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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Aurukun
















Carjackings, children armed with axes and machetes and teachers airlifted out for their own safety are not the kind of scenes witnessed in most Australian towns. But in the Aboriginal community of Aurukun, in Queensland's remote Cape York, they have become familiar of late says journalist Kathy Marks.




























Trump Wall












At the south-western tip of California, straddling the dirty trickle that is the Tijuana river, stands a wall - or rather a series of walls, fences and ditches.
This is the stuff of Donald Trump's dreams, only his wall would be bigger and better of course, not to mention longer, stronger and vastly more expensive.




























Friday, May 27, 2016

Sister Umbrella














Does she blog?



















Tomatoes and Nigeria













The topic of tomatoes - a staple of the Nigerian diet - is currently not a laughing matter outside the digital realm in Nigeria. A state of emergency has been declared in the tomato sector in Kaduna state, in the north of the country and farmers are said to have lost up to 80% of their tomato crop.



























Labour Dispute in France











Industrial action over labour law reforms is gripping France nationwide, with oil refineries, nuclear power stations and transport hubs affected.




























Enough Backers for Donald Trump










The US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination.




























Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bright Blue Lobsters













Two Canadian fishermen have been celebrating catching bright blue lobsters over the last few days. 



























Live App Terms Reading in Norway













Norwegians have spent more than 30 hours reading out terms and conditions from smartphone apps in a campaign by the country's consumer agency.

























Massive Social Experiment












Eleven US states have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's recent efforts to expand the rights of transgender students.
The White House issued a directive this month, mandating that all students be allowed to use the toilet that matches their gender identity.
The states called the order "a massive social experiment".


























Wednesday, May 25, 2016

EU-Turkey Migrants Deal











Turkey's parliament will block a deal reached with the EU on migrants if Turks do not gain visa-free access to the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.





























$6 Bourdain-Obama Meal











Deep in the heart of Hanoi, US President Barack Obama sat down for a $6 meal with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on Tuesday. The chef, known for his love of adventurous street food, described the date in a series of tweetsand an Instagram post.






















Bill Cosby











A US judge has ordered actor and comedian Bill Cosby to stand trial on charges of sexual assault.




























Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BTO August 2016












The next BTO launch will be in August. HDB said it will offer about 4,810 BTO flats in Hougang, Sembawang, Tampines and Yishun.






















BTO and SBF May 2016











The Housing Development Board (HDB) launched 8,940 flats for sale on Tuesday (May 24) in its second Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise this year.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Board said the launch comprises over 3,000 BTO units and over 5,000 SBF units across 25 towns and estates.
This month's BTO exercise includes a wide range of flats, including 2-room Flexi to three-generation (3Gen) flats so as to meet the diverse housing needs of applicants.
For the BTO exercise, HDB will offer a total of 3,770 BTO flats across four projects in the non-mature towns of Bukit Panjang and Sembawang and another two projects in the mature towns of Ang Mo Kio and Bedok.

























Tess Holliday and Facebook











Facebook has apologised after refusing to run an advert featuring plus-sized model Tess Holliday wearing a bikini.






















£1,500 Car for Prime Minister's Wife













Prime Minister David Cameron has bought a £1,500 used car as a "cheap run-around" for his wife, according to the salesman he bought it from.
























Alexander Van der Bellen











Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU's first far-right head of state.

























Monday, May 23, 2016

Palme d'Or













British director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.




















Austria's Presidential Run-off










The far-right and independent candidates in Austria's presidential run-off face a dead heat, a public TV projection suggests.
Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party and Alexander Van der Bellen are each on 50%, according to the estimate, which includes postal votes not yet counted.


























Aung San Suu Kyi and Rohingya













Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked for "enough 'space" to address the Rohingya issue.


























Sunday, May 22, 2016

George Osborne













It's not exactly breaking news. But 13 years after it was written a letter by George Osborne to one of his then constituents is being widely shared on social media.
In the letter Mr Osborne wrote passionately about his opposition to the £3,000 a year university tuition fees introduced by the Labour government of the day.
By 2012 he clearly felt differently. Then as the British chancellor of the exchequer, he oversaw an increase in the fees to £9,000 a year.























Candace Payne













A braying Chewbacca mask found "on clearance" has shot a Texas mother, Candace Payne, to internet stardom.



























Cyclone Roanu










Cyclone Roanu has pounded coastal areas of Bangladesh, forcing half a million people to flee their homes.






















