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The murky future of two Latin American oil giants

The murky future of two Latin American oil giants

IT SEEMED like such a comeback. When Pedro Parente took over as boss of Petrobras in 2016, Brazil’s state oil firm was drowning in $130bn of debt. It had lost $200bn in shareholder value, and its executive board had been gutted by the massive Lava Jato corruption scandal. Mr Parente slashed subsidies, sold assets and […]

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Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia

Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia

THE toll of “pizzo” protection payments made by firms to Sicily’s Mafia is closely monitored. Nearly half pay up these days, according to estimates from the Confartigianato, a national business association—a big improvement from the early 1990s, when at least four-fifths of Sicilian firms paid it. Back then the levy claimed nearly a tenth of […]

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The insecurity of freelance work

The insecurity of freelance work

THE decline of the conventional job has been much heralded in recent years. It is now nearly axiomatic that people will work for a range of employers in a variety of roles over their lifetimes, with a much more flexible schedule than in the past. Opinion is still divided over whether this change is a […]

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How to play Argentina

How to play Argentina

THERE is a type of footballer who inspires the affection of fans and the ire of coaches. He is talented, usually extravagantly so. But he is also wayward to the same lavish degree. Discipline seems beyond him, on or off the pitch. It was said of one of this kind, Stan Bowles of Queens Park […]

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A new breed of German startups

A new breed of German startups

At a rooftop bar in Berlin on May 29th, the glitterati of Germany’s startup scene toasted a new arrival. Silicon Valley Bank, a commercial lender which counts as customers half of American startups that went public in 2017, has just opened an office in the country. “They are doing unique, cool things here,” gushed Greg […]

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Why Japan’s sharing economy is tiny

Why Japan’s sharing economy is tiny

AIRBNB, an American platform for booking stays in other people’s houses, can barely conceal its frustration. A law passed last year for the first time legalised minpaku, or home-sharing, in Japan, but also sharply restricted it. From June 15th hosts can rent out their property for a maximum of 180 days each year, provided they […]

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‘Mission Possible’ by Watsons

‘Mission Possible’ by Watsons

WATSONS Malaysia puts its heart into its efforts and gives back to the community through a corporate social responsibility undertaking through its #MisiIkhlasAidilfitri campaign. Aptly named “Misi Ikhlas” which means sincere or honest, the endeavour aimed at sharing concern and care for the elderly during the fasting month. The “Mission Possible” involved some 60 senior […]

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Joy and generosity from OPPO

Joy and generosity from OPPO

WHILE Muslims worldwide fast and abstain from other pleasures during the month of Ramadan, extending one’s generosity is strongly encouraged. Hence, OPPO Malaysia in its commitment to giving back to society, brought joy and happiness to children at Ruman Titian Kaseh. The company presented the children’s home with essential items in cash and kind worth […]

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Sunshine and smiles from Sunway

Sunshine and smiles from Sunway

SUNWAY Group hosted a shopping spree for 272 children from eight orphanages located in Selangor, ferrying all the children to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall to pick out their own “baju raya” for Hari Raya Aidilftri. It was a day of fun and smiles as 250 employees of the Sunway Group volunteered to help the children […]

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Special agents honoured

Special agents honoured

ALLIANZ Malaysia honoured 1,200 of its insurance agents at its Agency Awards Nite 2018 at Genting International Convention Centre, First World Hotel, Genting Highlands. The celebrated agents were reported to have raked in RM452.5 million in New Business Premiums (ANP) under Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Life). Immensely proud of his agents and their […]

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