Friday, September 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.

-A family-friendly city? There’s still room for improvement: The latest Marriage and Parenthood package to boost the birth rate might address some of the concerns couples have but a survey shows that other issues may still linger.
-Top condo units vie for F1 pie: The Hotel Alternatives has 50 fully-furnished apartments with en-suite bedrooms nestled in various condominium estates to target tourists who can't get hotel rooms during the F1 season.
-Organ trading debate continues: There are renewed calls for authorities here to do more to increase the number of living donors.
-NTU group to conduct five year study on cat cafes: A group of NTU researchers will embark on a project to study the management of stray cats in the community - the first such academic study to be initiated in Singapore.
-Singapore aims to fight the cartels: To step up its action against cartels, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) plans to introduce two new measures to enhance its leniency programme for cooperative offenders.
-Singapore Airlines scores with reputation for service: There are few surprises from Singapore in this year's Asia 200 survey of readers of The Wall Street Journal Asia as Singapore Airlines finished as the island-state's most-admired company overall.
-$10 CashCard for those charged wrongly at KPE gantry: A total of 538 motorists were taken by surprise on Tuesday when they went through an Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry at the new Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).
-Researchers in new media industry get funding: Researchers in the new media industry got an S$18 million funding boost from the government on Thursday.
-Singapore has nice toilets but bad habits by users dirty them: Filth in utilitarian toilets at hawker centres and bus interchanges is nothing new, but a Straits Times check showed that even the plants, gleaming counter tops and shiny mirrors in more upscale loos do little to inspire better toilet habits.
-Costlier mooncakes this year: Price tags on mooncakes sold in hotels, heartland shops and supermarkets have swelled by between 5 and 20 per cent, following jumps in the cost of ingredients like flour and lotus paste.

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