Singapore Morning News For February 1

Singapore Morning News For February 1
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Singapore’s Whole-of-Government approach to strengthen IT governance within the public sector
The Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee of Singapore was presented to Parliament yesterday. The Committee considered the Report of the Auditor-General for the financial year 2016/17. One of the common themes in the report was certain weaknesses in IT controls across public sector agencies.

Owners of unregistered or non-compliant e-bikes to face fines, jail terms from Feb 1
E-bike owners who have not registered their vehicles or continue to use non-compliant bikes could face hefty fines and jail sentences from Thursday (Feb 1), when new regulations kick in.
Today Online 

NTU scientists invent editable fabric-like power source for use in wearable electronic devices
When the editable supercapacitor was paired with a sensor and placed on the human elbow, it performed better than existing stretchable supercapacitors, providing a stable stream of signals even when the arm was swinging.

What lessons can be learned from Singapore’s religious regulatory framework?
In the last year, several cases of abuse perpetrated by Muslim religious figures have been widely discussed in Western Muslim communities. It is not relevant to comment too deeply on those cases in terms of specifics, that requires investigations that others are carrying out, but these examples brought up an interesting question.
The National 

Singapore tops Asia rankings in youth mobility index
The four original Asian Tiger Economies – Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea – along with Japan were found to lead the streak in .Asia’s inaugural Youth Mobility Index (YMI) 2018 rankings.
Human Resource Online 

Start-up Engine Biosciences raises US$10m in seed funding
Biotech start-up Engine Biosciences has raised US$10 million in seed funding – an amount the Singapore-headquartered company says is the largest ever recorded in Southeast Asia.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

IMDA shares vision to build a community of innovation in Singapore at emerging tech conference
Mr Zee Kin Yeong, Assistant Chief Executive of Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) kickstarted the two-day EmTech Asia conference 2018, by sharing Singapore’s vision in building a community of innovation.

Singapore has great restaurants, too bad it’s also stressful and unexciting: Time Out poll
Oh dear, it’s official – Singapore is one of the most unexciting cities in the world.
Not only that. It’s also a city of unhappy, sleep-deprived and stressed-out folks, a new global poll has found.
Business Insider

Singapore-Korea consortium buys stake in Australian fertility clinic
Singapore Medical Group Ltd and South Korea’s CHA Healthcare Co Ltd have together bought a majority stake in Australia’s fourth-largest fertility clinic operator, City Fertility Centre.

Singapore Medical Group takes stake in Australian IVF specialist
CATALIST-LISTED Singapore Medical Group (SMG) has marked its foray into the Australian market with a stake in CFC Global, the country’s fourth-largest in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) specialist.
The Business Times 

Robotic swans now patrol Singapore’s waters
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a clever self-driving drone called the Smart Water Assessment Network – the SWAN. These swan-shaped robots swim in Singapore’s waters and assess pollution, drinkability, and temperature, allowing researchers to gather data without scaring people with dangerous-looking traditional water drones.
Tech Crunch 

ElderShield should be compulsory; people should start paying premiums at age 30, not 40 – Govt committee
The Government committee reviewing severe disability insurance scheme, ElderShield, has recommended that individuals should start paying premiums at age 30 instead of 40 and that coverage should be made compulsory, even for those with pre-exisiting disabilities.
The Independent Singapore 

More than S$300,000 confiscated from man who ran sex site
A man who was convicted in 2016 of living on the earnings of prostitutes had more than S$300,000 confiscated from him by the Commercial Affairs Department on Tuesday (Jan 30), police said.
Channel NewsAsia 

In Singapore, Up to Forty Percent of Coffee Makers Are Full of Cockroaches
The southeast Asian city state of Singapore has a reputation for impeccable cleanliness, thanks in part to stringent anti-littering laws that have occasionally made international headlines. But no measure of precaution is enough to prevent some truly gross goings-on in many of the country’s coffee machines.
Extra Crispy 

Singapore’s proposed Healthcare Services Bill to regulate telemedicine and make data contribution to the NEHR mandatory
Singapore’s Ministry of Health is currently inviting public feedback on a proposed Bill for regulation of healthcare services. The Healthcare Services (HCS) Bill will replace the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA).

Heng identifies next phase after industry road maps
Once the 23 transformation road maps have been rolled out for specific industries, the focus should then turn to looking at possible overlaps between sectors, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.
The Independent Singapore 

Digitalisation at Singapore Army’s enhanced Mobilisation and Equipping Centre enables faster processing
A single scan of the NSman’s identification card at the self-service kiosk will register his particulars into both the Auto-Identification Enabled Readiness System (AIDERS) and the E-mobilisation In/Out Processing System (EIOPS) simultaneously.


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