13 Mar 2000
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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.
Other ethnic groups 1.4%
Working Language: English
Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.
The weather TODAY: Mainly fair and warm except for showers in the late afternoon over eastern Singapore. High tide 12.00 am 2.6m 11.20 am 2.8m Sunrise 7.13 am Sunset 7.19 pm Moonrise 7.12 am Moonset 7.33 pm PSI: 49 (good) Temp: 24-34 degrees Celsius
Get For Me: Monday with the Editor
I opened my letterbox just yesterday afternoon and found SingTel's letter inviting me to surf on the Internet free of charge - that is, without having to pay a subscription fee. How did I qualify? I subscribe to a residential phone line with them. SingTel is giving every fixed line owner free access to their dial-up Internet service. The catch? Nothing at all. SingTel is just responding to StarHub's recent offer of free Internet access to anyone who applies online at their website. StarHub, as many of you already know, bought over Cyberway (an ISP) and renamed it StarHub Internet last year. It is due to enter the fray and compete directly with SingTel in April 2000 when its fixed line operations in Singapore debut.
My new userID and password lets me log on instantly. But, I have to bear the phone charges incurred while I am surfing online. Should I need help, there's a contact phone number I can call, but, there's a charge of 30 cents per minute on the call to their help desk.
If you are a SingTel fixed line subscriber and have yet to receive your letter, fret not. It could be on the way already. It will take them another month to complete this exercise of theirs as they do have quite a large subscriber base.
Inspite of this attractive offer, I am still holding on to my SingNet (an ISP) account as I enjoy their TOLL-FREE dial-up service for logging onto the Internet as well as other services which come attached, such as free e-mail, free homepage space, etc.
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NEW LAUNCH: G.K. Goh has announced the launch of their online stock trading site. Click GOHDIRECT.
COMING SOON: i-one.net to sell groceries online this month. Click i-One-Grocery for a preview.
COMING SOON: A new website which has an auction mall, shopping plaza and more. Click i-mall21.com for a preview.
COMING SOON: A new website IP3000.com which claims to have over 7 000 000 websites indexed, including Europe and Asia. It says it is the largest information and media search engine on the web. Click Internet Portal 3000 to get a preview now.
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NEW: New M1 shop opens at #B1-19/20 Paragon Shopping Centre. Other branches are at #B1-18-19 Tampines Mall and #01-16-17 West Mall.
NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB) National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000.
GET FOR ME: Save the ACS (Anglo Chinese School) clock tower An appeal for support.
BOOKS: Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers Top Ten MPH Bestsellers Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers Shows the top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week.
MUSIC: Top 10 Albums Of the Week
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GET FOR ME: New Books
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Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000
By Gretchen Liu
Price: S$61.70 (excludes shipping)
The road shown on the front cover was Holloway Lane. It has recently gone the way of the Dodo and in its place is an open ground awaiting redevelopment. In the background is St Joseph's Church in Queen's Street.
The picture of the front cover of the book has been posted here with the kind permission of the publisher, Editions Didier Millet Singapore.
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Today Monday 6 Mar 2000
The government will not allow foreign control over the core media, said Trade & Industry Minister George Yeo. He did not see a change in the present rule in the Newspaper And Printing Presses Act, which effectively puts a 3% cap on ownership of a newspaper company.
An estimated 250 000 infocomm workers -10% of the workforce- will be needed by 2010. Manpower Minister Lee Boon Yang said that the infocomm industry was growing so fast that there was a worldwide shortage even in big countries, such as the United States and Germany. There was no cap on hiring highly-skilled foreign professionals holding employment passes as there was always a 'constant shortage' of them. However, there was a cap of 5 foreigners to every Singaporean in the construction industry and one foreigner to every Singaporean in the manufacturing sector for lower-skilled work-permit holders.
Jakarta: The leader of President Abdurrahman Wahid's political party and deputy speaker of the Indonesian parliament, Mr Matori Abdul Jalil, was attacked and stabbed yesterday by two assailants, police and hospital officials said.
Around the world
Darby, Pennyslvania: A woman spent the better part of an hour shopping at a neighbourhood grocery store without realising a passer-by had stuck a knife into her neck.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
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