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    No problem, try, try and try again.

    Yes, unable to paste pictures for some time now. They can attract.
    Eyes catching pictures please.

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    I'll try and try.

    But most times beyond my control as the papers have the prerogative.

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    Default Underpass to link MRT with Capitol from early next year

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    Published on May 28, 2014 7:54 AM




    The underground link between Capitol Singapore (above) and City Hall station will be funded and constructed by Capitol Investment Holdings. -- PHOTO: URA


    Sorry, still unable to paste pictures. Don't know whether kwun is still working on this to provide a solution.


    Commuters will have a new underpass to get to the redeveloped Capitol Singapore from City Hall MRT station by early next year.

    The underground link will be funded and constructed by Capitol Investment Holdings, the developer of the $1.1 billion project on North Bridge Road.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will create a new entrance at City Hall station that will connect it to Basement 2 of Capitol Singapore, an integrated development with residences, a hotel, retail mall and a theatre.

    In a statement yesterday, the LTA said the link will "improve pedestrian access and comfort". It called for tenders to construct the new entrance at City Hall.

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    Published on May 28, 2014 1:06 PM


    By Amelia Teng


    SINGAPORE - The Singapore Management University (SMU) has appointed Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent as distinguished professor of economics, for a three-year term from January 1 2015.

    Professor Sargent was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences with Professor Christopher Sims . They developed methods to analyse the causal relationship between economic policy and key macroeconomic variables such as GDP, inflation, employment and investment.

    The macroeconomist, who graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, completed his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1968.

    He is currently the William R. Berkley Professor of economics and business at New York University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

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    Default 1,500 apply for 200 places in full-time degree courses at UniSIM

    Flexibility, work stints draw many to varsity's first full-time degree courses



    Ms Ng Wai Ling will study accountancy and is attracted to the work attachments that UniSIM offers. Mr Tan Jun Han will study marketing and looks forward to taking courses with working adults. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE



    By Sandra Davie Senior Education Correspondent



    It may be offering full-time degree courses for the first time, but SIM University is proving a popular choice among young people.

    The university drew 1,500 applications for the 200 places it has in accountancy, marketing and finance, and shortlisted 900 applicants for the four-step selection process which included interviews and essays.

    Close to six in 10 of those who applied were polytechnic diploma holders, while the rest had A levels, said UniSIM.

    The median grade point average for the polytechnic graduates offered places was 3.4 out of 4, putting them in the top 20 per cent of the polytechnic cohort.

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    Default New eco-garden opens in Jurong

    5ha park next to NTU has butterfly garden, ponds


    Published on Jun 1, 2014 12:28 PM


    The 5ha Jurong Eco-Garden next to Nanyang Technological University provides a place for residents to go for strolls and to enjoy nature. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    By Melissa Lin

    SINGAPORE - Residents living in the West can now go for strolls and enjoy nature at a new park next to the Nanyang Technological University.

    The 5ha park, called Jurong Eco-Garden, consists of a freshwater swamp, streams, ponds and a butterfly garden, among other facilities. It also features walking trails and a summit lookout where visitors can have a bird's eye view of the park.

    The park is a project by JTC Corporation and is located in the firm's CleanTech Park, an industrial park dedicated to the research and development of sustainable solutions.

    Minister for Health and adviser to Chua Chu Kang Grassroots Organisations, Mr Gan Kim Yong, officially opened the park on Sunday. In his speech, Mr Gan said the park "can become a focal point for community interaction".

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    Default Singapore top Asian destination for professionals looking to work abroad: Survey

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    The Republic ranks seventh in top places professionals would choose to relocate to; US, Britain and Australia top the list.


    SINGAPORE: Professionals looking to move abroad to pursue career opportunities have identified Singapore as their top destination in Asia, according to a survey of professionals from around the world.

    The United States, United Kingdom and Australia continue to head the list as top destinations for professionals looking to work overseas, according to global recruitment firm Hydrogen Group's fifth Global Professionals on the Move report, which was released on Monday (June 2). In Asia, Singapore (7th) came in ahead of Hong Kong (11th) and China (12th).

