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    Default Shane Todd coroner's inquiry was 'fair and transparent': US Embassy in Singapore

    Published on Jul 08, 2013
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    This undated file handout photo made available to AFP on May 18, 2013 and provided in Singapore by Mary Todd shows her son Shane Todd, a high-tech researcher who died in Singapore in June, 2012. The coroner's inquiry into American researcher Shane Todd's death was "comprehensive, fair and transparent," the United States Embassy in Singapore said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP


    By Feng Zengkun


    The coroner's inquiry into American researcher Shane Todd's death was "comprehensive, fair and transparent," the United States Embassy in Singapore said on Monday.

    Judge Chay Yuen Fatt had ruled earlier in the day that Dr Todd committed suicide by hanging.

    In a statement, the embassy added that its officials attended the entire inquiry and were with the Todd family during their time in Singapore. The Todds quit the inquiry on May 21 and went home to the US two days later.

    "The death of Dr. Shane Todd in June 2012 was a profound loss for his family, friends, and colleagues, and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them," said an embassy spokesman.

    Judge Chay delivering his finding on the case said the physical evidence pointed to the 31-year-old's death as a suicide as there was no foul play and no medical basis to find that it was a homicide.

    "After considering all the evidence before me, I was also satisfied that there was no foul play involved in the deceased's death," he said in a 145-page decision.

    The judge said there was no reason to doubt the authenticity of a suicide note found on Dr Todd's laptop at the scene of death, and there was also no evidence to suggest that the researcher had been involved with any sensitive research as part of his work at the Singapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME).

    "The deceased was not in possession of confidential and valuable classified information in the course of his employment at the IME," he added.

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    Default Bid to save 18 sites in Queenstown backed by around 1,000 signatures

    Residents submit list of Queenstown sites which they hope will be considered for preservation



    Published on Jul 10, 2013
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      Block 45, Stirling Road (above), the Queenstown Sports Complex and the former Archipelago Brewery are sites on the list of the conversation paper that is backed by some 1,000 signatures from Queenstown residents. -- ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN



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      Block 45, Stirling Road, the Queenstown Sports Complex (above) and the former Archipelago Brewery are sites on the list of the conversation paper that is backed by some 1,000 signatures from Queenstown residents. -- ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN



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      Block 45, Stirling Road, the Queenstown Sports Complex and the former Archipelago Brewery (above) are sites on the list of the conversation paper that is backed by some 1,000 signatures from Queenstown residents. -- ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN



      By Melody Zaccheus


      A LIST of 18 sites in Queenstown - Singapore's oldest satellite town - has been submitted to the authorities in a conservation paper backed by around 1,000 signatures from its residents.
      Civic group My Community and the estate's Citizens' Consultative Committee have launched a bid to preserve the buildings, which include several Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) and Housing Board blocks built in the 1950s and 1960s - said to show the evolution of public housing.

      Other sites include the Masjid Mujahidin - the first mosque constructed by the HDB - and the former Queenstown Polyclinic.

      They hope the buildings will be considered for protection by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for Singapore's Master Plan 2013 - a statutory plan on land use for the next 10 to 15 years.


      Background story

      Why they should be conserved


    • THE first HDB blocks in Singapore are still standing today.

    The seven-storey buildings - Blocks 45, 48 and 49 at Stirling Road - were erected in 1960 as part of the HDB's efforts to increase the average residential density in the area.

    • Queenstown Sports Complex at 473 Stirling Road is Singapore's first neighbourhood sports complex. Constructed in 1970, it features a stadium and swimming complex. Many members of the national water polo team began playing at the club based there under the tutelage of coach Kenneth Kee.



    • The former Archipelago Brewery Company Brewmaster House at 368 Alexandra Road was established in the early 1930s by German businessmen and was one of the first commercial breweries in Singapore.


    It was located next to the Malayan Railway, which made it convenient to export the beer it produced. A two-storey bungalow - which served as the brewmaster's office - is all that is left of the building today.

