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    Default Ilo Ilo is first S’pore film to win at Cannes

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    Singaporean director Anthony Chen, Camera d'Or award winner for the film Ilo Ilo, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters SOURCE:Reuters



    Singaporean director Anthony Chen poses with the Camera d'Or award for his film Ilo Ilo on stage during the closing ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters SOURCE:Reuters



    Singaporean director and jury member Agnes Varda (left) and jury member and actress Zhang Ziyi present Anthony Chen the Camera d'Or award for his film Ilo Ilo during the closing ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2013. Photo: AP SOURCE:AP



    Singaporean director Anthony Chen holds the Camera d'Or award for his film Ilo Ilo on stage with actress Zhang Ziyi and director Agnes Varda, president of the Camera d'Or Jury, at the closing ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters SOURCE:Reuters



    By Genevieve Sarah Loh

    46 min 40 sec ago

    SINGAPORE — Ilo Ilo has become the first Singaporean feature film to win at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, with director Anthony Chen taking home the coveted Camera d’Or prize for best feature film debut yesterday evening (this morning, Singapore time).

    “It is a complete surprise and I’m still trying to take it in,” Mr Chen told TODAY from Cannes, the festival’s closing ceremony.

    “This is not just an honour for me but for Singapore, since it is the first time a feature from Singapore has been awarded at Cannes.”

    Some 18 films from the Official Selection, Director’s Fortnight and International Critics’ Week sections were eligible for the Camera d’Or at this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival.

    Mr Chen’s film was screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar programme, which was put together by the French Film Directors Association and is considered one of the world’s best showcases of promising new film-making talents.

    The premier of Ilo Ilo was nearly marred by technical difficulties, including a power outage and the English and French subtitles disappearing and reappearing on the screen.
    Despite the hiccups, the audiences not only stayed until the end, but they gave Mr Chen and his cast a 15-minute standing ovation.

    “What really heartens me is that a story about an ordinary family in Singapore can touch the hearts of audiences miles away,” said Mr Chen.

    He added: “The whole week has been filled with such wonderful experiences that it’s been surreal. It’s a dream for a first film to get this much support and encouragement!”

    Ilo Ilo — which will be screened locally in August, with Golden Village having acquired the distribution rights — explores the relationship between a young boy and his family’s new Filipino maid during the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

    The cast, which includes veteran Singaporean TV actor Chen Tianwen, Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann and award-winning Filipino actress Angeli Bayani, have received rave reviews in various international publications.

    “This is a big step for Singapore film in general, one that will associate Singapore films with quality in the eyes of international audiences, media, investors and critics,” producer Yuni Hadi told TODAY.

    “What we are excited about is showing our film back home later this year because, at the end of the day, Singapore films record the stories of Singaporeans.”

    Ilo Ilo and Mr Chen also received a congratulatory note from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Facebook this morning: “Congrats to Anthony! You are a great encouragement to our budding directors!”

    Mr Chen became the first Singaporean film-maker to be awarded in Cannes in 2007, when his short film Ah Ma (Grandma) won a Special Mention in the Palme d’Or for Short Films competition.

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    Default Singapore ranks world No. 4 for life expectancy

    Women here can expect to live to 85 years old, and men to 80: WHO



    Published on May 27, 2013
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    Elderly men react during a game of checkers at the void deck of Block 179 Toa Payoh Central on 26 May, 2013. Singapore has the fourth-best life expectancy rate in the world, latest World Health Organisation (WHO) figures reveal. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


    By Salma Khalik Senior Health Correspondent


    SINGAPORE has the fourth-best life expectancy rate in the world, latest World Health Organisation (WHO) figures reveal.

    Average life expectancy at birth stood at 82 years in 2011, making it a joint fourth with Italy.

    Women here can expect to live to 85 and men to the age of 80.


    The top three countries were Japan - which has a female life expectancy of 86 and a male life expectancy of 82 - Switzerland and San Marino.

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    Default Singapore missionary heads Anglican Church in Bolivia

    He is said to be first Singaporean to lead diocese abroad



    Published on May 27, 2013
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    -- PHOTOS: BISHOP RAPHAEL SAMUEL


    By Derrick Ho


    IN WHAT is believed to be a historic first, a Singaporean missionary has been installed as head of the Anglican Church in the South American nation of Bolivia.

