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    Default Indoor skydiving: Singapore's Kyra Poh and Choo Yixuan make strong debut in UK contes

    Published on Apr 06, 2014
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    Choo Yixuan, 12 (bottom), and Kyra Poh, 11, take part in the 2-way Free Fly Open at the Bodyflight World Challenge 2014. INDOOR skydivers from iFly Singapore made a strong debut at the two-day Bodyflight World Challenge event that concluded yesterday in Bedford, UK. -- PHOTO: IFLY SINGAPORE


    By Lim Ching Ying

    INDOOR skydivers from iFly Singapore made a strong debut at the two-day Bodyflight World Challenge event that concluded yesterday in Bedford, UK.

    Kyra Poh, 11, and her instructor, Kristopher Reynolds, 34, finished second in the Dynamic 2-way Open category, edging out teams from Norway and Dubai.

    Their strong finish comes despite the World Challenge being their first competition in almost two years. It was also the first time Singaporeans had participated in the annual international skydiving competition.

    "It was challenging to get used to a different wind tunnel and still try to do what we normally can, but we wanted to improve and be better than we were last time in a competition," said Kyra.

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    Default Drones fly high, as club wants to organise safety courses

    Some photography enthusiasts gathered at the open field outside Outram Park MRT Station yesterday to experience aerial photography using drones where cameras are mounted onto the them. The event marks the 10th year anniversary of the Tanjong Pagar CC Photographic Club. PHOTO: ERNEST CHUA


    By Lip Kwok Wai
    Published: April 7, 4:12 AM

    Drones are usually associated with military operations, but yesterday, about 80 photography buffs let loose several mounted with cameras near Outram MRT Station, as part of an aerial photography session marking the 10th anniversary of the Tanjong Pagar CC Photographic Club.

    With growing interest in the hobby, the club is planning to conduct courses on how to use drones safely. Said the club’s technical adviser Hilarion Goh: “We’ve got to fly in safe places. And also the intrusion of private property is something that we’re very concerned (about).”

    Ms Indranee Rajah, who is Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has rules on where drones can fly and how high, which is 60m. “The CAAS is studying (this). If it becomes widespread, the users multiply and there is invasion of privacy or security issues, then I think that something would have to be done in terms of legislation,” she said. Photo: Ernest Chua

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    Default PM Lee meets PM Najib at M’sia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat

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    PM Lee Hsien Loong (second from right) in Bukit Bintang, April 6, 2014. Photo: MCI


    PM Lee Hsien Loong at Bukit Bintang, April 6, 2014. Photo: MCI


    PM Lee Hsien Loong (centre) in Bukit Bintang, April 6, 2014. Photo: MCI


    PM Lee Hsien Loong (centre) in Bukit Bintang, April 6, 2014. Photo: MCI


    PM Lee is in Malaysia for the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat


    Published: April 6, 9:34 PM

    PUTRAJAYA — Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in Malaysia today (April 6) at the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat.

    The retreat was a platform for leaders of both countries to take stock of their bilateral co-operation, and also provides the leaders with an avenue to explore and discuss new initiatives and further collaboration, said a Wisma Putra statement.

    Mr Lee and Mr Najib will be sharing the progress of both countries’ bilateral relations at a press conference tomorrow.

    At this year’s meeting, the focus is expected to be on the High Speed Rail and the Rapid Transit Link between both countries, as well as developments in the Iskandar region.

    Mr Najib will also host an official dinner for Mr Lee at the River Cruise Tasik, Putrajaya, tonight.

    Earlier, Mr Lee and his wife were received by Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamzah Zainudin at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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    Default PM likely to discuss high-speed rail link, Iskandar projects with M’sia

    (From left) Ms Ho Ching, Malaysian PM Najib Razak, PM Lee Hsien Loong...
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    By Loh Chee Kong
    Published: April 7, 4:12 AM


    KUALA LUMPUR — Before getting down to serious business today as part of a leaders’ retreat, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching were yesterday hosted to a private cruise dinner on Putrajaya Lake by Malaysian Premier Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

    Mr Lee is accompanied at the fifth such retreat by a high-powered delegation including Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and eight other ministers. Today, the Singapore leaders will meet their Malaysian counterparts to review progress in bilateral relations and discuss ways to further enhance cooperation across a wide range of areas.

