Monthly Archives - December 2017

Blockchain’s Big Year: Competitive Job Market Grows More Than 200%

The number of blockchain jobs posted in the U.S. this year has seen a dramatic increase, according to data provided to CoinDesk from one of the largest jobs sites. The just-published statistics from indicate that, since last December, that number has increased by 207 percent. Even more dramatically, the number of blockchain jobs has increased 631 percent since November 2015. Showing how hot cryptocurrency has become this year after being generally overshadowed by blockchain in 2016, 15 out of [...]

More than one in five employees dread the office Christmas party

OVER a fifth of employees admit they’re secretly dreading their office Christmas party. And one in six office ‘Scrooges’ said they would rather avoid the celebration all together – and the reason behind this lack of excitement is no secret either. The survey of 2000 office workers revealed that 40 per cent of workers are worried about embarrassing themselves in front of their bosses. Along with this, a quarter of respondents confessed that [...]

Prime lambs were a similar trade to last week in Carlisle

C&D Auction Marts Ltd held their fortnightly sale of store cattle in Dumfries yesterday which comprised of mainly dairy crosses. Fifty-six heifers sold to 212.2p per kg and averaged 180p (-8p on the fortnight), while 64 bullocks peaked at 234p and levelled at 197p (-12.4p). Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd had 21 pens of 3 prime lambs forward for judging at their Christmas show and sale when the championship was awarded to Tormitchell Farms, Tormitchell, Pinmore [...]

Jerusalem move evokes painful memories for Shatila’s refugees

Erika Solomon in Beirut December 12, 2017 Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback Jamal Abu Ismail no longer regales newly-weds with songs of his lost homeland, sounds that once echoed through the cramped and grimy walls of Beirut’s Shatila refugee camp. Eyes clouded with cataracts, his hands curled up by [...]

UK and top four EU economies warn Donald Trump about US tax plans

Trump is so pleased with tax reform plan, he kisses it The White House The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade. In a letter to US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, seen by Associated Press, the finance ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain wrote they had “significant concerns” about three tax initiatives in [...]

Bitcoin futures trading is off to a flying start

Trading in Bitcoin futures on the Chicago-based Cboe exchange commenced this morning at 10:00am AEDT (Australian time). And futures traders took a bullish stance on the cryptocurrency, as underlying Bitcoin prices rose steadily throughout the day. Shortly after midday AEDT, a total of 890 futures contracts had been traded, the Cboe exchange said in a press release. And the table below from the Cboe website shows futures traders are optimistic about future price increases. The most commonly traded one-month contract — expiring [...]

VW chief questions merits of diesel subsidies

Patrick McGee in Frankfurt December 11, 2017 Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback The chief executive of Volkswagen questioned the merits of German government subsidies for diesel technology, saying it would make more sense for public money to instead be directed towards the transition to electric cars. It is a [...]

New investment puts CALLA on the front foot in its battle with bunions | City & Business | Finance

Ten million UK women experience pain when walking or standing because of the bone joint distortions, forcing them to miss out on stylish shoes because only trainers or the frumpy options available deliver the comfort they crave. Manchester-based Calla was founded by Jennifer Bailey last year to address a gap in the Market for a condition that’s universal and offer women more design choice while not aggravating their physical problems. Now the firm’s one of the first to receive backing [...]

Why London is betting big on India

Prime Minister Theresa May donned a sari on a visit to the southern Indian city of Bangalore last November Reuters The UK’s relationship with India is more important than ever as Brexit looms large. That is the message of a delegation of 18 British technology companies led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan visiting India on a trade mission. India is critical to the Conservative government’s plans to show that it can secure post-Brexit trade deals with non-European Union countries, given the historical [...]

Swiss Banks Encouraged By Bitcoin Futures

Get Trading Recommendations and Read Analysis on for just $39 per month. Representatives of two Swiss banks that offer Bitcoin products, Falcon Private Bank and Vontobel Holding AG, are high on Bitcoin’s future due to the pending introductions of Bitcoin futures in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. The banks believe the futures contracts will usher in more digital currency products.   Cboe Global Markets Inc. will introduce its Bitcoin futures on Sunday, while CME Group Inc. will offer a similar [...]