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    Default RP students' brainwave app helps the elderly, people with severe motor disabilities

    by Sumita Sreedharan
    04:45 AM Dec 08, 2011

    SINGAPORE - With the goal of assisting the elderly and people with severe motor disabilities in carrying out routine tasks, students at Republic Polytechnic (RP) have developed a smartphone application which will enable users to switch on and off appliances, such as televisions and fans, using their brain waves.

    The project, the brainchild of four School of Engineering students, was among the 20 final-year projects showcased at RP's Technology Day yesterday.

    RP students Ernest Pwi, 19; Denny Herman, 20; Lin Ge, 22, and Li Ziteng, 24, started the project in January this year and adapted the application from a wheelchair application created in the polytechnic last year.

    The project, which costs S$500, includes a smartphone application, a controller with two microchips, and a headset that reads brainwave signals.

    When the user wishes to activate a function, his or her brainwave signals, which are measured on a scale of 0 to 100, will help trigger the command. A reading of 60 and above is required to trigger the function.

    Mr Pwi said that it would require some practice to use the application accurately and it generally takes around two weeks for users to get used to it.

    The application is meant to help patients with physical barriers to function without help. "It gives them independence and, at the same time, reduces the workload of their caregivers," he said.

    The application is currently available only for iOS systems and can work on iPhones, iPads and iPods. There are, however, plans to develop an application for android phones in the future. The hardware can also be redesigned to take on more complex functions such as switching channels on a television. The group is exploring commercialisation opportunities.

    Following a survey to understand how impulses guide purchase decision, students in another project group have helped to develop a healthier soft serve ice-cream. These School of Applied Science students developed a product which contains fibre, prebiotics and probiotics.

    Students, along with staff, had tested 11 yogurt-based soft serves that were currently in the market which claimed to have live cultures in them and it was found that all of them did not have sufficient live cultures in them to promote good intestinal health.

    The student group's prebiotics ice cream comes in vanilla flavour, while the probiotic soft-serve comes in honey flavour. "More flavours are in the works," promised Ms Lee Hui Cheng, 31, the staff supervisor of the project.


    Group leader Lin Ge demonstrating how the application works. PHOTO COURTESY RP
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    Default Isabelle opts for full-time table tennis next year


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Dec 08, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Fresh off her women's singles silver medal win at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia, paddler Isabelle Li (picture) is taking her medal hunt to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in Incheon in 2014.

    From the beginning of next year, the 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student will compete full-time with the national women's table tennis team.

    "These two years are crucial for me in my development as a player. The experience at the SEA Games really helped me to see the standard of the senior players," the Youth Olympic Games silver medallist told Today after a training session. "The Commonwealth and Asian Games are one of my long-term goals."

    The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) are currently planning the training and competition schedule of the under-18 world No 25 paddler, who won the Italy Junior and Cadet Open earlier this year.

    She will be expected to compete in more events on the ITTF junior circuit from next year before taking on senior level tournaments.

    Table tennis chief Lee Bee Wah is confident the youngster has a bright future ahead of her, and said yesterday: "I have been persuading her to go full-time for a while as I feel she has potential but effort has to be made for her to be as good as our senior players.

    "The aim is for Isabelle to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games on merit, and I hope to see our young players getting breakthroughs and becoming Olympic players."

    While the youngster was not initially selected by the Singapore National Olympic Council for the SEA Games - the committee had wanted top ranked paddlers to be fielded - STTA president Lee said her performance in Jakarta was an important factor in the teenager's decision to turn full-time.

    Added Lee: "The SEA Games exposure had a positive effect on her and she feels that she can go further.

    "In the past she had some doubts (on going full-time) and her father didn't agree, but I'm glad she's made up her mind with the blessing of her parents." Low Lin Fhoong


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    Default Harvard university, boston

    When in Boston, we could not let the chance slip by without visiting the world-famous Harvard University. Indeed we were there on 8th October to capture the aura and atmosphere of the carefree spirit at the Harvard Yard where the students and others mingled in the open to relax, chit chat or do assignments. It was still autumn and although we were not used to the cold, they seemed to enjoy the climate.

