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12-11-2013, 09:46 PM #7770
S’pore top brass witness F-35B display
By David Boey
Published: 12 December, 4:05 AM
Updated: 12 December, 6:45 AM
PHOENIX (ARIZONA) — The world’s most advanced warplane capable of short take-offs and vertical landings, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), staged a 16-minute aerial display for Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Defence Ministry (MINDEF) officials, stoking speculation among military observers that Singapore’s decision on whether to buy the JSF is imminent.
Dr Ng’s visit to the United States has taken him to Arizona, where about 700 Singapore Armed Forces personnel are staging Exercise Forging Sabre until Dec 17. The aerial display took place after Dr Ng and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) chief Major-General Hoo Cher Mou were introduced to another F-35B on static display at Luke Air Force Base.
Dr Ng tried out the F-35B’s pilot helmet, which helps the pilot fuse information from various sensors, mounted a ladder to look at the cockpit and was briefed on the JSF’s nose-mounted sensors and design features.
The aerial display saw a second F-35B make a low level pass over the airbase at a low airspeed that fighter planes, apart from the US Marine Corps’ Harrier ground-attack planes, are not capable of performing. The finale saw the JSF pilot hover his aircraft almost in front of the Singaporean visitors. It then pivoted slightly to the left and dipped its nose forward before turning and resuming its flight in the previous direction before landing.
Asked about what he thought of the demonstration, Dr Ng said: “It’s a remarkable feat of engineering, (the programme for the plane) took a long time (and there were) some hiccups. But by all indications, speaking with those who are participating in the programme, the US Marines as well as the US Air Force, it’s now on a fairly smooth production rate. We saw if you’d like for the first time the F-35Bs, what you call a short take-off, a vertical landing B version, and it’s remarkable to see something of that size hover.”
But Singapore will not be rushed into a decision on the plane. “As I’ve said in Parliament, we are considering it, we are still evaluating it and we’ll take our time because our current fleet of fighter aircraft is sufficient for our needs,” Dr Ng said. “We are evaluating the F-35s to see whether they can complement and add to our fleet when we decide to modernise further. We are in no hurry. (The) F-15s will serve us but we are evaluating (the F-35s) seriously.”
At Exercise Forging Sabre, Dr Ng yesterday witnessed an integrated live-firing exercise, which involved fighter aircraft and helicopters from the air force and the army, orchestrated by a command post. The minister is due to visit Washington DC later this week for talks with Pentagon officials.
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12-11-2013, 10:11 PM #7771
No reason for law-abiding migrants to fear: Shanmugam
Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam speaks to foreign workers' to find out more about the workers' views in light of the Little India riot on his visit to their domitories in Kranji on 11 Dec 2013. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG
By Ashley Chia
Published: 12 December, 4:05 AM
SINGAPORE — Law-abiding migrant workers need not worry about their future in Singapore, said Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam during a visit to a foreign workers’ dormitory in Kranji last night. He added that the Government’s position is very clear and that, if an offence is committed, firm action would be taken.
“We are extremely strict. No compromise on that (breaking the law), zero tolerance. Subject to that, if they (the workers) didn’t do anything, there is no reason to fear,” he said.
The minister’s visit last night to Kranji Lodge was his first to a dormitory since Sunday’s riot in Little India, after 33-year-old Indian worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu was hit by a bus at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road. He was there to assure workers that they would not be deported or have problems getting their contracts renewed in the future if they did not do anything wrong. Some workers had expressed concerns that they may be sent home after their work permits expire.
Mr Shanmugam also chaired a 30-minute dialogue with 40 Indian nationals living at the dormitory, where he asked the group about their views on Sunday’s riot which they unanimously disapproved.
Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair and Nominated MP R Dhinakaran, who were present at the dialogue, urged the workers to remember the reason they came to Singapore, which was to work and earn a living so they can send money back to their families. They should not waste money on alcohol and, if they had problems with their employers, they could approach the Ministry of Manpower, they said.
