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    Default Yeo 'can go even faster'

    Top Japanese coach Asahara believes sprinter can go sub-10.30


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jan 04, 2013



    SINGAPORE - Last month, sprinter Gary Yeo clocked the fourth fastest time achieved by a Singaporean in the 100m.

    His time of 10.44secs, recorded when he won the event at the 16th ASEAN University Games in Laos, was not only a personal best, but also fuelled hopes that the 26-year-old could be the one to finally crack U K Shyam's national record of 10.37 set in 2001.

    Japanese sprints coach Nobuharu Asahara not only believes that Yeo can do it but is convinced that the undergraduate can go even faster and eventually set a sub-10.30 timing.

    A bronze medallist in the men's 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Asahara had worked with Yeo during a month-long stint in Japan before last year's London Olympics.

    "If Gary keeps training hard and sticks to his schedule and plan, he can run between 10.28 and 10.35," said the 40-year-old at the Bishan Stadium yesterday.

    "But to go faster than that, he needs to change some things like his physical fitness and mental strength.

    "When he first came to Japan to train with me, he could not finish the training schedule I gave him because he was not fit enough. He has to train harder and training should be a combination of weights training, starts, basic skills, jumps, and long endurance training."

    If Yeo can achieve those timings, he could be a medal contender at the Asian Games. At the 2010 Guangzhou Games, China's Lao Yi won the 100m in 10.24, with Yasser Al Nashri of Saudi Arabia (10.26) and Oman's Barakat Al-Harthi (10.28) taking the silver and bronze respectively.

    Asahara was here recently with three Japanese athletes on the invitation of the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) and he spent time working with some of the Republic's sprinters during his 10-day stay.

    He is also keen to work part-time with Yeo and men's 4x100m relay team-mates Lee Cheng Wei, Muhd Amirudin Jamal, Muhammad Elfi Mustapa and Calvin Kang, who have stopped school and work to train full-time this year.

    The SAA are also exploring an exchange programme with Asahara which could see local sprinters training and competing in Japan.

    Currently employed as a coach with Osaka Gas, former national champion Asahara began his career in the long jump. He won a silver at the 1990 Asian Junior Championships before clinching the Asian Championships gold in a new meet record of 8.13m three years later.

    He later switched to sprinting and won silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2002 Asian Games.

    Asahara's biggest career achievement came at the 2008 Beijing Games, when he anchored the national 4x100m quartet to claim a bronze.

    It was the country's first Olympic medal in athletics in 80 years.

    Said the father of three, who is married to Okuno Fumiko, a two-time Olympic bronze medallist in synchronised swimming: "Singapore's population is not that big, but I feel your runners have potential to become good sprinters. It is important to start runners young, have good coaches and runners who have the determination to train hard and do well."





    Japanese sprints coach Nobuharu Asahara, with runners (from left) Daiki Goto, Masashi Eriguchi and Kazuaki Yoshida, is keen to work with Gary Yeo and his team-mates. Photo: Low Lin Fhoong

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    Default Perfect scores for 41 IB students from Singapore

    Published on Jan 04, 2013
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    IB world school logo. Forty-one students from Singapore have managed perfect scores - 45 out of 45 - for the latest International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. -- LOGO: WWW.IBO.ORG



    By Stacey Chia


    SINGAPORE has kept up its strong performance at the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations.

    Forty-one candidates were awarded the perfect score of 45 in the exams in November last year - one better than the year before.

    A total of 1,370 students from Singapore took the exams. Almost all candidates -97.90 per cent - passed the exams. They scored 36.50 points on average, higher than the global average of 30.01.

    An overview of the results was released by the Swiss-based International Baccalaureate Organisation on Friday.

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    Default ACS (I) comes up tops in IB exam again

    Published on Jan 06, 2013
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    Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) students (from left) Asyraf Mustaffa (in red), Yash Pandya, James Morgan, and Saileesh Gunasekaran, all 18, react in the school's auditorium after receiving good results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examination held in Nov 2012. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN






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    Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) top students with perfect scores of 45 out of 45 for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examination held in Nov 2012, receive recognition on stage during the results release at the school's auditorium on Jan 6, 2012. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN




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    Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) students in the auditorium react at their results of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examination held in Nov 2012, that were projected onto a screen on stage. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN





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    37 of the top scorers from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examination held in November 2012 listen to the directions of the photographer as they gather for a group photograph. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN



    By Stacey Chia



    The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) has bettered its performance in the International Baccalaureate diploma exams.

    Results for the 2012 examinations show that 37 of its students obtained perfect scores - up from 29 the year before. In total, 41 students from Singapore got perfect scores. A perfect score is 45 points.

    One came from St Joseph's Institution International, while the rest are believed to be from the School of the Arts.

