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  1. Loh

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    RWS casino to open by CNY

    The Straits Times
    Feb 8, 2010

    By Lim Wei Chean , Jessica Lim , Tessa Wong , Chuang Bing Han and Mou Zongxiao

    THE doors to Singapore's first casino and Universal Studios theme park will be flung open by the Chinese New Year, which is widely regarded as an auspicious time.

    Tenants and staff at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) told The Straits Times that they have been gearing up for the big opening at the end of this week.

    One tenant said yesterday they had been told by the management that the theme park is targeted to open on either Feb 12 or 13, and the casino would open on Feb 13.

    'We were told this a couple of days ago. We are very excited about good business during Chinese New Year,' said Mr Zie Samad, manager of Chili's, a restaurant which is just beside the theme park entrance. Entertainment veteran Dennis Foo, who is opening a new club at the integrated resort (IR) by early May, said 'more than three people in senior management' had told him the theme park would be taking in its first guests this week.

    Mr Foo toured the IR last month and pronounced the casino '100 per cent ready'.

    Several casino staff, who spoke to The Straits Times on condition of anonymity, said they were told to be ready for the casino's opening before Chinese New Year.


    The doors to Singapore's first casino and Universal Studios theme park will be flung open by the Chinese New Year, which is widely regarded as an auspicious time. --PHOTO: REUTERS
     

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    This is misleading although in a way it is technically correct.
    Yes, 9,000 new cases of cancer in 2007 is higher than 1997's 7,000 cases of cancer, and the increase in a decade is 28.5%.
    But Singapore's population in 1997 was about 3.1 million; in 2007 it was 4.7 million, a far greater increase of 51.6% compared with the 28.5% cancer cases increase.
    By any measure, the cancer rate, that is cases per say 1000 population has actually come down. But that is not what the news say. Now, what is going on?
     
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    "Singapore's newest cancer centre - the National University Cancer Institute (NCIS) - will help to cater to this growing number of cancer patients, said Professor John Wong, Director of NCIS, at a media briefing on Monday."

    just my hunch, to prep the public and gov't for more funding please:D
     
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    My hunch is that maybe they play around with the number of foreign workers in Spore who may not be PRs. :D
     
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    Thanks Chris but this is more than I can chew! :D

    I aint got no Photoshop, or the other stuff that you mentioned. Already I have to spend some time downsizing the images and posting them, and I suspect if I have to resort to the other gadgets as suggested, I may lose all interest. :D:D:D

    While I still have the energy, I better stick to what I know best. ;)
     
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    Insensitive comments made

    The Straits Times
    Feb 9, 2010

    Pastor called up by ISD (Internal Security Dept)

    Leader of independent church apologises to Buddhists and Taoists

    By Yen Feng

    What ISD said

    'Pastor Tan's comments were highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists. They can also give rise to tension and conflict between the Buddhist/Taoist and Christian communities. ISD told Pastor Tan that in preaching or proselytising his faith, he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.'

    The Home Affairs Ministry, on what the Internal Security Department told Senior Pastor Rony Tan.

    What pastor said

    'I sincerely apologise for my insensitivity towards the Buddhists and Taoists, and solemnly promise that it will never happen again.'

    Senior Pastor Rony Tan, in his statement posted on his church's website last night.

    THE Government called up a Christian church leader yesterday after receiving complaints about online video clips that show him making insensitive comments about Buddhism.

    The Internal Security Department yesterday met Senior Pastor Rony Tan, founder of the Lighthouse Evangelism independent church, and told him that what he did was wrong.

    Last night, he posted an apology on the church's website, promising to respect other faiths and 'not ridicule them in any way, shape or fashion'.

    The video clips, which first appeared on the church's website two weeks ago, showed Pastor Tan questioning two church members as they recounted their past experiences as Buddhists.

    In the exchanges, some of Pastor Tan's comments - on Buddhist precepts of rebirth, karma and nirvana - drew laughter from his audience.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs said last night that his comments were 'highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists'.


    The video clips, which first appeared on the church's website two weeks ago, showed Pastor Tan questioning two church members as they recounted their past experiences as Buddhists. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE
     

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    Call for restraint

    The Straits Times
    Feb 9, 2010

    Pastor did right thing by apologising, but Buddhist group wants to make sure there is no repeat

    By Grace Chua

    THE Singapore Buddhist Federation said Senior Pastor Rony Tan's act of apologising was the right thing to do - for a start.

    But it will still approach the authorities and have its voice heard in order to prevent similar incidents in future, it said last night.

    'It is good that the authorities have looked at this matter, but this is a matter of national concern. We want to appeal to the public and the authorities to make sure there is no second time,' said the federation's secretary-general, Venerable Kwang Phing.

    'Singapore is a multi-religious, multiracial society. There is no point arguing over who is right and who is wrong,' he added.

    Singapore Buddhist Lodge chairman Lee Bock Guan urged restraint on the part of Buddhists so that tension does not escalate. He said: 'Buddhism teaches us to forgive; everybody makes mistakes.'

