Category: General news

Submarine RSS Swordsman from Sweden returns to Singapore

The Republic of Singapore Navy’s second Archer-class submarine, RSS Swordsman, arrived at Changi Naval Base from Sweden on Dec 31. RSS Swordsman at Changi Naval Base. PHOTO: MINDEF Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, and other senior naval officers were present at the naval base to witness its return. Launched in Karlskrona, Sweden, on…

Pinoy laser scientist wins Danish optics prize

A Filipino scientist has received the highest prize from the Danish Optical Society (DOPS) for his current work with lasers and laser sensors. Peter John Rodrigo, a researcher for the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Fotonik Optical Sensor Technology group who has been living in the country for the past ten years, received the prestigious…

Norway’s special envoy announces 26 days ceasefire in Philippine

Christmas peace was secured in Philippine when Maoist gorillas and the Philippine government agreed on a 26 days ceasefire from the 20th December to 15th January 2013 at a meeting in Hague. Norway was mediating the meeting, the first in 13 months. According to a statement issued and signed by Norway’s special envoy Ture Lundh…

Cambodia, Thailand launch single visa for Nordic visitors

Cambodia and Thailand on Thursday commenced implementing a single visa scheme in a move to encourage more foreign tourists and business people to these Southeast Asian nations, according to a press release from Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visa costs 20 U.S. dollars for a single entry and is valid for 90 days from…

Denmark’s Miss Tourism International ‘looks forward to experience Malaysia’

Despite having to endure the ill effects of jet lag due to a 12-hour flight from her hometown in Denmark to Kuala Lumpur, Sofie Mai Schmidt Dyrby remains on cloud nine. The 17-year-old Danish lass, who will be representing her country in the coming 16th Miss Tourism International 2012 pageant, is looking forward to experiencing…

Gov’t savings shrink Finland’s global embassy network

More Finnish embassies are being eliminated as part of the government’s ongoing savings drive, reports YLE. Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee wanted, but was not granted, additional funding for the country’s network of missions abroad. In addition, Finland’s failed bid for a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council has released any previous fetters on…