    This time, items likely to be on the agenda include the high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the rapid transit system connecting the Republic’s MRT system with Johor Baru and joint projects in Iskandar Malaysia.

    Earlier yesterday, Mr and Mrs Lee were shown around Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. They visited the Petronas Twin Towers, where Mr Lee was received by KLCC Property Holdings Executive Director Hashimah Hashim.

    During a 30-minute tour, Mr Lee walked around the Bukit Bintang area and Bangsar Village to see new developments that have taken place over the past decade. He also visited KL Sentral and the site of the planned Tun Razak Exchange, a proposed international financial and business hub under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme.

    The retreat was started in May 2007 by former Malaysian Premier Abdullah Badawi and Mr Lee in Langkawi. Previous meetings have yielded significant agreements, including a solution to Malayan Railway Land in Singapore.

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    Default Singapore-KL high-speed rail: Republic considering options for station site

    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak during a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur on April 7, 2014. Photo: Reuters


    Three likely locations for the station in Singapore are Tuas West, Jurong East or the city centre



    Published: April 7, 1:04 PM
    Updated: April 7, 1:56 PM

    KUALA LUMPUR — The station for the Republic’s new high speed rail link to Kuala Lumpur (KL) will likely be located either in the west or in the city centre, it was revealed today (April 7) at a press conference at the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Kuala Lumpur.

    Officials said the three likely locations for the station in Singapore are Tuas West, Jurong East or in the city centre.

    The KL station will be located in Sungai Besi.

    The leaders of Singapore and Malaysia today also lauded the two countries’ steady progress on joint iconic projects in Singapore and the Iskandar region, as well as in other areas of cooperation.

    In a joint statement issued at the fifth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysia counterpark Najib Razak also praised the work of committees that had been tasked with improving connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore, which include a rapid transit system link, a possible third road link, as well as the high-speed rail linking Singapore with Kuala Lumpur.

    PM Lee also expressed his deepest sympathies over the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, while PM Najib said Malaysia appreciated the Republic’s prompt assistance in search and rescue operations.

    The next retreat will be held in Singapore in 2015.

    KL station will be located in Sungai Besi

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    Default Community gardens raise S$5,900 for charity

    More than 2,000 Sembawang GRC residents were at Republic Polytechnic yesterday to buy vegetables grown in their GRC’s community gardens. Photo: Ernest Chua


    Published: April 7, 4:12 AM


    SINGAPORE — Before her family was resettled from a kampung to a public flat in 1981, Madam Ang Dak Dia grew durians, rambutans and vegetables along the coast of Sembawang where she lived, occasionally selling them at markets to support her six children.

    Yesterday, Mdm Ang, 75, once again found herself selling the vegetables she had grown, but this time for a good cause, at the first farmers’ market held for Singapore’s community gardens at Republic Polytechnic.

    The vegetables and herbs came from five community gardens within the Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and raised close to S$5,900 for the Man Fut Tong Nursing Home, which provides medical, rehabilitative and social care for the elderly.

    Community gardens, many of which are run by residents, are set up with support from the National Parks Board (NParks) under the Community in Bloom initiative, and can be found in public and private residential estates, schools and organisations such as hospitals. The NParks’ website said there are more than 600 active gardening groups in Singapore.

    Yesterday, the five gardens contributed about 250kg of their harvest, which included vegetables such as lettuce, kailan, chye sim, corn, brinjal and radish, as well as herbs and spices such as chilli and basil. Shoppers could pay any amount they wished.

    Mdm Ang, who worked as a cleaner before she retired, said with pride that the produce sold at the market was fresh and free of pesticides.

    “Growing vegetables uses some energy, but when you watch the vegetables grow, you will be happy,” said Mdm Ang, who wakes up at 6am every day to tend to community gardens near her home.

    Minister of National Development Khaw Boon Wan, who is also Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, was the guest of honour at the event. In a blog post on Saturday, Mr Khaw noted how community gardens have thrived over the years.

    “I told the AVA (Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority) that we should help those community gardens, which want to increase the yield or ‘professionalise’ their hobby through injecting our expertise,” he said.

    This has produced “astonishing results”, he said, adding: “Every four to six weeks, there is so much harvest that the residents have been able to share them with needy families.”

