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    Default Shock win for S'pore water polo

    Men's team beat Uzbekistan to stay on course for best Asian finish


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:45 AM Nov 23, 2012



    SINGAPORE - A bronze medal-finish from the 1986 Asian Games remains the most recent international result of note for the Singapore men's water polo team.

    But that may soon be bettered.

    This is because the Republic are on course to reach the semi-finals at the 9th Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai after skipper Eugene Teo's (picture) hat-trick propelled them to a shock 8-7 win over Asian powerhouse Uzbekistan on Wednesday (yesterday morning, Singapore time).

    Last night, they lost 23-2 to world No 6 China, who had beaten Uzbekistan 28-6 in an earlier Group A match. Nonetheless, Singapore are expected to reach the quarter-finals as group runners-up to China, where they are likely to face Thailand from Group B.

    Despite the defeat, team manager Samuel Wong described their win over Uzbekistan as a long-awaited "breakthrough" for the 24-time SEA Games champions - they have won the title every time since 1965 - who have often been criticised for failing to replicate their regional dominance at the continental level.

    "We've always done well at the SEA Games, but have been nowhere in Asia for a long time," he said. "But this has proved we can dream big. Hopefully, this would also help increase interest in the sport in Singapore."

    Singapore Sports Council Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin, a member of Singapore's 1986 Asiad side, added: "It's an exciting result. Some of the players are as young as 17, and to achieve this speaks a lot about the maturity of their game."

    Coached by Lee Sai Meng, Singapore had also drawn 8-8 with Saudi Arabia and beaten Sri Lanka 24-4.

    "We started the tournament slowly ... (but) the team, especially goalkeeper Byron Quek, was excellent and once the Uzbeks realised they weren't getting much luck against us, their confidence dropped and ours rose," said Wong.

    To prepare for the meet, the squad played in the China National League earlier this year, and also went on a training stint in Guangzhou.

    A Singapore Sports Institute sports science team are also in Dubai to provide support.

    However, Lim has called the team not to be carried away with their results at the Asian Championships - not when the SEA Games will be held in Myanmar.

    He said: "People may say the SEA Games isn't important anymore, but we'll be under pressure to keep our run going. Hopefully this will be the impetus to build belief that if they keep working hard, they can achieve a lot."






    Singapore captain Eugene Teo's hat-trick helped his team pull an upset over Uzbekistan. PHOTO COURTESY ASIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP FACEBOOK PAGE

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    Default My Waterway@Punggol wins another international award

    Updated 03:50 PM Nov 27, 2012

    SINGAPORE - HDB's My Waterway@Punggol project has won an international gold award.

    It clinched the honour under the Project Built section in the 2012 International Award for Liveable Communities conferred by the LivCom Management Company.

    The award recognises International Best Practices in the management of the local environment and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

    My Waterway@Punggol was chosen as the winner by an independent panel of environmental and landscape management experts.

    All project entries were judged based on the following criteria: Enhancement of the natural and Built Landscape, arts, culture and heritage, environmental best practices, community participation and empowerment, healthy lifestyle and strategic planning.

    The Livcom Awards are given out annually since 1997 and over 50 countries have been represented at the Awards.

    Besides winning the LivCom Awards 2012, My Waterway@Punggol's most recent accolades include the FIABCI Singapore Property Award in October 2012 and the Global Superior Achievement Award by the International Water Association in August 2012.

    The LivCom Awards 2012 winners were announced at the award ceremony held in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates yesterday. CHANNEL NEWSASIA






    Punggol Waterway. Photo courtesy of the Housing and Development Board

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    Default OCBC could pay up to S$100m to name Sports Hub


    by Ian De Cotta
    04:45 AM Nov 27, 2012



    SINGAPORE - If the deal passes muster, OCBC Bank could pay the Sports Hub between S$80 million and $100 million over a period of 15 years for the right to have their brand attached to the name of Singapore's biggest sports complex when it opens in April 2014.

    TODAY understands that these are the key terms of the bank's offer that the Singapore Sports Council and authorities are considering.

    TODAY had reported yesterday on OCBC's bid to clinch naming rights to the Hub and all its facilities save the National Stadium, which will be free from commercial branding.

