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    Default A*STAR research institute teams up with Baidu

    By Valarie Tan | Posted: 23 February 2012 1645 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Institute for Infocomm Research (IČR), a research institute of Singapore's Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR), will set up a joint laboratory with Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

    They signed an agreement on Thursday in Beijing.

    The joint laboratory will be named Baidu-IČR Research Centre (BIRC) to develop technologies that allow users to conduct searches in Southeast Asian languages. It will operate as an R&D unit at Fusionopolis in Singapore.

    BIRC will concentrate on areas such as Southeast Asian Language Resources, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval and Information Extraction, Speech Information Processing and Multimedia Processing.

    Vice President of Baidu, Ms Wang Mengqiu, said: "Our knowledge of Chinese allows us to deliver the best possible user experience to our Chinese users and was fundamental to winning the market."

    Acting Executive Director of IČR, Dr Tan Geok Leng, said: "Baidu has some of the world's leading search core technology, and IČR is very excited about establishing BIRC together with such a strong technology partner. We hope that the innovative achievements this partnership yields will enable us to fulfil the constantly-evolving needs of netizens from different regions."

    Baidu, the world's leading Chinese language internet search provider, may soon also be accessible to users using other Asian languages such as Thai and Vietnamese as well.

    This is Baidu's first ever overseas joint lab and it is seen as part of its push into the international market.

    Ms Wang said: "From a demand perspective, there are many internet products available in Southeast Asia that are from global brands like Google and Yahoo. But there are not many products customized according to the unique needs of the local users. The search engines in these countries do not fully satisfy the users' needs so we think therein lie the opportunities for Baidu."

    Both parties declined provide exact figures of their investments but said that it would be a 50-50 joint-venture.

    The lab will be operational by June with 20 researchers of which half are from Singapore. Users will be able to do searches in Thai and Vietnamese by mid-2013.


    - CNA/fa

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    Default INSEAD to offer Master in Finance degree for industry professionals

    Posted: 23 February 2012 1309 hrs


    SINGAPORE: International business school, INSEAD, will offer a Master in Finance degree for experienced financial industry professionals who want to advance their competitive and management skills in the financial sector.

    The programme will be launched on INSEAD's Asia campus in Singapore in April 2013.

    Dean of the school, Dipak C. Jain, said the Master in Finance degree is designed to provide a rich and integrated experience to help prepare the next generation of financial leaders.

    The programme offers electives such as Risk Management, Macro-Economics and Finance, Decision Sciences and Investment Banking along with Financial Leadership, Management and Communication courses.

    INSEAD said the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of ambitious professionals seeking to pursue a rigorous course of study while working.

    Classes are offered in five modules - every four months over a 20-month period - at INSEAD's Singapore and Fontainebleau campuses.

    Applicants should have four to six years of professional experience in the financial sector, strong academic background, demonstrative quantitative skills, fluency in English and outstanding letters of recommendation.

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    Default 'Clear dispute settlement mechanism needed' for maritime differences

    04:46 AM Feb 24, 2012SINGAPORE - A clear dispute settlement mechanism to resolve maritime differences peacefully in accordance with international law should be developed, suggested Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday.

    Speaking at the opening of the inaugural World Oceans Summit, Mr Teo felt a clear dispute settlement mechanism will send a strong signal that it will not be acceptable for any party to take unilateral actions in contravention of international norms.

    Mr Teo, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, said any discussions on ocean governance must be open, inclusive and involve all interested stakeholders.

    "Getting buy-in from all parties will take time and effort, but the resulting framework will be more robust, long-lasting and not easily undermined by any single dissenting party," he added.

    Mr Teo stressed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) must remain the primary basis for all discussions.

    The two-day summit, which ends today, brings together heads of business, heads of state and senior representatives from academia and non-government organisations. Channel NewsAsia

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    Default Shuttler Fu Mingtian is The Straits Times' Athlete of the Year 2011

    Published on Feb 24, 2012

    Shuttler Fu Mingtian has been crowned The Straits Times' Athlete of the Year 2011 for winning Singapore's first SEA Games women's singles title in Jakarta last November. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

    By Lee Min Kok

    Shuttler Fu Mingtian has been crowned The Straits Times' Athlete of the Year 2011 for winning Singapore's first SEA Games women's singles title in Jakarta last November.