    Yesterday’s event was organised as part of the Community Sports Festival by the Sembawang GRC Community Sports Club. The club is looking into organising more of such markets and on a bigger scale, a representative said.

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    Default Singapore sailors retain Asian Optimist title

    April 7, 2014 - 12:33am

    By: Sazali Abdul Aziz




    PHOTO: COURTESY OF SINGAPORE SAILING FEDERATION


    Singapore cemented its place as one of Asia’s top sailing nations after retaining the Overall Asian Championship at the IODA Asian Optimist Championships in Manama, Bahrain on Saturday.

    Lu Junrui and Phua Shyn Ee emerged as the top Asian boy and girl sailors at the competition respectively.

    Junrui, 14, bagged the gold in the boys’ division after finishing in front of China’s Wang Jie and Thailand’s Yampinid Master Sulton while Shyn Ee, 15, overtook the Chinese duo of Yu Huijiao and Qiu Xiaoming to take top spot in the girls’ division after starting the final day in fifth place.

    Turkey’s Rasim Yasar was named the winner of the overall fleet race, as Junrui won silver and Shyn Ee finished with a bronze, which means the title of best Asian boy and girl sailors went to both Singaporeans.

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    Default Singapore ranks joint third in measure of world cities

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    Republic comes in behind London and New York in ranking based on indicators that include economic prosperity and international reach


    Published: April 8, 11:31 AM
    Updated: April 8, 11:44 AM


    SINGAPORE — Singapore has come in joint third with Paris in a global ranking of international cities, based on indicators such as economic prosperity as well as less tangible factors like connectivity, international visitors and web search data.

    London and New York were ranked joint first in the report by UK-based property consultancy Savills, which sought to identify cities with that “X factor” for real estate investors.

    Asian rivals Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai came in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

    “Our definition of a world city
    is not just based on size or economic prosperity, but other less tangible factors,” Savills World Research director Yolande Barnes said in a statement.

    “These include fame, prominence, international reach and investability — all factors that are not revealed by population and GDP figures alone,”
    she added.

    Savills said it is often the cosmopolitan nature and international outlook that make cities prosperous and attractive to global investors.

    By buying real estate in these cities, investors are looking to own a piece of the world rather than just a piece of a particular country, it added.

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    Default Iskandar strategic to Singapore and Malaysia, says PM Lee


    But Johor project needs to develop manufacturing sector, says PM Lee



    Published on Apr 8, 2014




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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at the latter's office in Putrajaya yesterday. Both leaders noted the importance of the continued development of the Iskandar region to the two countries. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO



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    Homes and a clubhouse in East Ledang, one of the developments in Nusajaya in Iskandar Malaysia in the southern Johor state. -- ST FILE PHOTO


    By Robin Chan, Assistant Political Editor, In Putrajaya


    The giant Iskandar Malaysia project in Johor state is a "strategic play" that can lift Malaysia above its global competitors and help Singapore maintain its competitive edge, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

    But to do so, investments in the fast-growing Iskandar region need to be channelled into manufacturing as well, not just residential properties and services.

    Developing the manufacturing sector will help create jobs and attract investments, to build "an organic, comprehensive, dynamic centre for economic vitality in Johor", Mr Lee added.

    He was speaking at a joint media conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the end of the retreat for leaders of the two countries. Both noted at the conference the importance of the Iskandar region for its "complementarities" with Singapore, and for deepening their integration.

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    Default Geylang Through My Eyes

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    Workers transporting charcoal at Tanjong Rhu within the Geylang Canal area in the 1980s. -- PHOTO: QUEK TIONG SWEE



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    Scene of Ramadan bazaar in Geylang Serai in 1984. -- PHOTO: HANDOUT



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    In knee-deep mud, slick and filth, 400 University of Singapore students spent their Sunday clearing up a drain in Geylang Serai. -- PHOTO: BH



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    Haig Road hawkers' centre which is always crowded in the evenings. -- PHOTO: BH



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    High view of Geylang Serai constituency. -- PHOTO: BH



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    Junction of Geyland Road and Haig Road. This area near Geylang Serai is very popular for shopping with locals and tourists especially those from Malaysia. -- PHOTO: BH



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    News Editor Ignatius Low spent a lot of his childhood in Geylang. Was it and is it dangerous? Depends on which lorong numbers you're in. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



    By Ignatius Low News Editor

    All this recent talk about Geylang and the security situation there has raked up a lot of old memories for me.

