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Gold down a third day on dollar strength, with inflation risk in focus

Gold futures marked a third session decline on Wednesday, deepening their retreat from the key $1,300 level on the heels of recent strength in the U.S. dollar, as investors deal with uncertainty over who will become the next Federal Reserve chief and how that will influence the outlook for interest rates. December gold gave up $3.20, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,283 an ounce, with prices logging their lowest finish since Oct. 6, according to FactSet data. The exchange-traded SPDR Gold Trust shed...

Gold Holds Losses as Equity Gains, Fed Chair Weighed

Gold holds declines from near 3-week high as investors assess magnitude of recent gains in global equities, speculation the next Fed chairman will be more hawkish. Bullion for immediate delivery as much as -0.4% to $1,280.14/oz before trading at $1,286.25 at 8:13am in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing Prices -1.4% in previous two days Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index -0.1% after climbing to a week-high on Tues In other precious metals: Silver +0.1% to $17.0609/oz after two...

Gold Holds Drop as Investors Watch Fed, China Congress

Gold little changed after sliding the previous two days as investors assess likelihood the next Fed chairman will be more hawkish; also waiting for signals on China™s economic policy amid the opening of the Communist Party Congress. Bullion for immediate delivery flat at $1,284.58/oz at 2:32pm in Singapore, after -1.4% in previous two days, according to Bloomberg generic pricing Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index steady after climbing to a week-high on Tues In other precious metals: Silver...

Gold Perks up as Geopolitical Tensions in Europe Resurface

Gold futures were trading higher on Thursday and on track to snap a three-session skid as political drama in the eurozone rattled investor confidence, providing the haven asset a path to climb. December gold rose $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,288.50 an ounce, after marking its third straight decline on Wednesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 for the first time and as all three main U.S. benchmarks marked all-time highs, underlining Wall Street™s appetite for assets...

Dollar dips into the red, as euro climbs higher

The U.S. dollar dipped into negative territory against its major rivals Wednesday, eclipsing gains from earlier in the session and snapping a four-day winning streak. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the dollar against six other currencies, slipped 0.1% to 93.395, and the WSJ Dollar Index, a measure of the greenback against 16 rivals, added 0.1% at 86.68. The euro moved to pare its losses in the second half of the European session and rose to $1.1799, compared with $1.1766 late...

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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Gold down a third day on dollar strength, with inflation risk in focus

Gold futures marked a third session decline on Wednesday, deepening their retreat from the key $1,300 level on the heels of recent strength in the U.S. dollar, as investors deal with uncertainty over who will become the next Federal Reserve chief and how that will influence the outlook for interest rates. December gold gave up $3.20, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,283 an ounce, with prices logging their lowest finish since Oct. 6, according to FactSet data. The exchange-traded SPDR Gold Trust shed...

Gold Holds Losses as Equity Gains, Fed Chair Weighed

Gold holds declines from near 3-week high as investors assess magnitude of recent gains in global equities, speculation the next Fed chairman will be more hawkish. Bullion for immediate delivery as much as -0.4% to $1,280.14/oz before trading at $1,286.25 at 8:13am in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing Prices -1.4% in previous two days Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index -0.1% after climbing to a week-high on Tues In other precious metals: Silver +0.1% to $17.0609/oz after two...

Gold Holds Drop as Investors Watch Fed, China Congress

Gold little changed after sliding the previous two days as investors assess likelihood the next Fed chairman will be more hawkish; also waiting for signals on China™s economic policy amid the opening of the Communist Party Congress. Bullion for immediate delivery flat at $1,284.58/oz at 2:32pm in Singapore, after -1.4% in previous two days, according to Bloomberg generic pricing Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index steady after climbing to a week-high on Tues In other precious metals: Silver...

Gold Perks up as Geopolitical Tensions in Europe Resurface

Gold futures were trading higher on Thursday and on track to snap a three-session skid as political drama in the eurozone rattled investor confidence, providing the haven asset a path to climb. December gold rose $5.50, or 0.4%, at $1,288.50 an ounce, after marking its third straight decline on Wednesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 for the first time and as all three main U.S. benchmarks marked all-time highs, underlining Wall Street™s appetite for assets...

Dollar dips into the red, as euro climbs higher

The U.S. dollar dipped into negative territory against its major rivals Wednesday, eclipsing gains from earlier in the session and snapping a four-day winning streak. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index which gauges the dollar against six other currencies, slipped 0.1% to 93.395, and the WSJ Dollar Index, a measure of the greenback against 16 rivals, added 0.1% at 86.68. The euro moved to pare its losses in the second half of the European session and rose to $1.1799, compared with $1.1766 late...

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