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02-04-2014, 11:01 PM #7974
ST Aerospace opens new $26.6 million centre at Seletar Aerospace Park
Published on Feb 05, 2014
By Karamjit Kaur
Singapore Technologies (ST) Aerospace launched a new $26.6 million centre on Wednesday that will provide a range of services from pilot training to aircraft maintenance, in tandem with its business diversification in recent years.
The three-storey centre at Seletar Aerospace Park can accommodate up to 11 single-aisle aircraft and 24 general aviation aircraft which include business jets.
While ST Aerospace continues to offer mainly aircraft maintenance and repair services, it has expanded its business to include executive as well as medical air charter services, and pilot training.
02-05-2014, 08:52 PM #7975
Singapore concerned over naming of Indonesian navy ship after executed commandos
Published on Feb 06, 2014
Osman Haji Mohammed Ali, 21, and Harun Said, alias Tahir, 25, (third and fourth from left) were charged with having "knowingly caused" the deaths of three persons when a bomb exploded on the landing of the mezzanine floor of MacDonald House on March 10, 1965. --PHOTO: ST FILE PHOTO
By Zakir Hussain, Indonesia Bureau Chief
Singapore has registered its concerns over Indonesia’s naming of a navy ship after two Indonesian marines who took part in the 1965 bombing of MacDonald House on Orchard Road.
Singapore’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday night that Foreign Minister K Shanmugam spoke to his Indonesian counterpart, Dr Marty Natalegawa, to register these concerns “and the impact this would have on the feelings of Singaporeans, especially the families of the victims”.
“The two Indonesian marines were found guilty of the bombing which killed three people and injured 33 others,” the ministry said in the statement, issued in response to press queries.
“Singapore had considered this difficult chapter in the bilateral relationship closed in May 1973 when then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited and scattered flowers on the graves of the two marines,” it added.
Indonesia’s Kompas daily had reported this week that the last of the Indonesian Navy’s three new British-made frigates would be named the KRI Usman Harun, after marines Osman Haji Mohamed Ali and Harun Said.
The duo were members of Indonesia’s special Operations Corps Command, which is today the Marine Corps, and had been ordered to infiltrate Singapore during Indonesia’s Confrontation with Malaysia.
Then-president Sukarno had opposed the formation of Malaysia, which Singapore was part of from September 1963 to August 1965, as a puppet state of the British.
Both marines were convicted and executed in Singapore in 1968 for the March 10, 1965 bombing of MacDonald House, which stands near where Dhoby Ghaut MRT station is today.
Their hanging saw some 400 agitated students in Jakarta ransack the Singapore embassy, attack the consul’s residence and burn the Singapore flag, and bilateral ties remained tense for several years.
The marines were welcomed home as heroes, and given a ceremonial funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta.
Relations between Singapore and Indonesia were restored when Mr Lee Kuan Yew visited Jakarta in 1973, and sprinkled flowers on the marines’ graves.
Former Singapore ambassador to Indonesia Lee Khoon Choy had earlier recounted that the gesture, which the Javanese believe propitiates the souls of the dead, moved the hosts deeply because it demonstrated that Singapore was sensitive to Javanese culture.
But in recent years, efforts to commemorate both marines – alongside other declared heroes – have resurfaced, and last year(2013), the Marine Corps proposed to rename Jalan Prapatan in Central Jakarta, where the unit’s headquarters are, as Jalan Usman Harun. The Navy said two other new ships it would take charge of would be named after Indonesian independence heroes Bung Tomo and John Lie. The first, KRI Bung Tomo, will set sail from Britain in June 2014.
Bung Tomo led the popular resistance against Allied British and Dutch forces in the Battle of Surabaya in November 1945, while John Lie smuggled agricultural produce to buy and smuggle arms from Malaya for the fledgling Indonesian armed forces from 1945 to 1949.
Kompas cited Indonesia’s Navy chief, Admiral Marsetio, as saying that the three ships would be named after these men “in remembering the services they had rendered to the Indonesian nation”.
02-05-2014, 08:56 PM #7976
Cash premiums for resale HDB flats fall to eight-year low in January
Published on Feb 06, 2014
Cash premiums for resale Housing Board flats continued to fall this year, with median cash-over-valuation (COV) dropping to $3,000 in January-- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
By Janice Heng
Cash premiums for resale Housing Board flats continued to fall this year, with median cash-over-valuation (COV) dropping to $3,000 in January, according to Singapore Real Estate Exchange flash figures on Thursday.
