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10-27-2013, 11:49 PM #7600
Singapore to woo home top scientists to anchor research capabilities and grow core in
Published on Oct 26, 2013
PM Lee Hsien Loong greets (left) Prof Clayton M Christensen as Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (centre) looks on, after the 7th Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC) meeting at Create tower in UTown. PM Lee said The Returning Singaporean Scientists Scheme is to "anchor research capabilities and grow the Singaporean core in R&D". -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
By Grace Chua
Singapore wants to woo home its top scientists working overseas, with measures such as full funding support for research work and help to set up labs at universities here.
Announcing the initiative, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said The Returning Singaporean Scientists Scheme is to "anchor research capabilities and grow the Singaporean core in R&D".
PM Lee made the announcement after the high-level National Research Foundation's (NRF) Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council met yesterday afternoon.
Chaired by PM Lee, the council comprises Cabinet ministers, local and foreign business leaders and science experts.
10-28-2013, 12:04 AM #7601
(Another more detailed report from TODAY)
New hospital to be built in the north
The Sengkang General and Community hospitals. Artist's impression: SingHealth
Health Ministry looking at demographic needs; Woodlands a possible location
By Siau Ming En
8 hours 40 min ago
SINGAPORE — Residents in the northern part of Singapore can look forward to a new hospital, possibly located in Woodlands, with construction set to begin after 2020.
The Health Ministry is looking at several sites for the new hospital and studying demographic needs and land use plans.
This was announced by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on the sidelines of the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang general and community hospitals, which will be ready by 2018.
The Sengkang hospitals, touted to be among the largest regional hospitals, will have 1,400 beds. Currently, another regional hospital, Khoo Teck Puat in Yishun, has about 570 beds for both general and acute care, while the Changi General Hospital in the east has over 800 beds.
The Sengkang hospitals are part of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Healthcare 2020 Masterplan to expand national healthcare capacity.
Emphasising the importance of flexibility in new hospitals, Mr Gan said: “What is important is also to ensure that our designing will give us some flexibility because hospitals have to be built for the future, they need to be able to cater to healthcare needs over a longer time frame. Therefore, we need to be able to have some facilities so that, even with demographic shifts, we will be able adapt to the (patients’) needs in time to come.”
As an example, he cited the 200 swing beds in the Sengkang hospitals, which can be added to either the 800-bed general hospital or the 400-bed community hospital.
Likewise, with the adjacent hospitals, patients who require long-term but less intensive care can be “transferred seamlessly” from the acute-care to the community hospital, he said.
The hospitals will provide more community spaces for residents in the neighbourhood, with an open plaza on the first storey that offers cafes, retail outlets and open spaces for community activities.
The hospitals will also be new additions to the healthcare facilities in the north-east region, including the Punggol polyclinic to be completed in 2017. As part of efforts to provide “integrated care” for residents, Sengkang Health will also be working with polyclinics, general practitioners, nursing homes and other healthcare providers to provide longer-term care for chronic diseases through follow-ups and direct referrals to the hospitals.
More than 5,000 people will be employed at the new hospitals and recruitment has already begun, said Professor Christopher Cheng, the pro-tem Chief Executive Officer of Sengkang Health. By 2015, the team will move to Alexandra Hospital, a site for training and testing of the new processes, he added.
With more young families in the north-east region, Prof Cheng added that Sengkang Health is in talks with the authorities to provide some acute care for children. While KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital will still focus on obstetrics, the Sengkang hospitals will look into providing gynaecology and antenatal care, he said.
The hospitals will be opened in phases, with the clinics first, followed by the acute care, then community hospitals — all within 2018.
10-28-2013, 12:13 AM #7602
HMS Daring docks in Singapore
Photo: Ernest Chua
By Kenneth Cheng
8 hours 43 min ago
SINGAPORE — The HMS Daring, a British Royal Navy warship, arrived at Sembawang Wharves yesterday to take part in Exercise Bersama Lima, a military exercise conducted under the auspices of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).
The FPDA is a multilateral defence framework established by a series of bilateral agreements between Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, whereby the five countries will consult one another should there be an external threat against Singapore or Malaysia.
The 7,500-tonne HMS Daring features a state-of-the-art Multi-Functional Radar and Sea Viper anti-air missiles with the capability of defending “a wide variety and number of targets”, among other capabilities.
“It shows the UK’s commitment to it (the FPDA), in that we have sent one of our most advanced warships here to participate,” said the HMS Daring’s Commanding Officer Angus Essenhigh.