    The 21-year-old's victory over Indonesian favourite Firdasari Adrianti in the final had earned widespread praise from Singaporeans, who lauded her tenacity and courage.

    She beat four other contenders - swimmer Joseph Schooling, bowler Cherie Tan, table tennis star Feng Tianwei and disabled swimmer Theresa Goh - to the crown at a lunch ceremony held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Friday.

    The award, which is into its fourth year, was attended by Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, as well as about 80 journalists, athletes, sponsors and members of the local sports fraternity.
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    Default NLB launches 'Molly-reloaded' mobile library, aims to extend reach

    Published on Feb 24, 2012

    The National Library Board is launching Molly, the newly retrofitted mobile library bus which services organisations such as special education schools and volunteer welfare organisations. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG


    The National Library Board (NLB) launched its newly enhanced mobile library bus on Friday, which aims to extend the NLB's reach to those who are unable to visit libraries regularly.

    Launched at Fernvale Gardens School by Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Grace Fu, 'Molly-reloaded' comes with new technological features to enhance the reading and learning experience of its visitors, the NLB said.

    The new Molly has eight iPads for easy access to the NLB's eResource, which includes interactive applications that involve art, songs, rhymes and interactive books for children. It also comes with a collection of 3,000 books and audio-visual materials, the NLB said.

    Mrs Elaine Ng, the NLB's chief executive, said: 'Molly has a special place in the hearts of many. This mobile library service, which began in the 1960s, has kept pace with readers' needs and technological advancement. From here on, it aims to serve a wider community. We hope to make library services more inclusive and accessible.'
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    Default New sports centre is the 1,000th green building

    04:46 AM Feb 27, 2012

    SINGAPORE - The Republic has reached a milestone in its green journey with the Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre.

    The new sports centre is the 1,000th certified green building here.

    It is 25 per cent more energy-efficient than an average building. The green features and solar panels on the new sports centre's rooftop are expected to save the centre S$57,000 a year.

    An interesting feature is an exercise bicycle in the gym which can store the energy generated by users to power up the gym television for up to eight hours.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and fellow Members of Parliament from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and Punggol East SMC joined 500 residents yesterday in a walk to celebrate the Green Mark Gold Plus award given to the new sports and recreation centre.

    Mr Teo noted that the building sector contributes 16 per cent of Singapore's total carbon emissions.

    According to Mr Teo, the sunshading screens on the sports and recreation centre's facade also use recycled wood from the old National Stadium.

    He said: "I have a lot of fond memories of the old National Stadium, and the wood panels coming from the seats has a very nice touch, has a link to (the) past, link to sports, and it's also a very good way of re-using old materials."

    According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the number of Green Mark building projects here has increased from only 17 in 2005 to 1,000 today.

    The BCA reiterated in a press statement yesterday that Singapore is "well on target to 'green' at least 80 per cent of all its buildings by 2030". Currently, about 13 per cent of the buildings here have achieved the BCA Green Mark standard, translating to a gross floor area of 29 million sq m.

    BCA CEO John Keung said: "We are glad that more and more building owners and developers are coming forward to 'green' their buildings, even beyond the minimum mandatory standards, as they are becoming more aware of the benefits of providing an eco-friendly environment for the occupants."

    Mr Keung added: "Moving forward, we also want to reach out to building occupants or the consumers, to encourage them to 'walk the green talk' and follow the Government's lead in creating the demand for more environmentally friendly buildings in the near future."

    He noted that BCA's latest Green Mark schemes, which assess office interiors, schools and restaurants, are part of the authority's plan to "place more emphasis on users' behaviour and cultivate them to play a greater role in Singapore's green building movement".


