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Singapore Airshow's aerobatic display to start earlier |
Trade and public visitors to the Singapore Airshow which opens tomorrow will have to make an earlier start to enjoy the thrills and spills of the aerobatic flying displays.
Except on opening day, the much-anticipated flying segment will kick off at 10.25am daily, about half an hour earlier than the usual start time at previous shows.
The earlier start is to avoid Changi's peak hours so that fewer commercial flights are delayed, said Mr Jimmy Lau, managing director of event organiser Experia Events.
The airspace is closed during the segment, which means planes cannot land or take off at Changi Airport
Posted on : 2014-02-10
Traffic lights' to indicate wait time for trains |
Commuters have given the green light to a new system which tells them how crowded the platforms are at MRT stations.
"Traffic lights" are in place at the entrances of Tanjong Pagar and Ang Mo Kio stations in a trial which began last December.
Passengers The Straits Times spoke to yesterday at lunchtime liked them so much that they want them rolled out at other stations.
If the lights are green, it means the platform is clear and commuters can catch the next train. Amber means a wait for approximately two trains to pass before they can board, while red indicates a crowded platform and "prolonged waiting time"
Posted on : 2014-02-08
26 vying to be first Singaporean to fly into space |
A 15-year-old girl, a former soldier who has climbed Mount Everest and Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots are among 26 Singaporeans vying to become the first citizen to pilot a craft into near space - more than 20km above sea level.
Seven of them were picked to face the nation for the first time yesterday at the Global Space & Technology Convention held at Sheraton Towers.
Whittled down from an initial list of 126 are 22 men, 20 of whom are currently pilots for SIA. The women include two Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduates and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States.
One of the 26 will be chosen by April next year to be launched into the atmosphere on National Day, Aug 9, 2015 - Singapore's 50th birthday - according to plans by the Science Centre Board, the Singapore Space and Technology Association, and IN.Genius, a local firm focusing on high-tech energy solutions
Posted on : 2014-02-07
FairPrice launches device which speeds up payment for goods at cashier counters |
Supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice has launched a device that allows shoppers to scan their items as they shop.
Called Scan2Go, shoppers get a handheld scanner from the supermarket, which they use to scan items as they shop. This lets them input purchases way before they reach the cashier counters. Scan2Go customers may pay at two dedicated counters where cashiers will do random checks to ensure that items are correctly scanned.
Cashiers then instantly process the shopper's purchase information. The handheld scanner is returned, shoppers pay, bag for their purchases and go.
The technology has been on trial at FairPrice Finest at Bukit Timah Plaza since December. There are about 1100 registered users, over half used the system more than once.
Posted on : 2014-02-06
Singapore maths makes its way to South America |
At Southern Cross School in Santiago, Chile, first- to fourth-grade pupils became more interested in their mathematics lessons after the school started teaching Singapore maths.
Says head of the elementary school Shannon Watt: "They are more engaged and more active and asking more questions now."
Singapore's maths syllabus - developed by the Ministry of Education with a strong focus on problem solving and using model drawings - has been adopted in a number of South-east Asian countries and the United States.
And it has also slowly made its way to South America.
Posted on : 2014-02-05