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M1 to offer 4G services islandwide by Sept 15
Singapore's most famous Telecommunication giant M1 will become the first in the country to offer 4G, or long-term evolution (LTE), services islandwide by Sept 15, leaving behind the other two giants, SingTel and StarHub. M1's service is expected to cover 95 percent of the island when launched. Currently, SingTel is at 50 per cent coverage and will only go islandwide by 2013, while StarHub said it will roll out 4G services by year end. The pricing plan announced by M1 for the smartphone 4G services are in range of S$49.70 to S$208.70, each about S$10 more than existing 3G plans. Once replicated the speed connectivity of 4G is expected to be six times faster than that of 3G. The handset models available for the launch are the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE and Galaxy SII LTE, the HTC One XL and LG Optimus True HD LTE, while the tablets models are the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. M1's 4G services will not available for Apple's new 4G iPad as it runs on different frequencies.
Posted on : 2012-09-06
China pandas ready for big move to Singapore
Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are all ready for moving to Singapore. An exclusive farewell ceremony was held for the pandas at Chengdu Bifengxia Panda base. The plane carrying pandas will take off from Chengdu airport at 2 AM on Thursday. Being their first long distance trip, extra care is being taken by the officials to ensure their comfortable movement. Bamboo weighing Ninety Kg have been prepared for the journey. Bamboos will also be placed in their crates for their dinner during the flight. Wildlife Reserves Officials has also brought some bamboo specially imported from Guangzhou in case pandas need some time to adjust to the taste of Singaporean bamboos. A Vet and four Zoo Keepers will be accompanying pandas on board on their journey to Singapore, who will be taking turns to take care of the pandas. The vet will be monitoring the pandas' health during the six-hour flight. Kai Kai and Jia Jia are on a 10-year loan from China to foster good ties with Singapore.
Posted on : 2012-09-05
Laurentia Tan wins Singapore's first medal at 2012 Paralympics
Singapore has one its first medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The medal has been won by Dresage rider Laurentia Tan. Laurentia had also won two bronzes in Beijing Paralympics four years ago. The 33-year-old, on her horse Ruben James 2, clinched bronze in the Dressage Individual Championship Test - Grade 1a with a score of 73.650. Government has decided to award Equestrain rider Tan, who has cerebral palsy and profound deafness, S$50,000 for her outstanding achievement. Britain's Sophie Christiansen took gold, with Helen Kearney of Ireland settling for silver. Now Tan has become the most bemedalled Singapore Paralympian since the Republic's 1988 debut. Tan was glad that the ride with her horse Ruben James 2 went well and thanked her team-mates Maximillian Tan and Gemma. "I'm happy that I got the medal as the competition standard is higher and harder this time," said the London-based athlete. "I'm really happy and it hasn't quite sunk in yet. I have worked hard and I am grateful to the team and all the members for all the help and support provided."
Posted on : 2012-09-04
Carrefour closing down its retail stores in Singapore
Carrefour, first one to introduce the concept of supermarket in Singapore in 1997 is pulling out of Singapore. By the end of this year, its two existing outlets will be shut down. The step has been taken as Carrefour found it difficult to penetrate the Singapore's market of 5.2 million people. Also the rivals are established at better places with wide range of network branches. Carrefour's stores are located in the city-state's main shopping and business district. Its Suntec and Plaza Singapura stores will be ended before end of 2012. Internal staff is clearing the stock for the past two months. Carrefour, the world's second biggest retailer behind U.S. group Walmart, reported in March that its 2011 profit dropped by 14.3 percent to 371 million euros (US$463 million) amid weaker economic conditions. Song Seng Wun, a regional economist with Malaysian bank CIMB has said that high operating cost including rent may have led to this decision of Carrefour. Source: The China Post
Posted on : 2012-08-29

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