Indian national Ramadas Kuberan, who has worked in the construction sector in Singapore for a decade, said people here should not “generalise” them and look at them “differently”, in the wake of Sunday’s riot. To date, 27 men — all Indian nationals aged between 22 and 40 — have been charged with rioting.
Responding in Tamil, Mr Shanmugam said that such a perception has been formed, and while it is difficult to change it now, it can be corrected with time.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Shanmugam pointed out that the number of foreigners who commit crimes are very small. “To put into context, if you look at the statistics, the foreigners who commit crimes are actually very small, because most of them are here to earn a living. They know that if they commit an offence ... they’ll be sent back. So they really stay within (the law),” he said. “So what happened on Sunday is an aberration, it’s a minority. Firm action will be taken.”
12-12-2013, 08:13 PM #7772
SEA Games: Swimmers clinch three golds and three bronzes on opening day
Published on Dec 12, 2013
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen celebrates after winning the men's 400m individual medley during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. Singapore's swimmers enjoyed a good start to their campaign at the SEA Games in Myanmar on Thursday night, winning three golds and three bronzes on the first day of competition. -- PHOTO: AP
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen competes in the men's 400m individual medley during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Swimmers dive into the pool at the start of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Singapore's swimmers enjoyed a good start to their campaign at the SEA Games in Myanmar on Thursday night, winning three golds and three bronzes on the first day of competition.
The Republic continued their dominance in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The quartet of Joseph Schooling, Danny Yeo, Pang Sheng Jun and Quah Zheng Wen won the men's 4x200m freestyle gold in a new Games record time of 7min 26.67sec. Singapore have won this event since the 2005 edition in the Philippines. Malaysia were second with 7:27.32, while Indonesia were third with a time of 7:35.13.
Quah Ting Wen, Lynette Lim, Amanda Lim and Tao Li then teamed up to take gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, clocking 8:13.99. Thailand were second (8:19.66), while Indonesia were third (8:43.80).
Quah Zheng Wen won Singapore's first gold of the night in the men's 400m individual medley, touching home first in 4min 23.45 to just edge out Thailand's Nuttapong Ketin (4:23.63) and Vietnamese Tran Duy Khoi (4:25.34).
But that effort likely wore him out for the men's 200m backstroke, where he finished fourth in 2:07.27. Team-mate Zach Ong took the bronze for the event, clocking 2:05.38. Indonesia's Ricky Anggawijaya took gold (2:03.44) while I Gede Siman Sudartawa, also from Indonesia, took silver in 2:04.10.
Meagan Lim had kickstarted the Republic's campaign in the swimming competition when she took bronze in the night's first final, finishing in 2:20.38 in the women's 200m IM. She finished behind Viet Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (2:16.20) and Thai Phiangkhwan
Pawapotako (2:17.59). She then followed up with another bronze in the women's 200m backstroke, clocking 2:21.19.
The women's 100m freestyle race has to be re-swam on Friday, owing to technical errors. In the original race, Singapore's Quah Ting Wen and Amanda Lim came in second and third respectively.
12-12-2013, 08:26 PM #7773
SEA Games: Singapore clinch one gold, one silver and one bronze in canoeing
Published on Dec 12, 2013
Stephenie Chen (left) and Suzanne Seah won gold in the women's K2 500m event at the Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Stephenie Chen (foreground, left) and Suzanne Seah (foreground, right) won gold in the women's K2 500m event at the Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Geraldine Lee won silver in the women's K1 500m event at the Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Geraldine Lee won silver in the women's K1 500m event at the Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Brandon Ooi won bronze in the men's K1 500m event at the Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
By Chan U-gene In Naypyidaw
Singapore's canoeists started the first official day of competition at the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Thursday by winning one gold, one silver and a bronze.
The women's duo of Stephenie Chen and Suzanne Seah won the K2 500m sprint by a clear margin. This is the Republic's third gold at the Games.
However, Singapore's first canoeing Olympian Geraldine Lee failed to retain her K1 500m race title she won in Indonesia two years ago, finishing in second place for a silver.
