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Super fast 5G in the US still a work in progress

Marketing pitches in the US are bullish on superfast 5G telecom networks, but they remain more of a promise than reality. - 'Not sexy enough' - AT&T has taken to calling its enhanced 4G network "5G E" in a widely criticized marketing strategy.


Death of INXS manager Chris Murphy casts doubt on the future of Ballina museum

INXS manager Chris Murphy had plans to build an X-shaped museum in Ballina, but it's unclear what the industry giant's death will mean for the long-awaited project.


How stocks, gold, bitcoin and TIPS can hedge rising inflation

Diverse investments protect your portfolio but be aware of the risks and trade-offs.


IMF chief sees 'high degree of uncertainty' in global outlook

IMF chief sees 'high degree of uncertainty' in global outlook


Open all hours: Around-the-clock vaccination sites to be piloted in England in COVID-19 drive

England is vaccinating around 140 people a minute.


Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space for first time

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit project on Sunday successfully flew a rocket into space from the wing of a 747 plane.


British meat industry warns of border chaos as delays halt exports

British meat industry warns of border chaos as delays halt exports


Is a bounceback on the cards for these UK funds and trusts?

Having been one of the most unloved regions in the world since the EU referendum in 2016, could fortunes finally be turning for the UK now that Brexit is done and Covid-19 vaccines have rolled out?


Sober lifestyle grows in popularity, with more Australians giving up alcohol

More Australians are turning away from alcohol, and some who have ditched the drink say non-alcoholic beverages make it more socially acceptable to be sober.


Josh Hawley finds new publisher after Simon & Schuster cancels book

Rightwing Missouri senator Josh Hawley has found a publisher for a book dropped by Simon & Schuster over his role in attempting to overturn the US election on the day of the Capitol riot – and Simon & Schuster will distribute it. The Tyranny of Big Tech will now be published by Regnery, a conservative press, in a deal first reported by the Federalist, a rightwing outlet. But under a distribution agreement announced in 2018, Simon & Schuster...


Virus accelerates business online shift

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen more than half of small businesses accelerate their operations online, with some making the change in a day.


Morrisons unveils new food box which feeds family of 4 for £30

The boxes, available across the UK with free delivery, contain a mixture of cupboard staples and fresh produce to make five meals - coming in at £1.50 per portion.


Advocates urge for rise to JobSeeker rate

Australia's peak welfare group is urging the government to increase the long-term rate of JobSeeker by at least $25 per day to ensure people can afford basics.


Trump brand tarnished after bruising presidency and Capitol attack

Donald Trump shot to prominence with a business empire that bears his name, but after four years of political tumult capped by his supporters' violent attack on the Capitol, the US president's brand stands tarnished, threatening his businesses, experts say. This is a person who's synonymous with a mob attacking the US Capitol," he said.


Major firms urge Japan to bolster 2030 renewables goal

Major firms including Sony, Panasonic and Nissan on Monday urged the Japanese government to make its 2030 renewable energy target twice as ambitious. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last year set a 2050 deadline for Japan to become carbon-neutral, but the country's shorter term renewables goal has long been criticised as lagging. Japan currently aims to source between 22 and 24 percent of its power from solar, wind and other renewables by 2030, a...


Euro zone mulls how to prevent COVID driving its economies apart

Euro zone mulls how to prevent COVID driving its economies apart


Calls for more help as international border stays closed due to COVID threat

With international borders likely to remain closed for much of 2021 Australia's tourism industry has demanded more financial support from the Government.


Canada's Alberta urges Trudeau to press Biden, save Keystone XL pipeline

Canada's Alberta urges Trudeau to press Biden, save Keystone XL pipeline


Dame Margaret Weston obituary

Dame Margaret Weston, who has died aged 94, was the first woman in the UK to run a national museum and a pioneer when it came to sharing cultural treasures with the entire country. While director of the Science Museum, from 1973 to 1986, she opened the National Railway Museum in York, the first national museum outside London, where today a miniature steam train used by visitors is named after her. She ignored the grumbles of her mostly male...


Figures point to strong rebound: Treasurer

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says recent economic data and a new report from Deloitte Access Economics are all pointing to a strong economic recovery.


'You’d rather be here than almost anywhere else': The Australian economy is beginning its recovery, with Victoria set to lead the pack

Deloitte economists expect Australia's economy to rebound strongly in 2021. Australia will grow by 4.4% this year, with Victoria to be the standout performer, with its economy bouncing 5.3%, chief economist Chris Richardson said.


High-tech British firms eye U.S. listings in blow to post-Brexit London stock market

Two high-tech British firms are considering listings in New York, in a blow to the London Stock Exchange at a time when the city’s post-Brexit role as a financial services hub is changing.


Boris Johnson to chair first meeting of new 'business council'

Boris Johnson is expected to discuss the UK's current progress on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and rebuilding the economy in the post-pandemic era.


How to improve your chances of getting a mortgage amid the pandemic

We provide some top tips for helping you to wade through the mortgage application minefield amid the pandemic


Apple's Cook says Parler could return to App Store with reforms

Parler, the social network popular among conservatives, could return to Apple's App Store if it changes how it moderates posts on the platform, the tech giant's CEO Tim Cook said Sunday. Apple suspended all downloads of the Parler app following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, citing postings on the platform that could incite further violence. Google and Amazon also cut ties with the company. Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Cook justified...


Super Retail, JB Hi-Fi's H1 earnings boom

Retail groups which own the Supercheap Auto and JB Hi-Fi stores have reported booming first-half earnings, based on preliminary figures.


ASX drops 0.78pc as US stimulus vote looms

Shares have closed lower by 0.78 per cent to start the week on the ASX and investors will be hoping Joe Biden's US stimulus plan is approved soon.