    Heres how Wikepedia describes Harvard:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University

    "Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 (375 years' old) by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country. Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

    Here are some pictures of Harvard and its surroundings. The statue of its founder, John Harvard, is a popular place to take pictures with so are the steps outside the Widener Library.
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    Default Singapore fall short in revenge bid

    by Philip Goh Haw Hann
    04:46 AM Dec 09, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Five months ago, the Republic's netballers came within half a minute of pulling off a major upset against then world No 5 Fiji.

    They failed to convert a 43-42 lead into victory at the world championships and eventually lost 57-47 in overtime.

    Last night, Singapore went up against Fiji again, this time with both teams unbeaten after three matches at the FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup 2011.

    When the final whistle went at Toa Payoh Sports Hall, Singapore came short again, losing 47-35.

    Ranked No 7 in the world, the Fijians were faster to the ball and sharper all over the court against the hosts.

    Singapore, ranked 14 spots behind their opponents
    , struggled to feed the ball to shooters Chen Huifen and Cassandra Soh, while Fiji's skipper Mere Rabuka proved tough to get by with her physical presence.

    The home side managed to keep the score close in the first quarter (11-8), but were blown away in the second quarter as Fiji went into the break with a 12-point lead.

    At least Singapore managed to win the fourth quarter 12-8, which rankled Fiji, according to their coach Unaisi Rokoura.

    "The girls are not satisfied with the win, and not taking the fourth quarter as well, especially after starting the game so strongly," said Rokoura.

    "I'd like to give them a day off tomorrow but they want to get back to the drawing board and figure out what went wrong towards the end of the game."

    "We'll come back with the strategy and see how to work it against Namibia in our final group match on Saturday, and be ready to play Singapore again in the final on Sunday," she predicted.

    Singapore's co-captain Lin Qingyi admitted they lost to a better team.

    "We came close to beating them at the world championship, so we wanted to try again to match up to them. It kept us going," she added.



    Yesterday's results

    Malaysia 53 Papua New Guinea 51

    Namibia 77 Sri Lanka 49

    Fiji 47 Singapore 35



    Tomorrow's fixtures:

    4pm Singapore vs Malaysia

    6pm Papua New Guinea vs Sri Lanka

    8pm Namibia vs Fiji

    All matches at Toa Payoh Sports Hall.





    Vanessa Lee of Singapore trying to block play in the mid-court against Fiji yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY NETBALL SINGAPORE


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    Default Employers rank preferred business schools in Asia-Pacific

    Posted: 09 December 2011 1225 hrs
    SINGAPORE: For the third year running, the INSEAD Asia Campus in Singapore has been ranked the business school which Asia-Pacific employers most prefer to recruit from.

    The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad was ranked second while the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne took third spot.

    The NUS Business School ranked fourth.


    The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2012, ranks 200 full-time MBA business schools by region and specialisation.

    Votes from more than 12,000 employers worldwide that recruit internationally are taken into account.

    Employers from Asia-Pacific accounted for nearly a quarter of the responses coming from sectors such as consulting and professional services, banking and financial services, as well as HR and recruitment.

    Singapore employers named in the QS Report included the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Unilever and Shell.

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    Default 1st woman receives Sword of Honour

    By Saifulbahri Ismail | Posted: 09 December 2011 2156 hrs

    Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong presenting the Sword of Honour to ME4 Debbie Phua (L). (Photo Courtesy of MINDEF)


    SINGAPORE: For the first time, the Sword of Honour in the Singapore Armed Forces Military Domain Experts Course has been won by a woman.

    Debbie Phua topped her cohort of 30 graduates, all of whom were appointed as Military Experts 4 at a ceremony on Friday.

    The 24-year-old, who's with the armoured unit, is a specialist in servicing the Leopard tanks.

    At the ceremony, Minister of State for Defence and Education, Lawrence Wong urged Military Experts to continuously develop themselves.

    The training conducted during their course enabled them to develop leadership competency, deepen military domain knowledge and hone specialisation skills.

