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    Default Projects underway to protect Singapore against floods

    Published on Nov 07, 2013
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    National water agency PUB will start 36 projects in the next 12 months, on top of the 170 on-going projects, to improve Singapore's drainage system against heavy rain and floods. -- PHOTO: PUB


    By Grace Chua

    National water agency PUB will start 36 projects in the next 12 months, on top of the 170 on-going projects, to improve Singapore's drainage system against heavy rain and floods.

    On Thursday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a map of new and ongoing projects on his Facebook page. These include drainage works at Chai Chee, and the widening and deepening of major canals like the Alexandra and Rochor Canals.

    The PUB will also put out a tender for the construction of a canal to divert stormwater from the upstream end of the Stamford Canal, and is piloting a flood-forecasting system in the Marina Catchment area.

    The Meteorological Service Singapore has predicted that there could be up to 20 per cent more rain than usual in December and January, which are traditionally the year-end rainy season to begin with.

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    Default Zheng Wen to follow in Schooling’s footsteps?

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    Zheng Wen made his Olympic debut last year when he qualified for the 400m IM and 200m backstroke. TODAY FILE PHOTO


    SSA considering applying for NS deferment for talented swimmer


    By Adelene Wong
    7 hours 27 min ago


    SINGAPORE — The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) is considering putting up a request for national swimmer Quah Zheng Wen to be granted long-term deferment from National Service (NS) so as to enable the talented teenager to realise his full potential in the pool.

    TODAY has learnt that the SSA and Zheng Wen’s coaches are currently exploring the possibility of submitting a formal application to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) for the 16-year-old, who is one of Singapore’s brightest young talents.

    Zheng Wen’s recent achievements include winning Singapore’s first men’s 400m individual medley gold medal in 36 years at the South-east Asian (SEA) Games in 2011, and capturing three gold medals at the Asian Youth Games.

    Former national swimmer Gary Tan, who coaches the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student at the Swimfast Aquatic Club, believes his pupil has the potential to reach an Olympic final. He is also convinced that the next few years will be crucial for Zheng Wen’s development if he is to reach his potential.

    “Zheng Wen’s swimming is definitely going to improve even more if he can be granted deferment and enter a collegiate environment just like Joseph (Schooling) or his sister (national swimmer Quah Ting Wen),” said Tan. “This is because the swimming programmes that schools in the United States offer are the finest.”

    SSA Executive Director Edwin Ker said the national swimming body’s policy is for swimmers to prove their potential to be world-class athletes before any appeals for deferment will be considered.

    He added: “We will monitor Zheng Wen’s performance closely to see if he has the potential to make an Olympic final.”

    Last month, Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen announced that Schooling, 18, had been granted a long-term deferment from NS until Aug 31, 2016 to enable him to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he is regarded as a medal potential in the 100m and 200m butterfly events.

    The final-year student at the Bolles School in Florida had fulfilled requirements to be considered for deferment by MINDEF.

    Dr Ng added that MINDEF will only consider long-term deferment from NS for athletes who display potential in doing well at sporting events that are “sufficiently high level” and “exceptional.”

    Zheng Wen made waves as a 14-year-old at the 2011 SEA Games, where he also won a silver in the 200m butterfly and a bronze in the 50m backstroke.

    He also broke the 400IM and 1500m freestyle under-17 records that year, feats that signalled that he was already on par with the senior swimmers. His achievements subsequently earned him the Sportsboy of the Year title at the 2012 Singapore Sports Awards.

    Last year, Zheng Wen made his Olympic debut at the London Games when he qualified for the 400m IM and 200m backstroke, finishing 33th and 35th respectively in the heats.

    Zheng Wen’s father Quah Tee Hwa said the main focus for his son now is to complete his International Baccalaureate (IB) programme at ACS-I next year, after which the family will look into exploring the possibility of enrolling him into an American university.

