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    Default NUS in world’s top 10 across 11 key subject areas

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    NUS takes top spot in the certain subject areas in various categories among Asian universities


    Published: February 26, 9:13 AM
    Updated: February 26, 9:15 AM


    SINGAPORE — The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked among the world’s 10 best universities for key subject areas in engineering and technology, arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences and management, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject.

    NUS is placed top 10 for a total of 11 subject areas, and is Asia’s best across 18 subjects.

    The QS World University Rankings by Subject is an annual ranking of 200 universities around the world along 30 individual disciplines.

    The ranking is based on research citations as well as reputational surveys involving over 90,000 academics and employers worldwide.

    NUS has been placed among the 10 best universities in the world for the following subject areas: Chemical Engineering (5th); Electrical & Electronic Engineering (6th); Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (6th); Materials Science (6th); Civil & Structural Engineering (7th);

    Statistics & Operational Research (7th); Computer Science & Information Systems (9th); Geography (9th); Communication & Media Studies (9th); Politics & International Studies (9th); and Modern Languages (10th)

    Among Asian universities, NUS took the top spot in the certain subject areas in various categories.

    Among the 27 subjects that are applicable to NUS, the university recorded improved overall performances for 17 subjects, with advances in academic reputation in 12 subjects, employer reputation in 18 subjects, and citations per faculty in 18 subjects.

    They include a rise in academic reputation in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering; employer reputation in statistics and operational research, and sociology; and citations per faculty in linguistics and biological sciences.

    Employers around the world gave NUS Engineering and NUS Computing strong votes of confidence by recording scores upwards of 94.5 per cent in the areas of computer science & information systems, chemical engineering, civil & structural engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

    Employer feedback on the university’s chemical engineering graduates registered more than a six-point jump between 2013 and 2014, with a 94.6 per cent performance score.
    Employers of civil and structural, electrical and mechanical engineers gave NUS a rating of more than 97 per cent.

    Said Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, “We are happy that NUS continues to be recognised as among the best universities in the world.

    “We are particularly delighted to note that the University is among the top 10 globally for engineering and technology, and some key subject areas in arts and humanities, natural sciences, as well as social sciences and management.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Three subjects at NTU rank among the world’s top ten

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    Communication & Media Studies ranks No 1 in Singapore and Asia-Pacifi


    Published: February 26, 8:10 AM


    SINGAPORE — Three subjects offered at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have ranked among the world’s top ten — a first for the university.

    According to the 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, NTU’s Communication & Media Studies is ranked 6th in the world, Materials Science at 8th position, and Electrical & Electronic Engineering is ranked 10th.

    NTU said the subject Communication & Media Studies jumped an impressive 17 positions within two years since QS started ranking this subject, to become No 1 in Singapore and in the Asia-Pacific.

    Subjects Materials Science and Electrical & Electronic Engineering are also among the star performers with the biggest improvements over the last three years.

    At 8th place, Materials Science has vaulted 33 places since 2011, while 10th-placed Electrical & Electronic Engineering has leapt 26 places within the same period.

    NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “The result for Communication and Media Studies is an affirmation of the international standing of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

    “NTU’s global reputation as one of the world’s biggest engineering university which produces top quality graduates is validated again in the high rankings of its engineering subjects, with Materials Science and Electrical & Electronic Engineering rubbing shoulders this year with the big boys such as MIT, Stanford and Cambridge in the top 10.”

    The QS Subject Rankings were launched in 2011 and provide a guide to a range of popular fields of study in universities around the world.

    The rankings were based on the combined responses from academics and employers around the world, as well as citations measures.

    The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 evaluated 2,809 universities and ranked 1,344 institutions in total.

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    Default President Tony Tan makes first visit to underground oil storage caverns in Jurong

    Published on Feb 25, 2014
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    President Tony Tan Keng Yam and the Council of Presidential Advisers visit the Jurong Rock Caverns. -- PHOTO: JTC CORPORATION


    By Joanna Seow


    President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday paid his first visit to the Jurong Rock Caverns, the first underground oil storage facility in South-east Asia.

    He was accompanied by members of the Council of Presidential Advisers, including chairman J. Y. Pillay, on the visit hosted by JTC Corporation.

    The caverns, which are being built, are located on Jurong Island and intended to support the growth of the chemicals and energy clusters there.

