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 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: and Mr Chad Twitty (email: 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 so that you do not keep the whole Press Club group waiting at the Base entrance. Bring along an umbrella in case of rain.

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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!