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    Default S'pore investing heavily in cruise infrastructure

    Posted: 16 November 2011 0959 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore is investing heavily in cruise infrastructure as a strategy to ensure the industry becomes an engine of growth for the tourism sector.

    Speaking at the inaugural Cruise Shipping Asia 2011 Convention, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr Teo Ser Luck said upgrading work at the International Cruise Terminal will see the number of berths double by the second quarter of next year.

    The Terminal will also be able to accommodate the largest cruise ships of today.

    It's location near the Marina Bay will also mean cruise passengers can have easy access to iconic attractions like Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

    Mr Teo said Singapore is also committed to developing a robust ecosystem to support the local cruise industry.

    It is working with stakeholders to ensure that ships enjoy high service standards when they call here.

    Singapore is also working closely with ASEAN partners to spur investments in infrastructure to string together cruise itineraries.

    Mr Teo said the intention is to create a "cruise playground" in the region to take advantage of the varied landscapes, tropical climate and multi-cultural appeal.

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    Default Ice cream flavoured with Chinese herbs scoops a top prize

    Chinese ingredients such as wolfberry and hawthorn help poly students taste success

    Published on Nov 18, 2011




    Nanyang Polytechnic principal and CEO Chan Lee Mun with ice cream team members Tan Shi Yun (left), 19, and Aw Mei Qi, 19. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


    By Feng Zengkun

    A team from Nanyang Polytechnic has scooped the top prize at an international competition for its ice creams flavoured with Chinese herbs.

    Six students from the polytechnic's chemical and life sciences school beat giants like Meiji to clinch the prize for best new ice cream at the International Dairy Federation's second Innovation Awards last month.

    Another team from the polytechnic won the same prize from the Belgium-based federation last year, for a green tea and aloe vera-flavoured ice cream.

    This year, more than 25 countries competed in categories including best new cheese, butter and school milk.
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    Default Expect bigger, glitzier Christmas light-up this year

    Sentosa- HarbourFront precinct part of the party this year

    Published on Nov 18, 2011




    The Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade is lined with pine trees decorated with Christmas ornaments by various organisations which have adopted them and pledged to help the less fortunate. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG


    By Huang Lijie

    This year's Christmas light-up and festivities are set to be bigger and glitzier, with businesses in the Sentosa-HarbourFront area joining the party.

    The cluster - which includes Resorts World Sentosa, the Jewel Box cable car station, HarbourFront Centre, VivoCity and the Sentosa Boardwalk - will put on a fairytale-themed display of Christmas lights.

    This is the first time they have come together to participate in the annual light-up organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), although some have had individual displays in previous years.

    Malls and attractions at Orchard Road and Marina Bay will also participate in the annual extravaganza.
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    Default S'pore pledges $50m to help bridge gap in Asean

    Published on Nov 18, 2011

    Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife Kristiani Herawati welcoming Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching on Thursday before the opening ceremony of the Asean Summit. Mr Lee yesterday announced that Singapore is pledging $50 million over the next four years to help Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam catch up with the rest of Asean. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE By Zakir Hussain, Indonesia Correspondent


    NUSA DUA (Bali) - Singapore is pledging $50 million over the next four years to help Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam catch up with the rest of Asean, in a move that underscores its commitment to helping build an Asean community.

    The contribution to an ongoing effort to bridge the gap in development between the four newer Asean members and their six neighbours was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Asean Summit here on Thursday.

    'Singapore is strongly committed to the Asean community,' he told other leaders of the bloc at a closed-door meeting in a speech that was released to Singapore reporters later.

    Background story

    Asean's leaders are seeking to build a more united and connected Asean community, so that the region can hold its own and compete with rising giants China and India as the centre of gravity of the global economy shifts to Asia.

    The funds will go to a programme called the Initiative for Asean Integration (IAI), which was launched in 2000 and now has four training centres - one each in Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Yangon - conducting training courses for government officials.
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    Default 10 out of 10, says Ang

    The class of 2011 are the best in S'pore's history in the SEA Games


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:46 AM Nov 18, 2011

    PALEMBANG - A 10 out of 10, that's how national coach Ang Peng Siong rates the performance of Singapore's swimming team at the 26th SEA Games.

    The swimming programme came to a close last night with the Republic scoring a record medal haul of 17 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals.

    Gold No 17 came from swim star Tao Li, who clinched her seventh gold - and eighth medal overall - in the women's 50m butterfly in 26.59sec.

