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What it’s really like to live in Macao
  + stars: | 2024-04-25 | by ( Lilit Marcus | )   time to read: +9 min
Macao, the Chinese special administrative region (SAR) often twinned with Hong Kong, is known as the Las Vegas of Asia. But travelers who are willing to dig in a little deeper can explore Macanese culture, which mixes Portuguese, Chinese and Southeast Asian heritages. Macao is comprised of two islands – the north one, Macao itself, and its southern neighbor Taipa. “In Asia, [people] think that Macao is full of casinos, and I think they do not understand the other parts of Macao,” says Lai. That means that they can live in Macao without a work visa and do not need a company sponsoring them.
Persons: CNN — “, , Vivian Lai, Taipa, Lai, ” Marina Fernandes, Michael Maslan, , it’s, Uber, Fernandes, Eduardo Leal, Ricardo Balocas, Balocas, Don’t Organizations: CNN, Las, Macanese Association, Bloomberg, Macao International Airport, Joseph’s University, Macao, Henley Locations: Macao, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Asia, China, Taipa, , , Europe, Portuguese, Zhuhai, Macao’s, Singapore, Jakarta, Hanoi, Bangkok, Beijing, North America, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Bay Area, Portugal, Macao's, Lisbon, St, Philippines, ‘ Little Lisbon, it’s
People living in RVs or cars has surged in Bozeman, Montana, as housing costs have spiked. "Urban camping" has made the city's unhoused population more visible. City officials say the number of Bozeman residents living in their RVs or cars spiked by 200% in two years, according to Montana PBS, which cited the city. "This — with urban camping, RVs, more cars — This is a recent phenomenon." "First, these folks are our residents too," the city website says when discussing how it's addressing urban camping.
Persons: , Terry Cunningham, Mayor Cunningham, Steven Ankney Organizations: Service, West ., Montana PBS, Bozeman, PBS, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Resource Development Council Locations: RVs, Bozeman , Montana, Bozeman, Montana, , West, West . Bozeman, Yellowstone, Gallatin County
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is meeting officials in China this week as disputes over wars, trade, technology and security are testing the two countries’ efforts to stabilize the relationship. China is courting foreign investment to help its sluggish economy. At the same time, its leader, Xi Jinping, has been bolstering national security and expanding China’s military footprint around Taiwan and the South China Sea in ways that have alarmed its neighbors. Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi have held talks to prevent their countries’ disputes from spiraling into conflict, after relations sank to their lowest point in decades last year. But an array of challenges could make steadying the relationship difficult.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Biden, Xi Jinping, Xi Locations: China, United States, Taiwan, South
A man was caught trying to leave Ukraine via the Dniester River — on an air mattress. Ukrainian border agents found him paddling with his arms in an attempt to reach Moldova. AdvertisementUkraine's border service said on Wednesday that it caught a man attempting to cross into Moldova by "swimming" on an inflatable mattress in the Dniester River. The border service did not say if the man on the mattress was trying to dodge the draft. This isn't the first time the Ukrainian border service has caught someone in an air mattress-related incident.
Persons: Organizations: Service, State Border Service, Dnipro, dodgers, The New York Times, BBC, NATO, Agents Locations: Ukraine, Moldova, Romanian, Russia, Ukrainian, Hungary, Kyiv
The Department of Justice is investigating McKinsey for advising opioid producers on boosting sales. The firm previously paid nearly $1 billion to resolve lawsuits related to its opioid work. The investigation is also looking at potential obstruction of justice by McKinsey and its employees. News of the investigation underscores how McKinsey's opioid work — which the firm said it stopped in 2019 — continues to plague the consultancy. In a 2018 email, for example, a since-fired McKinsey executive wrote to another senior executive about the firm's legal risk.
