CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) announced on January 14, 2019 that it has entered into a transaction with Temasek to acquire from its subsidiary, Ascendas-Singbridge Pte., Ltd. (ASB), all the shares in the two wholly-owned intermediary subsidiaries of ASB (the group), which will create the largest diversified real estate group in Asia. Artist’s impression of Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, China The proposed transaction is valued at S$11 billion ($8.13 billion) and is subject to approval by CapitaLand’s independent shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), expected to be convened in the first quarter of 2019. Post transaction, the combined total assets under management (AUM) of the group will exceed S$116 billion ($85.8 billion). The group’s expanded asset classes will include logistics, business parks, industrial, lodging, commercial, retail and residential real estate. Its geographical presence will span more than 180 cities across 32 … [Read more...] about CapitaLand and Ascendas Singbridge enter a $8.13 billion deal
Besides showcasing the company’s culture, a creative and open campus-style workplace can also inspire employees and significantly improve their productivity. According to a global report on workplaces published by American consulting firm Gallup, it was revealed that 51% of respondents felt neither engaged nor connected to their respective companies. So how can the situation be improved? It should start with the workplace. Separately, a survey conducted with members of the Forbes Finance Council highlighted that the majority of respondents agreed that a creative workplace can positively influence employees’ physical and mental health. It can also help increase productivity at work, through improved interaction and cooperation among employees, which in turn contributes to business growth. Instead of investing in a traditional office concept, companies are now willing to invest their resources in creating an innovative workplace in order to attract and retain talents. An … [Read more...] about THE IMPACT OF WORKPLACES ON EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY
52 Places To Go 2019 (Tag bylines with individual items.), New York Times Published 8:47 pm CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. … [Read more...] about The New York Times picks 52 places to go in 2019
Sarah Frier Bloomberg Published 2:23 PM EST Jan 8, 2019 Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren’t allowed to delete the Facebook app. Winke bought his Samsung Galaxy S8, an Android-based device that comes with Facebook’s social network already installed, when it was introduced in 2017. He has used the Facebook app to connect with old friends and to share pictures of natural landscapes and his Siamese cat – but he didn’t want to be stuck with it. He tried to remove the program from his phone, but the chatter proved true – it was undeletable. He found only an option to "disable," and he wasn’t sure what that meant. “It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions,” Winke said … [Read more...] about Samsung phone users can’t delete Facebook
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?