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  1. I can see one can check CEA for the agent but there is only basic information on it. What are the information I shall use to ensure I am talking to a normal agent? Name Reg. No. Reg. Period Awards Disciplinary Actions Remarks Est. Agent Name Licence Number
  2. MOSCOW: China's Huawei, considered a security threat in the US, on Wednesday (Jun 5) signed a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year, The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The deal will see "the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth generation networks in 2019-2020", MTS said in a statement. Quoted in the statement, Huawei's Guo Ping, said he was "very happy" with the agreement "in an area of strategic importance like 5G". The Chinese telecom giant has been in turmoil since May, when the Trump administration banned US companies from selling high-tech equipment to Huawei over suspicions it is spying for Beijing. Experts say the US decision, to come into force within three months, threatens the survival of the company, which is highly dependent on US chips for its phones. Several companies have already distanced themselves from Huawei, including Google, whose Android system equips the vast majority of smartphones in the world. Huawei's reported potential involvement in Britain's 5G network has proved politically sensitive and Theresa May's government insists no decision has been made on the issue. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-s-huawei-signs-deal-to-develop-5g-in-russia-11600008
  3. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/grab-uber-deal-sparks-fears-of-price-hike Grab-Uber deal sparks fears of price hike Consumers and industry watchers are raising concerns that Grab's acquisition of Uber's South-east Asian business will lead to higher fares.PHOTO: ST FILE PublishedMar 26, 2018, 10:38 pm SGT Christopher Tan Senior Transport Correspondent christan@sph.com.sg Zhaki Abdullah azhaki@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE - Consumers and industry watchers are raising concerns that ride-hailing firm Grab's acquisition of rival Uber's South-east Asian business will reduce competition and lead to higher fares. Ms Zhang Bin Bin, who takes both Grab and Uber rides, is unsure how fares will change now that "competition is minimised". "If prices increase or if they match regular taxi prices, I will probably go back to public transport," said the film-maker, 23. Freelance photographer Robin Choo, 27, had the same concerns. "If prices for rides booked through Grab were to rise, I think I will have reconsider my travel options," he said. Drivers interviewed raised concerns about their incentives and commission rates. Private-hire drivers pay about 20 per cent of each fare to their operators. Mr Ken Tan, 45, is concerned about how the move might affect his earnings. While he has driven for both Uber and Grab, he said he was able to earn more driving for Uber due to the better driver incentives. Drivers now no longer have the option of choosing another operator if they are dissatisfied with their current firm, he said. Mr Thanaraj Suppiah, 36, who has been driving full-time for Uber since last June, said: "I will have to see how well Grab takes care of drivers." Mr Ang Hin Kee, executive adviser to the National Taxi Association as well as the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, said consumers and drivers need more choices, not fewer. Nonetheless, if the merger is approved here, he hopes that end users will be better off. "With potentially lower cost of operations via lower staff overheads and less spending on advertisement, the new entity can focus on delivering better terms for drivers and commuters," he said. "But if it infringes on commuter and driver interests, I hope the regulators can steer it back on track." Singapore University of Social Sciences senior lecturer and transport economist Walter Theseira said regulators can do one of two things to ensure that the market remains equitable for all parties. One is to have a dominant player which is well regulated. The other is to have multiple players and let natural competition keep them in check. "My personal view is that there has to be first of all, evidence that market size leads to efficiency," he said. "Secondly, there must be an appropriate lever to ensure that an enlarged player does not abuse its power." Meanwhile, consumers do not seem too worried that Grab - with its ambitions of becoming a major player in the food, payment and loan sectors - would have access to information on how they travel, eat and spend. "With the Government's cashless drive, consumers like myself will have to face the fact that my data is being collected," Mr Choo said. "My concern lies with how secure my data is." Said Ms Zhang: "I am quite indifferent to that... since many apps or even devices are already collecting such data." Grab Singapore head Lim Kell Jay said: "We have always cared about our customers' well-being and as a start, we will immediately extend our free personal accident insurance policy to all new interested Uber drivers and riders who choose to be part of our platform. "We expect our combined operations to create a better experience for our community of drivers and passengers... we expect to see shorter wait times and faster pick-ups. This would mean better productivity for our drivers, and better reliability for our passengers."