    If successful, it could be a coup for the bank as there would have been keen competition to bag the rights. This is because the market for sports here and around the region is growing rapidly, international and local experts said.

    Mr Patrick Nally, a sports marketing expert who transformed the Olympics and FIFA World Cup into multi-billion-dollar properties, said the amount OCBC has to pay each year - at under S$6 million a year - cannot be quantified from the exposure it stands to get.

    "Singapore is turning into a regional sports centre and the international publicity its name gets, especially from big events at the Hub, will be invaluable," said the London-based Briton.

    "But what OCBC ultimately gets out of what it pays for the rights depends on their relationship with the Sports Hub. They must have had this feel-good thing to want to do this long term."

    It is this tie that will be key if OCBC is to benefit from its investment, according to Mr Graham Hitchmough, the Regional Director of Asean at global brand agency Brand Union.

    He does not believe there will be any direct impact of the bank's stock in the short term. However, he reckons it will have a positive effect over time, if both sides manage their relationship well.

    Said Mr Hitchmough: "There must be value for both OCBC and the consortium in this deal. The bank must also continuously work on their investment to get more value for their brand."

    The move to get ahead of the competition to snag the naming rights for the Hub is also a show of strength by the bank, said Mr Justin Harper of IG Markets.

    The market strategist believes other local banks and international financial giants, who invest heavily in sports, were also on the scent to buy the naming rights to the Hub.

    Said Mr Harper: "The complex is being built and is not yet established like those in Europe or the United States and we don't know if the events at the Hub will be successful.

    "But this is a show of strength from OCBC that they are a big local institution betting on a local project to help make events happen there. It's a smart move and will give their stockholders a certain measure of pride, but I am sure they will ask if this is money well spent."

    Apart from the National Stadium, the Hub will, when completed, also consist of a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre, a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena, 41,000 sq m of business, commercial and retail floor space, a water sports centre and the existing 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium.



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    Default PM: Singapore will be 'a retirement home' without birthrate boost

    Updated 09:02 AM Nov 28, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said encouraging citizens to have more children is the biggest challenge confronting the Republic if it wishes to remain an economic juggernaut in the developed world.

    The Government has not succeeded in impressing on citizens that "this is going to be a retirement home and not a vibrant city" if the population is unsustained, Mr Lee said in an interview on Monday.

    "We'll be dealing with it over the next 10 years, and longer," he said of the legacy of a falling birthrate.

    Mr Lee plans to unveil a package of measures in January aimed at boosting the fertility rate from 1.2 per woman to 2.1. At stake is maintaining the achievements of Singapore's economy.

    "You have to be able to institutionalise what we have achieved," said the Prime Minister.

    While many developed nations have struggled with falling birthrates, Singapore's size means it lacks the domestic demand that larger economies can stimulate to sustain growth. Non-oil domestic exports are equivalent to more than half of the country's gross domestic product.

    "It's an issue which many countries are dealing with," Mr Lee said. "None of them have come to any very satisfactory solution because the trade-offs are difficult ones."

    Women in Singapore are barely producing enough children to replace one parent, and policy-makers have tried and failed to reverse the declining trend since 1987. Handouts of as much as S$18,000 per child, extended maternity leave and tax breaks have done little to sway Singaporeans to have more babies.

    The government will debate its population policy in Parliament in January. Areas being considered include priority housing for couples with young children, paternity or shared parental leave, the defraying of childhood medical expenses, better pre-school and improved cash benefits for having children, Mr Lee said in August.



    'IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH'



    The median age of Singaporeans will rise to 43.1 in 2020 from 37.6 in 2010, Bank of America analysts estimated in an April report. That compares with 23.9 in the Philippines, 31 in Indonesia and 28.4 in Malaysia at the end of this decade.

    "It's going to be tough and we may only see a marginal increase in the birthrate," said economist Chua Hak Bin. "Past attempts have met with little success. Without immigration and foreign workers, Singapore may suffer the same fate as Japan, which is a bleak outcome."

    Immigration has filled the gap for employers, a pattern that has put strains on the housing market and public services. The Republic is host to 2 million foreign residents, compared with 3.3 million citizens.