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    Default Former school principal bequeaths $1 million to her maid

    Published on Nov 10, 2013
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    Former primary school principal Khoo Guat Neo has left about $1 million to her Indonesian maid of 13 years. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN


    By Yeo Sam Jo

    A former primary school principal has left about $1 million to her Indonesian maid of 13 years.

    Madam Khoo Guat Neo, who was 92 when she passed away last year, bequeathed what is estimated to be a third of her estate to her maid.

    They had lived in a landed property in Jalan Pelatina, off Upper Thomson Road. After Madam Khoo, who was single, died, the maid returned to Indonesia.

    The Indonesian came back to Singapore last month to receive the money, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.

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    Default Former president S R Nathan honoured for service to Singapore

    Published on Nov 11, 2013
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    Former president S R Nathan receiving the Order of Temasek (First Class) from President Tony Tan Keng Yam last night. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


    By Hoe Pei Shan


    Former president S R Nathan was conferred the Order of Temasek (First Class) for exemplary service to the nation at last night's National Day Awards Investiture.

    Mr Nathan, now 89, is only the seventh person in history to receive the honour, which was awarded in recognition of his service to the nation spanning the history of post-independence Singapore.

    He received his sash and medal from President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who presided over the ceremony, which was attended by 421 award recipients and about 1,000 guests, at the National University of Singapore.

    A total of 3,197 National Day Awards were given out this year to military staff, public servants, community and grassroots leaders, and educators.

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    More Than A Mountain book launched by Singapore's first women's team to the summit of Mount Everest. Image: CHANNEL NEWSASIA


    More Than A Mountain launched by team supporter Dr Vivian Balakrishnan


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    SINGAPORE — Singapore’s first women’s team to summit Mount Everest has penned the ups and downs of their journey into a book titled “More Than A Mountain”.

    To prepare for the expedition, the team trained six days a week, for five years - before finally doing the climb in 2009.


    The six women, ranging from their 20s to 40s, said they are now best friends who meet regularly.

    The picture book was launched by Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also a strong supporter of the team. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Singapore to get first retirement village

    Published on Nov 10, 2013
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    Standing: Ms Chan Wai Lin, 55, Mr V. Sreetharan, 74, and Ms Jacqui Oehlers, 63. Sitting, from left: Mrs Lam Lee Yin, 59, Mrs Maureen Ooi, 57, Mrs Rita Wee, 63, Ms Amy Tan, 64, Mrs May Chan, 65, Ms Kandha Ruby, 64, Dr Ambika Dharan, 64, , Ms Mabel Wee, 64, Dr Grace Varughese, 70, Ms Jessie Yeo, 70, and Ms Judy Yeo, 68. A group of 100 seniors led by retired principal Mabel Wee and retired general practitioner Dr Ambika Dharan have been lobbying the government to get a retirement village. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    By Radha Basu


    For a long time some of Singapore’s ageing baby boomers have said what Singapore needs are retirement villages like the ones you see in developed countries. They provide housing as well as a range of amenities for older people, who get to live in a purpose-built community of their own.

    Now it is going to happen, with a pilot project coming up in Jalan Jurong Kechil.
    Property developer World Class Land, a subsidiary of the Aspial jewellery group, is building a retirement village on a plot roughly the size of 1 1/2 football fields.

    It won a tender last November by offering close to $75 million for the 60-year leasehold land. Details about the number and size of units, and the price, are still being worked out and will be announced later, a spokesman for the company said.

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    Default OCBC secures naming rights deal of Singapore Sports Hub

    OCBC secures $50 million, 15-year naming rights deal as main sponsorship partner of


    Published on Nov 11, 2013
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    The new Singapore Sports Hub under construction at Kallang on July 9, 2013. Local bank OCBC have been announced as the largest sponsorship partner of the Singapore Sports Hub. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By May Chen

    Local bank OCBC have been announced as the largest sponsorship partner of the Singapore Sports Hub, a deal that will see it secure naming rights to various facilities - bar the National Stadium and the Singapore Indoor Stadium - within the 35ha hub.

