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    Default National Junior College students gets observatory with state-of-the-art telescope

    Published on May 11, 2013
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    Minister in Prime Minister's Office, Mr Lim Swee Say (above) signs a guestbook during a school tour, as part of National Junior College's 44th College Day on Saturday, 11 May, 2013. Students at National Junior College (NJC) can now have hands-on astronomy lessons with the official opening of the school's roof top observatory which boasts a $70,000 state-of-the-art telescope. -- ST PHOTO: : DESMOND LUI


    By Melissa Lin


    Students at National Junior College (NJC) can now have hands-on astronomy lessons with the official opening of the school's roof top observatory which boasts a $70,000 state-of-the-art telescope.


    From this year onwards, students will also be able to opt for research electives such as astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology.

    These classes will be conducted in a classroom next to the observatory, which has a roll-off roof.

    NJC is the first government school to have an observatory on its grounds.

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    Default Singapore miss out on clean sweep

    By Lim Say Heng
    The New Paper
    Monday, May 13, 2013


    SINGAPORE - She showed tremendous fighting spirit in clawing back from a 0-3 deficit to draw level at 3-3 in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships women's singles final in New Delhi yesterday.

    But there was no fairy-tale ending for Singapore's world No. 27 Yu Mengyu (photo) as she eventually fell 4-3 (6-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11) to Canada's Zhang Mo at the Thyagraj Indoor Stadium.

    The loss prevented the Republic from clinching an unprecedented clean sweep of all seven titles at the championships.

    Singapore also won all but one title - the men's doubles - at the last championships in Glasgow in 2009.

    Women's national coach Jing Junhong said: "Mengyu (right) may be ranked higher than Zhang Mo in the world (Zhang Mo is 170th), but they met two years ago and the Canadian also won then.

    "Zhang Mo's playing style was particularly effective against Mengyu, but Mengyu also became anxious and started playing cautiously when she led 8-6 in the rubber.

    "However, the team have achieved their overall targets in this competition, so I am satisfied."

    Rested

    World No. 4 Feng Tianwei was rested for the singles in view of giving the younger paddlers more competitive experience.

    In addition to golds in the men's and women's teams, as well as the mixed doubles in previous days, Singapore finished first in the men's singles, along with both the men's and women's doubles yesterday.

    Zhan Jian beat compatriot Li Hu 13-11, 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 to clinch the men's singles before teaming up with Yang Zi to beat English pair Christopher Doran and Samuel Walker 13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3 in the men's doubles final.

    In the women's doubles final, Feng and Yu beat England's Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 to take the title.

    The paddlers will fly straight from New Delhi to Paris, where they will compete at the week-long World Table Tennis Championships from Monday.
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    Default Support for street art is on the rise, with more graffiti-related events

    Support for street art is on the rise, with youth cultural festivals offering graffiti-related events

    Published on May 14, 2013
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    Zulkarnaen Othman, also known as Zero. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



    Graffiti artists Shah Rizzal Wan Hussain (top), or Asno, and Syed Abdul Rahman, or S13, demonstrate their craft. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN



    Full-time artist Muhammad Khairy Ishak, or Myow, hopes to turn the whole of Arab Street into a place for street art. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



    Adam Wang's mural, Smells Good, on the wall outside the Pasarbella marketplace. -- PHOTO: ADAM WANG



    By Lisabel Ting


    The spotlight has been trained on Singapore's low-profile street art scene over the past year, with two cases of illegal graffiti hitting the headlines.

    In May last year, "Sticker Lady" Samantha Lo sparked off a debate about the role of street art with her proclamations of "My Grandfather " stencilled on public roads and her tongue-in-cheek stickers on traffic-light buttons.

    Last month, Mohamad Khalid Mohamad Yusop, 32, attracted universal condemnation when he scrawled "Democracy"; in red paint across the Cenotaph war memorial in Esplanade Park.

    Both Khalid and Lo, 26, broke the law but the reactions to both cases have been markedly different.


