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    Students painted toilet seats to celebrate World Toilet Day on Nov 19, 2008. TODAY file photo


    Association will hold an inaugural WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Conference on Nov 19, LOO (Let’s Observe Ourselves) Carnivals in malls


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    SINGAPORE — The Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) announced today (Oct 24) that it is organising the inaugural Singapore WASH Conference, a LOO Carnival and Hawker Centre Happy Toilet Cleanup exercise to commemorate World Toilet Day next month.

    And the RAS’ key message for this year’s World Toilet Day is “Ignite a SPARK” — which stands for Share, Promote and Adopt Restroom Kindness.

    The Singapore WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Conference will be held at the Tampines Regional Library auditorium on Nov 19, which has been designated World Toilet Day (WTD) by the United Nations General Assembly.

    In a statement today, the RAS said that the conference aims to provide building owners and qualified persons with information about WASH regulations, guidelines, planning, practices and promotion. One of the key highlights of the WASH conference will be the LOO Awards ceremony to honour clean lavatories.

    LOO stands for Let’s Observe Ourselves.

    The RAS has also started its LOO Carnival in five shopping malls, which began on Oct 21 and will run until Nov 24 to raise public awareness about World Toilet Day. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is the main sponsor of the LOO Carnival.

    “Since the inception of World Toilet Day in 2001, RAS has been organising events to commemorate it every year. With the United Nations designating Nov 19 as World Toilet Day this year, we wish to organise more impactful events to raise public awareness,” said RAS President Tan Puay Hoon.

    “As RAS ignites a SPARK (Share, Promote & Adopt Restroom Kindness), we hope everyone can burn with an eternal flame of restroom kindness towards cleaning attendants, fellow users and 2.5 billion people around the world still without a toilet.”

    The RAS also said that 51 hawker centres under the Happy Toilet Programme (HTP) will be invited to participate in a Happy Toilet Cleanup on World Toilet Day. Invitations have been sent to Members of Parliament (MPs) to helm the cleanup at their respective constituencies where the hawker centres are located.

    The RAS is a non-profit organisation started in 1988 to advocate for clean public toilets.

    In 2001, the UN designated Nov 21 as World Toilet Day.

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    Singapore researchers have found a gene in which its presence causes adverse drug reactions that could be fatal. Photo: Getty Images


    A*STAR researchers identify gene linked to deadly reactions to dapsone, a drug used to treat infections and inflammatory diseases


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    SINGAPORE — Researchers from A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have identified a gene believed to be responsible for fatal allergic reactions to a drug used to treat various forms of infectious and inflammatory diseases.

    The researchers, led by Professor Liu Jianjun, found that the HLA-B*13:01 gene is the likely cause of a severe adverse drug reaction (ADR) to the drug dapsone, which could be fatal to up to 13 per cent of those affected.

    Their findings, which were published yesterday (Oct 23) in the New England Journal of Medicine, will lead to the development of tests that will identify high-risk individuals and help improve the safety of dapsone therapy.

    Dapsone
    is a drug used in the treatment of various forms of infectious and inflammatory diseases and is commonly prescribed for the treatment of leprosy. Up to 3.6 per cent of individuals treated with dapsone developed Dapsone Hypersensitivity Syndrome (DHS), and between 11 to 13 per cent of these individuals die as a result of an adverse reaction to dapsone.

    Prof Liu, the Senior Group Leader of Human Genetics and Deputy Director of Research Programmes at the GIS, and his team performed a study on 76 DHS patients and 1,304 controls, and discovered that the presence of the HLA-B*13:01 molecule increased the risk of DHS.

    Individuals who carry one copy of this gene are 34 times more likely of DHS as compared to those who do not carry it. The risk is magnified 100 times for those who carried two copies of HLA-B*13:01.

    As the same gene also has an 85 per cent chance in predicting the risk of DHS, the implementation of such diagnostic tests can reduce the risk of DHS by seven times, the researchers added.

    “This is an excellent testimony that human genetic studies are a powerful tool to discover novel biomarkers and biological insight into disease development as well as adverse drug reactions,” said Prof Liu.

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    Default Tee-ing off into the history books

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    Amanda will take part in the individual and team golf events at the Myanmar SEA Games. Photo: Wee Teck Hian


    By Adelene Wong
    6 hours 26 min ago


    SINGAPORE — When she picked up her first club during a round of golf with her family at the Warren Golf & Country Club seven years ago, Amanda Tan was actually taking her first swing towards entering Singapore’s history books.

