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The WEATHER on WEDNESDAY (5 Feb 2003): Windy and cloudy with passing showers mainly over northern and western Singapore.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  THURSDAY: Windy with passing showers. FRIDAY: Afternoon showers.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   2.07am  2.6m   1.22pm   3.0m  SUN Sunrise  7.17am    Sunset  7.21pm   MOON  Moonrise  10.07am   Moonset  10.26pm    PSI: 31 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-30 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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They will call on residents who had not applied for their Economic Restructuring Shares (ERS) and hand them Special ERS Forms which carry their names and NRIC numbers. The grassroots leaders will also consider helping those with financial difficulties make the $50 CPF contribution.

Singaporeans in 1-room and 2-room HDB flats and welfare homes who have not got the ERS will need these Special ERS Forms to make the $50 CPF contribution and qualify for the ERS extension.

The Special Forms will include an option to make sure the residents will also get their future lots of ERS. If they sign up, the CPF Board will channel $50 into their CPF accounts if they exchange their ERS for cash this year. This $50 top up will qualify them for the second lot of ERS in January 2004.

The CPF Board will also channel another $50 into their CPF accounts if they exchange their ERS for cash in 2004. This will qualify them for the third lot of ERS in January 2005. Those with the Special ERS Form can make the $50 CPF contribution either:

By mail, i.e. send the Special ERS Form together with a cheque for $50, made payable to 'CPF Board' and sent to the CPF Board, at Robinson Road, P.O. Box 637, Singapore 901237; or Personally at any CPF Board office, with the Special ERS Form.

The final date for the $50 CPF contribution is 31 March 2003. The ERS will be issued on 1 May 2003.

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NEW WEB SITES   is the Web site of the new Media Development Authority, formed by the merger of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), the Films and Publications Department (FPD) and the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).   is a cyber platform, set up by the Ministry of Law, to keep Singaopore's overseas lawyers informed of developments in the local legal scene, gather feedback on legal reform and developments in other countries and to assist the local legal fraternity to network with those working overseas.

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5 February 2003

Wednesday's News


SPH MediaWorks is looking for an additional 12 employees to boost its current headcount of 300. Currently, it produces 350 hours' worth of local productions on a yearly basis, or an estimated 25 to 30 per cent of its total output. The balance is filled by acquired programmes. (L12)

London-based Medical Protection Society (MPS), which insures almost all of the 6,000 doctors here, has slapped hefty premium hikes of 45 to almost 100 per cent on everyone, from the most junior housemen to specialists, from last Saturday. In 1999, insurance payouts totalled less than S$1 million. In 2000, the figure tripled. In 2001, it soared to more than S$7 million. (1)

A man who used an Internet chatroom to find young girls to rape was yesterday sentenced to 23 years' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane. Raymond POK, 26, posed as a teenager and lured three girls, two aged 14, and one aged 13, into his trap. (4)

The Colbar restaurant and two adjoining shops in Portsdown Road estate will be torn down to make way for a new road linking Queensway to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Aside from the three shops, the Gloucester Archery Range and Field, and the Temasek Club's driving range will also have to go. (H1)

Printing assistant QUAK Yik Yin, 48 was yesterday sentenced to six years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to three counts of molesting and wrongfully restraining his 21-year-old Indonesian maid at his flat in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3.

A youth-oriented L2 "concept floor" will open next month inside the Cathay Cineleisure retail and entertainment complex. The upgraded second-level retail floor will have 25 shop-units carved out of 15,000 sq ft of space vacated by former tenants, which included Chinois Chinois Bar and Viva Music Hub. L2's space is bigger than that of Parco Bugis Junction's Edge (10,000 sq ft) but smaller than the spaces of The Heeren's Annex (20,000 sq ft) and Far East Plaza's Level One (45,000 sq ft). The complex's two-storey mock gorilla has been removed to accommodate L2's gold and blue logo. (A14)




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