    Background story

    "His work is always of the highest quality andhe’s an artist who is committed to his career";

    Gallery owner Benjamin Hampe on why he is holding the first solo painting exhibition of street artist Mohammed Zulkarnaen Othman, also known as Zero

    SPEAK IT RIGHT

    Tag: A graffiti artist's signature, usually a stylised rendering of his or her nickname. Tags are usually small, done in one colour and quick to execute.

    Crew: A group of artists who often paint or work together.

    Throw up: A throw up consists of text which is written in large, rounded letters instead of a single line. It usually comprises at least two colours – one for the outline and another to fill the letters.

    Bomb: To illegally paint works in large numbers over many surfaces in an area, usually quickly.

    Burn: To paint over a piece of work, whether your own or someone else. Graffiti artists have one unspoken rule: If you burn a piece of work, make sure it is with a better piece.

    Buff: To remove a piece of graffiti, such as using chemicals or painting over it.

    Piece: Short for "masterpiece". Pieces are large, elaborate works, usually using many colours and a variety of techniques.
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    Default Actress Jessica Alba to co-host Social Star Awards

    Published on May 14, 2013
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    Jessica Alba is set to star in upcoming action flicks like Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. -- PHOTO: REUTERS



    By Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent


    AMERICAN actress Jessica Alba is set to boost the glamour quotient at next week's inaugural Social Star Awards at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands.

    The 32-year-old star, who played Susan Storm, also known as Invisible Woman, in the Fantastic Four movies (2005 and 2007), will be hosting the event on May 23, dubbed the Oscars of the social media world.

    She joins American rock icons Aerosmith, K-pop star Psy, soul-pop singer CeeLo Green, Canadian breakout pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, popular dance-pop act LMFAO's Sky Blu and Asian girl group Blush.

    These acts will perform at the show and, with the exception of Sky Blu, will also stage full concerts at Gardens by the Bay after the awards on May 24 and 25.

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    Default Aliwal Arts Centre in Kampong Glam houses new and displaced art groups

    Published on May 14, 2013
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    Members of Reance Theatre, including Dapheny Chen (above) and Rachel Lum (below), are relieved to have a place of their own. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



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    Nine Years Theatre’s Nelson Chia on the “village” feel of Aliwal Arts Centre (above). -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



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    Nine Years Theatre’s Nelson Chia (left, with wife Mia Chee) on the “village” feel of Aliwal Arts Centre. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



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    The centre’s location is perfect for Teater Ekamatra’s (from left) Shaza Ishak, Irfan Kasban and Zizi Azah as it is near the Malay Heritage Centre which the company collaborates with often. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



    By Corrie Tan

    A clutch of arts groups has found a home in the spanking new Aliwal Arts Centre.
    Nestled in the buzzy heritage precinct of Kampong Glam, the former Chong Cheng School is now home to about 20 arts groups and individuals.

    These include newly established companies such as Nine Years Theatre and Reance Theatre, as well as groups which have been rehomed from their former premises in the now-defunct Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre, such as Odyssey Dance Theatre and Teater Ekamatra.

    Most tenants are looking forward to working in close proximity with other arts practitioners. The space looks set to become an incubator for collaborations between groups, and tenant get-togethers have been organised by the place managers.

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    Default Singapore's Ng Ser Miang to run for IOC presidency, say sources


    Published on May 14, 2013
    9:23 PM






    Singaporean Ng Ser Miang (above) is set to announce his candidacy for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN


    By May Chen


    Singaporean Ng Ser Miang is set to announce his candidacy for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week.

    An official with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press that the 64-year-old will declare himself a candidate on Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has yet to be made.

    The Straits Times understands that Ng is scheduled to deliver remarks at an event in Paris on Thursday.

    He is set to run against Thomas Bach from Germany, who is also a IOC vice-president. Bach announced his candidacy last week.

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    Default Joseph breaks 2 records

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    By Chua U-gene
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    Wednesday, May 15, 2013


    SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling smashed two national records at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte in the United States on Friday.

