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    Default Changi Motorsports Hub: SSC doing major rethink of project

    Sports council to terminate contract with consortium

    Published on Dec 13, 2011


    By Leonard Lim

    The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is doing a major rethink of the Changi Motorsports Hub, a multi-million-dollar project that has been dogged by delays, corruption allegations and financial difficulties over the past year.

    First, the council is working on a mutual termination of its contract with a consortium that won the tender in March last year to build the hub. This should be completed by month's end. Next, it will gauge market interest before deciding whether to call a second tender, or drop the project for now.

    SSC chief executive Lim Teck Yin told a press conference on Monday the aim was to see if it would be 'in the public and national interest' to pursue the project. The market consultation for a motorsports hub would be the second such exercise, after one in 2008.


    Background story

    Rocky road

    October 2007: Government announces plans for design tenders for a permanent race track in Changi.

    March 2009: After more than six months of delays owing to market research on the hub's potential, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) releases the request for proposals.

    August 2009: Three consortia submit proposals: SG Changi, Singapore Agro Agriculture and Haw Par Corporation.

    March 2010:
    A panel of government agencies picks SG Changi to design, finance, build and manage the hub, and it is to be ready by the end of 2011.

    December 2010:
    About six months later than targeted, construction begins.

    January 2011: Reports that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau is probing alleged irregularities in the tender process spook investors. Construction is halted when the consortium misses a $10 million instalment for piling work.

    May 2011:
    A former SG Changi director lodges a report with the Commercial Affairs Department, alleging that a bank guarantee submitted as part of the tender process might have been forged.

    August 2011:
    The consortium gets a final warning letter from the SSC.

    September 2011:
    SG Changi reiterates commitment, says it has secured funding. But construction does not resume.

    December 2011:
    SSC announces it is working towards mutual termination of the contract.

    Pressed on whether the $380 million project was being called off, Mr Lim would only say: 'If the conditions are not right, not suitable, if market players are not sufficiently interested to invest at this time, it could certainly mean a delay in any future motorsports hub.'
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    Default Employment Pass rules: Foreigners, firms gear up for changes

    Some opt for passes with less pay, while others apply before stricter criteria kick in
    Published on Dec 13, 2011


    The Employment Pass Services Centre, where newly arrived foreigners can collect their passes and register with the Ministry of Manpower. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF MANPOWER

    By Lin Wenjian

    With less than three weeks before stricter qualifying criteria for the Employment Pass (EP) kick in, some foreign job-seekers are prepared to settle for lower-level permits which come with less pay.

    Some current EP holders are also feeling jittery about their chances of renewing their passes when they expire.

    Some recruitment agencies have noticed a dip in approval rates for renewals before the new requirements take effect.

    Background story

    Changes to framework from Jan 1

    Q1 PASS: Applicants will have to earn a minimum monthly salary of $3,000, up from $2,800
    • To qualify, young graduates must be from good institutions and earn at least $3,000, among other conditions.
    • Older applicants will have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring.
    P2 PASS: The qualifying salary will be bumped up to $4,500, from $4,000
    P1 PASS: No change in the qualifying salary, which remains at $8,000
    EXISTING EP HOLDERS WHOSE PASSES EXPIRE:
    • Before next Jan 1: They will get a one-time renewal of up to two years based on the pre-July EP criteria (in which the lowest qualifying salary was $2,500).
    • Between next Jan 1 and June 30: They will get a one-time renewal of up to one year on the existing EP criteria.
    • On or after next July 1: The new EP criteria will apply.


    From next year, the minimum salary level for Q1 pass-holders, the lowest rung of EP, will be raised to $3,000, from $2,800. Older applicants will have to earn even more to qualify.
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    Default Polytechnic grads hold their own in the arts

    More are taking up humanities courses at NUS and doing well

    Published on Dec 13, 2011




    Prof Straughan (left) with National University of Singapore sociology students Bryan Loh and Cheryl Hoon, who are polytechnic graduates. Ms Hoon, 23, is assisting Prof Straughan in her research, while Mr Loh, 25, is expected to graduate with at least a second upper honours degree. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGAN



    By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer

    A small but growing number of polytechnic graduates are turning their backs on traditional subjects such as engineering and taking up humanities courses at the National University of Singapore.