    MELODY ZACCHEUS

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    Default Pulau Ubin to remain a rustic getaway: Maliki

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    Processes set up to avoid repeat of notice that upset residents in April



    Published on Jul 10, 2013
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    Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman would prefer not to turn Pulau Ubin into a tourist attraction. “I don’t like to see it as a tourist destination, but as a destination for Singaporeans to experience what rustic life is about,” he says. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN



    By Poon Chian Hui


    PULAU Ubin, a popular weekend getaway for Singaporeans and home to families who have lived there for decades, will be kept in its current state for as long as possible.

    There are currently no development plans for the island, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman reassured the House.

    "Our intention is to keep Pulau Ubin in its rustic state for as long as possible, and as an outdoor playground for Singaporeans," he said in his reply to Ms Irene Ng (Tampines GRC) and Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam.

    They had tabled questions after a scare in April, when 22 households on the north-eastern island received what they thought was an eviction notice.

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    Default No charge for use of National Stadium for NDP: Sports Hub boss



    The Singapore Sports Hub will be fully operational from the last week of March next year. ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB




    By IAN DE COTTA

    6 hours 56 min ago

    SINGAPORE — While the Singapore Sports Hub operators and the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) are still in talks over holding next year’s National Day Parade (NDP) at the new venue, the operators revealed yesterday that they are obliged under their contract to offer the Government the use of the National Stadium for free for the NDP and rehearsals, as well as major multi-sports events, such as the South-east Asian, Asian and Commonwealth Games if these are staged here.

    So far, at least 60 dates — from the middle of May next year to the end of the year — have been pencilled in for the National Stadium alone, one of several facilities housed in the Sports Hub. Out of these, 30 per cent are A-list crowd-pullers that could easily fill the 55,000-seat arena.

    Sports Hub Managing Director Mark Collins declined to name any of the events. He said these and the date of the official opening of the new sports complex will be revealed by the Government. Nevertheless, it will be fully operational from the last week of March next year.

    “Our client is the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and we have an obligation to provide them the facilities at no charge for use as they see fit,” said Mr Collins. “The NDP is one of those obligations and they are responsible for the operating costs and the overheads.”

    He added that the SSC has a set number of days over the course of a calendar year when it can utilise the Sports Hub for national and major sporting events and it has to “manage the utilisation of those days”.

    The Managing Director was speaking to the media after the Sports Hub’s commercial partner World Sport Group launched the sale of memberships for 1,655 premium seats at the National Stadium at a cost of S$1,950 each per year.

    TODAY reported in May that the operators were in talks with MINDEF on holding the NDP next year and Mr Collins said the negotiations were still ongoing.

    He added that installation events will be staged to test the Sports Hub’s facilities and systems for five weeks until early May next year, before it starts hosting a slew of big-ticket sports and entertainment events.

    “We’ll start with a major sporting event, followed the next week by a major concert, and then a MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) event, then another concert and a sports event,” he said. The busy calendar will see a variety of events lined up “almost every other week”.

    Being built at a cost of S$1.33 billion, the Sports Hub will consist of a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre, a 3,000-capacity multi-purpose arena, a 41,000 sq m retail, restaurant and entertainment space, a water sports centre and the existing 13,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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    Default Bowling: S’pore’s Bernice Lim and Daphne Tan upset Koreans on home ground to win gold

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    Posted by: Les Tan
    Posted date: July 05, 2013





    Bernice Lim (left) and Daphne Tan of Singapore with their doubles gold after they beat the Koreans 441–393 in the final. (Photo 1 courtesy of SingaporeBowling)





    From left to right: Bernice Lim, Daphne Tan, New Hui Fen, Geraldine Ng. Hui Fen and Geraldine made it to the semi-finals where they met and lost to their teammates Bernice and Daphne. Bernice and Daphne went on to win the gold against a Korean pair. (Photo 2 courtesy of SingaporeBowling)



    Joel Tan (left) and Keith Saw beat a strong Hong Kong pair 404–281 to advance to the semi-finals but had to settle for bronze after they were beaten 468–397 by a Japanese pair. (Photo 3 courtesy of SingaporeBowling)


    Incheon, South Korea, 3 July 2013 – Singapore’s Bernice Lim and Daphne Tan upset the Korean pair of Son Yun Hee and Hwang Yeon Ju 441–393 to win the doubles gold at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. This was the team’s second gold medal at the games after Daphne had won the singles gold.