    The deal, inked on Monday morning, is in excess of $50 million. The 15-year contract will see OCBC own naming rights to the multi-purpose indoor arena, aquatic centre, the National Stadium Club Lounge at the north and south wings of the National Stadium, and the VIP lounge in the Singapore Indoor Stadium. An in-principle agreement for a "significant partnership" has also been reached with OCBC Bank's insurance subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings.

    Revenue from the sponsorship will be re-invested into the hub's operation. Said Singapore Sports Hub chief executive officer Philippe Collin Delavaud: "OCBC's continuous contribution will benefit the entire Singapore Sports Hub infrastructure, including helping to sustain community facilities and programme."

    Added OCBC Bank chairman Cheong Choong Kong: "Our sponsorship money will be primarily channelled to find activities that the community can participate in, activities that are typically not commercially viable for operators to organise."

    The opening up of sports facilities to commercial branding is a first for Singapore, although it has been a common practice in more established markets like the United States and Britain. Emirates airlines recently extended its rights to English Premier League club Arsenal’s stadium to 2028. The deal, which includes the club’s shirt sponsorship, is worth £150 million (S$299million). Last year, American firm Farmers Insurance paid a record US$600 million (S$733 million) to have naming rights to a 68,000-seat American football stadium in Los Angeles.

    The $1.33 billion Sports Hub, which includes the centrepiece 55,000-seater National Stadium, a state-of-the-art aquatics centre and a multi-purpose indoor arena, is scheduled to be completed by April next year.

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    Default Govt to fund fare concessions for lower income and disabled commuters

    Published on Nov 11, 2013
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    Commuters at Raffles Place MRT Station during peak hour on Oct 7, 2013. The Government has accepted all the recommendations made by the Fare Review Mechanism Committee last week, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew told Parliament on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Christopher Tan


    The Government has accepted all the recommendations made by the Fare Review Mechanism Committee last week, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew told Parliament on Monday.

    Mr Lui said the recommendations include the smoothening of fare increases by rolling over part of increases to the following year; and new concessions aimed at the low-income earners and people with disabilities.

    Mr Lui described the new fare formula as "an improvement over the old".

    "Overall, the report is fair and reasonable and contains a timely reminder that we need to make regular fare adjustments from time to time to ensure that the (public transport) system is sustainable and workable," he said.

    He noted that public transport fares for the average commuter have become more affordable over the years.

    But "we do recognise that there are certain commuter groups who would still be in need of help", he added.

    The Minister said details of the two new concessions will be worked out, and should be out by the time of the next fare adjustment.

    Details include who can apply, how to apply, and the precise concessionary amounts.

    But Mr Lui said "it is my intention to ensure that the discounts given will more than offset any fare increase in the next fare exercise" - which should be in the first half of next year.

    Finally, he assured that while fares are likely to have to go up in the coming years, they will not become less affordable for the average commuter, and will be considerably more affordable for the low-income and disadvantaged groups.

    "This is my intention and I have every confidence we can achieve it," he added.

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    Default Sports Hub to officially open in 2015



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    Series of community events planned for soft launch from April next year


    By Philip Goh
    5 hours 35 min ago

    SINGAPORE — Fans in Singapore looking out for a big launch party for the Singapore Sports Hub could instead find themselves being part of the first events to be held at the S$1.33 billion facility, which is scheduled to open its doors next April.

    At yesterday’s announcement of the S$50 million, 15-year OCBC sponsorship of five facilities within the hub — the bank edged out rival bids from four others — Philippe Collin Delavaud, Chief Executive Officer of SportsHub, which will finance, develop and operate the Sports Hub over a 25-year lease, said the facility will begin operation with sports experience-type events involving the community.

    “It will be community-type (with) all type of sports in all the venues,” said Delavaud.