This was down from $5,000 the month before, and marked the lowest median COV since October 2006. This was on the back of seven out of 28 HDB towns seeing a zero or negative median COV, including Sengkang and Punggol.
HDB resale prices, however, did not continue to slide. Instead, they rose a marginal 0.3 per cent, halting the general fall since April 2013.
But the market remained very cool, with resale volume falling 34.6 per cent in January compared to the same time a year before. There were 893 transactions, down from 910 in December and 1,365 in January 2013.
02-05-2014, 09:03 PM #7977
Integrated town park plan for Toa Payoh
Tender called for study to bring park, library and stadium together
Published on Feb 06, 2014
Panoramic photo of, from left, Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Sports Hall and Stadium on 5 Feb 2014. Several government agencies are looking at how Toa Payoh's park, library and stadium can be brought together in a new way that will improve residents' quality of life. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
By Hoe Pei Shan
Several government agencies are looking at how Toa Payoh's park, library and stadium can be brought together in a new way that will improve residents' quality of life.
In the first urban planning exercise of its kind, one of the agencies, the National Parks Board (NParks), has called a tender for a feasibility study to look into bringing together these three landmarks.
Up for consideration as well are pedestrian links between the new park area, Toa Payoh Town Centre and Balestier, and the integration of park connector networks.
Toa Payoh Town Park and the 3,900-seat Toa Payoh Stadium are now next to each other along Lorong 6.
02-05-2014, 11:33 PM #7978
83,000 may need help with daily living by 2030
The study estimates that about 7 per cent of Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 60 and above in 2030 will need help with an activity of daily living. Today File Photo
Projections in new study suggest long-term care services, caregivers need to be prepared.
By Neo Chai Chin
Published: 06 February, 4:04 AM
SINGAPORE — More human and infrastructural support will be needed by older Singaporeans in the next two decades, say researchers who have provided future estimates of those who would require a helping hand with everyday rituals for the first time.
Not only will their absolute numbers rise as the nation’s population ages, the proportion of elderly who require someone to help with a greater number of daily activities is expected to grow.
This is because such limitations tend to accumulate with age and the number of those aged above 70 is set to increase. The figures through 2030 will help policymakers plan for acute and long-term care services to meet future demand here, the researchers say.
Singapore will be home to about 1.17 million citizens and permanent residents aged 60 and above in 2030, and about 7 per cent of them — or 82,968 individuals — will need help with dressing, eating, going to the toilet or any other activity of daily living (ADL), according to the study. This is about two-and-a-half times the 31,738 older folk estimated in 2010 who needed help with at least one ADL.
More women than men are expected to make up this group due to the greater life expectancy of women and the greater prevalence of non-fatal disabling health conditions among them.
More than half of these individuals will have difficulty with three or more ADLs — 53.2 per cent by 2030, up from 52.7 per cent in 2010 — projected the study, published in the Academy of Medicine Singapore’s January issue of ANNALS.
The projections were primarily based on the prevalence of seniors with ADL limitations requiring human assistance found in a 2009 survey on social isolation, health and lifestyles of 5,000 elderly living in the community.
The researchers used 2010 population census data, held birth and mortality rates constant, and took into account the prevalence of ADL limitations among older residents in nursing homes based on a previous study.
The simulations, initiated in 2012 before the Population White Paper was released last year, assume a population of 6.5 million by 2050. They are thus unlikely to be an overestimate, said Assistant Professor Rahul Malhotra of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, one of the authors.
PLANNING FOR THE LONG TERM
If the numbers of those with multiple ADL limitations increase as projected, formal care providers such as nursing homes will see a greater need for resource-intensive round-the-clock care, and family caregivers could be putting in more hours and will need to be better-prepared, said the authors.
More elderly would also be eligible for schemes such as ElderShield, a severe disability insurance scheme covering those from age 40 who are unable to do three or more of the six ADLs.
The authors could not comment on how much the capacity of eldercare facilities and services should expand by 2030, due to the lack of public information on the current capacity and distribution of elderly with ADL limitations in these services, they said.
Many factors will affect future demand and some care options could become less attractive. “Also, there is some recent evidence that progression of disability is changing, perhaps due to improvements in infrastructure and education,” they said.