    At a ceremony held recently, Archdeacon Raphael Samuel was consecrated as the Diocesan Bishop of Bolivia.

    This makes him the first Asian missionary to take a seat among the highest echelons of leadership in the Spanish-speaking Anglican world. He is also believed to be the first Singaporean to head a diocese outside of Singapore.

    During the over two-hour-long service held at a church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia's most populous city, Bishop Samuel was presented with a ring, a staff, vestments and a stole - symbols of the office of a bishop.


    Background story

    COMMITMENT AND HEART OF A SERVANT

    Bishop Samuel's humility, heart of a servant and selfless commitment to the Bolivian church has commanded a certain measure of trust and respect.

    - Singapore's Bishop Rennis Ponniah on Bishop Raphael Samuel, being consecrated through a declaration by the presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone of Americas, the Right Reverend Hector Zavala of Chile, in Santa Cruz city, Bolivia, on May 12

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    Default New marine species found in Singapore waters

    By Woo Sian Boon


    SINGAPORE — Some 30,000 marine specimens have been collected through surveys conducted on mudflats, seabeds and reef habitats since 2010, as part of a five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey to take stock of Singapore’s marine ecosystem.

    The survey has so far recorded more than 80 new marine species — 14 of which, such as the “Lipstick” sea anemone, have been identified as possibly new to science. The survey has also rediscovered about 10 species in Singapore.

    Last week, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the National University of Singapore’s Tropical Marine Science Institute began their second marine biodiversity expedition to survey reef habitats and the seabed in the Singapore Strait and southern islands of Singapore in the third leg of the entire survey.

    The first marine expedition, held in October last year, surveyed the Johor Straits.

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    Default Undergraduate to market "intelligent walking frame" after getting help from businessm

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    POSTED: 26 May 2013 10:56 PM


    SINGAPORE: A young Singaporean's innovation will soon be turned into reality, thanks to a Chinese businessman.

    Not only did he see the potential in her product, her entrepreneurial spirit also reminded him of his younger days.

    Entrepreneur Serene Tan’s creation is an “intelligent walking frame”.

    The invention, called GlydeSafe, was a school project which Ms Tan continued to refine after she left polytechnic.

    The conventional walking frame has become a staple in many nursing homes, helping those with difficulty walking to move around. But the need to lift the frame means that each step is heavier than the last.

    Ms Tan, a first-year business undergraduate at National University of Singapore, said attaching a set of wheels to the frame might be the solution.

    She said: “All that is needed is a simple glide movement so the user can press on it as and when he or she needs to stop, so the suction acts as a support whenever he or she is going to advance another step.”

    Ms Tan hit a wall when she tried to commercialise the product. She could not find a manufacturer in Singapore who could mass-produce it at a low cost.

    She then found help through Youth Business Singapore, a network that links successful businessmen with young entrepreneurs.

    Ms Tan’s mentor, Jie Yebing, runs a medical technology company in China, which has an expertise in making wheels.

    Ms Tan said: “He mentored me in the technicality of the wheel, like how it was able to be fully rotational and how the back wheels can be only single directional, so this really helped me a lot in product development. I'm new to this arena, so he really helped me with giving me strategies by how I could work with distributors, and how I could work with the mass public, so both the product and selling strategy were very useful for me.”

    Mr Jie is a volunteer mentor and his company has so far paid for all development costs.

    Mr Jie, the chairman of Fujian Secure Medical Technology, said: “This product can help people who have difficulty moving. At the same time, I am impressed by her entrepreneurial spirit, and that's one of my motivations. When I was her age, I was also a budding entrepreneur, so I know how challenging it is. So if I can help her, I think she will be able to grow faster.”

    For a start, 25 sets of GlydeSafe have been donated to Peacehaven Nursing Home, and Ms Tan is now looking for business opportunities with Singapore distributors.

    Mr Jie also plans to launch GlydeSafe in China later this year.


    - CNA/xq


    The walking frame GlydeSafe, which was created by undergraduate Serene Tan
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    Default New pilot programme to use PE lessons to teach values

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    Students during a physical education class at Pathlight School. A new pilot programme for primary and secondary school physical education lessons was launched on Monday by the Singapore Sports Council. Known as the Character and Leadership through Sport framework, the programme aims to teach values such as graciousness through games and role-playing during physical eduation lessons. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    By Priscilla Kham

    A new pilot programme for primary and secondary school physical education lessons was launched on Monday by the Singapore Sports Council. Known as the Character and Leadership through Sport framework, the programme aims to teach values such as graciousness through games and role-playing during physical education lessons.