    There has been speculation that the Sports Hub would be launched with a football match between Singapore and Malaysia or between top European clubs, while concerts by Irish band U2 and American pop icon Madonna are also on Singaporeans’ wish list.

    Scotching the rumours, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said there will not be a big bang opening for the hub. Rather, there will be a progressive series of events leading up to the official opening, which will most likely be held in June 2015, to coincide with the 28th South-east Asian (SEA) Games where the Sports Hub will be the main venue.

    “I know that they (SportsHub) have been planning a calendar of events, particularly for the first year and perhaps stretching into 2015,” said Wong. “They are looking at a series of sports events as well as lifestyle events. Certainly, we have in the pipeline a few football matches, lifestyle events like concerts and the tennis WTA Championships coming up in October.

    “I understand from the SportsHub people, the event calendar is already quite packed and I think before too long they will start to announce what events are coming up.”

    The hub will contain the centrepiece 55,000-seat National Stadium with a retractable roof and air-cooled seats, a refurbished Singapore Indoor Stadium, an aquatics centre, multi-use indoor arenas and watersports centre, with ancillary facilities within a 35-hectare area.

    Wong also confirmed discussions have taken place over the possibility of the Sports Hub’s National Stadium staging next year’s National Day Parade. “It’s a big venue and it’s best to phase in and make sure that all the systems, operations, logistics … everything works well, over time progressively,” he said.

    “MINDEF (Ministry of Defence) is working out with the SportsHub people about the National Day Parade in 2014, but it may be difficult because of the timing. But that is something MINDEF will decide and will make an announcement quite soon.”

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    Default Singapore's first undersea road

    Marina Coastal Expressway - set to open on Dec 29


    Published on Nov 13, 2013
    10:08 AM


    By Christopher Tan

    The Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) - Singapore's first undersea road, costliest expressway and one with the widest tunnels - will open on Dec 29, four years after the $4.3 billion project started.

    The 5km expressway, at $860 million per kilometre, has a 420m section that goes under the sea-bed just south of the Marina Barrage. There are five lanes in each direction.

    Linking the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), it will allow swift east-west travel.


    Drivers currently using the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to join up with the AYE can switch to the MCE from Dec 29. The ECP will be downgraded to an arterial road that serves the Marina downtown.








    Sneak peek at Singapore's first undersea road tunnel at the Marina Coastal Expressway, slated to open on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LEE JIAN XUAN

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    Default Orchard Road dresses up for Christmas

    Light-up will include 7 set pieces to serve as backdrops for photo-taking



    Published on Nov 13, 2013
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    An artist's impression of a diamond-shaped structure that will be placed in front of Ion Orchard as part of Christmas decorations. Orchard Road's light-up will run from Nov 23, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION



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    An artist's impression of the Christmas light-up along Orchard Road, which will run from Nov 23, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION



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    An artist's impression of the Christmas light-up along Scotts Road in 2013. Orchard Road's light-up will run from Nov 23, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION



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    An artist's impression of a star-shaped structure that will be placed in front of Ion Orchard as part of Christmas decorations. Orchard Road's light-up will run from Nov 23, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION


    By Melissa Lin

    Orchard Road's famous annual Christmas light-up will this year include a chance for visitors to snap a special photographic memento of the decorations.

    Specially designed glittering structures have been set up at different points along the shopping belt featuring festive towers, stars and diamonds.

    The seven set pieces, intended as photographic backdrops, are part of this year's transformation of the shopping belt into a winter wonderland. This year's light-up, back for its 30th year, is called Christmas on A Great Street, and will run from Nov 23 to Jan 5.

    Office workers will also get a better chance of enjoying the display. The light-up, stretching 2.2km from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura, will begin earlier each evening during the six-week period than in previous years.

