Thursday, June 30, 2016

Adrian Goh Guan Kiong

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There’s a sharp divide among expats in Asia between those who see Hong Kong flourishing after the UK vote to leave the European Union – a so-called Brexit – and others who suspect it could spell trouble for the territory.

Freedom 251

The world's cheapest smartphone costing just £3 is finally set to begin shipping later this week in an attempt to connect poorer regions of India.

Aiming to make internet access affordable to millions of people across the country, the Freedom 251 device goes on sale on June 30 and will only be available to pre-registered users in India.


The tiny town of Kaitangata on the South Island of New Zealand has a relatively unique problem - too many affordable houses and job opportunities and not enough people to fill them.
Now residents are on a recruitment drive to get people living in the country's more expensive cities to relocate.
About 800 people live in Kaitangata, which is part of the Clutha district.
Amenities include a local primary school, a bar and a pizza parlour.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Canada and Brexit

The CBI say some Leave campaigners have said Canada's free trade deal with the EU would be a good basis for a post-Brexit UK deal with the EU.

European Parliament and Brexit

The European Parliament's first debate on the UK's vote to leave has been marked by bitter exchanges.

Helium in Tanzania

Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

England, Iceland and Euro 2016

England suffered their worst humiliation since they were knocked out of the 1950 World Cup by USA in Brazil as Iceland shocked them in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Article 50 and Informal Talks

The European Union will not hold informal talks with the UK until it triggers Article 50 to leave, Germany, France and Italy have insisted.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted talks with French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Berlin.
The leaders called for a "new impulse" to strengthen the EU.

Sterling Falls

UK financial markets remain volatile in the wake of the Brexit vote, with sterling plunging to a 31-year low against the dollar, and some share trading temporarily halted.
Yields on 10-year government bonds sank below 1% for the first time as investors bet on an interest rate cut.
Shares in airlines, housebuilders and banks were worst hit, with sharp falls causing a momentary halt in trading.

Monday, June 27, 2016

George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne's absence from the Sunday political programmes, and the post-referendum debate more generally, has been the subject of a lot of talk.
The Guardian reports that he will make a statement early on Monday morning in an attempt to reassure financial markets and avoid a repeat of Friday's volatility.

Musicians and Brexit

Musicians at Glastonbury grapple with the implications of leaving Europe for their upcoming tours, anticipating "big changes" ahead.

Scotland and Brexit

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the BBC that Scotland could try to block the UK's exit from the EU.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lord Hill

The UK's European Commissioner Lord Hill is to stand down, saying "what is done cannot be undone" after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
He said he did not believe it was right for him to carry on with his work as the commissioner in charge of financial services.

Second EU Referendum

More than two million people have signed a petition calling for a second EU referendum, after the vote to leave.
It has more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website and as it has passed 100,000, Parliament will consider it for a debate.

Nasty on Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union has "no need to be particularly nasty in any way" in the negotiations with Britain about its exit from the bloc.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scottish Independence Referendum

  1. Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish independence referendum 'highly likely'.

David Cameron

  1. David Cameron says he will step down as prime minister by October.


  1. Leave wins the referendum and the UK will quit the EU.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Led Zeppelin and Stairway

Led Zeppelin did not plagiarise the opening chords of the rock epic Stairway to Heaven from the US band Spirit, a Los Angeles jury has found.

Historic Referendum

Voting had been taking place in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave.
A record 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part, according to provisional figures from the Electoral Commission.
Polling stations will close at 22:00 BST with counting throughout the night.

Word of the Year

’They’ was recognised by the society for its emerging use as a pronoun to refer to a known person, often as a conscious choice by a person rejecting the traditional gender binary of ‘he’ and ‘she’.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Masks For Webcam and Mic

A photograph of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shows tape has been used to cover his MacBook Pro's webcam and mic.

Remain or Leave, Historic Day

Thursday will be an historic day with long-term implications, whether Britain votes to leave the EU or remain in it.

EU Referendum

Politicians have been making their last pitch for votes on the final day of campaigning before the EU referendum.
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have told rallies in Bristol and London that a Remain vote in Thursday's poll will mean the UK is safer and better off.
But Boris Johnson said a vote to leave would show people "believe in our country" and Nigel Farage urged people to act "with their heart and soul".

