Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28361/all en Singapore wants to boost population to 6.9 mln by 2030 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/singapore-wants-boost-population-69-mln-2030 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SINGAPORE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Asian financial centre Singapore, which is already more densely populated than rival Hong Kong, wants to raise its population by as much as 30 percent in the next two decades to ensure its economy remains dynamic, the government said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030 - from 5.3 million now - would involve persuading citizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to more foreign-born professionals, the government said in a white paper.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/singapore-wants-boost-population-69-mln-2030" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:45:31 +0000 5740868 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Singapore envisions 30 pct population jump as discontent rises http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-singapore-envisions-30-pct-population-jump-discontent- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Government sees births, immigrants pushing up population</p> <p>* Keeping the economy vibrant is vital - white paper</p> <p>* Singaporeans angry about living costs, foreign workers</p> <p>* Construction, transport, property likely to benefit (Adds reaction, analysis of immigration data)</p> <p>By John O'Callaghan and Kevin Lim</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-singapore-envisions-30-pct-population-jump-discontent-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Government Health Labor Political geography Republics Singapore Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:00:26 +0000 5740887 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore defends population forecast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/singapore-defends-population-forecast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore on Monday defended its population policies after an outcry over a forecast that it could have 30 percent more people in less than 20 years, with foreigners forming almost half the total.</p> <p>A controversial report issued last week by a government agency said the city-state's population could reach up to 6.9 million in 2030 from the current 5.3 million.</p> <p>A third of the population is already made up of foreigners, who have been blamed by Singaporeans for driving up the cost of living, straining public services and causing congestion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/singapore-defends-population-forecast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Political geography Politics Republics Singapore AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:01:00 +0000 5745230 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore under pressure over global match-fixing ring http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/singapore-under-pressure-over-global-match-fixing-ring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore's reputation for low corruption came under fire Tuesday after revelations that a criminal gang based in the city-state rigged hundreds of football matches in Europe and elsewhere.</p> <p>While police had no immediate comment and some of the country's state-linked media downplayed the news, some Singaporeans expressed shock and analysts said the scandal could harm the wealthy island's squeaky-clean image.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/singapore-under-pressure-over-global-match-fixing-ring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Political geography Republics Singapore AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:30:56 +0000 5746054 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare mass rally in Singapore demands immigration curbs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/rare-mass-rally-singapore-demands-immigration-curbs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 1,000 Singaporeans attended the city-state's biggest protest rally in recent memory Saturday, amid growing public indignation over predictions of a surging foreign population.</p> <p>The peaceful rally, held at an officially designated protest zone, was staged by a civic group after the government said foreigners could account for nearly half of the densely packed island's population in less than 20 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/rare-mass-rally-singapore-demands-immigration-curbs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:00:16 +0000 5757425 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare mass rally in Singapore demands immigration curbs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/rare-mass-rally-singapore-demands-immigration-curbs-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 2,000 people attended Singapore's biggest protest in decades on Saturday to demand curbs on immigration amid growing public anger over an expected surge in the foreign population.</p> <p>The peaceful three-hour rally at an officially designated protest zone was staged by a civic group after the government said foreigners could account for nearly half of the densely packed island's population in less than 20 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/rare-mass-rally-singapore-demands-immigration-curbs-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore Technology AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:46:08 +0000 5757496 at http://www.globalpost.com Huawei denies work in field linked to U.S. death in Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/huawei-denies-work-field-linked-us-death-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jeremy Wagstaff</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications company Huawei said on Monday it had not worked with an institute in Singapore on any projects in the specialist field of an American engineer who died mysteriously last year shortly after leaving the institute.</p> <p>Britain's Financial Times said on Saturday that Shane Todd had been working on "what was apparently a joint project" between Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics, or IME, and Huawei shortly before he died last June.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/huawei-denies-work-field-linked-us-death-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Huawei Political geography Politics Shane Todd Singapore Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:16:00 +0000 5759063 at http://www.globalpost.com Four Chinese drivers jailed over Singapore strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/four-chinese-drivers-jailed-over-singapore-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Singapore court on Monday sentenced four Chinese bus drivers to jail terms of up to seven weeks after they pleaded guilty to instigating the city-state's first strike in nearly three decades.</p> <p>Liu Xiangying, 33, Gao Yue Qiang, 32 and Wang Xianjie, 39 -- all former drivers at state-linked Singapore transport firm SMRT -- were each sentenced to six weeks in prison for conspiring to launch a two-day strike last November.