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Lunch with the FT: Lee Hsien Loong - FT.com

Lunch with the FT: Lee Hsien Loong - FT.com | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

As the Singaporean prime minister settles into his seat for lunch, I am fussing with my tape machines – two of them, just in case one fails. Lee Hsien Loong smiles faintly and says: “The NSA will give you a copy.”

 

It is an unexpectedly subversive remark from a man I had expected to be the epitome of earnestness. The prime minister has a reputation as a cerebral technocrat, without a frivolous bone in his body. He even looks austere – tall, slim, grey hair and dressed in a dark suit and tie. So the biggest surprise, during our lunch, is how often Lee laughs. Over the course of the next hour, a variety of grim subjects provokes an incongruous chuckle or a broad smile – the Japanese occupation of Singapore in the second world war, the west’s mishandling of the revolution in Ukraine, China’s fear of separatist movements and the bankruptcy of Iceland. It is not, I conclude, that the Singaporean prime minister is a callous man. It is just that his way of taking the edge off the most difficult topics is to laugh while discussing them.

 

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World's most expensive city revealed

World's most expensive city revealed | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Singapore has topped 131 cities globally to become the world's most expensive city to live in 2014, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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Singapore to give local companies even more money to adopt new tech

Singapore to give local companies even more money to adopt new tech | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
In Singapore’s Budget 2014 address, Finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced a new raft of measures and extensions of existing ones aimed at modernizing the economy and promoting the adoption of new technologies. Here’s a summary of what he announced: S$1 million (US$790,000) to be...
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Why Singapore's Stock Market Is At A Critical Juncture

Why Singapore's Stock Market Is At A Critical Juncture | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
Singapore's stock market is near an important technical level that will help determine its next major move.
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The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Family

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Family | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
Why do some cultural groups seem to outperform others in terms of academic achievement or career success? Joshua Rothman on Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s much-discussed new book, “The Triple Package”:...
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How the URA’s Masterplan 2013 Will Affect the Property Market

How the URA’s Masterplan 2013 Will Affect the Property Market | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

By now you’ve probably read lots of media reports about the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Draft Masterplan 2013, a medium term plan which details statutory land use and guides Singapore’s development over a ten to fifteen year period. In this post I hope to synthesize the different views and look at how the concepts outlined in the Master Plan will affect the property market, and whether it throws up any interesting opportunities.

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Urban Redevelopment Authority Draft Master Plan 2013 - Green Living

Urban Redevelopment Authority Draft Master Plan 2013 - Green Living | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

URA Master Plan: With changing demographics and aspirations among Singaporeans, new housing estates must cater to varying needs and preferences. To meet the requirements of this generation and those to follow, a range of housing forms and living environments will be provided in both new and mature estates.

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STB launches guidelines to get event organisers, hotels to go green in Singapore

STB launches guidelines to get event organisers, hotels to go green in Singapore | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Sustainable Events Management and ISO 20121

 

From CNA - The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched sustainability guidelines for the Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) industry in Singapore.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, STB said the guidelines are drawn from international standards and are meant to encourage local players to meet global sustainability requirements.

It said the guidelines apply across the business events ecosystem, including hotels, venues, event organisers and meeting planners, transportation, food and beverage, and audio-visual set-up.

The areas they address include waste management, efficient use of water and energy, and getting employees to develop a commitment to sustainable practices.

 

The statement said the first event to adopt the guidelines is the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainability Development to be held at Marina Bay Sands from November 25 to 26.