    The Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre. PHOTO COURTESY BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY

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    Default SSC, SMU to create framework to promote sports

    Posted: 26 February 2012 1821 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and Singapore Management University (SMU) will be working together to create a framework to promote sports.

    They will also explore possibilities of working together in sports-related initiatives.

    These include new sports electives, such as Sports Coaching, to prepare SMU students for the sports industry.

    The first SMU sports elective, "Principles of Coaching in Sports", will commence in August 2012.

    SSC and SMU sealed their partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding.

    SMU President, Professor Arnoud De Meyer, said both sides have cemented what had been an informal and ad hoc relationship.

    "We see a lot of synergy between Vision 2030 and SMU's holistic model of education. Our goals go beyond winning medals and scoring high grades. We both aim to nurture values and address the larger community's genuine concern, which is to be ready with skills and knowledge to face future challenges," he said

    Under their partnership, a new Lifeskills Centre will also be established.

    The centre will develop courses that will provide practical lessons in sports-related skills, as well as in character-building and community spirit development.

    SSC CEO Mr Lim Teck Yin, said: "With Vision 2030, we want to create more opportunities and access for our youth to harness the value of sports. Through the Lifeskills Centre and sports electives, we can give our youth a competitive edge as they enter the workforce and better prepare them for the future."

    Other possible areas of collaboration include the co-sharing of facilities and co-organisation of conferences and seminars.

    SMU students will have a chance to engage in industrial attachments at SSC and National Sports Associations.

    - AFP/fa

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    Free online lectures a hit with JC students
    Peer website targets less well-off who cannot afford tuition

    Published on Feb 27, 2012

    Mr Davin Ryanputra (below) and Ms Samantha Seah, who finished their A-level studies last year, giving chemistry lessons on the Open Lectures website, which attracts 500 to 1,000 hits daily. -- PHOTO: OPEN LECTURES


    By Sarah Giam

    A community of about 60 junior college (JC) students past and present have banded together to offer free online lectures.

    The website, openlectures.sg, carries video clips, each showing a member of the group giving a lecture on topics in JC economics and chemistry. Lectures in physics, biology, mathematics and geography will be added later.

    The seven-month-old website was founded on the belief that quality education should be free. Promoting learning by peer-sharing, it aims to help students catch up on lessons they have missed or did not understand.

    Students can control the pace of the lesson by pausing or rewinding to hear parts of a lecture again.
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    Default 'Wheels' for elderly in 6-month trial

    They can rent motorised scooters and enjoy subsidies for two-way ambulance trips

    by Amir Hussain
    04:46 AM Feb 27, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Dialysis patient Yasin Mohamad Ali, 56, has weak legs and has difficulty walking.

    But thanks to the Central Singapore Community Development Council's (CDC) new "MediWheels" programme, which was launched yesterday, Mr Yasin will now be able to rent a motorised scooter for S$10 a month to move around his Hougang neighbourhood with ease.

    "It's good for me, as I don't have to walk and sit … and then walk again," the former security guard said.

    Funded by Central Singapore CDC and sponsors, "MediWheels" will undergo a six-month trial in the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang ward.

    After the trial, it will be rolled out to the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency and Sengkang West Single Member Constituency.

    Falcon Mobility will be leasing out the mobility scooters - which cost between S$1,800 and S$2,400 - to Central Singapore CDC for two years. After which, they will be donated to the CDC.

    The scooters, which have a top speed of less than 10 kmh "are very safe, easy to control and stable for use in HDB areas, even if it's very crowded", said Mr Eric Tan, manager of Access and Mobility Solutions, which is the dealer for Falcon Mobility.

    The "MediWheels" programme was jointly launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is the adviser to Ang Mo Kio grassroots organisations, Mayor of Central Singapore District Sam Tan and Ang Mo Kio GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Yeo Guat Kwang.

    Apart from rental of motorised scooters, the programme will also heavily subsidise needy elderly and residents with special needs for two-way ambulance trips for their medical appointments.