    Home prices climbed to a record in the third quarter, even after the Government introduced six rounds of measures since the beginning of 2010 to rein in demand.

    "We have had a property boom, almost a bubble," said Mr Lee. "It's because liquidity is sloshing around worldwide and real interest rates are negative. That's a difficult problem for us on the overall property market."

    Singapore, which uses the exchange rate to manage inflation, is unlikely to shift to an interest-rate regime to have more control over its borrowing costs, Mr Lee said. "It would be very difficult. Our economy is so open. We are a financial centre. For us to sustain high interest rates at a time where interest rates worldwide are at almost zero, I think is very hard. We'd be flooded with money."



    LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE



    Mr Lee also addressed the decline in the ruling party's share of the vote in last year's General Election. "It's what you would expect to happen as we have a change of generations among the population - you are in a new age, much more open and interconnected.

    "The question is, in that environment, can we still get governments which take a long-term perspective beyond the immediate election?"

    With the next GE not due until 2016, Mr Lee declined to identify his most important contribution as a leader. "I don't think we should give ourselves report cards. You cannot come to a verdict yet because these are long-term issues - talking about population, talking about immigration, whether it works or not. You will only know after a generation but you have to think about them now." BLOOMBERG





    PM Lee Hsien Loong. AP

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    Default Employment rate of Singapore residents hits new high

    Posted: 30 November 2012 1107 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore's resident employment rate hits a new high this year, driven by strong job creation and a higher number of women and older workers in the workforce.

    The resident labour force participation rate reached a new high of 66.6% in 2012, compared with 66.1% in 2011.

    These are the key findings of the "Singapore Workforce, 2012" report by the Manpower Research and Statistics Department of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released on Friday.

    MOM said the findings are based on the 2012 Comprehensive Labour Force Survey conducted in the middle of this year.

    There were 2.12 million residents in the labour force in June 2012, comprising 1.18 million (56%) males and 0.94 million (44%) females.

    The employment rate for older residents increased at a faster pace amid the tight labour market and measures to help older residents stay employable, such as re-employment legislation and the enhanced Special Employment Credit put in place earlier this year.

    MOM said 64% of residents aged 55 to 64 were employed in 2012, up from 61.2% in 2011.

    78.8% of the resident population aged 25 to 64 were employed in 2012, up from 78.0% in 2011.

    However income growth moderated in 2012, amid the weaker economic conditions.

    The median monthly income from work (including employer CPF contributions) of full-time employed residents rose by 7.1% over the year to $3,480 in 2012, down from the growth of 8.3% in 2011.

    Accounting for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all items, real median income growth moderated to 2.2% in 2012 from 2.9% in 2011.




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    Default Photo gallery: 1st Kai Kai and Jia Jia panda exhibit opens to public

    Published on Nov 30, 2012
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    Kai Kai, the male panda bear inside the cavernous enclosure which will be its new home at the River Safari Giant Panda Forest. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO




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    Kai Kai, the male panda bear inside the cavernous enclosure which will be its new home at the River Safari Giant Panda Forest. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Jia Jia, the female Giant Panda inside the cavernous enclosure which will be it's new home at River Safaris Giant Panda Forest. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Jia Jia, the female panda bear, sitting on a branch inside the 1,500 sq m River Safari Giant Panda Forest. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Kai Kai, the male giant panda bear, inside the cavernous enclosure which will be its new home at the River Safari Giant Panda Forest. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO




    The crowds came steadily through the Singapore Zoo on Thursday, the first that the panda exhibit is opened to the public.

    About 30 people, eager to see pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, turned up at the zoo even before the ticket counters opened at 8.30am, hoping to beat the crowd.

    The Giant Panda Forest is the first attraction to be launched at the River Safari.

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    Default Singapore cruise centre unveils $14 million upgrade

    Published on Nov 29, 2012
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    The Harbourfront Cruise and Ferry Terminal underwent a $14 million upgrade - its largest in its 21 years - and its new look was unveiled this evening by Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Teo Ser Luck. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CRUISE CENTRE



    By Kezia Toh


    CRUISE passengers can now look forward to twice the number of check-in and immigration counters and more security lines at the newly-revamped Harbourfront Cruise and Ferry Terminal. The terminal underwent a $14 million upgrade - its largest in its 21 years - and its new look was unveiled this evening by Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Teo Ser Luck.

