Monday, August 18, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-White cards make a comeback: Customs areas in Johor Baru were filled with long queues and confused Singaporeans yesterday after Malaysia began requiring all visitors to fill in embarkation cards.
-Overcrowded Singapore shelter for homeless foreign maids to close: A shelter for nearly 100 homeless foreign maids, many victims of abuse and rape, is to be closed in two days because of overcrowding.
-NKF offers free blood tests and subsidy: NKF is offering free blood tests for kidney-failure patients and a portable subsidy programme for the needy.
-15,000 jobs needed in healthcare: 15,000 healtcare workers will be needed for the next five years and Singaporeans alone will not be enough to fill these jobs.
-More travellers bringing dangerous weapons to Singapore: An increasing number of travellers entering Singapore are being caught carrying dangerous weapons.
-Govt not stupid, says PM Lee: Director Jack Neo is quick to capitalise on topical issues, like the current inflationary climate and the increase in Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates, in his latest movie, Money No Enough 2. However, the Government, while not as fast, is certainly 'I Not Stupid', quipped Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
-Singapore PM urges youth to marry, have babies: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called Sunday on the youth of Singapore to marry at an early age and have more babies to boost the city-state's population.
-Govt helping Singaporeans cope with rising costs: Singaporeans are receiving more help this year to deal with rising costs, said the Prime Minister last night, as he reassured the people that the Government is on top of the problem.
-Hundreds gather to watch Singapore win Olympic medal: Hundreds of supporters, including foreigners, gathered on Sunday at the Singapore Table Tennis Association, where a "live" screening of the Olympics table tennis finals match took place.
-Foreigners boost Singapore economy: Foreign talent and migrants in Singapore give the economy an extra boost, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Sunday amid worries among locals that they are losing out to the newcomers.
-Singapore gets its first Olympic Silver Medal in 48 years: Singapore has clinched the silver medal in the Olympic women's table tennis team event.

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