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Singapore Olympians : the Complete Who's Who 1936 - 2004

Singapore's sporting talents have represented our island at the Olympics since 1936. Many have been hailed as champions, and have become households names. Many were stars in more than one sport.

Now, for the first time ever, here is a reference book documenting the personal and competitive experiences of Singapore's 147 Olympians, on their journey to one of the greatest achievements in the sporting arena.

Take a look at their best and worst moments, their highs and lows. Feel the adrenaline of their training sessions, as every drop of perspiration brings them closer to the Olympics. Trace their path to Olympic status, as they overcome personal demons on the way to becoming heroes and icons.

This book is a record of the challenges that span generations. The stories that emerge represent lasting milestones to inspire Singapore's sporting youth, and are invaluable to anyone who wants to keep the Olympic flame burning.

Singapore Olympians incorporates fact and commentary, in the words of experts and Olympians themselves. It is a must-have for schools, tertiary institutions, libraries, sports patrons, sports enthusiasts and all aspiring young talents.


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Singapore Places its Bets (buy direct from Amazon.com)

Singapore Places its Bets sketches out some of the transformative bold changes that have occurred in Singapore society since the late 1990s. It focuses on Singapore’s ambitious efforts to re-orient its economy to take on the challenges thrown up by the competitive pressures of globalisation, and how in the process it has had to “remake” itself. The advent of casinos is a part of that remaking process. Once repeatedly rejected by a socially conservative government that has ruled the city-state since its independence in 1965, casinos, as part of two “integrated resorts”, will now become a fixture of the Singapore landscape. The likely economic benefits and social consequences of casino gambling in a densely populated city-state are examined at length. Singapore’s relatively liberal policy of allowing foreign nationals to live, study, work and take up permanent residency and citizenship will also be scrutinised largely in terms of its impact on social cohesion and national identity. Have the transformative economic and social changes that have occurred in a small country over such a short space of time, and at such breakneck speed, unwittingly morphed it from being a nation-state to being purely an economic entity? This book will provide a few answers to that and other questions.


Singapore Places Its Bets - Casinos, Foreign Talent And Remaking A City-State

Singapore Places Its Bets sketches out some of the transformative bold changes that have occurred in Singapore society since the late 1990s. It focuses on Singapore's ambitious efforts to re-orient its economy to take on the challenges thrown up by the competitive pressures of globalisation, and how in the process it has had to "remake" itself. The advent of casinos is a part of that remaking process. Once repeatedly rejected by a socially conservative government that has ruled the city-state since its independence in 1965, casinos, as part of two "integrated resorts", will now become a fixture of the Singapore landscape.

The likely economic benefits and social consequences of casino gambling in a densely populated city-state are examined at length. Singapore's relatively liberal policy of allowing foreign nationals to live, study, work and take up permanent residency and citizenship will also be scrutinised largely in terms of its impact on social cohesion and national identity. Have the transformative economic and social changes that have occurred in a small country over such a short space of time, and at such breakneck speed, unwittingly morphed it from being a nation-state to being purely an economic entity? This book will provide a few answers to that and other questions.


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Singapore Raw:25 Stories from 25 years of news, emotion, wow
Published in commemoration of The New Paper’s 25th anniversary,Singapore Raw: 25 stories from 25 years of news, emotion, wow contains 25 of its most memorable stories over the years. These are stories of love and hate, joy and despair, sacrifice and loss. Some you’ll remember, others you may have forgotten, and then, there are
those which you may have missed. Time has passed since these individuals and their stories were first published in The New Paper. How are they? Where are they now? Have they moved on? What are their plans? The New Paper team fanned out island-wide and beyond, retracing old steps and breaking new grounds as they checked in with the various persons to find out how they have been. Those featured include Singapore’s favourite football son Fandi Ahmad; eight-year-old Bryan Liu, who found a kidney donor through The New Paper; the infamous former international porn star Annabel Chong; disgraced ex-diplomat and former Romanian chargé d’affaires in Singapore Silviu Ionescu, among many others. They comprise of recaps, as well as the latest updates. Weaved in between the pages are also stories not in the traditional
sense of the word, but are nevertheless, narratives that make up the rich, unique tapestry of The New Paper. These include the history and evolution of The New Paper Big Walk, visual coverage of news, movies and of course, its very passionate, fever-pitch expert coverage of football – from the Malaysia Cup, the S-League, the English Premier League, to even the European Championships and the World Cup. Whether it is a piece of breaking news, an issue, a controversy, an incident or a dispute, at the very core, The New Paper always tells stories. Stories of people and human emotions engaged and played out in the daily drama of life. This is where The New Paper has its roots – deep in the hearts of the everyday man.

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The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew
“Lee Kuan Yew has long stood out as one of the century’s wisest and most consequential Asian leaders. This book, collecting accounts from close associates who joined him in building a new nation, makes an important contribution to the understanding of Lee Kuan Yew’s achievement.” –HENRY A. KISSINGER, Former US Secretary of State

Lee Kuan Yew was born in 1923, a time when Singapore was under British rule. After experiencing the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, he travelled to England to study Law. Mr Lee’s legal career in Singapore was marked by increasing political involvement. Together with a group of like-minded individuals, he formed the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1954. Following the PAP’s victory in the 1959 Legislative Assembly general elections, Mr Lee became the first Prime Minister of Singapore, at the age of 35. He held this position until 1990. After stepping down from the premiership, he remained in the Cabinet until 2011, serving as Senior Minister and subsequently as Minister Mentor.

