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    Default S'pore considering new laws to curb remote gambling

    Published on Nov 28, 2013
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    A sample poker game is played on the Ultimate Gaming website, in Las Vegas on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Government is considering new laws to curb remote gambling, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AP


    By Walter Sim

    The Government is considering new laws to curb remote gambling, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran on Thursday.

    Among these new laws are measures to block access to gambling websites, block payments to remote gambling operators and prohibit advertisements promoting remote gambling, which "can potentially become a source or conduit of funds for other illegal activities and syndicated crime".

    Enforcement agencies will also be able to act against facilitators, intermediaries and providers of such services,
    said Mr Iswaran, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, at the launch of the third Symposium on Casino Regulation and Crime at the Police Cantonment Complex.

    While he acknowledged these measures "may not be foolproof", he added: "They will impede access to remote gambling platforms and send a clear signal of the regulatory stance in Singapore."

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    Default NTU and SBF launch South-east Asia's First Centre for African Studies

    Published on Nov 27, 2013
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    By Rachael Boon

    A new centre between Africa and South-east Asia will be set up to encourage deeper ties between the two.

    The partnership between the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was announced on Wednesday, at the inaugural Africa Asia Oil and Gas Summit 2013 at Shangri-La Hotel.

    The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies is the first of its kind in South-east Asia, and will be hosted at NTU's Nanyang Business School.


    The memorandum of understanding to set up the centre was signed on Wednesday by SBF chief executive Ho Meng Kit, and NTU's Shaw Chair Professor and Dean of Nanyang Business School (NBS), Professor Ravi Kumar.

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    Default “Hearing the national anthem was unforgettable” – sailor Bertha Han, 15

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    Bertha in action in the optimist class. (Photo 2 courtesy of SingaporeSailing)




    Bertha Han, 15, will sail for Singapore at the upcoming 2013 SEA Games in the optimist class. (Photo 1 courtesy of SingaporeSailing)


    Bertha Han, 15, will sail for Singapore at the upcoming 2013 South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar. This will be her first trip to the SEA Games.

    She finished as the the top girl at the 2013 World Optimist Championships and was part of the team that won the team gold at the same event.

    We caught up with her to find out more about her sailing adventures.

    Les Tan: When did you start sailing? How old were you then?

    Bertha: I started sailing when I was Primary 3, I was 9 years old then. I have been sailing for six years, competitively for five.

    How did you get started with sailing?

    Bertha: I started sailing as a CCA (co-curricular activity) in CHIJ Katong Convent Primary. I decided to take up sailing in Primary 3 because at that period in time, my two older sisters were sailing for their schools, so I decided to follow in their footsteps and start picking up the sport.

    What is it about sailing that you enjoy? Has that changed over the years?

    Bertha: I enjoy being able to learn a lot of new things due to sailing that I’m not able to learn through academic studies. I also love sailing because it allows me to be myself and to use my own thinking and creativity to do my best.

    Lately, this year, I have been traveling to many different countries for different competitions; and these experiences have helped me to grow and make new friends.

    What are your memorable moments in sailing? The good, the bad, the funny.

    Bertha: I think the two most memorable moments during my sailing career was right after we had won the team racing title (team champions) against Italy at the recent IODA World Championships at Riva Del Garda. During that time, I was very happy and glad all our hard work had paid off after months of practice for IODA worlds.

    My second most memorable moment was when the five of us were on the podium for winning all the titles at IODA worlds. The feeling to be able to stand on the podium to represent Singapore and hearing the national anthem was unforgettable.

    I think most of my sailing experiences that I have had are mostly good experiences. Since this year was the year I have travelled the most for sailing, I got to visit many different beautiful places such as Italy, Holland and Spain! I definitely hope to visit more beautiful places next year!

    What are the misconceptions you’ve encountered about sailing?

    Bertha: I think one of the misconceptions people have about sailing is that sailing is very easy to do but actually I believe sailing requires a lot of analytical and tactical thinking.

    Many people also think that every time the word ‘Sailing’ is mentioned they would relate it to windsurfing, haha, but actually there are many different types of boats that people sail on.

