IFFS 2018 Meeting Industry Needs Once Again
Mar 22, 2018

Singapore, 22 March 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS 2018) concludes yet another successful edition from 8 to 11 March at the Singapore EXPO. The highly-anticipated fair, along with the co-locating 35th ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS) and NOOK Asia 2018, attracted over 19,196 trade professionals from 89 countries representing the furniture, furnishing, and interior design industries.

Since its inaugural edition in 1981, IFFS has served the furniture industry as a choice sourcing platform in Asia. This year, the fair features a comprehensive portfolio of 374 exhibiting companies from 26 countries, which put up an inspirational showcase of design-rich and innovative pieces.

The Singapore government recognised IFFS’ continuing efforts at pushing Asian and international furniture trade. Speaking at the IFFS 2018 Opening Ceremony, guest-of-honour Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), said, “IFFS has become Asia’s premier design-led sourcing platform, with a comprehensive and diverse range of furniture and furnishing designs from all around the world.” He continued, “With Singapore’s thriving innovation ecosystem, growing design scene, and strong linkages to the region, I am confident that the SFIC will continue its good work to support the development of the furniture industry.”

“The trade exhibitions scene and exhibitors’ needs are always evolving, and we need to keep up with the times by embracing change,” shared Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd. “The challenge is in finding the right balance between staying ahead, while still meeting our exhibitors’ needs. As the show continues to evolve, we will progressively reinvent ourselves to cater to the needs of our audiences.”

Excellent Exchanges All Around

Industry professionals left the fair with satisfaction about the quality of connections and conversations exchanged during the event.

“This is our first participation and we’re very happy with the results,” expressed Chirag Jain, Director of Just Wood. “As a manufacturer and exporter of Indian wooden furniture, my main objective is to meet importers and distributors who are keen on bringing our products to their markets. We managed to meet people from literally all over the globe, including buyers from the ASEAN region, Europe, Americas, and Australia. We are 100 percent certain of returning for the next edition.”

When asked about their experience at IFFS, visiting buyers echoed positive sentiments.

“We confirmed orders with a supplier from Turkey and another from Indonesia within the first 2 hours of the show, so I’d say that we have been successful so far,” explained Marion Horgan, Owner of retailer HORGANS. “We like the high-end, international offerings here, and find many exhibitors who offer a good combination of quality and price.”

Rabia Sarfaraz, Founder and Principal Interior Designer of In House Interiors, stated, “I’m a UAE-based interior designer, and this has been a great first-time experience for me here at IFFS. I’ve expanded my supplier database, and discovered many quality products from countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and India. There are some very good options for custom or bespoke products here, and the lead times are really amazing! I made some valuable contacts this week, so I’ll likely be back again next year.”

Awe-Inspiring Design-focused Features

The fair’s focus on design was demonstrated through its feature areas, displays, and knowledge-sharing seminars, and visitors looking for content-rich features were treated to a variety of inspiring, engaging, and immersive showcases that sparked conversations across the show floor. Popular feature areas captured visitors’ attention with their classy and sleek displays. These include the record-breaking 15 Country Pavilions, which featured the debut of four new pavilions from France, Japan, Portugal, and Turkey; The Italian New Renaissance, curated by Italian design icon, Giulio Cappellini; and CARTE BLANCHE, presented in collaboration with TANKE.LONDON/, curated by Founder of French design magazine Intramuros, Chantal Hamaide and directed by ARRO Studio.

The Design STARS Showcase, highlighting works by 10 global design talents, also drew in the crowds. Ryota Yokozeki of Ryota Yokozeki Studio, shared, “I’ve always dreamt of being able to design for companies around the globe, be it in Australia, Asia, the UK, or in Europe, and IFFS is helping me in my journey with its many international buyers and visitors. My friend was the one who introduced me to IFFS — we were both very impressed by what IFFS offered, so I decided to participate.”

In particular, visitors were treated to nine complimentary Design × Business Seminars, where design experts, architects, and creators gathered together to discuss and share their furniture industry experiences. Local Product Designer David Oei, who attended the seminar session featuring Giulio Cappellini and Chantal Hamaide in conversation, concluded, “I thought it was very informative. As a student-designer, I valued their candid sharing as it gave me greater insight to the professional world. I particularly appreciated Giulio’s reminder to designers to be mindful of cultural restrictions, and to respect the local culture in order to remain relevant.”

Relocation of IFFS 2019

At the IFFS 2018 Opening Ceremony, the organisers announced that as part of its rejuvenation efforts, IFFS 2019 will relocate to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). Set to take place from 9 – 12 March 2019, the fair expects attendance from a new wave of participants and exhibitors alike.

When asked about the move, Jan-Wout Hulstein, Founder of Asiades Ltd (Hong Kong), was supportive and pleased with the decision. He said, “I believe the new venue will pique people’s curiosity, and a different audience will be keen to come see the fair. Some of our customers come specially to meet with us here, and we’ve also received quality new leads from all over the world — from as far as South America, South Africa, and Europe. It was a fruitful time here at IFFS, and we’ll be there at MBS next year!”

