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    Default Rare gemstones on show in Singapore

    Updated 08:42 PM Jul 12, 2012

    SINGAPORE - The Singapore International Jewellery Show is back, showcasing more than US$120 million (S$152 million) worth of exquisite jewellery. This year's show, the eighth so far, is also the biggest one to be held in Singapore.

    The four-day show at the Marina Bay Sands will feature some 190 exhibits from more than 20 countries in the form of diamonds, and rare natural gemstones.

    The jewel in the crown however, is a 99-carat Ceylon blue sapphire, which costs some US$6 million. It is the largest natural blue sapphire ever showcased in Singapore.

    It was issued a Platinum Rarity Award Issue certificate by the Gem Research Swisslab (GRS), which is presented only to a handful of outstanding gemstones after comparing them to records and data of the most high-profile gems that have passed through the most recognised auction houses in the world.

    Prince William had presented his then-fiancee Kate Middleton with a Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which was worn by his mother, the late Princess Diana. CHANNEL NEWSASIA




    The Singapore International Jewellery Show returns for its 8th time.


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    Default Patients benefit from NUH's Hybrid Operating Theatre

    Updated 10:51 PM Jul 12, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Patients have benefitted from faster recovery time after undergoing minimally invasive procedures at NUH's Hybrid Operating Theatre.

    There is also a lower risk of infection for patients as the theatre has integrated systems which allow surgeons, cardiologists and radiologists to work closely in the same location.

    Since its opening in December 2011, some 150 patients have benefited from this multi-disciplinary approach.

    One of them is Mr Yang Sen Phaik, who suffers from heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure. He had bypass operations to ensure there is adequate blood supply to his legs.

    But recently, the second bypass operation on his leg failed. And if left untreated, his leg would have to be amputated.

    So Mr Yang opted for a minimally invasive procedure at NUH which involved a small incision at the top of his leg. A stent was inserted and then a bypass was done to the lower part of the knee at the same time.

    The operation lasted for only two and a half hours and he recovered after one night in the High Dependency Unit.

    Associate Professor Peter Robless, senior consultant with the National University Heart Centre (Singapore), said: "The traditional way of treating him would be to put a stent into the upper part of the leg and subsequently a few days later, come for a surgery, which is a long bypass operation under general anaesthesia.

    "In the past, he would have stayed for two weeks in hospital recovering from anaesthesia, a long cut in his leg, slow rehabilitation as well."

    Specialists said they expect to see more patients with multiple conditions which may be costly to treat. The situation could be eased with this one-stop operating theatre as patients benefit from a shorter stay and a quicker recovery. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Prof Tan Thiam Soon to be new SIT president

    Published on Jul 13, 2012


    Dr Feng Lun (right), founder and chairman of Beijing Vantone Real Estate, shaking hands with National University of Singapore (NUS) vice-provost (education) Tan Thiam Soon (left) at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony on May 18, 2011. Professor Tan will join Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) on Sept 1 as president-designate, and will take over as president on Feb 2, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    By Matthias Chew

    Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) president Tan Chin Tiong will vacate his post on Jan 31, 2013, after his secondment from Singapore Management University ends.

    His replacement will be Professor Tan Thiam Soon, who is currently vice-provost of education at the National University of Singapore.

    Professor Tan Thiam Soon will join SIT on Sept 1 as president-designate, and will take over as president on Feb 2, 2013.

    Professor Tan Chin Tiong was the founding president of SIT. Under his watch, the institute, which offers degrees by overseas universities targeted at diploma holders, grew from 500 students in 10 programmes in 2009 to 1000 students in 17 programmes
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    Default US, S'pore reiterate commitment to strengthen partnership and cooperation

    Posted: 12 July 2012 2115 hrs




    Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 12, 2012. (Photo: MFA)



    PHNOM PENH: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam have acknowledged the excellent state of bilateral relations between the two countries.

    Both countries have reiterated their common commitment to further strengthen their partnership and cooperation for the benefit of ASEAN and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

    Mrs Clinton and Mr Shanmugam met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum.

    In a joint statement, the US and Singapore said both governments are fully dedicated to advancing the development goals of ASEAN member states and contributing towards a strong and integrated ASEAN community.

    In February 2012, Mrs Clinton and Mr Shanmugam signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Singapore - United States Third Country Training Program (TCTP).

    This signalled the US and Singapore's intent to jointly extend technical assistance to developing countries, particularly ASEAN countries in the lower Mekong sub-region.