    The 17-year-old's time of 52.33sec in the 100m butterfly rewrote his own national record of 53.18, set at the 2011 South-east Asia Games.


    He also clocked 1min 49.47sec in the 200m freestyle, erasing Bryan Tay's record of 1:50.41 set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics wearing the now-banned supersuit.


    Said Joseph: "I just decided to step up and race. I'm happy with my performance.

    "I felt really confident before the race and I just focused on my own swim."

    His timings were also good enough to clinch a gold (100 fly) and a bronze (200 free) at the USA Swimming circuit event.


    The Singaporean, who lives in Florida, beat Americans Tyler McGill (52.47) and Jack Conger (53.23) to top spot in the fly event.

    In the 200 free, he lost out to the US' 4x100m Olympic gold-winning team-mates Matt McLean (1:49.02) and Conor Dwyer (1:49.29).


    Finishing sixth in the race with 1:49.81 was US celebrity swimmer and 11-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte.

    Joseph's times also met the "A" qualifying time of 52.57 and "B" time of 1:52.21 for July's World Championships in Barcelona.

    He said: "I'm right on track and this will give me a lot of momentum going into Barcelona."

    The swimmer, who won the 50 and 200 fly golds at the 2011 SEA Games, also becomes the first Singaporean to stake his claim for a place at this December's Games in Myanmar.

    Locally-based swimmers will need to qualify for the Games at next month's National Championships but overseas-based swimmers get to nominate one selected meet to clock their times.

    If no other swimmer beats Joseph's times at the National Championships, the former Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student is guaranteed his slot.

    Singapore Swimming Association technical director Ian Turner was delighted with Joseph's performance, adding that he was not surprised that the fly specialist had excelled in the 200 free.

    He said: "The freestyle and butterfly are closely linked and Joseph is a natural swimming athlete who is able to transfer (his ability) across both styles."

    The Briton added that he hopes Joseph can finally put his stamp on the international scene in Barcelona.

    "Things could not be looking any better right now. He and his coach Sergio Lopez have stuck at it and things have come to fruition," he said.

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    Default Singapore's new national football coach Bernd Stange confident the Lions will roar

    Published on May 15, 2013
    7:51 PM



    Bernd Stange (right), the German who was on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, appointed the new coach of the Singapore national football team, is confident he can lead the Lions to glory. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH



    By Wang Meng Meng

    Bernd Stange
    , the German who was on Wednesday appointed the new coach of the Singapore national football team, is confident he can lead the Lions to glory.

    At his unveiling at the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) headquarters at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening, the 65-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the option of a two-year extension, said: "The post of national team head coach is always a challenging one for any coach - more so in a country like Singapore where football is the No. 1 sport and whose national team are now champions of the region.

    "I am deeply honoured to have been appointed from a pool of more than 100 qualified candidates. It was a rigorous process which enabled both FAS and I to have a clear understanding of each other's objectives and goals, and I am both impressed and motivated by the professionalism, vision and footballing goals of the FAS.

    "While I recognise that the task ahead will not be easy, I am confident and I believe my experience at the international level and contacts in the game will be an asset to Singapore football.

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    Default New Singapore coach Stange is a master of value add

    Lions' veteran German coach no big name but a whiz with tight resources



    Published on May 16, 2013
    11:30 AM



    FAS president Zainudin Nordin (left) presenting new national coach Bernd Stange with a Lions jersey. The German said No. 2 means the team is always more important than the coach. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    By Wang Meng Meng

    When Raddy Avramovic was appointed Singapore's national football coach in 2003, the first impression then was "Raddy, who?".

    Similarly, the chatter on social media yesterday was one of bemusement when the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced that Bernd Stange would be the new Lion tamer.

    But the FAS and regional coaches insist the 65-year-old is the right man for the job and a look at the German's colourful CV appears to suggest that too.

    "Bernd clearly stands out among the candidates," said FAS president Zainudin Nordin.