    What do you now know about sailing that you wished you knew then?

    Bertha: I think when I was younger, I thought that sailing wasn’t very hard to do but I definitely disagree with that now.

    Which schools did you represent in sailing? What was a memorable inter-school race for you?

    Bertha: In primary school, I represented CHIJ Katong Convent Primary and currently I represent Raffles Girls’ School Secondary. I think in primary school, the competition was not as stiff as it is now in secondary school. In primary school it was mostly about having fun and enjoying ourselves as much as we can but now in secondary school we are all very competitive and hope to win for our school.

    You listed reading as a hobby. What good book have you recently read? Why did you like it?

    Bertha: I recently read The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis. It’s a very good book that I enjoy because it is about two children venturing into another world. I like to read fictional books that have action in them. Another example of a good fictional book I have read is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I have also watched the movie!

    Bertha Han Bio

    Class: Optimist (Team)
    Date of Birth: June 15, 1998
    Age: 15
    Height: 154cm
    Weight: 46kg
    School: Raffles Girls’ Secondary School
    Hobbies: singing, reading and watching movies

    Major Sporting Achievements:

    2013 Optimist Asian Championship – Silver and Top Girl
    2013 Optimist Asian Team Racing Championship – Gold
    2013 Optimist World Championship – Top girl
    2013 Optimist World Team Racing Championship – Gold


    The Red Crew wish Bertha Han all the best at the 2013 SEA Games! Do drop Bertha a note of support in the comments section if you can. We’re sure she’ll appreciate it.

    Upload photos showing your support of Bertha on Instagram using #ourteamsg, or on the Team Singapore campaign’s website: www.ourteamsg.com


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    Default ITE to review internship framework: Chairman Bob Tan

    Published on Nov 28, 2013
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    The exterior of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) college central in Ang Mo Kio. ITE plans to review its internship framework with a view of enhancing and expanding the programme for students. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Pearl Lee


    The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) plans to review its internship framework with a view of enhancing and expanding the programme for students.

    About half of the institute's full-time courses have a compulsory component which requires students to complete an internship between three- and nine-months-long.


    The number of courses with compulsory internship will soon be increased to better prepare its students to be "work-ready" and to meet labour demands, said ITE chairman Bob Tan during a visit to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) on Thursday.

    Mr Tan, together with the ITE board of governors, was earlier given a tour of Marina Bay Sands and RWS, both of which are partners of ITE, to gain insights into their existing internship programmes for ITE students. They also spoke to students currently on internship at the two integrated resorts.

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    Default Boosting home care for seniors in Whampoa

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    11 hours 29 min ago

    SINGAPORE — Some 18,000 residents aged 60 and above living in Whampoa constituency could stand to benefit from a pilot programme aimed at preventing seniors from having to “step up” into care services only when they are very sick.

    The programme by the Tsao Foundation — called Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA)@Whampoa will mobilise the local community’s resources to provide a coordinated system of care services to encourage seniors to age in place.

    The foundation has also embarked on an 18-month matched-savings programme — part of a study with the Singapore Management University — to see how much money lower-income women aged between 40 and 60 would save if the foundation matched the amount in contributions to their Central Provident Fund accounts.

    The two initiatives were announced at the foundation’s 20th-anniversary celebration yesterday.

    Through its groundwork and discussions with grassroots organisations facilitated by the Health Ministry, the Tsao Foundation saw that the elderly in Whampoa were “underserved”, said its Chairman Mary Ann Tsao.

    The foundation will identify seniors who are in the high-, middle-, or low-risk groups that require help through a questionnaire and refer them to specific services in the community. It will also send its mobile clinic to the area to provide primary care where needed.

    In the second phase, it hopes to engage the Housing and Development Board on whether flats could be built or retrofitted to house eight to 10 seniors who are healthy but require some help in daily activities, with a care worker assigned to assist them.

    The pilot, expected to run for three to five years, is largely funded by the Singapore Totalisator Board and will cost between S$3 million and S$4 million.

    The matched-savings programme, which will have S$2 million, began this month and involves about 700 women whose incomes fall in the 20th to 40th percentile.

