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    Default MOE unveils character development toolkit

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    by Ng Jing Yng
    04:46 AM Nov 09, 2011


    SINGAPORE - As the Ministry of Education (MOE) unveiled a toolkit yesterday to help schools roll out character development programmes, educators here are confident that this time - after several earlier initiatives - such an emphasis can take root in the education system here.

    At the inaugural Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Conference yesterday, the MOE announced that a toolkit for the teaching of the CCE curriculum will be provided to all schools. The curriculum will include civics and moral education, national education and sexuality education.

    The latest announcement comes after Education Minister Heng Swee Keat - at the MOE workplan seminar in September - had urged schools to put values and character development back at the heart of education.

    At the conference yesterday, Mr Heng reiterated that traits such as self-confidence and the ability to work with others are "the qualities and dispositions that will equip (pupils) to succeed for life".

    But when implementing CCE in schools, he stressed that it has to be integrated with academic content and other programmes such as co-curricular activities. Said Mr Heng: "We cannot go about teaching of CCE in the didactic approach. It has to be experienced deeply and internalised by our students. We can do this by infusing CCE into our activities in a meaningful way."

    Reiterating that character-building is a long-term process, Mr Heng said: "CCE will be the most difficult subject for us to teach well. Unlike academic subjects where we can set tests to assess understanding and application of concepts, we cannot set a test for values."

    This is not the first time that the MOE is focusing on character development. In 1959, an ethics syllabus was introduced, while between 1992 and 1994, civics and moral education was rolled out. In 2007, national education was launched.

    During the workplan seminar, Mr Heng had noted that time slots for civics and moral education were, at times, being used for remedial lessons for academic subjects - a reflection of educators' focus on students' academic success.

    Educators Today spoke to felt that, with the MOE setting the tone, a sea change in attitudes is underway.

    Dean of the Academy of Principals Belinda Charles said her interaction with principals reflected a heightened focus on character development. She said: "While exams will continue to be important, character is also becoming increasingly important."

    Teck Whye Secondary principal Zach Ong felt that the streamlined CCE curriculum would change the way schools deliver character-building programmes. It will prompt teachers to take lessons outside the classroom and design experiences that infuse all the components, including national education. However, Mr Ong reiterated that it will take time for character development to be accorded equal importance as academic subjects.

    Mr Leong Kok Fann, a committee member of the St Joseph's Institution Old Boys' Association, said that the key lies in how teachers use the tools. Teachers must be prepared to venture out of their comfort zone, he said.

    Said Mr Leong: "If it is left up to the interpretation of the teachers, things cannot be done only based on their comfort zone as the children should not be short changed."





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    Default PAP CEC replacements named

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 09 November 2011 1931 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) has appointed six replacements to fill vacancies in its Central Executive Committee (CEC), the party's highest decision-making body.

    Three of them are new Members of Parliament (MPs) and office bearers who had contested in the May General Election.

    They are Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat and Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin.

    The other three are Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts & the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu, MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua as well as Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marine Parade GRC Seah Kian Peng.

    The party's second organising secretary and Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said the six were chosen through a poll of branch chairmen and cadres representing the PAP branches, district committees, the Women's Wing and Young PAP.

    PAP Secretary-General and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the new CEC line-up represents a good balance of older and younger members.

    He said its priority will be to implement changes to the party, to adapt to the new political environment and strengthen itself to lead the country into the new era.

    The new CEC elections will be held at the next Ordinary Party conference.

    The party's CEC is chaired by Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

    Last month, six PAP members announced they were stepping down from the CEC.

    They include Singapore's two former prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong as well as former party chairman Lim Boon Heng, who did not contest the general election in May.

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    Default Tourist spending in 2010 hits record high

    By Dylan Loh | Posted: 09 November 2011 1805 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Tourists in Singapore spent a record S$2.5 billion on goods in 2010.

    This number looks to be surpassed soon.

    Visitors have already spent S$2.4 billion on goods from January to October 2011.

    About 12 to 13 million visitor arrivals are expected this year, more than 11.6 million in 2010.

    Tourists last year spent a record S$18.8 billion in all.

    To make it easy for tourists to claim tax refunds from purchases, an electronic system has been put in place by more than 1,000 retailers.