    Under the TCTP, the United States and Singapore will draw on the expertise of their respective public sectors to develop innovative capacity building courses and programmes to assist developing countries to address common challenges in a collaborative manner.

    Since that time, good progress has been made on the implementation of TCTP projects under their Memorandum of Understanding.

    In June, experts from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Singapore's national water agency PUB conducted a Scenario Planning Workshop in Bangkok from June 18 to 21 for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) officials and staff. The workshop was aimed at strengthening the MRC's capabilities in Integrated Water Resource Management.

    The United States and Singapore also intend to continue cooperation to bolster MRC technical capacity by conducting further collaborative training and technical workshops.

    Both countries will also offer joint training in Singapore on the prevention of counterfeit health products for drug regulators from ASEAN member states in August.

    The United States and Singapore are also planning to implement a number of projects in 2012 and 2013 that will focus on building capacity of ASEAN member states in a broad range of areas -- including the delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, public health, sustainable urban development, economic development, urban transport planning, and trade facilitation.

    Both countries have reaffirmed their commitment to addressing development needs in the region and to intensifying cooperation in this area of common interest.

    Their efforts will continue to be relevant to the needs of countries and in support of regional institutions including the East Asia Summit, ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other relevant regional organisations and initiatives.

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    Default Another gold for Singapore keglers


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 11:34 PM Jul 12, 2012

    SINGAPORE -- Another sterling performance from their women's team ensured a fourth gold medal for Singapore which continue to lead the medal standings at the Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship.

    The quartet of Kimberly Ooi, Joey Yeo, Kristin Quah and Tracy See totalled 4,759 pinfalls at Jakarta's Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre on Thursday to win the women's team gold, ahead of silver medallists Kim Mi-Ae, Kim Eun-Jeong, Park Soo-Bin and Shin Hye-Ji of South Korea (4,707).

    Indonesia's Shinta Ceysaria Yunita, Aldila Indryati, Nadia Pramanik Nuramalina and Alisha Nabila Larasati settled for the bronze (4,612).

    It also meant Singapore swept the top three positions of the women's All-Events through Tracy See (3,736), Kimberly Ooi (3,673) and Joey Yeo (3,672).

    Singapore also added a silver from the men's team, after Javier Tan, Joel Tan, Darren Ong and Muhammad Jaris Goh registered 2,561 pinfalls.

    Indonesia (2,714) and Malaysia (2,531) took gold and bronze respectively.

    The results mean Singapore still head the medal tally at the tournament with six golds, three silvers and one bronze.

    Indonesia are second (1-1-2), with Kuwait's "A" team third (1-1-0).

    The tournament continues on Friday with the All-Events, before the boys' and girls' Masters finals on Saturday.






    Singapore's ''A'' women's team of Kristen Quah, Kimberly Ooi, Tracy See, Joey Yeo continued their good form at the Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship by winning the team gold. Photo courtesy of the Singapore Bowling Federation.

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    The Straits Times
    14 July 2012

    By Sherri Lee

    The 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Singapore ended on a high note on Saturday, with Singaporean students coming up tops in the prestigious competition.

    The Singapore team obtained four Gold medals, placing first in a field of 236 students from 59 countries.

    This is the first time the Republic has been placed first, and also the first time a Singapore team has won four Gold medals in the Olympiad.

    The Singapore Gold medalists are Nol Swaddiwudhipong, Zhang Hui Ting and Mao Haitong of Raffles Institution, and Lim Yuan Wei of Hwa Chong Institution. Swaddiwudhipong is also the top Gold medalist in the 23rd IBO.

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    Default Singapore points out inaccuracies in US human trafficking report

    Updated 09:53 PM Jul 13, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Singapore's Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) has singled out "several inaccuracies and misrepresentations" in the latest US State Department report on human trafficking.

    One of them states that Singapore employers can submit complaints about worker behavior to impose future employment bars on foreigner workers. "This is untrue," said the Taskforce in a four-page statement on Friday. "Singapore employers do not possess powers to place employment bars on foreign workers. Employment bars are imposed by MOM on foreign workers who have been found to have infringed Singapore laws and regulations."

    The TIP report released on June 20 placed Singapore in Tier 2 - same as last year - meaning that while the Singapore Government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, it is making "significant efforts" to do so.

