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04-08-2010, 01:39 AM #1582
1st Jurong Lake site for sale
The Straits Times
Apr 8, 2010
THE first sale site in Jurong Lake District has been triggered for tender after an unnamed developed committed to bid at least $350 million for it.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will launch the site for public tender in about two weeks' time. The 1.9 ha land parcel at Jurong Gateway Road next to the Jurong East MRT station was made available for sale through the Reserve List system on Nov 28, 2008.
The Jurong Lake District consists of two unique but complementary precincts - Jurong Gateway and Lakeside. Occupying a total site area of 360 ha - which is about the size of Marina Bay, it will be a major regional centre in the west of Singapore, providing an attractive location for commercial developments outside the city centre and a world class leisure destination by the lake.
The sale site has a land area of 1.9 ha and a potential gross floor area (GFA) of about 107,000 sq m of space.
In line with the plan for Jurong Gateway to be developed as a major regional commercial centre in the west of Singapore, the proposed development on the land parcel will have at least 30 per cent of the total GFA for office use. The remaining GFA can be for additional office use or other uses permitted under the White site zoning such as commercial, hotel and residential uses.
The Jurong Gateway, with a total land area of about 70 ha, will be the biggest commercial hub within a unique lakeside setting outside the city centre, offering a good mix of office, retail, hotel, entertainment, food & beverage (F&B) and other complementary uses.
On the other hand, the Lakeside precinct, which spreads over 220 ha of land and 70 ha of water body, is envisioned to be developed into a world class leisure destination for locals and tourists. New edu-tainment or nature-based attractions , waterfront boardwalks, wetlands, parks and promenades will be developed in the scenic lakeside setting.
It is strategically located in the heart of Jurong Gateway precinct. Existing developments in the precinct include the JTC Summit and Jurong Entertainment Centre, which is undergoing a major revamp. Other upcoming developments in the area include the Jurong General Hospital and the West Campus for Continuing Education and Training.
More than 3,000 multinational and global businesses are clustered in the nearby International Business Park and Jurong/Tuas industrial estates and there is a catchment of one million residents from the surrounding towns.
Several government agencies such as the Ministry of National Development (MND) and its statutory boards, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) as well as the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and its statutory boards, Public Utilities Board (PUB) and National Environment Agency (NEA) will also relocate their offices to the Jurong Lake District in the near future.
Artist's impressions of the new Jurong Lake District. -- PHOTO: URA
04-08-2010, 11:23 PM #1583
Organisers give glimpse of opening and closing ceremonies of YOG
08 April 2010 2305 hrs
By Patwant Singh/Favian Ng
SINGAPORE: Details of the much-anticipated Opening and Closing ceremonies of the world's first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are out.
Organisers did not want to disclose too much, saying it is still work in progress.
But they said the shows will be by the young, for the young, and inspire global unity and national pride.
The National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform has wowed Singaporeans over the years.
But come August, the venue will stage the biggest party for a global audience, where an estimated 7,000 youths are expected to perform in the first-ever Opening Ceremony of an Olympic Games to be held on the waterfront with a city skyline as a backdrop.
The opening ceremony of the YOG will kick off at 20:10 hours or 8.10pm Singapore time on August 14 and will last for two hours. The Games will close on August 26.
25,000 people will be at the platform for each of the ceremonies, with billions more around the world watching it on TV and via new media.
It will be history in the making, as organisers said the inaugural Games will create a new chapter in the Olympic movement.
But organisers were tight-lipped about revealing too much.
"(There will be) 7,600 performers, (with)...lighting...multimedia...fireworks, fountains, huge props, and an amazing set against this beautiful backdrop," said Ivan Heng, creative director, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.
The Opening Ceremony will showcase Singapore's multi-racial diversity and elements from around the world.
The creative team brainstormed with young people for their ideas.
"We had workshops in early February last year when we got together with a group of youths. Over the course of two weeks, we sat down and we really talked to each other. We listened to what they felt what the YOG Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony should be," said Mr Heng.
He added, "This is going to be an event that will be very much involved by youths. It would be for the youths and we will be working with the youths."
