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    Default M'sian chief of army in S'pore on introductory visit

    Published on Nov 22, 2011




    Malaysian Chief of Army General Datuk Haji Zulkifli bin Haji Zainal Abidin (left) calling on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence. -- PHOTO: MINDEF



    Malaysian Chief of Army General Datuk Haji Zulkifli bin Haji Zainal Abidin called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and inspected a Guard-of-Honour contingent at the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday morning.

    Gen Datuk Haji Zulkifli, who is in Singapore from Nov 21 to 22 for his introductory visit, also called on Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong and Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh earlier on Tuesday.

    As part of his introductory visit, Gen Datuk Haji Zulkifli officiated at the closing ceremony of Exercise Semangat Bersatu with Maj-Gen Singh on Monday. He also visited the Headquarters of the Army's 3rd Division where he viewed a static display of the equipment used in a Combined Arms Division and rode in a Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle.

    Gen Datuk Haji Zulkifli's visit underscores the warm and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Malaysia. The armies of both countries interact regularly in a range of activities, including professional exchanges, bilateral exercises, such as Exercise Semangat Bersatu, and multilateral activities such as the Five Power Defence Arrangements exercises. These interactions have enhanced the mutual understanding and friendship between the officers and men from the two armies.
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    Default Marina Bay floating platform to host its first football camp

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:46 AM Nov 23, 2011

    SINGAPORE - The floating platform at the Marina Bay will be turned into a football camp for about 200 young footballers from six to 16 for three days next month.

    Organised by the Singapore Soccer Academy (SSA) - a privately owned football school - the Soccer Fiesta 2011 from Dec 16 to 18 will also include under-privileged children from Beyond Social Services and those with special needs from the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

    This is the first time the platform is being used for a football camp and event manager R Vengadasalam said the camp aims to do more than just improve the technical skills of these budding footballers.

    "We want the December holidays to be special for these young footballers and also do our bit for the community," said the former manager of S-League club Woodlands Wellington. "If we are fortunate, this could also be the starting point for the next generation of Singapore's football heroes.

    "There are so many different things competing for a kid's attention these days and we want to emphasise the value of playing football because we know that if these young people are not having fun playing football, they will not stay in the game long enough to fulfil their potential."

    The site of the opening and closing ceremonies of last year's inaugural Youth Olympic Games, the floating platform was built in 2007 as an alternative venue for sports and cultural events.

    A synthetic turf was laid two years ago to accommodate football, according to Patrick Lee, the Singapore Sports Council's senior director for sports and recreation centres.

    The field has since been used for several football activities including amateur competitions and recreational matches for corporate organisations.

    Former and current S-League players have been roped in for the SSA camp, which will be able to accommodate up to 120 players for each of the three-hour morning and afternoon sessions.

    Said Venga: "Players such as Marko Kraljevic and Esad Sedjic have stepped forward to help with the camp, and I'm sure the kids will be thrilled to meet our current internationals in Lionel Lewis and Safuwan Baharudin, who've agreed to come."

    For more information on the camp, visit singaporesocceracademy.com.

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    Default Govt subsidies for patients in public hospitals amounted to S$2.2b in 2010

    By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 22 November 2011 1640 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Government subsidies for patients in public hospitals amounted to some S$2.2 billion last year.

    This was disclosed by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in his reply to MP for Marine Parade Seah Kian Peng in Parliament on Tuesday.

    Public hospitals saw four million outpatients in 2010 and over 67 per cent of these were subsidised patients.

    Out of the 345,000 inpatients who were discharged during that time, close to 85 per cent received subsidies.

    About 250,000 stayed in subsidised B2 and C class wards, including patients in B1 wards who received some form of subsidy. Subsidised services accounted for close to 85 per cent of total inpatient workload.

    According to Mr Gan, services that are not subsidised, such as Class A ward admissions or private day surgeries, are generally charged on a cost recovery basis.

