Singapore digest news (11.07-16.07)

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Singapore Badminton Open 2022

The Singapore Badminton Open is returning for the third time! World-class shuttlers from around the world will compete at the Singapore Badminton Open 2022, which takes place from 12 to 17 July 2022 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Watch top players compete for a US$370,000 prize pool at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.


Scientists develop unique thermogel to help prevent scarring of retina

A group of Singaporean scientists have developed a bio-functional thermogel, a type of synthetic polymer, to prevent retinal scarring caused by failed retinal detachment repair surgery, according to a new study.
The team behind the development hails from ASTAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) and Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI).


EAM Jaishankar meets Singapore FM Vivian Balakrishnan

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting organized by Indonesia.
Jaishankar also met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and discussed bilateral matters along with exchanging views on contemporary regional and international issues.
During the summit, the participating foreign ministers held talks on issues of contemporary relevance, such as strengthening multilateralism and current global challenges including food and energy security, read a release by the Ministry of External Affairs.


As Singapore Cruise Industry Resumes Port Calls, will Indians return?

Singapore-based cruise ships started making port calls to neighbouring countries in July. This is the first time this is happening since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and closed international cruises for a time.
Just before the restrictions, Singapore's cruise industry and in particular the fly-cruise segment was seeing explosive growth. In 2018, Singapore cruise firms were reporting 25 per cent annual growth from Indian tourists.
Indians make up the second-largest nationality in terms of visitor arrivals in Singapore since the start of this year with 154,700 arrivals. Indonesians make up the largest group with 171,400 and Malaysians are third with 88,800 travellers coming to the island.
"We are committed to Singapore's vision to be a premier cruise hub in Asia. Together with STB, we look forward to growing the cruise sector, including the fly-cruise segment; and to making Singapore and Southeast Asia one of the largest year-round cruise destinations in the world," said Mr Michael Goh, President of Resorts World Cruises.


Singapore lays out proposals to shield young social media users from harmful content

A public consultation was launched on Wednesday (July 13) to seek views on the Government's proposed measures to enhance online safety for users of social media platforms, including young people.
There are two sets of proposals announced by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) in June.
The first, a Code of Practice for Online Safety, will require social media services with significant reach or impact to have system-wide processes to mitigate exposure to harmful online content for Singapore-based users, including people below the age of 18.
The second, a Content Code for Social Media Services, will allow Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to direct any social media service to disable local access to content that is deemed harmful to Singapore's society, such as online material that incites racial or religious disharmony.