    The revamp also includes new ferry boarding gates, a VIP check-in lounge for cruise lines, and passenger service counters for direct tour and limousine bookings. The terminal is used year-round by close to five million cruise and ferry passengers.

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    Default Bowler Ng is world champion

    S'porean recovers from slow start to claim AMF Bowling World Cup, joins select group


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 12:50 AM Dec 02, 2012

    SINGAPORE -- National bowler Shayna Ng has won the prestigious 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (Nov 24 to Dec 2) in Poland.

    At the Sky Bowling Centre in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Saturday, the 23-year-old edged out defending champion Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic 2-1 in the women's stepladder final to claim the world title.

    Ng lost the first game 224-269, but recovered to win the next 267-259 to force a decisive rubber, which she emerged triumphant 247-169 over Guerra, who also won in 2010.

    She becomes the second Singaporean to win the women's crown after Jasmine Yeong-Nathan -- she beat the then-defending champion Ann-Maree Putney of Australia to win the 2008 edition in Hermosilio, Mexico -- and joins national star Remy Ong and Yeong-Nathan in the Singapore Bowling Federation's Hall of Fame of World Champions.

    During a phone interview with TODAY from Wroclaw on Saturday night, the magnitude of the win was still sinking in for her.

    "I'm overwhelmed! To come so close so many times and not win, and to finally win a world title is a really good feeling," said Ng, who dedicated the win to her sister Mandy, who turned 20 on Saturday.

    With the scores level at 1-1, Guerrera started the final game poorly as she had the second, fourth and 10th frames open with splits. But it was to prove costly as Ng seized the initiative and closed out with strikes and spares.

    "Losing the first game was upsetting, but I had to pull myself out of it...I've played 36 games to get to the final, and it would have been a waste to just give up," she said.

    "Midway through, I changed the ball as I wasn't getting much confidence with the previous one, and the carry wasn't great. Fortunately, the change worked and the reaction was a lot better.

    "Everyone also seemed to be cheering for Aumi, and that got me fired up even more."

    SBF President Jessie Phua also said: "(It was an) awesome performance! (It) had us all sitting by the edge of the cliff.

    "When the rest of the pack came charging in so strongly to challenge her pole position, she was focused enough to keep her cool to ensure a place in the stepladder finals, and what ferocity she showed in the final!"


    It is the latest accolade in the bowling career so far of the final year sports and exercise science undergraduate at Edith Cowan University, which includes a gold medal in the women's trios at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

    "It feels great to finally win such a big individual title. Now, the next target is the women's team event at next year's World Championship," said Ng.

    Ng had qualified as the third-seed -- she finished third in the final qualifying rounds earlier -- for the stepladder semi-finals, where she overcame second-seed Kirsten Penny of England 2-0 (246-215, 231-191).

    The result is also a first victory as a coach with the national side for former men's double world champion Remy Ong, who is with Ng in Wroclaw.

    "It does feel different as a coach, and not actually bowling myself," said the triple gold medallist from the 2002 Asian Games. "But the satisfaction from being able to help them do their best on the lanes is just as great."




    Shayna Ng (pictured) with the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title after beating defending champion Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic in Wroclaw, Poland to become the second Singaporean after Jasmine Yeong-Nathan to win the prestigious accolade. Photo courtesy of the Singapore Bowling Federation.

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    PAP elects new central executive committee of 12 members

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    Published on Dec 02, 2012
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    People's Action Party cadres today elected a new central executive committee for the first time since its old guard like former PMs Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong stepped down last year. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK


    By Rachel Chang



    People's Action Party cadres today elected a new central executive committee for the first time since its old guard like former PMs Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong stepped down last year.

    Fourth-generation ministers like Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing and Second Minister for the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu made it to the top 12 with the most number of votes from the thousand plus cadres.

    The members of the new CEC are:

    Lee Hsien Loong, Khaw Boon Wan, Yaacob Ibrahim, Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Lim Swee Say, K Shanmugam, Chan Chun Sing, Grace Fu, Gan Kim Yong, Heng Swee Keat and Ng Eng Hen.


