Singapore Morning News For April 23

Singapore Morning News For April 23
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Singapore morning newsPM Lee to announce cabinet reshuffle next week
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will announce cabinet reshuffle next week which will involve all 16 ministries, The Straits Times Online reported on Saturday (April 21).
Thai PBS 

Singapore to stick to one operator when Tuas port opens
Singapore, which is building a new mega port in Tuas, has ruled out having a second operator to manage the larger facility, which will open progressively from 2021.
The Straits Times 

Singapore Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017
US Department of State 

19 Singapore firms to exhibit ideas, products at Hannover Messe trade fair
A total of 19 Singapore companies are showcasing their newest ideas and products at Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology – in Hannover, Germany from Monday (Apr 23) to Friday (Apr 27).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore Civil Defence Force to use robots for fire-fighting and rescue operations
At the SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) Workplan Seminar 2018, held on 18 April at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore’s Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, unveiled several technological innovations that are enhancing SCDF’s emergency response.
Open Gov Asia 

Singapore Government Looks to Consolidate Casino and Gaming Regulations
Singapore Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs Josephine Teo said this week the country needs to consolidate its casino and gambling regulations in order to protect the industry that provides critical revenue to the federal government.
Casio Org 

KinderWorld Education Group said to consider $53m Singapore IPO
KinderWorld Education Group, which runs schools across Southeast Asia, is considering a Singapore initial public offering that could raise about S$70 million ($53 million), people with knowledge of the matter said.

Singapore’s first seed bank to open next year, store up to 25,000 plant species
Singapore is set to establish its first seed bank by the third quarter next year, in order to help conserve threatened plant species from around the region.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Qoo10 takes e-commerce fight to next level with bulked-up war chest
CAUGHT in a raging battle between Chinese tech behemoths Tencent and Alibaba, Singapore-based Giosis, which operates Qoo10, is not going down without a fight after acquiring a hefty war chest from the sale of its Japanese business to eBay.
The Business Times 

How Singapore hotels benefit from going green, as well as helping the planet
Fed up with “greenwashing”, whereby hospitality businesses tout cost-saving or profit-making practices as green initiatives?
South China Morning Post 

Retail giants knock on Singapore’s door
Retailers are lured by low taxes and expansion opportunities.
When Japanese discount chain Don Quijote opened its first store in Singapore last November, it was the first step in its campaign to conquer the rest of Southeast Asia.
Singapore Business Review 

One-stop medical and services centres for workers
As part of efforts to make workplaces healthier and safer, medical and services centres will be set up at various locations such as business clusters and industrial parks.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore begins to normalise monetary policy: QNB
Singapore’s monetary policy regime centres around the management of the exchange rate rather than a policy interest rate.
The Peninsula Qatar

Singapore Maritime Week 2018 opens with an eye to the future
The 13th Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) was launched on Sunday with a view to discussing how to position for future of the industry.
Seatrade Maritime News 

Robot developed by NTU scientists autonomously assembles IKEA chair
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a robot than can autonomously assemble an IKEA chair without interruption.
Open Gov Asia 

Temasek, CVC seek buyers for generics firm Alvogen’s eastern European ops
Generics firm Alvogen is putting its Central and Eastern European (CEE) operations up for sale as its private equity owners seek a step-by-step exit from the maker of drugs against cancer, heart and lung diseases, people close to the matter said.

How to be a smart user of organic products
Even as organic personal care products are rising in popularity, experts say they may not necessarily be better or safer than non-organic versions. In this week’s Spotlight, Eugenia Lim looks at what consumers can do to protect themselves from harm.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

SMRT said it engaged global executive search firm to find new CEO
In a letter to The Straits Times forum on April 21, Margaret Teo, the Vice-President for Corporate Communications of SMRT Corporation, reiterated that Neo’s appointment was no easy feat or fluke.

Workers to get help spotting chronic conditions earlier under workplace health and safety campaign
To boost workplace health and help employees with chronic conditions spot them earlier, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council is teaming up with the Health Promotion Board to co-fund health screenings and programmes to encourage healthy lifestyle habits.
Today Online 

SBS Transit announces initiatives to improve reliability of train services
SBS Transit, a leading bus and rail operator in Singapore, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) and Metro Consulting Service Ltd (MCS) to strengthen its engineering and maintenance capabilities and improve the reliability of its train services.
Open Gov Asia

Amid heightened threats, 1 in 10 Bills passed related to security and defence
It has been a busy first half of the 13th Parliament: Since the session opened in January 2016, the House has passed a total of 108 Bills on areas ranging from security challenges and the criminal justice system to the environment, among other things.
Today Online


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