    This is the school's best results since its first cohort sat for the examination in 2007

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    Default Six more neighbourhoods to adopt community policing system

    Published on Jan 06, 2013
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    Police officers simulate their defence tactics at the launch of the second phase of the Community Policing System (Cops). -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM



    By Hoe Pei Shan



    The Clementi Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) rolled out its Community Policing System (Cops) today.
    First implemented in Tampines and Bukit Merah East in May last year, Cops is what the Singapore Police Force calls "a nation-wide transformation of frontline policing strategies" which aims to improve police force and community integration.

    The system employs two recent major changes to the NPCs' manpower, one of which is having Crime Strike Forces of plainclothes policemen to patrol crime hotspots daily, gather intelligence and track the whereabouts of persons of interest within the community.

    Policemen in T-shirts and shorts also form the Community Policing Unit on bikes and on foot, getting to know the neighbourhood's residents and helping to foster a more community-engaged policing culture.

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    Default New Singapore citizens take yu sheng lessons

    Published on Jan 06, 2013
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    New citizen Ms Susie Tan (second from right) takes up a yu-sheng making course with Member of Parliament Jessica Tan (third from right) at Changi Simei Community Club for the first time. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


    By Chia Yan Min


    NEWLY-minted Singaporean Susie Tan, 42, who became a citizen last October, will be making fruit yu sheng for her family this Chinese New Year.

    Today, the accountant joined about 50 others, including Member of Parliament Jessica Tan, at a yu-sheng-making workshop held at Changi Simei Community Club.

    Participants were taught to include unique ingredients in the traditional Chinese New Year dish, such as fruits and jelly.

    The workshop was part of the Singapore Culinary Journey series of courses organised by the People's Association and conducted at various community clubs islandwide.

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    Default A*STAR develops instant speech-to-speech translator

    10:59 PM Jan 05, 2013



    SINGAPORE- Singaporeans can now speak to its neighbours in Asia without having to worry about language barriers, thanks to a new instant translator, developed by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

    The software detects users' speech on a handphone and translates it to the desired language. The new speech-to-speech translator project is a collaboration of eight countries in Asia. Singapore's A*STAR came on board some four years ago.

    Currently in its final stages of development, it plans to translate 10 languages, including Japanese, Mandarin, Malay, Korean, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Thai, Vietnamese and English.

    Dr Li Haizhou, head of human language technology at A*STAR said: "Due to globalization, people travel a lot but language remains a barrier between people. And with technology, we think that we can help people to communicate in a better way."

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    Default SJI International attains stellar grades in IB programme

    Posted: 06 January 2013 2249 hrs



    SINGAPORE: St Joseph's Institution (SJI) International has reported its best results for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

    The school said 99 per cent from the class of 2012 passed the exam, attaining an average score of 36.2 points out of the maximum 45.

    It added one in four students achieved 40 points.

    The top student is Monica Layarda, who had a perfect score.

    The first batch of of 58 IB students at SJI International completed the diploma in 2009.

    In 2012, it had 137 students.

    Principal Bradley Roberts said the students' outstanding results are due to the dedication of staff and the hard work of students.

    "This particular batch of students included those who joined the school when it first opened its doors in January 2007. During this time, our average PSLE entry score has remained around 225. With this in mind, our results are truly extraordinary," Mr Roberts said.

    - CNA/xq

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    Default Six schools sign deal to keep neighbourhood litter-free

    By Leong Wai Kit | Posted: 06 January 2013 1924 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Six schools in Nee Soon South have banded to make a strong commitment towards the anti-littering message.

    They have signed an agreement with the Nee Soon South Citizens' Consultative Committee, pledging to keep the neighbourhood clean.

    The schools, ranging from primary to junior college levels, will include three anti-littering habits in their classroom education:


    Walking the talk - leading by example by not littering
    Spreading the message - telling litterbugs not to litter
    Taking the initiative - picking up litter

    The schools involved are Yishun Junior College, Naval Base Secondary School, Orchid Park Secondary School, Northbrooks Secondary School, Naval Base Primary School and Pei Ying Primary School.

    The initiative is part of the nation's Keep Singapore Clean Movement.

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    Default Sota's first cohort performs above national average in IB diploma exam

    Published on Jan 07, 2013
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    The first graduating cohort of the School of the Arts (Sota) have performed above national average in the recent International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examination. --ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN



    By Stacey Chia


    The first graduating cohort of the School of the Arts (Sota) have performed above national average in the recent International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examination.

    Sota students scored 38.4 points on average, higher than the Singapore average of 36.50 and global average of 30.01, the school announced on Monday.

    A total of 80 Sota students took the exam in November. Three achieved the perfect score of 45 points.

    There were 41 perfect scorers in Singapore. The bulk came from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) which produced 37 perfect scorers, and one from St Joseph's Institution International.