    On Friday, the Taskforce said factual inaccuracies included wrong prosecution figures stated in the report. The US State Department's report stated that the Government had convicted four *** trafficking offenders last year. In fact, authorities here said they prosecuted five cases with at least one accused convicted in 2011.

    The US report had also stated that for material witnesses, the Government generally held the victims' passports and declined their requests for repatriation. The taskforce explained that presence of witnesses in Singapore is necessary for the successful prosecution of human trafficking offenders.

    Victims who are identified to be suitable prosecution witnesses will be requested to remain in Singapore as prosecution witnesses. The taskforce said the decision to remain is theirs, and it will facilitate the departure of witnesses who do not wish to stay on in Singapore as prosecution witnesses.

    While the report claimed that the Government did not demonstrate increased efforts to apply stringent penalties to convicted offenders and traffickers were given low penalties, the Taskforce pointed out that Singapore's trafficking offences carry penalties of up to 10 years. A commercial *** operator involved in a *** trafficking case was jailed for five years in April this year, noted the Taskforce.

    Reiterating that the Singapore "is serious" in combating human trafficking, the Taskforce said it has met with the US Embassy here to convey the inaccuracies and misrepresentations. It added that as Singapore progresses in its anti-trafficking efforts, it calls on the US to improve the credibility of the State Department's annual report by ensuring greater accuracy of facts and by making the Report's methodology more objective.

    This, it said, will ensure that "a consistent, transparent, and measurable standard is applied across all countries", and "a better understanding of the different legal structures and domestic contexts of countries ranked in the report are taken into account".

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    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 11:34 PM Jul 12, 2012

    SINGAPORE -- Another sterling performance from their women's team ensured a fourth gold medal for Singapore which continue to lead the medal standings at the Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship.

    The quartet of Kimberly Ooi, Joey Yeo, Kristin Quah and Tracy See totalled 4,759 pinfalls at Jakarta's Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre on Thursday to win the women's team gold, ahead of silver medallists Kim Mi-Ae, Kim Eun-Jeong, Park Soo-Bin and Shin Hye-Ji of South Korea (4,707).

    Indonesia's Shinta Ceysaria Yunita, Aldila Indryati, Nadia Pramanik Nuramalina and Alisha Nabila Larasati settled for the bronze (4,612).

    It also meant Singapore swept the top three positions of the women's All-Events through Tracy See (3,736), Kimberly Ooi (3,673) and Joey Yeo (3,672).

    Singapore also added a silver from the men's team, after Javier Tan, Joel Tan, Darren Ong and Muhammad Jaris Goh registered 2,561 pinfalls.

    Indonesia (2,714) and Malaysia (2,531) took gold and bronze respectively.

    The results mean Singapore still head the medal tally at the tournament with six golds, three silvers and one bronze.

    Indonesia are second (1-1-2), with Kuwait's "A" team third (1-1-0).

    The tournament continues on Friday with the All-Events, before the boys' and girls' Masters finals on Saturday.






    Singapore's ''A'' women's team of Kristen Quah, Kimberly Ooi, Tracy See, Joey Yeo continued their good form at the Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship by winning the team gold. Photo courtesy of the Singapore Bowling Federation.
    Here are a couple of the team B players in action.

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    Thank you for the beautiful picture.
    I'm really proud of our young ladies.

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    Default Schooling is face of Singapore's Olympic swimming team



    Singapore puts Olympic hopes on 17-year-old Bolles swimmer Joseph Schooling

    Posted: July 14, 2012 - 9:55pm | Updated: July 14, 2012 - 11:20pm




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    Joseph Schooling, 17, who will be a junior at Bolles this fall, will be swimming in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Singapore.




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    Sergio Lopez Miro, head swim coach at The Bolles School, is Singapore's head coach at the 2012 Games in London.



    Schooling File
    Age: 17
    School: Bolles

    Resume: Schooling, a native of Singapore, will compete in the 200-meter and 100-meter butterfly events at the London Olympic Games. … He holds Singapore senior national records in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly events. … Won two gold medals (50 fly, 200 fly), one silver (200 IM) and one bronze (100 fly) at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. … Set an SEA Games record in the 200 fly with a time of 1 minute, 56.67 seconds.