    - CNA/wk

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    Default Singapore set to host 2015 Games

    Cambodia's NOC secretary-general says his country will skip its turn


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:45 AM Nov 11, 2011

    PALEMBANG - Singapore is set to host the 2015 SEA Games.

    Cambodia is due to host the Games in four years' time, but speaking to Today, the country's chef-de-mission, Vath Chamroeun, revealed yesterday the Kingdom will not submit a formal bid for the 2015 event as it is not ready.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the 26th SEA Games Flag Raising and Team Presentation ceremony at the Athletes' Village, Chamroeun, the secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Cambodia, said: "Maybe the next one. Our Government has just said we will declare (our interest for the 2017 edition) during the next SEA Games in Myanmar (in 2013).

    "Cambodia will not bid for 2015. We are not ready. We need many more sports infrastructure."

    The last time Singapore hosted the biennial event was in 1993 and as the only ASEAN nation to officially announce a bid for 2015, the SEA Games Federation are expected to give the Republic the go ahead in their council meeting here tomorrow.

    Singapore relinquished its turn to host the Games in 2007, 2011 and 2013 due to delays in the construction of the S$1.33 billion Sports Hub.

    Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean formally announced that the Republic would be submitting a formal bid to host the 2015 edition of the Games.

    Singapore's assistant chef-de-mission, Abdul Rahman, said there was no update on Singapore's bid, but several other counterparts, including Malaysia and Timor Leste, backed the Republic's plans.

    "I was there during the Youth Olympic Games last year and I thought it was fantastic," said Jorge Amaral Fatima, 43, chef-de-mission for Timor Leste.

    "The people were friendly and things ran smoothly. I'm actually planning to take my family there for a holiday."

    Malaysia's deputy chef-de-mission, Dato' Syed Mustaffa Syed Ali, 65, who is also president of the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia, said: "It's nice to have the SEA Games so close to us again. But to be honest, it doesn't really matter where it is held.

    "What matters is that what is required, like the necessary facilities and services, is there. For athletes, what they want is a good competition."








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    Default Singapore one win away from women's waterpolo gold


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 01:13 PM Nov 11, 2011


    PALEMBANG - The Singapore women's waterpolo team got their 26th SEA Games campaign off to the winning start with a 26-6 win over Malaysia at the Lumban Tirta Swimming Stadium in Palembang today.

    It means the Republic will secure the gold medal if they beat hosts Indonesia tomorrow.

    It is the first time that women's waterpolo is being contested at the biennial Games. Only Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are competing - Thailand and the Philippines withdrew.

    Right-wing Mary Kan, 27, led the way with seven goals, but coach Luo Nan said the team needs to step up against the Indonesians.

    "It's good to get the win, but I felt we were too nervous and made too many passing mistakes in the first two quarters," he said.

    "We will need to work on this and minimise such errors against the Indonesians, whom I think have very good skills."

    In the first match on Thursday, Indonesia beat Malaysia 19-3.

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    Default Mint launches first 1kg coin, part of Dragon year collection

    It is part of the Year of the Dragon collection, and is the biggest so far

    Published on Nov 11, 2011
    • DRAGON YEAR COINS: The 2012 Year of the Dragon collection includes the 999.9 fine gold bullion coin and the 1kg 999 fine silver proof-like coin (above). Those interested can pre-order them now. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE MINT


    By Lim Yan Liang

    The Singapore Mint launched Singapore's first 1kg coin on Wednesday, the largest coin to be issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to date.

    The 999 fine silver proof-like coin, with a face value of $80, has a diameter of 100mm. It will have a limited mintage of 1,000 pieces.

    Previously, the largest coin produced by the Singapore Mint weighed in at only 5 ounces, or 142g.
    Background story

    COLLECTORS' ITEM
    'A lot of collectors - and even non-collectors - looking to buy New Year gifts have been waiting for this dragon coin issue.'
    Ms Tay Hwee Ping, senior manager at the Singapore Mint
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    Default Singapore's navy plays key role in maritime security

    Task is complex, but it has done well here and abroad

    Published on Nov 11, 2011




    Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (pointing) riding a Super Puma helicopter during his visit to Pedra Branca yesterday. With him are (from left) Chief of Defence Force Neo Kian Hong, Mindef Director of Public Affairs Desmond Tan, Chief of Navy Ng Chee Peng and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Defence) Mohamad Maliki Osman. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN



    By Elizabeth Soh

    The Republic of Singapore Navy has an important role to play not only in protecting Singapore's waters, but also in ensuring maritime security internationally, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

    Commenting for the first time on the foiling of two piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden by a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) task group last week, he said he was proud of the role they played in sinking the pirate vessel.

