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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.
Other ethnic groups 1.4%
Working Language: English
Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.
Planners expect the population of Singapore to reach 5.5 million by 2040 or 2050, taking into account an expected increase in the number of foreigners working here. From just 3 million in 1990, the number has swelled to 3.9 million today, including 700 000 foreigners.
A high-level working committee is now looking at ways to encourage more couples to have babies. Demographer Saw Swee Hock says that if the fertility rate continues to stay below two, the population here, minus the foreigners, will peak at about 3.3 million in 2025 and then begin to drop.
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Saturday 12 Aug 2000
Prizes worth S$20,000 will be up for grabs when Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) launches its print and online integrated newspaper, Project Eyeball, today. The launch party will be held at the Shaw House amphitheatre in Orchard Road from noon to 6pm. About 120,000 copies of Project Eyeball will be distributed free during the launch. The same number of free copies will be handed out from Monday to Friday next week, SPH said in a statement on 10 Aug 2000.
A brick wall in IMM building at Jurong East collapsed yesterday afternoon killing a shopper and injuring four others. The incident near the ground-floor information counter occurred after some renovation workers hacked at the wall of one of the shop units there. The dead shopper was a 31-year-old Malaysian man.
The investment banking arm of the United Overseas Bank was publicly reprimanded by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) yesterday for misleading the public in the eWorld of Sports.com (eWOS) listing fiasco. And the exchange, whose reprimand was backed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) added that, in the light of UOB Asia's behaviour, it planned to review the rules governing share subscriptions by underwriters of initial public offerings (IPOs). UOB Asia managed the sporting goods retailer's issue and its parent UOB was the lead underwriter. The SGX's action revolve around the announcement by UOB Asia that eWOS's public tranche had been 1.3 times subscribed when, in fact, it had been massively under-subscribed - a point highlighted on Tuesday by The Straits Times. In fact, UOB Asia had taken the unusual step of applying for 10 million shares in the public tranche - inflating the subscription rate from a dismal 50% to 130%.
More children in Singapore suffer from asthma than anywhere else in Asia, a worldwide survey has revealed. With about one in five children suffering from asthma, Singapore has the fourth-highest rate of childhood asthma in the world - behind Australia, New Zealand and Peru. According to the 1998 International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, a survey of 56 countries and 463,801 children, Singapore ranks No.1 in the Asia Pacific region in terms of the number of asthmatic children aged between 13 and 14.
Hongkong: A former head of a major US investment firm was sentenced to six years' jail for accepting bribes of about HK$50 million (S$11 million) in the biggest corruption case here in over 10 years. Kevin Lee Kwok Wing was proven to have taken bribes, while managing director of Rockefeller & Co (Far East) Ltd, to buy shares of various listed companies during a four-year period.
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Memphis, USA: The King is going digital on the 23rd anniversary of his death. A global audience will be able to go online and tune in to the annual candle-light vigil that commemorates the death on 16 Aug 1977, of Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 of heart disease worsened by drug abuse.
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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.