While here, the HMS Daring crew will visit the Kranji War Memorial with a group of World War II veterans from Britain and take part in community-outreach activities.
Coordinated by the Malaysian Armed Forces, Exercise Bersama Lima will combine land, air and maritime components.
After the exercise, the HMS Daring is expected to visit Vietnam, Thailand, China, South Korea and Japan. KENNETH CHENG
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10-28-2013, 09:28 PM #7603
Botanic Gardens gets pioneer Hoo Ah Kay's artefacts
Published on Oct 29, 2013
Madam Hoo Miew Oon, great-granddaughter of Hoo Ah Kay, better known as Whampoa, with some of the pots she has donated to the heritage museum. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
By Melody Zaccheus
The new heritage museum at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, slated to open at the end of next month, has received some historic treasures.
The artefacts from Gardens' pioneer Hoo Ah Kay, better known as Whampoa, will take pride of place at the museum.
His great-granddaughter, Madam Hoo Miew Oon, 78, has donated five cactus pots and two large flower pots, all antiques.
Whampoa, who lent his name to a river, street and other spots around Singapore, played a key role in the development of the Gardens in 1859.
10-28-2013, 09:33 PM #7604
Artefacts from Whampoa's private garden for botanic gardens' new heritage museum
Published on Oct 28, 2013
Artefacts from Chinese businessman Hoo Ah Kay's private garden will be up on display at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' heritage museum which is slated to open at the end of next month. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
By Melody Zaccheus
Artefacts from Chinese businessman Hoo Ah Kay's private garden will be up on display at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' heritage museum which is slated to open at the end of next month.
These include small cactus pots and two larger flower pots from the last century donated by his great-great grandaughter Madam Hoo Miew Oon, 78.
Better known as Whampoa, the businessman has been credited with playing a key role in the development of the gardens in 1859. Fluent in English and a member of the Agri-Horticultural society, he helped negotiate with the British colonial government for the Gardens' establishment and also appointed its original designer.
Located in Holttum Hall, which is next to the Botany Centre in the Tanglin Core of the Gardens, the museum will also feature interactive and multimedia exhibits that detail the Gardens' history and notable personalities, among other things. The museum will support the Gardens' nomination bid as Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10-28-2013, 09:37 PM #7605
Proposed Singapore international commercial court to be put up for consultation soon
Published on Oct 28, 2013
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon speaking at the joint opening session of the Chief Justices' Conference and the 26th LAWASIA conference on Monday, Oct 28, 2013. Details for the proposed Singapore International Commercial Court will soon be put up for consultation. -- PHOTO: THE LAW SOCIETY
By K.C. Vijayan, Senior Law Correspondent
Details for the proposed Singapore International Commercial Court will soon be put up for consultation.
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who first floated the idea in January, said the court will serve as an additional avenue for parties to settle international commercial disputes "before a group of some of the most eminent judges".
He added the judge hearing the dispute in the court will be assigned by the Chief Justice which will avoid "any possible issues associated with party appointments".
The move comes in the wake of Singapore's success in playing host to a substantial and increasing volume of international disputes work in recent times
10-28-2013, 09:48 PM #7606
SGX to launch electricity futures market
Singapore. TODAY file photo
By Siau Ming En
6 hours 14 min ago
SINGAPORE — The Republic is poised to launch an electricity futures market in the second half of next year, said Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran yesterday.
The futures market, which will support the trading of electricity products in the future at specified prices, will help big consumers of electricity — typically malls and companies in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors — better manage price volatility by allowing them to secure longer-term prices, he said.
“A futures market will also provide an alternative avenue for independent retailers to enter the market by enabling them to purchase longer-term hedges. The entry of such independent players can, in turn, further spur retail competition to the benefit of end-consumers,” Mr Iswaran added.
For instance, the futures market will provide independent retailers the option to secure fixed price contracts and offer competitive packages to the consumers.
Six power-generation companies — including Senoko Energy and Tuas Power Generation — have also expressed interest in working with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to develop the futures market, said Mr Iswaran, who is also the Second Minister for Home Affairs.
The idea of such an electricity market was first mooted by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) in 2006, with a public consultation exercise launched last year.
Asked about possible speculative activity in the futures market, Mr Iswaran replied that rules and how various players participate in the electricity market will be “carefully structured” to ensure stability. The EMA added that safeguards, such as price limits, are in place by SGX to prevent speculative activity.