    Dr Tsao noted that there are a growing number of women who do not have money for old age as they had saved for their spouses or children but ended up living longer than them.

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    Default Singapore firm to build world's largest indoor winter resort in Shanghai

    Published on Dec 02, 2013
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    Called Winterland Shanghai, the integrated indoor winter resort to be built in Shanghai will boast the world's longest indoor ski trail, KOP Properties said. But the project will offer more than just winter activities. -- PHOTO: KOP PROPERTIES


    By Melissa Tan

    A Singapore developer known for its upmarket condominiums has inked a deal to build what it says will be the world's largest integrated indoor winter resort in Shanghai.

    Called Winterland Shanghai, it will boast the world's longest indoor ski trail, KOP Properties said in a statement. The resort will cost 13.5 billion yuan (S$2.8 billion) to build.

    Chairman Ong Chih Ching told The Straits Times, however, that the project will offer more than just winter activities.

    The ski resort area will be connected to other facilities within the development including a water park, a tree-lined hiking trail and a "beach club" - an arena resembling a beach - at 100m above ground, she said.

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    Default Crocodile spotted on Sungei Buloh reserve's path

    NParks says it was rare event but is monitoring situation to ensure safety



    Published on Dec 02, 2013
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    The saltwater crocodile lying across the main footpath in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on Nov 20, which photographer Richard Seah, a regular visitor, estimated to be 3m long. -- PHOTO: RICHARD SEAH


    By David Ee


    In what the National Parks Board (NParks) has called "a rare occurrence", several visitors to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve came across a saltwater crocodile lying across the main footpath.

    On Nov 20, a teacher and a small group of seven-year-old schoolchildren from the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) encountered the crocodile while on a field trip.

    It entered the water after the teacher and another visitor approached it tentatively.

    The group returned to the reserve's entrance immediately after that.


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    Dos and don'ts
    Dos

    • Stick to designated footpaths
    • Pay attention to warning signs and safety advisories
    • If you encounter a crocodile, stay calm and back away slowly


    Don'ts

    • Do not linger at the water's edge or enter the water, especially at night or while fishing
    • Do not approach their nests, as protective female crocodiles may turn aggressive
    • If you encounter a crocodile, do not approach it
    • Do not feed them. This makes them associate people with food, encouraging them to approach.

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    Default ST honoured for guide to teaching values

    Published on Dec 02, 2013
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    Ms Serene Goh, Straits Times Schools editor, receiving the prize in Warsaw, Poland.


    By Ang Yiying

    The Straits Times was honoured for its programme on values education during the first day of the Youth Engagement Summit organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) in Warsaw, Poland on Monday.

    The broadsheet topped the 2013 World Young Reader Prize's Learning With The News core category, which recognises outstanding achievements by a News In Education programme globally. The Straits Times' Schools editor Ms Serene Goh represented the paper to receive the prize from Wan-Ifra.

    The newspaper bagged the award for 48 Values From The News: The Straits Times' Guide to Building Character - a special 96-page teachers' handbook that showed how to use the news in class to discuss responsibility, choice and identity.

    The same publication, produced by a team led by Ms Goh, won Gold for the Best in Community Service at the Asian Media Awards in September.

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    Default Search for the next Heritage Town is on

    Published on Dec 02, 2013
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    Queenstown, the first satelite estate in Singapore. Queenstown, Tiong Bahru and Geylang Serai are among several towns here hoping to take home the 2014 Heritage Town Award. -- BH FILE PHOTO: TUKIMAN WARJI



    By Melody Zaccheus

    Queenstown, Tiong Bahru and Geylang Serai are among several towns here hoping to take home the 2014 Heritage Town Award.

    Launched by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in 2010, the second instalment of the award involves a three-month search for a town which best embodies Singapore's heritage and culture. The award also aims to encourage ground-up community outreach and heritage projects.

    The winning town will be assessed by a panel of judges on its vision for the town, track record of heritage activities, proposed heritage activities for the coming year and their level of innovation. The first town to win the award in 2011 was Joo Chiat.