    Personal bests
    Joseph Schooling’s top times vs. Michael Phelps’ world records (for a 50-meter long course pool):

    Event - Schooling - Phelps
    100 fly - 53.18 - 49.82
    200 fly - 1:56.67 - 1:51.51

    Bolles 2012 Olympic Competitors

    Current students
    Name, Class, Country
    Anderson Lim, 2013, Brunei
    Joseph Schooling, 2014, Singapore

    Alumni
    Name, Class, Country
    Danielle Beaubrun, 2009, St. Lucia
    George Bovell, 2002, Trinidad and Tobago
    Anja Carman, 2004, Slovenia
    Megan Fonteno, 2011, American Samoa
    Shaune Fraser, 2006, Cayman Islands
    Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, 2008, Israel
    Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 2008, Bahamas
    Branden Whitehurst, 2008, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Bolles Sharks Club Members: Ariana Kukors (United States), Charlie Houchin (relay only, United States), Fabiola Molina (Brazil), Zach Payne (Cook Islands), Omar Pinzon (former member, Colombia)

    Source: The Bolles School

    By Francine King

    Singapore puts Olympic hopes on 17-year-old Bolles swimmer Joseph Schooling

    Francine King
    July 14, 2012 11:19 PM EDT
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    Forget one in a million. Bolles swimmer Joseph Schooling is one in 5 million.
    The 17-year-old native of Singapore was chosen as his country’s Sportsman of the Year in May.

    Schooling, who has attended Bolles for three years, was honored as the top male athlete in Singapore after a stellar 2011 that included two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the Southeast Asian Games. He also set Singapore senior national records in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly events and broke an SEA Games record in meeting the “A” qualifying standard for the London Olympics in the 200 fly.
    Schooling was 16 when he was named Singapore’s Sportsman of the Year, making him the youngest to ever receive the award.

    “He’s the face of a lot of hope for a lot of people over there,” Bolles coach Sergio Lopez Miro said.

    That’s a lot of weight to carry for any athlete — let alone one still in high school. But Schooling, who will begin his junior year at Bolles this fall, said one of the benefits of attending high school in the U.S. is having some distance from the 5 million pairs of eyes that would be watching him in Singapore.

    “My country’s so far away, so I’m kind of lucky in a way because all the pressure is in Singapore and I’m all the way here,” Schooling said. “I get a little bit of pressure, because I have to do well, but I don’t really let it get to me.”

    But distance has a downside, too.

    The first year Schooling lived in Florida, he had to board at Bolles, while his parents remained in Singapore. Since then, his father, Colin, and mother, May, have taken turns living with Joseph in Jacksonville for six months at a time.

    “They rotate, because they can’t stay past 180 days, so one parent’s here and then the other one flies back,” Joseph explained. “It’s pretty hard.

    “Without them, I don’t think I would be here today, so I’ve got to thank them a lot.”
    ‘SECOND DAD’

    Schooling was the only swimmer from Singapore to earn an automatic berth to the London Games with an “A” qualifying time. He also met the “B” standard in the 100 fly and will swim that event at the Olympics as well. Three other swimmers — one male, two female — have been invited by FINA to represent Singapore in London.

    Because of his automatic qualification, Schooling said he was allowed to select his personal coach — Lopez — to be one of the national team coaches for Singapore.
    “He’s like my second dad,” Schooling said. “I love him.”

    Lopez, who was an assistant coach for the Singapore National Team at the SEA Games last year, won a bronze medal for Spain in the 200 breaststroke at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

    Lopez was the first athlete from Spain to win a medal at that Olympics and the only swimmer to bring home any hardware. He said the attention was so overwhelming it was almost unbearable — so he escaped back to Indiana University, where he was studying at the time.

    “I remember after I won the medal, in the Olympic Village, it was very hard for me to be there because of the press,” Lopez recalled. “I came to Spain, and it was horrible, so after 10 days, I left. I went back to America.

    “One of the great things that I had was that I had my own world,” he said. “When I went to school, I was one of the kids on a 30,000-people campus. I was able to separate myself from that. I think we can really do that for [Joseph] — to create an environment where he’s one of the kids.”

    A LONG WAY FROM HOME

    Schooling, who has no siblings, said it was a difficult decision to move to the U.S. to study and train at Bolles. His family learned of the school when his parents helped host the U.S. Olympic swimming team in 2008, while the team trained in Singapore prior to the Beijing Olympics.

    At the time, Schooling said, Singapore’s swimming program wasn’t strong, and his parents knew he would need a change if he was to improve to the next level. His father asked the U.S. coaches about good swimming programs in the states. One of those U.S. coaches was then-assistant Gregg Troy, who spent 20 years building the Bolles swimming program into a national powerhouse.