Commercial discussions for the development of the futures market are currently under way.
An industry workgroup is also helping the industry draw up electricity futures contracts, as well as ensuring sufficient liquidity for the trading of electricity futures — which means the electricity futures contract can be traded without causing significant changes in the prices.
SGX is working with the industry to launch a trial of the electricity futures market next year, to allow the power-generation companies to build up competencies and experience in trading.
10-28-2013, 09:53 PM #7607
Law Ministry mulls set-up of international mediation centre
Minister for Law K Shanmugam has welcomed the announcement that SIM University (UniSIM) will be hosting the country's third law school. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong
New autonomous centre will provide high quality mediation service
By Amanda Lee
4 min 47 sec ago
SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Law is looking into establishing an independently run mediation centre to provide international mediation, said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam this morning (Oct 29).
Speaking at the 26th LAWASIA Conference in his keynote speech, Mr Shanmugam said the setting up of a new centre is to ensure the provision of high quality international mediation services.
He said that Singapore will be focusing on building up mediation capabilities, in particular to deal with international commercial disputes. Mr Shanmugam pointed out that mediation is seen as an important complement to arbitration and litigation.
Mediation will allow parties “to arrive at a mix of legal and non-legal” solutions to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution, he added.
Mr Shanmugam also said that there is the possibility of setting up the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), which will serve as an alternative for parties to settle international commercial disputes.
The idea was first mooted by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of this Legal Year.
Mr Shanmugam said that the SICC builds on the “strong international reputation of the Singapore judiciary” and noted that judgments from the Singapore Court of Appeal have been cited in judgments of higher Courts of other jurisdictions.
10-28-2013, 10:00 PM #7608
Singapore’s first female Supreme Court Judge retires
The first female Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Lai Siu Chiu, will retire with effect from tomorrow (Oct 30), after more than two decades of service. Photo: Supreme Court
Justice Lai Siu Chiu will step down tomorrow after more than two decades of service
25 min 40 sec ago
SINGAPORE — The first female Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Lai Siu Chiu, will retire tomorrow (Oct 30) after more than two decades of service, it was announced today.
Justice Lai became the first female Judicial Commissioner in 1991, and became the Judge of the Supreme Court three years later.
Around 1973, during her judicial tenure at Allen & Gledhill, Justice Lai also contributed her time towards social causes, such as the Salvation Army, the Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Singapore After-Care Association, both of which provides social, emotional and financial assistance towards ex-offenders and their families.
She also chaired the Children’s Charities Association for a number of years, until today.
In appreciation of Justice Lai’s contributions, The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said: “I congratulate Justice Lai on reaching this notable milestone in her life. She has completed four illustrious decades in the law and this is a remarkable achievement in itself.
“But beyond this, she features in Singapore’s legal history for the firsts she achieved when she was appointed to the Bench more than two decades ago, first as a Judicial Commissioner and then as a Judge.
“I thank her for her sterling contribution to the Supreme Court, the Legal Service and the legal profession and wish her a fulfilling and happy retirement.”
On her part, Justice Lai said: “I am honoured to have been able to serve Singapore for two decades. The Bench has been an enjoyable, enriching and immensely satisfying experience for me.
“I am proud to have been part of the changes over 22 years that have made our judiciary one of the most outstanding in the world. I hope to continue to be involved in the law in some way after my retirement.”
10-28-2013, 10:12 PM #7609
Ilo Ilo wins 3 more awards
Ilo Ilo wins 2 prizes in Ukraine and 1 prize in America, bringing its total award haul to 14
By Genevieve Sarah Loh
SINGAPORE — Picking up three awards yesterday (Oct 26), Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo winning streak shows no signs of stopping.
The multi award-winning family drama continues to fly Singapore’s flag all around the world, this time picking up Best Feature Film and the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) prize at the 43rd Molodist International Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine.
Just after the awards ceremony, where Director Chen was in attendance, team Ilo Ilo received news that they also won the Best Narrative Feature at the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival in the United States.
“Three awards in a day, what a weekend!” Chen told TODAY over the phone from Kiev.”
I wanted to come to Kiev because two of my shorts played here — G-23 in 2005 in the student short competition and Ah Ma in 2007 in the main short film competition — so I’ve always been curious about the festival.
“And now it comes full circle for my first feature to play here in the feature film competition and even more amazing to be rewarded here.”