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tiran and Sanafir

An Egyptian judge has quashed a government decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced that Tiran and Sanafir would be transferred in April, during a visit by Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Australia and Brexit

Australians sending in postal votes for the upcoming UK referendum on European Union membership could have considerable influence on the result.

London and Brexit

If Britain votes to leave the European Union, could it prompt London to demand its own exit - in this case from the United Kingdom?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Global Anti-Globalisation Mood

The forces of globalisation are causing havoc for European workers as they are for American workers. If you are a white working class man (in particular) the combined effects of immigration, free trade and technology have made your job and your wages less secure. Policy makers in the UK and the US have singularly failed to address these issues in any meaningful way. If the Brexit camp wins next week it could suggest the global anti-globalisation mood (if such a thing is possible) is stronger than we realised.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, the leader of the Leave campaign, have tapped into a similar public mood of disgruntlement. On both sides of the Atlantic, a lot of people feel they've been handed a bad deal. In the UK, it's European bureaucrats in Brussels who are to blame. In the US, it's elected politicians in Washington who are held responsible. Mr Johnson promises Brits a better deal if they throw off the onerous yoke of EU regulations. Mr Trump promises Americans a better deal if they put him in the White House.

Donald Trump and Brexit

The two most surprising political phenomena of this year have been the rise of Donald Trump and the success of the Leave Europe camp in Britain's referendum on Brexit.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Andy Murray and Queen's Club

Britain's Andy Murray dismantled Milos Raonic's huge serve to become the first man to win the Queen's Club title five times.

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson

Wayne Rooney wants the Football Association to extend Roy Hodgson's reign as England boss after Euro 2016.

Tomorrow's Here Today Lyrics

How do you like this song?


Have you heard about it?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Theodore Shawcross

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Thomas Mair

The man charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

Tim Peake

UK astronaut Tim Peake is back on Earth after a historic six-month stay on the International Space Station.
A Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake and two other crew members touched down in Kazakhstan at 10:15 BST.
He called the journey back "the best ride I've been on ever", adding: "The smells of Earth are just so strong."

UK and Guernsey

Leaving the European Union would make the UK as significant as Guernsey, France's economy minister has said.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sue-Ann of Sgag

Is she also known as Annette Lee?

Giant Crab Horde in Melbourne

A horde of giant spider crabs has amassed in waters near the Australian city of Melbourne.
Hundreds of thousands of the crabs migrate to Australia's southern shores each year as ocean waters cool.

Brexit and China

The view from China appears to be unanimous: Chinese leaders and business people want the UK to remain inside the European Union.

Revlon and Elizabeth Arden

Revlon, known for its make-up and hair care products, has agreed to buy Elizabeth Arden in a $870m (£609m) deal.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bandar Malaysia

The Malaysian government signed an agreement on Thursday to take over 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) remaining stake in a multi-billion dollar development project, as the troubled state fund seeks to cut its debts.
The shareholder agreement will put the finance ministry in control of 1MDB's 40 per cent holding in the Bandar Malaysia project.


A Singapore design team claims to have come up with a solution to coping with aches and pain in the office - a jacket that massages your muscles and attempts to correct your posture.
Controlled by a mobile app and able to run for around three hours after a USB charge, 'Aira' uses air pressure devices inside the jacket which expand to target pressure points and produce the sensation of a massage.

Latest in Bangkok

Thousands of supporters of a wealthy and controversial Thai Buddhist sect rallied at the temple's space-age headquarters Thursday to successfully see off an attempt by police to arrest the movement's elderly abbot on fraud charges.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mzznaki Tetteh

If you're an avid follower of social media you will recognise Mzznaki Tetteh. She is a nurse from Ghana whose engagement photographs went viral on several social media platforms last week after hundreds of people left mean-spirited comments aimed at her figure.

Private Gun Sales on Facebook

In January 2016, Facebook responded to calls from gun control advocatesand vowed to clamp down on potentially dangerous gun sales on its site. Legitimate gun dealers with Federal Firearms Licences - carrying out necessary background checks - are allowed to go about their business. But private sales are prohibited and, in theory, should be taken down immediately. But is this happening?

Donald Trump and Gun Laws

Republican Donald Trump has said he would like people on terror watch lists to be prevented from buying guns, in the wake of the Orlando shootings.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Walmart Canada

Retailer Walmart Canada will no longer accept Visa cards after it failed to agree a deal with the credit card firm.

