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    Default LTA wins Geospatial World Excellence Award 2013

    POSTED: 20 May 2013 1:21 AM


    SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has won the "Geospatial World Excellence Award 2013 - Transportation Management" award for its innovative use of geospatial technology in the planning, development and management of land transport under its "GIS@LTA" project.

    In a statement, LTA says it is the first government agency in Singapore to win the award, and the second in Asia, after Taipei City, who won it in 2011.

    The Geospatial World Excellence Awards recognise excellence in best practices, innovations and policies that have helped shape the future of the geospatial industry and innovations in the global geospatial industry.

    LTA Group Director for Innovation & InfoComm Technology, Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo, received the award from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Ordnance Survey (UK) and Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information (UN-GGIM), at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on May 15 this year.


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    Default Charity event raises S$130,000 for former national shooter who lost limbs

    POSTED: 19 May 2013 8:20 PM






    Many people were at Yishun SAFRA over the weekend for a charity fun-shoot in support of former national shooter Aishah Samad.



    SINGAPORE: A total of S$130,000 has been raised for former national shooter Aishah Samad, who lost all her limbs due to gangrene. The amount raised will go towards purchasing a pair of advanced prosthetic hands and legs for the mother of two.

    A two-day charity fun-shoot held over the weekend aimed to raise S$100,000 for Aishah.

    The event at Yishun SAFRA, attracted many supporters, including national athletes.

    An anonymous donor even pledged S$12,000 to pay for her prosthetic legs.

    The money raised is crucial as Aishah is still paying for her simple S$6,000 prosthetic legs, which need periodic replacing as the stumps shrink.

    Aishah said: "(I am) very, very, very, very, surprised by the turnout of people, because this is four times the support yesterday.

    "I did not expect that much support from the public, support from other events, people I do not know, or people who just got to know me from the news, or from Facebook. I'm very very surprised."


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    Default NTU students invent "Block-It-Out" drain cover that stops mosquitoes from breeding

    Published on May 20, 2013
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    Block-It-Out, an innovative swivelling drain cover which allows water through but can block mosquitos from entering to breed.



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    BikeSense, a rear proximity sensor system which would warn the cyclists and drivers when a car is too close to the bicycle.



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    HEATS, a temperature alarm system which would light up when its wearer is starting to suffer from heat-related injuries.



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    WiseWindow - this swivelling window allows you to clean both sides of the windows without leaning out.



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    NTU student demonstrating how one can clean their WiseWindow easily.



    By Sabrina Tiong


    An auto-close drain cover that will block mosquitoes from entering the drain to breed, while allowing a large amount of water to flow through during heavy downpours.

    A "near collision" alarm system fitted with an ultrasonic sensor and LED lights that will alert the cyclist via a beeping alarm when a vehicle gets too close.

    These are just some of the devices students from the Nanyang Technological University have come up with. As part of the mechanical and aerospace engineering curriculum, second-year students are required to develop a prototype and a business plan to improve certain situations.

    One example would be "BikeSense" - a device designed to alert cyclists and motorists when they are of too close a distance to each other. It won first prize in a Safety & Security category of the 15th Engineering, Innovation and Design Open House and Competition on May 18.

    The 580 submissions in five categories were judged by industry professions, alumni and faculty members.

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    Default 2,500 members of the public will get chance to walk through the F1 pit lane

    Published on May 20, 2013
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    Riders come in to finish their race at The Pit Building. OCBC Cycle 201 on Sunday, April 28, 2013. For the first time, 2,500 members of the public will be able to experience walking through the Formula 1 pit lane where they can view the F1 garages up close, and enjoy live performances and interactive games at the F1 Village in Zone 1. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By Priscilla Kham


    For the first time, 2,500 members of the public will be able to experience walking through the Formula 1 pit lane where they can view the F1 garages up close, and enjoy live performances and interactive games at the F1 Village in Zone 1.

