Diplomats Challenge Q2 2013, Golf League and Annual Golf Tournament

Dear Golf League Members

Please find attached the full report on the 2nd quarterly Diplomats’ Challenge for 2013.

The top five league members at the event after the scores were finally tallied and corrected were:

Tony Mallek 37
Ven Sreenivasan 35
HE K Kesavapany 34
Martin Boey 34
Patrick Daniel 33

Besides the Diplomats’ Challenge, it was also the penultimate game of the Golf League Championship. Golfers must play at least four games to qualify for a shot at winning the championship which is played according to our modified system 36 Stableford points format. Six rounds have been played, locally and overseas.

With the last round to be played in June/July, there is still time for golfers to make a final charge at the title. Click here for the current rankings.

The final results will be announced at the Press Club annual golf tournament on Aug 22 (Thursday) at Sembawang Country Club, when the inaugural Golf League champion will be crowned. It is an event not to be missed, so mark your calendars and get set for a great day.

Jacqueline Wu Boey
Deputy Golfing Convenor

Special rate for Press Club Members for AFCC Media Summit on 29 May 2013

Dear Members

National Book Council is organizing the Asian Festival of Children’s Content again this year and it comprises several days of workshops and events.

The event which may be of interest to some of our members is the Media
Summit: http://afcc.com.sg/_2013/programme/media-summit

NBC is offering our members a one-for-one deal so two pax can attend the full-day event with lunch included. Even though it’s part of the Asian Festival for Children’s Content, the sessions look very interesting and would be relevant to content producers, in particular TV and online. This year’s theme is Transmedia Storytelling.

Download the form here.

Lau Joon-Nie
Vice President
Convenor, Young Media Professionals Chapter

CFA Institute Annual Conference open to Press Club members

For the first time in its 66-year history, the CFA Institute Annual Conference will be held in the Asia Pacific region, and in Singapore. More than 1,000 foreign and local investment professionals are expected to attend. The conference sessions are from May 19 to 22. Speakers include top economists, legendary investors, well-known investment authors, as well as governmental and regulatory leaders.

This is one of the investment industry’s largest and longest-running educational gatherings of investment professionals to the Asia-Pacific this year. Key financial experts and leading thinkers speaking at the conference include Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent, and Ng Kok Song and Lim Chow Kiat of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

CFA is offering a limited number of passes to Press Club members to attend the CFA Conference (including Michael Woodford’s session).

As CFA will be preparing tags for entry, those interested in attending need to give the following details for registration to secretariat@pressclub.org.sg soonest.

• Name
• Position
• Company Name
• Email
• Mobile / Office tel nos

For more information on the CFA conference see:
Conference – http://annual.cfainstitute.org/
Michel Woodford’s bio – http://annual.cfainstitute.org/speakers/michael-woodford/

This offer has been made available by the courtesy of club member Yu Poh Leng,
Vice President & General Manager, Ruder Finn Asia.

Talk on Malaysian GE @ 4.30pm, Fri May 10, News Centre Auditorium

Dear Members

Results of the Malaysian General Election will be known in just a few days. The Press Club has assembled a panel to discuss the impact of the results of the Malaysian polls and what determined the final outcome.

Please download the circular for the details – GEMalaysia

The event is open to all members. Please register with the Secretariat if you are attending and provide names of your guests, if any.

Registration closes at noon on Thursday, May 9.


Tour of the USS Stennis

Some 30 members of the Singapore Press Club toured the USS Stennis on Wednesday April 3, as the aircraft carrier berthed at Changi Naval Base for a few days, en route from the Arabian Gulf to its home port in Washington State, US. The Stennis is the size of four football fields, and carries 6,500 crew and airmen at maximum capacity, and 70-plus aircraft. Press club members were the guests of the US Embassy in Singapore, which organized the tour.


Press Club tour of USS Stennis – 2.10pm on 3 Apr at Changi Naval Base

Here’s a chance to board one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, the USS John C Stennis. Named after former Senator John C Stennis (D-Mississippi), the nuclear-powered vessel is the size of 4 football fields and can carry 70+ aircraft, 6,500 crew and airmen at maximum capacity. This was the ship that launched the final sorties which brought the Iraq War to a close in 2011.