    Despite their practical educational background, they are studying more abstract disciplines such as economics, history, sociology and English literature.

    And they are holding their own against their junior college peers. Although the university does not specifically track their performance, every year, several go on to graduate with first class or second upper honours.

    Reasons for their success could include the rising calibre of polytechnic students and the fact that they tend to work well with minimum supervision, said Associate Professor Paulin Tay Straughan, vice-dean for undergraduate studies in arts and social sciences.
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    Default Party central at ZoukOut 2011


    SINGAPORE - There were drizzles in the evening but that did not seem to deter partygoers from heading to ZoukOut 2011 for a night of hard-core dancing and boozing.

    The much-anticipated annual beach party was held at Sentosa's Siloso Beach on Dec 10 from 6pm to 8am the following day.

    While the rest of Singapore was heading for bed at 1am, it seemed the party had only just started as the crowd only swelled after midnight, according to The New Paper.

    Organisers expected a crowd of some 30,000 people and those who turned up included not only Singaporeans, but foreigners from as far as the British Isles, Taiwan and Australia.

    The prices of tickets for ZoukOut were up by $10 to $88 this year, but organisers promised more international acts and an extra two hours of partying.

    If you missed ZoukOut 2011, take a look at all the action here.
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    Default Time Square, New York

    On the subject of entertainment, Times Square in New York impressed when I visited on 19 October, 2011.

    Especially in the evenings, Times Square becomes abuzz with activity and events and bids a warm welcome to everybody, especially to overseas tourists like me. The brilliant neon advertisements of diverse colours that assault us from the building facades fight for attention. Familiar names of eateries like KFC and MacDonalds stare at us relentlessly, invitingly, so do the titles and pictures of famous movies like "Tower Heist", broadway muscials like "The Phantom of the Opera", "Mama Mia" and "The Lion King" and many other shows. There is so much depth of talent here unlike elsewhere where even one musical may be difficult to come by.

    Visitors can't help but be encouraged to hang loose, to absorb the happy-go-lucky feeling of being entertained and to join in the party enthusiastically.
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    Default Singapore aims to train 2,800 'master craftsmen'

    $52m initiative to train 2,800 such skilled workers within a decade

    Published on Dec 14, 2011




    Master craftsmen are skilled workers who perform critical functions such as managing and guiding production floor workers, providing technical expertise in production and training the next generation of craftsmen. -- PHOTO: ONN WAH PRECISION ENGINEERING


    By Melissa Tan

    Singapore aims to train 2,800 'master craftsmen' in the precision engineering sector over the next decade, the Economic Development Board and Spring Singapore said on Tuesday.

    Master craftsmen are skilled workers who perform critical functions such as managing and guiding production floor workers, providing technical expertise in production and training the next generation of craftsmen.

    A $52 million fund backed by the National Productivity and Continuing Education Council and announced in September will be used for the initiative, known as Precision Engineering Vocational Continuing Education and Training.

    The initiative aims to 'develop a sustainable pool of highly skilled master craftsmen, create a progressive craftsmen career path and improve salary outcomes of skilled production craftsmen,' said the EDB and Spring in a joint statement.
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    S$52m for precision engineering industry



    by Teo Xuanwei
    04:45 AM Dec 14, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Study awards for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students, the promise of fatter pay packets for old hands who complete a skills upgrading programme and on-the-job training for fresh entrants to the workforce - these are ways the Government is trying to woo and keep workers in the precision engineering industry.

    Precision engineering involves manufacturing intricate parts for complex equipment, such as semi-conductors, solar panels, optics and lasers. According to firms Today spoke to, employee recruitment and retention in the industry have been challenging because of the long period of apprenticeship and slow wage growth, among other factors.

