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10-29-2011, 04:00 AM #5254
Breakthrough discovery in lung regeneration
02:43 PM Oct 29, 2011
SINGAPORE - Scientists at the A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) have made a breakthrough discovery in the understanding of lung regeneration.
Their research showed that for the first time, distal airway stem cells (DASC) - a specific type of stem cell in the lungs - are involved in the process of replacing and repairing damaged lung tissue.
Dr Wa Xian, principal investigator at IMB, said: "This is a big advancement in the understanding of adult stem cells that will encourage further research into their potential for regenerative medicine."
Lung damage is caused by a wide range of lung diseases, including chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is the fifth biggest killer worldwide. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
10-29-2011, 04:02 AM #5255
A new centre for play
by Olivia Siong
04:46 AM Oct 29, 2011
SINGAPORE - Aspiring game developers now have a one-stop resource centre to turn to in Singapore.
The Game Solution Centre (GSC), which was launched yesterday by the Media Development Authority (MDA), is managed by Nanyang Polytechnic.
The centre also houses South-east Asia's first PlayStation Incubation Studio.
Developers will have access to development tools for various PlayStation platforms, including the PlayStation3, PSP and, soon, the PlayStation Vita.
The MDA's Interactive Media, Games and Publishing director, Mr Thomas Lim, said: "Over the next two to three years, we expect to have up to 30 games coming out of this centre.
"These 30 games will be from 50 or more developers in each of these projects ... about 500 developers will actually benefit from it."
The GSC's opening comes at a time when the gaming sector is booming. The sector's value-add has increased at a growth rate of 50.5 per cent from S$7.7 million in 2004 to S$59.6 million in 2009.
10-29-2011, 04:07 AM #5256
Table Tennis: Winning start for Feng Tianwei at Women's World Cup
09:08 PM Oct 28, 2011
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Feng Tianwei got off to a fine start at the Volkswagen Women's World Cup on Friday, beating Hong Kong's Jiang Huajun 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.
Earlier in the afternoon, Singapore's two other representatives in the competition, Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei, competed against each other. Wang Yuegu eventually emerged victorious, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 13-15, 8-11, 11-9.
In other results, Japan's Ai Fukuhara and world number one Li Xiaoxia from China also secured wins against Spain's Shen Yanfei and South Korea's Kim Kyung Ah respectively.
The event's opening ceremony was also held on Friday, with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gracing it.
19 of the world's top players are in Singapore for the tournament, and they took part in the opening celebrations and interacted with fans.
The competition, which Singapore is hosting for the second time, continues over the weekend. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
Two slow starts, but Feng's on course
Singapore's world No 4 on the brink of a place in the top eight, Wang also in with a shout
by Low Lin Fhoong
04:47 AM Oct 29, 2011
2011 Volkswagen Women's World Cup
SINGAPORE - Back on court after a two-month hiatus from competition, Singapore's world No 4 Feng Tianwei (picture) was understandably jittery at the start of her campaign in the 2011 Volkswagen Women's World Cup yesterday.
She dropped the first game 12-10 to world No 14 Jiang Huajun of Hong Kong in her opening Group C encounter, but the local favourite was firmly in the driver's seat after that aberration, delighting around 500 fans at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall as she bounced back to claim the next four games 11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 to win the match 4-1.
The 25-year-old closed out the night session hours later against Japanese paddler Hirano Sayaka, ranked 12th in the world.
Among the crowd was Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, and once again, Feng allowed the nerves of her supporters to jangle a little when she lost the first game.
Again, she battled back gamely, winning the next two games 11-9, 11-7.
Fans were rooted to their seats as Hirano came back to win the fourth game 12-10 before a resurgent Feng won the next two 11-8, 11-5 for a hard-earned victory.
The two victories propelled Feng to the top of Group C, and the paddler is now on the verge of clinching a spot in the top eight.
Speaking to media after the victory over Hirano, a clearly tired Feng said: "Today I was more relaxed in my first match but maybe I was bit sleepy and tired as the second match was very late.
"At the end when I was lagging, I got a bit too nervous. Anyway, I'm happy I fought all the way to the end."