For Associate Professor Goh Lee Gan, President of the Gerontological Society of Singapore, prevention is key. The public should try to prevent disability resulting from chronic diseases by avoiding overeating, smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
“As much as 50 per cent of people will die prematurely or will be disabled to some degree. How many people realise this? So the answer is prevention, prevention, prevention,” he said.
Warding off falls and dementia is also important: The first requires safety at home and judicious use of drugs, and for the latter, social engagement and a rethink of the retirement age.
Assoc Prof Goh, who is not among the study’s authors, also advocated integrated care and said family doctors need to be better paid to take on this role.
To carry out capacity planning, further studies can be done on the effectiveness of getting people to adopt preventive behaviour, as well as the impact of integration of care on re-admission rates and in reducing further disability, he said.
02-06-2014, 12:47 AM #7979
A primer on the MacDonald House bombing that shook Singapore in 1965
Published on Feb 06, 2014
By Ong Sor Fern
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966.
A 25lb (11.33kg) package of nitroglycerine, with a timing device, was planted on the mezzanine floor, near the lifts. At 3.07pm on March 10, 1965, the bomb exploded, tearing a hole in the floor, ripping out a lift door and reducing the correspondence room of the Hongkong And Shanghai Bank "into a shambles" according to a Straits Times report.
The blast was so powerful that all the windows in buildings within a 100m radius as well as the windscreens of vehicles in a carpark across the street were shattered.
Three people died, and 35 people were injured. Elizabeth Suzie Choo Kway Hoi, 36 and mother of six who was private secretary to the manager of the bank, and Juliet Goh Hwee Kuang, 23 and an only child, were killed in the blast. Mr Mohammed Yasin Kesit, 45, remained in a coma and died later in hospital, leaving a widow and eight children.
02-06-2014, 12:50 AM #7980
Chinatown Food Street expected to open by the end of the month
Published on Feb 06, 2014
The view of the uncompleted walkway covering Chinatown Food Street on Jan 27, 2014. Chinatown Food Street, known for its roadside hawker food, is likely to open by the end of this month. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
By Jermyn Chow
Chinatown Food Street, known for its roadside hawker food, is likely to open by the end of this month.
The revamped food street will feature 24 hawker stalls, featuring popular food outlets in Singapore. The 100m stretch along Smith Street will include the Geylang Lorong 9 Fresh Frog Leg Porridge, Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon and Steam Boat, and Odeon Beef Noodles.
The food street's operator Select Group has also retained two stalls from the previous food street before it closed last May. Renovation works were supposed to have ended at the end of last year but the $5 million project was plagued with delays due to a more complex network of underground cables and pipes, said Select Group's executive director Jack Tan.
The additional works and change in design have also pushed renovation costs up by $1 million. The operator has applied for a temporary occupation permit, which will be awarded by the Building and Construction Authority, pending an inspection on Thursday.
02-06-2014, 12:55 AM #7981
PM Lee and President Tony Tan Keng Yam to be involved in Chingay Parade's finale
Published on Feb 06, 2014
By Carolyn Khew
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam will join some 8,000 performers in the Chingay Parade's finale 'Knit with One Heart' on Friday and Saturday respectively.
They will give their wishes to encourage all Singaporeans to come together as "One People" during the finale song. Both will also be present as guests of honour on the respective dates, greeting audiences on the parade opening float.
Chairman of the Chingay Parade Mr Nah Juay Hng shared this at a media briefing on Thursday. He said: "It's a parade that is co-created by Singaporeans... Through the parade, we hope to share Singapore's culture with the world."
The parade which began in 1973, will also feature 500 performers from six countries this year. They comprise performers from South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Italy and the Philippines.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam will join some 8,000 performers in the Chingay Parade's finale 'Knit with One Heart' on Friday and Saturday respectively. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO
02-06-2014, 01:41 AM #7982
New history syllabus covers S’pore’s very early years
By NG JING YNG
Published: 06 February, 4:04 AM
SINGAPORE — Since the start of the school term this year, lower-secondary students have been learning more about the country’s past — as far back as the 14th century, when it was a bustling trading port.
Under a new lower-secondary history syllabus, Secondary One students in the Express and Normal (Academic) streams this year were the first batches to use a new history textbook titled Singapore: The Making of a Nation-state, 1300-1975.
Responding to media queries, a Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesperson said using the 14th century as a starting point “presents students with the opportunity to explore Singapore’s origin as a port of call, and her connections to the region and the world”.