    The pit lane is usually accessible only to ticket holders of the Formula One Paddock Club, worth about $8,500. The public can sign up on the Singapore GP website and selection will be through balloting.

    The tour, which will take place on Sept 19, is part of a slew of events leading up to the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. These include a motorsports carnival at ITE College Central on Aug 25 and 26, featuring race simulators and a photo exhibition.

    Singapore GP also announced the extension of their MOU with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), which began in 2009. Since then, more than 4,000 ITE students have gained work experience as ambassadors and customer service officers at the GP.

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    Default Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu loses out in women's doubles semi-finals, take bronze

    Published on May 20, 2013
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    Yu Mengyu (left at rear) and Feng Tianwei of Singapore play against Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia of China in their women's doubles semifinals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu were defeated by two-time world champions Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue in the World Individual Table Tennis Championships women's doubles semi-finals early Monday morning. --PHOTO: REUTERS



    By May Chen


    Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu were defeated by two-time world champions Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue in the World Individual Table Tennis Championships women's doubles semi-finals early Monday morning.

    The Singapore pair could only took two games out of their first-seeded opponents, going down 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 4-11, 11-9, 8-11.

    Still, the duo secured a bronze medal for the Republic as there are no playoffs for third place. This is Singapore's second ever medal at the event. The first was a women's doubles bronze won by Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu in 2007.

    Their loss also ends the national table tennis team's campaign at the world championships, which draws to a close today in Paris.

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    Default Myanmar parliamentarians in S'pore to study governance model

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    POSTED: 20 May 2013 11:02 PM

    • SINGAPORE: Parliamentarians from Myanmar are on a five-day visit to Singapore at the invitation of the chairman of the Singapore-Southeast Asia Regional Parliamentary Group, Cedric Foo.

      The 25-member delegation is led by member of the Lower House of Parliament U Thein Tun Oo.

      The visit marks the inauguration of parliamentary exchanges between Myanmar and Singapore.

      Earlier on Monday, the Myanmar delegation called on Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob.

      The delegates will call on and be hosted to lunch by Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on Wednesday.
      Their itinerary also includes a visit to Tampines West Community Centre, a chance to observe Meet-the-People sessions hosted by several MPs from different constituencies, and briefings by the Trade and Industry Ministry and the Housing and Development Board.

      Through these interactions, the parliamentarians will have the opportunity to learn about Singapore's model of governance and exchange views on broadening linkages between Singapore and Myanmar.


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    Default Singapore-KL high-speed rail link looking 'very attractive'

    Malaysian Foreign Minister in update says finer details need discussions



    Published on May 22, 2013
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    The current relationship between Singapore and Malaysia is excellent, says Mr Anifah. -- PHOTO: REUTERS



    By Lester Kong Malaysia Correspondent In Putrajaya

    THE proposed high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is looking "very, very attractive", though further discussions on the finer details are needed, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said yesterday.

    In his first major press conference since the elections to outline the ministry's priorities, Datuk Seri Anifah said preliminary studies for the rail link are complete but more studies are needed to move ahead.

    "Generally, it is very, very attractive and in line with the Asean connectivity principle, that we connect Asean from Singapore right up to Kunming, China," he said when asked for an update on the project.

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong jointly announced the high speed link between the two capitals back in February, with a 2020 completion deadline.


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    Comments relating to S'pore
    On Malaysia's bilateral relationship with Singapore:

    "We're very, very happy with the bilateral relationship we have now with Singapore. Being neighbours, it's important for us to have a good relationship and to have continuous engagement and dialogue. Being neighbours, we will not pretend that we do not have problems but the essence is in how we solve those problems together."

    On the S'pore-KL high-speed rail link:

    "Generally, it is very, very attractive and in line with the Asean connectivity principle, that we connect Asean from Singapore right up to Kunming, China."

    On Malaysians arrested for protesting in Singapore:

    "It's very simple. You break the country's laws, you have to face the penalties. If they (Singapore) do not allow such rallies to be held, then you should respect that. I want Malaysians to respect the laws of the countries they are in."