    "This massive infrastructural development, located at a subterranean depth of 130m beneath the Banyan Basin on Jurong Island, helps Singapore overcome the challenge of scarce land resources to remain competitive globally,"
    President Tan said later on Tuesday, in a posting on his facebook page.

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    Default Singapore, Malaysian navies conduct joint exercise

    Published on Feb 25, 2014
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    Exercise participants from the RSN and RMN interacting at the start of Exercise Malapura 2014. -- PHOTO: MINDEF



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    RADM Ng Chee Peng (second from right) and Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz (second from left) unveiling the new Exercise Malapura logo as RSN’s Fleet Commander RADM Timothy Lo (left) and RMN’s Fleet Operations Commander Vice-Admiral Dato’ Abd Hadi bin A. Rashid looked on. -- PHOTO: MINDEF



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    RADM Ng Chee Peng (third from right) and Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz (third from left), as well as senior commanders from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) with the new Exercise Malapura logo. -- PHOTO: MINDEF


    By Jermyn Chow


    The Republic of Singapore Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) have begun a 10-day joint maritime exercise that will take place in Singapore and the Malacca Strait.

    This year's exercise, codenamed Malapura, also marks the 30th anniversary of the series.

    RSN's Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Ng Chee Peng and his Malaysian counterpart, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Bin Haji Jaafar, jointly unveiled the new Exercise Malapura logo at Changi Naval Base on Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary.

    Also present at the ceremony were senior naval officers from both countries.

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    Default Gardens by the Bay unveils its latest stars: waxy desert plants at its new Sun Pavili

    Published on Feb 25, 2014
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    Desert plants such as the cactus may not be the prettiest to look at, but they are no less fascinating and are the stars of a new pavilion unveiled today, Feb 25, 2014, at Gardens by the Bay. -- PHOTO: GARDENS BY THE BAY


    By Vanessa Chng

    Desert plants such as the cactus may not be the prettiest to look at, but they are no less fascinating and are the stars of a new pavilion unveiled today at Gardens by the Bay.

    The Sun Pavillion, which houses more than 1,000 desert plants from countries such as Madagascar, Mexico and Argentina, is the latest addition to the Gardens.

    The 800 sq m garden features plants such as the Brain Cactus, which grow sideways instead of upwards, to form the shape of the human brain.

    With the addition, the Gardens now owns one of the largest cacti and succulent plant collections in Southeast Asia, comprising of some 100 different species and varieties of desert plants. "The Sun Pavilion presents an unusual group of plants that may not be the most visually appealing in the conventional sense, but are no less fascinating,"said Dr Kiat W. Tan, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay.

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    Default SUTD and SMU offer new dual degree in engineering and business management

    Published on Feb 25, 2014
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    By Amelia Teng

    The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Singapore Management University (SMU) will offer a new dual-degree programme this year.

    The four-year course in technology and management will take in its first batch of up to 45 Singaporean students in May. It will cater to academically strong students with an interest in business and engineering.

    This is the first such tie-up between any of Singapore's five local universities. Others, such as the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, offer double-degree programmes either in house, or with overseas institutions.

    From the start of the new double-degree programme, students will study in the campuses and be taught by faculty of both universities. They will graduate with two degrees - a bachelor of business management from SMU and a bachelor of engineering from SUTD with a specialisation in one of its "pillars". These are either engineering product development, engineering systems and design, or information systems technology and design.

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    Default Higher alcohol 'sin' tax:

    A look at booze consumption, top tipple choices in Singapore


    Published on Feb 25, 2014
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    The wine section of NTUC Fairprice Xtra in Ang Mo Kio Hub on Feb 24, 2014. Drinkers may need to fork out more for a can of beer at the coffee shop or a shot of whisky at the pub with a hefty hike in liquor tax kicking in. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    Drinkers may need to fork out more for a can of beer at the coffee shop or a shot of whisky at the pub with a hefty hike in liquor tax kicking in.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced in his Budget statement last Friday that the liquor tax has been raised by 25 per cent to $88 per litre of alcohol content for wine and spirits, and $60 per litre of alcohol content for beer. Before the increase took effect last Friday, wine and spirits were taxed $70 per litre of alcohol content, and beer $48.

    With the tax hike, consumers can expect to pay between 20 cents and 70 cents more for a can or bottle of beer, assuming there is no price mark-up by the retailers.

    We look at how booze consumption has grown in Singapore in the past decade, and the top tipple choices among drinkers here.