So with 14 awards under its belt and counting, what are Ilo Ilo’s chances of being the first Singaporean film to be nominated for (and possibly win) an Oscar?
“Oh! Not thinking about the Best Foreign Picture Oscar,” said Chen. “I feel that it’s a long shot!
“Though a Russian critic told me he has bets on Ilo Ilo to be an Oscar nominee,” he revealed with a laugh. “I told him that he will lose his money!”
Ilo Ilo is in next in competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Stockholm, Sweden. But all eyes are on the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, where the film is nominated for six awards in major categories, including for Best Film, Best New Director and Best Actress for Yeo Yann Yann.
“I’m rooting for Yann Yann,” said Chen. “I think she deserves it.”
Ilo Ilo is in Singapore cinemas until Oct 30.
10-29-2013, 01:21 AM #7610
More benefits for staff as Marina Bay Sands joins union for leisure sector employees
Published on Oct 29, 2013
Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. The bulk of employees at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will now be offered union membership. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
By Joanna Seow
The bulk of employees at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will now be offered union membership.
This came after the integrated resort signed a memorandum of understanding with the Attractions, Resorts and Entertainment Union (AREU) on Tuesday.
The agreement was reached after extensive discussions spanning two years, and was witnessed by NTUC secretary-general Lim Swee Say at Orchid Country Club.
Under the agreement, a committee will be set up by employees to discuss issues such as skill-upgrading.
10-29-2013, 08:21 PM #7611
Singapore needs new strategies to ensure its future remains bright: Tharman
Published on Oct 29, 2013
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam speaks at the opening of the NTUC Ordinary Delegates conference. -- PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
By Amelia Tan
Singapore has achieved good economic growth and a low unemployment rate but it needs new strategies to ensure that its future remains bright, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Tuesday.
These strategies centre around looking for new opportunities to boost the economy, focusing on quality growth anchored on productivity, and economic and social policies that focus on social cohesion and inclusiveness.
These approaches are intertwined and have to be carried out hand-in-hand, explained Mr Tharman, to ensure that all Singaporeans are taken care of.
For example, while Singapore strives for productivity, it must also be mindful of protecting the jobs of lower wage workers through skills upgrading so that unemployment rate remains low.
10-29-2013, 08:30 PM #7612
Tennis: Singapore takes over from Istanbul as hosts of WTA Championships until 2018
Published on Oct 28, 2013
Singapore budding tennis player Maxine Ng, 13, posing for a photo with Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic after performing the coin toss for the WTA Championships semi-final between the two on Saturday night in Istanbul. The WTA Championships will begin a new chapter in Singapore next year after it bade farewell to Istanbul on Sunday night. -- PHOTO: WTA
By May Chen
ISTANBUL -The WTA Championships will begin a new chapter in Singapore next year after it bade farewell to Istanbul on Sunday night.
Serena Williams, the newly-crowned winner of the 2013 edition after beating Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, handed the event's official flag to Singapore's Maxine Ng, a 13-year-old budding tennis player in front of the 16,457-strong crowd at the Sinan Erdem Dome.
The Raffles Girls' School student was chosen by the Singapore Tennis Association to help represent Singapore at the handover ceremony. Singapore Tourism Board chief executive Lionel Yeo and Singapore Sports Council chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin were also present.
The Republic will host the next five editions of the annual tournament, which will be expanded from its current six-day format to a 10-day spectacle with sideshows such as concerts, a legends event, future-stars competition and even a forum on women in the business world on the cards. The event is scheduled to take place next October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
10-29-2013, 08:51 PM #7613
Immigration must be politically sustainable for S’pore society: PM Lee
Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong views work by Singaporean artist Zhao Renhui at an open-air exhibition in Paris. Photo: Mr Lee's Facebook page/Prime Minister's Office
New immigrants should not be so overwhelming that they ‘dilute our core and our values’, he say
By TAN QIUYI
14 hours 39 min ago
SINGAPORE — The Republic is in transition and will have to manage its immigration policies in a sustainable way for the long term, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Speaking to business leaders at a forum in Paris today (Oct 29), Mr Lee said Singapore now has to find a way to continue improving the lives of its people.
And this cannot be done by expansion alone.
Mr Lee believes Singapore must push for economic growth and the transformation of its economy by investing in infrastructure and training the Singapore workforce to be more effective and productive. This will have to be complemented by talent from all over the world to make Singapore a vibrant economic hub.