    27 pairs were vying for eight quarter-final spots in the quarter finals and Singapore eventually clinched two of those spots. Bernice and Daphne qualified as the sixth seed while the other Singapore pairing of Geraldine Ng and New Hui Fen qualified as the fourth seed. Their respective seedings meant they avoided each other in the quarter-finals.

    In the quarter-finals, Geraldine and Hui Fen just edged out the Malaysian pair of Hee Kar Yen and Siti Safiyah by five pinfalls (367–362). Bernice and Daphne then ensured that Singapore would win two medals in the category when they beat Huang Chiung Yao and Tsai Hsin Yi of Taipei in a convincing 409–354 victory.

    Both Singapore pairs now had to face each other in the semi-finals and Bernice and Daphne triumped 372–357.

    While Geradline and Hui Fen settled for the bronze, Bernice and Daphne went on to face Korea’s Son Yun Hee and Hwang Yeon Ju. Bernice had a great game of 246 which made the difference as Singapore overcame the Koreans 441–393.

    “[I'm] very happy to win a gold. This is the second time both of us have partnered together to win. It is just a great feeling winning for Singapore,” said Bernice.
    In the men’s competition, Singapore’s Keith Saw and Joel Tan won a bronze in the men’s doubles.

    Singapore’s Asian Indoor Games Medal Tally

    Daphne Tan – Women’s Singles (Gold)
    Bernice Lim and Daphne Tan – Women’s Doubles (Gold)
    Keith Saw and Joel Tan – Men’s Doubles (Bronze)
    Geraldine Ng and New Hui Fen – Women’s Doubles (Bronze)


    Singapore’s Daphne Tan sees off Chen Dongdong of China to win singles gold at Asian Indoor Games

    Posted by: Les Tan
    Posted date: July 05, 2013
    Incheon, South Korea, Monday, July 1, 2013

    Singapore’s Daphne Tan, 22, won the women’s singles gold medal at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to secure the country’s first medal at the games.

    She overcame a field of 54 women from 20 nationalities to secure the gold.

    At the last games in 2009, Singapore came away with just a bronze medal.

    Daphne Tan secured second seed after bowling 1,336 pinfalls, 13 behind top seed Hwang Yeon-Ju of Korea. Daphne advanced to face Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia in the quarter-finals where she won 212–203 to earn a spot in the semi-finals.

    In the semi-final round, Daphne overcame Son Yun Hee of Korea, 255–223, to secure her place in the final. Her final opponent was Chen Dongdong of China who broke Korean hearts when she beat the top seeded Hwang Yeon-Ju 224–193.

    In the final, both keglers found difficulty with the lanes before Daphne finally pulled away to win 182–167.

    In the men’s competition, Mohammad Jaris Goh scraped into the quarter-finals the previous day but fell 226–257 to top seed, Kim Jun Yung of Korea.
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    Default Tourist attractions fight to stay attractive as visitor numbers fall

    Tourist draws go for big revamps to claw back falling visitor numbers


    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    Skyline Luge Sentosa will erect four new buildings and two more tracks under a $5 million revamp that will be completed by 2015. -- ST FILE PHOTO



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    The Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom will be changed completely. -- PHOTO: SENTOSA



    By Jessica Lim Consumer Correspondent


    Embattled attractions here are reinventing themselves in the face of dwindling visitors and a changing tourism landscape.

    At least three - Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, Skyline Luge Sentosa and the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom - have either undergone or will embark on massive revamps. One has set aside $6 million to do so.

    A team has also been formed at Singapore Tourism Board to look at revitalising its Chinatown Heritage Centre, and the Singapore Philatelic Museum will discuss an overhaul this year.

    Each attraction tells a similar story of why change is needed: fewer visitors, tour agencies no longer herding customers their way, competition with new attractions and the need to appeal to locals and repeat visitors.