While not like the Beijing Olympics, the team said Singapore will deliver a memorable show, despite its modest budget.
Francis Chong, Deputy CEO, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, "It is not about outspending or bragging rights. If that is the case, big cities always have the edge. It is about finding and creating the meaning.
"It is not about how much is being spent. Enough will be spent to create a show that will move people and entertain."
His comments were echoed by Mr Heng, who believes that sincerity matters more than a big budget.
He said: "A big budget does not mean good (shows). You can make good shows with a smaller budget but with a lot of heart. That is what we want to do."
The team also faces another challenge - the short lead-up time in getting the resources, concept and performers together.
"Performers are being trained as we speak, and that training is more the kind of dancers that we want, costumes are being created...and this will all come together sometime in mid-July when we begin the combined rehearsals," said Brigadier-General Ishak Ismail, chairman, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.
Organisers are expecting good demand for seats and tickets will be offered through a balloting system, where each person is only allowed to buy four tickets. The tickets themselves are unique as they are an all-in-one event ticket - allowing entry, transit and payment.
Tickets range from S$30 to S$200 for the Opening Ceremony and S$15 to S$80 for the Closing Ceremony.
Registration starts on April 23 and can be done online at www.singapore2010.sg/tickets or through a hotline, +65 63482010.
04-09-2010, 01:19 AM #1584
$1 million each, for Olympic glory
09 April 2010 0626 hrs
By Low Lin Fhoong,
SINGAPORE: The national women's table tennis team ended 48 years of hurt when they won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In a bid to win Singapore's first individual medal since weightlifter Tan Howe Liang finished second at the Rome Olympics in 1960, the six athletes currently in the Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP) will be funded to the tune of approximately $1 million each.
"With so much money pumped in, we are targeting an individual medal at the 2012 London Games," said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Teo Ser Luck on Thursday.
Mr Teo was speaking on the sidelines of the Singapore Youth Sports Development (SYSD) committee visit of the Youth Olympics badminton squad at the Singapore Sports School.
He added: "The amount for the OPP is one of the highest in support of our Olympic athletes. We will build an eco-system and athletes can hire the best coaches, therapists and psychologists, and this will help benefit the teammates and sport."
Paddlers Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu, swimmer Tao Li and shooter Jasmine Ser joined the OPP last year.
Funding for the programme, which right now is at $6.3 million, is from the Tote Board and MCYS. Selection for the programme is based on criteria such as an athlete's world ranking and results at major international meets.
A steering committee led by Mr Teo oversee the OPP, assisted by three sub-committees in the areas of athlete identification, training and development, and sports medicine and sports science support.
A joint management team comprising a representative from the respective national sports association (NSA), coach and an official from the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) will manage the fund for each athlete. They will monitor his or her progress on a regular basis.
Regular performance reviews will be submitted to the training and development sub-committee.
On Tuesday, the SSC revealed that a total of $50.22 million will be distributed to 63 NSAs for FY2010, a 6.9-per-cent increase from last year.
Last month, the Singapore National Olympic Council revealed that Olympic-bound athletes would received additional support from a new scheme, the Singapore Olympic Foundation, which aims to raise between $5 million and $10 million from companies to support the development of young athletes.
Said Mr Teo: "The OPP will add to the annual funding that SSC gives out, along with the Singapore Olympic Foundation."
The planned Singapore Sports Institute, which will be located at the $1.87-billion Sports Hub at Kallang and is expected to be ready by early 2014 at the latest, is expected to take over the running of the OPP by 2016.
The current Olympic programme follows the success of Project 0812, a $7-million government-led initiative to help Team Singapore attain medal success at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
The women's table tennis team of Li Jiawei, Wang and Feng clearly benefited when they returned home with a silver in 2008.
Swimmer Tao Li, who made a splash at the 2008 Games after finishing fifth in the women's 100m butterfly final, is already gearing up for the battle in 2012.
"This is very good news and it'll definitely help me ... I will grab this opportunity and I hope to help Singapore reap the rewards in London,'' she told MediaCorp.
