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    Default NTU to set up $60 million research institute for nanomedicine

    Published on Nov 05, 2013
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    (from left) Prof Subbu Venkatraman, Prof Chad Mirkin, and NTU Provost Prof Freddy Boey. -- PHOTO: Nanyang Technological University


    By Yeo Sam Jo

    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is setting up a $60 million research institute for nanomedicine - the first of its kind in South-east Asia.

    Nanomedicine is an emerging medical field where the drugs are delivered to specific cells using nanoparticles - small nano-sized particles thousands of times smaller than a grain of sand.

    The institute's research will focus on four key areas: diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, ophthalmology and skin therapeutics. About $30 million will be used to fund research projects. The rest will go outfitting the institute's headquarters, improving existing infrastructure and hiring staff.

    Heading the institute will be the chair of NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Subbu Venkatraman while American nanoscience expert Professor Chad Mirkin from Northwestern University will serve as chairman of the institute's advisory committee.

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    Default DPM Teo responds to calls on hijab, explains need to maintain social harmony

    Published on Nov 05, 2013
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    The Government has responded to mounting calls that it allow Muslim women to don the hijab or head scarf in all workplaces, saying that it understands those views but has a responsibility to balance the varied needs of different communities with what is necessary to maintain social harmony in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Robin Chan

    The Government has responded to mounting calls that it allow Muslim women to don the hijab or head scarf in all workplaces, saying that it understands those views but has a responsibility to balance the varied needs of different communities with what is necessary to maintain social harmony in Singapore.

    "Government understands these community perspectives, but the Government also has the responsibility to balance all these different community requirements, and keep in mind what we need to maintain overall social harmony," said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a statement on Tuesday.

    There are certain public sector professions that require uniforms which do not include the hijab. Those in the Police force and military service also cannot wear or display conspicuous religious symbols on their uniforms or faces.


    This week a Facebook page called the Singapore Hijab Movement was launched and has garnered 17,991 likes. The Fellowship of Muslim Students Association also issued a statement on Monday calling on the Government to form a committee to discuss this issue further.

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    Default Work starts on Changi Airport's T4 which is slated to open in 2017

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    An artist's impression of self-service check-in kiosks and bag-drops in Changi Airport Terminal 4. Work has started on Changi Airport's Terminal 4, which opens in 2017. The new facility, which is being built where the Budget Terminal was, will be able to handle up to 16 million passengers a year. -- PHOTO: CAG



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    An artist's impression of the driveway to the departure kerbside of Terminal 4 at Changi Airport. -- PHOTO: CAG






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    An artist's impression of the retail zone in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG



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    An artist's impression of the unique cultural shop fronts in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG



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    An artist's impression of the Departure Boarding Pier in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG



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    An artist's impression of the Arrival Hall in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG



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    Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    Guests look and take photos of the cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    A guest takes a photo of the model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (third from left) takes a look at a model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with (from left) Changi Airport Group (CAG) CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport) Mrs Josephine Teo, CAG chairman Mr Liew Mun Leong, Benoy creative director David Buffonge and former minister in the Prime Minister's office Lim Hwee Hua, after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (right) takes a look at an artist's impression of a section of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with Benoy creative director David Buffonge after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



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    (From left) Executive vice-president of Changi Airport Group (Air Hub and Development) Mr Yam Kum Weng, Ministry of Transport permanent secretary Mr Pang Kin Keong, Changi Airport Group (CAG) chairman Mr Liew Mun leong, Minister for Transport Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport) Mrs Josephine Teo, CAG CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang and Civil Authority of Singapore assisant director-general Mr Soh Poh Theen, pictured at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



    By Karamjit Kaur

    Work has started on Changi Airport's Terminal 4, which opens in 2017. The new facility, which is being built where the Budget Terminal was, will be able to handle up to 16 million passengers a year.

    The capacity boost and other projects in the pipeline will prepare Changi for strong growth expected in Asia-Pacific's air travel market, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew at T4's ground-breaking event on Tuesday.

    Other airports in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, South Korea and Jakarta are also ramping up capacity.

    He said: "Airports require sufficient capacity to attract new airlines, add new city-links and increase frequencies. Without this airlines would turn to other airports that can better facilitate their growth and if this happens to Changi it will risk losing connectivity."