    The 14-year-old is set to become the youngest golfer to represent the country at the SEA Games when she travels to Myanmar in December as part of Singapore’s 315-strong athlete delegation for the biennial Games from Dec 11-22.

    Amanda, who was drafted into the national side in January, is part of the Republic’s eight-strong SEA Games women’s golf team that includes 23-year-old Koh Sock Hwee, Amelia Yong (21), Low Si Xuan (23), Joey Poh (19), Kok Jo Ee (19), Melissa Loh (24) and Fariza Izanie (21).

    “I love to contribute to the golf scene in Singapore. I heard about my SEA Games selection last month via e-mail, and am so happy that I have proven myself and joined the ranks of the older golfers,” Amanda told TODAY.

    But she is not the youngest athlete to represent Singapore at the SEA Games: That honour goes to former gymnast Eileen Chai, who competed at the 1985 SEA Games in Bangkok as a seven-year-old, where she finished fourth in the team event.

    Amanda, a Secondary 2 student-athlete at the Singapore Sports School, recounted how her family saw so much potential in her that they hired her a personal coach soon after she picked up the sport.

    “My uncles are into golf and play regularly. When they and my parents saw me play and how much I enjoyed it, they began to provide me with lots of support to improve my game,” she said. “As my primary school (Pei Hwa Presbyterian) did not offer golf as a co-curricular activity at that time, my parents planned for me to participate in local and regional tournaments.”

    Amanda took part in her first major tournament in 2007 and won her first medal a year later when she topped her age group at the 2008 HSBC China Junior Golf Open in Huangshan.

    Despite her age, Amanda is ranked second in the national side behind Koh, according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking points system.


    “She is only so young, but her performance is up there with other golfers who have been with us for as long as five years and more. She has a lot of potential,” said Roko Kho, team manager of Singapore’s SEA Games squad.


    For now, Amanda is focused on the SEA Games golf competition at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course in Naypyitaw from Dec 15 to 18, where she is taking part in the individual and team events.

    But she hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also plans to turn professional and join the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, where South Korea’s Park Inbee is the current world No 1.


    “I think golf should be given more publicity and recognition — it is such a little-known sport here,” she said. “There are so many young Asian golfers who are among the top in the world, so why not a Singaporean golfer too?”

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    Default Nightlife set to heat up in Circular Road with new anchor tenant

    Published on Oct 24, 2013
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    Limited Edition Concepts has inked an $8 million deal to take over the master lease of 28 shophouse units in Circular Road. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    By Melissa Kok


    The nightlife scene in Circular Road is set to change with the entry of a new major player and a new trial to pedestrianise the street on weekends.

    Limited Edition Concepts, which owns nightclub Club Kyo in Cecil Street and upscale bistro lounge The Vault in Chinatown, has inked an $8 million deal to take over the master lease of 28 shophouse units from Octopus Holdings, the group behind Eski Bar and Liquid Kitchen.

    The Vault will move from its home in South Bridge Road to Circular Road by next month, and by next March, Limited Edition will launch new food and beverage and nightlife businesses there, and sublet some units to others.

    Started last April, the Singapore-based company is managed by four partners: Mr Godwin Pereira, 39; Irish national Ross Glasscoe, 33; Indian national Hemant Tucker, 38; and Frenchman Xavier Meit, 37.

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    Default Joseph Schooling chooses University of Texas at Austin

    Swimming


    Published on Oct 24, 2013
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    National swimmer Joseph Schooling has chosen the University of Texas at Austin for his college education. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Chan U-Gene


    National swimmer Joseph Schooling has chosen the University of Texas at Austin for his college education.

    A major factor in the Singaporean's decision is getting the opportunity to be coached by the Texas Longhorns' Eddie Reese, who was also the head coach of the United States' 2008 Olympics squad.


    The 18-year-old top prospect turned down offers of many other schools, including the University of Florida and University of Michigan.

    Joseph was earlier this week granted a deferment from serving national service until the 2016 Olympics.

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    Default Singapore Institute of Technology offers new degree programmes with work-study focus

    Published on Oct 24, 2013
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    By Sandra Davie

    The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), which will soon be officially established as Singapore's fifth university, aims to develop "best-in-class industry specialists" through the three degrees it will launch next year. It will offer degrees in infrastructure engineering, software engineering and accountancy.