    “So I made the huge decision with [my parents] to come here,” Joseph said.
    He was 13 at the time.

    Lopez said the choice to train in Florida was good for Schooling, because it allowed him to develop outside the scrutiny he would have received in Singapore.

    “I think he’s grown up a lot,” Lopez said of coaching Schooling the last three years. “I think he has a very good heart, as a person. He really cares for his friends, and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing.

    “Now, he’s very competitive,” Lopez added with a grin. “He hates to lose. He’s learning how to push his body more and more.”

    ACE UP HIS SLEEVE

    As one of the youngest swimming competitors at the Olympics, Schooling knows his trip to London will provide him with a learning experience he can build on for a potential return bid in four years.

    “The way we’re approaching this is he’s going [to London] to learn — and with no fear,” Lopez said. “He has nothing to lose.

    “If he’s able to have a good progression, and he’s lucky with no injuries, in the next Olympics, he’s going to be up there,” Lopez said. “He’s going to be 21 years old, and he’s going to be ready to do something special.”

    Schooling said he’s eager to learn from world-class swimmers like Americans Michael Phelps — who will also compete in the 100 and 200 fly in London — and Ryan Lochte.
    But he’s also ready to push himself to achieve something special for Singapore and possibly qualify for the finals in his events.

    Lopez admitted one of Schooling’s best assets is his youth.

    “You’ve got to not hesitate,” Lopez said. “When a 24-year-old guy sees a 16, 17-year-old turning at the 150 [mark] next to him … [there are] many chances that that 24-year-old is going to freak out.

    “That’s the card he has to play.”

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    Default Singapore team wins International Biology Olympiad for the 1st time

    Published on Jul 15, 2012



    The 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Singapore ended on a high note on Saturday, with Singaporean students coming up tops in the prestigious competition. The Singapore Gold medalists are (from left to right) Lim Yuan Wei, Zhang Hui Ting, Mao Haitong, and Nol Swaddiwudhipong -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM



    By Sherri Lee

    The 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Singapore ended on a high note on Saturday, with Singaporean students coming up tops in the prestigious competition.

    The Singapore team obtained four Gold medals, placing first in a field of 236 students from 59 countries.

    This is the first time a Singapore team has placed first, and also the first time the Republic's team has won four gold medals in the Olympiad.

    The Singapore Gold medalists are Nol Swaddiwudhipong, Zhang Hui Ting and Mao Haitong of Raffles Institution, and Lim Yuan Wei of Hwa Chong Institution. Swaddiwudhipong is also the top Gold medalist in the 23rd IBO.



    4 golds for S'pore in biology Olympiad

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    Updated 08:41 PM Jul 14, 2012

    Singapore obtained its best-ever showing in an International Biology Olympiad, placing first with a win of four golds.

    Triumphing over a field of 236 students from 59 countries were gold medallists Mr Nol Swaddiwudhipong, Ms Zhang Hui Ting and Ms Mao Haitong from Raffles Institution, and Mr Lim Yuan Wei from Hwa Chong Institution.

    Mr Swaddiwudhipong was also the top gold medalist in this, the 23rd edition of the Olympiad, which was held in Singapore from July 8 to 15.

    They were mentored by a team of professors from NUS, NTU, NIE and former Biology Olympiad participants. Singapore placed third in last year's Olympiad.

    Also receiving four gold medals this year was the team from the United States.

    The International Olympiads for Science bring together the best and brightest students from around the world. Through rigorous tests of theoretical knowledge, students are expected to demonstrate their mastery of scientific concepts. Their experimental skills are also put to the test.
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    Default 23rd International Biology Olympiad, Singapore, 8-15 July 2012

    The official 23rd IBO website:
    http://www.ibo2012.org/


    Top Gold goes to Singapore!

    Stop Press! Team Singapore and Team USA have both garnered the maximum of four gold medals each, with Singapore's Nol Swaddiwudhipong emerging from the field of 234 of the world's best young talent in biology to take the Top Gold medal!
    It's a real Zoo out there...

    Saturday, 14 July:

    While the Jury examine and finalize the scores, the student competitors spent the morning at the Singapore Zoo. Located within Singapore's central catchment area and nature reserve, the participants not only got to experience one of the best zoos in the region, but as it turned out, a tropical downpour as well.
    Flying High

    Friday, 13 July:

    Competitors continue to decompress with a packed schedule of excursions capped off with night kite flying at the Marina Barrage against the spectacular backdrop of the Singapore city skyline. Meanwhile, scripts were marked and scores tallied. Tomorrow, the closing ceremony and medal presentation...
    Exams are over...

