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04-23-2012, 11:07 PM #5985
Australia extends Singapore air force's access to training facilities
By Wayne Chan | Posted: 23 April 2012 2146 hrs
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, right, is accompanied by Singapore's Prime MInister Lee Hsien Loong, background right, at the Istana on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Singapore.
SINGAPORE: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard indicated on Monday that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would be allowed continued access to training facilities in Oakey, Queensland.
She was speaking in Singapore where she is on her first official visit as prime minister.
Earlier in the day, she was given a ceremonial welcome at the Istana.
Also present was Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
After the ceremony, Ms Gillard met Singapore's Acting President J Y Pillay at the Istana.
At an official dinner hosted in her honour, Ms Gillard said that Singapore was a "partner and friend with a capacity to bring pragmatic and far-sighted thinking to regional and global challenges".
"We share defence and strategic interests, underpinned by a commitment to multi-lateralism and regional cooperation," she added.
"Of course, we value our economic links and seek to learn from your example of adaptation and innovation as Australia remakes its economy for the demands of the 'Asian Century'."
Prime Minister Lee, who was in attendance at the dinner, said "Singapore and Australia enjoy a close and long-standing relationship".
"Australia was one of the first countries to recognise Singapore's independence in 1965. For that we will always be grateful," Mr Lee said.
"Since then, our relationship has remained close, underpinned by our shared strategic perspectives and wide-ranging cooperation."
Mr Lee added that defence cooperation is also key to the two countries' relationship.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been warmly received during training exercises in Rockhampton, Oakey, Pearce and Tamworth in Australia, and had helped in disaster relief efforts during the floods in Queensland last year, he said.
Mr Lee added that Singapore would support Australia's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council in the year 2013-2014.
He also said Singapore shares a commitment with Australia on trade liberalisation, adding that Singapore is the fifth largest investor in Australia, and thanks to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), economic ties are growing.
Australian investments in Singapore more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, with the number of Australians doing business in Singapore growing about 10 per cent a year.
Singapore gets close to a million Australian tourists annually, while Australia receives more than 300,000 visitors from Singapore each year.
There are more than 20,000 Australians living and working in Singapore and around 50,000 Singaporeans in Australia, including 10,000 students.
Ms Gillard said she hopes to find more ways for the two countries to work together when Mr Lee visits Australia this October.
Earlier in the day, Ms Gillard presented Singaporean businessman Ow Chio Kiat, with the award of "Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia".
Mr Ow, who is the executive chairman of Stamford Land Corporation, received the award for his service to the development of commercial relations and identifying business opportunities between Australia and Singapore.
Ms Gillard also had an orchid hybrid named after her at the National Orchid Garden.
The Dendrobium Julia Gillard bears dark purple flowers which measure up to 7 centimetres across.
04-24-2012, 09:20 PM #5986
More licences for foreign law firms next year
by S Ramesh
04:45 AM Apr 25, 2012
SINGAPORE - The Republic will award a second round of licences to foreign law firms next year, said Law Minister K Shanmugam yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg News.
Mr Shanmugam said foreign firms would be able to apply in the second half of this year and that the process might take about six months.
In 2008, the Government awarded Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences to six firms, namely Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose, and White & Case. Their licences were valid for an initial period of five years.
The Law Ministry said then that the six firms awarded licences are ranked amongst the world's top law firms.
The licences were awarded based on a number of criteria, including the value of offshore work that the firm's Singapore office would generate and the number of lawyers that would be based in the Singapore office. S Ramesh
04-24-2012, 09:25 PM #5987
A boost for integration
New council will coordinate efforts for immigrant outreach
by Woo Sian Boon
04:45 AM Apr 25, 2012
SINGAPORE - A new council to coordinate the integration efforts of grassroots leaders is in the works.
As the next phase to its Integration and Naturalisation Champions (INCs) initiative, the People's Association (PA) yesterday announced that it will be setting up a PA Integration Council. The 15-member council will be officially launched on July 1.
