Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Singapore to host its own Earth hour: The 28th of March next year promises to be a day where individuals and businesses in Singapore can join in the fight against climate change.
-Sports events bring gains: The sports industry in Singapore has crossed the billion-dollar mark for the first time, with positive spin-offs for the economy set to increase even further in the coming years.
-Timeshare firms still Case's No 1 problem: Timeshare companies have continued to get the most number of complaints filed with Singapore's consumer rights body, year after year.
-Cruise ships still making way to S'pore, despite tough economic times: Despite gloomy economic times, one of the world's largest cruise companies, Royal Caribbean Cruises, is setting its sights on Asia.
-Dutch supercar roars into recession-hit Singapore: For the truly wealthy, there's no such thing as a bad time to buy a supercar, even when the rest of the world is panicking about a global recession -- or so a Singaporean luxury car importer hopes.
-ERP for roads is 'pragmatic': An American professor who visited Singapore recently believes that if Asia stays on course for the next three decades, China will be a massive version of Singapore, and India a massive version of Malaysia.
-More mid-career professionals consider joining teaching force: The Education Ministry (MOE) is bringing forward manpower hiring plans amidst the economic downturn, in hope of employing more than 2,200 teachers next year.
-Singapore workers wait to hear of fate: Singapore employees of both Sony and Nomura now face a period of nerve-racking uncertainty as the companies' headquarters works out how many jobs exactly will be cut from their Singapore operations.
-Parents unhappy over school-bus fare hike: Another school-bus fare hike has parents up in arms. This time, some parents from Red Swastika School in Bedok North Avenue 3 are unhappy with their school-bus operator, Nier Transport Services, for raising its fares again.
-Singapore does well in latest large-scale maths and science survey: Singapore has once again performed well in the latest International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007. Students from the republic emerged 1st in Science at both the Primary 4 and Secondary 2 levels. It ranked 2nd, behind Hong Kong in Mathematics at Primary 4 and came in 3rd for Mathematics at Secondary 2.

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