    From June last year, more than 450 teachers and students have taken part in the programme, in schools like Admiralty Primary and Evergreen Secondary. It is expected to be carried out in 120 more schools in the next two years.

    The framework is part of the 'Game for Life' toolkit launched by the council on Monday at the inaugural leadership symposium at the Singapore Management University, where Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah was the guest of honour.

    The toolkit includes a book called 'Game for Life: 25 Journeys', which chronicles the journey of 25 people whose lives have been changed through sports. Notable names include Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

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    Default Hotpot race heats up in Singapore with new restaurants

    Singaporeans’ love of steamboats is fuelling the growth of the scene, which has at least six new brands



    Published on May 26, 2013
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      Fans of Shabu Sai's steamboat (above) now have a second outlet to check out its fare. -- PHOTO: SHABU SAI



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      Salmon Fish Village owner Sham Hei (above) with the restaurant’s custom-made boat-shaped steamboat and sliced Norwegian salmon. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG






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      Popular Thai steamboat chain MK Restaurants returns to Singapore with its roast meats (above) and wide variety of suki (steamboat) ingredients next month. -- PHOTO: MK RESTAURANTS


      By Eunice Quek


      The hotpot scene in Singapore is getting more steamy, with new restaurants popping up like the constant wave of new ramen shops.

      Next month, popular Thai steamboat chain MK Restaurants opens in Singapore with an outlet at 313@Somerset, and a second will open at the end of this year.

      The original MK menu from Thailand
      will feature here too, and a spokesman for the company notes that it has built a "staggering pool of Singaporean fans" over the years.

      MK Restaurants opened here in 2003 at Parkway Parade and the Singapore Post Centre with a local franchisee that eventually had to "shift its focus back to its core business", says the MK spokesman.

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    Default Cool weather, big stars, sizzling hot music

    Published on May 24, 2013
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    By Melissa Kok

    The Singapore Social Concerts kicked off at 7.15pm on Friday with Asian girl band Blush blasting their girl power anthem, Miss Out.

    Dressed in skin-tight neon pink and yellow outfits, they were, in fact, hard to miss as they performed at the Meadows in Gardens by the Bay to an audience that looked to be mostly in their teens and 20s.

    The packed crowd screamed as the babelicious quintet executed their sexually charged dance moves in mini skirts along with their electro-pop tunes.

    Before the concert started, the queue for parking spots looked to be about 1km long and the line of people filing into the venue stretched to hundreds of metres long.






    South Korean singer and rapper Psy performs during the Singapore Social Concerts held at Gardens by the Bay, on May 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN



    The crowd cheers enthusiastically at the Singapore Social Concerts at the Meadows in Gardens by the Bay, on May 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN








    Asian girl band Blush performs at the Singapore Social Concerts at the Meadows in Gardens by the Bay, on May 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

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    Default Over 100 new marine species discovered in Singapore

    Published on May 27, 2013
    11:37 AM






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      Zebra crab. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: ZAO BAO






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      14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- ST PHOTO: GRACE CHUA




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      Scientists gather in a temporary laboratory in Outward Bounds Singapore on Pulau Ubin to study specimens brought in from the field trips and dredging. Researchers have identified the "Lipstick" sea anemone in the mudflats of Pulau Ubin. Distinguishable by its distinctive red mouth, it is possibly a completely new species to be discovered in the world. Another species that may not have been recorded anywhere else in the world before, is the orange-clawed mangrove crab, found in coastal mangroves. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN





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      Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin (left), picks up a Knobbly Sea Star while interacting with volunteers and scientists at the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey. -- PHOTO: NPARKS



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      Zee (An undetermined Mangrove Goby). 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NPARKS



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      Psolus sp. (Sea cucumber). 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NPARKS



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      Mensamaria intercedens (Sea cucumber). 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NPARKS



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      Berthelinia sp. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Elysia slug. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Lipstick anemone. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Parasesarma. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Undescribed copepo. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Sacoglossa. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Labuanium politum. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



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      Lingula anatina. 14 species have been identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. -- PHOTO: NUS



      By Fabian Koh

      Researchers have identified the "Lipstick" sea anemone in the mudflats of Pulau Ubin. Distinguishable by its distinctive red mouth, it is possibly a completely new species to be discovered in the world. Another species that may not have been recorded anywhere else in the world before, is the orange-clawed mangrove crab, found in coastal mangroves.

