September 21, 2019

Cryptocurrency and blockchain bring Asia funds to the forefront of U.S. tech

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By Joyce YangFrom TechCrunch Since early 2017, there’s been a new trend in the U.S. where a number of Asian funds have been actively involved in early-stage crypto investing. Many folks in traditional tech have not heard of them before, but these funds will only be growing more important as cryptocurrency and blockchain solidify their […]

The hunting of whales, dolphins and porpoises illegally for bait found to be more widespread than first thought

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A report by Sandra Altherr and Nicola Hodgins Edited by Sue Fisher, Kate O’Connell, D.J. Schubert, and Dave Tilford SMALL CETACEANS, BIG PROBLEMS A global review of the impacts of hunting on small whales, dolphins and porpoises SUMMARY The hunting of small cetaceans (i.e., all toothed whales, except the sperm whale) for food or fishing […]

Mystery as Russia LIQUIDATES almost ALL of its holdings in US Treasury securities

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From Brinkwire The Russian government has sold off the vast majority of its holdings of US Treasury securities for reasons that remain mysterious, in a dramatic move that experts are calling unprecedented. A US Treasury report released on July 18 shows that Russian holdings of Treasury securities declined by 84 per cent between March and […]

Moscow Mystery: where did all its treasuries go?

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By Brian Chappatta From Bloomberg Its American debt holdings have plunged far more than any other nation’s. U.S. bond traders are fixated on Russia this week for a much different reason than most Americans. Just a day after President Donald Trump’s much-maligned meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a monthly report from the […]

Soccer: Former Jamaica’s goalie Lawrence says France ’98 exploits took him ‘over the moon’

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From CONCACAF Kingston, Jamaica – Aaron Lawrence exemplifies the Jamaica adage “patient man rides donkey”. In translation, that means that he who exercises patience will ultimately reap the rewards. For former Jamaica goalkeeper Lawrence, this philosophical gem holds true. During Jamaica’s successful Road to France World Cup qualifying campaign, he was number two to captain […]

California’s economy is now the 5th-biggest in the world, and has overtaken the United Kingdom

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By Kieran Corcoran From Business Insider New economic data puts the California economy at $2.747 trillion — bigger than most nations. The ranking puts in fifth in the world, just ahead of the United Kingdom, which is on $2.625 trillion. The difference is striking given California’s population of 40 million to the UK’s 66 million. […]

The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

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By Dr Jan Fichtner From LSE Analysing how millions of multinational corporations structure their global ownership chains reveals that Cayman acts as a ‘sink’ offshore financial centre where foreign capital accumulates and data trails often end, writes Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam). Try to guess what the top destination of outward foreign direct investment (FDI) […]

Caribbean farmers and agriculture officers learn sustainable agricultural practices and technologies in Japan

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From Barbados & the OECS More than twenty agricultural practitioners across eleven Caribbean countries have concluded a two-week study tour to Japan. The study tour, supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP), held a primary focus of transferring knowledge and applicable technologies from Japan to the Caribbean. During the […]

Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic

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By Rachel England From engadget The mutant enzyme breaks down plastic in a matter of days. There are research teams around the world dedicated to finding a remedy for the growing plastic pollution crisis, but now it seems that one group of scientists have found a feasible answer — and they stumbled upon it by […]

Crypto exchange Binance ordered to suspend operations in Japan

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By Adam Samson in London and Leo Lewis in Tokyo From Financial Times YESTERDAY Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrencies exchanges, has been ordered by the financial services agency in Tokyo to suspend its operations in Japan. Japan’s Financial Services Agency on Friday issued a formal warning to Binance, with officials saying that they […]