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    S’porean student in typhoon-hit Philippine city










    Ms Eileen Heng, Ms Alyssa Chee and Ms Vanessa Chong (pictured here), arrive safely in Singapore and were reunited with their families and friends at Changi Airport on Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua




    The three Singaporean girls who were uncontactable for days in typhoon-battered Philippines area, Tacloban. (L-R) Alyssa Chee, Vanessa Chong and Eileen Heng arrived safely in Singapore and were reunited with their families and friends at Changi Airport on Nov 12, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua



    Three Singaporean students who were in Tacloban return safely after a harrowing past few days


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    15 hours 58 min ago


    SINGAPORE — As the floodwaters surged into the home she was staying at in the Philippine city of Tacloban last Friday (Nov 8) morning, Ms Vanessa Chong climbed onto the kitchen table. At one point, she fainted and fell into the water, and had to be pulled to safety.

    “That point was when I realised that I may not make it out alive and then everything just kind of numbed and blacked out,” she recounted.

    Ms Chong was one of the three Singaporean students in Bliss, Tacloban when super typhoon Haiyan hit and knocked out communications, rendering them uncontactable for days. They only re-established contact with their families yesterday (Nov 11) afternoon and were reunited with their families this evening at Changi Airport, where tears of joy flowed freely and hugs were exchanged with their relatives and friends.

    The 23-year-old students, who are studying at Australia’s Flinders University, were working with Volunteer for the Visayans (VSV) as part of a school placement project, and were staying with host families.

    As the storm wrought devastation across the city, Ms Chong recalled how the front of the house – mostly made of wood – and its metal roof were blown off. “If I actually didn’t get to the kitchen table, the highest flood point would have covered my head and above,” she said.

    When the flood abated a few hours later, Ms Chong and her host family confronted the elements. They waded through floodwaters, navigating a “narrow … (and) very dangerous” path until they got to a big concrete house. There was “rubble everywhere … (and) nails” in the streets, said Ms Chong.

    Crying for help and banging on the door, they were let into the house.


    Meanwhile, her two Singaporean friends — Ms Alyssa Chee and Ms Eileen Heng — who lived some distance away from her with another host family, had sought shelter on the second storey of a neighbour’s home after the storm’s onslaught
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    When the storm abated about four hours later, Ms Chee and Ms Heng set out in search of Ms Chong and found her, just as Ms Chong was starting her search for the duo. Ms Chong then took them to the concrete house where they stayed for a night.


    “The Filipinos (were) very hospitable, so they (offered us) food while the typhoon was still blowing,” Ms Chee told reporters.

    On Saturday, the trio moved to a concrete building – a warehouse that sells water – where they took shelter for the next two evenings.

    Yesterday morning, the founder of VSV met the trio at Bliss and drove them to the Tacloban airport
    . They arrived at 6am, but made contact with their families only around 4pm, Ms Chong said.

    They were later taken to Manila on a US Marine plane and were met by Singapore Embassy officials at Manila’s Villamor airbase. They stayed overnight at a nearby hotel before flying back to Singapore today.

    Asked whether she felt her life was in danger at any point, Ms Heng said: “Every day, every minute, every second to me is a danger (because) you don’t know what is going to happen next.”

    “I’m just very happy to be alive … I don’t really care (about) whatever (belongings) I lost,” Ms Chong said. “I just want to make sure that the people there, like my home family, are safe … (have) food and when I visit them again, they are all still alive and well.”

    Ms Chong plans to return to Tacloban to offer help, although she is uncertain when this would happen. In the meanwhile, the three students want to raise funds for the disaster victims, but have not yet discussed how they would go about it.

    Said Ms Chong: “The last few days have just been us trying to survive, trying to find our way home, trying to hang in there … (and to) just stay strong. Otherwise, I think I (would have been) a lot worse.”
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    Default Ngee Ann Polytechnic receives $7.1 million donation from Ngee Ann Kongsi

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    A $7.1 million contribution was given to Ngee Ann Polytechnic from the Ngee Ann Kongsi. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK PAGE OF NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC


    By Rachel Tan


    A $7.1 million contribution was given to Ngee Ann Polytechnic from the Ngee Ann Kongsi.

