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Singapore trials LED lights on pavements:

SINGAPORE – People engrossed with their mobile phones at two pedestrian crossings in Singapore may no longer have to look up to know when to cross – thanks to new LED strips embedded in the pavements. The LED strips are at the junction of Buyong Road and Orchard Road, near the Istana; and the Victoria Street crossing outside Bugis Junction. They were switched on on Tuesday (May 9), and will be tested for six months before the Land Transport Authority decides whether to roll them out to other crossings. The LEDs –Read More

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Man arrested for online scams involving supermarket vouchers, gift cards

SINGAPORE – A 33-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in online purchase scams, the police announced in a news release on Friday (June 3). Police said it had received several reports since last Saturday (May 28) from victims allegedly cheated by a man who had offered supermarket vouchers and iTunes gift cards for sale at a discounted price. He could not be contacted after the payments were made by the victims. The suspect was arrested along Beo Crescent on Thursday (June 2) after he was identified throughRead More

Cyclist’s death casts spotlight on road safety awareness

Coroner highlights need for road users to note features of other vehicles after e-bike rider died in crash with lorry. Even as power-aided bicycles become a more ubiquitous sight on roads here, the death of a cyclist in a traffic accident has highlighted the issue of whether road users are properly trained and aware of the features of other vehicles on the road. Odd-job labourer Ang Thiam Beng, 55, was riding a power-aided bicycle when he got into an accident with a lorry at a signalised T-junction last Christmas Eve.Read More

Possible Donald Trump US presidency attracts interest in Asia

SINGAPORE – The likelihood of Donald Trump becoming the next American president has attracted much interest in the region, with at least two questions asked at two different events on Friday (June 3). Asked about Mr Trump, United States Senator John McCain said the rise of the controversial businessman showed many Americans are very unhappy about the slow recovery from the 2008 recession, with many blue-collar workers “who see no prospect of a job…because they are overtaken by technology”. “There is a feeling that Congress and the President don’t representRead More

DBS signs cross-referral agreements for crowdfunding platforms

SINGAPORE – DBS Bank has signed cross-referral agreements with peer-to-peer (p2p) lending platforms Funding Societies and MoolahSense, it announced on Tuesday (April 19). DBS said it is the first Singapore bank to collaborate with such lending platforms to further expand funding sources available to small businesses. Under the partnership, DBS will refer some of the smaller businesses that it is unable to lend to, to Funding Societies and MoolahSense, said the bank in a statement. In return, the p2p lending platforms will refer borrowers who have completed two successful roundsRead More

1MDB pays coupon for debt after missing two interest payments

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Malaysia’s troubled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd paid the coupon on its Islamic debt after missing two payments on other securities earlier. 1MDB undertook the scheduled payment of 143.8 million ringgit (S$48.1 million) on its 5 billion ringgit 5.75 per cent notes due 2039, according to an e-mailed statement. The company had previously missed the coupons for two sets of dollar-denominated bonds amid a dispute with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co., which had guaranteed the debt. That led to a default by 1MDB in April,Read More

Timeshare Trustees we explain

An explanation of the role of timeshare trustees. When a consumer purchases timeshare, they purchase ‘occupancy rights’ in respect of certain holiday accommodation belonging to the developer. The nature of the ‘occupancy rights’ is defined in the timeshare contract. The most common structure for Timeshare in the UK, and also used in other parts of Europe, is the   ‘Club-Trust’ structure. The other common timeshare structure, known as ‘escritura’, (meaning “deed”) is sometimes used in Spain and Portugal whereby the consumer is given an ‘escritura’ (or title deed) as proof thatRead More

We see the light. Crowdfunding the way of the future

What is CrowdFunding? This is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via internet-mediated registries, but the concept can also be executed through mail-order subscriptions, benefit events, and other methods. Link to this post!

Japan ATM scam using fraudulent cards nets $12.7m

Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) has been taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards created with data stolen from a South African bank. The money was withdrawn in less than three hours from 1,400 convenience store cash machines across Japan, the Kyodo news agency reports. The withdrawals targeted 7-Eleven cash machines, which unlike most in Japan accept foreign cards. South Africa’s Standard Bank estimated its total losses at $19.25m. Police suspect more than 100 people were involved across Japan, Kyodo said, putting the date of the incidentRead More

Manny Pacquiao wins Senate seat, bringing him closer to presidency

Boxing great Manny Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count and was set to be proclaimed on Thursday with other senatorial winners, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. The 37-year-old Filipino slugger has garnered more than 15.5 million votes with more than 96 per cent of voting precincts counted and was in seventh place of 12 winning senators. Earlier this year, he said that he planned to retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. Pacquiao is considered aRead More