    1. Who are Singapore's drinkers?




    2. What is the No. 1 drink in Singapore?
    Beer and ale are still Singaporeans' favourite drinks, accounting for slightly more than 80 per cent of the total amount of liquor imported in FY2012. Other popular drinks include wine and whisky.


    3. How much more will that can of beer cost?
    Consumers can expect to pay between 20 cents and 70 cents more for a can or bottle of beer with the higher alcohol tax, assuming there is no price mark-up by the retailers.



    4. How much do Singaporeans spend on drinking and smoking?


    5. A taste for foreign booze


    6. More alcohol "sin" taxes for the coffers
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    Default Commonwealth Games: 70 Singapore athletes picked from six sports by selection panel

    Published on Feb 25, 2014
    7:32 PM


    By Chan U-Gene


    SOME 70 Team Singapore athletes have made the first cut to July's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, after a Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) selection panel - which included Deputy Prime Minister and SNOC president Teo Chee Hean - met on Tuesday.

    The athletes were from six different sports: Athletics, badminton, gymnastics, shooting, swimming and table tennis.

    Another four sports - boxing, wrestling, cycling and judo - have also submitted nominations but were told to come back with more results by March 14. The panel will meet again on April 4 to decide on the appeals.

    Singapore was represented by 65 athletes at the previous Commonwealth Games edition in New Delhi in 2010, and came home with 11 golds, 11 silvers and nine bronzes.

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    Default Stephen Riady Centre opens at University Town

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    (Actually Dr Stephen Riady has donated more to Singapore education than badminton as the following article will show.)

    09 March 2013



    NUS students now have a new distinctive mixed-use facility - the Stephen Riady Centre at University Town (UTown) - to engage in their various activities ranging from rock climbing to practising routines in dance ateliers.

    The three-storey Centre is named in recognition of a generous S$30 million gift to NUS from the Stephen Riady Group of Foundations, which includes a S$5 million top-up to the S$25 million gift announced last year. It is expected to get up to S$45 million in matching grant from the Singapore government.

    Gracing the official opening of the Centre on 8 March was Guest-of-Honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Minister for Education. The ceremony opened with a rousing performance from the NUS Chinese Orchestra. Together with distinguished guests, Minister Heng later caught a glimpse of the dynamic student life at UTown through a tour of educational and sports facilities as well as performing arts spaces.

    "Beyond the beautiful building and facilities which we see at this impressive Centre, the University is really about the making of hearts and minds," said Minister Heng. Citing Member of Parliament Ms Denise Phua who said that "those of us who do well, must also do good", he was heartened that Dr Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of the Overseas Union Enterprise Limited, made the generous contribution to NUS.

    Concurring, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan thanked Dr Riady for his gift which will assist financially needy students to pursue their studies, to access unique academic opportunities and to support innovative new educational programmes. This will fund 50 student bursaries with priority to Singaporean students, awards to spur interest in sports, arts and culture, as well as support academic programmes including the critical thinking and writing programmes at UTown.

    "The broad-based, experiential learning at NUS is of critical importance in preparing students for their future careers, and for the individuals they want to be. I am pleased that the gift will support students in need, as well as programmes that will build on the top-rate holistic learning at NUS," noted Dr Riady, who had previously said that higher education will make a difference and impact the world.

    The Stephen Riady Centre was specially designed to enable a vibrant student life on campus with its teaching and learning spaces, performing arts and athletic recreation facilities, as well as retail and dining outlets. With a unique architecture that won the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority, the Centre connects the Town Plaza and the Education Resource Centre to furnish a venue ideal for student activities at UTown.

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    Default Mochtar Riady Building - Our New Flagship Building

    (In a way, Dr Stephen Riady is following his father's (Dr Mochtar Riady) footsteps in contributing to Singapore education.)


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    In December 2009, NUS Business School moved into its new flagship building, the Mochtar Riady Building, located on a prominent site overlooking the road intersection between Heng Mui Keng Terrace and Kent Ridge Drive, which is the southern gateway to NUS.

    Inspired by the ancient Aesop fable where reeds survive storm winds and oak trees fall, the Reed-like design of the building serves as a metaphor for exceptional quality, deep flexibility and perennial stability in the face of the vicissitudes borne by business in the contemporary world.

    Triangulated columns rising

    from the ground, juxtaposed with a glass facade, the variegated exterior takes on different hues in the various shades of sunlight, with the transparency symbolising the School's open relationship with the real business world and the universe of ideas.

