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3 tips for mastering life as a digital nomad from an expat who’s worked abroad for 14 years
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3 tips for mastering life as a digital nomad from an expat who’s worked abroad for 14 years

Jesse Schoberg, the co-founder and CEO of software start-up DropInBlog, has been living and working abroad for 14 years, splitting his time among more than 40 countries. "I think being an entrepreneur and being a nomad go hand in hand because both kinds of people are seeking adventure and freedom in their lives," the Wisconsin native tells CNBC Make It. "I get excitement from being both in my life." In between his travels, Schoberg, 41, now calls Bangkok home. He relocated to Thailand in December 2021 and shares a one-bedroom apartment with his fiancee, Janine. Exploring the world while working remotely is an experience "like no other," Schoberg stresses, but it's not without its challenges. Whether you're thinking of becoming a digital nomad or planning a life of travel, consider these th...
China to lift Aug fuel exports but 2022 shipments to drop to 7-year lows
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China to lift Aug fuel exports but 2022 shipments to drop to 7-year lows

SINGAPORE : China's fuel product exports will rebound in August to near the highest for the year so far after Beijing issued more quotas in June and July, although broader curbs are set to cap shipments at seven-year lows for 2022, analysts and traders said. The rebound in fuel exports from China, the world's second-biggest producer of refined fuels, has helped cool global prices that hit record highs in May and June as western sanctions on Russia following the Ukraine war tightened global markets. Shipments are expected to level off over the rest of the year, however, as Beijing prioritises the local market to curb domestic fuel inflation. Diesel, gasoline and jet fuel exports for the year are expected to be as much as 40 per cent lower from 2021. With the drop-off in China - once Asia...
Biden welcomes Saudi decision to open air space to ‘all carriers’
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Biden welcomes Saudi decision to open air space to ‘all carriers’

RIYH: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday (Jul 15) it was lifting restrictions on "all carriers" using its airspace, an apparent gesture of openness towards Israel ahead of US President Joe Biden's arrival. The US leader welcomed the "historic" decision, the latest conciliatory move by Riyadh concerning the Jewish state, which it has refused to recognise despite intensive efforts by the Israelis to establish ties with Arab countries. The Saudi civil aviation authority "announces the decision to open the Kingdom's airspace for all air carriers that meet the requirements of the authority for overflying", it said in a statement on Twitter. The decision was made "to complement the Kingdom's efforts aimed at consolidating the Kingdom's position as a global hub connecting three continents". "Th...
Singapore narrows 2022 GDP growth forecast to 3-4% amid further deterioration in global economic outlook
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Singapore narrows 2022 GDP growth forecast to 3-4% amid further deterioration in global economic outlook

SINGAPORE: Singapore has trimmed its growth forecast for 2022, as the global economic environment weakens further amid challenges such as inflation and persistent supply chain disruptions. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Thursday (Aug 11) that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for this year is now expected to come in between 3 and 4 per cent, narrowing from the previous 3 to 5 per cent range. Policymakers had warned in May that growth would likely come in at the lower half of the 3 to 5 per cent forecast range for this year. MTI said the global economic environment has “deteriorated further” since its last assessment in May. Stronger than-expected inflationary pressures and aggressive monetary policy tightening by central banks are set to weigh on growth in ma...
English leagues announce tougher sanctions on smoke bombs, invasions
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English leagues announce tougher sanctions on smoke bombs, invasions

MANCHESTER: England's Premier League and Football League have announced tough new sanctions for pitch invasions and the use of smoke bombs and pyrotechnics. Last season saw an increasing number of pitch invasions at the end of the season with fans celebrating titles, promotion or survival. Several altercations took place on the field, including one involving Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, while Sheffield United's Billy Sharp was attacked by a fan after a playoff defeat at Nottingham Forest. Smoke bombs and pyrotechnics, which have long been used at games in continental Europe and elswhere in the world, used to be relatively rare in England but their use has become a more regular occurance. The leagues and the Football Association said that from the start of the new season "all ...
Daily round-up, Jul 27: A couple who fell for the Tradenation luxury scam; the deadly Luzon quake; new studies on the COVID-19 pandemic source
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Daily round-up, Jul 27: A couple who fell for the Tradenation luxury scam; the deadly Luzon quake; new studies on the COVID-19 pandemic source