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    Default Scientists discover way to isolate, kill tumour cells



    Prof Gerhard Gruber (left) and Prof Catharina Svanborg discussing the effects of HAMLET on a tumour cell (as shown on the computer screen). Photo: NTU



    Molecule destroys cancer cells without affecting healthy ones



    5 hours 54 min ago

    SINGAPORE — A team of scientists from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Sweden’s Lund University have bioengineered a molecule that can target and kill tumour cells without affecting healthy cells, unlike radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

    Already, tests on laboratory mice have proven successful in suppressing colon cancer cells and the scientists are studying a synthetic version of the molecule, with the chance of turning it into a cancer drug.

    One of the scientists involved, Professor Gerhard Gruber, who is from NTU’s School of Biological Sciences, said: “By synthetically constructing the key components, this helps peptides (a form of amino acid) to be much more resilient and ‘survive’ in different environments, such as in the human body or in drinking water, which is an ideal delivery medium, before it reaches its tumour target.”

    The molecule, which is based on a natural protein present in human breast milk, has been found to have tumour-killing properties when bound to certain lipids.


    Lipids are organic molecules, such as amino acids and carbohydrates, that help store energy and form biological membranes.

    The protein-lipid molecule complex is known as Human Alpha-lactabumin Made Lethal to Tumour cells (HAMLET), which was first discovered by Lund University’s Professor Catharina Svanborg and her research team.

    Together with Dr Manoj Puthia, who is also from Lund University, they have successfully identified and isolated specific components of HAMLET called peptide-oleate bound forms, which have the tumour-killing effect. Peptides are short-chain amino acids commonly found in the human body.

    Prof Svanborg said human trials in Sweden using HAMLET have produced promising results and added they were looking to trial the molecule complex in Singapore.

    “We are now ready to test HAMLET as a therapeutic and preventive agent in colon cancer, especially in families with the genetic predisposition, where preventive options are limited,” she said.

    “After completing the various clinical trials, we hope to develop a commercially available product for doctors’ use for cancer treatment in the next five to 10 years.”

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    Default SPH Foundation marks its 10th anniversary with a host of events

    Published on May 22, 2013
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    Schoolchildren immersed in watching manatees swim inside the Amazon Flooded Forest at the River Safari on 3 April 2013. Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation will be marking its 10th anniversary this year by adopting the Amazon Flooded Forest, a key highlight at the River Safari, and by launching a series of programmes. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


    By Natalie Kuan

    Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation will be marking its 10th anniversary this year by adopting the Amazon Flooded Forest, a key highlight at the River Safari, and by launching a series of programmes.

    Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH Foundation, will be officially launching the Amazon Flooded Forest on May 29. The exhibit, which is home to the world's largest freshwater aquarium, showcases the annual flooding of the South American rainforest created during the rainy season.

    At the launch, Dr Lee will present $200,000 to 10 charities serving needy children and youth as part of SPH Foundation's annual charity cheque presentation. SPH will donate another $200,000 to 10 charities serving the elderly.

    On the same day, the Foundation will also be launching the new home for Inuka - Singapore's well-loved polar bear - at the Singapore Zoo. The new home will be more than four times the size of Inuka's previous exhibit.

    On top of that, the Foundation has also planned a series of activities to mark its 10th anniversary.

    A keen supporter of arts and education, it had launched in March a nationwide creative writing competition called YOUth Write in collaboration with IN, a student publication by The Straits Times, to encourage secondary school students to excel in writing. Results of the competition, which attracted close to 1,000 entries, will be announced at an awards presentation ceremony on May 31 at SPH News Centre auditorium.

    For the first time this year, the Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship, named after the former executive chairman of SPH, will be extended to local undergraduates reading humanities. The scholarship is awarded to Singaporeans from low-income families studying languages in local universities. This year's scholarship recipients will be announced at a ceremony on July 19.

