Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today's Singapore News

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

-Fewer than 10 bodies donated every year: Fewer than 10 bodies are donated to medical research in Singapore each year. One cancer victim who died on Tuesday decided to pledge her body under the Medical Therapy Education and Research Act.
-Retrenchments likely to surge after Lunar New Year festivities: The Lunar New Year period could be the calm before the storm in terms of the employment situation in Singapore. NTUC Deputy Secretary-General Halimah Yacob expects retrenchments to surge after Chap Goh Meh, the 15th day of the Lunar New Year.
-Primary schools to go single-session by 2016: All primary schools should be single-session by 2016. That is one of the recommendations put forth by the Primary Education Review and Implementation (Peri) Committee.
-Singapore torn over cat rights: Cat lovers in Singapore are campaigning for felines to have the same rights as dogs -- a roof over their heads and a safe home. For decades cats have been banned from Singapore's high-density Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats, which house more than 80 percent of the 4.6 million population.
-Watch what you eat, price-wise: As Singaporeans start to watch their spending more closely, here’s interesting news: In the last half-year or so, cooked food prices have dropped in 10 per cent in some instances, but gone up in 20 per cent of cases, according to a Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) study.
-S'pore airport's passenger growth slows: Passenger traffic at Singapore's Changi Airport grew 2.7 percent last year, its slowest growth in five years as the economic slowdown begins to hurt travel and aviation.
-Jobs Credit scheme may help lessen impact of job cuts: The Jobs Credit scheme is designed to help employers with their cash flow, while providing an incentive to retain workers.
-The lost films of Singapore: An increasing number Singaporeans, it seems, are now beginning to appreciate home-made films. And it's a pity that the reels of some older local movies have gone missing - believed to be lost forever.
-Prince cinemas shut down: Singapore's largest cinema has gone dark, possibly for good. Prince 1 cinema showed its last movie, the Disney animated feature Bolt, on Dec 10 last year. Now, its fate is uncertain.
-Heroin arrests spike again: Heroin arrests rose again last year, making the white powder the most commonly abused drug in Singapore.
-Flyer's spinning again & look what's on board: It's spinning at last and the crowds are back. At 11.18pm on Sunday, the last night of the Year of the Rat, the Singapore Flyer got the green light from the authorities to 'fly' again.

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