SINGAPORE: When Home United, one of Singapore’s leading football clubs, were taken over in February 2020 by local tech firm Sea and renamed Lion City Sailors (LCS), headlines such as “Sailors making waves” wrote themselves. Almost a year later, the headlines are bigger than ever. The Singapore Premier League (SPL) club are hoping to change football in the country and become a force in Southeast Asia. All local football fans, whatever the club they support, should wish them success. Singapore football has fallen behind regional rivals. The national team, which has been AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Champions four times in the past, has failed to get out of the group stages in the biennial tournament on the past three occasions as Thailand and Vietnam have moved forward. READ: Commentary: Great that Tampines Rovers is playing with the best in Asia. But what will that do for local football? The Thai and Malaysian leagues are regarded as the best and richest in Southeast … [Read more...] about Commentary: Singapore has its first multimillion-dollar football signing. But what next?
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Gin is, without a doubt, having "a moment". Even the cool kids, who used to associate the spirit with mum’s go-to Happy Hour drink, are now creating a demand for botanically diverse gins in cocktail bars across the world. And two distilleries – Tanglin Gin and Brass Lion Distillery – found in Singapore’s own backyard, are rising to meet that demand. Hardly surprising, given the growing international prominence of Singapore’s cocktail scene, said Tim Whitefield, co-founder of Tanglin Gin. "We have a developing bar scene that is producing bars and mixologists that are regularly in the World’s 50 Best," said Whitefield. READ: Love a good gin and tonic? Time to up your game But is the demand for made-in-Singapore gin poised to grow? Would people here pick a locally made gin over a popular big-brand name? The signs are positive, said Whitefield: “Singapore went from no gin distillery to one, and then two in a matter of months. Hopefully, more distilleries will follow." "In … [Read more...] about Singapore spirits: An orchid gin and a Singapore dry distilled in the Lion City
SINGAPORE: In the modern game of football, there are many kinds of club owners with their different motivations and objectives in ploughing money into the game. In a 2020 study, KPMG, a global professional services firm, produced a study that claimed there were three primary business models that fitted the purchase of professional clubs by companies or wealthy individuals. The Political Ownership model sees a club giving owners the chance to grow brand awareness or improve public image such as the Qatari and the UAE owners of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, respectively directly or through their sovereign wealth funds. The Global Ownership model looks to financial gains in terms of potential broadcasting and other revenues. Manchester United’s Glazer family owners was given by KPMG as an example. READ: Commentary: The football business is changing. Man City is driving it Then there is the Local Ownership model which sees business people or other prominent … [Read more...] about Commentary: Could Sea Group’s Forrest Li be the next Singaporean owner of a global football club?
Open any society magazine or click on any website that showcases Singapore’s more glamorous people, and chances are Paige Parker will be front and centre. Since moving to the Lion City over a decade ago, she’s become not just a recognisable fixture in society, but someone affecting change in multiple areas. The energetic and always enthusiastic American is a board member, patron and fundraiser for several non-profit organisations, including the Singapore Committee for UN Women, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery of Singapore and Singapore Dance Theatre. She’s also become a fairy godmother of sorts to the nation’s young designers and artists, who she loves to promote and support. She is a freelance writer and a graduate gemologist through the Gemologist Institute of America. And yet, despite all of the things she does, and the organisations and entrepreneurs she supports, she’s often, sadly, described in just three words: “Mrs Jim Rogers”. Rogers, as many … [Read more...] about Creative Capital: The American socialite championing Singapore talent and women’s rights
I had never been so keenly aware of my diminutive size or physical vulnerability until my trip to South Africa. My friend and I were at the end of an evening safari game drive in wintry July, feeling mildly fatigued from a day out in the African wilderness, when we suddenly came upon a majestic bull elephant. He stood close by, towering over us. My heart stopped. Although I was thrilled to see my favourite animal in his natural environment, bull elephants are known to charge vehicles, and I really didn’t want to become known as the Singaporean woman who got squashed by an elephant. Luckily, the big boy, who was in his 30s by our guide’s estimates, didn’t seem put out by our presence. He glided slowly past us – only about a metre away from our jeep – putting one hefty foot in front of the other, chomping casually on grass, his magnificent ears flapping in the wind. He fixed his eyes on us, as if to say, “I am King, and I may be having lunch now, but I could have you if I … [Read more...] about Chasing lions, leopards and elephants in South Africa – for less than you’d think