    "He is widely recognised for his work by the German football community. His track record convinced us."


    Background story

    5 facts about Bernd Stange

    1. When he coached the national team of the former East Germany, the state police, Stasi, allegedly assigned him the code name "Kurt Wegner", to report on players. The FAS cleared him after background checks.

    2. As coach of Iraq, from 2002 to 2004, players resisted his fitness training regimen. He convinced them to do so by showing them a picture of a muscular Michael Ballack.

    3. In 2003, he received the Fifa Presidential Award for his contributions to Iraqi football, when he helped the national team into the world's top 50 and qualified for the Asian Cup and the Olympics.

    4. After Britain's then-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw presented Stange with 5,000 footballs to help develop the sport in Iraq, the coach's car was fired upon and his driver shot in the hand.

    5. In 2000, as coach of Australian club Perth Glory, fans staged a demonstration urging the club not to sack Stange even though the team lost the grand final on penalties to Wollongong Wolves after leading 3-0 at half-time.

    FACTFILE

    • Name: Bernd Walter Stange
    • Born: March 14, 1948 in Gnaschwitz, East Germany



    • Coaching career:



    • Carl Zeiss Jena (1976-1978, 1988-1991 and 1997-1998),
    • East Germany Under-21/Olympic/national team (1978-1988),
    • Hertha Berlin (1991-1992),
    • Lokomotive Leipzig (1993-1994),
    • Dnipro (1995-1996),
    • CSKA Kiev (1996-1997),
    • Perth Glory (1998-2001),
    • Oman (2001),
    • Iraq (2002-2004),
    • Apollon Limassol (2005-2007),
    • Belarus (2007-2011)

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    Default The man with a plan for S’pore football

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    FAS President Zainudin Nordin handing new national coach Bernd Stange his Lions jersey. Photo: Wee Teck Hian



    By Gerard Wong


    10 hours 2 min ago

    Right off the bat, let me congratulate the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on snagging Bernd Stange as the new national head coach of the Lions.

    Without a doubt, the 65-year-old German’s track record at both club and international level instantly makes him the best coach in South-east Asia by a mile, yes, even better than Radojko Avramovic.

    It also establishes him as one of the best coaches currently in Asia.

    That the FAS were able to get him on terms that were not far from what Avramovic was earning — believed to be about US$35,000 (S$44,000) monthly — suggests that they have indeed scored a massive coup in getting Stange on board.


    Yet, that was not the reason why Stange’s appointment generated such a positive buzz among the Singapore media yesterday.

    After the press conference at Jalan Besar Stadium, practically everyone had a similar response when asked what they thought of the new coach. “He sounds like a good catch” was one common refrain. “I think they’ve found the right guy for the job” was another.

    Both were often accompanied by approving nods.

    But how was it that we sports journalists, who are often a cynical and sceptical lot, all ended up being so impressed by Stange even before his first match in charge of the Lions?

    It was certainly a marked contrast to the way we greeted names such as Peter Taylor, Brian Kerr and Arie Haan, which were initially bandied about as possible choices for the post in the weeks of frenzied media speculation before yesterday’s unveiling — with raised eyebrows and with the same immediate follow-up question: “Can he adapt to the realities of Singapore football and its constraints?”

    And we know what these constraints are: National Service commitments, a small population to draw talent from, a lack of financial resources and training facilities.

    So what was it that made Stange so different, and such a hit with the media yesterday?

    Charisma aside (he was indeed very open and approachable), it was his clear enthusiasm for the job, and his quiet confident belief that Singapore football has so much potential to fulfil.

    In his considered replies, Stange painted a vision of Singapore football that many of us have been wanting so much to see for so long.


    For example, when asked whether he felt that Avramovic’s successful decade-long tenure had left him with boots that were too big to fill, Stange’s reply was uplifting.

    “The boots are not too big to fill because I am looking forward to the future and I believe in the team’s potential,”
    he said.

    “There are enough talented players to achieve the same results as the Singapore team did under Raddy, and to do it better.

