Posts Tagged ‘education’

World Health Day 2018 – Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Today is World Health Day. It falls on 7 April every year – the purpose is to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2018, it is one of 9 official campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

“Health for All” has been the WHO’s guiding vision for seven decades, since the Organization’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed in 2015 on the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”, and commit to concrete steps to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.

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World Tuberculosis Day 2018 – 24 March: Tuberculosis today

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Today is World TB Day. It falls on 24 March every year – the purpose is to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Editor’s note:

This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com as the final piece in a 6-part series leading up to World TB Day today.

Hope you’ll find some time to read the series to learn more about tuberculosis.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

One of the targets of WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic.

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Opening: Bedok Public Library relocates to Heartbeat@Bedok

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Bedok Public Library has relocated to Heartbeat@Bedok. It will be officially re-opened this Saturday, 28 October by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.

Update (28 October, 2017):

The Bedok Public Library was reopened today after its relocation to Heartbeat@Bedok.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, viewing the Legal Deposit Display at Bedok Public Library. He is joined by Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board (left), and Ms Julia Chee, Deputy Director, Content & Services, National Library Board.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, viewing the Legal Deposit Display at Bedok Public Library. He is joined by Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board (left), and Ms Julia Chee, Deputy Director, Content & Services, National Library Board. Photo: NLB.

The Hour of Code was also successfully conducted across 16 libraries.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim with 71-year-old Foo Chee Meng (right), a Senior Inforcomm Wellness Ambassador (SIWA) from IMDA, who has been trained to learn coding prior to the event to enable them to facilitate the Hour of Code for more seniors. Photo: NLB.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim with 71-year-old Foo Chee Meng (right), a Senior Inforcomm Wellness Ambassador (SIWA) from IMDA, who has been trained to learn coding prior to the event to enable them to facilitate the Hour of Code for more seniors. Photo: NLB.

The design of the library references the overall garden and greenery theme of Heartbeat@Bedok. The library aims to create a space for library visitors to experience reading in a garden.

The new library will feature specially designed seats and features to provide a comfortable reading space for everyone.

There are also versatile and distinct spaces for patrons of all ages.

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With a total floor area of 4,150sqm, Bedok Public Library will have some 200,000 books, more than 300 magazine titles and 13,000 AV items.

With greater integration of digital content that complements the physical collection, the library aims to provide an engaging reading and learning experience for users.

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Tech focus: CyArk & Seagate preserves world heritage sites

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

CyArk & Seagate are collaborating to preserve world heritage sites in the digital realm for the benefit of posterity.

I came across a meaningful project this week – an international non-profit organisation named CyArk is actively capturing digital images and physical dimensions of historical sites and structures to create photorealistic 3D models for archival.

Editor’s note:

I’m really happy that such meaningful work is being carried out by organisations such as CyArk, founded by Iraqi civil engineer Ben Kacyra.

It is a great example of how technology is being harnessed in a positive way for the benefit of humanity.

It’s also fantastic that CyArk enjoys recognition and support from the public and large corporations such as Seagate, Google and Autodesk.

Bravo!

This is so that future generations can reference these resources even if the actual archeological sites are damaged – through war, natural disasters, or age – or completely destroyed.

They have been at it since 2003 and are supported by corporations such as Seagate which began their partnership with CyArk in 2015 by providing its data storage solutions both in the field and in the office.

Since 2003, CyArk has amassed high-tech digital records of over 200 heritage sites in 40 countries, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

In recent years, CyArk has upped the ante by capturing additional photos that can be used to render interactive virtual reality (VR) content for users to enjoy an immersive experience when “visiting” these historical sites in the virtual realm.

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Rolls-Royce partners Nanyang Polytechnic for VR experience

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars partnered with the local polytechnic to create virtual reality video clips to wow its customers considering its premium Bespoke service.

It’s great that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars extends its patronage to nurture young design talent in Nanyang Polytechnic.

This inaugural collaboration produced immersive 360-degree motion graphics video clips to wow customers of the super-luxury brand’s marques, and to impress them with the possibilities of the its bespoke programme.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

From today, potential customers can dive into the virtual reality (VR) experiences at Rolls-Royce showrooms in Singapore by donning VR headsets available there.