    Said VDL Enabling Technologies Group Singapore managing director Wu Yong Lin: "There's almost zero hope for firms trying to recruit locals into this industry because it takes 10 to 15 years before you become highly skilled. Many young workers are enticed by other industries where the work is not as tough and can offer better starting pay but they don't realise that once you become experienced, they can earn as much as engineers."

    As the Republic moves towards higher-end and more complex engineering and manufacturing work for the oil and gas, medical technology, electronics and aerospace industries, the Economic Development Board (EDB) has pumped in S$52 million from the National Productivity Fund to build up a pool of skilled craftsmen here.

    Of the sum, S$7.5 million will go into providing 100 study awards a year to Singaporeans and permanent residents for precision engineering courses in ITEs, starting next year. The awards will cover tuition fees and provide a monthly allowance of S$500, with a two-year bond.

    Another S$44.5 million will be spent on setting up continuing education training centres and the training of "master craftsmen".

    The master craftsmen programme, a tie-up with Nanyang Polytechnic that starts in April, will see craftsmen with at least four years' working experience undergo part-time training over two years. Upon graduation, these workers will have a WSQ diploma or specialist diploma in precision engineering.

    The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) is contributing an additional S$6.1 million for the first three years of the programme, on top of another S$1.3 million in absentee payroll funding.

    The aim is to groom 2,800 of these experts over the next decade, as well as boost productivity three-fold by 2020.

    EDB director of the precision engineering cluster Chang Chin Nam said these master craftsmen can eventually draw between S$4,000 to S$5,000 monthly, as compared to the median wage of S$2,900 for ordinary craftsmen.

    The WDA and the industry will also fund a two-year on-the-job training programme for new craftsmen.

    The precision engineering industry, which employs 92,000 workers, contributed 3 per cent of Singapore's GDP last year. From January to October this year, manufacturing output grew by nearly 18 per cent, the EDB said.

    Investments by international firms have also streamed in. For instance, Applied Materials - a major player in supplying parts for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic industries - set up shop here last year.






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    Default Cartier watches through the ages on display in ArtScience Museum

    by Sara Grosse
    04:45 AM Dec 14, 2011

    SINGAPORE - French luxury watchmaker and jeweller Cartier has brought its largest exhibition of timepieces to Asia for the first time.

    "Cartier Time Art", which is held at Singapore's ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, will showcase 159 historical timepieces that tell the story of Cartier.

    One of the watches on display was created in 1874, while the exhibition will also feature the brand's first wristwatch.

    It was made at the request of famous aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, who wanted a watch that could be worn on his wrist so he would not have to take his hands off the controls of his aircraft to check the time.

    A highlight of the exhibition is a room dedicated entirely to one watch - The Cartier ID One concept watch, which is seen as a foray into the future of watch-making as it requires no adjustment in its entire life-cycle.

    Besides watches, there is also a section featuring 12 mystery clocks from the 1900s to the 1960s. Visitors to the exhibition will also see how a watch is made
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    The two month exhibition will be held from Dec 14 to Feb 12 next year. Sara Grosse




    The large Portique mystery clock. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG


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    Default Changi Motorsports hub builder 'in last-ditch bid to save project'

    Published on Dec 14, 2011


    A consortium in charge of building the Changi Motorsports Hub is making a last-ditch attempt to salvage the beleaguered project. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB


    By Leonard Lim

    A consortium in charge of building the Changi Motorsports Hub is making a last-ditch attempt to salvage the beleaguered project.

    A day after saying it was working with the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) towards mutual termination of their contract, the SG Changi group is scrambling to secure cash and stay on to complete the $380 million hub, according to sources.

    The SSC's stance in a press conference on Monday was that it was having a major rethink of the project.

    It would be sounding out the market to see if it would be in the public and national interest to pursue it.
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    Default Orchard Central dresses best for the Christmas season in town

    04:45 AM Dec 14, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Its "unique interpretation" of Christmas led Orchard Central to edge out eight other participating buildings to emerge as overall winner of this year's "Best Dressed Building Contest".

    The three other winners are ION Orchard, Tanglin Mall and TANGS@Tang Plaza. All the winning entries are noted for their efforts to create a greener Christmas.