"With a new council, members will be coordinating integration efforts for the 87 INCs," said PA's Group Director of Engagement Clusters - Interests, Mr Chia Tze Yee.
INCs, first appointed in 2007, are grassroots leaders chosen by PA to reach out to new immigrants in the community.
The new council's role thus differs from the National Integration Council (NIC), which "coordinates nation-level activities organised by external stakeholders", according to Mr Gilbert Fernandez, the deputy director of PA's integration division.
The NIC and the S$10 million Community Integration Fund were set up in 2009. The fund co-sponsors projects that encourage new immigrants, foreigners and locals to interact with each other and which improve understanding of each group's culture, values and norms.
More details about the council will be revealed during PA's second Integration Carnival this Saturday.
The PA also launched a year-long campaign yesterday to create awareness on the importance of being prepared for an emergency, in celebration of the 30th year of its Emergency Preparedness Programme.
The campaign, with the theme of "Towards a Safe, Caring and Resilient Community", will be kicked off on May 20 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The campaign seeks to encourage residents to participate in the Emergency Preparedness and Community Engagement Programme, while strengthening social cohesion and the community's capability to respond to emergencies.
Throughout the year, the PA will roll out activities such as a programme to educate children on emergency preparedness and a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Patrol week.
The campaign aims to spread the emergency preparedness message and skills to one in three families in Singapore, while increasing CERT members to 22,000 by 2015. As of last year, there are 13,454 CERT members.
04-24-2012, 09:29 PM #5988
Award is now open to immigrants of all races
by Hon Jing Yu
04:45 AM Apr 25, 2012
SINGAPORE - To recognise new Singapore citizens and permanent residents who have contributed to Singapore, the Singapore Hua Yuan Association is opening its second New Immigrant Outstanding Contribution Awards to new immigrants of all races, regardless of their countries of origin.
The awards, first held in 2009, used to be targeted at immigrants from China.
For this year's awards, the association hopes to select candidates who have contributed outstandingly to the nation's development in areas including the arts, science and technology, commerce and education.
It will also be giving Friends of Immigrants Awards to Singaporeans who have helped to foster social integration between Singaporeans and new immigrants.
The awards are co-organised by the Tan Kah Kee International Society and supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the National Population and Talent Division.
The chairman of the Tan Kah Kee International Society, Professor Phua Kok Khoo, who is on the panel of judges, said it would take time for new immigrants to understand Singapore society.
"Those immigrants from China and India, they group together, they don't try to interact. They don't mix, so that's a big problem," he said.
Prof Phua added that Singaporeans do not actively interact with people from other countries either. "I think we should change that attitude," he said.
Nominations are now open and will close on June 1. The preliminary selections will take place in July and August, followed by the panel's final decision which will be made in November and the award ceremony will happen on Jan 1 next year. Hon Jing Yu
04-24-2012, 09:43 PM #5989
Singapore takes in "good quality" immigrants
Updated 09:31 PM Apr 24, 2012
SINGAPORE - The National Population and Talent Division has said that Singapore will continue to take in immigrants "who are of good quality and able to integrate well into society".
Analysts Channel NewsAsia spoke with have stressed that Singapore needs to be mindful of the kind of immigrants it attracts.
Immigrants have to be young, can contribute economically and can adapt to Singapore culture, say analysts.
Associate Professor Paulin Tay Straughan, a sociologist at the National University of Singapore, said: "If we're talking about trying to attract 25,000 new citizens, then an important consideration would be, we want to make sure we attract good quality applicants.
"So how do we do that? Do we invite more to grow the pool of non-residents so that the probability of finding a segment with the desired attributes will be higher or do we look at immigration concerns with a more targeted approach?
"In short, don't just open doors but be very careful with outreach efforts. We must know who we want to target.
"We want to target younger new citizens because they would have a younger lifespan in terms of their productivity years and with younger citizens, they grow families.
"So the outreach must be a very targeted one and in order to make Singapore an attractive place for these talents, we also have to be careful that we do not send out signals that foreigners are not welcomed."
