The Week in Retrospect [Mar 9 – 15]

From expectant mothers to grassroot hawker centres and foreign policies, we’ve got it all covered right here!

10 new hawker centres to be built by 2027: Ten more hawker centres will be built over the next 12 years in a bid to moderate food prices in Singapore. These will be built in new estates or in existing ones that are relatively under-served, such as Bidadari, Sengkang, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok.

US and China strike new visa deals: Despite the occasional hiccough in Sino-American relationships, the leaders have agreed on changes for business, tourist and student re-entry visas. They will be valid for up to a decade, rather than only one year, between the two countries.

Survey: Pregnant women deserve more flexible work arrangements: This call was made in light of the results of its The Happiness Poll 2014, which found that 9 in 10 expectant women said they intend to return to work after maternity leave, NTUC U Family says.

Apple launches the luxury smartwatch market: With the high-end Apple Watch with its 10,000 price tag, Apple introduces the smartwatch to the world of status symbols. It was an ingenious combination between the expense of luxury goods and our obsession with gadgets. Yet, the key question remains: “Is wearable technology ready to bring about the happy marriage between technology and fashion?

Singapore wages highest for execs: A report by Towers Watson has revealed that Singapore has the highest base salaries for senior and top level management executives. Hong Kong however, is not too far behind.

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