But immigration will have to be “politically” sustainable for Singapore society.
Mr Lee said: “Sustainable means we can handle the numbers, we can integrate them into our society — meaning our people are able to adapt to the inflow and the new immigrants are not so overwhelming that they dilute our core and our values, our ethos of society.”
He added that immigration must also meet Singapore’s practical needs, to lift its low birth rate.
Mr Lee also said: “And economically because we’ll need that range of skills and experiences and talents which no society can generate on its own. You have to get that from all over the world — Europe, America, China, India, wherever there are people who have something special to contribute, we think we have to see how they can fit in to Singapore.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA
10-29-2013, 11:50 PM #7614
Singapore seek more flexibility in LNG procurement
Singapore’s first LNG terminal opened only two months ago, but an additional facility could double its storage capacity to help meet rising regional demand. TODAY file photo
Energy Market Authority exploring new framework for importing liquefied natural gas, used to generate over 90 per cent of electricity her
By Siau Ming En
36 min 52 sec ago
SINGAPORE — The Energy Market Authority (EMA) will call for proposals for Singapore’s next tranche of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports next year.
This was revealed by Mr S Iswaran, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, in his keynote address at the second Gas Asia Summit today (Oct 30).
The EMA is looking at introducing a Competitive Licensing Framework following the second round of consultation on Singapore’s proposed LNG import framework.
This includes a “competitive process” to select the LNG importer, to provide Singapore with the flexibility to procure LNG on a tranche-by-tranche basis to meet incremental market demand, said Mr Iswaran, who is also the Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister in the Prime Minister’s office.
The EMA also intends to lift the moratorium on piped gas imports after BG Group reaches its 3 million tonnes per annum franchise or in 2018, whichever is earlier. More than 90 per cent of Singapore’s electricity is generated using LNG
10-30-2013, 10:54 PM #7615
Book of essays, lectures shows Tommy Koh's many dimensions
Published on Oct 31, 2013
Professor Tommy Koh signing his book for Professor Kishore Mahbubani. The book, launched yesterday, contains insights into his career, his take on issues on diplomacy and law, and tributes to former presidents. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
By Tham Yuen-c
The Singaporean diplomat valued for his views on a wide variety of issues says people should not be afraid to speak up about things they care about, provided they do their homework.
Professor Tommy Koh, 75, speaking at an event to launch a book of his favourite essays and lectures, said: "My advice... is to be brave, but to do your homework first, so that you are able to stand your ground and defend yourself when you're attacked, and not to be intimidated."
His book - which covers topics ranging from his friends and family to law, diplomacy, his pet issues of culture and heritage - illustrates the many dimensions of Prof Koh, who has contributed to different fields in his roles as the dean of the National University of Singapore law school, Singapore's permanent representative to the United Nations, and the chairman of the National Arts Council among others.
From a speech about his student days at Raffles Institution to his essay defending the idea of a minimum wage, the writings show Prof Koh's idea of a "good" society that is gracious and just.
10-31-2013, 01:44 AM #7616
Singaporean Peter Gilchrist wins World Billiard title
Singaporean Peter Gilchrist holds up his 2013 World Billiards Championship trophy in Leeds, England, on Oct 30, 2013.
Gilchrist beat World No 1 Briton David Causier in the final of the 2013 World Billiards Championships
1 hour 38 min ago
LEEDS (England) — Singaporean Peter Gilchrist beat World No 1 David Causier from England to clinch the 2013 World Billiards Champion IBSF-WBL (International Billiards and Snooker Federation-World Billiards Limited) title in Leeds last night (Oct 30).
Gilchrist, 45, initially trailed Causier in the early stages, with the top seed first to reach 600 points. But Gilchrist soon overtook the Briton and ended the first session 150 points ahead.
The 45-year-old, who is currently ranked fifth in the world by the IBSF, would extend his lead further to nearly 500 points by the end of the second session and finished first in long format final, winning 1,500-1,085.
In the long format competition, players win if they reach 400 points for the group stages, 1,000 for quarter-finals, 1,250 for the semi-finals and 1,500 for the final.
Gilchrist won all four of his group stage matches before beating Rupesh Shah of India 1,000-853 in the quarter-finals and Alok Kumar, also of India, 1,250-916 in the semi-final, for a perfect tournament.
Peter had won the World Professional Billiards championship in 1994 and 2001. This is the first championship he won by the IBSF.
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