    Non-subsidised services accounted for about S$11 million, or one per cent of hospital revenue.

    Mr Gan noted that the public hospitals are on average 85 per cent full and the ministry is addressing the tight capacity by employing more doctors, specialists and adding hospital beds.

    He said 600 public sector and acute sector hospital beds, or about 10 per cent of the total, were added between 2000 and 2010 as a result of the new Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

    Another 700 beds will be added when the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital opens in Jurong in 2014.

    Mr Gan said: "Bed numbers are just one measure of health care capacity. As our hospitals develop evidence-based care pathways to better manage patients, they are also able to reduce the average length of stay while at the same time improving the quality of care. These measures effectively expand the capacity of hospital beds, allowing us to admit more patients with the same number of beds.

    "We will continue to expand our infrastructure and manpower to meet healthcare needs. Planning for the Sengkang General Hospital has begun. Other than acute hospitals, we are also ramping up other facilities such as community hospitals and nursing homes. We will strengthen our primary care capabilities, including the setting up of medical centres in the community, to address the demand for specialist services."

    The ministry is also beefing up healthcare facilities in the community and getting more general practitioners to share the load.

    For instance, patients can now get subsidised services in GP clinics through the Primary Care Partnership Scheme.

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    Default 130,000 persons granted S'pore citizenship over last 10 years

    Posted: 22 November 2011 1909 hrs

    SINGAPORE: On average, 13,000 persons were granted Singapore citizenship (SC) annually from the period of 2001 to 2010.

    Almost 50 per cent of them came from Southeast Asia, and about 42 per cent originated from other Asian countries.

    Singapore citizenship was also granted to applicants from the Americas, Oceania and Europe.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean gave these figures in a written reply to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh.

    Mr Teo said 48,000 persons were granted Permanent Residence (PR) status over the same period. Almost 50 per cent were from Southeast Asia and more than 44 per cent came from other Asian countries.

    Mr Teo noted that the total numbers of PR and SC granted annually have decreased since 2010, following a tightening of the immigration framework.

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    Default 8,800 PRs served NS over last 5 years

    Posted: 22 November 2011 1500 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Over the last five years, about 8,800 males who had become permanent residents under the sponsorship of their parents were enlisted for and served National Service (NS).

    About 6,100 of them have taken up citizenship.

    Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen gave the figures in a written reply to a parliamentary question from Nee Soon GRC MP, Dr Lim Wee Kiak.

    In that same period, about 4,200 males who had become permanent residents under the sponsorship of their parents renounced their PR status prior to serving National Service.

    Dr Ng said the failure of these permanent residents to serve NS will be taken into account when they subsequently apply to study or work in Singapore.

    These PRs were warned about the consequences of their action at the point of renunciation.

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    Singapore and Canada to further strengthen cooperation
    Posted: 21 November 2011 2343 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Singapore and Canada could further strengthen cooperation in education, research and innovation.

    This was discussed during Canada's Governor General David Johnston meeting with President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Monday.

    Mr Johnston called on President Tan after receiving a Ceremonial Welcome at the Istana. He was also hosted to a State Banquet in his honour on Monday evening.

    In his toast speech, President Tan said Mr Johnston's decision to visit the region on his first state visit as Governor-General, sent a positive signal of Canada's commitment to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia.

    He also welcomed Canada's declaration of interest to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the recent APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Honolulu.

    Mr Johnston is in Singapore for a four-day state visit from November 19 to 22 at the invitation of President Tan.

    He also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, where they exchanged views on international and regional developments.

    They also discussed ways to deepen trade and investment links between both countries.

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    Default Retiring ministers must serve at least 8 years to qualify for pension

    Posted: 21 November 2011 2035 hrs




    SINGAPORE: Retiring ministers must have served at least eight years as a political office holder to qualify for a pension.

    In a written parliamentary reply to opposition MP Pritam Singh, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the pension is based not on the total monthly salary, but only on the pensionable component of the salary.

