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    Default Sports Hub: Football match likely to be first major event for Hub's official opening

    Published on Jul 09, 2013
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    A view of the Singapore Sports Hub under construction, taken from the Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands. The Singapore Sports Hub is set to officially open next May with the Beautiful Game. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Wang Meng Meng

    The Singapore Sports Hub is likely to officially open next May with the Beautiful Game.

    At the unveiling of the new Premium Seats Membership, Sports Hub managing director Mark Collins hinted that the new 55,000-capacity National Stadium will kick off with a football match, saying: "The stadium will open with an event that is very close to the heart of the Kallang Roar."

    He also added that the Sports Hub already has about 60 events confirmed in its calendar until December 2015.

    The new National Stadium will have 1,655 Premium Seats, each costing $1,950 annually.


    Members of this hospitality programme will have first option to purchase tickets to events at the stadium. They will also be able to view the action from padded seats with armrests, have access to a lounge, a members-only carpark area and be able to enter the National Stadium via a private entrance lobby.

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    Default Mixed martial arts: Marina Bay Sands to host first UFC event in Singapore next year

    Published on Jul 11, 2013
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    The Ultimate Fighting Championship arena in Las Vegas on May 25, 2013. The hugely-popular UFC mixed martial arts series will hold its first show in Singapore next year. -- FILE PHOTO: AP


    By Sanjay Nair

    The hugely-popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts series will hold its first show in Singapore next year.

    At a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, officials of the United States-based franchise revealed that the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and the Venetian Macao will host full-fledged fight cards in 2014. The exact dates for the live shows were not revealed.

    "We are pleased to bring UFC centre-stage not only to Macao, but also to our Singapore property," said MBS chief executive George Tanasijevich. "Marina Bay Sands is proud to host several UFC events over the coming years. This partnership is part of our ongoing commitment to Singapore to offer the best in international sports and entertainment for our guests and for the local population."

    UFC, which brings together exponents with backgrounds such as karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling in unarmed combat, will also hold tryouts at MBS on July 25 for its first Ultimate Fighter television series in Asia. The show will be filmed in Shenyang, China later this year.

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    Default Building on manufacturing, Singapore's economy exceeds estimates



    Archive: Singapore Business Park, Marina Bay sands. MBS, Singapore skyline..Photo: Ernest Chua. August 2011.


    Singapore’s Q2 GDP growth strongest in over 2 years, rising 3.7% year-on-year, 15.2% over first quarter


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    SINGAPORE — The Republic’s economy grew an annualised and seasonally adjusted 15.2 per cent in the second quarter from the first, far outstripping expectations as manufacturing staged a strong rebound, according to advance estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) this morning (July 12).

    The economy grew 3.7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter, compared to 0.2 per cent GDP in the preceding quarter.

    On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis, Singapore’s GDP rose 15.2 per cent in the second quarter over the first.

    The manufacturing sector expanded by an annualised and seasonally adjusted 37.6 per cent, turning around from a decline of 12.7 per cent in the first quarter. Services and construction both gained 9.0 per cent during the quarter.

    The quarter-on-quarter expansion in GDP was the strongest since the first quarter of 2011, and the sizzling pace was almost double the 8.3 per cent forecast by analysts.

    From a year ago, Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose 3.7 per cent, improving from the first quarter’s 0.2 per cent year-on-year expansion and beating the median forecast for a 2.0 per cent expansion.

    “The sharp rebound (in GDP) largely reflected the strong growth in the output of the biomedical manufacturing and electronics clusters,” the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a statement.

    Meanwhile, the construction sector grew by 5.6 per cent on a year-on-year basis, compared to 6.8 per cent in the preceding quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the sector expanded by an annualised rate of 9.0 per cent, moderating from the 14.3 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

    The services producing industries also posted healthy growth, expanding by 5.0 per cent on a year-on-year basis, following the 2.7 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

    On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the services producing industries grew by an annualised rate of 9.0 per cent, faster than the 8.1 per cent growth in the preceding quarter.

