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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.

 

The Editor

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 northern, eastern and central Singapore.  WATER TIDES High tide 0.28am 3.0m  2.01pm 2.7m  SUN Sunrise 6.59 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 9.49am  Moonset 10.22pm   PSI: 53 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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  The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra presents their regular concert on Tuesday, 9 May 2000 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets for the concert which starts at 8.00pm are available at S$10, S$15 & S$20 at all SISTIC outlets.

  This concert features Debussy Prelude a l'Apres-midi d' um Faune, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole and Borodin Symphony No. 2. The Orchestra's musical director, Tan Yin Wing, is the conductor with Masako Suzuki White playing the violin.

  The Orchestra so far has attracted quite a cosmopolitan group of players and members who share a love for classical music. Besides Singaporeans ranging from students to professionals, it also has members of the expatriate community from Japan, China,  England, USA, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Malaysia.

  The booking office is Just A Click Away at SISTIC.

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NEW WEBSITES  

efrenchkiss.com.sg is an online lingerie boutique started by two friends, Gina Toh & Laura Lee.

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 520 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)

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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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 Sunday 7 May 2000

Motorists will be able to cruise down highways faster in the next few months, when speed limits go up by 10km on some stretches of roads. The speed limits on the Tampines and Seletar Expressways (TPE & SLE) will go up to 90km/hr from 80km/hr in June 2000. In September 2000, the speed limits on certain stretches of the Bukit Timah, Central, Ayer Rajah and Pan-Island expressways (BKE, CTE, AYE & PIE) will also be raised to 90km/hr.

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday said that the government is looking at how to retain young and talented civil servants in the public sector, especially administrative officers in their thirties. They will form the target of its efforts as they are the ones who are most likely to be lured away by the prospect of high wages, stock options and other perks offered by the private sector.

Asia

Manila: Philippine police yesterday said they were close to catching the person suspecting of creating the I LOVE YOU virus which crippled millions of computers worldwide.

Around the world

Washington: An embarrassed US State Department has apologised to Jesuits for stating in its annual terrorism report that priests from the Roman Catholic order had founded a left-wing Columbian guerilla group.

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.