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    Default Public transport fare review committee wants more concessions for commuters

    Published on Nov 05, 2013
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    Commuters using the new Contactless ePurse Application (CEPAS)-compliant ez-link cards. A wider spectrum of commuters should get help to pay public transport fares, says the Public Transport Fare Review Mechanism Committee. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD TAUFIK A KADER


    A wider spectrum of commuters should get help to pay public transport fares, says the public transport Fare Review Mechanism Committee.

    It wants the Government to consider new concession schemes for low-income users and disabled individuals. These concessions should be funded by the Government, it says.

    The committee also wants existing concession schemes to be enhanced.

    This includes free travel for children under the age of seven, cheaper bus-train concessions passes, a monthly travel pass for commuters who rely heavily on public transport, and a monthly concession pass for senior citizens.





    For students, it is suggesting a significant discount for polytechnic students and extending student concessions to Singaporeans studying in private institutions locally. These concessions, it said, should be funded by other full-paying commuters.


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    Default Up to 1 million commuters to benefit if fare review recommendations are approved

    Published on Nov 05, 2013
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    People using their EZ Link card at Braddell MRT station. Up to one million commuters could benefit from new and enhanced concession schemes proposed by a committee reviewing public transport fares. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SAM CHIN


    By Royston Sim

    Up to one million commuters could benefit from new and enhanced concession schemes proposed by a committee reviewing public transport fares.

    In a 85-page report released Tuesday, the Fare Review Mechanism Committee recommended new concession schemes for low income workers and people with disabilities. If approved, the two new schemes would add about 500,000 people to the 1.2 million commuters currently receiving some form of public transport concessions - a 40 per cent increase. The committee suggested the Government fund these schemes.

    The 14-member panel also proposed a myriad of enhancements to existing concessions could benefit up to 500,000 commuters already enjoying discounts.

    Committee chair Richard Magnus said his team had received a strong sense from various feedback that the concessions framework had to be enhanced.

    It has also called for children aged below seven to be given free travel. Currently, those below seven but taller than 0.9m have to pay primary school student fares. A cap for heavy transport users and concessions for senior citizens was also proposed, and a discount on hybrid passes for all users.

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    Default Review committee proposes cheaper concession rates



    Mr Lui said it is not possible for buses to ply every road and street. TODAY file photo


    Polytechnic students should pay prices ‘closer to’ that for secondary school students

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    By Woo Sian Boon
    6 hours 30 min ago

    SINGAPORE — More commuters may be entitled to concessionary travel, with polytechnic students set to enjoy “significant” discounts for monthly concession passes after years of calling for such a move, if the Fare Review Mechanism Committee’s proposed changes to the travel concession framework come to pass.

    Low-income workers and persons with disabilities
    could also enjoy lower transport costs, with the committee recommending that new concession schemes be created for each group.

    Releasing its full set of recommendations on public transport fares yesterday, the committee said the enhancements to existing concessionary schemes could be co-funded by adult commuters who pay full fares, while the Government could fund the two new concession schemes, so as not to financially burden the public transport operators.

    Polytechnic students currently pay almost twice that of their peers who are studying in junior colleges (JCs) and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs). For instance, the former pay S$52 monthly for bus travel using a concession pass, S$45 for train travel and S$97 for a hybrid pass, under the “tertiary” concession category.

    In comparison, junior college students — who are eligible for the “secondary” category — pay S$27.50 for bus travel, S$25 for train, and S$52.50 for a hybrid pass.

    Proposing “significant” discounts for polytechnic students, the committee noted that while they are of “similar age” as junior college and ITE students, there are “considerable differences in the benefits” they enjoy.

    It recommended that the tertiary concession scheme be subdivided into two groups, with polytechnic students enjoying concession prices that are “closer to” the discounted prices for the secondary student concession group and lower than what university students have to pay.

    The committee also proposed travel concessions for Singaporeans studying full-time in private institutions, as well as for hybrid concession passes to be priced lower than the sum of bus-only and train-only passes.

    When asked during a media briefing why concession passes for polytechnic students cannot be priced similarly to that of JC and ITE students, committee member Tuty Norashikin said: “As a committee, we need to balance between granting similar concessions and also making fares affordable for them.”

    Another recommendation was that all children under the age of seven be entitled to travel free, instead of only those below the height of 0.9m, as is the rule currently.

    It also proposed offering monthly concession passes for senior citizens and monthly travel passes for adult commuters who are heavy users of public transport.