  4. Quite a healthy lifestyle, never over or under weight all my life. Don't drink or smoke and does half marathon runs weekly. Recently I had a bad issue of upper right back pain (close to spine C7 or T1) and right chest pain (close to Sternum, slightly higher than nipple). Sometimes the pain can extend all the way to the back of my upper right arm and behind the armpit. Saw 2 doctors, took Xrays of right chest and all just gave me anti inflammatory medicine and muscle rub. Breathing is painful, deep breaths are even worse. Many times the pain feels worse after waking up from sleep (why is that so?) Doctors told me it should be cartilage of the ribs and back muscles that are inflamed and overworked. Took the medicine for 2 months and the medication doesn't seem to work. Occasionally it seems to bring down the pain but it will come right back soon after (even without me exercising). Have anybody here deal with this type of pain and how did you manage to overcome the problem? Thanks in advance.
  5. Maroon5

    Good Galant deal

    http://www.sgcarmart.com/used_cars/info.ph...217&DL=1000 one of my fav cars of that era...esp the sleeper VR4s....for bros with 30k-ish budget, i thk this beats most of the cars out there...this car is spacious, high spec and a delicious exterior...lower, dark tint and 17' rims and ready to go!
  6. Lee Kuan Yew’s Two Younger Children File Case on Interview Deal http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-22/lee-kuan-yew-s-two-younger-children-file-case-on-interview-deal Lee Kuan Yew’s two younger children initiated court action in Singapore relating to an agreement between their late father, the city’s first prime minister, and the government. Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, executors of the elder Lee’s estate, filed a court application on Sept. 2, according to a record with the Singapore High Court. Their father’s agreement related to the "custody and use" of interviews given by the former premier to the government’s Oral History Department, according to a statement by the Attorney-General, the respondent. “The government will establish the proper interpretation and status of the agreement before the court,” it said in the statement. Further details of the case weren’t immediately available, and Lee Hsien Yang declined to comment. Lee Wei Ling wasn’t immediately available to comment. The Republic of Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, died on March 23 at the age of 91, triggering a nationwide outpouring of grief. More than a million people waited for as long as 10 hours to pay their last respects. Lee’s death and celebrations to mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence helped the ruling People’s Action Party, helmed by eldest son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, extend its more than five-decade rule at the Sept. 11 election. The case is Lee Wei Ling, Lee Hsien Yang v Attorney-General, OS816/2015. Singapore High Court. Anyone heard anything about this ???
  7. Understand that BM is giving 10 yrs warranty to Prius battery, but for PI owner, can please share what is you plan for *touch wood* in case issue with the battery? Because I am hesitating whether want to go hybrid with PI, seems quite common on the road now, just wondering how the battery reliability is covered?
  8. Went up to their unit to ask them to lower volume. They said ok but continue jamming away. Belong to a certain race as you all know it. Call police come laio then now start again. I think need to look for MP
  9. Verizon plans to announce deal early Monday, ending months of speculation ENLARGE Verizon has finalized its $4.8 billion deal for Yahoo that is expected to be announced early Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS By RYAN KNUTSON and DEEPA SEETHARAMAN Updated July 24, 2016 7:55 p.m. ET46 COMMENTS Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to pay $4.8 billion to acquire Yahoo Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, ending a drawn-out auction process for the beleaguered internet company. The price tag, which includes Yahoo’s core internet business and some real estate, is a remarkable fall for the Silicon Valley web pioneer that once had a market capitalization of more than $125 billion at the height of the dot-com boom. For New York-based Verizon, the deal simply adds another piece to the digital media and advertising business it is trying to build. The deal is expected to be announced early Monday. The news was earlier reported by Recode and Bloomberg. Verizon plans to keep the Yahoo brand, according to a person familiar with its plans. ENLARGE Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, is unlikely to have a prominent role—if any—under Verizon, people familiar with the matter