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The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) said the Trump-Kim summit could help bring lasting peace to North-east Asia. "This will provide  crucial conditions for further trade and investments in the economic  development of Democratic Republic of North Korea," said its chief executive Ho Meng Kit.

Singapore had trade links with North Korea for many years until last November, said Mr Ho. In 2015, Singapore was North Korea's sixth largest trading partner, with bilateral trade reaching US$29 million (S$39  million). But last year, the total amount of trade between the two countries amounted to just S$700,000.

The SBF has led missions to North Korea in the last decade and Mr Ho said its third and last visit was in 2012, which also included a visit to the Chinese city of Dandong, along the North Korean border.

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SINGAPORE — A 30-year-old Malaysian has been charged with the alleged murder of another man along Geylang Road.

Sasitharan Ramasamy, 30, was charged on Saturday (June 16) with causing the death of Nelson Nathan Selvaraja, 29, also a Malaysian, between 7.47am and 8.18am on Friday, reports said.

The relationship between the two men is unclear. If convicted of murder, Sasitharan could face the death sentence.

The police said on Friday that they were alerted to a fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am.

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Food Glorious Food / Hongkong beef king @ clifford centre
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:47:41 pm »
Looks sedap.....anyone sampled it before?

Chit Chat Corner / Horrendous jam along causeway
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:14:56 pm »

every weekend especially long weekends same problem never solved....

if there is interest in HSR to move people quickly should this problem be solved first?

It is such a pain for the people on both sides to have to face this so often


SINGAPORE - Well-known Hokkien restaurant Beng Hiang has been suspended for two weeks and fined $800 for repeated cockroach  infestations at its premises.

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Manpower’s latest labour market report for the first quarter of 2018 was filled with figures that give cause for optimism, but among them was one that put a grey cloud over it: There were more job vacancies in the market than jobseekers.

Analysts, economists and recruitment experts cautioned that while having more jobs than unemployed persons is generally positive, the figure points to stresses in the labour market that need to be addressed.

If employers are unable to fill these positions, they said, expansion of their businesses — and hence the economy — may be stymied.

Wage inflation may also rise as a result, which could limit the extent to which companies can hire new workers.

More pertinently, they said, the numbers bear out the recent warnings of Singapore’s leaders, who have said that the Government will have to review its foreign manpower policy in the coming years.
The issue was first raised in January by Mr Ravi Menon, head of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), who said in a speech that the country must "reframe our question on foreign workers", given the limited scope in raising birth rates and labour force participation rate.

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SINGAPORE: Kim Jong Un's distinctive signature, penned on a historic agreement with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, indicates his ambition and creativity, handwriting experts said.

Trump's signature, by contrast, indicates a more guarded personality, they said.

Graphologist Koo Bon-jin said Mr Kim's signature suggested an ambitious man who is "intuitive, rather than rational and logical".

"He also writes very fast, which indicates he's quick-witted and impatient," Koo added.

Kim's signature contrasts with  Trump's angular, closely packed autograph, said  Karen Leong, a body language expert and director of Singapore-based consultants Influence Solutions.

"There is tremendous space between each character, which indicates a creative individual who is open to taking on new ideas, to evolving,"  Leong said of  Kim's signature.

"It indicates a confident person with big dreams and ambitions."

Trump's signature, which Leong said looked like "arrows or skyscrapers", points to people who "tend to wear a mask to hide their true nature".

"While both signatures are very different, as both men really have different personalities, both in their own way want to make their mark," she added.

Ahn Chan Il, a former North Korean military officer who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul, said Mr Kim's slanting signature was similar to those of his father and grandfather, both former leaders of North Korea.

"Not just the Kim family, but ordinary North Koreans would try hard to imitate the handwriting, believing it's nice and divine," added Ahn, who defected to South Korea in 1979.

The slanting style is shared by Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who was also at the signing on Tuesday (June 12). - Reuters


Toyota is placing a big bet on Southeast Asia's largest ride-hailing company.

The Japanese company is investing $1 billion in Singapore-based Grab --  the biggest ever investment by a traditional automaker in a  ride-hailing firm -- the companies announced Wednesday.

Grab made headlines in March by buying out Uber's business in Southeast Asia in a multibillion-dollar deal.

Under the agreement with Toyota (TM),  one of the Japanese company's executives will join Grab's board of directors, and a Toyota employee will be seconded to the startup  full-time as an executive officer.
Toyota will also share technology with Grab, including software that predicts when cars need maintenance.

The two companies already had a relationship: Toyota's trading arm invested an undisclosed amount in Grab last year.

 "I am delighted that we are strengthening our collaboration, which utilizes Toyota's connected technologies," Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama said in a statement. 

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Kim Jong-un has accepted Donald Trump‘s invitation to visit the United States, North Korea‘s state media has reported.

In what Mr Trump will likely seize on as proof of the North Korean leader’s commitment to engage in a peace process, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also said Mr Kim had invited the US president to visit North Korea when the two leaders met in Singapore on Tuesday.

Mr Kim said it was “urgent” for North Korea and the US to halt “irritating and hostile military actions against each other”, the agency added.

On Tuesday, when the two leaders appeared before cameras to sign a document vowing to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Mr Trump said he would “absolutely” invite Mr Kim to the White House after saying they developed “a very special bond” during their talks that ran to more than four hours.

“We’re very proud of what took place today,” said Mr Trump, sitting with the North Korean leader to his right hand side. “We have developed a very special bond.”

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(Ho Ching was reported to be a billionaire in The Indian Express:

Temasek Holdings has fooled Singaporeans about leadership renewal since more than a decade ago.
Ho Ching is the highest-paid and most powerful Singaporean CEO.  Any leadership renewal would mean a demotion of sorts.

Where will Ho go after Temasek without losing her top 50 most powerful women in the world status as well as Forbes’ No. 4 most powerful women in finance (2017)?

The only way to ‘earn’ similar obscene pay is to set up her own investment fund, similar to other ex GIC employees, with seed money from Temasek/GIC.  This is of course political suicide for PAP.

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