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    Default Porsche offers internships to Ngee Ann Polytechnic students

    Published on Jan 08, 2013
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    Porsche agent Stuttgart Auto and Ngee Ann Polytechnic have come together to create more opportunities for students studying automotive technology. -- PHOTO: PORSCHE



    By Royston Sim



    Porsche agent Stuttgart Auto and Ngee Ann Polytechnic have come together to create more opportunities for students studying automotive technology.

    Under this partnership, final-year engineering students can do internships lasting four months or longer at Porsche Centre Singapore, while staff will have industrial attachment opportunities.

    Stuttgart Auto, which is part of the Eurokars Group, will organise industry talks, plant visits, engineering lectures and off-campus classes to students and staff. It will also donate automotive parts or equipment to serve as teaching aids.

    Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday morning to seal the five-year partnership.

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    Default Photo gallery: ITE College Central's first day goes smoothly

    Published on Jan 08, 2013
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    First day of school at ITE College Central. More than 10,000 students, out of which 3200 are new students report for their first day of school at the new campus on 7 Jan 2013. The reporting time for the students are divided into a few sessions to avoid congestion. Traffic along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 is slow moving at about 8am as the students arrive at the campus. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG




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    New student from the School of Design and Media Muhammad Ridhuan, 16, runs past his classmates during an orientation telematch game. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG




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    New student from the School of Design and Media (from left) Christobel James, 16, passes a rubber band to classmate Chua Jie Liang, 16, during an orientation telematch game. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG




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    Lecturer Andy Chua brings his class of (standing) new students from the School of Design and Media to their space design studio, which they will share with (seated) senior students. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG



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    First day of school at ITE College Central. More than 10,000 students, out of which 3200 are new students report for their first day of school at the new campus on Jan 7, 2013. The reporting time for the students are divided into a few sessions to avoid congestion. Students streaming in at about 8:30am. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG



    By Kezia Toh


    THE number was big about 10,000 but these Institute of Technical Education students were not stuck in jams on the first day of school at a new mega campus in Ang Mo Kio yesterday.

    Traffic flow was orderly due to staggered start times and three new bus services serving the $380 million ITE College Central the largest of three mega campuses.

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    Default SGX takes steps to meet global clearing standards

    06:47 PM Jan 08, 2013



    SINGAPORE - Singapore Exchange (SGX) said on Tuesday that it had tightened its risk management systems so that it would be in line to meet new global regulatory standards and make it easier for US and European banks to continue to be members of its clearing houses.

    The exchange said that it deployed more capital to support its two clearing houses and made its risk management systems more transparent.

    As more derivative trades are put through central clearing houses, global regulators have set tough new standards for clearers so they can handle the anticipated heavier demand.

    Regulation in the US and Europe means that banks from those countries may not be able to be members of clearing houses that do not meet those standards. Those rules have prompted concerns that banks would have to retreat from some derivative markets in Asia.

    The SGX said it would now seek formal recognition from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for its derivative exchange and clearing house, which will ensure US banks can continue to be members.

    "In meeting the latest global regulatory requirements, we assure our customers that they can continue to efficiently expand their businesses and confidently manage their risks via SGX," said SGX chief executive Magnus Bocker in a statement.

    The exchange added it would also be seeking recognition from the European Securities and Markets Authority in due course. - REUTERS

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    Default Financial stability assessment for S'pore financial sector

    12:25 PM Jan 08, 2013

    SINGAPORE - Singapore's financial sector will be undergoing an external financial stability assessment by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this year.

    Singapore last participated in the IMF's Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP), which is a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of the country's financial sector, in 2004. During the FSAP mission's visit to Singapore in April and May this year, the country will be assessed against international standards for the banking, insurance and securities sectors.

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be working closely with the financial sector in preparation for the assessment.





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    Default Genetic sequencing in cancer paves way for personalised treatments

    Updated 06:49 PM Jan 08, 2013

    SINGAPORE - Recent advances in genetic sequencing, or the analysis of a segment of DNA, are paving the way for new, personalised treatments in cancer.

    A study on a drug used to treat a form of leukaemia called Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, found a higher level of resistance among the Asian population.

    Through genetic sequencing of those who were resistant to the drug, researchers found a single genetic variant in 12 per cent of the Asian population. The variant does not exist in Caucasians or Africans.

    Scientists were then able to work with drug companies to identify a small molecule to reverse this resistance.

    The drug is currently in clinical trials.

    President of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO), Professor Edison Liu, said: "The individuals with this variant are also relatively resistant to other drugs for other cancers as well. So they have now used this as a marker to identify people who might be resistant to other drugs. This is an example of the entry into personalised medicine.

    "Every tumour is going to be slightly different from the next. Some of them may be dramatically different from other tumours of the same type. To treat them all as if they are one kind of cancer is probably a mistake."