Looking ahead to her third group match against Wu Xue of the Dominican Republic (No 56) today, she said: "Tomorrow's encounter will not be as tough, but, obviously, I can't look down on my opponent."
Competing in Group B, world No 9 Wang Yuegu and team-mate Li Jiawei (No 18) squared off in the afternoon. Wang proved to good for Li, posting a 4-1 (11-5, 11-8, 13-15, 11-8, 11-8) win.
A mammoth task against China's world No 2 Ding Ning loomed large for the 31-year-old Wang hours later in the evening.
Reigning world champion Ding Ning, one of the favourites to win here, strolled to a 11-7 victory in the first game, before Wang fought back to level the score 14-12 to huge cheers from the home fans.
The point for point battle continued in the third and fourth game as both paddlers engaged in long rallies and smashes. They split the two games for the tie to stand at 2-2.
The crowd may have harboured hopes of a huge upset, but Ding Ning was having none of it, and duly wrapped up the next two games for a 4-2 victory.
Chinese world No 1 Li Xiaoxia was equally unstoppable, leaping to the top of Group A after victories over South Korean Kim Kyung Ah and Japan's world No 8, Fukuhara Ai.
For full results and schedule of today's action, go to www.vwwc.com.sg
Feng Tianwei. REUTERS
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10-30-2011, 10:02 PM #5257
Medisave to cover 2 more mental illnesses from Nov 1
The Straits Times
Published on Oct 31, 2011
- The Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), where needy elderly patients can see their general practitioner (GP) at polyclinic rates, will similarly be extended to include bipolar disorder and dementia. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
By Poon Chian Hui
From Nov 1, people can tap on Medisave to help pay for outpatient treatment of dementia and bipolar disorder, such as for doctor consultations and medication.
The Health Ministry (MOH) on Sunday announced the start of the extension of the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) to these two mental illnesses. It was first mentioned at this year's Health Budget in March.
The Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), where needy elderly patients can see their general practitioner (GP) at polyclinic rates, will similarly be extended to include bipolar disorder and dementia.
This brings the total number of chronic diseases covered under these two schemes to 10.
10-30-2011, 10:18 PM #5258
Top marks for programme to train domestic workers
by Tanya Fong
04:46 AM Oct 31, 2011
SINGAPORE - Holding up the training programme for Indonesian foreign domestic workers (FDWs) here as a role model, an Indonesian official said yesterday that the Indonesian government hopes it can be replicated in other countries where its citizens work as FDWs.
Mr Abdul Wahab Bangkona, Director-General of Training and Productivity Development from Indonesia's Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, was speaking at the 12th Graduation Ceremony of the Mujahidah Learning Centre.
The six-month training courses are conducted by the Mujahidah Learning Centre. The centre, run by the Mujahidin Mosque, offers seven courses, including computer literacy, cooking, hairstyling and English proficiency.
Mr Abdul Wahab thanked the Mujahidin Mosque for "sincerely helping Indonesian workforce in Singapore to improve their skills without any condition" and its "extraordinary attention" to Indonesian FDWs in Singapore.
He added: "I believe this additional skills benefit them during and after their work in Singapore. It is a really good idea that may be implemented in other countries."
Singapore's Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Manpower and Education) Hawaizi Daipi, who was also at the event, reiterated that the training "not only provides the opportunity for participants to learn new skills and knowledge on weekends, but also allows them to build a social support network during their stay in Singapore".
Yesterday, some 400 participants graduated from the programme, with 37 Indonesian FDWs receiving awards for topping their classes.
Miss Makrifatun, 25, received awards for doing well in the English profiency and computer literacy classes. Expressing gratitude to her employers, she told Today: "When I go home, I'll be able to teach my family - and maybe in future, my children - English and how to use the computer."
Her employers, Mr and Mrs Bryan Tan, had paid for her courses, which are offered at subsidised rates to employers. Said Mr Tan, 34: "We wanted her to know Singapore better, to be able to communicate with us and also to have skill sets which, when she returns to Indonesia, she will be able to find more work opportunities beyond being a domestic worker."
