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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: Fair and warm. WATER TIDES High tide 9.28am 2.5m  9.48pm 2.5m  SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 4.57am  Moonset  4.33am   PSI: 36 (good) TEMPERATURE: 26-34  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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NEW WEBSITES  

Bonfield for second-hand branded watches. They buy, sell, restore and repair watches.

wakai koi specialises in Japanese Koi.

arowana.com.sg specialises in Arowana, an ornamental fish.

vintagecharm.com.sg  specialises in Victorian, period and modern wedding gowns.

LifeMedic.com is an emergency online medical information storage website. It provides a LifeCard on which is printed an access code allowing medical personnel to access your medical information on the Internet or by fax. You get an ID and password.

UneedTrust.com aims to provide unbiased information, performance comparison,  and portfolio management for all unit trusts & funds available in Singapore.

Charity1cent is The Charity1cent Initiative Website which provides complete resources on websites donating to charity.

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

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

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 www.sporescity.com 

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

We are now 562 pages thick and growing.

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

Public Holidays VESAK DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Thursday 18 May 2000.

Singapore Arts Festival 2000

1 - 25 Jun 2000

The Great Singapore Sale is on from 26 May - 9 Jul 2000

GOVERNMENT SNIPPETS

Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

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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?

  Reports by two Singapore American School students that they were the victims of abduction attempts have led the school to warn parents to be on guard. The private school in Woodlands, in a circular sent out to parents some weeks ago, alerted them to a report by an 11-year-old student in February that a woman had tried to abduct him. The boy, who was walking home from school, said the woman had driven up in a green mini-van and offered him a lift. When the boy declined the lift, she got out of her car and tried to grab him.

TOURISTS

Tourism Board

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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. 

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Qing Dynasty antique porcelain exhibition at Yue Hwa from now till 21 May.

 

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

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 Monday 15 May 2000

World-renowned architects are now vying for a chance to build the new Singapore Management University (SMU). A total of 421 architects, including Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, are bidding for a share of the project.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic aims to become a wireless campus in three years' time when all staff and students will be able to surf the Net or log on to its computer network anywhere on campus.

Asia

Tokyo: Former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi died in a Tokyo hospital yesterday afternoon, six weeks after suffering a debilitating stroke that left him in a coma from which he never emerged. 

Around the world

Enschede, Netherlands: At least 20 people were killed and over 300 injured in a blast at a fireworks warehouse that devastated a residential area of the eastern Dutch town of Enschede last Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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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.