    The results were based on an online survey conducted in November 2013, comprising 2,444 responses from professionals in 99 different countries. The UK contributed 21 per cent of respondents, with the remainder a "fairly even spread" of countries in Europe, Australasia, North America, Middle East and Asia, according to the Hydrogen Group.



    RISING IMPORTANCE OF 'RETURN HOMERS'

    The report also highlighted a segment of respondents who categorised themselves as "return homers". About 27 per cent of professionals said they had returned home from an international work stint, and 71 per cent of these were aged between 30 and 60 years, it stated.

    This demographic is of increasing importance to a number of Asian states, including Singapore, as they see this group of professionals as a means to help develop local economies as well as alleviate the reliance on expatriates, Hydrogen Group said.

    Some of the ways governments are trying to entice this group of workers home include offering tax breaks, it added.

    "We now have a worldwide talent pool to draw candidates from. The return homers are of particular interest in Asia, where countries are legislating to ensure their local talent is developed, retained and attracted back," said Mr Simon Walker, Asia-Pacific COO at Hydrogen Group, in a prepared statement.

    However, while these "return homers" are highly coveted, it appears they are also highly mobile.

    About 96 per cent of this demographic said they were willing to work abroad again, and many of these were the most willing to work in the emerging BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) markets where there are clear talent shortages, the report stated.

    - CNA/kk

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    Default New eco-garden opens in Jurong; 5ha park next to NTU has butterfly garden, ponds

    Published on Jun 1, 2014 12:28 PM





    The 5ha Jurong Eco-Garden next to Nanyang Technological University provides a place for residents to go for strolls and to enjoy nature. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


















    By Melissa Lin

    SINGAPORE - Residents living in the West can now go for strolls and enjoy nature at a new park next to the Nanyang Technological University.

    The 5ha park, called Jurong Eco-Garden, consists of a freshwater swamp, streams, ponds and a butterfly garden, among other facilities. It also features walking trails and a summit lookout where visitors can have a bird's eye view of the park.

    The park is a project by JTC Corporation and is located in the firm's CleanTech Park, an industrial park dedicated to the research and development of sustainable solutions.

    Minister for Health and adviser to Chua Chu Kang Grassroots Organisations, Mr Gan Kim Yong, officially opened the park on Sunday. In his speech, Mr Gan said the park "can become a focal point for community interaction".

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    Default Tampines residents to get Town Hub

    POSTED: 01 Jun 2014 22:04


    Tampines residents will soon have their own Town Hub as construction for the integrated community lifestyle hub began on Sunday.

    Artist impression of Tampines Town Hub (Image: People's Association)


    SINGAPORE: Tampines residents will soon have their own Town Hub as construction for the integrated community lifestyle hub began on Sunday.

    The Tampines Town Hub is the first of its kind in Singapore, with sporting facilities, eating places, a library, recreational facilities and clinics located under one roof.

    There will also be information centres and offices such as the town council.

    The residents themselves had requested for those facilities and services.

    Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, who is also MP for Tampines GRC, said: “For instance in Our Singapore Conversation, engaging Singaporeans from all walks of life to provide their input enables us to formulate better policies and to be able to respond and engage our fellow Singaporeans better.

    “And in the case of a local town development, it is even more important (to receive Singaporeans’ input) because the sense of ownership is very important. We want residents to feel that this hub has been built with our input, our ideas, our creativity.”


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    Default Construction of Tampines town hub starts

    Published on Jun 1, 2014 4:52 PM





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    Tampines residents leaving their hand prints on wooden boards that will eventually line the perimeter of the construction site of a new Tampines town hub. Construction of the hub begin on Sunday, June 1, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES



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    (From left) People's Association chief Ang Hak Seng, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, and Tampines MPs Mah Bow Tan and Baey Yam Keng starting off the construction work at the Tampines town hub on Sunday, June 1, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES



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    The new Tampines town hub is about the size of seven football fields and will house sports, retail and community service centres when it is completed in 2016. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


    By Toh Yong Chuan

    SINGAPORE - Tampines residents got their hands dirty on Sunday when they left their hand prints on wooden boards that will eventually line the perimeter of the construction site of a new Tampines town hub.

    They were at an event to mark the start of construction of the hub. When completed in 2018, the hub, which is about the size of seven football fields, will house sports, retail and community service centres.

