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Space ambitions find impetus in data supremacy

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): When Lynette Tan was growing up, working in the space industry was a crazy proposition — the closest thing would likely have been to look through the telescopes on sale at the Singapore Science Centre. But she went on to found Singapo

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Cashless society should not leave anyone behind

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): In recent years, cash seems to have gained rather than lost its appeal. At end-May, currency in active circulation, meaning the amount of notes and coins not held in banks, stood at $44 billion, or roughly 38% of GDP. A decade ago, it w

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With changing social dynamics, social work is a sunrise industry

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): As a young counsellor in the 1980s, Tan Ngoh Tiong learnt how to talk people down from the brink — offer any scrap of hope, no matter how small. Tan, who was working with the Counselling and Care Centre, was on call for people contemp

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Digitalise your business for posterity

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Singapore may be consistently ranked as among the most prepared countries for a digital future, but the reality is not quite so, according to Alex Lin, the former head of ecosystem development at government agency SGInnovate. In fact, t

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Future economy depends on tech experimentation

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Singapore’s success as a developed economy can be traced to its ability to leverage different economic drivers over the years. From a regional trading port, the country went into light manufacturing, and then developed one of the worl

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As Singapore adapts to change, equality remains a constant value in defining identity: Interview with Minister Indranee Rajah

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): On June 28, the Binomio Spanish Restaurante located on Craig Road provided a free lunch to a group of elderly, low-income residents in the area. It was participating in the “Golden Treat” programme, in which various restaurants in M

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Urban transport: Closing the last-mile gap

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Colin Koh, a burly national sports coach and diving instructor, now teaches pavement etiquette to cyclists and personal mobility device riders. Koh’s organisation has trained thousands of cyclists and PMD riders since March. His vocat

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Shared spaces: Housing still subject to limitations

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Multi-purpose, co-living spaces are revolutionising urban life in densely populated and expensive New York, San Francisco, London and Shanghai. The concept, rather like an upmarket update of rooming together at university, is apparently

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Integrated healthcare: Focus on prevention

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): A greying population, coupled with the rising incidence of “rich-world” health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, is a looming headache for policymakers and a burden on a public healthcare system that is already running at

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Future of work: Tech-enabled freedom

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Imagine hosting an international business conference from a deck chair on a beach, through a laptop and virtual reality device. Midway through your presentation, a robot brings you a cocktail. It does not matter that you are in surf sho
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