    She is now the front runner in the race to be crowned the best female athlete of the Games at next Tuesday's closing ceremony.

    The night's other gold came from Teo Zhen Ren who won the men's 1,500m freestyle in a national record of 15min 44.32sec.

    However, there was disappointment in the final race as the men's 400m medley relay quartet of Zach Ong, Ng Jia Hao, Joseph Schooling and Clement Lim were disqualified for an early changeover between Ong and Ng.

    Nonetheless, the anti-climactic finish failed to overshadow an outstanding performance from the swimming team, who bettered their previous best SEA Games haul of 15 golds, seven silvers and 12 bronzes from the 1983 Games, which Singapore hosted.

    "This team? 10! The youngsters, especially the rookies, stood up and showed their true grit. It shows we have a strong base coming up," said Ang, 49.

    "We have a team with a good mix of young and senior swimmers, but we really have to work even harder for the next SEA Games if we want to win it (again)."

    Apart from next year's London Olympics, Ang said another target is to keep as many of the current together for the 2015 SEA Games, which Singapore will host.

    Tao Li will be 25 then and quite possibly still in her prime.

    Last night, she left the rest of the field trailing in her wake in an event she has won at the last two Asian Games.

    Malaysia's Marellyn Liew took the silver in 27.63, with Singapore's Mylene Ong third in 27.71.

    "It's not easy (to get seven golds), but I need to work on my 200m backstroke. Overall, I'm very happy," Tao Li said. "This is the most tiring meet I've had, but I'm more nervous about next year's Olympics."

    The men's 400m medley relay ended in disappointment when second swimmer Ng, 19, was adjudged to have jumped in 0.06sec early - the acceptable margin is 0.03sec - in the changeover with backstroke swimmer Ong, 21.

    The rest of the 23-strong swim team, as well as officials, rallied around Ng and got him to take part in the "initiation" ceremony, a routine practised by many of the teams for their rookies at the end of the Games.

    Singapore's debutants like 16-year-olds Joseph Schooling - he also took silver in the 200m individual medley last night in a national record of 2:04.85 - and Zhen Ren, and 14-year-old Quah Zheng Wen, were made to jump off the 10m diving platforms, among other goofy moves.

    They also let their hair down with a sumptuous spread at the Horison Hotel later, tucking into pasta, spaghetti and chicken, as they mingled with swimmers from other nations and took photos with starry-eyed locals.

    The likes of Indonesian star Glenn Victor Sutanto and Joseph were big hits, and the mini hysteria around them started outside the doping room at the pool when they were mobbed by some 20 female fans.

    Said Joseph: "We're the best team in South-east Asia, by far! I couldn't have asked for a better team."



    Teo Zhen Ren is elated after emerging victorious in the men's 1,500m freestyle. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG


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    Default Women's trio settle for silver

    Republic's bowlers watch the gold slip out of their grasp as Thais hit form late


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Nov 18, 2011

    JAKARTA - Heads bowed as they huddled together at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre, bowlers Cherie Tan, Daphne Tan and Jazreel Tan struggled to contain their tears.

    The last-gasp loss to Thailand in the women's trios final yesterday was almost too much to bear.

    Bowling sisters Cherie and Daphne had endured a seven-pin defeat by Malaysia's Zandra Aziela and Jacqueline Sijore in the women's doubles final on Wednesday, but things looked rosy this time as the Singaporean trio stormed to a top of the standings among the 10 teams after striking 1,838 pinfalls in the first block of three games (long oil).

    Thailand's Yanee Saebe, Tanaprang Sathean and Angkana Netvriseth were in hot pursuit with 1,849 pinfalls.

    An air of anticipation hung over the Singapore camp, with the coaches, officials and parents on tenterhooks as the Republic's bowlers continued to dominate in the short oil games, maintaining a 39-point lead over their Thai rivals with just a game remaining. But a stunning mid-game flurry of strikes by the Thais saw them edge ahead in the sixth and final game, leaving the Singaporeans in tears after witnessing the gold ripped from their grasp, yet again.

    Team-mates New Hui Fen, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Shayna Ng won the bronze with a 3,663-pinfall total.

    Said Cherie, who won the women's singles gold medal on Tuesday: "It's very frustrating, especially when we made good shots, but at the end of the day, Thailand bowled well.:

    Jazreel, 22, played well, posting the highest average of 225.50 pinfalls yesterday.

