Muriel, the Colombian club champion of the Europa League
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Muriel, the Colombian club champion of the Europa League

Muriel, the Colombian club that achieved a stunning victory in the Europa League, has shown their immense talent and determination on the international stage. Although they have been able to compete in the MLS, their impact has been felt far beyond their domestic league. With a combination of skill, teamwork and sheer determination, Muriel’s journey to becoming champions has been nothing short of extraordinary. On their path to glory, Muriel faced formidable opposition, including the renowned Atalanta. With players like Falcao and Bacca leading the charge as their gunners, Muriel demonstrated his attacking prowess and ability to produce game-changing performances when it mattered most. Throughout the competition, Muriel players displayed their exceptional skills and showed their ...
Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally
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Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally

Asia-Pacific markets were mostly positive on Thursday, with major Japanese and Taiwanese indices hitting record highs. The Topix rose 0.85%, surpassing its all-time high of 2,886.50 reached in December 1989. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8%, surpassing its all-time high of 40,888.43 reached in March this year. Shares of SoftBank Group hit another all-time high, extending their winning streak to seven days, with a 2.5% gain. Japanese companies have seen their biggest wage increases in three decades this year, according to Japan’s largest labor union. A survey conducted by labor group Rengo since March shows that monthly pay for union-supported workers will rise an average of 5.1 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2025. Large companies with 300 or more unionized employees have raised ...
Hong Kong IPO market shows signs of recovery, says EY
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Hong Kong IPO market shows signs of recovery, says EY

On June 21, 2024, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing celebrated its 24th listing anniversary, amid growing optimism about the future of the city’s IPO market. In an interview with CNBC, George Chan, global head of IPOs at EY, expressed confidence that the Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) market is set to see substantial improvement over the next five years, starting in the second half of this year. Chan noted that while it may take a few years to reach the peak levels seen in 2021, the trend is clearly positive. “I see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. Over the past three years, factors such as high interest rates in the United States, increased regulatory scrutiny, slowing economic growth, and geopolitical tensions between the United States and China have dampened IPO activi...
Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy
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Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy

In a significant shift from global trends, Greece has introduced a six-day workweek for some companies, aiming to improve productivity and employment. The new rule, effective July 1, is part of a broader labor law reform passed last year. The policy allows employees of private companies that offer 24-hour services to extend their work week from the traditional 40 hours to 48 hours. However, sectors such as hospitality and tourism are excluded from this change. The pro-business administration of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis defends the measure as "worker-friendly" and "growth-oriented." The government argues it will help workers receive adequate overtime pay and combat the problem of undeclared work. The introduction of the policy has met with sharp criticism from unions and politica...
Powell Highlights Progress on Inflation, But Calls for More Assurance Before Lowering Rates
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Powell Highlights Progress on Inflation, But Calls for More Assurance Before Lowering Rates

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the progress made over the past year in tackling inflation, but stressed that more confidence was needed before considering a rate cut. "We've made quite a bit of progress in getting inflation back to our objective," Powell told a central bank forum in Sintra, Portugal. "The latest inflation readings, and to a lesser extent the previous one, suggest that we're returning to a disinflationary path. We want to be more confident that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2% before we begin the process of reducing or easing policy." Powell spoke alongside European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde and Brazilian central bank governor Roberto Campos Neto at an event hosted by the ECB and moderated by CNBC...
The Evolving Voices of Artificial Intelligence
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The Evolving Voices of Artificial Intelligence

What does AI sound like? Hollywood has been thinking about this for a long time, and now AI developers are following suit, creating voices for real machines inspired by movie adaptations. OpenAI recently introduced updates to its AI chatbot, ChatGPT, which now boasts the ability to hear, see, and speak in a natural voice. This voice, called Sky, bears a striking resemblance to the operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the 2013 film “Her.” With a husky, soothing tone, Sky’s voice was designed to be pleasant and versatile. However, Johansson has expressed concerns about the similarities, having previously declined to lend her voice to the project. OpenAI claimed that Sky was voiced by another actress, but agreed to discontinue its use out of respect for Johansson. Users have sinc...
Beryl heads to Jamaica after devastating the Eastern Caribbean
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Beryl heads to Jamaica after devastating the Eastern Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl is moving toward Jamaica as a Category 4 storm, after wreaking havoc across the southeastern Caribbean and killing at least four people. Beryl intensified to a Category 5 storm with winds of at least 155 mph, but was downgraded to a Category 4 late Tuesday afternoon, with sustained winds near 165 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. No Atlantic storm has reached Category 5 strength this early in the season, noted Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University. Major Atlantic hurricanes have sustained winds of 111 mph or more. Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, is in turmoil as people rush to gather supplies. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered all non-essential government offices to close and told residents of low-lying areas to evacuate. J...
Pereira vs. Hill: Who will win the biggest night in UFC history?
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Pereira vs. Hill: Who will win the biggest night in UFC history?

The biggest night in UFC history will take place this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC 300 features an incredible lineup, including two former champions, Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt, in the first fight of the night. The event will also feature a light heavyweight title bout, a women's strawweight title bout, and the BMF belt. In total, 11 current or former champions will compete. Here are some key odds for UFC 300 from DraftKings Sportsbook: Deiveson Figueiredo: -305Cody Garbrandt: +245 Bobby Green: -180Mr. Miller: +150 Jessica Andrade: -135Marina Rodriguez: +114 My Friend Jalin Turner: -230Renato Moicano: +190 Sodiq Yusuff: +120Diego Lopez: -148 Holly Holm: +350Opponent: -455 Calvino Kattar: +142Aljamain Sterling: -170 Jiri Prochazka: -112Alexander Rakić: -108 Bo ...
Asia Markets Mixed: China Output Contracts Again, Japan Downgrades Q1 GDP
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Asia Markets Mixed: China Output Contracts Again, Japan Downgrades Q1 GDP

Shanghai, China – January 1: The sun rises over the Oriental Pearl Tower on New Year's Day, January 1, 2023, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Asia-Pacific markets got off to a mixed start to the second half of the year as investors weighed June economic data from China and business confidence data from Japan. Official China PMI data released over the weekend showed the manufacturing PMI at 49.5, unchanged from May, marking the second month of contraction. However, a private survey, the S&P Caixin PMI, showed a marked improvement, rising to 51.8 in June from 51.7 in May. On Monday, Japan revised its first-quarter GDP contraction to 2.9% year-on-year, from the 1.8% previously reported. GDP data for the third and fourth quarters of 2023 were also revised down, with the...
Morgan Stanley says this stock could consolidate China’s electric vehicle sector
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Morgan Stanley says this stock could consolidate China’s electric vehicle sector

Shares of Chinese electric car makers started the new year on a downtrend, facing stiff competition and ongoing price wars that are eroding automakers’ profitability amid weak overall market sentiment. Hong Kong-listed shares of Nio and Xpeng have fallen more than 18% and 16%, respectively, while Li Auto has fallen 12% so far this year. BYD and Zhejiang Leapmotor have fallen nearly 2.5% and 12%, respectively, in 2024. Bernstein analysts noted in a recent report on China's electric vehicle industry: "We expect competition within the domestic market to remain intense, putting pressure on pricing and profitability." Morgan Stanley also highlighted these concerns about competition in its note on Wednesday: "Investors remain cautious as the Chinese auto market has had a volatile start to the y...