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About joesnewspicks

This blog captures interesting news items from around the world for those strained by information overload and yet need to stay updated on global events of significance. The news items displayed are not in order of merit. (The blog takes a weekly off — normally on Sundays — and does not appear when I am on vacation or busy.) I am a journalist for nearly three decades.

Japan economy picks up pace; Indonesia oil and gas sector in decline; US white nationalists plan rallies

1 Japan economy picks up pace (Richard Partington in The Guardian) Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest pace for more than two years in the three months to June, with domestic spending accelerating as the country prepares for the 2020 … Continue reading

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Amazon shadow looms on retailers; Darjeeling tea faces political turmoil; Niekerk aims to be next Bolt

1 Amazon shadow looms over retailers (Khaleej Times) As old and new Amazon.com competitors gear up to report earnings, investors are eager to know how they plan to withstand the growth of the No.1 online retailer. So far this quarter, … Continue reading

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US growth accelerates; Tesla delivers Model 3; Jack Ma’s promise of a million jobs

1 US growth accelerates (BBC) The US economy gathered speed in the second quarter of the year, growing at an annualised pace of 2.6%. The pick-up was helped by consumer spending in the quarter expanding at a pace of 2.8%, … Continue reading

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Cloud earns big profit for Microsoft; Change management as a precise science; Oil declines as supplies surge

1 Cloud earns big profit for Microsoft (khaleej Times) Microsoft reported that its quarterly earnings was lifted on the back of its shift to focusing on computing services hosted in the Internet cloud. The US technology giant said it made … Continue reading

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AI could double Singapore growth rate by 2035; Tight budgets trigger lipstick sales; Netflix subscribers cross 100m

1 AI could double Singapore growth rate by 2035 (Straits Times) Artificial intelligence (AI) could nearly double Singapore’s annual economic growth rates by 2035, according to research by global professional services firm Accenture. The research also found that Singapore is … Continue reading

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Robot advisers to rock investment world; Govts must invest in 4th industrial revolution; Federer’s 8th Wimbledon crown

1 Robot advisers to rock investment world (Goh Eng Yeow in Straits Times) Robo advisers may prove the biggest game changer in the world of investing, playing a key role in shaping people’s financial future. Robo advisers (robos for short) … Continue reading

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Iraq claims Mosul victory; Rental bargains in Dubai; When one job doesn’t pay the bills

1 Iraq claims Mosul victory (Straits Times) The loss of its two largest cities will not spell a final defeat for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – also known as ISIS and Daesh – according to analysts and … Continue reading

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