    When asked what would constitute heavy usage, committee chairman Richard Magnus said these would be people who “use the trains and buses a couple of times per day”, adding that about 100,000 commuters fell into this category.

    Potential beneficiaries of the enhanced concession schemes TODAY spoke to welcomed the suggestions, pointing out that transport costs have risen over the years.

    Mr Muwahiddiin Othman, 23, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic student who buys a monthly hybrid pass, said cheaper concession rates would lessen the financial burden of travelling, as he has to commute from his home in the east to school every day.

    Ms Charmaine Teo, 20, also from Ngee Ann, agreed and added that many polytechnic students pay for their own public transport expenses.

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    Default Swimming: Le Clos breaks world 200m fly record at Fina World Cup meet in Singapore

    Published on Nov 05, 2013
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    By Chan U-Gene

    South African swim sensation Chad Le Clos has set a new world record in the 200m butterfly (short-course) at the Fina Swimming World Cup meet in Singapore.

    The 21-year-old Olympic champion clocked 1min 48.56sec at the Singapore Sports School pool to rewrite his own mark of 1:49.04 clocked in August.

    In second place was Poland's Pawel Korzeniowaki in 1:53.59 and third was Japan's Yuki Kobori in 1:55.39.

    Meanwhile, Singapore's Rachel Tseng clocked 8:45.17 to finish in eighth in the women's 800m freestyle and her compatriot Pang Sheng Jun was also eighth with 4:19.96 in the men's 400m individual medley.




    South African swim sensation Chad Le Clos (above) has set a new world record in the 200m butterfly at the Fina Swimming World Cup meet in Singapore. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

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    Default Le Clos sets new 200m butterfly record on first day of World Cup

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    11 hours 51 min ago


    SINGAPORE – South African swimmer and London Olympics champion Chad le Clos set a new world record in the 200m butterfly on the opening day of the FINA World Cup (SWC) short-course (25m) series at the Singapore Sports School this evening.

    The 22-year-old, who shot to fame in London last year when he beat Michael Phelps in the long-course 200m fly, touched home in 1 min 48.56 sec in tonight’s final, rewriting his 1:49.04 effort clocked in the Eindhoven leg of the SWC in August.

    Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski finished a distant second in 1:53.59 while Japan’s Yuki Kobori made it third with 1:55.39.

    The 200m fly win was le Clos’ second of the day. He had won the 50m fly earlier in 22.24sec, ahead of compatriot Roland Schoeman (22.62) and Brazil’s Nicholas Santos (22.63).

    Said a jubilant le Clos who patiently signed autographs and posed for photos for fans after his races: “It is a great day for me – not just the world record but also the gold in the 50m butterfly. I did personal best times for both events today so I am really happy.”


    The butterfly specialist added that he was looking forward to tomorrow’s competition.

    “I will be competing in the 200m freestyle for the first time this year, and also in the 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly. All these should be tough races and close affairs (for gold medal),” he said.

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    Default 8,000 rare photographs of long gone kampungs donated from private collection

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    Kg Kayu, Tg Rhu 1980s. -- PHOTO: MR QUEK TIONG SWEE




















    Lor Fatimah 1980s. -- PHOTO: MR QUEK TIONG SWEE



    By Melody Zaccheus


    More than 8,000 photographs from a private collection have been offered to the National Heritage Board (NHB) for digitisation.

    The collection includes rare 1980s photographs of places long gone including Pulau Tekong's Malay kampungs, Lorong Fatimah in Woodlands and, Kampung Kayu and Kampung Arang near the mouth of Geylang River.

    The contribution by Mr Quek Tiong Swee, 67, a retired civil servant, will help plug the gap in information on the settlements in rural areas of Singapore and other offshore islands, said the NHB.

    "We hope that more individuals will follow Mr Quek's example so that we can grow our repository of heritage materials and make them available to the general public," said group director of policy at the board, Mr Alvin Tan.
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    Default Singapore's first tidal energy generator launched off Sentosa

    Published on Nov 06, 2013
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    Singapore has taken its first steps toward potentially another viable source of renewable energy, with its first tidal turbine system sited just off Sentosa. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    By David Ee

    Singapore has taken its first steps toward potentially another viable source of renewable energy, with its first tidal turbine system sited just off Sentosa.

