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    Default Anthony Chen wins Best New Director, Original Screenplay at 50th Golden Horse Awards






    Director Anthony Chen with his Golden Horse Awards. Photo: Fisheye Pictures


    Director Chen joins actress Yeo Yann Yann with Golden Horse win



    By Genevieve Sarah Loh
    1 hour 40 min ago

    Taipei — It’s another historic win for Singapore’s Ilo Ilo as director Anthony Chen became the first Singaporean to win Best New Director at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei.


    Dubbed the Oscars of Chinese-language cinema, Chen beat fierce competition which included Sunny Luk and Longman Leung who directed Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Kar Fai in the blockbuster hit Cold War; as well as actress-turned-director Zhao Wei who scored big at the China box office with So Young.


    What could have been a night of embarrassment for Chen turned out to be a night of victory, when a faux pas was made by the presenters on stage. They announced the names of the nominees like it was the name of the winner, and Anthony Chen happened to be the first name of the nominees announced. After clarification and laughs throughout the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Chen was finally officially named the winner and he went up on stage to received his trophy from the legendary John Woo.

    Chen started his emotional thank-you speech saying “I never thought I’d come to the Golden Horse Awards and win a prize. All I was hoping for was to shake Lee Ang’s hand!” to a roomful of laughter. Taiwan’s very own two-time Oscar winner Lee Ang is chairing the jury at this special 50th Golden Horse Awards and Chen’s idol.

    After the excitement of his first win, he went on to pick up his second award for the night almost immediately after: Best Original Screenplay. This is on top of the Piaget Best Screenplay award he won the night before at the Golden Horse Nominees dinner.

    The Cannes Film festival Camera d’Or winner
    looked shocked at his win, and confessed during his speech that after all the trials and tribulations of making Ilo Ilo, he was thinking of just donning the director’s cap for his next film, and stop writing.

    “But thanks to the Golden Horse jury panel’s faith and encouragement, I think I might just pick up the pen and write again,” he said with a smile.

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    Ilo Ilo wins 4 Golden Horse Awards, including Best Feature



    The cast and crew of Ilo Ilo after their historic Golden Horse Awards wins. Photo: Fisheye Pictures


    By Genevieve Sarah Loh
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    Singapore - It was a historic night for Singapore film at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, held at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. Director Anthony Chen’s multiple award-winning intimate family drama Ilo Ilo was the biggest winner of the night, clinching a total of four of the six major awards it was nominated for, including Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann.

    It was initial shock followed by utter joy for Team Ilo Ilo, as the film took home the highest accolade of the night - Best Feature-Film - beating out films from critically acclaimed veteran directors such as Wong Kar Wai, Tsai Ming-liang, Johnnie To and Jia Zhangke.

    Often dubbed as the Oscars of Chinese-language cinema, being honoured at the prestigious Golden Horse Awards is a real coup not only for the Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or winning movie, but for Singapore film as well.

    “It’s been a very surreal evening and I don’t know what I really feel right now,” Chen told TODAY over the phone after his Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay wins. ”So glad that we came in without any expectations and now we are bringing back these awards for Singapore! I think it’s an amazing moment, and we have turned a whole new chapter for Singapore cinema. And I hope this will encourage more young filmmakers to pursue their dreams and hopefully they will continue this, and we will have a wonderful new wave of Singapore cinema.”

    In his acceptance speech, Chen was understandably emotional. “We are from a really small country, and made a film of the smallest scale and even smaller budget … I never would have imagined that we would win Best Feature Film at the Golden Horse Awards,” said Chen, who quipped that he finally got to “shake Lee Ang’s hand”.

    “This is not only a win for us, it’s a win for our country,” agreed producer Yuni Hadi, who was on stage along with the rest of the cast.

    Chen also paid homage to his fellow nominees, saying how they were all masters of cinema whom he spent all his time learning from, before he and his cast bowed to the audience of film veterans out of respect. “Thank you so much for the honour, for opening up the Mandarin cinema world’s eyes to Singapore film and for opening a new page in Singapore film,” he said on stage. “This will certainly encourage young Singaporean film directors to follow their dreams.”

    Armed with these momentous four Golden Horse wins, Ilo Ilo is well on its way to making history once again as it continues its bid to become the first Singapore film to be nominated for — and possibly win — that elusive Oscar and Golden Globe.