The National Population and Talent Division said Singapore assesses citizenship applications holistically.
The assessment includes looking at the person's family ties to Singaporeans, qualifications and length of stay in the country.
A spokesperson from the National Population and Talent Division said: "We will continue to ensure that we take in immigrants who are of good quality and able to integrate well into our society.
"We assess applications holistically on a set of criteria that includes the applicants' family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile, length of stay in Singapore, and their commitment to sinking roots in Singapore."
The National Population and Talent Division added that most new citizens come from Asian countries and between 2005 and 2010, more than half of them were aged 30 or below.
It also explained why its report does not account for the number of permanent residents.
It said citizens are its starting point when looking at the population because they form the core of the population.
"Hence, the objective of this Occasional Paper is to lay out the demographic characteristics of our citizen population under various population scenarios, so as to provide a picture of our demographic challenges," said the spokesperson.
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04-24-2012, 09:50 PM #5990
Singapore employees more motivated than average in Asia
Updated 07:30 PM Apr 24, 2012
SINGAPORE - Employees in Singapore as a whole are more highly motivated than their peers in Asia, according to an Asia-wide survey conducted by learning-based solutions provider AchieveGlobal.
59 per cent of respondents working in Singapore said they were "quite" or "very" motivated, compared with the regional average of 55 per cent, the survey found.
Respondents in Singapore in small and medium enterprises with fewer then 1,000 employees were also more likely to say their managers listened attentively to them compared with those from larger companies.
The survey, which was conducted from October to December last year, measured the extent to which employees were motivated in their jobs, assuming that employees were paid to their satisfaction.
More than 1,000 individuals across 10 countries, including India, China and Australia took part.
Based on the survey's findings, some key recommendations for managers to raise their employee's motivation in Singapore include listening to them more attentively, asking their opinion more frequently and involving them in the decision-making process whenever possible.
The survey also found that employees were more motivated when managers allowed them high flexibility in doing their jobs.
"What we are able to do now is to get an extra 5, 10, 15 per cent out of each employee by motivating them in the correct way," regional director at AchieveGlobal Singapore Andrew Calvert said.
But employees noted that their leaders should be more encouraging with their words and more emotionally sensitive to their feelings, the survey found.
"You 'should', you 'ought' or you 'have to'. Avoid those phrases, and you are more likely to motivate your employees," Mr Calvert said. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
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04-24-2012, 09:59 PM #5991
Formula One adding banks for $2.5 billion Singapore IPO
Published on Apr 25, 2012
Morgan Stanley, Spain's Banco Santander, Singapore's DBS Group and Malaysia's CIMB will join banks working on Formula One's planned flotation in Singapore, IFR reported on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AP
SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - Morgan Stanley, Spain's Banco Santander, Singapore's DBS Group and Malaysia's CIMB will join banks working on Formula One's planned flotation in Singapore, IFR reported on Tuesday.
The four will act as bookrunners after UBS and Goldman Sachs were hired earlier this month to lead the expected US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion) initial public offering, said IFR, a service owned by Thomson Reuters.
Formula One management made a presentation at London's Savoy Hotel to analysts from banks involved in the plan, sources close to the deal told Reuters.
There was no immediate comment from any of the banks named.
04-24-2012, 10:24 PM #5992
F1 Singapore listing will raise $3 billion
Updated 11:36 PM Apr 24, 2012
SINGAPORE--CVC Capital Partners Ltd has added Morgan Stanley and UBS AG to help with the initial public offering of Formula 1, which could raise as much as $3 billion in Singapore, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
The two banks join Goldman Sachs Group Inc, hired earlier for the stock sale, as lead managers for the IPO, said the people, who declined to be identified because the process is private. DBS Group Holdings Ltd, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and Banco Santander SA have also been retained to help manage the IPO, the people said.
Formula 1's IPO may occur as early as June, said one of the people. An application for the IPO may be submitted as early as this week, the person said. At $3 billion, the IPO would be the biggest in the world since Spain's Bankia SA raised $4.4 billion in July. Drawing on Formula 1's growing popularity in Asia, a Singapore listing may also help the cachet of the city's stock exchange, which is vying with Hong Kong's bourse to attract companies from across the world.
