Year 2008

Singapore Airspace Shut Down

Tuesday, 23rd December 2008

The airspace was shut down last night when two missile-armed Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F16D jets were scrambled to intercept a civilian plane heading here without an approved flight plan. The fighter jets went into action at 6.42pm and intercepted the single-engine turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian (a float plane able to land on water) and escorted it to land at Changi Airport. The resulting lockdown of Singapore's airspace triggered by the intrusion affected 17 inbound flights, which were forced into holding patterns. Six departures were delayed.

First Taoist library opens in Singapore

Saturday, 20th December 2008

But the San Qing Gong Taoist Library is its first in Singapore, and its 3,000 volumes of religious texts - often abstract and mellifluous in nature - will surely provide enough hours of study for disciples of the Tao. About half of the texts in San Qing Gong Taoist Library were donated from private collections, and from local and Chinese schools, including Sichuan University and Xiamen University. The other half were purchased. The San Qing Gong Taoist Library is part of the new Taoist College offering a diploma programme in Taoist studies.

Singapore Grand Prix wins FIA award

Sunday, 14th December 2008

Ong Beng Seng, the man that is instrumental in bringing the Grand Prix to Singapore, receivied the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Promoter of the Year trophy on behalf of Singapore GP, which he controls, in the aptly named Salle des Etoiles (Room of the Stars) at Monaco's Sporting Club. Singapore GP was selected for 'its magnificent effort in organising the sport's first-ever night race in September 2008. The FIA award, the most prestigious in Formula One.

More Training centres for pre-school education professionals

Saturday, 13th December 2008

To meet the demand for pre-school education professionals in the next five years, a Centre for Continuing Education and Training has been appointed for the sector by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).  These training centres will be rolling out various programmes to train more than 1,500 individuals including mid-career professionals over the next three years. There are about 750 childcare centres and 480 kindergartens. Over the next five years, another 200 centres are expected to open. This will provide more job opportunities in this particular education sector.

PAP town councils invested in defuncted bond

Thursday, 11th December 2008

Holland Town Council and Bukit Panjang Town Council, both People's Action Party (PAP) town councils, had invested $12 million in troubled in the Lehman Brothers-linked Minibonds and the Merrill Lynch Jubilee Series 3. The 2 PAP) town councils send out a detailed explanation of their investments to about 53,000 households under their care.

Rich Barry conned 4 thirty-something women

Wednesday, 10th December 2008

A man, known as Barry on Internet Chatline, who cheated four women he came to know on Internet chatlines of nearly $40,000 was jailed for 27 months. The 29 year-old, Tan S#e L###g (aka Berry) boasted that he came from a very wealthy family, was living in Bukit Timah. Two of his victims were conned after he said he was looking for a personal assistant who would get $15,000 to $20,000 a month to run his errands. His ploy was to get his "personal assistant" to pay for his expenses first and he promised to reimbursed them later. Both victim handled over some of their savings. After that, Rich Barry disappeared.

Drive to recruit teachers

Tuesday, 9th December 2008

A fake classroom set up opposite Raffles Place MRT station greeted workers during their lunch breaks. The "classroom" were part of the Ministry of Education's (MOE) four-day drive to recruit mid-career teachers. MOE (Ministry of Education) used to hold recruitment seminars at hotels for mid-career entrants to the teaching force. But time round, MOE is probably out to looking out for interested applicants that may be leaving their currently industry due to the slow down in the economy and mid-career professionals consider joining teaching force.

Pork products from Ireland Banned

Monday, 8th December 2008

Singapore has suspended the import and sale of all pork and pork products from Ireland. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's (AVA) decision comes after the Irish government recalled all Irish pork products following the presence of dioxins in samples tested by Irish authorities. Dioxins are environmental contaminants. Singapore importers and retailers have been instructed to recall the products from the market immediately. Consumers who have bought pork products from Ireland were advised to discard them. According to AVA, Singapore import about 200 Metric Tonnes of Irish pork a month.

Bus Heading to Singapore Crashed in Malaysia

Sunday, 7th December 2008

10 passengers were killed when the Super Nice Grassland Express bus overturned along the North-South Expressway. The accident happened between Tangkak and Pagoh at the Kilometre 146 waypoint on E2. Fourteen victims including the driver and co-driver were treated at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar (Johor, Malaysia). The bus left Pantai Remis, Perak at 7pm on Friday night heading for Singapore. Seven hours into the journey, at around 2am it skidded off the highway, overturned several times, smashed into a tree and plunged into a shallow ditch.

