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

Does he blog?

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.

London Home Values Soar

Government measures to aid first-time buyers and a planned increase in the transaction tax on second homes and rental properties has fueled buying by both homeowners and professional landlords in London, particularly before the higher tax goes into effect in April. High prices in the center have pushed both types of buyers to seek better deals further afield.

Bank of Japan

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with a move aimed at shielding the country's sluggish economy from volatile markets and slowing global growth.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Apple Inc and AC Wall Plug Adapters

Apple Inc said on Thursday it was voluntarily recalling AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Economic Growth in Malaysia

Malaysia trimmed its growth expectations for 2016 after a decline in oil prices crimped the outlook for exports and government revenue. Prime Minister Najib Razak is counting on consumers to hold up the economy, finding ways to put more money in their pockets.


GrabTaxi is now known as Grab, in a rebranding that the South-east Asian ride-booking platform says will reflect all of its services beyond just taxis, which include private cars (GrabCar), motorcycle taxis (GrabBike), social carpooling (GrabHitch) and last mile delivery (GrabExpress).

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Did you manage to get their pineapple tarts today?


Oil futures rallied back above US$32 a barrel on Wednesday, after US data showed a jump in weekly demand for products such as heating oil when a cold front hit the country, although analysts said the rise in prices may not last long.

Visa Singapore

Visa Singapore on Wednesday launched a one-stop payment service that it hopes will address the high percentage of online transactions that are cancelled due to hassles at the point of payment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amazon Payments

Amazon Payments' transaction volume surged in 2015, a sign that Amazon.com Inc's payment service is finally gaining traction after its inception nearly eight years ago.

Cotton On Singapore

Will you be getting their red packets?

Trade Surplus in Switzerland

Switzerland posted a record trade surplus in 2015 of 36.6 billion Swiss francs (US$36.1 billion), despite declines in exports, as imports were made cheaper by the strong franc, the government said Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Exxon Mobil Corp

Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday said efficiencies and increased use of renewable fuels will cut by half the carbon intensity of the world's economy by 2040 but climate policies will increase the cost of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company's latest long-term outlook.


Twitter is losing four members of its executive leadership team, including its product and engineering chiefs, as the social media company tries to revive growth after its stock lost half its value in 12 months.

All-Day Breakfast at McDonald's

McDonald's Corp, waging a comeback effort under Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook, posted its best quarterly growth in almost four years after a move to serve breakfast all day helped fuel US sales.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Philips's plan to shed its lighting businesses suffered a setback on Friday when a US$3.3 billion deal to offload the components division to Asian buyers was blocked by the United States on security grounds.
The agreement to sell an 80 per cent stake in the Lumileds division based in California ran into opposition from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Philips said in a statement.

Toshiba Corp

Japan's Toshiba Corp plans to sell part of its chip business as it aims to recover from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

Concession Sales at Changi Airport

Concession sales at Changi Airport increased by almost 8 per cent to S$2.2 billion in 2015 with strong spending by Chinese travellers, Changi Airport Group announced on Sunday.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Farid Ismeth Emir

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Only 27 Refugees in Japan

Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year and rejected almost all applications, officials said on Saturday, as rights groups urged the government to allow more people in.

Monster Snowstorm

A winter storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, closed government offices and threatened Washington with one of its worst snowfalls on record as it moved up the East Coast. New York City braced for a blizzard and declared an emergency.

New Shepard

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space transportation company, Blue Origin, successfully launched and landed a suborbital rocket for a second time, a key step in its quest to develop reusable boosters, the company said on Friday.

The New Shepard rocket and capsule, which is designed to carry six passengers, blasted off from a launch site in West Texas at 11.22am CST (1722 GMT) and landed itself minutes later back on the launch pad, the company said in a statement.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BlackRock Inc

Laurence D Fink, who runs the world's largest asset manager, said the recent stock market decline presents a buying opportunity because markets are poised to gain over the course of the next year.
"You can't walk away from these movements," Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc, said Friday in an interview with Erik Schatzker and David Westin from the World Economic Forum in Davos. "Use these as an opportunity."

Apple Inc

Some of Apple Inc's main Asian suppliers expect revenues and orders to drop this quarter, indicating iPhone sales are almost certain to post their first annual decline since the flagship product was launched almost a decade ago.

Google Inc

Google Inc paid Apple Inc US$1 billion in 2014 to keep its search bar on the iPhone, Bloomberg reported, citing a transcript of court proceedings related to a copyright lawsuit filed by Oracle Corp against the search giant.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flavour Flings

Block 121 Hougang Ave 1


Information technology firm DeClout's subsidiary Beaqon Pte Ltd has entered into a sale-and-purchase agreement to acquire a 75 per cent interest in TJ Systems, a company that supplies and instals security electronic systems, for S$3 million.

Facebook Sports Stadium

Facebook announced a drive Thursday to be a place for sports with a new online hub for news and sharing on sporting events.
The "Facebook Sports Stadium" will offer live updates of scores, posts from friends and commentators as well as information on where to watch games live.