    Besides using a hands-on, applied learning approach, the university will also require students to spend eight months to a year alternating between work and study.

    Designed to be more in-depth and structured than a traditional internship or industrial attachment, students participating in the work study programme will not only gain real work experience but will also be paid similar to contract workers. The degree, including work experience, will last between 28 months and 42 months depending on the student's relevant qualifications.

    SIT said organisations such as the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Land Transport Authority and PricewaterhouseCoopers have already indicated interest to take in SIT students under the work-study scheme. The university has also formed industry advisory committees for each of the degree programmes to guide curricula development.

    "SIT will remain in close consultation with industry to ensure that our curriculum is continually refreshed and industry-relevant,"
    said SIT's president Tan Thiam Soon at a press conference on Thursday.

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    Default NTU opens new cryo-electron microscopy laboratory

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    Prof Daniela Rhodes with the most advanced microscope from FEI, housed at Nanyang Technological University's new CryoEM Lab. -- PHOTO: NTU



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    (Left) Asst Prof Sara Sandin and Prof Daniela Rhodes working with the new Tecnai Artica CryoEM microscope at the new Nanyang Technological University CryoEM Lab. -- PHOTO: NTU



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    World-renowned scientist Prof Daniela Rhodes (right) with CryoEM expert Asst Prof Sara Sandin at the new Nanyang Technological University CryoEM Lab. -- PHOTO: NTU
    Nanyang Technological UniversityCryoEM Lab. -- PHOTO: NTU


    By David Ee


    The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Thursday opened its new Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratory.

    The lab's cryo-imaging technology allows scientists to more accurately view - in a frozen state - particles half a million times smaller than a grain of rice, such as chromosomes and viruses. Its microscopes are ten times more sensitive than regular electron microscopes.

    One of the lab's first efforts will be in-depth research into cancer biology and aging. Its research will be supported by a $24 million grant from the Education Ministry (MOE).

    NTU structural biologist Daniela Rhodes, who is leading the research, will study telomeres, the structures that cap the ends of chromosomes. She will also study an enzyme crucial in repairing telomeres, which by doing so allows the chromosomes and cells to endlessly replicate - a hallmark of cancer.

    "It is our hope that with such powerful instruments, we can make new discoveries. Only by understanding the inner workings of proteins and enzymes related to aging and cancer, can we start to look for and to develop solutions to treat such conditions," said Prof Rhodes, who was formerly a scientist at Cambridge University's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the UK for more than four decades.

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    Default Museum director Eugene Tan one of most powerful people in the art world

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    Singapore's National Art Gallery director Eugene Tan (above) has been named one of the most powerful people in the art world by leading international art magazine ArtReview. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


    By Huang Lijie


    Singapore's National Art Gallery director Eugene Tan has been named one of the most powerful people in the art world by leading international art magazine ArtReview.

    Dr Tan, 41, who also led the development of art enclave Gillman Barracks, was ranked 95 on the list of 100 most influential figures in the art world. He is the only Singaporean on the roll of honour.

    Topping the lineup is Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, sister of Qatar's Emir and chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority,
    which is estimated to spend US$1 billion per year on art acquisition. Last year, it bought a version of Cezanne's The Card Players (1895) for US$250 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.

    Other luminaries on the list include American gallerist Larry Gagosian who runs 13 galleries around the world that are known for their museum-quality exhibitions, and director of Britain's Tate art institution, Sir Nicholas Serota.

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    Default SIA, Tata proposal gets green light from India's foreign investment board

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    Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Indian conglomerate Tata have received approval from India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board to set up a joint-venture carrier to be based in New Delhi. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By Karamjit Kaur

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Indian conglomerate Tata have received approval from India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board to set up a joint-venture carrier to be based in New Delhi.

    This paves the way for SIA to take a 49 per cent stake in the full-service carrier with the remaining 51 per cent going to Tata.

    With the all-clear from the foreign investment authority, both parties can now work on getting the necessary approvals from the country's civil aviation authority.

    This is the third time in two decades that SIA and Tata are trying to gain a foothold in the Indian air travel market.

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    Default Singapore, India to celebrate 50 years of ties in 2015

    Cultural exchanges and presidential visits part of year-long programme



    Published on Oct 25, 2013
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    Mr Khurshid (front, left), accompanied by Mr Shanmugam, viewing Singapore's skyline from the 50th-storey Skybridge at the Pinnacle@Duxton yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Rupali Karekar

    India and Singapore will hold a year-long celebration as part of plans to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2015.

