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11-19-2012, 12:12 AM #6699
Singaporeans most long-lived among people in tropical countries
Published on Nov 19, 2012
SINGAPOREANS live longer than people in other tropical countries, a new international study has found.
The average Singaporean can live up to about 81 years old, which is 16 years longer than people in other tropical countries, the study said.
It also found that infant mortality rates here have plunged from 61 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1950 and 1955, to just two deaths per 1,000 live births between 2005 and 2010.
The study was conducted by 13 research institutions from 12 countries as part of a global initiative to define the challenges of people living in the tropics. The instutitions included the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
11-19-2012, 12:16 AM #6700
More Singaporeans attending arts events
Published on Nov 19, 2012
A pair of ladies stop by to look at a array of unusual sculptures by Xin Xiaochang made out of stoneware, plastic animal eyes, and Swarovski crystals amongst other materials at the Affordable Art Fair 2012. Arts involvement and appreciation is increasing among Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, a new survey by the National Arts Council shows. -- ST PHOTO : ASHLEIGH SIM
By Corrie Tan
Arts involvement and appreciation is increasing among Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, a new survey by the National Arts Council shows.
About one in two residents attended an arts and cultural activity or event in 2011, compared to one in three in 2002.
The reach of the arts is also more diverse. While youth and working adults still form the bulk of arts audiences, the overall distribution of audiences across different income and education levels reflects Singapore's population profile more closely than it did 10 years ago.
For instance, 13 per cent of arts audiences in 2011 comprised those who have up to primary school education, a leap from 4 per cent in 2002.
11-19-2012, 12:23 AM #6701
All HDB estates now barrier free
Published on Nov 19, 2012
By Daryl Chin
AFTER five years of toil, the Housing Board has finally made all HDB estates barrier free.
The $23-million programme, which installs ramps and hand rails catered for the elderly and infirm so they might go walk around their neighbourhood with ease, now covers nearly 7,800 HDB blocks.
On his blog on Monday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said such plans were important as the nation braces itself for an ageing population.
But the journey had not been without problems.
11-19-2012, 07:40 PM #6702
First bottlenose dolphins here at Resorts World Sentosa
Published on Nov 19, 2012
A Marine Mammal Specialist conducting a routine check of a Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin. The first batch of dolphins have arrived at Marine Life Park, after it was reported that a court in the Philippines had issued export permits for them. --PHOTO: RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
By Ng Kai Ling
The first batch of dolphins have arrived at Marine Life Park, after it was reported that a court in the Philippines had issued export permits for them.
Resorts World Sentosa said that the first group of bottlenose dolphins arrived this afternoon at Marine Life Park, where they will be quarantined.
The park, which is set to open by Dec 7, will eventually have 25 dolphins.
The public will be able to see them only next year.
11-19-2012, 07:55 PM #6703
Singapore bags seven medals at 9th ASEAN Skills Competition
Posted: 19 November 2012 2040 hrs
SINGAPORE: Team Singapore has bagged seven medals at the 9th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In addition, Singapore also won five Medallions for Excellence.
The 30-member team won four gold medals in Caring, Cooking, Hairdressing and IT Network Systems Administration, and three bronze medals in Beauty Therapy, Industrial Automation and IT Network Systems Administration.
The team, which comprised students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), competed in 15 out of 23 skills areas at the keenly-contested competition held from on November 11-20.
This is Team Singapore's third year of participation at the biennial ASC.
At the 8th ASC, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2010, Team Singapore bagged two gold, one silver and four bronze medals. It also clinched six Medallions for Excellence.
Team Singapore will be returning home on Tuesday.
11-19-2012, 08:01 PM #6704
New care services hub opens at City Square Mall
By Melissa Chong | Posted: 18 November 2012 2312 hrs
SINGAPORE: A new one-stop hub for the elderly and disabled has opened at City Square Mall at Kitchener Road.
The Centre for Enabled Living (CEL) made a first-of-its-kind attempt to bring social services into a shopping mall.
"To prepare for an ageing population, the government will be investing significantly in facilities and services to support the needs of our seniors," said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
"However, improving the quality of service delivery is also a key priority. We must be able to make services more accessible, more comprehensive and more seamless for those in need."
