Singapore, 30 August 2017Australian International School (AIS) and Stamford American International School (Stamford American), two international schools in Singapore within the Cognita Group, today celebrated the grand opening of their world-class Early Learning Village, a collaborative venture and shared campus, 100% educational by design for children aged 18 months to six years old – a world first of this scale for early years education.

 

The Village is a compelling proposition for all nationalities including Singaporeans and while both schools are in one location, they operate independently supporting their respective education philosophies and pathways. Stamford American offers International Baccalaureate® (IB) and the US curriculum on the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar (August to June) while AIS offers the Australian curriculum on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar (January to December).

 

The stunning 50,000 sqm campus is the equivalent size of seven football fields and is truly a ground-breaking addition to Singapore’s education landscape.

 

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Orbis Singapore organizes blindfold lunches in schools and office premises to raise awareness of the importance of eye sight. It is a great way to engage your employees and give back to the Singapore community.

Some primary schools get fewer opportunities and funding for extra-curricular activities. Sponsoring a Blindfold Lunch is a great way for these students to have fun outside of class time and learn more about avoidable blindness, eye care tips and encourage empathy.

 

We currently have one primary school on the wait list but we need one (or two!) corporate sponsors and volunteers for the event on 26 and 27 October.

Contact Elaine at Elaine.Woon@orbis.org to learn more about how you can help the students have a great day!

*26 October: We are looking for 38 volunteers and event sponsorship of $5,640

*27 October: We are looking for 31 volunteers and event sponsorship of $4,650

 

About Project Orbis Singapore

We are an international non-profit organisation that transforms lives by working to eliminate avoidable blindness. We do this through long-term country programs with partner hospitals, the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, and Cybersight, our telemedicine platform. We are registered as a charity under the Ministry of Health in Singapore.

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16 August 2017, Singapore – Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present our annual SE Asia Project Finance Conference 2017. Demographic change, increasing natural resource demands, urbanisation and the growing significance of environmental aspects are creating a growing need for investment in all types of mega projects in the Southeast Asia.

 

According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), emerging Asia is expected to require in excess of US$8 trillion of additional funding per decade in order to meet its infrastructure needs. While it is an urgent challenge, at the same time, it creates abundance of opportunities for Southeast Asia’s mega projects.

 

Join them at the ALB SE Asia Project Finance Conference 2017 as they bring together industry experts and key players to discuss on the trends and innovative ways forward of SEA project financing. This conference also covers topics on the key trends and developments within the project finance market and regulatory, alternative financing, risk assessments and many more.

 

Key Topics

  • Recent legislative developments in the South East Asia project finance arena
  • Striking a balanced risk sharing matrix amongst stakeholders for smooth project development
  • What are the ongoing opportunities and risks for investors in ASEAN’s mega projects?
  • Exploring new and innovative financing options for PPP in infrastructure to facilitate accelerated growth
  • Improving project bankability and project risks
  • Key trends and implications for the legal market in project finance industry

 

Key Benefits of Attending

  • Position yourself as an internationally acclaimed leader which bridges project finance efforts between investors, borrowers and regulators in Southeast Asia
  • Discover new opportunities with the budding model of project bond market and new financial integration
  • Identifying alternative financing options, innovative PPP models and new investment methods
  • Learn how to perform project finance risk analysis to ensure project success

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/conferences/seapf2017  or email Azrielle at Azrielle.looi@thomsonreuters.com

 

To register: https://www.regonline.com/seapf2017  

Bearing a much sought-after address in Bangkok, 98 Wireless is the most expensive luxury freehold condominium in the capital city of Thailand.

 

The 25-story rare freehold residential development has only 77 limited-edition and well-appointed apartments offering two-bedrooms, three-bedrooms and three-bedroom Duplex Residences, as well as Penthouses and a Super Penthouse aptly known as The One. Befitting of its stature, the ultra-spacious abodes at 98 Wireless range from 120 square meters to 950 square meters, and offer private lift access for ultimate privacy. There is also ample parking in the basement with thoughtful provision of super-car lots for luxury marques and electric vehicle charger spaces for next-generation cars.

 

At 98 Wireless, the bespoke amenities spread over three levels. One is ushered into a tranquil retreat the minute one steps into the regal reception hall. Designed by New York-based Anne Carson Interiors and exclusively styled in Ralph Lauren Home, no expense has been spared – starting with the stunning Ralph Lauren handmade chandelier that illuminates the lobby. The enduring timelessness extends to the Embassy Hall and Gampu Lounge on the ground floor where the five-meter ceiling height lends an expansive feel as you relax on the sofa either with a book or have a private tete-a-tete. The juxtaposition of vintage furniture with classic contemporary pieces lends a refined air replete with historical richness.

 

Being the only freehold super luxury condominium available on Bangkok’s Embassy Row, one would not expect any less of 98 Wireless which makes a majestic architectural statement. Crafted from European Beaux-Arts inspiration which starts from the magnificent facade to the dignified interiors, 98 Wireless is the epitome of cosmopolitan Manhattan, New York. The handpicked selection of marble and limestone exudes an air of timeless elegance and understated luxury. The building exterior is rendered in a timeless classic style which embraces architectural integrity and the highest level of craftsmanship.