Mr Tan added: "We gave her our old computer laptop for her course and she really put in the effort to do well - staying up to study at night."
The courses were started in 2005. About 6,000 Indonesian FDWs have graduated since.
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) president Bridget Tan described learning and development as "a fundamental right for everyone" and noted that there were not enough places here where FDWs can pick up new skills.
Urging more employers to send their FDWs for training, she added: "Many employers do not grant enough days off for them to do so. We should support more training programmes as it benefits both the FDWs and the employers."
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10-30-2011, 10:28 PM #5259
S'pore can still be energy hub despite growing competition
By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 30 October 2011 2228 hrs
SINGAPORE: Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has said Singapore can continue to stand out as an energy hub despite growing competition because of its efficiency and stability.
He was speaking at a charity dinner on Sunday organised by Shell to mark its 120th anniversary.
The dinner was attended mainly by people in the energy industry.
And one of the themes of the dialogue was the impact of the increasing world population on energy, food and water security.
Mr Lee said the growing populations in India, China and the rest of the region will affect the South East Asian economy.
And the problems of global warming and rising population will have a detrimental effect on the living environment, when those from underdeveloped countries move to developed places.
But Mr Lee said Singapore maintains a policy of picking and choosing its immigrants, noting that its problem of low fertility rates was one with no easy solutions.
Asked if Singapore will be affected by the establishment of a petrochemical hub at Malaysia's Johor Iskandar region, Mr Lee said it is an issue of which country is more efficient.
He added that Singapore was able to attract Shell to set up a refinery on Pulau Bukom in 1961 because of the country's sound infrastructure.
"We had no oil, but what we provided Shell with was security, stability, safety and predictability," said Mr Lee.
10-30-2011, 10:32 PM #5260
More than 70,000 visitors to Sun Yat Sen hall
Posted: 30 October 2011 2109 hrs
SINGAPORE: The revamped Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall has welcomed 70,269 visitors through its doors since its re-opening earlier this month.
The museum, which held its re-opening on 8 October in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, features new galleries as well as many original artefacts never displayed before.
Coupled with free entry over the last three weeks, the hall saw an average of 1,000 visitors on weekdays, and 15,000 visitors on weekends.
This vastly exceeds the average visitorship of 1,000 a month prior to the redevelopment of the museum.
10-31-2011, 09:53 PM #5261
International Table Tennis Federation sets up Asian HQ here
The Straits Times
Published on Nov 1, 2011
The official opening ceremony of the International Table Tennis Federation's Marketing and Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore. The opening officiated by Guest-of-Honour Mr Adham Sharara (right) and Mdm Lee Bee Wah, president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
By Lin Xinyi
The International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) Marketing and Asia Pacific Headquarters officially opened at the Tanglin International Centre this morning.
The Asian arm of the sport's world governing body focuses on finding sponsors for its tournaments, and contributes to about US$5 million (S$6.2 million) of its revenue.
It will also coordinate the events that are held in the region.
ITTF president Adham Sharara believes Singapore can benefit from the move, and hopes that the Republic will host more international tournaments following the success of the Volkswagen Women's World Cup last week.
10-31-2011, 10:07 PM #5262
Up next: Table tennis world championships?
by Low Lin Fhoong
04:47 AM Nov 01, 2011
SINGAPORE - The Volkswagen 2011 Women's World Cup table tennis event which ended on Sunday at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall was well-received by Singapore fans.
And ping pong fans here could have even more to cheer about, with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the Singapore Table Tennis Association working together to try and bring the world championships here in 2016, or 2017.
Speaking to the media at the official opening of the ITTF's Marketing and Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore yesterday, table tennis chief Adham Sharara said: "From my point of view, it was one of the best Women's World Cup ever hosted, including some that were hosted in China in some very big cities such as Shanghai.
"What impressed me the most is the people of Singapore adopted the event, came to cheer for the Singaporeans, and even when the Singapore players were out, they stayed on to watch, which is something that we don't see in other countries.
