OUTLOOK 2019

Four Asian elections to watch out for in 2019

THERE will be plenty of election fever in Asia in 2019. Many major economies in the region are expected to hold national elections in the coming months.
THE FINISH LINE

Six sporting wishes for a great 2019

WE are less than 72 hours away from ushering in a brand-new year, and there's already so much to look forward to in the world of sports in 2019...
THE FINISH LINE

A year to savour in the world of sports

THERE are just nine days to go before we say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the new year, and sports fans around the world will look back fondly on another action-packed year that has produced more than its fair share of memorable moments.
BT EXCLUSIVE

Beyond Asia, BreadTalk has sights set on Europe and US

HENRY Chu, the chief executive officer of Singapore's BreadTalk Group, is more than confident of where he wants to steer the SGX-listed company over the next five to 10 years...

Din Tai Fung brand strong enough to grow in Europe, says BreadTalk chief as first outlet opens in London

THERE may be no shortage of Chinese restaurants in London, but the fact that there is "not a lot of authentic Taiwanese cuisine" was one of the main reasons why BreadTalk took the plunge and decided to introduce Din Tai Fung to the British capital...

BreadTalk enters Europe with Din Tai Fung's London flagship

THE Taiwanese restaurant famous for its "xiao long bao" (steamed pork dumplings) opened its doors for the first time in London's West End on Wednesday to much fanfare...
SINGAPORE POLITICS

Business groups positive as Heng looks set to be fourth PM

ARMED with a clean bill of health by his doctors and a steely resolve to serve Singapore and its people, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said he was "deeply conscious" of the heavy responsibility he is taking on at the ruling People's Action Party (PAP)...
ASEAN SUMMIT 2018

PM Lee confident RCEP deal can be inked in 2019

AS negotiations to create the world's largest free-trade area drag on into the new year and beyond, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is confident that a deal for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can be reached in 2019...
BT EXCLUSIVE

Russian sovereign wealth fund courts more Singapore investors

RUSSIA is about to embark on an infrastructure spending programme worth US$100 billion, and the head of the country's dynamic sovereign wealth fund is eager to have more Singapore companies tap some of these lucrative opportunities...

Spirit of sharing and helping in ASEAN

EIGHTEEN years ago, ASEAN's leaders launched the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) to narrow the development divide and accelerate the economic integration of newer ASEAN Member States at the time, in particular the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries...

Cooperating to counter cyber threats

COUNTRIES and governments all around the world are busy dealing with the scourge of cyber threats. These threats are difficult to detect, increasingly sophisticated, and both transboundary and asymmetric in nature.
NEWS ANALYSIS: SINGAPORE POLITICS

Big test awaits 4G leaders as next GE nears

THERE is still quite some time to go until the next general election (GE) in Singapore, but it's safe to say the wheels are already in motion for the big day as the country gears up for only its third leadership transition since independence...

Singapore can achieve steady, sustained growth: PM

SINGAPORE'S economy must continue to grow, and that is why the government is pressing on with its economic transformation plans, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday...
THE FINISH LINE

Battle for Manchester's bragging rights

THE swagger at Manchester United, missing for so much of the season, seems to have returned at last. For many of the club's frustrated fans, the sense is that the underperforming Red Devils - in seventh place after 11 matches - have regained their confidence and are ready to climb the English...
THE FINISH LINE

Pretty big (tennis) shoes for Shenzhen to fill

WE are just six days removed from the end of the WTA Finals tennis championships in Singapore, and I still haven't fully come to terms that the tournament's five-year stay in the Lion City is really over...
WTA FINALS

Bertens on cusp of semi-final berth

WHAT an exhilarating week it has been so far for Dutch tennis star Kiki Bertens.

For BNP Paribas and women's tennis, it's a perfect match

WHEN Joris Dierckx flew to Singapore in August this year to begin his new role at BNP Paribas, it was a bit of a homecoming of sorts for the 49-year-old Belgium national.
THE FINISH LINE

Tennis' elite 8 ready for Singapore showdown

FOR an entire week starting this Sunday, tennis fans will train their sights on the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang - the venue for the fifth and final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global tournament. The world's top eight players - minus the injured world...

Wozniacki launches her own crypto token in partnership with GCOX

SHE'S already one of the most famous and successful tennis players today, but Caroline Wozniacki now also wants to make a name for herself in the world of cryptocurrency...
BT EXCLUSIVE

Alstom lays down tracks for diversity and railway business

WHEN Ling Fang was promoted to her current role at French multinational Alstom in July this year, she smashed two glass ceilings in one fell swoop.
THE FINISH LINE

One final tennis hurrah

MELISSA Pine lives and breathes tennis. Not only is she vice-president of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) in Asia-Pacific, she's also the tournament director of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global tournament. The next edition of the WTA Finals - the fifth and...

One small step for a man, and US$250,000 for Branson's Virgin group

THE waiting list to travel to outer space on board Virgin Galactic's new spaceships first closed four years ago, but the demand to become a space traveller has far from waned...

Pedigree names among One Championship's US$166m fund raising

SINGAPORE-BASED martial arts organisation, One Championship, has closed a US$166 million Series D financing round led by US venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

One Championship raises US$166m in Series D funding

SINGAPORE-BASED martial arts organisation, One Championship, has closed a US$166 million Series D financing round led by US venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

Tennis and corporate hospitality a perfect match

THE world's best female tennis players - including Romania's world No 1 Simona Halep and Japanese star Naomi Osaka - will compete in Singapore later this month, and fans are fast snapping up the premium VIP tickets to watch the action in style...