Returning Singaporean exhibitor, SAM & SARA’s Creative Head, Saurabh Mangla, shared, “IFFS is the only furniture show we participate in within Asia. We’ve grown substantially thanks to the overwhelming support from IFFS, SFIC, and other exhibitors, who gave us the confidence to fire away with our ideas. Specifically, IFFS helps to increase the exposure of local design talents to the global design industry. Singapore has much to show to the world, and everybody stands to benefit from the move.”

Koh concludes, “Over the past 37 years, IFFS has been a bridge linking the Asian furniture industry to that of the West. The fair is a great platform for buyers, visitors, and exhibitors to make meaningful connections and enjoy exclusive networking opportunities. We believe that with our move to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre next year, we will be positioned to better cater to our exhibitors’ and buyers’ needs, deliver top notch content, and to invoke design-centric and innovative ideas.”

For more information, please visitwww.IFFS.com.sg andwww.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


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i-Sprint Innovations is Among the Few to Receive the New FIDO UAF L1 Certification
Mar 21, 2018

Singapore, 21 March 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- i-Sprint Innovations (i-Sprint) a leading provider in securing Identity and Transactions in the Cyber World is pleased to announce that i-Sprint’s YESsafe Android/ iOS Client and Authenticator Combo has attained the new FIDO UAF Level 1 (L1) Certification, and we are among the few to receive it.

The FIDO UAF L1 Certification evaluates FIDO Authenticator protection against basic, at-scale attacks. i-Sprint’s YESsafe Android/ iOS Client and Authenticator Combo which uses fingerprint as the verification method for the user has complied with both functional and security L1 requirements of FIDO. This Certification has validated and proved that the FIDO implementation of our product truly conforms to the FIDO specifications and interoperates seamlessly with other FIDO certified products.

With this latest FIDO certification, i-Sprint has achieved both the platform and client-side certification that provides a complete standard based interoperable authentication solution. This will simplify the effort for our customers and partners to integrate various types of authentication methods to address their business requirements with our AccessMatrix and YESsafe authentication solutions.

FIDO Alliance is the world’s largest ecosystem for standards-based, interoperable authentication. i-Sprint is proud to be a member of this Alliance and be able to deliver authentication to meet the FIDO standards

Our FiDO certified products are listed on FIDO Alliance Websitehttps://fidoalliance.org/certification/fido-certified-products).

View FIDO’s announcement on this new certification via this linkhttps://fidoalliance.org/fido-alliance-extends-certification-program/.


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Technology & Talent Visualised as Key Growth Drivers in Asia Pacific Corporate Real Estate at the CoreNet Global Summit 2018
JCN Newswire
Mar 20, 2018

These factors will drive CRE in an uncertain business landscape typified by geopolitical shifts and technological disruption

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - A record 740 corporate real estate professionals attended the CoreNet Global Summit 2018 staged by the world's leading corporate real estate (CRE) association, CoreNet Global, in this month in Singapore.

The two-day summit revolved around nascent and current developments such as geopolitical shifts and technological disruption, which have complicated decision-making in many organisations across Asia Pacific. More than 40 thought leaders shed light on the critical relationship between an organisation's productivity, bottom line, and effective CRE management, empowering attendees with the required knowledge to thrive amidst uncertainty.

Investment in technology and talent development emerged as critical factors to succeed in Asia Pacific's rapidly evolving business landscape. Moving ahead, progressive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and Big Data Analytics are anticipated to change the nature of jobs, streamlining and automating clerical and routine operations that allow people to take on higher-value tasks.

Renowned futurist and Director of Cognizant's Centre for the Future of Work Ben Pring opened the summit with a discussion on the technology-driven future of work. Amidst job replacement anxieties spurred by advancements in artificial intelligence and automation, Pring presented the potential of machines to complement and enhance human efforts, citing the sheer potential of AI as a game changer in fields such as banking, medicine and the creative economy.

Breakout sessions conducted throughout the summit have also crystallised the evolving nature of employee collaboration and engagement in light of IoT, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). With millennials seen to comprise 50% of the global workforce, the workplace is expected to accommodate more interfaces that leverage practical technology and enhanced VR and AR interaction to drive human connectivity.

Agility and innovation will become vital components for organisational success in today's highly volatile business landscape. Organisations will need to break free from the traditional office space paradigm and integrate technologies that effectively support workplace dynamism, workforce empowerment and active participation while fostering a healthy "work anywhere, anytime" culture.

Co-working spaces, which promote inter-tenant interaction, are now found to directly impact freelancers' well-being, creativity, and productivity. Developers hosting flexible spaces within buildings will also able to effectively address changing business and tenant demands, translating to optimised occupancy and space utilisation.

Favourable geopolitical and economic shifts will also contribute to Asia Pacific becoming a key node in the world economy. Asia Pacific is expected to be a hotbed of corporate real estate activity in the near future, with changes in the business sector driven by rapid urbanisation, rise of the middle class and millennials, consumers' growing levels of technological savviness, and the introduction of robust, pro-growth policies from governments.