    In the 1980s, I used to go with my parents and my little sister quite often to visit my great-grandmother, who lived along Lorong 35. We were a typical Peranakan extended family and every couple of weeks or so, all my uncles and aunties would congregate at the house to see the female matriach, have a meal and catch up with each other. It was an old-fashioned building that was raised off the ground, not by stilts but concrete blocks. A flight of steps at the back then took you back down to the kitchen and a more informal sitting area, which was on ground level.

    I remember sitting on the porch listening to the adults talking - and sometimes quarrelling – late into the night. On Sundays, my cousins and I would amuse ourselves by playing chatek in the compound or flying little styrofoam airplanes that we bought from the store at the corner of the intersection with the main Geylang Road.

    I used to enjoy those little walks with my dad to the intersection. In contrast to the quiet little lorong, Geylang Road was a big road bustling with activity. In many ways, it was my first window into the world of the dialect-speaking businessmen and traders who ran motor workshops and supplied everything from tools and kitchen equipment to floor tiles. I would see them smoking and speaking in their rough-and-tumble way at the coffeshop at the corner of Lorong 35.

    Even back then, Geylang had great food and my dad would bring us to that coffeeshop to eat rojak and tau-kwa pok. A few lorongs up Geylang Road was Wong Clinic, where my family doctor was. It was often packed and my dad and I would wander up and down the road until my number was called. I was quite a sick kid then and a lot of my nights were spent sitting in the waiting area, looking out at the interesting people that passed by.

    To me, Geylang has never been a dangerous place. But as many friends have pointed out to me, much depended on which lorong numbers you frequented. How like Manhattan, I remember thinking to myself, when I first visited the Big Apple a decade later.

    I would not learn about the red light districts of the “even numbered lorongs in the teens” until after I graduated from university and started work. Occasionally, my friends and I would try the famous beef hor fun or dim sum near these areas and after dinner, take a slow drive through these avenues of ill-repute to “educate” ourselves. Each visit was a fascinating, if slightly scary, adventure. Geylang was a side of the city that I had never seen before and an awakening of sorts for this Peranakan boy with his sheltered upbringing.

    But Geylang wasn’t done with me yet. As fate would have it, I moved into a service apartment on Lorong 41 for three months last year when my house was undergoing renovation. As I walked up and down Geylang Road trying out the famous eateries that were, by now, on literally nearly every street corner, the grand old dame showed me yet another side of herself.

    By day, the doors of beauty salons with blacked out windows would open wide enough for me to give me a hint of the unconventional treatments that awaited inside. By night, I sat eating Sichuan chicken hotpot along with young executives from mainland China who had gathered as friends to swap notes on working in Singapore. I watched, between mouthfuls of the best claypot rice I have ever tasted, as foreign construction workers came up to makeshift provision stores to buy secret things that could only be passed on in clenched fists, hidden from sight.

    As I drove through busy and wide main road to connect to the new expressways, the gentrified estates that have sprung up around it, the boutique eateries along the small lorongs… I realised that although the Geylang that I knew in my childhood has physically changed, much of it also hasn’t – and for the better.

    For it is the messiness of its urban sprawl, the melting pot of people and cultures, and the sound of feasting and fighting late into the night that have always given Geylang its colour and character. And hopefully will continue to ensure that it has a important place in our country’s development for a long time to come.

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    Default Huge response for UniSIM degrees in arts, sports and music education

    Personal trainer Abu Bakar Abdul has secured a place in the Bachelor of Sports and Physical Education programme. He hopes to gain in-depth knowledge on subjects such as physiology and nutrition to help others and improve his own well-being. PHOTO: Ernest Chua


    By Joy Fang
    Published: April 8, 4:12 AM
    Updated: April 8, 4:15 AM


    SINGAPORE — More than 250 applications have been received for SIM University’s (UniSIM) three new part-time degree programmes in arts, music and sports education, surpassing the number of places available.

    The university has only 30 places for each programme for the July intake.
    However, by the time applications closed on March 31, it had received more than 140 applications for the Bachelor of Sports and Physical Education programme, more than 70 for the Bachelor of Art Education programme and more than 40 for the Bachelor of Music Education programme.

