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    Default Black Knights’ moves help hone operational capabilities

    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. This is the solo opposed cuban into aileron roll pass manoeuvre. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. This is the Diamond flyby manoeuvre. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. This is the chevron loop into spear manoeuvre. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. This is the heart manoeuvre. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. The pilots (L_R) CPT Chang Haw Ning, CPT Augustine Wan, CPT Devdutt Sasidharan, LTC Joseph Leong, CPT Jeremy Tan and MAJ Eugene Lim. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 / the pilots (L_R) CPT. Chang Haw Ning, CPT. Augustine Wan, CPT. Devdutt Sasidharan, LTC. Joseph Leong, CPT. Jeremy Tan and MAJ. Eugene Lim...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 / the pilots (L_R) CPT. Chang Haw Ning, CPT. Augustine Wan, CPT. Devdutt Sasidharan, LTC. Joseph Leong, CPT. Jeremy Tan and MAJ. Eugene Lim...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 / 3rd from left, LTC. Joseph Leong chats with fellow pilots...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 / the pilots (L_R) CPT. Chang Haw Ning, CPT. Devdutt Sasidharan, LTC. Joseph Leong, CPT. Augustine Wan, CPT. Jeremy Tan and MAJ. Eugene Lim...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 / Ground crew doing aircraft checks...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014...Photo: Ernest Chua. 21 Jan 2014.


    Preview of The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight areial manoeuvres for the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Jan 21, 2013. Photo: Ernest Chua


    By Xue Jianyue
    Published: 24 January, 4:08 AM


    SINGAPORE — Beyond their daredevil mid-air twists and spins, Black Knights pilots had to juggle one more move — balancing their aerobatic training and operational duties as Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) pilots, setting them apart from many other aerobatic pilots who are full-time performers.

    But far from compromising RSAF’s ability to protect Singapore’s airspace, the Black Knights said they emerged more confident as pilots, having pushed their F-16C Fighting Falcon to its technical limits.

    Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) Joseph Leong, the Black Knights’ team leader, said planning challenging precision aerobatics drove the pilots to “think outside the box” in order to maximise the aircraft’s manoeuvrability and power.

    The six pilots, all of whom have flown a minimum of 1,000 hours on the F-16 aircraft, have been training five to six times a week for the past six months.

    Captain Devdutt Sasidharan, the youngest pilot in the team, called aerobatics a whole different ball game that brings the F-16 to the limits of its manoeuvring potential.

    “It has made me more confident of my aircraft as I have done things I have never done during operational flying,” said the 28-year-old.

    The Black Knights will be performing 21 aerial manoeuvres, which includes eight new ones, at next month’s Singapore Airshow. Three of the new moves have never been performed by F-16 jets before. The Black Knights last appeared in the airshow in 2008.

    LTC Leong, who has clocked over 4,000 flying hours over the past 26 years, said precision aerobatics starts from the ground, requiring a strong team of not only pilots, but that of the ground crew as well.

    The 44-year-old said: “The Black Knights is a symbol to me and the team. It symbolises team excellence, because without that, you can’t see a performance like that.” XUE JIANYUE
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    Default Former ISD chief opens up on Mas Selamat’s escape

    Security officers walking past a poster of former Jemaah Islamiyah leader Mas Selamat Kastari after he escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre on Feb 27, 2008. He was recaptured 13 months later. Photo: Trevor Tan



    Mr Pang Kin Keong reflects on the escape and the lessons learnt


    Published: 23 January, 8:28 PM
    Updated: 23 January, 8:30 PM


    SINGAPORE — He was the director of the Internal Security Department (ISD) when former Jemaah Islamiyah leader Mas Selamat bin Kastari escaped from detention in February 2008.

    Now the Permanent Secretary for Transport, Mr Pang Kin Keong, has finally come out to talk about the event that sparked a massive manhunt for a fugitive wanted on both sides of the Causeway and the lessons he learnt.

    In an interview with Challenge — a magazine by the Singapore Public Service — published yesterday (Jan 22), he spoke candidly as he revisited the event that marked the lowest point of his 20 years in the service.

    “To have an incident of this national security magnitude happen under your leadership ... that’s an awful feeling,” he said as he recounted the public criticism that ensued.

    “I’ll be honest: When I read the newspapers or my email, (I felt) like slumping and going back to bed, under the covers.”

    Mr Pang also spoke about his difficulty in rallying his staff.

    “This difficulty of keeping up the morale intensified over time.

    “After eight, nine months, and we still have absolutely no trace of him, how do you keep on telling them, ‘It’s okay, you need to keep plugging away’?”