Begbies Traynor expands its presence abroad after buying CVR Global

Begbies said the deal would be 'immediately earnings-enhancing' and enable them to expand its market share in the business recovery and financial advisory specialism.


Indigenous man Noel Walker explains why Coon Cheese name change is so important

Saddened by the openly racist tone of the social media debate over the Coon Cheese name change, Indigenous man Noel Walker joins the discussion to explain his perspective and share his insight into the pain the brand has caused.


France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU

France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU


Music publisher strikes right chord with Take That royalties purchase as shares rock 16%

One Media has bought the producer's rights to hits from two-time platinum album Take That & Party — including the famous track "A Million Love Songs."


Learning from Big Tech’s missteps is putting these startups on a stronger growth path

How Midwestern entrepreneurs and VCs succeed with a measured approach .


The top five things this leading economist thinks will happen in Australia 2021

Last year was a hell of a ride for, well, almost every industry. So what will 2021 bring? Here's how Australia's economy will play in 2021 according to one of our top economists.


Brexiters are waking up to the damage they've done. Oh, the schadenfreude

Brexit has beached the fishing boats at Hastings. The two-man crew of Paul Joy’s boat Kaya have left for shore jobs, after the price of the huss they land fell to just 2p a kilo. Exports to the European Union are Brexit-blighted, with fishers across Britain poleaxed by new costs and regulations, their catches rotting before they reach EU markets. It’s costing them millions already. For the past two years Joy, a passionate Brexiter, has...


Italian political chaos unlikely to shake investors' faith in high-yielding bonds

Italian political chaos unlikely to shake investors' faith in high-yielding bonds


Phil Spector defined the toxic music svengali – a figure that persists today

The list of abuses Phil Spector doled out to his ex-wife Ronnie Spector is horrifying. He threatened to display her dead body in a glass-lidded gold coffin if she ever left him; he wouldn’t let her wear shoes in the house in case she ran away, and he put barbed wire and guard dogs around his mansion to make sure that she couldn’t. On the rare occasion he allowed her out alone, she had to drive alongside a life-sized dummy of Spector, cigarette...


Concerts to kick-start Vic music industry

A concert series featuring Jimmy Barnes and Tones and I will be held across Victoria to help the music industry and communities recover from the pandemic.


Canada to lift Boeing 737 MAX flight ban on January 20

US-BOEING-737MAX-CANADA:Canada to lift Boeing 737 MAX flight ban on January 20


Most Asia stocks down after gains, China growth beats forecasts

Most markets fell Monday as investors took a breather following a recent rally, though Hong Kong and Shanghai enjoyed gains after data showed China's economy grew more than expected last year. However, stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai rose after official figures showed China's economy expanded a forecast-beating 2.3 percent last year.


Small businesses win Covid insurance payouts after UK supreme court victory

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses that were forced to close during the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to receive payouts on insurance claims worth more than £1bn after what was described as a “historic victory” at the supreme court. The Financial Conduct Authority, which brought the test case, said it would now be working with insurers to ensure they “move quickly” to pay claims to businesses, some of which have been struggling to stay...


Economists expecting further job gains

The Australian Bureau of Statistics releases its weekly payrolls jobs report on Tuesday, providing a glimpse into the upcoming monthly labour force figures.


Approval of Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia and UAE condemned by human rights groups

Australia has approved at least 14 permits for the export of military goods to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over the last year and a half, despite their involvement in the Yemen conflict which has created a humanitarian crisis. Department of Defence has also revealed it has approved permits for $580,000 of military goods to Turkey since late 2019, even though the defence minister, Linda Reynolds, announced a “pause” of such exports at...


SMALL CAP SHARE IDEAS: Scotgold

In the Grampians, on November 30, 2020, Scotgold Resources was able, in spite of all the coronavirus headwinds, to pour the first gold to come out of the Cononish mine in decades.


Tasmania's 150yo Don River Railway plea for funding to survive

For more than 150 years, steam locomotives have travelled along the banks of the Don River in Tasmania, first transporting coal and eventually tourists — now, enthusiasts say without a major injection of funds, the "tourist icon" train line will cease operating.


JB Hi-Fi’s online sales soared 161% which, together with Black Friday deals, more than made up for lockdown store closures

JB Hi-Fi Group reported stellar sales results for the first half of the 2021 financial year. In the company's preliminary, unaudited financial results, it reported $4.9 billion in sales, an increase of 23.7%.


Centrica's finance boss steps down after just seven months in the job

Chief financial officer Johnathan Ford, who had joined Centrica in June, will leave the company at the end of the month and will be replaced by Kate Ringrose, the group's financial controller.


Prominent film industry names sign letter asking for government support for UK cinemas

A group of the film industry’s most high-profile and influential names – including Steve McQueen, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Danny Boyle – have published an open letter calling for more government support for the large cinema chains whose businesses have been threatened during the pandemic. The letter says that “cinema-going offers proven benefits when it comes to jobs, high-street footfall and community cohesion” but that “the need for...


Moderna and SpaceX highlighted by a fast-growing U.S. fund traded in London

Baillie Gifford U.S. Growth Trust devoted much of its half-yearly report to talking up the prospects of biotech Moderna and rocket launcher SpaceX, two of its investments that helped lift its net asset value surge during the time frame.


Northern Territory national parks Litchfield and Nitmiluk to charge fees for tourists

The cash-strapped NT Government has confirmed park fees will be on the cards for interstate and international tourists, as one of its budget repair measures.


These copper-exposed stocks can surge in 2021 as tailwinds line up, Morgan Stanley says

Copper-exposed stocks could be set to surge in 2021 and a buying opportunity may be around the corner, Morgan Stanley analysts said on Monday.