    On Sunday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is the anchor minister for Tampines GRC, also visited a new information centre near the construction site which will keep residents updated on the progress of the town hub.

    The People's Association said on Sunday that it has gathered views from more than 15,000 residents since the plan for the new hub was announced in 2011. It also welcomes residents to continue giving feedback on the hub.

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    Default S'pore continues to develop innovative solutions to make it liveable & sustainable: P

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    SINGAPORE: Singapore is developing itself as a liveable and sustainable city, and at the same time learning from other cities to improve the lives of its people, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of the World Cities Summit on Sunday.

    Speaking to ministers and mayors from around the world, Mr Lee said urbanisation is moving at an unprecedented pace.

    Mr Lee noted that since the last World Cities Summit two years ago, more than 100 million people have moved to cities.

    He said Singapore has taken the long-term view of developing itself as a liveable and sustainable city.

    "(We are) planning over generations, implementing programmes over several election terms, and rallying Singaporeans to forgo some immediate gains for future dividends," Prime Minister Lee said.

    Mr Lee said Singapore's efforts have been recognised internationally, but improving the country is a journey without an end.

    Singaporeans' expectations are rising, he added.

    To meet these expectations, Singapore is developing better homes by making housing more affordable, and having reliable public transport.

    It is also integrating green spaces and blue waters in its urban surroundings.

    Mr Lee noted that other cities are also continuing to move ahead, developing innovative solutions and setting new standards.

    He said Singapore is studying these cities carefully.

    He cited examples of how the Republic is learning from London's public transport system, Copenhagen's integration of "pocket parks" downtown, and Bilbao's management of its arts and cultural spaces.

    In addition, Singapore is harnessing technology to become a "smarter nation".

    The island is being wired up to ensure ubiquitous connectivity and to enhance the business environment.

    Singapore is also using data better to improve sustainability and piloting green technologies.

    Mr Lee said the country is learning from other cities' experiences too.

    The prime minister cited Rio de Janeiro, which is working with computer giant IBM to be a "smart city".

    In Manhattan, the city has a central hotline and a dashboard for municipal services.

    Mr Lee added that technology can facilitate strengthening ownership by engaging citizens and residents. This can be done through crowd-sourcing and location-based services.

    Mr Lee said this year's Lee Kuan Yew prize winners are good examples of successful cities in action.


    The World City Prize goes to Suzhou which developed a thriving economy while protecting its cultural landmarks, while this year's Water Prize goes to the US Orange County Water District. Its water reuse schemes are adapted in Singapore when it embarked on the NEWater programme.

    - CNA/al

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    Some tough decisions await HDB upgraders


    Many will be caught between flat resale and sub-par rental markets


    Published on Jun 2, 2014 9:30 AM



    Private condominiums and HDB flats in the eastern part of Singapore. The vacancy rate in the first quarter for completed units in the eastern region almost doubled, from 3.4 per cent to 6.1 per cent. -- ST FILE PHOTO



    By Goh Eng Yeow Senior Correspondent


    FOR a health check of the private residential market, an investor needed only to check out the sales at an upmarket condo project in Ang Mo Kio when it was relaunched recently.

    The developer attracted scores of buyers in a flat market - but only after slashing prices by 12 per cent.

    The discounting lends credence to the forecasts made by some property analysts that private residential prices may fall by between 10 and 15 per cent over the next two years.

    There are a range of issues feeding into this narrative, from both the supply and demand sides of the equation.

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    Default 8 highlights of the Shangri-La Dialogue

    Published on Jun 2, 2014 5:33 PM



    By Ling Chang Hong Assistant Foreign Editor

    The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue took place last weekend in Singapore. Held against the backdrop of rising tensions over the region's territorial disputes, and an intensifying geostrategic tussle in the Asia-Pacific, this summit saw the most heated debates since it was started in 2002.

    The Straits Times looks back at some of the highlights of the three-day forum which was attended by 450 defence ministers, senior military officials and security experts from the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

    1. Japan wants greater role in the region



    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the keynote speaker at the opening of the forum on May 30. He expressed Japan's intention to play a bigger and more proactive role in ensuring peace and security in the region and pledged support for South-east Asian nations in their efforts to protect their territories.