The introduction of regional initiatives such as the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which spans regions collectively representing 63% of the global population and 30% of the world's GDP, will shift global dynamics with the emergence of industries and cities across Asia. CRE practitioners will then need to be cognizant of how they can value add to the BRI effort, enabling their organisations to capitalise on growth opportunities along the Belt and Road.

The finals of the 2018 CoreNet Global Academic Challenge were also hosted at the summit. This year saw the team from Georgia Tech besting two other university teams in crafting a risk management strategy for mitigating an organisation's real estate portfolio risk exposure. The annual activity exposes student teams to real-world CRE professional challenges, aiming to grow the CRE talent pipeline by raising awareness of the profession across academic disciplines.

"The successful conclusion of CoreNet Global Summit 2018 is an affirmation of CoreNet Global's value in advancing the profession of strategic corporate real estate management and in helping our members exploit uncertainty and add value to their enterprises," said Tim Venable, Senior Vice President at CoreNet Global. "With the insights gleaned at the Summit, our members are better positioned to drive their CRE organisations forward in a period of unprecedented change, both in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide."

Press release (PDF):http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/CoreNet_2018320.pdf


CoreNet Global is the world's leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives with strategic responsibility for the real property used by multinational corporations for their own operations. CoreNet Global's nearly 11,000 members, who include 70% of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally, and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally. For more information, please visitwww.corenetglobal.org.

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Green Tea-Based Drug Carriers Improve Cancer Treatment
Mar 16, 2018

Singapore, March 15, 2018 - The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has reported superior results using new green tea-based nanocarriers to kill liver cancer cells, compared to existing drug delivery systems. IBN Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist, Dr Motoichi Kurisawa, and his group recently published their findings in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.

Researchers working on drug carrier technologies to improve cancer treatment face two key challenges. First, existing carriers used to transport drugs to tumor cells in the body can typically carry only about 10% of their weight in drugs. This means that more carriers are needed to deliver a specific amount of drugs, and patients would require more frequent injections or a larger dosage per treatment to kill cancer cells effectively.

Secondly, current carrier systems are unstable. As they move around in the body, they are easily diluted in the bloodstream or destabilized by plasma proteins. This leads to leakage of the drugs before the carrier reaches its intended target, thus harming healthy cells along the way to the tumor site. These shortcomings of current carrier systems result in less effective therapy and potential toxic side effects for the patients.

In 2014, IBN researchers led by Dr Kurisawa created self-assembling nanocarriers from epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), a known antioxidant found in green tea, and Herceptin, a breast cancer drug. Those nanocarriers could load and deliver more drugs to the cancer cells, and killed them more effectively than other formulations of the drug (Nature Nanotechnology, 2014). Now, the team has applied the same approach to make new nanocarriers from EGCG and Doxorubicin, which can carry up to 88% of their weight in drugs. Doxorubicin is used to treat a variety of different cancers, such as that of the breast, bladder and liver, as well as leukemia. IBN’s green tea-Doxorubicin nanocarriers were tested in a liver cancer mouse model and displayed superior tumor-killing performance and stability with minimal unwanted toxicity, when compared with two other clinical formulations of Doxorubicin.

“This study corroborates our earlier findings and demonstrates the versatility of our green tea-based carrier system. We are excited about the potential of using our technology as a universal vehicle for delivering other chemotherapeutics to treat different types of cancer,” said IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Ying.

The uniqueness of IBN’s nanocarrier lies in the strong intermolecular interaction between the structurally similar EGCG and small molecule anti-cancer drugs. This interaction facilitates drug loading and also provides excellent thermodynamic and kinetic stability to the carrier.

According to Dr Kurisawa, “The unprecedented amount of drug loading in our new nanocarriers allows us to kill more liver cancer cells effectively. We are hopeful that our technology would lead to fewer side effects in patients.”

The researchers are now evaluating the loading of other types of drugs in the carrier.

1. K. Liang, J. E. Chung, S. J. Gao, N. Yongvongsoontorn and M. Kurisawa, “Highly Augmented Drug Loading and Stability of Micellar Nanocomplexes Composed of Doxorubicin and Poly(ethylene glycol)-Green Tea Catechin Conjugate for Cancer Therapy,” Advanced Materials, (2018) 1706963.
2. J. E. Chung, S. Tan, S. J. Gao, N. Yongvongsoontorn, S. H. Kim, J. H. Lee, H. S. Choi, H. Yano, L. Zhuo, M. Kurisawa and J. Y. Ying, “Self-Assembled Micellar Nanocomplexes Comprising Green Tea Catechin Derivatives and Protein Drugs for Cancer Therapy,” Nature Nanotechnology, 9 (2014) 907-912.

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Local and international interior design talents celebrated at Singapore Interior Design Awards 2017
Mar 15, 2018

SINGAPORE, March 15, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA) 2017 Gala Night & Awards Presentation drew a record attendance of about 400 including who's who in the industry from Singapore and overseas - reinforcing the strong support and rising stature of the Awards among the global interior design community.

