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     People: News 2006

 

    News 2006

 

     - 3rd Quarter 2006 real estate statistics

     - 34 people to be charged in court for assisting loansharks

 

Programme to help NSmen prepare for IPPT

"The IPT is a voluntary programme designed to help NSmen prepare for their annual Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT)...

"The IPT consists of ten sessions, lasting three hours each, spread over five weeks. NSmen can take their IPPT during the eighth session. If they pass the test, they will qualify for the IPPT Monetary Award pegged to the results that they achieve..."

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     - New committee to look into reducing school dropout rate

     - Singapore Zoo adds braille interpretives for visually handicapped

     - SCV fined for showing footage of lesbian sex on Zone Reality Channel

 

     - 15 sleight-of-hand cases reported since January 2006

     - Record 15,000 household products registered with SAFETY mark

 

 

Singapore eases admission criteria for new lawyers

"Government announced on 17 August 2006, its in-principle acceptance of the recommendation of the Third Committee on the Supply of Lawyers chaired by the former Attorney-General, to allow Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents ("PRs") who graduated from Overseas Scheduled Universities with Second Class (Lower Division) Honours to practise law in Singapore, provided they possessed certain relevant work experience or qualifications..."

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Man fatally hit by train

A Chinese man in his mid-40s died last night after he was hit by a train at Chinese Garden MRT station. The man had reportedly flung himself into the path of an oncoming train.

Source: Straits Times 19 Oct 2006 (H2)

 

     - New school principals in 2007

 

     - Flat buyers taking an HDB loan need HDB loan eligibility letter

 

All schools to get indoor sports hall for PE, sports and games

"The indoor sports hall will mean an approximately 50% increase in a school¨s sports facilities. It will give schools the flexibility to conduct CCAs and PE lessons at any time of the school day...

"Estimated to cost a total of $690 million, the project will be implemented in phases over seven years..."

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Two Years of Free Wi-Fi for Singapore

"Come 2007, Singaporeans will be ushering the new year with at least 24 months, or two years, of free (basic tier) wireless connectivity at up to 512 kbps speeds almost everywhere - thanks to IDA's 'Wireless@SG' programme...

"The three operators are extending this two-year free offering with unlimited usage to all residents and visitors in Singapore, including tourists and business travellers. The sign-up details will be made known from December 2006 by the operators..."

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     - NETS launches debit card payment service for the taxi market

 

Norovirus outbreak may have affected another two schools

"MOH has investigated into the Ang Mo Kio Secondary School outbreak which occurred on 25-28 Sep and established the cause as norovirus gastroenteritis. Investigations into the cause of outbreak at Stamford Primary School are still in progress although norovirus has also been identified.

"As at Friday, 6 Oct, two other schools [ACS(I) and Maris Stella (Primary)] have reported 20-30 cases of students and staff falling ill with similar symptoms. These cases are also being investigated to determine their cause..."

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IBM to build smartcard e-payment infrastructure for MRT network

"The high-performance and high-speed backend infrastructure is expected to double the present capacity and will be capable of handling about 10 million financial transactions per day...

"The e-Symphony incorporates the Contactless E-Purse Application Standard (CEPAS) and will therefore allow multiple suppliers to issue the contactless smart cards, which are currently issued only by EZ-link. This could bring about competition among the suppliers and in turn reduce the cost of smart cards to benefit users..."

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Recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools

"There has been an increase in the number of persons attending the polyclinics for acute diarrhoea over the past three weeks...

"However, in view of the recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools affecting a large number of school children, the Ministry would like to advise the public to be vigilant about diarrhoeal illnesses..."

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     - Annual Firewalking Festival 2006

 

Major changes in teaching of English Language in our schools

Singapore students do fairly well in reading literacy, but standards of oral and written communication are highly uneven. Some employers have observed a decline in oral fluency, writing skills and the ability to communicate with impact...

The EL curriculum will focus on developing oral confidence, grammar knowledge and a love for reading to anchor EL learning throughout the primary school years...

Secondary students will revisit and build on foundational skills, in particular, grammar and spoken English...

A new subject, English Language, to be offered at H1 and H2 levels, will be introduced at the pre-university level from 2009...

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     - National Museum to re-open officially in December 2006

     - AVA to implement grading scheme for pet shops

 

Option for foreign maids to have salary paid into their bank account

"To ensure prompt salary payment, FDWs can ask for their salaries to be paid into their bank accounts in Singapore.

"Effective 1 November 2006, MOM will introduce this as a new work permit condition for employers to comply..."

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     - Singapore withdraws circulation approval for Far Eastern Economic Review

 

Primary schools to do away with EM3 stream from 2008

"Primary schools will introduce Subject-based Banding starting from the 2008 Primary 5 cohort, replacing the current EM3 stream.

"With Subject-based Banding, students will be able to offer a mix of Standard or Foundation subjects depending on their aptitude in each subject...

"Schools will work out class and timetabling arrangements that allow students to take separate classes in Foundation subjects while being integrated with other students for the rest of the curriculum..."

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     - Survey shows manpower issues a growing concern for SMEs

 

     - School Achievements in 2006

     - Police bust foreign syndicate using cloned ATM cards

 

Chua Sock Koong to succeed Lee Hsien Yang as SingTel Group CEO

"Having examined a number of outstanding internal and external candidates for the role, the Board is pleased to announce that Ms Chua Sock Koong has been selected as Group CEO.