    "We are happy to announce the nomination call for Singapore's second Heritage Town and hope that through this, our diverse communities can proactively and collectively take ownership of the invaluable cultural heritage of their local spaces and places," said Mr Tan Boon Hui, the group director of programmes at NHB.

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    Default URA Draft Master Plan has attracted good response: Khaw

    Published on Dec 03, 2013
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    By Joanna Seow

    The response to the Urban Redevelopment Authority's new blueprint for the country has been "very encouraging", Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post on Tuesday.

    The Draft Master Plan 2013 guides land use over the next 10 to 15 years with revisions every five years. URA is seeking feedback on proposals such as community-friendly, fenceless residential precincts with fewer cars, planning of cycling routes, shaping public spaces, and developing the Southern Waterfront area.

    Mr Khaw wrote that the cycling community has been sharing ideas with URA and is excited about the plans to promote cycling as a green mode of transport. "There has also been positive feedback on our plans to enhance the Civic District into a pedestrian-friendly precinct."

    Some 20,000 people have visited the exhibition at the URA Centre in its first week and there have been close to 250,000 unique visitors to the website,

    http://www.ura.gov.sg/MS/DMP2013/.

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    Default 170-year-old Singapore Yu Huang Gong temple short of $1.5m for revamp work

    170-year-old Taoist 'national secret' undergoing extensive restoration



    Published on Dec 03, 2013
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      Taoist Mission president Lee Zhiwang in the Singapore Yu Huang Gong temple (above) and the heritage gallery. The mission wants to raise awareness about the building’s heritage. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES



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      Taoist Mission president Lee Zhiwang in the Singapore Yu Huang Gong temple and the heritage gallery (above). The mission wants to raise awareness about the building’s heritage. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


      By Melody Zaccheus
      The Taoist Mission is appealing for $1.5 million to ensure that the extensive restoration work to save the historic 170-year-old Singapore Yu Huang Gong temple can be completed.

      The mission has already spent $2 million restoring the building in Telok Ayer, which was gazetted as a national monument in 2009.


      Conditions in the temple were so bad when the work began in July last year that the site was declared unsafe for occupancy.

      Returning it to its former glory has proved a financial challenge to the mission, which took over the building for an undisclosed sum in 2010 after the Keng Teck Whay clan association was not able to afford the restoration.

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    Default Anthony Chen is on Variety magazine's 10 directors to watch out for

    Published on Dec 03, 2013
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    Singapore film director Anthony Chen holds his trophies after winning the Best New Director and the Best Original Screenplay at the 50th Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei on Nov 23, 2013. Hollywood trade magazine Variety has named Chen as one of 10 directors to watch for this year. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP


    Hollywood trade magazine Variety has named Anthony Chen as one of 10 directors to watch for this year.

    The Singaporean is on a list that includes Britain's Clio Barnard and the United States' Maya Forbes, the writer of the 2009 animated film Monsters Vs Aliens who will make her directorial debut with the comedy Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo.

    Chen is cited for his Golden Horse-winning drama Ilo Ilo.

    The magazine will profile the directors in its Dec 17 issue.

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    Default S’pore students closer to top of table in PISA test





    Pupils do better in reading and science than in 2009, coming in third in both areas

    By Sumita d/o Sreedharan
    7 hours 9 min ago


    SINGAPORE — The Republic has improved on its first strong showing and again emerged among the top performers in what has been dubbed the most influential international scorecard for education systems around the world.

    The results of the latest triennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), was released yesterday.

    The test, which was conducted last year in 65 participating cities and territories, assessed 15-year-olds’ mathematics, science and reading literacy skills. Singapore students came in second in mathematics and third in both reading and science.

    In 2009, the Republic participated in the PISA test for the first time. Then, its students were ranked second in mathematics, fourth in science and fifth in reading.

    Shanghai came in first in all three subjects for the second consecutive time. The latest test results show East Asian cities and territories dominating the top positions, with traditional education powerhouse Finland falling in ranking.

    Commenting on the overall performance by the Republic’s students, Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) noted that both academically weaker and stronger pupils did better, compared with the batch who took the previous test in 2009.

