-star rating.

    The QS Stars rating system examines institutional performance against a greater range of criteria than are included in any university ranking.

    Universities receive an overall star rating out of five, but also receive individual ratings in 30 different areas covering research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement, as well as their ranking within a specialist subject.

    Managing director of QS Asia, Mandy Mok, said NTU has performed exceptionally well in all eight key areas.

    It earned full marks for graduate employability, internationalisation, innovation and knowledge transfer, and community engagement.

    It also achieved full marks in many of the criteria in the other four key areas.

    Overall, NTU was given 948 points out of a maximum of 1,000 points.

    NTU president, Professor Bertil Andersson, was presented with the QS Stars 5-Star certification at NTU's University Awards Dinner on Monday.

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    Default Swimmers in six-star splash

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:46 AM Jul 26, 2011


    SUPHANBURI - Singapore swimming is heading in the right direction if results from the 14th Thailand Sports Schools Games here are any indication.

    Of the more than 80 events held at the Suphanburi Sports School pool, the Singapore Sports School (SSP) won 48 gold, representing the school's best performance since their debut at these games in 2005.

    With competition ending yesterday, five members of SSP's 41-strong swim team came away with six gold medals each - backstroker Malcolm Low, freestylists Oh Yao Jie and Lim Cheng Hwang, butterfly specialist Natasha Tan, all 14 years old, and all-rounder Koh Xiao Li, 15.

    It will be no surprise to see them featuring in future SEA Games.

    Selangor-born Cheng Hwang is already shortlisted for the Malaysian 4x100m relay quartet for the Nov 11-22 SEA Games co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang, while Singapore's swimming brothers, Brandon and Benedict Boon, are under consideration for the 5km and 10km open water events, which will be contested at the Games for the first time.

    For SSP's swim team assistant manager Eugene Chia, the stint here is not all about winning medals but preparing the youngsters for future outings.

    "This annual trip to Thailand takes these teenagers away from the comforts of home, where they need to look after themselves while preparing for competition in unfamiliar conditions," said Chia. "Some of these kids have the potential to be regional champions, and competing here is part of the process to shape them into future stars."

    Malcolm dreams of becoming as good as his backstroke idol, Japan's Ryosuke Irie, who's a World Championship silver medallist and a four-time Asian Games champion.

    "Six gold medals this year is an improvement on the five I got last year," said the Secondary 2 pupil. "I'd love to go to the SEA Games in 2013. I don't think I have enough experience yet, and will need to focus more and put in more effort to get there."

    While swimming delivered eight more than the target of 40 gold medals, the SSP contingent have fallen short in netball, athletics and table-tennis, and will likely miss hitting their target of 60 golds from this campaign.







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    From left: Lim Cheng Hwang, Natasha Tan, Malcolm Low, Koh Xiao Li and Oh Yao Jie. Photo by PHILIP GOH

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    Default Strong MBS results lift Genting shares

    Jul 28, 2011

    Investors overcome fears of casino market hitting saturation point

    By Goh Eng Yeow, Senior Correspondent

    BEARISH

    'We are not sure what percentage of MBS' growth was driven by this type of clientele, but RWS is unlikely to see a similar uplift, given its limited presence in Macau.'

    Macquarie Equities Research, commenting on the possibility that MBS' second-quarter growth might have come partly from its Macau clientele who wanted a different experience in Singapore

    BULLISH

    'Everyone is bullish on Genting again. Hopefully, this run-up is sustainable.'

    Dealer Thomas Lee, after Genting Singapore jumped 11 cents to a four-week high of $1.92 yesterday, with about 289.9 million shares changing hands - the highest one-day volume encountered since October 2009, boosting its market value by $1.34 billion

    CASINO player Genting Singapore steadied its recent wobble and jumped 11 cents to a four-week high of $1.92 yesterday, boosting its market value by $1.34 billion.

    The trigger for the renewed investors' optimism was rival operator Marina Bay Sands' (MBS) spectacular quarterly results which showed strong growth in revenues raked in from high-roller gamblers and retail customers.

    This soothed concerns among anxious investors that the local casino market may be hitting saturation point in the wake of two quarters of weak gaming revenue growth.

    Compared with the first quarter, MBS' second-quarter operational earnings had grown by 42.4 per cent to US$405.4 million (S$487 million). In contrast, Venetian Macao - the flagship Macau casino of United States-based Las Vegas Sands which also owns MBS - reported only a 13.1 per cent jump in operational earnings to US$258.4 million for the same period.

    It helped to debunk concerns that the Singapore gaming market may be growing at a slower pace than its much bigger Macau rival, and stopped further switching out of Genting into the Macau casino plays listed in Hong Kong.