      The two are part of 14 species identified as possibly new to science, in the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) conducted by NParks and the National University of Singapore's Tropical Marine Science Institute. Launched in 2010, it has collected some 30,000 specimens through surveys in mudflats, seabeds and reef habitats. Through this, 10 species have also been rediscovered, such as a species of large coastal catfish last seen in Singapore waters over 100 years ago.

      Last Tuesday, a second marine biodiversity expedition began. The three-week expedition aims to carry out a biodiversity survey of marine life in the "Singapore Deeps" - waters exceeding 80 to 100 metres in depth - a habitat that is mostly unexplored. Local scientists will be aided by 25 internationally renowned scientists from 10 countries.

      Mr Leong Chee Chiew, deputy chief executive of NParks said: "The survey reminds us of the significant progress we have made in conserving our natural heritage. It is very important that we continue working with the community to nurture healthy ecosystems and promote the appreciation of our rich biodiversity to future generations of Singaporeans."

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    Default Punggol Waterway wins global real estate award

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    The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE




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    The Jewel Bridge during sunset overlooking the Punggol Reservoir. The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today. --ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI



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    Cyclists along My Waterway@Punggol near the Jewel Bridge. The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today. --ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI



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    Families walk towards My Waterway@Punggol near the Kelong bridge. The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today. --ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI



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    Cyclists and joggers along My Waterway@Punggol in the direction towards Jewel Bridge. The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today. --ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI




    By Charissa Yong


    The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today.

    The Housing Board (HDB) is the only public agency this year to clinch the global Prix d'Excellence award. The award is given out by the International Real Estate Federation, which has chapters in over 60 countries.

    The 4.2km landscaped waterway was evaluated on its architecture and design, development and construction, benefit to the community and environmental impact. It competed under the public infrastructures and amenities category.

    Said HDB chief executive Cheong Koon Hean: "My Waterway@Punggol is a testament of HDB's commitment to create vibrant and sustainable towns, housing active and cohesive communities."

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    Default Changi Airport handled 4.24m passengers in April, up 0.8% from 2012

    Published on May 27, 2013
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    A traveller walking past the self-service check-in kiosks at Changi Airport on Dec 12 2011. Changi Airport handled 4.24 million passengers last month, an increase of 0.8 per cent over the same period in 2012. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURIA LING



    By Melissa Lin


    Changi Airport handled 4.24 million passengers last month, an increase of 0.8 per cent over the same period in 2012.

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) said traffic was slightly impacted by the Good Friday holiday falling in March this year instead of in April, which was the case last year. This boosted traffic that month.

    Aircraft movements also grew by 4.3 per cent to 27,500 flights, while cargo handled fell by 1.8 per cent to 145,600 tonnes compared to last April.
    In the first four months of this year, Changi handled 17.3 million passengers - an increase of 4.8 per cent over the same period last year.

    Last month, Golden Myanmar Airlines started operating daily services connecting Singapore via Yangon to Mandalay, a new city link for Changi Airport. Sichuan Airlines also commenced twice-weekly services connecting Singapore to Nanning, China. CAG said the number of passenger movements in the coming months may be volatile.The near-term outlook for aviation remains cloudy due to high fuel prices, depressing cargo volumes and weak economic prospects for the global economy, it added.

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    Default NTU president receives honorary doctorate from Korean university

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    11:41 AM



    President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Professor Bertil Andersson received the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Hanyang University in South Korea at their Seoul campus on Monday morning. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



    By Rachel Tan


    President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Professor Bertil Andersson received the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Hanyang University in South Korea at their Seoul campus on Monday morning.

    The award from the Korean university recognises his research in biochemistry, his commitment to education and his contributions in forming closer relations between the two educational institutions.

    Known for his work specifically in plant biochemistry, the professor is the author of more than 300 papers covering photosynthesis research and biological membranes, among others.

    Prof Andersson now focuses his research on sustainability
    , how plants cope with light and heat stress and the process of photosynthesis under extreme conditions. This research will build on the concept of an artificial leaf that can be used as an inexpensive source of solar energy.