Persons: , Endo, Martin Elling Organizations: Justice, McKinsey, Service, McKinsey & Company, US Department of Justice, Street, Purdue Pharma, DOJ, of, Purdue Locations: Virginia, Western, of Virginia, of Massachusetts, Seattle
In this article JPY= Follow your favorite stocks CREATE FREE ACCOUNTThe Japan flag is juxtaposed against a Japanese yen bank note. Javier Ghersi | Moment | Getty ImagesThe yen slipped past 155 against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, touching a new 34-year low against continued strength in the greenback. The weakness comes as the Bank of Japan is due to release its monetary policy decision Friday and in spite of verbal warnings from Japanese authorities. Some market watchers had speculated that the 155 level would prompt intervention after the currency languished at multi-decade lows for a month. The yen has weakened 4.2% since the BOJ's March meeting, worrying Japanese authorities and investors.
Persons: Javier Ghersi, Shusuke Yamada, Jerome Powell, Appio Organizations: U.S, Bank of Japan, BofA Securities, Federal, First Eagle Investments, CNBC, Korean Locations: Japan, South Korea
In January 2022, I was planning a summer trip to Ukraine and Russia for my 4-year-old son and me. I spent half of my childhood in Ukraine and half in Russia before moving to the United States when I was a teenager. When I became a parent, my one, obsessive goal — as a mother raising a child in America with a man who spoke only English — was to teach my son Russian. He started inserting English words in otherwise Russian sentences and talking to himself in English while playing alone. A visit to Ukraine and Russia would allow him to see that his mother’s native language wasn’t a quirk of hers but something normal for millions of people.
Locations: Ukraine, Russia, United States, America, Russian, Kyiv, Moscow
Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows are among those indicted in an Arizona election interference case. Multiple Trump allies and Arizona GOPers were charged with felony counts, including conspiracy. The indictment also appeared to list former President Donald Trump as "Unindicted Coconspirator 1." AdvertisementProsecutors charged Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and a slate of Arizona Republicans with multiple felonies in a 58-page indictment made public on Wednesday. A representative for Trump and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, Donald Trump, , Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, Christina Bobb, Trump, Mike Roman, Boris Epshteyn, Ted Goodman, Giuliani, Bobb, Charles Burnham, Eastman, George Terwilliger, Meadows, hadn't, Joe Biden Organizations: Trump, Service, Prosecutors, Arizona Republicans, The Washington, GOP, Eastman, Business, Post, United, Trump Organization Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County , Arizona, Ellis, United States, Georgia , Michigan , Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, Mar, New York
Gek Teng Pang founded Surrey Hills Grocer in 2021. Success didn't come easy for Pang Gek Teng. Today, she is the proud founder and CEO of Surrey Hills Grocer, an Australian-inspired grocer and café brand with five locations across Singapore. Navigating the entrepreneurial worldBetween quitting her job and starting Surrey Hills Grocer, Pang founded five different businesses. Pang opened her first Surrey Hills Grocer store in December 2021, and eventually went on to open four other locations.
Persons: Gek Teng Pang, Pang Gek Teng, Pang, That's, , Alvin Lau, she's Organizations: Surrey Hills Grocer, CNBC, Surrey Hills, University of Newcastle, CNBC she's Locations: Singapore, Australian, Australia, Surry Hills
Pictured here is the Zeekr 001 electric car at a services trade fair in Beijing on Aug. 31, 2023. China News Service | China News Service | Getty ImagesBEIJING — Chinese electric car brand Zeekr is selling more vehicles than Tesla in parts of China, and plans to expand in Europe and Latin America this year, Zeekr CEO Andy An told CNBC on Wednesday. For the first three weeks of April, Zeekr sold 500 more cars than Tesla in the province of Zhejiang, where Zeekr and its parent company Geely are based. Zeekr also slightly outsold Tesla in the province of Anhui, near Shanghai, and Guangxi, an autonomous region in southern China. The rapid rise of Chinese electric car companies, however, has also prompted the EU and U.S. to consider measures for protecting their own auto industries.