Indonesia Maid Jailed for Lying

Friday, 5th December 2008

A magistrate court in Singapore sentenced 25-year-old Nurhayati to three months' jail for giving false information. Nurhayati was worried that her employer would find out about her relationship with a Singaporean man, who works as a fruit stall assistant, made a police report claiming that he tried to rape her. She alleged that he removed her Tee-shirt, kissed and fondled breast her. The man was then arrested and held in custody. Nurhayati later admitted that she had lied about the attempted rape.

40,000 to get vouchers

Thursday, 4th December 2008

About 40,000 children who are currently attending school, will receive the Labour Movement's Back to School vouchers. The vouchers which can be used to stock up on school neccessities such as assessment books and stationery at the Labour Movement's Back to School Fair located at three venues this weekend. The beneficiaries are also able to enjoy services like eye check ups and hair cuts for free while there. Vendors at the Back to School Fair include Bata Singapore, Popular Bookstore and Spectacle Hut, among others and some offer discounts of up to 80 per cent for those with vouchers.

Seraya Power Station Sold for $3.8 billion

Wednesday, 3rd December 2008

Seraya Power Station, which generates power from oil and gas, has an installed capacity of 3,240 megawatts, or roughly 30 per cent of the Singapore's electrical capacity. Seraya Power Station posted a profit of S$218 million on a yearly revenue of S$2.79 billion. The Seraya Power Station consists of two blocks of natural gas-fired combined cycle plants and nine units of steam plants, was sold to a Malaysia's YTL Power International Bhd for an enterprise value of S$3.8 billion. Seraya Power Station is the third and last power generator to be sold by Temasek. Temasek had earlier sold its two other power generation companies, Senoko Power Station and Tuas Power Station.

Australian TV journalist jailed 10 months

Tuesday, 2nd December 2008

Peter Lloyd, age 42, a New Delhi-based correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, pleaded guilty to all three charges. He was arrested while on holiday here in Singapore on 16 July 2008 and was charged with possessing 0.41 grams of the stimulant, also known as Ice. In his rebuttal, he said was traumatised from covering wars and natural disasters. Mr Lloyd was given a jailed sentence of 10 months by a Singapore court for his drug offences.

Public Road Converted Into Alternate Runway

Monday, 1st December 2008

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ fighter takes off from a public road during an Air Power Generation exercise. More than 10 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft executed a series of take-offs and landings on Lim Chu Kang Road as part of an exercise. Lim Chu Kang Road was converted into an alternate runway by the RSAF's Air Power Generation Command (APGC) for an exercise involving the RSAF's F-5 and F-16 fighter aircraft, and E-2C airborne early warning aircraft. The sixth in the series since 1986, the Alternate Runway Exercise hones the RSAFs readiness and ability to deliver uninterrupted air power at all times.

Pioneer NUS High School batch graduates

Monday, 1st December 2008

The first batch of 88 National University of Singapore (NUS) High School of Mathematics and Science students graduated and all of them will get places in better universities here or overseas. With their NUS High School diplomas will earn all of them places in good universities. Some of the students have already been admitted to top universities such as UK King's College London, Cambridge and Oxford universities. Their six years education which specialised in math and science and did away with the O-levels and A-levels.

About 400 Singaporeans left Thailand

Sunday, 30th November 2008

About 400 Singaporeans are known to have left Thailand by two Singapore Airlines and two JetStar flights out of U-Tapao Airport. These additional flights will continue over the next few days. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has been coordinating closely with Singapore carriers to mount additional flights to move stranded Singaporeans out of Bangkok. With the ongoing anti-government demonstration in Bangkok, MFA have issued a travel advisory for Singaporeans to postpone non-essential travel to Bangkok.

Singaporean killed in India Terrorist Attack

Saturday, 29th November 2008

28-year-old lawyer Lo Hwei Yen had been taken hostage by terrorists at the Oberoi Hotel in a Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Lo had gone to Mumbai on Wednesday to attend a business seminar and it was meant to be only a one-night trip. Her body, found on the 19th floor of the hotel after Indian Commandos stormed the building to flush out the Terrorist - she had bullet wound on her head and chest. Ms. Lo was a law graduate of the National University of Singapore and she was working for a offshore law firm, Stephenson Harwood, based in Singapore.

Nike opens $5m flagship

Friday, 28th November 2008

Nike has invested $5 million in a new flagship store in Orchard Road, unfazed by the economic gloom. The store which took over the two-storey duplex previously occupied by Topshop in Wisma Atria is the first store owned and operated by the brand itself. All previous Nike shops were opened with local partners. This is the first flagship by the brand in South-east Asia and also the first in Asia to have Nike's T-shirt customisation service. In Singapore, with the renewed focus on sports as a result of Singapore winning the bid to host the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

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