    With its theme, Christmas with an OC attitude, Orchard Central won over the panel of judges with its beautiful decorations decked out in bold and contrasting colours of pink and black, a colour scheme not traditionally found on the Christmas palette.

    The shopping centre also scored high with its unique "green" Christmas tree, made out of 850 recycled Pink Dolphin bottles.

    Ms Chan Iz-Lynn, Assistant Director, Retail Business Group of Far East Organization, said: "Besides characteristically defining OC in a quirky, cutting-edge fashion, we have also placed a strong focus on the recycling element in our Christmas decorations as well as the Christmas Market Place which truly epitomises Christmas shopping experiences with an OC attitude."

    As the overall winner, Orchard Central will receive S$80,000 in cash, while the other three winners will each receive S$30,000. The contest is organised by the Orchard Road Business Association.








    Orchard Central. PHOTO COURTESY ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

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    Default Christmes sizzles at Orchard Road

    As in previous years, the shopping belt at Orchard Rd comes alive again with bright lights and decorations to celebrate Christmas.

    The theme for this year is "Christmas Blooms in Singapore 2011" which magically transforms Orchard Road into a garden of scintillating lights. Streets of flowers glow in blue and hold visitors spellbound, immersing them in a wonderland of sheer beauty...

    Composed of five little hearts bound together by a star, each flower expresses the loving spirit of the season..."

    Additionally this year brings along the Elephant Parade and one is caught by suprise by the many "assorted" sculptured colourful elephants scattered all along Orchard Rd and at other shopping malls and prominent parks. Tangs Plaza seems to have the widest choice for both the large and small elephants.

    Orchard Road, here we come..!
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    Default An uphill battle for Olympic tickets

    SBA plots to get SEA Games champ Fu and Gu Juan into the top 16 to qualify for London 2012


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Dec 14, 2011

    SINGAPORE - A gruelling schedule of 10 tournaments in four months looms for Singapore badminton star Fu Mingtian as the SEA Games champion aims for a spot at the 2012 Olympics.

    The 21-year-old, who became the first Singapore woman to win singles gold at the SEA Games last month, is currently ranked world No 25.

    Team-mate Gu Juan, the world No 21, is Singapore's highest ranked shuttler.

    There are 38 places available in women's singles at next year's Olympic Games.

    The Badminton World Federation rules state that countries who have at least two players ranked in the world's top 16 can field both at the Olympics.

    Otherwise, a nation can only send one shuttler - the highest ranked player - to the Games.

    Right now, in Singapore's case, Gu Juan, 21, will get the nod ahead of Fu.

    The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) want to send both women to next year's Olympics, which means they will have to crack the top 16, and will need to chalk up more ranking points from now till April 29 to make the qualifying mark.

    To give the duo every chance of competing in London - the 2012 Olympics will run from July 27 to Aug 12 - the SBA will dispatch Fu and Gu Juan on a series of overseas assignments next year.

    "I'm now working 100 per cent towards the Olympics and now the task is for us to fight for rankings points," said Fu, who overcame acrophobia - fear of heights - yesterday when she spent time with more than 40 special needs children at a Team Singapore Supports event at the Singapore Flyer.

    "If I can get to the Olympic Games, I hope to work hard, get a breakthrough and win a medal. Winning the SEA Games has given me more confidence, but my attitude has not changed and I'm focused on my Olympic task."

    Gu Juan, a quarter-finalist at this year's All England Championships, added: "This is the most crucial point of my career as the Olympics is the top level competition for all athletes. I really hope to perform well then."

    Both players will compete in the US$1 million (S$1.3 million) Korea Open (Jan 3 to 8) and Malaysia Badminton Open next month, before major tournaments like the Thomas and Uber Cup preliminary round (Asia) from Feb 14 to 19, All England Badminton Championships (March 6 to 11) and Badminton Asia Championships in Sichuan, China from April 17 to 22.

    Said Singapore Badminton Association director (Team) Chew Keet Hou: "It's not ideal for their training as they don't get much time to train but they are fighting to qualify for the Olympic Games.