    The pensionable component has been frozen since 1994, and all salary increases have been added to the non-pensionable component to contain pension costs. Thus, the pensionable component has been decreasing as a proportion of total monthly salary.

    Mr Lee said the annual components of salary, such as the 13th month payment, annual variable component and performance bonus, are also not pensionable.

    He said a minister qualifies for the maximum pension only after having served as an office holder for 18 years.

    The maximum annual pension is about 10 per cent of his annual salary prior to retirement.

    The pension will be less if he has served for a shorter period.

    The value of the pension a minister may receive upon retirement is fully taken into account when ministerial salaries are set against the benchmark.

    Mr Lee said a committee has been formed to review the salaries of political appointment holders, which includes a review of the pensions for ministers.

    The committee expects to complete its work by year-end, and the government will take into consideration the committee's recommendations when deciding on the pensions for ministers.

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    Default TP to offer new diploma in business analytics

    Posted: 23 November 2011 1541 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Temasek Polytechnic (TP) will offer a new business analytics diploma programme next year.

    The Diploma in Business Intelligence & Analytics will take in its first batch of 50 students in April 2012.

    Students will learn how to use analytics to predict business outcomes, by gathering and crunching raw data to study trends.

    It is aimed at meeting the growing demand from the industry for analytics capabilities.

    TP said it will run the programme in partnership with SAS, the leader in business analytics.

    A TP-SAS Business Intelligence & Analytics Centre will also be set up to allow industry to engage students to work on solutions using SAS technologies.

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    Default Top PSLE pupil from Rulang Primary; 97.4% passes

    By Sharon See | Posted: 24 November 2011 1510 hrs

    Yazmin Ziqin Mohamed Yousoof from Rulang Primary School is 2011's top PSLE student.

    SINGAPORE: Some 97 per cent of students who sat for their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year have done well to move on to secondary schools.

    Topping the cohort is Yasmin Ziqin Mohamed Yousoof from Rulang Primary School, with a score of 283.

    She is also the top Indian pupil.

    The top Chinese student is Hannah Tan Jia Hwee from Raffles Girls' Primary School.

    The top Malay pupil is Natalia Nadila Muhamad from St Hilda's Primary School.

    And, the top Eurasian pupil is Bjorn Kaijun Betzler from Anglo-Chinese School.

    A total of 45,261 Primary 6 pupils sat for the PSLE this year. Among these pupils, 44,106 pupils (or 97.4%) are assessed as suitable to proceed to secondary school, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

    In terms of course eligibility, 62.9 per cent have made it to the Express course, 23.1 per cent will head for the Normal (Academic) stream while 11.4 per cent are moving on to the Normal (Technical) course.

    The MOE said 1,155 pupils did not pass the PSLE and will go for vocational training.

    Yasmin is the first top PSLE student Rulang Primary in Jurong has produced since it was founded 81 years ago as Joo Long Public School.

    Yasmin, born to a Chinese mother and Indian-Muslim father, attributed her performance to her peers, parents and teachers.

    She said: "My peers, they were the ones who made me laugh every time at school, so that was the thing that made me look forward to going to school. And, my parents, they were very supportive, they told me that it's 'ok' whatever results I get as long as I have tried my best.... And my teachers, they really drilled me. For example, my maths improved tremendously and greatly because of my form teacher's effort."

    For Natalia Nadila, the top Malay student, her inspiration is her sister, Natasha Nabila who obtained 294 points four years ago, the best PSLE score in 17 years.

    Natalia Nadila, who scored 280 points, said: "As for my secret for success, I don't really have one. But, like my sister, I enjoy reading and I think that has helped a lot, and the people around me who have been encouraging me, they have also helped."

    Other top pupils among the cohort include Leia Teo from Kong Hwa School who obtained an aggregate score of 278.

    She has more than 50 assessment books and spent most of her after-school hours revising her work.