The annual pinnacle event of the industry was elevated by the distinguished presence of Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Ms Indranee Rajah who was the Guest of Honour to present the awards on the Night.

SIDA 2017 saw the debut of new awards and recognition categories including SIDA Concept, SIDA Luminary Awards, and SIDA Recognition Awards.

Minister Indranee said: “I would like to congratulate SIDS for organising today’s (SIDA Gala Night) event to celebrate professionalism, creativity and distinction in the interior design industry. To compete globally, the interior design industry must position itself higher up the value chain of design, innovation and technology. "

She added that the Singapore government has in place various schemes and grants to support companies in terms of equipment and technology solutions as well as for human capital development.

Commenting on the success of the event, Prof. Keat Ong, President of the Society of Interior Designers, Singapore (SIDS) said: “SIDS has made great strides with SIDA since its debut last year. We are now celebrating the second edition of the Awards which has expanded with three new categories: SIDA Concept, SIDA Luminary Awards, and SIDA Recognition Awards. The purpose of our award is to celebrate the entire interior design value chain, from conceptualisation to actualisation as well as all the supporting partners (suppliers, contractors and vendors).”

A total of 150 awards were presented to 92 unique winners.

SIDA is SIDS’ annual interior design award that recognizes and honours design excellence in the global interior design industry. SIDA 2017 was open to all interior designers, space designers and architects who share the common goal of creating better spaces through sensible, responsible, and innovative design solutions.

SIDA 2017 Awards attracted significant interest among local and overseas interior designers. Award submissions were received from around the world including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.

China also led the SIDA 2017 Awards medal tally - with 58 awards. This is followed by Taiwan and Malaysia.

Singapore’s SIDA 2017 Winners
Local interior designers swept 33 of the SIDA 2017 awards.

Among them was Mr Dennis Cheok, Creative Director of UPSTAIRS_, who took home the Gold Award (SIDA) and a Silver Award (SIDA). He said," Winning this award is one of the most prestigious in Asia. It showcases the strengths and quality of our local design team and we are certainly very proud that we have once again demonstrated that Singapore Design is among the best in the world."

The SIDA Best of the Best title was clinched by local commercial interior design firm, Orb Associates Pte Ltd ("Orb Associates"). Their awards tally included two golds in the SIDA Concept competition for a rooftop bar entitled “MBC BUFFET LOUNGE AND ROOF”, and the other for “Medical Suites”.

Mr Hendra Sutedjo, Founder and Managing Director of Orb Associates said: “We are very proud to be the one of the two SIDA 2017 Best of the Best winners. Flying the Singapore design flag amid stiff international competition is not an easy task and I am glad that Orb’s hard work has yielded good harvest. I want to encourage young designers out there to persevere on as design is a path with a bright future ahead.”

Mr Keat Ong, President of SIDS said: “SIDS has made significant progress towards raising and setting the bar for Singapore interior design. In 2017, SIDS was appointed by Design Council Singapore (DSg) to supervise and guide an industry survey and roadmaps of activities which include the accreditation of the profession at National level. Industry professionals and supporters can look forward to a series of industry round tables and symposiums to engage stakeholders at different levels to build an inclusive community of very high-standards."

The SIDA Gala Night & Awards Presentation was held from 630pm-11pm at the Pacific Ballroom of the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore.
For more information on SIDS, please visithttp://www.sid-singapore.org/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/SocietyofInteriorDesigners/

About SIDS
SIDS began as a professional body for Singaporean and Singapore-based Interior Designers in 1994. As a non-profit organization governed by law, SIDS protects the standards of professionalism for Interior Designers and resolves industry issues. It also promotes the creativity and professionalism of the Singapore Interior Design Industry to the world.

About SIDA Awards
SIDA Awards is SIDS’ signature interior design award to recognise and honour design excellence in the global interior design industry. Organised by SIDS, SIDA is open to all interior designers, space designers and architects who believe in creating better spaces for mankind through sensible, responsible, and innovative design solutions.

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Singapore Beats London, New York, San Francisco As Best Smart City
Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
Mar 13, 2018

Singapore tops the list of the world’s best performing smart cities ahead of London, New York, San Francisco and Chicago in a new study by UK-based market intelligence firm Juniper Research sponsored by IT giant Intel.

The city state ranks first in all four major categories surveyed, namely mobility, health, safety and productivity, with the only other Asian cities in the top ten being Seoul and Tokyo. Dubai, which aimed at becoming the smartest city in the world a few years ago, ranks just 11th in the current list.

The Global Smart City Performance Index ranks the top 20 global smart cities in terms of the integration of Internet of Things technologies and connected services across four above mentioned categories.

The report noted that in the area of mobility, Singapore has applied “smart, connected traffic solutions” together with a very strong policy curtailing car ownership in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on its roads.

It also highlighted Singapore’s focus on addressing healthcare service provision for elderly citizens through a range of technologies, including digital service platforms as well as remote monitoring devices. In the area of safety, the report noted that Singapore has started trials using smart video surveillance to detect criminal activity.

In addition, Singapore is a leader in allowing citizens to access digital services and city information with its “large open data stores” and “strategies to encourage private innovation” through specialised test-bed environments, the report stated.

