Email By business reporters Simon Frazer and Michael Janda Updated September 29, 2014 15:04:56 Photo: The ASX has bounced back from steeper morning losses. (Dean Lewins, file photo: AAP) Map: Australia The Australian dollar and the local share market are losing ground, with the protests in Hong Kong adding to investor jitters.The Hong Kong share market has dropped steeply, with much of the city shut down or disrupted by large pro-democracy protests.The city's benchmark Hang Seng index was off almost 2 per cent to 23,220 around 3:00pm (AEST).Australia's dollar had fallen around 0.8 per cent against the greenback in response to the protests in part of its largest trading partner, slipping below 87 US cents for the first time since January.By that stage the market had recovered slightly from its losses earlier in the session.The All Ordinaries index was down 18 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,299, and the ASX 200 was also 18 points lower at 5,295.Among the banks, NAB was 0.9 … [Read more...] about Share market dollar fall on Hong Kong unrest
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Kuheli Sen, a 45-year-old mother of two, loved dolls as a child. “My prized possession was a dolls house,” she recalls. “I wanted a Barbie, but never got one. Later , when I had access to the doll as a grown-up, I realised I hadn’t missed much,” she says.For decades, Barbie – who turned 60 last month – has drawn mixed reactions from children and adults. While the doll – with its perfect limbs, tiny waist and enviable wardrobe – has been a favourite with kids, adults have worried about the kind of body goals it was giving little girls. Barbie came to India in the late ’80s- early ’90s, and the reason for her popularity, feels John Baby, CEO Funskool, was that “it was the only branded fashion doll available then.” Today children have a wider range to choose from – Moxie Girlz, a range of fashion dolls by the US-based MGA Entertainment and the Baby Alive dolls who eat, pee, … [Read more...] about The all-new toy story
If you’re after authentic villages, regional food and untouched paradises, then travel search engine Skyscanner has found 12 spots for you. 1. Lampang, North Thailand Many people pass by Lampang on the way to Chiang Mai, but this laid-back town is well worth a stop over thanks to its riverside bars and restaurants, its many horse-drawn carriages, and impressive Buddhist temples. Lampang Province is also home to the Thailand Elephant Conservation Centre, where you watch more than 50 elephants bathing, including babies, and take an elephant ride too. Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang, Thailand.Source:News Limited 2. Phetchabun, North Thailand A land of waterfalls, mountain ranges and rivers, Phetchabun Province also hosts two impressive national parks. The misty heights of Khao Kho National Park provides a forest home for wild elephants, Asian golden cats, mouse deer, porcupines and the gorgeous slow loris. Meanwhile, tigers, leopards, black bears and sun bears live in … [Read more...] about 12 of the best hidden gems in Thailand
Australian traveller and celebrity cook Marion Grasby of Marion’s Kitchen is based in the bustling Thai capital, and has navigated deep into the heart of the city and its surrounds to discover a few things you may have missed. These are five of her favourite off the beaten track spots that are must-sees. 1. KOH YAO YAI “If clear indigo water, crowd-free beaches and not much else sounds like your perfect getaway then this is the island for you. It’s only a 20-minute speedboat ride from Phuket and yet it couldn’t be further from the bustling crowds. A pretty relaxed spot. Picture: A TripAdvisor traveller “There’s a smattering of resorts around the island with my pick being Santhiya Koh Yai Yao for it’s clifftop infinity pool and practically private beach. Hire a scooter and explore the many beautiful beaches around the island.” A perfect sunset. Not a bad view. 2. KHAO YAI “Not to be confused with Koh Yao Yai, this inland … [Read more...] about Are these Thailand’s best kept secrets?
Video PlayerClose CHICAGO, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) agricultural futures settled higher for the trading week ending Dec. 13, with soybeans rising over 2 percent mostly as China and the United States agreed on the text of a phase-one trade deal. The most active soybean contract for January delivery rose 18 cents, or 2.02 percent week on week, to close at 9.075 U.S. dollars per bushel. March corn added 4.25 cents, or 1.13 percent, to settle at 3.81 dollars per bushel. March wheat went up 8 cents, or 1.53 percent, to end at 5.325 dollars per bushel. CBOT agricultural futures settled mixed on Monday, with soybean futures rising on trade optimism and short covering. Chinese importers bought at least two bulk cargo shipments of U.S. soybeans, or about 120,000 metric tons, for shipment in January and February, U.S. exporters said on Monday. The deals came after China is said to be working on tax exemptions on part of the soybeans and pork imported from the United … [Read more...] about U.S. soybean futures jump over 2 pct weekly as trade optimism boosts technical buying