    She said: "I'm very grateful to my mother who has resigned from her job for my Primary 6 PSLE. Every day, she'll sit next to me and teach me how to answer difficult questions and how to tackle them. She also gives me advice on how to relax and not be so tensed."

    For Mohamad Azali Mohamad Jamil from Fuhua Primary, his PSLE results were sweet victory.

    He had played truant for nearly six months when he was in Primary Five and even thought of dropping out of school.

    But his teachers persuaded him to continue, even putting the avid football lover into the school team to give him something to look forward to.

    Now, Azali has done well enough to qualify for the Normal (Technical) stream.

    Students have until 30 November to submit their choices of secondary schools.

    The Secondary One posting results will be released on 21 December.

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    Goodbye 2011 SEA Games, thanks for the memories

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    by Tan Yo-Hinn

    Published at 3:06 pm, November 24, 2011

    Two weeks ago, I wrote that with all the problems surrounding Indonesia’s staging of the 26th SEA Games, what sort of experience it leaves will go a long way towards how it will be remembered.
    Laos, hosts for the 2009 Games, acknowledged their shortcomings, but more than made up for it with their enthusiastic and sincere workforce and volunteers to went out of their way to ensure athletes, officials and the media got what they required, and generally speaking, Indonesia also put in a lot effort to do likewise at this SEA Games.



    Despite a build-up fraught with problems, the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia opened with a glorious show at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang on Nov 11, 2011. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn.
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    Of course, it wasn’t exactly a bed of roses. Much has been said and reported about the conditions surrounding this SEA Games, and even the Indonesian SEA Games Organising Committee (INASOC) chief Rita Subowo told me that they could have done a better job. Issues ranged from accommodation, transport and security to food, state of the venues, and crowd control, which tragically saw two Indonesian casualties as a result of a stampede before Monday’s football final between Indonesia and Malaysia at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

    My photographer Ooi Boon Keong and I were based for 16 days in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra. From a media perspective, it wasn’t exactly the most ideal of working conditions, with media rooms and centres inadequately equipped, as well as confusing instructions on where photographers and journalists could and could not go which seemed to change on a daily basis, which not surprisingly, caused tempers to fray, including a stand-off between a group of Malaysian press photographers and security officials at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre.




    Tempers fray between Malaysian press photographers and security personnel at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre in Palembang, as a senior security official (extreme right) tries to calm things down. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn

    I could go on and on about the shortcomings, but there were also the positives, and it came mostly from the locals.

    One night, while we were frantically trying to get our interviews and stories with the clock ticking towards our deadlines, made more challenging because Singapore is an hour ahead, some of the volunteers at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre came up to us quietly and placed bottles of water for us. It was a simple gesture, but one that we really appreciated, especially as we were also very hungry, very thirsty and very fatigued from an entire day of covering events without having a chance to pause for a meal or drink — often the unseen side of the Games. Some of us are so tired after a 20-hour day that we just collapse into bed the moment we get back to our rooms, often past midnight.

    My driver, Teguh, also helped make the jobs of Boon Keong and myself easier by ceaselessly ferrying us to and from venues whilst battling endless traffic jams. He saw little of his family during the two-week duration of the Games, and even though his mother suffered a heart-attack on the day we returned back to Singapore, he insisted on fulfilling his responsibilities and ferried us to the airport.




    Our driver Teguh (centre) was tremendous in helping make our jobs of covering the 26th SEA Games in Palembang a lot easier. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn

    Our colleagues covering the Jakarta-side of the Games in Shamir Osman, Low Lin Fhoong and Don Wong would no doubt have their own stories as well, but for us in Palembang, the pictures below were some of the highlights.