“Singapore was lauded for its rapid transformation since independence into the world’s leading smart city and was held up as an example which other cities can learn from,” Intel said in a media release on March 13.

It also noted that Singapore’s “Smart Nation” initiative and its position as a city-state makes the country unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision.

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Datacloud Asia Awards 2018: shortlist announced
Mar 13, 2018

London/Singapore, 13 March 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The shortlist for the Datacloud Asia Awards 2018 has been announced by the judging panel, recognising innovation and excellence in the flourishing Asian digital IT infrastructure market.

In only its 2nd year the Datacloud Asia Awards 2018 is one of the most prestigious events in the data center and cloud industry calendar. The Awards ceremony, which includes a gala dinner, is held on the evening of 22nd March at the Capella Hotel in Singapore after the Datacloud Asia congress.

Philip Low, chairman BroadGroup added: “The judging panel has been overwhelmed by the number of quality nominations put forward and have worked tirelessly to reach this final shortlist. The Asia data economy is thriving with many, from all across the region, demonstrating the ability to grow, innovate, deliver and disrupt. It’s an extremely vibrant and attractive environment for innovators, financiers, technology vendors and enterprises and the 22nd March Awards will be keenly contested affair, celebrating both the rising stars and publicly listed success stories.”

The shortlisted nominations are:

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award: Asia
ST Telemedia Global Data Centres
PCCW Solutions Limited
Digital Realty
Global Switch Hong Kong

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award: South East Asia
SK broadband
Telin-3 Data Centre
iTech Towers

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award: India
Global Cloud Xchange
GPX India Pvt Ltd
RackBank Datacenters Pvt Ltd

Best Data Centre Energy Solution Award
SK broadband

Data Centre Location Award
Iskandar Development Region, Malaysia proposed by Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Chonburi Province, Thailand proposed by SUPERNAP Thailand
Indore, India proposed by RackBank Datacentres Pvt Ltd
Greater Bay Area, China proposed by OneAsia Network Limited

Excellence in Cloud Service Award Asia
Global Cloud Xchange

Excellence in Cloud Service Award South East Asia
Global Cloud Xchange

Marketer of the Year Award
Omer Wilson – Digital Realty
Lorain Wong - Global Cloud Xchange
Caren Kang - SingTel

Individual Industry Contribution - Ambassador Award
Robin Khuda - AirTrunk
Bill Barney - Global Cloud Xchange
Krupal Raval – Digital Realty

The Datacenter & Cloud Leadership Awards will also be presented on the night along with the BroadGroup Awards for Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design Award and the Best Programme for Data Centre training and professional development

Datacloud Asia is the premier congress and awards for investing, powering, connecting, building and deploying datacentre, cloud and Edge technologies. It will be held at the Capella Hotel, Singapore where industry leaders and experts will be debating the themes expected to influence the Asia-Pacific IT infrastructure market over the next 12 months and beyondhttp://www.datacloudasia.com/.


About BroadGroup
BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company. Established in 2002, BroadGroup achieved rapid recognition and growth through delivering quality events internationally, and research and insight in the fast moving datacenter and cloud markets, which has been the main focus of the company. It also owns the widely acclaimed Data Economy online and offline global news source and investor forums provider for the tech sector. BroadGroup is now a member company of FTSE 250 firm Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.www.broad-group.com

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Treating liver failure with stem cell-derived liver cells in the future
Mar 13, 2018

Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- A research collaboration between A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB), and the Stanford University School of Medicine, has discovered methods to efficiently generate pure liver cells from human stem cells. This could lead to more effective ways of treating liver failure.

The team, led by Dr Ang Lay Teng and Dr Bing Lim from GIS, Professor Kyle Loh and Professor Irving Weissman from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr Chen Qingfeng from IMCB, also successfully grafted the generated liver cells into mouse models which improved their short-term survival rate.

Liver disease has few treatments and imposes a substantial healthcare and economic burden [1]. Currently, end-stage liver failure can only be treated by liver transplants. Due to the scarce supply of liver donations, more than one million patients worldwide die every year while waiting for transplants. To address this problem, the researchers aim to artificially generate large numbers of liver cells from human embryonic stem cells.

“Embryonic stem cells have the potential to turn into thousands of cell-types in the human body. The key is to understand how to turn them solely into liver cells. Generating these highly-pure liver cells from embryonic stem cells is an important step towards using these cells for cell transplantation,” said Dr Ang Lay Teng, Senior Research Fellow at GIS. She explained, “The process of generating highly-pure liver cells involves a series of steps. As the whole process of liver development is not fully clear, one major challenge we faced was how to precisely control the development of stem cells into liver cells.”

“With almost unlimited development potential, embryonic stem cells can be made to develop into any other cell. The stem cell’s development is similar to a complex train map. In this case, the generation of liver cells would be our destination. The crux of our research is to identify the six requisite stops and map the path needed for a stem cell to develop into a liver cell,” added Professor Kyle Loh, Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr Ang continued, “Another major challenge was the difficulty in obtaining liver cells which were derived from human embryonic stem cells. These cells also needed to be capable of regenerating real liver tissue in animal models. However, our stem cell-derived liver cells were able to be successfully grafted into mouse models with liver injuries. This process improved their short-term survival remarkably. With progress, there is potential to eventually treat patients with liver failure in the future.”

