Singapore Morning News For April 19

Singapore Morning News For April 19
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Singapore morning newsPosition Singapore as a global Asia node in next phase of economic transformation: Heng Swee Keat
Positioning Singapore as the “global Asia node of technology, innovation and enterprise” will be the next “critical” step in the country’s economic transformation plans, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday (Apr 18).
Channel NewsAsia 

Students petition against NUS’ move to go cashless
A decision by the National University of Singapore (NUS) to start going fully cashless in August has been met with strong resistance by students, who started two online petitions that have garnered more than a total of 1,700 signatures as of 10.30pm yesterday.
The New Paper

Top finance positions in demand by Singapore employers
The top three finance and accounting positions in demand by Singapore employers this year are: financial planning and analysis managers, who can expect to earn a median salary of S$115,000; finance managers, with a salary of S$110,000; and tax managers, at S$130,000.
The Star Online

Infographic: Singapore hardest hit by mobile ad fraud in APAC
When it comes to mobile ad fraud, Singapore has been found to be the hardest hit in the Asia Pacific region, with app install fraud rates hitting 27%.

WhatsApp scam alert: Public advised to be cautious of suspicious messages
If you are a user of WhatsApp, be careful of messages with unusual requests, even if they have been sent by your contacts.
The Straits Times 

Listeria scare: Significant drop in demand for rockmelons
Demand for rockmelons has fallen sharply in Singapore due to a recent listeria infection outbreak in Australia. Some suppliers reporting a drop in sales of between 50 and 90 percent.
Fresh Plaza 

More bumps ahead for industry in Singapore’s war on diabetes as hawkers let off the hook
Beverage manufacturers in Asia may face more challenges with a government campaign set to encourage Singaporeans to switch to drinking plain water.

The six clusters mapping the way forward
KEY industries under the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) programme will be grouped into six clusters as Singapore’s economy begins its next phase of transformation, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Wednesday.
The Business Times 

NAMIC partners with MPA Singapore to develop 3D printing applications for maritime sector
NAMIC and SkillsFuture Singapore will collaborate with the Institutes of Higher Learning to develop customised courses to groom a pool of additive manufacturing professionals. NAMIC will also develop an industry-led additive manufacturing certification framework, with support from SSG.
Open Gov Asia 

Syngenta opens digital innovation lab in Singapore
SWISS agribusiness firm Syngenta has opened in Singapore its first digital innovation lab in Southeast Asia which will create digital solutions for Asia’s agricultural landscape.
The Business Times 

Robot firefighters could help put out fires, as SCDF turns to technology to bolster manpower
Facing leaner manpower and rising demand for medical services due to a greying population, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will increasingly turn to robots to help put out fires and respond faster to emergencies.
Today Online 

Singapore and the Commonwealth: The contributions of four young Singaporeans
They may be Singaporean, but they come from different backgrounds.
But they do have a few more things in common: they are all below the age of 30, have the desire to give back to their communitiesand are making great leaps inThe Commonwealth.
Channel NewsAsia 

Government policies severely suppress value of aging HDB flats even before 99 years are up
The Housing Development Board’s Asset Enhancement Scheme remains a hot topic in Singapore, with HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean adding fuel to the fire last week when she indicated that the value of aging HDB flats will decline over time.
The Independent Singapore 

Google Store officially opens in Singapore; Home smart speakers launched
Shoppers here will finally be getting official access to Google’s online store, where consumers will be able to buy its products directly from the company.
The Straits Times

All the lowkey hints suggesting Josephine Teo to replace Lim Swee Say as Manpower Minister
Speculation is rife that Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, along with Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang and Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, will step down after the Cabinet reshuffle later this month.

Secrecy associated with army generals should not be extended to public transport company
It has been about ten years since I took to public life. In these 10 years, I have been involved in a number of projects/causes which I am very proud of.
The Independent Singapore

Singapore’s industrial property market is bottoming out
Overall industrial leasing activity jumped 35% YoY in the first two months of 2018, the strongest since 2013.
Singapore Business Review 

Singapore’s prime minister: Nobody wants a trade war
Trade friction between China and the United States has been brewing for some time. But with the Trump administration’s announcement of unilateral tariffs on imports, targeted at China, the specter of a trade war has never been clearer.
The Washington Post 

RingMD enters into a regulatory sandbox with MOH to provide telemedicine services to all of Singapore
Today RingMD, a Singapore based technology company founded in 2014, announces its entry into a Regulatory Sandbox with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to prepare for licensing under the upcoming Healthcare Services Act (HCSA) in 2020. RingMD allows anyone in Singapore to pay a S$20 fee to instantly consult with a Singapore doctor via a video call.
AEC News Today/ PRNewswire (media release) 

Singapore’s Park N Parcel raises $648k in Tri5-led round for Asia expansion
Singapore’s last-mile logistics startup Park N Parcel has raised a $648,000 seed funding round led by Tri5 Ventures and a group of angel investors.

New National Skin Centre set to open in 2022 with enhanced facilities, increased capacity
A new National Skin Centre (NSC) scheduled to open in 2022 will house enhanced facilities and have its capacity boosted by 50 per cent, in order to meet the rising demand for dermatological services among Singaporeans.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Widening public-private home price gap may not dent upgrading demand
IS THE growing divergence in prices of resale public housing flats and private homes snuffing out the Singaporean dream of owning a condominium?
The Business Times 

Building the Jewel: A close-up look at the 9,000 pieces of glass used in Changi Airport’s upcoming project
Changi Airport’s upcoming mixed development Jewel is rapidly taking shape, with the construction of the sparkling dome nearly complete at 75 per cent
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Kinofy Group launches platform to help firms enter China market
SINGAPORE companies keen to break into China’s massive e-commerce market can now do so through a new one-stop platform.
The Business Times 


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