Today’s News Summary: Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore topped inaugural Human Capital Index

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Here’s the Top News of The Day.

  • Almost 90% of Jewel Changi Airport’s retail space taken up ahead of its expected launch next year. About a quarter of the stores at the retail and lifestyle complex will be flagship stores and brands which are new to Singapore, according to Jewel’s head of leasing Tan Mui Neo. They will include the Pokemon Centre Singapore, American restaurant Shake Shack and fast-food chain A&W’s is making its comeback. 


  • World Bank chief says Singapore’s top ranking in human capital is not because it was ‘full of crazy rich Asians 50 years ago. The World Bank had launched its inaugural Human Capital Index, which ranks countries according to how well they are developing their human capital based on five indicators: The probability of survival to age five, a child’s expected years of schooling, test scores, adult survival rate and the proportion of children aged under five who suffer from stunted growth. Singapore topped the ranking, with the World Bank saying children born in Singapore today can be expected to fulfill 88 percent of their potential to be productive when they grow up, given that they get a full education and enjoy good health.

  • 9 teachers recognised in 11th edition of the Inspiring Teacher of English Award. They are:
  1. Ms. Hing Mui Hong, 44, from Keming Primary School
  2. Mr Casimir Kang Soon Leong, 36, from Naval Base Secondary School
  3. Mrs Mishaelle Chua, 42, from St Joseph’s Institution
  4. Ms Bernice Yeo, 29, from Eunoia Junior College
  5. Dr Audrey Cheong Su-Wei, 37, from Hwa Chong Institution
  6. Mr Yok Joon Meng, 40, from Yu Neng Primary School
  7. Mr Ratish Balakrishnan, 42, from Evergreen Secondary School
  8. Ms Chee Bee Phaik, 62, from Tanjong Katong Girls’ School
  9. Ms. Erin Elizabeth Woodford, 35, from Temasek Junior College

Each received a trophy, certificate and cash award of $2,000.

  • Asian Para Games- Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu wins bronze in women’s 50m freestyle S4. Yip Pin Xiu picked up her third medal in as many events on Thursday (Oct 11), wrapping up her 2018 Asian Para Games with a bronze medal in the women’s 50m freestyle S4 (1-4). She touched the wall in 1min 4.68sec at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre in Jakarta, finishing behind winner Peng Qiuping of China (43.48) and Gabidullina Zulfiya of Kazakhstan (45.51). Team Singapore has won three golds – two from Toh Wei Soong – one silver and five bronze medals at the Games, which end on Saturday.

  • The first phase of Lornie Highway, also known as Bukit Brown Road, to open on Oct 28. The southbound section of the road, which runs parallel to Lornie Road, will facilitate traffic flow from Thomson towards the Pan-Island Expressway as well as Adam and Farrer roads. Bus services 52, 74, 93, 852 and 855, which currently ply Lornie Road towards Adam Road, will be adjusted to ply the new southbound Lornie Highway. Bus services 157 and 165 will continue to ply Lornie Road.

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