Monday, September 22, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-High-rise littering on the rise: The National Environment Agency (NEA) saw a 12 percent increase in the number of complaints on high-rise littering from January to June this year as compared to the same time period last year.
-Singapore's financial institutions stable: Singapore's financial institutions are well capitalised and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), says Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
-3,821 jaywalkers caught: In the first half of the year, 3,821 people were caught jaywalking, up from 2,070 in the same period last year.
-For Indian students, Singapore is much more than a second home: It is the cost factor that first attracted them to Singapore for education, with the fee structure about one-third of that in the US or UK. But for Indian students, enrolled in educational institutes here, this cosmopolitan city state has become more than a second home.
-Drawn to the bright lights of Singapore: Talented academics from the US cite Asia's growing influence, coupled with the possibility of conducting highly innovative research and other factors make Singapore a compelling destination.
-New way of teaching math comes from Singapore: Chase Nielsen goes to school at St. Andrew's Academy in Mahtomedi and he said, "I'm doing pretty good with the Singapore math. It's kind of new, but I'm doing pretty well."
-Neighbourhood schools doing well: Schools that have done well in the new MOE Achievement Tables include neighbourhood ones like Yishun Town Secondary, Kranji Secondary and Hai Sing Catholic School.
-Singapore Biennale volunteers get trained: There are over 400 volunteers participating in this year’s Biennale, with nearly a hundred of them lending their time as tour guides.
-F1 volunteer race officials go through paces before race: Exactly a week before the world's first Formula 1 night race kicks off in Singapore, almost 1,000 volunteer race officials went through some of their final paces on Sunday.
-Tainted milk items in S'pore: White Rabbit Creamy Candy, a milk-based treat popular with children and adults here, has been found to be contaminated with melamine.

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