    He feared that he would get posted out of the ISD before his team could recapture Mas Selamat.

    “I wanted at least to be able to say, yes, the mistake happened under me, but I rectified it under my watch as well.”
    Thirteen months after the escape, Mas Selamat was recaptured.

    Reflecting on the lessons learnt from the episode, Mr Pang spoke about how the way his superiors had backed him taught him the importance of standing by good staff who have made honest mistakes. “Loyalty is a two-way thing,” he said.

    “You can’t expect your officers to be loyal to you unless you’re loyal to them ... When they have that confidence in you, they’ll go to the ends of the world for you.”

    He recalled how the ISD’s support division staff, such as IT personnel, volunteered to help in the hunt for Mas Selamat, pairing up with experienced operations officers on nights and weekends.

    “That is the best example of teamwork,” he said. “Thinking back about it always brings a lump to my throat.”

    He said his family’s unwavering support helped him pull through the episode; now he stresses to his staff at the Ministry of Transport the importance of placing their loved ones first.

    “If you’ve got family problems, parents who are ill, go attend to them first! Don’t think about work,” he insisted. “The organisation must be resilient enough to be able to cope without you.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Tao and Schooling get $20k and $40k from ex-BAS V-P for SEA Games efforts

    Published on Jan 23, 2014
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    Former Basketball Association of Singapore vice-president Pang Chin Keong had earlier promised to reward any Singapore athlete who wins four or more gold medals at last month's SEA Games. He presented Tao Li's mother, Li Yan (left) with a cheque of $20, 000 and Joseph Schooling's mother, May (right) with a cheque of $40, 000. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    By Chua Siang Yee

    SINGAPORE swimmers Tao Li and Joseph Schooling were further rewarded on Thursday afternoon for their efforts at last month's SEA Games.

    Last April, former Basketball Association of Singapore vice-president Pang Chin Keong pledged to reward athletes $20,000 for each gold medal, from their fourth gold medal onwards.

    Tao, 24, bagged four golds and one bronze in Myanmar, while Schooling, 18, won five golds and one silver.

    Tao's mother Li Yan and Schooling's mother May received the $20,000 and $40,000 cheques from Pang at Imperial Treasure restaurant at the Paragon. Tao is currently training in China, while Schooling is back at Bolles School in Florida.

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    Default S’pore’s cagers aim for SEA Games gold in 2015

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    After clinching the bronze medal last month, the Singapore team have outlined their game plan to win the nation’s first SEA Games basketball gold in 2015. Today file photo


    By Low Lin Fhoong
    Published: 27 January, 4:02 AM


    SINGAPORE — Fresh off their bronze medal victory at last December’s South-east Asian Games in Myanmar, the Republic’s basketballers are gunning for gold in 2015, when the games will be held in Singapore.

    The Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) has outlined its game plan for the next 18 months, as the Republic’s cagers attempt to usurp reigning champions and regional giant the Philippines in their bid for the nation’s first SEA Games gold in basketball.

    “We did extremely well last year — we expected to win the bronze and the team achieved it,” said BAS President David Ong on the sidelines of the SEA Games appreciation dinner at Roland Restaurant on Saturday.

    “They have brought enthusiasm and interest in basketball back to Singapore. We have to make sure our national players play in enough high-level tournaments consistently and have lined up a busy schedule for the year.

    “We have a young team with an average height of 1.84m. We need to look at their training programme and make them stronger physically and mentally.”

    National captain Desmond Oh is all geared up for the task. “We want to get the gold ... it will be very difficult but, if we work hard, we will get there,” he said.

    “Right now, we need more exposure against professional teams and training tours in countries such as the Philippines and China. We can match our South-east Asian rivals in skills, but we need to strengthen our defence and work on rebounds.”

    The 2014 season will include the inaugural Men’s Invitational tournament next month, which will involve three local and two foreign clubs from Malaysia and Thailand, followed by the SEABA Stankovic Cup in May to earn qualification for the FIBA Asia Cup in July.

    Besides overseas training tours, Ong said the BAS could look into recruiting foreign sports talent from the ASEAN Basketball League’s Singapore Slingers franchise.

    He declined to reveal names, but said: “Some of the players are considering playing for Singapore. We welcome it and are open to it if we have a good playmaker or players who can contribute to the team.”

    All 12 cagers from the SEA Games team also received an early Chinese New Year red packet of S$1,000 each from former BAS Vice-President Pang Chin Keong as a bonus for their SEA Games feat.

    Pang also pledged to give each player a minimum of S$5,000 each if the team wins the gold medal in 2015.