    The 1kW testbed, the first such light, low-flow system in the tropics, was designed and constructed by Nanyang Technological University's Energy Research Institute.

    Tidal energy has conventionally only been generated in temperate regions such as the United Kingdom and the United States, where tidal flows are more powerful. It is generally considered a more predictable energy source than solar or wind.

    The research institute has plans to test more tidal turbines in Singapore's southern waters within the coming three to five years, for example near St. John's Island, Pulau Sebarok, and Pulau Semakau. The tidal mapping that it has done shows that tidal flows in these areas are powerful enough to propel the turbines, said research fellow Dr Michael Abundo.

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    Default Part of Keppel port terminal to make way for Circle Line Stage 6

    Published on Nov 06, 2013
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    The PSA Corp Keppel Container Terminal, taken from Capital Tower on May 27, 2013. Plans to build the sixth stage of the Circle Line are underway. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


    By Christopher Tan


    Plans to build the sixth stage of the Circle Line are underway.

    In a joint announcement on Wednesday, the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Land Authority said a parcel of land at PSA Corp's Keppel Terminal will be acquired to facilitate construction for the extension of the train line.

    Affected facilities on-site include a one-storey port facility and part of the internal circulation road. The SLA has gazetted the land affected by the acquisition.

    Stage 6 of the Circle Line will make the orbital a complete circle when it is completed in 2025.

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    Default Local SMRT bus captains can now earn S$3,500 a month



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    Company introduces new scheme to improve service standards, set out clear career path for drivers


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    SINGAPORE — SMRT has introduced a new progressive career scheme for its bus captains which could see Singaporean drivers taking home up to S$3,500 a month, the company said in a release today (Nov 7).

    The SMRT Bus Captain Scheme aims to train bus captains to provide better service to commuters and increase their productivity, and includes the restructuring of salary ranges, productivity and performance incentives, as well as a refreshed training plan to enable career progression into supervisory positions.


    Under the scheme, the average Singaporean SMRT bus captain will be able to earn up to S$3,500 a month after overtime and with performance incentives — which will be awarded for punctuality and meeting high safety and customer service standards.

    The scheme was developed as a result of an ongoing collaboration between SMRT’s management and the National Transport Workers’ Union.

    “The ability to retain talent and maintain our staff’s workforce health is key in ensuring that SMRT continues to deliver an excellent travel experience to commuters,” said Mr Desmond Kuek, SMRT Corporation President and CEO.

    “The new BC scheme takes a progressive approach to training our bus captains beyond basic driving skills to include service and supervisory skills. In doing so, they can also progress in their careers to drive more complex routes, provide better service, and even move into supervisory and trainer/mentor roles.”

    The new career progression framework will also set out a clear route of advancement for bus captains into supervisory positions such as Master Bus Captain, which includes group supervisor and instructor responsibilities.

    “Previously, competent drivers hit their career ceiling after three promotions when they become Chief Service Leaders,” said Mr Ong Chin Ang, Executive Secretary of National Transport Workers’ Union.

    “We also recognised that there is still room for current wages to move up. By adopting the Labour Movement’s Progressive Wage Model concept, the union worked together with SMRT management to relook and restructure the scheme to help bus captains achieve better career progression and wages, and ensure its sustainability.

    “With the new model in place, traditional front-line roles are transformed and bus captains can look forward to training and advancement opportunities to supervisory positions with higher wages.”

    In May last year, SMRT announced an upward revision of the basic monthly pay of its Singaporean bus drivers by 35 per cent to S$1,625, which the company said would enable them to take home an average of about S$2,500 each month after factoring in overtime, allowances and incentives.

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    Default Le Clos signs off on a high

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    S African star ends return to S’pore with three more golds

    By Adelene Wong
    7 hours 9 min ago

    SINGAPORE — Just as he did three years ago, South African star Chad Le Clos signed off in style again from Singapore.

    Last night, the 21-year-old, who burst onto the international stage at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games here, claimed three more gold medals on the final day of the Singapore-leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup short course (25m) series at the Singapore Sports School to strengthen his overall lead in the men’s rankings of this year’s eight-stop series.

    Le Clos, who set a world short course record in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday, won the 100m fly, 200m individual medley and the 200m freestyle to finish the two-day meet with five golds. He clocked 50.04 secs to win the 100m fly ahead of silver medallist Konrad Czerniak of Poland (50.09) and Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna who took bronze in 50.86.