    Growth was primarily supported by a robust recovery in the wholesale and retail trade sector and the transportation & storage sector.


    ECONOMISTS REMAIN CAUTIOUS ABOUT OUTLOOK

    Singapore, whose trade is three times the size of its GDP, has seen a sharp drop in economic growth in the past two years, hurt by weak demand for its exports as well as a global slowdown in investment banking activity.

    While the manufacturing sector has turned the corner, economists remain cautious about the outlook, citing the slowdown in China and continued weakness in the European Union which is Singapore’s largest export market.

    “The recovery in manufacturing came earlier than expected. We did see a pickup in pharma and some stabilization in electronics, but we had actually penciled in a very marginal contraction in manufacturing in the second quarter because the June PMI for the region and globally are still all over the place,” said Overseas-Chinese Banking Corp head of treasury research Selena Ling.

    “There is still bit of a question mark and we may see some revisions when the final numbers for Q2 come out,” she added.

    China earlier this week warned of a “grim” outlook for trade after a surprise fall in June exports. Shipments to the United States, China’s biggest export market, fell 5.4 per cent in June from a year ago, while exports to the European Union dropped 8.3 per cent.

    The MTI will release the preliminary GDP estimates for the second quarter next month, including performance by sectors, sources of growth, inflation, employment and productivity, in its Economic Survey of Singapore report. AGENCIES

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    Default More students prefer local university scholarships: Survey

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    SINGAPORE — Local university scholarships are becoming more popular among students, according to the annual BrightSparks Scholarship & Career Survey released yesterday.

    BrightSparks is a scholarship and higher-education media owned by the JobsCentral Group.

    The survey showed that 22.4 per cent of Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduates, and final-year polytechnic students voted local university scholarships as their top pick.

    This is a five-year high since 2009. The figure was 19.4 per cent last year.

    In terms of the ranking of scholarship providers, the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University continued to hold first and second place among A-Level and IB diploma graduates, according to the survey.

    The Singapore Management University made it to the top five scholarship provider rankings by jumping 16 notches to fifth place.

    The survey, which polled 3,100 respondents, also found that the most popular industry is still banking and financial services — with 39.1 per cent of A-Level, IB diploma graduates and 28 per cent of first and second-year university graduates voting for it.

    The hotel and hospitality industry, however, is becoming less attractive to A-Level and IB diploma graduates. The industry was ranked 16th this year, compared to eighth place in 2009.

    The survey is aimed at potential scholarship recipients who are A-Level and IB diploma graduates, final-year polytechnic students, and first and second-year undergraduates from local universities.

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    Default New exec training programme for Vietnamese officials launched

    By Chitra Kumar
    POSTED: 11 Jul 2013 7:35 PM

    SINGAPORE: The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Temasek Foundation, in collaboration with Vietnam's Monitoring Office of Programme 165 (MOP165), will launch a new training programme for senior Vietnamese officials this month.

    The new programme is an expansion of the two countries' existing collaboration on executive training programme, and is targeted at Vietnamese government officials as well as the country's leaders of key government agencies and organisations.


    The specialised programme will be funded with a grant of S$600,000 from Singapore's Temasek Foundation and co-funding of S$475,000 by the government of Vietnam.

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday in Hanoi by the dean of NTU's College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Professor Alan Chan, and the head of MOP165, Vietnam's Central Committee of Organisation and Personnel, Dr Nguyen Van Du.

    MOP165 is the leading national-level institution in Vietnam that is responsible for the training of government leaders and senior officials, focusing on political science and governance issues.

    The first batch of participants will include leaders from the Vietnam Women's Union.


    The 25 female officials will be in Singapore from 25 August for the two-week training programme focusing on leadership and public policy conducted by NTU's Nanyang Centre for Public Administration.


    Singapore and Vietnam celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties this year.