While information on Singapore’s history in the 14th century had been included in earlier syllabuses, the materials previously were less detailed than the content in the new textbook.
Previously, more chapters were devoted to Singapore’s colonial era in the 1800s and its nation building years after World War II. Under the new syllabus, however, students will learn , for instance, about archaeological artefacts such as Chinese porcelain found in the Old Parliament House before the 15th century.
The rise of Singapore as a trading post in the 1300s, due to factors such as the fall of the Srivijaya Kingdom — a powerful maritime kingdom that controlled trade in Sumatra — as well as natural conditions including monsoon seasons which facilitated maritime transport, has also been detailed in the new textbook.
The MOE spokesperson noted that syllabus coverage of Singapore’s early history has become progressively richer, with the discovery of more historical sources.
Miss Shinderjeet Kaur, a history teacher from Juying Secondary, said the new syllabus includes a group-work component where students can visit the National Museum or Fort Canning, for instance, to learn more about the country’s early history. Teachers can play the role of facilitator, as lessons will take on an inquiry-based approach, while students will also be also expected to contribute actively in class, she added.
“Students will be stretched to think differently about Singapore’s early history — one that does not only feature our colonial past,” said Miss Kaur.
Historian Chua Ai Lin from the National University of Singapore said that acquainting students with more knowledge of Singapore’s early years will help them to understand that the nation today is not merely a product of British rule or the present Government.
“There are larger structural reasons, such as the geographical location on the trading routes between East and West, that also developed Singapore to what it is today,” said Dr Chua, who is also President of the Singapore Heritage Society.
Knowing that Singapore has more than 800 years of history will also instil in the young a greater sense of pride, she said.
Dr Kho Ee Moi, from the National Institute of Education’s Humanities and Social Studies Education Department, said that by only learning about the country’s history from the 1800s onwards, young Singaporeans may be mistaken that the Republic came into existence only because of colonial rule.
Adding that the country’s history and heritage were much richer, she pointed out that Singapore was already plugged into the thriving Malay archipelago before it was colonised.
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02-06-2014, 08:35 PM #7983
Heritage tour of war depot to mark Battle of Singapore
Published on Feb 07, 2014
One of the closed-off tunnel entrances on a press tour of the Woodlands North Depot yesterday. Tours of the facility for members of the public will be conducted by NHB researchers tomorrow and next Saturday, as part of a series of tours to mark the Battle of Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
By Lydia Vasko
To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Singapore, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has launched a new heritage tour of the Woodlands North Depot, a former fuel reserve depot used by the British Royal Air Force and the Japanese during World War II.
Called the Marsiling Tunnels Tour, it will be conducted by NHB researchers tomorrow and next Saturday, and will take 15 participants per tour to the sealed entranceways of the depot in the Marsiling jungle along Admiralty Road West.
However, that is as far as participants will go. They will not be allowed in the tunnels because three of the four entranceways have been sealed. The remaining entranceway is too dangerous for participants to enter, according to the NHB.
Rusted pipes and sealed entranceways are all the public will see of the well-preserved depot, most of which descends two storeys underground.
Location of tunnels
REMEMBERING THE PAST
Through these activities, we hope to inculcate in Singaporeans a culture of remembrance, because we believe that in remembering the past, we can better appreciate the present and prepare for the future.
- Mr Alvin Tan, National Heritage Board policy group director
02-06-2014, 08:41 PM #7984
26 vying to be first Singaporean to fly into space
One to be chosen by April 2015 for Aug 9 launch on S'pore's 50th birthday
Published on Feb 07, 2014
(From left) Tanjong Katong Girls' School student Cherie Lim, consultant Lien Choong Luen, NTU students Natalie Tan, 19, and Ng Si Ying, 21, aerospace and defence analyst Darren Lee, 27, and SIA pilots Kevin Lee and Edward Tan, 36, were the seven candidates picked to face the nation for the first time yesterday at the Global Space & Technology Convention held at Sheraton Towers. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
By David Ee
A 15-year-old girl, a former soldier who has climbed Mount Everest and Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots are among 26 Singaporeans vying to become the first citizen to pilot a craft into near space - more than 20km above sea level.
Seven of them were picked to face the nation for the first time yesterday at the Global Space & Technology Convention held at Sheraton Towers.
Whittled down from an initial list of 126 are 22 men, 20 of whom are currently pilots for SIA. The women include two Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduates and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States.