    “Raddy couldn’t do it better because the facilities and resources were not ready. But now, the facilities are improving and the Sports Hub is coming up, we have to make sure that we fill it every time we play.

    “I do feel pressure because the expectations are higher now, but it is good to have this kind of pressure. Without it, you cannot do anything.

    “I think the goals (that the FAS have set) are clear and we have to fulfil them. We want to move forward. Every year we will improve.”

    He also came across as having a plan on how to take Singapore football forward, and also expressed a desire to work with local coaches to make it happen.

    “It is not helpful to bring your own staff,” he said when asked if he planned to get any of his former assistants to join him here.

    “It is good to work with local coaches, and that is what I want to do ... First, I have to convince the coaches and then the players: ‘Do you want to play this brand of football?’

    “After that we will work as a team, and then, I think, I can deliver a lot.”


    It was clear that his answers left everyone suitably impressed, and cheered. After all, they were in keeping with what he had achieved with Belarus.

    And now, as we eagerly await to see him in action, I believe that many of us are also keeping our fingers tightly crossed that he will succeed.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Gerard Wong is TODAY’s Sports Editor.

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    Default Marina Bay set to get even livelier with more homes, offices and shops

    More growth in store with new homes, offices and shops: Analysts



    Published on May 16, 2013
    11:25 AM



    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong looking at a model of the Marina Bay Financial Centre during its official opening yesterday. With him were (from left) Cheung Kong Holdings executive director Davy Chung, Keppel Land chief executive officer Ang Wee Gee, Keppel Corporation chairman Lee Boon Yang and Mr Warren Bishop, CEO of Raffles Quay Asset Management, which manages Marina Bay Financial Centre. -- ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE



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    Marina Bay Financial Centre. -- ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE



    By Yasmine Yahya And Elgin Toh


    MARINA Bay is already a flourishing neighbourhood, with hundreds of its own residents and many thousands more people streaming in each day to work and play.


    But the area is still very much a work in progress, said analysts, with more homes, offices and shops set to be built there over the next few years.

    Several empty plots are also yet to be developed. Analysts and major tenants were reflecting on the area's progress as the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) was officially launched on Wednesday.

    At the launch, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hailed the latest addition to the Marina Bay skyline.

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    Default Ng Ser Miang declares candidacy to succeed IOC president Rogge

    By Tan Yo Hinn and Patwant Singh
    POSTED: 16 May 2013 6:36 PM
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    International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Ng Ser Miang has officially declared his candidacy to become the next IOC president.



    SINGAPORE - International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Ng Ser Miang has officially declared his candidacy to become the next IOC president.

    The 64-year-old Singaporean made the announcement in Paris on Thursday. He becomes the second IOC member after Germany’s Thomas Bach - also an IOC vice-president - made his in Frankfurt last week.

    Speaking to Singapore media via a conference call, he said issues like the size and cost of future Olympic Games, education, doping and match-fixing will be addressed during his election campaign in the lead-up to the elections to choose a successor to Jacques Rogge at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 10.

    Ng said: "I believe in the Olympic movement passionately, and I believe that over the years I've accumulated enough experience as a sport leader, as a diplomat and as a businessman.

    "And having been on both sides of the public-private sector, I believe it is time for me to contribute more to the Olympic movement by running for president."

    He added: "We have to put youth development as our focus as we move forwards, and we have to look at the size and scale of the programme of the games in order to make it relevant for all and for the future of the movement."

    In response to Singapore being linked to the worldwide football match-fixing scandal, he reiterated the Republic's stance on the issue.

    "As far as match-fixing is concerned, our police is taking very strong action against it, and I think based on real evidence, they will take action. And I'm not quite sure whether Singapore's in the eye of the storm, but for the whole Olympic movement, we are confronting this problem seriously," Ng said.

    He added he believes he can be the “inclusive, universal” leader that the IOC needs. Ultimately, whoever the next IOC president is must be the best possible person for the job, said Ng, responding to a question from TODAY.

