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Singapore hotels see best month in years amid Hong Kong turmoil

09 September, 2019 10:41 pm 10:41 pm

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s hotel occupancy rates have climbed to their highest in over a decade as travellers and business events switched from Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have slammed tourist numbers and wider business sentiment. Data released on Monday by Singapore’s tourism board showed average occupancy rates in the city-state’s hotels hit 93.8% in … Read More


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Singapore seizes ivory from nearly 300 elephants in record haul

07 July, 2019 9:05 pm 9:05 pm

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore said on Tuesday it had seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups say is a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade. The elephant ivory, estimated to be worth $12.9 million, came from nearly 300 African elephants, and was heading to … Read More


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Google demos car bookings by voice assistant at annual I/O event

05 May, 2019 11:33 pm 11:33 pm

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google business on Tuesday offered a preview of voice technology that lets users make rental car bookings with just a simple ask of the company’s virtual assistant tool. The capability, which Google demonstrated with National Car Rental’s website, builds on the company’s push over the last two years … Read More


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Singapore minister puts Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande on offensive playlist

04 April, 2019 9:05 pm 9:05 pm

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – American pop stars Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are on an “offensive lyrics” list presented to members of parliament in socially-conservative Singapore as part of a statement by the city-state’s home minister on hate speech. Monday’s statement came nearly a month after Swedish black metal group Watain’s concert was banned in Singapore … Read More


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Ex-Singapore presidential candidate plans new Opp party

01 January, 2019 12:16 pm 12:16 pm

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A former member of Singapore’s ruling party and presidential candidate said on Friday he had applied to set up a new party, making a return to politics ahead of an election expected as soon as this year. Tan Cheng Bock’s re-entry into politics could boost Singapore’s weak opposition, while the ruling People’s … Read More


Tennis – Osaka pins Singapore losses on serving woes

10 October, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka used her potent serve to punishing effect to claim the US Open title last month but the Japanese has been unable to harness it’s full power at the WTA Finals, losing her opening two round-robin matches in tight three-setters. Defeats by Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber have left Osaka on … Read More


Facebook to invest $1 billion in first Asian data centre in Singapore

09 September, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Facebook  said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022. Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google  is expanding its Singapore data centres in an $850 million investment as … Read More


Agreement on world’s biggest trade deal set for November, Singapore s...

09 September, 2018 8:57 am 8:57 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s trade minister said that broad agreement on the world’s biggest trade deal should be reached at a summit of leaders from participating nations in the city-state in November, six years since talks began. Called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the trade accord includes the 10 members of the Association of … Read More


Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures launches $10 million crypto fund

08 August, 2018 10:41 am 10:41 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures said on Friday it will launch a $10 million fund to invest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology startups. The fund, called LuneX Ventures, will invest in early-stage companies globally such as cryptocurrency exchanges and security providers. Investors in the fund will include high-net worth individuals … Read More


Singapore tests eye scans at immigration checkpoints: media

08 August, 2018 9:57 am 9:57 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will scan travellers’ eyes at some of its border checkpoints, local media reported on Monday, in a trial of expensive technology that could one day replace fingerprint verification. It is the latest in a series of high-tech initiatives in the city-state, some of which have stoked privacy concerns among rights advocates, … Read More