    In his address, the first by a Japanese leader at the forum, Mr Abe also dwelt at length on the need to observe international maritime laws.

    Although Mr Abe did not directly name any country, there was little doubt that his speech was targeted at China as he repeatedly used language that Tokyo had employed in criticising Beijing's behaviour in the region's territorial disputes.

    Read more:
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    Japan to take on bigger international security role, says PM Abe

    2. US raps China, stresses Asia pivot



    On the second day of the forum, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel issued sharp criticisms at China for its "destabilising, unilateral actions" in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea. In unusually pointed remarks, Mr Hagel warned that Washington would not look the other way when fundamental principles of international order are being challenged.

    Mr Hagel also reiterated Washington's commitment to the region, saying that "rebalancing to Asia-Pacific is a reality".

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    US raps China over 'destabilising' acts

    Hagel accuses China of 'destabilising actions', reiterates Washington's commitment to Asia


    3. China hits back



    On the final day of the forum, Lieutenant-General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), hit back at Japan and the United States, lashing out at the two allies for their "provocations" against China.

    In an unexpected deviation from his prepared speech, Mr Wang accused Mr Abe and Mr Hagel of ganging up against China, slamming them for using their speeches to attack Beijing. Their remarks were "unacceptable", "provocative" and went against the spirit of the from, the Chinese general said.

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    China slams US, Japan for 'provocative' remarks at Singapore forum


    4. Sino-Viet spat in spotlight



    The maritime dispute between China and Vietnam was a topic of interest at the forum. The spat was triggered by a Chinese oil rig deployed in disputed waters last month and escalated recently when a Chinese ship rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the area.

    Vietnam's Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh told the forum that Hanoi will take Beijing to international court only as a "last resort", preferring to resolve the dispute through talks.

    Madam Fu Ying, chairman of the Chinese Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, meanwhile said that Hanoi and Beijing have to find a solution themselves and that Washington should not interfere in this matter.

    Read more:
    Vietnam: Taking China to court 'last resort'

    China, Vietnam must solve maritime spat themselves: Chinese official


    5. Post-coup Thailand in focus



    Thailand, which is now ruled by a military government after a bloodless coup last month, was also in the spotlight at the forum. Mr Hagel had in his speech urged the coup leaders to release detainees, allow freedom of expression and call for elections soon.

    In response, Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thailand's Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs who was leading the Thai delegation, said his country was not retreating from democracy. He said Thailand was undergoing political reforms before holding elections, and urged its strategic and economic partners to give it time.

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    Thailand 'not abandoning democracy'

    6. Charged atmosphere



    The atmosphere at this year's forum was unusually tense amid the rising temperatures over territorial disputes in the East and South China seas.

    Usually a cordial affair in which disagreements have always been politely couched, delegates have been far less shy about speaking their minds this year. Lieutenant-General Wang, who heads the PLA delegation, for example, described Mr Hagel's speech as "full of hegemonism, threat and intimidation".

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    Regional disputes lead to tense atmosphere in forum

    7. Asean-China ties strong



    Mr Abe's expressed intention to build closer security ties with Asean will not worry China too much given its strong ties with the South-east Asian grouping, analysts say.

    So far, Singapore and Indonesia have openly welcomed Mr Abe's move while other Asean member states, such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam who have territorial disputes with China, have mostly kept silent.

    Read more:
    Abe's aims in Asean not a worry for China

    8. What's next?



    While barbs and heated exchanges over territorial disputes and Japan's desire for a greater regional security role dominated this year's forum, the real elephant in the room is the question of how best to accommodate a rising China.

    Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told delegates at the forum's closing session that it was an issue the region was still "grappling with".

    One suggestion is to readjust the speaking slots so that the Chinese can have their say first, or even better, invite Chinese President Xi Jinping to be the keynote speaker for next year's forum.

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    Default Experts identify 45 'sacred' heritage sites

    Their suggestions follow call for a list to help foster love for country


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    The Botanic Gardens (above) and Newton Food Centre are possible sites worthy of conservation. The Straits Times has launched an online poll to pick favourites. -- ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, NEA


    By Melody Zaccheus

    Hong Lim Park fountain, Newton Food Centre and a Hakka memorial hall from 1887.