Brandon Ooi took bronze for the Republic in the men's category of the same event, losing to Thai Kasemsit Borriboonwasin and Vietnam's Thanh Quang Nguyen.
In the K4 500m sprint, the Singapore team finished fourth.
12-12-2013, 08:37 PM #7774
Little India Riot: Law Minister rejects allegations in foreign media reports
Published on Dec 13, 2013
Law and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam at a dialogue session with foreign workers at dormitory Kranji Lodge 1 on Dec 11, 2013. Mr Shanmugam on Thursday fended off allegations in foreign media reports that claimed Sunday's riot in Little India happened because foreign workers here were not satisfied with their work conditions. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
By Priscilla Goy
Law Minister K. Shanmugam on Thursday fended off allegations in foreign media reports that claimed Sunday's riot in Little India happened because foreign workers here were not satisfied with their work conditions.
"I'm not saying you can't say it, but I think I'd like to see some evidence to back up a fairly substantive statement," he said. "It's a classic case of first deciding on what a sexy outline is and then writing a story without regard to the facts."
Mr Shanmugam, who is also Foreign Minister, was speaking to reporters before a dialogue with a group of foreign workers at Simpang Lodge 1 dormitory in Yishun.
Joining him in the visit were Nominated MP R. Dhinakaran, and unionists M. Ramasamy and G. Muthukumar.
Turning to the Government's decision to ban the consumption and sale of alcohol in Little India this weekend, he said: "We want to go the extra mile to make sure that everything is completely locked down and safe. Primarily, because... of the possibility of copycat acts. So you take no chances. So you do much more than is necessary and if you're a resident in the area, you'll welcome it, and if you're outside, you'll understand why, because this is really to protect the area, to protect the residents, so people will understand, I think."
12-12-2013, 08:52 PM #7775
Little India Riot: Respect alcohol ban, says India's High Commissioner to Singapore
Published on Dec 13, 2013
By Audrey Tan
In the wake of the violence that took place in Little India on Dec 8, the Singapore Government's decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol in the area the following weekend has to be respected, said India's High Commissioner to Singapore, Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh, on Thursday night.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of her visit to a foreign worker dormitory in Mandai, she emphasised that the riot that took place that Sunday was an "isolated incident" that would not affect the close ties between Singapore and India.
"We have in Singapore a strategic partnership, we are talking to them on a wide range of issues and we are going to continue that way," Mrs Singh said.
She added that the Indian High Commission was grateful to Singaporeans' who had expressed the desire to reach out to the family of the victim, Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu, who was killed after being run over by a bus.
India's High Commissioner to Singapore, Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh (second from right), speaks to foreign workers during a visit to a dormitory on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
His death had allegedly sparked the Dec 8 riot.
"We as a High Commission cannot ask for funds, we are not involved in that, but we appreciate the gesture and concern that has been expressed by many members of Singapore society and organisations," she said.
"We know the Migrant Workers Centre is also doing some work - Once the collections and donations have come through, we will help them transmit to India back to the family."
12-12-2013, 08:59 PM #7776
PM Lee says measures to ensure order and safety in Little India in the works
Published on Dec 12, 2013
The Government will look into measures to ensure order and safety in Little India after last Sunday's riot, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) said in an interview in Seoul, where he is on an official visit. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
By Fiona Chan
The Government will look into measures to ensure order and safety in Little India after last Sunday's riot, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview in Seoul, where he is on an official visit.
This will include looking at how the transport flow can be made safer, he said.
"Serangoon Rd is crowded every weekend and we want to make sure that everything is orderly and safe next weekend and thereafter.
"We've decided this weekend, no alcohol, and thereafter we'll work out some interim arrangements...until such time as we can come to firmer conclusions and make some more permanent arrangements," he said.
Mr Lee also said the investigations into the incident, which involved some 400 people throwing objects at police and SCDF officers and attacking vehicles, are carrying on well.
The Government has to deal with the matter firmly and make clear rioting is unacceptable, but "we have to be fair to the persons who are not involved, even the persons who are involved, there has to be a due process of law", he added..
