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    Default Old Serangoon bus interchange to make way for community space

    By Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 21 July 2012 1911 hrs



    The old Serangoon bus interchange to house one of the first Integrated Day Facility.



    SINGAPORE: The old Serangoon bus interchange will undergo a S$3.9 million facelift.

    It'll house Singapore's largest Integrated Day Facility (IDF) which aims to provide better support for the elderly to age-in-place.

    The IDF will be ready by the second half of 2013.

    The old Serangoon bus interchange used to serve buses and its passengers and has been around since 1988.

    The old interchange has been left vacant since September 2011, after a new interchange was set up at the nearby shopping centre, Nex.

    Since then it's understood that residents have been curious to find out what will happen to the place.

    After receiving feedback for more medical facilities, MP for the area, Seah Kian Peng asked for the site to be used for healthcare and eldercare purposes.

    The old interchange will be redeveloped into a community space for the young and old.

    There'll be a childcare, a gym and primary health care facilities.

    Unlike day care centres, IDFs provide additional services for the frail elderly such as general nursing care, rehabilitation and care for those with dementia.

    Care givers will also be supported with information, coordination and referral services. It's a move welcomed by residents as about four in 10 at the area are above 50 years old.

    Mr Seah said: "In my regular block visits over the years, many residents have expressed various wishes but high among some of the wishes were number one - I think were for more amenities, whether it is eldercare or day care centres. These services are required and will become even more important and more desired by residents going forward."

    The old interchange was chosen given its accessibility and the less than ideal conditions at HDB void decks.

    Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, said: "It's an excellent idea because this interchange is located right smack in the community. Our first consideration in building IDFs is always that it has to be in the community. So whether it is in the void decks or in a facility like this, it will have to be because it is the support that we provide to the frail elderly that is critical."

    Up to 40 IDFs will be set up by 2016 to provide care for about 6,000 elderly persons.

    Eight IDFs will be ready by end this year.

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    Default Gan urges Singaporeans to be accepting of eldercare facilities

    Published on Jul 23, 2012


    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (left) and Bukit Timah grassroots adviser Sim Ann, who is also Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Education, talking to an elderly resident during a visit to St Luke's ElderCare centre on Sunday. -- PHOTO: MYPAPER



    By Tessa Wong

    In the latest call to Singaporeans to counter the Not In My Backyard Syndrome, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday urged greater understanding on the building of eldercare facilities in housing estates.

    These facilities needed to be sited within the community so that the elderly can age in place, he said, while pointing out that they would also cater to younger residents.

    'We have to recognise that we do have challenges with an ageing population, and we need to build good facilities to serve our elderly in time to come,' he said after visiting elderly facilities as part of a ministerial tour of the Bukit Timah ward.

    Mr Gan is the latest minister to speak on the Nimby syndrome, which remains a hot topic ever since several groups of residents protested against the building of eldercare facilities in their estates.
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    Default Singapore in Thomas Cup bid

    Rights holders want Lion City to host badminton's world cup in 2014


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Jul 24, 2012

    SINGAPORE - It has been 57 years since Singapore last hosted the Thomas Cup, and with a slew of top events expected to mark the opening of the Sports Hub in 2014, there are plans for badminton's most prestigious showcase to make a return here and be part of the calendar.

    Enterprise Sports Group (ESG), which was given exclusive commercial rights to the Thomas Cup in a five-year deal signed with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last December, said it will be approaching both the governing body and the Singapore Badminton Association to make this happen.

    This year's Thomas Cup finals were held in May in China, who won it for the fifth straight time to claim their ninth title, but the venue for 2014 has yet to be decided.

    In an exclusive interview with TODAY, ESG Director David Sim said that as BWF agents, it has a say on who should host the next Thomas Cup, and that it intends to make a pitch for Singapore, which was the venue for the 1952 and 1955 competitions, when it was held every three years.

    He added the Republic ticks all the right boxes after staging big sports events, such as the Formula 1 night race, and has a strong case to hold badminton's world cup.

    "We are also in the neighbourhood of the badminton powers and the ease with which their fans can get here is a big plus point," said Sim.

    "What we now need is for the relevant local sports authorities to get behind this project as it will put us in a position to win the BWF's nod."

    The only item on the table that needs to be tackled is the cost of bidding for the rights fee and organising the seven-day Thomas Cup, estimated to be between S$4 million and S$6 million.