 

Please visit List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore website at https://goo.gl/5XjSYn or contact a Relationship Manager for more information on 98 Wireless.

 

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In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. At the time of her passing in 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects firm was the fastest growing architectural firm in London. Several of her designs are to be released posthumously in the years to come. Mayfair is one of them, a landmark that will forever be part of her sterling legacy. Mayfair offers discerning residents capacious floor spaces, bespoke quality and attention to the finest detail.

 

Fluid curves were inspired by the forces of nature, featuring looping balconies reminiscent of rippling sand dunes and ocean waves. It is a building that comes alive as you approach, drawing you in. A discreet lift takes you directly into your residence through your private lift lobby. Each lift serves only two residences on each floor, connected to your dedicated basement car garages or amenity levels. Your 24-hour concierge at an exceptional grand lobby welcomes you home, while amenities await from Levels 1 to 3, including a 25-meter lap pool, gymnasium, sauna and private cinema. The rooftop on Level 20 offers facilities such as jacuzzi, outdoor BBQ area, dining lounge and outdoor terrace accessible to all residents. Residents can bask on the rooftop terrace with stunning views to Albert Park Lake and Port Phillip Bay.

 

Located on Melbourne’s most superior boulevard, Mayfair offers easy access to some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, top public and private schools, lush gardens and a transportation hub. Trams run frequently along St Kilda Road, while the new proposed Domain train station is in the pipeline. Mayfair is surrounded by lush greenery as it is in close proximity to iconic parks like Albert Park Lake and Royal Botanic Gardens. St Kilda Road boasts a vibrant arts and culture vibe. The nearby Arts Centre and Hamer Hall also offer alluring venues for inspired performances, from ballet to opera. Mayfair is within walking distance to some of the best institutions of learning in Victoria, both public and private, such as Melbourne Grammar, Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School and Wesley College. The University of Melbourne and RMIT are just a short tram ride away.

 

Please visit List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore website at https://goo.gl/TvLN6K or contact a Relationship Manager for more information on Mayfair.

 

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Vietnam is the most complex country in Asia Pacific for accounting and tax compliance – just beating its giant and complex neighbour, China – according to TMF Group’s inaugural Financial Complexity Index 2017.

The leading provider of global business and compliance services ranked 94 jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas, with 1 being most complex and 94 the least complex. Hong Kong came in at 91 as the easiest place in APAC for compliance from an accounting and tax perspective; only the Cayman Islands, BVI and UAE were ranked less complex for business across the world.

TOP 5 MOST COMPLEX JURISDICTIONS IN ASIA PACIFIC FOR ACCOUNTING AND TAX COMPLIANCE

JURISDICTION GLOBAL RANKING
Vietnam 5
China 7
India 10
Pakistan 19
Philippines 25

MOST IMPORTANT COMPLIANCE TRENDS FOR APAC PROFESSIONALS

  1. Risk of non-compliance with local regulation: 24%
  2. Tax compliance (possibly of tax audits): 20%
  3. Accounting complexity: 16%
  4. Future impact of technology: 14%
  5. BEPS and transfer pricing: 12%

Results summary

  • Asia Pacific has three jurisdictions in the top 10: Vietnam (5), China (7) and India (10). Complexity around invoicing, filing and the conducting of audits is high with very specific documentation and processes applied.
  • The burden of reporting creates headaches in Vietnam. Regular filings are required alongside various monthly, quarterly and semi-annual statistics reports, foreign contractor tax and VAT returns, and numerous yearly statutory reports.
  • Tax is a real issue for businesses operating in Vietnam. The VAT system is very confusing and requires expertise to understand its exemptions, refunds, various VAT rates and proper filing of VAT. Businesses must correctly determine which VAT calculation method best suits the business, and ensure tax processes are followed correctly.
  • Elsewhere in APAC, India places 10th globally thanks to a tax system that’s complex and multi-layered. Business leaders have a close eye on the 1 July introduction of a Goods and Services Tax (GST), established as a comprehensive indirect tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services throughout India as a way to replace taxes levied by both central and state governments.

Commenting on the rankings, TMF Group’s Head of Asia Pacific Paolo Tavolato said:”Vietnam is one of the most dynamic economies in ASEAN, growing quickly and looking to claim a place as the world’s manufacturing hub – but many foreign nationals find its regulations on business unnecessary and overly burdensome.

“The government is making moves to improve this, adopting the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and working to improve and streamline the tax system. It’s also looking to gain investor confidence by bringing the Vietnam Accounting Standard and System (VAS) to be in line with the IFRS.

To download the full report please visit: tmf-group.com/FCI2017

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13 JUNE 2017, HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Emergenetics Asia Pacific has appointed Talentnet Corporation as Country Representative for Vietnam. Ms Tieu Yen Trinh, General Director of Talentnet, also an Emergenetics associate, will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emergenetics Vietnam.