    Applicants include teachers in the Ministry of Education school system as well as those from the private teaching sector, and professionals from relevant fields.

    Each degree, which has a practice-oriented focus, also comes with a Minor component in either Management or Psychology.

    Dr James Ong, Head of Education Programmes at UniSIM’s School of Human Development and Social Services, said the application numbers showed there is a demand in the niche areas of arts, music and sports.

    These three industries are “increasingly vibrant and of vital importance towards a vision for a cultured and robust society and building Singapore as a renaissance city”, he noted. There is also an increase in demand for quality education and teachers with relevant degrees as well as training in these areas, he added.

    The school hopes to raise the level of professionalism in these fields by providing non-graduate teachers with an opportunity to upgrade themselves, as well as reach out to aspiring practitioners.

    It also wants to promote a greater appreciation for the arts and enhance overall physical fitness levels and interest in sports, said Dr Ong.

    At the same time, the Management minor offers students skills to function effectively as a member and team leader within an organisation, while Psychology is learning about the behaviour of people, which can be useful in any occupation, he added.

    Special facilities, such as a music studio and a sports hall, will be available to students when the new extended campus in Clementi is ready this year.
    UniSIM will also collaborate with institutions such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Sport Singapore and the Physical Education and Sports Teachers Academy for the use of their facilities.

    Lecturers will be current practitioners as well as from other institutes of higher learning.

    Personal trainer Abu Bakar Abdul, 24, is among those who have managed to secure a place in the coveted sports programme. The fitness enthusiast graduated from Republic Polytechnic with a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Sciences in 2011, and joined Anytime Fitness Centre last year after completing his National Service.

    He was an introvert in secondary school and his classmates had called him names for being skinny, he said. When he was 17, he started going to the gym.

    “I became happier and gained more self-esteem. I entered this business because I hope I can help people who are also facing these problems.”

    Mr Abu Bakar said as his diploma covered only the basics, at times he feels he is not competent enough to respond to his clients’ questions.

    Through the programme, he hopes to gain in-depth knowledge on subjects such as physiology and nutrition to help others and improve his own well-being.

    “Hopefully I can progress in my career, and someday, I hope to manage my own club,” he added.

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    Default Night Safari founder Bernard Harrison suggests 'un-zoo' as unique attraction

    Published on Apr 9, 2014




    Ms Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of travel industry site Web In Travel, moderating yesterday's talk by Mr Bernard Harrison (right) entitled Creating World Class Tourist Attractions Out of Humble Products. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN


    By David Ee

    The man who founded the Night Safari - a world-first when it opened in 1994 - has another radical idea.

    Mr Bernard Harrison revealed yesterday that he has suggested to the Singapore Tourism Board the creation of an "un-zoo", in which visitors can enjoy "random" up-close encounters with trained animals like monkeys and otters.

    Such encounters, orchestrated by guides, will be more exciting than seeing animals "behind glass", he said.

    He was speaking to more than 100 civil servants, academics and consultants during a lecture at the Ministry of National Development organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities.


    Background story

    UP CLOSE WITH NATURE

    Then you walk out, and in front of you wriggles a small, green snake. It goes in front of your path, and you say: 'Did you see that?

    Mr Bernard Harrison, former Wildlife Reserves chief executive, on the kind of "random" encounters that visitors can enjoy at an "un-zoo"


    - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/sin....bvzAXeeG.dpuf

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    Art gallery pops up at void deck of Jurong West HDB block


    Published on Apr 13, 2014





    A woman and her child walk pass the Void Deck Art Gallery @ Gek Poh Ville on April 13, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


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    Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District, tours the Void Deck Art Gallery @ Gek Poh Ville with Mr Faris Basharahil (left), chief executive of non-profit arts enterprise Social Creatives on April 13, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG



    By Cheryl Faith Wee

    Residents in Jurong West will be living and breathing art - literally. The void deck of a Housing Board flat in Jurong West St 73 has been transformed into an art gallery featuring more than 50 artworks done in a style inspired by Pablo Picasso.


    Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District, visited the recently completed Void Deck "Art Gallery" in Jurong West on Sunday.


    The gallery was put together by DBS Bank, Hong Kah North Community Arts and Culture Club, non-profit arts enterprise Social Creatives and South West Community Development Council.


