Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Singaporeans put a lot into passwords: Singapore’s citizens are accustomed to the government knowing who they are when they access e-government services.
-More elderly in Singapore taking their own lives: Among those aged 65 years and above, suicides increased from 69 in 2006 to 87 last year.
-More fast-food joints offer healthier choices: The Health Promotion Board (HPB) said that more fast-food joints in Singapore have come up with healthier offerings as part of its Healthier Dining Programme.
-Brand-new TV service to be shown over the Internet: From Monday to Friday, ST RazorTV will offer eight hours of news and lifestyle programmes.
-Baby woes not just bosses’ fault: Out of 1,000 mums surveyed, 3 in 5 would say “no, thanks” to having a new bundle of joy in their households, even if they could resolve domestic and work issues.
-Expecting a baby? Expect to be fired if you are in a SME: Women in small and medium-sized enterprises are pressured into cutting short their three-month maternity leave or forced to take no-pay maternity leave and some get fired for being pregnant.
-Some households to try device that monitors power consumption: The National Environment Agency (NEA) is piloting the use of a tracking device that will help consumers know exactly how much they are paying for various appliances in the house.
-Smaller charities to benefit under new accounting rules: Singapore's accounting body for companies and charities has drawn up new guidelines to bring all charities, co-operatives and societies here under one common set of accounting benchmarks for the first time.
-S'pore Airlines' A380 superjumbo makes 1,000th flight: More than nine months after it started flying the Airbus 380 superjumbo, Singapore Airlines on Monday marked the jet's 1,000th flight.
-Singapore ranked best place to be an expat: Singapore is the best place to live if you're an expatriate, according to a study conducted by HSBC Bank International.

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