    (CNA: Two others were co-opted. They are Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin and Environment and Water Resources Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.)

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    Default Two surprise Marathon winners

    Kenya's Kennedy gets his first win in Singapore and a children's home in Nairobi gets almost half of his prize money


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Dec 03, 2012



    SINGAPORE - A children's home in Kenya will be receiving a donation of US$20,000 (S$24,400) soon, thanks to Kiproo Lilan Kennedy, the winner of this year's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).

    The Kenyan was a surprise winner yesterday morning as he breasted the tape in 2hr 17min 20.27sec - many had expected defending men's champion Charles Mwai Kanyao to repeat last year's victory.

    Two-time Singapore champion (2008, 2009) Luke Kibet and Samson Barmao Kiprono rounded up the Kenyan clean sweep when they crossed the line in 2:17:25.25 and 2:17:30.52, respectively.

    The other surprise winner was a children's home in Nairobi.

    After receiving his US$50,000 winner's cheque, Kennedy revealed that he would be keeping US$30,000 and donating the rest to the charity.

    "I'm going to relax now. I plan to use the prize money for training ... and give US$20,000 to a children's home in Nairobi because in Kenya, there is no money for them," said the 25-year-old, who had prevailed at the end of a tightly-contested race which saw four runners leading the field at the two-hour mark.

    He was not too pleased with his timing though.

    "This is the first time winning and a good welcome to Singapore. The Singapore marathon is very good, but the problem is there are many corners and, without them, maybe I could have run a 2:09," said Kennedy, who picked up his fourth marathon title this year after Perth, Kuala Lumpur and Bali.

    Kenya's marathoners also claimed the top two spots in the women's open.

    Irene Jerotich Kosgei won her third consecutive title in 2:37:53.51 and Flomena Cheyech Daniel (2:37:56.51) finished second, while Alina Prokopeva of Russia prevented a Kenyan clean sweep when she finished third in 2:38.33.70.

    Local runners Soh Rui Yong and Mok Ying Rong did Singapore proud, too, when they finished on the podium for their respective half-marathon open events.

    Soh, 21, who represented Singapore at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in October, was third in the Men's Open in 1:15:06.91, behind Kenyan duo Bernad Nwendia Muthoni (1:07:10.91) and George Muchiri Maina (1:10:58.18).

    Yong Rong, 19, finished second in the Women's Open in 1:30:46.42, about eight minutes behind winner Esther Wambui Karimi of Kenya (1:22:52.75).

    Her brother, Mok Ying Ren, could not make it a hat-trick of titles in the Singapore men's event, though. The former SEA Games triathlon champion, who was unable to find enough time to train because of his 12-hour-shifts as a houseman at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, finished third this year in 2:54:57.54, behind Ashley Liew (2:45:06.26) and Ang Chee Yong (2:54:16.81).

    More than 53,000 people signed up for this year's SCMS, with many seen wearing festive headgear as part of the Christmas theme for this year's event. Some came dressed as the Incredible Hulk, Zorro and even Wonder Woman.

    Many people also gave the event the thumbs up, as they felt it provided a much better running experience than before.

    Said Account Manager Donna Distant, 41, who last ran in the SCMS three years ago: "I enjoyed myself a lot more this time. The race was very organised. There were no bottlenecks, which can be a real pain. It was all smooth-sailing this time,

    "Also, there were enough water stations, marshals, and even cheerleaders."

    Finance Manager Tan Cheong Hwai, 36, who took part in his fourth SCMS yesterday, appreciated the fact that there were more distance markers along the route and ample water stations.

    "The route was also more scenic because we ran through Gardens by the Bay for the first time," he said.

    Participants were also seen making a beeline for Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old celebrity runner from the United Kingdom, after the race to ask him for autographs.

    S$20m sponsorship is 'money well spent'

    by Low Lin Fhoong


    Standard Chartered Bank's blue and green colours have adorned the Singapore Marathon since their title sponsorship of the event in 2002. It is an investment that has cost them more than S$20 million, but Chief Executive Officer Ray Ferguson believes that it has been money well spent.

