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Achieving happiness, prosperity and progress in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): The adage that change is the only constant is now truer than ever. In an increasingly unpredictable world buffeted by populism, the US’ turning inwards, China’s exercising its considerable clout, and shorter business cycles, the only certainty for Singapore is that there will be change.

The city state can no longer bet on one core industry and train the workforce for it. In fact, it is hard pressed to say what the next big thing is, which will last for at least a decade.

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The Edge Singapore wins big at SGX awards

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): The Edge Singapore scooped up two awards at the SGX Orb Awards on Aug 21, after receiving five nominations across six categories. 

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Briefs

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago. Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one.”US President Donald Trump on the ongoing trade war with China.

No need for economic stimulus yet, PM Lee says

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Climate change debate heats up for businesses as Singapore shores up defence against rising sea levels

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): When 33-year-old Jeremy Tan first visited the Netherlands as an engineering undergraduate about a decade ago, he was mesmerised by the beauty of the countryside, with its iconic windmills and canals.

“We were looking out over a vast expanse of reclaimed land, or what the Dutch call ‘polders’,” Tan says. “As a Singaporean, [I was not as impressed by] reclaimed land anymore. But to learn that the windmills were also part of an elaborate system designed to draw water away from flooded areas — that’s a real engineering marvel.”

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Fortune favours the bold

As a hub for global business and trade, Singapore has built up considerable hardware over the last five decades. It now needs to nurture the ‘heartware’ for its next phase of existence.

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Small bakery business finds success after revamping to suit local tastes

(Aug 26): Sydney Teo did not want to join his family’s business, Mayson Bakery, at first. He expected that making changes, for example, would be difficult, and he would have to go through several layers of approval. “I wanted to do something like sales or commodities trading, where it was more dependent on my own efforts,” says Teo in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

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Powering the future with a reliable and renewable energy source

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): Kelvin Lim, CEO of homegrown advanced battery technology company Durapower Technology Group, remembers the moment it beat some of the world’s largest companies to win a tender to power a fleet of electric buses in the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

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Trio turn dorm-based beer-brewing business into legitimate operation; dream of opening microbrewery

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): When Rahul Immandira first started brewing beer in the tiny kitchen of his dormitory at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), he knew it was only a matter of time before he would be told to stop. Still, as far as he was concerned, it was not an offence to brew beer at home for self-consumption and the dorm was “home” to him, after all.

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Solar power company NEFIN to raise US$150 mil and return to Singapore roots

SINGAPORE (Aug 23): Hong Kong Disneyland wants to be the island’s biggest producer of solar power, and is installing an expanse of solar cells the size of a football field on the rooftops of its buildings to yield 1.86 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 564 households, and 70% more than the next-biggest solar power site in Hong Kong.

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Disabled community needs your empathy, not sympathy, says advocate Ken Chua

SINGAPORE (Aug 23): Social entrepreneur Ken Chua has one career goal: to become irrelevant. His current mission is to change the way Singapore — from policymakers to corporate do-gooders to the man in the street — sees people who live with disabilities.

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