"Now we would like to build up so that in 2016 or beyond we can bring the world championships which is a huge event ... that will really be a highlight for Singapore sport. We have to work with STTA to see how much finances we can raise. It is one of the largest world championships and I think it would show the world how Singapore has progressed."
The Canadian pegged the cost of hosting the world championships at approximately €5 million (S$8.7 million). The ITTF would contribute funding in the form of corporate sponsorships.
The Republic first hosted the Women's World Cup in 2002. STTA president Lee Bee Wah promised fans here would not have to wait nine years to see another world-class tournament.
"When the Sports Hub is up, it is good to have international tournaments in Singapore. In terms or organisation there is a lot of hard work, but with the support from MCYS (Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports) and SSC (Singapore Sports Council), we hope to see more support from the private sector. I'm very sure we'll be able to do it," she said.
The S$1.33 billion Sports Hub is expected to be completed in April 2014.
With the relocation of ITTF's Marketing and Asia-Pacific office from Beijing to Singapore, the world governing body is looking to develop the popularity of the sport.
Said Sharara: "If you compare us with tennis, tennis is very far ahead as they have many more events and they started the professional circuit in 1961, whereas we started in the late 90s.
"We are trying to catch up by raising prize money, organising better standard events and more events. Our strength is that we are in every country in the world but still not at a high level ... the next step is to build on this base."
International Table Tennis Federation Marketing & Asia-Pacific Headquarters Assistant Office Manager Ms Lily Tan, International Table Tennis Federation President Mr Adham Sharara, Singapore Table Tennis Association Er Dr Lee Bee Wah, International Table Tennis Federation Marketing Director Mr Steve Dainton and International Table Tennis Federation Marketing Assistant Kimberly Koh, in a meeting at the new ITTF Marketing & Asia-Pacific Headquarters at Tanglin International Centre. PHOTO COURTESY OF FULFORD PR
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10-31-2011, 10:07 PM #5263
Uncle Loh is BC's version of Karl Malone.
10-31-2011, 10:13 PM #5264
Thorpe arrives for Singapore-leg of FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup
by Tan Yo-Hinn
11:28 PM Oct 31, 2011
SINGAPORE - Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe has arrived in Singapore for this week's FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, which takes place at the Singapore Sports School from Nov 4-5.
The 29-year-old Australian, who is aiming to compete at next year's London Olympics, arrived at Changi Airport on Monday evening for what would be his first competitive outing since his retirement in Nov 2006. He is here as part of a 25-strong swim team from Australia.
Regarded as one of the world's greatest ever swimmers, Thorpe is slated to compete in the 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley.
The FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup is a short course (25m) series spanning seven legs, from Dubai (Oct 7), Stockholm (Oct 15-16), Moscow (Oct 18-19), Berlin (Oct 22-23) before moving onto Asia in Singapore, Beijing (Nov 8-9) and Tokyo (Nov 12-13).
The Singapore-leg of the series will carry a combined prize purse of US$102,000.
Australian swim star Ian Thorpe (pictured) can't wait to make his competitive return in Singapore this week. Photo courtesy of adidas.
10-31-2011, 10:31 PM #5265
S'pore aims to be at forefront of international arbitration
By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 November 2011 0955 hrs
SINGAPORE: Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Tuesday said Singapore intends to be at the "leading edge of thinking in international arbitration".
Speaking at an Arbitration Dialogue organised by his Law Ministry at the Maxwell Chambers on Tuesday morning, he said Singapore will strengthen legal infrastructure to assist international arbitration.
This includes a proposed amendment to the International Arbitration Act (IAA) to recognise that agreements need no longer only be in writing.
Agreements made through audio and other means can also be recognised.
Another proposed amendment seeks to recognise interim awards by emergency arbitrators before the tribunal is constituted.
Speaking at the Dialogue to participants including top worldwide arbitrators, Mr Shanmugam said a sound legal infrastructure needs to be complemented by an outstanding field of professionals.
He noted that arbitration practice has been growing from strength to strength here and that Singapore's been attracting top-notch individuals.
Eight of the world's top 10 law firms by revenue have set up offices here and there are currently over 100 foreign law firms and about 1,000 foreign lawyers.