Though understandably shocked, Singaporeans have reacted calmly to the riot, and on Thursday, Mr Lee called for continued restraint.
"Whether online or anywhere else we have to exercise some restraint. The anxiety and the alarm is quite understandable but if we express ourselves in unrestrained, unreserved terms and sometimes xenophobic terms even, on the internet you've seen quite a lot of those, I don't think that is helpful," he said.
He said the Government hopes to announce "within a day or two" more details on the Committee of Inquiry set up to look into the incident, including the names of the committee members and the terms of reference.
12-12-2013, 10:28 PM #7777
S’pore cagers a step closer to ending 34-year SEA Games barren streak
Singapore (in red) saw off Indonesia 62-48. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
By Low Lin Fhoong
Published: 13 December, 4:04 AM
NAYPYIDAW — Biting back the tears on the Zayar Thiri indoor stadium court yesterday, national basketball player Hong Wei Jian took a moment to savour his team’s 62-48 victory over Indonesia.
The win means the Singapore cagers are within sight of a bronze medal at the South-east Asian Games, which will be a first for the Republic since the 1979 Games in Indonesia. All they need to do now to end a 34-year-old medal drought is to beat Cambodia and hosts Myanmar in their remaining round-robin matches today and tomorrow, and keep their fingers tightly crossed that Thailand will defeat Malaysia on Saturday.
And it will be an extra special moment for the 28-year-old Hong if he ends up on the podium with his teammates on Dec 16. This is because the 28-year-old only came out of retirement five months ago after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in 2010.
He said: “It was very emotional for me because I got injured three years ago and stopped playing. But Coach said he needed seniors to guide the juniors so I rejoined five months ago. This (winning the bronze medal) will feel as good as winning the Olympics.”
After losses to Thailand and the Philippines, Singapore reignited their medal hopes with a 71-67 victory over Malaysia on Tuesday.
But early jitters saw the team trailing 11-12 to Indonesia — which had denied Singapore a semi-final berth at the 2011 Games — in the first quarter yesterday. However, it all started going Singapore’s way once they settled down, and a flurry of three-pointers from guard Larry Liew and top scorer Wong Wei Long enabled them to storm to a 31-18 lead at the half-time break.
A late charge by the Indonesians in the fourth period provided a scare for the Singaporean supporters as their opponents poured in the points to close the gap to 47-51. But the Republic held on to spark off a celebration of high fives, hugs and hip bumps.
National coach Neo Beng Siang — who competed at five SEA Games from 1989 to 1999 — was overwhelmed with emotion after the match.
“What has made the difference for the team this time is their energy, effort and discipline. This game was a very important one for us ... they trusted each other as a team and I am very proud of them. We will need to take the next two matches very seriously.”
12-12-2013, 10:42 PM #7778
Singapore duo win second canoeing gold
Stephenie Chen and Suzanne Seah,Gold medalist for K2 500m at 27th SEA Games Myanmar
Published: 13 December, 12:14 PM
Updated: 13 December, 12:15 PM
NAYPYIDAW - Singapore’s Stephenie Chen and Suzanne Seah captured their second SEA Games canoeing gold medal in two days when they won the women’s K2 200m.
The triumph was a repeat of their 2011 Games triumph in Indonesia.
Yesterday, Chen and Seah had bagged the K2 500m title.
Earlier Mervyn Toh took silver in the men’s K1 200m behind Thailand with Vietnam in third.
More updates to come.
12-12-2013, 10:58 PM #7779
Little India riot: It looked like a battlefield
The New Paper
December 9, 2013 - 2:33am
By: Zaihan Mohamed Yusof
TNP PHOTO: Jonathan Choo
The stretch of Race Course Road near Buffalo Road resembled a battlefield last night.
Some police cars had been overturned and others were in flames.
A private bus that was involved in a fatal accident earlier was badly damaged, as was a Red Rhino from the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
Video footage posted on social media show an angry mob smashing the front windscreen of the bus. They had apparently been angered by the death of a pedestrian who was hit by the bus.
