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Week in Review - 14 August 2014

Falling resale and rental prices of private and HDB homes lead to increase in resale volumes and ren...


  • Pulau Ubin micro-grid to be platform for energy-related technologiesPulau Ubin micro-grid to be platform for energy-related technologies
    Channel NewsAsia - 20/8/2014 2:26 PM

    SINGAPORE: The development of energy-related technologies is the focus for the next phase of the Pulau Ubin Micro-grid Test-bed. The Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced on Wednesday (Aug 20) the launch of a Request for Proposals (RFP), calling on...

  • Acute care hospitals to have patient discharge loungesAcute care hospitals to have patient discharge lounges
    Channel NewsAsia - 20/8/2014 1:42 PM

    SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry (MOH) on Wednesday (Aug 20) announced that all acute care hospitals in Singapore will soon have patient discharge lounges. The move will free up hospital beds by moving patients for discharge to a separate location. MOH...

  • Energy-intensive firms could see returns from sustainability efforts in under 3 years: NEAEnergy-intensive firms could see returns from sustainability efforts in under 3 years: NEA
    Channel NewsAsia - 20/8/2014 1:26 PM

    SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) says some heavy users of energy may not have to wait long to see the returns from their efforts to save energy.This follows the agency's initial assessment of energy reports submitted by 167 companies,...

  • Prices of Sentosa Cove homes hit by property-cooling measuresPrices of Sentosa Cove homes hit by property-cooling measures
    Channel NewsAsia - 20/8/2014 11:55 AM

    SINGAPORE: The number of transactions involving non-landed homes in Sentosa has fallen considerably over the last three years. According to caveats lodged, property analysts say only 10 units were sold in the first seven months of this year.A 3,046 s...

  • Fire in Boon Keng Rd flatFire in Boon Keng Rd flat
    Channel NewsAsia - 20/8/2014 11:29 AM

    SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at a flat on the 14th floor of Block 3B Upper Boon Keng Road at about 6.20 pm on Wednesday (Aug 20).The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said a fire engine, two Red Rhinos, three ambulances and three support vehicles w...

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  • FIFA upholds Barcelona transfer banFIFA upholds Barcelona transfer ban
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 11:12 AM

    Barcelona will not be able to sign any new players until January 2016 after world football's governing body FIFA rejected an appeal over a transfer ban imposed for breaching rules on underage players.

  • Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healerSierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 6:52 AM

    It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer's claims to special powers.

  • Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 6:33 AM

    BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.

  • China fines Japanese auto parts firms $200 mn for monopolyChina fines Japanese auto parts firms $200 mn for monopoly
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 5:34 AM

    China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country's anti-monopoly drive.

  • Tide turns for shark fin in ChinaTide turns for shark fin in China
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 4:57 AM

    A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.

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  • Australia says Bitcoin not taxable as currencyAustralia says Bitcoin not taxable as currency
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 7:37 AM

    Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority ruled Wednesday.

  • Czechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currencyCzechs roll out new Bitcoin-style virtual currency
    Agence France-Presse - 19/8/2014 7:14 PM

    The Czech Republic launched its answer to Bitcoin on Tuesday when new virtual currency CzechCrownCoin started trading. 

  • Octopus inspires new camouflage materialOctopus inspires new camouflage material
    Agence France-Presse - 19/8/2014 6:47 PM

    The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday.

  • Google buys travel guide app startup JetpacGoogle buys travel guide app startup Jetpac
    Agence France-Presse - 18/8/2014 8:48 PM

    Google confirmed Monday it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram.

  • Facebook helps readers tell truth from fictionFacebook helps readers tell truth from fiction
    Agence France-Presse - 18/8/2014 8:42 PM

    Facebook said on Monday that it is testing a way to let members know when articles posted to the social network are tongue-in-cheek instead of hand-on-heart.

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  • Dozing man falls into London riverDozing man falls into London river
    Agence France-Presse - 19/8/2014 11:23 PM

    A dozy man who fell asleep on the Thames embankment in London had to be rescued after nodding off and falling in the river, rescue services said Tuesday.

  • Snoozing China air traffic controllers force jet to delay landingSnoozing China air traffic controllers force jet to delay landing
    Agence France-Presse - 19/8/2014 4:55 AM

    A Chinese aircraft was forced to delay its landing after two air traffic controllers nodded off, reports said Tuesday, sparking a wave of online anger about airline safety.

  • Mega gator catch is largest in US state of AlabamaMega gator catch is largest in US state of Alabama
    Agence France-Presse - 18/8/2014 7:22 PM

    A family in the US state of Alabama hauled in a monster alligator over the weekend, setting a new record for size in the southern state, media reports said Monday.

  • Swiss mayor suspended over nude selfies taken in officeSwiss mayor suspended over nude selfies taken in office
    Agence France-Presse - 18/8/2014 12:02 PM

    The mayor of the Swiss town of Baden, who is also a member of parliament, was suspended Monday following allegations that he sent nude selfies taken at work to a woman friend.

  • Brazil inmate flies the coop in drug ruseBrazil inmate flies the coop in drug ruse
    Agence France-Presse - 18/8/2014 10:19 AM

    A Brazilian inmate on supervised release put his electronic monitoring bracelet on an unsuspecting rooster, which he locked in a chicken coop, and then sneaked off to sell drugs.

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  • AirAsia profit jumps despite 'challenging' climate
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 12:37 PM

    Malaysia-based AirAsia on Wednesday announced a sixfold increase in second-quarter net profit as Asia's budget travel leader increased revenue despite what it called a "challenging" aviation environment.

  • Tourists, hikers evacuated near rumbling Iceland volcano
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 11:42 AM

    Tourists and hikers were evacuated Wednesday near a massive rumbling volcano in Iceland as the threat of eruption raised fears of a replay of the air traffic chaos caused when another peak blew four years ago.

  • Oil prices rally from recent losses
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 11:31 AM

    Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday from the previous day's multi-month lows, as dealers awaited the latest update on crude reserves in top consumer the United States.

  • Two charged in Malaysia with stealing from MH370 victims
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 9:55 AM

    A Malaysian bank officer and her husband were charged Wednesday with forgery, theft and other offences after allegedly stealing more than $30,000 from the accounts of four people who were aboard missing flight MH370.

  • Bank of Cyprus sells Romanian hotel stake for 95 mn euros
    Agence France-Presse - 20/8/2014 9:10 AM

    Troubled Bank of Cyprus, the island's largest lender, said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its stake in Romania's Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to an Austrian firm for 95 million euros.

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