    Within the nine-storey tall, 16,000 sqm building is a soaring five-storey atrium that will serve as a focal point as well as a perfect place for corporate events. Much thought has been given to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge, so throughout the building, there is a series of informal interaction zones to encourage discussions. As well, classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, study spaces, executive dining areas, and even a cafe and a dedicated Alumni Lounge are all cleverly integrated.

    Designed from ground up to be environmentally friendly, energy monitoring systems and structural designs are geared to optimally conserve energy. As such, faculty and department offices located on the upper floors will enjoy the flow of fresh air, naturally lit by a dramatic open-air skylight.

    Jointly designed by internationally renowned architect Professors Philip Cox of the Cox Group in Australia and local firm Design Environment Group Architect, the Mochtar Riady Building testifies to the School's keen intent to foster a comfortable and innovative environment for the creative pursuit of academic excellence.

    Named after Dr Mochtar Riady, Founder & Chairman of the Lippo Group, in recognition of the Group's generous gift of $21 million to NUS Business School, this iconic building that will serve as a gateway to the School will be a pertinent symbol of the School's deep commitment to exceptional academia.

    In addition to Lippo Group's gift, our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends have also rallied behind the building project and many have contributed generously to the Building Excellence Campaign, a fundraising campaign for the building fund.

    The symbolic groundbreaking of the Mochtar Riady Building took place on 12 Nov 2007 in a ceremony filled with pomp and festivity.

    NUS Business School's 45th Anniversary Celebrations culminated in the Grand Opening of the Mochtar Riady Building on 24 September 2010.
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    Default Govt to manage possible hike in healthcare demand

    People waiting to see a doctor at the Accident and Emergency unit of the National University of Singapore Hospital. MOH statistics showed that, two weeks ago, more than four hospitals had bed occupancy rates of more than 85 per cent. PHOTO: REUTERS


    Budget measures could ultimately lead to higher costs


    By NG JING YNG
    Published: February 26, 1:50 AM


    SINGAPORE — Acknowledging that Budget measures to help Singaporeans meet the rising healthcare costs could lead to a spike in demand and result in costs going up further, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday his ministry is looking to manage the situation — in particular, the demand for hospital care amid the ongoing bed crunch.

    Apart from doing more in the areas of step-down care and home care, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will seek to ensure that only patients who are assessed by medical professionals to require acute care will remain in hospitals.

    Speaking to reporters after the recording of the Budget Forum in Mandarin organised by MediaCorp, Mr Gan said: “One important aspect the Ministry of Health is looking at is how to manage healthcare costs, because with more funding, the risk is it will drive up demand. If we want to manage costs, we have to look at a holistic approach.”

    Among the strategies that the MOH will be adopting is “proper gatekeeping to ensure that access to high-end acute care is on a needs basis, assessed by medical professionals ... if you do not need to be in an acute hospital, then you ought not to be in (it)”, Mr Gan said.

    The MOH will also be enhancing support for community step-down care such as nursing homes and home care services. More details will be provided during the ministry’s Committee of Supply debate next month.

    Last Friday, the Government continued its push to help the less well-off under measures unveiled in the Budget, with a particular focus on healthcare, which was identified as the main driver of higher social spending by Singapore over the next 10 to 15 years.

    The centrepiece was the S$9 billion Pioneer Generation Package which will provide greater outpatient subsidies, Medisave top-ups and MediShield Life subsidies for seniors born in 1949 or earlier, and who became citizens before 1987. Singaporeans aged 55 and above this year who do not qualify for the Pioneer Generation Package will receive a Medisave top-up of between S$100 and S$200 a year over the next five years.

    Healthcare practitioners whom TODAY spoke to agreed that the increase in government assistance could inadvertently lead to a spike in demand for hospital services. They suggested improving primary care provided by, for example, polyclinics to reduce the patient load on hospitals.

    MOH statistics showed that, two weeks ago, more than four hospitals had bed occupancy rates of more than 85 per cent. The waiting times for admission also peaked at between six and seven hours for some hospitals.
    Member of Parliament Chia Shi-Lu, who sits on the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health, noted that it is difficult for doctors to turn away hospital patients or refer them to step-down care facilities and polyclinics. “The patient might feel that we (doctors) are abandoning them,” said Dr Chia, who is a consultant at the Singapore General Hospital. He added that he has come across cases where patients refused to be discharged and these patients had to be persuaded by doctors and medical social workers.

