Singapore digest news (08.08-13.08)

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New NUS Research Centre on Sustainable Urban Farming seeks high-tech solutions to boost Singapore’s food security

The S$10 million centre brings together interdisciplinary experts – such as plant and food scientists, engineers as well as computer scientists – to develop novel solutions for urban farming. The launch event was graced by Mr Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Food Agency, as the Guest-of-Honour.

“NUS is committed to making significant contributions towards Singapore’s food policy agenda, together with partners in the public sector and the industry. We aim to create a globally competitive research programme in sustainable urban farming that incorporates smart agriculture solutions for diverse stakeholders. The Research Centre on Sustainable Urban Farming (SUrF) provides a platform to focus our multidisciplinary efforts and accelerate Singapore’s food security research and innovation,” said Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS President.


Made In Singapore: 7 local heritage businesses that have withstood the test of time

Their origins encapsulate the Singapore success story. They have survived through generations, pushing through tumultuous times over the decades to stand strong today.

Founded by fearless entrepreneurs who started from nothing, and now led by a new generation of innovative leaders, here are seven heritage brands that have made Singapore proud.
BP de Silva – jewelry business; Kwanpen – Singapore's leather goods brand; Haig Road Putu Piring – confectionery business; Woh Hup – construction conglomerate with a 95-year history; Swee Lee – music business; Komala Vilas – one of Singapore's most famous Indian vegetarian restaurants; Killiney Kopitiam – one of the oldest coffee shops with its food technology.


Grab launches annual scholarship, bursary programme at opening of Singapore headquarters

Grab has launched its GrabScholar programme to provide US$1 million worth of scholarships and bursaries annually, the tech giant announced on Thursday (Aug 11) at the official opening of its headquarters in Singapore.

The GrabScholar programme comes under the GrabForGood Fund, which supports initiatives aimed at improving the lives of its drivers, delivery riders and merchants, as well as other communities in South-east Asia.

The programme plans to award more than 2,000 university scholarships and educational bursaries annually across all Southeast Asian countries that Grab operates in.


New frog species discovered in Singapore for 1st time in nearly 40 years

The quest to identify a mysterious frog first recorded along Old Upper Thomson road three years ago has led to the discovery of a completely new frog species at a Kranji site littered with trash and construction rubble.

The last time a frog species were discovered here was nearly 40 years ago. The greyish-brown frog, which is barely bigger than a marble, was named Subaraj's paddy frog (Micryletta subaraji) after the late conservationist Subaraj Rajathurai, Mr Sankar Ananthanarayanan, the president of the Herpetological Society of Singapore (HSS), told The Straits Times.


Ticket sales for Singapore Grand Prix expected to match 2019

Organisers of the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix are expecting ticket sales for this year's race to at least match that of 2019, which saw the second-highest attendance since the Republic started hosting the Formula One race in 2008.

The 2019 race, the last to be staged here before the Covid-19 pandemic, drew a three-day total of 268,000 spectators, the second-highest after the 300,000 at the 2008 inaugural race.