Singapore rises to third place in annual ranking of least corrupt countries

SINGAPORE – Singapore has moved up three notches to third spot in an annual ranking of countries deemed to have the least corruption in the public sector, with Denmark and New Zealand ahead of it. The Republic scored 85 on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, which uses a scale that goes from zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean. The index released on Tuesday (Jan 29) also shows that, globally, most countries continue to fail in reining in corruption significantly, said Berlin-based Transparency International. Similar to…

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Singapore 

Singapore bicentennial: Why 2019 is history in the making

200 years after getting colonised On Dec. 31, 2017, PM Lee announced the government’s intent in 2019 to commemorate the bicentennial — meaning, 200 years anniversary — of Sir Stamford Raffles’ founding. Rather than being a celebration, however, the bicentennial is meant to be a reflection on Singapore’s journey so far. The year 1819 is widely accepted as when modern Singapore was founded by Raffles. However, Singapore already had a thriving population 500 years prior to 1819, as these formative years lend context to our formation. What events can we expect? The…

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Singapore wildlife 

Jurong Bird Park is first wildlife park to successfully breed endangered Solomon Islands bird

SINGAPORE – Four baby Santa Cruz ground doves were born at Jurong Bird Park in recent weeks, making the park the first zoological institution in the world to successfully breed the highly threatened bird species under human care. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 23) that the first of the Santa Cruz ground dove chicks hatched on Dec 31 last year. The bird is listed as endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. In August last year, 60 of them –…

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Education Health Singapore 

Singapore firm’s new product may help diabetics avoid sugar spike from food

A home-grown company has created a product that adds fibre to food and may lower the glycaemic index (GI) of high carbohydrate meals, preventing them from causing the sudden spike in blood sugar levels that is so damaging to people with diabetes. Food companies such as Han’s, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing, Gardenia and Tan Seng Kee Foods are now testing the product by local food-tech start-up Alchemy Foodtech. Alchemy said at the launch of its new laboratory yesterday that the product lowers the GI without changing the taste, colour or…

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News Singapore 

Singapore retains top spot in Asia Pacific index for talent competitiveness

SINGAPORE-Singapore has topped the Global Talent Competitiveness Index in Asia-Pacific for the sixth straight year, coming second in the global rankings behind Switzerland and ahead of the United States, which was third. Released on Monday (Jan 21) in Davos, ahead of the World Economic Forum, the yearly index measures how 125 countries are able to attract, nurture and retain talented people, and was compiled by French business school Insead in partnership with the Adecco Group and Tata Communications. In the same index for cities, Singapore ranked 17th. Singapore’s stellar ranking…

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Economy Food Singapore 

Hawkers get faster access to funds from Nets transactions

SINGAPORE – In a move to address hawkers’ grouses about e-payment delays, Nets said on Thursday (Jan 17) proceeds from Nets transactions made before 5pm will now land in hawkers’ bank accounts by 11pm the same day. Proceeds from transactions made after 5pm will be credited to the hawkers’ bank accounts before 9am the next day. The firm said the initiative, which was launched on Thursday, will improve cash flow and give hawkers faster access to their funds. To be eligible for this new system, hawkers must have a DBS,…

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Education MOE Singapore 

Register online for MOE kindergartens; change in admissions criteria

Parents who wish to enrol their children in a Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergarten in 2020 can do so online, and need not submit registration forms and supporting documents in person. There will also be changes to the admissions framework for these kindergartens, which were first set up in 2014 to provide affordable pre-school education and raise the quality of early childhood education. Top priority for admissions will now go to Singaporean children from lower-income households living within 1km of the MOE kindergarten. Children with siblings in K1 to Primary…

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Environment News Singapore Singapore Police Worst Company 

Love thy neighbor…or not in the case of bio tech company, Kyowa.

As the second commandment of the old testament and the most basic of sentiments one could lend to another, this simple principle of treating others how you would like to be treated seems to be a virtue not considered in Kyowa Singapore Pte. Ltd. Not from entry level staff nor senior management.For a company that quotes, “the health and well-being of people around the world” this bio- technology firm seems not to practice such at even the grass roots level. On the 12 th of January 2019, Your Voice Asia…

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Singapore 

CES 2019: Singapore products flying the flag in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – On the show floors of CES 2019, there are some Singapore tech products (other than Creative) that caught our eyes. Here are five of them. AIRESONE JUNIOR US$199 (or $269), available June 2019 AirSone Junior is a smart wearable for tracking children’s vitals during their sleep. ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN PHOTO: TWITTER As it name implies, the AireSone Junior is a smart wearable meant for children aged three and above. Making its debut in CES 2019, the AireSone Junior tracks the breathing, heart rate and coughing during…

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Government to run ElderShield from 2021, taking over from three private insurers

SINGAPORE – The Government will run ElderShield from 2021 after reaching an agreement with Aviva, Great Eastern and NTUC Income, the private insurers currently administering the insurance scheme for people with severe disabilities. In a statement on Monday (Jan 7), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the Government will operate the scheme on a not-for-profit basis. “In the event that the actual claims experience turns out better than expected, there will continue to be premium rebates for ElderShield policyholders.” With the change, MOH said ElderShield policyholders will be able…

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