    'I think we have played our part and I think others have noticed, so well done to them,' said Dr Ng.

    The SAF task group, consisting of warship RSS Endeavour and two Super Puma helicopters, prevented a group of pirates from attacking a merchant vessel and sunk another pirate skiff all on the same day. It was the first time the group had used fire-power to thwart piracy attempts.
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    Default Minister Tan Chuan-Jin leads check on workers' dorms

    Tan Chuan-Jin describes conditions at two dorms as crowded, 'abysmal'

    Published on Nov 11, 2011


    Minister of State for Manpower, Tan Chuan-Jin. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING



    By Kezia Toh

    It is not every day that a minister leads a raid to check on foreign workers' quarters to see their conditions for himself, but Minister of State for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin did just that on Wednesday evening.

    After visiting two dormitories, one in Sungei Kadut and the other in Tagore Lane, he wrote in a post on his Facebook page that one was overcrowded, and that conditions in the other were 'abysmal'.

    'One was abysmal, even if the workers themselves claimed that they were okay with it,' he wrote.

    He said that if they sounded accepting of their living conditions, it was probably because they feared getting into trouble and possibly being sent home.
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    Default Bust of David Marshall to grace SMU court named after him

    Published on Nov 11, 2011



    Mr David Marshall's widow Jean with SMU president Arnoud De Meyer (left) and SMU School of Law dean Michael Furmston, looking at the 1956 sculpture of Mr Marshall. The sculpture was done by London-based Hungarian sculptor-writer Peter Lambda and it has been donated by the Marshall family to SMU's law faculty moot court which will be named after Mr Marshall, Singapore's first chief minister. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE



    By Leonard Lim

    The family of the late David Marshall has donated a bust of the country's first chief minister to the Singapore Management University (SMU).

    The 1956 sculpture by London-based Hungarian sculptor-writer Peter Lambda will take pride of place in the university's law faculty moot court.

    Mr Marshall's wife Jean said the university was a natural choice in the family's search for a long-term home for the bust, when they learnt that the moot court was to be named after him.

    The 85-year-old, speaking after attending a private ceremony at SMU on Thursday, added: 'We hope that present and future students in this campus will celebrate and be inspired by the qualities of passion, hard work, courage and integrity which marked David's life-time achievements and legal career.'
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    Japan's top law firm coming to Singapore

    It wants to be closer to Japanese clients that have business in region


    Published on Nov 11, 2011


    By K. C. Vijayan, Law Correspondent

    One of Tokyo's Big Four corporate law firms will open an office in Singapore early next year, in a move driven by increased Japanese business in the region.

    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) has applied for a foreign law practice licence, said a spokesman for the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).

    MHM was named Japan's top law firm in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011 awards.

    There are currently more than 1,100 foreign lawyers registered with the AGC, but only about 10 of these practise mainly in Japan. They cannot practise Singapore law.

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    Default Billionaire investor Peter Lim, Johor royalty to build JB medical hub

    Published on Nov 11, 2011


    Mr Lim (left) with Tunku Ismail Idris Ibni Sultan Ibrahim from the Johor royal family. Their venture will include hospital, hotels and entertainment outlets. -- PHOTO: CATHERINE ONG ASSOCIATES


    By Magdalen Ng

    Billionaire investor Peter Lim is teaming up with the Johor royal family to build a $2 billion complex that will include a hospital, hotels, flats and entertainment outlets in Johor Baru.

    The 10ha complex will be erected on a waterfront site just a few hundred metres from Johor's new customs, immigration and quarantine facility, making it highly convenient for Singaporeans.

    The developers are looking at concepts and designs and obtaining work permits. The first phase of construction should begin at the end of next year, with the hospital expected to be functional by early 2015.