    The Foundation has also been supporting other worthy causes such as the SPH Foundation Inter Primary School Tchoukball Championships in April and November, and the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship for the disabled in September.

    Said Dr Lee: "Over the past 10 years, we have helped a variety of causes and served many needs. We are the trail blazers in a number of creative initiatives, such as the SPH Foundation Arts Fund that benefits both the arts and charity sectors, and the Special Projects to Understand Nature (SUN) Club visits to enable special needs students to get close to nature.

    "SPH Foundation will continue to look out for opportunities to transform and improve lives in the next decade and beyond."

    The SPH Foundation Arts Fund, which was launched in 2011, will treat over 1,000 beneficiaries from different charities to quality arts performances by six local arts groups this year. About 300 disabled and special needs students will also visit Singapore's parks with the help of National Parks Board, as part of the SUN Club programme throughout this year.

    A registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, SPH Foundation was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 and renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005. Since its inception, it has given more than $12 million to a wide variety of worthy causes in the areas of education, charity, arts and culture, nature and conservation, community and sports.

    A full list of the Foundation's activities can be found on www.sphfoundation.org.sg

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    Default New voluntary programme to train public to provide care services to victims

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    The Singapore Police Force will be piloting a new voluntary Victim Care Cadre Programme, where members of the public will be trained by police psychologists to provide care services to crime victims.

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs, S Iswaran, at the Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology. (Photo: S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia)




    • SINGAPORE: Singapore's police are piloting a new voluntary Victim Care Cadre Programme. Under it, volunteers will be trained by police psychologists to provide care services to victims.

      Revealing this on Tuesday was Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran at the Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology, which is being held in Singapore.

      Dr Gary Aumilar, executive director of Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, said: "If it's a real trauma, it's almost a lifetime experience. It's always going to be in their memory, something in the back of their minds.”

      Police are paying attention to victims of crime, especially those of sexual or violent crimes who might be haunted by their traumatic experience.

      The police are training a dedicated group of Victim Care Officers to provide direct moral support to help the victims return to normalcy.

      The work of the Home Team's Behavioural Sciences Centre spans many areas. For example, the Police Psychological Services Division manages a team of 300 counsellors. These counsellors will swing into action during times of major incidents to provide the psychological support and also mitigate the impact of the incident. They will also provide care for the victims and families of the victims.

      Mr Iswaran said this would then allow the police to focus their resources on investigations.

      He said: "Many of our ground officers encounter stressful and even life-threatening situations in their course of duty. To help our officers execute their duties efficiently and effectively, we need to appreciate their differences and weave in the right programmes to shore up their mental resilience. This will help ensure that our officers are buffered against any adverse psychological effects encountered in the course of their work."

      Some 300 local and foreign experts in criminal psychology are attending the three-day conference.

      Meanwhile, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) said it has been approached by the Singapore police to come on board its new voluntary programme for crime victims.

      The organisation said it is looking forward to being part of the team to help victims.

      AWARE has been providing a helpline for sexual assault victims, called Sexual Assault Befrienders Service, since 2012.

      The organisation hopes this new programme will provide further support to such victims.

      Currently, AWARE said most of the victims it helps see them first before going to the police.

      Corinna Lim, executive director of AWARE, said: "In future, it may be that when they go to the police station, then the police would also call AWARE and say, we have a victim here. And they need support.

      "It is not just about a third party providing the support. I think it is also important that the whole investigation process is done in a way that understands and empathises with the victims."


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    Default Aerospace training institute receives national certification

    Published on May 22, 2013
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    Avionics lecturer Wong Sin Kiat, 60,(standing) guides Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin as he tries out a flight simulator for a Boeing 737 at the opening ceremony of a new training complex at the Air Transport Training College on Wednesday afternoon. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has certified the Air Transport Training College as a national continuing education and training centre. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN


    By Toh Yong Chuan

    The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has certified an aerospace training school in Seletar as a national continuing education and training centre. The Air Transport Training College (ATTC), the training arm of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers, is the fifth training school in Singapore to receive WDA's highest national grading for continuing education centres.