    But Singapore will also be up against powerhouses China, Indonesia and Malaysia, who hosted the competition three, eight and six times, respectively, since the inaugural event in 1949.

    Said Sim: "These countries have a huge domestic following, and are sure to make strong bids. As the commercial rights holder, we have to make sure the BWF get the best deal.

    "But we can also work with the winning host country and, if asked, can act as commercial agents for the local national sports association to raise sponsorship money to cover the costs."

    ESG first made headlines in 2010 when it beat giants World Sports Group and IMG Sports to clinch a five-year deal from the BWF to be its sponsorship agents for the World Superseries.

    The BWF's confidence in ESG grew when the Singapore company acquired non-badminton related brands like Osim as title sponsors for the series.

    Along with the Thomas and Uber Cups deal inked seven months ago, ESG were also given the rights to the men and women's singles World Championships and mixed-doubles Sudirman Cup.

    When contacted, SBA Chief Executive Officer Bobby Lee said it is keen to bid for the Thomas and Uber Cups, if the proposition is viable.

    "Given the chance, we certainly want to host it," he said. "If we are certain we can get the needed sponsorship, and the right professional help to do so, then the association will consider this seriously."






    Singapore may play host to China's world No 1 Lin Dan and his compatriots as they defend the Thomas Cup in 2014. REUTERS

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    Default Singapore top of the world again


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jul 24, 2012

    SINGAPORE - The World Optimist Championships proved a happy hunting ground yet again for the Republic when the team of Edward Tan, Loh Jia Yi, Samuel Neo, Jessica Goh, and Elisa Yukie Yokoyama successfully defended the gold medal in the team event, defeating the United States 2-0 in the final.

    Among 42 teams competing at San Andres Bay in the Dominican Republic, Singapore's sailors are on track to repeat the four-gold medal feat from the 2011 championships in New Zealand.

    According to Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) team manager, Soh Ling Ying, team spirit is high.

    "The sailors have trained hard and they know what they are here for," said Soh.

    "It's the Worlds, where the world's best optimist sailors gather. Their hard work, determination and strong team spirit have earned them a well deserved gold medal and the sailors will continue to work hard for their individual fleet races."

    Yukie, the Optimist gold medallist at the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta, is also tipped to add more titles to her collection. The 15-year-old currently leads the 230-strong field in the individual event with six points from four races - a total of 12 races are scheduled - with team-mates Samuel (8 points) and Jessica (16) hot on her heels in second and third place respectively. The individual world championship ends on Thursday. LOW LIN FHOONG







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    Default 2012 Olympic Profile: Gary Yeo

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 3:40:23 GMT
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    By Shibani Mahtani


    With the London Olympics fast upon us, SEA Real Time introduces the athletes who will represent the region at the 2012 Summer Games. Come back for regularly for our profiles of the Olympians.





    Singapore Sports Council Singaporean sprinter Gary Yeo.
    Gary Yeo
    Event: 100-meter sprint
    Born: Aug. 30, 1986

    Career
    Gary Yeo once entertained thoughts of joining Singapore’s armed forces or police force. But he decided otherwise in favor of athletics after two years of mandatory conscription, a requirement for all males living in the city-state once they turn 18.

    Now 25, Yeo is considered one of the fastest men in the region, with two silver medals from last year’s Southeast Asian Games to his name. Currently training in Japan, he is about to make his Olympic debut, representing Singapore in the 100-meter sprint.

    Having first competed in regional sporting events in 2004, Yeo didn’t always have dreams of competing in front of stadiums full of cheering supporters. In Yeo’s school in Singapore, many of his classmates were athletes and happened to “rope [him] into the sport.” His coaches along the way saw potential and convinced him to pursue athletics competitively.

    Now at the Singapore Management University studying business management, Yeo still does not consider himself a “professional athlete.” But he has participated in regional competitions for years and strives to improve his own personal best time (10.46 seconds) in Singapore. Bettering this time–ideally going below 10.40 seconds–is his key goal at the upcoming games.

    Singapore’s record (10.37 seconds) in a men’s 100-meter sprint is held by celebrated athlete U.K. Shyam from 2001 – still the fastest-ever Southeast Asia Games silver medal timing.

    Having trained in Japan for the past month, Yeo says he has been soaking up all he can from professional athletes, learning how he can prepare himself mentally for the Olympics. “The atmosphere would be more charged up [than other competitions], with the whole world looking on,” he said, adding that the biggest challenge would be London’s cool weather – even in the summer months – compared to Singapore’s tropical heat and humidity, as well as the time difference between the two countries.