    The newly appointed Senior Military Experts will move on to assume command or technical appointments in their professional areas.

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    Default Tennis: STA appoints New Zealander to groom future champions

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 09 December 2011 1809 hrs

    Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan conducting a three-day camp for junior tennis players in Singapore.

    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Tennis Association (STA) has hired a technical director to help the association with its vision and plan to groom future tennis champions.

    New Zealand's Paul Dale, who has worked in Thailand for 26 years, was hired on a two-year contract. He is due to arrive in Singapore in January 2012.

    In April 2010, the STA announced plans to select full-time young players for the sport with a half-a-million dollar fund. Eight players have been shot-listed and sent for overseas training.

    And now, 52-year-old Paul Dale, considered one of the best in the region, will help STA train the players locally with the right technical expertise.

    Dale's resume is impressive having worked in India, China and New Zealand besides Thailand, where he is based. He also founded the Tennis Academy of Asia.

    Gilbert Ng, General Manager of Singapore Tennis Association, said: "From what I understood from Paul, who is going to be the Technical Director, they will be training twice a day in the morning, in the afternoon, and perhaps gym and strength and conditioning during mid-day. And there will be at least ten tournaments that the players have to participate in, in ITF Junior tournaments."

    Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, a former student of Dale, conducted a three-day camp for the youngsters.

    The retired former top male tennis player in Asia, who was previously No 9 in world rankings, was impressed with the local talent.

    Paradorn said: "I am willing to do more especially with these kids, as I am already here but maybe next time I come back in a couple of months and maybe bringing them to Thailand to practice, training on a different tennis academy. That would give them different atmosphere not to get bored, just practicing at home. I think this is something we look forward to do in the future."

    And while the kids have gone for overseas training stints, the chance to learn from a professional was an eye opener.

    Joshua Liu, Junior Tennis Player, said: "I think it is different in a way because he is more specific on the movement on the feet, like how we are supposed to position ourselves, how we are supposed to bend low and really have specific movements on the court."

    The junior tennis players can expect more tips from the experts, as six of the top women tennis players will be in town in December for an exhibition tournament.

    They include current US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia, who will also be conducting coaching clinics as part of the event.

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    Default Singapore women lawyers shine at Asian awards

    They are recognised for their achievements in business law

    LEE SUET FERN: Stamford Law's Mrs Lee was thrilled to be named top mergers and acquisitions lawyer, in a sector traditionally dominated by men. -- ST FILE PHOTOBy K. C. Vijayan, Law Correspondent

    Some of Asia's best women lawyers are Singaporean, a new Asian awards event in business law hosted in Hong Kong has shown.

    Among others, Stamford Law's Mrs Lee Suet Fern was named top mergers and acquisitions lawyer, while Allen & Gledhill's Ms Vivian Ang snagged the top spot for shipping practice, fending off challengers from big international law firms in the region.

    These firms included China's King & Wood, Japan's Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and international heavyweights such as Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie.

    The inaugural awards were given out by leading international monthly financial magazine Euromoney, following its success in similar awards in Europe.
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    Default A boost for women power

    by Sumita Sreedharan
    04:45 AM Dec 12, 2011

    SINGAPORE - The appointments of Ms Diana Chia as president of the National Trades Union Congress and Professor Ivy Ng as chief executive of public health institution SingHealth Group - coming just weeks after a survey showed that women were under-represented in the boardrooms - were positive developments, advocates of gender equality said.

    And as the two women make their mark on public life, observers noted that the private sector needs to catch up.

    Speaking to Today, Minister of State (Community Development, Youth and Sports) Halimah Yacob described both appointments as significant and was "an opportunity for them to be role models to women and to show that as long as you are capable, you can reach the top."

    She reiterated that it must be recognised that Ms Chia and Prof Ng attained their positions based on merit. "They are capable and were assessed on those capabilities," said Mdm Halimah.

    Human rights advocate Braema Mathi added that increasingly, women are being recognised. "The talents always existed but now they are more visible and men are becoming more open to it," she said.