He said they complement the 800 local law firms and 3,800 local lawyers.
Mr Shanmugam said Singapore, which will be hosting the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress next year (2012), will spare no effort to ensure that it's a success.
He said the Congress next year will underscore the increasing recognition of Singapore on the international arbitration landscape.
The Maxwell Chambers is the world's first integrated dispute resolution complex housing both best-of-class hearing facilities and top international arbitral institutions.
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10-31-2011, 10:42 PM #5266
Australian Chief of Defence Force & Secretary of Defence visit S'pore
Posted: 31 October 2011 1732 hrs
SINGAPORE : Australian Defence Force (ADF) Chief of Defence Force General (GEN) David Hurley and Australian Secretary of Defence Duncan Lewis met Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence on Monday morning as part of their introductory visits.
GEN Hurley had earlier met Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Neo Kian Hong after inspecting a Guard of Honour, while Mr Lewis also met Permanent Secretary (Defence) Chiang Chie Foo.
As part of his programme, GEN Hurley visited the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command and Headquarters Armour.
GEN Hurley and LG Neo also launched the ADF-SAF Alumni Programme during a lunch reception.
MINDEF said the visits by GEN Hurley and Mr Lewis underscore the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia.
GEN Hurley and Mr Lewis will be attending the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Five Power Defence Arrangements over the next two days.
Australian Chief of Defence General (GEN) David Hurley (second from left) and Australian Secretary of Defence Duncan Lewis (far left) meeting Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (MINDEF photo)
10-31-2011, 10:44 PM #5267
K Shanmugam now permanent Member of Presidential Council for Minority Rights
Posted: 31 October 2011 1258 hrs
SINGAPORE: Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law Mr K Shanmugam has been appointed a permanent Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights.
The appointment takes effect from Monday.
He was sworn in on Monday to the council by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
Mr Shanmugam replaces Prof S Jayakumar who retired from the council in September.
A key function of the council is to consider and report on matters affecting any racial or religious community that are referred to the council by Parliament or the government.
Another function is to draw attention to any bill or subsidiary legislation that contains differentiating measures. A "differentiating measure" is a measure that is disadvantageous to a racial or religious community and not equally disadvantageous to other such communities.
The council now has 17 Members, comprising a chairman, seven permanent members and 10 other members.
11-01-2011, 09:10 PM #5268
Singapore to bid for 2015 SEA Games
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 01 November 2011 1850 hrs
SINGAPORE: Singapore will be bidding to host the 2015 SEA Games.
Deputy Prime Minister and president of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), Mr Teo Chee Hean, announced this on Tuesday at the flag presentation ceremony for Team Singapore athletes competing in the upcoming Indonesian SEA Games.
Mr Teo revealed that the SNOC will make Singapore's submission to the SEA Games Federation at their next meeting on November 12 in Jakarta.
He said: "I am pleased to announce that the government has given its support to the Singapore National Olympic Council's bid to host the 2015 SEA Games here in Singapore.
"We hope that when the SNOC makes our submission to the SEA Games Federation at its upcoming meeting in Jakarta, the federation will agree to Singapore hosting the SEA Games in four years' time."
The Sports Hub, which is expected to be ready by 2014, is the likely venue for the event.
Without revealing any figures, organisers said the budget for hosting the SEA Games would be closely monitored.
Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said: "Although we have organised the SEA Games three times in the past, I think let's not be complacent. We should take every international event as an opportunity for us to rework our system and exercise our system to make sure we get the best value for money."
Singapore last hosted the SEA Games in 1993, when the main venue was the former National Stadium. At that event, Singapore won a record haul of 50 gold medals.
Dr Tan Eng Liang (L) receiving the Singapore flag from Mr Teo Chee Hean at the flag presentation ceremony for Team Singapore athletes
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11-01-2011, 09:16 PM #5269
Scoot to take off by middle of next year
04:47 AM Nov 02, 2011
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) is hoping to muscle in on Asia's burgeoning no-frills travel market with a new long-haul budget carrier it is calling Scoot.
