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Other ethnic groups 1.4%
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Saturday 26 Aug 2000
A special provision will be made in the penal code to target killer litter, spelling out harsher maximum penalties for culprits, said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan yesterday. Although flats would still be taken back, this measure was reserved for "very serious, or recalcitrant offenders", who would also be debarred for five years from buying or renting another HDB flat. In cases which do not warrant such severe action, the culprit and his household would have to relinquish their high-rise flat, but could still buy or rent an HDB flat on the ground or first floor. But, he would not be allowed to buy or rent one on higher floors, for at least three years from the date of conviction. In less serious cases, Mr Mah said, the HDB will issue a final written warning.
Parents who do not send their children to primary school can be fined up to S$5,000 or jailed up to one year, or both, under the proposed Compulsory Education Bill presented at yesterday's Parliament sitting. If the proposed Act is passed, parents must send their children - born after 1 Jan 1996 - for at least six years of primary education in national schools. Parents who do not comply will have to answer to a compulsory education board.
Loo Cheng Lip, 34, was yesterday sentenced to 15 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane after he had pleaded guilty to raping his maid on 14 Feb 2000 and using criminal force on her during her four-month stint with the family. He terrorised the young Indonesian maid from the day she started work, forcing her to strip so that he could inspect her body. Over the next four months, he intimidated her and harrassed her for sex constantly. In the end, the oil company technician raped her on the marital bed in his flat at Choa Chu Kang.
Mr Ernest Wong, 55, will retire as United Overseas Bank (UOB) president at the end of next month. He will then take over from Mr Lim Hup Seng as the chief executive officer of the Media Corporation of Singapore on 1 Oct 2000.
Hongkong: A Hongkong legislative candidate resigned yesterday as vice-chairman of a pro-Beijing political party amid revelations he had leaked confidential government documents to a client of his public relations business. Mr Gary Cheng said he will shut down his two public relations firms to avoid any future conflicts of interest - but insists he is staying in the race for a legislative seat to be chosen on 10 Sep 2000.
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Washington: Despite years of intensive efforts to improve the performance of American students, scores in reading and science staggered in the 1990s and the achievement gaps between blacks and whites has widened, according to the latest measure of long-term trends in the nation's classrooms. Over the 30 years of the federal assessments, the only substantial gains among overall students were in mathematics. The results were released on Thursday by the US Education Department's National Centre for Education Statistics.
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15ml Cherry Brandy
120ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Lime Juice
7.5ml Dom Benedictine
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry
The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.