ScreenSingapore 2012 Kicks Off in Southeast Asia
Business cards are now circulating like high-frequency bond trades in Southeast Asia’s largest financial center, as ScreenSingapore 2012 officially kicked off Tuesday morning for another year of film premieres, seminars and sales-floor wheeling and dealing. Moved from June to Dec. 4-7 this year — a change allowing for a partnership with the established Asia TV Forum and Market (ATF), which is entering its 11th edition — ScreenSingapore is bringing the two conferences and sales events side by side, with organizers expressing hopes of expanding the event’s exposure and encouraging more cross-platform business and innovation. “I think we’ll see more of TV, film and online events coming together like this,” said Greg Coote , Chairman of the Board of ScreenSingapore. “The future of filmed entertainment is going to find a home on any screen, so we have seminars spanning from Google to IMAX,” he added. …MORE
Harry Redknapp is set to make his first signing as Queens Park Rangers manager as he prepares to offer a contract to free agent Tal Ben Haim. The Daily Mail has reported that the former Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City defender has been invited to train with QPR as Redknapp looks to find an immediate solution to bolstering his options in defence. Harry Redknapp is hoping to save QPR from relegation after taking over from Mark Hughes Reuters Ben Haim would be available to join the club immediately as he left struggling Portsmouth in the summer after finally settling a dispute over his wages and has since been solely playing international football for Israel . The central defender featured in the 4-0 defeat to Russia back in September and has been training with a number of Israel i clubs over the past few months in order to maintain his fitness. However, it seems he favours a return to the Premier League and is hoping to impress Redknapp enough to earn a contract with the struggling London club.
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The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year pounded the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, killing four people, destroying homes and toppling power and communication lines, officials said. Typhoon Bopha, with wind gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), made landfall at dawn, uprooting trees and tearing off roofs and was headed for major tourist destinations in the central Philippines. About 20 people were reported missing. “There goes my house,” Landring Ceballos, a fisherman in Davao Oriental province told reporters by telephone from high ground as he watched winds lift his makeshift house and dump it in the sea. Benito Ramos, executive director of the national disaster agency, said four people were confirmed dead. Media said dozens of people were injured by flying debris, falling trees and swept away by swollen rivers and flash floods. About 20 people, including six soldiers, were reported missing when rampaging water swept an army base, a military spokesman said, adding rescue helicopters had been grounded
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South Korean electronic major LG has introduced Optimus L9 in India . The newly-launched deviec is the latest in the L series line of smartphones. The Optimus L9 is priced at ₹23, 000 in the LG India website . However, India n online retailer Flipkart is selling the same model for ₹18, 490. The date of shipment has not been updated
London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Tuesday the British people should be given a referendum on whether to stay in a European Union pared back to the single market only. Speaking at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event in London , Johnson said Britain’s relationship with the EU should be renegotiated around a model based on free trade and fewer barriers to business. If achieved, he said, that would allow London to flourish further as a financial centre. “The euro is a calamitous project,” he said in a speech. “We should use the opportunity of the Treaty changes — perhaps over the banking union — to convene an intergovernmental conference in which we bring Britain’s membership in line with what people want. “Boil it down to the single market. That is a renegotiated Treaty we could and should put to the vote of the British people,” he said.
Stock futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the Standard & Poor’s 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 all up 0.1 percent. * The White House dismissed a “fiscal cliff” proposal from congressional Republicans on Monday that included tax reforms and spending cuts, saying it did not meet President Barack Obama’s pledge to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. * ICSC/ Goldman Sachs release chain store sales for the week ended December 1 at 7:45 a.m. EDT.