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    Default NUS Business School climbs to No 32 in FT MBA rankings

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    Programme climbs four places in the Financial Times’ annual global MBA ranking to become the highest-ranked by a Singapore business school



    Published: 27 January, 8:27 AM
    Updated: 27 January, 8:30 AM

    SINGAPORE — The National University of Singapore Business School’s Master of Business Administration (NUS MBA) programme is now the highest-ranked MBA programme by a Singaporean business school in the Financial Times’ (FT) annual global MBA ranking.

    The NUS MBA climbed four places to No 32 in the FT ranking, the school announced today (Jan 27). The programme is also ranked 10th for International Mobility, an indication that its graduates continue to be in high international demand.

    In addition, it moved up 12 places to 19th in the world for International Experience, reflecting global exposure participants experience during the programme. Post-MBA salaries of graduates increased by 147 per cent on average over pre-MBA salaries.

    “We are honoured to be in the company of the best business schools in the world. The FT rankings are added motivation for us to continue enhancing our curriculum,” Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School said.

    The FT Global MBA ranking is based on surveys conducted with business schools and alumni who graduated three years ago.

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    Default SIIA ranks top in Asia in global survey of think-tanks

    Published: 27 January, 4:02 AM

    SINGAPORE — The Republic’s oldest think-tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), has moved up a notch to top a list of 40 think-tanks in Asia and the Pacific in a global survey.

    The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings was released last week at the United Nations University and the World Bank in Washington by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

    In the Asia and the Pacific category, which excludes China, India, Japan and South Korea, the SIIA surpassed Australia’s Lowy Institute that was ranked first in 2012, but fell to third place last year. The Centre for Strategic Studies in New Zealand was ranked second.

    In the same category, Singapore’s East Asian Institute was fifth, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies was 11th, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies was 16th and the Political Risks Assessment Group was 29th.

    In the category ranking think-tanks worldwide, the Brookings Institution in the United States came in at the top, the Chatham House in the United Kingdom was ranked second and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the US was third.

    Now in its seventh year, the survey ranks think-tanks according to criteria such as the quality and commitment of its leadership, quality and reputation of its staff as well as its research and analysis. A total of 6,826 think-tanks were invited to participate and more than 1,950 peer institutions and experts participated in the 2013 nominations and selections.

    There were a total of 47 categories in the survey last year. The SIIA was listed in 17 of the categories and it is the only Singaporean think-tank to be ranked in the fields of Domestic Economic Policy, International Development, Science and Technology, and Transparency and Good Governance.

    SIIA Chairman Simon Tay said: “These rankings, while an encouraging indicator, are just part of what we do and we will continue to work towards creating greater value for our members and partners.”

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    Default 'Beautiful' promise for 2015 SEA Games ceremonies

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    The SEA Games will be staged at the Sports Hub (above). -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



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    Ms Chia-Richmond says the concept is still a "work in progress".



    By Jermyn Chow Defence Correspondent

    The opening and closing ceremonies of next year's South-east Asian (SEA) Games will be "beautiful and inspiring", their creative director has promised.

    Actress and director Beatrice Chia-Richmond, who has been appointed to the role, told The Straits Times that brainstorming has begun for the June 2015 events to be staged at the new Sports Hub.

    The 39-year-old provided the artistic vision for the 2011 National Day Parade show and will lead a team featuring some of local theatre's biggest names.

    It includes musical director Sydney Tan, production designer Goh Boon Teck, playwright Haresh Sharma, and multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan.

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    Default National swimmer Nicholas Tan selected to model for D&G's worldwide ad campaign

    Published on Jan 26, 2014
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    By Chan U-Gene

    Singapore national swimmer Nicholas Tan has always dreamt of making it to the Olympics, the pinnacle of sports.

    This year, he has finally reached the top - albeit in the fashion world instead.

    The former Asian Games (2010) and two-time SEA Games (2007 and 2011) competitor is among seven male models selected for Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana's 2014 spring/summer worldwide advertising campaign.

    That makes him the first Singaporean man to feature in a top European brand's campaign for its season collection. Former top local male model Colin Wee had featured in American brand DKNY's spring/ summer 2005 campaign.







