Singapore Morning News For September 11

Singapore Morning News For September 11

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Japan firms tap Singapore agencies in smart city projects
Japanese companies have been working with Singapore agencies to create smart city solutions that are rolled out in South-east Asia, inevitably providing a boost to their home country’s soft power.
The Nation 

$5.2 million lost to fare cheats on public transport in 2016
But incidences of fare evasion on public transport have fallen, thanks to stiffer fines
The Straits Times (paywall)

Going cashless in Singapore challenging but not impossible
I opened the DBS PayLah! app, took a photo of a quick response (QR) code on a laminated sheet of paper provided by the hawker and keyed in the amount. The stall holder just had to check my phone screen, which showed the transaction was complete.
The New Paper 

Singapore targets 10,000 wholesale trade jobs created by 2020
In its ongoing war against unemployment, Singapore has identified a new frontline – hoping to create 10,000 new jobs in the wholesale trade industry by 2020.
Human Capital 

New alliances diverting ships from Malaysian ports to Singapore
SEVERAL major shipping companies have shifted their operations from Port Klang to Singapore under new alliance agreements, posing a challenge to Malaysia’s plans to be dominant player along the Strait of Malacca, Singapore’s the Straits Times reported.
The Malaysian Insight 

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Fire tests on building cladding too lenient; certification process can be improved: Experts
When Parliament sits on Monday (Sep 11), questions will be asked about how building cladding that was not fire-safe got past regulations and inspections, and whether more stringent tests are needed.
Channel NewsAsia 

Spicing up hawker trade
It is good news that instead of wringing their hands and bemoaning the death of hawker culture here, NTUC Foodfare is opening a new, two-storey hawker centre in Pasir Ris Central with the upper floor designed like a hipster cafe and devoted to “creative cuisine”.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Boom time for Singapore food firms in China market
Singapore food brands are cooking up a storm in China. Local food firms are riding on the Chinese consumer boom, with people becoming more health conscious and increasingly seeking out high-quality international flavours.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Private home prices to rise 10% by end-2018: Morgan Stanley
THE recovery in private home prices has started in the third quarter, Morgan Stanley believes. While the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) only releases its third-quarter flash estimates in October, analyst Wilson Ng in his latest projections expects Singapore home prices to rise 2 per cent this year, and another 8 per cent in 2018 .
The Business Times

Possible deluge of used cars ahead but impact uncertain
UBER could release as many as “3,000 to 4,000 cars” into the used market, causing some dealers and authorised distributors to panic about the impact to resale values.
The Business Times 

Lower-income families in Jalan Kayu to get more help
To alleviate the financial burden on lower-income families in Jalan Kayu district, there will be a one-time top-up of up to S$800 to their Child Development Account (CDA) so that it can be used to defray their children’s educational and health expenses.
Today Online

Singaporeans living longer, but need to shorten years spent in ill health
Singaporeans are living longer but there is one segment of their lives that health experts and the authorities want to shorten – their years spent in ill health.
Today Online 

SG Realty: Nam Cheong office sale; Boustead Projects disposal
A number of Singapore companies have recently announced to dispose off their real estate assets to use the proceeds for core business. Nam Cheong is planning to sell its office lots at Suntec Tower for S$25 million ($18.7 million) while Boustead Projects is looking to offload a property for S$10.5 million ($7.8 million).

Extraordinary People: Making art out of life’s struggles
Gilbert Tan was just 22 years old when a regular visit to a swimming pool ended life as he knew it.
Channel NewsAsia 

A*STAR develops sensor platform for companies to test green building solutions
Singapore’s research arm, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or A*STAR, has developed a new platform for companies as testbed for green building products in a tropical climate.
Channel NewsAsia 

Building right ‘culture’ crux to reducing Singapore’s workplace fatalities: Experts
Industry observers believe that the crux to lowering Singapore’s workplace fatality rate lies in building the right “culture”.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore Airlines introduces special fares to 37 destinations
According to an official from SunLand, passengers boarding from Maldives to Singapore flights under this fare would be traveling at Economy class.
Avas Online 

NETS rolls out standardised QR code payments system at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Food Centre
Customers can now pay for their meals at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre by scanning a quick response (QR) code with their mobile devices, after NETS rolled out its first standardised QR code on Saturday (Sep 9).
Channel NewsAsia 

AIA’s new firm ‘luring hundreds of rival agents’
THE contest for experienced insurance agents in Singapore has renewed in recent months with about 300 agents poached by a rival – the biggest migration in recent years.
The Business Times 

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Singapore students win award for device that helps deaf people navigate
A gadget for deaf people designed by Singapore students has come out on top in a contest for students organised in 23 countries.
The New Paper 


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