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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Australia Day

















A council in Melbourne has voted to stop celebrating Australia Day because of Aboriginal cultural sensitivities.












Steve Bannon
















"We'll see" - with two words President Donald Trump has shovelled grist into Washington DC's rumour mill, which is filled with chatter that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is a marked man. The so-called Trump whisperer has proved himself one of the administration's great survivors - so far.













Bush and Trump
















Former Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have called on the US to "reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms".
They are the latest Republican figures to weigh in on the backlash to Donald Trump's latest remarks blaming "both sides" for violent clashes in Virginia.










Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ian Brooke

















The landlord has become the third person at a pub in Lincolnshire to win £1m on the National Lottery.
Ian Brooke, 43, who runs the Mallard in Scunthorpe, picked up the prize in the EuroMillions draw on 28 July.
In 2015, two of his regular customers David and Kathleen Long became the first people to win a EuroMillions prize of £1m twice, following their first win in 2013.












Student Loans

















The government is not shifting on plans to increase interest charges on student loans in England - which will rise to up to 6.1% from the autumn term.











Kyle Quinn












A university professor has been wrongly described as a white supremacist by amateur internet detectives on social media wishing to publicly shame those who took part in rallies in Charlottesville.












Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Colourful Balloons


















Facebook has quietly launched a photo-editing app exclusively for China.
The app, called Colourful Balloons, was launched in May and is almost identical to the Facebook Moments app. It was spotted by the New York Times on Friday.












Barnaby Joyce


















New Zealand's government has confirmed that Australia's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, is a dual citizen.
Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia's constitution.











Cristiano Ronaldo



















Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelonain the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.












Monday, August 14, 2017

Mike Pompeo

















There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top US intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons programme and another missile test would not be surprising.











Hammond and Fox















The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said.













Scaramucci and White House


















There are people in Washington DC working against President Donald Trump, the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has said.













Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trump and China



















China's President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid "words and actions" that worsen tensions, state media say.












Trump and Venezuela




















The South American trading bloc Mercosur has condemned President Trump for saying he was considering military action in the Venezuela crisis.
Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela.











Trump and Calvo
















US President Donald Trump has called the governor of Guam to reassure him that his island is safe, after North Korea announced plans to fire missiles near the Pacific territory.












Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tent City in Sydney
















Sydney's "tent city", which ignited debate about homelessness in Australia, has begun to be dismantled following the introduction of new laws.
Homeless people had been camping at Martin Place in central Sydney for more than six months.











Uhuru Kenyatta


















Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected following Tuesday's vote, election officials say.












Locked and Loaded















President Donald Trump says the US military is "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship.













Friday, August 11, 2017

Eggs and Denmark















Twenty tonnes of insecticide-tainted eggs have been sold in Denmark, the country's food safety authority says.












Trump and Nervous















President Trump warns North Korea it should be 'very, very nervous' if it does anything to the US













Eggs, UK and Dutch













About 700,000 eggs have been sent to the UK from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an early estimate of 21,000, the food watchdog has said.












Thursday, August 10, 2017

Century Square Tampines














Most probably it will reopen in September 2018.
Most probably BHG and NTUC will not have any outlet there.











Hyeon Soo Lim

















A Canadian pastor who was sentenced to a life term of hard labour in North Korea for "crimes against the state" in December 2015 has been released, the country's official news agency says.










Floods in England

















Heavy rain has caused flooding and disruption to travel across parts of England.












Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump and North Korea











US President Donald Trump says North Korea "will be met with fire and fury" if it threatens the US.













Louise Kennedy















An Irish vet with two university degrees has been told by a computerised test that her spoken English is not good enough for an Australian visa.
Louise Kennedy, originally from County Wicklow, applied for permanent residency after two years in Australia.












Strict Dress Code on Saudia Airlines

















Some may not be surprised to see a strict dress code on Saudi Arabian planes, since the country follows a conservative version of Sunni Islam, but others on social media think it has gone too far.













Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Niran Jeyanesan
















A shoplifter in Toronto who was caught stealing an outfit for a job interview was given a second chance by the police officer who came to arrest him.
Constable Niran Jeyanesan told CP24 that Walmart staff apprehended an 18-year-old for attempting to steal a dress shirt, tie and socks.













UN and US













North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make "the US pay a price" for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.













Tesco Bags
















Tesco will stop the sale of 5p carrier bags across the UK in three weeks' time, and will instead offer 10p "bags for life" to shoppers.












Monday, August 7, 2017

Ta-Ta Towel
















Bum-enhancing leggings! Light-up phone cases for better selfies! A stick-on bra to "give your girls a lift!"
These are just a few of the products tech-savvy companies have launched into women's social media feeds in recent months, in pursuit of viral marketing campaigns.











Vijender Singh














An Indian boxer who beat a Chinese rival has offered to return the championship belt he won as peace gesture, amid a tense border stand-off.
Vijender Singh, an Olympic medallist, beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on Saturday, winning the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight belt from him.













Vince Cable

















Older people who voted for Brexit have "comprehensively shafted the young", Sir Vince Cable has said.












Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hoyeon Jang



















A South Korean tourist who went missing in London has been found "safe and well", police have said.
Hoyeon Jang, 75, was separated from her husband and son when she boarded a Northern Line train without them at Embankment station on Thursday.
They signalled to her to get off at Charing Cross, the next station, but could not find her there or at Archway station, where they were going.
The Met Police said Mrs Jang was found on Saturday afternoon.











Lukasz Herba













A British model was drugged and kidnapped in Milan to be sold in an online auction, say Italian police.
The woman, 20, had arrived in the city to take part in a photo shoot arranged through her agent, but was abducted and held captive for six days.
Polish national Lukasz Herba, 30, who lives in the UK, has been arrested on kidnapping charges, police said.












UN and North Korea











The United Nations Security Council has agreed on fresh sanctions against North Korea over its missile programme.
A resolution banning North Korean exports and limiting investments in the country was passed unanimously.












Saturday, August 5, 2017

Our Tampines Hub
















The roads are resurfaced.
The car park is cleaned.
The opening ceremony is tomorrow.












Heatwave in Europe














Several countries have issued health warnings as this week's record-breaking weather conditions continue to affect swathes of the continent.













Sessions and Leaks















The US attorney general has said four people have been charged over leaks as the Trump administration launched a crackdown on embarrassing disclosures.











Friday, August 4, 2017

Trump and Nieto











US President Donald Trump urged the Mexican president to stop publicly saying he would not pay for a proposed border wall, according to transcripts.
Mr Trump admonished Enrique Pena Nieto for publicly denouncing the wall during a 27 January phone call, transcripts obtained by the Washington Post show.













Carney and Brexit












The governor of the Bank of England has warned that uncertainty over Brexit is already weighing on the economy.
Mark Carney's comments came as the Bank voted to hold rates and cut growth forecasts.












David Rasif













Where is he now?

Does he blog?
Is he on Facebook?
How about Instagram?












Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trump and New Sanctions










President Donald Trump has signed into a law a bill which imposes new sanctions on Russia for their alleged meddling in the 2016 election.












Trinh Xuan Thanh










Germany has expelled Vietnam's press attache over the suspected kidnapping of a man allegedly bundled into a car by armed men at Berlin Zoo.
Trinh Xuan Thanh, who was the subject of an international arrest warrant, disappeared in Berlin nine days ago.
As a result, the German government has ordered the attache to leave within 48 hours.











Prince Philip












The Duke of Edinburgh met Royal Marines in his final solo public engagement before he retires from royal duties.
The 96-year-old announced his retirement in May, after decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.
Prince Philip has completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.












Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gulnara Karimova



















The son of Gulnara Karimova, once tipped to be Uzbekistan's leader, has called for his jailed mother to have her day in court.












