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Daily Archives: August 14, 2019

Norwegian cuts routes over 737 Max grounding

Image copyrightNORWEGIAN Budget airline Norwegian Air has said it will end flights between Ireland and the US next month, blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. “We have concluded these routes are no longer commercially viable,” it said. Norwegian, which has struggled to make a profit, said last month  the …

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Philadelphia and VW ads banned for gender stereotyping

Image copyrightMONDELEZUKThe Philadelphia cheese advert showed children being left on a restaurant conveyor belt Television advertisements from US food giant Mondelez and German carmaker Volkswagen are the first to be banned under new UK gender stereotyping rules. A ban on ads featuring “harmful gender stereotypes” or those which are likely …

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Why Cathay Pacific changed its tune on Hong Kong protests

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Last week, airline Cathay Pacific told its staff it would not stop them joining the pro-democracy demonstrations currently sweeping Hong Kong. But this week, faced with pressure from the Chinese government and a huge backlash on Chinese social media, it quickly changed its position, warning that any staff …

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Trump delays some tariffs on Chinese imports

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES The US is delaying imposing tariffs on some imports from China until 15 December because of “health, safety, national security and other factors”. The products include mobile phones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, and certain footwear and clothing. The surprise news from the United …

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German economy slips back into negative growth

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Germany’s economy shrank during the April-to-June period of this year. A decline in exports dampened growth, according to official data, which comes amid concerns of a global slowdown. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.1% compared with the previous quarter, according to the Federal Statistics Office. That …

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Heathrow says next week’s strikes postponed

Image copyrightREUTERS Heathrow says strike action scheduled for 23 and 24 August has been postponed. A spokesperson for the airport said the decision had been made to allow union members time to consider its revised pay offer. The Unite union had warned of “summer travel chaos”, with walkouts scheduled on …

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Dissecting Challenges To ECOWAS Single Currency

President Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS chairman.  Share Recently, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), consisting of 15 countries, revived its plans to adopt a common currency “the Eco”, targeting 2020 as the new date for implementation across the member nations. CHIMA NWOKOJI in this report, looks at the possibility …

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