Also on the radar for the OPP are the athletes from August's Youth Olympic Games, with Mr Teo saying potential talent in sports like swimming, sailing and shooting could be added to the programme in the future.
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04-09-2010, 10:13 AM #1585
Arrest warrant issued, Interpol on red alert against Silviu Ionescu
09 April 2010 1708 hrs
By Saifulbahri Ismail
SINGAPORE: The Singapore government has issued a Warrant of Arrest against Dr Silviu Ionescu over a deadly hit-and-run accident, while Interpol issued a Red Notice against the former Romanian charge d'affaires.
Last month, the Coroner's Inquiry held in Singapore ruled that Dr Ionescu was the driver of the car that hit three pedestrians on December 15 last year. One person died.
Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday met Mr Aurelian Neagu, the Romanian Ambassador to Singapore, who is based in Tokyo.
MFA said Mr Neagu was officially informed of the findings of the Coroner's Inquiry and the charges preferred by the Singapore Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) against Dr Silviu Ionescu.
He was also officially informed that a Warrant of Arrest had been issued against Dr Ionescu and that Interpol had issued a Red Notice against him.
A Red Notice means the warrant can be circulated in member countries, with the request that the wanted person be arrested with a view to extradition.
Singapore's Foreign Ministry told Mr Neagu that Singapore understood Romania cannot compel Dr Ionescu to return to the Republic as there was no Extradition Treaty between the two countries.
Still, the ministry stressed that the Romanian government had a clear moral obligation to persuade Dr Ionescu to come back to Singapore to stand trial.
It said this was in Romania's own interests as Dr Ionescu had seriously damaged Romania's international reputation.
Mr Neagu informed MFA that the Romanian Prosecutor's Office had started criminal investigations against Dr Ionescu on February 2 on "homicide by negligence, leaving the scene of an accident and false statements".
These are similar to the charges which the ACG had prepared against Dr Ionescu.
Ambassador Neagu stressed that Romania was committed to seeing justice done.
The Ambassador explained that Romania would need to conduct its own investigations against Dr Ionescu in accordance with Romanian law.
He assured MFA that Romania would continue to cooperate fully with Singapore on the matter, and abide by the law and international procedures in dealing with this case.
MFA thanked Mr Neagu for his assurances of Romania's commitment, and reiterated that Singapore would cooperate with Romania to the fullest extent possible under Singapore's law to see that justice is served.
Singapore told Mr Neagu that it has agreed to Romania's request to set up a Joint Commission, which will comprise legal experts from both sides, who will share evidence.
They could start work by May.
The Singapore Foreign Ministry cautioned Mr Neagu that Romania should not underestimate the depth of feelings that had been aroused in Singapore over the case.
It continued to say that the Romanian government must, in its own interests, ensure justice is served. Otherwise, there would inevitably be consequences for bilateral relations.
04-09-2010, 10:22 AM #1586
Joint group to probe envoy's case
The Straits Times
Apr 9, 2010
SINGAPORE and Romania have agreed to set up a Joint Technical Working Group to investigate the Dec 15 hit-and-run accident involving former Romanian charge d'affaires Silviu Ionescu, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
The working group, proposed by the Romanian side in February, is expected to start work by May.
'If the Romanian side was ready to begin work earlier, Singapore was ready to do so as we had already appointed our representatives to the Joint Technical Working Group,' said an MFA spokesman on Friday, after it met Romanian Ambassador to Singapore Aurelian Neagu to discuss the criminal charges which Singapore wants to bring against Dr Ionescu, 49.
Mr Neagu, who flew from Tokyo where he is based, told MFA officials at Friday's meeting that Romania was ready to send a prosecutor to Singapore to meet officials here 'at anytime'. In response, MFA said it hopes the Romanian authorities would propose specific dates for the visit without delay.
At the meeting, MFA also lodged a strong protest to the Ambassador on the inappropriate comments made by Dr Ionescu to the media on the integrity of Singapore's judicial system and the victims.