    ...so what do you think everyone's gonna do? The picture says it all.
    It's all just Theory at this point...

    Thursday, 12 July:

    The final hurdle, the theoretical tests... It will be another long day for the student competitors!
    All Work and All Play

    Wednesday, 11 July:

    While the International Jury worked through the day and night on the questions for the theoretical tests, the student competitors had a packed schedule of excursions, including the Jurong Bird Park (below) and the NEWater Visitor Centre (bottom).
    Serious/Fun

    Tuesday, 10 July:

    After nine gruelling hours of intensive Practical Tests across diverse fields of the biological sciences, student competitors unsurprisingly let loose with a vengence at Social Night
    IBO 2012 Opens

    Monday, 9 July, 9.40 am:

    Student Competitors assembled and waiting to enter the Nanyang Auditorium for the "Competitors' March-past"
    Welcome Message
    From Singapore, a tiny tropical island smaller than most big cities in the world, we extend to all friends, colleagues and participants of the 23rd International Biology Olympiad (IBO) a very warm and big welcome to our Garden City!

    Over the period of 8-15 July, we shall continue the spirit of IBO in celebrating some of the world's most promising secondary biology students, through a unique event designed to encourage and challenge exceptionally gifted young talents.



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    It was fantastic

    Spain - 10 July 2012 - 8:58pm.

    As every year, this time was a very good experience for all of us. Looking at those young people from different countries, talking, exchanging gifts was a very nice view of our future.


    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...ology_Olympiad

    "The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a science olympiad for students in sixth form (age 16 to 18). The first academic international Olympiads after the (originally Eastern European-based) International Mathematical Olympiad were launched under the auspices of the United Nations in the 1960s. The programs have gradually expanded to include more than 70 participating countries across five continents. The IBO is one of these olympiads. All participating countries send the four winners of their National Biology Olympiad to the IBO, accompanied by usually one team leader and two observers/jurors."

    Aims

    The aims of the IBO are to promote a career in science for talented students and to stress the importance of biology in our current society. It also provides a great opportunity to compare educational methods and exchange experiences. This is useful information to improve biology education on a national level. Since the organization of every National Olympiad requires the cooperation of many institutions, such as ministries of education, industry, teachers' associations, universities and schools, communication and cooperation between those institutions is promoted and intensified. Lastly, the IBO stimulates contact between students and teachers from many countries in a friendly environment. To demonstrate this, both students and teachers swear an oath of behaving according to the principles of fair play.

    Procedure

    The competition itself is composed of a theoretical and practical element. The theory exams cover a wide range of Biology: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Ethology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, and Biosystematics. The marks are scaled so that the theory and practical components each have a weighting of about fifty percent.

    All participants are ranked based on their individual scores. These are based on the results of a theoretical and a practical test, each making up approximately fifty percent of the final score. Gold medals are awarded to the top ten percent of students, silver medals are awarded to the next twenty percent of students and bronze medals are awarded to the next thirty percent of students. Despite the oath of fair play, one student has been caught cheating and was disqualified.
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    Default NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine appoints new dean

    Updated 12:50 PM Jul 16, 2012

    SINGAPORE - The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a joint medical school by Imperial College London and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, has appointed Professor Dermot Kelleher as its new dean.

    Professor Kelleher, who is the incoming principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, will assume his post on Aug 1.

    A joint statement from both varsities said Professor Kelleher will lead the next phase of the school's development to train more doctors to meet Singapore's future healthcare demands.

    With his appointment, Professor Stephen Smith, the founding dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, will focus on his role as NTU's vice president of research.

    Professor Kelleher is a world leading expert in immunology and infectious diseases
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    A former vice-provost for medical affairs and head of the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, he has over 30 years of experience in research, teaching and medical leadership.

    As the dean of Singapore's third medical school, he will combine this role with his position as principal of Imperial's Faculty of Medicine.

    Sir Keith O'Nions, president and rector of Imperial College London, said: "We are delighted that Professor Kelleher will direct the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine alongside Imperial's Faculty of Medicine. His outstanding record of leadership in academic medicine will take both institutions from strength to strength.

    "Both institutions share the goal of achieving world-class excellence in medical education and research, and their close alignment will help to realise the opportunities offered by this exciting partnership between two world-class universities."