Mr Lee oversaw Singapore’s transformation from a Third World country to a First World country. This remarkable achievement has long prompted admiration and debate. This volume makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of Mr Lee’s legacy because for the first time the men and women who worked closely with him have come together to discuss his ideas. The resulting essays shed valuable light on a wide range of topics including law and politics, society and economics, and governance and foreign affairs.

THE AUTHORS:
Chan Heng Chee, Bilahari Kausikan,Chan Sek Keong, Kishore Mahbubani,Janadas Devan, SR Nathan,Heng Swee Keat, Seng Han Thong, Peter Ho ,Yong Ying-I, S Jayakumar

THE EDITORS:
SHASHI JAYAKUMAR is a member of the Administrative Service of Singapore and Deputy Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.
RAHUL SAGAR is Associate Professor at Yale-NUS College and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of Secrets and Leaks, published by Princeton University Press.

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The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang (second edition)

First published in 2004, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of Kristang, representing a valuable resource on the language and culture of the Eurasian community. 

A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d’Albuquerque’s fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia’s most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures. 

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary has played an irreplaceable role in recording and preserving this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions. 

Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia’s most vibrant cultures. 

This updated Second Edition features additional cultural details and Kristang texts, including both poems and prose, for an even richer cultural understanding. 


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The Illustrated Men In White

This is for teens, the time-strapped fans of graphic novels and all who love a good real-life story.

The tales here of power, struggle and betrayal were inspired by the best-selling Men in White. They were picked because they captured the imagination of The New Paper team behind The Illustrated Men In White.

The graphic novel begins at the close of World War II. And stops at 1961, just before the familiar story of merger and separation begins. Years packed with the passion of the key players, the sacrifices for a larger cause, the ideals and realpolitik.


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The Journey - Singapore's Land Transport Story

Real stories. Real life in Singapore.

Ordinary Singaporeans speak in The Journey, the first major book on Singapore's land transport story. The Journey covers the entire transport tapestry from road to rail, past, present and future. Transport policy can shape a nation, its people, physical appearance and economy... Singapore is no exception. The fast-moving and efficient style that Singapore has made its own owes much to the painstaking work of transport planners, and to their early embrace of technology and innovative ideas.

From the colonial days when road-building was a heroic endeavour conducted in the face of tigers and impenetrable jungles, through the glory days of the Public Works Department's ventures with its bridges and expressways, to the high drama of the "Great MRT Debate" of the 1970s and 1980s, and the strategic planning of the Land Transport Authority since 1995, The Journey is a riveting saga of a nation's emergence into the mordern world.

The Journey tells the story of how a derelict bus service riddled with gangsters was dragged towards a modern management style and service ethic that now provides commuters with air-conditioned buses and on-board televisions. And there is the ongoing wonder of deep-tunnelling for the underground MRT amid a low water table and historic city precincts replete with heritage buildings.

Here too is the nitty-gritty of how Singapore grapples with the challenges of a tiny but discerning market that swings perpetually between the need for centralised economics of scale and privatisation to simulate transport excellence. Finally, a glimpse of an extraordinary vision of the future is offered, as Singapore moves towards a world-class land transport system.


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The Making of NTU-My Story
From its origins in the former Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI), which was set up in 1981 to provide facilities for tertiary education and research in various branches of engineering and technology, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has undertaken an extraordinary journey of excellence to become one of the world’s top young universities. In The Making of NTU, Cham Tao Soon gives a firsthand account of the 22 years he spent in building up NTI, which was later inaugurated as NTU. It is a remarkable story of how a very small team of dedicated people were put to the test in starting a university from scratch. Searching the world for teaching staff with the right credentials, it was impressed upon Cham more than once that they were “indeed a small start-up in the large engineering universe”. Yet, in just four years, NTI was singled out as one of the best engineering institutions in the world by the Commonwealth Engineering Council. How they did this is Cham Tao Soon’s story.
THE AUTHOR: Cham Tao Soon became the founding President of Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) in 1981. After NTI was reconstituted as Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) in 1991, he served as its President until December 2002. He was conferred the title of President Emeritus in July 2007. During his term, Cham played a historic role in transforming NTI from humble beginnings into a major university for industry and business. Beyond NTU, Professor Cham has been involved in the formation of the Singapore Management University in 1997, a spin-off from the Singapore Institute of Management. He is currently the Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SIM University. Cham remains active in the local industry and the engineering profession, having served on the boards of Natsteel Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings, United Overseas Bank and WBL Corporation Ltd. He has also served on high-level committees, including the Council of Presidential Advisers. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Fluid Mechanics) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and has received a number of awards, including the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Distinguished Service Order, both conferred by the Singapore government.

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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding

For the first time, there is now a text that encompasses all you need to know about airfreight forwarding. This book, written specifically on air cargo, provides a comprehensive framework of the concepts and applications involved in airfreight, including the latest information on pricing, regulations, handling procedures and modern equipment such as aircraft, containers and materials handling equipment.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding will give practitioners all-round knowledge of current, practical, hands-on field applications, while keeping them in touch with real-life practices. It is specially tailored for airfreight industry personnel, including shippers from industries like electronics, pharmaceuticals, flowers and live tropical fishes.

The book includes topics such as :

  • the roles of government agencies and associations in the industry
  • manuals and guidelines for different types of cargo, including livestock, dangerous good and perishables
  • functions of airlines' ground handling agents
  • free trade zones, cross docking (consolidation, break-bulk, mixing)
  • types of aircraft, containers and materials handling equipment
  • import/export declarations and prohibited goods
  • preparation of air waybills and calculation of freight rates
  • the internet and its facilitation of e-commerce

Readily understood and easily put into practice, this book commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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