 

 

Olive Ventures's insight:

Find out more about Sustainable Events Management, and international standards such as ISO 20121, and Carbon Footprinting with ISO 14064: http://oliveventures.com.sg/act/2013/01/02/instep-sustainable-events-programmes-2013/

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Olive Ventures's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:49 AM
Find out more about Sustainable Events Management, and international standards such as ISO 20121, and Carbon Footprinting with ISO 14064: http://oliveventures.com.sg/act/2013/01/02/instep-sustainable-events-programmes-2013/
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The brutal truth about S'pore schools

The brutal truth about S'pore schools | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
There are good schools and bad schools, and there is my school.I went to a neighbourhood school, but it wasn't just any neighbourhood school.Oh no.
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SMRT to introduce 600 environmentally-friendly Prius taxis

SMRT to introduce 600 environmentally-friendly Prius taxis | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — Public transport operator SMRT said it will bring in 600 Prius hybrid taxis over the next year.
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Hamid Ahmad's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:16 AM

Hope there will be more taxis during peak hours

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See you at the upcoming Green Drinks - Green Heart Inside The Red Dot

See you at the upcoming Green Drinks - Green Heart Inside The Red Dot | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Nominated Member of Parliament Faizah Jamal kicks off the evening by giving a short introduction on the background of the Central Island Line through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve issue, making references to the Population White Paper Land Use Plan. She will also talk about the engagement between nature groups and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on this issue.

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Marketing, Singapore F1's social media success

Marketing, Singapore F1's social media success | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

The lion city is perhaps still reeling from aftermath of the F1 and circuit parties, and rightfully so.

 

The Singapore GP has beaten all others with the highest proportion of positive mentions on social media, according to SAP Social Media Analytics. Overall, the Monaco F1 GP still remains on top when it comes to highest number of race of mentions on social media.

 

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So what does that mean for the little red dot?

 

According to Andy Oliver, Lewis PR's Asia Pacific senior vice president F1 is another feather in the cap of the Singapore government's strategy to promote brand Singapore.

 

"It certainly is one of the best marketing tools Singapore has employed to promote its awareness across the globe, at least among F1 followers," he said.

 

"Global media coverage is huge. The key is that international media put a focus on the city state as a whole, what Singapore offers to visitors, not just reporting about the race."

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Life in 'misery city'

Life in 'misery city' | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Singapore's reputation as a wealthy, aspirational and hi-tech country ensures it attracts a great deal of foreign talent - so why is it labelled the world's least positive country?

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State of the Youth on Environment (SG) 2013/14

State of the Youth on Environment (SG) 2013/14 | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Dear Friends,

 

We would like to invite you to join us on an independent study that is currently being carried out by ECO Singapore, on the state of the youth on our environment. We would like to know what is your view about our environment in Singapore, what do you envision it to be, and what makes you tick!

 

If you are aged 30 and below, living in Singapore for the past couple of years, all you need is to do is fill up 10 simple multiple choice questions online to help us in our efforts. Should you be interested to do more, just indicate that you'd like to help further in our work, either joining us as a volunteer or be part of our upcoming focus group sessions.

 

Please do help us pass this invitation forward to your fellow family, friends and colleagues.

 

The report with its key findings will be ready end April 2014. This will be shared with various various stakeholders, including the government, to take into consideration for their strategic planning.

So do stay tuned!

 

Please click through to participate in the survey.

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Everything you need to know about DPM Tharman’s Budget Speech 2014 in 90 seconds

Everything you need to know about DPM Tharman’s Budget Speech 2014 in 90 seconds | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the Budget statement 2014 at 3.30pm in Parliament.

The Budget is expected to record an overall surplus of $3.9 billion (or 1.1% of GDP) for FY2013. This is higher than the surplus of $2.4 billion (or 0.7% of GDP) budgeted a year ago. Revenues were boosted by higher vehicle quota premiums and stamp duty collections.

 

The overall Budget balance is a deficit of $1.2 billion for FY2014, or about 0.3% of GDP.

 

Here are 8 key points of his Budget Statement:

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Elementary Co.

Elementary Co. | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Here at elementary, we take you back to the basics; back to the root cause. So together we can re-write the story of your brand in a way that will keep people talking about it for ages to come. info@itselementary.co

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Happy Horse Year!