Saturday, May 21, 2016

Boomerang Poms














Thousands of Britons head for a new life in Australia every year, but it is often not the one-way trip they anticipated. 























Paid Fake Posts in China













China is "flooding" social media with comments by paid supporters in a bid to sway public opinion, a report has said.
The research by Harvard academics draws on leaked documents to paint a picture of the way China polices social media.
The government and its army of helpers write 488 million fake posts a year, the report said.






















Brendan Rodgers














Celtic have appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.
























Friday, May 20, 2016

Rescued Chibok Girl













The first of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls to be rescued from Boko Haram militants has met President Muhammadu Buhari at his villa in Abuja.
Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, was found with a baby by an army-backed vigilante group on Tuesday in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.




























Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders













US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said her primary race against Bernie Sanders is effectively over.




























Enough Fish for McDonald's











A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.



























Thursday, May 19, 2016

Venezuela Crisis










Venezuelan police have fired tear gas against anti-government protesters in Caracas who demand a recall referendum on embattled President Nicolas Maduro.


























Freed Chibok Girl












The first of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls to be rescued since her capture two years ago has had an emotional reunion with her mother.
Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, was found with a baby by an army-backed vigilante group on Tuesday in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.
























Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly









Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has admitted he "has regrets" about his US election campaign but said he would not have been successful otherwise.
He was speaking to Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly, with whom he has had a feud since a TV debate last August.






























Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ICBC Standard Bank











China's ICBC Standard Bank, the world's biggest bank by assets, has agreed to buy a massive vault in London.
























Christian Kern











Austria's new chancellor has refused to rule out co-operation with the country's far-right Freedom Party.


























Brexit Chaos










The European Council president has said the only alternative to the EU is "political chaos" and key Leave campaigner Boris Johnson's recent comments were "absurd".























Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Japan Food Town









Wisma Atria
Level Four
Opens in July 2016



























Global Temperature











April was the seventh month in a row that broke global temperature records, Nasa figures show.
Last month smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever, the data show.
That makes it three months in a row that the monthly record was broken by the largest margin ever.































Populist Uprising











Europe faces a "populist uprising" if it is unable to show people it can control the migrant crisis, former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove has said.


























The Vegetarian











The Vegetarian, a novel about a woman who "wants to reject human brutality" and gives up eating meat, has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
The book was translated by Deborah Smith, who only started teaching herself Korean in 2010.





























Monday, May 16, 2016

Hyperloop












A people-carrying pod designed to levitate and travel at extremely high speeds has been unveiled in Boston.
A 30-strong team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of several groups and companies working on making the Hyperloop concept a reality.




















The Punisher of Philippines











Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill.
The controversial policies are the latest in a series from the soon-to-be leader, including bans on alcohol and smoking and a curfew for children.



























Serena Williams and Italian Open











Serena Williams beat Madison Keys in straight sets to win the Italian Open - her first WTA title in nine months.

























Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jamala











Ukraine's Jamala has won this year's Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm, Sweden.
























Nicolas Maduro











The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, has ordered the seizure of factories that have stopped production and the jailing of their owners.

























Russian Yacht and North Korea










A Russian yacht has been detained by North Korean coastguards in the Sea of Japan, Russia's foreign ministry says.




















Saturday, May 14, 2016

Singlish












According to Oxford, the terms wah, sabo and hawker centre are "new senses of common English words", "loanwords from Chinese... and Malay", and "formations in English that are only used in Singapore".
Dr Kirpal Singh, associate professor of English literature at Singapore Management University, said there are "good qualities" to Singlish and the recognition means it has earned respect.

























Jon Platt














A father who refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday has won a High Court ruling in his favour.
Magistrates had ruled that Jon Platt had no case to answer as, overall, his daughter had attended school regularly.


























Kosovo, Gilbraltar and Fifa









Kosovo and Gibraltar can enter the 2018 World Cup after being accepted as members of world governing body Fifa.































Friday, May 13, 2016

Dilma Rousseff and Farce











Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has condemned the move to impeach her as a "coup" and a "farce", denying she has committed any crimes.

























Paul Ryan and Donald Trump










Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have said they are "totally committed" to party unity in a statement following their meeting.




























Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors










Japanese carmaker Nissan will take a 34% stake in rival Mitsubishi Motors, in the wake of the latter's recent scandal over fuel efficiency.
The all-share deal is worth 237bn yen ($2.2bn; £1.52bn).




