    Another study also found that 40 per cent of lung cancer cases in Singapore can be treated by a group of drugs, as compared to five per cent of lung cancer cases among Caucasians. This is because the genetics of Singaporeans make them pre-disposed to the treatment.

    By tailoring therapies for the appropriate genetic make-up of the cancer, there may also be fewer side effects.

    Professor Liu said due to the advance of technology, the cost of genetic sequencing for patients has decreased dramatically, and he hopes in the next three years, genetic sequencing will be less than S$1,000.

    Professor Liu made this comments ahead of the Human Genome Meeting which will be held from April 13-18 this year.

    Besides cancer genetics, the conference will also cover environmental genomics, stem cell genomics, veterinary genetics and crop disease and resistance. CHANNEL NEWSASIA




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    Default Singapore best prepared for future healthcare expenses

    Published on Jan 09, 2013
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    An elderly woman sits in the Pharmacy waiting area of Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic. Singaporeans are among the best prepared for future health expenses among five countries in Asia. A survey by Swiss Re, a Swiss based insurance provider, found that 74 per cent of working adults are prepared for post-retirement health expenditure. -- ST PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR



    By Salma Khalik


    Singaporeans are among the best prepared for future health expenses among five countries in Asia.

    A survey by Swiss Re, a Swiss based insurance provider, found that 74 per cent of working adults are prepared for post-retirement health expenditure.

    This is higher than Hong Kong (60 per cent), China (50 per cent) and Japan (34 per cent), and South Koreans who were the least prepared with only 37 per cent saying they were prepared for post-retirement health needs.

    Singapore also has the least to worry about when it comes to the future health gap - the difference between the cost to meet consumers' health needs and the money available.

    Swiss Re estimates a health gap of US$600 million ($737 million) for Singapore by 2020, compared to US$73 billion for China, US$43.6 billion for India and US$28.7 billion for Japan.

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    Default TP students to get hands-on training at veterinary hospital

    Updated 11:37 AM Jan 09, 2013
    SINGAPORE - Students of Temasek Polytechnic will get hands-on experience at a veterinary hospital, Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (MPAMC), from May 2013.

    It will be part of their training for a Diploma in Veterinary Technology (VET).

    The students will be guided by staff and be able to apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real-life situations in a veterinary hospital setting.

    They will also learn how to run a veterinary hospital, such as client relations and communication, emergency surgeries and critical animal care. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default 'A positive step' for women

    Analysts, MPs hail move to appoint Halimah Yacobas Speaker of Parliament

    by Tan Weizhen and Amir Hussain
    04:45 AM Jan 09, 2013



    SINGAPORE - For the first time in the Republic's history, there will be a Madam Speaker in the House, when Minister of State (Social and Family Development) Halimah Yacob, 58, is formally elected on Jan 14 by Members of Parliament (MPs) as the next Speaker.

    While analysts and her fellow MPs hailed the move to appoint a woman to the position, which is behind only the Prime Minister and the President, they reiterated that the appointment is based on merit.

    Deputy Speaker Charles Chong - who is currently the Acting Speaker - said that it is "about time we had a lady Speaker".

    "It's not that there are no capable women who can be Speakers but they may not have been given an opportunity, so I think it's quite timely. Having said that, she was not appointed purely because of her gender ... she was appointed purely on merit."

    Singapore Management University (SMU) political scientist Bridget Welsh said the impending appointment is "a positive step for sure, as Singapore has one of the least females in the Cabinet, in the region".

    Associate Professor Welsh said: "She's not just a woman, but a Malay. So it's a two for one, and it widens the representation."


    Apart from being the ceremonial head of Parliament, the Speaker assumes the duties of the President if the President and the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers are both away.

    Mdm Halimah, who was first elected as an MP in 2001, will relinquish her current portfolio a day before the Parliament sitting.

    She replaces former Speaker Michael Palmer, who resigned last month after admitting to an extramarital affair.

    Mdm Halimah will be the third consecutive Speaker from a minority race - after Mr Palmer and his predecessor Abdullah Tarmugi.

    SMU law lecturer Eugene Tan felt that the circumstances under which Mr Palmer resigned may have some bearing on the choice of Mdm Halimah, instead of a "predictable" option. "Looking at the events of December, someone like her would inspire confidence in Parliament," he said.

    On Mdm Halimah's current portfolio - which includes the areas of social services and childcare - analysts felt that it is "too important" to remain vacant for long, given the Government's focus on social and family issues.

    Assoc Prof Welsh threw up the name of Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Denise Phua as a possible option to take over the job. Like Mdm Halimah before she was made an officeholder in 2011, Ms Phua is a vocal advocate for social causes in Parliament, Assoc Prof Welsh said.

    "It will also send a strong signal - another woman is appointed to replace one," she added.




    Mdm Halimah will be the third consecutive Speaker from a minority race, after Mr Abdullah Tarmugi and Mr Michael Palmer. TODAY file photo

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