Tuesday, September 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.

-Market turmoil, ghosts scare Singapore home buyers: Private home sales in Singapore slumped 81 percent in August from a year ago, to the lowest level since March as a combination of global financial turmoil and a traditionally unlucky month spooked buyers.
-More youths contract sexually-transmitted infections: The number of STIs among youths in Singapore has nearly doubled in the past ten years.
-Rush for Park & Ride sets: Some motorists rush to beat the queue that starts every 15th of the month for a chance at snagging a season parking ticket for a lot at popular carparks outside the city limits.
-Singaporeans don’t read food labels: Almost one in 10 Singaporeans (8 per cent) never check the nutritional label on the food he buys, while one in five (20 per cent) does so only “when they have the time”.
-Singapore GP rain brings oppertunity for charities: To make the race an enjoyable experience for all, Singapore GP is making available for sale its Survival Kits which will each contain a pair of earplugs and a single-use rain poncho.
-The shipping of F1 logistic starts this weekend: Nearly 300 tonnes, fifty containers and three airplanes. That's the logistics behind the inaugural Singapore Formula One Grand Prix happening in less than two weeks.
-S'pore to amend Constitution to draw more income from reserves: The government wants to increase the amount of income it can spend from investing Singapore's reserves because of Singapore's aging population.
-Sparks fly for Singapore toon house: Singapore's Sparky Animation has pacted with the U.S.'s Porchlight Entertainment and Scotland's Grimply Films to co-produce a $22 million, 3D CGI, animated movie.
-Singapore releases five JI members: Five Singaporean members of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network, who were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), have been released on restriction orders by the Singapore Government.
-New promenade at Marina: By end of next year year, visitors to Marina Bay will be able to enjoy an uninterrupted stroll along the 3.5km promenade, linking up the necklace of attractions around the bay.
-New law allows Singaporeans to appoint proxy decision makers: A law has been passed to allow Singaporeans to appoint proxy decision makers before they become mentally incapacitated by illnesses like dementia or brain damage.
-Singapore's 1st Gold Paralympian: Yip Pin Xiu won the Republic's first Paralympic gold in emphatic style, winning by a staggering 7.32sec over second-placed Fran Williamson of Britain in the 50m backstroke final.

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