In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements. Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
Singapore and MERCOSUR launched negotiations for a MERCOSUR-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (MSFTA) on 23 July 2018. MERCOSUR is a South American customs union comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It is a collective market of more than 260 million people and a GDP of US$2.5 trillion.
There will finally be only one spelling in Portuguese. To-date, all dictionaries accept both spelling. However, in accordance with the provision in the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement of 1990, which came into force only in 2009 and which will be binding on all Portuguese-speaking countries from 1 January 2016, the dual spelling will cease to be accepted. With effect from 1 January 2016, only one spelling will be correct in Portuguese: "Singapura"!