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New arrival: Ban Leong introduces UBTECH Jimu robots in Singapore

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The Jimu range of robots are designed to nurture kids and teens with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). There are five kits available. Prices below.

UBTECH’s Jimu Robot is an interactive robotic building block system that lets kids easily Build, Program and Share their robot creations:

The five kits are made of lego-like components that can be assembled into different robots.

The various Jimu robot kits on display during the launch in Singapore by Ban Leong Technologies.

The five Jimu robot kits available (with prices) in Singapore are:

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N.E.mation! 11: Competition results at Awards Ceremony

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School snatched the two top positions in this year’s Total Defence animation competition, with Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School clinching the third place. Results listing below.

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Congratulations to the winners of N.E.mation! 11: “MADEit” from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School!

The Awards Ceremony was held at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at National Gallery Singapore.

Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education Dr Janil Puthucheary was the Guest-of-Honour.

Detailed results below.

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N.E.mation! 11: Vote for your favourite teams & win prizes

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The top 10 teams have completed their animation clips. These are now available for viewing at www.nemation.sg. You can now vote for your three favourite clips, and stand to win attractive prizes such as iPad tablets, Apple Watches and MacDonald’s vouchers.

Voting ends 5 February 2017.

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Student animators from the Top 10 teams at the Downtown Picnic, which marks the commencement of public voting for N.E.mation! 11. With Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

There are four methods to vote.

You can vote on one or all of the following:

  1. N.E.mation! website if you’re on a desktop/notebook.
  2. N.E.mation! mobile website if you’re on a smartphone/tablet.
  3. Facebook app on mobile or non-mobile. Remember to “Like” first before voting.
  4. SMS to 76677 in the format below.

SMS format (to 76677)

NE11<space>WEB<space>C1,C5,C8<space>NRIC<space>Full Name

Example below:

NE11 WEB C1, C5, C8 T0123456D Darth Vader

The above example assumes you’re voting for C1, C5 and C5.

As you may guess, my favourite animation clips are:

  • C01 [Blank Space]: “Our Five Fingers of Defence” (Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School)
  • C05 Finding Sanity: “Building Our Nation” (CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School)
  • C08 MADEit: “Our SG Dollar” (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School)
  • C09 N.E. HEH HEH: “Just A Little Something” (Singapore Chinese Girls’ School)
  • C10 Passionfruit: “Shields of Singapore” (Evergreen Secondary School)

Do check out their clips and vote for them if you like their animation as well.

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Nanyang Polytechnic launches Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic.

“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic. Image credit: Nanyang Polytechnic.

The built environment in Singapore is expected to evolve rapidly in the next decade with the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) identifying areas needing innovations and rethinking the way we use resources, energy, spaces and transport.

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PSB groundbreaking for new city campus in Marina Square, Singapore

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

With a total space of 100,000 square feet across 2 floors, the new city campus will be ready for move in from the fourth quarter of 2016.

* All images in this story provided by PSB.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

Breaking ground to mark the start of construction for the new city campus at Marina Square on 14 July 2016. From Left: PSB Academy Chief Operating Officer Derrick Chang, Executive Chairman Viva Sinniah, and Dean and Senior Vice President Eur. Ing. João Paulo Ponciano.

PSB Academy’s new city campus in Marina Square will host English proficiency programmes, as well as accounting and finance and business and communication diploma, degree and postgraduate courses from university partners such as The University of Newcastle, Australia, The University of Wollongong, Australia, Edinburgh Napier University UK, Loughborough University UK and Coventry University, UK among others.

In spite of the constraints of a city campus, there will be dynamic lighting that will automatically adjust to suit the time of day, to simulate an outdoor campus experience indoors.

Artist's impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

Artist’s impression of PSB Academy: new foyer for both students and staff to gather. Designed to be an oasis of learning, the centrally-located campus draws inspiration from Singapore’s identity as an innovation hub and “a garden city” with a blend of advanced technology features in a refreshing green environment with natural plants and lighting.

The new, fully Wi-Fi-enabled, campus will provide students and staff with a glass-housed radio and television studio, a town hall, a student hub, classroom configurations which allow for better collaborative learning, acoustically-treated MBA rooms – that will not require microphones for voice amplification – and auditoriums that can seat more than 300 people, amongst other features.

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