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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.

The weather TODAY: Showers with thunder expected over most areas in the afternoon and early evening.  High tide 12.52 am 2.7m  12.05 pm  3.2m    Sunrise 7.16 am Sunset 7.21 pm   Moonrise  8.56 pm  Moonset 8.31 am   PSI: 34 (good) Temp: 23-32  degrees Celsius   


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     Last Saturday was CHAP GOH MAE or the fifteen and last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. In Singapore, many shops were closed early so that family members could sit down for another round of reunion dinner. Thus is the Chinese tradition. After that day, ANG POWs or red packets with money in them could not be given anymore. Children have to wait till next Chinese New Year for such presents.

      The hot weather, as well as eating too much Chinese New Year fare, has affected many a Singapore resident's health. I, myself, have come down with the flu. It is a typical pattern here in Singapore. But as the local school tests, called CAs (Curriculum Assessments), are now being held across the island, it doesn't pay for school children to be sick now. Statistics have it that the hottest month of the year is February so if you are in Singapore now, drink lots of water and try not to get too much sun if you can help it.

     Last Sunday, a newborn baby was abandoned in a bloodstained toilet at Mount Elizabeth hospital. Apparently, a woman , believed to be a Filipina,  had earlier sought treatment for abdominal pain and bleeding. The baby is one of a number of babies found abandoned in recent months.  Has society changed such that the young of today engage in sex without caring about the consequences? Is our sex education programme taught in our schools effective? Is it easy for teachers to handle sex education in the classroom? 

     The Education Ministry has said it is reviewing its approach to sexuality issues and will release its findings at a later stage. Meanwhile, we give you the findings of a recent survey done on 2369 young people between 13 and 21 by the Singapore Planned Parenthood Association (SPPA) to find out about their dating habits, relationships and attitudes:

      1 in 5 among the youths who have had sex said pornographic movies were their first source of information. More than 7 out of 10 teens said they were not comfortable learning about sex from their parents or teachers. 2 out of 5 teens are dating. About 4% said they have had sex. Of those who have had sex, only 23.5% used condoms.


MARCH 2000: Mariah Carey - The Rainbow Tour (One Night Only)  " Live "  in Singapore on 13 Mar 2000 at the National Stadium. Click MARIAH CAREY

NEW LAUNCH: G.K. Goh has announced the launch of their online stock trading site. Click GOHDIRECT.

COMING SOON: A new website which claims to have over 7 000 000 websites indexed, including Europe and Asia. It says it is the largest information and media search engine on the web. Click Internet Portal 3000 to get a preview now. 

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NEW: New M1 shop opens at #B1-19/20 Paragon Shopping Centre. Other branches are at #B1-18-19 Tampines Mall and #01-16-17 West Mall.

NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB)  National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000. 

GET FOR ME:  Save the ACS (Anglo Chinese School) clock tower  An appeal for support.

BOOKS:  Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers   Top Ten MPH Bestsellers   Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers   Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers  Shows the top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week.

SHOWS: Top Ten Shows  Features the current popular movies screened in local cinemas.  Movies  Lists the current movies showing in local cinemas.

GOVERNMENT: Singapore Government Website  Ministry Of Education  Police 

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. 


EXPATRIATES: 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.

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Today Monday 21 Feb  2000

In Singapore

Illegal meat smuggled into Singapore up 20 times.

Four new sites -Blk 83 Bedok North Road, Blks 1,2 & 5 Buangkok South Farmway 1, Blks 206 & 207 Punggol Road and Blks 1 to 5 Sembawang Road - have been marked for en-bloc redevelopment and this will involve relocating 1000 families living in the area.


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San Paulo: Leeds offer US80 (S$136.8) million to Brazilian outfit Gremio for 19-year-old Brazilian striker Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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