    The first has played witness to many a speech at Speakers' Corner, the second is a well-known hawker centre from the 1970s to which tourists flock for a taste of local cuisine, while the third - Shuang Long Shan Ancestral Hall in Holland Close - tells the story of early Singapore immigrants.

    These are just three of 45 structures, sites and buildings that heritage experts and architects here believe are worthy of conservation and can be seen as "sacred".

    Their suggestions come after Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, called for working out a list of places Singaporeans treasure and declaring them national shrines as a way to foster love for the country. He suggested the Botanic Gardens, East Coast Park and old Chinatown.

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    Default Vote for your favourite sacred Singaporean structures and sites

    Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:00 AM


    By Melody Zaccheus

    SINGAPORE - Which places in Singapore do you feel most connected to, and believe should be protected? Have your say by voting for your top three buildings and top three places from this list of 45 chosen by six architects and heritage experts. They believe these places should be conserved because of their role in telling the Singapore story.

    Recently, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, called for a list of sacred places as a way to foster love for the country. Quoting an American urban specialist, he described sacred as a unique place “that (makes) one feel an irrational commitment to a place”.

    You can also share your own suggestions, either by filling in the "Other" option in the polls below, or by sending an e-mail to melodyz@sph.com.sg. Your votes will help piece together a list of Singapore’s 10 most sacred structures and sites.

    Your sacred Singaporean buildings


    Blocks 57, 61 and 67 to 73 at Commonwealth Drive; others in Redhill Close, Silat Road & Dakota Crescent estates; and the first terrace houses here in Stirling Road. These buildings were the first to be built by the Singapore Improvement Trust.

    Blocks 45, 48 and 49 in Queenstown – the very first Housing Board public housing developments.

    Block 53, Lor 5 Toa Payoh, another early HDB flat, came with a viewing deck on the roof which hosted dignitaries.

    HDB’s podium blocks in the heart of the city housed residents and businesses displaced by redevelopment works in the 1970s and early 1980s. These include Bras Basah Complex and Waterloo Centre.

    Queenstown Sports Complex was Singapore’s first neighbourhood sports complex when it opened in 1970.

    The former Queenstown Polyclinic, which opened in 1963 along Margaret Drive, was the Government’s first attempt at an all-in-one medical facility in the heartlands.

    The octagon-shaped Queensway Shopping Centre which was opened in 1976.

    Shuang Long Shan Wu Shu Ancestral Hall from 1887, located at Commonwealth Lane, was designed in the style of a traditional Chinese ancestral hall.

    The 16-storey Golden Mile Complex building, which was completed in 1973, is one of the pioneers of the concept of a mixed-used development.

    People’s Park Complex was the first of its kind in South-east Asia when completed in the early 1970s. It had a podium for shops and businesses and a residential tower above.

    Built in 1976, the cylindrical-shaped Pearl Bank Apartments represents a period when architects designed innovative high-rise and high-density structures.

    The former Mount Emily Girls’ Home is a grand, two-storey colonial bungalow, at 11 Upper Wilkie Road. It has a history dating back to the 1800s.

    Built in 1947 by Sir Run Run Shaw, the former Shaw Malay Film Productions studios at 8 Jalan Ampas, in Balestier, is where actor and filmmaker P Ramlee first started his career.

    Built in the 1950s, the Boys’ Brigade Headquarters Building in Ganges Avenue used to be home to Havelock Primary School.

    Dating back to 1929, the Old Police Academy at 1 Mount Pleasant Road has for decades been a police training ground.

    Masjid Hang Jebat, in Wessex estate, was established by the British in 1952 to meet the needs of Muslim servicemen.

    Hangars at Kallang Airport. Kallang Airport was Singapore’s first civil airport when it opened in 1937. The main terminal building was conserved in 2008.

    Hong Lim Park Fountain has played witness to many speeches at the Speakers’ Corner.

    A pair of stone lions, commissioned by the Public Works Department in 1955, were first located at the end of the Merdeka Bridge. The lions have since been relocated several times.

    Built in 1981, the 78m-tall Changi Airport Control Tower is iconic to both locals and foreigners, says architect Chang Yong Ter.