    Professor Bertil Andersson, President of NTU, said that having Professor Kelleher at the helm of Singapore's newest medical school would not only give a big boost to medical education but also to medical innovation and research as well.

    "Prof Kelleher is a world-leading expert in immunology and infectious diseases and he has valuable experience in translating medical research into new diagnostics and treatments for patients. These will complement NTU well as we have a strong track record in bio-medical engineering," he said.

    "We look forward to having a more robust research relationship with Imperial College London's medical school with Prof Kelleher as its principal and I believe he will further strengthen the foundation of our joint medical school in Singapore already laid by Professor Smith as the Founding Dean."

    Professor Kelleher said: "The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has ambitious goals to redefine both medical education and research. Hundreds of people at Imperial, NTU and in partner healthcare organisations have already contributed to its development, creating a curriculum and infrastructure that will offer students an exceptional medical education.

    "It will be a privilege to work with this dedicated team to set the direction for the School's research strategy and prepare to begin training a generation of outstanding doctors to serve Singapore."

    The chairman of the pro-tem governing board of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Mr Lim Chuan Poh said: "Professor Kelleher's illustrious career has been characterised by remarkable achievements in medical education and research and outstanding leadership.

    "I'm confident his appointment will continue the stellar work of the School's Founding Dean, Professor Stephen Smith, whom we thank for laying the strong foundations of the school." CHANNEL NEWSASIA




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    Default Singapore crowned champions at Asian Schools Bowling meet

    Updated 01:52 AM Jul 15, 2012

    SINGAPORE -- A 1-2 finish in the girls' Masters stepladder finals saw Singapore crowned overall champions of the 14th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship on Saturday.

    At the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta, Joey Yeo took the event's gold after a 459-405 win over top seed and team-mate Kristin Quah in the final. South Korea's Shin Hye-Ji took the bronze after losing 205-178 to Kristin in the first round of the stepladder.

    It means Singapore topped the XX-strong standings with seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

    Indonesia (2-1-2) and Kuwait (1-1-1) were second and third respectively.

    Singapore also won the challenge trophies for the overall girls and boys titles.

    "I feel really happy, and happy for my team-mates too, but I feel lucky because I was not making good shots as compared to Kristin," said Joey.

    "But mine ended up carrying the pins while her's did not."

    However, Singapore did not enjoy the same success in the boys' Masters stepladder final, with Muhammad Jaris Goh and Javier Tan finished seventh and eighth respectively.

    The event was won by Indonesia's Adhiguna Widiantoro, who beat top seed Muhammad Aizudeen Mustaqim of Malaysia 237-222, 255-236 in the final.







    Joey Yeo (left) and Kristin Quah (right) took gold and silver respectively in the girls' Masters stepladder final to ensure Singapore were crowned overall champions at the 14th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship in Jakarta. Photo courtesy of the Singapore Bowling Federation.

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    Default Blistering beats get Star concert off to hot start

    US band Boys Like Girls, Tanya Chua and other acts thrill concert-goers


    Published on Jul 16, 2012


    American pop punk band Boys Like Girls, fronted by Martin Johnson (on screen), kicked off the concert with thousands of screaming fans waving their neon-lit foam light sticks to the band?s electrifying beat.

    By MELISSA KOK

    THE blistering guitars and thundering drums of American pop punk band Boys Like Girls ignited a spark among thousands of music fans at Gardens by the Bay last night, literally.

    The band's infectious power-chord driven melodies resonated through the sea of screaming fans, who waved their neon-lit foam light sticks to the beat.

    The cheeky American quartet - comprising frontman Martin Johnson, drummer John Keefe, guitarist Paul DiGiovanni and bassist Morgan Dorr - were the opening act for the inaugural Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) Concert held at the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay on Sunday.


    The concert was held for the paper to better engage its readers, and took place on its 167th birthday.

    The show covered a range of musical genres including pop, jazz, rock and even K-pop.

    Early birds were entertained by ChildAid performers Sophia Joe and Amni Musfirah, who delivered soulful renditions of songs by pop stars Kimbra and Jessie J.

    Renowned Singaporean flautist Rit Xu also gave a stellar pre-concert performance, breaking out in a free jazz jam with his band.

    But it was Boys Like Girls' high-energy set that set the tone for the rest of the 31/2-hour long concert.