Receptionists will direct visitors to the right partner organisations, including NTUC Eldercare and St Luke's ElderCare, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society and Asian Women's Welfare Association, where they can sign up for a range of services.
This includes senior activity centres, home help services and caregiver training.
Family consultation rooms have also been built for those who require further advice, or prefer discussing their needs in a private setting.
Two of the four rooms include video-conferencing facilities for remote consultations.
In the retail section, customers can buy elderly-friendly equipment, exercise machines and devices that can help the elderly live more independently.
The goods and services include mobile phones with an emergency alert system, hearing aids, wheelchair rentals and incontinence products.
Family members can also sign up for hands-on training sessions to learn how to be a better caregiver to their loved ones.
The centre is located at Basement 2, and will be open from 10am to 10pm daily.
11-19-2012, 11:34 PM #6705
11-20-2012, 12:14 AM #6706
I thought the study was confined to Southeast Asia although the word "tropics" is misleading.
I'm now reading a writeup on "Turning back the clock" which emphasizes strength training in particular, for adults of all ages, including seniors in their sixties and beyond. It is no use living
to an old age if one is unable to be physically independent and is confined to the bed all the time. Strengh training with proper nutrition helps one to continue to enjoy freedom to a ripe old age.
11-20-2012, 09:05 PM #6707
Rare artefacts from China here for exhibition
Published on Nov 20, 2012
Main exhibition hall of "Fujians: The Blue Ocean Legacy" exhibition at Marina Bay Sand's ArtScience Museum. The exhibition, which is jointly put up by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and MBS, showcases the seafaring legacy of the Fujian people. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A 13th century stone carving of two Chinese fairies holding a Christian Cross on a lotus flower. It shows early Christian influence in China. The carving is a "first class cultural relic" under Chinese laws. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Another 13th century stone carving showing Chinese fairies holding a Christian Cross on a lotus flower. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A 13th century stone carving from a Hindu temple column that was unearthed in Quanzhou, China. It shows the early influence of Hinduism in China. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A 13th century Christian tombstone. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A white porcelain ceramic work by famed 16th century potter He Chaozong who was regarded as a master sculptor. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A 16th century porcelain plate with phoenix and peony flower patterns. Such porcelain is known as Kraak porcelain, named after the Portuguese ships (carracks) that took porcelain wares from China to Europe. A "first class cultural relic". -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The 1828 land title deed issued by the British East India Company for the purchase of land to build the Thian Hock Keng Temple. It is believed to be the oldest surviving land title deed in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
By Toh Yong Chuan
The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) have teamed up to organise an exhibition that showcases the seafaring legacy of the Fujian people.
The exhibition will feature rare artefacts from China including several "First Class Cultural Relics" that are protected under Chinese laws. They include 13th-century stone carvings which show early Islamic, Christian and Hindu influence in China, and a 16th century Ming Dynasty porcelain plate that is 0.5m wide. Some artefacts have left China for the first time to be exhibited in Singapore.
Also among the over 600 exhibits are never-seen-before items from the clan's own collection such as a calligraphy bestowed on its Thian Hock Keng temple by Emperor Guang Xu in 1907, and its 1828 land title deed when it bought land from the British East India Company to build the temple.
Called Fujians: The Blue Ocean Legacy, the exhibition opens at MBS' ArtScience Museum this Saturday. It is part of the 7th World Fujian Convention which the huay kuan is hosting.
11-20-2012, 09:10 PM #6708
MOE no longer publishing topscorers' names
Published on Nov 20, 2012
File photo, anxious parents waiting for PSLE results with their children at St Hilda's Primary school, Nov 24, 2011. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will no longer name the top-scorers in national examinations when it releases the results. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
By Matthias Chew
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will no longer name the top-scorers in national examinations when it releases the results.
In response to queries from The Straits Times, an MOE spokesman said on Tuesday that it wanted to "balance the over-emphasis on academic results".
The Ministry wants to "help parents and students understand that academic performance is just one aspect of a student's overall development and progress".
The Straits Times had reported on Tuesday that the MOE was considering not naming the pupils with the highest scores in the Primary School Leaving Examination. This comes in the light of the ongoing debate on the PSLE, where the exam has been criticised as being too high-stakes.