    Background story

    FORCED TO CHANGE

    Pain is a good motivator... They are all wondering if they should ship out, reinvest or change themes. Many are finally putting in the money to upgrade and are thinking out of the box.
    - ASA chairman Kevin Cheong

    SKYLINE LUGE SENTOSA

    325,000 - Number of visitors in 2011
    300,000 - Number of visitors today

    BUTTERFLY PARK & INSECT KINGDOM

    300,000 - Number of visitors in 2011
    250,000 - Number of visitors today

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    Default Variety show to take centre stage at NDP 2013

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    SINGAPORE — This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be presented in a variety show format that features everyday Singaporeans with extraordinary stories.

    The variety show will feature nine segments that showcase the diversity and uniqueness of Singaporeans, including the telling of traditional folk tales of Bukit Merah and Sang Nila Utama in the “Play” segment, and a mime performed by a hearing-impaired Singaporean in the “Aspire” segment.

    The NDP theme song, called One Singapore, will be heard in the “Embrace” segment, performed by the Sing A Nation choir made up of 68 Singaporeans from all walks of life.

    This will be followed by the “Love” segment, where Singaporeans partake in a sing-along of a medley of songs, the national anthem and a recitation of the pledge.

    The final segment, “Party”, will be a dance party with DJ Aldrin spinning music to thank all participants of this year’s NDP.

    Organisers say parade spectators can also expect to see a giant human LED screen formed by 800 people, as well as a multi-media display featuring the iconic Merlion as it moves across the bayfront from the Merlion Park.

    Other highlights include a stunt show by extreme sportsmen, including BMX bikers, parkour runners, skate boarders and inline skaters.

    This year’s NDP will also be 25 minutes longer than in previous years.

    The Chairman of this year’s NDP show committee, Colonel David Chua, said:

    Singaporeans are at the heart of this year’s show. When Singaporeans watch their fellow citizens perform, we trust that they will see their own stories, hopes and dreams reflected within and realise that they too, just like the volunteers on stage, can play a part to help make Singapore a place we can all call home, from generation to generation, whatever our backgrounds, and wherever we come from. Everyone can make a difference.”

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    Default Shanti sets new national women’s 100m record

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    She also qualifies for World Youth semi-finals which will be held today


    By Low Lin Fhoong

    13 hours 15 min ago

    SINGAPORE - After coming close on two occasions, Shanti Pereira finally became Singapore’s fastest woman ever this morning, when she set a new national women’s 100m record during her heat at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, in the Ukraine.

    The 16-year-old Republic Polytechnic student clocked 11.89sec to finish second behind Russia’s Kristina Sivkova (11.78) and qualify for this evening’s semi-finals.

    Shanti’s record-breaking effort comes just months after her previous two attempts at the SEA Youth Championships and Singapore Youth and Junior Athletics Championships, where she clocked 12.05 on both occasions.

    The previous mark of 12.01 was set by former national sprinter Amanda Choo in 2010.

    Pending ratification by the Singapore Athletic Association, Shanti’s time will set five new national marks. The national senior record aside, it is also a national U-23, junior, youth and U-19 mark.

    "The race was really good. There was quite a bit of a head wind but the Russian girl was a big push for me to go faster and faster!

    "I am very happy and just overjoyed!
    I honestly didn't expect anything. Since I did the 12.05, I've been wanting to improve and was hoping to do it during this competition. But I didn't expect anything of myself.

    "I screamed seeing my time as I was so happy. I was thinking 'Yes! I've finally done it!'

    "I'm hoping to better the time in the semis. I want to dedicate this to my family, awesome friends and of course my coach."

    The former Singapore Sports School student will be on the hunt for another national mark in the 200m on Friday
    . She will be aiming to eclipse Prema Govindan’s 29-year-old record of 24.54, which was set in Hong Kong in 1984.

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    Default New coins cause confusion among consumers

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    Singapore's second series of coins (top row) versus the third series of coins (bottom row). -- PHOTO: MONETARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE



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    This lock (above), to be fitted on Giant and Cold Storage carts, can take both the old and new $1 coin. -- PHOTOS: DAIRY FARM SINGAPORE, LIM SIN THAI



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    This lock, to be fitted on Giant and Cold Storage carts, can take both the old and new $1 coin (above). -- PHOTOS: DAIRY FARM SINGAPORE, LIM SIN THAI



    By Kash Cheong

    It took Ms Catherine Chong five minutes to get a trolley when she went shopping at Cold Storage recently. That was because the new dollar coin she was using did not fit.

