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The bitcoin bull run is more than just hype this time – don’t be surprised by a US$20,000 price tag by year end

At the time of writing, bitcoin has just surpassed the US$13,000 mark. The last time we saw bitcoin reach this price was in December 2017, after which, the cryptocurrency went on to reach its all-time high of nearly US$20,000 in a matter of days. The cryptocurrency market remained bearish for all of 2018, but with the way bitcoin is charging upwards and setting new highs in 2019, it is safe to say that the crypto-winter is behind us already. In the past several years, we have witnessed a… Source link

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Singapore 

New through-train route for poly students to get university degree and find work in shorter time, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A new “through-train” programme starting next year will allow polytechnic students to not just get a place in a local university, but also be assured of a job. Students on this route will also graduate from university up to a year earlier than their peers. For a start, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) has tied up with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer this new pathway in April next year for 40 students in the building services and mechatronics sectors.…

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China 

China car sales in May rise for the first time in over a year due to discounts, association says

China’s car sales showed signs of recovery in June with a first increase since May 2018 as dealers offered discounts to clear inventory before the implementation of new emissions rules.Retail sales of sedans, sport utility vehicles, minivans and multipurpose vehicles rose 4.9 per cent to 1.8 million units in June from a year earlier in the world’s biggest market, according to preliminary numbers from the China Passenger Car Association on Monday.The report offers some hope for car makers and… Source link

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Samsung said to complete Galaxy Fold smartphone redesign in time for holidays

Samsung Electronics has completed a two-month redesign of its Galaxy Fold to fix embarrassing screen failures that forced its delay, people familiar with the matter said, allowing the South Korean giant to debut its marquee smartphone in time for the crucial holiday season.The world’s largest smartphone maker is now in the final stages of producing a commercial version, but cannot yet pin down a date to begin sales, people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified describing an… Source link

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Global 

US-China trade war could reignite any time as ceasefire is a calm in the middle of a storm, say economists, strategists

A ceasefire in the US-China trade war reached at the G20 summit in Osaka will not lead to a permanent resolution any time soon, with both sides likely to experience additional “pain” in the interim, according to economists and investment strategists.“We should be thinking of this as a calm in the middle of the storm here,” Ethan Harris, head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said. “Actually, the trade war is far from over, even with the ceasefire. There’s a lot of things to… Source link

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Singapore 

New GrabShare service with slightly cheaper fares in return for five-minutes wait time, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Commuters will soon be able to book shared rides on ride-hailing app Grab for a slightly lower price and with a smaller chance of a sudden detour in exchange for waiting time of up to five minutes for the ride. The addition to GrabShare will be introduced for rides booked from Tampines, Pasir Ris and Changi from July 8, and will be implemented for all areas around Singapore by July 18. Commuters will also be able to get the estimated time of arrival at their destination for all…

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Vietnam 

From push to pull: why it’s time for financial planning to take centre stage – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    Brian Spence* Professional financial planning is fairly nascent in Việt Nam, meaning that I spend quite a lot of time explaining the concept and its merits to our local clients. This is invariably time very well spent, however. Indeed, taking individuals on this conceptual leap is one of the most productive – and enjoyable – parts of my job. In short, financial planning is the discipline of helping clients make the wisest choices about their money, so that they can achieve the wide…

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Singapore 

This made my day: New airline pilot surprises parents by flying their plane for first time, Singapore News

A young pilot gave an extra sweet ending to his parents’ vacation by taking over their plane back to Singapore.  Raphael Leong, a first-year pilot with Jetstar, was the pilot on the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore.  The 36-year-old shared that his parents had never had the chance to watch him at work, so he decided to spring a surprise on them for their flight home.  Just as the plane left the gate for takeoff, the pilot took to the microphone to announce that he was flying the…

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Rice exports face tough time amid huge global supply – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    Farmers harvesting rice in the Mekong Delta. Photo english.vietnamnet.vn HCM CITY — With an abundant global supply and high inventory in major exporting countries, Việt Nam is expected to struggle to secure exports of rice in the second half of the year, speakers said at a conference held in HCM City on Monday. Trần Quốc Khánh, deputy minister of Industry and Trade, said that Việt Nam’s rice exports in the first half of the year experienced great challenges due to a drop in demand from major importers.  Except for the Philippines,…

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Singapore 

6 exciting events this June to bring your date for an affordable and fun-filled time, Lifestyle, Singapore News

The month of June is lined up with many exciting events, and if you’re racking your brains on where to go for a date, we’ve put together a list of ideas. Whether you like hanging out at a bazaar, going for carnivals or winding down with drinks, there is something on this list for everyone.  Many of these events have free admissions so you can have fun while still going easy on your wallet.  1. ALOHA BEACHES (NOW TILL JUNE 30) Aloha Beaches by Bugis Junction x Bugis+ is here to bring a little sunshine…

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