FOREX-Dollar drifts higher as caution returns to currency markets

“Risk sentiment is slowing down,” said Westpac FX analyst Imre Speizer. “It’s too early to say the whole (dollar) downtrend is over…but it’s got potential and at the very least it’s putting a cap on the Aussie and kiwi.”

Asia stocks, currencies fall as China data dents recovery hopes

Asia’s emerging market stocks and currencies on Friday, on fading hopes the world’s second-largest economy could make a swift recovery from its COVID-19 slump. Investors had taken recent data from the world’s second largest economy, the first to emerge from lockdowns against the coronavirus, as an indicator it was getting back up to speed, but […]

Dollar drifts higher as coronavirus, China data sap confidence

Troubling signs also emerged on the health front in Asia, with a dozen new cases in New Zealand – which is considering whether to ease or extend its lockdown of Auckland – and the biggest daily jump in new cases in South Korea since March.

Pandemic to hit Japan’s economy more than expected, U.S.-China tension adds to concerns: Reuters poll

“Economic blocs led by those two countries, or de-globalisation, would lower global productivity growth. That would have a negative impact on Japan’s potential growth and Japanese firms’ productivity growth,” said Hiroshi Ugai, chief economist at JPMorgan Securities Japan.

UK says it has no choice but to quarantine French arrivals

Airlines UK, the industry body representing British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair amongst others, said that a testing regime allowing people to avoid quarantine or quarantine rules which only covered the most affected regions, instead of whole countries, should be brought in instead.

How times are changing in Havana

The one area where she would welcome change though is in teachers’ salaries, currently around $30 a month. Under Cuba’s complicated dual currency system, her wage is paid in local Cuban pesos. As such, her purchasing power is well below that of those earning money in the country’s hard currency, the ‘convertible peso’ or CUC.

‘Jackass’ Star Steve-O Tapes Himself To Hollywood Billboard To Promote New Comedy Special, ‘Gnarly’

I’m attached to a billboard right now (swipe to see the whole thing) and want to emphasize that a team of real professionals rigged everything safely. There is zero chance of me falling, and it’s important to me that we not waste any valuable city resources on this. I’m happy to just hang out, and […]

‘Jackass’ Star Steve-O Taken Down After Taping Himself To Hollywood Billboard

I’m attached to a billboard right now (swipe to see the whole thing) and want to emphasize that a team of real professionals rigged everything safely. There is zero chance of me falling, and it’s important to me that we not waste any valuable city resources on this. I’m happy to just hang out, and […]

Plant extracts could be key to new Māori-led export sector

Called Molecularly Imprinted Polymers, the technology had been around since the 1930s but Ligar was the first company in the world to use it at scale. It could also filter out contaminants, like pesticides in wine for example, Slaughter said.

The 20 best shows on HBO Max right now

The Sopranos When it comes to crime dramas about mobster families, it doesn’t get much better than The Sopranos, which has been named on many lists as being one of the greatest TV series of all time. For six seasons, we followed the Soprano family led by Tony (the late James Gandolfini) as he attempted […]