    Concert-revellers took a breather as they watched Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah entertain with his laid-back R & B tunes.

    Fellow Idol champ Hady Mirza impressed with his new single, Betapa Berat Cintaku, a Malay love ballad.

    The local line-up continued when home-grown pop siren Tanya Chua took to the stage, opening with the introspective pop ditty, Just Say So.

    'It's so great to be back home, and I've missed you guys. I hope you guys have not forgotten about me,' said the Taiwan-based Chua.

    She added that she loved that Singapore was one of the only places where she felt comfortable enough to 'sing bilingually'.

    Six-piece acapella group Juz B were next to dazzle with their vocal chops; they performed a cover of Secrets by pop-rock band One Republic, and got the crowd on its feet.

    The closing act, K-pop girl group 4Minute - Ji Yoon, Ji Hyun, Ga Yoon, Hyun A and So Hyun - tore through their hits, including the bass-thumping Volume Up and the cute and upbeat pop song, Heart To Heart.

    Their set - which included a chat where the girls fielded questions from fans - was well worth the wait for hundreds of 4Minute fans, some of whom had shown up as early as 8.30am to see their idols in action.

    They closed their set with the power-charged hit, Hot Issue and the club anthem Huh, ending the Star concert on a high.

    Among their fans was polytechnic student Maverick Lim, 18.

    Flushed from screaming during the concert, he said: 'I felt really ecstatic, especially when they did an encore of my favourite song, Huh. It made the wait worthwhile.'

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    Default Why the Olympics is important to us

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    by Gerard Wong

    04:45 AM Jul 16, 2012



    The London Olympics begins on July 27, and in our build-up, we will present to you features on Team Singapore and the Games with two aims.

    The first is to help familiarise you with some of our athletes who will be competing, and understand why their participation in the Games is important for them and the future of Singapore sports.

    The other is to arm you with a working knowledge of who and what to look out for.

    Although Singapore will have 23 athletes competing in nine sports, it is clear that only table tennis players Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei are realistic medal hopefuls in the women's team event, while Feng in the women's singles, and Gao Ning, Yang Zi and Zhan Jian in the men's team event, remain outside bets.

    So, what then for the rest of Singapore's athletes? In particular, why send those who are not even SEA Games gold medal potential yet?

    This is why: Giving them the opportunity to compete at the Olympics is a necessary investment for their sport, a step forward to help them eventually make that gold-medal breakthrough at the SEA and Asian Games, which, in turn, will hopefully usher in a new era of regional excellence for their respective sports.

    It is our hope that our features will not only help you get to know our athletes better, but to pique your interest in their fortunes, maybe even to the extent of waking up in the wee hours to catch them in action on television or Internet.

    Beyond our coverage of Team Singapore athletes in London, we also hope to provide our readers with snapshots of who and what to look out for during this colossal 17-day sporting extravaganza.

    As it is virtually impossible to tell you all you should know about the Olympics - there will be around 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events across 26 sports - we will be very focused in our coverage, singling out the personalities and issues expected to have a huge impact on the 30th Olympiad.

    TODAY deputy sports editor Tan Yo-Hinn will be our man in the British capital during the Games, and together with the rest of our team back in Singapore, we strive to keep you updated on the latest from London via our morning and afternoon print editions, Todayonline, Twitter and Facebook.

    We wish our Team Singapore athletes the very best at the Olympics, and to our readers, a memorable London 2012.

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    Default Bring back memories Howe Liang gave us

    From Tan Yong Chuan

    04:46 AM Jul 16, 2012



    I refer to the letter "She's already a winner" (July 13). I have followed news reports of our first Olympics silver medallist, Mr Tan Howe Liang, since my junior college days in the mid-1990s.

    Mr Tan, who was born in China, and the late Chua Phung Kim brought us glory and numerous medals at the Commonwealth Games and South East Asian Games from the 1960s to the early '70s.

    Weightlifting may be unheard of among younger Singaporeans, as Singapore has not found true successors in the sport since the 1980s. At the turn of the century, the Singapore Weightlifting Federation was in danger of oblivion.

    So, I was shocked to hear that Ms Helena Wong has qualified for the London 2012 Olympics. At 24, she is three years younger than Mr Tan was when he competed in Rome in 1960. Congratulations, Ms Wong.

    A medal may be beyond her abilities now, but with proper grooming, she could compete with the world's best in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics as a realistic medal hope, along with swimmer Joseph Schooling, for Team Singapore.

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