(PSLE stands for "Primary School Leaving Examination")
11-20-2012, 09:32 PM #6709
RWS Marine Life Park is largest oceanarium
Published on Nov 20, 2012
People are silhouetted against the viewing gallery of the Marine Life Park oceanarium on Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 in Singapore. The oceanarium is one of the city-state's newer tourist attractions. -- PHOTO: AP
Stingrays and sharks swim by, as seen through the window view of a room in the Ocean Suites at the oceanarium in Resorts World Sentosa, in this undated publicity handout photo provided by the resort on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The upper storey of a room of the Ocean Suites at the oceanarium in Resorts World Sentosa is pictured in this undated publicity handout photo provided by the resort on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A suite that offers a window panel view of South East Asia aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium in Resort World Sentosa marine life park, is seen during a media preview in Singapore on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
A volunteer picks up a shamefaced crab at the Marine Life Park oceanarium on Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 in Singapore. The oceanarium is one of the city-state's newer tourist attractions. -- PHOTO: AP
A volunteer picks up a starfish at the Marine Life Park oceanarium on Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 in Singapore. The oceanarium is one of the city-state's newer tourist attractions. -- PHOTO: AP
A guest takes photographs through the viewing panel at the South East Asia aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium in Resort World Sentosa Marine Life Park during a media preview in Singapore on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
A diver feeds the fish in the open ocean habitat, seen through the world’s largest viewing panel, at 36m wide by 8.3m tall of the South East Asia aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium at Resort World Sentosa Marine Life Park during a media preview in Singapore on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
Guests walk through the South East Asia aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium at Resort World Sentosa Marine Life Park during a media preview in Singapore on Nov 20, 2012. The aquarium will be home to 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species in 45 million litres of water that will opens to the public on Nov 22, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Ocean Gallery at the Southeast Asia Aquarium in Marine Life Park at Resort World Sentosa, Nov 20, 2012. This is the world's largest aquarium viewing panel that measures 36m wide, 8.3m tall and 70cm thick. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Divers feed fish in the open ocean habitat, seen through the world’s largest viewing panel, at 36m wide by 8.3m tall of the South East Asia aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium at Resort World Sentosa Marine Life Park during a media preview in Singapore on Nov 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
Black Tip Reef Sharks in the Shark Seas habitat at Resorts World Sentosa's Marine Life Park on Oct 19, 2012. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The opening of the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa on Thursday, Nov 22, would give Underwater World a run for its money.
The park, which boasts the largest oceanarium, in the world offers more than the 20-year-old aquarium for about the same price.
World's largest aquarium to open
Resorts World Sentosa's Marine Life Park welcomes visitors from tomorrow
by Teo Xuanwei
04:45 AM Nov 21, 2012
SINGAPORE - The Marine Life Park, the last of Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) attractions to open, will welcome visitors starting tomorrow although they will not be able to see one of its controversial attractions - 25 bottlenose dolphins - until next year.
The first group of the dolphins arrived in RWS on Monday but will be off-limits while they acclimatise. RWS declined to specify a date visitors will be able to see them.
The attraction comprises the world's largest aquarium and a water theme park. Tickets for these two are sold separately, at S$29 for adults and S$20 for children for each attraction.
The S.E.A. Aquarium will house some 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species that come from 49 different habitats, including the tropical waters of the Strait of Karimata, which connects the South China Sea to the Java Sea, and freshwater lakes and mangroves in East Africa.
Its centrepiece is the Open Ocean habitat with over 50,000 marine animals that visitors can view through the world's largest aquarium panel (the size of two rows of three double-decker buses).
The well-heeled can enjoy the habitat away from the crowd by booking one of the 11 duplex suites with floor-to-ceiling viewing panels. Booking opens at the end of the year and rack rates are S$3,000 a night.
At the Adventure Cove Waterpark, thrillseekers can choose from six different waterslides, including the Riptide Rocket where your dinghy gets propelled through the 225m course in only 40 seconds.
Visitors can also snorkel among thousands of fishes, feed rays, or interact with sharks and dolphins.
Last edited by Loh; 11-20-2012 at 09:39 PM.