'Dr Ionescu's comments were without basis, callous in the extreme and showed an utter lack of remorse. MFA pointed out that the Singapore legal system was widely known for its transparency, integrity and high standards and that Dr Ionescu's callous comments on the victims had only further inflamed public feelings against Dr Ionescu and Romania,' the MFA spokesman said.
'MFA welcomed the Romanian MFA's disavowal of the allegations made by Dr Ionescu about the Coroner's Inquiry and Singapore's judicial system and its clarification that they did not represent the position of the Romanian Government.'
MFA, however, stressed to the Ambassador that it was puzzling that its Foreign Ministry continued to allow Dr Ionescu, who is still an employee of the ministry although he has been suspended from his duties, to make such inappropriate remarks.
It told Mr Neagu that 'so long as Dr Ionescu remained formally in the employment of the Romanian government, the Romanian MFA could not disavow responsibility for him and had a strong obligation to ensure that Dr Ionescu refrained from making outrageous and inappropriate statements. Such statements damaged Romania's reputation and were not in Dr Ionescu's own interests either.'
'MFA cautioned Ambassador Neagu that Romania should not underestimate the depth of feelings that had been aroused in Singapore over the case. Questions had been asked in Parliament. The Romanian Government must in its own interests ensure that justice was served and seen to be served. Otherwise, there would inevitably be consequences for bilateral relations,' added the MFA spokesman.
04-10-2010, 12:47 AM #1587
Romania says Ionescu's case won't affect bilateral ties with Singapore
10 April 2010 1327 hrs
By Joanne Chan
SINGAPORE: Romania says its stance to fully abide by its law and international procedures in dealing with Dr Silviu Ionescu's case demonstrates its resolve to not let the case affect bilateral relations with Singapore.
In a statement posted on its website on 9 April (Romanian time), Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has acted with utmost openness and pursued law enforcement.
The statement also stressed that the ministry has disassociated itself from the statements released by its former Charge d'Affaires to Singapore.
Romania clarified that once an employee is suspended from duties, his statements carry the same weight as personal opinions expressed by any other citizen.
In addition, Dr Ionescu's views do not commit the Romanian authorities or its Foreign Ministry.
The statement added that the Romanian authorities do not interfere with its citizens' right to freedom of expression.
Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs met Romanian Ambassador to Singapore, Aurelian Neagu, on Friday.
It informed Mr Neagu of the actions taken against Dr Ionescu, including the issue of a warrant of arrest and a Red Notice put out by Interpol.
Singapore had also lodged a strong protest with the ambassador on the inappropriate comments made by Dr Ionescu to the media over the integrity of Singapore's judicial system and the victims.
04-10-2010, 01:24 AM #1588
A new old World
05:55 AM Apr 10, 2010
Online game aimed at educating public about old Singapore
by Hetty Musfirah firstname.lastname@example.org
SINGAPORE - Museums are not always about the past. They are finding their place in the future - by going interactive - virtually.
Acting Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew said this would enable museums to further engage the younger Internet-savvy generation, and keep them interested in Singapore's heritage.
One such project aimed at this group will be launched later this year.
The World of Temasek is a game about the past - about Singapore in the 14th century to a time when places such as Fort Canning and the Singapore River were a hive of activity.
Mr Chris Jones, creative director and co-founder from Magma Studios, said this virtual online game is similar to the ones that many children are playing with these days.
"It is non-fiction, and it is academic, but that does not mean it is not fun. Players can create their own characters and customise them, they can collect virtual versions of real artefacts, they can fight enemies such as pirates and wild animals and learn basically anything there is to learn about ancient Temasek."
The game will also feature interesting facades as well as nuggets of information that many may not know about Singapore.
"We are also recreating the Asian wildlife of Singapore. I think people would be really surprised to find animals such as rhinoceros running around," Mr Jones added.
Creating virtual spaces like World of Temasek is something that museums in Singapore are looking to leverage further in the future.
The National Heritage Board has already started digitising and archiving past exhibitions. The virtual archives will allow the public to view the past exhibitions in the comfort of their own homes anywhere in the world.
Mr Lui said the idea of having more virtual galleries is an exciting prospect.
