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Mar 4, 2014

World Chefs: Justin Quek keeps tradition in French-Asian fusion

SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) – Modern fusion is the hallmark
of Singaporean chef Justin Quek but tradition and technique are
his unshakable foundation as he reinvents Asian favourites with
French flavours and flair.

Quek, principal chef at the tony Sky on 57 restaurant atop
the Marina Bay Sands casino resort in Singapore, fell into his
career by accident. Wanting to travel as a young man, he took a
job on a merchant ship and ended up as a steward in the galley.

Feb 27, 2014

Singapore’s new Sports Hub unveils rugby, tennis and music events

SINGAPORE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Sports fans can look forward to international rugby and women’s tennis – along with Asian soccer, swimming and badminton events – once the new Singapore Sports Hub has its soft launch in April and opens fully in June.

Other attractions announced on Thursday included concerts by Lionel Ritchie in April, Taylor Swift in June and Taiwanese star Jay Chou in November. (www.sportshub.com.sg)

Feb 20, 2014

Sailing-Ainslie sets British course for America’s Cup

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sailing legend Ben Ainslie has his sights on a British victory at the next America’s Cup but is keeping his skills sharp and putting some new crew members to the test at the start of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore.

A four-time Olympic gold medalist and an America’s Cup winner last year with Oracle Team USA, Ainslie told Reuters on Thursday that the tight circuits of “stadium racing” present tough challenges for sailors of the high-speed catamarans.

Feb 11, 2014

Pentagon weapons buyer sees tough choices from tight budgets

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Tighter budgets risk hurting the combat readiness of some U.S. military units and will force tough decisions about research and procurement, but key weapons such as the F-35 fighter jet remain a priority, a senior Pentagon official said on Tuesday.

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said deep cuts across the government due to budget “sequestration” were happening faster than the Pentagon could adjust troop levels and weapons program.

Jan 17, 2014

Pussy Riot duo “pay tribute” to Russia gov’t for award nomination

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Pussy Riot’s nomination for an arts award in Singapore should be extended to the Russian government for giving prominence to the protest collective by jailing members over their “Punk Prayer” video, two of the women said with heavy sarcasm.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, released from prison in December just before the end of their two-year terms, drew overwhelming attention at a media event on Friday for 20 Asian artists in the running for the Prudential Eye Awards.

Jan 17, 2014

Pussy Riot duo “pay tribute” to Russia government for award nomination

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Pussy Riot’s nomination for an arts award in Singapore should be extended to the Russian government for giving prominence to the protest collective by jailing members over their “Punk Prayer” video, two of the women said with heavy sarcasm.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, released from prison in December just before the end of their two-year terms, drew overwhelming attention at a media event on Friday for 20 Asian artists in the running for the Prudential Eye Awards.

Jan 16, 2014

Using the Force: Lucasfilm opens Singapore creativity centre

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm formally expanded its creative universe on Thursday by launching its visual effects and animation hub in Singapore that works on Hollywood blockbusters and bolsters marketing efforts in fast-growing Asia.

“May the Force be with you,” Lee Hsien Loong, the prime minister of the Southeast Asian city-state, said in a speech at the glass-enclosed and horseshoe-shaped “Sandcrawler” building.

Oct 8, 2013

Rolls-Royce sees Asia’s desire for luxury driving growth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Phantoms, Ghosts and now Wraiths are stalking the streets of Asia and Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, could not be more pleased.

The top-end car maker, a unit of Germany’s BMW AG (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), still sees untapped potential in China – its No. 2 market after the United States – but hot spots in Asia include Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Mueller-Oetvoes said.

Oct 4, 2013

A girl’s very best friend: $55 million necklace on sale in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – For someone with $55 million to spare on an egg-sized diamond, the world’s most expensive necklace is on sale this month at a jewelery show in Singapore, reflecting Asia’s growing appetite for precious gems and expensive baubles.

Known as L’Incomparable, the necklace created by luxury jeweler Mouawad features a yellow, internally flawless diamond of more than 407 carats suspended from a rose gold setting that is studded with 90 white diamonds weighing nearly 230 carats.

Sep 24, 2013

Chinese tourist boom ripples out to more destinations

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chinese tourists are seeking more exotic locales for their trips as the popularity of most of their top 20 destinations soars, TripAdvisor said on Tuesday, reflecting the boom by the world’s highest-spending group of travellers.

The travel website said its data on customer searches showed people from mainland China still love to go to nearby Hong Kong and Macau for getaways and shopping, but are increasingly adventurous, with holidays in Asia, Europe and North America.