    He told TODAY in an email interview: "There have been so many great moments with the marathon. Each year, after all the work that has been put into the event by the organisers and our team, and seeing the runners, supporters and volunteers, you can't help but get excited when the marathon flags off.

    "The marathon has grown from strength to strength since 2002, and being awarded the Gold Label by the International Association of Athletics Federations after the 2011 event is a great achievement.
    Over the years, we have helped build the event into one of the most popular community events - and more importantly, with exceptional branding for the bank."

    Sports sponsorship in Singapore has seen significant growth in recent years with events like the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Last month, TODAY reported that OCBC had made a bid - estimated to be between S$80 to S$100 million - for the naming rights to the Sports Hub and all its facilities, excluding the national stadium.

    Standard Chartered has reaped rewards from its association with sports. Marathons aside, they have also put in money into rugby and football.

    Said Ferguson: "Apart from the Singapore Marathon, we sponsor eight other marathons around the world and, combined, more than 250,000 people ran in these events last year. So, I think we're well-entrenched in this area, and in Singapore, we've been committed as the title sponsor."

    English Premier League club Liverpool are also reportedly keen to secure a new shirt deal with Standard Chartered beyond 2014. The four-year deal, which kicked off in 2010, is estimated to be worth up to 80 million (S$157 million).

    When asked, Ferguson said: "We are happy with the performance of the sponsorship to date. However, there are a number of factors which will inform our decision to renew. At present, we have no news about renewal.

    "We've also benefited from the club's pre-season tour to Asia last July, which provided a wide range of commercial opportunities for both the club and ourselves. When the club was in Singapore, clients, partners and staff got to meet some of the players during a private autograph session and catch the team in action at a training session. We also conducted a coaching clinic for about 50 youths including 10 visually impaired, and our staff's children."

    However, he has ruled out adding the US$6-million Singapore Golf Open to their roster of sponsored events.

    Previously known as the Barclays Open, the event is searching for a new backer for next year after their title sponsor decided not to renew its contract.

    "While this is an event we are not actively considering at the moment, we are always open to interesting sponsorship opportunities that are aligned to our brand values and will assess each opportunity on a number of factors including brand association, participation rate, track record of both the event and organisers, and commercial factors such as client and staff engagement," said Ferguson.




    PHOTO COURTESY SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL





    Irene Kosgei Jerotich (KEN) giving thanks after coming in first for the Full Marathon Open (Women's) at 2:37:50.99. PHOTO COURTESY SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL

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    Default Tan Swie Hian is the most expensive living artist in S'pore

    Posted: 02 December 2012 2320 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian's oil and acrylic painting "When the Moon Is Orbed" has been sold for RMB 18,975,000 or S$3.7 million.

    This took place at the 2012 Poly Autumn Auction's Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Evening Sale on Sunday.

    This puts Tan, a Cultural Medallion winner, as the first living Singaporean artist to hit above the million-dollar mark in an auction.

    Before this, the ink art painting "Singapore River Scene" by Lim Tze Peng, 89, held the record for the most expensive painting by a living local artist. On 27 May in Hong Kong, it fetched HK$620,000 (about S$101,800) at the Christie's auction.

    Sixty-nine-year-old Tan painted "When the Moon Is Orbed" in Beijing earlier this year, after his successful solo exhibition in Beijing in October last year.

    Tan said he has been recognised in China much earlier in his artistic endeavours, with a number of public artworks created by him in different parts of China, but acknowledges that this is the first time his work has appeared in an auction in China.

    "In auctions, to be placed with names like Zeng Fanzhi, Luo Zhongli and Zhou Chunya, China's biggest names in contemporary art, is indeed recognition," Tan said. "China is emerging as the global art centre and it is a rare honour to be embraced by collectors there."

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    Mr Tan Swie Hian's oil and acrylic painting "When the Moon Is Orbed".
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    Default Singapore to share integrated transport experience with Chinese city

    Posted: 03 December 2012 1551 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore will share its experience in developing an integrated transport system with the Chinese city of Dali.

    The Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) signed a contract on an Integrated Transport Plan with the Dali Municipal Government on Monday.

    The contract was signed in Dali City, which is a major tourist destination in Yunnan Province.


    The Dali Municipal Government had approached SCE, which is an arm of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and a government agency driving Singapore's external economy.

