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Gold retakes $1,300 level for first time in 9 months

Gold futures on Friday were trading above $1,300 for the first time in 2017 and were on track for their third straight daily gain, as precious metals drew haven demand, sparked by a selloff in a global equities, a terrorist attack in Barcelona and concerns about President Donald Trump™s pro-business agenda. Gold for December delivery gained $8.60, or 0.7%, at $1,301.90 an ounce, marking the highest level for a most-active contract since Nov. 4, according to FactSet data. The yellow...

Gold Fails to Hold Above Key $1,300 Level, Posts Daily, Weekly Losses

Gold prices touched their highest intraday level of the year on Friday, temporarily topping $1,300 an ounce before pulling back to settle lower for the session and the week. Gold had traded above $1,300 Friday for the first time in 2017, getting a lift from haven demand on the back of earlier weakness in global equities, a terrorist attack in Barcelona and concerns about President Donald Trump™s pro-business agenda. December gold fell 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,291.60 an...

Asian Equities Fall on Trump Concerns, Terror Attack in Spain

Asian equities fell, paring the week™s gain, after a terror attack in Barcelona added to concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump™s policy plans may be stymied by discord within his administration. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 0.5 percent to 159.04 as of 4:36 p.m. in Hong Kong, set to decline for the first day this week. About three shares retreated for each one that gained, with financial and technology sub-gauges leading the drop. Indexes slid across the region, with Japan™s...

Gold Futures Punch Through $1,300 as Global Stocks Extend Losses

Gold futures broke above $1,300 an ounce, gaining to the highest level this year, as global stocks dropped and investors fretted that turmoil in the White House will prevent President Donald Trump from delivering on his pro-growth legislative agenda. Futures for delivery in December gained as much as 0.7 percent to $1,301.10 an ounce on the Comex and traded at $1,299 at 9 a.m. in London. The gain came as a gauge of global stocks extended a decline, and the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell...

Europe Ends On A Negative Note As Trump, Terror Concerns Linger

Europe finished Friday's session on a negative note, as the worst terror attack seen in Spain for more than 13 years added jitters to market sentiment. The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended down 0.71 % to 374.20 provisionally, however on the week the index closed 0.55 percent up. Looking to Europe's major bourses, the U.K.'s FTSE 100 ended 0.86 percent down, while the French CAC 40 slipped 0.64 percent and Germany's DAX ended 0.31 percent down. In periphery markets, Spain's IBEX 35 ended 0.56...

Thai Granny Completes University Degree at 91
Friday, 11 August 2017 03:31 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

A 91-year-old woman from Thailand who says it's "never too late to study" has completed her bachelor's degree after more than 10 years of work. She spoke to Watchiranont Thongtep of the BBC's Thai service.

Kimlan Jinakul had always wanted to go to university but as a young girl simply did not have the opportunity.

But almost a lifetime later and after seeing most of her own children through university, she decided to enrol and on Wednesday finally picked up her degree.

Kimlan originally comes from the Lampang province in the north of Thailand. She was a smart pupil and went to one of the best schools in her province.

But moving on to university was not an option at the time, and after her family moved to Bangkok she got married and had to abandon her dream to study further.

"I have always, though, wanted my children to be able to study. So I encouraged and supported them when they wanted to to go to university."

Four of her five children got a masters degree and one even went on to receive a PhD in the US.

And it was her kids' academic experience that eventually led her to get enrolled herself.

A good and happy life

When one of her daughters - who was already working at a hospital - took a course at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Kimlan decided to get on board as well.

She was 72 when she first enrolled, but tragically, the daughter she was studying with died. Kimlan dropped out of the course for a few years.

When she was 85, she went back for a second shot and enrolled for a degree in Human Ecology - a programme that she said would teach her how to live a good and happy life.

"After recovering from the loss and sadness, I pushed myself to finish this programme. I'm hoping my daughter's soul would be pleased to see this," she told the BBC.

During her years of studying, her daily routine was to rise early and give alms to Buddhist monks, then visit a temple in the neighbourhood and eventually sit down and study.

"It's never too late. My mind is always awake and sharp for learning," Kimlan said.

"This world never stops. There are always new problems for us to solve. If there were no new sciences, the world would stop prospering," she said.

Formula for success

Asked about the secret to success, she said it was determination and ambition that got her that far.

"When I told myself to finish one chapter, I would try my best to do so. I underlined all the key points I needed to memorise. And that's what helped me during my study reviews.

"I was glad when I passed and sad when I failed. So I re-took the exam until I passed," she laughed.

So what's the plan now that she's got her degree?

"I don't think anybody would employ me if I were to look for a job," she jokes.

"I will just continue to look after my grandchildren."

 

Source: BBC

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POPULAR NEWS
Gold retakes $1,300 level for first time in 9 months

Gold futures on Friday were trading above $1,300 for the first time in 2017 and were on track for their third straight daily gain, as precious metals drew haven demand, sparked by a selloff in a global equities, a terrorist attack in Barcelona and concerns about President Donald Trump™s pro-business agenda. Gold for December delivery gained $8.60, or 0.7%, at $1,301.90 an ounce, marking the highest level for a most-active contract since Nov. 4, according to FactSet data. The yellow...

Gold Fails to Hold Above Key $1,300 Level, Posts Daily, Weekly Losses

Gold prices touched their highest intraday level of the year on Friday, temporarily topping $1,300 an ounce before pulling back to settle lower for the session and the week. Gold had traded above $1,300 Friday for the first time in 2017, getting a lift from haven demand on the back of earlier weakness in global equities, a terrorist attack in Barcelona and concerns about President Donald Trump™s pro-business agenda. December gold fell 80 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,291.60 an...

Asian Equities Fall on Trump Concerns, Terror Attack in Spain

Asian equities fell, paring the week™s gain, after a terror attack in Barcelona added to concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump™s policy plans may be stymied by discord within his administration. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 0.5 percent to 159.04 as of 4:36 p.m. in Hong Kong, set to decline for the first day this week. About three shares retreated for each one that gained, with financial and technology sub-gauges leading the drop. Indexes slid across the region, with Japan™s...

Gold Futures Punch Through $1,300 as Global Stocks Extend Losses

Gold futures broke above $1,300 an ounce, gaining to the highest level this year, as global stocks dropped and investors fretted that turmoil in the White House will prevent President Donald Trump from delivering on his pro-growth legislative agenda. Futures for delivery in December gained as much as 0.7 percent to $1,301.10 an ounce on the Comex and traded at $1,299 at 9 a.m. in London. The gain came as a gauge of global stocks extended a decline, and the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell...

Europe Ends On A Negative Note As Trump, Terror Concerns Linger

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