Monday, July 14, 2008

Today's Singapore News

The following are stories that are making the headlines over at Topix Singapore News today, edited by yours truly.

-Singapore Flyer is ghost town on weekdays: Shops and restaurants around the Singapore Flyer say they are losing money because most visitors head straight for the newly minted ride and skip their businesses.
-LKY cites conspiracy 'to do us in': Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew dismissed criticism from human rights organizations over Singapore's style of government and said they were trying to "do us in."
-Reform Party calls for end to 'elite' rule: A new political party has called for an end to rule by an elite minority in Singapore, and rejected accusations the opposition would quickly ruin the country if it took power.
-SMA says no to legalising human organ trade: The Singapore Medical Association (SMA), after much internal discussion, has come to a collective stand that it does not support legalised organ trading.
-Singapore should not rule out organ selling yet: Singapore is not ruling out legalizing organ trading amid the stark reality of shortages for transplants and a black market in the Asian region says Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
-Changi's T3 offers choice of 'body scanner' or physical searches: Changi Airport is testing a new screening machine which can better detect weapons, explosives, drugs and other contraband items concealed on the body.
-Chicken rice fan ate record 10 and a quarter bowls of chicken rice: Guy ate 10 bowls plus a-quarter more of chicken rice to break last year's record of eight and a half bowls achieved in the inaugural Singapore's Chicken Rice Eating Competition which began last year.
-Singapore children get less sleep than those in Western countries: Nearly 45 per cent of parents in Singapore believe their children are not getting enough sleep, far higher than the estimated 26 per cent of parents in Western countries.
-New e-payment system and IU units for road-users: Transport Minister Raymond Lim announced Monday that a second generation In-vehicle Unit (IU) will be introduced from August starting with motorcycles.
-Lack of hostel space driving up rentals: More university students are turning to nearby HDB estates such as Clementi and Jurong West for accommodation thus driving up rents there, say some property agents.

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