Rayani Air

Malaysia's first Islamic-compliant airline, Rayani Air, has been barred from flying for breaching regulations.

French Labour Reform Bill

Protests in Paris over a French labour reform bill have turned violent, with at least 40 people injured, including 29 police officers, and 58 arrests.
At least 75,000 demonstrators had convened in the capital as the upper house of parliament debated changes to employment laws.
One of the city's best-known attractions, the Eiffel Tower, was closed due to strike action by staff.
The new law makes it easier for employers to hire and fire workers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ethiopia and Eritrea

It's not clear why the fighting has erupted now.
But in recent months both sides have upped the rhetoric with the latest verbal salvo coming from Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki during celebrations to mark 25 years of the country's independence.
He accused Ethiopia of being hostile to Eritrea's sovereignty.


European Council president Donald Tusk has warned that a UK vote to leave the EU could threaten "Western political civilisation".

Microsoft and LinkedIn

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn (£18bn) in cash.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Amy Chua

"Tiger mum" Amy Chua makes daughters sign tenancy contract.

Kevin James Loibl

Police in the US say they do not know what motivated a gunman to kill the singer Christina Grimmie.
The 22-year-old was shot while signing autographs after a concert in the city on Friday night, and died in hospital.
Orlando police chief John Mina said the gunman, 26-year-old Kevin James Loibl, came from the city of St Petersburg in Florida to confront her.

ACT in South Korea and Hong Kong

An examination for students in South Korea and Hong Kong hoping to study at US colleges has been cancelled after "credible evidence" emerged that it had been leaked in advance.
Administrators of the ACT test took the decision just hours before some 5,500 students were due to sit it.
The ACT is one of two entrance exams available to international and domestic students wanting to go to a US college.
This is not the first cheating scandal to hit the tests in East Asia.
The other entrance exam - the SAT - was cancelled in South Korea in 2013 because some of the questions were leaked.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Vivid Green Outfit for The Queen

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official 90th birthday Saturday by taking the salute at a special military parade in London where her vivid green outfit caused a sensation. 


Libyan forces say they have retaken control of the port in the city of Sirte, after fierce fighting with militants from so-called Islamic State.

Christina Grimmie

The man suspected of killing US singer Christina Grimmie apparently came from another city to confront her, police in Florida say.
They said the gunman "travelled to Orlando to commit this crime" but did not appear to know her personally.
Later police named the gunman as 26-year-old Kevin James Loibl from the city of St Petersburg, Florida.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Keiko Fujimori

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori has conceded to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in run-off elections.

Huge Monument Found in Petra

A huge monument has been discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan.


Online news site Gawker has filed for bankruptcy after losing a $140m (£97m) privacy case earlier this year.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection, which could allow it to avoid paying the damages.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Food Wastage in Asia-Pacific

Forgotten leftovers in the refrigerator make up the majority of food wastage in Asia-Pacific, according to a survey by Electrolux.
The home appliance maker polled 4,000 people of ages between 18 and 65 across eight countries in the region, and found that 80 per cent of households waste food regularly at home.

Global Slavery Index

The Global Slavery Index says there could be thousands of people in Australia living in conditions amounting to slavery, but that despite a tightening of laws, prosecutions are rare. 

Hillary Clinton

President Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party presidential nominee.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sharon Tang and Plastic Surgeries

Is it true?

Dawn Yang and Plastic Surgeries

It is true?

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug.

Bernie Sanders

Pressure is building on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to give up his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton has been declared the presumptive Democratic nominee after winning four out of six primaries on Tuesday.

Obama and Clinton

Barack Obama is about to tell Bernie Sanders that the revolution stops now.
On Tuesday evening Mr Obama called Hillary Clinton to congratulate her on securing enough delegates to "clinch" the Democratic nomination.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The four members of Abba have appeared together in Sweden, and surprised fans with an impromptu singalong.
The stars gathered on Sunday at a private party to celebrate the 50-year partnership between songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Jerome Kerviel

The French ex-trader Jerome Kerviel, whose unauthorised transactions lost his bank €4.9bn (£3.82bn), has won a claim for unfair dismissal.
A labour court said the bank, Societe Generale, had dismissed him not because of his actions, which it must have known of, but for their consequences.
The court ordered the bank to pay him €450,000 (£350,000) in damages.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is hoping to claim victory in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after six states have finished holding primaries.
The Associated Press says Mrs Clinton has already reached the 2,383 delegates needed, taking into account pledges of support from so-called superdelegates.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Google and Plug-in

Google has banned an extension of its Chrome browser which was being used to identify Jewish names on the internet by surrounding them with three sets of brackets, or parentheses.