    According to the Board Diversity Report released in October, women made up only 6.9 per cent of board members of listed companies on the Singapore Exchange.

    The study - a collaboration between BoardAgender, an outreach arm of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations, and the NUS Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations - also found that about 60 per cent of public-listed firms do not have a single woman member on their boards.

    Ms Junie Foo, the co-chair of BoardAgender, said: "While we are very happy for Prof Ivy and Ms Chia, there is still more to be done."

    Ms Foo reiterated that there is "definitely more scope for women representation in politics and the boardrooms". She added: "It is imperative for corporations and a government to comprise an appropriate mix of skills and mindsets. Women bring different views to the table and research has shown that companies with more female directors perform better financially."

    While some countries have instituted quotas for women representation, Mdm Halimah stressed that such a practice would not be in line with Singapore's meritocratic system. Nevertheless, boards should make a conscious decision to appoint capable women. "Women want to be chosen on merit and not just to fill quotas," said Mdm Halimah.

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    Default Soon, more bargains across the Causeway

    Johor Premium Outlets targets 3m customers in first year, to grow by 60 stores in 'very short period of time'


    by S Ramesh
    04:45 AM Dec 12, 2011

    JOHOR BARU - Johor's tourism industry was given a boost yesterday from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who announced that the Johor Premium Outlets (picture), a new upscale shopping centre 30 minutes by road from Singapore's Tuas Checkpoint, will be expanded.

    Speaking at its launch, Mr Najib described the shopping complex as a key development in the Iskandar region, the economic development zone in Malaysia's southern corridor that is part of the country's economic transformation programme.

    The Johor Premium Outlets, the first mega-store of its kind in South-east Asia and the 70th in the world, is a RM150 million (S$61.5 million) joint venture between Malaysia's Genting Group and the Simon Property Group of the United States.

    It has 80 designer brand outlets spread over 44 acres of land in the middle of an oil palm plantation.

    With its proximity to Singapore, Mr Najib noted that there was already interest from both Singaporeans and regional shoppers.

    "I've no doubt Johor Premium Outlets will play an important role in helping to draw more domestic and foreign investors to this region, and I'm confident we'll see (not only) an influx of local consumers but also international visitors from across South-east Asia and the Middle East," he said.

    "I'm sure many of our international tourists will take advantage of the favourable exchange rate and discover that it's more economical for them to buy their goods and do their shopping here."

    The outlet hopes to draw close to three million visitors in its first year of operations. And it is set to get bigger.

    Mr Najib said: "I'm in a position to announce that they'll embark on the second phase of the Johor Premium Outlets with an additional investment of RM100 million, adding 60 new shops ... in a very short period of time."

    Also in the pipeline are a water park, development of the conventions and exhibitions sector in the area and a hotel with nearly 2,000 rooms.

    Genting Berhad chairman and chief executive Lim Kok Thay said: "I'm very happy that our project has stimulated economic activity in this region, providing over 3,000 new job opportunities and many more indirect jobs in Johor and neighbouring states.

    "More importantly, it'll help to retain and develop our local talent. Johor Premium Outlets will leverage on the global strength and brand value of the Premium Outlets portfolio of the Simon Property Group and the brand name and marketing resources of Genting.

    "It will synergise with the Genting property, leisure and hospitality operations of Malaysia and worldwide."

    For the Malaysian government, the project is an important one, especially with its close proximity to the Iskandar region.

    Mr Najib said investments in Iskandar Malaysia continue to grow yearly, and he expects more to come from countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, India as well as from the Middle East.

    As of September, investment commitments to Iskandar Malaysia totalled RM77.82 billion, with 40 per cent from overseas.


    Tour agencies cash in

    by S Ramesh

    Travel agencies expect their tour groups to Johor Premium Outlets to be fully booked by January, with the majority of their customers from Singapore.

    The attraction was clear for shoppers whom Channel NewsAsia spoke to at the official opening yesterday: The variety of international brands - at a discount - and accessibility to the outlet. "In Singapore, it's much more expensive compared to an outlet shop, so we thought we'd give it a try," said one shopper. "I think there's much more variety here than in Singapore, where choices for some things, like bags, are limited."