    “The movement is more than a person, and I believe that for the presidency one has to give his total commitment if elected, and if all the best candidates come together to put forward their views, then I think we would have created a very strong platform for whoever is elected to work on, with all the different views and strengths,” said Ng.

    At the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, the IOC’s 101 members will vote via a secret ballot to choose the Lausanne-based organisation’s next leader.

    Others expected to declare their candidacy by the June 10 deadline for the IOC Presidency include Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, the IOC’s head of audit and finance commissions, International Association of Athletics Federation vice-president Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, and International Boxing Association president Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan.

    If Ng is elected, he will become the 118-year-old IOC’s first Asian, and only its second non-European president after American Avery Brundage.


    Ng, a former national sailor who won a silver medal at the 1969 South-east Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, has been IOC member since 1998, and part of its policy-making Executive Board since 2005.

    Ng, who is one of four vice-presidents at the IOC since 2009, has played a pivotal role in global sports administration.

    Among his major achievements was overseeing the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 -- the biggest sporting event staged in Singapore so far.

    Another feather in Ng's cap was being chairman of the Singapore Organising Committee for the 117th IOC Session.


    Prior to that, the former national sailor served with distinction as Singapore Sports Council chairman from 1991 till 2002, during which he was instrumental in shaping the nation's sports policies.

    He is also a vice-president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and the chairman of NTUC FairPrice, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain.


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    Default Ng’s IOC bid could be boost that the S’pore brand needs

    By Tan Yo-Hinn

    5 hours 19 min ago

    After months, an open secret was finally confirmed when he announced his candidacy to become the next International Olympic Committee (IOC) President at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on Sept 10.

    But beyond the fact that Ng Ser Miang is a 64-year-old Singaporean, why should this matter to Singapore that he has entered the contest to lead an organisation that, to many, is known mainly for staging the quadrennial summer Olympics? Why should we be as excited as him? Simply because his candidature, if successful, could be that much-needed catalyst to help inspire Singapore sports to another level.

    Two months ago, the Government revealed that a minimum of S$1.5 billion will be invested over the next few years to make sports a bigger part of Singapore by providing better and more attractive sports programmes to provide more opportunities for people to partake in sports regularly. This includes at least S$292 million set aside to improving sports infrastructure in Singapore.

    There is also the S$1.33 billion Sports Hub at Kallang, which opens in April next year and is being marketed as a premier one-stop destination for the best sporting, leisure and entertainment events and activities year-round.

    In terms of global influence and profile, the IOC Presidency is possibly the most powerful position in sport, rivalled maybe only by the presidency at football’s world body FIFA, and having a front-row seat and a powerful voice at the main table of international sports can prove significant.

    Of course, developing the sports scene in Singapore is the job of the Singapore Sports Council, National Sports Associations and other relevant agencies, not the next IOC President, whose job is to promote the Olympic movement, its ideals and programmes.

    But the knowledge that a fellow-Singaporean is at the pinnacle of sports administration can filter down a “feel good” effect. And that will represent a significant boost in Singapore’s attempts at becoming a truly sporting nation.



    Tan Yo-Hinn is Deputy Sports Editor at TODAY

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    IOC First Vice-President Ng Ser Miang (picture) in the historic Salle Octave Greard at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he announced his candidature for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee. It was in the Salle Octave Greard that Baron Pierre de Coubertin oversaw the founding of the IOC in June 1894. Photo: SNOC


    Engage youth in their education through sport values: Singapore IOC Presidential candidate Ng



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    12 hours 11 min ago


    SINGAPORE — The size and cost of future Olympic Games, doping, match-fixing and education are issues that Ng Ser Miang is set to address in his bid to be the next International Olympic Committee (IOC) President.

    Yesterday, the 64-year-old Singaporean became the second IOC member, after Germany’s Thomas Bach, to declare his candidacy to succeed current IOC President Jacques Rogge at the elections, which will be held at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept 10.

