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The WEATHER on MONDAY (14 Apr 2003): Showers with thunder in the afternoon and early evening over many areas.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Showers with thunder in the late morning and afternoon.     WATER TIDES (this month)  SUN Sunrise  7.01am    Sunset  7.10pm   MOON  Moonrise  5.07pm   Moonset  4.41am    PSI: 60 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 24-34 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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Singapore Arts Festival 2003

Singapore's premier arts event - Singapore Arts Festival 2003 - will be held from 30 May - 22 June 2003. This year, the Festival will feature 8 Asian and 4 World Premieres. In all, the core programme will have 24 productions from 21 countries and regions in a three-week period. As in previous years, there will be free performances, such as Arts on the Move, Weekend Highlights and Closing Celebrations, under the outreach components of the Festival.

Here are the highlights of the festival:

- Instant Is A Millennium     (World Premiere)

  A musical conversation with TAN Swie Hian

  Singapore Chinese Orchestra

30 & 31 May 2003  8pm  Esplanade Theatre

A unique concert experience of music, poetry, calligraphy and multimedia, Maestro Tsung Yeh and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra perform with celebrated Singapore visual artist and writer TAN Swie Hian. A specially commissioned calligraphy concerto by award winning Hong Kong composer LAW Wing-Fai invites Tan to weave the brush in dialogue with the orchestra.

- Mercy     (Asian Premiere)

  Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton (USA)

  14 & 15 Jun 2003  8pm  Victoria Theatre

  Meredith Monk is a pioneer of interdisciplinary performance whose works thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound to discover and concoct new modes of perception. Proclaimed as a "voice of the future" and "one of America's coolest composers", she collaborates with Ann Hamilton, a site-specific installation artist, to create Mercy — a work of visual and sonic wonders.

- The Fall Of The House Of Usher  (Asian Premiere)

  Ballett Nürnberg (Germany)

10 & 11 Jun 2003  8pm  Esplanade Theatre

Choreographer Daniela Kurz creates an intense meeting between dance and opera in the strange world of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. Based on the opera by Philip Glass, bodies and voices melt in an exceptional symbiosis of hypnotic images.

- The Global Soul - The Buddha Project  (World Premiere)

  Theatre Works (Singapore)

  19 - 21 Jun 2003  8pm  Victoria Theatre

One of the most influential figures of Asian contemporary theatre, director Ong Keng Sen embarks on his next production following the success of Search: Hamlet in Denmark. Inspired by Gautama Buddha and the musings of travel writer Pico Iyer, The Global Soul stars renown artists from three continents, Min Tanaka (Japan), Charlotte Engelkes (Sweden) and Sophiatou (Nigeria). It embraces tales of Buddha, jet lag, airports, global currency, butoh, liyuan opera, and Korean court songs within a contemporary soundscape by Toru Yamanaka (Japan) of dumb type.

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16 April 2003

Monday's News


A survey of 1,072 expatriate business executives working in 12 Asian countries and territories has found Singapore to be the best prepared in Asia to deal with a major medical crisis such as Sars. The survey by Hongkong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (Perc) ranked Japan, Hongkong in second and third position. "Respondents had the least confidence in Indonesia, followed by India, China and Vietnam," it added. (3)

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) has extended the deadline for filing of income tax returns by phone or Internet to Friday 18 Apr 2003. Those filing by paper will have to deposit their returns in a post box before midnight tomorrow. (H6)


Kuala Lumpur: The number of new HIV/Aids cases transmitted through sexual contact in Malaysia increased by 46 per cent to 1,218 cases in 2002, compared to 834 cases in 2001. Drug users who used needles made up 76.3 per cent of all reported HIV infections in 2002. Until December 2002, there were 51,256 HIV infection cases reported to the Health Ministry. Of these, 7,218 were Aids cases while 5,424 had died of the disease. (A5)


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