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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Gold













Gold prices eased on Friday after soaring 5 per cent the previous day, pressured by profit-taking after the biggest rally in more than seven years, but the metal was still set for its best week in four years as investors rushed to safe haven assets.










Saturday, February 13, 2016

Floraison









Is there a blog?









Low Taek Jho












Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho has attracted attention for his flashy lifestyle and real estate deals, as well as his connections to the prime minister's family and the government's troubled investment fund.
Now Mr Low is once again creating buzz in the art world.
Since Feb 3, he has sold works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat, according to three people familiar with the matter. 
They fetched about US$54 million, with unusually steep losses on at least two pieces.









Jerome Valcke












A Fifa tribunal on Friday banned former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years for misconduct ranging from involvement in a World Cup ticket scam to "sightseeing" travel at the expense of the world body.










Barclays' Asian Private Wealth Business











Singapore's DBS Group Holdings and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp as well as Swiss bank, Julius Baer, have submitted non-binding bids for Barclays' Asian private wealth business, people familiar with the matter said.









Friday, February 12, 2016

Foo Chek Heng












Does he blog?











Cabinet in France









French President Francois Hollande reshuffled his government on Thursday, reshaping his team ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.










Kyle Bass










Kyle Bass, the hedge fund manager who successfully bet against mortgages during the subprime crisis, said China's banking system may see losses of more than four times those suffered by US banks during the last crisis.











Economies in South East Asia








As profits sag and debt mounts, more Southeast Asian firms are set to join the likes of Malaysian oil giant Petronas in cutting capital expenditure, casting a cloud over economic growth in a region better known as a development hotspot.











Thursday, February 11, 2016

Toto Draw 11 February 2016










The S$9,545,480 Toto draw on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, has been won by one System 7 Entry lottery ticket.
The winning ticket was sold at Block 211, Hougang Street 21.
This prize money was snowballed over the past three draws.
The winning numbers are 7, 8, 17, 39, 46, 49, with additional number 13.
The last time a top prize that was comparably large and won by a single ticket was on March 12, 2015. The amount was S$8 million.
The largest ever Toto prize was S$12 million on Feb. 27, 2015, but it was split between two winning tickets.







Twitter Inc












Twitter Inc made a dramatic product change on Wednesday, saying it will recast the way it displays tweets on its homepage by customizing them to individual users, instead of uniformly displaying tweets in reverse chronological order.









Plato Capital










A 50 per cent-owned subsidiary of Plato Capital has agreed to sell a hotel property in Melbourne, Australia for A$52 million (S$52.351 million), the investment company announced on Wednesday after the market closed.












Home Prices in USA











Home prices rose in 81 per cent of US metropolitan areas in the fourth quarter, even as the pace of sales slowed from earlier in the year, the National Association of Realtors said.










Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brexit












Prime Minister David Cameron's office on Monday warned that Britain leaving the European Union could mean migrant camps being set up on British shores if UK border checks are removed from Calais in France.










Michael Bloomberg












Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, said he is considering running for US president in 2016, the Financial Times reported on Monday.










Coca-Cola











Coca-Cola announced a jump in fourth-quarter profits Tuesday on higher volumes and prices and said it would fully refranchise bottling operations in North America and China in a cost-cutting move.










Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Green Power









Green power is cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and will buck the trend of falling investment in oil and gas as it can offer long-term returns sheltered from political risk, investors and industry analysts say.









Robo-advisers











BANKS are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that's one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant.











Morgan Stanley in Japan











Morgan Stanley's Japanese investment-banking joint venture plans to hire more bankers this year to compete with Nomura Holdings Inc and defend its three-year grip on mergers advice in the country.










Monday, February 8, 2016

Montessori for Dementia Care in Singapore











276 Upper Bukit Timah Road 
#01-17
Singapore 558214
Tel: 97297480

















Pegida










A march by Germany's anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities.









Forex Reserves in China












China's foreign-exchange reserves shrank to the smallest since 2012,indicating that the central bank sold dollars as the yuan's retreat to a five-year low exacerbated depreciation pressure.











Twitter Police in Malaysia










Digitally savvy Malaysian police have been taking to social media to issue warnings to critics of scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unusual online campaign that critics say is unlikely to work.











Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wevr











Virtual reality company Wevr raised US$25 million from investors including HTC Corp and Samsung Ventures to fund the launch of a new platform for VR creators to distribute content, executives said on Friday.










Tiger Airways










Singapore Airlines (SIA) has boosted its stake in Tiger Airways to over 93 per cent, which will enable it to successfully delist the budget carrier.











Karhoo in Singapore











New York-based ride-booking app Karhoo has successfully registered with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) - the third app (after Singapore-based Grab and London-based Hailo) to be authorised to operate a third-party taxi-booking service here.









Jamie Chua and Sharon Tang









Jamie is the famous socialite.

Who is Sharon?
Does she blog?









Saturday, February 6, 2016

TNT Express










TNT Express will sell its airline operations to ASL Aviation Group to comply with European Union rules if the Dutch logistics company's sale to larger rival FedEx goes ahead, the company said on Friday.










LeapFrog














LeapFrog Enterprises Inc, the long- beleaguered maker of children's electronics, will be acquired by Hong Kong's VTech Holdings Ltd for about US$72 million.









Japan Inc












If Sharp Corp's rescue plans are anything to go by, Japan's insular technology sector is finally opening up to foreign investors, spurred by a shift in political thinking and a drive for improved corporate governance.










Friday, February 5, 2016

HSBC in Singapore










Europe's biggest lender HSBC plans to transfer its Singapore retail and wealth management business to a locally incorporated subsidiary on May 9, the bank said on Friday.









Factory Goods in USA









New orders for US factory goods fell in December by the most in a year as manufacturing continued to reel from the headwinds of a strong dollar and weak overseas demand.