A CVC representative in London didn't immediately return a call seeking comments.
Formula 1 Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ecclestone has no plans to sell his 5.3 percent stake in the offering and will keep his position under CVC's plans, he said last month.
Singapore gave the British football team Manchester United Ltd permission to do an IPO of about $1 billion last year. That sale, which was scuttled amid stock market volatility late last year, may be revived.
By listing in Singapore, where a Formula 1 race has been held since 2008, the auto-racing series would take advantage of its growing popularity in Asia. Formula 1 also holds Grand Prix races in China, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, India and Australia.
F1 may be listed as early as June. REUTERS photo
04-24-2012, 10:41 PM #5993
School Sports: Paddlers deliver epic battles on court
Out for blood, table tennis teams light up Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the championship final
by Low Lin Fhoong
Updated 10:03 PM Apr 24, 2012
SINGAPORE - The pitter patter of ping-pong balls was silenced by the roars and cheers of some 2,000 supporters at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on Tuesday, as paddlers from the Boys and Girls 'A' and 'B' Division battled for supremacy in the 2012 National Inter-School Table Tennis Championships.
But for some, there was much more at stake than championship trophies. Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) (RGS) captain Wan Yuquan had never tasted gold medal success in her three years with the Girls 'C' and 'B' Division teams, and the 16-year-old and her teammates were determined to break their duck this year. But the paddlers faced a familiar adversary in the team final against Cedar Girls' Secondary School (CGS), who had defeated them 3-2 in the gold medal match last year.
Out for revenge on the court, Lam Teng Si dealt the first blow for RGS in the first singles as she notched a 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7 victory over Zhang Si Yao of Cedar Girls' Secondary. Doubles pair Ng Xueqi and Lim Yixuan took the lead to 2-0 in the next match as the paddlers dispatched opponents Tian Yichen and Ni Jiaxin 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-7).
Playing in the second singles, Li Jiaxin held her nerve against CGS's Rao Qiao Yang to win the encounter 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 and wrap up the team title for the Rafflesians, who engulfed Jiaxin and captain Yuquan in a group hug after the victory.
Speaking to TODAY School Sports, Secondary 4 student Jiaxin said: "We haven't gotten a title until this year so this is the first gold medal for the team. The team really deserves this…we even skipped classes this morning to train with all the Raffles teams at RI.
"Our team dynamics is very strong this year and we were really hyped up for this final. It feels really good to win this!"
Their seniors in the Girls 'A' Division team were also out to avenge their 2011 defeat to Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) in Tuesday's final. But there was no happy ending for the Rafflesians, who had to settle for the silver after a 3-1 loss to their stronger opponents. Said team captain Chau Hai Qing, who had won the Girls Under-20 gold medal last week: "We have done our best and I'm very proud of the team. I played the first singles as I had hoped to inspire my team…but after the game I realised that it's not the title but the team spirit that means much more to me."
The Hwa Chong girls were happy to be able to retain their championship title, as captain Tay Hui Yi said: "It was a very exciting final and we did very well today. Our second doubles played the most important match today as our opponents were strong. I'm very glad we managed to retain our championship title."
But the best thrills of the day were delivered in the Boys 'A' and 'B' Division finals, with RI and Maris Stella High School emerging champions in their respective divisions after both team matches against Nanyang Junior College (NYJC) and RI went down to the wire.
Defending champions RI were made to work in the 'A' Division final against NYJC, as first singles player Kerry Tan clawed back from a 2-0 deficit to notch a 3-2 win over Qin Rong. Teammates Ansel Lee and Julian Woo followed suit in their first doubles match-up against NYJC's You Jie and Dwayne Koh as the duo cruised to a 3-0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-7) win. But subsequent losses for RI in the second singles and doubles saw the score level at 2-2, with Bryan Teo and Zhang Yang competing in the decider for the championship title. Despite battling some game jitters, Year Five student Bryan coolly delivered the winning point for the Rafflesians with a 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 win over Zhang Yang in a game dominated by exciting rallies and smashes.
