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More Singaporeans see importance of digital, STEM skills at work: Survey

SINGAPORE (Aug 13): If Singaporeans could turn back time and be 18 years old again, a whopping 83% would focus on a field of study within the digital or online realm, according to a survey by HR services firm Randstad Singapore.

In addition, three-quarters of those surveyed say they would also have studied something in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The same percentage of respondents say they believe more students should focus on a career in STEM.

Social media continues to grow despite industry challenges: survey

SINGAPORE (Jan 31): More than one million new people go online daily and 45% of the world – about 3.5 billion people annually – are logging in to their favourite social platforms, representing almost 9% increase y-o-y, according to the Digital 2019 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social.

A majority of active social users – 3.25 billion – are accessing social networks through their mobile devices. But which social networks people use and the way they are engaging with them is changing.

Hiring woes largely due to lack of online presence, suggests survey

SINGAPORE (July 4): Three in five (57%) of job applicants in Singapore would not apply for a position at a company if no information about its reputation as an employer was available online, finds a recent survey conducted by job site Indeed.

DBS launches online remittance service for non-banking customers

SINGAPORE (Apr 12): DBS Bank has announced the launch of SmartSend, an online remittance service that allows non-DBS customers to make same-day money transfers to eight markets around the world, namely: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, UK and the US.

See: DBS Smartsend

ZICO subsidiary launches flagship online legal services platform

SINGAPORE (Feb 16): ZICO Holdings on Thursday launched an online legal services platform through its newly-acquired subsidiary, ShakeUp Online Sdn. Bhd.

In a aftermarket filing, the Catalist-listed provider of multidisciplinary professional services explains that ShakeUp aims to raise the customer value of small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Asean region, by providing them access to “high quality legal documents that are easy to understand and simple to use” at affordable prices through the platform.

Asiatravel.com narrows FY16 losses to $7.9 mil on higher revenue

SINGAPORE (Nov 30): Asiatravel.com says losses for FY16 narrowed to $7.9 million from $10.1 million in FY15 on the back of higher sales and other income.

Full-year revenue rose 10.7% to $97.6 million, driven by a 98.1% surge in revenue to $34.1 million from its online B2B business as TAcentre.com broke into more markets and take-up rate from travel agencies increased.

Counting on Katrina to dish up surprises

SINGAPORE (Aug 16): UOB Kay Hian is reiterating its “buy” call on Katrina Group with a lower target price of 37 cents from 39 cents previously. 

Katrina operates a chain of restaurant and cafes under various F&B brands and concepts including So Pho, Streats and Bali Thai, all of which are developed and owned in-house.

Second Chance posts 29% fall in 9M earnings; proposes issue of bonus warrants

SINGAPORE (June 29): Second Chance Properties posted a 29% decline in earnings to $6.8 million for the nine month period to March (9MFY2016).

Revenue fell 8.9% to $26.9 million on lower sales of its apparel, properties and securities businesses.

Revenue from apparel fell by $1.75 million to $6.2 million, while revenue from properties fell by $0.4 million to $6.3 million and revenue from securities fell by $0.7 million to $3.3 million.

Revenue from its gold business, however, rose by $0.29 million to $11 million.

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