One of the 26 will be chosen by April next year to be launched into the atmosphere on National Day, Aug 9, 2015 - Singapore's 50th birthday - according to plans by the Science Centre Board, the Singapore Space and Technology Association, and IN.Genius, a local firm focusing on high-tech energy solutions.
02-06-2014, 08:48 PM #7985
Two musicals on Lee Kuan Yew in the works
Both slated to be staged next year, in time for Singapore's 50th birthday
Published on Feb 07, 2014
Mr Lee Kuan Yew smiles as his portrait is taken on Aug 14, 2009. Two separate musicals about the former prime minister are in the works and are expected to be staged next year, in time for Singapore's 50th anniversary. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW
By Corrie Tan
Two separate musicals about former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew are in the works and are expected to be staged next year, in time for Singapore's 50th anniversary.
For one of them, new Singapore theatre company Metropolitan Productions has roped in several well-known local arts talents to form the backbone of the musical's creative team.
Cultural Medallion recipient and composer Dick Lee will write the music, while novelist Meira Chand and theatre practitioner Tony Petito, founder of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, will work on the storyline and script.
The Straits Times understands that the other musical is slated to be the opening act for the iconic Capitol Theatre when it reopens next year. It is commissioned by Capitol Investment Holdings, which owns Capitol Singapore.
02-06-2014, 08:59 PM #7986
Ministers urge Jakarta not to 'reopen old wounds'
Decision to name ship after bombers ignores impact on victims: Ministers
Published on Feb 07, 2014
The bomb was placed on the stairway on the mezzanine floor of MacDonald House where it exploded. -- ST FILE PHOTO: HAN HAI FONG
The MacDonald House bombing was the worst of a string of attacks by Indonesian saboteurs during Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation that happened from 1963 to 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KOK AH CHONG
Osman Haji Mohammed Ali, 25, and Harun Said, alias Tahir, 21, (third and fourth from left) were charged with having "knowingly caused" the deaths of three persons when a bomb exploded on the landing of the mezzanine floor of MacDonald House on March 10, 1965. -- ST FILE PHOTO
Combination photo of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam. The Singapore ministers are asking Indonesia to consider the feelings of Singaporeans in its decision to name a Navy ship after the Indonesian marines who bombed an Orchard Road building in 1965. -- ST FILE PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, LIM WUI LIANG, TERENCE TAN
By Zakir Hussain Indonesia Bureau Chief In Jakarta
Three Singapore ministers have responded to Indonesia's decision to name a Navy ship after the Indonesian marines who bombed an Orchard Road building in 1965, leaving three people dead and 33 people injured.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday joined Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in asking Indonesia to consider the feelings of Singaporeans, saying naming the ship after the two men who were hanged in Singapore for their actions would reopen old wounds and leave Singaporeans asking what message Indonesia was trying to send.
But Indonesian leaders said marines Osman Mohamed Ali and Harun Said were considered heroes and there would be no changing the plan to name the navy frigate the KRI Usman Harun.
Singaporeans reacting to the news yesterday said the naming was insensitive and unfriendly, but many Indonesians defended their country's right to honour the two men.
02-06-2014, 09:18 PM #7987
Naming Indonesian warship after marines would reopen old wounds
Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. TODAY file photo
Published: 07 February, 4:04 AM
SINGAPORE — The naming of an Indonesian navy ship after two marines convicted of terrorism in the Republic in the 1960s continued to attract comments from politicians on both sides yesterday, with Singapore asking Indonesia to consider the implications and consequences of the move, while Jakarta pushed back against what it saw as interference.
Meanwhile, Indonesian news portal Tempo.co reported that Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo — widely viewed as a possible contender for the Indonesian presidential election later this year —has agreed to name a street in the capital after the two marines.
Responding to media queries, the Press Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Singaporeans would question what message Indonesia is trying to send by naming the frigate KRI Usman Harun. The move would reopen old wounds, not just among the victims and their families, but also for the Singapore public, said Mr Teo’s Press Secretary, Mr Yap Neng Jye.
Yesterday, Mr Teo and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen spoke separately to their Indonesian counterparts — Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto and Minister of Defence Purnomo Yusgiantoro. On Wednesday, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement that Foreign Minister K Shanmugam had spoken to Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to register Singapore’s concerns over Indonesia’s move and its impact on the feelings of Singaporeans, especially the families of the victims.