    Cultural exchange programmes and reciprocal visits by the two countries' presidents are also being planned, their foreign ministers told reporters at a doorstop interview yesterday.

    "We will have an India Festival in Singapore and a Singapore Festival in India," Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam said after a meeting with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid.

    Details are being worked out and will be finalised by next year, he added.

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    Default Heritage project aims to enhance appreciation of Singapore River bridges

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    Grand old dames of history




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    Anderson Bridge looks similar to Brisbane’s Victoria Bridge which was torn down in 1969. This is because they shared the same designer, Sydney-based A.B. Brandy. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

    ANDERSON BRIDGE

    THE first steel bridge in Singapore was built in 1910
    . It was manufactured in Britain, flat-packed and shipped to Singapore.

    By the early 20th century, steel had replaced iron as the preferred material for bridges as it offered greater strength and superior resistance to corrosion.

    The non-structural components of the bridge, such as its bronze gas lamps, railings and iron casting, which still stand today, were manufactured in municipal workshops in River Valley Road. This was the first large-scale attempt at developing local steelworks to reduce the island’s dependency on British engineering products.




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    Cavenagh Bridge. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

    CAVENAGH BRIDGE

    BUILT in 1869, it is the oldest of the five bridges and was named after the last India-appointed governor of the Straits Settlement, Major-General Sir William Orfeur Cavenagh
    .

    Assembled by convicts and labourers, the wrought iron structure bears the family crest of the major-general at both ends. It is located near the Fullerton Hotel and is commonly mistaken as a suspension bridge but is a rigid cable structure. London’s Albert Bridge bears the same patented structure.





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    Ord Bridge. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    ORD BRIDGE

    LITTLE is known about its origins or how it was transported here, though it was most probably designed to be used as an Indian railway bridge.

    Built in 1886, it was named after Major-General Sir Harry St George Ord
    , who served as governor of the Straits Settlement between 1867 and 1873.




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    Elgin Bridge. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    ELGIN BRIDGE

    THE art deco bridge, constructed in 1929, was named after Lord Elgin, who was the governor-general of India between 1861 and 1863.

    Unlike other bridges in the area, Elgin was designed by local-based British engineer T.C. Hood, who designed the bridge to better fit the environment around it. One of his ideas included raising the bridge 1.2m higher than the one before it so that heavily laden boats could pass during high tide. He also encased the bridge’s steelwork in concrete to prevent corrosion from the acidic fumes emitted from factories and warehouses along the river.




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    Read Bridge. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

    READ BRIDGE

    COMMONLY known as the Malacca Bridge
    because of its proximity to Kampung Melaka in Merchant Road, it was a popular spot for labourers and boatmen who would gather to listen to Teochew storytellers in the evenings.

    Built in 1931, it was named after William H. Read, a legislator and chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce.

    He played a key role in lobbying for the Straits Settlements to become a crown colony under British rule.

    Due to the effects of the Great Depression and a diversion of public funds for the development of Kallang Airport, the bridge’s design is simple, unlike some of its older neighbours.


    By Melody Zaccheus

    They barely get a second glance from most people, yet five bridges crossing the Singapore River boast a wealth of little-known stories and historical details.

    The fortitude of Cavenagh Bridge, for instance, was tested by a party of 120 sepoy soldiers who marched over it on its completion in 1869.

    Anderson Bridge, meanwhile, bore a close resemblance to Victoria Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, until the latter was torn down in 1969. This was because they shared the same designer, Sydney-based A.B. Brandy.

    These little-known facts were unearthed by researcher Ian Tan, 27, from the National Heritage Board (NHB).

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    Come 2014, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will offer its own degrees for the first time. Photo: SIT


    S’pore’s fifth university among institutions that will admit major share of increased intake


    By NG JING YNG
    5 hours 23 min ago

    SINGAPORE — Enrolment at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) could be doubled to at least 10,000 students, with the university having its own campus and residential facilities by 2020,
    as part of the Government’s push to raise the number of university places to meet growing demand for higher learning among Singaporeans.

    Next year, SIT will offer its own degrees for the first time, a move away from providing niche degrees from foreign universities. The three new full-time degree programmes are in the areas of sustainable infrastructure engineering, information and communications technology and accountancy.

