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Heart Work 2 - EDB & Partners: New Frontiers for the Singapore Economy
This book chronicles this pioneering spirit of EDB, reflected in the efforts of generations of its officers. It includes essays by many former EDB officers who have gone on to contribute in other fields. ... It is important for Singaporeans to understand that our economic achievements have not been the result of natural advantages, but of farsighted thinking, hard work and determination in building our global competitiveness.

- Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore

Heart Work 2 continues the narrative from where Heart Work (published in 2002) leaves off, into the unfamiliar challenges that EDB encountered during the first decade of the 21st century, in its effort to chart new frontiers for Singapore's economic development.

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Page 2 Primer - Straits Times English Language Guide

Page 2 Primer has some of the best commentaries in The Straits Times covering a wide range of issues on politics, religion, the economic crisis, health and sports.

They are penned by a stellar international cast of writers including Nirmal Ghosh, Chua Mui Hoong, Jonathan Eyal, Lynn Lee, William Choong, Carolyn Hong, Ong Sor Fern, Hong Xinyi, Clarissa Oon, Lydia Lim, Carl Skadian, Ravi Vellor, Bertha Henson, Salma Khalik, Chua Chin Hon, Ching Cheong, Jessica Cheam, Ignatius Low, Rohit Brijnath and Rob Hughes.

The commentaries are carefully selected for topics essential for 'O' and 'A' level students.

Each commentary is followed by an important workplan that summarises the background to the issue, tests comprehension and vocabulary; builds knowledge of concepts and general knowledge; gives insider tips on solid writing skills, and hones the thinking capacity of students.


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HOT POTATOES & COOL BANANAS, Healthy Food – What, Why & How
=> Key science facts about nutrition
=> What to eat and how to prepare it
=> A handy reference guide for every kitchen
=> Includes 70 tempting recipes
This fact-filled one-stop guide on the science of healthy food guides you on WHAT to eat to get optimal nutrition and help for specific complaints; WHY eat certain foods by giving sound nutritional information; and HOW to get the most out of these foods using healthy recipes.
What’s an antioxidant? What types of antioxidant are in a mango? Why are blueberries called brainberries? Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit, but what’s really under their skin? Why is broccoli a ‘blue chip’ vegetable? Are portobellos healthier than button mushrooms? Should I choose green kiwifruit, yellow kiwifruit, or both? How do I combine different foods to get the most out of them? Is raw better than cooked?
Hot Potatoes and Cool Bananas answers all these questions, and more. Combining the skills of nutritionist Anne Perera, food biochemists Carolyn Lister and Lesley Hedges, and renowned chef Devagi Sanmugam, this book is a unique approach to healthy eating that reveals the simple science behind your everyday fruit and veg.

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Men For Others- A Portrait Of The Josephian Over The Years

St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) has been educating young people from all segments of Singapore society since 1852.

The school is rooted in the teaching traditions established by the Brothers of the Christian Order, founded by John Baptist de La Salle in France in 1680. Its mission: to imbue young boys drawn from families of all backgrounds with a sense of faith, service and community, moulding them into “Men of Integrity and Men for Others”.

This book is a story about that mission. It sketches how the school came to be set up in Bras Basah Road, where it stood through ups and downs for over a century, before moving to its present home in Malcolm Road. It also reveals how the new SJI International, to be opened officially in May 2009, came into being, and drive of the Brothers and old boys who helped bring it to life.

The SJI story is inextricably tied to that of its students, and this book is a collective portrait of the Josephian. It profiles 50 men and women who graced the school corridors over the years and grew to share in its mission and beliefs, and looks at how they are striving to keep that spirit alive by living it out in their everyday lives – as professionals, in business, in politics and public service, or simply as good fathers, husbands, sons and friends.


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Money, Death And You

As Goola Warden, Senior Writer of The Edge puts it, many of us don't want to think about death, but Money, Death and You gives you very strong reasons why you should. "This book takes the common man around the minefield of wills and trusts andpolicies," she asserts.

Financial planning does not end with death. And if you, like countless others, believe that writing your will (perhaps filling in the standard forms) means that your affairs are left in order, consider these questions:

  • What happens if your will is challenged? Is it really watertight against the claims of money-grubbing relations whom you do not wish to benefit?
  • How can you protect young children or helpless dependants from incompetant (if well-intentioned) guardians?
  • How can you provide for someone and keep this a secret from others (since the contents of wills can be made public)?
  • Is a joint account a neat way to transfer your wealth to the other account holder? (You wish!)
  • If you donate money to your favourite charity in your will, would it be tax-dedictable?
  • Are your assets overseas safe from heavy foreign taxes?
  • Will your beneficiaries get their legacies quickly, or have you left them wallowing in red tape while your assets shrink in value? 

Money, Death and You addresses all these issues and much more. Simply and concisely, the book provides an overall perspective of the legal issues related to death and the estate, to give readers the answers they need when they embark on their estate of succession plan - or simply want to know where the problems lie. The book includes horrendous real-life scenarios that you can avoid with some thoughtful planning.


