After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional crisis in Britain is a matter of when, not if. It was only in 2014 that Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom by a 55-45 percent vote. The referendum was described by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) as “once-in-a...
Asia-Pacific benefits most from Chinese tourism. Pictured are Chinese tourists waiting to board a sightseeing boat at a pier at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Athit Perawongmetha / ReutersSkift Take: China's neighbors stand to benefit most from hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists. But as the past few months have shown, Chinese demand can shift rapidly and drastically impact local tourism economies in the process. — Dan PeltierThe Asia-Pacific region claims 90 percent of the...
Imagine this: A wealthy American woman in Beverly Hills goes online and orders her perfect child: tall, blue-eyed, intelligent, and disease-free. Nine months later, her baby--carried by an unknown surrogate overseas--is delivered happy and healthy to her doorstep. Parents have always wanted the best for their children - the best schools, the best toys, the best of what life has to offer. But what if you could actually buy a better child? Superbabies are not here quite yet, but the genetic techno...
The trade publication Variety is reporting that after a couple of years of failed attempts Netflix is entering the China market. This is a big deal, for multiple reasons. First, when Netflix recently announced a 130-country expansion, China wasn't one of them. The world's most populous nation and second largest economy is a notoriously complicated market for non-Chinese companies. It's exponentially more difficult for media and entertainment companies, given China's desire to control the content...
FinanceFeeds - Achieving a profit thanks to Forex trading is not a simple task – anyone who has entered the online trading realm will probably agree with that. This is also confirmed by Forex trading results data published by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF, or PFSA) on April 25, 2017. A survey conducted by the regulator amid Forex brokers offering their services to Poland’s residents shows that 79.3% of the active traders lost money due to FX trading in 2016. The pro...
The FIM CEV Repsol is back in action at the Circuito de Albacete, where this coming weekend the new season of this exciting championship gets under way. The Moto3™ Junior World Championship will once again draw much of our attention. It’s no coincidence that more than 80% of the riders currently competing in the Moto3™ category in the World Championship have passed through the FIM CEV Repsol, from the current champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta, to Joan Mir, Arón Canet, Nicolo Bulega, Bo Bendsne...
Good morning. Whisper it quietly, but Europe’s crisis is over, at least for the immediate future. By far the most important evidence for this extravagant claim is the French election result on Sunday. Barring a disaster, France will again commit itself to the EU’s institutions and aspirations in 11 days’ time, when Emmanuel Macron runs off against Marine Le Pen for the presidency. Not one of over 120 polls during the campaign has suggested Le Pen can win that run-off, and most ...
Good morning. Whisper it quietly, but Europe’s crisis is over, at least for the immediate future. By far the most important evidence for this extravagant claim is the French election result on Sunday. Barring a disaster, France will again commit itself to the EU’s institutions and aspirations in 11 days’ time, when Emmanuel Macron runs off against Marine Le Pen for the presidency. Not one of over 120 polls during the campaign has suggested Le Pen can win that run-off, and most ...
The Trump administration may undertake trade actions to protect the U.S. semiconductor, shipbuilding and aluminum industries, citing national security concerns, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday. He said those industries could qualify for protection under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which lets the president impose restrictions on imports for reasons of national security and was used to launch a probe of steel imports, the J...
Credit Suisse will raise around 4 billion Swiss francs ($4 billion) from its shareholders, the embattled bank said on Wednesday, trying to close the gap in financial strength with rivals. The bank said the decision, which saw management ditch an alternative plan to publicly list part of its Swiss business, should remove any concerns over the group’s capital strength. “This was an option which — we got very clear views from our shareholders — was seen as the best option,&#...
Approximately 1,200 Palestinian prisoners are in a second week of a hunger strike, following the controversial publication of an op-ed in the New York Times by the high-profile prisoner Marwan Barghouti. The hunger strike has brought renewed attention to the issue of imprisonment in Israel, where the approximately 6,500 Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli jails are viewed as convicted terrorists by most Israelis, but considered political prisoners by most Palestinians. Hunger ...
Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys. Travelers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday. Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3% in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which anal...
Momondo Group is known for its marketing and brand-building. This photo of Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac in Valencia, Spain was submitted as part of Momondo's Welcome to My World photo contest. Momondo GroupSkift Take: The Momondo Group knows it has to spend big to catch up with the competition. Its growth caught the attention of the Priceline Group, which will be hoping the acquisition, if approved by regulators, will help boost its European metasearch operation. — Patrick WhyteEuropean met...
A videoclip of Anderson. Paak, Bruno Mars, Guy Lawrence of Disclosure and Nile Rodgers has surfaced. Anderson is shown to be playing the drums, Bruno is on the keys and Rodgers is strumming his guitar. No music from the studio session is heard, however -- the clip is soundtracked with NxWorries' Yes Lawd! track “Khadijah.” .Paak is currently opening for Bruno Mars for the European leg of Mars' tour. Watch the video below and stay tuned for more music from Bruno and .Paak. Abbey Road w/ Nile...
Italy's flag carrier has seen its passenger tally drop to 22 million, from 30 million a decade earlier. AlitaliaSkift Take: When Alitalia last filed for bankruptcy protection in 2008, it defied predictions that it would shrink, break up, and be sold as a whole or in parts. This year, it is less likely to escape a cruel fate. — Sean O'NeillAlitalia SpA said it exhausted all options after workers voted against job cuts aimed at salvaging the cash-strapped Italian airline, pushing it toward admi...
(PARIS) — Far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen said Tuesday that people are revolting against the elite and predicted that could translate into a “very big surprise” when ballots are cast May 7 in France’s final round to choose a new leader – and it will be her. Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist candidate who is her rival in the upcoming vote, sparred in successive television appearances, tossing insults as each launched a political of...
While geopolitical issues are still impacting overseas markets, it is in a positive way as the face-off between North Korea and the US seems a distant past. Substantial gains in European markets have occurred over the last two days driven by indications that pre-polling is on the mark with the likelihood of centrist Emmanuel Macron having won the first round of voting in the presidential lead up, which now sees him installed as favourite to win the run-off election against far right candidate Ma...
More than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20% already pretty much do so, a study showed on Wednesday. The study, which was conducted in 13 European countries, the United States and Australia, also found that in many places where cash is most used, people are among the keenest to ditch it. Overall, 34% of respondents in Europe and 38% in the United States said they would be willing to go cash-...
Whenever I’m feeling down about the world, I drink poison. Not quick-acting poison. The stuff with a greater half-life: The kind of sugary delights that boil down into sludge but in the moment get my heart thrumming. It’s a short-term fix that also may decrease my life’s longer term, so overall I will need fewer short-term fixes — you know, a win-win. It seems like America thinks I have the right idea. For the past week, the country has gorged itself on half-a-meal&rsqu...
It is always interesting to find out how a mining company comes to have an opportunity. Ascendant Resources (TSXV:ASND) owns and operates a zinc-lead-silver mine in Honduras. We asked Chris Buncic, the President and CEO how that happened. “We knew that the big European smelting company, Nyrstar, was looking to exit the mining business. It had ten mines and we looked at three of them – ultimately pursued the El Mochito property in Honduras” said Buncic. It was more than a bit of a gambl...