    She said: "Looking at our statistics, we bowled pretty well but just didn't connect the strikes as well as they did. It's disappointing. I'm still on the search for my first gold medal here."

    Coaches William Woo and Remy Ong expressed confidence the bowlers will put in a good showing in today's Team of Five event.

    Said Ong: "We were in the top two and three for the trios and that puts us in a good position for the team event. If you put together the five scores from five bowlers we are definitely one of the top teams. They were a bit unlucky today."

    Women's World Tenpin Bowling Championship runner-up Daphne is keen to shed her bridesmaid tag here, and she vowed: "I did everything I could. Now, I'm starving and very hungry for a win."

    In the men's trios final, the Singapore team of Keith Saw, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Ng Tiac Pin finished fourth, while Ng Chiew Pang, Eugene Low and Basil Low were in eighth position.

    Malaysians Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Alex Liew claimed the gold.




    From left: Singapore women's trios bowlers Cherie Tan, Daphne Tan and Jazreel Tan. Photo by LOW LIN FHOONG













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    Default New Clementi bus interchange to benefit 8,500 commuters daily

    By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid | Posted: 17 November 2011 1155 hrs
    SINGAPORE: About 8,500 commuters are expected to benefit daily when the new Clementi bus interchange opens on November 26.

    The new 8,100 sq metre facility will be the sixth Integrated Transport Hub, where bus interchanges and MRT stations are seamlessly linked with adjoining commercial developments.

    It will allow residents to switch between bus and train in air-conditioned comfort.

    The Land Transport Authority said more such interchanges will be constructed at Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Hougang Central, Joo Koon, Jurong East, Marina South and Yishun in tandem with redevelopment in the areas.

    This is in addition to the existing five at Serangoon, Boon Lay, Toa Payoh, Sengkang and Ang Mo Kio which are fully integrated with the rail stations and adjoining commercial developments.

    Mr Chan Kwok Cheong, LTA's Director for Public Transport Promotion and Services, said: "This is the sixth integrated transport hub, with easy and direct access to the MRT station and shopping malls, commuters can run errands or shop conveniently and in comfort, before transferring to the connecting bus or train."

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    Default Fu's quest for gold ... and history

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:45 AM Nov 19, 2011

    The cauldron also known as the Istora Senayan will be boiling when 21-year-old Fu Mingtian steps onto the court today to battle Indonesia's Adrianti Firdasari for the women's singles gold medal in badminton.

    Ranked 13 positions higher than Adrianti (Fu is 26th to her opponent's 39th), the Singaporean will be under pressure like she has never known before - with the infamously parochial, some say out-of-control, partisan home crowd in full cry.

    Fu has already created a little piece of sporting history by bettering Li Li's run to the semi-finals at the 2003 SEA Games.

    Whereas Li Li lost to eventual champion Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia, Fu slayed higher-ranked Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand over three hard-fought sets 21-17, 19-21, 22-20 yesterday.

    Gold would be the icing on the cake and an unexpected medal for Team Singapore. Philip Goh



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    Default 470 women's pair sizzle at the Games

    Sailors bag two gold medals and the feat is set to be repeated on the final day of racing


    by Shamir Osman
    04:45 AM Nov 19, 2011

    JAKARTA - Dimples bored deep into her cheeks, Sara Tan could not stop smiling yesterday while going through the post-race logistics with her 470 partner Dawn Liu.

    Little wonder, after the duo had just secured the SEA Games gold even before the final two races of the regatta go off today.

    Competing in her first SEA Games, 14-year-old Yukie Yokoyama also cemented her spot on top of the podium in the Optimist Open by winning both races for Singapore to secure two golds.

    For Tan, the target had been met, and the 20-year-old sailor was obviously delighted.

    "We didn't know that we had won after the race, on the way back to shore we were counting the scores. It was a nice surprise, a nice end to our day," she said, smile still plastered across her face.

    But it was not the end of her day, by any means.

    "I've got to get some studying done, I've got four exams next week before I head to Perth for the World Championships," added the Business Management student at the Singapore Management University.

    The SEA Games is a stepping stone for the women's 470 pair, who have their sights set on Olympic qualification, even exams do not stand in the way of the Olympic dream, like Yukie, their sights are set higher.

    The Singapore sailing team expect more golds today.

