Singapore Morning News For January 4

Singapore Morning News For January 4
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Singapore morning newsSingapore manufacturing ends 2017 on a strong note, powered by electronics
Singapore manufacturers ended 2017 on a high, fuelled mainly by strong growth in electronics. But the sector’s pace of expansion is showing signs of moderating after a year of breakneck growth.
The Straits Times (paywall)

SIA to start charging credit card fees for flights departing Singapore
Some Singapore Airlines (SIA) passengers booking flights departing from Singapore could soon incur a fee if they use a credit card to pay for their tickets.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore bans film focused on indicted Palestinian teen activist
Singapore has banned a film festival from screening a documentary later this week that features a teenage Palestinian female activist whose arrest last month has made her a symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.

SMEs hope for pickings in 2018, but are still dogged by challenges
The Singapore economy may have performed much better than expected last year, but many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still waiting to reap the gains from that.
The Business Times 

Singapore-based CopyCash to launch initial coin offering in Malaysia next week
Amid growing concerns over the underlying risks in digital currencies, a Singapore-based blockchain startup looks to be taking its chances with the Malaysian public, with an initial coin offering (ICO) slotted for next week.
The Sun Daily

5,000 BlueSG rentals after two weeks of operations
Less than three weeks after launching its service, electric vehicle car-sharing operator BlueSG has drawn more than 3,300 members and 5,000 rentals.
Today Online 

China’s Cedarlake Huarong invests in Singapore’s Novena Lifecare
Chinese asset manager Cedarlake Huarong Group has made its first healthcare investment in Singapore injecting an undisclosed amount in local-headquartered healthcare and medical aesthetics company Novena Global Lifecare Group.

Singapore’s foreign policy a fine balancing act
I was heartened to see Singapore vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution rejecting the US attempt to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Straits Times (paywall)

3D imaging could be a breakthrough for skin cancer detection
Researchers from Singapore and Germany have developed a new 3D skin imaging technique, which could prove to be a game changer in the detection of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

How Singapore Math Improved Scores at a U.S. School
Singapore has gained international recognition for its success on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which compare the academic performance of countries around the world. Singapore is leading the world academically in every subject area, and many educators are interested in learning the secret behind Singapore’s success.
Education Week

LTA calls for researchers, industry to help tackle transport challenges
A real-time journey planner that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to let commuters know how much time their journeys will take and where the crowds are, and satellite “smart” work centres that enable people to work near their homes.
Today Online 

Number of re-offending youth down,but more can be done, says Lee
To address the problem, an inter-ministerial committee will be set up to suggest how these youngsters can be given more help to mend their ways.
The New Paper 

GIC joint venture buys US student housing portfolio for US$1.1b
The joint venture formed by Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and The Scion Group has acquired a student housing portfolio in the United States for approximately US$1.1 billion.
The Business Times 

Headliner of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will be held on January 25 in Manila, will be one of the largest investors in Singapore, co-founder of the venture company Intrepid Venture and crypto evangelist Zach Piester. The expert who has worked with hundreds of startups will tell the audience how to get the maximum profit from investing in blockchain projects and ICO tokens.

LaLa World Global to Launch $10M Public Token Sale Jan. 5
Blockchain startup LaLa World is pleased to announce the long anticipated launch of the Lala Token sale to commence on January 5, 2018 and to run through February 5, 2018. A total of 150 Million LALA Tokens will be released in an initial coin sale (ICO) starting this Friday.

New localised Chinese curriculum launched for pre-schools and kindergartens
A new Chinese language curriculum for pre-schools and kindergartens, with content set in the local context, was launched on Wednesday (Jan 3) by Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung at the PCF Sparkletots pre-school at Gambas in Yishun.
Channel NewsAsia (video)


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