    'Everyone is bullish on Genting again. Hopefully, this run-up is sustainable,' said dealer Thomas Lee.

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits
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    Default Table Tennis Association launches coffee table book

    Jul 28, 2011
    By Leonard Lim

    The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) launched a coffee table book to celebrate its 80th anniversary on Thursday. --PHOTO: NP


    THE Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) launched a coffee table book to celebrate its 80th anniversary on Thursday, with Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing gracing the event at the organisation's headquarters at Toa Payoh Sports Complex.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean were among those who wrote messages in the book, which traced the highs of the sport here over the past decades.

    Highlighting achievements like the women's team winning a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, PM Lee wrote: 'Their successes will inspire future generations of Singaporean athletes to do even better. With STTA's focus on grassroots development and outreach programmes to children of all ages, table tennis is set to grow in Singapore.'

    Speaking to reporters later, Major-General (NS) Chan said he was confident a solution could be found to the current furore over 16-year-old paddler Isabelle Li and other youngsters' non-selection for November's South-east Asia Games in Jakarta.

    The Singapore National Olympic Council, which selects the Republic's athletes for such Games, wants to know why the STTA is not nominating stars like Li Jiawei and Feng Tianwei.

    The STTA has until Aug 4 to respond. MG (NS) Chan said: 'I'm very confident that SNOC and STTA, they have their own processes. And there's still time for them to use the processes to come to a solution to balance the different considerations and needs.'
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    Default Musicals and Mambo night at F1 this year

    Jul 28, 2011
    By Melissa Kok

    F1 SPECTATORS this year can look forward to a diverse mix of pop and dance acts, plus - for the first time - musicals and a Mambo night.

    The $5 million entertainment line-up at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix in September includes Bollywood Express, a 45-minute production from the folks behind the highly successful Merchants Of Bollywood musical, and Forbidden Broadway, a satirical revue that spoofs favourite Broadway productions.

    The event, held at the Marina Bay circuit park, will also feature the largest Mambo night - a retro music showcase popular with Zouk clubbers - at the Marina Bay floating platform. The venue can accommodate more than 20,000 people. The music acts at F1 this year are American rock band Linkin Park, UK duo Daddy G and 3D of veteran trip-hop act Massive Attack, 1980s pop sensation Rick Astley, reggae singer and rapper Shaggy, and Filipino singer Charice Pempengco.

    Music fans who were looking forward to Billboard chart-topping artists like last year's Mariah Carey and Missy Elliot may be disappointed with the music line-up. But the organisers, Singapore GP, will later announce another headline act, which could be a big name.

    Ms Sarah Martin, director of operations for Singapore GP, said this year's plan was to give a broad spectrum of arts and music acts to cater to the diverse crowd. She said: 'We've packed in a host of entertainment activities to ensure every ticket offers great value for money.'

    All shows are accessible to all ticketholders and they will be spread out across the three race nights from Sept 23 to 25.
    The detailed timetable is not available yet. Last year, the race attracted around 240,000 people over three days.

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    Default Govt hopes to keep continuous rail corridor

    Jul 28, 2011
    By Grace Chua


    Visitors, be careful

    PARTS of the former KTM railway line are now hoarded up for track removal works, and the public is advised to be careful while visiting the area, said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday.

    As agreed with Malaysia, most of the tracks and rail structures must be removed and returned by Dec 31.

    Brigadier-General (NS) Tan said: 'I guess the public would still go and wander around, but they should just be careful.'

    For instance, there are areas hoarded up for safety and people should not climb over the barriers, he said.


    The KTM railway track from Woodlands to Tanjong pagar. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    THE Government hopes to keep the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway land a continuous stretch as far as possible, said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin in a meeting with the media yesterday.

    Plans for the tract will be firmed up over the next two years, and details will be included in the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) 2013 land-use Master Plan, he added.

    Referring to the 26km tract which stretches from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, he said: 'I imagine there are stretches which we will keep, some we would develop in a way that makes sense, but the idea of it as a continuous stretch is something we would very much like to do.

    'It's about keeping the spirit of it as much as the physical.'

    Nature, heritage and other interest groups have pushed to keep the tract unbroken. Last October, they sent the authorities a proposal to preserve it as a 'green corridor' which could be used for bird watching, cycling and other recreational activities.

    The railway land reverted to Singapore from July 1 this year and, since then, thousands of people have strolled along the rails. Most of the tracks and small railway structures must be removed by the year end and returned, in agreement with Malaysia.