    - CNA/ir


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    Default Two former inmates get second chance, graduating with NUS degrees

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    POSTED: 11 Jul 2013 7:23 PM



    SINGAPORE: Life offers a second chance as the experience of two men has shown.

    Both of them graduated from the National University of Singapore after spending time in prison.

    It was a proud moment for the parents of 35-year-old Darren Tan Tho Eng, who will join a law firm as a practice trainee. He received his law degree on Thursday morning.

    But he found it tough in his first semester in university.

    Darren said: "When I first started school in NUS, it was more of a culture shock. I had a hard time getting used to school life because I spent the last 10 to 12 years of my life in another setting, in prison, and finances were bad. I also had to get used to using technology in the course of school. Also managing my relationship with my peers in school."

    Apart from more than a decade in jail, he was also caned for drug and gang-related offences.

    Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean of Faculty of Law at NUS, said: "We look at everyone on the basis of their results and their other achievements. And he had good enough results to be interviewed. This was some time ago, but we made, in the end, special provision to interview him. I think one of my colleagues went down to prison to interview him.

    "But from our perspective, he had been convicted of an offence, but he was in the process of concluding, serving his time, he paid his debt to society. We don't believe that that should be a barrier to someone to turning over a new leaf, and having an opportunity to pursue an education, which he has clearly demonstrated he's passionate about."

    As for 34-year-old So Weng Kei, he completed his studies in prison and graduated with an economics degree.

    Weng Kei, who was jailed twice for burglary charges, has since found a job as a marketing executive.

    "After lights out, we have this, we call the maintenance zone light. It's not really bright, but it's bright enough for me to read my textbook, so even after lights out, I will still be reading my textbook," he said.

    Both men shared their experiences on what kept them going.

    "Hope. I know that although a lot of people might not give us a second chance or for my case, a third chance, in life. But I feel that there is still someone out there who will be willing to give us this chance," said Weng Kei.

    "I will use my knowledge, to the best of my ability, to ensure that people have access to the law, regardless of how much resources they have, to use my knowledge for the good of others," said Darren.

    And their efforts have paid off. They were among some 10,282 graduates from the National University of Singapore this year. Of these, 393 are graduates from the Faculty of Law.


    - CNA/de


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    Default Athletics: Shanti Pereira equals 29-year-old women's 200m record at World Youth C'shi

    Published on Jul 12, 2013
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    Teenage sprinter Shanti Pereira (right) competing at the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) Track and Field Series Four held at the Chua Chu Kang Stadium on May 19, 2013. Shanti clocked 24.54sec in the women's 200m heats at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Friday, July 12, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURJANNAH ZULKIFLI


    By May Chen

    National sprinter Shanti Pereira clocked 24.54sec in the women's 200m heats at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Friday.

    She equalled Prema Govindan's 1984 mark in the event. This comes just two days after the 16-year-old had smashed the national record in the century sprint, after clocking 11.89 to eclipse Amanda Choo's 12.01 mark, set in 2010.

    Shanti, a Republic Polytechnic student, finished third out of eight in Heat Six and will progress to the semi-final on Saturday.

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    Default Table tennis: Local junior paddlers win two golds and two silvers at SEA Junior C'shi

    Published on Jul 13, 2013
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    The Under-18 girls' team, consisting of Lin Ye (above), Lim Yixuan, Yee Herng Hwee and Cheryl Tang, beat Thailand 3-1 in the finals of the South-east Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships to secure gold. -- FILE PHOTO: STTA


    By May Chen

    Singapore's paddlers have begun their campaign at the South-east Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Manila with two golds and two silvers.

    The Under-18 girls' team, consisting of Lin Ye, Lim Yixuan, Yee Herng Hwee and Cheryl Tang, beat Thailand 3-1 in the final to secure gold. The Under-15 girls' team, consisting of Ang Wan Qi and Gladys Wong, also beat Malaysia 3-1 for the title.

    The two silvers came courtesy of the Under-18 and Under-15 boys' team.