</p> <p>He Jun Ling, 32, who faced an additional charge of provoking colleagues to stay away from work through an online posting, was jailed for seven weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/four-chinese-drivers-jailed-over-singapore-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Singapore Strike action AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:46:29 +0000 5765817 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore-based banks under pressure to hire more locals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/singapore-based-banks-under-pressure-hire-more-locals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Lim</p> <p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Banks and other firms in Singapore are under pressure to hire more locals and give them opportunities to advance as the government of the wealthy Asian financial centre tries to contain public anger over its policy to attract foreign talent.</p> <p>Singapore, a small island-nation with few natural resources, has historically been welcoming of foreigners who tended to take up lower-paying jobs that were not popular with locals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/singapore-based-banks-under-pressure-hire-more-locals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Labor Law Political geography Politics Singapore Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:45:03 +0000 5786524 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore economy contracts 1.4 percent in Q1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/singapore-economy-contracts-14-percent-q1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore's trade-driven economy shrank in the first quarter as demand for exports remained weak, but a robust construction sector cushioned the decline, preliminary government estimates showed Friday.</p> <p>Gross domestic product (GDP) for the three months to March contracted 1.4 percent from the preceding quarter, weighed down by an 11.3 percent shrinkage in the manufacturing sector, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.</p> <p>But construction surged 15.1 percent, fuelled by a building frenzy in the housing market, and services climbed a modest 1.8 percent.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/singapore-economy-contracts-14-percent-q1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore AFP Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:00:49 +0000 5812698 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Asia news agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/afp-asia-news-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Duty Editor: Alex Millson News Desk: +852 2829 6211</p> <p>ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON FRIDAY</p> <p>+ Kerry in South Korea for talks on North</p> <p>+ Psy releases follow-up to 'Gangnam Style'</p> <p>SOUTH KOREA</p> <p>-- US Secretary of State John Kerry and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen meet South Korean officials for discussion on North Korea and its expected missile launch. Kerry news conference expected after 0900 GMT and Rasmussen's at 0700 GMT (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY)</p> <p>SOUTH KOREA</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/afp-asia-news-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore Sports AFP Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:30:43 +0000 5812726 at http://www.globalpost.com Parents of U.S. engineer push for murder verdict in Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130509/parents-us-engineer-push-murder-verdict-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John O'Callaghan</p> <p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The parents of Shane Todd, an American engineer found dead in Singapore last year, intend to prove at a coroner's inquiry that he was murdered over a project they say involved the illegal transfer of sensitive technology to China.</p> <p>But Rick and Mary Todd told Reuters they would push for an investigation by the U.S. Congress no matter what verdict emerges from the inquiry in Singapore that starts next Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130509/parents-us-engineer-push-murder-verdict-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Huawei Law Political geography Singapore Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 10 May 2013 00:17:03 +0000 5834721 at http://www.globalpost.com Parents withdraw from inquiry into death of U.S. engineer Shane Todd http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130522/parents-withdraw-inquiry-death-us-engineer-shane-todd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Lim and Pedja Stanisic</p> <p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The parents of an American engineer found dead in Singapore last year said on Wednesday they will not take part in the rest of a coroner's inquiry into his death, which they say was linked to a project involving the transfer of sensitive technology to China.</p> <p>In a statement, Rick and Mary Todd said they had lost confidence in the system investigating the death of their 31-year-old son, Shane, who was found hanging from a door in his Singapore apartment last June.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130522/parents-withdraw-inquiry-death-us-engineer-shane-todd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Coroner Huawei Labor Law Pathology Political geography Rick Todd Singapore Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 22 May 2013 09:01:42 +0000 5843559 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore to require news websites to be licensed; seen as some as bid to control the Internet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/singapore-require-news-websites-be-licensed-seen-some-bid-co <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SINGAPORE - Singapore's government says a new policy will require online news websites to be licensed, a move that is being criticized as a form of censorship in a country where media outlets are already strictly controlled.</p> <p>The policy will require websites that report regularly on Singapore news and have at least 50,000 visitors a month to obtain annual licenses, the city-state's Media Development Authority said in a statement Tuesday. They also will be required to remove content found to be in breach of MDA standards within 24 hours of notification.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/singapore-require-news-websites-be-licensed-seen-some-bid-co" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Media Development Authority Political geography Singapore Singapore Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 29 May 2013 15:46:19 +0000 5847917 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore warns foreigners to obey its laws http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130529/singapore-warns-foreigners-obey-its-laws <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore on Wednesday issued a stern warning to foreigners to abide by its laws, after Malaysians arrested for staging an illegal protest had appealed for leniency.</p> <p>"Foreigners who break the law in Singapore should be prepared to face the consequences, including having their visas or work passes revoked," the foreign and interior ministries said in a joint statement sent to AFP.</p> <p>Twenty-one Malaysians in the city-state were arrested on May 11 after they staged an illegal protest in Singapore following disputed elections in their neighbouring homeland.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130529/singapore-warns-foreigners-obey-its-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Republics Singapore AFP Wed, 29 May 2013 16:48:18 +0000 5848091 at http://www.globalpost.com