Tuesday, 22 January 2019

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks.

SHANGHAI (AP) -- The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.

Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday. A fifth, covering brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services, was approved on Jan.6, according to online trademark office records. The applications were filed in 2016 and 2017. If no one objects, they will be finalized after 90 days.

Ivanka Trump's expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China, where the courts and bureaucracy tend to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.

By Erika Kinetz.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Most Brits think immigration is good for the UK.

New figures suggest the majority of Brits think new immigrants are good for the UK and co-operation between nations is extremely important – but most of Europe doesn’t agree.

In a global opinion poll of over 10,000 people published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of Davos 2019, a large majority of people from all over the world rejected the notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and said that immigrants benefit their adopted country.

Notably, against a global average of 57%, 60% of UK respondents said they believe new immigrants are mostly good for their nation – even though anti-immigrant was a “major” factor in the Brexit vote, according to a the 2017 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey by social research institute NatCen. 

By Abigail Fenton.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Saturday, 19 January 2019


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Friday, 18 January 2019

We looked at the top lending platforms in Nigeria with their interest rates and this is how they compare.

Lending platforms in Nigeria (Stanbic IBTC)

Business Insider SSA looks at the top lending platforms and their interest rates in Nigeria and here’s what we found out.

Financial technology companies are disrupting the lending industry and some of them offer quick, easy and cheap loans with no collateral.

Unlike the traditional banks that offer loans with high interest rates, journey-of-no-return paperwork or requirements as well as provision of guarantors among others, these fintech companies, otherwise known as lending platforms provide loans in simple and effective ways.

Notably of mention is Kwik Cash that offers loan on USSD platform in partnership with banks, technology companies. Kwik Cash is one of the most effective and convenient ways of getting quick and instant loans in Nigeria. Others also offer instant loan via mobile apps and websites.

By Aderemi Ojekunle.
Full story at Pulse NG.

NBA boss Adam Silver explains why a worldwide basketball league would fail.

Washington Wizards and New York Knicks

The Washington Wizards came from behind to beat the New York Knicks 101-100 in the NBA's annual showpiece in front of 20,000 fans in London on Thursday, raising questions about the league's potential for expansion.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver previously said in 2015 that the league was not ready to expand because of logistical challenges like game frequency, facility quality and availability, and travel. "We'd have to put both feet down," he told The Guardian at the time . "That would mean having four franchises in Europe." But he did add: "I believe it's our destiny to expand."

Four years on, the sport is becoming increasingly popular in Europe , and the question of league expansion continues to be put to Silver. But the timing for a worldwide NBA league is still not quite right, according to Silver, who is concerned about the travel, the timezones, and the "impact on a players body."

Full story at Pulse NG.

Nigeria is taking a $1.1 billion loan from Brazil to boost agriculture.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the launch of the “The Green Imperative”,
in Abuja, January 17, 2018 (Facebook/Aso Rock Villa).

The bilateral project will enhance the agricultural sector through the provision of modern machinery tools.

Nigeria launches 'The Green Imperative', a Brazil- Nigeria bilateral project.

The bilateral deal also includes 10,000 tractors to be assembled in Nigeria, more than 707 centres to be established to train not less than 10,000 Nigerians.

Audu Ogbeh, Agric minister, advises youths to seek wealth through agriculture.

Nigerian government on Thursday said it will take $1.1 billion loan from the Brazilian government to boost the agricultural sector and provide five million jobs.

This, the government said it will be done through ‘The Green Imperative’ - a Brazil – Nigeria bilateral project conceived to enhance the agricultural sector through the provision of modern machinery tools.

According to the government, the partnership also includes 10,000 tractors to be assembled in Nigeria, more than 707 centres to be established to train not less than 10,000 Nigerians.

By Aderemi Ojekunle.
Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

South African rand marginally lower ahead of cenbank rate decision.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s rand was slightly weaker against the dollar in early trade on Thursday ahead of a central bank interest rate decision and U.S. jobs data later in the day.

At 0632 GMT, the rand traded at 13.7250 per dollar, 0.22 percent weaker than its New York close of 13.6950 on Wednesday.

“Cautious market participants are still weighing in on emerging markets, resulting in a rand which is experiencing quite a bit of resistance on its strengthening path – but slow and steady wins the race,” said Bianca Botes, corporate treasury manager at Peregrine.

Full story at Reuters.