    Up to $2 million of the donation will go towards an education fund for students. It will support local and overseas student development programmes as well as Student Aid Grants for needy students. The Ngee Ann Kongsi philanthropic foundation donates 25 per cent of its annual income regularly to the polytechnic.

    One beneficiary of the donation is Mr Phang Ye Sheng, who went to Australia for a hands-on 19-day programme on environment and society. "I feel privileged to go on such an overseas programme which had nothing to do with my engineering course," he said.

    Senior Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, was the guest-of-honour at the cheque presentation ceremony on Wednesday.

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    Default ST Communities wins Social Media gold award at 2013 Asian Digital Media Awards

    Published on Nov 13, 2013
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    Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) won 11 awards at the 2013 Asian Digital Media Awards (Adma) on Wednesday evening. Five out of the 11 went to SPH publication The Straits Times, including a gold in the Best in Social Media category for its ST Communities site. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAN-IFRA



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    (From left) Mr Desmond Lim, photographer from The Straits Times (ST); Ms Ong Hwee Hwee, assistant news editor from ST; Ms Nurulnadiah Md Noh, content producer from ST online; and Mr Kenneth Tan, webknowledgist from Stomp, at the 2013 Asian Digital Media Awards on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAN-IFRA



    By Lyn Chan

    The Straits Times won five awards at the 2013 Asian Digital Media Awards (Adma) on Wednesday evening, including a gold in the Best in Social Media category for its ST Communities site.

    The one-year-old Communities microsite allows readers, journalists, artistes and community partners to get published alongside one another to share their views on entertainment happenings.

    Mr Ernest Luis, editor of stcommunities.sg, said: "Not many newspaper-owned websites allow readers to get published next to the journalists they follow. I'm glad the judges recognise the social media-influenced design of ST Communities. We hope to put out more shareable material and promote more of our readers' works."

    It shared the gold with Thailand's Nation Group, a multimedia company.

    The Straits Times' citizen journalism website Stomp won gold in the Best in Online Media (Newspaper Website) category.

    The newspaper's website - straitstimes.com - which had won a gold in that category last year, won a bronze this year, sharing it with Malaysia's The Star Online and Japan's Asahi Shimbun. Silver went to the New Zealand Herald.

    The Straits Times also won a silver in Best in Cross Media for its coverage on the haze in June this year, which saw pollution readings hit record highs in the country because of fires in Indonesia. The newspaper had covered the event across its print and digital platforms. The gold in this category went to Australia's Seven West Media for its coverage on Syrian refugees, and the bronze to India's The Hindu.

    Finally, the ST photo desk got a bronze for Best in Online Video for its 48 Singaporean Seconds, an audio-visual tribute to Singaporeans tied to this year's 48th National Day. Singapore's Ministry of Defence and West Australian Newspapers received the gold and silver awards respectively.

    The project featured 25 Singaporeans in videos that were each 48 seconds long.

    Ms Stephanie Yeow, editor of ST's picture desk, said: "We are extremely proud of Desmond Lim and Neo Xiaobin for producing such a fine body of work in 48 Singaporean Seconds. Both took great pains to find a varied crop of Singaporeans across the entire spectrum of society, spanning age, race, religion, gender. I'm extremely happy that their good work has resonated with the judges."

    The awards, run by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, attracted 149 entries from 16 countries. It was held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This was the biggest haul by The Straits Times since the awards were launched in 2010.

    Entries from Singapore Press Holdings, which publishes The Straits Times, also swept prizes.

    Herworldplus won silver in the Best in Online Media (Magazine Website) category; Tiger Beer's Have You Been Good? won gold in the Best in Cross Media Advertising category while ST Classifieds and STCars both won bronze in the same category; ST Property won bronze for the Best in Mobile Media category; and the Wanbao ipad app and omy.sg won gold in the Best in Tablet Publishing category.

