• Singapore cafe wave not a smooth ride for entrepreneurs

    Located in the quiet housing estate of Kovan in suburban Singapore, three-year-old Lola's Cafe enjoys bustling business. The 30-seat café, frequented by families, middle-aged women and young adults, was founded by 28-year-old Foo Choo Kiat and 26-year-old June Tan when they were college students at the Singapore Management University. Foo and Tan recouped their startup capital of 100,000 Singapore dollars (Exchange: SGD=) ($75,720) within 6-8 months and are hoping to replicate the success in their second café outlet launched last year in the south-western residential enclave of Pasir Panjang.

    CNBC
  • First-Ever HDB Smart Homes Go On Sale Tomorrow From An Unbelievable $28,000

    Smart homes still have a ring of the futuristic about them, but the future is here: Singapore’s first-ever batch of next-generation homes by the Housing Development Board (HDB) will be up for sale tomorrow (May 27). While these prices are 8-20% higher than that of other new flats launched in Punggol, the smart homes are still arguably value for money.

    Vulcan Post
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

    An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. During her 15 years under house arrest, Suu Kyi won admiration across the globe for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. In a predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million people, where there is much animosity toward the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi (pronounced "Suu chee") has opted to remain silent, even as the world watched in horror while more than 3,000 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this month, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

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  • Shania Twain: I thought I’d never sing again

    Shania Twain was convinced she’d never sing again after suffering a mysterious illness. The 49-year-old Man! I Feel Like a Woman! songstress was diagnosed with dysphonia around five years ago, a condition which causes muscles to squeeze and thus put excessive pressure on the voice box.

    Cover Media
  • 'Peacemaker' Ancelotti dismissed by ruthless Madrid

    Just 366 days since delivering Real Madrid their much-awaited 10th Champions League title, Carlo Ancelotti became club president Florentino Perez's latest managerial victim as he was sacked on Monday. "During these two years, Carlo Ancelotti has earned the affection of the board and of myself personally, as well as all the fans," Perez told a news conference. "But Real Madrid is extremely demanding and we believe it is time to give a new impulse that will allow us to win new titles and reach our maximum level." Beaten by a treble-seeking Barcelona in La Liga and eliminated by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey, Ancelotti's last chance of keeping his job was ended when one of his former clubs Juventus progressed to the Champions League final at Madrid's expense earlier this month.

    AFP News
  • 2,000-Year-Old Water Supply System Uncovered in Jerusalem

    Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. A section of the so-called Lower Aqueduct was discovered in the modern-day neighborhood of Umm Tuba, in East Jerusalem, during efforts to construct a new sewer line. The sprawling, 13-mile-long (21 kilometers) aqueduct carried water to the capital, and "operated intermittently until about 100 years ago," Ya'akov Billig, director of the aqueduct excavation with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement.

    LiveScience.com
  • Malaysia refuses entry to teen leader of Hong Kong protests

    A teenage leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was turned away at the airport Tuesday when he tried to enter Malaysia, which said he has been blacklisted. Joshua Wong said the immigration officials cited a "government order" when they stopped him at the airport in northern Penang state. Immigration Director-General Mustafa Ibrahim said in a statement that Wong is banned from entering Malaysia but did not explain why.

    Associated Press
  • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money.

    Associated Press
  • Meet Singapore’s first tyre concierge

    MEET SINGAPORE’S FIRST tyre concierge. Elphin Ong works for Bridgestone, and is making it her mission to offer the tyre giant’s customers a personalised service. Customers can contact her to set up an appointment for a new set of Bridgestones, and have her select a convenient retail location.

    CarBuyer Singapore
  • Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm: 1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

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  • Singapore Airlines investigates rare power-loss incident

    By Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines is investigating how one of its Airbus A330-300s temporarily lost power in both Rolls-Royce engines in mid-flight, the carrier said on Wednesday. The May 23 incident occurred when Flight SQ836 hit bad weather en route to Shanghai from Singapore with 194 passengers and crew on board. "Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," SIA said in a statement.

    Reuters
  • Angry Australians battle against hated tampon tax with online petition

    Women Down Under are angry and they're not going to take it any more. They're upset the very necessary tampons and sanitary pads they purchase are taxed, while other pharmacy items such as condoms and nicotine patches are not. That's because the sanitary

    IB Times
  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

    AFP News
  • Prince Ali approached by individual offering 'votes'

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's election team informed police after being approached by an individual who said he could deliver 47 votes at Friday's election, they said on Tuesday. The approach was made in April and the individual also offered to provide "what appeared to be illegally obtained" information relating to the financial activities of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his campaign added. The individual was not identified, although the campaign said he was a third party, who was not part of FIFA nor connected to any national football association.

    Reuters
  • 5 Rocking movies of Dwayne Johnson

    From People's Champion to movie superstar, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stands as a rare example of a wrestling star who has managed to make it big in the ring and in the box office. Gifted with a natural charisma and lovable personality, Dwayne Johnson may not be cut out to win a prestigious award like an Oscar, but his big persona and bigger heart has already won the hearts of those who come to see his movies. The movies to his name made over a billion in that year alone, laying the smackdwon on Robert Downey Jr., who played as Iron Man in "Iron Man 3" that year.

    Cinema Online
  • China's yuan currency 'no longer undervalued': IMF

    China's yuan currency, which Washington has long alleged was manipulated, is "no longer undervalued", the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The value of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, has been a source of tension for years, with China's major trade partners -- led by the United States -- accusing Beijing of keeping it artificially low to give Chinese exporters an unfair competitive advantage, which Beijing denied. "Our assessment now is that the substantial real effective appreciation over the past year has brought the exchange rate to a level that is no longer undervalued," the IMF said in a statement after a consultation mission to China.

    AFP News
  • 50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

    50 Cent’s boxing company SMS Promotions has filed for bankruptcy. The In Da Club rapper formed the sports business in 2012 and signed big names including then-undefeated champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, James Kirkland and Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell. “Under the direction of Mr. Jackson, SMS Promotions looks forward to reorganizing as a new corporate entity and becoming one of the leading promotion companies in the world of professional boxing,” his lawyer told the outlet.

    Cover Media
  • Primary School Teacher Sings Duet With Jessie J Through App, Gets Over 280K Views

    If you’re a singer or simply a great music fan, you would have heard about Smule’s Sing! Karaoke app, an app that helps you record your singing voice and collaborate with singers from around the world. As part of the promotional efforts for Pitch Perfect 2, Jessie J released a video of herself singing her hit from the movie, Flashlight, and encouraged people to sing along with her in a duet for the stars. One such man in Singapore, a primary school teacher named Fairus Adam, released his “duet” with Jessie J. Within a few days, the video went viral: it currently has over 280,000 views, and over 8,000 shares on Facebook.

    Vulcan Post
  • Zayn and Perrie: No 2015 wedding

    Zayn Malik's fiancée doubts they'll get married this year.The former One Direction heartthrob has been engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards since 2013. He left the group in March, with his ex bandmate Liam Payne confirming the decision was in part

    Cover Media
  • 1 More Year Of Free Pre-Peak MRT Rides For The Super Kiasu

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) recently announced that commuters who tap out out of 18 designated stations in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays will enjoy their ride free. The free pre-peak ride scheme was introduced in 2013 as a way to lighten the notoriously commuter-heavy peak periods in the morning (8am to 9am), and it seems to have worked: while the original scheme was meant to be a one-year trial, the LTA has continuously extended it year upon year. This time, the trial has been extended to June 30 next year, covering 18 high-traffic MRT stations: Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

    Vulcan Post