Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin InterNations—the world’s largest expat community—has just released its Expat City Ranking 2022, a list of the best and worst places to live. The list of 50 cities reflected how happy (and unhappy) expats have been living and working abroad in the last year. In the new list, Valencia, Spain came in number one—making it the world’s best city to live. Valencia is a 2,000-year-old city that lies on Spain’s southeastern coast at the confluence of the Turia River and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its pretty beaches, buzzing food scene and rich culture. Dubai came in second on the list, while Mexico City came in third. Rounding out the list of the top 10 cities for expats to live: Lisbon, Madrid, Bangkok, Basel, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. Looking at the list of the world’s top 20 places to live, two U.S. cities made the cut, and the winners might surprise you. Miami ranked number 12, followed closely by New York … [Read more...] about Ranked: The World’s 20 Best Cities To Live (You Won’t Believe What Won In The US)
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin CTO of Softengi with 30 years of experience in software development, business applications implementation and digital strategy creation. The lack of skilled developers is not the only reason for no-code growth. In the digital marketplace, no-code has taken a unique place due to its ease of use and the outcomes. The ease of use has led many companies to consider this as a framework for core IT development. According to a prediction by Gartner, Inc., 70% of new applications developed by 2025 will use low-code power. This is a huge raise from 25% back in 2020. Low code is a graphical environment where drag-and-drop interfaces are used to develop fully functional applications. The components are also connected, and such connections can be replicated and used in other apps that save both time and effort. How Can Low Code Help Overcome Skills Shortages? Low code, as the name suggests, can be used by … [Read more...] about How Low Code Can Help Handle The Degree Of Digitalization And IT Staffing Shortage
- A + A (Nov 29): November looks set to mark a watershed moment for Chinese assets, as visible policy shifts away from Covid Zero triggered massive gains. After being pressured under the weight of virus restrictions and a property crisis, markets surged amid hopes of an eventual reopening. Chinese stocks in Hong Kong are headed for their best month since 2003, while the yuan is on track for the biggest monthly gain in nearly four years. Traders have added to bets since early this month when rumours spread over a Covid Zero exit plan, followed by a detailed 20-point playbook by authorities. Even as a surge in infections and protests against restrictions caused volatility in recent days, most investors believe that the path to reopening — however messy and disorderly — is inevitable. "The market will tend to price in a more hopeful reopening than an unchanged strict Covid Zero," said Kiyong Seong, lead Asia macro strategist at Societe Generale SA in Hong Kong. … [Read more...] about Reopening bets propel China markets to best month in years
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin What would be an ideal career for a handsome soccer star after retirement? A celebrity sports commentator, a luxury fashion ambassador, maybe an actor—although he could have chosen any of these, Hidetoshi Nakata decided to take a very different path: revitalizing the Japanese traditional sake industry. He was a midfielder in the Italian Serie A and the English Premier League for eight seasons in total and played for Japan in three World Cup tournaments. (Also, he has been known for being into fashion and has attended runway shows regularly.) After the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Nakata retired from playing soccer in the global arena. “Since I was born, living a life meant doing what I loved. I fell in love with soccer at a very young age and I was lucky to be able to pursue my passion to the fullest up to my retirement,” he says. When he left soccer behind him at 28, he had to find a new purpose. Pondering his … [Read more...] about ‘Living Means Doing What I Love.’ Former Soccer Star Found His New Career Far Away From Sports
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It was recently revealed that the Italian government authority responsible for regulating the stock exchange had launched an investigation into capital gains on the transfer market. The story first came to light back in September when Juventus published their annual financial report, filed ahead of a shareholders meeting the following month and including a note which said by that an inspection was “currently underway” into “documentation and information relating to the proceeds deriving from the management of players’ rights.” As that shareholders meeting approached, more details began to emerge in the Italian media – per ESPN – with newspapers La Repubblica and Il Tempo adding that the authority in question – known as CONSOB – were looking into 62 player transfers that took place between 2019 and 2021. That was followed up by the revelation from La Gazzetta dello Sport that 42 of those deals involved Juventus. The … [Read more...] about What Is ‘Plusvalenza,’ And Why Are Juventus And Napoli Under Investigation For It?