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    Default UniSIM plans to boost intake, offer more courses, create internships

    Published on Nov 25, 2013
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    SIM University (UniSIM) may be starting small with an intake of 200 students for its three full- time degree courses next year. But by 2020, it will quadruple that, while increasing the number of full-time degree courses to more than half a dozen. -- FILE PHOTO: MICA


    By Sandra Davie Senior Education Correspondent

    SIM University (UniSIM) may be starting small with an intake of 200 students for its three full- time degree courses next year. But by 2020, it will quadruple that, while increasing the number of full-time degree courses to more than half a dozen.

    It is looking to add social work and early childhood education to the first full-time degree courses, which are in accountancy, marketing and finance.


    On top of that, the private university, which has made a name for itself through its part-time degrees for working adults, expects to have some 16,000 students enrolled in more than 50 degree courses run in the evenings.

    To accommodate its expansion, it is in talks with the Education Ministry and relevant agencies to expand its Clementi Road campus or move to a new one.

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    Default Plan well to set wheels in motion, say transport experts and cyclists

    Published on Nov 25, 2013
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    A national push to promote cycling as a viable mode of transport is good news, but encouraging people to commute on a bicycle requires good planning, say transport experts and cyclists. -- PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS


    By Royston Sim

    A national push to promote cycling as a viable mode of transport is good news, but encouraging people to commute on a bicycle requires good planning, say transport experts and cyclists.

    Cycling routes should be more direct and better integrated with public transport, while the problems of riding on footpaths and road safety must be tackled, they say.

    The comments were made after the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) earlier last week unveiled plans for a 700km cycling path network by 2030 as part of its Draft Master Plan 2013.

    Dr Alexander Erath, a transport researcher from the Singapore-ETH Centre, welcomed the plans as they will promote cycling as a last-mile solution, and as a mode to get directly from homes to offices, shops and schools.


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    BOOST INFRASTRUCTURE

    We need proper infrastructure to support the policy of bikes on the road.
    - Businessman Roland Lee, 61, who cycles regularly to work from Bukit Panjang to City Hall

    MAKE TWEAKS TO ROADS

    Some footways should be widened. Some main roads should have protected bike lanes and priority for cyclists at junctions.
    - Tampines GRC MP Irene Ng, on making cycling journeys seamless and safe

    OFFER MORE OPTIONS

    The current infrastructure may not be able to accommodate a full-size bike, but it is important to have choices. People feel robbed of the choice.
    - Field operations engineer Roy Soon, 27, calling for bicycles to be integrated with public transport

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    Default Singer-songwriter Dick Lee to direct NDP 2014 at Marina Bay

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    Singer-songwriter Dick Lee will be the creative director for the National Day Parade (NDP) 2014, organisers disclosed to The Straits Times on Nov 25, 2013. It will be Lee's third NDP show, having directed the 2002 and 2010 NDPs. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


    By Jermyn Chow


    The National Day Parade (NDP) will be held for one more year at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, putting an end to talk that next year's show could be held at the new sports stadium in Kallang.

    Its organisers, the Singapore Armed Forces, also disclosed to The Straits Times yesterday that singer-songwriter Dick Lee will be the creative director for the NDP 2014. It will be his third show, having directed the 2002 and 2010 NDPs.

    In explaining why next year's show will stay put at the bayside venue, its executive committee chairman, Colonel Wong Yu Han, said the venue for Singapore's biggest birthday bash has to be confirmed a year ahead. The Singapore Sports Hub, however, will be ready progressively only from next April, so there is not enough time to meet all the needs and requirements of organising the NDP.

    NDP organisers had looked at the $1.33 billion Sports Hub as a possible venue earlier this year, raising the hopes of many keen to experience the extravaganza at the 35ha, 50,000-seat stadium. Said sales executive Theofilus De Roza, 36: "An NDP at Sports Hub would definitely be very grand and it can seat more people, creating a great ambience like that of the Olympics."

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    Default NTU launches first student-run satellite under programme to train space engineers

    Published on Nov 25, 2013
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    The VELOX-PII, NTU's first student-built satellite, launched last Thursday, Nov 21, 2013, from the Yasny Launch Base in Orenburg, Russia. It is now orbiting some 600km above Earth. -- PHOTO: NTU


    By Lee Jian Xuan

    The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched its first student-built satellite under a programme to train engineers for Singapore's space industry.