Let's get you caught up on the day's top stories. Before they went on the run, Pi Jiapeng and Siriwipa Pansuk were friends with some of their customers, inviting them to their home and having expensive meals together. Two of their victims, a husband and wife pair, told CNA how they had been sceptical of Tradenation at first, but eventually struck up a friendship - only to notice several red flags even as they bought more watches. The powerful, shallow quake struck the island of Luzon, damaging buildings in the northern Abra province and causing landslides. Among the dead was a 25-year-old man killed by falling debris, officials said. The quake hit close to the Marcos family's political stronghold of Abra. It was also felt in Manila, where several buildings were evacuated. Resident...
As Beijing rages over Taiwan, mood on China’s streets muted
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As Beijing rages over Taiwan, mood on China’s streets muted

BEIJING: China's thunderous response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit brought cross-Strait tensions to their highest level in years and sparked an outpouring of nationalist zeal online, but the mood on the streets in mainland China is a little more circumspect. Enraged by Pelosi's trip, Beijing last week launched some of its largest military drills encircling the island while suspending cooperation with the United States on issues including climate change and defence. China's tight grip over the Internet, with a massive system of censorship that scrubs posts casting the Communist Party's policies in a negative light, has limited public debate over just how far Beijing should go in its showdown over Taiwan. While it is difficult to gauge Chinese public opinion, experts say...
Gas woes drag euro lower, dollar gains on recession worry
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Gas woes drag euro lower, dollar gains on recession worry

(Refiles to adds dropped word in first paragraph) By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK :The dollar rose against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, reversing course after three straight sessions of declines as recession fears grew and investors awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement, while energy supply concerns weighed on the euro. European Union countries approved a weakened emergency plan to lessen gas demand on Tuesday, after striking compromise deals to limit the cuts for some countries, as they gird for further Russian reductions in supply. Risk-off sentiment helped boost the dollar, as U.S. equities were pulled lower following a profit warning from retail giant WalMart, which said it would slash prices to reduce inventory. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by...
Stocks edge up, dollar dips as Fed hike expectations lessened
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Stocks edge up, dollar dips as Fed hike expectations lessened

NEW YORK : A gauge of global stocks edged higher on Monday as a late-session sell-off in U.S. equities trimmed earlier gains while the dollar slipped as investors tamped down expectations that the Federal Reserve will take a more aggressive approach in hiking interest rates next week. Expectations for a 100 basis points rate hike by the Fed at its policy meeting next week stood at about 29 per cent, according to CME's FedWatch Tool https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/interest-rates/countdown-to-fomc.html?redirect=/trading/interest-rates/fed-funds.html after reaching as high as 80 per cent last week. Recent readings on inflation came in above expectations but showed tentative signs that higher prices may be starting to ease, giving the U.S. central bank a possible cushion to raise rates at a...
Billionaire Lo weighs adding to Formula One investments after Williams
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Billionaire Lo weighs adding to Formula One investments after Williams

LONDON/HONG KONG : Hong Kong-based billionaire Calvin Lo is considering putting more money into Formula One following his connection with F1 team Williams, Lo told Reuters in an interview, adding other Asian investors were also interested in investing in the sport. Lo, chief executive of insurance broker RE Lee International, confirmed he has "some sort of exposure" to Williams, following the U.S.-based private investment firm Dorilton Capital's purchase of the team in 2020. He declined to give more detail, citing non-disclosure agreements. Dorilton Capital makes investments for Lo, according to media reports. "A lot of people, me included, are still looking to other teams, other opportunities, because...there are consistently good teams but they are not able to come up with the right c...