    Singapore's Joseph Schooling powers his way to victory, and a place in the 2012 London Olympics, in the 200m butterfly. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn



    Sasha Christian was undisputed in the women's wakeboard at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn




    Boxer Muhd Ridhwan (left, in red) takes on Indonesia's Mathius Mandiangan (right) in the semi-finals of the men's 60kg division at the 26th SEA Games. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn




    Singapore's synchronised swimmers finished second overall behind regional powerhouses Malaysia at the 26th SEA Games. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn




    James Wong on his way to his ninth discus gold medal in what was his SEA Games swansong. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn





    South-east Asia's fastest swimmer Arren Quek (extreme left) is loving his first SEA Games experience. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn






    Tao Li is understandably delighted with her seven gold medals at the 26th SEA Games. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn

    We saw 42-year-old James Wong win his ninth discus gold medal, and 10th overall, in his SEA Games swansong; Singapore swept the men’s and women’s waterpolo titles; winning form from the bowling, sailing, canoeing and table tennis teams in Jakarta; a very encouraging performance from the gymnasts and synchronised swimmers; and of course not forgetting the 17-gold medal showing from Singapore’s swim team, including Tao Li — the most bemedalled athlete of the Games with seven golds and one bronze — and the ever-rising stock of youngster Joseph Schooling. It’s been quite an eventful 16-days for many of us.




    Even though the gold medal proved elusive for them, Singapore's synchronised swimming team supporters were so excited that they couldn't hide it at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn




    These Malaysian supporters were also just as excited and could not hide it as their country swept all five gold medals in the synchronised swimming competition at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn






    Well, this guy (bottom) managed to contain his excitement in a state of blissful zen. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn


    The party is over for now, but will resume again in two years’ time, in Myanmar 2013. Cheers!
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    Default No walk in the park for Bt Timah Nature Reserve heritage status

    NParks team surveyed Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for 3 months to help it win accolade

    Published on Nov 27, 2011


    The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is now an Asean Heritage Park, following last month's announcement. This means Singapore now has two such parks. -- PHOTO: NPARKS



    By Kezia Toh

    Years spent in marathon training came in handy, fitness-wise, for Mr James Gan when he had to navigate the hilly terrain of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

    He spent three months - at least thrice a week - carefully surveying the reserve, home to Singapore's highest hill.

    That experience proved to be more than just a walk in the park for Mr Gan, 41, the National Parks Board's (NParks) assistant director of its Central Nature Reserve division, but it was fulfilling.

    He was in the five-member team that helped cement the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve's status as an Asean Heritage Park, announced last month.
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    Default Singapore re-elected to IMO council for 10th consecutive term

    Published on Nov 27, 2011




    Singapore has been re-elected to the council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for a 10th consecutive term.

    This has allowed the Republic to contribute to advancing the efforts of the international maritime community in navigational safety, promoting efficiency and sustainable shipping, and protecting the marine environment, said a statement from the Ministry of Transport.

    Singapore was first elected to the IMO council in 1993 and has since been re-elected to the council at subsequent biennial IMO assemblies.

    The IMO is the shipping agency of the United Nations, established in 1948 to facilitate cooperation among governments on technical matters affecting international shipping.

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    PAP faces increased political competition: Khaw

    Published on Nov 27, 2011
    • The May General Election reflects permanent changes in Singapore's political landscape, said PAP chairman Khaw Boon Wan. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
    By Rachel Chang

    The May General Election reflects permanent changes in Singapore's political landscape, said PAP chairman Khaw Boon Wan.

    Speaking to over a thousand party cadres at the PAP convention, he said that the ruling party now faces increased political competition which is also asymmetric: as the government, the PAP must care for the whole population and implement long term policies; the opposition can 'merely criticise'.

    Drawing from a internal post-mortem report of the GE compiled over the last seven months, he also touched on what caused the PAP its lowest voteshare since Independence. These were shortcomings in Government policies in housing, immigration and transport, a perceived disconnect with the people, and less effective campaign coordination and strategy.

    The PAP must now 'refresh its political narrative to inspire a new generation who desires something beyond material success,' he said. This will involve sharpening its campaign message to resonate emotionally with Singaporeans.
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    Default No compromise on multi-racialism: PM Lee

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 27 November 2011 1535 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore cannot compromise on the spirit of give-and-take and mutual trust among its races.