    "Perhaps there should be signs reminding customers," said the civil servant, 29.

    This is one example of how the new series of coins launched on June 25 has been causing some confusion among consumers.

    The problem is not widespread, with only six out of the 20 people polled by The Straits Times saying they have used the new coins.

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    Default Durian wine, anyone? NUS students create grape-less wine

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
    7:29 AM

    By David Ee


    With its buttery and savoury notes, it is a wine that could be served at any dinner party or restaurant. Yet guests might get a surprise when they find out its special ingredient - durian.

    The white wine
    - created by two students from the National University of Singapore - contains no grapes. Instead, it is made entirely from the pungent "King of Fruits", in what its makers claim is a world first.

    But the squeamish need not worry. The wine "tastes nothing like durian", said final-year PhD student Christine Lee.

    The 29-year-old, who created the concoction along with undergraduate Fransisca Taniasuri, hopes it will appeal to curious wine drinkers - whether or not they love the spiky fruit.




    (From left) Ms Taniasuri, Assistant Prof Liu and Ms Lee posing with the durian and papaya wine. The wine, which contains no grapes, tastes nothing like durian, said Ms Lee. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

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    Default No more dining by the river's edge under new URA guidelines

    New rules to improve public access to riverfront at Robertson, Clarke quays



    Published on Jul 11, 2013
    7:25 AM



    The new rules issued by URA take effect immediately, but it said it would give operators "sufficient time" to clear the riverside tables such as these at Clarke Quay. Tables away from the river will be allowed to stay. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    By Hoe Pei Shan


    Romantic meals right at the edge of the Singapore River will soon become a thing of the past at Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay, when new rules on outdoor refreshment areas kick in this week.

    Under new guidelines from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), diners' tables cannot be placed right by the riverside. The aim, it said, is to "free up the riverfront for public access".

    The new rules are effective immediately, but the URA said it would give operators "sufficient time" to clear the riverside tables.

    Outdoor tables on the side of the walkway away from the river can stay, and restaurants can also apply to develop second-storey extensions from buildings to create dining areas there.

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    Default LionsXII goalkeeper stands to collect $17,000 in prize money

    By David Lee
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    Thursday, Jul 11, 2013


    SINGAPORE - LIONSXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud is set to receive the biggest birthday present of his life.

    Turning 23 on Sunday, the Singapore No. 1 will collect almost $17,000 in prize money, after the LionsXII lifted the 2013 Malaysian Super League (MSL) title.

    Almost half the squad are set to collect a five-figure windfall each, after the Singapore team received RM750,000 ($300,000) in prize money for being MSL champions.


    The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed with The New Paper that the entire sum will be split among the players.

    An FAS spokesman said: "It was communicated to the team before the start of the season that the entire prize money earned will be distributed among the players."

    LionsXII coach V Sundramoorthy and his assistant, K Balagumaran, along with the other members of the backroom staff, will receive a separate year-end bonus based on their respective key performance indicators, which includes a good finish in the MSL.



    LionsXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud at a training session prior to the Malaysian Super League (MSL).
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    Default No smoking in Nee Soon South except at designatedareas

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
    7:25 AM



    Blk 846 Yishun Ring Road. Nee Soon South is set to become a giant no-smoking zone by the end of the year. And if it works, other areas will follow. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM



    By Poon Chian Hui

    Nee Soon South is set to become a giant no-smoking zone by the end of the year. And if it works, other areas will follow.

    In a bold effort to clamp down on the rising number of smokers, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) wants to make the entire neighbourhood of 50,000 people in Yishun the first "100 per cent smoke-free" constituency.

    Current National Environment Agency (NEA) rules tell smokers where they cannot light up. HPB's plan is to tell smokers they cannot puff in any place other than "designated points" in public areas.