Eva Carneiro and Chelsea

Former Chelsea first team doctor Eva Carneiro rejected a £1.2m settlement from the club, documents submitted to her employment tribunal show.
She is claiming constructive dismissal and is also bringing separate legal action against Jose Mourinho.

Bernie Sanders and California

For Bernie Sanders and his loyal supporters, California - the Golden State - is his golden ticket.
Yes, Hillary Clinton's lead in pledged delegates and total votes, as well as her vast advantage among the "superdelegate" party officials and officeholders, means she likely will accrue the necessary support on Tuesday to be the nominee even before polls close in California.
But the Sanders campaign is asserting that a win on the west coast, where surveys show the race is close, will fuel his efforts over the coming weeks, setting the stage for a showdown with Mrs Clinton on the floor of the Democratic convention in July.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Alice Fong JEM

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Alice Fong Yishun

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Alice Fong Nee Soon

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Rock Am Ring Music Festival

The third and final day of the sell-out Rock am Ring music festival in Germany has been cancelled after lightning hurt at least 80 fans, organisers say.

Vote Leave

Former PM Sir John Major has hit out at the "squalid" and "deceitful" campaign to get Britain out of the EU.
He told Andrew Marr he was "angry about the way the British people are being misled" by fellow Conservative Boris Johnson and Vote Leave.

Swiss Basic Income Plan Rejected

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all.
Final results from Sunday's referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it.
The proposal had called for adults to be paid an unconditional monthly income, whether they worked or not.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Leni Robredo

A neophyte lawmaker endorsed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino will be the Philippines' next vice president, narrowly thwarting a bid by a former dictator's son to reach the post that stands just a heartbeat from the presidency.

French Open

Spain's Garbine Muguruza beat world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

Latest on River Seine

The levels of the River Seine in Paris have started dropping slightly after reaching a 34-year high on Friday.
The river level rose to 6.1m (20ft) above its normal height overnight.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Esther Yap

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Noel Chia

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Rescued Missing Japanese Boy

A boy missing in remote woods in Japan since Saturday after being left alone by his parents as punishment has been found alive and well.
Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka was found in a military training base near Shikabe in Hokkaido, just a few kilometres from where he was left.

Flat Optics Lens

A flat lens made of paint whitener on a sliver of glass could revolutionise optics, according to its US inventors.
Just 2mm across and finer than a human hair, the tiny device can magnify nanoscale objects and gives a sharper focus than top-end microscope lenses.

Flooded River Seine

The River Seine in Paris is at its highest level for more than 30 years, with floods forcing closed parts of the metro systems and major landmarks.
The Louvre and Orsay museums were shut while staff moved artworks to safety as flood levels climbed above 6m (18ft).

Friday, June 3, 2016

Panda Cub in Belgium

A giant panda cub has been born at a zoo in Belgium, an event so rare it is being described a "true miracle".

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump

US House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will vote for the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in this year's election, despite their differences.

Louvre Is Closed Today

The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, is to close on Friday amid worsening flooding caused by days of torrential rain.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Trump University

Court documents have revealed aggressive sales tactics employed by staff at Donald Trump's now defunct investment school.
Tips on how to push students to sign up for expensive courses were included in records released during a class-action lawsuit against Trump University.

Nick from Zootopia

A giant figure of a fox called Nick from the film Zootopia was smashed to pieces by a four-year-old Chinese boy only hours after going on display.
The statue is said to have cost more than 100,000 yuan (£10,382) and taken creator Mr Zhao three days and nights to build.

Gotthard Tunnel

The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel has officially opened in Switzerland, after almost two decades of construction work.
The 57km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard base tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe.
Switzerland says it will revolutionise European freight transport.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Verna Ling

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Euro 2016

The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championship being held in France from 10 June to 10 July could be a target of militant attacks.

Document Forgers

Police in Greece and the Czech Republic have arrested more than 20 people suspected of forging travel documents for migrants trying to enter Europe.
European police agency Europol said visas and passports were sold for up to £2,500 ($3,600) and sent across the EU, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.