The low-cost airline will begin operating by June next year with four Boeing 777-200 jets flying by the end of that year, chief executive Campbell Wilson said at a press conference yesterday.
According to Mr Wilson, Scoot will offer two classes of cabin, with economy tickets priced at up to 40 per cent less than those of full-service carriers.
Customers will be able to choose seats, meals and baggage options, he said.
"We'll offer many other options so people can customise their experience," said Mr Wilson, a 40-year-old from New Zealand.
Scoot plans to initially focus on destinations that are five to 10 hours from its base at Changi International Airport and fly to four or more cities in Australia and China. The fleet will grow to 14 aircraft by 2016 and the carrier will eventually fly to destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr Wilson, who was named in July as the new carrier's CEO, said: "This new market segment is growing fast. We aim to bring new business to the SIA group."
SIA has long relied on its top-rated in-flight service to lead the long-haul first and business class market, especially in popular Asia to Europe routes.
However, Gulf carriers such as Emirates and Etihad and Asian rivals such as Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific and Australia's Qantas have eaten away SIA's market share in recent years, pushing the Singaporeans to eye the growing low-cost market.
Scoot will face two main competitors in the region's long-haul budget market - Air Asia X, owned by Malaysia's AirAsia, and JetStar, a unit of Qantas.
SIA had announced in May that it would launch a new budget airline for medium and long-haul routes within a year.
Scoot is a wholly owned subsidiary of SIA, which invested S$283 million to start the new carrier.
SIA already owns SilkAir, which targets popular Asian holiday destinations, and has a one-third stake in Tiger Airways, a short-haul budget carrier.
Standard and Poor's analyst Shukor Yusof told Today that Scoot was unlikely to cause "serious cannibalisation" of SIA's existing business. He noted that Scoot would "fit somewhere in between SilkAir and Tiger Airways".
Said Mr Shukor: "The fact that they are flying medium to long haul low-cost would seem to suggest that they would introduce frills, if you like - products that would make your trip more enjoyable than if you were to fly on Tiger or AirAsia."
Speaking at the press conference, Mr Wilson reiterated that Scoot is "not a substitution of SIA". He added: "The mission is to bring incremental numbers to grow the SIA group. Whether it is new routes or targeting new markets on existing routes, we are incrementing."
A BRIGHT SPOT FOR AIRLINE INDUSTRY
Growing demand for budget flights has been a bright spot for the airline industry this year as slowing global economic growth and higher fuel costs hurt earnings. The International Air Transport Association forecasts global airline profits will drop from US$15.8 billion (S$20.2 billion) last year to US$6.9 billion this year and US$4.9 billion next year.
Asian airline stocks have also taken a hit, with most carriers, including SIA, down at least 20 per cent this year. Only AirAsia has bucked the trend, jumping 50 per cent so far this year.
Claiming that SIA was "copying" AirAsia, the latter's flamboyant CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted yesterday: "SIA has no creativity. A confused puppy as an airline. Confused. Trying to do too much. Great for airasia." On the name of the new airline, Mr Fernandes tweeted: "SQ new budget carrier called SCOOT? Aiyo.. Sounds a man in a hurry."
So is Scoot the answer to SIA's challenges? Mr Shukor said: "SIA is realising that it has to join the group of discount carriers ... it's a case of if you can't beat them, join them. The market for a premium and first-class travel - which SIA has been heavily dependent on for two, three decades - has shrunk considerably." AP, ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CAROLYN QUEK
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11-01-2011, 10:06 PM #5270
Singapore gets first floating solar platform at Tengeh
Published on Nov 2, 2011
By Jessica Cheam
The Economic Development Board and national water agency PUB has announced Singapore's first floating solar project, to be located at Tengeh Reservoir.
The $11 million pilot project is the first of its kind in the region and has a system size of 2 megawatts (MW).
The project aims to assess the viability of installing floating solar photovoltaic systems on water as an alternative to rooftops.
Announcing the project on Wednesday, National Environment Agency chief executive Andrew Tan said he was optimistic that local solar adoption in Singapore 'will continue to proliferate, driven by factors such as increased capabilities and innovation and government support'.
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