"This will be the next step forward, because what we are able to see of our collection in the museum, is only a small percentage. What we have in the archives is far more, and so part of the effort is really to digitise it and increasingly, in three dimensions, make that available and then people can do their research," he added.
Such initiatives will enable the museums to attain a wider audience locally and internationally, as well as prolong the life span of past exhibitions.
All National Heritage Board museums are also now Wi-fi ready, allowing visitors to surf the Internet for free.
04-10-2010, 01:45 AM #1589
Saturday Special: Temasek Polytechnic
The Straits Times
Apr 10, 2010
TP's first PSC scholar
WILSON Yung Ying Kit has made it into TP's annals as the first graduate to be awarded the Singapore Government Scholarship by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2008.
One of the most highly regarded scholarships in Singapore, the PSC Scholarships provide scholars with a suite of development programmes designed to induct them into the Civil Service and give them valuable insights into public policy-making.
Wilson will pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration at the National University of Singapore where he hopes to do a double major in either Statistics or Economics. He also aspires to go overseas for his postgraduate studies in the future.
The unassuming young man, whose academic prowess netted him an amazing haul of 31 distinctions and 1 'A' during his three years at TP, had topped his graduating cohort with a perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0.
He graduated top of his cohort and received the Diploma in Business Course Gold Medal.
A highlight of Wilson's studies at TP was serving his internship in Beijing, China, where he was attached to the mortgage department of Standard Chartered Bank from September to November 2007. He earned much praise from his supervisors who described him as having a 'strong sense of dedication and discipline' and being 'an independent worker who takes the initiative and possesses good work attitude.'
The all-rounded Wilson is no mere bookworm either. An accomplished cellist with a Grade 8 certificate, Wilson was president of TP's Chinese Orchestra and during his term the orchestra clinched the Arts Group of the Year award at TP in 2008. He currently coaches the cellists in the Chinese Orchestra and is also a member of the City Chinese Orchestra outside TP.
When asked about his role models in life, a modest Wilson comments that he learns from the people he encounters. 'Be it the cleaning auntie, my superiors, or friends. I guess there are actually many small lessons in daily life which we can pick up.'
An accomplished cellist, Wilson (far right) was one of the top scorers in Singapore for his Grade 5 ABRSM (Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exam. -- PHOTO: TP
04-10-2010, 01:58 AM #1590
Saturday Special: Singapore Polytechnic
The Straits Times
Apr 10, 2010
SP girl gets MDA award
SHE'S counted among the 15 recipients of the Media Education Scheme Award in the whole of Singapore, and is the only Singapore Polytechnic (SP) graduate to be awarded the scholarship by the Media Development Authority (MDA) this year.
Farhana Binte Ja'afar is without doubt a rare gem.
[B]Since she first signed up for the Diploma in Digital Media course back in 2006, [/B]Farhana has consistently achieved stellar results and racked up awards. On top of that, she has been very proactive in working on various external projects, joining competitions and winning them.
Upon graduation in the top five per cent of her cohort, she decided to pursue her interest in visual communication and managed to clinch a spot at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It was at this point that she decided to apply for the MDA's Media Education Scheme Award.
Receiving the award on 25 August 2009, Farhana was practically beaming.
'I feel extremely happy and honoured at the same time to have received the Scholarship. It is pretty much a dream come true,' she said.
How does her family feel about her achievements?
'My family are more excited than me. When I appeared in the news and the papers the other day, they called up every single one of their friends to tell them the news. My family, so far, has been very supportive, they usually let me decide on my future, what I want to do and I guess that is the best part besides the scholarship.'
With a tireless drive and a hunger to strive for greater heights, Farhana already has plans for herself beyond NTU.
'Hopefully, when I graduate, I will have stronger perspective in the world of visual communication together with the skills in filmmaking and animation which I gained during my poly years. Thus, I will have wider knowledge in this ever-changing world of media. My ultimate dream is to direct my own films but I would prefer to gain more experience working in production houses first before pursuing my dream.'
Not one to forget her fellow students at SP, she offers this advice: 'Do what you really want to do, but make sure you do it till the end. Usually, if you really want something, and you really put in the effort, you will get it eventually. It is just a matter of time, place and patience.'
