Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-New water & environment scholarship: Financial help will soon be available for students wanting to pursue degrees in the environment and water sectors.
-Singapore's Olympic hopes rest on reluctant Li: After nearly 50 years without a medal, Singapore is pinning its Olympic dreams on a China-born table tennis player who says she loves playing the piano more than her sport.
-Nationwide call for ideas on sustainable development: Singapore has launched a nationwide call for ideas to make the country more eco-friendly and to ensure more efficient use of its resources.
-Increasing demands take toll on men in blue: The demands on the Singapore police force have gone up but the numbers have not. There were 12,516 full-time officers in service last year, a slight drop compared to the 13,377 in 2004.
-Worker loses appendage in Singapore every three days: A worker in Singapore loses a hand or finger every three days, a startling statistic revealed at a forum on protecting limbs at the workplace.
-Sungei Road is now a pirate's market: In the last couple of months, the flea market at Sungei Road has emerged as the new haven for hawkers of illegal video discs.
-Record high older people working last year: More older Singaporeans were working last year, compared to the past 16 years.
-Singapore charities under greater scrutiny: The Commissioner of Charities and six Government agencies made 44 field visits to charities, compared to 11 in 2006, to promote good governance and best practices.
-ICA officers are overworked and understaffed: Overtime hours pile up and the number of unclaimed leave days is mounting among officers of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
-Singapore's charities received S$5.45b in 2006: Charities received S$5.45 billion in income, which includes donations, services rendered and government grants in 2006.

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