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The WEATHER on SATURDAY (28 Sep 2002): Slightly hazy. Periods of showers with thunder are likely in the late morning and afternoon over many areas.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SUNDAY & MONDAY: Slightly hazy with afternoon showers expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   2.45am  2.4m   2.16pm  2.6m      SUN Sunrise  6.53am    Sunset  6.59pm   MOON  Moonrise  -   Moonset   11.43am    PSI: 37 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 25-31 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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The region’s first performing arts library opened on 12 Sep 2002 at The Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, making it one of the few libraries in the world to be co-located within a performing arts complex.

This is the second specialised public library - after the edge-based library@orchard - and it will contribute to the national plan of developing Singapore into a Renaissance City of the 21st century.

"library@esplanade wants to bring the performing arts to the people, and people to the performing arts. Its specialised yet accessible collections, programmes and information services will enhance the understanding and appreciation of the performing arts for people from all walks. By expanding their knowledge of the performing arts this way, library@esplanade aims to demystify the arts as an elitist luxury and catalyst our development into a Renaissance City," said Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive, National Library Board.

Targeted to attract one million local and overseas visitors in its first year, the 2,300-square-metre library on the third level of The Esplanade will be international in its scope, but with a particular responsibility to the performing arts of Singapore and Asia.

Its layout of four clusters or "villages" of Music, Dance, Theatre and Film, creates an environment that supports creativity, learning and entertainment for the layperson as well as the professional artiste.

The library features 50,000 titles in print and electronic formats, an exhibition space, a performing stage equipped with a glass projection wall and a baby grand piano, a practice room with an upright piano and an electronic keyboard, screening rooms, and an archive on the Singapore performing arts scene.

Users can also expect subject specialists at hand to assist aficionados and amateurs alike with accessing resources on the performing arts*. All the pianos are sponsored by Cristofori Music Pte Ltd.

Library users who sign up as Premium members for S$20.60 per year can borrow additional four library materials, including the 22,000 music scores at library@esplanade, on top of the 285,000 audiovisual items already available to them in the libraries network.




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The Asian Games will be shown on television here as the Singapore Sports Council has received a grant from the Singapore Broadcasting Authority and sponsorship from Singapore Pools to pay the cost of almost S$1 million for the Games. However, Singaporeans will only be able to watch two live telecasts, the opening and closing ceremonies. (3)

In an interview with International herald Tribune editor David Ignatius, Senior Minister LEE Kuan Yew said it frightened him that the world was in for a period of great uncertainty and danger, with no one knowing how religious terrorism will peter out. But, he was optimistic that the terrorists cannot win because they do not have the power, economic might or the science and technology to prevail. (H2)

Victoria Memorial Hall will undergo major renovations costing between S$15 and S$20 million from 2005. It was last renovated in 1979. (H9)

From Tuesday, students and national servicemen can go to any TransitLink ticket office and pay to get their ex-link cards encoded with a train concession pass. Holders of such cards then need carry only one card for travel on the MRT or LRT. (H9)

Motorised trishaws will take to the streets in Little India and on Sentosa. The new green and khaki trishaws, about costing S$3,000 each, are provided by tour operator Singapore Explorer which will be charging S$36 a person for its rides. An LTA spokesman said there are about 450 trishaw drivers in Singapore currently: 348 employed by four tour operators and the rest working for themselves. (H13)

Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) raised its pump prices from 11pm yesterday. Diesel will now cost 64 cents a litre while ULG98 is now at S$1.284 a litre. Its ULG92 is sold at S$1.198 a litre. (H19) 



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