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.
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    Default Academy launched to enhance professionalism of art & music teachers

    By Sharon See | Posted: 27 July 2011 1706 hrs



    SINGAPORE : The Education Ministry (MOE) has launched an academy to enhance the professionalism of art and music teachers.

    The Singapore Teachers' Academy for the aRts (STAR) will allow them to come together to share their practices, exchange pedagogical knowledge and network with one another.

    STAR will tap on the professional and specialised expertise from visiting fellows, specialists and arts practitioners in the professional development of art and music teachers.

    Launching the academy on Wednesday was Education Minister Heng Sweet Keat, who said: "MOE is committed to raising the quality of art and music education in schools by recruiting quality art and music teachers and providing opportunities for them to continually upgrade themselves. STAR is set up as a dedicated academy for art and music teachers.

    "STAR will provide teachers with different types of training courses and avenues to be active arts practitioners by presenting their music performances or showcasing their art works. STAR will be a vibrant hub where music and art teachers gather to engage in discussion, share their expertise, explore ways to teach better and co-organise projects to enrich their students' learning and development."

    The academy allows teachers to refine their skills outside teaching and meet like-minded teachers.

    Tang Li Jen, senior teacher (Art) at Victoria Junior College, said: "It is very important for teachers, both art and music, to keep up with our own practice, because the last time we actually attended school officially would be back in our university days.

    "It also allows like-minded teachers to come together to start, to initiate, as a bottom-up approach, programmes or activities - like, a group of teachers who like to paint, come together and paint, or sculpture, or play a certain musical instrument, so that by improving their own skills, when they go back to the school and teach, they will then be able to engage their students better..."

    The academy will also be a platform for teachers to exchange ideas and explore ways to teach better.

    STAR principal, Teo Khin Hiang, said: "They can actually come in (and) with the help of some master or expert from outside, to learn in an area of maybe performing an instrument or an arts form...where they can actually practise together and discuss about how to enhance the pedagogies, and that they can actually bring back to benefit the students."

    Meanwhile, the MOE unveiled three more schools - Nan Chiau High School, Ngee Ann Secondary and St Margaret's Secondary - which will offer the Enhanced Art and Music Programme.

    Nan Chiau High and Ngee Ann Secondary will offer the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP), while St Margaret's Secondary will offer the Enhanced Music Programme.

    Tan Yee Kan, principal of Nan Chiau High School, said: "We hope that through these programmes, we are able to broaden the opportunity for all students, in terms of aesthetics and experience. And not only at the Secondary 3 and 4 levels, but hopefully start from Secondary 1 and 2.

    "Through this EAP programme, it gives us additional support in terms of resources, in terms of manpower, so that we are able to roll out more comprehensive arts programme in our school."

    These programmes were started this year in three schools to allow students interested in art and music to further develop their talent.

    With the latest addition, four schools will offer the art programme, while the music course will be offered in two schools.

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    Default Football: Singapore through to 2014 World Cup qualifying third round

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 28 July 2011 2157 hrs



    KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore advanced into the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday after a 1-1 draw against Malaysia and a winning aggregate of 6-4.

    The Lions had won the first leg 5-3 at Jalan Besar Stadium last Saturday, but the Malaysians were determined to turn things around in the second leg, what with the support of their 85,000 supporters at the Bukit Jalil stadium.

    It was a sea of yellow in the stands, but a small group of Singaporeans fans were also at the Bukit Jalil stadium to cheer for the Lions.

    Poor defending by the Malaysians provided Singapore quite a few chances, but quick reflexes from Malaysia's goalkeeper Khairul Fahmie Che Mat denied Singapore the chance to take the lead.

    And though Malaysia had their chances, play on the bumpy pitch was definitely slower than the first-leg as both teams took a cautious approach.

    Hence, it was no surprise the first half ended goalless.

    In the second half, Mohd Safee Mohd Sali scored for Malaysia in the 57th minute. Singapore managed to equalise through Shi Jiayi in the 72nd minute.

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, who watched the live telecast of the match on a big screen with 2,000 supporters in Kedah, said he was proud of the players who had shown loads of determination and commitment during the match.

    "We were in for a tough time due to the two-goal deficit since Singapore had won 5-3 in the first leg last week.

    "However, I am happy to see their fighting spirit. I want the players to consider the loss as a lesson to strengthen their performance in the future," he said.

    In Singapore, football fans turned up in good numbers at St James Power Station to watch the game.

    Many were relieved when the scoreline remained a draw after 90 minutes.

    One supporter said: "It means we have a bright future, moving forward. So, we are very proud of the team."

    Another supporter added: "This is a very good step, we beat our local rivals ... that's what we want."

    Another fan said: "I think they gained a few more supporters."

