Wednesday, July 16, 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 swimmer uses hi-tech method to dazzle: A Singapore swimmer is using NASA-style technology to help the city-state shine in Beijing's Olympic pool. China-born Tao Li is undergoing bright light therapy to adjust her bodyclock to the morning race times at next month's Games.
-S'poreans want more help to have babies: Singaporeans want affordable childcare, a better work-life balance, and more financial support when asked what can be done to encourage them to get married and have children.
-Democracy the Singapore way: The end of the cold war seemed to augur a new era of global convergence. In the battle of ideas and political systems, western liberal democracy had triumphed. But the reality is different, especially in Asia.
-Singapore to host World Cyber Games Asian Championships: Elite gamers from the region will be in Singapore next month for the World Cyber Games 2008 Asian Championship.
-Singapore 'very concerned' as visitor arrival growth eases: Singapore is "very concerned" that the growth in visitor arrivals is slowing and is keeping a close watch on how it may affect the government's target for travellers to the island-state this year.
-One common number for taxi bookings: From next Monday, taxi commuters will just have to call one common number - 6342 5222 - or remember 6-DIAL CAB.
-Polytechnics will not force physical fitness on their pupils: Seven in 10 students at polytechnics lived a physically inactive lifestyle. The Education Ministry said the polytechnics are statutory boards and 'have the autonomy to decide on their curriculum to best cater to their students' needs and abilities'.
-Singapore to host world's first 3D festival: Singapore will host the world's first festival dedicated to 3D movies and technologies in November. The festival will showcase a wide variety of 3D movies, documentaries and animation.
-12 MRT stations for Bukit Timah: 12 new MRT stations will come up in the Bukit Timah area by 2015 as part of Stage 2 of the Downtown Line.
-Singapore number portability off to sluggish start: The introduction of mobile number portability in Singapore has proved a damp squib with a burst of carrier promotional activity met by consumer indifference.

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