    The proposed scope of work will span nine months.

    It includes macro analysis and review of the major road network connecting Dali and six adjacent cities and towns in the Dianxi region, as well as recommendations for alternative modes of fast and efficient transportation systems.

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    Default Peter Lim firm to build S$1.26 billion race track in Johor


    by Ian De Cotta
    Updated 10:42 AM Dec 04, 2012

    JOHOR - A Singapore company owned by billionaire tycoon Peter Lim signed a joint-venture deal with Malaysia's UEM Land today to build a motor racing complex in Johor.

    Lim's FASTrack Autosport will own 70 per cent of the RM3.15 billion (S$1.26 billion) facility five minutes away from the Second Link.

    Called Motor City Development, it will be built on 270 hectares of land and will consist of a wide range of facilities including a 4.5km racing track and a car museum.

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    Default Singapore River gets a boost from private initiative

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    National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday lauded a local private initiative aimed at sprucing up the walkways along the Singapore river. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Daryl Chin

    National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday lauded a local private initiative aimed at sprucing up the walkways along the Singapore river.

    The collaboration - named Singapore River One - is made up of 22 stakeholders and business operators in Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Roberston Quay.

    Their aim is to maximise the business potential of the river which links the quays, and the first step is to enhance the pedestrian experience by adding more recreational areas, photo vantage points and street furniture.

    Their previous efforts include reducing touting among the restaurants in Boat Quay.

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    Default Caverns open up new opportunities for land-scarce Singapore

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    Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC) beneath the Banyan Basin on Jurong Island. Building storage facilties underground will free up land for other purposes, said Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan. -- PHOTO: JTC


    By Daryl Chin


    Building storage facilties underground will free up land for other purposes, said Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

    In a blog post on Tuesday, Mr Khaw said he had visited the Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC) beneath the Banyan Basin on Jurong Island with Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran recently and found it "quite an experience".
    Located at a depth of more than 130m, phase one of the JRC contains five caverns which will provide storage and terminalling facilities for liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and condensate.

    Mr Khaw said these will form an important infrastructure for Singapore's petrochemical industry.

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    Default Lewis Hamilton graces Peter Lim scholarship ceremony at ITE College West

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    F1 driver Lewis Hamilton at the Peter Lim Scholarship ceremony to answer questions from the audience and the media. The event was held at ITE College West. Hamilton was in Singapore on Wednesday to share his success story with ITE students. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN


    By Wang Meng Meng


    Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was in Singapore on Wednesday to share his success story with ITE students.

    The outgoing McLaren driver made an appearance at ITE College West to support the Peter Lim Scholarship and to hand out grants to 33 ITE students.

    The scholarship - set up by billionaire Peter Lim in 2010 - has pledged $10 million to the Singapore Olympic Foundation and aims to nurture sporting talents in Singapore.
    Hamilton, who will join the Mercedes F1 team next season, also addressed ITE students at the event.

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    Default Singapore has the best infrastructure in the world: Survey

    04:45 AM Dec 05, 2012

    SINGAPORE - The Republic has emerged tops in a ranking of cities with the best infrastructure in this year's Quality of Living Survey by human resources consultancy Mercer.

    The survey ranked cities based on infrastructure for the first time, examining electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.

    Mr Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said: "Infrastructure has a significant effect on the quality of living that expatriates experience. While often taken for granted when functioning to a high standard, a city's infrastructure can generate severe hardship when it is deficient.

    "Companies need to provide adequate allowances to compensate their international workers for these and other hardships."

    Ina separate ranking, Singapore placed 25th worldwide for quality of living, unchanged from last year, while Vienna retained its top spot on the list, followed by Zurich and Auckland.


    Among Asia-Pacific cities, Australian and New Zealand cities ranked highest on the index, followed by Singapore. Tokyo came in at 44th place, while Hong Kong and Seoul were 70th and 75th, respectively.

    Globally, the cities with the lowest quality of living are Port-au-Prince, Bangui and Baghdad.

    The ranking is conducted every year to help businesses decide how to compensate their employees when they are placed on international assignments. The list covers 221 cities, ranked against New York City as a base city, looking at factors like public transport, housing, climate and schools.

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