Singapore digest news (18.10- 22.10)

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A*STAR, Tumcreate collaborate for first island-wide integrated model for EVs

A*STAR and TUMCREATE are working on a research project that supports Singapore’s planning for the transition to electric vehicles, the two companies' joint statement revealed.

The Singapore Integrated Transport Energy Model (SITEM) will be used to conduct an analysis of projected electric vehicle charging patterns and energy demand.

SITEM is intended to support policymaking on Singapore’s 2040 vision to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy.


Queenstown to be Singapore's first health district with senior-friendly design, community programmes

Singapore's first and oldest satellite town Queenstown will be carved out as a health district in a pilot programme to support residents to lead healthier and more productive lives.

he goal is to encourage "purposeful longevity" through opportunities for seniors to engage in paid work, volunteering activities and lifelong learning.

One of the ways is to develop affordable and usable technology that helps residents to take care of their health better and to age in place gracefully.


Singapore opens Tuas port storage space, hires 2,500 workers to help ease global supply chain crisis

The not-yet-operational Tuas Port is already being used to store containers, as Singapore ports, operating round the clock, ramp up resources and capacity to help tackle the global supply chain disruption.
The logistical nightmare has been the result of manpower shortages and port closures elsewhere, and an increase in demand for goods as repressed consumers start spending again after the pandemic eased.
In opened port like Singaporean vessels have been arriving off schedule, resulting in significant “bunching”, containers are stored here for a longer period of time before being loaded on vessels for shipment elsewhere.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat said Singapore is acting as a “catch-up port” to help alleviate the pressure of supply chain bottlenecks around the world.


First flight under expanded Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme to touch down at Changi Airport on Wednesday

The first flight under the expanded quarantine-free travel scheme for travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 will touch down in Singapore on Wednesday, in the next step of Singapore's border reopening.
Countries that the Republic will open up Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) are the United State, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and Britain. According to The Straits Times, it will jointly launch VTLs with South Korea on Nov 15.
The VTL scheme allows vaccinated travellers on designated flights to enter Singapore quarantine-free. But they must take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before departure and when they land at Changi Airport.


Singaporean Shirin Hamid appointed chief information officer of IMF

Ms Shirin Hamid has been appointed as the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) chief information officer (CIO) and information technology department director.

Ms Shirin Hamid is expected to assume her new role on Jan 4 next year and will succeed Mr Edward Anderson, who left the fund in June.

A press release by the IMF on Wednesday said her selection was the outcome of an internationally competitive process.

"Shirin brings to the fund a wealth of IT leadership experience, having held key positions in both national and global institutions," said IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva.


PUB on global hunt for zero-emissions solutions with $6.5m in prize money

National water agency PUB is offering a total of $6.5 million in prize money to those who come up with solutions to remove carbon emissions from its water treatment facilities.
Launched on Tuesday, the Carbon Zero Grand Challenge is seeking carbon capture, utilisation and storage and removal solutions from around the globe, including from innovators outside the water sector.
Participants should aim to create innovative solutions to help PUB achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Solutions can be at any technology level but should integrate with PUB's operations and reach commercial scale within a decade or sooner.