    Russel Kan and Terence Koh are leading the men's 470 class by five points with two races to go, and Victoria Chan holds a three-point lead in the Women's Laser Radial. RSX windsurfer Audrey Yong is in second place, six points adrift of leader Siriporn Kaewduang-Ngam of Thailand.

    "In 2007 we dropped behind Thailand, but (today) we'll probably be the top sailing nation again, regaining the stranglehold on South-east Asia," said a happy Dr Ben Tan, president of the Singapore Sailing Federation.

    "We need to do well at the SEA Games level, to us that's the minimum benchmark. We need to have sound foundations because we're moving on to the next quantum leap - the Olympic level."

    The Optimist is not an Olympic class event but 14-year-old Yukie, whose backpack appeared bigger than her 1.45m, 37kg frame, is dreaming of bigger things.

    "I didn't think I would get gold here ... last year, my competitors, the Thai and the Malaysian, finished in the top 10 in the World's event. I'm very thrilled to get gold," said the youngster.

    "In December there are the World Championships in New Zealand and that's our ultimate goal this year, I hope to get into the top 10 there."

    With the World Championships in mind, Liu and Tan, and Yukie, will still take to the waters off the shores of Jakarta's Ancol Marina today in the final round here to fine tune their game.

    "It's a good chance for us to get practice, focusing on what we do every day ... We still have other areas to work on. It doesn't just end here. We have other goals, other milestones to reach, with the Olympics our ultimate goal," said Liu.

    Said Tan: "Don't be mistaken, the SEA Games is not an easy competition, but to achieve the Olympic dream, we have to give it all that we've got, and that includes studying while I'm not in the water, and even submitting projects."



    From left: Singapore sailors Sara Tan and Dawn Liu. Photo by DON WONG

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    Congrats to FMT and SIN for clinching the WS gold.

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    Default Polo boys bag 24th gold

    Men's waterpolo team swat aside Malaysia to continue one of the great streaks in sport


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:45 AM Nov 19, 2011

    PALEMBANG - With beads of perspiration on his forehead, a tense Lim Teck Yin sat on the stands at the Lumban Tirta Swimming Stadium yesterday.

    When the final whistle blew with Singapore having beaten Malaysia 15-7, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) chief executive puffed his cheeks out and heaved a sigh of relief.

    The Republic's waterpolo men had just collected gold at the 26th SEA Games, continuing a stunning winning streak that now stretches back 26 years.

    Lim, part of Singapore's 1986 Asian Games bronze medal-winning side, said later the team had to look for success beyond the region.

    "It's great to win again, but I do hope the team doesn't rest on their laurels," said Lim, 48, a six-time SEA Games champion from 1985 to 1995.

    "This is a proud record, but we need to rise above the SEA Games and aspire to much higher things and they must be committed to train hard."

    His sentiment was shared by national coach Lee Sai Meng, a seven-time SEA Games champion.

    According to Lee, issues like balancing work and academic commitments would remain the big challenge for the players.

    "That is what we're always trying to achieve - a breakthrough (beyond the SEA Games level). If most stay on, we should have a good team for the next Asian Games," he said.

    "(But) we're not full-time. We need to convince more to make the sacrifices and, perhaps three years down the road, hopefully we'll see some results.

    "Even our advisor Tom Hoad has said this is one of the best teams we've ever had, so we're trying to keep this team together."

    Captain Eugene Teo hopes this win will help boost the sport's profile in Singapore.

    "We're not aiming for the SEA Games anyway. We're trying to break into the Asian Games and World Development Cup," he said.

    The Singapore team face a busy schedule next year.

    They will take part in the Fina World Waterpolo Development Cup - a biennial meet for lower-tiered national sides - in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, in April, and will also participate in the eight-team Chinese National Waterpolo League.

    The national team lost 13-6 in the 2009 Development Cup final to hosts Kuwait.

    For now, the 13-strong squad will bask in the glory of the Republic's 24th SEA Games title since the 1965 Kuala Lumpur Games.

    They saw off Malaysia in front of some 1,000 spectators, with Kelvin Ong leading the way with three goals.

    Despite some nervous moments, SEA Games rookies Brandon Chong, Loh Zhi Zhi, Marcus Goh, Koh Jianying and Byron Quek - all underwent the post-competition "initiation" routine practised by teams for rookie squad members yesterday - passed their SEA Games test as Singapore overcame the Philippines 15-5, hosts Indonesia 12-11 and Thailand 16-6 before yesterday's final round-robin clash against Malaysia.