    Another said, "It's quite convenient. We took the first bus from the JB."

    Travel agencies in Singapore such as Chan Brothers and CTC Travel are getting in on the action by offering shopping day tours that include dinner. The agencies said that Singaporeans are attracted to the outlet because it brings international brands from the United States and Europe closer to home.

    CTC Travel hopes to attract about 500 passengers including Singaporeans and tourists to the Johor Premium Outlets by next month.

    While Singaporeans are expected to form the bulk of the shoppers at Johor Premium Outlets, given that many already visit Johor, the outlet is not banking its success entirely on Singaporeans' penchant for shopping.

    "Yes, we'll attract people from Singapore, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, all the way up to Penang, but we'll also see customers from Thailand, the Philippines," the outlet's president John Klein.

    There are plans to enhance accessibility from Singapore to the shopping complex with a direct shuttle from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station in the coming weeks. Sara Grosse


    S'pore, M'sia to announce Iskandar collaboration next month

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday that he will make an announcement about a collaboration with Singapore on the Iskandar Malaysia development project during a bilateral meeting next month.

    Mr Najib and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are scheduled to have their next retreat meeting in Kuala Lumpur, and Channel NewsAsia understands from Malaysian sources that Jan 5 is a possible date for the meeting.




    Photo courtesy Johor Premium Outlets
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    Default Christmas spirit not dampened by economy


    by Joanne Chan
    04:45 AM Dec 12, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Shopping centres are all geared up to woo Christmas shoppers with deep discounts and special events. Besides the late night shopping and elaborate decorations, retailers and the malls are focussing on the entire shopping experience.

    To keep shoppers engaged, ION Orchard, for instance, has rolled out a slew of activities, including a giant Christmas tree with an observation deck.

    "I think shoppers now are very sophisticated - they want to shop, they also want to enjoy," said the mall's vice-president of marketing communications, Ms Lee Mun Ling.

    "ION Orchard attracts up to four million shoppers on a monthly basis, and we're confident that visitorship will spike this coming festive season as in every year."

    But with a gloomy economic forecast of 1 to 3 per cent growth next year, are shoppers still spending big?

    Going by the crowds in the malls along Singapore's premier shopping belt Orchard Road over the weekend - despite the afternoon showers - the spirit of giving has been strong for many.

    "I think we ended up spending quite a bit this Christmas compared to last Christmas," one shopper told Channel NewsAsia. "Must be the lights and all the decorations. We just spent quite a bit on a Christmas tree, just to liven up the spirit."

    Another shopper said: "It's Christmas, and with Christmas, you always have a budget in mind. You keep to what you need to get and that's it ... "As you can see (from the crowds), the economy is not suffering at all."

    But those who are planning for a quieter Christmas cited the slower economy next year and the need to save money for possible rainy days ahead.


    Shoppers at Centrepoint in Orchard Road. Photo by WEE TECK HIAN



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    Default World No 7 Fiji just too good for Singapore


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Dec 12, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Despite putting in an even more determined effort in their second meeting with Fiji in four days, Singapore were unable to pull off an upset in the final of the FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup 2011 at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall yesterday.

    Ranked No 21 in the world, the hosts went down 51-42 to the world No 7 Fijians. After losing 47-35 in a round-robin tie last Thursday, the Singapore women had revenge on their minds and were fired up at the start yesterday, but lapses in concentration and poor shooting in the second quarter cost them the match in the end.

    It was the only blot in what was otherwise a tighter performance by the Singaporeans.

    Coach Kate Carpenter felt the team's overall performance in the tournament was encouraging as they prepare for the 2012 Asian Netball Championships, which will be held in Sri Lanka next August.

    With six members of the team 21 years and under, the future looks bright for the national team.

    "We looked more organised tonight, we had more combinations and there was more rapport within the team. I thought Fiji had a stronger game than Thursday and they are an experienced international side," said Carpenter.

    "I am happy with the progress we have made after some retirements in the squad since this year's world championships and we now have to keep this squad together and keep working with them for 2012.