    Built by a group of undergraduate engineering students, the 1.33kg-heavy VELOX-PII lifted off on a rocket launched in Russia last Thursday. It is fully solar-powered and will be used as a testbed for future satellite technology.

    Tests on Nov 21 indicated that the satellite is fully functional. NTU launched its first satellite, the X-SAT, which was built in conjunction with DSO Laboratories in April 2011. It hopes to launch one more satellite next year, and to complete three more by 2015.

    "Our pipeline of bigger projects will train our future students ... and realise Singapore's ambitions to make a global mark in the space industry," said Associate Professor Low Kay-Soon, director of NTU's Satellite Research Centre, who mentored the projects.

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    Default NUS-Keppel lab to advance offshore engineering field

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    5 hours 48 min ago


    SINGAPORE — With existing oil fields being depleted quickly, pushing the search for oil and gas into deeper waters and the Arctic region, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Keppel Corporation have set up a research lab to look into new technologies that can help the offshore engineering field break new ground.

    The Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory is being set up in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and S$75 million in funding — an investment from the NRF, NUS and Keppel — that is expected to last five years. Funding after five years will come from Keppel and NUS.

    The lab, which will house 44 principal investigators, co-principal investigators and external collaborators, will create 54 new positions for research fellows and engineers, and train close to 30 PhD and Masters students from NUS over five years , said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the announcement of the lab yesterday.

    The lab is the second to be set up under the NRF’s Corp Lab @ University scheme, following one launched in July by Rolls-Royce and Nanyang Technological University.

    Mr Teo, who is also Chairman of the NRF, said he hopes this alliance will encourage other local companies to “forge strategic alliances with our research performers to do future-oriented, practical research that creates economic value for Singapore and good jobs for Singaporeans”.

    The lab will focus on three research areas. It will develop systems for oil -and-gas exploration and production in deep waters and the Arctic region, as current systems cannot operate for long in these harsh environments. Oil rigs in the Arctic, for example, will have to take into consideration the impact of ice against the rig’s “legs”.

    It will also look into automated systems in Keppel’s yards — for welding, painting and operations in confined spaces — to mitigate the shortage of skilled labour and improve on safety. Mr Choo Chiau Beng, CEO of Keppel, said this will address Singapore’s land and manpower constraints and create a “step-change to build with much less labour, using the latest technology in robotics, sensors, automation and climate control”.

    The lab will also look at how to explore beneath the ocean for rich mineral resources like polymetallic nodules, which contain precious minerals like manganese and colbalt as well as rare earth minerals, while minimising its impact on the marine environment. These precious minerals have applications in fields as diverse as construction, aerospace and alternative energy.

    The lab will be housed within the NUS Faculty of Engineering and the research programmes are expected to commence in January.

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    Default I feel I'm in dreamland, says Ilo Ilo's director

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    Inspired by his childhood experience, Singaporean director Anthony Chen said the film is very personal to him. He has also attributed his success to influences from Taiwanese cinema.



    TAIPEI: Singapore film "Ilo Ilo" is the biggest winner at this year's Golden Horse Awards.

    It won Best Feature Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (plus BEST FILM).

    The results came as a big surprise to the Chinese language film world, as well as for Singaporean director Anthony Chen himself.

    A small picture, with a small budget, from a small island.


    But it won big in the most prestigious awards for the Chinese language movie industry.

    Local media are calling Ilo Ilo the biggest winner at this year's Golden Horse Awards.

    For director Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo must be his lucky charm.

    "It's completely beyond belief that we won four awards and all major awards. And the biggest award is Best Feature Film. Where did that come from? I feel like I'm in dreamland," Chen said.

    Ilo Ilo is the first feature film for the 29-year-old Singaporean.

    It's a drama about a Singapore family struggling to adapt to their new domestic helper during the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

    Inspired by his childhood experience, Anthony said the film is very personal to him.

    He has also attributed his success to influences from Taiwanese cinema.

    "A big part of my influence comes from Taiwanese cinema. Some of the major names like Hou Hsiao Hsien, Edward Yang and Ang Lee. I think they influence my take on cinema, my value on cinema, and how I see the world," he said.