Definitely words of wisdom to be carefully thought over.
Farhana receiving the Media Education Scheme Award from RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, MICA Minister. -- PHOTO: SP
04-10-2010, 02:06 AM #1591
Saturday Special: Ngee Ann Polytechnic
The Straits Times
Apr 10, 2010
From NP to Goldman Sachs
NGEE Ann Polytechnic alumnus Jamin Teo, who went on to graduate with a Masters of Engineering from the prestigious Imperial College in London, always knew he wanted to go to a polytechnic, even though he could have easily made it to a junior college.
He was so focused that he visited every polytechnic's Open House to find out about his options.
'I already knew I didn't want to be a doctor or a lawyer, and pretty much every other course could be done at poly,' said Jamin, now 27.
With his passion for Bluetooth, which was a developing technology at that time, he felt that a polytechnic education would give him the opportunity to pick up the engineering and programming know-how needed to explore his interest.
Jamin, who enrolled in Ngee Ann's Diploma in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering course, graduated at the top of his cohort in 2003. He went on to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College on a Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship.
Now based in London, he is working as a technologist at investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.
Looking back on his poly years, he said: 'The hands-on training gave me an edge in university. Poly also really piqued my interest in engineering. Sometimes, you don't want to get stuck in learning the nitty-gritty details of how an electronic component works, you just want to get down and construct something, and poly was very good for that.'
Jamin, who enrolled in Ngee Ann's Diploma in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering course, graduated at the top of his cohort in 2003. -- PHOTO: NP
04-10-2010, 02:18 AM #1592
Saturday Special: Nanyang Polytechnic
The Straits Times
Apr 10, 2010
Unusual creative spark
AS THE saying goes, 'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy'.
Indeed, there is never a dull moment for Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students Jed Tay, Mustapha Zainal, Benjamin Kee and Chad Tay.
These four graduating students from the pioneer batch of NYP's Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design are extremely busy these days, networking, pitching and completing projects for the company which they have set up.
Their company ANOMALYST, which was set up in January 2010, is a media design studio specialising in broadcast design, branding, event coverage and print design.
The four decided to set up the company because of their aspiration to deviate from the ordinary, with their ever-eccentric creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.
Real Industry Projects
With the skills and knowledge they learnt from their course at the School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM),the boys built their own list of clients and contacts from year one. As they progressed and learnt new skills in their course, they began to offer more value-added services to new and existing clients.
The students are grateful for their lecturers' help in giving them a headstart, especially in industry projects.
'As part of our course, we got to work on various real-industry projects such as the Esplanade and the Asian Food Channel. Our lecturers also encouraged us and even shared with us valuable tips about the industry. This boosted our confidence,' said Jed.
As they took on more jobs and produced quality work, their reputation grew, and they gained even more clients through word-of-mouth recommendations. Between them, they have worked with 30 companies on projects worth more than $150,000.
'During my industrial attachment, for example, I met clients, got involved in the various stages of production and my inputs were valued. This creative-client relationship was an important learning point for me,' said Mustapha.
'The company I was attached to asked me to come up with a storyboard for a client pitch. The client took up my idea and I was lucky to work on the project from the start to the end,' added Benjamin.
Working Well Together
It was a school project which brought the team together. 'We worked together on a school project for several months and realised that we clicked, worked very well together, and shared the same vision of starting our own company,' said Jed.
Jed handles the sales and marketing aspects of the business. Ben, on the other hand, is strong in conceptualisation. Mustapha's strength is in compositing, while Chad does design and overall project management. Given their training, each of them can cover another's work if needed.
As a business, they also made sure that their services were priced competitively in the market. Using money earned from previous projects, the group is buying more hardware, like new high-definition cameras.
Networking and Pitching
During SIDM's graduation show on 19-20 March recently, the four lads were busy doing networking and pitching.
'It has been a fun and educational experience for us. We met a lot of people from the industry who shared with their experiences. Some companies were interested to sub-contract their projects to us. In fact, we had to turn down some offers so as not to stretch ourselves too thin,' said Jed. So far, the team has secured projects worth $60,000.