    Yeo notes that pursuing athletics, particularly for Singaporean males, isn’t always the easiest path, particularly with a gap in training created by two years of military service, which he says is “unkind to athletes.” He credits his success to the support of his coaches and his family, as well as the flexibility of his university to plan his lessons and examination dates around his training schedule and competitions.

    Besides fulfilling his own personal goals in London, Yeo also hopes to meet global sporting stars and looks forward to the thrill of competing in front of a full stadium.

    Memorable quote:
    “I am thankful for all the coaches that I trained under as I learned a lot from all of them. Each of them has affected me along the years I have spent in the sport and I still keep in touch with them… It is an honor and a dream to be chosen to represent Singapore for the Olympics.”

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    Default From Sports School student to SAF overseas scholar


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jul 25, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Scott Ang calls competing in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010 the "proudest moment" of his sporting career.

    It was, therefore, no surprise that the former Singapore Sports School student wore a memento from the YOG when he celebrated another milestone in his life.

    Adorned with his favourite YOG blue tie, the 18-year-old National Serviceman received the prestigious Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the Public Service Commission Scholarships Awards Ceremony yesterday, held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

    Scott was one of the 61 scholarship recipients this year and is the first student athlete from the Singapore Sports School to receive the scholarship since the school was established in 2004.

    "It feels very good to do the school proud," said Scott, a former national youth triathlete (2009-2010).

    "(The Sports School) is not well-known for excelling in other areas outside of sports, so this is symbolic as it helps show that its system can help build character and leadership.

    "They provided me with a lot of opportunities to lead and helped me discover something about myself that I didn't know about."

    Scott joined the Sports School's swimming academy in 2006 and switched to triathlon a year later.

    In 2009, he was the school's top GCE 'O' Level student after scoring six distinctions.

    He also excelled academically at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, scoring 44 out of 45 points in his Year 6 examinations.

    Currently an officer cadet trainee, Scott wants to read law at the University of Cambridge next year.

    "I'm passionate about making a difference in people's lives. I intend to join the infantry after I graduate as it will allow me to reach out to different people in the most personal way," he said. Low Lin Fhoong

    This year's Public Service Commission Awards, which recognises outstanding young people who want to serve Singapore through a career in the civil service, drew over 2,000 applicants. Scott was one of three Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship recipients.







    Ang receiving the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship from DPM Teo Chee Hean. Photo by WEE TECK HIAN

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    Default Singapore's women paddlers stand good chance of Olympic medal

    Published on Jul 26, 2012


    Singapore's women paddlers stand a good chance of securing an Olympic singles medal - and an all-Singapore bronze-medal play-off would guarantee it. 'Our hopes of getting first or second are small,' said women's head coach Zhou Shusen (far right). 'But getting third or fourth - looking at the draw - we have a chance.' -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


    By Terrence Voon

    Singapore's women paddlers stand a good chance of securing an Olympic singles medal - and an all-Singapore bronze-medal play-off would guarantee it.

    Wednesday's draw for the table tennis events in London gave Singaporeans Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu a favourable path to the semi-finals, where they would encounter China's top guns.

    'Our hopes of getting first or second are small,' said women's head coach Zhou Shusen. 'But getting third or fourth - looking at the draw - we have a chance.'

    'My biggest hope is that both (Feng and Wang) reach the semis. That would be perfect.'

    In the women's team event, the Republic was also dealt a favourable hand, and will have the privilege of avoiding China until the final. But arch-rivals Japan could prove to be a stumbling block in the semis.

    Said Wang: 'We may have avoided China, but Japan are no pushovers. Matches against them have always been very close, so it all comes down to who can perform on the day.'

    Singapore is targeting two medals from the Olympics table tennis tournament, which begins this weekend.
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    Default Singapore's table tennis women enjoy good draw at Olympics

    Published on Jul 26, 2012



    L-R: National paddlers Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei. Singapore's womens table tennis team who are representing Singapore in the London 2012 Olympics. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By Terrence Voon

    Singapore's table tennis women enjoyed the luck of the draw at the Olympics on Wednesday.

    In a draw held at London's ExCel Arena, Feng Tianwei and company were drawn away from hot favourites China, and will only encounter them in the final.

    Their likely semi-final opponents in the knockout event will be Japan, and they will open their campaign against Poland.