    More than 600 people, ranging from students to teachers and residents, were involved in the creation of the art pieces which depict Singapore's culture and history over the past 50 years.
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    Default Free tickets to next year's Singapore SEA Games

    Organisers want to attract even non-sports fans

    Published on Apr 15, 2014 8:35 AM



    By Chan U-Gene

    Tickets to witness the nation's top athletes going for gold at next year's Singapore SEA Games will be made available free of charge, in a push to generate greater community interest in the region's biggest sports event.

    Half the tickets to the estimated 36 sports on offer will be given to members of the public, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) announced yesterday.
    However, organisers have yet to confirm how many of the tickets in each sport will be made free. Details on how to obtain these tickets, as well as to buy the remaining tickets, will be announced in June. Sales are slated to take place in November.

    But it is likely that sports like football and swimming will be ticketed, given their popularity. Access to bowling and shooting is likely to be made free, given that the smaller venues are easier to manage.

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    Default HDB scheme helps house divorcees and widows

    But take-up rate has been low possibly due to lack of awareness


    Published on Apr 14, 2014





    The Housing Board's Assistance Scheme for Second-Timers (Divorced/Widowed Parents) allocates 5 per cent of new two- and three-roomers in non-mature estates to divorced or widowed persons with children under 16 years old. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA



    By Rachel Au-Yong

    Divorced administration clerk Hui San San, 38, will finally have her own bed in 2017.

    For the last four years, she has shared a queen-sized one with her two pre-teen daughters. The trio squeeze into one bedroom in the three-roomer belonging to Madam Hui's parents in Jurong West.

    They will finally have some breathing room when she collects the keys to a brand new three-room flat in Sembawang in 2017.

    She is among a small number who have benefited from a year-long scheme to help the less privileged get new flats.

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    Published: April 16, 4:12 AM
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    SINGAPORE — Parliament is on a mid-term break and will reconvene on May 16 with the President’s Address, the Government said yesterday.

    Commenting on this customary recess, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that the past two-and-a-half years have been a busy one for Parliament, with “vigorous and valuable debates” on the Government’s White Papers on Ministerial Salaries and Population, as well as “major” economic and social policies, including the Pioneer Generation Package, GST Vouchers and Workfare enhancements, being passed.

    When sittings resume in a month’s time, the focus, said Mr Lee, will be on discussing strategies for “creating a brighter future and a better Singapore for all”, as the country continues adjusting to “new domestic needs while navigating an uncertain international environment”.

    Mr Lee also noted that Members of Parliament have filed many questions to get information, press for actions and solve their voters’ problems.

    While parliamentary sittings here are “not as fiery” as in some other legislatures, Mr Lee said “the duty of government is to manage affairs responsibly and soberly, and not to create entertainment and excitement”.

    The purpose of this break, termed prorogation, is to set out the Government’s priorities, policies and programmes for the remainder of the current term of office. These will be announced by President Tony Tan with his address at the opening of the new session, and also explained by the ministries, before the House debates on the policies and programmes.

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    SIA replaces SingTel as title sponsor for 2014 F1 race in Singapore



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    Published: April 15, 9:28 AM

    SINGAPORE — Singapore Airlines announced today (April 15) that the local carrier has signed on as title sponsor of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, which will be held at the Marina Bay Street circuit from Sept 19 to 21.

    The title sponsorship deal is for two years, with an option to renew after. The sponsorship cost is currently unknown.

    “We are thrilled to be taking up the title sponsorship of one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar, and we are especially pleased to doing so in the lead up to Singapore’s 50th birthday next year,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.

    “We are very happy to have Singapore Airlines join the F1 family by becoming the title sponsor of the extremely popular Singapore Grand Prix, which was the first F1 night race, and this demonstrates Singapore’s forward thinking, an attribute Singapore Airlines has always achieved,” added F1 Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

    Said Singapore GP’s Ong Beng Seng: “We are delighted to welcome Singapore Airlines as title sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix. Given the iconic brand’s phenomenal global reach, this synergistic partnership will provide the widest exposure and fantastic opportunities in the promotion of both Singapore and F1 around the world.”

    Known as crown jewel of the F1 circuit, the Singapore race was previously known as the SingTel Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, with the local telecommunications giant signed on as title sponsor since the inaugural race in 2008.

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