    Dr Chia said the MOH is looking at diverting some services to the polyclinics; for example, conducting simple medical tests and dispensing certain types of medicine to relieve the hospitals’ load.

    Dr Chia said: “To change people’s perceptions of primary care, there also needs to be more publicity on our polyclinics.”

    Tsao Foundation Hui Mei Centre for Successful Ageing Medical Director Ng Wai Chong noted that as older patients tend to have complex medical issues, hospital doctors who are seeing these patients for the first time might also prefer to admit them in order to examine them further.

    The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home Executive Director Low Mui Lang said patients might also prefer to go to hospitals’ accident and emergency departments to obtain quicker referrals for specialist treatments.

    To encourage more people to turn to primary care, she proposed that hospitals work with more general practitioners and accept their referrals. There could also be more enhancements to the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) so that more patients do not have to worry about the costs of seeing a family physician, she said.

    “The ministry can also consider standardising the income ceiling for the various health subsidy schemes ... to help people understand the healthcare benefits better,” she added.

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    Default Masjid Sultan's golden domes to glow at night

    Light-up part of Masjid Sultan's $4m facelift ahead of its 190th anniversary



    Published on Feb 27, 2014
    8:46 AM



    An external glass lift will improve accessibility for elderly and disabled worshippers while maintaining an unobstructed view of the mosque from the street. About 5,000 worshippers throng the mosque for Friday prayers. -- PHOTO: MASJID SULTAN


    By Melody Zaccheus

    THE 189-year-old Masjid Sultan in Kampong Glam is planning to light up its two golden domes in the evenings in an effort to make it a beacon for tourists.

    "This will help the masjid stand out and support the Singapore Tourism Board's efforts to promote Kampong Glam as a destination," said the chairman of the mosque's board of trustees, Mr Mohamed Patail.

    The idea will form part of a previously announced $4.37 million facelift to improve accessibility for the mosque's congregation and boost the local heritage area.


    Tourists will be granted access to the rooftop of the mosque's four-storey annex via a new lift - providing a panoramic view of surrounding streets and shophouses.






    (More info on the mosque from Wikipedia:
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    Default Under one roof: Take a sneak peek at the Singapore Sports Hub

    The Singapore Sports Hub will reveal its calendar of events for 2014 today. Apart from being home to some of the world’s biggest sports stars, the fully integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle arena will also be a playground for Singaporeans when it opens later this year. Tien Chung Ping, Tay Chern Hui, Chng Choon Hiong and Bryandt Lyn offer a sneak peek of what to expect from the new attraction.



    Published on Feb 27, 2014
    6:00 AM

    Set to have the world’s largest free-spanning dome, the Singapore Sports Hub will be an iconic addition to the country’s skyline when it is fully open in June.

    Standing at 82.5m tall when the dome is fully closed – high enough to fit Changi Airport’s control tower inside – and with a diameter of 310m – large enough to house four A-380 planes parked wing to wing – the $1.33 billion hub is one of the most architecturally challenging and technologically advanced projects to be constructed in Singapore.

    When completed, the new National Stadium’s movable 55,000-capacity seating tiers will allow for flexible movement inside the stadium bowl, making it the only stadium in the world suitable for hosting football, athletics, rugby and cricket, as well as concerts.



    Click here, or on the image above, to see our interactive graphic on the Sports Hub


    The stadium, one of the few carbon-neutral ones around, is installed with energy-efficient cooling technology, where cool air at 23 deg C is pumped from underneath the seats. This additional energy required is offset by energy harnessed throughout the year by solar panels, which has zero impact on the environment.



    Set to have the world’s largest free-spanning dome, the Singapore Sports Hub will be an iconic addition to the country’s skyline when it is fully open in June. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


    Sustainability has been central to the design of the Sports Hub from the start. The insulation in the roof cladding and giant louvres, for example, minimise the heat from the sun.

    The project was awarded the Green Mark Gold Plus for its sustainable design of the stadium and Sports Hub precinct.

    The hub is also home to a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre, a 3,000-capacity multi-purpose indoor arena and a water sports centre featuring dragon boating, kayaking and canoeing in the Kallang Basin. There is also a 41,000 sq m retail and waterfront area as well as a sports museum and sports library.


    All these are just minutes’ walk from two MRT stationsKallang and Stadium.

    The hub will be home to Singapore’s elite athletes and some of the world’s best sportsmen.

