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    Happy 51st Anniversary and National Day to Singapore!!!

    The show is on and the fire works is going to be spectacular as usual.
    See it live here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/3024828.html

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      PM Lee Hsien Loong taken ill while holding his National Day Rally speech just now: http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI...log/index.html

      Said not to be serious, but watching development.

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      Singapore is in the process of updating the way it elects the President: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...y/3061564.html

      Wouldn't it be nice if the US had done something similar??
      Last edited by ombugge; August 22nd, 2016, 12:40.

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        Sad news from Singapore: Former President S.R.Nathan died today: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...r/3064846.html

        He was a popular President and a long serving Civil Servant, but never held political office: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...ndard#cxrecs_s

        If I was still in Singapore I would have paid my respect in person. Now can only do so from here.

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          It is that time of the year again, F1 Night Race is due to be run 18. Sept.: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/3093796.html
          Hopefully not too many get scared away by the present Zika "epidemic" experienced in some parts of Singapore.

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            These kind of things just don't happen in Singapore. What is happening??: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...ist-fourth-day

            Signaling Problems??? Superman to the rescue?

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            Singapore makes plans for the long haul. If Singapore Port is to stay ahead of regional competition it has to stay ahead in technology, planning, facilities and service: http://www.straitstimes.com/business...time-singapore

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              The Mid-Autumn Festival is still on in Singapore, without own pictures from the decorations in Chinatown unfortunately. But we cannot let a good tradition go to wast, so here is the next best thing, a video found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5a79Znoh50

              This year there has been a show at Garden by the Bay as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzGKocdK8gw

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                Singapore has done it again, topping the list of "Best country to be an Expat": http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...-place-to-live

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                  Singapore President Tony Tan has been on an official visit to Norway: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/3207076.html

                  Not only to Oslo but to Tromso and even Sommaroy: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/eu...-hub-in-norway

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                    Pictures from Singapore of my earliest years there: http://www.straitstimes.com/multimed...of-cleaner-lui

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                      Here is an article from Singapore's Straits Times written by Dr. Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-large. It is not not directly about the Nordic countries but they are prominently featured as example of small countries succeeding in a globalized world: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/...and-successful

                      Singapore is a shining example of a small country without natural resources that has succeeded through good governance, hard work and the rule of law.
                      The difference between the Singapore shown in the pictures from the 1960's and 70's above and the Singapore of today bear witness to that.

                      Could this have been done without a strong government and strict laws? Probably not, as can be seen from other former British colonies and neighbouring countries, where corruption and mismanagement has been the rule.

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                        Singapore is short of land area for growing vegetables and of fresh water. It also want to be in the forefront of developing technology for renewable energy and water management. What Singapore is not short of is innovation and willingness to try new things. But how to test the technology on home turf??

                        Solar panels take large area to be tested in scale, which Singapore don't have. Roof tops can be used to test Solar panels, but they are also needed to test out the efficiency of Urban gardening to grow vegetables: https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/farming-...y-in-singapore

                        Water reservoir are used to store the water once captured, but these also require large areas. Why not combine the two: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...d-in-singapore

                        There are also the matter of early usage of land fills, which takes years to settle before heavy structures can be built on them. Why not use the created land area for a Solar park? Since the landfill is on a man made island this can be combined with wind and tidal power generation: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...l/3233752.html

                        There is one more point; in Singapore things can be decided quickly and implemented without years of haggling and protest marches.

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                        • wherrygirl
                          wherrygirl commented
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                          OK, OK, Ombugge.

                        • ombugge
                          ombugge commented
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                          OK I had just seen on the news that the 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport had been approved, after 25 years of haggling.
                          Now for the next round of protests and possible overturn of the decision. How long before actual construction can commence?

                          BTW: The 3rd runway at Changi Airport is ready to go into construction when needed. Terminal 4 is under construction and plans for Terminal 5 under way. (Just in case it is needed in 10-12 years time)

                          That is called efficiency and forward planning. You should try it.

                        That is called efficiency and forward planning. You should try it.
                        Oi, Junior, efficiency and forward planning have always been second nature for me. A woman on her own would not get far without such attributes. But I must admit that when in your mid-80's and things start going awry at times the forward planning bit can sometimes be a little tricky. Efficiency sharpens, though.
                        Ivy

                        "To thine own self be true.......
                        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                        • ombugge
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                          Nice reply. I find forward planning difficult too. but then again I have never been very good at it on a personal level.
                          In this case I did mean that Britain, or most other places in the world, could learn a thing or two from Singapore on this aspect.

                        From future Singapore to Heritage buildings still standing and now protected: http://www.straitstimes.com/tags/heritage-gems

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