What's ahead for the company? For the four, the challenge is to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the industry and technology.
'Our dream is for each of us to lead our own creative teams within ANOMALYST and expand our business to the region,' said Jed.
The Anomalyst Team (from left) Mustapha Zainal, Jed Tay, Benjamin Kee and Chad Tay (seated). -- PHOTO: NYP
04-10-2010, 10:11 PM #1593
Wanted: Memories of S'pore
The Straits Times
Apr 11, 2010
National Library Board hopes to collect 5 million memories to mark the nation's 50th birthday in 2015
By Huang Lijie
WHAT do you give Singapore for its 50th birthday?
Singaporeans may want to consider offering their memories of life on the island.
The National Library Board aims to collect five million memories to commemorate the occasion in 2015.
The project, Singapore Memory, was announced in Parliament recently. Mr Gene Tan, the project's programme director, said libraries, heritage agencies and research institutions will team up to 'collect, preserve and provide access' to these memories - which may be captured in print, audio and video. He said the project, to be launched later this year, aims to 'strengthen a shared sense of identity and heritage'.
The Oral History Centre, a department under the National Archives, has been documenting the past since it was established in 1979.
Its five full-time oral historians conduct interviews with people about their life experiences. They have logged almost 17,100 hours of interviews with 3,500 people in English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese dialects.
Those who wish to share their oral history may contact Ms Julia Chee of the Oral History Centre on 6332-7944, or e-mail email@example.com
Mr Lai, a retiree, shared his WWII experiences with the Oral History Centre. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
04-10-2010, 10:22 PM #1594
S'pore-born in UK polls
The Straits Times
Apr 11, 2010
Mrs Emerson is a member of the Liberal Democrat party.
LONDON - WHEN British voters go to the polls on May 6, those in the west London constituency of Hammersmith will find Singapore-born Mrs Merlene Toh Emerson the Liberal Democrat party candidate on their ballot papers.
Mrs Emerson was born in Singapore in 1960 and told The Sunday Times by telephone: 'I still feel fundamentally Singaporean.'
Nearly 25 years after first arriving in Britain, Mrs Emerson became a British citizen in 2005, joining the Liberal Democrats because she 'believes in the party's values of social justice, civil liberties and the right of the individual to live a life free from discrimination and ignorance'.
She is one of six candidates for Hammersmith, a newly created constituency, after the boundaries of the former electorate of Hammersmith and Fulham were redrawn. Previous election patterns show the area divided between the opposition Conservatives and the ruling Labour party.
The 2010 ballot is predicted to be close, so Mrs Emerson may benefit from voters' reported disenchantment with both the major parties.
The BBC featured her in a report about candidates with Chinese backgrounds. She told the BBC: 'I believe the challenge of integration is greater for the first-generation immigrants and this is partly due to language difficulties.
04-10-2010, 10:32 PM #1595
Romanian Envoy's Fatal Hit-&-run
The Straits Times
Apr 11, 2010
Empathy in Romania
Media coverage gives facts of the case; ex-diplomat's version meets with scepticism
By Alison de Souza , For The Sunday Times
BUCHAREST - ROMANIA is a quarter of the way round the world from Singapore, and the two countries' historical encounters have been few.
But the fatal hit-and-run accident in Bukit Panjang has changed that.
'The Romanian diplomat in Singapore? Yes, yes, I know about this, it was on the news,' said the taxi driver as he wove through one of the Romanian capital's legendary traffic jams. 'He was driving the car, and maybe drinking, and then he ran away, yes?'
During a visit to get a sense of what ordinary Romanians made of the story that has Singapore buzzing, all 15 people asked about the notorious traffic accident were aware of it.
The cabby, Mr Cristian Chiran, did not know Dr Silviu Ionescu by name. The former charge d'affaires does not have quite the same notoriety here.
But the 21 million citizens of this south-eastern European nation are voracious consumers of news. There are more than 70 daily newspapers, six public television stations and dozens of radio stations. Many have reported at least the story's basics.