11-21-2012, 09:10 PM #6710
Not naming top students not a move “away from merit”: Heng Swee Keat
Published on Nov 22, 2012
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the decision not to name top performers in national examinations is not to "move away from merit" or "address stress per se". -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said his ministry’s decision not to name top performers in national examinations is not to “move away from merit” or “address stress per se”.
“Several people have asked if MOE stopped releasing top PSLE scorers to reduce stress or to de-emphasise academic achievements,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, hours before the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.
“It is not possible, nor desirable, to eliminate stress completely.” he said. “Nor should we be shy about achievements. There are broader considerations.”
The move, said the minister, is aimed at recognising other aspects of excellence, and celebrating the efforts of students who persevere and reach their full potential. “When they put in the effort, we should cheer them on. When they succeed, we should recognise and celebrate their success.”
11-21-2012, 09:17 PM #6711
11-21-2012, 09:27 PM #6712
A*STAR scientists identify cause of chronic inflammation in human cancers
04:46 AM Nov 22, 2012
SINGAPORE - Scientists from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have identified the enzyme, telomerase, as a cause of chronic inflammation in human cancers.
A*STAR said this discovery holds the potential to reduce healthcare costs for many common inflammatory diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Chronic inflammation is now recognised as a key underlying cause for the development of many human cancers, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This enzyme, which is known to be responsible for providing cancer cells the endless ability to divide, is now found to also jump-start and maintain chronic inflammation in cancers.
In identifying this enzyme, inflammation can be prevented or reduced, and the common ailments can be alleviated.
A*STAR said this breakthrough is important as it shows how targeting telomerase with drugs could potentially reduce inflammation and hence get rid of cancer cells.
This discovery has a considerable impact on healthcare because developing drugs to target telomerase can greatly reduce healthcare costs.
Currently, the annual costs and expenses associated with cancer and metabolic diseases such as diabetes amount to about US$132 billion (S$162 billion) in the United States alone.
Although many safe and effective anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin are currently available on the market, these drugs sometimes have side effects because blocking inflammation is typically detrimental to normal physiology.
Hence, there is a need for the development of cost-effective drugs that are targeted, so as to minimise side effects. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
11-21-2012, 09:38 PM #6713
A one-woman marketing machine
Singapore table tennis chief inks two sponsorship deals, bringing the total sum over past two years to S$3.75 million
by Low Lin Fhoong
04:46 AM Nov 22, 2012
SINGAPORE - The persistence of self-described "professional beggar" and table tennis chief Lee Bee Wah in securing sponsors for the sport has paid off handsomely.
Over the past two years, the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) has banked about S$3.75 million in sponsorship dollars - including two sponsorship deals inked yesterday with sports bar and club China One, and real estate company Grace Shine. Such are her powers of persuasion that the STTA President persuaded her counterpart in a neighbouring country to sign a cheque for the STTA yesterday.
Singapore-based Grace Shine is part of Indonesian conglomerate Mayapada Group. Dr Tahir, the group's founder and Executive Chairman, who is also the President of the Indonesia Table Tennis Association, was persuaded by Ms Lee over two occasions - an alumni dinner at the Nanyang Technological University and a golf tournament - within a span of 18 days.
Grace Shine's one-year deal with the STTA is worth S$100,000 and will go towards the association's youth development plans, zone training centres and national youth and senior teams.
Dr Tahir, a well-known philanthropist, has made several donations to entities in Singapore, including a S$30-million donation to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine earlier this year.
"I feel awkward because I'm from the Indonesia association and (I've) come and support Singapore table tennis, so I don't know what to do when I get back," he said in jest.
"But I am viewing this from a broader perspective as I feel sports is very important to any country and we should give our support.
"I feel that we should not value education and sports any less because these transcend international boundaries. I feel Singapore and the Government puts a lot of emphasis on sports and I admire their vision and actions."
In Indonesia, Dr Tahir has put his money in sports such as judo, taekwondo and table tennis.
China One inked a one-year deal to endorse paddler Yu Mengyu for a year. It declined to disclose the dollar value of the sponsorship.
The company will also auction an autographed bat and a group photo of Olympians Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu, with the proceeds going to the STTA.
Ms Lee, who is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, said her weekly schedule typically involves meeting at least one potential sponsor. Given the women's team strong performance at this year's Olympic Games - they won the team and singles bronze medals - Ms Lee felt that her success rate in securing sponsors could be higher.