When The New Paper team arrived at the scene at about 10.45pm, the area looked as though it was under control.
My colleague, photojournalist Jonathan Choo, and I were soon to discover how wrong we were.
Over the next hour, as the police, many of whom were in riot gear, tried to regain control of the street, we found ourselves in the middle of a running battle.
Mr Choo said: “In my 32 years as a photographer, I had never experienced something like this on home soil. I’m still shaking from being chased by the mob.”
He had got a little too close to a group of men who were hurling rocks, broken bottles and other objects at a line of policemen which had formed some 50m away.
“Suddenly, one man turned and tried to grab my camera,” Mr Choo, 56, said.
“The next thing I knew, more of his friends were surrounding and shouting at me.”
They were angry that Mr Choo was taking pictures of them. “As I ran away, I could hear flying objects hitting the ground behind me.”
I thought I was in a safer position standing near the police line. After all, an officer had told me it was safe there.
RUNNING FROM AREA
A minute later, we were both running from the area as rocks began raining down near us.
I escaped unhurt and found myself in Rotan Lane, off Race Course Road, where I met Mr Muhd Ridhuan, who had told me what had sparked the riot.
“I heard some men shouting, ‘Who is going to beresponsible for that man’s life?’” said the 54-yearold senior bank analyst who had just finished dinner with friends at a Race Course Road restaurant at 10pm.
After 11pm, more police reinforcements, including police dogs and plainclothes officers, arrived.
They combed the nearby alleys and shouted at the crowd to disperse.
As I was interviewing witnesses on Chander Road, I saw a mob of angry men running towards me.
Fortunately, a hand grabbed my shirt collar from behind and pulled me into a coffee shop.
Identifying himself as the owner of Kian Heng coffee shop, he locked his shop’s gate and asked me in Malay: “Young man, are you crazy walking around in the open?
“For the last hour, they’ve been running wildly outside my shop and causing trouble. One look and they’ll know you’re an outsider. It’s safer to stay in my shop.”
After about 20 minutes, I left to find Mr Choo. It took an hour to do so.
By about midnight, the streets had become relatively quiet, except for a few defiant men still lobbing objects at riot police from across Serangoon Road.
12-12-2013, 11:19 PM #7780
Bus driver dragged out, assaulted
December 11, 2013 - 2:59pm
Ng Jun Sen
The riot broke out in Little India after a pedestrian was knocked down by a private bus and killed last night.
Police said in a statement that the accident occurred at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road atabout 9.25pm.
The statement said that a riot then broke out, involving about 400 people.
They damaged five police vehicles and several private vehicles.
Police later said in a press conference that 27 people, all of South Asian descent, had been arrested. Eighteen people, including 10 police officers and four Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers, were taken to hospital with injuries.
The New Paper learnt that the driver of the private bus was dragged out and assaulted by a group of people.
His colleague, Madam Wong Gek Woon, 38, was cowering at the back of the bus as the angry mob smashed the windows and tried to hoist themselves into the vehicle to get to its occupants.
Her husband, Mr Alan Wee, 50, told TNP at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) early this morning that she coordinates the buses for the company and when someone told her one of its buses had been involved in an accident.
The bus was filled with workers being taken back to their dormitory.
Mr Wee said she went to check and someone told her to get into the bus as it was getting dangerous.
He said she called him as the bus came under attack. She told him the driver had a serious neck injury and his clothes were stained with blood.
Mr Wee said he rushed to the scene and his wife was escorted out of the bus by six police officers.
She is in stable condition and was kept under observation at TTSH, he said.
Police said that men from the Special Operations Command and Gurkha Contingent were deployed to Little India to tackle the riot and the situation was under control.
Police advised members of the public in the area to remain indoors while police operations were ongoing. Others should stay away from the area.
They also advised the public to stay calm and not to speculate on the incident.
Those with any information about the riot should call the police at 1800-255-0000.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said: “This is a serious incident which has resulted in injuries and damage to public property.
