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January 13, 1998
A Jan. 2 article referred to Singapore as having been a fishing village 30 years ago. Although Lee Kuan Yew did wonders for Singapore, he did not start with a fishing village. Singapore was always a thriving port, and as early as 1947 the city was a lively and busy place with department stores, concert halls, nightclubs, restaurants, beautiful hotels, and saw the beginnings of modern high-rise buildings. I know, since I lived there from 1945 until 1951. MARC FOORMAN Encino
April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Ilo Ilo" is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him. Winner of Cannes' prestigious Camera d'Or for best debut feature, it quietly demonstrates that in the right hands even the familiar stuff of everyday life can move us deeply. "Ilo Ilo" is inspired, like the similarly affecting "The Maid" from Chile's Sebastian Silva, by the filmmaker's experience being raised by a maid in his native Singapore because his middle-class parents had to work.
January 11, 1991 | Reuters
A U.S. Air Force general arrived Thursday for four days of talks on increased U.S. use of military facilities in the city-state, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said. The commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Lt. Gen. J. B. Davis, will discuss with local defense officials implementation of a pact recently signed by the two nations to allow more access by military planes and ships.
March 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
Although residents of Los Angeles and New York may complain about the high cost of living, the two cities can seem like a bargain compared with the truly wallet-squeezing metropolises of the world. Singapore, the city-state in Southeast Asia, takes the top spot as the priciest city to live, according to a biannual survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey calculates the cost of living for 131 metropolises around the world and compares price tags on hundreds of goods and services such as food, clothing and utilities.
April 18, 1994
Your article "Singapore: What Price Justice?" (April 2) has certain factual errors and omissions. These are: In referring to the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which empowers the authorities to detain secret society members and criminals like drug traffickers, your article states that "the accused is not allowed to present a defense." This is incorrect. Your reporter was informed during an interview with Singapore officials on March 28 that the accused person "can also be represented by counsel."
October 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
The film company of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas opened a digital animation studio in Singapore on Thursday, and said it has started work on his latest project -- a television series based on the hit series. Lucas, who did not travel to Singapore for the opening, said his new TV series, titled "Clone Wars" and based on the "Star Wars" movies, was being developed in the Singapore production house, and that it probably would be completed next year.
September 1, 1985
Singapore passed a law Friday to revoke the citizenship of anyone who has stayed abroad for more than 10 years without good reason. Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam Jayakumar told Parliament the law was necessary because many citizens went abroad in the early 1950s and 1960s when Singapore was going through difficult times and now wanted to return.
January 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday said it planned to invest $1 billion in Singapore over the next five years as it shifts some manufacturing of its highest-end computers to the island nation. The world's No. 2 computer maker said the production lines in Singapore would be used to cater to growing demand in Asia, especially in China and South Korea. Hewlett-Packard has more than 6,000 workers in Singapore and thus is one of the largest foreign investors.
October 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Singapore government said Wednesday that movie distributors can now release different versions of the same picture there -- allowing Singaporeans to see more films without censors' cuts. Distributors were previously forced to screen only one version of a film. This system meant choosing between censored versions for wide release or preserving the original film without cuts but sacrificing the youth audience. The government regularly censors films, TV programs and music compact discs.
December 13, 2010
'The Country Girl' Bing Crosby earned his third lead actor Oscar nomination for his gripping performance in the 1954 drama "The Country Girl" as an alcoholic singer who is given a chance for a comeback. 'Going My Way' Leo McCarey directed Crosby to his Oscar-winning turn as the young Catholic priest Father O'Malley in the 1944 best picture winner, "Going My Way. " In the film, Crosby also sang the Oscar-winning tune "Swinging on a Star. " 'Road to Singapore' Bob Hope and Crosby were two of Paramount's biggest stars when they were cast as buddies in the 1940 comedy hit "Road to Singapore.
March 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The purported unmasking of Satoshi Nakamoto by Newsweek on Thursday trumped any other bitcoin news. Whatever else was going on in the world of the world's favorite virtual currency pretty much got ignored. Makes sense.  But to show just how strange and crazy things can be around bitcoin these days, here are four stories we ignored because of the Nakamoto revelation:  1. Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide : "Autumn Ratke, a 28-year-old American CEO of  bitcoin exchange firm First Meta  was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results.
December 10, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - With economic policymaking at home largely paralyzed by Republican opposition, the Obama administration's effort to shift its focus abroad by stimulating U.S. growth through expanded exports isn't moving much easier. The latest round of Asia-Pacific trade talks among the U.S. and 11 other countries ended Tuesday in Singapore without an agreement, dashing the administration's hopes of closing a deal this year. The lack of a deal also is a setback for what is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's strategy to exert greater influence in an economically and militarily crucial region where China has become dominant.
September 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One changes things up a bit this weekend with a night race in Singapore, but that's unlikely to alter Sebastian Vettel's title march. The 26-year-old Red Bull driver, in seeking his fourth consecutive Formula One championship, also is looking to capture his third consecutive Singapore Grand Prix. The German driver holds a 53-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso heading into Sunday's race. And to no one's surprise, Vettel posted the fastest lap in Friday's two practice sessions on the 3.15-mile Marina Bay Street Circuit, followed by his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
July 25, 2013
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, reported a 9% jump in revenue during the second quarter led in part by thriving property markets in Australia, Singapore and China. Profit was down from the same period last year, however, as the Los Angeles company spent $25.8 million to refinance debt and reduce future interest payments. Second-quarter net income was $69.9 million, or 21 cents a share, down from $75.9 million, or 23 cents, a year earlier.
June 19, 2013 | Rogert Vincent
The $367.5-million sale of U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, the tallest building in the West, has been completed. Its new owner is Singapore investor Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd. The developer and landlord also owns commercial properties including offices, shopping centers and hotels in Singapore, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China. The planned sale by MPG Office Trust Inc. was announced in March. MPG, which has been the largest office landlord in downtown L.A. for many years, is winding down its business and selling its assets.
June 16, 2013
You can fly to the Thai resort of Phuket on Singapore Airlines , departing from LAX , for $1,099 round trip, including all taxes and fees. The trip must occur between Aug. 18 and Nov. 15. The maximum stay is one month, and the ticket must be purchased by June 25. The fare is subject to availability. Info: Singapore Airlines , (800) 742-3333 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
June 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
On Singapore Airlines, the onboard menu changes with each airport the carrier serves, so fliers can order local dishes or drinks. For example, passengers flying from San Francisco to Hong Kong or South Korea can order Napa Valley wines. “The whole program is to give passengers a taste of something familiar,” said James Boyd, a spokesman for the airline. What do passengers flying from Los Angeles get? A selection of doughnuts from Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. The doughnuts, which are delivered daily to the airline's catering facility, are made a bit smaller than typical Randy's Donuts to better fit on the airplane's serving dishes.
May 31, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
SINGAPORE - Chuck Hagel emerged from combat in the Vietnam War with two Purple Hearts and "a sense of how important it would be for America to engage wisely in Asia," as he put it to top defense officials gathered here. Now, more than a year after President Obama pledged to refocus America's security strategy toward Asia, Hagel is using his first visit to the region as Defense chief to reassure allies that the so-called pivot won't be derailed by Pentagon budget cuts or competing demands from the civil war in Syria, the nuclear stalemate with Iran and other high-priority issues.
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