    Singapore also enjoyed a decent draw in the women's singles, where Feng and Wang Yuegu will avoid Chinese opponents at least until the semi-finals.

    Feng will start in the 3rd round, most likely against Taiwan's Chen Szu Yu. She is in line to meet South Korean chopper Kim Kyung Ah in the quarter-finals.

    Wang is likely to face North Korean Ri Myong Sun in the 3rd round, and her possible quarter-final opponent is Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.
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    Default Singapore flag raised in Olympics Village plaza

    Published on Jul 25, 2012



    The Singapore flag is raised during the team welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Park of London 2012. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By May Chen

    LONDON - The Singapore flag was officially raised in the flag plaza of the Olympics Village's international zone on Tuesday afternoon.

    Team Singapore was represented by sprinter Gary Yeo, hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad, weightlifter Helena Wong and team officials that included chef de mission Jessie Phua.

    Other athletes such as the table tennis team were kept away by their training schedules.

    Singapore is fielding a 23-strong contingent at the London Games, contesting nine different sports.

    The paddlers, who delivered a silver in the women's team event at the 2008 Beijing Games, have also set a two-medal target for themselves.
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    Default Baidu, A*STAR open joint laboratory

    Posted: 26 July 2012 1058 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Chinese language internet search provider Baidu and Singapore's research institute A*STAR have opened their joint laboratory here.

    The laboratory, called the Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC), aims to develop language processing technologies.

    It will operate as an R&D unit on the premises of the Institute for Infocomm Research at Fusionpolis.

    Equipped with the latest computing facilities, BIRC has started operations with a team of established researchers and engineers, working on cutting-edge research on human language technology.

    - CNA/cc

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    Default S'pore sails to historic win


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jul 27, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Singapore's young sailors created history at the 2012 International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) World Optimist Championships in the Dominican Republic yesterday morning when they became the first nation in the event's 50-year history to claim four out of the top five spots in the Overall World Champion category.

    Leading the 230-strong fleet was Elisa Yukie Yokoyama, who was crowned the Overall World Champion with a total of 10 points from nine races, while team-mates Samuel Neo (11 points) and Jessica Goh (21) finished second and third, respectively.

    Lambriex Bart of the Netherlands was fourth with 30 points, and Singapore's Loh Jiayi finished fifth with 40 points. Yukie's performance also saw her winning gold in the Girls' individual event.

    Yesterday's final day of competition at the San Andres Bay saw the Singaporeans sweeping all the challenge trophies on offer. Their victories in the Overall World Champion, Girls' Individual and Nations Cup added to Monday's gold medal win in the team event. The results also mean that they have equalled their haul from last year's championships.

    Yukie, 15, was elated to win her first individual title after three previous outings at the world championships. She told TODAY: "It feels really amazing because I only found success on my fourth attempt."






    Singapore's Elisa Yukie Yokoyama on her way to first place at the IODA World Optimist Championships yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY MATIAS CAPIZZANO

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    Default WTO commends Singapore's trade policy

    By Millet Enriquez | Posted: 26 July 2012 2137 hrs



    Permanent Secretary for Trade and Industry Ow Foong Pheng (2nd-L) delivers Singapore's closing statement at Singapore's 6th Trade Policy Review at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on 26 July 2012. (Photo: Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry)



    SINGAPORE: Singapore has received high praise from the World Trade Organization (WTO) during its latest review of the city state's trade policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

    At the 6th WTO Trade Policy Review (TPR), members commended Singapore for its trade and economic policies and made suggestions on what could be improved.

    In a news release, Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said WTO has noted the country's response to economic challenges by launching productivity drives which helped to boost Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and transformation into a high-tech economy.

    In 2009, Singapore injected S$20.5 billion fiscal stimulus which helped revive the economy despite being hard hit by the financial crisis.

    This time, WTO's 32 members also noted that Singapore did not resort to protectionist measures despite the global economic crisis.

    Singapore's strong commitment to the multilateral trading system and its active participation in the regular work of the WTO was also commended by the members.

    "Economic restructuring is not new to us. We have made the transition from low-cost manufacturing in the past to higher value-added, knowledge and technology intensive activities in many of our key sectors," said Mrs Ow Foong Pheng, Permanent Secretary for Trade and Industry and leader of the Singapore TPR delegation.

    "We believe that innovation, productivity and skills upgrading are the means by which we can ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth for Singapore."