    "Mingtian needs to produce more performances like the Vietnam Open and SEA Games in order to advance up the rankings.

    "Gu Juan made a few quarter-finals in the superseries and if she can build on this and finish in the top eight in the tournaments, she will be in the top 16." LOW LIN FHOONG




    Team Singapore Shuttlers (from left) Ashton Chen, Shinta Mulia Sari, Derek Wong, Yao Lei and Fu Mingtian share badminton tips with special needs children in an outing at the Singapore Flyer. PHOTO COURTESY SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL


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    Default No way back for SG Changi, says Singapore Sports Council


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Dec 15, 2011

    SINGAPORE - The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) will not resurrect their contract with SG Changi to build the Changi Motorsports Hub, even if the Japanese-based consortium manage to raise enough funds at the last minute.

    And the SSC reiterated yesterday that they will conduct a post-mortem and engage industry players, before deciding on any re-tender for the project.

    At least five companies have told Today they are still keen on building the hub, if some of the terms are revised to reduce costs.

    In response, SSC's director of corporate communication and relations, Alvin Hang, said they will consider their views - reported in this newspaper yesterday - before deciding on the hub's future.

    "We note the feedback that was reported in the media and will take them into consideration at the appropriate time," he said.

    The SSC announced on Monday that SG Changi's contract to build the S$380 million hub had been terminated, after serving notice to the consortium on Dec 7 to end their project delivery agreement.

    The Straits Times reported yesterday that SG Changi were still trying to secure funds in a last-ditch effort to salvage the contract.

    But Hang said: "We are in touch with SG Changi and nothing has changed.

    "SG Changi have told us they affirm their position to work with us towards a mutual termination arrangement by the end of December 2011."

    The consortium won a tender in March last year to build Singapore's first permanent track at a 41 hectare site along Aviation Park Road, but have been unable to overcome financial difficulties to pull off the project, which was supposed to be operational this month.
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    Default Ionescu's hit-and-run trial looks set to come to a close

    By Claudia Craiu | Posted: 14 December 2011 2138 hrs


    BUCHAREST: The trial of Silviu Ionescu, the former Romanian Charge d'Affaires in Singapore, looks set to come to a close, according to court officials, one-and-a-half years since legal proceedings began.

    Ionescu is charged with killing a pedestrian and injuring several others in a hit-and-run case in Bukit Panjang on 15 December 2009.

    He is on trial for culpable manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident, and giving false statements.

    On Wednesday, Ionescu appeared in the Bucharest court at around 11am local time, accompanied by his lawyer, looking visibly older and thinner.

    He requested to admit another witness, which the court approved.

    The court also ruled that three other Singaporeans, who refused to give evidence, will now be required to testify.

    Another three witnesses will reappear in court via videolink to add to their earlier testimonies.

    A judicial experiment will now be conducted to determine if Ionescu could have been at Bukit Panjang at the time of the accident.

    This is the second such experiment. The first is a re-enactment of the incident.

    The conclusion of the first experiment will be announced in January.

    Singapore's Special Envoy to Romania, Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, attended Wednesday's hearing.

    Commenting after the proceedings, he said Singapore has Romania's assurance that the trial will be fair and transparent.

    He said: "It is a sad anniversary that we commemorate two years since the tragic accident, but, no matter how long the trial may take, we will follow this case closely.

    "We met the Romanian head of diplomacy, Theodor Baconski, in New York this September. He assured us that the trial will be fair and transparent".

    Ambassador Nayar was accompanied by a representative from the Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore.

    The trial resumes on January 18, and is expected to end on January 20.


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    Default Singapore liver doctor sets up transplant centre with US company

    Published on Dec 15, 2011




    By Salma Khalik

    Liver transplant specialist Dr K. C. Tan has linked up with a giant healthcare provider in the United States to set up a comprehensive transplant centre here.

    The aim is to attract patients from the Middle East who require liver, kidney, stem cell and bone marrow transplants.

