The following articles were authored by dk

Online Hiring Remains Slow in Singapore according to Monster Employment Index

Bad news for those looking for a new job. According to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) by Monster.com, online hiring activities in Singapore fell by 8% year-over-year compared to April 2014.

Among all 14 industry sectors in the Index, the lowest growth was recorded in the Consumer Goods/FMCG, Food & Packaged Food, Home Appliance, Garments/Textiles/Leather, Gems & Jewellery industry and the Government/PSU/Defence industry, at -16% and -11% respectively.

Education and IT, Telecom/ISP and BPO/ITES industries performed the best, at 14% and 4% respectively. Singapore is seeing growing concern over issues related to cyber security, keeping the demand high for mid-level IT professionals in the technology sector. The healthcare sector is also seeing an increase in hiring activity, thanks to a demand for professionals engaged in research laboratory and medical related technical sales.

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The MEI Singapore is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career Web sites and online job listings across Singapore. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

Logitech 2015 Play Collection Mice

Logitech recently unveiled its seventh annual design collection, the 2015 Logitech Play Collection. Inspired by the latest trends in fashion, furniture design and accessories, these distinctive new mice feature the friendly faces of playful characters, and colourful patterns and shapes.

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When the Logitech design team attended Milan Design Week, they were inspired by playful themes and elements whih led to the new approach for the in-house creation of the 2015 Play Collection. This year’s collection features the Logitech Wireless Mouse M238. The 2015 Logitech Play Collection is as bright, playful and high-spirited as you are. And the best part is that the battery life can last up to 12 months.

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The 2015 Logitech Play Collection will be available in Singapore in June 2015 at a recommended retail price of S$29.

Epson renewed their global sponsorship with Manchester United

Epson had renewed the global sponsorship agreement with sporting icon Manchester United. Having first joined forces in 2010, the latest agreement reconfirms Epson as the club’s Official Office Equipment Supplier until the end of the 2017/18 season.

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The renewal reflects the success to date of the partnership in helping Epson to engage more with its customers in key markets and enhance its global brand awareness. Now seeking to leverage its unique technologies in the office, commercial, healthcare, sports and other markets, Epson believes the relationship will continue to play a key role in boosting its global profile and supporting business growth for products such as inkjet printers, scanners, projectors and smart glasses.

According to the agreement, Epson will continue to benefit from stadium advertising rights and hospitality while supplying Manchester United with core office and front-of-house printing and imaging equipment. Although they compete in different environments, Epson believes the two organizations share a common commitment to continuous improvements in performance and innovation and to being an indispensable part of the community and the lives of customers and fans.

Spotify Running

Spotify recently announced a new feature call Spotify Running. Basically it is a running companion that motivate you to push on.

Once you start Spotify Running, the Spotify app will detect your tempo and match the perfect music in tune with your step. It select music using recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists and original running compositions written by some of the world’s foremost DJs and composers.

Spotify Running will be availablein Singapore for iPhones and gradually rolled out to all users. I’m still waiting for the feature to appear on my Spotify. Who knows, I might bring it out for a run just to try out.

Oh and that’s not all. Spotify is also teaming up with Nike to bring new music experiences by accessing Spotify Running through Nike+ app later this year. Spotify Running will also be integrated with RunKeeper app later this year. So happy running.

ONE: WARRIOR’S QUEST’s Quest weigh-in results

The weigh-in for ONE: WARRIOR’S QUEST took place last night at Cathay. All competing mixed martial artists have made weight and are ready for the action tonight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki weighed-in at 70.1kg while the challenger, Koji Ando stepped onto the scales at 70.2kg ahead of their main event showdown. The featherweight bout between Robert Lisita and Timofey Nastyukhin has been cancelled due to failed medical clearance by Lisita.

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MAIN EVENT
ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Shinya Aoki (70.1kg/154lbs) VS Koji Ando (70.2kg/154.5lbs)

MAIN CARD
ONE Strawweight World Championship bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok (51.8kg / 114lbs) VS Roy Doliguez (51.6 kg / 113.5lbs)
Featherweight bout: Ev Ting (65.8kg / 145lbs) VS Marat Gafurov (65.8kg / 145lbs)
Lightweight bout: Lowen Tynanes (69.7kg / 153lbs) VS Kuat Khamitov (70.3kg / 154.5lbs)
Lightweight bout: Eddie Ng (70.3kg / 154.5lbs) VS Ariel Sexton (70.2kg / 154.5lbs)
Bantamweight bout: Stephen Langdown (61.2kg / 134.5lbs) VS A La Teng Hei Li (61.2kg / 134.5lbs)

UNDERCARD
Featherweight bout: Amir Khan (65.5kg / 144lbs) VS Shannon Wiratchai (65.8kg / 145lbs)
Featherweight bout: Benedict Ang (65.3kg / 143.5lbs) VS Waqar Umar (65.6kg / 144lbs)
Women’s Strawweight bout: Angela Lee (51.8 kg / 114lbs) VS Aya Saeid Saber ( 51.7kg / 114 lbs)
Flyweight bout: Ali Yaakub (55.3 kg/ 121.5lbs) VS Jianbing Yang (56.7 kg/ 125lbs)

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Tickets for ONE: WARRIOR’S QUEST are still on sale. Ticket categories begin with the full cageside experience at S$1,488. Tickets priced at $158, $58 and $38 are also available. Prices include ticketing fee. You can also witness the action online via live streaming at US$9.99.