"This appointment is expected to take effect on 1 April 2007..."

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UK Securities & Investment Institute opens Singapore office

"The SII anticipates offering its front and back office qualifications in Singapore, otherwise known as the Certificate and IAQ suite. It has appointed Mona Poomy as its VP based in Singapore.

"SII examinations are approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and there are a large number of international banks with offices in Singapore who are keen that their workforce are trained to the same standard of competence as those in the UK..."

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     - Death of Serviceman

     - Singapore Labour Market Report for 2nd Quarter 2006

Incident at Speakers¨ Corner

"On 16 Sept 2006, Chee Soon Juan and a few of his associates gathered in the late morning at the Speakers' Corner.

"After making speeches at Speakers' Corner, Chee attempted to proceed on a protest march to Parliament House...

"However, he and his group were stopped by the Police and advised not to break the law..."

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     - Changi Airport's Terminal 2 completes S$240m makeover

 

 

Mediacorp Subaru WRX Challenge 2006

"To participate, you have to undergo two qualifying rounds. For the First Qualifying Round, you have to call in during the qualifying period (18 September 2006 ? 20 October 2006) to any of the three radio stations when you hear the `invitation to call¨..."

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     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - Police may not allow some IMF/WB civil society representatives to enter Singapore

     - Chee Soon Juan distributing pamphlets at Raffles City

 

     - Update On Subutex Voluntary Rehabilitation Programme

     - SJI (International) to be Singapore's 3rd privately funded school

 

New Cyber-WatchCentre (CWC) ready by March 2007

"The CWC will monitor cyber-threats to government networks round-the-clock and provide early warning of impending cyber-threats..."

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     - NAFA co-presents Japan Anime Now exhibition

 

MOE unveils S$250m plan to boost teaching profession

"...an Enhanced PDL will allow a teacher who has had at least 12 years of experience to take up to 2½ months (1 school term) of full-pay leave...

"MOE will introduce a new Learning & Development Scheme. In the scheme, teachers will be entitled to claim up to $400 or $700 per year, for any learning-related expenses that they choose...
"MOE is increasing the starting salaries of Pass/ Pass (Merit) Degree and Diploma recruits by 1 increment (which is equivalent to an increase of 5-8%) with effect from 1 Sep 06. The current starting salaries of trainee teachers holding other qualifications remain competitive..."

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     - DUKE - NUS Graduate Medical School to open in 2009

     - Medisave withdrawal for outpatient care for four chronic diseases

     - Medisave withdrawal limit for day surgery to go up from 1 Dec 2006

 

 

Proposed Spaceport Singapore to offer commercial suborbital spaceflights

"The focal point of the proposed Spaceport Singapore will be suborbital spaceflights. As each suborbital vehicle reaches its maximum altitude of 100 kilometers, passengers will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the blackness of space set against the horizon of Earth..."

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Key challenges facing public housing in Singapore

"Between now and 2030, the number of elderly aged 65 years or older will increase dramatically, from 300,000 to 900,000. 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 and above by 2030.
"We will need to provide a wide range of housing options to meet the different financial needs and lifestyle preferences of the elderly, from smaller HDB flats like studio apartments, to private retirement housing with dedicated care facilities..."

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     -  Government continues to invest in technology-enabled work environment

     -  Easier for returning Singaporeans to go back to our schools

 

New personalised employment pass not tied to any employer

The Ministry of Manpower will introduce a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) from 1 January 2007 to help us better attract and retain global talent...

The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities. This helps us to retain selected global talent who would otherwise have to leave Singapore...

The PEP will be issued only once with a validity of 5 years. It will be nonrenewable. A PEP holder will retain the dependant privileges of his original EP type and the minimum annual basic salary requirement of S$30,000 will continue to apply throughout the 5-year duration...

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     - New "R18" rating for cabaret shows

 

Singapore needs 60,000 babies yearly but gets 35,500 only

"Our own population is ageing - current projections show that one-in-five Singaporeans will be over the age of 65 by 2030...

"It has been two years since we introduced the parenthood package.

"Overall, we have seen some positive results - there were about 240 more births from January to June 2006 compared to the same period in 2005, and about 400 more births in 2005 compared to 2004. This is a positive reversal which comes after four consecutive years of decline..."

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Publication of data on affordability of healthcare

"The 2005 data show that public hospitals are affordable. This is especially so for the Class B2 and C wards.

"The average B2 and C bills are below $1,100. 95% of all B2/C bills are below $3,500. Considering the high standard of clinical care provided in our public hospitals, this is quite an achievement..."

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     - Commissioner of Charities appointed

     - Concert in remembrance of late vocalist Tan Ngiang Kaw

 

More than 40 Singaporeans aged 19 and below HIV-positive

"By the end of last year, more than 40 young Singaporeans aged 19 and below have been reported as HIV-positive..."

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     - Circulation Of Foreign Newspapers In Singapore

     - Tenders invited for New Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang

 

 

     - Police arrest Malaysian for smuggling counterfeit S$1 coins

 

Subutex a Class A Controlled Drug from 14 Aug 2006

"From 14 August 2006, doctors will not be permitted to prescribe and dispense any take-home dosages for existing patients.

"All patients who require Subutex will have to consume their medication under direct visual observation of the pharmacist, doctor and/or his treatment team on a daily basis1 ..."

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