    A 200-bed general hospital with specialist services in areas such as diabetes and ophthalmology will be built in the first stage.
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    Default Tailored help for seniors and dementia patients

    More facilities to be upgraded to bring aid to elderly, care for the ill

    Published on Nov 11, 2011

    Madam Kong on an exercise machine at the ECON Health and Wellness Centre at Golden Jasmine studio apartments in Bishan where she lives. In case of an emergency at home, she can sound an alarm and staff from the centre at the void deck will come to her aid. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE


    By Cheryl Ong

    She may be living alone, but Madam Kong Yow Ghua, 78, knows there is someone watching over her.

    In case of an emergency, Madam Kong, a retiree who lives in an HDB studio apartment for the elderly in Bishan, can sound the alarm system, which is installed in such apartments.

    Staff at the ECON Health and Wellness Centre - a seniors service centre located at the void deck - would be the first to respond to her call for help.

    The commercially run centre at Bishan's Golden Jasmine studio apartments, which opened in January, is the first and only such facility here.
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    Default Peek at the new Chinatown Food Street

    Posted: 11 November 2011 1423 hrs
    SINGAPORE: Members of the public can view the three proposed concepts to enhance Chinatown Food Street and give their feedback.

    The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Chinatown Business Association said the concepts can be viewed at Kreta Ayer Square in Chinatown from 11 to 15 November, and along the Orchard Road pedestrian mall outside Ngee Ann City from the 17 to 20 November.

    They can also provide their feedback online at www.chinatownfoodstreet.sg.

    A joint press release by STB and the Association said the three concepts are varied - one proposal creates a nostalgic atmosphere with ornate Chinese decor while another fuses tradition and modernity to incorporate contemporary stylishness.

    The third takes an outdoor beer garden concept with creative use of lighting.

    - CNA/ck
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    Default SEA Games: Singapore grabs 3 medals from canoeing

    Posted: 11 November 2011 1458 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Singapore has grabbed three medals from canoeing at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) even before the opening ceremony on Friday.

    The first medal for the Republic was won by Lucas Teo Guangyi. Teo won a silver in the Men's K1 1000m category.

    Brandon Ooi and Daniel Ang took bronze in the K2 Men's 1000m event.

    Thailand was tops, while host Indonesia settled for silver.

    Singapore's third medal in the sport was won in the Men's K4 1000m race.

    The quartet, comprising Lucas Teo, Tay Zi Qiang, Daniel Ang and Muhd Syaheenul Aiman, clinched another bronze.

    The Thais continued their dominance in the sport, finishing with gold, while silver went to Indonesia.

    - CNA/al
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    Default Wong secures Singapore's first gold at SEA Games


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 12:18 PM Nov 12, 2011

    PALEMBANG - James Wong has secured Singapore's first gold medal of the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.

    At the Jakabaring Athletics Stadium in Palembang on Saturday, the 42-year-old clinched the men's discus title with a winning throw of 51.32m in his fourth attempt.

    It was his ninth discus title and his 10th overall at the SEA Games.

    Indonesia's Hermanto and Thailand's Kvanchai Numsomboon took silver (50.56m) and bronze (50.28m) respectively.

    "It wasn't easy but I managed to pull through. I'd like to thank my wife and all my supporters for following me throughout my SEA Games career," said a tearful Wong.

    "It was 50-50 coming into this SEA Games and I didn't know if I could make it. I'm just glad it turned out well."

    Wong will retire from competition after this to concentrate on his role as high performance chief at the Singapore Athletic Association, and to spend more time with his famly.





    In his final SEA Games, James Wong (pictured) secures Singapore's first gold medal of the 26th SEA Games by winning the men's discus title in Palembang. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn.
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    Default SEA Games: S'pore athletes bag medals

    Posted: 12 November 2011 1404 hrs
    PALEMBANG, Indonesia: Singapore got off to a good start on Saturday morning at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, beginning with the republic's first gold medal which was won by thrower James Wong.

    Singapore have, by 2pm on day one of the competition, won four gold, four silver and six bonze medals.

    This places Singapore second, behind Indonesia with 10 gold, nine silver and one bronze medals.

