Singapore 

Man’s FB post about how he ate stranger’s leftovers at coffee shop sparks debate, Singapore News

If you are starving and come across a bowl of noodles left behind by some unknown person at a coffee shop, would you eat it? Most people would probably say no and be disgusted by the mere thought of it. Not Facebook user Luo Yonghui‎, however. Luo identifies himself as a freegan, which refers to someone who believes in the minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. In a Facebook post on Saturday (July 13), Luo shared how he had seen a bowl of leftover noodles…

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China’s growing demand for clean energy and natural gas sparks contest in the Middle East

As more countries turn towards clean energy, the geoeconomic impact of natural gas as a fuel has become second only to that of oil. Over the past decade, the global demand for this carbon-free energy source has risen considerably and one major buyer is China.The third largest global market for natural gas, China has implemented government policies to replace the use of coal as fuel and millions of households are switching over to clean energy. Consequently, China’s market for gas expanded by a… Source link

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Donald Trump’s crackdown on Chinese investment in US sparks huge shift into venture capital

Chinese investors, finding the US business environment uninviting, are turning to venture capital to skirt heightened scrutiny, while some have pivoted to other parts of the world altogether.Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into the US plummeted for the second straight year in 2018, tumbling 83 per cent to US$5 billion, according to a Wednesday report by the National Committee on US China Relations.A year earlier, FDI amounted to US$29 billion, down from the peak of US$46 billion… Source link

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Singapore 

Woman’s skimpy outfit while queueing for ATM at Somerset MRT station sparks criticism, Singapore News

A woman seen queueing for an automated teller machine (ATM) at Somerset MRT station has set tongues wagging due to her choice of outfit. According to Lianhe Wanbao, three photos of the woman went viral after being uploaded onto social media on Saturday (Feb 9), though it is unclear when exactly they were taken. The woman was clad in a thin pink-coloured tank top and a pair of sandals. It is not known whether she was wearing shorts. She did not seem aware that she was drawing stares from disapproving…

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Singapore 

Woman blocks bus from moving after missing stop, sparks outrage online, Singapore News

Many of us have taken the wrong bus or missed a bus stop when we’re distracted by our phones or nodded off after a day of tiring work. What do you usually do after realising this? Get off the bus immediately, find an alternative route, and hurry home right?   Not for this female commuter though.  Facebook user Pravin Kumar uploaded a video on Jan 27 of a woman kicking up a fuss and physically blocking a double-decker bus from moving off, after realising she had missed her intended stop.  Last…

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Vietnam 

Lunar New Year sparks demand for cars – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HCM CITY – The Vietnamese habit of making big-ticket purchases ahead of Lunar New Year has sparked off huge demand for cars in recent weeks. In fact, demand has been so high that people are unable to buy a vehicle without paying extra money to dealers. An experienced salesman, who has worked at many dealerships, told Việt Nam News on condition of anonymity that the demand for cars rose every year before Lunar New Year, especially for popular brands like Honda, Toyota and Hyundai.  “It is hard to buy. But if a person is ready to pay extra money to agents, they can buy.” They need to pay VNĐ50-100 million (US$2,200–4,400) extra to buy a Honda CRV or a Hyundai Santafe, according to the salesman. Sài Gòn…

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Singapore 

Marie Kondo show sparks decluttering fever among Singaporeans, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Mop the floor, wash the curtains, wipe down the furniture – that was what Ms Casey Lee, 45, always did when she cleaned house for Chinese New Year. But this year, the housewife also cleared out one-third of her wardrobe, getting rid of 20kg of dresses, pants and work wear. Her inspiration? Marie Kondo, the Japanese organising consultant famous for her method of keeping only things that “spark joy”. The organisational guru’s Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo was released on Jan 1, prompting many Singaporeans to…

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Singapore 

Food blogger’s post about pizza restaurant charging $15 to cut birthday cake sparks debate, Singapore News

We have all heard of a corkage fee understandably imposed by some restaurants, where you bring your own wine and pay for it to be opened and served to you. But what about a ‘cakeage fee‘? Food blogger and owner of ieatishootipost Dr Leslie Tay shared how a pizza restaurant that he visited for dinner had wanted to charge $15 to cut a birthday cake on its premises. In a Facebook post on Dec 9, Dr Tay said he hoped that this “anti-celebratory” practice would not become the new norm in Singapore.…

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Vietnam 

New securities law sparks concerns from expert – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News Cấn Văn Lực, chief economist of the Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam, a member of the National Financial and Monetary Advisory Council, speaks to Việt Nam News reporter Nguyễn Linh Anh about the his concerns over the revised draft Law on Securities, released recently for public comments and consultation from ministries and market players. Under the revised draft Law on Securities, the foreign ownership ratio in a public company is expanded up to 100 per cent. Previous regulations had capped foreign ownership…

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Property 

Yujian Apartment failure sparks alarm bells for Chinese rental sector

The bankruptcy of a major Chinese rented-flat operator backed by Xiaomi founder Lei Jun has highlighted the inherent risk of the previously high-flying sector’s heavy reliance on debt-fuelled growth, according to analysts. Hundreds of landlords have reported over the past week that they have not been paid October rents from Shanghai-based Yujian Apartment while many of the firm’s tenants say have been asked to leave their flats if they owe rent. A local bank is also believed to have warned the business to meet its commercial obligations. Founded in 2014,…

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