Thursday, October 02, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Outpouring of love for JBJ: Whether they knew him from afar or up close, many who went to the Mount Vernon funeral parlour yesterday to pay their last respects said they admired Mr Jeyaretnam for having fought hard and tirelessly for his beliefs.
-J.B. Jeyaretnam: A Singapore Hero: Singapore lost a man whose life reflected the best of the city-state. He suffered under the Japanese World War II occupation of the island; earned a place at the British bar; devoted himself to his work, family and faith; and forewent personal wealth to fight for democratic ideals in public office. No, we're not talking about the country's founder and longtime Prime Minister.
-Singapore Tamils see worrying sign: Singapore's use of Japanese on signboards in a bid to lure more Japanese tourists has raised concern among some ethnic Indians who feel snubbed at the exclusion of their native Tamil language.
-Infected blood donor spread dengue in Singapore: Three people contracted the potentially lethal dengue virus from a blood donor in Singapore last year, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine that exposes a vulnerability in the city's blood supply.
-Singapore puts its money on wealth training: Global and local banks in Singapore are investing heavily in education and training to shore up their talent base, as demand for qualified private bankers grows in the region.
-Singapore private home prices fall: Singapore private residential prices fell 1.8 percent between July and September, snapping four straight years of growth as concerns over the global financial turmoil caused home sales to slump.
-Property agents obliged to reveal history of flat?: Three women died in a bloody rampage - their blood splattered and bodies strewn in a five-room flat in Yishun. Question: Would you buy this flat if it were for sale?
-31 registrations at Speakers' Corner: Singapore's National Parks Board which took over the management of the Speakers' Corner from the Police said it received 31 registrations in September - of which 11 were indicated as public protests.
-Singapore to set up forensic unit to study food contamination: The Singaporean government plans to set up a forensic unit under the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to study possible sources of food contamination in the future.
-Ferrari furious over Singapore GP: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has launched a scathing attack on Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
-Stop this F1 cover up: Why put up barriers to prevent the public from having a free view of the F1 race?

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