Dr Ng Huck Hui, Executive Director of GIS, said, “The ability to generate large quantities of stem-cell derived liver cells holds the potential to sustain patients with liver failure while they await a full liver transplant. This holds great promise for helping to improve patient survival rates and alleviate the burden of liver failure on societies.”

The research results were published in Cell Reports on 20 February 2018.

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A Day In The Life Of A Woman Institute Director
JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute Pte. Ltd.
Mar 13, 2018

This “mompreneur” lives a very full life, managing her business on youth and social etiquette while at the same time being hands-on with her teenage sons. She shares how she got her groove by having a solid routine, discipline, and priorities. What’s a day like for an institute director?

Our International Women’s Day series, “A Day In The Life Of A Woman”, celebrates the women in our lives. From the everyday to inspirational, the series aims to highlight women from various fields and share a bit of the diversity we experience every day.

Juliana Sliwka says that as a mother of two boys, she began building her business while traveling around the globe with family. Her lifestyle was hindering her full presence at work as an employee.

She became serious about small business when life took another turn and hit her hard through a traumatic experience that changed her life perspective and felt she had to make a choice on how to live their everyday lives.

In three years, Juliana established and developed a lifestyle brand covering etiquette, styling, and healthy living. The business was then launched as an institute in 2016, focusing on three core areas: business, youth, and social etiquette. Juliana’s mission for her enterprise is , “looking good, acting good, and feeling good” that touches people and their entire relationships around the world.

For Juliana, she emphasizes she is a “mompreneur,” and says there’s a reason why “mom” goes first in the word. She says motherhood is still her first priority, starting and ending her day as one which is why Juliana juggles her responsibilities of being a mom with those of being an entrepreneur.

She offers insight on what a typical day looks like in her life:

6 AM: My alarm goes off. I express in prayer how thankful I am to have woken up this day because someone went to sleep that night and didn’t wake up with their “little big problems.”

I mentally walk through my priorities for the day (family priorities, then work priorities). I write down the priorities for the day if not the night before. I must get all the mental notes that have been piling up in my mind since I woke up on paper before I forget it. It gets me mentally organized.

I stretch and try to focus on my breathing. I do my morning salutation and then have my morning washing routine done quickly.

6:30 AM: I wake up my boys (mostly five minutes earlier to prepare them slowly to wake up), talking to them, asking about how they slept, just being totally present for them. I never want them to feel the rush in the morning or that I’m too busy to care about even the little things they have going on.

7:15 AM: For breakfast I mostly join the boys with a jug of hot water and fresh squeezed lemon and manuka honey. This morning though, I have a bowl of quinoa or oat cereal with some chia seeds and pomegranates. Afterwards, we leave the house together to catch the school bus and once they are off, I go for a 40 minute jog or walk depending on how my night’s sleep was.

I’ve made exercise a critical part of my morning routine whether I want to or not. If I don’t get it done first, it won’t happen at all and then I lack the energy and clarity to be productive during the day.

I shower and dress up for the “office.” I rarely plan a meeting or workshops before 10am, except the holiday workshop camps.

8:30 AM: I spend most of my day in my home office handling business matters, social media, and the family schedule such as menu and shopping plans. I also see if there are any school activities or early after-school activities planned for the boys during the day.

9:30 AM: I’m in the office or institute in the heart of downtown. I change from wife and mama mode to business woman and professional, spending a lot of time in front of my computer typing away, responding to emails and inquiries, researching, reading, writing, checking all my social media platforms. I do this while promoting the business with design ideas, content and networking, and if it’s a workshop day, I’ll be in the boardroom for coaching sessions with clients until 2 PM, sometimes later, depending on the Q & A’s after each workshop.

I usually meditate for a few minutes before the workshop sessions and just make sure I am really present, so I can help my clients as much as possible over the next hours.

11:30 AM: I take a break to grab a quick lunch, a sandwich or salad. Then back to my day of management, website control, marketing strategies, how to make cost reductions and raise sales.

I own an educational institute. I like working early hours. I have learnt that if I do not put in the time, my business will not only begin to go stagnant, but if I’m not careful, the competition will swallow me up. I want to constantly grow my business, expand, and stay ahead. This is what keeps me at the office as much as I can afford, otherwise I’m only at my home office if the day schedule requires it.

One of the things I love about my business is that it is global and is a people business and I can serve all women, men, and children all over the world, no matter which socio-economic background!

3 PM: It’s like the Flintstones whistle and I’m out there, into the car and back to my other role as “mama-taxi,” schlepping kids from activity to activity, snacking while chatting about the day, where it’s mostly a monologue.

My boys are teens now so it’s me who wants to be around them after they are at home or at any of their afternoon sports activities. I treasure every single moment with them and the satisfying feeling of simply being together and being part of their lives. I also inform and include them in my business adventures. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies with two teen boys but most of the time they enjoy that quality time too.