Air-con technician jailed 3 years with 4 strokes of the cane for house-breaking by night

SINGAPORE – A freelance air-con maintenance technician who was desperate to repay his debt to a loanshark broke into his friend’s office and spent about an hour cutting into a safe to steal $42,000 in cash and a branded watch, a district court heard. On Monday (May 23), Leo Sang Yong, 47, was jailed for three years with four strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to one charge of house-breaking by night. The court heard that Leo had knowledge of businessman Chua Siau Lim’s office layout at KBRead More

Roof collapses at Hong Kong’s City University sports hall

The roof of a sports hall at a university in Hong Kong collapsed on Friday, injuring three people. The top of the hall at City University caved in at around 14:30 local time (06:30 GMT) over an area of 900 sq m (320 sq ft), police say. Eyewitnesses say the collapse, which occurred above the hall’s badminton facilities, sounded like an explosion. Such accidents are unusual in Hong Kong, where safety standards are generally high. Venkat Saraenji, a student at the university, told the South China Morning Post the collapseRead More

Leicester City FC takes time out in Phuket Thailand

PHUKET: More than 70 players and staff from the English Premier League’s Leicester City Football Club touched down at Phuket Airport yesterday for a three-day stopover before traveling to Myanmar on Sunday. The team arrived in Phuket on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport at about 1.35pm and were given a warm welcome by Airport Director Monrudee Gettuphan and a contingent of officials including Santi Pawai, director of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport (MOTS) Phuket Office. Accompanying the team was Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City FC’s Thai chairmanRead More

Inventive email scam rises in Asia

Criminals target firms fool staff by pretending to be a senior executive seeking the urgent transfer of funds, report says The Asia-Pacific has seen a significant increase of scam emails in the past two years, with criminals pretending to be senior executives and requesting finance staff to wire funds for urgent business, EY Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) said in a report. Criminals apparently spent months researching potential targets through online resources, company reports and social media channels. Then, in fraudulent emails, they would purport to be the company’sRead More

A star-studded treat for Singapore Olympic Foundation

Special guests Ms Logan Tom and players and legends from Valencia Club de Futbol (VCF) joined 308 student-athletes and their family members at the ITE College East for the annual Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim (SOF-PL) Scholarship awards ceremony today. Ms Tom, double Olympic silver medallist in the women’s volleyball event at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games and a four-time Olympian representing the United States, joined Mr Peter Lim, principal donor of the Scholarship and owner of the VCF and Mr Chris Chan, board member of the SingaporeRead More

Singapore films debut at Cannes: A look in pictures

SINGAPORE – Two Singapore films that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this week have earned good reviews and – in the case of one – received a standing ovation at its premiere. The audience’s positive reaction to local film-maker Boo Junfeng’s sophomore feature film, Apprentice, reportedly brought the 32-year-old and others to tears. Apprentice, a passion project which took Boo five years to make, revolves around a young prison guard, Aiman (Fir Rahman), who forges a relationship with the prison’s chief executioner Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su). Boo told TheRead More

Hong Kong glues bricks to pavements as top Beijing official makes visit

Thousands of police drafted in as authorities take extraordinary step in bid to prevent repeat of violent Chinese New Year protests Authorities in Hong Kong have been busy glueing hundreds of bricks to the pavements ahead of a visit by one of China’s top political leaders. BBC World Service staff say Hong Kong move risks editorial freedom The move is designed to avoid a repeat of the Chinese New Year’s violent confrontations between protesters and police, nicknamed the fishball revolution”, during which bricks were hurled at officers. Protests have beenRead More

Minister scoffs at petition to oust Najib

KUALA LUMPUR • Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak yesterday poured cold water on the notion that Prime Minister Najib Razak could be ousted through the Malaysian King, using millions of public signatures. Datuk Seri Dr Salleh, a staunch defender of the Najib administration, said in his blog there is no provision in the Malaysian Constitution for the King to sack a prime minister. The minister was referring to the more than one million public signatures collected by the Save Malaysia campaign led by former prime minister Mahathir MohamadRead More

Hard Rock Cafe’s Cadillac comes down

SINGAPORE – The flaming purple 1961 Cadillac sticking out of the Hard Rock Cafe Singapore was taken down on Monday (May 16), as one of Singapore’s most iconic culinary destinations is closed for renovations until August. The keys of the car will be handed to a winning customer who took part in the cafe’s 25th anniversary charity draw, where members of the public donated $25 to charity for the chance to win the iconic Cadillac (with no engine). All proceeds from the draw will go to the Melrose Home, a Children’sRead More