    Chen said he would like to take a break before starting on his next project.

    But the overwhelming success is already making him nervous.


    "People say it's going to be so much easier for you to work with whatever actor you want, to get whatever funding you want and to do whatever film you want. But no, I think I'm going to be judged and scrutinised for my next film. I really need to work very, very hard to prove that this isn't just not one shot," Chen added.

    So what's next for Anthony Chen?

    Riding on the success, Ilo Ilo will now aim for a win at the Oscar next year.

    But for now, the Taiwanese audience will be very curious and keen to see the movie first hand this week.

    In Singapore, observers said Ilo Ilo's wins have added momentum to the local film industry's slow, but steady growth.

    Ilo Ilo's stunning performance at the Golden Horse Awards doesn't just project a creative, artistic side of Singapore to the world.

    Some say it's a boost for national identity.


    Nominated MP Janice Koh, who represents the arts community, said: "It will help in some way to build a sense of creative confidence in what is uniquely Singaporean. A sense of confidence that the work that we create, that has a unique Singapore point of view, is also important and interesting and does resonate with the rest of the world.

    "Our sense of who we are has not really been tied up to sport and the arts.

    Unfortunately it has to be an endorsement from outside (for us) to feel that what we have is great, that what we have is unique. So in that sense, it's a slow build, but it's a very good start."

    Mr Charles Maideen, Senior Lecturer of Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts, said: "You go to the box office, they (Singaporeans) want to spend money on the blockbusters. They're not prepared to spend it on local films. So that needs to change. And this could be the transition for that change.

    "People are now starting to be more aware, especially with the Golden Horse as opposed to other awards. People are more aware of the Golden Horse Awards and now they can make the connection."

    According to distributor Golden Village, Ilo Ilo has made about S$900,000 at the Singapore box office so far after a 10-week run.

    The film is still screening at local cinemas, so its box office results are in the making.

    What is more certain, Mr Maideen said, is the significance of Ilo Ilo's latest winnings to budding filmmakers in Singapore.

    "It took almost a decade for Anthony Chen to get to where he is
    . It is a very slow process, so what we need from young filmmakers is the belief and the passion, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And keep going," he added.

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    Singaporean director Anthony Chen poses for the media after winning the Best New Director and the Best Original Screenplay awards for the film "Ilo Ilo" at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP/Wally Santana)
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    On Dec 7, commuters will not only get a taste of the new Downtown Line, but also what Telok Ayer and Amoy streets have to offer - from free exercise classes to jewellery and apparel discounts.
    They can take unlimited free rides along six completed stations during the Downtown Line open house event before it opens for service on Dec 22.
    Besides music and activities at four of these stations - Bugis, Downtown, Telok Ayer and Chinatown - businesses along Telok Ayer and Amoy will also offer freebies and discounts.
    These include complimentary pilates and fitness classes, free champagne and a 10 per cent discounts at certain stores.

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    Published on Nov 26, 2013
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    Telok Ayer Station, one of the new Downtown Line MRT stations will feature artworks as part of an Art in Transit series. On Dec 7, commuters will not only get a taste of the new Downtown Line, but also what Telok Ayer and Amoy streets have to offer - from free exercise classes to jewellery and apparel discounts. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    By Lee Jian Xuan


    On Dec 7, commuters will not only get a taste of the new Downtown Line, but also what Telok Ayer and Amoy streets have to offer - from free exercise classes to jewellery and apparel discounts.

    They can take unlimited free rides along six completed stations during the Downtown Line open house event before it opens for service on Dec 22.

    Besides music and activities at four of these stations - Bugis, Downtown, Telok Ayer and Chinatown - businesses along Telok Ayer and Amoy will also offer freebies and discounts.

    These include complimentary pilates and fitness classes, free champagne and a 10 per cent discounts at certain stores.

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    Default Uprooted trees crushes parked car, lamp post and altars along Dickson Road, Clive Str

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      By Yeo Sam Jo
      Heavy rainfall on Monday uprooted several trees which fell and crushed a parked car, a lamp post and a few altars along Dickson Road near Clive Street.