    He also won the 200m IM in 1min 53.36secs, with Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:54.60) and Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues (1:55.08) taking silver and bronze respectively.

    And his competitive debut in the 200m freestyle also ended in gold, as he won in 1:42.29, ahead of Australians Fraser-Thomas (1:42.47) and bronze medallist Robert Hurley (1:43.44).

    “I tried out the 200m free (for the first time) as I want to do the same events as (retired American great Michael) Phelps and add to my programme at the 2016 Olympics,” said Le Clos.

    “Last night (Tuesday) was probably the best night I’ve had in short course, while tonight was more about racing against good competitors to see where I’m at. I hope to take part in the freestyle events in 2016 and will train to be the best in that in addition to the butterfly. At the end of the day when I hang up my swimming goggles, I want to know that I did my best in everything.”



    Also signing off on a high note was Singapore’s Tao Li, who won the silver in the 50m butterfly in 25.57s at the Singapore Sports School last night, with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom taking the gold (25.34) and Australia’s Emma McKeon the bronze (25.81).

    The two-time Asian Games 50m butterfly champion had surprisingly failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke finals on Tuesday. The 23-year-old attributed the swift turnaround to her being more focused, after admitting she had been “overconfident” on the first day.

    “It was a lesson for me. Today, I chit-chatted less with my team-mates during warm up and I was very focused,” she said. “I reminded myself this is not some school meet or local competition, this is a world-level event. After yesterday’s swim, I spoke to my coach Ian Turner and he told me to prepare myself well mentally and do well in my pet event (50m fly). My mum also scolded me the whole of last night!”

    Also in encouraging form ahead of the Dec 11-22 South-east Asian Games is Quah Zheng Wen, who set national short course records in the men’s 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke of 1min 46.08s and 1:58.22. Teo Zhen Ren also set a new mark of 15:19.30 in the 1500m free, while Darren Lim did likewise in the 50m freestyle (22.26) and Roanne Ho in the women’s 50m breaststroke (32.39).

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    Default IE11’s anime mascot was made in S’pore

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    The character design sheet by CDS artist Low Zi Rong, who goes by the pen name 'waha'.


    Screengrabs from the YouTube video Internet Explorer: The Anime.


    Inori has been officially adopted as the anime face of Internet Explorer 11.


    Screengrabs from the YouTube video Internet Explorer: The Anime.


    Local firm CDS’ character design received thousands of ‘Likes’ on Facebook and caught Microsoft’s attention


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    6 hours 54 min ago


    SINGAPORE — Don’t be fooled. The anime character in Microsoft’s latest online advertisement for its Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) browser, Inori Aizawa, may have a name that sounds Japanese, but she was born in Singapore.

    Mr Low Zi Rong, an artist at local design firm Collateral Damage Studios (CDS), first created Inori on a whim in March, having seen fans create anime personifications of Apple’s Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google’s Chrome browsers, but not IE.


    Microsoft unveils anime character symbolising the new Internet Explorer 11


    By May 13, a full character design for Inori was on the company’s Facebook page and went on to garner tens of thousands of “Likes” — as well as the attention of the software giant.

    Mr KC Ng, General Manager of CDS — which has a 12-strong team of designers and was founded in 2007 — told TODAY: “We had been posting about the mascot we designed, and openly but jokingly asking Microsoft to call us. I suppose that caught their attention after a while.”

    Mr Jonathan Wong, Apps and Services Marketing Lead at Microsoft Asia-Pacific, said it was Inori’s “really relatable character” that caught their attention. “When we first saw the original concept by CDS, we were very impressed by their creativity and the thought they put into Inori’s character design and backstory, to create a character that best represents the new IE.”

    In August, he approached the CDS team at their booth at International Cosplay Day Singapore. The software giant has since announced that it has officially adopted the character as the anime face of IE11, which was released in the middle of last month.


    “Things just went on from there. It’s really cool to collaborate with Microsoft ... They are very open to suggestions and we got a lot of creative freedom to produce an animation that we can be happy with,” said Mr Ng, 27.

    Nanyang Technological University’s CACANi Animation was roped in to bring the initial artwork to life — the end result being Internet Explorer: The Anime, a promotional video which shows Inori fighting off killer robots with new abilities she gains following a metamorphosis.

