Singapore Morning News For June 14

Singapore Morning News For June 14
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Singapore morning newsSingapore economy at risk from faster-than-expected rate hikes
PRIVATE-SECTOR economists have flagged faster-than-expected interest rate increases as one of the top risks to Singapore’s economy over the rest of the year, according to a new survey.
The Business Times (paywall)

Economists maintain Singapore’s 2018 growth forecast at 3.2%: MAS survey
Private sector economists have maintained their full-year growth forecasts for Singapore at 3.2 per cent, although they highlighted concerns over trade protectionism and rising interest rates.
Channel NewsAsia 

Toyota makes $1 billion ride-hailing bet in Singapore’s Grab stake
Toyota Motor Corp. is making its largest bet to date on ride hailing with a $1 billion investment in Singapore’s Grab Holdings Inc.

Singapore retrenchments fall to 5-year low in Q1 as job vacancies rise
THE labour market continued to show slight improvements in the first quarter of 2018, with retrenchment figures falling to a five-year low and the number of job openings on the rise.
The Business Times (paywall)

Singapore may have gained over $700m in exposure as host of Trump-Kim summit: Analyst Meltwater
While pundits debate whether the meeting was a success, Singapore itself may have gained more than $700 million in exposure by hosting the historic Trump-Kim summit, according to a media intelligence analyst.
The Straits Times 

As labour crunch looms, rethink on foreign workers may be needed: Analysts
The Ministry of Manpower’s latest labour market report for the first quarter of 2018 was filled with figures that give cause for optimism, but among them was one that put a grey cloud over it: There were more job vacancies in the market than jobseekers.
Today Online 

Japan’s Don Don Donki targets 10 stores in Singapore by 2020
Japan’s Don Don Donki has revealed plans to expand further into Singapore, with a targeted 10 stores by 2020, as well as a store in Bangkok by the end of the year.
Channel NewsAsia 

Darren Smith of Nintendo America to Become BLMP’s VP Of Digital Platforms
BLMP – Blockchain Licensing Market Place, an innovative blockchain platform that is bringing transparency and efficiency to the virtual goods market, has recently recruited Darren Smith to its team.
AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Smoke-free zone in Orchard Road delayed 6 months to end-2018
Smokers are getting a six-month reprieve from plans to make Orchard Road a no smoking zone.
Channel NewsAsia 

With kaya toast and kopi, Singapore food brands went all out to woo foreign media
With all eyes on the Republic playing host to the Trump-Kim summit, a number of homegrown food and beverage companies took the opportunity to showcase brand Singapore to the international media in town to cover the historic event.
Today Online 

Singapore retailers urged to make shopping experience more fun and innovative
Many stores here remain focused on just selling products instead of embracing new retail concepts that stress giving shoppers more memorable experiences, according to professional services firm Ernst and Young.
The Straits Times 

Indonesia sneaks up on Singapore with flurry of port projects
It may not look like much right now, but an 1,800-hectare tract of land on the eastern edge of Java symbolizes Indonesia’s future.
Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Enterprise Singapore opens first overseas office in East Africa
Enterprise Singapore has opened its first overseas office in Kenya to further boost two-way trade and investment flows between the two countries.
Channel Asia Singapore 

BIGO announces possible acquisitions at its official Cube TV launch in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam
BIGO officially launches Cube TV in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam as part of its expansion strategy and has identified these 3 markets to be its key markets in South East Asia region.
AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

US rectifies mistake after locating Singapore in Malaysia on website
The US State Department mistakenly made Singapore part of neighbouring Malaysia in a note issued in connection with Tuesday’s (Jun 12) North Korea-US summit and published on its website.
Channel NewsAsia 

SIA threatens to call police to arrest passengers after delay on faulty aircraft causes passengers to become sick
A video of a commotion on board a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight has been trending online.
The Independent Singapore 

SPIKING and NEBULAS Partner to Develop Financial Signals Search and Processing Technology for All Blockchains
Spiking, the world’s first blockchain asset validation and AI-driven crypto trading infrastructure, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nebulas to develop its core search technologies.
AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat wraps up Japan visit | Video
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his five-day visit. Channel NewsAsia’s Michiyo Ishida with the full story from Tokyo.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

This Year’s Best Deal Wasn’t Made in Singapore
On Tuesday, an international conflict that had festered for decades approached resolution, and it wasn’t the Korean one.

Equinix to Connect Vocus Australia Singapore Cable in Australia and Singapore
The new subsea cable system offers additional points of presence to address rising interconnection demand between Australia and Southeast Asia
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global Interconnection and data center company, today announced the Vocus-owned Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) will be accessible in its International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers in Singapore and across six metros in Australia, including the Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Perth and points of presence (PoP) in Sydney and Melbourne already announced.
AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)


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