    "To retain the number one spot is not easy, especially when there is transition in the team," said Lee.

    "In terms of defence and confidence and the psychological part, more needs to be done. We have five new guys here, some didn't perform to expectation in the earlier matches, which is probably due to pressure.

    "(But overall), all have done well and, perhaps Eugene (Teo), the captain, contributed the most and made a huge difference."







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    Quote Originally Posted by nokh88 View Post
    Congrats to FMT and SIN for clinching the WS gold.
    Thank you my friend.

    I just watched a replay of some parts of the match and must confess that it was almost a miracle that Mingtian could win. She was almost trounced in the first game but came back strongly in the second to challenge Firda. In the final game Firda held two match points but lost them when FMT returned an almost impossible net play that subsequently shattered Firda's confidence and composure! As expected Firda had the full vocal support of INA fans but FMT just ignored the noise and remained focused till the end, unlike Gu Juan who looked so listless during her match against Firda.

    FMT made badminton history for Singapore, just as Yao Lei/Shinta made history when they captured the WD S'pore Open SS title two years ago. With tears in her eyes, FMT stood proud on the podium when the Singapore National Anthem was played.

    The best part was to see her speaking in reasonable English when she was interviewed about her match. She came to Singapore when she was about 13 years old, just like Gu Juan. Now almost 21, she is like any other young Singaporean lady, composed, confident and made notable contributions to put Singapore on the sports map.

    Well done Mingtian and may success continue to accompany you!

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    Yup, saw the replay in whole and all the points you mentioned. It was a great and exciting match. Much much better than those SS between CHN players.

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    Default Fu Mingtian makes history with badminton gold


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    Updated 07:48 PM Nov 19, 2011

    JAKARTA - Fu Mingtian made history in Jakarta on Saturday when she won Singapore's first SEA Games women's singles gold in badminton, beating Indonesia's Adriyanti Firdasari 2-1 at the Istora Senayan Indoor Stadium.

    It was Singapore's first badminton gold in eight years.

    Fu got off to a bad start, losing the first set 14-21 but came back with a determined performance to overcome the Indonesian 21-12 and draw level.

    The third and final set was a nail-biting affair and the 21-year old Singaporean fell behind for most of the match and was down 19-20 before she took the game to rubber. Holding her composure, she stormed to the finish 22-20 to stun the home crowd.

    Singapore last won gold at the Vietnam Games in 2003, when the women's team beat Thailand to finish top. The last singles gold a was won by Wong Shoon Keat in the men's at the 1983 edition in Singapore.

    The women's singles event made its debut in 1961 at the SEAP Games, the precursor to the SEA Games.



    Fu is the first Singaporean to win the women's singles gold in badminiton at the SEA Games. Photo courtesy of SSC

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    Default High fives all round for the women

    Team of 5 unstoppable on the lanes as they make up for the disappointment in the trios


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Nov 19, 2011

    JAKARTA - One by one, they stole away while team-mate Jazreel Tan prepared for her last shot. She grinned cheekily when she turned around, only to find her fellow bowlers missing at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre yesterday.

    But the team of Cherie Tan, New Hui Fen, Daphne Tan, Shayna Ng, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Jazreel had every reason to be in the mood for pranks, after leading the title hunt for the Women's Team of 5 from the first roll-off.

    Determined to bounce back from Thursday's heartbreaking loss to Thailand in the women's trios - Cherie, Daphne and Jazreel were overtaken in the sixth game - the team topped the seven-team standings after the first game with 3,260 pinfalls and duly stormed to victory.

    They finished with 6,332 pinfalls to clinch the coveted team gold, an impressive 486 points ahead of silver medallists Indonesia. The Malaysians won the bronze (5,788).

    Speaking to Today after the win, women's singles gold medallist Cherie said: "This victory is just awesome. We just focused on our game and tried to deliver good shots each time. We were all fired up after yesterday, and the team medal was the one we really wanted."

    SEA Games debutant New Hui Fen - she won two golds at the 2009 Asian Youth Games - was delighted to collect a gold medal on her first outing at the regional event.

    Said the 19-year-old: "We expected to win the doubles and trios but we were far from it so that was a bit demoralising. We wanted to prove to everyone that we could do it.