Persons: Andy, Elon, Tesla, Zeekr Organizations: China News Service, Getty, CNBC, EU Locations: Beijing, BEIJING, China, Europe, Latin America, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shanghai, Guangxi, Sweden, Netherlands, America, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore
In the next few years, Zuckerberg sees three ways AI can become a "massive business" for Meta. Related storiesHe sees "several ways" generative AI can make money, and laid out three specific paths to this becoming "a massive business" for Meta. Ads appearing in "AI interactions"Another way generative AI could make money for Meta is by "introducing ads or paid content into AI interactions," Zuckerberg said. AdvertisementSelling access to AI modelsA third distinct way Meta may make money from AI is by selling access to models as they get larger. "Enabling people to pay to use bigger AI models and access more compute," as Zuckerberg put it on Wednesday.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, , we're, Meta Organizations: Meta, Service
But Matty Healy says he hasn't "really listened to that much of it." AdvertisementTaylor Swift's "The Tortured Poets Department" may have broken multiple streaming records, but Matty Healy says he hasn't "really listened" to the album yet. I haven't really listened to that much of it, but I'm sure it's good," Healy said of the album. Healy's response may surprise some, considering how fans have speculated that he is the subject of several songs on Swift's album. On Wednesday, streaming giant Spotify said that Swift's album had become the platform's "most streamed album in a single week," surpassing a billion streams since its release on Friday.
Persons: Taylor Swift's, Matty Healy, Healy, , Taylor, Swift, Joe Alwyn, Travis Kelce, would've, Swift didn't Organizations: Poets Department, Service, Department, Kansas City Chiefs, GQ, Spotify, BI
Markets wary of intervention as yen struggles at 155 level
  + stars: | 2024-04-25 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Having traded in a tight range over the past few days, a buoyant dollar finally broke above the 155 yen level for the first time since 1990 in the previous session, and was last steady at 155.34 yen in early Asia trade. The breach of the 155 yen level comes as the BOJ meets to discuss monetary policy, though expectations are for the central bank to keep its short-term interest rate target unchanged following last month's landmark exit from negative rates. "We expect the BOJ meeting to deliver a marginally hawkish hold outcome," said Carl Ang, fixed income research analyst at MFS Investment Management. Continued expectations of gradual policy tightening and a low terminal policy rate make it difficult for the yen to appreciate significantly, even if at historically depressed levels." The dollar steadied at 105.79 against a basket of currencies, pulling away from a nearly two-week low hit in the previous session.
Persons: Carl Ang, Kazuo Ueda, Justin Smirk Organizations: Bank of Japan, MFS Investment Management, Reserve Bank of Australia, Westpac, New Zealand Locations: Tokyo, Asia, Australia
It all went to emphasize the kind of economic, educational and cultural ties that the United States is pointedly holding up as beneficial for both countries. But hanging over those pleasantries during his visit to China this week are several steps the U.S. is taking to sever economic ties in areas where the Biden administration says they threaten American interests. Even as the Biden administration tries to stabilize the relationship with China, it is advancing several economic measures that would curb China’s access to the U.S. economy and technology. It is poised to raise tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels and other crucial products to try to protect American factories from cheap imports. The president signed it on Wednesday, though the measure is likely to be challenged in court.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Biden, ByteDance Organizations: New, Biden Locations: Shanghai, New York, United States, China, U.S, Beijing
Read previewThe accountant hired to audit former President Donald Trump's social media company seemed to have a lot of trouble spelling his name, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. But others, like Blake F Borgers and Ben F Vonesh, were entirely different names. Representatives for BF Borgers and Trump Media & Technology Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI sent outside regular business hours. In November, Borgers' firm was also removed from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' peer review program. Trump Media shares had initially soared when it went public, only to crash by nearly 40% in a matter of weeks.