said. She stands to make more than $50 million in compensation if she is terminated as a result of the sale, after earning over $100 million in cash and equity. When the bidding began in April, Verizon was the immediate front-runner with a market capitalization of roughly $228 billion and a plan for how to plug Yahoo into its upstart digital media business, which includes AOL properties it acquired last year for $4.4 billion. Verizon’s competition came primarily from private-equity firms such as Bain Capital, Vista Equity Partners, TPG and Advent International Inc., as well as a group led by Quicken Loans founderDan Gilbert. AT&T Inc. joined the bidding process later, but it wasn’t seen as a serious contender, people familiar with the matter said. Verizon in June submitted a bid of $3 billion, but that didn’t include Yahoo’s real estate and came before last week’s final round of bidding. Advertisement Verizon is building a portfolio of online content and aiming to monetize it via advertising. Its current assets include Huffington Post and TechCrunch, which it acquired in last year’s AOL deal, and its own mobile video app, called go90. Acquiring Yahoo will bring in millions more viewers from Yahoo sites like Finance, Sports and News. PREVIOUSLY A Look Back at Yahoo’s History Verizon to Acquire Yahoo for $4.8 Billion (July 24) Yahoo Posts Another Big Loss (July 18) Yahoo’s Mayer Stumbled After Secret Truce With Investor (June 17) Verizon Bids $3 Billion in Second Round (June 7) Yahoo Strikes Board Deal With Activist (April 27) Yahoo’s Troubles Mount as Bidding Begins (April 18) Verizon Tops Pack of Yahoo Suitors(April 17) Yahoo to Cut 15% of Staff, Explore Strategic Options (Feb. 2) Yahoo Shelves Alibaba Spinoff (Dec. 10, 2015) Yahoo’s Board Weighs Sale (Dec. 1, 2015) Yahoo’s Mayer Faces Morale Challenge(Nov. 23, 2015) Verizon also hopes to plug data derived from smartphones into AOL, and now Yahoo’s, digital advertising systems, and it is aiming to build a competitor to online advertising giantsFacebook Inc. andAlphabet Inc.’s Google. But a combined Yahoo and AOL would be far outpaced by its now far-larger rivals. Google and Facebook will account for more than half of the $69 billion U.S. digital ad market this year, according to estimates by data firm eMarketer. Yahoo’s share is expected to be 3.4%; Verizon properties including AOL hold an even-smaller 1.8% of the market, according to eMarketer. Yahoo’s hold on the market is also slipping. In 2014, Yahoo generated $2.54 billion in revenue from U.S. digital ads. That is expected to be $2.32 billion in 2016, or 8.7% lower, according to eMarketer. “The headwinds for all large players not named Google and Facebook are very real,” said Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser.“Noticeable growth only has a chance to come with ongoing investment, whether M&A or internal.” Last week, Yahoo said second-quarter revenue, minus commissions paid to partners for web traffic, fell 19%. This marked the sixth decline in the past seven periods and the steepest slump under Ms. Mayer. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company also said display ad prices fell 15% year-over-year in the second quarter, while search ad prices fell 8%. During a conference call with analysts, executives said video ad prices were under pressure because of an influx of video ad supply and “uncertainty” around the Yahoo sale process. Ms. Mayer also struck a different tone. While past calls were focused on growth, Ms. Mayer spent considerable time touting the company’s lower cost structure. Yahoo’s head count has shrunk about 15% this year to 8,800 employees. “The pace of cost cutting is significant,” wrote Bernstein Research analyst Carlos Kirjner in a July 19 note. “We suspect that there will be a price to be paid in the future for these fast, deep cuts, reflected in lower revenue growth.” Analysts are divided on the value of Yahoo’s core business. The decline in search revenue prompted Credit Suisse to cut its valuation of Yahoo’s core business to $7 billion, down from $8 billion. But that is more robust than Mr. Kirjner’s estimate of $3.4 billion. The Verizon deal is the first major step toward unwinding Yahoo. Next up is a trove of about 3,000 patents, which Yahoo is selling in a separate auction, that is expected to fetch more than $1 billion. The patents date back to Yahoo’s initial public offering in 1996 and cover key areas such as e-commerce, online advertising and search, including its original search technology. Yahoo also will need to figure out what to do with its stakes in Yahoo Japan Corp., majority-owned by SoftBank Group Corp., and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., considered to make up the majority of Yahoo’s roughly $36 billion market value today.