We did this little trippy ditty for Chinese New Year. Let’s go Horsey!
More about our Marketing / Branding / PR Collective at itselementary.co

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Renewable energy can meet 10% of Singapore's power demand without govt subsidies

Renewable energy can meet 10% of Singapore's power demand without govt subsidies | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Renewable energy sources can generate up to 10 per cent of Singapore's power demand by 2020. According to a white paper released by SEAS, this can be achieved without government subsidies but requires an estimated S$4 billion investment from the  from the private sector over the next 12 years

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Green Drinks November Networking Night - 28th November 2013

Green Drinks November Networking Night - 28th November 2013 | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

On November 28, CaliberLink, in collaboration with Green Drinks Singapore, will hold a “Green Career Pathways” networking session. This is in response to the positive feedback on CaliberLink’s “Working in the Green Sector” workshop in August 2013. The workshop helped PMEs understand the different types of business models, government grants and policies under the green entrepreneurship space. It also covered the skills required and how PMEs can reposition themselves to enter the growing green job market.
Speaking in this event is Seetha Raghupathy from AECOM and Atul Harkisanka from LinkedIn. If you are Professionals, Managers, Executives who are interested in green entrepreneurship or a career in sustainability, please join us on:

 

Date: November 28, 2013
Time: 6.00PM – 9PM

 

pre-registration is required. Please RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-drinks-november-green-career-pathways-networking-night-tickets-9256930729

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Singapore economy grows: survey

Singapore economy grows: survey | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

Singapore's economy is expected to grow by up to 3.7 percent in 2013, revealed the latest Business Times-UniSim Business Climate Survey which was reported in the media.

 

This figure, which is more than double last year's growth of 1.3 percent, beats the government's official forecast of 2.5 to 3.5 percent growth.

The country is expected to grow even faster in 2014 considering it is cited by most firms as having the best business prospects – a title held by China for six consecutive years until it was displaced by Indonesia in 2012.

 

Survey director Chow Kit Boey noted that China is experiencing a slow growth rate following a long period of rapid economic development, while Indonesia is losing its lustre due to various difficulties such as currency depreciation and higher inflation.

 

"Compared to the two countries, Singapore is recovering well from its anaemic performance in the past two years and is thus viewed as holding relatively better prospects."

 

Notably, 21 percent of the 166 companies surveyed from late September to mid-October see Singapore as the most promising market, 19 percent cited Indonesia and 15 percent picked China.

 

This is in comparison to last year, when Indonesia held top spot (20 percent), followed by Malaysia (15 percent) and China (14 percent).

Although one-fifth of the respondents named Singapore as the most promising market, the survey's business prospect indicator revealed that companies here are still pessimistic about the next six months.

Nonetheless, business activities improved in Q3 2013 even as performance remained in contraction mode.

 

"Business activities strengthened across all groups of firms in Q3 2013, signalling an imminent turnaround to an expansion path," Chow said.

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Panel Discussion on #sgflood / #ponding (Stop complaining about it and check out what they're doing about it!)

Panel Discussion on #sgflood / #ponding (Stop complaining about it and check out what they're doing about it!) | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it

In this special mid-month session of Green Drinks, PUB’s Chief Engineer for Drainage Planning, Ridzuan Ismail shares their strategic approach in drainage design and flood management in Singapore. Following this, we have a panel discussion moderated by Grace Chua of The Straits Times, with Ridzuan, Eugene Heng from Waterways Watch Society, and Liew Yien Phin from Black & Veatch.

 

Join us!

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Singapore, Hong Kong best for business: World Bank - Channel NewsAsia

Singapore, Hong Kong best for business: World Bank - Channel NewsAsia | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
Singapore and Hong Kong rank the world's best places to run a business, while mainland China remains far down the list, according to the World Bank's annual competitiveness survey Tuesday.
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NTU scientists discover a way to produce cheaper, more powerful solar cells

NTU scientists discover a way to produce cheaper, more powerful solar cells | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered a way to produce cheaper and more powerful solar cells.
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Singapore and Aung San Suu Kyi

Singapore and Aung San Suu Kyi | Trends in Singapore | Scoop.it
The populist leader of one of the world’s most impoverished nations looked around at Singapore’s fantastic wealth and seemed, well, not that thrilled with it all.
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