Thursday, May 12, 2016

NTUC Fairprice White Sands










Why are the queues at the check-out counters 
so long and slow these days?





























Dilma Rousseff










Brazil's Senate is debating whether President Dilma Rousseff should face a full impeachment trial.




























The Queen's China Comments










The Queen has described Chinese officials as having been "very rude" during last October's state visit to the UK by President Xi Jinping.



















Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Obama Visits Hiroshima











Barack Obama is to visit Hiroshima this month - the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945.
The visit will be part of an Asian trip from 21-28 May that will also take in Vietnam.

























Trending Topics on Facebook











A US senator is questioning Facebook over allegations that it manipulated its Trending Topics section to exclude conservative topics.
Republican Senator John Thune has asked that if the allegations are true the company is misleading the public about the feature.























William Gadoury











A Canadian teenager has outshone the experts after discovering a lost Mayan city. William Gadoury, from Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec, made the discovery by comparing star charts with satellite images. The new city, discovered in a Mexican jungle, is thought to be the fourth biggest Mayan city, and has been named 'Mouth of Fire' by the teenager.
























Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mini So Tampines












Century Square
Level One
At the entrance facing Tampines Mall 



















Dilma Rousseff













The impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been thrown into doubt.



























Panama Papers Online












The Panama Papers affair has widened, with a huge database of documents relating to more than 200,000 offshore accounts posted online.
The database became accessible from 18:00 GMT at offshoreleaks.icij.org.
























Monday, May 9, 2016

Prince Harry's Private Life










Prince Harry has criticised what he has described as "incessant" intrusions into his private life.






























Car-Free Champs Elysees











Thousands of people have taken advantage of a move by the authorities in Paris to close the famous Champs Elysees thoroughfare to traffic.




















Taxes for Rich and Donald Trump










Presumptive US Republican nominee Donald Trump has said taxes for rich people may have to go up in an apparent reversal of his stated policy.


























Sunday, May 8, 2016

Nyquist











Unbeaten favourite Nyquist won the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.















Wildfire in Saskatchewan










A huge wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta is growing further and could spill in to neighbouring Saskatchewan, officials say.






























Oxyx and Antelope











Over a million spiral horned antelopes – the Scimitar-horned oryx once galloped across vast areas of Northern Africa.
It was one of several other species of antelope which lived in the Sahara desert and nearby Sahelian grassland areas.
By the 1990s the oxyx had disappeared. It was extensively hunted, while at the same time its habitat dwindled.
Though they are fully protected, the same fate is looking likely for its close cousin, the Saharan Addax antelope.






















Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fort McMurray












The only evacuation convoy leaving the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been suspended due to 200ft (60m) flames flanking the road, officials say.































Sadiq Khan











Sadiq Khan has been elected the new Mayor of London - boosting Labour after it slumped in Scotland's elections.
Mr Khan is the city's first Muslim mayor, after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 1, 310,143 votes to 994, 614.

























Boaty McBoatface














The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote.






















Friday, May 6, 2016

Craig Wright and Bitcoin










The Australian entrepreneur who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin has reneged on a promise to present new "proof" to support his case.
Craig Wright had pledged to move some of the virtual currency from one of its early address blocks, an act many believe can only be done by the tech's creator.

























Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra in Palmyra












A renowned Russian conductor has led a concert in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria, which were recaptured from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in March.
Valery Gergiev, a supporter of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, conducted the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, from St Petersburg, at Palmyra's Roman Theatre.



























Paul Ryan and Donald Trump












US House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he cannot currently support Donald Trump as Republican presidential nominee.
Mr Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, called for Mr Trump to strive for "higher aspirations".




















Thursday, May 5, 2016

MaxiCabs













ComfortDelGro-owned MaxiCabs will be implementing a surcharge for rides with more than four passengers. 






















Donald Trump












Donald Trump is now close to being assured the Republican nomination in the US presidential race, something few would have predicted 12 months ago.
The Democratic race is still going, but it looks increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, despite Vermont senator Bernie Sanders' win in Indiana on Tuesday.























John Kasich















Ohio Governor John Kasich has dropped out of the presidential race after struggling to gain traction against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.















Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hello Kitty Changi Airport










Terminal Three
Arrival Hall
#01-22
Opens 24 hours daily

























USA and Russia









US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of "nuclear sabre-rattling" and of being intent on eroding international order.
He said he regretted strained relations with Moscow but said the US had to "prioritise deterrence" on Nato's eastern flank.
US-Russian ties have been strained by the Ukraine crisis and recent military encounters in the Baltic Sea.
Russia has accused Nato of threatening its national security.






