    The PISA test was conducted in Singapore between April and May last year. A total of 5,369 students — mainly from Secondary 3 and 4 — participated. Most of them were from the 166 public secondary schools here, while 177 students from six private schools — including madrasahs and schools with foreign systems — also took the test. Apart from written and computer-based assessments, students and principals had to fill in questionnaires that covered topics such as learning experience and environment.

    Noting that Singapore was also one of the top performers among the 32 education systems which participated in the computer-based assessments of mathematics and reading, the MOE cited other key findings from the PISA report: The strong performance of pupils in Singapore across the different areas of assessment “shows that most of our students were adept at applying their knowledge and skills in novel ways”. There was also a high level of motivation in learning mathematics, said the ministry.

    Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education, said the findings showed the MOE is “on the right track”. “The findings are heartening in showing how we have levelled up our academically weaker students and given them a strong foundation,” she added.

    The MOE attributed the progress made by academically weaker students to their schools’ continuous effort and dedication in supporting them, as well as the improvement in teaching methods to meet their learning needs.

    A “systematic effort” is taken to provide more customised support for weaker learners in mathematics and science in primary and secondary schools. For example, some schools are deploying more teachers for the Normal (Technical) course to monitor and support students.

    Understanding the learning profiles of such students have led to the provision of more targeted resources and support for this group, said the MOE.

    Ms Adeline Chan, Senior Specialist for English Language (Secondary), Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD), said that, under the new English syllabus implemented in 2010, students are more exposed to content such as infographics, advertisements and brochures, which are used in the PISA test. Among other skills, students in Singapore are taught to “discern the validity of a writer’s source and whether or not it is suspect”, she said.

    Mrs Cynthia Seto, a Master Teacher in mathematics, noted that students are more engaged in the learning process through various IT tools and strategies. “Students make conjectures (and) connections, test their assumptions and construct a logical argument about what they see,” she said.

    An MOE spokesperson reiterated that “achieving a good global ranking in PISA is not the reason we participated in the studies”.

    “Rather, we see it as a useful tool that provides us with objective, internationally comparable information about the progress of our students and their preparedness to meet the challenges of life in the 21st century,
    ” she said.

    “We will continue to focus on working with our schools to achieve the desired outcomes of education, which are beyond what is measured in PISA, to encompass the holistic development of our students.

    MOE Deputy Director-General of Education Loh Khah Gek noted the limitations of the PISA test. “There may be specific skills and competencies that cannot be tested in this way, like cross-cultural understanding (and) the ability to connect with people (and) collaborate with others,” she said.

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    Default URA has bold ideas to balance development, conservation: PM Lee

    Published on Dec 04, 2013
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    The Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) new blueprint for the country has "bold ideas" to balance development with conservation and green space, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post yesterday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


    The Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) new blueprint for the country has "bold ideas" to balance development with conservation and green space, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post yesterday.

    "How to allow new development, while protecting space for green living and conservation on our little island, is a constant challenge," he wrote.

    "Urban Redevelopment Authority's team has come up with bold ideas to strike a good balance, and improve our quality of life."

    Among the plans he highlighted were more jobs closer to people's homes, 90 per cent of households living within 400m of parks and 700km of cycling routes integrated with the public transport network.

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    Default Florist blooms as Designer of the Year at President's Design Award

    Published on Dec 04, 2013
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    Mr Harijanto and his work, Furry Botany, on display at the Istana for the President’s Design Award prize ceremony last night. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    By Natasha Ann Zachariah

    A florist known for his work at society weddings has bagged a top design accolade at this year's President's Design Award, becoming the first floral designer to do so in the award's eight-year history.

    Mr Harijanto Setiawan, 41, was one of six winners in the Designer of the Year category at the annual awards.

    The Indonesia-born, Singapore permanent resident was over the moon when he was notified of his win. It was the third time he was nominated.

    Taking home this award tops off a good year for the architecture-trained designer.

