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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                     77%

Malays                      14%

Indians                     7.6%

Other ethnic groups 1.4%

Working Language: English

Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.

Planners expect the population of Singapore to reach 5.5 million by 2040 or 2050, taking into account an expected increase in the number of foreigners working here. From just 3 million in 1990, the number has swelled to 3.9 million today, including 700 000 foreigners.

A high-level working committee is now looking at ways to encourage more couples to have babies. Demographer Saw Swee Hock says that if the fertility rate continues to stay below two, the population here, minus the foreigners, will peak at about 3.3 million in 2025 and then begin to drop.

Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.

 

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Raymond Han

You can e-mail him at editor@getforme.com

 

 

The WEATHER TODAY: Showers with thunder expected in the late morning and afternoon over many areas.  WATER TIDES High tide 10.39 am 2.7m  10.43 pm 2.8m  SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 6.04 am  Moonset 6.30 pm   PSI: 43 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-31  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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  In October 1999, the Singapore government introduced a new law governing the installation of air-conditioning units. It affects window type air-conditioners that are supported on to a wooden frame around a wall or window opening.

  If you have such a unit, you must retrofit it by supporting it with an additional stainless steel bracker before 30 Sep 2000. You could be fined up to S$5000 and jailed for six months if you fail to do so.

  To ensure that the air-conditioning units are properly retro-fitted, the law requires you to engage a trained installer to carry out the retrofitting. A trained installer has a training certificate issued by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA). There are thousands of trained installers in the market. Most shops dealing in air-conditioning equipment would have a trained installer to recommend to you.

  You have less less than five months to get your air-conditioner retrofitted. Do not take unnecessary risks in delay. If your air-conditioner should fall in the meantime, you could be sued if it causes damage or injury.

  For information on the legislation, please call the BCA hotline: 1800-2219001. They are also Just A Click Away™ at bca.gov.sg.

If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at editor@getforme.com .

NEW WEBSITES  

Biz-Calendar.com is a personal e-organiser, scheduler, reminder (through phone & pager), and Unified Messaging Service (UMS). You can download real-time web pages to fax machines. It also has English & Chinese email readers.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City.

asianparenting.com was launched on 2 May 2000. It addresses the concerns of Asian parents and has articles dealing with family planning, pregnancy, birth issues and childcare matters. It also has an ovulation calculator, gender predictor and name finder for new parents.

Moms4moms.org is a website on mums for mums by mums.

bowtieAsia.com  dedicates itself to linking e-angels to promising Internet & Infocomm Start-Up Companies.

Eyeball.com.sg or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). 

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click GettingHere.com for a preview.

BANKmates  Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.

SporesCity

The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 502 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

Renamed! The Lasalle International Design School is now Raffles Lasalle International Design School.

GOVERNMENT SNIPPETS

Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

NEW: Subscribe to our Weekly Internet Edition mailing list so that we can keep you informed of the latest happenings in Singapore. To subscribe, click SINGAPORE.

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GOVERNMENT MATTERS

Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

Setting up a business? Do a free Name Search first to see whether the name you want is available. Click RCB.

BUILDINGS TO BE PULLED DOWN

The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

     The Singapore Jewellers' Association (SJA) has advised tourists to buy jewellery from retailers accredited with the Singapore Jewellers' Association or who carry the Jeweller Trust or Case Trust logo. Its announcement follows a series of complaints by tourists from China who told the Chinese daily, Lianhe Zaobao that they were "ripped off" by jewellers in Singapore who sold them fake products.

TOURISTS

Tourism Board

Tourist Arrival Statistics

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Low Lying Areas In Singapore  Lists the flood-prone areas in Singapore.

Things you should know  Tells you things you need to be aware of. 

The top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week

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 Wednesday 3 May 2000

 

Under a NorthEast Community Development Council's scheme, residents who contribute S$1 to the CDC every month will in return get S$3 banked into their POSBank savings accounts. This is to help lower-income earners to pay the S$2 levied on POSBank account holders who fail to maintain a minimum of S$500 in their POSBank accounts.

People who want to have their say at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park can publicise their talks in advance, said the Ministry of Home Affairs. All forms of publicity, including handbills, posters, faxes and e-mail lists would be allowed. But it said that "Any light, bill placard, notice or any other thing including publicity materials should not be affixed or hung on any plant, tree or structure" within the park.

Asia 

Manila: Muslim extremists yesterday threatened to kill two foreign captives unless the Philippine military withdrew immediately soldiers ringing a jungle camp, where 21 hostages are being held.

Around the world

London: Urban guerillas fought riot police in London on Monday as a May Day anti-capitalist demonstration erupted into what British Prime Minister Tony Blair called "mindless thuggery". 

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.

 

SINGAPORE SLING

30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

A dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry

The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.

ECONOMY

The consumer price index (CPI) for March 2000 dipped by 0.3% compared to February 2000. Food prices fell by 1.6% due mainly to cheaper seafood, vegetables and fresh pork. The cost of transport and communications fell by 0.2% due to falling car prices.

The CPI is used as an inflation gauge by measuring the change in the prices of a fixed basket of goods purchased commonly by most households.

The Government has forecast that inflation will be within 2% this year.