    The D&G assignment represents a huge leap from Tan's past modelling experiences for local magazines August Man and Men's Folio. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE




    Behind the scenes of Tan's shoot for D&G in Milan. He worked with top models like Oliver Cheshire of Britain and South Korean Dae Na, and well-known fashion photographer Alvaro Beamud Cortes. - PHOTO: COURTESY OF NICHOLAS TAN



    Nicholas Tan won the men 100m butterfly event final in 54.79 sec and misses Beijing Olympic place by a touch on June 6, 2008. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM

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    Default Sailing: Singapore win Nanjing YOG spot in girls' windsurfing but miss out for boys

    Published on Jan 26, 2014
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    Singaporean windsurfer Ynez Lim finished third in the girl's Techno 293 class at the 33rd SIM Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championship to earn the Republic's girls a slot at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    By Fabius Chen


    SINGAPORE'S place among the world's most promising female windsurfers at this year's Youth Olympic Games has been confirmed.

    This, thanks to Ynez Lim's third-placed finish in the girls' Techno 293 class at the SIM 33rd Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championship at the National Sailing Centre.

    Her result earned the Republic a spot at the August Games in Nanjing, joining fellow qualifiers Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and hosts China as Asia's representatives.

    "We wanted to finish on the podium today and fought very hard for it," said the 15-year-old, a silver medallist in the girls' RS:One event at last month's SEA Games.

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    Default NUS collaborates with Japanese infocomm company Fuji Xerox on research projects

    Published on Jan 27, 2014
    11:18 AM

    By Joanna Seow


    Researchers and students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working with Japan's Fuji Xerox to make it easier for people to access online files on the go.

    This is one of the areas that teams from both sides will look into, after two pacts were signed in July and October last year between the School of Computing and the Interactive & Digital Media Institute at NUS, and Fuji Xerox's Incubation Centre of Research and Technology Group in Japan.

    They will look at how to move documents efficiently through wireless networks, given the growth of smartphone and tablet computer use in office and industry environments, NUS said on Monday.

    Computing students from NUS will also be participating in research internships with Fuji Xerox. A postgraduate student is currently on a research internship in Yokohama.

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    Default Tennis: Community programmes lined up for WTA Championships in October

    Published on Jan 27, 2014
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    (From left) Andrew Georgiou, CEO of WSG, Stacey Allaster, CEO of WSG, Chris Evert and Eugenie Bouchard. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has lined up a series of community development programmes, as part of efforts to connect the WTA Championships in Singapore with the locals. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    By May Chen

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has lined up a series of community development programmes, as part of efforts to connect the WTA Championships in Singapore with the locals.

    This includes a partnership with the Singapore Sports Council to start the WTA Future stars programme, which will allow the region's top junior female players to compete for a chance to play in the WTA Future Stars tournament. The competition, which will go out to 12 to 16 markets but focus primarily on South-east Asia, will take place alongside the Oct 17-26 WTA Championships this year.

    There will also be a WTA Championships internship programme, which will help students interesting in sports marketing in Singapore, as well as a Fellowship Programme that will be offer a female MBA student a six-month long internship at the WTA's headquarters in St Petersburg, Florida. Staff from the WTA's sports science and medicine, as well as player development departments will also share their knowledge of working with elite female athletes through summits.

    Women's tennis great Chris Evert and rising star Eugenie Bouchard were in Singapore to help launch the WTA Championships at the ArtScience Musuem at Marina Bay Sands, together with WTA chairman and chief executive officer Stacey Allaster.

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    Default New body to raise level of Chinese music performances

    Federation to represent over 200 music groups and thousands of professionals



    Published on Jan 28, 2014
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    Singapore Chinese Music Federation council members (from left) Yang Jiwei, Chua Yew Kok, Tay Teow Kiat, Terence Ho and Ling Hock Siang. Last week, Dr Tay, Mr Ho and Mr Yang were elected as the group's president, vice-president and treasurer, respectively. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG



    By Leong Weng Kam, Senior Writer

    A new organisation to promote Chinese music and raise its performance standards has been sent up.

    The Singapore Chinese Music Federation, as it is called, will represent the more than 200 local Chinese music groups and thousands of professional musicians. Membership is free.

    Cultural Medallion recipient Tay Teow Kiat, the music director and conductor of the City Chinese Orchestra, and Mr Terence Ho, general manager of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), are the driving forces behind the new body. They have formed a 15-member management council comprising young and old leaders representing several Chinese instrumental groups like erhu, guzheng and pipa.

    The council held its first meeting last Wednesday at the Singapore Conference Hall, home of the SCO, and elected Dr Tay, 66, as president with Mr Ho, 44, as vice-president. Other office-bearers elected were veteran suona player-turned teacher Yeo Siew Wee, 59, who is secretary-general, and Teng Ensemble's music director Yang Jiwei, 33, who is treasurer.

    (See "List of Traditional Chinese Musical Instruments":
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditi...al_instruments)
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    Default Singapore fourth in global green rankings

    Published on Jan 27, 2014
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    By Grace Chua

    Singapore has topped the charts on some measures of environmental performance, such as water resources and health, in the latest edition of a global index.