    Second-leg results from round two of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup:

    Maldives 0 Iran 1
    (Iran win 5-0 on aggregate)

    Yemen 0 Iraq 0
    (Iraq win 3-0 on aggregate)

    Palestine 2 Thailand 2
    (Thailand win 3-2 on aggregate)

    India 2 United Arab Emirates 2
    (United Arab Emirates win 5-3 on aggregate)

    Malaysia 1 Singapore 1
    (Singapore win 6-4 on aggregate)

    Vietnam 2 Qatar 1
    (Qatar win 4-2 on aggregate)

    Hong Kong 0 Saudi Arabia 5
    (Saudi Arabia win 8-0 on aggregate)

    Indonesia 4 Turkmenistan 3
    (Indonesia win 5-4 on aggregate)

    Bangladesh 2 Lebanon 0
    (Lebanon win 4-2 on aggregate)

    Kyrgyzstan 0 Uzbekistan 3
    (Uzbekistan win 7-0 on aggregate)

    Tajikistan 0 Syria 4
    (Syria win 6-1 on aggregate)

    Laos 1 China 6
    (China win 13-3 on aggregate)

    Philippines 1 Kuwait 2
    (Kuwait win 5-1 on aggregate)

    Myanmar 0 Oman 2
    (Match abandoned due to crowd trouble - Oman lead 4-0 on aggregate but final match result yet to be confirmed)

    Nepal 1 Jordan 1
    (Jordan win 10-1 on aggregate)

    - CNA/Bernama/AFP/ir/de


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    Default Fans safe and sound

    Jul 29, 2011

    Tight security ensures Lions supporters leave stadium without incident

    By Lee Min Kok

    KUALA LUMPUR - LONG after every single one of the 85,000 grieving Malaysian supporters had departed the Bukit Jalil Stadium, the 300-strong Singaporean contingent who had bravely cheered on their heroes were stranded in the vast complex.

    It was only a full hour after Japanese referee Takayama Hiroyoshi's final whistle, and a 1-1 draw that put the Lions through to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers 6-4 on aggregate, did the local authorities deem it safe enough for them to leave their seats.

    Even then, a line of Federal Reserve Unit officers formed a protective circle around the group, who had to endure vulgar taunts and rude songs as they made the 500m walk to board their buses.

    Said asset management analyst David Hu, 25: 'It was quite an exciting experience. We don't quite see these kind of situations in Singapore.'

    The South-east Asia region's fiercest rivalry came to a head yesterday, when Malaysia locked horns with Singapore, but it was a lopsided battle in the stands - at least in the beginning.

    Two weeks ago, this same stadium was bathed in shimmering red and blue as English giants Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea basked in the adulation of their Malaysian fans.

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


    Malaysians filling up the 85,000-capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium except for 300 Lions fans. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
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    Default Malaysia hear the Lions roar

    Avramovic's men produce professional performance to end the dream of their arch-rivals


    by Leonard Thomas
    04:46 AM Jul 29, 2011


    At the end almost man for man they lifted their hands to the heavens in thanks and in triumph, some rushed to their leader for a group bear hug, even Lions needed to exhale.

    Redemption was their battlecry.

    They were extraordinarily subdued in the fields of Vietnam last December, trudging home without even getting out of the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

    Singapore had entered the competition as three-time ASEAN champions, this was not what a football-mad nation expected of their Lions.

    How they redeemed themselves here at the Bukit Jalil Stadium last night.

    Cool and fierce, muscled in the tackle and the chase and in the mind, they drew 1-1 with Malaysia to book their passage into the third round of the 2014 World Cup Asian qualifiers on a 6-4 aggregate.

    They joined as one to hurl coach Radojko Avramovic into the air minutes after Japanese referee Takayama Hiroyoshi blew the final whistle to end Malaysia's dream of qualifying for the third round of the World Cup qualifiers for the first time in their history.

    They wanted to send an emphatic message that the 61-year-old Serb has been one of the best coaches in the history of Singapore football.

    The Lions were kings last Saturday at Jalan Besar Stadium when they walked away 5-3 winners, Malaysian coach K Rajagobal had teased and taunted Singapore in the build-up to the second leg, but at every turn Avramovic made it clear to his troops they would not succumb to mind games.

    He had his men primed for battle.

    And what a battle.

    It was not the feverish thriller of last Saturday, but for drama it was truly compelling stuff.

    With nearly 90,000 confident and fiercely excited Malaysians primed to do everything in their power to inspire their favourites, and strike fear into their opponents, this was not a match for weak and old Lions.

    There were none in sight here last night. Hariss Harun stood strongest of them all.