    "The team did very well today and after the first game we were relaxed and this really is the moment we have been waiting for."

    The men's team of Jason Yeong-Nathan, Keith Saw, Basil Low, Ng Chiew Pang, Ng Tiac Pin and Eugene Low were not as good.

    They finished fourth with a total of 5,785 pinfalls. Malaysia won the gold with 6,241 points, with Philippines (6,032) and Indonesia (5.873) claiming the silver and bronze, respectively.

    Singapore Bowling Federation president Jessie Phua paid tribute to the women for their display.

    She told Today: "I'm glad to have the monkey off our back. For the last two days, especially yesterday, we were robbed.

    "They bowled well and I take my hats off to the girls as they could have been so frustrated, but I'm glad they kept it up and they were just awesome.

    "We were disappointed as we expected the women to get a clean sweep. Unfortunately there is a handsome percentage of luck in the sport. We're definitely looking at winning the Masters event."

    All six female bowlers have qualified for the Women's Masters event, which will be contested today and tomorrow. The men will be represented by Ng Tiac Pin and Keith Saw.

    The top 16 bowlers each from the men's and women's all events have qualified for the masters event, which will see the bowlers competing in a round-robin format of 16 games over two days. Points will be awarded to the winners, with the top three competitors qualifying for the stepladder. The second and third-placed bowler will roll-off for a chance to compete for the gold medal against the top finisher.




    The Singapore women's team finals gold medallists (clockwise from left): Cherie Tan, Jazreel Tan, Shayna Ng, Daphne Tan, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and New Huifen. Photo by DON WONG
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    Default Peace cannot be taken for granted, says PM Lee

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 19 November 2011 1501 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Southeast Asian leaders to manage potential flashpoints carefully to preserve regional peace and stability.

    He said the security environment has been stable but warned that peace cannot be taken for granted.

    Mr Lee made these points when he addressed world leaders on the final day of the ASEAN Summit in Bali.

    With the United States and Russia now part of the East Asia Summit (EAS), Prime Minister Lee noted that the forum now accounts for more than half of the world's population and gross domestic product.

    The EAS also plays an important role in building a stable, prosperous and peaceful Asia-Pacific community.

    Mr Lee believes that after six years, it's useful to review its role.

    One aspect that can be looked into is strengthening the mechanisms to follow up on decisions made by the leaders.

    The leaders also noted the significant progress seen in ASEAN's dialogue process with India. The continent is now ASEAN's sixth largest trading partner.

    Next year, the ASEAN-India dialogue will mark 20 years of achievements with a special event in the Indian capital, New Delhi, as well as the ASEAN-India Car Rally.

    With the 19th Asean Summit coming to a close in Bali, much work lies ahead for senior officials and ministers from the ASEAN member countries to implement the recommendations for the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan.

    This has even become more urgent, especially with just four years left to achieve the ASEAN community vision in 2015. Indonesia hands over the chairmanship of ASEAN to Cambodia next year.

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    Default Story of S'pore-M'sia Causeway told in coffee-table book

    By Sharon See | Posted: 19 November 2011 2024 hrs
    SINGAPORE: The story of the Causeway that links Singapore to Malaysia will be told in a coffee-table book produced by the national archives of both countries.

    The link, which was officially opened in 1924, has served as a conduit between both sides for over 80 years.

    It was once a landmark in public sporting events like the Royal Singapore Yacht Club's annual race and the inaugural walkathon from Johor Bahru to Singapore.

    The book, titled 'The Causeway', celebrates the close ties between Singapore and Malaysia through the story of the Causeway.

    It was launched by Singapore's Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and Malaysia's Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, Dr Rais Yatim, in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday evening.

    The publication, which is the brainchild of Dr Rais, traces the historical and socio-economic developments before the turn of the 20th century that led to the construction of the Causeway, the faces behind the construction and those who have crossed it over the decades.

    Dr Yaacob said the book would promote a better understanding of both countries' shared history for both Singaporeans and Malaysians.

    "This book will surely resonate with Singaporeans and Malaysians alike. To most of us, the Causeway is more than a bridge; it is also a connection to family, friends or business contacts in Malaysia," he said.

    The Causeway will be sold at major bookstores in Singapore from Sunday at S$88. It is also on sale at the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) at a 20 per cent discount.

    There will also be a one-year mini-exhibition on the Causeway, from November 21 at the NAS Lobby Gallery in Canning Rise.

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