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The WEATHER on MONDAY (23 Sep 2002): Slightly hazy. Showers in the late morning and early afternoon over northern and western Singapore.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Slightly hazy. Morning showers are expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   12.15pm  2.7m   -      SUN Sunrise  6.54am    Sunset 7.01pm   MOON  Moonrise  8.21pm   Moonset   8.01am    PSI: 43 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 26-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Hallo everyone

Although we have made Adding A Link onto our Web site a PAID service, we have been receiving completed online forms for placement of links to the requesters' Web sites - but without any payment being made.

It can't be that these chaps didn't read the notice we put out because the link to our Online Form is in the middle of the notice. So we have had to e-mail these chaps to request payment and, of course, we didn't receive any. 

What these people want is for us to put a link to their Web sites Free of Charge. Of course, this may seem a reasonable request, but, if we oblige them, then, our Web site has to close down pretty soon for lack of funds to keep it running.

We have made several exceptions, though. We have placed links to Web sites, such as Action for Singapore Dogs, a group which helps stray and abandoned dogs find homes in Singapore.

But, to stay online, we have had to turn down other requests. Some groups have suggested a one-for-one exchange (reciprocal arrangement) - that is, we place a link to their Web site here and they place a link to our Web site on their own Web site.

However, what we need is hard cash to keep our Web site afloat. We want to be around for as long as possible. If we keep doing reciprocal arrangements, we end up with an empty stomach. So when we turn down such requests, it is with the survival of our Web site in mind. It's not that we think we have made it and can scoff at others who have just set up Web sites.

That's not us definitely. We are continually exploring other ways of bringing in money to maintain this Web site, but so far, only a little has trickled in. Perhaps, one day, when one or more of these ways brings in enough funds to support the running of our Web site, we will revert to FREE listing of links here.

Until then, we just have to say no to free listings.




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About 40,000 people visited the three-day Natas Holidays 2002 at Suntec City, according to the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas). A total of 150 exhibitors in 385 booths participated in the travel fair. (3)

The Government will set aside S$3.8 million a year to subsidise, from next month, up to 75 per cent of the medical bills of needy elderly patients who need doctors or nurses to treat them at home. About 3,500 need home nursing care, and 1,200 need to be seen at home by a doctor. The maximum monthly per capita income for a family to qualify is S$1,000. The subsidies will be dispensed through 11 homecare providers here, which are run by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). (H1)

Only four lawyers have dipped into a fund set up by the Law Society in 1999 to help lawyers during the economic downturn. It provides financial assistance of up to S$20,000 for lawyers and their families in dire financial straits. Those with problems in their professional or personal life can also get counselling from a scheme called Law Care. The society picks up the tab for the fees incurred. (H4)

Tattoo shops here are registered like beauty centres, but are not regulated by health authorities. There are also no age restrictions, unlike in some countries where the minimum age to have a tattoo done ranges from 16 to 21. The Health Ministry here steps in only if it receives a complaint. There are about 30 tattoo shops here. (H7)



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Washington: United States officials have identified at least 70,000 suspected terrorists around the world, according to two congressional reports based on recently declassified intelligence and law enforcement information. The reports also said an unknown number of people trained by the Al-Qaeda terrorist network had been trying for at least five years to infiltrate the US and launch "spectacular attacks". (3)



To assist you in tracing the above news articles in The Straits Times, we have provided the section and page numbers at the end of each news article. Therefore, (12): main section page 12; (S4): sports section page 4; (A10): asia section page 10; (L3): life section page 3.

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