June 19, 2019

A brand new hybrid bird flu in China has scientists worried

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By Jennifer Welsh From Business Insider A new-to-humans flu virus killed a 73-year-old woman from the Jiangxi province in China, on Dec. 6. At the time, the doctors knew it was a H10N8 bird flu virus that killed her. But, they’ve just published new findings about it — it has picked up some new genes […]

Burdensome debt and elusive solutions

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean360 Average public debt levels for Caribbean small states now amount to about 84% of GDP with five countries experiencing debt-to-GDP ratios of close to 100% and higher. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday February 6, 2014 – The debt of small Caribbean states has been unsustainable for some time now and, unless […]

slaughter of whale sharks

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Planet’s biggest slaughter of whale sharks exposed in PuQi, Zhejiang Province, China Report from Wild Life Risk HONG KONG, 27 January 2014 – Hong Kong-based wildlife conservation NGO WildLifeRisk has revealed that at least one factory in China’s Zhejiang  Province  is  killing  over  600  whale  sharks  annually,  in  what appears to be the world’s largest […]

How to capture the right kind of talent

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By Alina Dizik BBC PHOTO: Participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) Sony had a hiring problem. It wasn’t that the Japanese retailer, with more than 130 stores worldwide, including 38 in the US, couldn’t find enough people to apply for its positions as sales assistants. Rather, the company couldn’t find […]

Chinese banknotes stamped with QR codes breach great firewall

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By Alex Magdaleno From Mashable Centuries of invaders couldn’t break the Great Wall of China, but a Chinese yuan can. Well, the “Great Firewall,” at least. A series of one yuan banknotes became a whole lot more valuable after being stamped with a quick response (QR) code — a type of matrix barcode that, when […]

Apple’s iPhone sales, revenue outlook disappoint Wall Street as shares plunge

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From Moneynews Apple Inc. missed Wall Street’s lofty target for iPhone sales over the crucial holiday shopping season and offered a weaker-than-expected forecast for this quarter, sending its shares down 8 percent on Monday. The world’s most valuable technology company sold a record 51 million iPhones in the quarter, but that was shy of the […]

iNews Briefs

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Father and son sentenced on bank fraud, money laundering [Cayman] charges By Tom McLaughlin, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Jan. 24 –Former Destin residents Gary Wayne Thomas and his son Brian Keith Thomas will serve federal prison sentences for bank fraud and money laundering, a U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced. Gary Thomas and […]

NOT GOOD: Chinese Manufacturing Unexpectedly Contracts

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By SAM RO  From Business Insider China’s HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI fell to a six-month low of 49.6 in January. This compares to a 50.5 in December. This was worse than the 50.3 economists were expecting. And any reading below 50 signals contraction. This is a preliminary reading. The final numbers will be released on […]

China’s elite caught storing riches in Caribbean offshore haven

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Posted by sage From Golden Age of Gai By James Ball, The Guardian Relatives of political leaders including China’s current president and former premier named in trove of leaked documents from the British Virgin Islands. More than a dozen family members of China’s top political and military leaders are making use of offshore companies based […]

The CIA’s 1971 secret report on the Senkaku Islands dispute

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From Tofugu Tensions have started flaring up again in regards to the Senkaku Islands, though to be honest that’s been going on for a while now. I brought the islands up in my “Where is Japan?” post, quite a while back and John wrote a good overview of the whole situation. But a lot has […]