reuters.com Archives - 29 June 2016, Wednesday

  • Baby Asian elephant makes public debut at Singapore's nocturnal zoo

    Baby Asian elephant makes public debut at Singapore's nocturnal zoo

    reuters.com 28 Jun '16, 8pm

    SINGAPORE - A two-month Asian baby elephant was introduced to the public for the first time on Tuesday at the Singapore Night Safari. The unnamed female calf was born on May 12 and weighed 149 kg (328 lbs), according to Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The playful newcomer now tips the sc...

  • Singapore Airlines flight returns to Changi, catches fire, no casualties

    Singapore Airlines flight returns to Changi, catches fire, no casualties

    reuters.com 27 Jun '16, 1am

    SINGAPORE A Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) flight to Milan caught fire early on Monday after returning to Singapore's Changi airport following an engine oil warning message, but all passengers were safe, the airline and airport officials said. The aircraft's right engine caught fire aft...

  • UPDATE 1-Singapore Exchange says hikes margins amid Brexit volatility

    reuters.com 23 Jun '16, 2am

    * SGX first Asian exchange to confirm margin hike on Brexit risk * Other exchanges have privately warned traders and brokers * Britain votes on Thursday, polls show country split (Adds detail , comments) By Michelle Price HONG KONG, June 23 Singapore Exchange Ltd said it has raised th...

  • UPDATE 1-Singapore Exchange says hikes margins amid Brexit volatility

    Singapore Exchange says hikes margins amid Brexit volatility

    reuters.com 23 Jun '16, 2am

    HONG KONG Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGXL.SI ) said it has raised the amount of cash firms must pledge to cover trading positions due to an expected rise in market volatility linked to Britain's vote on whether to exit the European Union. SGX is the first exchange in Asia to increase tra...

  • Nose job: smells are smart sensors' last frontier

    reuters.com 22 Jun '16, 11pm

    Snodgrass is funding a start-up called Tzoa, a wearable that measures air quality. He says interest in this from polluted China is particularly strong. Another, Nima, raised $9 million last month to build devices that can test food for proteins and substances, including gluten, peanut...

  • Singapore decried for barring foreign sponsorship of gay rally

    reuters.com 22 Jun '16, 8am

    SINGAPORE Singapore should repeal its ban on foreign companies sponsoring the annual Pink Dot gay-pride event, Human Rights Watch said, complaining that it infringed freedom of expression in the city state. Singapore announced this month that foreign firms would no longer be allowed t...

  • Singapore decried for barring foreign sponsorship of gay rally

    Singapore decried for barring foreign sponsorship of gay rally

    reuters.com 22 Jun '16, 8am

    SINGAPORE Singapore should repeal its ban on foreign companies sponsoring the annual Pink Dot gay-pride event, Human Rights Watch said, complaining that it infringed freedom of expression in the city state. Singapore announced this month that foreign firms would no longer be allowed t...

  • Exclusive: McDonald's gets bids for China, HK stores sale in up to $3 billion deal - sources

    reuters.com 22 Jun '16, 12am

    HONG KONG/SINGAPORE McDonald's Corp (MCD.N ) has received more than half a dozen bids for its China and Hong Kong stores, including offers from Beijing Tourism Group, Sanpower and ChemChina, in an auction that could fetch up to $3 billion, people familiar with the matter said. Buyout ...

  • Singapore delays $1 billion military helicopter buy after Super Puma crash: sources

    Singapore delays $1 billion military helicopter buy after Super Puma crash: sources

    reuters.com 21 Jun '16, 11am

    SINGAPORE Singapore has delayed a decision on a $1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus (AIR.PA ) Super Puma whose military version was the frontrunner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said. The city-state, a highly sought-afte...

  • Singapore delays $1 billion military helicopter buy after Super Puma crash: sources

    Singapore delays $1 billion military helicopter buy after Super Puma crash: sources

    reuters.com 21 Jun '16, 11am

    SINGAPORE Singapore has delayed a decision on a $1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus (AIR.PA ) Super Puma whose military version was the frontrunner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said. The city-state, a highly sought-afte...

  • Australian 'bitcoin founder' quietly bidding for patent empire

    reuters.com 20 Jun '16, 2pm

    SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright...

  • Australian 'bitcoin founder' quietly bidding for patent empire

    reuters.com 20 Jun '16, 1pm

    SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright...

  • Australian 'bitcoin founder' quietly bidding for patent empire

    reuters.com 20 Jun '16, 1pm

    SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright...

  • Australian 'bitcoin founder' quietly bidding for patent empire

    reuters.com 20 Jun '16, 1pm

    SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright...

  • UPDATE 2-Singapore May exports post surprise jump on gold, drugs shipments

    reuters.com 17 Jun '16, 8am

    * May NODX +11.6 pct y/y vs -2.3 pct forecast * May NODX +16.8 pct m/m sadj vs +2.6 pct forecast * NODX to U.S. +9.1 pct y/y vs -7.0 pct y/y April * NODX to China -10.1 pct y/y, to Europe -14.0 pct y/y (Adds comments and details on gold exports,) By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE, June 17 ...