    The Under-18 team were whitewashed 0-3 by Thailand in the final, while the Under-15 squad lost out narrowly 2-3 to Thailand.

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    Default Engineers wanted as Changi Airport readies for biggest growth in 30 years

    Recruitment gears up ahead of airport's biggest growth in 30 years



    Published on Jul 15, 2013
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    Senior vice-president (engineering and development) Koh Ming Sue with engineers (from left) Yong Swee Ying, Teoh Yan Lian and Elsie Tan. The airport aims to capitalise on growth in the Asia-Pacific region. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN



    By Karamjit Kaur Aviation Correspondent

    Changi Airport is ramping up engineer recruitment amid its biggest expansion push in more than three decades.

    The construction of Terminal 4
    will start later this year and work will begin on a third runway next year.

    Plans are being finalised for the building of a new complex where the T1 open-air carpark is now located.

    In the longer term, there is T5, which will be ready in the middle of the next decade, said Changi Airport Group's senior vice-president (engineering and development) Koh Ming Sue.


    Background story

    Despite the general labour crunch, Changi's brand name, a competitive salary package and efforts to reach out to tertiary students have helped fill vacancies.

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    Default MediShield premiums will be affordable for young and old: Gan



    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong speaks to healthcare workers while on a visit to Toa Payoh Polyclinic on Jun 27 2013. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG.



    Govt will continue to gather feedback and take into account different aspects during review



    By Kok Xing Hui

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    SINGAPORE — The review of the healthcare financing framework will take into consideration all views and various aspects to ensure premiums are affordable for the young and old, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday, in response to a straw poll by this newspaper which showed overwhelming support among younger Singaporeans to pay higher MediShield premiums in order to reduce the burden on the elderly and themselves eventually.

    “It’s not a binary yes or no. There are many features in the financial review and we’ll need to take into account all different aspects,” said Mr Gan, adding that the Government will continue gathering feedback.

    He said: “This premium issue is just one of them and we’ll also include the coverage, the benefits of the scheme, what kinds of benefits and what costs will be involved, and how can we make sure that the premium will remain affordable for the young, as well as for the old.”

    Mr Gan was speaking on the sidelines of a National Day Observance Ceremony at Jurong West, where 5,000 residents used flashcards to form a Singapore flag measuring 22m by 33m.

    The idea for the young to pay higher premiums for MediShield
    — a national catastrophic insurance scheme primarily for larger in-patient bills — had been floated several times over the years. Recently, it was put forward by participants during Our Singapore Conversation discussions and the Government has said that it is considering the suggestion.

    Among the 50 young working adults aged 21 to 40 who were surveyed last week by TODAY, three quarters of the respondents said they were willing to pay more,
    citing the higher earning power of younger workers as a reason, as well as “goodwill” towards the elderly who have contributed to nation-building. Nevertheless, healthcare financing experts urged caution, noting the difficulty of predicting how healthcare costs could move in the future and that the proposal would stray from the fundamental principle of insurance.

    Mr Gan said the outcome of the review will be announced “quite soon” and the changes will be rolled out progressively.

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    Default Singaporean tops world's largest video game fighting tournament

    Published on Jul 15, 2013
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    By Irene Tham


    A Singaporean has for the first time topped the world's largest video game fighting tournament.

    Professional gamer Ho Kun Xian, 22, was in a neck-and-neck race with his Japanese rival in the grand finals of Evo Championships 2013 on Monday before walking away with the championship to mark the end of the three-day event in Las Vegas.

    Mr Ho won in the game Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (version 2012). It was one out of nine games - including Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Injustice: Gods Among Us - played during the tournament, which attracted 1,600 participants around the world.

    Previous years winners were mostly Americans and Japanese, although a Singaporean came in second place - for the first time too - for the game Soulcalibur V in last year's tournament held in Nevada, United States.