    Singapore Taoist Federation chairman Tan Thiam Lye shared Mr Lee's view. 'If (Pastor Tan) is sincere, we accept his apology, and hope this sort of thing does not happen again,' he said.

    In one of the controversial video clips, Pastor Tan (right) is seen asking church member Joseph Wee about the time when the latter was a Buddhist in the 1980s. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE.COM
     

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    Wah Uncle Loh, Singapore very action ah, showing all those military hardware. I have this question, lets say la, I mean lets say ... if Malaysia goes to war with Singapore ... fight 1 on 1 la, dont go running to your sugar daddies i.e Australia, US, UK , who do you think will win?
     
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    Samsung C&T wins deal to build Singapore's first LNG terminal

    Channel NewsAsia
    08 February 2010 1710 hrs

    By May Wong/Jonathan Peeris,

    SINGAPORE: South Korea's Samsung C&T Corporation has won the tender to build Singapore's first liquefied natural gas terminal.

    Samsung C&T will handle the engineering, procurement and construction of the terminal under a contract worth about S$1 billion.

    The Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) announced this at a signing ceremony on Monday. SLNG was incorporated by the government's Energy Market Authority to own and develop Singapore's first LNG import terminal.

    SLNG's executive director, Neil McGregor, said: "There were many factors that led to selecting the Samsung proposal. Key to this was a very novel and efficient design, which minimised the footprint of the new terminal, thereby freeing up land within the site that SLNG can capitalise on to expand its business and the range of services it can provide in the future."

    All in, the government is investing S$1.5 billion in the LNG terminal project.

    LNG is natural gas cooled to liquid form, making the gas more practical to transport and store.

    The LNG terminal, which will occupy 30 hectares of land on the southwestern part of Jurong Island, is expected to be Asia's first open-access, multi-user terminal.

    It will not only provide capacity for Singapore to import re-gasified LNG for its own needs, but also open up opportunities for companies to make use of the terminal for LNG trading.

    The LNG terminal will have an initial capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per year, slightly above past projections of 3 million tonnes, with provisions to expand it to 6 million tonnes per year or more if needed.

    The terminal is now due to be completed in early 2013, after a deferment of one year. Foster Wheeler Asia Pacific has been named the project management consultant.

    The government said in June last year it was taking over development of the terminal to avoid more delays due to the credit crunch. The project was previously fronted by a PowerGas-led consortium, which included GDF Suez.

    Currently, 80 per cent of Singapore's electricity comes from gas-fired power plants. LNG will be an additional source to help Singapore meet increasing energy needs.

    Lawrence Wong, chief executive of Energy Market Authority, said: "From an energy security point of view, our imperative is to want to diversify our sources of gas. The terminal enables us to do that, because with the LNG terminal, we plug into the global gas market and we would have a much more diversified source of gas that we can get from all over the world.

    "Of course, through our aggregator British Gas, whom we've appointed, we would be able to access gas on a market basis, on a competitive price. So, I think, from that point of view, the LNG terminal is a critical infrastructure that will provide for our energy security and ensure that we have a more sustainable energy future."

    Artist impression of LNG terminal in Singapore
     

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    Dear taneepak,

    First of all, are your 3 ex-malay girlfriends hot looking?

    Your question posed to me is a tough one. It is a very serious question. But I will try to answer it below;

    "And as the flames climbed high into the night; To light the sacrificial rite; I saw Satan laughing with delight; The day the music died."
    American Pie - Don McLean

    And so, this is what has become of Malaysia. A nation where the music has long since died.

    We have banished our conscience at the foot of political expediency. We have long since been only moved to claim what is ours or what we believe to be ours and ours alone. We have long since been only moved to protect our rights or what we believe to be our rights. We have been indoctrinated to think and we do think that everything in this land has a proprietary right attached to it. And we draw a line. These are mine. Those are yours. And into my area you should not encroach. We are like wild dogs pissing everywhere to mark our territory. We have also been taught to differentiate fellow humans based on the colours of the skin. And the faith that we bear. And the language that we speak. And we now believe that only us and us alone are right. Everybody else is wrong. And we also now believe that only us and us alone matter. Everything else does not. And we piss and we piss, drawing lines to mark our territory. While others have gone to the moon and back.

    All that we have is anger. And our capacity to strike. We have built an impenetrable firewall to ward off any kind of tolerance or rationality. Those will be blocked and quickly booted out from our system. When we perceive a challenge - and we do that very quickly - we will strike.

    That to me is my Malaysia today.
     
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    Where got sugar daddies lah? Spore don't wear skirts lah and now you talk about combat, it has to be more masculine lah!

    Tell me, 1 on 1, how many times will Spore be overwhelmed? I think we need Power Rangers to save our souls (SOS)! :cool: On the other hand, we have a lot of Msians (not Marsians) who are PRs and foreign workers who may want to defend their families, homes and jobs here and may want to resist foreign domination. ;)
     
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    Singapore Zoo lets visitors get closer to white tigers

    Channel NewsAsia
    09 February 2010 0023 hrs

    By Evelyn Choo,

    SINGAPORE: Remember the white tigers that made the headlines when a man went into their enclosure and got mauled to death at the zoo?