    In his closing statement, Colombia Ambassador Eduardo Munoz, who chaired the TPR session, said: "Members praised Singapore for remaining one of the most open and liberal economies in the world, and the easiest country in which to do business,"

    The trade review was held on 24 to 26 July 2012, with a total of 32 WTO members participating in the discussion.

    - CNA/wm



    S'pore economy one of most market-oriented in the world: WTO

    By Wong Siew Ying | Posted: 24 July 2012 2206 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Singapore economy remains one of the most market-oriented and open economies in the world, said the World Trade Organization (WTO).

    But it notes that Singapore's competitiveness is being tested by low-cost economies in Asia.

    These comments were made as Singapore undergoes its 6th Trade Policy Review in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Trade-dependent Singapore was not spared when the world economy slipped into recession in end 2008.

    According to the Trade and Industry Ministry (MTI), Singapore's economy contracted by some 9 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.

    And total trade fell nearly 28 per cent in the same period.


    In its report, the WTO said Singapore has been able to mount a swift recovery as a result of stimulus measures, strong economic fundamentals and flexible labour market.

    Economists agree with WTO that cost competitiveness is a key challenge for Singapore.

    Senior economist at DBS Bank, Irvin Seah, said: "In order to remain viable and relevant in spite of our gradual deterioration in cost competitiveness, we have to move up the value chain, we have to emphasise more on quality products, quality services and more sophisticated technology in order to stay ahead of regional competition".

    Over the years, WTO notes that Singapore has managed to steer its manufacturing sector towards high-value added industries.

    The services sector has also taken on greater importance.

    In addition, WTO said Singapore has also embarked on economic restructuring and efforts to raise productivity in order to drive growth.

    The services sector accounts for over two-thirds of Singapore's gross domestic product (GDP). In recent years, the opening of the two integrated resorts - the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa - has helped to spur growth. However, economists said Singapore needs to continue to diversify its services sector going forward.

    Vishnu Varathan, market economist at Mizuho Corporate Bank, said: "Where Singapore can leverage is its position as a regional hub, we can do a lot of knowledge intensive work, like imparting skills to do with resource management, water resources, we could also focus on elder care, health care and educational services."

    Representing Singapore at the trade policy review, MTI said Singapore remains committed to keeping markets open, and deepening economic integration.

    The Singapore delegation is led by the ministry's Permanent Secretary Mrs Ow Foong Pheng.

    The Review, which is held in Geneva ends on 26 July.

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    Default Lifting the sport for Singapore

    Wong hopes her historic Olympic appearance will give it a boost at home



    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 10:11 AM Jul 30, 2012



    LONDON - Weightlifter Helena Wong attracts curious attention when she meets fellow Team Singapore athletes at the London Olympics' Athletes' Village. They want to know why she picked up the sport.

    Members of Pakistan's men's hockey team also found it hard to comprehend because, to them, weightlifters are "big" and "muscular".

    Nonetheless, Wong, 24, hopes her history-making participation at the London Games - she is Singapore's first woman lifter to compete at the Olympics - will do a lot more for the sport at home.

    Yesterday, Wong lifted a total of 134kg - 61kg for the snatch and 73kg in the clean-and-jerk - in the women's 53kg category. She finished seventh out of eight lifters in her preliminary group - China's Zhou Jun failed in all three of her snatch attempts - with the medal contenders in action at press time.

    "Some come here to win a gold medal, some come here to participate and some come to be in the top 10," Wong told TODAY. "My aim was to bring Singapore onto the world stage at an international competition like the Olympics."

    Appearing teary-eyed before composing herself, she added: "I certainly hope (my participation at the London Games) will inspire at least one or two women to try it out … We're facing a severe shortage of female weightlifters (in the national side). I'm the only one.

    "The take-up is not great, probably because it is not glamorous. Hopefully more girls will be willing to join us, because not all weightlifters are big-sized. I'm not."

    Coached by Wu Chuanfu, Wong, whose participation in London was backed by her employers, the Institute of Education (ITE) College East, said the sport needs a lot more support in Singapore.

    Currently, there are only five gyms with the facilities, including a platform, for weightlifting. There are also not enough qualified coaches.

    The Singapore Weightlifting Federation, based at a gym in a former warehouse on Jalan Benaan Kapal, will receive less than S$100,000 in annual funding from the Singapore Sports Council for the current fiscal year.

    "Because of insufficient funds, we're missing out on a lot of overseas competitions," said Wong.