Persons: , Donald Trump's, Ben F Borgers, Ben F Brogers, Ben F orgers, Blake F Borgers, Ben F Vonesh, Borgers, Brown, WithumSmith, Trump, Forbes, Jean Carroll, he's, Stormy Daniels Organizations: Service, Financial Times, Public Company, Business, BF Borgers, Trump Media & Technology Group, BI, Bloomberg, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Trump, Trump Media, New Locations: New York, Manhattan, Mar
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailIndia confident global players will take advantage of new EV policy, says officialRajesh Kumar Singh, secretary at the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, named companies such as Tesla and VinFast.
Persons: Rajesh Kumar Singh Organizations: India, Department, Promotion, Industry, Internal
Walgreens on Thursday said it will start to work directly with drugmakers to bring cell and gene therapies to U.S. patients as part of a broader expansion of its specialty pharmacy services. The company said it is launching a new business unit dedicated to its specialty pharmacy segment, which will include specialty pharmacy subsidiary AllianceRx. Meanwhile, Shields Health Solutions, a subsidiary that supports health system-owned specialty pharmacies, will remain under Walgreens's U.S. health-care division. Specialty pharmacies provide medications that require extreme care in handling, storage and distribution. Among the company's new investments to "transform" its specialty pharmacy services, it will open a newly licensed facility in Pittsburgh dedicated to services for cell and gene therapies.
Persons: drugmakers Organizations: Walgreens, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Shields Health Solutions, Walgreens's Locations: Manhattan , New York City, U.S, Pittsburgh
Gwyneth Paltrow is worried about becoming an empty nester too. "It's kind of giving me a nervous breakdown, if I'm honest," Paltrow said at her 11th In Goop Health summit. Paltrow has two kids, Apple and Moses, with her ex-husband Chris Martin. AdvertisementGwyneth Paltrow is nervous about becoming an empty nester when her son heads off to college this fall. This isn't the first time Paltrow has spoken about becoming an empty nester.
Persons: Gwyneth Paltrow, Paltrow, Moses, Chris Martin, , Coldplay, Apple, Brad Falchuk, Jennifer Freed, Jessica Sosso Organizations: Service, Hollywood, Apple, Vanderbilt University, Brown University, Times, Mayo Clinic Locations: Wisconsin, Mayo
Bitcoin is set for more price gains later this year, even after a recent retreat in prices, according to Standard Chartered's top crypto analyst. Geoffrey Kendrick, head of foreign exchange research, West, and digital assets research at Standard Chartered, said in a research note this week that he sees bitcoin rising to $150,000 per coin, and ether hitting $8,000 by the end of 2024 — doubling down on a bullish prediction from the bank earlier this year. Bitcoin temporarily sank below $60,000 last week as traders reacted to news of an escalating military conflict between Iran and Israel. Also, large long liquidations over the past couple of weeks mean that market positioning is a lot cleaner," Kendrick said. "As a result, with Middle East tensions easing I think it is time to re-engage in medium-term longs."
Persons: Geoffrey Kendrick, Kendrick, Bitcoin, bitcoin, That's Organizations: Standard Chartered, BTC, ETH, Securities and Exchange Commission, Treasury, HK Locations: Israel, Iran, United States, U.S
I'm a working mom who incorporates solo trips into my business travel. a working mom who incorporates solo trips into my business travel. My heart skipped a beat, and my not-so-new best friend, "mom guilt," walked through the door. AdvertisementBut while traveling with children is fun, I missed the spontaneity and the flexibility of solo travel. The sense of calmness was a feeling I rarely find as a working mom, and I loved it.
Persons: I'm, , we've, I've, Spriha Srivastava, Lean, he'll Organizations: Service, British Psychological Society, Pew Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art Locations: New York, Manhattan, China, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Singapore
A local London pub that’s been thrust into an unexpected spotlight and onto the tourist map, thanks to musician Taylor Swift. Unexpected fameThe Black Dog pub is in an unassuming residential area of Vauxhall in south London. Taylor Swift fans Jenna Spackey and Maddie Essig came to check out The Black Dog pub after listening to the song. The Black Dog pub says the past few days have been "immense." Hageman compares “The Black Dog” song to a “fable” – it’s probably not based entirely in reality.