  10. ADT Corp. agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC in a deal that values the home-security company at about $6.93 billion, the latest sign market volatilityhasn’t brought deal making to a halt. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the firms were in talks and that a deal could be reported as soon as Tuesday. The all-cash price tag of $42 a share represents a 56% premium over Friday’s closing price. ADT will fold into Apollo’s Protection 1 subsidiary, an ADT competitor Apollo bought last year in a move into the alarm monitoring services industry. “Protection 1’s robust commercial presence will speed ADT’s expansion into the commercial sector,” said Timothy Whall, Chief Executive of Protection 1. Mr. Whall will lead the combined business upon the deal’s completion, expected by June.ADT, an offshoot of the former Tyco conglomerate, makes security products for residential customers and businesses, ranging from burglary alarm systems to wireless cameras and video surveillance. It has worked to position itself as a player in the so-called smart-home market, which aims to connect consumers wirelessly to various household devices. The company’s stock is down 30% in the past year, in part as a result of a broader downturn sparked by fears of slowing economic growth, among other factors. The transaction represents one of the biggest leveraged buyouts in recent years. ADT has more than $5 billion in debt, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, and a so-called enterprise value of close to $10 billion.Apollo, based in New York, was founded by veterans of junk-bond pioneer Drexel Burnham Lambert. The firm is known for its willingness to make aggressive, sometimes contrarian, bets. The firm has been acquisitive as of late as many rivals have sat on the sidelines of the LBO market. Just this month, Apollo signed a deal to buy struggling education company Apollo Education Group Inc.—with which it is unaffiliated—for around $1.1 billion. The deal also signals that market volatility hasn’t derailed the merger market. Despite choppy equity, debt and other markets this year, activity so far in 2016 has been surprisingly robust in the wake of the record activity notched in 2015, when companies struck nearly $5 trillion of mergers. Other tie-ups this year include China National Chemical Corp.’s $43 billion deal for agricultural-products providerSyngenta AG and Shire PLC’s $32 billion planned purchase of BaxaltaInc. The companies said the combined company will generate $318 million in monthly revenue and total annual sales of at least $4.2 billion. In its most recent fiscal year, ADT posted $3.57 billion in revenue, up 4.9% from the previous year. Apollo said Tuesday that it would finance the deal through $4.7 billion in new debt and the issuance of $750 million in preferred securities. The merger agreement includes a “go-shop” period, during which ADT may actively solicit and consider alternative proposals. Barclays, Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets are serving as financial advisers to Protection 1. Goldman Sachs is serving as lead financial adviser to ADT, while BofA Merrill Lynch also is serving as financial adviser to ADT. ADT shares jumped 53% to $41.22 in premarket trading, while Apollo’s stock slipped 4.9% to $12.75.
  11. Hi bros i am in the procuring of procuring a commercial vehicle for my business. Have two options now. 1. Get a Van at 81k under the Early turnover Scheme 2. Get a Van at 86k by bidding for normal Cat C vehicle. If i choose 1. I believe there is no need to bid but the COE for the new vehicle will be lower hence my future paper value will be lower (correct me if im wrong). If choose 2 COE will be higher. Can please advise?
  12. Dear bros, does it irritate you when a driver behind you has super white and bright headlights shining at you when u drive at night? it certainly does to me.... paisei, no offence to drivers whose cars do have such headlights.
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  14. Hi bros, my friend upsent mindedly poured 1 litre of coolent into his engine instead of engine oil. After poured in, then he realise. He didn't start the engine at all thank god. What are the steps to rectify this? Call for tow truck send to workshop and do Engine flush?
  15. Little_prince

    Is this deal too good to be true?