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    Default Changi Airport unveils first "interactive, immersive" garden

    Published on Jul 15, 2013
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    One of the four stained glass mosaic bouquets in Changi Airport's new multi-sensory garden, the Enchanted Garden at the T2 departure transit mall. -- ST PHOTO: KASH CHEONG



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    Changi Airport's newest multi-sensory garden, the Enchanted Garden, at its T2 Departure Transit Mall. -- ST PHOTO: KASH CHEONG


    By Kash Cheong


    The Singapore Changi Airport on Monday unveiled its first themed garden with interactive and immersive elements, located in the North Wing of its Terminal 2 Departure Transit mall.

    Named the Enchanted Garden, the 390 sq m garden is situated between rows of airport shops and features more than 50 species of fresh ferns and flowers. When walking through the garden, visitors will step on sensors that trigger sounds of nature, recorded in the Borneo rainforest. They will also see mechanical flowers blooming right before their eyes.

    At the centre of the garden is four glass bouquets, decorated with hand-pieced mosaic.
    Each bouquet holds at least 300 freshly-cut flowers that will be changed seasonally. The garden also features a koi pond.

    The new garden is Changi Airport's fifth garden, but its first to offer visitors an interactive, immersive experience with sound and sensor elements. Other gardens include the Orchid Garden at T2 and Butterfly Garden at T3.

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    Default Students to get more lessons on handling money under new syllabus

    Published on Jul 16, 2013
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    Children are to spend more time learning about money during home economics classes as Singapore grapples with rising costs and household debt. A new syllabus to be rolled out by the Education Ministry next year will place greater emphasis on teaching secondary school students how to manage their finances. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN


    By Melissa Lin

    CHILDREN are to spend more time learning about money during home economics classes as Singapore grapples with rising costs and household debt.

    A new syllabus to be rolled out by the Education Ministry next year will place greater emphasis on teaching secondary school students how to manage their finances.

    It will also introduce three elective modules for project work: food science, food entrepreneurship and consumerism.

    The change was revealed yesterday by Dr Joyce Mok, a senior lecturer in natural sciences at the National Institute of Education.

    "The difference is that we're giving more curriculum time to financial education, and we've introduced elective modules for project work," she said, adding that the new syllabus - entitled Food and Consumer Education - comes in the wake of increasing credit problems and rising costs.

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    Default High hopes, but ‘no pressure’ for sailors



    (From left) National coach Fernando Alegre with sailors Bertha Han, Fathin Rasyiqin, Edward Tan, Loh Jia Yi and Koh Yi Kun, who are hoping for a hat-trick at the world meet this year. Photo: SingaporeSailing

    By Gerard Wong

    15 July


    SINGAPORE — The Republic’s top youth sailors may have swept four titles at the Optimist World Championships for two consecutive years, but there will be no pressure on this year’s squad to do the same at the world meet, which begins today at the Riva del Garda in Italy.

    SingaporeSailing President Ben Tan stressed this yesterday when asked if he was hoping the quintet of Koh Yi Kun, Bertha Han, Loh Jia Yi, Fathin Rasyiqin and Edward Tan would repeat the successes from the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

    In 2011, Singapore won the Overall World Champion title and the Individual Girls’ World crown through Kimberly Lim in New Zealand. They also clinched the Nations Cup and the World Team Racing title, their best performance at the annual regatta.


    Twelve months later, Singapore made it two sweeps in a row as Elisa Yukie Yokoyama captured both the Overall World and Individual Girl titles in the Dominican Republic and combined with her team-mates to take the two team titles.


    That was not all — Elisa, Samuel Neo and Jessica Goh also took the top three podium spots.

    But Tan said: “We moved away from setting medal targets a long time ago because it is not productive. We don’t want to put such pressures and expectations on young sailors who may not be mature enough to handle them.

    “Instead, our focus is always on performance. It has been drilled into our sailors that all we expect is that they do their jobs ... Because at the end of the day, how their opponents perform is not within their control.”

    Nevertheless, he is confident of a good showing in Italy.

