Wednesday, September 24, 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 still least corrupt in Asia: Just like last year, Singapore has been ranked the fourth least corrupt country in a global corruption survey.
-Carpark abusers deny genuine park visitors of parking lots: Car owners are exploiting the free parking services at public parks by leaving their weekend cars at the parks over the course of the day.
-Editor 'defamed' Singapore leader: Singapore's High Court has ruled that the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) magazine defamed Singapore's leaders.
-Security tight at Singapore's F1 Race: Almost 1,000 armed and unarmed security guards will patrol the Singapore Grand Prix circuit this week and the message is, leave bags at home.
-Budget hotel occupancy during F1 week disappointing: Budget hotels aren't doing any better than their high end counterparts when it comes to occupancy rates for the F1 weekend.
-Road closures due to F1 lead to traffic jams in some areas: The first day of F1-related road closures in the Marina Bay area has turned into a traffic nightmare for some, with road users stuck in traffic jams for up to an hour during the morning rush hour.
-Ensuring the safety of F1 racers: Close to 400 medical professionals and volunteers will be on standby to respond to any emergencies that may happen during the F1 night race in Singapore.
-Singapore unlikely to meet tourism target: Singapore - due to host tens of thousands of foreign visitors for its first Formula One Grand Prix this weekend - said Tuesday it is unlikely to meet its annual target for tourist arrivals.
-AVA allays melamine concerns: Singaporeans who may have eaten three tainted Chinese dairy products recently yanked from stores have little risk of falling ill.
-Singapore GIC earns 4.5pct real return: The Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC), one of the world's biggest sovereign funds, said it achieved a real return of 4.5 percent over 20 years to March but saw a tougher environment ahead.

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