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Gaining connections – or losing focus

[Sponsored Article] External bridging and internal bonding: unlocking the generative resources of member time and attention spent in online communities KIM, Yongsuk | JARVENPAA, Sirkaa L | GU, Bin  MIS Quarterly, 2018, Vol. 42, No. 1, 265-283    Along with the chance to access a myriad sources of knowledge, going online also opens up countless, and often enjoyable, opportunities for distraction from the task at hand. This, of course, is not a problem for individuals who, say, start off on a… Source link

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Singapore DJ recovers phone 4 months after losing it in Hokkaido snow, Singapore News

When he lost his mobile phone at a ski resort in Japan, he thought it was gone forever. Four months later, the iPhone 8 Plus made its way back to UFM1003 DJ Lee Hong Qing, much to his surprise. He told Shin Min Daily News that he had gone to Hokkaido with his friends for a holiday this January. As it was the winter season, they specifically went to Niseko, a renowned ski resort to ski. He was exceptionally excited as it was his first time skiing outdoors. They took…

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Chinese stocks’ world-beating rally risks losing momentum as Beijing rolls back stimulus

Chinese stocks’ world-beating rally is at risk of faltering, as a meeting of the Communist Party’s highest decision-making body signalled a tougher stance on further policy easing.After an almost 30 per cent surge that has made the Shanghai Composite Index the best-performing equity benchmark this year globally, the gauge slid the most in four weeks on Monday. A change of tone at the Politburo meeting rattled traders’ nerves, with top policymakers re-emphasising deleveraging and curbing asset… Source link

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China ‘regrets’ WTO ruling after losing grain import quota case brought by US

China has promised to manage grain import tariff quotas within World Trade Organisation rules after losing an agriculture trade dispute case with the United States.A World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel decided that China’s system of tariff rate quota system for rice, wheat and corn violated international trading rules. China’s Ministry of Commerce said that it “regrets” the ruling and that it would “seriously study” the decision.The Commerce Ministry’s response is “a statement of acceptance”… Source link

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China’s grey economy losing ability to be employment backstop for laid off industrial workers

With the Chinese economy slowing, concern has increased among Chinese policymakers about the outlook for employment, since ensuring a sufficient number of new jobs is seen as a necessary ingredient in maintaining social stability in the country. Employment was the top priority the Politburo set last July when it shifted its economic policy focus to stabilising growth, leading the government to enact a series of policies to counter rising joblessness. This series will explore the employment challenges faced by different segments of the Chinese economy. The third instalment examines the…

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China economy ‘losing momentum’: analysts gloomy on first major data of 2019

China’s first major economic announcement of 2019 showed a slight rebound in manufacturing and a stronger-than-expected services sector, but analysts said there were clear signs of pressure on the Chinese economy in January. The monthly purchasing managers’ index (PMIs) is among the few indicators available to check the health of the Chinese economy at the beginning of each year. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) does not release other economic data for January and February, such as industrial added value, retail sales, and fixed asset investment, until early-March, to avoid…

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US entrepreneurs make a choice: rewards of doing business in China often outweigh risks of losing trade secrets

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Chris Alonzo never imagined he would end up training Chinese farmers halfway around the globe how to grow mushrooms. But two years ago, when he met his Chinese partner, he saw an unexpected opportunity that could help his business grow. China wants to improve its mushroom production and safety. It has the capital, and Alonzo, who operates the largest indoor mushroom-growing facility in the US, has the know-how. In exchange for a minority stake in the joint venture, the 48-year-old farmer agreed to…

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Are we in danger of taking technology for granted and losing the magic of innovation?

Technology has become truly pervasive. It is wide and it is deep. It transcends industries, professions, economies (developed and emerging), and straddles the globe, showing no respect for borders or passports. Technology has presented us with a somewhat eccentric narrative over the years. In the 1950s and 1960s, technology was characterised by the space race. The British prime minister at the time called this era “the white heat of technology”, perhaps summoning up a reimagining of the forges and the “dark satanic mills” of the Industrial Revolution. In the 1980s,…

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VN-Index ends 10-day losing streak – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese shares rebounded strongly from the previous losing streak but it was seen as a technical recovery as investors were still cautious ahead of the year-end holiday. The benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange gained 1.02 per cent to close at 900.81 points. The southern market index had fallen total 7.23 per cent in the previous 10 days since December 13. The HNX Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange was up 1.67 per cent to end…

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Hong Kong tops list of Asian cities for financial firms to call home, but is losing investment attractiveness, according to surveys

Hong Kong is the best location in Asia for setting up a financial company, according to a poll published on Thursday by global real estate services and management company Colliers International. Another survey, released the same day by accounting firm PwC and US-headquartered think tank Urban Land Institute (ULI), however, found the city’s investment attractiveness was on the decline. In the survey by Colliers, the special administrative region tops a list of cities in Asia for setting up finance companies because of its high market capitalisation, cross-border banking, inward flowing…

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