    She aims to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and, despite her early exit here, she said she felt at home at the ExCel Arena, where about 5,000 spectators made the atmosphere more akin to a football match and cheered all six of her successful attempts.

    Wong, who knew many of the volunteers from her days as an undergraduate at the University of Loughborough, said the familiar atmosphere helped her cope with an injury in her right wrist that had sidelined her for seven months.

    "I was aiming for six good lifts (and), to train from nothing in these six weeks, I believe I have achieved quite a bit because these weights that I lifted today were not even possible in training a few weeks back.

    "When I first came in (on Saturday) to see the 48kg competition and saw the Singapore flag, it felt great," she added. " I had to take a picture because it meant Singapore is here!"







    Wong, Singapore's first female weightlifter at the Olympics. Photo by TAN YO-HINN

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    Default Olympics: Good day for Singapore's shuttlers in singles events

    Published on Jul 30, 2012



    Singapore's Gu Juan plays against Slovakia's Monika Fasungova during their women's singles group play stage badminton match at the Wembley Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games. -- PHOTO: REUTERS



    By MAY CHEN

    LONDON - Singapore's shuttlers at the Olympic Games enjoyed a good day in the singles events, but women's doubles pair Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei's hopes of making the quarter-finals were dealt a blow when they lost to Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa.

    They lost 21-16, 10-21, 21-19 after saving three matchpoints in the rubber.

    The world No. 13 pair had also lost to Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin the day before. They need to finish the top two pairs of their group in order to make the knock-out stages. They have one more match in the group stages against India's Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.

    Earlier in the day, world No. 17 Gu Juan took her opening match against Slovakia's Monika Fasungova easily 21-5, 21-11. She is up against Victoria Na of Australia in her next group stage match on Tuesday.

    Derek Wong also strolled to an easy victory against Israel's Misha Zilberman, winning 21-9, 21-15. He plays Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen next.
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    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 07:09 AM Jul 30, 2012

    LONDON -- Table tennis star Feng Tianwei has reached the last 16 of the women's singles at the London Olympics.

    At the ExCel Arena on Sunday evening, the 25-year-old Singaporean beat Taiwan's Chen Szu-Yu 4-1 to set up a meeting today with Germany's Wu Jiaduo.

    Also through to the last 16 of the women's singles is team-mate Wang Yuegu after a 4-0 whitewash of Xian Yifang of France.

    Wang, the world No 11, will face Belarussian Viktoria Pavlovich in the last 16 today.






    Singapore's Feng Tianwei is into the last 16 of the London Olympics. Photo by Tan Yo-Hinn

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    Default Olympics: Gymnast Lim Heem Wei finishes 45th out of 98

    Published on Jul 30, 2012



    Singapore's Lim Heem Wei finished in 45th position in the qualification round of the women's artistic gymnastics competition with a combined score of 50.799 on four apparatus. -- ST PHOTO: HILL & KNOWLTON



    By Rohit Brijnath

    LONDON - With a performance both sound and poised, Singapore's Lim Heem Wei finished in 45th position in the qualification round of the women's artistic gymnastics competition with a combined score of 50.799 on four apparatus.

    She did not qualify for the all-around final, but considering she is the first Singaporean to qualify for the Olympics in her event, and that there were 98 competitors, it was a creditable result.

    Watched by her parents, Lim was reasonably pleased with her performance. Especially since she said that her combined total was higher than the one with which she qualified for the Games.

    'I wanted to beat that score', she said.

    As she walked into a full and grand arena at 8pm London time, Lim began on the beam, a difficult apparatus which she said was the 'least ideal' to start with.

    Yet she was assured, wobbled only a little and finished with a score of 13.033 out of 20.

    A slight mistake on the floor led to a 12.033, a decent vault earned her 13.333 and she finished on the uneven bars with a 12.400.
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    Default New facilities at Marina Bay to be built for water sports enthusiasts

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    Water sports enthusiasts can look forward to a new facility at Marina Bay, for activities such as kayaking and dragon-boating, by 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM



    By Kezia Toh

    Water sports enthusiasts can look forward to a new facility at Marina Bay, for activities such as kayaking and dragon-boating, by 2014.

    The 4,000 sq m Water Venture outlet by the People's Association (PA) held its ground-breaking ceremony this morning, with Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister without portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office and Mr Lim Biow Chuan, adviser to the Mountbatten grassroots organisations in attendance.

    The new facility will also boast green features such as a roof garden, a rainwater harvesting tank to water the plants, and solar reflective paint on the building's exterior
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