“The situation is now under control. Police will spare no efforts to apprehend the subjects involved in the riot.”
The SCDF said in a statement at 1.40am today that when its officers arrived at the scene, they found a man trapped under a bus.
A paramedic pronounced him dead and SCDF rescuers extricated the body using hydraulic rescue equipment.
Projectiles were thrown at them while they were extricating the body.
The statement said nine SCDF vehicles were damaged in the incident.
At press time, the SCDF had taken 18 casualties to TTSH.
When TNP arrived at the hospital just after midnight, several people had gathered at the accident and emergency (A&E) department.
Dozens of uniformed and plainclothes police officers were nearby.
Witnesses told TNP there was a surge of casualties between 10.30pm and 11.30pm.
A man who declined to be named said he saw several police cars bringing injured police officers with their heads and faces bandaged to the A&E department.
“It was very bad. I have never seen anything like that before,” he said
12-14-2013, 09:44 PM #7781
Beach party blowout ZoukOut attracts record 41,000 partygoers
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Home-grown dance music festival ZoukOut registered its biggest crowd yet as the music wound down at Siloso Beach, Sentosa this morning. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
By Eddino Abdul Hadi
Home-grown dance music festival ZoukOut registered its biggest crowd yet as the music wound down at Siloso Beach, Sentosa this morning.
According to organisers, night club Zouk, the 13th edition of the annual event attracted 41,000 mostly young adults over two days. Recognised as one of the largest dance music events in Asia, last year's audience number was 40,000.
Day 2, which started at 8pm on Saturday night and featured DJs like Alesso from Sweden and Zedd from Germany had a 26,000 strong crowd.
The first night, which lasted from Friday 8pm to Saturday 5am and had headliners like Dutch DJ Afrojack and American electro trio Krewella, pulled in 15,000. Over 30 DJs performed at three stages throughout the beach.
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12-14-2013, 10:03 PM #7782
Joseph Schooling leaves competitors in wake to take first SEA Games individual gold
Published on Dec 13, 2013
Joseph Schooling with the gold medal from the men's 200m individual medley in the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex, Myanmar, on Friday, Dec 13, 2013. Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
By May Chen
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley.
His time of 2min 00.82sec was a new Games record, smashing the 2011 mark of 2:02.90 set by Thailand's Nuttapong Ketin. His time put him almost three seconds ahead of Vietnam's Tran Duy Khoi (2:03.81). Ketin was third with 2:05.06.
But the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team relinquished their title after clocking 3:49.00 to finish second behind Thailand. The Thais, anchored by freestyle specialist Nattanan Junkrajang, touched home first in 3:47.66. Indonesia were third with 3:55.28.
In the women's 100m freestyle reswim, Quah Ting Wen, who holds the meet record of 56.03 seconds, took silver with a time of 56.54. She out-touched Jasmine Alkhaldi of the Philippines, who came in first on Thursday, but lost out to Thailand's defending champion Junkrajang. Technical errors during the final on Thursday led to the re-swim. Singapore's Amanda Lim, who came in third in the original final, missed out on a medal.
12-14-2013, 10:13 PM #7783
SEA Games: Double golds for Tao Li and Joseph Schooling
Tao Li and Joseph Schooling (above) are the headline acts for the Singapore swimming team and the duo did not disappoint when they helped deliver four gold medals at the SEA Games. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN
Singapore's Tao Li celebrates after winning the women's 100m butterfly during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
By Wang Meng Meng
Tao Li and Joseph Schooling are the headline acts for the Singapore swimming team and the duo did not disappoint when they helped deliver four gold medals at the SEA Games on Saturday.
Tao Li, 23, won the 100m backstroke final with a time of 1:02.47 while compatriot Meagan Lim (1:05.22) finished fourth in the same event.
Later, it was a Singapore one-two in the 100m butterfly as Tao Li dominated from start to finish to touch home in 59.87 seconds as Quah Ting Wen came in second at 1:00.34.