Persons: CNN — It’s, that’s, Taylor Swift, Francesca Street, Swift, Joe Alwyn, , Matty Healy, ” Taylor Swift, Lionel Hahn, Swifties, Maddie Essig, “ Joe, Taylor, , , Essig, Jenna Spackey, they’ve, Spackey, ” –, Alwyn – Swift, Toby Melville, There’s, Lily Bottomley, ” Bottomley, Bottomley, “ We’re, ” There’s, Bottomley – it’s, “ We’ve, Healy, Bottomley won’t, she’s “, there’s, ” Swift, Strasburg, Katie Hageman, ’ ”, she’s, Hageman, it’s Organizations: CNN, Poets Department, Golden Globe, CNN Travel, Vauxhall, Department, Reuters, Brentford –, SC Soho, Wembley, London Locations: Vauxhall, London, British, Baltimore , Maryland, Houston , Texas, Brixton, Shoreditch, Highgate, Brentford, Cork, Ireland, Blanc, , Florida, Strasburg, Avangeline Strasburg, Hageman
Protesters continue to maintain the encampment on Columbia University campus on April 24 in New York City, after a tense night of negotiations. Caitlin Ochs/ReutersColumbia University said it has extended negotiations with student activists over the dismantling of the pro-Palestinian encampment that has cast its campus into days of turmoil, a spokesperson for the school said. The statement came just hours after Columbia’s president announced it had given protesters a midnight deadline to reach an agreement or the university would consider “alternative options” to clear the encampment. The talks will now be extended another 48 hours after “important progress” was made, the spokesperson said. As the protests stretch into their eighth day, Columbia President Minouche Shafik has faced numerous calls from donors and lawmakers who believe police should be brought in to clear the encampment and restore order on campus – even as students and faculty are condemning the president’s similar decision last week to ask the New York Police Department to clear another student encampment.
Persons: Caitlin Ochs, Minouche Shafik, Organizations: Columbia University, Reuters Columbia University, Columbia, New York Police Department, National Guard, NYPD Locations: Columbia, New York City
New federal rules say travelers deserve cash refunds when inconvenienced by their airline – not vouchers or travel credits. The rules require the fees to be automatic and prompt: Within seven days for a credit card refund and 20 days for other forms of payment. Surge in complaints in 2022The Biden Administration proposed its change to the refund rules in 2022 after a surge in complaints about refunds when the coronavirus brought air travel to a standstill. More than half of the complaints involved flight disruptions or refunds. A federal law allows Congress to unravel recently implemented executive branch rules.
Persons: , Pete Buttigieg, CNN’s John Berman, ” Buttigieg, you’re, “ That’s, , There’s Organizations: CNN — Airline, , Transportation Department, Airlines for, Biden Administration Locations: , Airlines for America, ” “ U.S, Washington, November’s
The US Senate has passed a $95 billion package that includes money for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. The new legislation includes sanctions on Iran, the seizure of frozen Russian sovereign assets and a measure that could lead to a nationwide ban of TikTok. The bill next goes to President Joe Biden, who said he would sign it into law on Wednesday. “This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said. Here are the latest developments in the region:
Persons: Joe Biden, Putin, ” Biden Organizations: Senate Locations: Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan, Iran
Private rooms coming to some of Japan’s bullet trains
  + stars: | 2024-04-24 | by ( Lilit Marcus | )   time to read: +2 min
CNN —Japan’s beloved Shinkansen trains are getting another upgrade. This photo illustration shows what the private rooms will look like. Japan RailwaysThey will be located in the green cars, which are the first-class, more expensive cars on Shinkansen trains. Travelers who have purchased a JR Rail pass will still need to pay extra to use the private rooms. The Tokaido line was Japan’s first-ever high speed rail line, making its debut in 1964.
Persons: CNN —, CNN’s Junko Ogura Organizations: CNN, Japan Rail, Japan Railways, Travelers Locations: Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka
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