    "Some of the girls who are 21 and under are experienced and some very new, so there is depth within the squad, and this is an encouraging thing".

    Veteran wing defender Premila Hirubalan is confident Singapore have a team capable of making an impact at next year's Asian championships.

    "We are the top team in Asia in this tournament, and this is a big bonus going forward next year. We are expecting to win that," said Hirubalan.


    Other results

    Sri Lanka 73 Papua New Guinea 71, Malaysia 52 Namibia 47

    FINAL STANDINGS

    1st Fiji, 2nd Singapore, 3rd Malaysia, 4th Namibia, 5th Sri Lanka, 6th Papua New Guinea



    Singapore's Jean Ng (left) strives to hold off Fiji's goal attack by Maria Lutua. PHOTO COURTESY NETBALL SINGAPORE


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    Default Elizabeth Yin gets S'pore a ticket to the Olympics

    20-year-old shines on final day of racing in women's Laser Radial in Perth


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

    SINGAPORE - National sailor Elizabeth Yin (picture) is determined not to miss out on the Olympics again.

    Yesterday, the 20-year-old secured Singapore a berth in the women's Laser Radial class at next year's Olympics when she finished 53rd out of 83 boats at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Perth.

    She finished Race 9 in eighth place and ended the final race fifth, clinching a spot at the 2012 Olympics as one of the four best finishers in the women's Laser Radial silver fleet.

    Team-mate Victoria Chan finished in 67th spot.

    Three years ago, Yin, the 2009 girls' world Laser Radial youth champion, secured Singapore a place in the event at the 2008 Olympics but missed out to Lo Man Yi in selection trials conducted later by SingaporeSailing.

    SingaporeSailing are expected to hold selection trials for the 2012 Olympics in the first half of next year, with the London Games scheduled from July 27 to Aug 12.

    In a phone interview with Today from Perth last night, Yin said: "Naturally, I want to go to the Olympics but I have not heard anything about the selection trials yet. In any case, I'll just take it as it comes."

    Yin, Today's Athlete of the Year for 2009, has just completed her sophomore year at the University of Sydney.

    The former world champion in the Byte (2006) and Laser 4.7 (2008) moved to Sydney two years ago and she trains at the Woollahra Sailing Club with former British Olympic coach Ian Clingan.

    "The important thing now is to get stronger and earn more race experience. I will train harder this time to get there," she said.

    Singapore missed out in other events, with Russell Kan and Terence Koh finishing 54th out of 80 boats in the men's 470.

    Audrey Yong and Amanda Ng were 61st and 65th, respectively, in the 68-strong women's RS:X windsurfing class.

    Singapore can still feature at the Olympics in the men's 470 and women's RS:X, if the sailors do well in the final qualifying event for each class, which will be at the world championships next year.

    Tomorrow, the Republic's sailors will begin their quest for Olympic qualification in the women's 470, men's Laser Standard and men's RS:X classes in Perth.

    SingaporeSailing high performance manager Chung Pei Ming said the selection trials next year will consist of a top overseas meet and one local event, and all sailors begin on a fresh slate.

    "If you can perform now but fail to do so later at the trials, it shows perhaps you are not ready yet," he said. "But the key thing is we've secured a place in the women's Laser Radial and so we can begin to prepare the likes of Elizabeth, Victoria and the rest for the trials."

    National sailor Elizabeth Yin, seen here in action at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Perth, has secured Singapore a place in the women's Laser Radial class at the 2012 Olympic Games sailing regatta. Photo courtesy SingaporeSailing
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    Default S'pore invention, iTwin wins "Best of What's New Award"

    Posted: 13 December 2011 1009 hrs


    SINGAPORE: A Singapore-invented plug-and-play file sharing device, iTwin, has been winning awards for its innovative properties and unique design since its launch less than two years ago.

    It recently won the "Best of What's New Award" by Popular Science Magazine in the computing category last month after being reviewed from among 100 new tech products selected from thousands of products and technologies globally.

    iTwin was developed in the laboratories of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

    Officially launched in the market in October last year, the plug-and-play device consists of two parts and can transfer data safely between any two online computers.