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Ophthalmic Nursing & Paramedical Handbook

Conceived as a Paramedical Handbook that could serve as a guide for paramedics in the Singapore National Eye Centre, this handbook is also eminently suitable for other medical organisations, including foreign medical establishments. Over the past 18 years, the team at the Singapore National Eye Centre has built up a wealth of experience. In this handbook, they generously share their experiences and present an easy-to-use guide for eyecare staff attending to their eye patients.

An ophthalmic care centre, particularly a tertiary centre, cannot do without a strong team of paramedical staff to support the ophthalmologists in providing excellent eyecare. Nurses are indispensable in patient care and counselling. They also perform simple outpatient procedures, assist in surgeries and are often responsible for the day-to-day running of the eye centre. Reliable, good biometrists are crucial for precise biometry measurements to facilitate accurate calculations for intraocular lens implantation in cataract surgery. Optometrists and orthoptists are essential in the assessment of patients in tertiary eye centres. Medical ophthalmic photographers perform photography and angiography, not just for case record follow-up, but also for diagnosis and management of various eye diseases.

It is with the practical needs of these essential nursing and paramedical staff in mind that this book has been put together. It also shows how the roles and duties of eyecare team members dovetail into each other.


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Playback - Writing An Autobiography

Racing driver, car marker, Member of Lloyd's, renowned author of some thirty books, and literacy advisor to President Sadat of Egypt when he wrote his memoirs, Raymond Flower's exhilarating authorial experience is distilled into an invaluable companion for people who are considering writing their own autobiography.


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Regulation And The Limits Of Competition

This inaugural symposium series volume documents the proceedings of "Regulation and the Limits of Competition", which focused on two topics: Market Liberalisation and Regulation, and Promoting Competition.

On Market Liberalisation and Regulation, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) described their different approaches in the electricity and telecommunications sectors in Singapore, and explained their regulatory philosophies and challenges. A commentary comparing Singapore's liberalisation experiences with other countries is included.

On Promoting Competition, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) explained the objectives and principles of financial supervision which ensures that the financial system in Singapore is safe and stable with a competitive financial market. The Competition Commission of Singapore(CCS) described the Competition Act, CCS' approach to promoting competition and the challenges it faced. A commentary highlighting the constraints on competition in Singapore can be found.

A conclusion summarising the key themes in the regulatory approaches, the commentaries and the discussion session of the Symposium, is provided.


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Ritual Is Theatre, Theatre Is Ritual

Tang-ki worship is a 'living dinosaur'. The Minnan ritual-theatre features dramatic acts of self-mortification, and this blood-letting tells of primeval roots. The origin of tang-ki spirit medium worship lie in ancient pre-Chinese animism of more than 5,000 years ago, but the practice is alive and still evolving.

Tang-ki worship is a significant cultural performance of the Hokkien people, the largest community of the Chinese diaspora who live mainly in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, yet the worship has attracted scant scholarly attention, largely because it is perceived by the educated as a superstitious practice of illiterates.

There are no sacred texts, nor canons, nor dogmas in tang-ki worship. Margaret Chan's investigation into tang-ki worship is seminal and reveals aspects of tang-ki worship that hiterto have never been recorded. These include the drama and the history of tang-ki worship; the costumes, make-up and props used in performance; the religious significance of tang-ki rituals; the notion of tang-ki training; and the performance scripts used by tang-kis. The social dynamics of tang-ki worship as communal theatre is also discussed and a provocative hypothesis as to the religious nature of traditional Chinese theatre forms is argued. It is held that the very act of theatre, the taking on of an image by an actor, is a transmogrifying ritual where a mortal transforms into a god.

With never-before published photographs of tang-ki spirit medium worship, Margaret Chan's Ritual Is Theatre, Theatre Is Ritual is a definitive work on tang-ki spirit medium worship that will fascinate the scholar as well as the general reader with an interest in Chinese religion.


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Singapore Hawker Centres

A project of the National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA), this book includes:

  • Hawkers, their food and their stories
  • Planning and changing demographics and lifestyles
  • Heritage architecture and cultural legacy of our multiracial immigrant nation
  • The history of hawking in Singapore
  • Colourful accounts of environment and public health officials
  • Dollars and sense of hawking from small business to franchise
  • Impact of hawking on Singapore society
  • Management of hawker centres addressing public health and hygiene issues

Singaporeans go to their favourite hawker centres for their daily meals. Hawker centres are no more seen as a poor man's meal ticket. How did hawkers and hawker centres develop over the years, from street food to architect-designed eating places with an eye to culture and environment?

Briyani, thosai, chilli crab, roti prata, chicken rice and satay, the Singapore-ness of hawker centres is palpable. Nowhere else on the island (or the world) will you find such an eclectic array of food as it was meant to be enjoyed: in a natural open-air atmosphere, among friends and family, with the sizzle of hot pans and the clang of woks as the cook prepares your favourite dish just so.

Hawker centres bring together food old and new, from East to West. They are a reflection of life in Singapore, bridging cultures and generations.


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