    Only 20, he was a rock at the heart of Singapore's midfield.

    He protected Singapore's defence like a Trojan, for one so young he displayed a maturity in his reading of the game and never lost his head, fair with his biting tackles but constantly making Malaysia wince.

    He was powerless, though, when Safee Sali bulged the Singapore net with an unstoppable shot in the 58th minute, after the Singapore defenders froze for a split second when Hiroyoshi seemed set to blow for a free-kick for the visitors, opening a path for Malaysia's hotshot striker to pounce.

    It was a strange decision but Avramovic's men refused to allow their shoulders to sag.

    Even if the Malaysians in the stands were determined their collective roar would lift the stadium's roof and carry all the way back to the Lions' den.

    This latest group of Lions, a mix of battle-scarred veterans and adventurous young warriors, sharpened their claws.

    All night long they had repulsed the Malaysians quite comfortably, they continued in the same vein but this time, they were also on a mission to convert the kind of chance they had spurned on a few occasions in the first half.

    It came 14 minutes later via an Aleksandar Duric flick header and an expert finish by Shi Jiayi.

    There was no way back for Malaysia, in the end, they fell to a better side, no matter the protests from Rajagobal.

    Singapore produced a professional display that would have done the old guard like the late Dollah Kassim, Quah Kim Song, Mohamed Noh, Terry Pathmanathan and a whole host of legendary Lions proud.

    This is the second successive time Avramovic has guided Singapore into the group stage of Asia's World Cup qualifiers.

    Twice he has also masterminded the Lions' rise to the top of the football landscape in the region, this latest feather in his cap was an emphatic response to his detractors.

    The roar of the Lions thrillingly returned last night. What sweet music it was for Singapore.



    Leonard Thomas is sports editor at Today.











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    Jul 29, 2011

    By Mark Tay


    CHINA'S largest integrated energy and chemical company, Sinopec, is building a 580-million yuan (S$108.3-million) lubricant plant in Singapore - its first such investment outside the mainland.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday at the Tuas site for the 40,000 sq ft plant.

    The venture is a joint effort between Singapore's Economic Development Board, industrial landlord JTC Corp and Sinopec.

    Sinopec, the world's second largest refiner and fourth largest ethlyene producer was ranked fifth in this Fortune's 2011 global ranking of top 500 companies.

    Sinopec Lubricant Co, a wholly-owned unit of Sinopec Group, is China's largest high-end lubricant manufacturer. The lubricant branch company was officially registered here last May.

    At the ceremony, Sinopec Lubricant Co general manger Song Yunchang said the company hopes that the plant will be operational by September next year.


    China's largest integrated energy and chemical company, Sinopec, is building a 580-million yuan (S$108.3-million) lubricant plant in Singapore - its first such investment outside the mainland. -- PHOTO: CHINA FOTO PRESS
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    Jul 29, 2011

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    ONE of China's top-ranking army generals is in Singapore to discuss the region's defence and security matters at a defence summit - a first since its inception in 1999.

    The People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of general staff Zhang Qinsheng was one of 22 army chiefs at the Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference which opened on Thursday.

    This is the first time that China is involved in the gathering of the region's army chiefs and top defence officials. Laos is also making its debut in the defence summit, by sending its deputy chief of General Staff department Brigadier-General Souvone Leuangbounmy.

    The biennial gathering, which is in its seventh year, is co-hosted by the United States Army and is held in the Pan Pacific Hotel
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    The tagline of the four-day gathering is Building Lands Forces' Capacity Through Multilateral Security Cooperation. Also held in conjuction with the army chiefs' meeting is the 35th Pacific Armies Management Seminar.

    Over the next few days, more than 180 army chiefs and top defence officials will discuss hot security issues like maritime security threats, terrorism, regional architecture and how to marshall resources to deal with natural disasters. Top defence officials will also be involved in a table-top exercise to respond to scenarios such as floods and earthquakes, said Singapore's army chief Ravinder Singh
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    The People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of general staff Zhang Qinsheng was one of 22 army chiefs at the Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference which opened on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP
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    Tao Li into 50m butterfly semi-finals in world championships


    Posted: 29 July 2011 1524 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore's Tao Li has qualified for the semi-finals of women's 50-metre butterfly event, to be held later Friday, at the ongoing World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

    The Asian Games gold medallist clocked 26.43 seconds to tie for 10th place with Estonia's Triin Aljand.

    Sweden's Therese Alshammar was the fastest of the 16 semi-finalists, finishing at 25.68 seconds.

    Tao Li, 21, is aiming to become the first female Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the finals of a world championship event, and hopefully finish on the podium.

    Her personal best for the event was 26.1 seconds.

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