PayPal to split from eBay next year

US online auction giant eBay on Tuesday agreed to shareholders’ requests for a split, making its highly profitable PayPal brand into an independent company starting next year.

US online auction giant eBay on Tuesday agreed to shareholders’ requests for a split, making its highly profitable PayPal brand into an independent company starting next year.

Current eBay shareholders will receive stock in the future PayPal in proportion to their current holdings, the company said in a statement.

The split will give shareholders “more targeted investment opportunities” and will increase the value of the company over the long term, the statement said.

Rumours of a split had been circulating since August.

eBay said it had made the decision after carefully examining several strategic options available and planned to complete the separation in the second half of next year.

PayPal accounted for 41 per cent of eBay’s revenues last year and has more than 152 million active users.

Source: AFP

Japanese man kicked to death during fight over seats at eatery

A Japanese man kicked a fellow diner at a noodle bar to death before calmly returning to his food. The pair had been fighting over seats at an eatery in Tokyo.

A Japanese man kicked a fellow diner at a noodle bar to death before calmly returning to his food, local media reported on Tuesday.

Shinichiro Imanishi, 37, allegedly threw Mr Hisao Kitajima, 49, to the floor and stomped on him repeatedly, a police spokesman told AFP.

The pair had been fighting over seats at an eatery in Tokyo. 

Trouble erupted when Mr Kitajima pulled a chair which Imanishi was using to rest his foot on, police said.

After the frenzied attack, Imanishi, who weighs 120kg, did nothing to help his victim.

Instead, he ordered a bowl of noodles, local media said.

Died two days later

Mr Kitajima died two days later of his injuries.

Imanishi reportedly told fellow diners that he might as well eat his meal, saying: “I will go to jail. This will be my last supper.”

He was arrested shortly after the incident.

Source: AFP

Holidaying in Thailand? You'll be given a 'safety' wristband with your name, nationality, hotel

Tourists taking photos on the island of Koh Tao. Thailand on Tuesday announced plans to give tourists wristbands carrying their personal details.

Tourists visiting Thailand will be given wristbands carrying their personal details, the country announced on Tuesday.

The wristbands will be distributed by hotels.

Director general of the department of tourism, Mr Arnuparp Gaesornsuwan, said: "If anything happens to them we will then know their names, nationality and hotel."

"We have discussed it with hotel operators and they are willing to do it," he said. "We are not going into their personal information – it’s just the details they have to fill out on the immigration form already."

The new measure comes at a time when the country is under intense scrutiny over visitor safety following the murder of two British holidaymakers.

Tourist police said the safety measure would be voluntary.

Curb partying hours

Commander of the tourist police, Mr Apichai Ti-armataya, said: "In case they (tourists) get drunk and fall asleep on the beach we can bring them back to their hotels."

He said the plan would be rolled out “soon” on popular resort islands such as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan and the tourist beach area of Pattaya.

The department of tourism is also looking to curb partying hours in visitor hotspots.

"Most of tourists are coming here for diving or to admire our nature – not to party,” Mr Arnuparp said.

He said that adding new “zoning” curbs would likely control all-night bars and clubs.

Source: AFP

Pressure? War in Iraq is pressure, not football, says under-fire Mignolet

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is not letting his critics get to him.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is not letting his critics get to him.

Simon Mignolet might be under fire from his critics, but at least the Liverpool goalkeeper isn't being peppered by a hail of gunfire.

Several media reports have suggested that the Reds are closing on the signature of former Barcelona custodian Victor Valdes to rival Mignolet for the No. 1 spot at Anfield.

Despite being criticised by several outlets - including retired Liverpool great Jamie Carragher - for his poor performances in the English Premier League where he has conceded nine goals in six games, the 26-year-old isn't worried by his detractors or the Valdes talk.

He dismissed pressure in football as nothing compared to what a soldier experiences in war - particularly, in Iraq.

War is pressure

The Belgian said: "Pressure is what is happening in Iraq at the moment when there is a war. That is pressure.

"We are all football players and we are here to do our best. You want to work hard in training and we will see what happens at a weekend.

"I can only do my best, work hard, be positive and confident and I believe in myself. That is the only thing I can do.

"If I have to look into all the people and players who are linked with Liverpool football club then there will be another team on the pitch. It is just the fact that you play for a big club and you have to accept that is the way it is, but I don't read anything into that."

If that sounded a wee bit familiar, that's because it seems like Mignolet took a page out of Jose Mourinho's handbook about dealing with pressure...



Sources: Sky Sports, Mirror Online

WATCH: Drone footage shows scale of Hong Kong protests

Footage of the Hong Kong protests taken from a drone.

Still wondering if the protests in Hong Kong are a big deal?

Drone footage of the protests - dubbed both #OccupyCentral and the #UmbrellaRevolution - from Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily show the massive scale of the protests in Hong Kong's business district. 

Protest organisers say the expect the crowd to swell to over 100,000 tonight (Sept 30) and tomorrow, which is the National Day public holiday, marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist Party rule in China. 

The leaders of the protest have rejected Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying to end the street demonstrations. 

