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  1. Property - International - SINGAPORE

    Marketing of new projects sparks a lift in Singapore home sales in February

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 05:14am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Marketing of new projects lifts city-state's home sales Singapore's home sales rose last month as developers marketed new projects, a government report showed. Home sales climbed 1.7 per cent to 724 units last month compared with 712 in the same period a year ago, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Sales climbed 28 per cent from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1451712/marketing-new-projects-sparks-lift-singapore-home-sales
  2. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Obama to host Singapore leader at White House

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 09:12am by Associated Press in Washington

    ... Associated Press in Washington The White House says President Barack Obama will meet next month with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders will meet at the White House on April 2 to discuss economic and political issues affecting the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1201630/obama-host-singapore-leader-white-house
  3. Property - International - SINGAPORE

    Global developers unfazed by price of land in Singapore

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 05:24am by Bloomberg

    ... not stopped international developers from rushing in. Land prices in some parts of the city-state are climbing at three times the pace of apartment costs, with plot values rising by an average 30 per ... Singapore unit. "Developers that used to enjoy margins in excess of 20 per cent will now have to contend with narrower returns." Builders with international backing such as Kingsford ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1435047/global-developers-unfazed-price-land-singapore
  4. Lifestyle - Books - SINGAPORE

    Book review: The Leader, the Teacher and You, by Lim Siong Guan and Joanne Lim

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 03:49pm by Toh Han Shih

    ... the 1970s, the late Gok Keng Swee, then defence minister of the city state, decreed that its army camps should plant papaya trees to provide nutrition to the troops. Key performance indicators (KPIs) ... their KPIs. The experiment was abandoned when it became obvious some units had perpetually young papaya trees. This episode is described in The Leader, the Teacher & You: "The experiment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1432581/book-review-leader-teacher-and-you-lim-siong-guan-and-joanne-lim
  5. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Let young single Singaporeans buy state-built homes, says billionaire

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... a ban on young unmarried people owning state-built homes because it hurts one of the city's key goals: making babies. Modi's Global Citizens Forum, which the Spice Group chairman ... "There will be two sources of resistance- the conservative groups who would see this as a challenge to the traditional family unit and those worried about the costs," said Bridget Welsh, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1201299/let-young-single-singaporeans-buy-state-built-homes-says-billionaire
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - SINGAPORE

    Singapore police probe ‘unnatural’ death of American CEO of bitcoin trader

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 01:44pm by Reuters

    ... state do not expect foul play. The term "unnatural death" is used to refer to suspected suicides and other deaths not due to natural causes like an illness. Radtke, chief executive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1441745/singapore-police-probe-unnatural-death-american-ceo-bitcoin
  7. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore to use 'sin taxes' to pay for health care for elderly

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:48am by AFP

    ... of dollars in health care subsidies for its growing ranks of elderly citizens. Alcohol taxes will rise 25 per cent, while duties on tobacco will jump 10 per cent. Betting duties from the state ... productivity and reduce their heavy reliance on foreign labour. The large presence of foreign workers and professionals in the city-state has been a hot-button issue in past elections, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1433481/singapore-use-sin-taxes-pay-health-care-elderly
  8. Business - Economy - SINGAPORE

    Singapore GDP grows faster than expected

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 03:42pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Singapore Singapore’s economy grew faster than expected in last year’s fourth quarter, helped by a surge in manufacturing output, government data showed on Thursday. The city state’s economy expanded an annualised and seasonally adjusted 6.1 per cent from the previous quarter, data from the Ministry of Trade and Industry showed. That compared with a 0.8 per cent growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1431901/singapore-gdp-grows-faster-expected
  9. Property - International - SINGAPORE

    Home at 4-year low in Singapore

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:41am by BLOOM

    ... was stabilising. Home sales dropped 33 per cent to 15,301 units last year, according to government data released yesterday. New housing loans declined and household balance sheets were strong, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said after a Forbes article this week warned the city state was headed for an "Iceland-style meltdown". Singapore unveiled new rules last year governing how ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1406514/home-4-year-low-singapore
  10. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore PM Lee urges more babies for Year of the Horse

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 01:50pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday urged young couples to get off to a “galloping start” in the Year of the Horse by having more babies to boost flagging birth rates. In his Lunar New Year message, Lee said the wealthy city-state needed “enough children to form the next generation” amid concerns over the influx of immigrants. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1417403/singapore-pm-lee-urges-more-babies-year-horse

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