Singapore Prize Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Singapore Prize were announced on Tuesday (May 21). Among the five winning categories, the top award in the science category went to Gunnlaugur Erlendsson of Sweden for his work designing tyres that are more sustainable and reduce tyre pollution. His work could lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gases from vehicles, which is a key source of climate change. The runner-up in the science category was Hong Kong-based researcher Wu Wenhua for her discovery of a natural antidepressant, which can ease depression and other mental disorders.

The winner of the art category was Singapore-based artist Tan Wee Hwa, whose works explore the theme of the human body. She was praised for her use of colour, shape and line to create works that are both beautiful and thought-provoking.

This year’s winners in the business category were SME companies that have differentiated themselves through branding. Jointly organised by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (Asme) and Lianhe Zaobao, the awards recognise businesses that are both competitive and innovative.

In addition to the five winning categories, the prizes also honour outstanding sportspeople and teams. The finalists are selected from the nominations received from various sports associations, and are chosen by a panel of judges comprising former athletes and representatives from the sport industry.

A new category was introduced in 2024 to recognise the efforts of home-grown translators, comic book authors and debut writers. The new categories are in addition to the existing prize categories for poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction written in Singapore’s four languages.

An additional ten shortlisted writers have been honoured for their outstanding work in English and Chinese literature. Clara Chow became the first writer in the history of the prize to be shortlisted in three separate categories and two different languages — she was shortlisted in the English fiction, Chinese fiction and English creative nonfiction categories.

The prize, named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, is awarded every two years to cities that are deemed to be living up to the criteria of creating liveable and sustainable urban communities. The 2020 winner was Vienna, which was chosen after a convincing submission.

In a speech at the ceremony, Prince William said that the prize was designed to encourage and inspire young people to find solutions to global challenges, including climate change. He added that it was important to look beyond “silver bullet” technologies and focus on achieving the bigger picture. The prize money — PS1 million apiece for each of the five winners — will be used to scale up their ideas. During his visit, the royal will meet scientists and entrepreneurs to discuss their work and hear about the challenges they face. He will also plant a Tembusu sapling at the Jewel at Changi Airport, in memory of the late Queen Mother, and unveil a plaque to mark the launch of the prize. He is due to leave Singapore on Friday (May 23). During his trip, the prince will travel to Myanmar and the US.

The Benefits of Gambling

Gambling involves wagering something of value, such as money or possessions, on an event with a uncertain outcome. The event could be anything, from a football match to the outcome of a scratchcard, and the odds of winning are set by the betting company. In order to win, the gambler must be able to overcome the house edge, which is the casino’s built-in advantage. While gambling is a form of entertainment and can be fun, it’s important to remember that it’s always a risky activity. In addition to the potential for losing money, gambling can lead to addiction and other problems. If you’re concerned about your gambling habits, there are steps you can take to help reduce your risks and increase your chances of success. Strengthen your support network. It’s hard to fight an addiction without support from others. Try reaching out to friends and family, or join a group such as a book club or sports team. You can also get involved with peer-to-peer groups, such as Gamblers Anonymous, which is a 12-step recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous.

While some people are able to control their gambling behavior, others find that they can’t. For some, gambling becomes an expensive habit that leads to financial ruin and even bankruptcy. Compulsive gambling can also have a negative impact on personal relationships and job performance, and may result in domestic violence, depression, and substance abuse. However, most gamblers can control their addictions and enjoy the hobby responsibly if they only bet with money they can afford to lose.

There are many benefits of gambling, including socializing, mental development, and skill improvement. Gambling can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for most people, but it’s important to remember that it’s a form of entertainment, not a way to make money. In addition, gambling can be a great way to relax and have fun with friends and family.

Many casinos and betting establishments contribute to local communities by donating their profits to non-profit organisations. These funds are often used for social services, education, and health research. This helps to boost the economy and create jobs.

Another benefit of gambling is that it generates tax revenue. The revenue from gambling is used to provide public services such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure. This can help to improve the quality of life in a community and encourage tourism.

There are some positive aspects of gambling, but they’re often overlooked. For example, gambling can promote cognitive development by encouraging strategic thinking and decision-making skills. In addition, gambling can provide a social outlet for individuals and encourage the development of new friendships. Moreover, it can also increase the amount of money in the local economy by providing jobs and increasing the number of visitors. In addition, gambling can help to reduce crime by stimulating the local economy and creating jobs. This can also boost local security. In addition, gambling can reduce the pressure on public services and reduce the cost of taxes.