RSAF Airmen To Train With Italian Air Force


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Two airmen from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) left for Brindisi in Italy early this morning. RSAF and the Italian Air Force (ITAF) signed a Technical Agreement to train Singapore military personnel in Italy. The agreement sets the terms of the participation of six Singaporean trainee pilots to the ITAF flying training program in Lecce Air Base (Comune di Galatina, Provincia di Lecce, South-Eastern Italy), to obtain the Military Pilot Licence with Aermacchi MB-339A Advanced Jet Trainer at ITAF 213 Squadron (AMI 213º Gruppo). Read more »

F1 IPO In Singapore


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The the motor-racing franchise, Formula One Group, will be listed in the Singapore Exchange (SGX) for an initial public offering (IPO) that is valued nearly 4 Billion Singapore Dollars (US$3 Billion). According to its owner, Singapore was picked as the venue for the IPO because it has been hosting grand prix racing since 2008 and is home to a strong fan base for the sport. It is one of the biggest IPO in Singapore. Read more »

Indonesia to take control of the airspace above Riau


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Indonesia would take control of the airspace above Riau Islands (about 20 kilometers south of Singapore), currently controlled by Singapore since 1946, from 2025. Singapore is willing to hand over control of the airspace above Riau Islands, earlier provided that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) gives the green light. Read more »

Guinea Fish To Monitor Water Quality


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Singapore’s Public Utility Board (PUB) has developed a new automated system which uses fish as “Guinea Pigs” to monitor water quality.The system uses cameras to monitor the activity of a group of freshwater tiger barbs, which is then analysed to detect signs of distress that could indicate a problem with the water. Read more »

One Of Facebook Founder Takes Up Residency


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Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of Facebook.com, took up a more tax-friendly residency status in Singapore. Mr. Saverin was living in Singapore since 2010 and plans to remain here “indefinitely”. He was born to a wealthy family in Brazil and gained American citizenship at the age of 17 in 1998. He then renounced his American citizenship after holding it for twelve years. Read more »

Ferrari Crashed Into Taxi


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A two million dollars red Ferrari 599 GTO, one of Ferrari ’s fastest-ever road car, beat the Red Light at Rochor Road and Victoria Street Junction and crashed into a passing blue Comfort Hyundai Sonata Taxi. The impact was so great that parts from both cars, including the engine block of the taxi, was scattered all over the road. The 4.15am accident killed the male driver, a wealthy 30-year old Mainland Chinese National from China’s Sichuan Province, the 50-year old local taxi driver and a 40-year old female Japanese passenger riding the taxi. Two other people were injured. Read more »

SAF Jeep Turn Turtle In Training Area


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A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Service man, 3SG Tan Mou Sheng, dies after the Army Scout Jeep he was travelling with turn turtle in rough terrain. The training incident at Marsiling training area at 6:50am. 3SG Tan sitting in back seat of a scout jeep as part of an exercise when the driver lost control of the vehicle and the jeep overturned. He was found pinned under the vehicle. The three other soldiers in the jeep, including the driver, managed to escape without injury. Read more »

Tree Smashed Cars Parked Along Changi Beach


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About 100 fallen trees were found in the wooded areas of Changi Beach Park due to stormy weather over the Vesak Day Weekend. National Parks Board (NParks) said this on Monday after intense rain and strong wind uprooted many trees. NParks said heavy rain over the weekend softened the soil in the area. Read more »

OCBC Is World Strongest Bank


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OCBC Bank has been named the world’s strongest bank by Bloomberg. The assessment is based on factors like the Bank’s Tier 1 capital ratio, loan-to-deposit ratio, ratio of non-performing assets to total assets. The bank’s internal efficiency ratio, which compares costs with revenues, were ranked. Read more »

First Batch of 340 SUTD Students


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The first 340 were selected from a total of 4,150 student applications have enrolled as the pioneer batch in the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 47% of cohort are female, which is high for and engineering university. 75 students have been awarded scholarships from SUTD while 16 received scholarships from various organisations. Read more »

HDB Last DBSS Flats Launched


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The Pasir Ris One with 447-unit is the Housing Board’s last privately developed flat under its Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS). There were three- and five-room flats on offer at prices from $490,000 (650 sq. ft.) to $770,000 (1,100 sq. ft.). But unlike a condo, Premiere at Tampines does not have facilities such as a gym, tennis courts or a swimming pool. The first DBSS project was launched in 2006. Read more »

New Bus Park For Expanding Bus Fleet


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The Singapore Government have partnered two public transport operators, SBS Transit and the SMRT, to add about 800 buses over the next five years. The government will pay for 550 buses, while the operators will fund the remaining 250. As such, Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has release two new space for parking these buses overnight – one at Changi another at Woodlands. Read more »

Ms. Gillard At The Istana


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Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on an official visit to Singapore. She was given a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this morning. Also present was Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. After the ceremony, Ms Gillard met Singapore’s Acting President Mr J Y Pillay. Ms. Gillard is in Singapore to hold security and trade talks with her Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong. Ms. Gillard reassured that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would be allowed continued access to training facilities in Oakey in Queensland, Pearce in Western Australia and Tamworth in Victoria. Read more »

Singapore Pledge Five Billion Dollars To War Chest


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Singapore has pledged S$5 billion (US$4 billion) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “War Chest”. This increases its capability to provide money to fight future economic crisis and for the IMF to draw down should the need arise. According to insider, the amount represents only 2% of Singapore’s S$243 billion foreign reserves. Read more »

Repaired Qantas A380 Flew Home


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After 18 months, 78,000 man-hours and repairs costing US$144 million, the aircraft is finally ready to fly again. The Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft that experienced a mid-air engine explosion in 2010 returned home to Sydney from Singapore. Read more »

Helicopter Training Facility Opened In Seletar


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Eurocopter, a French helicopter manufacturer, opened its new helicopter simulator complex inside Seletar Aerospace Park. The high-tech Eurocopter simulator was the first to be built outside of France is used for trainer pilots at executing different helicopter manoeuvres. An average of 50 of its pilots train with it annually. Read more »

Big Brother Is Watching


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The Singapore Government has installed high resolution video camera at 300 public housing blocks and multi-storey carparks as part of S$160 million Community Policing System. This is to help the Police Department better prevent, deter and detect crime at Bukit Merah, Bishan, Clementi, Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands. The master plan is to cover 10,000 public housing blocks and multi-storey carparks islandwide with the cameras by 2016. Read more »

A soldier Died While Training At Murai


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A 21-year old soldier, Dominique Lee, from 3rd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment died while participating in a platoon exercise at Murai Urban Training Facility at Lim Chu Kang involving the use of smoke grenades. He experienced breathing difficulties at 12.30pm and lost consciousness minutes later. He was evacuated to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre, 3.5 kilometers away (a ten minutes drive), shortly after. He was then sent to National University Hospital (NUH), another 24 kilometers away (a thirty minutes drive), while an SAF doctor continued to resuscitate him in the ambulance en route to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at NUH about an hour and the half after he had fainted. Read more »

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