    SIT President Tan Thiam Soon, who laid out these plans yesterday, said Singapore’s fifth autonomous university will be among the institutions that will admit “the major share” of the planned increase in student intake.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced at last year’s National Day Rally that by 2020, 40 per cent of each school-going cohort will be able to have a university education, up from the current 27 per cent.
    The annual intake would be increased by 3,000 places, up from the current 13,000 to 16,000.

    “SIT has a very important role to play in helping many of our very able students to receive a high quality university education that will prepare them well for the Singapore economy long into the future,” Professor Tan said. “In the process, we expect our students to contribute to the vibrant Singapore economy.”

    SIT is drawing up plans for its own campus that may house all its programmes and faculty at a single site. By 2020, the university hopes to have between 300 and 400 faculty members — 10 times the number now.


    Currently, SIT has about 4,000 students enrolled in 27 undergraduate degree programmes offered by overseas institutions.

    The student population is spread across the five local polytechnics, which serve as satellite campuses.

    Prof Tan said the university is working with the authorities to finalise a timeline and location for its main campus, but he hopes it will feature an enterprise hub for students to work with small and medium enterprises.

    The sustainable-infrastructure engineering course allows students to obtain a master’s degree by studying an additional year. SIT said those enrolled in any of its three degrees — to be offered next year — and have the relevant background can graduate in two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years. Classes will be held during term breaks to help students graduate sooner.

    Undergraduates will also spend eight months to a year as part of an integrated work experience, during which they can combine industry attachments with their studies.

    For instance, accountancy students could work at an auditing firm on weekdays to get a feel of the audit peak period between September and April. On weekends, they could then return to campus for classes. The university is still working out the details.

    On the roll-out of the three courses, Prof Tan felt there would be demand for specialists in sustainable-infrastructure engineering as Singapore develops its infrastructure, such as its rail network.

    Students are also eligible for professional certification after their master’s degree, he added.

    The information and communications technology programme allows students to obtain a professional industry certification upon graduation, while accountancy students will be exposed to firms in the Asia-Pacific region through study tours and visits.

    For a start, SIT will admit 75 students each in accountancy and engineering, while the information and communications technology course will offer 50 places.

    The university will not impose a quota on the number of diploma and A-level holders to be admitted, but Prof Tan noted that it would be a “more seamless journey” for polytechnic graduates due to the programmes’ hands-on nature. The courses will be held at the SIT headquarters in Dover and Singapore Polytechnic.

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      Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has praised Xinmin Secondary School for its efforts in the creative and performing-arts sectors, as many of its students have gone on to pursue distinguished careers in these fields. Xinmin students have also won awards in band, choir and Chinese dance.

      Speaking at a dinner last night to thank donors who contributed to the building fund for the school’s new Creative Arts Complex, Mr Lee said: ‘The complex will help Xinmin develop students’ abilities and interest in the arts much more, and students will be able to enjoy better facilities, (such as) rehearsal rooms and a black-box performance theatre.’

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    Default Schooling in footsteps of giants, headed for top US college

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    Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling hopes to eventually become a full-time professional in the sport. Photo: Wee Teck Hian


    ByTan Yo-Hinn
    7 hours 41 min ago

    SINGAPORE — Top Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling is set to join the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), which counts NBA star Kevin Durant, major golf champions Ben Crenshaw and Justin Leonard, multiple Olympic swimming gold medallist Aaron Peirsol and two-time Asian Games swimming medallist Joscelin Yeo of Singapore among its alumni.

    It is understood the 18-year-old will sign a letter of intent and join the university next August on a scholarship believed to be worth about US$45,000 (S$55,700) after administrative details are ironed out. UT had the top-ranked men’s swim team this year.

    Mr Schooling, who graduates from the Bolles School in Florida next year, had visited the University of Florida, University of Michigan and University of California in Berkeley, but ultimately gave UT Austin the nod because he felt most at home there.

    “I chose UT because I thought I’d fit in the best there,”
    he told TODAY. “I felt the most comfortable around the team and Texas not only has a great swim programme but it’s also a good school ... It was a close call and all the schools were very good, but it came down to the way I felt.”

    This follows the announcement earlier this week that Singapore’s Ministry of Defence has allowed him to defer full-time National Service until Aug 31, 2016, in order to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he is considered a genuine hope to become the first Singaporean swimmer to win an Olympic medal, possibly in the 100m and/or 200m butterfly events.