Dr Ionescu, 49, who left Singapore three days later, has been found by the state coroner to have run over the three men that night after he had been drinking. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
04-10-2010, 10:44 PM #1596
Romania says Ionescu's case won't affect bilateral ties with Singapore
10 April 2010 1327 hrs
By Jeremy Koh
SINGAPORE: Romania said it's determined not to let former Romanian diplomat Dr Silviu Ionescu's case affect the bilateral relations with Singapore and it said its stance of total respect of the Romanian law and of the international procedures demonstrates this determination.
Singapore has said it'll work with the Romanian authorities to ensure that justice is served expeditiously.
Former Romanian diplomat, Dr Silviu Ionescu, was involved in two hit-and-run traffic accidents here last December which left a Malaysian dead and two people injured.
And it's a case which has caught the attention of many, particularly after Dr Ionescu left the country and claimed he was set up.
In a statement posted on its website, Romania's Foreign Ministry said Dr Ionescu's statements are his own exclusive responsibility and that it dissociates itself from his statements.
It added that once an employee is suspended from duties, his statements carry the same weight as personal opinions expressed by any other Romanian citizen.
Romania also said it has acted with utmost openness and pursued law enforcement.
Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo, who was attending an exhibition, was asked if ties between Singapore and Romania have been affected by the incident.
Mr Yeo said: "We'll work together with them. I think they want to see justice done too. It's in our interest, it's in their interest. We're going to form this joint technical committee and work together to ensure that justice is done."
The Singapore government has issued an arrest warrant against Dr Ionescu.
At the same time, Interpol has also issued a 'Red Notice' against the former diplomat.
This means that those manning entry and exit points in member countries will be on extra alert for the wanted man, with a view to his arrest and extradition.
As for the likelihood of Dr Ionescu being brought back to Singapore?
Mr Yeo said: "Let's take this one step at a time and not be off side on what must be due process."
Mr Yeo was at the launch of the "Arabs in Southeast Asia" exhibition at the National Library.
The six-month long exhibition highlights the exchanges of trade, cultural and religious practices between the Middle East and Southeast Asia. -
04-10-2010, 10:51 PM #1597
PM Lee to attend Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC
11 April 2010 0642 hrs
SINGAPORE : Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be travelling to the US to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. from April 12 to 13 at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.
Leaders of 45 countries are expected to attend the summit.
They will discuss the threat of nuclear terrorism and measures that can be taken to reduce the threat.
After Washington, Mr Lee will travel to Chicago from April 14-16 and will deliver a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
During his visit, PM will also be meeting with key political and economic figures in the US.
Mr Lee will be accompanied by Mrs Lee, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Environment Agency.
Mr Lee will be on private leave from April 17-20.
During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be the Acting Prime Minister from April 11-18 and Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng will be the Acting Prime Minister from April 19-20.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (file picture)
04-10-2010, 11:00 PM #1598
US$50m media fund set up here by Hollywood producer, other wealthy individuals
10 April 2010 1628 hrs
By Satish Cheney
SINGAPORE: A prominent Hollywood producer together with a few wealthy individuals has set up a US$50 million investment fund in Singapore that will target promising media companies in Asia and the Middle East.
The operations will be headquartered in Singapore and also have offices in Hollywood.
The Karma Media Fund will focus on publishing, television, film and digital media, as well as acquire book rights with a view towards film or TV production.
The driving force behind the fund is Hollywood producer Mario Kassar, who's been involved with blockbusters such as Rambo, Stargate and the Terminator series of movies.
The fund will provide assistance to media companies in the form of exposure to new markets and ties to business networks as well as providing access to experience and expertise.
Kassar said the fund will also have an additional focus on animation and 3D technology.
Mario Kassar, Hollywood Producer, said: "I know in Singapore, they're pretty competent in IT. And if you look at the results of box offices worldwide, whether it's Dreamworks, Pixar or Disney or even Fox, their animation movies have done a lot of money. And now everything is 3D, especially after Avatar, it's like if you want to say hello to somebody, it has to be in 3D."
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