Mr Teo and Dr Ng conveyed the Republic’s perspective that the bombing at Orchard Road in 1965 was a wrong and grievous attack on civilians in Singapore, resulting in deaths and injuries, Mr Yap said.
“The matter had been closed in May 1973 when then PM Lee Kuan Yew sprinkled flowers on the graves of the two marines. After this, both countries have put the issue behind us and moved on to build the close ties we now enjoy,” he added.
“DPM Teo and Dr Ng, on behalf of the Singapore Government, respectfully asked that Indonesia takes into account the feelings of the victims and their families, and the implications their families, and the implications and consequences, when making their decision whether to name the warship after the two marines.”
The marines, Usman Hj Mohd Ali and Harun Said, were convicted and executed in Singapore for the bombing of MacDonald House on Orchard Road on March 10, 1965. They were members of the special force that infiltrated Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation (Konfrontasi) against Malaysia between 1963 and 1966.
Indonesia’s then-President Sukarno had opposed the formation of Malaysia — which Singapore was part of between Sept 1963 and Aug 1965 — as Britain’s puppet state.
During the Konfrontasi, the MacDonald House bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 30 others, was the worst single incident among the 37 bombs that hit Singapore. The bomb was placed near the lift on the mezzanine floor of the 10-storey building.
Usman and Harun were hanged on Oct 17, 1968. In retaliation, 400 students in Jakarta burnt the Republic’s flag and ransacked the Singapore Embassy there.
They also attacked the consul’s residence and the homes of two other Singaporean diplomats.
Bilateral relations were restored after Mr Lee’s gesture in 1973.
Yesterday, Indonesia media reported Mr Djoko saying that Indonesia and its navy have the right to pay homage to the country’s heroes by immortalising them on a number of Indonesian warships. Referring to Singapore’s concerns, he added that after Mr Lee’s gesture some four decades ago, there should not be any more problems regarding the issue.
Detiknews.com reported that Mr Djoko had explained Indonesia’s position on the matter to Mr Teo. Mr Yap confirmed this, adding that the two leaders spoke over the phone. “We initiated the phone calls to express our concerns because we value the good relations we have with Indonesia,” said Mr Yap.
In response to Indonesia media’s question on whether the name of the warship will be changed, Mr Natalegawa questioned the need to do so, but he said that he noted the Singapore Government’s concerns.
“There’s no need to change (the ship’s name),” Mr Djoko told The Jakarta Post. “The Indonesian government has its own rules, procedures and assessment criteria for determining whether to honour a person as a hero. This cannot involve any intervention from other countries.”
02-06-2014, 09:59 PM #7988
Teenager’s honesty is what sports can teach, says Heng
Dunman High School’s Lee Tai Yu’s (left) honesty was highlighted
Education Minister emphasises value of sports and the ‘grit’ from i
By Adelene Wong
Published: 07 February, 4:04 AM
SINGAPORE — It was, in his eyes, the right thing to do.
But the honesty shown by Dunman High School (DHS) student Lee Tai Yu during a National Inter-School Badminton Championships match last year was highlighted by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat at the opening ceremony of the 2014 National School Games (NSG) yesterday as an example of the value that sports brings in providing a holistic education.
Tai Yu, 15, was in a doubles match against Ngee Ann Secondary School (NASS) last year when he surprised everyone by informing the umpire that the shuttlecock had touched him before it went out of play.
It resulted in the official reversing his decision and awarding the point instead to NASS, which went on to win the match.
Impressed by his actions, NASS subsequently wrote to DHS to suggest that they nominate Tai Yu for the Sportsmanship Award, the Minister revealed in his speech to about 700 guests at the event at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio to mark the start of the Jan 6 to Aug 29 NSG which will see about 55,000 students taking part across 28 sports.
“We want our students to have a holistic education. So we have designed our school experiences for students to acquire a broad and deep foundation for a life-long journey of learning. One of such rich experiences is sports,” said Mr Heng.
“Sports develop character and values, cultivate positive attitudes and strengthen people skills ... In my view, the most valuable trait that sports develop is grit. Grit is more than resilience. When a student has grit, he is passionate about a long term goal and perseveres towards it.
“Researchers have studied high achievers. What contributes to their success are zeal and persistence of motive and effort. This makes intuitive sense. The ‘grittier’ person is focused on winning in the long run.”