    “Let’s put it this way — they all know their routines before, during and after their races. The systems and methodologies are the same for any team of Singapore sailors, at any competition, and so far, we’ve been seeing the results,” Tan said, referring to the recent IODA European and North American Championships.

    Ryan Teo emerged the open winner at the European meet after posting podium finishes in almost all of his nine races. At the North American championships, Singapore won the Nations Cup, while Samuel Neo finished second overall and Phua Shyn Ee was 10th overall. Gerard Wong


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    Default National Day Parade song, One Singapore, reflects diversity of dreams, backgrounds

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    The National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 logo. This year's NDP theme song, One Singapore, is reflective of the diverse dreams and backgrounds of its choir members, said organisers in a statement on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: NDP EXCO 2013


    By Rachel Tan


    This year's National Day Parade (NDP) theme song, One Singapore, is reflective of the diverse dreams and backgrounds of its choir members, said organisers in a statement on Tuesday.

    The song was composed by NDP 2013's music director, Ms Elaine Chan and the lyrics were written by creative director, Ms Selena Tan.

    The choir members at this year's event were chosen from a competition held in April where there were 200 participants vying for a spot. Ten groups, with two to 15 members in each group, will form the Sing A Nation choir.

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    Default Record eight-gold haul for paddlers at SEA Junior Championships

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    SINGAPORE – The Republic’s paddlers have emerged as the top nation at the 19th South-east Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships (July 12 – 16), with the 12-strong team claiming a record-high total of eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila.

    Determined to end their five-day medal campaign on a high, Team Singapore’s youngsters added another four gold medals to their haul on Tuesday, with titles in the Boys’ and Girls’ Under-18 singles (Clarence Chew, Lin Ye), Girls’ Under-15 singles (Ang Wan Qi) and Under-18 mixed doubles (Clarence and Lin Ye). Swedish Junior & Cadet Open winner (2012) Lin Ye also emerged as the most bemedalled athlete of the tournament, with four gold medals in the Under-18 Girls’ singles, team, doubles and mixed doubles.

    Some 94 players from seven countries competed across 13 events in this year’s event. At the 2012 South-east Asian Junior Championships in Yogyarkarta, the Singaporeans won a total of five gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

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    Default Schooling is top 2014 recruit: website


    Joseph Schooling upstaged five-time Olympic champion Ryan Lochte at the Speedo South Sectional Championship in the US last Friday to win the 100m butterfly final in 54.71 secs. TODAY file photo










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    05 July

    SINGAPORE — United States-based Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling is the top recruit of the boys’ high school class of 2014, according to a ranking by website SwimSwam.

    The Bolles School student begins his final year next month but National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coaches can start making contact with and recruiting swimmers who are high school seniors.

    Schooling’s team-mate Caeleb Dressel was ranked second on SwimSwam’s list.

    Although the website has no links to the NCAA or the colleges, the rankings still come as a confidence booster for the Singaporean, who set the national 100m butterfly record of 52.33secs at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte in May.

    “It’s always a great feeling to be put on a list with so many talented swimmers,” said Schooling yesterday. “I’m privileged to be called the top recruit and this will motivate me to work harder and take my swimming to the next level.”

    The NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, is a non-profit body that organises the sports programmes of many colleges and universities in North America, and is affiliated to more than 1,200 institutions, organisations and individuals.

    In January, Schooling told TODAY he was interested in training at the University of California in Berkeley under Dave Durden, who has developed Olympic gold medallists Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian. But yesterday he stressed: “I haven’t decided which college I’ll be attending next year. I’m still in the process of selecting which school will fit me best.”

    Coached by Spain’s 1988 Olympic bronze medallist Sergio Lopez, Schooling holds the national 200m butterfly record of 1min 56.67secs set at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia. He also holds the national 50m fly record of 24.06 set at the 2011 SEA Games.

    Later this month, he will travel to Barcelona as part of the eight-strong Singapore squad for the FINA World Championship.

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