    The Colonnade, a 28-storey condominium in Grange Road, was designed by world-renowned American architect Paul Rudolph.

    What is believed to be the last kittangi (which means warehouse in Tamil) located at 1 Tank Road. Chettiars used to operate their moneylending businesses out of these shophouses.


    The list was put together after interviews with Singapore Heritage Society secretary and conservation architect Yeo Kang Shua, architects Chang Yong Ter, Lim Huck Chin and Tia Boon Sim; heritage enthusiast and blogger Jerome Lim and civic group founder Kwek Li Yong
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    Default Food feast at upcoming Seletar Mall

    Published on Jun 3, 2014 10:05 AM





    Key tenants at Seletar Mall are FairPrice Finest, Foodfare and Shaw Theatres. -- PHOTO: THE SELETAR MALL


    People living or working around Seletar Mall will soon have more meal options because food and beverage outlets are expected to take up a third of floor space at the upcoming shopping centre.

    These include popular coffee joint Starbucks and local favourites such as Din Tai Fung and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh.

    The three anchor tenants of the mall, which is slated to open at the end of this year, are FairPrice Finest, Foodfare and Shaw Theatres.

    Besides food outlets, a supermarket and a cineplex, there will also be learning centres that offer language, art and music courses.

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    Default 50th National Day to honour what it means to be Singaporean

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    By Kok Xing Hui


    Published: June 4, 4:03 AM


    SINGAPORE — Celebrations for Singapore’s 50th anniversary will begin at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve this year and continue throughout next year, punctuated by national celebrations centred around National Day and the South-east Asian Games.
    There will also be programmes marking the Republic’s heritage and collective memories, such as a compilation of tributes to 50 of Singaporeans’ favourite places on this island.

    The goal, said Education Minister and Chairman of the SG50 Steering Committee, Mr Heng Swee Keat, is to “get as many Singaporeans as possible” involved in the Republic’s golden jubilee birthday bash, as well as encourage groups and individuals to come up with ideas and special activities to “mark this very special year and very special occasion”.

    “SG50 is about celebrating the enduring values that we share as Singaporeans, values that undergird the Singapore Spirit — values that have stood us in good stead in the past and give us confidence for an even brighter future,” he added. “In terms of the themes that you see throughout the various events, there will be three elements: One is about reflecting on our past, and it’s about celebrating our present and committing to the future,” noted Mr Heng at a press conference to unveil the line-up of the celebrations.

    Co-chair of the SG50 Programme Office Indranee Rajah, who is also Senior Minister of State (Law and Education), added that the “golden thread” through the various activities — some of which were culled from the over 11,000 suggestions submitted by members of the public — is about “the essence of Singaporean-ness ... and the journey we’ve made as Singaporeans”.

    To that end, the celebrations will kick off on Dec 31 this year, with a special edition of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown that will have a retrospective element, including highlighting Singapore music and local music celebrities. The anchor celebration will be the National Day Parade, which will incorporate activities to encourage active participation of Singaporeans.

    A new pedestrian bridge will also be built in the heart of the city, from the Merlion Park to Marina Promenade, in front of the Esplanade Theatres, which will form part of a heritage walk through the civic district and the Marina Bay area. There will also be four new public artworks along the trail to commemorate SG50.

    These will serve as a lasting physical legacy of Singapore’s jubilee year.

    An SG Heart Map will also be compiled based on 50 places of significance in Singapore suggested by the public. Content on these places, such as sketches, poetry, photographs and short films crowdsourced from the public, will be included on the map.

    Meanwhile, the National Museum will revamp its permanent galleries in September next year to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence. Defining moments in the Republic’s journey from 1942 onwards will be told through experiential exhibitions.

    The National Gallery will also open in November with displays of the best in our national collection of visual arts, including from Nanyang pioneer artists. On the sidelines, Singaporeans can contribute their reflections on the National Pledge, which will be incorporated into an artwork at a sheltered linkway from City Hall MRT station to the new National Gallery.

    Several major events that Singapore is hosting next year, such as the South-east Asian Games in June and the ASEAN Para Games in December, will also be infused with celebratory themes, such as highlighting inspiring stories of ordinary people and athletes achieving the extraordinary.

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