5 -7 PM: If there are no evening sports activities and once the boys are doing homework or whatever activity to calm down from their activity-packed days, it’s back to the computer for me to tie up loose ends in the evening before dinner time.

I publish a blog post that I have already written about on my upcoming workshops. I delete and respond to a few emails because I like to go to sleep with zero emails in my inbox as I think I sleep better. J

8 PM: I’ve almost reached the top of that daily mountain all parents climb. Mostly, it’s downtime with the entire family watching a Netflix TV series or documentary film, or just spending some quality time together.

I only go back to the computer after dinner around 7:30 – 9 PM when there are upcoming workshops for the next days or any articles needed to be done before publication deadlines.

10 PM: Recently, both my husband and I have always made it a family routine to bring the boys to their rooms, take turns in chatting briefly about their day with each of them, and say good night. This is also the time where they calm down and mostly open up to us about things going on in their lives, a precious time for both kids and parents.

10:30 PM: I go to bed and briefly talk with my husband about our day and plans. I sometimes read one of the three books I’m currently reading and then pray to God for how grateful I am for my family. Finally, my day ends and lights out! It’s been an exhausting but great day!

Juliana says that this example of a day in her life isn’t exhaustive as it doesn’t list down her mom duties much. It also doesn’t detail her other work duties, like pre-booked activities or publication deadlines for contributions for example. She also has what she calls a “Me Day” where she does yoga, massage, etc. She calls this her wellness day.

Still Close Family Bonds Through It All

As Juliana previously said, she believes in finding your own groove with discipline, routine and priorities. And as the kids grow, you also adjust your daily routine and life continues to change. “In a nutshell, despite being both working parents, our morning time and most evenings are family time,” she explains.

“It’s our top priority and it truly belongs to the boys and our family life which we cherish so much. This is the reason why we still have a strong bond with our teens despite being entrepreneurs and my husband who mostly works much longer hours, having conference calls through different time zones, being in a restaurant or meetings or traveling the globe. The stable routine at home continues.”

“Every parent’s life is a balancing act and as a mompreneur you must make the most of your free time to keep your business growing, your family happy, and yourself sane otherwise you’ll go crazy,” Juliana shares.

“There seems to be a method to the madness; knowing your routine and sticking to it whenever possible, allowing few distractions. Of course, life doesn’t always go as planned so there’s always tomorrow — a fresh slate to wake up with that ‘fire in the belly.’ But it’s also important to be there 100% in every situation. My boys want me to be Mom, my business needs me to be the tough boss, and my husband married me, not my small business. I try to think of what my primary role is at different times throughout the day and keep myself from getting pulled in too many directions at once.”

“Having children who are completely dependent on your every move, organizing a household, and trying to run and manage a fully functional (and hopefully profitable) business isn’t an easy task. So, while mompreneurs look for a daily balance between chaos and symmetry, we are most happy when the biggest ROI comes in the form of a well-adjusted family.”

“Ironically, I always advise my clients to be cautious with taking on too much because it can leave them overwhelmed or overworked which will eventually affect their families and the work that they produce,” she continues. “You don’t want to under-deliver in your career.”

Real Dirty Work Behind The Scenes

Juliana explains, “We’re living a life we love and chasing a dream that we believe will change lives. Having purpose like that is invigorating. But when you take a step back behind the scenes, you’ll quickly find that those living the mompreneur life are not necessarily living a life of glitz and glam and unparalleled success. And if you’re a mompreneur yourself, you’ll know what I mean.”

“In terms of posting on social media, if I’m speaking for the things I post, what you’re seeing is real, but what you’re seeing is only a piece of the story. I mean check out these pictures of people drinking wine on Facebook, standing on a rooftop in NYC or wherever on Instagram, winning pitch competitions in Silicon Valley, and prepping for a spot on the news. Nothing says glitz, glam and a damn good time like these pictures.”

“What you’re not seeing is the meltdown, discussions about pricing, knocking at doors about 100 times to get a business deal, endless negotiation with no outcome, tight shoulders from hours of working at computer, etc. The list is long.”

Happiness Is Key To Work-Life Balance

“I am a firm believer that the happier you are in your career, the more successful you become. Happiness is the key to work-life balance and my day is mostly a great balance of all the things that make me happy.”

“Helping people launch their dream careers, helping people become the better version of themselves, promoting and instilling character education in youth, spending as much time with my boys and husband and feeling fulfilled by reading and being by myself so that I can be fully present,” these are what make Juliana happy she says. She also says that her kids encourage her and are her inspiration.

Juliana shares some final inspiring words. “What I’m sharing with you is that, whatever life you have, you can choose to use your position as a learning lesson for your children. And I hope that while my boys grow and grow, they’re able to describe me as a strong woman who took chances that required sacrifice, never feared to fail, stumbled but rose up again, and yet showed them love and made them always a priority in the process.”