Speaking to TODAY School Sports after the victory, 16-year-old national youth player Bryan said: "At first I was really nervous and it was nerve wracking. But I managed to calm myself, I told myself not to worry about this burden and it's a great feeling and I'm really happy."
In the Boys 'B' Division championship match, Maris Stella celebrated their first gold medal win in three years at the National Inter-School competition. With the score tied at 2-2, Jia Hao Ming clinched the deciding point for the Maris Stella team with an 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 victory over RI's Benjamin Ban to spark off screams of delight from their supporters in the stands.
Girls 'C' Division: 1 Singapore Sports School, 2 Raffles Girls' School, 3 Nanyang Girls' High School, 4 Dunman High School
Boys 'C' Division: 1 Raffles Institution, 2 Fuhua Secondary School, 3 Hwa Chong Institution, 4 Victoria School
Girls 'B' Division: 1 Raffles Girls' School, 2 Cedar Girls' Seconday School, 3 Manjusri Secondary School, 4 CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School
Boys 'B' Division: 1 Maris Stella High School, 2 Raffles Institution, 3 St Gabriel's Secondary School, 4 Fuhua Secondary School
Girls 'A' Division: 1 Hwa Chong Institution, 2 Raffles Institution, 3 Nanyang Junior College, 4 Temasek Junior College
Boys 'A' Division: 1 Raffles Institution, 2 Nanyang Junior College, 3 Hwa Chong Institution, 4 River Valley High School
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04-25-2012, 01:54 AM #5994
13th IIFA awards to be held in Singapore
Updated 01:10 PM Apr 25, 2012
SINGAPORE - The 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will be held in Singapore from 7 to 9 June.
Kickstarting the IIFA Celebrations were popular Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame and Bipasha Basu.
Singapore previously hosted the celebrations in 2004.
The International Indian Film Academy and Singapore Tourism Board will jointly organise this year's event.
MediaCorp's Vasantham channel will be the official television station.
IIFA Awards, which is Bollywood's biggest awards show, has been held in various cities around the globe including London, Dubai and Toronto. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor (L) and Bipasha Basu arrive at a media event to announce the venue of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, at a hotel in Singapore April 24, 2012. REUTERS
04-25-2012, 02:07 AM #5995
NDP 2012 to have spectacular aerial show and sea salute
Published on Apr 25, 2012
Spectators waving their mini Singapore flags and cheering excitedly during the National Day Parade (NDP) at Marina Bay Floating Platform on Aug 9, 2011. Nine F15 and F16 fighter jets will weave through the skies and thrill spectators at this year's NDP - one of the biggest aerial displays to be put up to celebrate the nation's 47th birthday. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK
By Jermyn Chow
Nine F15 and F16 fighter jets will weave through the skies and thrill spectators at this year's National Day Parade (NDP) - one of the biggest aerial displays to be put up to celebrate the nation's 47th birthday.
The Aug 9 show, which will be staged at the floating platform at Marina Bay, will also feature the Republic of Singapore's navy warships that will perform a sea salute.
These details were announced on Wednesday by Colonel Desmond Tan, who chairs this year's NDP organising committee.
Col Tan, who is the Chief Guards Officer, also unveiled the theme of this year's celebrations, Loving Singapore, Our Home.
04-26-2012, 03:52 AM #5996
Singapore's main focus is to build a better future for S'poreans: DPM Tharman
Updated 02:04 PM Apr 26, 2012
SINGAPORE - Singapore's main focus is on the longer-term challenge of building a better future for its people, Deputy Prime Minister and Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in his May Day message today.
He said everything the Government does is aimed at achieving inclusive growth which benefits all Singaporean workers.
Mr Tharman added that the government is working with small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them to upgrade their operations and stay competitive in a tight labour market.
