Tuesday, December 16, 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 safer S'pore-M'sia bus ride?: At the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case), the number of complaints against express bus operators have almost doubled from 11 last year to 21 so far this year.
-Festive aid for needy families: In the festive spirit of giving, a group of 35 cabbies from ComfortDelGro will be helping to deliver food hampers to 1000 beneficiaries of The Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box from now till end of the month.
-Singapore seeks spot on medical tourism itinerary: The Singapore Sling isn’t just a cocktail anymore. The city-state at the tip of the Malay Peninsula is now touting its medical services, including joint-replacement surgery, to patients around the world.
-Study shows Singapore safe from tsunamis: A study commissioned by the National Environment Agency (NEA) has confirmed that there is a low probability of Singapore being affected by a tsunami.
-Drug smugglers using Singapore for transit: Drug smugglers are increasingly using Singapore as a transit point to ship heroin to the United States and Europe, despite some of the world's strictest drug laws in the city-state.
-Singapore's economic growth below 2.5%: Singapore's economy this year could grow below the government's estimate of 2.5 percent, as the open economy suffers from the global economic slowdown.
-No limits to having fun?: ZoukOut happens only once a year, so why not let the revellers let their hair down and have their fun? Teen counsellors and parents whom The New Paper spoke to feel that partygoers can have their fun without having to get so sloshed.
-Cyber bullies turn vicious: Psychologists, counsellors and teachers are worried that the methods of Singaporean cyber bullies have morphed into something more vicious than before.
-Carrot for performers: The recession is not stopping some bosses from throwing cash at top talent.
-National Wages Council to review guidelines: The National Wages Council (NWC) will reconvene in January 2009 to review its wage guidelines issued in May this year. This follows Singapore's weakening economic growth as a result of the global financial crisis.

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