      Efforts to clear the road of massive tree trunks, some of trees that used to stand two or more storeys tall were still underway when The Straits Times visited the scene on Tuesday afternoon.
      Witnesses said the tress fell after the area was hit by strong winds and heavy rain in the evening but no one was reported injured.

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    Govt meets target of rolling out 25,000 BTO units this year, but some analysts note many remain unsold


    By Sumita d/o Sreedharan
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    SINGAPORE — Almost 9,000 flats were put up for sale yesterday by the Housing and Development Board in its largest joint Build to Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise.

    This puts the total number of flats rolled out this year to 33,568, including 25,139 BTO flats — in line with the HDB’s earlier pledge to launch 25,000 BTO units.

    But beyond the headline figures, the number of leftover flats offered for sale under the last exercise of the year — which made up more than 40 per cent of the units launched — caught the eye of some analysts. In total, the HDB is putting up 3,974 leftover flats for sale in 11 non-mature and 13 mature estates — on top of 4,978 BTO units in Bukit Batok, Hougang, Jurong West, Sembawang and Woodlands.

    Chief Executive Officer of Century 21 Singapore Ku Swee Yong questioned why so many flats were unsold and wondered if the situation will worsen next year as more new flats come on stream. Citing the fact that, on average, only about 15,000 new families are formed here every year, he said he would recommend the authorities maintain a 2 per cent buffer in public housing stock to absorb demand peaks.

    “I worry what will happen in times of recession, as the burden of the upkeep of these excess units will be high on the HDB,” he said.

    But other analysts welcomed the excess supply. Mr Colin Tan, Director and Head of Research and Consultancy at Suntec Real Estate Consultants, reiterated the HDB’s role of providing entry-level housing for the majority of the population. It is also important to provide prospective buyers with a good variety of units in different locations, he said.

    He added that there is “no magic number” when it comes to how big the buffer should be. Hypothetically, “if the HDB were to stop building suddenly, all the units would be taken up overnight,” he pointed out.

    Chesterton Singapore Managing Director Donald Han noted the strong demand for leftover flats in the May joint BTO-SBF exercise, where 3,100 such flats were put up for sale. “The authorities are releasing more (leftover units) than before to keep the momentum going and to ensure prices continue to stabilise going into 2014,” he said.

    In June, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had said the supply of public housing flats could slow after 2015 to prevent a glut in the market. “We cannot be building up a glut because a glut doesn’t help problems and creates new types of problems and people may get hurt,” said Mr Khaw.

    Nevertheless, he added that a small number of excess units would allow the Government to respond to groups who may need flats urgently.

    The HDB said that, for this exercise, it “strongly advised” prospective buyers to apply for a BTO flat in non-mature estates or towns to “enjoy a higher chance of success in securing a flat”.

    “Though SBF flats have a shorter waiting time to completion, the number of units in each town is small and (they are) likely to attract high application rates,” it said.

    Among the BTO flats on offer, analysts expect the strongest demand for units in the Hougang Meadow project.

    Adding that the project is near to Hougang MRT Station as well as the former Hougang Plaza, which is being redeveloped, Mr Eugene Lim, Key Executive Officer of ERA, said that although Hougang is not considered a mature estate, it is “well-established ... with many amenities”.

    The leftover flats put up for sale include some in popular areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Bishan. Two units at the Pinnacle@Duxton were also up for grabs and analysts expect prospective buyers to make a beeline for these flats. As at 5pm yesterday, the two Pinnacle@Duxton units had already received 25 applications.

    During the May exercise, where there were also two leftover flats put up for sale at the Pinnacle@Duxton, more than 700 applications for these units were received.

    The HDB said it will offer about 3,150 BTO flats in Bukit Batok, Jurong West, Punggol, Serangoon and Woodlands in January.

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    Default Committee formed to guide development of UniSIM law school

    POSTED: 27 Nov 2013 11:34

    SINGAPORE: A steering committee has been formed to guide the development of Singapore's third law school in UniSIM.

    In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Law Ministry said the committee will be chaired by Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah.

    The 12-member committee will provide strategic direction for the school on matters including educational philosophy, admissions criteria and curriculum development.
    The committee will be supported by a curriculum working group.

    Ms Rajah said: "The third law school will seek to provide a strong foundation in all core law subjects, such as contract law, company law, tort law, property law and trusts law, while developing specialist expertise in family and criminal law. A strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary and applied learning will be another unique feature of this school."

