As Liang Court's popularity dipped in recent years, tailor Quek Chwee Chye, 61, has seen his business suffer as well. But now Mr Quek, who has been in the River Valley Road mall since 1994, and other tenants have a new worry. The mixed-use complex, which was opened more than three decades ago, has new owners. With redevelopment expected to follow, many tenants fear they may have to move out, perhaps for good. In March, The Business Times (BT) reported CapitaLand and City Developments (CDL) were planning to buy Liang Court for $400 million. CapitaLand and CDL told The New Paper on Saturday that their acquisition of Liang Court was completed the day before. Their statement said: "The new owners' immediate focus is the daily operations of the mall." They did not address TNP's queries on their plans for Liang Court and its tenants, but BT quoted them on Saturday as saying: "As part of their active asset management strategy, the joint-venture partners will continually explore ways to … [Read more...] about Liang Court: New owners mean new worries for shop tenants
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LONDON: With hit tunes, a plot about one of the world's best known performers and flamboyant costumes, Rocketman brings Elton John's story to the big screen, the latest musical biopic offering a concert-like experience at the cinema.Kingsman actor Taron Egerton stars as the Your Song and Tiny Dancer hitmaker, belting out John's songs as he revisits the singer's road to success as well as his personal struggles.The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with John present, has drawn comparisons to last year's Bohemian Rhapsody about rockers Queen's stratospheric rise to fame.That movie, which received mixed reviews, won a best actor Oscar for Rami Malek and grossed US$903 million (S$1.24 billion) worldwide – a sign of audiences' appetite for seeing their icons' story and music on the silver screen."I'm very grateful that people compare us and hopefully it shows that there is an appetite for movies of this nature," Egerton said of the two films at … [Read more...] about Is Elton John’s Rocketman this year’s Bohemian Rhapsody?
Kedundang train station in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Central Java, will add a new track that will take passengers directly to Yogyakarta International Airport. The train station, which was previously inactive, will be reconstructed as a home to the new airport train. Currently, passengers heading to the international airport have to take a train to Wojo train station, which is located 10 kilometers away from the airport, and continue their journey by bus. Kulon Progo regent Hasto Wardoyo said his administration would soon issue a building location permit so construction of the track would be able to start in the next 10 days. The new track requires 1,520 hectares of land. “The Transportation Ministry will determine the route taken by this [airport] train,” he said as quoted by Tempo.co on Monday. He also added that he aimed for the project to be completed this year. Separately, PT KAI Yogyakarta spokesperson Eko Budiyanto said he felt hopeful the train would … [Read more...] about Kulon Progo administration will add new track for airport train
HOUSTON: Brent oil futures settled slightly higher on Thursday, rebounding from a drop after U.S. President Donald Trump revived investor hopes that the United States might not raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a step that could hit economic growth and crimp oil demand. Brent settled 2 cents higher at $70.39 a barrel, rebounding from a session low of $69.40 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled down 42 cents at $61.70 per barrel. Prices bounced off session lows after Trump said he received a “beautiful letter” from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump quoted the letter as saying: “Let’s work together let’s see if we can get something done.” The letter fed investor hopes Washington and Beijing might clinch a trade deal, said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York. The trade row has dragged economic growth in Asia and a breakdown in Sino-American negotiations could call global crude demand forecasts … [Read more...] about Oil rebounds as Trump says letter revives China trade hopes
TEHRAN: An Iranian-American serving a ten-year sentence for spying will request conditional release due to a change of Tehran's prosecutor, his lawyer said, quoted by state media Tuesday (Apr 30).Dual national Siamak Namazi was convicted in October 2016 of "espionage and collaboration with the American government".He was sentenced to 10 years in prison along with his 80-year-old father Baquer, a former official for the UN's agency for children, UNICEF.Siamak Namazi has now served four years of his sentence, having been jailed ahead of his conviction."Given the time he has already served in prison, based on the law Siamak Namazi should be eligible for conditional release," lawyer Mehrdad Ghorbani told Iranian news agency IRNA.Siamak Namazi has not been granted a single day out of prison in his four years behind bars, Ghorbani said, adding that his father Baquer is undergoing medical treatment outside prison due to illness and old age."Since the supreme court had rejected our request for … [Read more...] about Jailed US-Iranian hopes new prosecutor will release him