    In a conference call with Singapore media yesterday, Ng, who is currently an IOC Vice-President, emphasised the need to look at the legacy aspect of the Olympics and the movement beyond infrastructure, and to “engage” the youth.

    “In these economically challenging times, we have to continue to look at the cost and way of bidding, the scale and size of the Games, the sports programmes at the Games, and continue to look at the legacy aspect of the Games and the movement beyond infrastructure, (and) what human legacies we should be looking at,” he said.

    “Amongst all this, we should put youth at the heart of our movement. We co-created a wonderful (2010) Youth Olympic Games in Singapore ... and we must build on this and engage the youth of the world.

    “I believe we have to engage the youth in their education through sport values, and this is one part we should be mobilising the resources of the IOC, IFs (International Federations), NOCs (National Olympic Committees), governments and all our partners towards this end.”

    Ng, who added that the youth also need to be educated about the dangers of doping, match-fixing, betting, will be sending personal letters and his manifesto to IOC members. He also announced that he will remain a volunteer with no pay if elected.

    Announcing his candidacy yesterday at the French capital’s Sorbonne University — where the IOC was founded in 1894 — Ng highlighted some of the IOC’s milestones, but stressed more must be done to improve the Olympic movement as he reiterated the need to focus on the youth, and to root out cheats.

    The IOC’s 101 members will vote via secret ballot on Sept 10. If elected, Ng will become the Lausanne-based IOC’s first Asian President, and only the second non-European chief in its 118-year history.

    Other likely candidates include International Boxing Association President Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan; International Association of Athletics Federations Deputy President Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine; and Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, head of the IOC’s finance and audit commissions.

    Ng decided to seek election about two months ago after year-long consultations with IOC colleagues and stakeholders.

    The Olympic Movement faces an increasingly interconnected world,” he said. “This will require a leader with an inclusive leadership style and world view, based on collective input and decision-making. And, this will require a leader who can empower the Olympic Movement behind a unifying vision.”

    Likening the elections to an “Olympic competition”, Ng hopes his candidature can help highlight Singapore and inspire Singaporeans. He also believes that being an Asian contesting for the highest job in a mainly Eurocentric body will not be a hindrance.

    “It is not so much a question of continent, but a question of the person, his vision, leadership style, and whether he is the leader for the times,” he said. “I’m very proud to be a Singaporean and Asian, but I’m also very proud to be a global citizen.”

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    By May Chen
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    Friday, May 17, 2013

    THERE was triple joy for Singapore's paddlers at the World Individual Table Tennis Championships as women's singles player Isabelle Li and men's doubles pair Pang Xue Jie and Clarence Chew booked their places in the main draw.

    Isabelle did not drop a single game en route to becoming one of 246 qualifiers to fill the 32 berths in the main draw.

    The world No. 212, competing in her third individual world championships, topped her group in the first stage of qualifiers after posting two 4-0 victories, before taking down Iran's Neda Shahsavari 11-7, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5 in the knockout stages.

    Said the 18-year-old, in a phone interview from Paris: "I performed up to my expectations, so I'm pretty happy with that.

    "It didn't feel as easy as the scores suggest, but it was a good experience. My goal now is just to cherish every match and play as many as I can."

    Pang, 20, and Clarence, 17, also put aside their disappointment in the singles qualifiers to earn their place in the men's doubles event.

    The duo first beat Israel's Omri Ben Ari and Gregory Elensky 3-1, then Mexicans Marcos Madrid and Salvador Uribe 3-1.