    http://www.sgcarmart.com/used_cars/info.php?ID=447752&DL=2486
  16. Camrysfa

    Singapore: Investing in

    Singapore Swoops In £1bn UK Airports Deal A Singaporean wealth fund is in talks to buy a stake in three of the UK's biggest regional airports, Sky News understands. http://news.sky.com/story/1346659/singapore-swoops-in-1bn-uk-airports-deal A state-backed Singaporean investment fund is poised to participate in a £1bn takeover of the UK's biggest regional airports that will be announced within days. Sky News has learnt that the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC) is expected to take a slice of the equity in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, alongside Ferrovial, the Spanish infrastructure giant, and Macquarie, the Australian bank. GIC's involvement is understood to be in the process of being finalised although it may not be publicly named as an investor when the deal is announced early next week, according to insiders. The three airports, which collectively handle approximately 13 million passengers annually, are being sold by Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH), the parent company of Britain's busiest airport. Sky News revealed Ferrovial's interest in buying the three airports nearly ten months ago, with HAH's board keen to offload the regional sites as it concentrates on securing backing for a third runway. The debate about Britain's aviation policy will reach a crucial stage next year, when Sir Howard Davies's commission makes a recommendation about the most appropriate location for new runway capacity. The Commission's verdict will be made after the general election, and is effectively now a two-way fight between Heathrow and Gatwick, with the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, having seen his concept of a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary rejected by Sir Howard. The three regional airports owned by HAH are the last remnants of the former BAA's monopoly over the UK's aviation infrastructure. Next week's deal has been held up because of the complexity of HAH's own shareholder structure, with Ferrovial, which took over BAA in 2006, having steadily reduced its investment in Heathrow in recent years by selling small chunks of shares to sovereign wealth funds in China, Qatar and Singapore, including GIC. Last year, the Universities Superannuation Scheme, one of the UK's biggest pension fund managers, bought an 8.65% stake in Heathrow's holding company, a move which saw Ferrovial's shareholding lowered to 25%. Shortly after Ferrovial's takeover of BAA, competition authorities ordered the company to break itself up by selling Stansted, Gatwick and either Glasgow or Edinburgh, the latter of which was offloaded two years ago. Heathrow accounts for more than 95% of HAH's annual profits, making the sale of the other regional assets "inevitable" within the next three years, said one. HAH declined to comment on Friday.
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  18. Here we go again... S'pore water deal to be reviewed Sim Bak Heng New Straits Times Monday, Feb 17, 2014 JOHOR BARU - For the first time in 53 years, the raw water agreement between Johor and its neighbour across the Causeway, Singapore, is set to undergo a review. The Attorney-General's Chambers has given the Johor government the green light to reassess the rate charged for the raw water it supplies to Singapore, which has been in place since 1961. Following the move, Johor is expected to raise the rate sometime this year. It will also embark on a "zero water dependency" programme so that it would no longer need to purchase treated water from Singapore in the future. Although the rate has yet to be announced, it is believed that the state will stick to the rate proposed during the tenure of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which was 60 sen per 1,000 gallons of raw water. Currently, under the terms of the Malaysia-Singapore Agreement in 1961 and 1962, Singapore's Public Utilities Board (PUB) purchases raw water from Johor at 3 sen per 1,000 gallons (4,546.09 litres) and sells the treated water at 50 sen per 1,000 gallons to Johor. Johor sells 250 million litres of raw water to Singapore daily, and buys two per cent of the total back from them in the form of treated water, equivalent to five million litres daily. State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state executive council had discussed and raised the matter with the Federal Government last August. Since then, the Attorney-General's Chambers has been studying the legal aspects of the raw water agreement inked between the two countries more than five decades ago. "Early last month, we received a favourable reply from the A-G's Chambers, with regards to the legal aspects of the revised rates," he said. Photo Gallery: From seawater to drinking water Click on thumbnail to view photos. Source: PUB, HyFlUx, The New Paper "The A-G's Chambers met a Johor legal advisory team in Kuala Lumpur in early January and told them that we have the right to review the rate. With the green light, it is just a matter of time before we come up with the new rate." Hasni said the state government was anticipating that when the rate of raw water rate is increased to 60 sen per 1,000 gallons, Singapore would also hike the rate of treated water sold to Johor. In view of this, he said Johor would launch a "zero water dependency" programme by June this year. Under the programme, the state government will lay more pipes and improve the capacity of water treatment plants. "We hope to accomplish the programme within a year, which is by June next year. Once we have accomplished the programme, Johor will be self-sufficient and does not have to buy treated water from Singapore," said Hasni. He said raising the price of raw water was long overdue and Malaysia had been doing a social service by selling raw water to Singapore at a low rate for too many years. He said the new rate will reflect the actual price of raw water. (source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/spore-water-deal-be-reviewed )