    Established in 1883, UT Austin, which has a US$6 billion endowment and a 1,714 sq km campus, is considered a powerhouse in college sports in America. The Texas Longhorns swim team have won 16 national titles and is helmed by head coach Eddie Reese, who coached the United States men’s Olympic teams from 1992 till 2012.

    Said Mr Schooling: “It’s a good team and I want to do the best I can to help them. Eddie’s a great coach and I look forward to working with him.”

    Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr Schooling is coached at Bolles by Spain’s 1988 Olympic 200m breaststroke bronze medallist Sergio Lopez. His parents Colin and May helped shortlist the varsities, but ultimately left the final say to him.

    “It’s his future. He’s the one who will be there for the next four or five years,” said Mrs May Schooling. “It was he who suggested going to Bolles (in 2010) so that he could compete at the Olympics. He has always been very single-minded and determined.”

    Four-time Olympian and 40-time Southeast Asian Games champion Yeo studied at UT Austin from 2000 to 2004. She described Mr Schooling’s decision as an “excellent” choice.

    “(It) is world class, evidenced by the number of athletes there who make it to the Olympics and win medals, and professional teams,” said the former national swimmer.

    “They also have amazing student-athlete rapport, so you don’t feel you have to trade one for the other. They really support you to excel in both sport and studies. It’s not like this in all colleges. Texas men’s swimming have consistently been top-five in the US, and Joseph will be spurred on by other top swimmers there. All these factors will help him mature and come out an all-rounded person.”

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    Default Singapore ranked sixth in management of manufacturing firms: Study

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    Workers at Medtronic Singapore Operations' new manufacturing facility in Singapore, on March 10, 2011. Singapore placed sixth out of 22 countries in a recent benchmarking study of how well manufacturing firms are managed. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUNSHI AHMED


    By Janice Heng

    Singapore placed sixth out of 22 countries in a recent benchmarking study of how well manufacturing firms are managed.

    Manufacturers here performed better than those in countries such as Britain, Italy and Australia, but not as well as those in the United States, Japan and Germany, which took the top three positions. Singapore's performance was helped by the slightly higher proportion of multinational corporations here, which were better-managed than other firms, the study by the National Productivity and Continuing Education Council showed.

    The World Management Survey is carried out in various countries using a fixed methodology, developed by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    In Singapore, 408 manufacturing firms were scored on four areas of management: operations management, monitoring management, targets management and people management. In these four areas, firms here did best in people management, ranking fourth out of the 22 countries. This was measured by whether firms promoted and rewarded employees based on performance, and tried to retain the best workers.

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    Default HDB wins international award for its project management of Casa Clementi

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    Casa Clementi, the largest public housing project by the Housing Board so far, has been recognised by a global association for project managers for being expertly managed and built. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURIA LING



    By Daryl Chin

    Casa Clementi, the largest public housing project by the Housing Board (HDB) so far, has been recognised by a global association for project managers for being expertly managed and built.

    The 2,234-unit estate in the Western part of Singapore, clinched the PMI Distinguished Project Award from the Project Management Institute, which organised the PMI Professional Awards 2013, said a HDB statement on Monday.

    The Awards honour organisations and individuals around the world who have demonstrated exemplary performance of project management in 20 award categories.

    One of the three recipients of the Award this year, HDB is the first Singapore recipient of the globally recognised award since its inception in 2006.

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    Default Work begins on new general hospital in Sengkang

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      (from left) Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi, Pro-Tem CMB, Sengkang Health, Prof Ang Chong Lye, Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services and Informatics), SingHealth, Prof Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem CEO, Sengkang Health, Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth and Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, MOH with shovels during the ground-breaking ceremony for new Sengkang General Hospital at the open field at the cross junction of Sengkang East Way and Sengkang East Road. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG




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      The Sengkang Health Wall, which will be temporarily placed at the Alexandra Hospital until the new Sengkang General Hospital is ready. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



      By Salma Khalik Senior Health Correspondent


      Work on the next new general hospital, to be built in the north, has already started,
      Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang hospitals this morning.

      That northern hospital is one of four that will be built between 2020 and 2030. There will also be more community hospitals and nursing homes,
      he said.

      The hospital complex at Sengkang will comprise an 800-bed general hospital, a 400-bed community hospital, and another 200 "swing beds" which could be used by either hospital.

      The Sengkang hospital's current chief executive officer, Professor Christopher Cheng, said the hospital complex will allow another 200 beds to be added if the need arises, without incuring further construction costs.

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