Ustream Inc

International Business Machines Corp said on Thursday it bought Ustream Inc, an online video streaming service provider, to boost its cloud offerings for businesses.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Direct Flight between Canberra and Wellington

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate flights to both the Australian and New Zealand capitals from Sept 20, making it the first airline with flights linking the two cities.

Equity Market in Singapore

Singapore's blue chip Straits Times Index tumbled to its lowest in more than four years on Wednesday amid nagging concerns over crude oil prices and the faltering Chinese economy.

Economic Growth in Europe

European economic growth will see an immediate boost as a result of the unprecedented influx of refugees, according to an International Monetary Fund study, handing a silver lining to leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel as they attempt to untangle the crisis.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

COE 20 January 2016

CAT A$51,301COE
spacerCAT B$50,089COE
spacerCAT C$46,502COE
spacerCAT E$51,000COE

De Beers

De Beers cut diamond prices again in its first sale of the year as the world's biggest producer seeks to counter a slowdown in demand, according to three people familiar with the process.

Economy in China

China's economy grew 6.8 per cent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, matching expectations and the slowest since the global financial crisis, putting pressure on Beijing to roll out more support measures as fears of a sharper slowdown panic investors.

App Store

Apple has informed developers that it is planning to change App Store pricing in a number of countries, including Singapore, within the next 72 hours.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Mobile messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, said it will no longer charge annual subscription fees and plans to test tools to allow users to communicate directly with businesses and organizations via the app.

Inflation in Singapore

Multiple challenges seen in the global world economy have driven expectations of inflation here to their lowest ever, with the median expectations for prices surveyed in the fourth quarter of 2015 for the year ahead coming in at 2.74 per cent.

Asian Markets

Oil prices plunged below US$28 a barrel early Monday, hitting energy firms and extending a rout across Asian markets after sanctions were lifted against Iran, allowing the key producer to resume crude exports.

Monday, January 18, 2016

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Opening Hours:
11:30am to 2:30pm
5:30pm to 10pm

Eu Yang Sang

Eu Yan Sang International (EYSI) will receive funding of up to US$35 million from HCare Investments Holding Ltd through a joint venture agreement, as the health and wellness group moves to make further inroads in China.

Keppel Reit

Keppel Reit will be divesting its stake in a Sydney building for A$160 million (S$160 million).
The sale of its 100 per cent interest in 77 King Street to ARE Noble, a wholly owned subsidiary of Invesco Asia Core Fund, will result in a divestment gain of about A$28 million, it said.

Starhub and Netflix

Starhub is partnering Netflix to offer the latter's streaming service to its Fibre TV customers, days after Singtel signed a similar deal with Netflix.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

llao llao Tampines

Tampines Mall
Next to Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Wal-Mart Stores Inc

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is merging an Arkansas-based division that develops computer systems for its stores with a fast-growing technology unit in Silicon Valley, aiming to hasten its move to compete in the online era.

Canyon Capital

Yahoo said on Friday that a letter sent to its board from the investor Canyon Capital contained misperceptions about the company.

Softbank in India

Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank will "seriously" accelerate its investments in India, chief executive Masayoshi Son told a startup conference in New Delhi on Saturday.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Consumer Confidence in USA

Consumer confidence rose in January to the highest level in seven months as low inflation helped support households, whose outlook for wage gains remained subdued.

Business Inventories in USA

US business inventories in November posted their biggest drop since 2011 as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce stockpiles of unsold merchandise, the latest sign that economic growth slowed significantly in the fourth quarter.

New Silk Road

Ukraine on Friday launched the first cargo train to China that will bypass Russia along a new "Silk Road" meant to counter the Kremlin's most stringent trade embargo on Kiev to date.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Modest Growth in Eurozone

Very low inflation and modest growth will likely define the eurozone economy at least until the end of next year, a Reuters poll found, with only a slim chance the European Central Bank will increase its monthly bond purchases.

Twitter and Periscope

Twitter on Tuesday began weaving live Periscope video broadcasts into timelines streamed to its application tailored for Apple mobile devices.

Next COE Quota

The February-April 2016 quarter will have 25,210 COEs, up from the 21,653 in the current November 2015-to-January 2016 period, or an expansion of 16.5 per cent.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Gold fell on Wednesday as a stronger dollar and a rebound in stock markets reduced its appeal as a safe asset.
Asian shares made their first real rally of the year after better-than-expected Chinese trade data, which offered some rare optimism for the global economy.

Iron Ore Imports in China

China's iron ore imports jumped to a record last month, a sign that overseas miners are winning a greater share of the market in the world's biggest consumer. Steel exports soared as the nation sells its glut overseas.

Inflation in Europe

Analysts at Mizuho International Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc stepped up calls for more monetary stimulus as an indicator of the eurozone's inflation outlook derived from forwards languished near a three-month low.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Federal Reserve and Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates more this year than investors currently are pricing in, according to Peterson Institute for International Economics President Adam Posen, a former Bank of England policy maker.