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At least eight guests struck down by norovirus at luxury Club Med Yabuli resort in northern China

Eight guests celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday at the luxury Club Med Yabuli resort in northern China had contracted the norovirus sometimes known as “winter vomiting bug”, according to the resort operator. “Harbin local government confirmed that eight guests received medical treatment for symptoms of the ‘Winter Vomiting Bug’ Norovirus on February 9 and 10 at Club Med Yabuli in Heilongjiang Province,” said a statement released by Club Med on Monday. Harbin is the capital city of China’s nothernmost province. No one had been kept in hospital for treatment,…

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KTV Singapore showdown – Teo Heng vs $10 Club vs Manekineko vs Party World, Singapore News

Karaoke brings out strange talents in me – I can remember the lyrics to my Primary 6 jam (read: “Oops! I Did It Again”) and spit Jay Chou raps like Mandarin is my Mother Tongue (oh wait, it is). If you’re addicted to singing, you’d know that KTVs are not cheap. Here are the prices for the top 4 karaoke chains in Singapore – Teo Heng, Ten Dollar Club, Manekineko (the new KBox) and Party World. KTVS IN SINGAPORE – TEO HENG VS $10 CLUB VS MANEKINEKO VS PARTY WORLD…

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About 70 Pines club members to sue Exklusiv Resorts, Singapore News

Disgruntled members of The Pines club are edging towards a face-off in court with motoring tycoon Peter Kwee, as nearly 70 of them – and counting – have come together to sue Mr Kwee’s company, which owned and managed the now-defunct club. These members’ decision follows a Dec 20, 2018 response by lawyers of Rajah & Tann, acting for Mr Kwee’s company Exklusiv Resorts, which rejected the allegations in the members’ letter of demand and described their claims as “baseless” and “unmeritorious”. Rajah & Tann added that they have instructions…

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Singapore 

Missing sheepdog Prince died while boarded at Platinium Dogs Club: AVA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A dog reported missing from the Platinium Dogs Club died while boarded at the facility, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) revealed on Wednesday (Jan 9). Prince, a Shetland sheepdog, was reported missing by his owner Ms Elaine Mao on Dec 30. She appealed for information about him on Facebook and offered a $2,000 reward to anyone who found him, sparking a hunt among members of the public. However, the AVA, which raided the Bukit Panjang boarding facility following complaints of mistreatment of pets in its…

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Platinium Dogs Club saga: Can AVA make arrests? Yes, for offences under 9 Acts it administers, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is authorised to make arrests for offences that fall under nine Acts and their subsidiary legislation, according to its website. These are the AVA Act, the Animals and Birds Act, the Control of Plants Act, Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, the Feeding Stuffs Act, the Fisheries Act, the Sale of Food Act, the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act and the Wild Animals and Birds Act. News reports on Monday (Jan 8) that the operator of pet boarding facility Platinium…

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Singapore 

Platinium Dogs Club operator arrested by AVA, dogs reunited with several owners, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The operator of pet boarding facility Platinium Dogs Club has been arrested, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development Sun Xueling said in a Facebook post on Monday (Jan 7). Ms Sun told The Straits Times that a 30-year-old woman was arrested. Responding to queries, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) confirmed that she was arrested on Sunday. ST understands she is being held at Tanglin Police Division. In her post, Ms Sun said that the operator is assisting with AVA’s investigations on alleged…

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Platinium Dogs Club saga: Anyone who has engaged in illegal acts will face the consequences, says Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has weighed in on the saga involving alleged animal abuse at pet boarding facility Platinium Dogs Club. Mr Shanmugam noted on his Facebook page on Saturday (Jan 5) that several serious allegations had been made against the facility and that the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the police have been actively investigating. “Singaporeans can rest assured: there will be thorough investigations and there will be due process. Anyone who has engaged in illegal acts will face the consequences,” he said.…

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AVA investigating pet boarding service Platinium Dogs Club after alleged pet mistreatment, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A pet boarding facility based in a Bukit Panjang landed house was raided by the authorities on Saturday (Dec 29) following complaints that pets in its care were allegedly mistreated. It is understood that the raid at Galistan Avenue was carried out by the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The pet boarding service is run by Platinium Dogs Club, which advertises a variety of services on its website, including overnight board for dogs,…

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Club Med parent Fosun Tourism slides 3.4 pc in Hong Kong trading debut

Shares of Fosun Tourism, the Chinese owner of the Club Med resort chain, dropped in debut trade in Hong Kong on Friday, after selling less than half of the stock allocated for the city’s retail investors. Fosun Tourism shares fell 3.4 per cent to HK$15.06, easing from its initial public offering price of HK$15.60 as of 10:25am on Friday, in line with a broad sell-off in Hong Kong shares. The company, which was spun off from Chinese private conglomerate giant Fosun International, managed to sell only 30 per cent of…

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Retail investors shun Club Med owner’s Hong Kong IPO

Fosun Tourism Group, which owns the Club Med resort chain, failed to sell less than half of the shares allocated for retail investors in its initial public offering, in yet another sign of weakening demand for new listings in Hong Kong. The company received applications for 6.47 million shares, a mere 30 per cent of the 21.4 million shares kept aside for Hong Kong investors, or a tenth of all shares it issued, according to a statement released on Thursday. The world’s largest tourism group by revenue priced the IPO…

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