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But I realized it destroyed her and I just couldn’t live with her madness, infidelity or fear that resulted from it, and I couldn’t do it again. 25. JadenLZW Moles. Especially in prominent areas on the face. I feel horrible for thinking that way, though.. 26. SM3agolol Girls with no apparent concern for their weight. Yes, this is shallow. It’s not actually being a little chubby our w/e, I can deal with that, no-one is perfect. But if your attitude is, “I’m just + sized, deal with it,” while you stuff pizza down your gullet? Instant turn off. 27. Late_Night_Grumbler I can’t date someone with blonde hair. I just can’t. I don’t know why. It’s ugly to me. 28. dontlikeyouthatway Thinks Friends is funnier than Seinfeld. Nothing wrong with that, but it lets me know we have a different sense of humor. 29. trav110 Gay guy here, and I can not handle guys that are overly feminine- the kinds who you can tell are gay after the first word comes out of their mouths. 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  23. A Temasek Holdings Pte unit offered to buy Olam International Ltd. (OLAM) in a bid that values the commodity trader at S$5.3 billion ($4.2 billion), about 16 months after it helped stave off an attack by short-seller Carson Block. Breedens Investments Pte is offering S$2.23 cash per share, the Singapore-based company said today in a statement, a 12 percent premium to Olam’s last closing price of S$1.995. It is also making an offer for Olam’s outstanding bonds and warrants. Temasek, Singapore’s state-owned investment firm, became the largest investor in Olam, one of the world’s top three coffee and rice traders, after concerns raised by short-seller Block in November 2012 caused the stock to plummet. The offer has the support of Olam’s founding family and management, with some agreeing to sell a proportion of their shares to the bidding group. “Temasek is already a large holder of Olam so they probably know the business better than everybody else,” said Robert Aspin, the Singapore-based head of equity investment strategy at Standard Chartered Plc. “The fact that they are willing to pay a premium is indicative of the value that they see in the underlying business.” Olam has rallied 30 percent this year through March 12 in Singapore, compared with a 2.2 percent decline in the benchmark Straits Times Index. The stock, which closed as low as S$1.395 after Block’s attack, reached a near 17-month high of S$1.995 on March 12. An employee walks past the logo of Temasek Holdings Pte at the company's headquarters in Singapore. Group Support Breedens also has an agreement with a group including Kewalram Singapore Ltd., Olam’s founding family shareholder, and 10 Olam executives including Chief Executive Officer Sunny Verghese to not tender their shares until six months after the offer closes, Breedens said in a statement. All totaled they hold 52.5 percent ofOlam shares. Kewalram and three members of key management have agreed to sell a 5.6 percent stake in Olam in acceptance of the offer. Credit Suisse Group AG, DBS Group Holdings Ltd., and United Overseas Bank Ltd. advised Breedens. Breedens doesn’t plan to make any major changes to Olam’s businesses or terminate employees. It also intends to keep Olam as a listed company, unless the minimum float requirements aren’t met, it said. “We believe a successful offer will provide Olam with a stronger and more stable shareholder base to support Olam’s strategy and business model for the long term,” Breedens Director David Heng said in the statement. “We have invested in Olam over the years, and share a common investment philosophy to invest and build for the long term.” Block’s Bet Block said in November 2012 he was betting against Olam because he questioned the trader’s accounting methods and asset purchases, pushing the stock to a more than three-year low in December 2012. Olam rejected the assertions by Block and his research firm Muddy Waters LLC. Block today declined to comment. “Olam has been oversold following the issues raised by Muddy Waters and has bounced back strongly as the company addressed those concerns,” Alan Richardson, a Hong Kong-based money manager at Samsung Asset Management, said by phone before the announcement. As well as adding Olam shares after the Block allegations, Temasek also backed a $750 million bond sale by the commodity trader. Olam said in December 2012 it planned to sell bonds and warrants to address any “lingering doubts” about its finances. The investment firm agreed at the time to buy any rights not taken up by other investors. Olam is a supplier and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients across 16 platforms in 65 countries. Temasek holds 24.6 percent of Olam through its units Breedens and Aranda Investments Pte, and the founding family has a 20.2 percent stake, according to today’s statement.
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