Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Guidelines on property agents' commissions removed: The Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) will remove its guidelines on property agents' commissions next month, to fall in line with the Competition Act.
-Ren Ci gets back its IPC status: The Ministry of Health has accorded Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare Centre the status of an Institution of a Public Character (IPC).
-Ngee Ann Sec School uses IM to teach physics: At Ngee Ann Secondary School, teachers have found a way of making the immediate nature of Instant Messaging work to their advantage.
-NUS, NTU bag biggest sums: The National University of Singapore (NUS) drew $112 million and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), $72 million, in their last financial year.
-Singapore seeks one medal in Beijing Olympics: Singapore is expecting to bring home one medal from the Beijing Games and any colour will do.
-US blogger to be tried for insulting Singapore judges: A US national said he will be tried in Singapore next month for allegedly insulting two judges who had presided over cases involving an opposition leader.
-Bandwidth hogs may force ISPs to adopt volume-based charges: Metered charging is already in force overseas and ISPs here, including SingNet, StarHub, and Pacific Internet, say they are also looking at this.
-M1 moves into fixed broadband sector: M1 has ratcheted up competition in the domestic telecoms market by announcing plans to enter the city state’s residential fixed line broadband sector.
-Crocodile 'hunters' on the prowl in Pasir Ris Park: The hunt is on for the crocodile spotted in the mangrove swamp near the Tampines River canal in Pasir Ris Park.
-Support for Sers stays strong: Residents affected by the Housing Board's Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) are still generally happy with the programme, according to an HDB survey.
-Bacteria in water but people still fish: Despite NEA's warning that the water at Pasir Ris Beach contains bacteria, people still fish there.
-1 in 2 Singaporeans would vote a female president: One in two Singaporeans would vote a female President into the Istana, and four in five would accept a woman Cabinet Minister.

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