Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Monday, 7/3/16

New APCO Singapore MD; WPP results; fixing the model at WSJ; San Francisco and Steve Jobs; Singapore's plane plans; beer spas; uncovering the slave trade

Steve Jobs is owed US$174 by San Francisco, apparently (Matthew Yohe/Wikimedia Commons)
Steve Jobs is owed US$174 by San Francisco, apparently (Matthew Yohe/Wikimedia Commons)

APCO hires new Singapore managing director

Adam Welsh returns to the agency to take the helm at APCO's Asia regional hub.

PR and public affairs revenue up six per cent in 2015, but WPP warns against 'Don Draperish optimism'

WPP's PR and public affairs operations saw revenue grow around six per cent to £945.8m (US$1.34bn) in 2015, lifted by a strong Q4, although the firm used its annual results to warn against misplaced "Don Draperish" industry optimism.

Fixing the model to empower truth tellers at WSJ

Dow Jones’ Katie Vanneck-Smith is determined to lead the way in transforming the media landscape into a membership world, starting with the Wall Street Journal.

San Francisco owes Steve Jobs $174

The city collected US$6.1 million in overpaid and duplicate parking tickets between January 1, 1995 and June 30, 2012 and released the names online of all the drivers who are entitled for refunds.

Singapore won’t let planes out of sight

Singapore will require all of the city-state's aircraft operators — both passenger and cargo services — to ping the location of all their aircraft every 15 minutes throughout flights.

Beer-themed spa soaks up attention

As India pale ale has cemented itself as the most popular style of craft beer in the United States, bars and bottle shops have become awash in hops. Now, beer drinkers will have the same chance. Literally.

The victims of the 21st-century slave trade

In Thailand thousands of "sea slaves", held captive in shoddy fishing vessels, trawl for cheap forage fish used in canned pet food. In Pakistan, children as young as five are sold or kidnapped and forced to stand knee-deep in water, packing clay into molds to make bricks. In Ghana, poisonous dust and exposure to toxic chemicals and mine collapses threaten the health and safety of children who work in the artisanal gold mines.

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