    One year on, the Singapore Zoo is asking visitors to get to know these very same tigers.

    For the first time to mark the Year of the Tiger, visitors will get the opportunity to go behind the scene to see how the white tigers are trained using operant conditioning to provide mental and behavioural stimulation for the animals.

    Meet Omar - a 10-year-old Bengal tiger who resides at the Singapore Zoo. He is taught to respond correctly to stimulants and gets rewarded with a meaty treat.

    Francis Lim, curator at Singapore Zoo, said: "In the past, we had to sedate the animal - that means we have to knock the animal down, let them sleep so we can do a close examination. But with this operant conditioning, we don't have to do that. It's safe for the animal, it doesn't compromise the animal's health."

    For the zookeepers, it is part of a bond that has been built over seven years.

    Mohamed Nasir, zookeeper at Singapore Zoo, said: "There was one time when Omar was really ill. He was really, really down because of his kidney. He was really sick, and you can really feel the pain.

    "He is like our family member. Omar is a bit bossy since he is the only male here. And like a typical male he has this ego in him. And he always has to be the first one."

    For S$28, visitors can witness this intimate session, but they have to stay behind the line and keep their voices down.

    For the less adventurous, visitors can take a peek at what the rest of the animal kingdom are up to this Lunar New Year season.

    A zookeeper getting close to a white tiger
     

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    Bird-ringing for a better understanding

    TODAY
    05:55 AM Feb 09, 2010

    by Ong Dai Lin

    SINGAPORE - On his round last October to check the mist nets in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR), he spotted a black and yellow bird stuck in one of the nets.

    Assistant conservation officer Ramakrishnan Kolandavelu recognised the bird as a male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and was thrilled.

    While female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers had been caught in the mist nets previously, that was the first time its male counterpart had been trapped since SBWR began its bird-ringing programme in 1990.

    Mr Ramakrishnan told MediaCorp that bird-ringing is a vital source of information: "Books don't teach you about how birds move and the areas that should not be disturbed in the reserve when we do pruning."

    The bird-ringing process is conducted every two weeks. It begins with staff putting up mist nets that are each 18 metres long in different parts of the reserve.

    Birds that fly into the nets are trapped in its pockets, and checks on the nets are conducted every 30 minutes.

    A ring band with an identification number is placed on the right leg of the trapped bird and information about the bird is recorded before it is released back into the wild.

    If the trapped bird has a ring on its leg, this means it had been tagged previously and updated information about it will be recorded.

    The process of checking the mist nets and tagging the birds is carried out throughout the day.

    The information collected not only helps SBWR learn about migratory birds and their behaviour, but also how the reserve contributes to the conservation of birds, said SBWR's assistant director James Gan.

    Bird-ringing has enabled SBWR to identify about nine new species of birds.

    While the number may seem small, it is significant as it helps to identify birds that would otherwise have escaped the eyes of the staff, said Mr Gan.

    Only trained staff can conduct bird-ringing as they need to know the proper techniques of handling the trapped bird to prevent traumatising it.

    Besides internal training, the staff are also trained by an instructor from the British Trust for Ornithology.


    On average, some 700 birds are ringed annually. About 12,600 birds have been ringed in the last twenty years.

    Said Mr Gan: "Singapore has quite a good bird-ringing programme with good standards. We have come up with a set methodology and have proper training for our staff. Going forward, we will work on improving the standards of bird-ringing in Singapore."
     

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    This is not surprising. The reason is the undelying principle of monotheism-one and only one. Herein is the very seed of the problem. It means only mine is the true one, yours is false. That is why the greatest religious conflicts now afflicting the world is among the 3 monotheistic groups.
    That is why I like people who believe in multi-beliefs or who are free thinkers. Don't laugh or curse me on this. To be a multi-believer or a free thinker you obviously can accept other peoples' point of views and are more tolerant of a wide spectrum of beliefs.
    Whilst the 3 monotheistic groups fight and kill each other off, the multi-believers and non-believers or free thinkers will inherit the world. If you look hard and far into the future, the trend appears to be going that way.
     
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    rather funny here and i think scenario of malaysia and singapore at war must have cross the mind of many..me included!
    but it would not happen for obvious reasons..:D
     
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    Happened many times already - VERBAL WAR! :D
     
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    Should I say "Thank God, I'm a free-thinker!" :)
     
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    same here, have a bible in my car, my mom worship her gods, my friends pray in the mosque and church and i am free to think otherwise..
     
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    Multi-believers?..Free thinkers?..Inherit the world??..

    ..Mr. T, you believe in all that reincarnation hullabaloo??..you know, in your previous life you are, say, an algae. And once you physically die, you'll become, say, a dust mite??..
    Inherit the world? What world? All of us are gonna die one day and leave this temporary earth..and from there, it's eternity for our soul, my friend..

    Who are you gonna believe??..
     
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    that is why we do not allow politics and religion talk in BC.

    dear Uncle Loh,
    please do not just simply post any news from the paper.
     

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