    Previous certifications were given to industry training schools in the retail, tourism, food and beverage and childhood education sectors, said the WDA.

    The certification was given to the school because it was able to provide high quality training, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin when he announced the new centre on Wednesday. He added that it is part of a broader Government effort to ensure that there are continuing education centres that train Singaporeans take up new jobs that require better skills.

    WDA said that the new status of the school will make it eligible to tap on a $200,000 fund to boost its training courses, including sending its trainers for overseas stints. From July, the school will be starting a new diploma programme where N-level and Institute of Technical Education school leavers can be trained as apprentice aircraft maintenance technicians.

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    Default PM Lee says US and China must take steps to ensure peace

    Published on May 23, 2013
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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers a keynote speech at the 19th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo, Thursday, May 23, 2013. Mr Lee has urged the world's two biggest powers, America and China, to take steps towards enhancing trust and preventing mishaps - as China's rise brings about significant change in the world's balance of power.



    By Elgin Toh


    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged the world's two biggest powers, America and China, to take steps towards enhancing trust and preventing mishaps - as China's rise brings about significant change in the world's balance of power.

    This will involve the pair becoming more transparent and forming clearer rules of engagement in their relationship, as well as institutionalising exchanges with each other, he said.

    In this vein, Mr Lee welcomed the announcement earlier this week that President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping would be meeting in California next month.

    "Holding this retreat so early in their terms shows their desire to work together on common issues," he said.

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    Default NIE director first S'porean to receive highest award from US Teachers College

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    SINGAPORE: A Singaporean educator has been bestowed a Medal for Distinguished Service by Columbia University's Teachers College (TC) in the United States.

    Professor Lee Sing Kong, director of the National Institute of Education (NIE) is the first Singaporean to receive this medal of honour, which is the highest from TC.

    Professor Lee received the award at the College's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at the Cathedral of St John in New York City.

    Professor Lee is an alumnus of TC.

    NIE said it has shared a long-standing relationship with TC in both research experience and academic resources.

    It added that the two institutes will celebrate the inaugural cohort of 16 professionals from the NIE-TC Joint Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change (MALEC) programme at the end of this year.


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    Default NTU medical school to pioneer use of plastinated bodies in teaching

    Published on May 23, 2013
    11:35 AM


    By Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent


    Singapore's newest medical school at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be pioneering the use of plastinated bodies for medical education in Singapore.

    These are real human bodies donated to science, preserved via the method of plastination, and will be used to teach anatomy. It will be ready for the first batch of 54 medical students this August.


    The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, jointly set up by Imperial College London and NTU, had specially ordered the human bodies and various body parts from Germany, which were prepared to the school's specifications. With the use of plastinated bodies and body parts, traditionally preserved cadavers which are in short supply in Singapore, will no longer be needed by the school.

    Plastination is the process of taking organic tissue - a human body in this case - and replacing the water in it with a liquid silicone polymer. The polymer hardens after the application of a catalyst, permanently preserving the body.

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    Default SJI International bags Top in the World awards for IGCSE exams

    Published on May 23, 2013
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    By Joanna Lee

    THREE 16-year-old students broke new ground for St Joseph's Institution International (SJII) this month by winning four Top in the World awards for last November's International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams.

    Pham Minh Tue from Vietnam received the award for additional mathematics, while Singaporean Juan Ru Hoong won for international mathematics.

    Joshua Fung from Malaysia won for additional mathematics and coordinated science, making him the first SJII student to win two Top in the World awards.

    "It is a great honour and I am very, very pleased," said Joshua, who lives with his grandmother, whom he called "a solid rock of support". His father, a lawyer, and mother, a doctor, live in Malaysia. Joshua also thanked maths teacher Patrick Denousse, who taught all three award winners, for inspiring him

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    Default Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin are the most popular Singapore singers in social media world

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    Local singer Stefanie Sun. Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin are the most popular Singapore singers in social media world. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH



    By Jan Lee

    Singers Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin have been named Singapore's most popular musicians in the social media world.