    But it fared dismally on other measures such as the protection of habitats in the sea and on land.

    The 2014 Environmental Performance Index, by Yale and Columbia universities in the United States, was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Saturday. The biennial index is a report card of countries' environmental measures, from climate change to pesticide use.

    Singapore came in fourth of 178 countries ranked, behind Switzerland, Luxembourg and Australia - up from 28th of 163 countries in 2010, the last time it was ranked.

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    Default Changi handled record 53.7 million passengers last year

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    Growth driven by strong travel demand in Asia Pacific


    Published: 28 January, 4:12 PM

    SINGAPORE — Singapore Changi Airport handled a record 53.7 million passengers last year, with the monthly passenger traffic crossing the five million mark for the first time last month, announced the Changi Airport Group (CAG) today (Jan 28).

    The strong passenger growth last year was driven by strong travel demand within the Asia Pacific region.

    Traffic to Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, which made up close to 70 per cent of the airport’s total passenger traffic, rose 8.2 and 7 per cent respectively.

    CAG, however, predicts a more moderate growth for the airport in the near future, as the recent growth was influenced by a rebound from the last financial crisis.

    “In the near term, traffic growth at Changi Airport is not expected to be as robust as what we had experienced in the recovery following the global financial crisis in 2008/09,” said Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of CAG.

    The Group will continue to work with existing and potential airline partners to explore opportunities for growth, said Mr Lee, as well as invest in major infrastructure projects such as Terminal 4 and Project Jewel.

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    Default Singapore-made driverless car to ply NUS roads

    It is being tested as a means to tackle first- and last-mile transport problems



    Published on Jan 29, 2014
    7:46 AM


    By David Ee

    A new driverless car will start tooling around the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus in tests that may one day see such vehicles shuttling people from their homes to destinations like MRT stations.

    The Singapore-made car, called the Shared Computer Operated Transport, or Scot, was launched yesterday by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) and NUS.

    Starting with a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, the researchers retrofitted it at a cost of $30,000 so it would drive programmed routes.

    The car, which seats four and has a top speed of 130kmh, uses laser sensors with a 30m range to detect and avoid obstacles in its path. It also uses remote sensing technology that allows it to function without relying on the Global Positioning System.





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    The Shared Computer Operated Transport - or Scot - car (above), launched yesterday by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and National University of Singapore. The Singapore-made driverless vehicle makes use of laser sensors, which help it detect and avoid obstacles, and software maps for guidance. -- ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG



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    The Shared Computer Operated Transport - or Scot - car, launched yesterday by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and National University of Singapore. The Singapore-made driverless vehicle makes use of laser sensors, which help it detect and avoid obstacles, and software maps for guidance. -- ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG


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    HASSLE-FREE 'DRIVING'

    When you reach your destination, you can just get out of the car. It will go and park or charge itself, or go pick up the next customer.
    - Professor Emilio Frazzoli, Smart lead investigator
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    Default PM Lee assures young future is bright, provided country stays united

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    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a dialogue session with over 1,000 university students on Tuesday night on the topic of “Singapore - Progressing Together”. Young Singaporeans need not worry that they will have a tougher time than their parents because they were born too late and have missed out on opportunities, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday evening. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN


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    YOUNG Singaporeans need not worry that they will have a tougher time than their parents because they were born too late and have missed out on opportunities, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday evening.

    "I wish I were born 50 years later," he told over a thousand university students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). "The opportunities in front of us are plentiful, we have so many more resources at our disposal, and we are starting from a much higher base."

    He urged students to seize the day, chase their dreams and build a better future for Singapore. But Mr Lee emphasised that the country's continued success hinges on it remaining united in the face of three faultlines.

    The first is race and religion, where he urged a "gradual and quiet evolution" from the status quo rather than sudden change after heated public debate.

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    Default A*Star Institute partners Chinese firm BYD

    A*Star Institute partners Chinese firm BYD to develop electric cars with driverless systems
    Published on Jan 29, 2014
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    A local research institute will work with a Chinese technology firm to develop and put more than 100 electric vehicles on the roads here from the second quarter of this year.

    The Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), has signed an agreement with BYD, well known for making electric vehicles.

    The electric cars will feature electronic controls that drivers can use to activate the brakes, control the steering and operate other systems in the vehicle.

    Each car will also be fitted with sensors that will track driving patterns in real-time. The goal is to eventually use the data gathered to create a autonomous vehicle, or driverless, fleet management system for the cars

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