    She added: "The new law school is an excellent, practical implementation of learning for life, where learning never stops and never ends. It will provide another new pathway to learning, and will allow people to achieve new career heights by leveraging relevant past experience."

    The curriculum is expected to include the study of complementary subjects, such as psychology, accounting and forensics, and cover both the domestic and international aspects of family and criminal law.

    Work experience by way of industry attachments and exposure to pro bono efforts are expected to be an integral part of the course.

    The new school will work closely with practitioners and the legal service providers, said the statement.

    The UniSim law school is being set up to ease a shortage of lawyers in family and criminal law in Singapore.



    - CNA/xq

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    Default Singapore Symphony Orchestra to get more leeway to manage its funds

    $25m trust fund dissolved; proceeds moved to more flexible endowment fund



    Published on Nov 28, 2013
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    The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's Christmas concert 2012. A successful High Court application by the Singapore Symphonia Company (SSC) has paved the way for its $25 million trust fund to be dissolved and the proceeds transferred to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) endowment fund. -- FILE PHOTO :SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


    By K. C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent

    A successful High Court application by the Singapore Symphonia Company (SSC) has paved the way for its $25 million trust fund to be dissolved and the proceeds transferred to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) endowment fund.

    This will give the orchestra flexibility in using the funds,
    instead of being hampered by the onerous conditions of the trust.

    The trust fund
    - known as the Singapore Totalisator Board Trust - was created by the Tote Board in 1989 for the SSO with the income from the capital sum to help with the orchestra's operations.

    The board operates horse racing through the Singapore Turf Club and other forms of betting through Singapore Pools, and manages funding activities from the gaming surpluses.

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    Default Tsao Foundation in talks with MOH, HDB to launch retirement village

    Published on Nov 28, 2013
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    By Janice Tai

    Singapore's first HDB retirement village is likely to be located in Whampoa.

    Under this retirement village model, which is common in countries such as the United States and Britain, elderly persons live within an area that has a wide range of facilities and services catered to their needs.

    Tsao Foundation is in discussions with the Health Ministry and the Housing Board to set up such a retirement village at a cluster of HDB blocks in Whampoa.

    Some plans include having studio apartments with features that are more suited to the elderly who are mobile. Those who need help with basic tasks like bathing or eating will be housed in a 10-room ward or a nursing home. Medical staff will be on hand to tend to their needs.

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    Default S'poreans happy with benefits of MediShield Life but concerned about premiums

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    Ward in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. People are generally happy with the greater benefits from the proposed MediShield Life health insurance, but are concerned about how high premiums will go, said review committee chairman Bobby Chin. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent

    People are generally happy with the greater benefits from the proposed MediShield Life health insurance, but are concerned about how high premiums will go, said review committee chairman Bobby Chin
    .

    The 11-member committee held its first focus group discussion on Wednesday night at the Ren Ci Community Hospital. About 50 people attended the closed-door session.

    The committee has also received feedback from about 40 people on the MediShield Life website, forum letters and Ministry of Health's hotline "that showed Singaporeans' interest in this issue", said Mr Chin. The high-powered committee, which includes several chief executive officers, has six months to come up with its proposal to the MOH on how to implement the new scheme which will cover everyone for life.

    Elaborating on the key worries that resonate with many people so far, Mr Chin said questions they have raised include "how would premiums change with better coverage and with age; whether they can still pay for premiums without significant out-of-pocket expenditures; and how these changes might affect their Medisave accounts."

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    Default Nanyang Polytechnic launches new centre for nursing students

    Published on Nov 27, 2013
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    By Audrey Tan

    A new centre that will boost the learning experience of nursing students at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) was launched by Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor on Wednesday morning.

    It is a joint initiative by the polytechnic and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a non-profit organisation specialising in healthcare information and management systems.

    The new NYP-HIMSS Centre of Excellence will integrate classroom learning with the healthcare setting in hospitals and polyclinics.

    The centre will see its first batch of students in January, and they will enjoy hands-on training with systems such as electronic medical record systems and wireless vital signs monitoring.



    Nursing students at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). A new centre that will boost the learning experience of nursing students at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) was launched by Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor on Wednesday morning. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: NURJANNAH ZULKIFLI

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