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    An iguana, one of the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong




    Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, watching the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong


    Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, and children releasing animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong


    Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, watching the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong


    Built by more than a hundred volunteers over 6 months the sanctuary welcomed almost 50 rescued wild animals toda



    By Siau Ming En
    2 min 45 sec ago


    SINGAPORE — The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) officially opened a wildlife sanctuary at their Wildlife Rescue Centre today (Nov 14).

    This morning, 46 animals were released into the sanctuary that was built by more than a hundred volunteers over six months. The animals, including tortoises, turtles and an iguana, were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

    Mr Louis Ng, Chief Executive of ACRES, said the 300 sqm sanctuary in Jalan Lekar will not only improve the living conditions for the rescued wild animals, but also free up space in their quarantine facility, which has reached its full capacity.

    Mr Desmond Lee, the Minister of State for National Development, said more Singaporeans are aware of animal welfare issues today.

    “I am heartened by the various community-led and ground-up initiatives, including the efforts put in by animal welfare groups like ACRES, in public outreach and education,” he said.

    “The Government, too, will do its part to facilitate this, and I am happy that we had assisted ACRES in realising this dedicated wildlife rescue facility,” he added.

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    Newfound hip factor comes at a price



    Published on Nov 15, 2013
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    (Above) The owner of Books Actually, one of the newer establishments in Yong Siak Street, may move his shop as the rent is becoming too high. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN



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    (Above) At general supplies store Hock Leong Hin Teck Kee, Mr Lee Hon Fay (left), 75, and store owner Lee Sui Tiong, 65, load supplies for a client. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN



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    Seamstress Lu Mei Cui, 37, working on a set of curtains at her boss' shop, Sin Yick Seng Bamboo Chick Centre, a blinds and curtains maker.


    By Melody Zaccheus


    The last few veteran shopkeepers in Yong Siak Street, including noodle and beverage suppliers, a coffee shop, and a blinds and curtains manufacturer, find themselves out of place at Tiong Bahru's hippest stretch.

    Over the past three years, the narrow street has shed its laidback past and transformed itself into a hipster hot spot, as chic joints such as cafe 40 Hands and independent bookstore Books Actually set up shop.

    Their entry in 2010 and 2011 hastened the street's gentrification - several creative agencies, a boutique and restaurant-bars such as SocialHaus and Ikyu have since joined the influx. About 15 of the 25 or so shop spaces there belong to these businesses today.

    "It used to be a quiet place and rental was reasonable, but it (the rent) has since quadrupled to $8,000 as compared to six years ago," said Mr O.H. Lee, 45, co-owner of a family-run beverage supplier, who is considering moving out.

    Xing Zhi Language Centre owner Tan Mei Huan, 50, cited rising rents as the main reason for the upcoming move of her Chinese tuition centre to Jalan Bukit Merah.


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    RISING RENTAL

    It used to be a quiet place and rental was reasonable, but it (the rent) has since quadrupled to $8,000 as compared to six years ago.

    - Mr O.H. Lee, 45, the co-owner of a family-run beverage supplier who is considering moving out

    RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY

    As business owners, we have to be aware of the environment around us - we are the guests and we don't want to be a nuisance.

    - Mrs Vanessa Kenchington, 29, chef-owner of Plain Vanilla Bakery

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    Default Exciting possibilities for new Marina Downtown

    Area likely to have mix of homes, offices and recreational facilities



    Published on Nov 15, 2013
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    By Cheryl Ong


    A large new precinct near the Central Business District to be freed up by a new undersea road offers many exciting possibilities, say property consultants.

    They say the upcoming Marina Downtown could complement the existing CBD in the same way the financial hub of Canary Wharf complements the city of London.

    The 70ha area, to be developed once a section of the East Coast Parkway (ECP) is removed, is likely to feature a mix of homes, offices, retail and recreational facilities, said property and planning consultants.

    This will allow for a new CBD, with the Marina Bay area as a seamless extension of the existing financial district.

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