    While such a service normally costs between S$50 and S$180, the participants will pay between S$5 and S$30 after means testing.

    The programme also includes a medical concierge service, where grassroots leaders and volunteers from Ang Mo Kio-Hougang ward will accompany seniors for their medical appointments.

    Mr Yeo said: "Many residents with elderly parents tell me that they find it difficult to transport their wheelchair-bound elderly parents for their medical check-ups. Apart from the financial cost of taking a taxi, they also have to take leave from work."

    Going forward, such a programme could be rolled out to other constituencies, between Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC.

    Noting that the initiative is a way to reach out to people with disabilities and build an inclusive society, Mr Tan told Today that his CDC "will not rule out the possibility of supporting other constituencies with such needs to serve their residents".


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    Default NTU launches complexity science programme for researchers

    by Amir Hussain 04:46 AM Feb 28, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will soon have opportunities to undertake complexity science research, which may, for instance, help alleviate traffic congestion or create genetically "tailored" medicine.

    The NTU yesterday officially launched a complexity science programme that was set up in August last year.

    The programme, which comes directly under the NTU president's office, will provide funding for its researchers to conduct cross-faculty research.

    It aims to increase the depth of inter-disciplinary collaboration and to establish Singapore as an Asian hub in complexity science research.

    Complexity science refers to the scientific study of systems such as cities, ecosystems, biosystems and the human brain.

    NTU president Bertil Andersson said the university has "worked steadily since the late 2008" to establish such a programme that "eventually should transform (the NTU) into a complexity institute".

    Possible research areas are urban, climate and energy studies. The programme consists of workshops, seminars and collaborations with other institutes and complexity scientists, including Santa Fe Institute's Brian Arthur, who is a visiting professor at the NTU, and Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner.

    Programme director Jan Vasbinder said the programme marks Singapore as a first mover in the field.

    "All the major problems in the world that we deal with, whether it's urbanisation or climate or hunger or energy, have their bases in complex systems. And unless we understand those complex systems a lot better than we do, we will not be able to address those problems," he said.

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    Default Singapore, Australia in research efforts to combat infectious diseases

    By Vimitas Mohandas | Posted: 27 February 2012 1056 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore and Australia are partnering in its research efforts to combat emerging infectious diseases.

    One area of focus is to develop more effective vaccines to immunise adults from tuberculosis.

    This was revealed at an inaugural symposium organised by Singapore's national research agency, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council.

    The platform facilitates scientific exchange between scientists from the two countries.

    Tuberculosis remains a major health problem in the region because of its high morbidity rate.

    There are also signs of the disease's resistance to all major anti-tuberculosis drugs.

    The World Health Organisation figures for 2008 estimate that 1.3 million people died from tuberculosis, with Southeast Asia having the most number of deaths.

    In Singapore, there has been a rising number of new tuberculosis cases, among residents.

    The last reported figure was 1,478 in 2010.

    The Health Ministry attributes this to increased global travel and a rising ageing population which may result to decreased immunity.

    Of these, the older age group continue to make up a significant proportion and this is the group that needs attention.

    Of the 1,478 new cases, almost 60 per cent were 50-years-old and above.

    Professor Lee Eng Hin, Senior Fellow at A*STAR, said: "When you have an ageing population, you are also worried about decreased immunity to certain diseases, so I think we have to be aware that we need to look at vaccines and treatment to the more exposed people especially in adulthood.

    "The current vaccines you hear about is actually developed for children. And they give you a very good protection for a number of years. But when you reach adulthood then the protection actually wanes. So what they are trying to do right now is trying to develop vaccines to look at the adult part.

    "So are there different vaccines that can be used to immunize adults? Or can we look at vaccines that sort of ride on the BCG and excite it to make better immunity for the adults?"

    The two-day symposium will also focus on influenza.

    Asia has historically been the epicentre for the emergence of new influenza viruses and experts believe that the next pandemic will emerge from this region.

    The 2009 flu pandemic in Asia, part of an epidemic of a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1, afflicted at least 394,133 people in the region, with 2,137 confirmed deaths.