    But with facilities such as courts for volleyball and basketball, facilities for lawn bowls, a skate park, a climbing wall as well as running and cycling circuits, you do not have to be a professional athlete to enjoy these offerings.

    The Singapore Sports Hub will be a place where Singaporeans can shop, play, cheer and roar under one roof.

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    Default PM Lee pays tribute to pioneer generation leader Mohamed Ariff Suradi

    Published on Feb 26, 2014
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    Former Member of Parliament (MP) Mohamed Ariff Suradi. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to one of Singapore's first generation of leaders, Mohamed Ariff Suradi, who died on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014, at the age of 84. -- ST FILE PHOTO: RAWI AHMAD



    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to one of Singapore's first generation of leaders, Mohamed Ariff Suradi, who died on Tuesday at the age of 84.

    PM Lee wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: "Was sorry to learn of the passing of Haji Mohamed Ariff Suradi.

    "He belonged to our pioneer generation of leaders, who set Singapore on the path of growth and success."

    Mr Ariff was a legislative assemblyman while Singapore was part of Malaysia, and then an MP after independence, serving in Ulu Pandan and Kampong Kembangan

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    Default Sports Hub: Rugby's World Club 10s to kick-off sporting events at new Sports Hub

    Published on Feb 27, 2014
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    A Causeway clash between Singapore and Malaysia on Aug 8 has been confirmed as the first football match that will take place at the new National Stadium, after the Singapore Sports Hub announced a line-up of events that will be held there this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    By May Chen

    A CAUSEWAY clash between Singapore and Malaysia on Aug 8 has been confirmed as the first football match that will take place at the new National Stadium, after the Singapore Sports Hub announced a line-up of events that will be held there this year.

    The rugby World Club 10s on June 21-22 will be the first sporting event to be held at the 55,000 seater stadium. The new annual event will feature top professional club rugby teams from around the world.

    Other international sporting events that will be held at the $1.33 billion, 35-hectare facility include the South-east Asia Swimming Championships, Asian Netball Championship and other marquee events like the Singapore Swim Stars (September 5-7) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Championships (Oct 17-26).

    Said Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin: "We look forward to hosting Malaysia for the opening match at the Stadium on Aug 8, which will serve as an excellent prelude to our National Day celebrations. We are in the midst of finalising details of other upcoming matches with our partners, including events promoters, and we will make the necessary announcements in due course."

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    President Tony Tan presented the Outstanding Athlete Award to Laurentia Tan (right) and Yip Pin Xiu at the Singapore Disability Sports Council 40th anniversary charity dinner and sports award night 2014 at the Stamford Ballroom, Raffles City Convention Centre on Feb 26, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    By Choo Yun Ting

    SINGAPORE'S two Paralympic medallists were on Wednesday presented the Outstanding Athlete Award at the Singapore Disability Sports Council's 40th anniversary charity dinner and Sports Awards Night 2014.

    Held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, equestrienne Laurentia Tan, who won a silver and a bronze at the 2012 Paralympics, and swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, who clinched a gold and a silver at the 2008 Games, were presented their awards by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

    Nine other para-athletes - Theresa Goh (swimming), Jovin Tan, Desiree Lim (both para-sailing), Muhammad Firdaus (athletics), Nurulsyiqah Mohd Taha (boccia), Tay Wei Ming and Kelvin Pung (badminton) - were also honoured with meritorious awards.

    Meanwhile, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong announced that his ministry has started recruiting organising committee members for next December's Asean Para Games - which Singapore will host for the first time.

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    By Xue Jianyue

    Published: February 27, 1:00 PM
    Updated: February 27, 1:07 PM

    SINGAPORE — To meet Singapore’s growing demand for groceries at their stores, NTUC FairPrice will double their warehouse capacity through a third distribution centre at Joo Koon by the end of this year, announced the social enterprise today (Feb 27).

    The new centre will be part of a new S$350 million, 16-storey FairPrice Hub which will also contain NTUC’s FairPrice’s new headquarters, said their Chairman Ng Ser Miang at the topping up ceremony of the new Hub this morning.

    To raise productivity and cope with the tight labour market, manpower requirements at the new distribution centre will 28 per cent less compared to another existing centre in the area.

    This will be made possible through a new automated system — the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific — which replenishes the warehouses automatically, and features autonomous vehicles mounted on a monorail system which locates specific warehouse goods on its own.

    It will be able to handle up to 10,000 cartons of groceries per hour, 25 per cent faster than the current system in NTUC FairPrice’s other warehouses.

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