Trump and Veselnitskaya














President Donald Trump personally dictated the statement his son gave on his talks with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign, US media report.












Turtle and Easyjet











Easyjet passengers were left stranded for two days on a Greek island after a relief flight was cancelled to protect a threatened turtle population.














Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2028 Olympic Games















Los Angeles is set to announce it will host the 2028 Olympic Games, meaning Paris will stage the 2024 edition.












Anthony Scaramucci

















White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after less than 10 days in the post.
The former financier, who took the job last Friday, had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues.
Mr Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their post over his appointment.












Bank of England
















A three-day strike by Bank of England support staff will go ahead from Tuesday after talks at the conciliation service Acas ended without agreement, the Unite union said.












Monday, July 31, 2017

Trump and China











US President Donald Trump says he is "very disappointed" with China for not doing enough to stop North Korea's weapons programme.












#11-37


















Sea Esta Condo
Pasir Ris Link










#12-33












Gryphon Terrace Condo
Pasir Panjang Road












Sunday, July 30, 2017

Chris Lilley














A leading Australian comedian has apologised after a video of him posing in blackface was posted on his Instagram account.













Queen and Republic















Australia's Labor opposition has vowed to hold a referendum on whether the country should formally become a republic if it wins the next election.
Its leader, Bill Shorten, said the move "does not change our respect to the Queen for her service, but we are not Elizabethan, we are Australians".












Universities Superannuation Scheme




















Universities face a new blow to their finances after the main pension fund deficit soared to £17.5bn.
The Universities Superannuation Scheme now has the largest pensions deficit of any UK pension fund after it increased by £9bn last year.











Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nawaz Sharif

















Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country's Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.













Colin Hughes















A dyslexic former police officer has been jailed for forgery after he was caught out by his bad spelling.













Trump and Menie















The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has raised formal concerns to Donald Trump's company's proposals for a new golf course in Aberdeenshire.
The Trump Organisation has submitted plans for a second 18-hole course at the Menie resort.













Friday, July 28, 2017

Tuakangqueen and Sharon Tang















Are they related?
Do they blog?











Tuakangqueen and Jamie Chua
















Are they related?
Do they blog?











Tuakangqueen

















Who is she?
Does she blog?










Thursday, July 27, 2017

Foxconn and Apple













Foxconn, the Taiwanese firm that works closely with technology firm, Apple, plans to build a multi-billion dollar plant in Wisconsin, US media are reporting.














McDonnell and Single Market















Labour has not ruled out continued membership of the EU single market, John McDonnell has said, as he sought to play down divisions over Brexit.
Everyone wanted tariff-free access to EU markets, the shadow chancellor said.











Trump and Military












US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in "any capacity" in the military.













Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Krystyna Farley
















Krystyna Farley is a 91-year-old beauty pageant queen in the US state of Connecticut, but her life was not always this glamorous. Although she grew up in a loving home in rural Poland, her childhood was cut short by the outbreak of war. This is her story.











Matthew Canavan














Matthew Canavan has quit as Australia's Minister for Resources and Northern Australia in a row over dual citizenship - the country's third politician to do so in recent weeks.













David Davis



















Brexit Secretary David Davis has said there is a "moral imperative" to reach a swift deal on the rights of EU nationals living in the UK.












Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Heinz and Shredz














Heinz has been taken to court in Australia after a watchdog said it falsely marketed a children's food as healthy.
The lawsuit concerns Shredz, a snack made from fruit juice concentrate and pastes.












Liam Fox and Brexit
















Liam Fox has downplayed talk that a future US-UK trade deal after Brexit could be threatened by disagreements over chlorinated chicken imports.











Kushner and Senate
















Donald Trump's son-in-law has defended his conduct in last year's presidential campaign, after giving evidence to a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the election.