    Wong secured the medal with a throw of 51.32 metres in discus in his fourth attempt.

    The silver went to Indonesia's Hermanto, with 50.56 metres, while Thailand's Kwanchai Numsomboo took the bronze with 50.28 metres.

    "Coming into this SEA Games at the age of 42, I was a bit hesitant about whether I can do it again," he said in a phone interview.

    "But I think I prepared myself well enough for a good battle."

    Wong added he became more comfortable and gained more confidence nearer to the competition.

    This is Wong's 10th gold at the SEA Games, with nine of them for discus and another in the hammer throw.

    But Wong said on Saturday after his victory that he would not compete any more.

    "If I want to, I can throw (during) the All-Comers meet, track and field series and so on, but for the Games and higher level, I don't think I want to do it."

    Carrying on Singapore's winning streak later were the women's water polo team, who won gold in their maiden outing at the Games.

    The girls beat host country Indonesia 11-9 while Malaysia took bronze.

    Meanwhile, Geraldine Lee bagged a gold for Singapore in the K1 500 metres canoeing event
    . Her team mates Steph Chen and Suzanne Seah bagged a silver in the K2 500 metres race.

    Another silver came from the team of Geraldine Lee, Annabelle Ng, Andrea Chen and Wilona Lee in the K4 500 metres event.

    Adding to the medal tally were Singapore's roller sport athletes Daryl Chan and Carmen Goh, who bagged two bronze medals.

    This is the first time roller sports is included in the SEA Games.

    Singapore's Zhang Jin meanwhile, won the gold medal in the men's 10 metres air rifle event at the SEA Games in Palembang.

    The republic also saw medals in Taekwondo.

    Joyce Lim won silver in the Poomsae Individual event, while Samuel Lee bagged bronze in the Poomsae Men's event.

    In the team Poomsae event, Samuel Lee, Jason Tan and Muhammad Norhalimb won the bronze medal.

    - CNA/wk

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    SEA Games: Singapore's women waterpolo team desperate for gold


    By Tan Yo Hinn, TODAY | Posted: 12 November 2011 0629 hrs



    PALEMBANG: Singapore's waterpolo men are usually the pin-ups at the SEA Games. But the women are looking to step into the spotlight as well, after a resounding 26-6 win over Malaysia in their opening match at the Lumban Tirta Swimming Stadium on Friday set them up for a gold-medal fight on Saturday with Indonesia. The hosts defeated the Malaysians 19-3 on Thursday.

    Women's waterpolo is making its debut at the 2011 SEA Games, and only Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are competing, after Thailand and the Philippines withdrew.

    Right-winger Mary Kan led the way with seven goals on Friday. The 27-year-old has been a member of the national side for the past 12 years, and she is desperate for gold.

    "We've been waiting for this opportunity for 12 long years," said Kan, an office manager. "Even though the other teams haven't played waterpolo as long as us, they cannot be taken lightly as they have all shown potential."

    Centre-back Poh Zhining, who has also been with the team for 12 years, believes gold will be just reward for all the hard work over the years.

    "So many dropped out after five, six years, but for the few of us who persisted, winning the gold medal will be a vindication of our passion and persistence. It will mean so much to us to have something to show after all these years ... we've been around, but we were invisible."

    The women's team do not get the same exposure as the men. However, they managed to finish eighth in the 12-team All-China League in April, and last month, they trained and sparred for two weeks with the visiting Guangxi Provincial side, who were crowned champions of the Chinese National League.

    The Malaysians could not match the Singaporeans physically and technically.

    Watched by a modest crowd of 200-odd in humid late-morning conditions at the open air arena, Adelyn Yew and Loke En Yuan proved a real handful for the Malaysians in defence.

    Coach Luo Nan, a multiple SEA Games men's waterpolo gold medallist, felt the team made too many mistakes early.

    "We have to minimise that as Indonesia will be dangerous. I have seen them and everything about them is good," he warned.

    But a bullish Kan said: "We are bigger and taller ... If we play to our usual strategy and game, we should be alright." - TODAY


    MEDAL TALLY: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/seagames2011/


    Singapore's Mary Kan Enci. The Singapore women's waterpolo team are just one win away from their first gold medal. (Photo by OOI BOON KEONG)

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