    They won Female and Male Singapore Musician respectively at the inaugural Social Star Awards, which its organisers call the "Oscars" of the social media world.

    The Social Star Awards is a 24-hour online event recognising global stars in the social media world in fields such as music, movies, television, sports and games.

    Since midnight yesterday, more than 60 awards have been announced. The winners were notified on social media platforms such as Twitter.

    While Sun and Lin's wins were not too surprising, there were some rather unexpected results. For instance, Chelsea edged out Manchester United to bag both the 2013 United Kingdom Sports Team and Premier League Team.

    So far, none of the winners or their spokesmen have acknowledged their wins.

    But the fans have responded. Justin Bieber's win for 2013 Canada Musician has been retweeted by more than a hundred of his fans in congratulations.

    Other winners such as Emma Watson (United Kingdom Actor) and Taylor Swift (United States Musician) have also had their wins retweeted and favourited, though to a lesser extent.

    Chinese-language stars such as Jackie Chan and Ruby Lin were tweeted on their Weibo accounts to tell them of their wins for Chinese Actor and Taiwanese Actor, respectively.

    The winners were decided by the activities of 1.7 billion Internet users around the world who use 11 major social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Sina and Weibo from China and VK from Russia.

    The top awards will be presented at a three-hour ceremony at Marina Bay Sands tonight, which will be streamed live on YouTube from 9pm.

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    Default Aerosmith to open Social Star Awards tonight, Psy to bring the curtains down

    Published on May 23, 2013



    Press conference on May 22 for the Social Star Awards at Marina Bay Sands on Thursday, May 23. American rockers Aerosmith and Korean pop sensation Psy will be opening and closing the Social Star Awards tonight at Marina Bay Sands. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


    American rockers Aerosmith and Korean pop sensation Psy will be opening and closing the Social Star Awards tonight at Marina Bay Sands.

    The two acts will anchor the inaugural awards ceremony, which aims to celebrate the best brands and personalities on social media.

    The Social Star Awards - which is backed by the Singapore Tourism Board - has been dubbed the Oscars of the social media world by the organisers Starcount, a Singapore-based firm which tracks the activities of 1.7 billion Internet users on the world's top 11 social media sites.

    Hollywood stars Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven will host the three-hour show at MBS tonight, which will be streamed live on YouTube from 9pm.

    Also performing tonight will be Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, R&B crooner CeeLo Green, Sky Blu of electro pop duo LMFAO, and Asian girl group Blush.

    The top awards to be given out tonight are, in chronological order: Music Solo Artist, Sports Person, Music Group, Game, Film, Sports Team, Brand, TV Star, Social Media Show, Actor and Almighty, which is given to the most popular celebrity or brand across all countries and categories.

    Tomorrow, Psy, Green, Jepsen and Blush will stage a concert at Gardens by the Bay; on Saturday, Aerosmith will stage a full concert at the same venue.

    This is tonight's programme:

    9pm: The show opens
    9.05pm: Music Solo Artist award is presented
    9.09pm: Aerosmith perform
    9.23pm: Sports Person award is presented
    9.30pm: Music Group award is presented
    9.33pm: Carly Rae Jepsen performs
    9.42pm: Game award is presented
    9.43pm: Wrecking Crew (dance group from Japan) performs
    9.53pm: Film award is presented
    9.55pm: Asian girl band Blush perform
    9.58pm: Sports Team award is presented
    10.05pm: Brand award is presented
    10.08pm: Psy performs
    10.13pm: TV Star award is presented
    10.18pm: Sky Blu performs
    10.22pm: Social Media Show award is presented
    10.25pm: American R&B singer Eric Benet performs
    10.35pm: CeeLo Green performs
    10.40pm: Actor award is presented
    10.44pm: Almighty award is presented
    10.50pm: Psy performs again, closing the show

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