Singapore Morning News For March 21

Singapore Morning News For March 21
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Singapore morning newsSingapore again named Asia’s most liveable city, ranks 25th in the world
Singapore has come in 25th globally and retained its position as the Asian city with the highest quality of living, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore denies acquisition of new Leopard tank variant
Singapore is denying it took delivery of Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks from Germany, contradicting a report by a Swedish nongovernmental organization.
Defense News 

Carbon tax bill passed amid concerns over its impact on competitiveness
The Carbon Pricing Bill sets out a framework for implementing the carbon tax, including the measurement, reporting and verification requirements. The carbon tax will be introduced from 2019 on large direct emitters of greenhouse gases such as power stations, and is expected to affect between 30 and 40 emitters currently operating in Singapore.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

OCBC Bank builds S$240-million cyber-secure regional data centre
The S$240-million data centre is designed to ensure top security, high resiliency and energy efficiency to support the Group’s needs for the next 30 years.
Open Gov Asia 

Singapore will ban shared-bike users caught parking indiscriminately
Users caught for parking their shared bicycles indiscriminately more than three times in a year will be banned temporarily from renting from all bike-sharing operators, following amendments made to the Parking Places Act passed on Tuesday.
Bangkok Post 

Pulau Busing oil storage tank fire extinguished after ‘massive operation’: SCDF
A raging oil storage tank fire on Pulau Busing was extinguished by firefighters on Tuesday (Mar 20) after a massive six-hour operation involving several agencies.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore electricity market deregulation attracts DBS, StarHub
Singapore’s move to liberalize its retail electricity market has attracted unlikely players such as financial giant DBS.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

OCBC Bank Opens Doors Of $180m Singapore Data Centre
Financial organisation claims the facility is the first in Southeast Asia to have one technology command centre monitoring and managing both cybersecurity and day-to-day operations of core IT systems.

Some take precautions, some fear onset of trade war: Singapore firms parse threat of US tariffs
Since the announcement of fresh tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the United States, Kim Ann Engineering has been drawing up contingency plans.
Channel NewsAsia 

Developing cost-effective, energy efficient IoT solutions for outdoor as well as indoor applications
Mr Lee talked about two classes of IoT, ‘deep’ IoT and ‘wide’ IoT. Deep IoT devices require high bandwidth and power supply. UnaBiz looks at wide IoT, which refers to devices that are very light, battery-powered and operate on pervasive networks. They can work anytime, anywhere in Singapore and do not rely on WiFi or the cellular network.
Open Gov Asia 

Singtel to bring Dash mobile wallet to region, starting with Thailand
Singtel on Tuesday (Mar 20) revealed plans to connect its Dash mobile wallet with that of its regional affiliates, starting with Thailand’s AIS from the middle of this year.
Channel NewsAsia 

New workplace dispute office resolved over 4,700 cases of salary disputes in 2017
A new office set up to address workplace disputes successfully mediated in over 4,700 cases of salary disputes last year, Second Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo told Parliament on Tuesday (March 20).
Today Online 

Singapore seeks another economic miracle maker for next PM
Rallying cries rarely heard in Singapore carried across the lush green lawn of Hong Lim Park in early March. About 100 people had gathered under an occasional drizzle to protest a planned increase in the goods and services tax. “The government is overspending on infrastructure!” one demonstrator yelled.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Singapore Presents More Than 400 Hours of Compelling Content for Global Audiences at Hong Kong Filmart 2018
This year, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will lead a delegation of 23 Singapore media companies to Hong Kong Filmart 2018, presenting over 400 hours of compelling stories from Asia across 54 titles.
PR Newswire 

40% of Singapore customers cancel bank services due to poor CX
This is based on findings from a recent study by Genesys, and Frost & Sullivan, which found 40% of Singapore banking customers stopping or cancelling their services with a bank due to poor CX.

Cigarette butts the biggest cause of roadside fires from 2014 to 2017
Cigarette butts were the biggest cause of the 350 annual cases of roadside vegetation fires which were recorded between 2014 and 2017.
Today Online 

Digital Shadows expands to Germany and Singapore
Stefan Bange has joined to run Digital Shadows’ German and DACH region and Lawrence Loh will run the Far Eastern region based out of Singapore.


Feature photo Carolien Coenen


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