    Mr Lee, who's Secretary-General of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), made this point at the party's convention on Sunday.

    Speaking in Malay, he said politics in Singapore must continue to be inclusive and multi-racial.

    It should not result in championing the rights and demands of one group against another.

    The political contest, he added, must not polarise Singapore society, especially along racial and religious lines.

    Mr Lee said the PAP will uphold multi-racialism, regardless of the changes that will come.

    Noting that the Malay community has progressed with the other communities, he thanked Malay activists for keeping faith with the party and helping to carry the party forward, especially with the Malay ground.

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    Default PUB helps flood-hit Thailand on water safety

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    Thai people wade through floodwaters in the inundated Ban Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi province, suburban Bangkok. (AFP file photo)

    SINGAPORE: Singapore's national water agency PUB is helping Thailand to ensure its water supply is safe in the aftermath of widespread flooding recently.

    It has delivered 50 units of online pH- and turbidity-sensors to Thailand's Metropolitan Water Authority (MWA) to enhance the monitoring of water quality in the treatment process in Bangkok.

    PUB will also provide training, along with industry partners, to MWA staff on risk assessment and water safety plan formulation, as well as laboratory services for testing of water samples from MWA.

    A four-member team from PUB was in Bangkok from 10-12 November to carry out an assessment of the assistance needed.

    PUB's chief executive, Chew Men Leong, was in Bangkok on 26 November to meet MWA Governor Charoen Passara and to oversee the implementation of the assistance initiatives.

    Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said MWA had requested for assistance in these areas.

    The Singapore government had earlier donated relief supplies worth US$115,000, including tents, generators, blankets, lamps and water containers.

    These were sent to Thailand by a C-130 aircraft and KC-135 aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) on 21 October.

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) also donated 45 motorised boats, sandbags, bed sheets and blankets to the Royal Thai Army to help with the flood relief efforts.

    This was in addition to the Singapore government's initial contribution of US$100,000 as seed money to kick-start the Singapore Red Cross appeal for donations for floods affecting countries in the region, including Thailand and Cambodia.

    The Singapore Red Cross presented a contribution of S$100,000 to the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok on 12 October and donated 38 boats and 17,000 bottles of water.

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    Default Singapore's Gao marches on

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann

    04:45 AM Nov 27, 2011

    SINGAPORE - He beat China's former Olympic champion Ma Lin 4-3 in a stunning comeback on Thursday to reach the last eight in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals at London's ExCel Arena.

    And Singapore men's table tennis No 1 and world No 18, Gao Ning, continued his impressive run yesterday when he outclassed South Korea's Ryu Seung-min, the world No 15, 4-0 (11-9, 16-14, 11-5, 11-7) to book a spot in the semi-finals.

    Gao, 29, will play China's world No 3, Zhang Jike, in the last four today.

    Singapore's Wang Yuegu, 31, caused a huge upset in the women's singles quarter-finals when she knocked out China's world No 3 Guo Yan in seven games.

    But the world No 9 came unstuck yesterday against world No 5 Liu Shiwen of China in the semi-finals, going down 4-2 (9-11, 11-5, 4-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5)

    The tournament is serving as a test event for the 2012 Olympics.

    Wang enjoyed success in the women's doubles quarter-finals when she teamed up with Li Jiawei and beat England's Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley 4-1. The Singapore pair will meet China's Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia today.

    Elsewhere, Singapore's new men's doubles pairing of Yang Zi and Zhan Jian were eliminated by China's Ma Long and Wang Hao in the semi-finals. Yang and Zhan put up a spirited fight but went down 4-2 (11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11) to the Chinese pair.

    In the men's under-21 competition, Chen Feng's fine run came to an end when he lost the final to South Korean top seed Kim Min Seok 4-1.
    Last edited by Loh; 11-27-2011 at 08:01 AM.

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