As for lower-wage workers, they can tap on the Workfare Income Supplement and Workfare Training Support schemes, which encourage them to find regular work and help them progress through training and skills upgrading.
Tripartite partners are also urged to promote best sourcing as many lower-wage workers are employed in industries where outsourcing is common, such as the cleaning and security industries.
Mr Tharman said service buyers must outsource responsibly, so that service providers are focused on service quality and productivity, and on improving employment conditions and wages for their workers.
The Government, as a major service buyer, will lead by example in best sourcing practices by procuring only from accredited cleaning companies and well-graded security agencies.
The Government will also closely monitor and study the impact of the Retirement and Reemployment Act that came into effect in January this year as well as the Special Employment Credit.
Mr Tharman said that Singapore must stay open to expertise from around the world and enable companies to have the diverse teams that allow them to remain competitive.
But at the same time, Singapore must do its utmost to maximise every Singaporean's potential, and develop local capabilities that give Singapore its sustainable advantage.
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04-27-2012, 01:16 AM #5997
HBD wins international award for environmental sustainability
Posted: 27 April 2012 1331 hrs
My Waterway@Punggol (Photo: HDB)
SINGAPORE: Punggol Waterway helped the Housing and Development Board (HDB) clinch its first international award for environmental sustainability on Friday.
The HDB said it was awarded the Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering in the environmental sustainability category, presented by the prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE).
My Waterway@Punggol, also known to some as the Venice of Singapore, is the only Asian winner for the Grand Prize under the Environmental Sustainability Category.
It won the award five months after it was launched.
The award ceremony was held in Washington DC on Thursday.
Deputy CEO (Building) of the HDB, Mr Sng Cheng Keh, said: "Right from the start, we wanted to build a green, sustainable waterway, and using green construction methods too. We are glad to have achieved both objectives.
"Winning this award is testament to Singapore's small contribution towards being responsible global citizens by constructing an environmentally-friendly waterway."
The HDB said the waterway has winning features such as eco-drains to ensure surface runoff is cleansed before entering the waterway.
It also has aerators, jet fountains and water curtains to enhance water quality.
The waterway was constructed using green practices.
One is a "cut-and-fill" method of excavation to fill the low-lying areas around the waterway.
Earth excavated from the waterway was re-used to prepare surrounding low-lying areas for future developments.
Features such as the boardwalks, footbridges and areas around the plaza were built with recycled materials.
The HDB said the waterway is an outstanding example of a vibrant and sustainable town with social communal spaces integrated seamlessly along the waterway.
It took efforts to preserve the memories and heritage from old Singapore by artistically weaving in pieces of history, such as the Kelong bridge that captures the stilt houses of the past.
04-27-2012, 02:15 AM #5998
DSO to get new, bigger campus in Buona Vista next year
Defence scientists from 6 sites come under one roof
Published on Apr 27, 2012
An artist's impression of the DSO National Laboratories' new Buona Vista campus. It will feature high-tech laboratories, sky terraces and roof gardens. -- PHOTO: DCA ARCHITECTS
By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent
The agency which does research into technology for Singapore's defence arsenal will move to a new and bigger home in Buona Vista next year.
The new campus of the DSO National Laboratories will have state-of-the-art laboratories, sky terraces and roof gardens.
It is understood that the labs will be large enough to develop technology for unmanned systems like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and guided weapons.
But more than just providing more space, the complex will unite under one roof most of DSO's current 1,700 employees, who are now scattered over six locations, and make room for 300 more.
04-29-2012, 10:45 PM #5999
The man who helped the Internet go global
Singapore pioneer came up with solution that enabled multilingual Web, e-mail addresses
Published on Apr 29, 2012
It was his search for a way to gain electronic access to research information for his own work that got Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, a biochemist, started on his campaign to promote the use of the Internet. He pushed for it to become accessible to everyone in every language. Last Monday, he was inducted into non-profit Internet Society's inaugural Hall of Fame in Geneva. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
By Grace Chng, Senior Correspondent
Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee looks at the men and women recently honoured alongside him at non-profit organisation Internet Society's inaugural Hall of Fame and says: 'My contributions pale before theirs.'