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Juliana Mamoni, “Mompreuneur”, Founder and Director of the Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute of Singapore, is a globally recognised Lifestyle Expert, known by many as “The Life Guru.” The Economist with a further degree in Hotel Management (Berlin) and a diploma in Men’s Fashion Design (Milan) was coached by an assistant to the acclaimed late designer Gianni Versace.

She holds workshops and instructional meetings addressing Contemporary Etiquette in Business, Social, and Youth. Her life experiences, professional exposure, and ongoing studies led to the birth of JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute. Her aim is simple: to help people make healthier, more socially appropriate choices, resulting in happier, more rewarding lives. She focuses on the etiquette element of her three-pronged lifestyle manifesto: healthy lifestyle, personal style, and contemporary etiquette (mastering soft skills and emotional intelligence).

Juliana is frequently quoted in the media. Articles about her work have appeared both in print and online. She’s a member of the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy Brussels, acts as a Mentor for the students of NUS and is Author of “Help Your Child Shine” – Etiquette and Character Education For Kids Ages Five to Seventeen – available on amazon, and also of two booklets for Soft Skills at Workplace (Contemporary Business Etiquette, 10 Power Soft Skills for Success at Work)

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Singapore Red Cross youth leaders launch series of community fiestas to spread first aid awareness
Mar 12, 2018

Singapore, 10 March 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- As part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate the importance of first aid in building community resilience, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) today debuted its First Aid Fiesta, held at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage. Graced by Mr Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs & Health, the opening event in the central district is the first in a series of outreach platforms slated to take place across the five community development council (CDC) districts throughout the year.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Amin said, “In an emergency, every second counts. We know that the chances of survival for a person suffering from cardiac attack decreases by up to 10% for every minute that passes by without receiving CPR. If our community is trained in such skills, we can make a difference and save lives.”

Spearheaded by members of Red Cross Youth (RCY), the Fiesta aimed to engage secondary schools students and residents of central CDC on the importance of first aid skills, and to be better equipped and prepared for emergencies, at home, in schools or within the community. This was done through fun and engaging first aid-centric activities, including a telematch which saw students going through a series of station games that tested their knowledge application in areas, such as first aid theory, bandaging skills, first aid kit assembly, and case study assessments, etc. The students and residents were also treated to an array of interactive game booths, stage quizzes, as well a First Aid showcase by Red Cross Youth volunteers.

Mr Sahari Ani, Director of Red Cross Youth Singapore, commented, “To be prepared, one needs to be equipped with the right tools, coupled with knowledge and proper techniques. Through the First Aid Fiesta, we endeavour to provide youths with a conducive platform not only to build up on their first aid skills and knowledge, but also to interact and share their experiences with one another.”

Launch of GO Bags
At the event, Mr Amin also unveiled the GO Bag, a specially-curated emergency preparedness kit launched by Red Cross Youth. Also known as grab bag or ready bag, these portable kits are meant to help families to be better prepared during emergencies, such as house fire and blackouts, by enabling them to evacuate or react quickly to unforeseen situations, while providing essential supplies needed before help arrives.

“The threat of terrorism is real,” added Mr Amin in his speech. “In fact, we [Singapore] are facing the highest terror threat level in recent years. It is therefore important that Singaporeans pick up emergency preparedness skills, so we can keep ourselves and those around us safe, and are able to render help to others.”

Designed to be fully-customisable based on the situation and individual family’s needs, the GO Bag includes basic essential survival equipment, such as torchlight, whistle, notebook, multipurpose tool, water bottle, batteries, a first aid kit, personal and hygiene items. Each kit will be accompanied by a GO Bag Preparation Guide, developed entirely by Red Cross Youth leaders. It consists a comprehensive checklist of essential items to pack and their quantities, as well as recommendations on additional items that one may include to build a complete GO Bag that is tailored specifically to the family’s requirements.

As part of the initiative, a set of GO Bag and guide will be distributed to all schools with RCY units across Singapore. The Youth cadets will also lead emergency preparedness efforts in their respective schools by developing their own Go Bags as a sample and conducting advocacy activities amongst their peers. Through this initiative, Red Cross Youth leaders aim to empower the younger cadets and their peers, and enable them to help their families and communities to be more well-prepared for emergencies.

Added Mr Ani, “The GO Bag project was conceptualised and initiated entirely by our youth leaders and we are very heartened by their efforts and dedication. Through the Red Cross Youth network, we hope our members will continue to lead by example and continue supporting one another in our pursuit of being a more prepared Nation.”

For more information or arrange interviews, please contact:
Name: Alina Tee
Email: alina.tee@redcross.sg
Tel: 9736 5267

About Singapore Red Cross
Singapore Red Cross is a homegrown humanitarian organisation, dedicated to relieving human suffering, protecting lives and dignity and responding to emergencies since 1949. We serve the vulnerable through our blood donor recruitment programme, home and day activity centre for the disabled, transport aid, food aid, and community first aid. We build capacity and resilience through our training academy, and volunteer and youth development. Beyond our shores, we mobilise and translate contributions from the donor community to relief and recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, with the aim of helping communities affected by disasters. For more information, please seewww.redcross.sg

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