The demonstrations, the worst civil unrest Hong Kong has experienced since its 1997 handover from British rule, were sparked by Beijing’s decision last month to restrict who can stand for the city’s top post.

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S'porean bus driver fined, jailed for bribing a M'sian enforcement officer

Singaporean Tan Choon Kiat, 39, was sentenced to a day in jail and a fine of RM20,000 (S$7,800).

A Singaporean bus driver was sentenced to a day in jail and fined for bribing a Malaysia civil servant.

Tan Choon Kiat, 39, handed a bribe of S$1,250 to Land Public Transport Commission enforcement officer Asmadi Mat to induce him to release a tour bus that had been seized.

The offence was committed at Temptation Pastry Cafe in Taman Daya, Johor Baru at around 4.10pm on May 7 last year.

Tan, who was not represented in court, pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was sentenced to a day in jail and a fine of RM20,000 (S$7,800) in default six-months imprisonment.

Source: The Star

Company behind The Online Citzen website told to register under Broadcasting Act

Screen grab of the website The Online Citizen.

The company behind the website The Online Citizen was told on Tuesday that it needed to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) of the Broadcasting Act, stated a press release by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

MDA said the website "engages in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore".

It said that as the company, The Opinion Collaborative, is "susceptible to foreign influence through the receipt of foreign funding​", MDA will require it to undertake not to receive foreign funding.

"MDA’s registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone," the statutory board​ said.

It added that as with other registered sites such as The Independent and, the registration will not affect what The Online Citizen may publish on its website.


Asian Games: 5-medal haul for sailors

National Optimist sailor Jodie Lai celebrates after winning gold at the Asian Games.
National Optimist sailor Jodie Lai celebrates after winning gold at the Asian Games.

Singapore's sailors bagged five medals at the Asian Games in Incheon today (Sept 30).

Girls' Optimist sailor Jodie Lai as well as women's 420 duo Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew clinched gold in their respective fleets while Priscilla Low and Cecilia Low won the women's 29er silver.

Rounding out the medals were men's Laser sailor Colin Cheng and men's 420 representatives Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo, who took bronze.

The sailors' haul takes Singapore's medal tally at the Asiad to four gold, five silver and 11 bronze.

The Republic is still in contention for a medal in the J80 match racing category, with the crew in the semi-finals with Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.

The finals will take place on Wednesday.

John Legend records song for Fifty Shades soundtrack in Philippines?

John Legend has allegedly recorded a single for the upcoming movie adaptation of the E.L. James erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Everyone knew that US singer-songwriter John Legend has been around Asia over the last week few weeks.

He was in Singapore for a performance at the Singapore Grand Prix, then hopped over to Malaysia and Philippines for concerts.

A day before his show in the Philippines last Friday (Sept 26) at The Araneta Coliseum, the 35-year-old star headed to a studio in Mandaluyong, one of the municipalities in Metro Manila,​ to record a song.

It wasn't just any song, though. It was a track that is allegedly set to be a part of the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey, Yahoo Philippines reported.

Mr Boyet Aquino, a recording engineer at Spryta Productions, Inc., told the publication that the promoters of the show brought Legend to the studio. 

Mr Aquino said: "He recorded a song which I guess is for the upcoming movie Fifty Shades of Grey because that's the name of the Pro Tools project file that came from him."

Added Mr Aquino: "He is one of the nicest guys I've worked with. He really knows his way in the studio.

"He knew what he wanted and more importantly, he knew when he had it. He did five or six takes, then listened to it one by one, he asked me to do a vocal comp (composition) from those takes that he chose."

Mr Aquino, who was star-struck, claims that he is still hungover from the memorable experience.

Source: Yahoo Philippines



Big Bang's Seungri readmitted to hospital after fainting

Big Bang's Seungri is back in hospital after fainting due to an elevated fever.

Big Bang's Seungri is back in hospital, but this time it's for a high fever.

The singer reportedly fainted after his body temperature to 40 degrees celsius.

A representative for YG Entertainment confirmed today (Sept 30) that Seungri was "readmitted due to complications from a high fever," reported Kpop Starz.

It was only last week that Seungri was discharged from hospital following his car accident before he and the band were set to head for Singapore for the big YG Family concert.

Big Bang came to Singapore for the concert without member Seungri due to a car accident he was involved in the night before. PHOTO: Singapore Press Holdings (TNP: Gavin Foo)

A representative from YG Entertainment stated, "Seungri was hastily discharged from the hospital early on Thursday (Sept 25) in order to prepare for the Incheon Asian Game's closing ceremony, as well as the police investigation," the publication added.

He stayed in hospital for about two weeks for injuries he sustained after the accident on a Friday (Sept 12) earlier this month.

According to Kpop Starz, South Korean authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident but the singer's management have already ruled out drunk driving despite Seungri leaving from a party before the accident happened.

In the statement YG Entertainment released to Newsen, they admitted that Seungri may have left the hospital too prematurely.

It said: "We think that getting discharged from the hospital prematurely has caused this problem. He will be receiving treatment at the hospital and (we will) watch his condition."

Sources: Kpop Starz and Newsen

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