From the scores of wine retailers that exist online and offline to the numerous wine appreciation workshops and masterclasses, and the multitude of blind tastings and wine weekend events , it’s clear that Singaporeans’ thirst for wines is growing . But there’s another side of wine that novices and casual drinkers might be oblivious to: Wine investment. Since establishing their headquarters in Singapore in 2014, wine merchant and luxury lifestyle service provider Sarment has seen an increasing number of local clients investing in wines. “Our clients understand that financial returns are generally quite stable right now and wine investments give greater returns," said Julien Drevon, general manager of Sarment South East Asia. "Passion investments like wine complement their lifestyle, and unlike stocks, wine is something tangible that you can actually enjoy if you want." UK-based wine investment firm Cult Wines opened an office here in October to cater to this niche … [Read more...] about Wine investment: What to look out for and how much you’d need to start
LONDON: Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen on Wednesday (Nov 28) cemented his reputation as the game's greatest player after demolishing US hopeful Fabiano Caruana in a winner-take-all world championship decider. The 27-year-old Norwegian won three successive rapid-chess tiebreakers in a display of intuition and guile that overwhelmed the 26-year-old American in London. Carlsen was gracious after his thumping win put an exclamation point on a defensively-minded series that saw the original series of 12 matches played since November 9 end in a dozen draws. "Fabiano was the strongest opponent I've played so far in the world championships," Carlsen said after his triumph. "It was hard." Caruana's loss will crush American fans who had hoped to see the coveted crown come home for the first time since Bobby Fischer defeated the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in a 1972 Cold War-era thriller. "I had a bad day," a dejected Caruana told NRK. "I didn't even put up a fight." … [Read more...] about Chess: Norway’s Carlsen beats US hopeful in title decider
President Joe Biden’s deputies are quietly helping a large group of recent foreign graduates get U.S. white-collar jobs needed by American graduates. The news was announced on February 26 via a statement largely incomprehensible to American graduates: “USCIS today announced flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization,” said the announcement from the United State Citizenship and Immigration Service Agency. The changes were applauded by the foreign “students” who are eager for Americans’ jobs: “ This is a welcome relief,” said a tweet from “Arjun K.” And the foreign graduates are demanding more benefits, even though most are less skilled than American graduates. “We do appreciate the progress we made together last week,” tweeted Jade Wang. “But it hasn’t solved all problems, and there is a long way to go. Please take some measurements to speed up the approval or release the … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s Deputies Help Foreign ‘Students’ Get Careers Needed by U.S. Graduates
SHANGHAI: It is easy to confuse Ko Ko Kyaw for a local university student in China. He dresses like one - padded bomber jacket and ripped slim-cut jeans with white trainers, which is typical attire for a sporty Chinese male millennial. But more importantly, the Myanmar-national speaks like a local Chinese, bantering comfortably in putonghua, or Mandarin, like someone who was born in China and has been speaking the language his entire life. Terms that only local Chinese would be familiar with roll off Ko Ko Kyaw’s tongue with ease, even though he only started having formal lessons five years ago. He even speaks English with a Chinese accent. The 22-year-old accountancy student at Shanghai’s Jiaotong University is part of a growing number of Southeast Asian students who have chosen to pursue their higher education in China. “I got interested in China after attending a summer camp in Kunming,” recalled Ko Ko Kyaw in perfect mandarin. Kunming, which borders Myanmar, is a city in … [Read more...] about Why more Southeast Asian students are choosing China for higher education
Source: Darren Baker/Shutterstock If I wanted to know how people who are not married are doing when they reach the age of 65 and beyond, I would ask them about the joys and successes of their lives, as well as their challenges and difficulties. But social scientists haven’t often viewed single seniors as people who are psychologically strong and resilient , so instead they study only the “strains” in their lives. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for a study that does not toss all unmarried people into the same bin, but instead asks about the experiences of the different kinds of unmarried people. Among seniors, who experiences single life as especially difficult? Is it the lifelong single people, who never got a taste of marriage ? Or is it the widowed people or maybe the divorced ? Do Blacks or Whites experience more “single strain”? Does it depend on whether we are talking about women or men? What counts as “single strain”? The researchers conducted face-to-face … [Read more...] about Do Lifelong Singles Fare Better Later in Life?