But ask Professor Bernard Tan what he thinks of the biochemist who became an unlikely Internet champion, and the former National Internet Advisory Committee chairman says right away: 'His breadth of knowledge and never-say-die attitude have made him a highly effective crusader for the Internet.'
He calls Prof Tan, 50, a 'towering figure for Singapore in regional and international Internet committees and forums'.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Internet pioneer Tan Tin Wee, 50, was inducted into the Internet Society's inaugural Hall of Fame in Geneva last Monday.
The biochemist did much to promote Internet development and organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, with a personal mission to make the Internet accessible to everyone, including the disabled and those who do not speak English.
The Hall of Fame was initiated to mark the 20th anniversary of the Internet Society, a non-profit organisation that looks after the global network's policies, technology standards and future development.
Associate Professor Tan, who is with the Department of Biochemistry at the National Universty of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, was among 33 Internet champions honoured.
They included its most influential engineers and evangelists such as Mr Vinton Cerf who co-wrote the software that runs the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web, and Mr Al Gore, former United States vice-president.
Prof Tan was nominated by Mr Rajnesh D. Singh, the Internet Society's regional director for Asia, who said: 'I hope his recognition by ISOC also brings him credit here in Singapore and the region.
'People in the early days of the Internet and its development did not really do what they did for the glory, but because it was a good thing to do so that the Internet could realise its potential.'
Prof Tan is also considered the father of bioinformatics in Singapore, for founding the Bioinformatics Centre in 1996, and is heavily involved in regional and global bioinformatics organisations.
He is chairman of A*Star's Computational Resource Centre and is looking into ways of providing supercomputing resources to research agenices here.
Married with two children, he is Master of Eusoff Hall at NUS.
For good, not glory
'People in the early days of the Internet and its development did not really do what they did for the glory, but because it was a good thing to do so that the Internet could realise its potential.'
MR RAJNESH D. SINGH, the Internet Society's regional director for Asia, who nominated Prof Tan for the Internet Society's inaugural Hall of Fame
'This effort was such a lesson for me. It wasn't about the technology, it was about lobbying and political manoeuvres. It took a lot more time and effort than I had dreamt.'
PROF TAN TIN WEE, on getting Web and e-mail addresses to go multilingual
Friends and long-time associates describe him as an ideas man, driven, motivated, generous and inspirational. To think that Prof Tan started out as a young biochemist who was only looking for a way to gain electronic access to research information for his own work.
04-29-2012, 10:54 PM #6000
Japan honours Jayakumar for bilateral contributions
Published on April 29, 2012
Former senior minister S. Jayakumar has been conferred Japan's highest award for foreigners, the Japanese Embassy has announced. He will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from Emperor Akihito at a ceremony an the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 8. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Former senior minister S. Jayakumar has been conferred Japan's highest award for foreigners, the Japanese Embassy has announced.
He will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from Emperor Akihito at a ceremony an the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 8.
The award is being presented to Professor Jayakumar in recognition of his contributions to strengthening bilateral ties in the political, economic and cultural spheres.
Prof Jayakumar is the fourth Singaporean to receive the prestigious award.
04-29-2012, 11:02 PM #6001
New council to help newcomers fit into Singapore
PA Integration Council will be led by MP Fatimah Lateef
Published on Apr 29, 2012
At the carnival were (from left) PA group director (engagement programmes - interests) Chia Tze Yee, Dr Fatimah Lateef, Mr S. Iswaran and Integration Carnival 2012 organising committee chairman Anthony Wee. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
By Felicia Choo
Integration efforts will get a boost on July 1 when the People's Association (PA) Integration Council is formed.
The aim of the council is to provide strategic direction and focus to PA's efforts to integrate new immigrants into the community.
This move was announced on Saturday by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, at the Integration Carnival 2012.
The council will be led by Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef as its adviser and comprise 15 integration and naturalisation champions (INCs), representing each of the 15 group representation constituencies.
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