Singapore digest news (12.06-17.06)

Total employment in Singapore grows for 6th straight quarter

Singapore’s total employment rate grew in the first quarter of 2023 - the sixth consecutive quarter of increase - even as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) noted some signs of cooling labour demand.

Total employment was at 3.8 per cent above the pre-pandemic level of December 2019, said the ministry, adding that non-resident employment exceeded that level for the first time - 1.7 per cent above - as of March 2023. The increase in non-resident employment was mainly in construction and manufacturing, noted MOM.


Police patrol robots to be rolled out across Singapore; two already at Changi Airport

Two Singapore Police Force (SPF) patrol robots have been deployed at the terminal since April to complement frontline police officers, serving as additional eyes on the ground. And there are plans to roll out more across Singapore, said the police on Thursday (Jun 15).

Each robot is equipped with a camera with a 360-degree field of view. The camera is mounted on an extendable mast that can be raised up to 2.3m, allowing officers in the airport police operations room to have a better view of what is happening on the ground.


Young scientists join expedition to Arctic

Two young Singaporean female scientists from NTU’s Asian School of the Environment and Earth Observatory Singapore, Yan Yu Ting and Toh Yun Fann, were among a group of approximately 30 scientists on board a research vessel to explore the Barents Sea at the Arctic between 29 Apr – 10 May.

During the trip, Yu Ting and Yun Fann learned more about seafloor mapping and sampling methods.


Singapore Grand Prix 2023 on track to becoming more environmentally sustainable

The Formula 1 (F1) Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix (GP) 2023 and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have taken initiatives to transform the race event into an environmentally sustainable street circuit.

These include generating cleaner energy, going digital for greater resource efficiency, improving waste management, and reducing single-use plastics. The installation of solar panels on the rooftop of the F1 Pit Building have also been completed, while installations for a more energy-efficient lighting system at the night race underway.


New air traffic management system to share flight path data aims to save time, fuel in flying

It gathers data from the respective air spaces and shares it among all countries on the flight path.

Pilots told CNA it gives them more awareness over flight conditions and how their requests affect the wider air traffic system.