    The American partner, University of Pennsylvania Medical Centre (UPMC) has a turnover of US$9 billion (S$11.8 billion) a year and runs several hospitals, in and outside of the United States, provides health insurance to 1.6 million people and employs more than 54,000 people.

    They will station two full time personnel here to ensure that the centre meets its exacting standards of healthcare and transparency.

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    Default A link to boost S'pore track and field

    SSC's latest MoU will see SAA send athletes for undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon

    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Dec 16, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Home of legendary athletics coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, the University of Oregon (UO) will soon play host to some of the Republic's track and field athletes and officials after the signing of a five-year partnership between the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the American institution.

    Both parties inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, which will result in three areas of collaboration: Providing local sports leaders with learning opportunities, giving Singaporean students educational and internship opportunities with the university and industry partners, and having UO students work with the SSC and local industry partners.

    National sports associations that will benefit from the partnership include the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), who aim to enrol national athletes for undergraduate studies at the university. Plans are also under way for SAA's technical officials to understudy their counterparts at UO as part of preparations for the 2015 SEA Games, which Singapore will host.

    Speaking to Today, SAA president Tang Weng Fei said: "We are in the process of selecting two to three athletes that satisfy the criteria. (In terms of funding) it will be a tripartite kind of arrangement between SSC, SAA and the athlete but it will depend on the financial situation of the athlete.

    "From there, we will progress step by step. We've already started a dialogue to send officials to see how they (UO) organise meets. We'll start with athletes and officials, and coaches will come after that."

    Sprinter Gary Yeo, 25, who won a silver in the men's 100m at last month's SEA Games, is keen on making the switch from the Singapore Management University to UO. Said the second-year business student: "After the SEA Games, I was exploring options as I wanted to see how I could push myself to train and achieve better results. My coach Melvin Tan and I decided that, if there was an opportunity to train overseas, I should grab it. But financially it will be hard and hopefully it works out."

    The SAA also intend to leverage on the university's athletic programme, which has produced top runners like marathon legend Alberto Salazar - he won the Boston Marathon in 1982 after the famous "Duel in the Sun" with Dick Beardsley - and Oregon sports legend Steve Prefontaine, who won seven NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) titles and claimed American records in eight events ranging from the 2,000m to 10,000m.

    There are also plans for the Basketball Association of Singapore and ASEAN Basketball League outfit, the Singapore Slingers, to work with the university on areas like sports event marketing and coaching.

    The university's basketball team could also play friendly matches with Singapore's national team.

    From June next year, a group of students from UO's graduate programme will be in Singapore for a 10-week internship with the SSC and will work on areas in athlete marketing, spectatorship and sports development.

    SSC chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin said the collaboration between both parties would reap numerous rewards for the local sports industry and the upcoming Sports Hub in April 2014. He said: "The training and development of world-class personnel is going to be important to the evolution of Singapore's sports scene ... UO is the perfect training ground at which to nurture the sports leaders and visionaries of tomorrow."



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    Default Singapore on course for Olympic ticket


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Dec 16, 2011

    SINGAPORE - With only two races left on Saturday, Scott Glen Sydney (picture) is on course to secure Singapore a spot in the men's Laser Standard class at next year's Olympic Games sailing competition in Weymouth.

    The 20-year-old is currently 18th in the 74-strong silver fleet, at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Perth.

    Overall, including the gold and silver fleets, there are 35 spots available for qualification for the 2012 London Olympics and Scott is currently 34th.

    Sydney finished 9th and 12th in his two races today in shifting winds of 15 to 18 knots.

    The sailors will take a break today before resuming competition tomorrow in the final two races.

    Said SingaporeSailing high performance manager Chung Pei Ming: "The conditions offshore are nothing special and, if Scott maintains his form, he should secure a place after the final two races on Saturday."

    Colin Cheng, the other sailor in the class, finished 15th and 14th respectively in the silver fleet and is out of contention.

    Last Saturday, 20-year-old Elizabeth Yin booked Singapore a place at the 2012 Olympics in the women's Laser Radial class. IAN DE COTTA



    National sailor Scott Glen Sydney. TODAY FILE PHOTO
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