Friday, August 15, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-OCBC Singapore Theatre Festival takes a closer look at life in Singapore: The year is 2058 and Singapore is reeling from a mysterious rain of fire that has destroyed nearly all the nation's buildings and killed thousands of people.
-More Singapore companies offering eco-friendly products: More businesses in Singapore are making “green” material and technology available to consumers and companies.
-PM likely to focus on economic sustainability in Rally speech: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will on Sunday set out the government's agenda for the rest of the year when he delivers his National Day Rally speech.
-Singapore charity does fund raising on Second Life: A Singapore charity has taken fund-raising to the virtual world. Instead of selling flags or lucky draw coupons potential donors now visit the giant virtual universe Second Life.
-More bullies unleash terror online: A Straits Times survey of 100 teens aged 13 to 17 showed that all had some encounter with online bullying one way or another.
-Excitement grows in Singapore ahead of Grand Prix season: As Singapore prepares to host its first ever Formula One Grand Prix and the world’s first night race on 28 September, the country is revving up the excitement with a range of adrenalin-inducing events, exhibitions and performances.
-More S'pore couples turn to IVF: According to Health Ministry figures, 717 babies were born through assisted reproductive treatment - IVF being the most common - in 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available.
-1 in 4 TCM don't sell endangered species: About one in four Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies in Singapore have pledged not to sell products derived from endangered species, according to the Animal Research and Education Society (Acres).
-Airline food on board Singapore-KL buses: Express buses here will offer airline food on the road, as coach operators prepare for battle with budget airlines.
-Singapore's education system must move beyond emphasis on results: Singapore's Education Minister Ng Eng Hen said the country's education system must move beyond academic achievements and offer students more individual attention.
-American food players bite into Singapore's favourite foods: Last year, the US imported US$177.8 million worth of food from Singapore, an increase of 8% from 2006.

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