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James Ashton: Come to Singapore, but be aware of the rules - chewing gum is bad, gambling is very, very good
18 January 2014 12:00 AM
Global Outlook It is hard to reconcile buttoned-up Singapore's transformation into the world's second-largest gambling mecca. On the one hand, chewing gum is banned and possession of a few grams of cannabis can lead to instant imprisonment. On the other, one of the original Asian tigers opened a crystal-topped cathedral of gambling four years ago that has been a roaring success. Stud poker is a particular favourite.
18 January 2014 12:00 AM
Global Outlook Perhaps the unlikeliest attraction in Singapore is the one that most foreign arrivals see first. Changi airport proudly reports it has one million visitors a year who aren't even catching a flight. In a city state where land is at a premium, many families drop by for a few hours to let their children run around.
11 January 2014 02:43 AM
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06 December 2013 02:42 AM
Ed Miliband’s conference-season assault on the Coalition made backing business a hazardous activity for the Chancellor. Yesterday’s upgraded growth forecasts tell a story of a catch-up recovery, but that in itself will not deliver votes at the ballot box in 2015. George Osborne knows he needs these green shoots to blossom and the many to share the gains of the few.
27 November 2013 01:12 AM
As profits jump almost 20% to £28m, and plastic notes take off, the currency printer’s boss is quietly cautious over its prize BoE contract
25 November 2013 01:13 AM
Engineering services firm Babcock International is in exclusive talks to buy into the world’s biggest helicopter operator.
15 November 2013 12:00 AM
08 November 2013 12:00 AM
The National Grid's chief executive talks to James Ashton about how to keep the lights on this winter… and plan for the future
04 November 2013 12:00 AM
A report out today calls on parents, teachers, employers and the Government to pull together to inspire the young to become engineers and address the chronic shortage of engineering skills needed to grow the UK economy.
01 November 2013 12:00 AM
John Cridland, the director-general of employers' body the CBI, has warned against hiking wages too soon before Britain's economic recovery has taken strong root. At the same time as intervening in the cost of living debate that will loom large during the 18-month run-in to the next General Election, Mr Cridland cautioned against what he sees as rising political threats to business growth.
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