After winning the 200m individual medley gold on Friday, Schooling stormed to his second individual gold of this year's Games in Naypyidaw when he comfortably won the 100m butterfly final.
The 18-year-old clocked 52.67sec, which smashed the previous meet record of 53.07 set by Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc in 2011.
Schooling also led Singapore to the 4x100m freestyle relay gold, with a SEA Games record time of 3:21.74s.
12-14-2013, 10:20 PM #7784
SEA Games: Bronze after 34-year drought for S'pore men's basketball team
Published on Dec 14, 2013
Singapore's basketballers in action against Myanmar at the SEA Games. Singapore are assured of their first SEA Games medal in men's basketball since earning bronze in the 1979 Jakarta Games. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
By Chia Han Keong In Naypyidaw
Singapore are assured of their first SEA Games medal in men's basketball since earning bronze in the 1979 Jakarta Games.
That 34-year wait ended when they thrashed hosts Myanmar 89-52 in their final round-robin game at the Zayyathiri Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Despite beginning the competition with two losses to Thailand and the Philippines, they won all of their remaining four games to earn their place among the top three of the region.
The team would have to wait until Thailand meet Myanmar in their final round-robin game on Monday to see if their bronze can turn to silver. For that to happen, last-placed Myanmar must somehow overcome the Thais.
12-14-2013, 10:32 PM #7785
Huge gains for SAF by training in US: Dr Ng Eng Hen
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen with participants of Exercise Forging Sabre, a two-week-long integrated live-firing exercise in Arizona involving 700 Singaporean airmen and soldiers. -- PHOTO:
By Jeremy Au Yong US Bureau Chief In Washington
The Singapore Armed Forces has gained immensely from training in the United States, where training sites several times the size of Singapore have allowed its troops to overcome land constraints at home, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen as he wrapped up an official visit here.
During his four-day trip, Dr Ng visited a massive training site in Arizona, some 19 times larger than Singapore, to witness the ongoing Exercise Forging Sabre.
The two-week-long integrated live-firing exercise involved 700 Singaporean airmen and soldiers, as well as a whole host of SAF vehicles and weapons such as F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, Apache and Chinook helicopters and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
Dr Ng noted that the rockets have a range of 70km, which is "longer than the length of Singapore".
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12-14-2013, 10:50 PM #7786
All quiet in Little India; No breaches of alcohol ban or violence reported, say Polic
Published on Dec 15, 2013
It was a quiet Sunday at most parts of Little India, the scene of a riot just a week ago that left 39 Home Team officers injured and 25 government vehicles damaged. A cricket game was taking place at an open field nearby when The Straits Times visited earlier. -- ST PHOTO: RACHEL AU-YONG
By Rachel Au-Yong
It was a quiet Sunday at most parts of Little India, the scene of a riot just a week ago that left 39 Home Team officers injured and 25 government vehicles damaged.
The police said on Sunday that as of 10am, no incidents have been reported in the area, which is observing a weekend ban on the sale and public consumption of alcohol, put in place by the authorities as a cooling measure in the wake of last week's violence in the Indian ethnic enclave.
"As at 15 Dec 2013, 10am, there were no incidents reported in Little India," said a spokesman, in its second sitiuation update in the last 12 hours. "There were also no breaches of the alcohol ban detected and no one was caught for consuming alcohol in the public places in Little India."
Business establishments along Race Course Road - the site of the fatal accident that sparked the riot - and the surrounding areas appeared to be relatively quiet, entertaining primarily local customers. That was a far cry from typical Sundays, where foreign workers normally gather to run errands, play cricket, shop, eat and drink.
A cricket game was taking place at an open field nearby when The Straits Times visited earlier. Construction worker Mr Saravana Kumar, 31, was heading towards the field where his fellow Indian nationals were already in the middle of a game.
He said he comes down to play cricket every Sunday around 8am - but only came down at 11am on Sunday as he "did not know if we could come". "But my friend called me and said everything is ok. The police are only catching those who drink so here I am," he said, adding that cricket reminds him of home.
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