ANZ’s sale of UDC to China’s HNA blocked by NZ regulator

By | diciembre 25, 2017

ANZ Banking Group’s $NZ660 million ($626 million) sale of vehicle finance firm UDC Finance to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has been blocked by New Zealand’s overseas investment regulator. The deal was terms and conditions and privacy policy. “The current political environment in New Zealand relative to foreign investment will play a significant role in our determination of next steps,” the… Read More »

Two Bags of Cash for Boko Haram: The Untold Story of How Nigeria Freed Its Kidnapped Girls

By | diciembre 25, 2017

Sarah Samuel, one of 113 kidnapped Chibok girls who remain missing. Glenna Gordon for the Wall Street Journal   Two Bags of Cash for Boko Haram Long after the #BringBackOurGirls campaign faded, Nigeria paid a secret ransom of €3 million to free some of the kidnapped schoolgirls Sarah Samuel, one of 113 kidnapped Chibok girls who remain missing.… Read More »

Mario Party The Top 100 review: party poopers

By | diciembre 25, 2017

When a notable game is set for a December 22 release it means one of three things. The game is either Christmas themed, it’s so good that a million people would buy it on any day regardless of proximity to a holiday, or it’s so mediocre that its publisher has actively sought to avoid the limelight by hiding… Read More »

‘Extremely high risk’: bitcoin.com co-founder has sold all his bitcoins

By | diciembre 25, 2017

Bitcoin.com is one of the world’s largest bitcoin sites, having grown its profile this year thanks to the remarkable price surge of the cryptocurrency. But its cofounder and CTO, Emil Oldenburg, a Swedish native, is extremely sceptical when it comes to bitcoin’s future. ”I would say an investment in bitcoin is right now the riskiest investment you can make.… Read More »

The Price of Freedom for Saudi Arabia’s Richest Man: $6 Billion

By | diciembre 25, 2017

  Saudi authorities are demanding at least $6 billion from Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal to free him from detention, people familiar with the matter said, potentially putting the global business empire of one of the world’s richest men at risk. The 62-year-old prince was one of the dozens of royals, government officials and businesspeople rounded up early… Read More »

ACMA’s New Year’s broadband resolutions vow to end the NBN blame game

By | diciembre 25, 2017

Things should turn around for the NBN in 2018, because 2017 was the year when so much blew up in its face. Long-suffering Australian broadband users received an early Christmas present this week when the Australian Communications and Media Authority unveiled proposed new rules to force internet retailers to lift their game when it comes to hooking up… Read More »

BlueScope Steel lifts first-half guidance

By | diciembre 25, 2017

Steel group BlueScope, rubber products maker Ansell, share registry giant Computershare and investment firm Navigator Global Investments have handed investors a little Christmas bonus by tipping US President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will boost their earnings. The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives gave final approval to a sweeping tax bill that includes cutting the company tax rate from 35 per cent… Read More »

U.N. Tightens Screws on North Korea After Recent Missile Launch

By | diciembre 25, 2017

  UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to slash the amount of crude oil and refined petroleum North Korea may import, dealing a serious blow to Pyongyang in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch on Nov. 29. The resolution represents a decision by the world body to cripple North Korea’s import of crude oil,… Read More »

SpaceX rocket launch lights up parts of western US sky

By | diciembre 25, 2017

December 23 2017 – 4:20PM Los Angeles: What was that in the skies above LA on Friday night that stopped traffic and sparked alarm and curiosity? It was a rocket. The contrail from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen from Long Beach in California, more than 100 miles southeast from its launch site. Photo: AP SpaceX’s Falcon 9… Read More »

Tabcorp CIO Kim Wenn retires after 14 years

By | diciembre 25, 2017

 Gaming giant Tabcorp’s chief information officer, Kim Wenn, announced her retirement from the company this morning. After 14 years in the job, Ms Wenn made the decision to leave post the Tatts merger. Kim Wenn is leaving as Tabcorp CIO after 14 years in the job. Photo: Pat Scala “I’m really proud of the legacy that I’m leaving… Read More »