Trans-Pacific Partnership










The Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the world's biggest multinational trade deals, was signed by 12 member nations on Thursday in New Zealand, but the massive trade pact will still require years of tough negotiations before it becomes a reality.











Thursday, February 4, 2016

Property Prices in Singapore










Recent declines in the Singapore stock market could signal a further correction in property prices in the coming quarters, said investment management firm JLL on Wednesday.











Toyota and Scion










Toyota Motor Corp said it will wind down its Scion brand in the United States, retreating from a 12-year effort to create a separate identity for small cars aimed at young buyers.










Inflation in India









Indian households expect consumer inflation to remain above 10 per cent over the next year, a survey by the Reserve Bank of India shows, in sharp contrast to the actual data which was nearly half that figure in December.










Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COE 03 February 2016










COE for small cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp closed at $46,651, down from $51,301 two weeks ago.

Prices for big cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp ended at $38,610 from $50,089, making it the lowest in six years.

Open COE, which can be used for any vehicle type dropped from $51,000 to end at $44,001.

COE for commercial vehicle went down from $46,502 to end at $45,036 while motorcycle premium went down from $6,512 to $6,503.












Wii U











Nintendo said Tuesday its operating profit soared, as it pointed to strong demand for Wii U console games including shoot-em-up hit "Splatoon", but holiday sales fell and the positive impact of a weak yen hit its bottom line.










Alphabet/Google











Alphabet, the parent firm for Google, became the world's most valuable company Tuesday as a jump in its share price helped it vault past tech rival Apple.
In opening trade following a robust earnings report, Alphabet shares rose 2.9 percent to lift its market capitalization to US$543 billion while Apple's value declined to US$530 billion with a modest dip in trading.








Microsoft Surface Pro











The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Microsoft Corp was recalling about 2.25 million AC power cords, less than a week after Apple Inc said it was recalling AC wall plug adapters due to a shock hazard.










Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yak Yew Chee








Does he blog?









Juliette Labelle









Does she blog?










Surplus in Greece












Greece is expected to achieve a small primary surplus in 2015 instead of a deficit as seen in its international bailout programme, which will help Athens during a progress review this week, a government official told Reuters on Monday.











Manufacturing in USA










Manufacturing in the US shrank in January for a fourth consecutive month as businesses cut staffing plans. Growth resumed in new orders and production, indicating some stabilization in the industry.











The Open Vault











OCBC Bank is staking its claim on financial technology (fintech) territory with its new fintech and innovation unit called The Open Vault at OCBC.












Monday, February 1, 2016

JC Junior College Cut Off Points









JC cut-off points for 2016 Arts Science

Raffles Institution 3

Hwa Chong Institution 4 4

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)* – 5

Victoria JC 6 5

National JC 5

St Joseph Institution* – 6

Nanyang JC 

Anglo-Chinese JC 7 7

Anderson JC 8

Temasek JC 9 9

St Andrew’s JC 9

Catholic JC 10 10

Meridian JC 10 10

Serangoon JC 11 11

Pioneer JC 13 12

Tampines JC 13 13

Jurong JC 15 15

Yishun JC 17 16

Innova JC 20 20

NTUC which opens on CNY 08 February 2016











25 outlets to remain open on Feb. 7 and 8
Blk 355 Sembawang Way
Blk 352 Clementi Ave 2
Blk 279 Bishan St. 24
Blk 682 Hougang Ave. 4
Blk 138 Tampines St. 11
Blk 41 Jalan Tiga
Blk 280 Bukit Batok East Ave 3
Blk 345 Jurong East St. 31612 Geylang Lorong 38
934 East Coast Road
Blk 414 Yishun Ring Road
Blk 29B Chai Chee Avenue
Blk 239 Yishun Ring Rd
447A Jalan Kayu
Blk 57 New Upper Changi Road
Blk 110 Lengkong Tiga
Blk 89 Bedok North St. 4
Blk 37 Teban Garden Road
Blk 78A Telok Blangah St. 32
Blk 498 Jurong West St 41
Blk 279 Sengkang East Ave
Blk 215 AMK Ave 1
Blk 166 Bukit Batok West Ave 8
Blk 612 Punggol Drive: 24 hour store (CNY Eve) and 7:00am to 11:00pm (CNY Day 1) store
Changi Airport T3: 7:00am to 11:00pm (CNY Eve), and 7:00am to 5:00pm (CNY Day 1)





Amazon











Amazon was expected to run away with the holiday season. Instead, it merely strolled.









Hon Hai and Sharp











Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co is confident of its offer for Sharp Corp and expects the Japanese tech firm to come to a decision on the issue within the week, Hon Hai Chief Executive Terry Gou said on Sunday.











Omnibus Accounts in South Korea










South Korea said on Sunday it plans to introduce next year the omnibus account system that it hopes will help save the cost while enhancing convenience for foreign investors in the local stock markets.









Sunday, January 31, 2016

Donald Trump










Not only is billionaire Donald Trump outpolling the rest of the Republican presidential field, the former reality TV star has charged ahead of megastars Justin Bieber and Kanye West for celebrity mentions on social media, according to new data from the past month.










Toyota Motor Corp











Toyota Motor Corp said on Saturday it may halt production at its domestic plants early next month due to a steel shortage following an explosion at a steel plant operated by one of its affiliates.









Switzerland and 1MDB










Switzerland's chief prosecutor said on Friday he has formally asked Malaysia for help with his probe into possible violations of Swiss law by the state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying suspected misappropriations amounted to about US$4 billion.











Chay Yu Wei







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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Incentives for Hybrid Cars in Germany










German politicians and auto executives will discuss creating incentives worth up to 5,000 euros (US$5,500) to boost sales of electric and hybrid cars, a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.