Mr Heng stressed that positive character traits like Tai Yu’s honesty is what which will make the NSG meaningful. But Tai Yu, who received the Sportsmanship Award for 2013, played down his actions.
“I just felt it was the right thing to do, so I stepped forward without any hesitation,” said the teenager who also had a brief chat with the Minister and a photo taken together.
"I still do not feel that it is a big deal. I lost that match, but it’s okay.”
Besides Tai Yu, Mr Heng also noted the “grit, discipline, and eventual triumphs” of rower Saiyidah Aisyah and equestrienne Janine Khoo at last December’s South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
Saiyidah had to make many sacrifices, including putting her career on hold, to train for the Myanmar Games. She eventually won the women’s singles 2km lightweight sculls gold medal.
Janine, 16, underwent reconstructive surgery after fracturing her cheekbones in a training accident just 10 days before her O-Levels while preparing for the Games. But she completed her exams and went on to win the women’s individual showjumping gold, Singapore’s first in the sport since 1995.
However, the Education Minister also stressed the importance of adopting a safety-first mindset while playing sports following the deaths of two students during their physical education (PE) lessons last month.
A 13-year-old Temasek Junior College student died after he felt unwell and fainted, the same week a 16-year-old Tanglin Secondary School student passed away after jogging.
“I want to remind our students and parents to inform our teachers if the students are not feeling well, or have just recovered from illnesses,” said Mr Heng. “Students should look out for one another. Teachers should know their students well and keep themselves updated in how to organise safe and robust PE classes.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday that a revised PE syllabus will be implemented in phases.
The revised framework looks to provide schools with more support in providing developmental opportunities, and encourage and help those with specific interest and ability in certain sports to pursue them with the aim of eventual representation for school and the nation.
02-06-2014, 11:45 PM #7989
Gold-winning SEA Games athletes receive cash prizes at MAP award ceremony
Published on Feb 07, 2014
Singapore's gold medallists from the SEA Games, including archer Chan Jing Ru (above), were celebrated at the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) award presentation ceremony held at Swissotel Merchant Court on Friday afternoon. -- ST FILE PHOTO: HO KAH JOON DOUGLAS
By May Chen
The achievements of Singapore's athletes at last December's SEA Games in Myanmar were celebrated at the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) award presentation ceremony held at Swissotel Merchant Court on Friday afternoon.
Gold medallists from the biennial event in Naypyidaw and Yangon - Team Singapore athletes took home 34 golds, together with 29 silvers and 45 bronzes - were also given cash prizes totalling $400,000 for their feats.
Swimming, table tennis and sailing were the Republic's best-performing sports, with swimmer Joseph Schooling banking in the most with his five-gold haul, taking home $27,500.
The swimmers were rewarded $115,000 for their 11-gold performance, while sailing received $60,000 (five golds) and table tennis was given $50,000 (four golds).
02-09-2014, 12:26 AM #7990
Indonesia could have avoided row with Singapore: Jakarta Post
PM Lee Hsien Loong with Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at last year’s Singapore-Indonesia Leader’s Retreat. Photo: Ernest Chua
Those who named warship after convicted marines knew it would upset Singapore, editorial claim
Published: 08 February, 6:40 PM
SINGAPORE - Indonesia could have avoided the diplomatic row with Singapore over the naming of a naval ship if it had been a little more sensitive towards its neighbour, said an editorial in the Jakarta Post today (Feb 8).
It noted that Singapore has said naming the vessel after the two marines who planted a bomb in Singapore in 1965 would hurt the feelings of Singaporeans, particularly relatives of victims who died in the bombing.
“The decision to name this naval ship must surely have been the result of lengthy deliberations, and those involved must have known that this would upset Singapore,” said Jakarta Post.
“A review or an apology would have been lauded as a stately gesture, but that is not liable to happen while nationalist sentiment is reaching fever pitch in Indonesia in this election year,” it noted.
Describing the row as unfortunate, the article commented that relations between the two countries would return to normal, though it may not necessarily be soon.
It commented that Indonesia often accuses its neighbours of lacking sensitivity toward its feelings.
“Officials and politicians, helped by the media, do not hesitate to raise hell and mobilise public opinion, scoring a few political points along the way, by lashing out at foreign countries for their perceived insensitivity,” added the article.
It said an important lesson should at least be drawn from the latest episode.
“In the future, can we be more sensitive?” asked the Jakarta Post editorial.
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