  • Jewelry, sneakers and lots of paper towels at 'Whitey' Bulger auction

    Jewelry, sneakers and lots of paper towels at 'Whitey' Bulger auction

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 8pm

    BOSTON Some of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's preferences were made well known during the years he ruled the city's underworld: He didn't like snitches and expected absolute obedience from members of his gang. He also expected consistency in his footwear, judging by a ...

  • Bank of Canada studies payments system using tech behind bitcoin

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 7pm

    TORONTO/OTTAWA The Bank of Canada is experimenting with a payments system based on the technology behind the bitcoin virtual currency, the central bank said on Thursday. Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said the central bank has been working with commercial banks ...

  • Bank of Canada studies payments system using tech behind bitcoin

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 7pm

    TORONTO/OTTAWA The Bank of Canada is experimenting with a payments system based on the technology behind the bitcoin virtual currency, the central bank said on Thursday. Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said the central bank has been working with commercial banks ...

  • Virtual safe haven? Bitcoin surges to highest in more than two years

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 5pm

    LONDON, June 16 The price of bitcoin surged 8 percent to $750 on Thursday, its highest since early 2014, as jittery investors sought shelter in the web-based currency, once considered too volatile to invest in, let alone at times of market stress. Worries that Britain will vote next w...

  • Singapore team rubs shoulders discreetly with hi-tech massage jacket

    Singapore team rubs shoulders discreetly with hi-tech massage jacket

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 9am

    SINGAPORE A Singapore design team claims to have come up with a solution to coping with aches and pain in the office - a jacket that massages your muscles and attempts to correct your posture. Controlled by a mobile app and able to run for around three hours after a USB charge, 'Aira'...

  • Singapore Post dissolves executive committee

    reuters.com 16 Jun '16, 1am

    SINGAPORE, June 16 Singapore Post Ltd said on Thursday its executive committee has been dissolved, and that five directors will have left the board by the coming annual shareholder meeting in July. The company said in a statement that Keith Tay, Goh Yeow Tin and Wolfgang Baier have re...

  • Singapore calls on Indonesia for information on suspected polluters

    reuters.com 15 Jun '16, 3pm

    SINGAPORE Singapore appealed to Indonesia on Wednesday for information on companies suspected of causing cross-border pollution, saying stopping smoke from fires set by plantation firms was not an issue of "sovereignty". Fires in Indonesia, often set in the dry season by companies cle...

  • Singapore start-up to launch robo adviser to tap tech-savvy rich

    reuters.com 15 Jun '16, 8am

    SINGAPORE Financial technology firm Mesitis Pte Ltd plans to launch a robo-advisory business for high net worth individuals in the next two months, its CEO said, capitalizing on a growing trend by the rich to seek online investment advice at a lower cost. A new, tech-savvy generation ...

  • Singapore start-up to launch robo adviser to tap tech-savvy rich

    reuters.com 15 Jun '16, 8am

    SINGAPORE Financial technology firm Mesitis Pte Ltd plans to launch a robo-advisory business for high net worth individuals in the next two months, its CEO said, capitalizing on a growing trend by the rich to seek online investment advice at a lower cost. A new, tech-savvy generation ...

  • Singapore private home sales rise 64.2 pct y/y in May

    reuters.com 15 Jun '16, 4am

    SINGAPORE, June 15 Sales of private homes by developers in Singapore rose 64.2 percent in May from a year earlier, government data released on Wednesday showed. The Urban Redevelopment Authority said developers sold 1,056 units in May, up from the 643 units sold in May last year. The ...

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi says testing its own digital currency

    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi says testing its own digital currency

    reuters.com 14 Jun '16, 8pm

    NEW YORK Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ confirmed on Tuesday it is conducting experiments on a digital currency utilizing the technology behind the virtual currency bitcoin. The statement came following a report from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper last week that the bank will soon issue a ...

  • 'Inferno' world premiere set for Dante's birthplace of Florence

    'Inferno' world premiere set for Dante's birthplace of Florence

    reuters.com 14 Jun '16, 11am

    SINGAPORE The Italian city of Florence, birthplace of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, will stage the world premiere of "Inferno", the third film to be adapted from the Dan Brown novels about symbologist Robert Langdon. "I’m happy to say it is in beautiful Florence in Italy," Ron Howard,...

  • New York approves Ripple Lab's application for bitcoin license

    reuters.com 13 Jun '16, 6pm

    WASHINGTON New York state's financial regulator on Monday approved a license for bitcoin company Ripple Labs Inc, allowing it to offer digital currency services in the state. The New York State Department of Financial Services said the company had cleared a review of anti-money launde...

  • New York approves Ripple Lab's application for bitcoin license

    reuters.com 13 Jun '16, 6pm

    WASHINGTON New York state's financial regulator on Monday approved a license for bitcoin company Ripple Labs Inc, allowing it to offer digital currency services in the state. The New York State Department of Financial Services said the company had cleared a review of anti-money launde...

  • Wanted: Oil traders who know China, with good heads for liquor

    reuters.com 10 Jun '16, 10am

    BEIJING/SINGAPORE Chinese independent oil companies are luring traders, marketers and risk managers away from dominant state behemoths, offering better pay and perks in a hiring spree triggered by the freeing up of China's crude import trade. Global oil firms and commodity houses have...