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    Default NUS to open first overseas research institute in Suzhou, China

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    The National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute. The National University of Singapore (NUS) opened its first overseas research institute in Suzhou, China, on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: NUS


    By Debbie Lee


    The National University of Singapore (NUS) will open its first overseas research institute in Suzhou, China, on Wednesday.

    Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will attend the opening ceremony of the NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute, or NUSRI, which was officially established three years ago.

    Sited at the Suzhou Industrial Park, NUSRI will enable China to tap on Singapore's research expertise in areas such as biomedical science and environment technology.

    The 21,000 sqm facility will also serve as a base for technology start-ups from NUS to grow in China. In addition, it will provide training programmes for Chinese officials in fields such as IP management and entrepreneurship. Students from NUS and its partner universities in China are eligible for internships or research stints there.

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    Default Warning on foreigners who break laws

    Published on May 29, 2013
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    Plainclothes police officers speaking to a group of Malaysians who gathered at Merlion Park on 11 May 2013 to protest against the Malaysian election outcome. Foreigners who break the law in Singapore should be prepared to face the consequences, said the Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Ministry. -- LIANHE ZABAO PHOTO



    Foreigners who break the law in Singapore should be prepared to face the consequences, said the Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Ministry.

    This includes having their visas or work passes revoked.


    The two ministries were responding to media queries last night about the Malaysians who were demonstrating at Merlion Park on May 8 and 11, following the Malaysian general election earlier this month.

    The two ministries said in a joint statement that the Government takes a strong stand against "the importation of foreign issues and politics into Singapore.

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    The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) awarded the MyTransport.sg mobile application as one of six category winners in its Grow with Public Transport International Award. -- SCREENGRAB: MYTRANSPORT.SG



    By Royston Sim

    The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) awarded the MyTransport.sg mobile application as one of six category winners in its Grow with Public Transport International Award. It announced this at the opening ceremony of the 60th UITP World Congress & Exhibition held in Geneva from May 26 to May 30.

    The UITP awards recognise public transport stakeholders that have shown innovation in their efforts to boost the quality and quantity of public transport and thereby promoting its growth and usage.

    The Land Transport Authority's MyTransport.sg application provides real-time updates to commuters, motorists and cyclists. It took the UITP award in the "Integrated Mobility" category. The awards attracted more than 240 applications from over 40 countries.

    Said LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong: "MyTransport.SG is the product of co-creation by the public and LTA, with LTA seeking ideas from public on what is useful to them and encouraging third- party developers to contribute innovative mobile applications by leveraging on the transport data that we share with them."

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    The Old Supreme Court is pictured in front of the current Supreme Court. A third law school that will cater to individuals interested in community law will be set up in Singapore, following recommendations from a committee formed to look into the supply of lawyers here. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TERENCE TAN


    By Jalelah Abu Baker


    A third law school that will cater to individuals interested in community law will be set up in Singapore, following recommendations from a committee formed to look into the supply of lawyers here.

    Law Minister K. Shanmugam announced on Tuesday afternoon at a press conference that the school will focus on training those interested in practising family and criminal law to meet a shortage in the supply for such lawyers. The school will offer a part-time degree course and will take in mostly mature students, with limited spaces for GCE A-level graduates. It will take in 75 students for a start.

    Mr Shanmugam said that the Ministry of Law is working with the Ministry of Education to find a suitable host institution, and has not decided on a timeline. The other two law schools in Singapore are hosted in the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University.

    The new school was among six recommendations made by the 4th Committee on the Supply of Lawyers chaired by Justice V. K. Rajah. The other recommendations include increasing the intake of law students into the Singapore Management University from 120 to 180 over three years, regularly reviewing the list of approved overseas law schools, and improving work conditions to address the attrition in the legal industry here.

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    Default The School of the Arts to offer film as IB diploma subject

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    School Of The Arts Singapore (SOTA). Graduating O-level students interested in studying film now have another option open to them. Starting next year, the School of the Arts will be offering film as an international baccalaureate subject under the direct school admission -junior colleges exercise. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN



    By Amelia Teng

    Graduating O-level students interested in studying film now have another option open to them. Starting next year, the School of the Arts will be offering film as an international baccalaureate subject under the direct school admission -junior colleges exercise.

    Currently, the school only allows its own students in its six-year programme to take film as a subject in their last two years. It has two cohorts of seven students each. Sota is the first national pre-tertiary institution to offer film in its diploma programme.

    Application opened last week and interested students should submit their portfolios to the school by July 15.

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