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How Egremont teacher inspired new top Singapore diplomat

A woman from Cumbria has been appointed British High Commissioner to Singapore.

Kara Owen
FCO

Kara Owen, who grew up near Egremont, takes up the senior diplomatic role next month.

Her previous jobs have included some of the most senior posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as diplomatic postings around the world.

She says she was inspired by a remark from a teacher at Wyndham School.

I was really interested in international history and one day, when I was 16, my history teacher said to me: 'You know what, Kara, you should think about the Diplomatic Service'."

Kara Owen

Asian banking giant reports record Q1 profit

The Development Bank of Singapore Limited, DBS Bank, logo can be seen at its office in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Southeast Asia's biggest lender, DBS Group, reported a record net profit of 1.65 billion Singapore dollars ($1.2bn; £937m) in the first quarter, a rise of 8.5% from a year ago..

"Healthy business momentum and a higher net interest margin more than offset the impact of a high base for wealth management, brokerage and investment banking fee income as well as a property gain a year ago," the bank said.