Singapore digest news (04.07-09.07)

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South Korean and Singapore foreign ministers discussed mutual cooperation

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Chin, who is on a visit to Singapore, met with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan on July 6 to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation.
During the meeting, Park Chin described Singapore as South Korea's key partner in Southeast Asia. He also asked the Singapore government to support South Korean enterprises that want to participate in the country's major infrastructure projects.


Exxon delivers first sustainable aviation fuel cargo to Singapore Changi Airport

Exxon Mobil said on Thursday (Jul 7) it has delivered the first sustainable aviation fuel cargo to Changi Airport, as part of a one-year pilot programme to test the new fuel for planes. Under the pilot programme, ExxonMobil is providing sustainable aviation fuel for Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights from Changi Airport from July this year.
The oil major was selected in February as the fuel supplier for the pilot programme launched by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airlines and Temasek.
The sustainable fuel is manufactured by blending ExxonMobil-produced refined jet fuel with the Neste-produced neat sustainable aviation fuel at ExxonMobil facilities. The fuel is then delivered to Changi Airport’s fuel hydrant system.
Demand for lower-emission fuels is expected to grow amid decarbonisation efforts in transportation sectors, including aviation, marine and heavy-duty trucking.


Sport Singapore Renews and Strengthens Partnerships, aims to provide a Health and Wellness Coach for every Singapore resident

By 2027, about 500,000 Singapore residents can have access to a health and wellness coach under Active Health, a nation-wide initiative by Sport Singapore (SportSG).
SportSG, in order to achieve this goal, affirms its partnerships with key healthcare partners – Health Promotion Board (HPB), MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT), National Healthcare Group (NHG), National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP), National University Health System (NUHS), SingHealth, and Exercise is Medicine Singapore (EIMS) and to provide support and access to health and wellness programmes and services to Singapore residents.


NTU launches 10th satellite into space

Singapore will see three new satellites going up into space, one of which will be SCOOB-I, the 10th satellite launched by the NTU Singapore.
Designed, built and tested by NTU students, the SCOOB-I is the first of the new Student Satellite Series to be launched, which aims to provide real-world learning opportunities for engineering undergraduates.
It will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, on an Indian Space Research Organisation Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. As the 10th NTU spacecraft to orbit Earth, this nano-satellite measuring 35cm x 10cm x 10cm packs several NTU innovations that have not been tested in space before.
They include a solar spectral sensor that can measure the sun’s energy in various spectra of light; a small Earth imaging camera that can take photos of the Earth’s surface at 25 to 30 metres in resolution; an attitude determination system and new low-cost solar panels developed in-house at NTU’s Satellite Research Centre (SaRC).


Mongolian PM Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai in Singapore for official visit

Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene will make an official visit to Singapore from July 6 to July 9 at the invitation of his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong to expand bilateral ties.
"The current visit is the Mongolian prime minister's first visit to Singapore in 11 years," an official statement said.
The visit is expected to make a real contribution to strengthening friendly relations with Singapore, an influential country in Southeast Asia and a member of ASEAN, and to promote political dialogue and enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, economic, investment and other fields.