    Following the symposium, the National Health and Medical Research Council and A*Star will identify key issues and develop a S$3.5 million joint grant call for research.

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    Default You be the judge on CNA debates

    by S Ramesh 04:46 AM Feb 28, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Instead of judges, the audience will decide the winner of Channel NewsAsia's (CNA) latest debate programme, Bridging Asia - The Singapore Debates.

    And they will do it all online, a first for the programme's producers.

    The audience will come armed with their smartphones and iPads, receive a briefing from the moderator on how the online system works, and from the word "go", cast their votes and views for the motion being debated.

    Those at home, too, can vote as the debate goes on.

    "The ability to pose questions 'live', the ability to vote on these questions and whether you want these questions to be answered - it is a very revolutionary concept; it gives power to the audience," said audience member Shawn Khoo from Hwa Chong Institution.

    "I have never done a debate like this before and it is actually quite novel, quite interesting, and what I like is the way it takes polls at different points," said debate participant Vikram Nair, who is MP for Sembawang GRC.

    Another debate participant, Professor Simon Chesterman, who is dean at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law, added: "When people have the time to reflect ... and (are) not so nervous, you get very thoughtful questions online."

    The programme's producers said the format to involve the audience from the outset has worked well.

    CNA is exploring more ways to incorporate such interactive elements as part of television programmes so as to involve Singaporeans directly.

    Bridging Asia will air every Tuesday, starting today, at 8pm. S Ramesh

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    Default Lasalle ties up with Goldsmiths College of London to offer arts degrees

    Published on Feb 29, 2012

    Lasalle College of the Arts has teamed up with one of the top British arts institutions, Goldsmiths College of the University of London, to offer a range of 14 degree courses that will start here in August this year. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN


    By Sandra Davie

    Students who want a top-notch arts degree in areas such as dance, acting, fashion or interior design, will soon be able to take up these courses here at home.

    Lasalle College of the Arts has teamed up with one of the top British arts institutions, Goldsmiths College of the University of London, to offer a range of 14 degree courses that will start here in August this year.

    Lasalle lecturers, who have been running degree programmes validated by the British Open University since 2004, will design the curriculum and teach the programme. Goldsmiths will conduct quality checks to ensure that the curriculum, teaching and examination are on par with its standards in the UK, before awarding the degrees under its name.

    The Government will offer a subsidy to the 200 students who enrol in the two-year degree courses every year. This means Singaporeans and Permanent Residents will pay $10,000 and $13,200 respectively a year for tuition.
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    Default NTU awarded endowment fund to research natural hazards

    By Sharon See | Posted: 28 February 2012 1855 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been awarded S$5 million (3 million euros) to create a permanent professorship in natural hazards.

    The fund is supported by global insurance group AXA.

    The endowment fund is expected to be matched by a dollar-to-dollar funding from the government, bringing the total amount to S$10 million.

    Tsunamis, earthquakes and climate change are areas the AXA-Nanyang professorship hopes to look into.

    This is the first AXA Chair in Asia, and it will be held by prominent earth scientist Professor Kerry Sieh, who is also director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore at NTU.

    The AXA Research Fund is awarded to research efforts related to risk management including life science, economic science and socio-economic risk.

    Godefroy Beauvallet, Head of AXA Research Fund, said: "AXA being one of the largest personal casualty insurers in the world, it only makes sense to go for the longer term and have a long-term vision of what is going to happen, and what Professor Sieh and his team is looking at is exactly that.

    "They are looking at these rare events. If you're looking at a few years' time-frame, you may overlook them. But if you're looking for what really can shift our way of looking at risks, this is what they're looking into. So that's why we wanted to partner with them, and that's how they got selected."

    Prof Sieh said he hopes his research will help policy-makers, businesses and educators plan ahead and make better decisions.

    Prof Sieh said: "The reason it's important to connect with people outside of the research world - the ivory towers as we call it - is that the 21st century is going to be a very difficult century for human-kind.