Details and directions below. Each member may bring one guest.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email the following details to secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by 11am on Monday, March 25.

Press Club Membership No. / Guest of:
Mobile Phone No.

Please use the attached table if you have more than one participant.

Those attending are to meet Press Club member Tom Benner at the entrance of Changi Naval Base no later than 2:10pm to clear security and take a short bus ride to the mooring area. Please do not be late as there are likely to be other groups arriving around the same time and the area will get crowded.

Personal photography onboard the USS Stennis is allowed. Any media interviews or coverage requests must be submitted to Mr Eric Watnik (email: watnikea@state.gov) and Mr Chad Twitty (email: twittycm@state.gov) by Tuesday, March 26, and any camera equipment for professional purposes must be declared with serial numbers submitted in advance, as required by Changi Naval Base.

If you have registered and are later unable to attend, please inform secretariat@pressclub.org.sg so that you do not keep the whole Press Club group waiting at the Base entrance. Bring along an umbrella in case of rain.

Download more information

Diplomats’ Quarterly Challenge 2013 – March 12, Laguna Masters

The diplomats certainly know how to organise an exclusive golfing event and trounce the Press Club handsomely in the process! We were beaten 4-0 with four pairs of diplomats outplaying our golfers, led by club president Patrick Daniel.

We found out on arrival a the Laguna Masters Golf Course that it was specially opened only for our quarterly event. We had the whole golf course to ourselves Tues morning, with 4 flights in contention for the honours.

First flight to finish was Dicky Goh (Hindustan Times) & Rahul Pathak (Business Times) losing 2&1 to Amb Jose A. Ruiz (Panama) and Amb Marut Jitpatima (Thailand).

The second flight coming in with the same losing score was Edward Stanislaus (The Edge) and Paul Jacob (Straits Times), pipped by Amb Thomas Kupfer (Switzerland) and Richard Hou (Diplomats’ reserve)

The quarterly was decided when Patrick Daniel (SPH) and Amb Kesavapany (Singapore) reported a 4&2 loss to AmbYoichi Suzuki (Japan) and High Commissioner Dr Raghavan (India). The fourth flight with Melvinderpal Singh & Jacqueline Wu (both from The New Paper) also lost 2&1 to High Commissioner Phillip Green (Australia) & Honorary Consul Edward Liu (Cote D’iviore).

Another three lady members of our Golf League made up the 5th flight. When the scores were finally tallied and errors corrected our top 5 Golf League members at the event were

1- Patrick Daniel (35 points)
2- Dicky Goh (33 points)
2- Lim Chen Ming (33 points)
4- Melvinderpal Singh (32 points)
4 -Jacqueline Wu (32 points)

The cumulative ranking of the Golf League is posted here. Check it out to see details of all the members on the list.

Meanwhile we have to practise harder to prepare for the next Diplomats’ Challenge in Q2.

Dicky Goh
Golfing Convenor

Diplomats’ Challenge

Dear Golf League members

Our first quarterly Diplomats’ Challenge for 2013 has been arranged at the Laguna Golf Course on Tuesday, 12 March at 7.45am. Members who would like to take part are requested to sign up for the event asap, using the form here. The circular has more details.

Meanwhile, our Press Club Annual Golf Championship will be held in August (we are negotiating for the best rates). To remind, our Golf League Champion will be decided on the best four cumulative scores since our last annual championship. For the current rankings, please click here to see who are leading the series at this point. Sign up fast to secure the golfing slots.

As always, keep your eye on the ball, as you swing through!

Dicky Goh
Golfing Convenor

News App Challenge 2013 invitation @ Sat Mar 9 at NTU

Newsplex Asia is inviting Press Club members to take part in News App Challenge 2013 on Saturday, March 9. This novel competition is being held in Singapore for the very first time!

There will be free talks (9am-10am) on how to get started on creating a news app, which are open to the public, and a competition where teams of up to 6 persons with a diverse range of skill sets will engage in a brainstorm battle to create that perfect app.

Click here for details

Perhaps the Press Club might form a team? Check out the Club’s Facebook page to find those already seeking team mates with complementary skill sets or let people know if you’re keen to form a team! There’s already a post from a developer with an app idea seeking journalist, designer and business team mates – so what are you waiting for?

Good luck and have fun!