    This could mean no more smoking at open carparks, parks and other open places.

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    Default Singapore Sports Institute to launch academic scholarships and research grants this y

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    Dr Ken van Someren (above) speaks at the Singapore Sports Institute Annual Symposium 2013 at the Concorde Hotel on Thursday, 11 July 2013. Students interested to take up sports-science related programmes in university can soon take advantage of academic scholarships offered by the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI). -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By May Chen


    Students interested to take up sports-science related programmes in university can soon take advantage of academic scholarships offered by the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI).

    Grants will also be given to institutes of higher learning and research institutions for the purpose of sports science and medicine development.

    Details on the academic scholarship and research grants are still being finalised, but the SSI, which comes under the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), is expected to announce them later this year.

    It is believed that the scholarship will be opened only to Singaporeans for a start, and covers undergraduate, post-graduate and also doctoral studies.

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    Default Chicago university pulling MBA course out of Singapore

    It will move programme to HK next year; last cohort to graduate in 2015



    Published on Jul 12, 2013
    6:57 AM




    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business will carry on teaching the 166 students who are now enrolled in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


    By Chia Yan Min

    After opening to much fanfare in 2000, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is pulling its prestigious executive education programme out of Singapore and setting up in Hong Kong to be closer to the booming Chinese economy.

    The Hong Kong campus will start operating next year, but the school will carry on teaching the 166 students now enrolled in Singapore.

    The last cohort will graduate in 2015 - which is also when the lease expires on the school's premises at the House of Tan Yeok Nee along Penang Road.

    The decision followed "months-long deliberation and input from the Chicago Booth community", the school said.


    Background story

    Offers made for House of Tan Yeok Nee

    THE last traditional Chinese courtyard house in Singapore, which has been home to top business minds for more than 10 years, might soon have new owners.

    The House of Tan Yeok Nee, a gazetted national monument
    at the corner of Penang Road and Clemenceau Avenue, was put up for sale in May by owner ERC Holdings. It appointed Jones Lang LaSalle as the marketing agent, and the tender for the site closed last Friday.

    No sale has been confirmed though "a few offers are under discussion", said Mr Anthony Barr, Jones Lang LaSalle's national director of investment sales. He declined to reveal the owner's asking price.

    In May last year, ERC Holdings bought the freehold property for more than
    $60 million from German fund manager Union Investment Real Estate via a private deal.


    The building is fully leased to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The lease began in 2000 and will run out in 2015.

    Named after a wealthy Teochew businessman who built it in the 1880s for his family to live in, the building was restored in 2000 and sits on 32,000 sq ft of land.

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    Default Simpler version of former president S R Nathan's memoirs launched

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    Former president S R Nathan stands with his latest memoirs, 50 Stories from My Life. A simpler version of Mr Nathan's memoirs was launched on Thursday at the National Library. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


    By Janice Heng

    A simpler version of former president S R Nathan's memoirs was launched on Thursday at the National Library.

    The book, titled "50 Stories from my life", comprises excerpts from Mr Nathan's memoirs which are written in more accessible way for younger readers. Mr Nathan said he wanted to produce "a much shorter, readable book that would appeal to people of all ages, particularly the young".

    He hoped youngsters could draw important lessons from the anecdotes in the book.

    The 184-page paperback is available in all major bookstores for $19.90. Some 2,000 copies have been donated to secondary schools, junior colleges and the Institute of Technical Education.

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    Default Hi-tech solutions in the works for common eye diseases

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    By Poon Chian Hui

    The detection of eye diseases has gone high-tech. The Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R) is partnering Japan-based Topcon Corporation to come up with "intelligent" technology to pinpoint myopia, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) more quickly. Topcon manufactures eye-related instruments worldwide.

    The technology also aims to improve the accuracy of such diagnoses. For instance, by making it possible for machines to automatically analyse eye images.

    I2R, which comes under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), has set up a joint laboratory with the Japanese company at Fusionopolist for this purpose.

    Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. Some eight in 10 people who are aged 18 and over suffer from shortsightedness, in which near vision becomes blurry and spectacles are required to correct it.

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