 

As Country Representative, Talentnet will be bringing Emergenetics suite of products and solutions to organisations and individuals in Vietnam, embedding the Emergenetics Profiling system within leadership development, talent development, and organisation development solutions. “We are passionate about developing talent and organisations in Vietnam, and we believe that Emergenetics can help leaders and teams benefit by helping them realise their potential to achieve business results,” says Trinh.

 

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Singapore, June 3, 2017 – Stamford American International School celebrated its second graduating class on 3 June 2017 with 52 graduates receiving their high school preparatory diplomas in front of their peers, teachers, family and friends. 100% of students who applied to go to university, have been accepted at their first or second choice.

 

In a beautiful emotionally charged ceremony on a stunning Singapore day, guests were treated to touching speeches, musical performances and outstanding academic recognitions.

 

A poignant moment for these graduates and distinguished guests was listening to the Ceremony guest speaker, Singaporean Dr William Tan. A neuroscientist, Harvard graduate medical doctor, world record holder and Paralympian, Dr William Tan is the personification of both passion and compassion. As a result of missing the polio vaccine, he contracted the disease at the age of two and became paralyzed from the waist down. Notwithstanding his disability, his parents put him on an inspiring education path where he graduated from the National University of Singapore. He joined the Civil Service, ventured abroad for postgraduate studies, with dreams of becoming a scientist and medical doctor. Almost two decades later, he graduated from Harvard University with a First Class Honours in Physiology, and trained at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Tan’s significant accomplishments did not start and end with academics as his drive extended way beyond the classroom. He became an accomplished sportsman being an Asian-Pacific Games triple gold medallist, he competed in the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, the World Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. He holds six endurance marathon world records including the “Fastest time to complete three marathons in Three Consecutive Days in Three countries”.  In 2007, after 2 failed attempts, he became the first person in the world to finish a marathon in a wheelchair at the North Pole in 21 hours and 10 mins!

 

His journey and that of his parents, not to take ‘no for an answer’ when faced with challenges was the driving force for all that he has accomplished in life. Despite 2 failed attempts at the North Pole Marathon, we went back and conquered on the third attempt. Just when he thought he had done all he wanted on his bucket list, in 2009 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 (end-stage) leukaemia with a 12 months’ life prognosis. This proved to be another pivotal challenge for him both physically and mentally – but again like before, he rose to beat the odds with a bone marrow transplant, and a year later competed in the Berlin Marathon, and is now 7 years in remission.

 

Dr. Tan continues to race and has helped to raise funds for charities all over the world (S$18M and counting!) and in 2017 went back to race at the Boston Marathon, finishing 26 minutes faster against his PB!

 

His gift to Stamford Students was insights into 4 lessons for them to take away with them on their onward journey beyond school – #STRETCH #ADAPT #INTERGRITY #SERVE (#SAIS). As he finished speaking, there were very few dry eyes in the audience and a lasting standing ovation for a truly incredible man. What an inspiration for the Class of 2017 as they embark on self-discovery and choices which will define their impact on the world.

 

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The People at Work recently launched a series of exclusive talks under the banner of “Business Unusual”. The initial talk, “From Winners To Champions”, delivered by renowned international speaker Jim Lafferty, was met with resounding success.

 

The main message of the talk was how companies can transform their teams.  Jim is a Olympic sports coach and a seasoned business leader who ran companies like P&G and Coca-Cola.

 

Over 20 top business leaders from multinational and Philippine companies including Unilever, Ayala Land, Dentsu Aegis, USG Boral, DSM Nutritionals, Ortigas & Company, MRail, Eagle Cement, and many others, were invited to attend.

 

Jimmy Ysmael, President of Ortigas & Co. Ltd found “the session (was) insightful and productive.”  Mark Sergio, newly-appointed Country Manager of USG Boral too said,  “… I’ve learned something from this talk which can help me in building my organization.”

 

Cesar Ginete, Country Manager of The People at Work remarked,  “The audience found Jim’s sharing most inspiring as he introduced new insights into how organisations can change their mindsets.  The People at Work is very pleased with the enthusiastic feedback from our guests and there will be more such events in future as we strive to stay ahead of the management trends in this market.  Stay tuned!”. 

 

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Launch of P&G E-Center and Leadership College 2017: Last month, P&G announced a $100-M investment in Singapore with the E-Center – which brings digital solutions and capabilities from their global HQ in the U.S. to Singapore. In conjunction with this, they also had the 2nd Leadership College, where they aimed to build the digital capability of local SMEs.

 

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Launch of #GilletteSalutes: Gillette partnered with Singapore’s Ministry of Defense to jointly celebrate the 50th year of Singapore National Service and P&G’s 30th year in Singapore. Earlier this month, Gillette kicked off year-long celebrations to salute the NSmen of Singapore. This is in line with Gillette’s long-standing commitment to provide the best for every soldier – which dates back to World War I with Gillette shaving kits provided to all American soldiers.

 

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