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    Default Singapore students again emerge world beaters in international assessment

    Published on Dec 03, 2013
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    Singapore's 15-year-olds once again emerged among the top performers in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) test conducted last year. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGARAN


    By Sandra Davie

    Singapore's 15-year-olds once again emerged among the top performers in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) test conducted last year. The results released at 6pm on Tuesday ranked Singapore students second in mathematics and third in science and reading. In the previous Pisa conducted in 2009, students here were placed second in mathematics, fourth in science and fifth in reading. A total of 65 countries and economies took part in the latest study.

    Singapore students performed even better - coming in No 1 among the 32 education systems which opted to participate in the computer-based assessments of mathematics and reading.

    This is the second time that Singapore has participated in the study which is conducted once every three years by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Rankings are based on a country's average score in the test. Shanghai, which is also taking part for the second time, came in tops in all three categories. Asian cities including Hong Kong and Japan hogged the top five positions. The only exception was Finland, which came in fifth in reading and sixth in science.

    PISA 2012 rankings

    Singapore improved its standing in the latest PISA test conducted last year. It was the second time Singapore participated in the study.



    Math
    Rank Economy Score
    1 Shanghai 613
    2 Singapore 573
    3 Hong Kong 561
    4 Chinese Taipei 560
    5 South Korea 554
    6 Macau 538
    7 Japan 536
    8 Liechtenstein 535
    9 Switzerland 531
    10 Holland 523

    Reading
    Rank Economy Score
    1 Shanghai 570
    2 Hong Kong 545
    3 Singapore 542
    4 Japan 538
    5 South Korea 536
    6 Finland 524
    7 Ireland 523
    7 Chinese Taipei 523
    7 Canada 523
    10 Poland 518

    Science
    Rank Economy Score
    1 Shanghai 580
    2 Hong Kong 555
    1 Singapore 551
    4 Japan 547
    5 Finland 545
    6 Estonia 541
    7 South Korea 538
    8 Vietnam 528
    9 Poland 526
    10 Canada 525

    Computer-based Math
    Rank Economy Score
    1 Singapore 566
    2 Shanghai 562
    3 South Korea 553
    4 Hong Kong 550
    5 Macau 543
    6 Japan 539
    7 Chinese Taipei 537
    8 Canada 523
    9 Estonia 516
    10 Belgium 511

    Computer-based Reading
    Rank Economy Score
    1 Singapore 567
    2 South Korea 555
    3 Hong Kong 550
    4 Japan 545
    5 Canada 532
    6 Shanghai 531
    7 Estonia 523
    8 Australia 521
    9 Ireland 520
    10 Chinese Taipei 519



    Pisa 2012 also showed that Singapore helped to level up the academically-weaker students, while sustaining the strong performance of the academically-stronger students. The proportion of weak performers dropped, while the number of top performers increased compared to 2009.

    The OECD chose to assess 15-year-olds as they are nearing the end of secondary education. In Singapore, a total of 5,369 randomly-picked students, mainly from Secondary 3 and 4, from all 166 public secondary schools and 177 students from six private schools including international schools participated in the study.

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    Default Direct flights launched between Singapore and Ethiopia from Dec 3

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    Ethiopian Airlines' newly acquired Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a seating capacity of 400 passengers, arrives at the Bole International Airport in Capital Addis Ababa on Nov 8, 2013. Singapore residents travelling to Africa will now have more options with new thrice-weekly direct flights between Singapore and Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, launched on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS


    By Lee Jian Xuan

    Singapore residents travelling to Africa will now have more options with new thrice-weekly direct flights between Singapore and Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, launched on Tuesday.

    The 13-hour flights with an hour-long stopover in Bangkok, are run by Ethiopian Airlines. Singapore Airlines currently flies to Johannesburg daily and four times to Cape Town weekly.

    The move also signifies a warming of bilateral relations between both countries, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan in a media statement.
    He was onboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight back here after a two-day visit to Ethiopia, where he had met the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Tourism. "With Ethiopian Airlines launching direct flights to Singapore, I foresee we will get to know each other better and do more together in the future," he said.

    Also onboard the flight was Ethiopian's Senior State Minister of Industry, Tadesse Haile, who is in Singapore to attend a networking forum with an Ethiopian business delegation from Dec 3 to 5.

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