No Food Theft Crime











Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy's highest court of appeal has ruled.


























Google Tax










Multinational companies that move profits offshore to avoid tax will be penalised under new measures in Australia's budget.
Companies caught shifting profits will be taxed at a penalty rate of 40%, rather than the usual 30% rate .


























Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WhatsApp in Brazil











A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours, the latest suspension to hit the hugely popular application.
The judge, Marcel Montalvao, issued the order because WhatsApp owner Facebook failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

















Good Way and Noisy Way














"In general, signal theory says if you have a good way of proving something and a noisy way of proving something and you choose the noisy way chances are it's because you couldn't do the good way in the first place." ~ Gavin Andresen 
























Craig Wright and Bitcoin











Members of the Bitcoin community remain sceptical about Craig Wright's claim to be the mysterious creator of the digital currency.

























Monday, May 2, 2016

May Day Rally in South Korea










Tens of thousands of South Koreans on Sunday joined May Day protests against labour reforms pushed by the government, and called for a higher minimum wage. 





















Alternative fur Deutschland











The German right-wing party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has adopted an explicitly anti-Islam policy.

























Malia Obama










US President Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in 2017, after taking a year off following her high school graduation, the White House says.


















Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bukit Batok By-Election












Who will win?



















PrimaDeli











Bakery chain PrimaDeli has apologised, and sacked a staff who allegedly made racist remarks to a candidate during a job interview.



























Passenger Train Services in Cambodia










Cambodia has restarted passenger train services on one route after a gap of some 14 years.
The first service set out on Saturday from the the capital Phnom Penh for the tourist areas of the south-west coast.

























Saturday, April 30, 2016

iKON in Singapore










Popular K-pop group iKON will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on July 24 this year. 
























Large Hadron Collider and a Weasel










The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern is offline after a short circuit - caused by a weasel.



























Hinkley











True or false? A new nuclear power station in the south-west of the UK will be the most expensive object on Earth. That's the claim about the proposed plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset - but has anything else ever cost so much to build?
"Hinkley is set to be the most expensive object on Earth… best guesses say Hinkley could pass £24bn ($35bn)," said the environmental charity Greenpeace last month as it launched a petition against the project.





























Friday, April 29, 2016

LovethatBag















A retailer of branded handbags and wallets has been fined $190,000, or 11 months and 240 days of imprisonment in default, for his fraudulent evasion of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
According to a statement released by the Singapore Customs, Yu Chung Tan, 47, a partner of LovethatBag LLP, imported 2,338 branded handbags by parcel post a total of 41 times between October 2011 and October 2013.

















Pilots in Asia














Asia faces a severe shortage of well-trained pilots as the region's demand for air travel skyrockets, Airbus's chief executive told CNBC. 


























Google










There is a word that you never heard anyone use 20 years ago. But today, according to research from Lancaster University, which examined millions of words of casual conversation, it crops up more frequently than "clever", "eggs", "fridge", or "death". That word is Google.




























Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina












Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is set to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate, US media reports.


























Donald Trump's America First Policy












Donald Trump has detailed his foreign policy in a speech, a day after sweeping to a win in five US primaries.
Mr Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican candidacy in the 2016 presidential race, said he would pursue an "America First" policy.
























New Asylum Law in Austria











Austria has passed a controversial new law that restricts the right of asylum and allows most claimants to be rejected directly at the border.





























Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Autumn in New Zealand












Long, sunny days tend to linger long into New Zealand’s autumn, and with average high temperatures of between 18C and 25C, you’ll hardly notice summer has ‘officially’ ended. Nights begin to get chilly around mid-April. Because it’s no longer high season, you won’t encounter the busy crowds of summer.


























Mitsubishi Motors












Mitsubishi Motors has said it has used fuel consumption tests that broke Japanese rules for the past 25 years.
The admission follows last week's revelation that it had falsified fuel economy data for four "minicar" models sold only in Japan.
Regulations changed in 1991 to better reflect stop-start urban driving, but Mitsubishi failed to heed the change.


























Big Ben














Britain's most famous clock tower is to fall silent so that urgent repair work can be carried out at a cost of £29m.
Parliament says it has no choice but to stop the chimes of Big Ben, after 157 years of nearly unbroken service, to prevent its mechanism from failing.
The Elizabeth Tower, which houses it, will also be repaired during the three year project, which starts next year.