    Said 28-year-old Low, a CACANi member: “The biggest challenge we had was to assemble the team while having to deliver the final film on short notice and under a tight deadline. It also didn’t help that a few of us had our National Service call-ups at that time!

    “But, ultimately, I think it was a great one-of-a-kind learning experience for all of us, a rare opportunity. The film is a testament that great animated films can be created locally.”

    The two-minute clip was a hit
    . It was seen more than 300,000 times on YouTube, and tech and culture website The Verge said the “Internet Explorer ad is its best yet”. Inori is also popular in her own right, with her official Facebook page boasting about 6,400 likes. “I think I just might start using IE,” a fan known as Jer-Luen Hu posted on Inori’s Facebook page.

    And this may not be the last time Inori is gracing Microsoft’s advertisement collateral.

    Said Mr Ng: “CDS has discussed with Microsoft what else we want to do together. We will be providing new graphics for Inori’s Facebook page to keep engagement going. These graphics will be renewed on a seasonal basis. We have also discussed other stories we can tell with Inori, but that has yet to be decided upon.”

    Inori will be officially launched at Anime Festival Asia 2013, held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre from today until Sunday.
    She will also be making her first appearance in the flesh, with J-Pop singer Valerie scheduled to make a cosplay appearance as Inori.

    Go to http://tdy.sg/microsoftanime to watch Internet Explorer: The Anime.

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    It will provide dementia, neurology and hospice care



    Published on Nov 08, 2013
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    An artist's impression of the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital after its $96 million expansion is completed in 2017. A new 12-storey building will enable the hospital to double its number of beds to 600. -- PHOTO: KWONG WAI SHIU HOSPITAL



    By Leong Weng Kam, Senior Writer


    The 103-year-old Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital is set to become Singapore's largest nursing home and a medical hub for the elderly when its $96 million expansion is completed by the end of 2017.

    A new 12-storey building rising from its present 26,000 sq m site in Serangoon will enable the hospital to double its number of beds to 600, besides providing other facilities, especially those for the old and needy. These include dementia care, neurology care for stroke patients and even hospice services for the terminally ill.

    Its existing three-storey building, which has served as the hospital's facade since 1960, will be conserved. So will three single-storey colonial buildings now surrounding a Chinese pavilion built there in 1958.

    But the rest of the old buildings will be demolished and the 10,000 sq m land area they occupy returned to the Government.

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    Exam essay-based writing gains national recognition



    Published on Nov 08, 2013
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    (From left) Tamil short story category winner Gayathiri Ilango, NJC student Aisyah Lyana, who got an honourable mention for her Malay short story, and Mr Tang Jui Piow, who topped the Chinese poetry category. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Huang Lijie, Arts Correspondent


    Student Aisyah Lyana, 16, did not expect her Malay short story to shine in the national writing competition, Golden Point Award. The first version, written during a Malay language exam earlier this year, had scored poorly.

    The National Junior College integrated programme student said: "I didn't answer the exam question. But my teacher said he really liked my writing style and if I published a book, he would be the first to buy it. That inspired me to want to improve."

    She polished the essay, expanded it and entered the story in the biennial contest for short stories and poetry in each of the four languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

    The contest, organised by the National Arts Council, is open to writers who have not yet published a full-length work.

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    Default NTU don makes object vanish with 'invisibility cloak'

    Young scientist and team create glass innovation that bends light



    Published on Nov 08, 2013
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    By Hoe Pei Shan


    It might seem like a magic show performed by legendary illusionist Harry Houdini but a Singapore-based scientist and his team have managed to create an "invisibility cloak" that can make objects and even small animals such as cats disappear.

    Believed to be the first of its kind, the research in this area by a team led by Dr Zhang Baile, a Singaporean permanent resident, was published two weeks ago in Nature Communications, one of the top science journals.

    Using carefully angled blocks of glass to form a wall around an empty core, light is bent around an object - or living creature - placed in the centre. The object then appears to be "invisible", allowing the viewer to see only what's behind the glass "cloak".

    While the research is still at an early stage, the light-bending technology behind the glass "cloak" may have useful applications in security and defence, such as in developing military surveillance equipment.





    NTU School of Physical and Mathematical Science researcher Zhang Baile showing how his team's ''invisibility cloak'' works. The research is believed to be the first of its kind in this area. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

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