    "There are issues of resource scarcity, where are the last resources, how do we use them appropriately, sustainably, there're issues of how do we deal with tsunami hazards, how do we spread the risk around, when it comes to tsunamis or earthquakes or volcanic eruptions?

    "How do we prepare for the food crisis that might occur if we have a major eruption somewhere in the globe from a volcano? These are academic issues, they're also practical issues, so the AXA-Nanyang Chair endowment will help us actually start looking at those questions, so that we can actually make a difference to the world."

    Mr Beauvallet said AXA Research Fund selects partners based on their potential and track record, adding that it prefers to give researchers free rein on their research topics.

    Mr Beauvallet said: "We know that science is about surprise, research is about being able to freely look into the topics that interest researchers. So we try and first select, and we're very, very stringent on that with researchers who do want to focus on the risks that are important to us.

    "And then, we try and let them free. We know that you don't have good research if you have a compulsory agenda for a researcher. You have good research when you're allowing between what the researcher wants to do and what you're looking for."

    Prof Sieh said: "I would like to use these funds to support what I call Singapore Earth Science. I want to develop a new way of teaching earth science, using examples from Southeast Asia, rather than being California-centric or European-centric. So let's build a new scheme for educating humanity about what it means to live on this wonderfully dynamic planet."

    AXA says three million euros is the largest amount it gives out as research funds, although NTU is not the only university to have received this amount. The university expects to publish its first set of research findings within two years.

    - CNA/de

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    Default About 1,200 Singaporeans renounce citizenship annually in last five years

    Posted: 28 February 2012 1407 hrs


    SINGAPORE: An average of 1,200 Singaporeans renounced their citizenship every year between 2007 and 2011.

    Of these, 300 were naturalised citizens.

    But the renunciation rates for both naturalised citizens and Singapore-born citizens were low at 0.1 per cent or less.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gave this update in Parliament on Tuesday.

    Mr Teo also explained why some give up their citizenship and assured members that every application for citizenship was carefully evaluated.

    Mr Teo said: "Every application for permanent residence or Singapore citizenship is evaluated holistically on a range of criteria, including economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile, and length of stay in Singapore.

    "The reasons for emigration vary. Some emigrants leave for family reasons, because of marriage or to reunite the family members overseas, while others do so for a different living environment.

    "All Singapore citizens and permanent residents who own HDB flats will have to sell their properties if they renounce their citizenship or cease to be permanent residents. There are no exceptions to this rule."

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    Default Varsity entry, thanks to Raffles, Hwa Chong diplomas

    More RI and HCI students get places in top institutions using internal certs

    Published on Mar 1, 2012


    By Stacey Chia

    Even before the A-level results are released on Friday, many students at two top schools have already relied on their own school diplomas to gain entry into prestigious universities.

    Raffles Institution (RI) and Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) said that since they rolled out their own diplomas, they have noticed more students getting offers from the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Princeton.

    Principals of both schools said the Raffles Diploma (RD) and Hwa Chong Diploma provide admission officers with an additional way to assess how well-rounded the students are.

    RI principal Lim Lai Cheng said: 'It simplifies the administrative process as the diploma structure helps highlight the students' capabilities and strengths.'

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    Default Changi Airport's Budget Terminal to be rebuilt

    Published on Mar 1, 2012

    By Karamjit Kaur, Aviation Correspondent


    Changi Airport's Budget Terminal will close in September to make way for a new and bigger facility, The Straits Times has found out.

    Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific, Firefly, Southeast Asian Airlines and Berjaya Air, now housed there, will move to the main terminals while a new budget facility is built.

    The change is being made to cater to a faster-than-expected growth in the low-cost travel market. Between 2005 and last year, the market share of low-cost carriers at Changi Airport jumped from 5.6 per cent of total passenger traffic to 25.6 per cent.

    As running costs in Terminal 2, such as rentals for office and counter space, are higher, it is believed the airport is in talks with the affected carriers to iron out this and other issues.

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