    They then staged a comeback to beat Lin Ju and Juan Vila Batista of Dominican Republic 13-15, 11-6, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6.
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    Default S'poreans and PRs enjoy free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from toda

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    Visitors exit the Peranakan Museum on Aug 7, 2012. ISingaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LUI






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      The facade of National Museum of Singapore at night on Feb 17, 2010. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- MY FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN



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      Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: RACHEL CHAN



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      Malay Heritage Centre in Kampong Glam. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LUI



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      Figures of the various Jedis in the Star Wars movies will be on display at the exhibition, Light V Dark Exhibition: Stamps And Collectibles. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: EDWARD TEO



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      Artists install an installation art piece seen under Ultra-violet lighting titled Stellar Cave II by French artist Julien Salaud on Monday, May 13, 2013 in Singapore which will host the Art Garden 2013 art festival for about 3-months at the Singapore Art Museum. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- FILE PHOTO: AP



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      Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore,3 January 2002. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- BT FILE PHOTO: ARTHUR LEE CH



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      Visitors experience wind, water sprays, smoke and vibrations as they watch army troops in action on four big screens at the Army Museum of Singapore. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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      Memories at Old Ford Factory exhibition held at the old Ford motor company. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ARTHUR LEE CH



      By Sabrina Tiong

      Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today.

      This includes three more places of interest - the Singapore Discovery Centre, Memories at Old Ford Factory and the Army Museum of Singapore - which were added to the list, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong.

      The move to offer entry to museums year-round was announced by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) in March this year. The original eight include: the the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall .

      "All of these heritage institutions together with our national museums, I think they collectively keep alive the Singapore story, provide links to our past and they help to strengthen a sense of common identity," said Mr Wong, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Children's Season at the National Museum of Singapore on Saturday.

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    Patrons eat at a food court in Singapore (photo: Francine Lim, channelnewsasia.com) Tray Return Partnership






    • Efforts to encourage food court patrons to embrace the tray return practice and culture are going big in Singapore -- 17 major food court and fast food operators have committed to rolling out "tray return" in their outlets at the launch of the Tray Return Partnership.

      This is the first time that food court operators have teamed up with the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a coordinated effort to encourage Singaporeans to make tray return a part of their culture and social graciousness.

      This initiative was piloted in nine hawker centres from November 2012, and has received support from patrons with tray return rates of about 60 to 70 per cent at the majority of the centres.
      Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for the Environment, Ms Grace Fu, said: "The majority are returning their trays so we would like to find out why the 30 to 40 per cent are not doing it. Most importantly, it is to find out feedback from the patrons, cleaners and stall holders, how we can put through the processes better.

      (I think a proper Tray Return Centre with enough space for returned trays and having attendants to man it, is essential as the first step.)


      "Obviously, we are trying to put in some infrastructure to deal with this new initiative, and we are bound to need some time for the improvements."

      Since March 2013, NEA has been engaging food court and fast food operators to roll out the tray return initiative in their outlets.

      The 17 partners will place a "Tray Return Partner" decal at the storefront of their participating outlets. The decal also serves as a way for the public to identify tray-return ready outlets.
      Managing director of MacDonald's Restaurants in Singapore, Phyllis Cheung, said: "All the restaurants -- 125 around the island -- will be participating in it. What we will do is to put up the message in the form of a door decal and around the restaurant to remind people that it is such a gracious thought for you to take care of the next customer who is going to use the table."

      With regards to customers who refuse to return their trays, Yip Keng Soon, director of operations for the Kopitiam Group, said: "So far, we have not experienced that. It is up to them, to do or not to do. We have to get the message across as we go along."

      A competition for a "Tray Return Icon" was also launched on Sunday to encourage community involvement in the initiative. The icon will be launched in July 2013.

      Ms Fu added: "From the various feedback that we have received, we are happy to note that the public is supportive of the tray return initiative.
      "By returning our own trays, we are doing a part for social graciousness through sparing a thought for the next diner who takes the seat that we clear. By doing what seems like a small act, we can together promote a cleaner dining experience and build a much kinder and gracious community spirit."
      Together with the Tray Return Partnership, a working group was formed in March to plan and coordinate implementation of the tray return roll out schedule, and more details of this will be announced at a later date.
      With the 17 partners coming on board to take part in the tray return programme, the NEA said that nearly 70 per cent of all food outlets and 90 per cent of fast food outlets all over Singapore would be covered under the programme. The aim is to go islandwide within the next one to two years.

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