Monday, July 24, 2017

Crude Oil Theft

















Police in India have broken up a criminal network accused of using water tankers to steal millions of litres of crude oil from the country's biggest onshore field in Rajasthan.












Congress and Russia


















White House officials have given differing messages after US Congress agreed on legislation allowing fresh sanctions against Russia.











VW and Mayor















Car firm Volkswagen (VW) has said it will not pay the £2.5m the mayor of London claims it owes in missed congestion charge payments, following the 2015 emissions-rigging scandal.











Sunday, July 23, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci















President Donald Trump has triggered a shake-up by appointing Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his White House communications director.











Trump and Presidential Pardons













US President Donald Trump has insisted he has the "complete power" to pardon people, amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself.












First Class on Trains

















Train firms could be forced to reduce first class seats on busy commuter lines to ease overcrowding, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said.
He said people will see "less first class in the future" with busy suburban trains having "one class" instead.










Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bieber and China
















Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau.













Trump and Abe













Japan woke up with surprise on Friday morning to see the intense scrutiny of its First Lady's proficiency in English.
It followed US President Donald Trump's comment, as part of his broad-ranging New York Times interview, that the wife of the Japanese prime minister, Akie Abe, cannot speak any English.












Sean Spicer
















White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up.










Friday, July 21, 2017

Despacito in Malaysia














Malaysia has banned state broadcasters from playing the hit single Despacito following complaints about the song's "steamy" lyrics, officials say.











UK, EU and Brexit Talks











The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks.













Drought in North Korea

























North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says.









Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump and Putin
















US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month's G20, the White House has confirmed.












Plastic Planet



















US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.
It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.
The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a billion elephants.










State Pension Age in UK















Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced.
The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed.
Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.













Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Jane Austen Note
















The new plastic £10 note has been unveiled by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral.












Coverack
















Flash flooding has seen torrents of water sweep through a Cornish village.
Residents in Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula, have reported roads being blocked and hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces smashing windows.











Steve Whitmire














The Muppets Studio have said they fired Steve Whitmire, who had voiced Kermit the Frog for 27 years, for "unacceptable business conduct".












Tuesday, July 18, 2017

South Korea's Proposed Talks















South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang's long-range missile test.












Giant Iceberg


















The giant iceberg known as A-68 that was produced in the Antarctic last week continues to drift seaward.











George and Charlotte in Poland and Germany



















The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children have arrived in Warsaw for the start of their visit to Poland and Germany.











Monday, July 17, 2017

Havaianas














It is one of the simplest shoes on the planet: a piece of plastic, roughly the outline of your foot, with a crude strap holding the sole to your toes.
Yet Brazil's Havaianas brand took the humble flip-flop to new heights. The company behind them was sold earlier this week for $1bn ($850m). Selling about 200 million pairs every year, it had produced a domestic and international phenomenon.












The Royals of Disney

















As proof that you can be a princess when you grow up, the voices behind 10 of Disney's cartoon princesses have gathered at a US event for fans.
The women have voiced heroines spanning nearly three decades of films, from The Little Mermaid (1989) to 2016's Moana.
Snow White and Cinderella were absent, but Disney claimed it was the largest gathering of its "royals" in one place.










Chancellor and Pay Cap




















Public sector workers get a 10% "premium" over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap.











Sunday, July 16, 2017

Global Logistic Properties












A firm that rents warehouses to online retailer including Amazon and Alibaba is to be sold for $11.7bn (£9bn).
The buyout of Singapore-based Global Logistic Properties (GLP) by a China-led consortium will be one of Asia's biggest ever private equity deals.












Michele O'Neill



















A relatively peaceful marching season bodes well to create the right atmosphere for political talks aimed at restoring power sharing in Northern Ireland, Michele O'Neill has said.












Blair and Free Movement

















Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has said.












Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beach Photos of Prince Harry


















A complaint by Prince Harry over photos of him on a beach in Jamaica published by Mail Online has been upheld by the independent press watchdog.