Bigger sports such as football reaped in some S$3.4 million in sponsorship revenue between January last year and March this year, while badminton and sailing sponsorships figures for FY2011/2012 were about S$1 million and S$220,000 respectively.
Others, like the Singapore Athletic Association secured S$125,000 for the last fiscal year, while Netball Singapore raised an estimated S$802,000.
STTA's main sponsors
Crocodile International: S$1 million over 10 years
100PLUS: S$750,000 over three years
Lee Foundation: S$500,000 over five years
QT Technology: S$300,000 over three years
SembCorp: S$300,000 over three years
Mitsubishi Electric Asia: S$300,000 over three years
Keppel Corporation: S$300,000 over three years
STTA president Lee Bee Wah (centre) was on hand to console paddlers Wang (left) and Feng after their semi-final loss to Japan. Photo by TAN YO-HINN
11-22-2012, 12:47 AM #6714
This is a new Education Minister with a different approach to holistic education.
It has nothing to do with what you may be thinking.
As he has indicated now and in the recent past, students should not be judged in their academic performance alone. He wants parents and students to feel that all our schools are of good quality and even in so-called "neighbourhood" schools which have a good majority of lower and middle income pupils, as opposed to the more popular brand-name schools, we can still find students who performed academically very well in the PSLE.
In fact he is more interested in character building and hopes the schools can nurture more caring pupils, who are more aware of societal problems and keen to offer assistance in ways possible. He is hopeful that students are more respectful of their elders (as they used to be in Chinese-medium schools in the past) and are also interested in non-academic subjects like sports, music and the arts so that they can develop more fully in later years in their chosen interest.
As regards ethnicity, the government is still interested in encouraging good role-models in their respective fields. Our Malay community have recently been in the spotlight for making good advancement in academic studies. Not too long ago, I have posted the achievement of a Malay student who won the prestigious "President Scholarship" to study in any university.
Race is always an important feature of Singapore society. The government is not afraid to discuss such issues in the open with the proviso that, as race is a sensitive issue, we should be sensitive to those aspects that are tabooed such as language, religion and religious practices, so as to maintain and promote peace and harmony among the various ethnic groups in our country.
Last edited by Loh; 11-22-2012 at 12:49 AM.
11-22-2012, 08:16 PM #6715
SMTOWN in Singapore: By the numbers
Updated 08:38 PM Nov 22, 2012
SINGAPORE - The Singapore stop of the SMTOWN Live Tour III has been described as one of the biggest K-pop concerts ever held here.
Just how big is it?
Over 40 Korean pop stars from top K-pop acts like SNSD, Girls Generation and Super Junior will be performing at this concert.
But it is the huge size of the entourage that truly gives you an idea of its scale.
A total of 150 stylists, dancers and make-up artistes will be supporting the stars, along with 40 artiste managers.
To accommodate the entire group of SMTOWN Live Tour III performers and support staff, the concert's organiser Running Into The Sun has booked a total of 286 room nights at the five-star Ritz Carlton hotel, where a basic room costs about S$510 per night.
When Friday comes around, the stars will travel to the concert venue, which is under the protection of a whopping 250 security personnel, who have been tasked to keep order at the event.
There will also be 500 ushers on hand to help manage the 23,000-strong crowd expected to turn up for the concert.
At 6.30pm, the performers will then take to the stage, the result of 96 hours of painstaking setup by over 100 crew members, and dazzle the audience.
The logistical challenges extend backstage as well.
The organisers have to prepare 500 towels for the stars to wipe their sweat after their performances, along with 1,776 bottles of mineral water to help them rehydrate, as well as 1,616 cans of energy drinks, juices and soft drinks, all chilled in 21 big coolers, for their consumption.
If anyone gets hungry, they can just eat some of the 192 cup noodles prepared by the organisers.
The stars can also check their makeup in one of the 41 mirrors set up back stage, including nine special full-length mirrors with light bulbs specially requested by girl group SNSD, before going on stage.
By the time the concert is over, the stars would have gone through 40 clothes racks full of outfits.
And it will be time once more, for the K-pop idols of SMTOWN Live Tour III to move on to their next destination. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
Girls' Generation. REUTERS
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