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Some companies have a good bit of cash these days. Holding cash in an inflationary environment doesn’t sound smart, but having cash headed into a recession does sound smart. Let’s catalog the choices the typical business has along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. And for this purpose, “cash” refers to banks accounts, money market funds, treasury bills and other short-term liquid assets. The context of the discussion is late in 2022, when many economists— including me —are forecasting recession. Despite some layoff announcements, most companies cannot find as many workers as they would like to have. Supply chain challenges have eased but are still above normal in many industries. And interest rates are rising, improving the return from cash significantly compared to last year. The choices, in broad categories, are to hold on to the cash, pay down debt, buy inventory, purchase assets or pay dividends to … [Read more...] about What Should A Business Do With Extra Cash?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It wasn’t all that long ago when the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and Brewers’ Christian Yelich duked it out for the NL MVP award. Yelich had the trophy in 2018 and was having an even better year in 2019 when his fractured kneecap gave the young Dodger the opening he needed to prevent a repeat. Those award-winning campaigns were massive - Yelich went .326-.402-.598 (164 Baseball Reference OPS+) in 2018, and Bellinger .305-.406-.629 (167) the following season. Plus, both were quite young (Yelich was 27, Bellinger 23 in their MVP campaigns) and appeared poised to be at the top of the charts for the foreseeable future. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, and now Bellinger is on the free agent market searching for a new employer while Yelich has gone from a bargain Brewer to a borderline albatross contract situation. Let’s peel a couple of layers back on both players and attempt to determine whether they can recover their peak … [Read more...] about Can Cody Bellinger And Christian Yelich Get Their Respective Grooves Back?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin My first impression of the notion of Broadcom acquiring VMWare was negative. I was most familiar with Broadcom’s acquisitions in the semiconductor space. The company had, and still has, a shrewd reputation for transforming its semi acquisitions and turning them into money-printing machines. Semi transformations require taking significant actions on product roadmaps and resources like laying off people. I’ll add that even in Broadcom’s software history, many questioned certain of the actions related to CA and Symantec transformations. So, it would be natural for people to question this acquisition. I have read the many scribes from Broadcom CEO Hock Tan circumnavigating the globe talking to the VMware ecosystem, but after personally talking with Tan and chatting with a few VMware partners and customers, I am wondering, is it time we start giving the acquisition a chance? With most acquisitions, neither the … [Read more...] about Is It Time To Start Giving Broadcom’s Pending Acquisition Of VMware A Chance?
- A + A (Nov 29): Royal Bank of Canada agreed to buy HSBC Holdings Plc’s Canadian unit — the country’s seventh-largest bank —for C$13.5 billion (US$10 billion) in cash, expanding its roster of business clients and bulking up its retail presence on the West Coast as HSBC focuses on Asia. The purchase gives Royal Bank, already Canada’s largest bank by assets, about 130 more branches, including about 45 in the West Coast province of British Columbia. The Toronto-based company also gains a significant commercial-banking franchise, with many of the clients in industries that trade and bank internationally. “HSBC Canada offers the opportunity to add a complementary business and client base in the market we know best and where we can deliver strong returns and client value,” Royal Bank Chief Executive Officer Dave McKay said in a statement on Tuesday. “This also positions us as the bank of choice for commercial clients with international needs, newcomers to Canada and … [Read more...] about RBC to expand Canada dominance with US$10 bil HSBC deal
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When it comes to the attributes that are needed to succeed in the business world, we tend to focus on traits like critical thinking, resilience or problem-solving abilities — but often at the expense of another key attribute: honesty. Unfortunately, many in the business world have long ago determined that honesty doesn’t pay , even though the reality is quite the opposite. Honesty (or a lack thereof) can define everything about an organization, including its long-term prospects for success. In reality, honesty does pay — and cutting corners is never worth it. Why Honesty Is Essential In the Business World A policy of honesty ultimately sets the tone for your entire business. It can help define your company culture, including how you interact with employees and partners. As Sampson Quain writes for Chron Small Business, prioritizing honesty in your business culture will have a trickle-down effect on … [Read more...] about The Role Of Honesty In Success (And Why Cutting Corners Is A Bad Idea)