    Users can upload, download or edit any file on any computer effortlessly by simply plugging in the device into one computer, detaching its second part and plugging it into the second computer.

    The iTwin does not store data and users do not have to worry about compromising their data if a device is misplaced as it can be remotely disabled.

    The idea for iTwin originated when co-founder and CEO of iTwin, Lux Anantharaman, wanted to check personal investments and finances that were stored on his computer at home.

    He realised that he required a simple and secure remote file access solution.

    This led to the invention of iTwin by Lux while he was a scientist in I2R.

    Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercialisation arm of A*STAR, funded the development of a marketable prototype.

    Mr Lux Anantharaman said: "We see a huge potential in iTwin as this device may ultimately replace the portable storage market which currently comprises flash drives, portable hard disks and memory cards. Our customers are from all over the world, from the United States, Europe and of course, Singapore."

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    SIA, Virgin Australia announce new Darwin services
    Posted: 13 December 2011 0956 hrs



    SINGAPORE: As part of the recently-approved alliance between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines' regional full service airline, SilkAir, will begin a four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin.

    In a joint press release, SIA and Virgin said this will commence March 26 next year.

    And from April 2, Virgin Australia will complement these services with a daily service between Sydney and Darwin.

    The two airlines have also confirmed that from December 20, they would commence reciprocal frequent flyer recognition.

    This will enable KrisFlyer members to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Virgin Australia's entire network and Velocity members can earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Singapore Airlines-operated flights.

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    Default A*STAR institute sets up research facility

    04:45 AM Dec 13, 2011

    SINGAPORE - An institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has set up a research facility to perform advanced research on catalysis, materials and environmental sciences.

    The X-ray Absorption Facility for Catalysis Research (XAFCA
    ), which was officially opened yesterday by the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), uses synchrotron radiation as a tool for catalyst characterisation. Catalysts are the work horse of the chemical and petrochemical industries. About 90 per cent of all chemical processes rely on catalysts.

    The XAFCA, described as the first-of-its-kind research facility in South-east Asia, will also allow the study of other materials with applications in important fields such as electronic, energy storage, batteries and fuel cells.

    The facility will enable companies in the region to partner ICES to develop novel energy storage materials for improved and effective batteries and devices.

    It can also provide relevant information for a better understanding on how cathode and anode materials work, allowing for the development of advanced energy storage systems with higher capacity, power and durability at a lower cost.
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    Default The most common misplaced item at Changi Airport


    by Dylan Loh
    08:08 PM Dec 12, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Are travellers getting more careless? Well, between January and November this year, some 15,600 items were lost and found at Singapore's Changi Airport - more than the 14,000-odd belongings recovered in 2010.

    So what's the most common misplaced item? The answer: mobile phones.

    In 2010, 1,800 mobile phones were found. Between January and November this year, some 1,700 mobile phones were recovered.

    At the airport's "lost and found" storeroom, there's a treasure trove of various odds and ends, much like an antique junk store. Here, the items are catalogued according to the months in which they were found
    .

    For example, in November 2011, someone left behind a giant mirror. In December, a walking aid was found. There is also a stuffed dog. And, get this - someone left behind a giant television set.

    Changi Airport Group's senior assistant for ground operations, Aslihan Tanay, said: "When we receive a lost item, we'll generate a report. Items will be kept for about 60 days, after which we'll incinerate it. This is because we want to protect the privacy of the owner. Perishable items such as bread, cakes, flowers, will be disposed within 24 hours."

    Changi Airport Group's customer service officer, Germaine Victoria, said: "We had this Indian couple transiting through Singapore going back to India. And they actually lost their bag which contained their travel documents as well as valuables and 10,000 Australian dollars. We actually managed to find the bag for them within a few hours and they were able to make it back home with their bag and they were very happy."

    So, if you misplace something at the airport, there's hope you can get it back.

    In 2010, 57 per cent of lost items were returned to their rightful owners.
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