Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard


Covid vaccines: Dr Ngozi's first big test as new WTO head

Covid vaccines: Dr Ngozi's first big test as new WTO head

(ATF) The first woman and first African to lead the global trade body says "the WTO is too important to allow it to be slowed down, paralysed and moribund".Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 66, is a Harvard-educated development economist who spent 25 years at the World Bank, where she oversaw a portfolio of …

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Facebook to restore news pages after deal with Australian govt

Facebook to restore news pages after deal with Australian govt

(ATF) A compromise has been reached between Facebook and the Australian government, which will see the internet giant restore local news pages after the government agreed to amend its proposed law. The bill will force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms.Australia and the social media …

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HSBC to focus on wealth management across Asia

HSBC to focus on wealth management across Asia

(ATF) HSBC plans to plough $6 billion into its operations across Asia and focus on targeting wealth management in the region where it makes most of its profit.Europe's biggest bank reported a 30% plunge in profit for 2020 – $6.1 billion after tax, a result that stemmed mainly from the …

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Banker named CEO of Indonesian sovereign wealth fund

Banker named CEO of Indonesian sovereign wealth fund

(ATF) Indonesian President Joko Widodo has picked a senior banker as head of the country's new sovereign wealth fund, which has been set up to help fund infrastructure projects.The Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) will be headed by former Bank Permata chief executive Ridha Wirakusumah. The wealth fund has $5 billion …

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Google, Facebook negotiating deals to compensate Aussie media

Google, Facebook negotiating deals to compensate Aussie media

(ATF) Google and Facebook are "very close" to multi-million-dollar deals with major Australian media outlets to pay for news, the country's Treasurer has said.The tech giants – under pressure both at home and abroad to share some of the billions in advertising revenue they have grabbed from news outlets around …

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Shift to renewable energy needed by 2030-35, top researchers say

Shift to renewable energy needed by 2035, top researchers say

(ATF) A group of leading energy experts are campaigning for a rapid global energy transformation, saying the world must shift to nearly 100% use of renewable power sources within the next 10 to 15 years – "much sooner than 2050" – for the planet to avoid extensive ecological damage.The 100% …

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China bars BBC News from airing on mainland

China bars BBC News on mainland 

(ATF) China's National Radio and Television Administration has barred BBC World News from being aired in the country after an investigation found its reports on matters related to China "seriously violated" local regulations.The NRTA said on Friday (Feb 12) that news should be "truthful and fair", but the BBC's reports …

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