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  1. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    76-year-old ban on gay sex challenged in Singapore’s top court

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:39pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Lawyers say colonial law violates constitutional rights to equal protection Singapore's gay sex ban challenged Singapore's highest court yesterday began hearing ... rights to equal protection guaranteed by Singapore's constitution. A two-day hearing before a three-judge panel began yesterday. Singapore lawmakers in 2007 agreed to keep the law, known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554280/76-year-old-ban-gay-sex-challenged-singapores-top-court
  2. Business - Economy

    Singapore GDP decline blamed on manufacturing exodus

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:31am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore GDP declines surprise 0.8 per cent in second quarter as more companies shift manufacturing operations offshore while labour costs increase Singapore growth hit by production exodus Singapore's economy unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter as higher labour costs and company moves to shift production overseas hurt manufacturing. Gross domestic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1554271/singapore-gdp-decline-blamed-manufacturing-exodus
  3. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Locals-first job website launched by Singapore amid backlash against migrants

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Locals-first job scheme launched Singapore yesterday launched a jobs website favouring citizens and permanent residents in response to mounting complaints that foreigners are stealing professional jobs from locals. The "Jobs Bank" website will match employment opportunities with profiles of locals seeking employment or a change of jobs. From ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554278/locals-first-job-website-launched-singapore-amid-backlash-against-migrants
  4. Business - Economy

    Slowing China economy would hit Singapore the worst, says BNP study

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... Nick Edwards nick.edwards@scmp.com If China sneezes, Singapore catches the worst cold Regardless of whether China is the biggest economy in the world, it is of growing significance ... elsewhere, but with wide variation related to trade dependency. All of the nine economies it analysed have seen increased trade dependency to China since 2000, albeit to varying degrees. Singapore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1553597/slowing-china-economy-would-hit-singapore-worst-says-bnp-study
  5. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Row erupts in Singapore over pulling of children’s books with gay themes

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 06:08pm by Satish Cheney

    ... Satish Cheney in Singapore Authorities in Singapore are facing an online backlash after public libraries withdrew and decided to pulp three children's book titles because they were ... [of children’s books] and exercise our best judgment SINGAPORE LIBRARIES STATEMENT It is believed that a conservative parent had written a complaint to authorities and wanted the book ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552084/backlash-after-singapore-libraries-see-red-over-gay-penguin-books
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - PRIVATE BANKING

    Bank of Singapore eyes years of asset and jobs growth

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by George Chen

    ... of Singapore eyes years of asset and jobs growth Bank of Singapore, the private banking arm of OCBC Bank targeting fast-growing Asian billionaires, expects to see all assets under its management hitting US$80 billion by 2017 from the current level where it now stands at over US$50 billion. How to make that happen? It means a lot of new job opportunities. Bank of Singapore was launched ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1548283/bank-singapore-eyes-years-asset-and-jobs-growth
  7. News - World - CORRUPTION

    Retired US Navy officer pleads guilty to arranging bribes for Singapore supplier

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 12:35am by WASHPOST

    ... a Singapore-based contractor that supplied and serviced US Navy ships at ports across Asia until the bribery investigation became public in September. Aruffo, 45, is the fourth person to plead guilty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546762/retired-us-navy-officer-pleads-guilty-arranging-bribes-singapore-supplier
  8. Business - Money

    Singapore sees money laundering cases hit a record high

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:08am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore Singapore dirty-cash cases hit a record high Singapore prosecuted a record number of money laundering cases and seized more than S$115 million (HK$715 million) of suspected criminal proceeds in 2013 as more overseas offenders seek out bank accounts in the city. "Singapore's openness as an international transport hub and financial centre exposes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/article/1545106/singapore-sees-money-laundering-cases-hit-record-high
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Why Singapore is a poor role model for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:27am by Philip Bowring

    ... migrants Singapore's a poor role model So much- often nonsense- is written about how Hong Kong should follow Singapore in assorted ways- economic, political, social and so on. It is time to set the record straight. First, the good things about Singapore. The most prominent and least controversial are its efforts to be in the van of environmental improvement, whether reducing air ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1541760/singapore-poor-role-model-hong-kong
  10. News - Asia - WILDLIFE

    Singapore Airlines ends shipments of shark fins

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:51am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Singapore Airlines ends shipments of shark fins Singapore Airlines has bowed to pressure from conservationists by agreeing to end cargo shipments of shark ... vice-president of public affairs at the airline, said in an e-mail. The airline had been threatened with a protest by 350 shark fin protesters at its check-in counters in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542691/singapore-airlines-ends-shipments-shark-fins

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