Thorpe, Bloomberg News Toronto bureau chief, retires

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Jacqueline ThorpeJacqueline Thorpe, Toronto bureau chief for Bloomberg News, retired Friday.She had been Toronto bureau chief since February 2012. She also spent some time in Mumbai on a job swatch.“Thanks to all I’ve pestered for interviews over the years,” wrote Thorpe on Twitter.Before Bloomberg, Thorpe was deputy managing editor of the Financial Post. She was also economics and markets editor, a columnist and a reporter at the Financial Post, which she joined in August 1998. She wrote a weekly column called the “Big Picture” on major economic trends in Canada and around the world. She also reported on economic indicators,…

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How CityLab will change – and stay the same – under Bloomberg

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Bloomberg CityLab executive editor Jennifer Sondag writes about how it will change, and how it will stay the same six months after being acquired by Bloomberg.Sondag writes, “What will be different about the new CityLab? Well, aside from the new look we are introducing today, we plan to tap the knowledge of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 bureaus worldwide. You’ll also find CityLab on many more platforms, including Businessweek magazine, TV, radio, live events and videos. And we now have an expansive trove of data and analytics via the Bloomberg Terminal that will show up in our storytelling — readers have told us they want more data visualizations,…

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FT editor Khalaf talks about how the paper’s staff is working remotely

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Roula KhalafFinancial Times editor Roula Khalaf told Jane Barrett of Reuters, and the global online audience for WAN-IFRA’s World Media Leaders eSummit, how the FT has been navigating the pandemic, how it continues to innovate, and the story it needs to own.Brian Veseling of WAN-IFRA writes, “‘For us it’s been both a huge challenge, but also just an amazing opportunity because it’s been the story of our lifetime,’ Khalaf said. ‘Part of it is our sort of sweet spot, which is the business and the economic side, but it’s also opened our eyes to the science reporting that we have which has…

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Bloomberg Industry Group union asks for June 19 holiday

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Fatima Hussein, the Bloomberg Law reporter who is president of the union at Bloomberg Industry Group, sent the following to her colleagues on Tuesday:Dear Colleagues,The holidays we observe as a society tell a lot about us as a people, a society and what we value.  We want to talk about three holidays today: Juneteenth, Emancipation Day, and the Federal Holiday that falls on the second Monday in October.This Friday is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates when enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865. Two months after the confederacy had surrendered, and two and a half…

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Where mining is more than just a quarry

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There are five major commodities mined in WA that have substantial downstream processing. Credit for most of the value adding can be attributed to investment decisions taken decades ago, as Mark Beyer reports. (click here to view a PDF version of the 12-page liftout)Gold – 1890s The Perth Mint was established in 1899, just a few years after the discovery of gold in Kalgoorlie triggered a mining boom that transformed Western Australia. It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint, the others being in Sydney and Melbourne. While they have closed, the Perth Mint has become the producer of…

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Chancellor may tempt nervous shoppers with VAT cut

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Boris Johnson has issued a rallying cry for people to “come back to the shops” as ministers watch today’s reopening to see whether faltering consumer confidence will require emergency VAT cuts. The prime minister appeared in public for the first time since the pandemic struck Britain to say that people should “shop with confidence” as soothing the public’s concerns became central to the economic recovery. Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, hinted that a temporary VAT cut was an option as he said that a resurgence of “animal spirits” was critical to protecting jobs. He is considering either a blanket or a…

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How CNBC is building its membership programs

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Sonie OsagieGrace Wu of Penn Innovators in Business interviewed Sonie Osagie, CNBC director of strategic content & news partnerships, about her job.Here is an excerpt:Tell us about your current career.“I am currently at CNBC in a strategy and operations role that is focused on emerging businesses and platforms. My portfolio consists of two main areas: 1) content strategy for audio; specifically, I oversee the production of our podcasts at CNBC and launches of new series. 2) Business operations and strategy for CNBC Councils, which is one of our subscription businesses. These are membership programs that we’ve created for C-level executives. We…

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Twitter restores Zero Hedge after admitting mistake

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Twitter Inc. reinstated the account of Zero Hedge after suspending it earlier this year, saying it made a mistake in accusing the financial website of violating rules against harassment, reports Siraj Datoo of Bloomberg News.Datoo reports, “‘We made an error in our enforcement action in this case,’ a spokesperson for Twitter said in an email. ‘Based on additional context from the account holder in appeal, we have reinstated the account. We have a dedicated appeals process for all account holders.’“The social network banned Zero Hedge’s Twitter account in January after its pseudonymous author ‘Tyler Durden’ published an article questioning the involvement of…

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Azevedo leaving Crunchbase for Housing Wire

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Mary Ann AzevedoMary Ann Azevedo, a reporter for Crunchbase News in Austin, Texas, is leaving for a job at Housing Wire.She will start on June 22 and be Housing Wire’s fintech editor.Azevedo was hired as a senior reporter for Crunchbase in October 2018 after working for the publication as a freelancer for 18 months.“I am honored to have covered such a wide variety of topics and interviewed so many smart and fascinating people. I will always treasure my time here,” she wrote on Twitter.Azevedo has worked for the Houston Business Journal covering technology and health care, as well as a…

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Greene King pubs to reopen after £15m safety investment and controlled toilets

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Patrons of Greene King pubs will use a one-in, one-out green light system when they go the toilet to guard against the spread of Covid-19, but the company insists it will retain the “very essence of the great British pub”. The 1,700-strong pub chain says it has spent £15m on preparing venues to reopen, which could happen as soon as 4 July in England. The rival chain JD Wetherspoon has already laid out its blueprint for how pubs will look in a world shaped by the pandemic, with protective screens between tables and staff wearing goggles and masks. Greene King…

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Reuters wins award for exposing Supreme Court protection of police

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The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jackie Botts, and Guillermo Gomez of Reuters have won the June Sidney Award for Shielded: For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection.The investigation includes a groundbreaking data analysis that shows how the Supreme Court has honed the doctrine of qualified immunity to make it almost impossible to sue police officers for excessive force.Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that says that police officers can’t be sued for their actions on the job, unless they break a “clearly established” federal law. The doctrine was intended to protect public officials from…

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Scott to cover insurance for Reuters

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Alwyn ScottReuters finance editor Lauren Tara LaCapra sent out the following to the staff:Dear colleagues,I’m delighted to announce that Alwyn Scott has joined the Global Finance & Markets team as an insurance reporter based in New York.Since coming to Reuters as Americas Finance Editor in 2012, Al has served as airlines, aerospace and defense editor and has covered hard industries, manufacturing, aviation, insurance and energy. His insightful stories about General Electric’s failed digital and electric-power strategies and Boeing’s burning 787 jetliners and struggles with supply chains and automation, set the agenda on highly competitive beats. Al’s knowledge of corporate accounting has led…

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IoT News – PTC to Advance Industrial IoT Across the Enterprise with ThingWorx 9.0

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Latest Release of Leading IIoT Platform to Enhance Scalability, Simplify Solution Development, and Expand OPC UA Support for Enterprise Deployments.PTC today announced the upcoming release of the latest version of its market-leading ThingWorx® Industrial IoT platform.Designed to accelerate Industrial IoT deployments across the enterprise value chain, ThingWorx 9.0 will deliver new and expanded features to help industrial companies create, implement, customize, and scale their solutions.ThingWorx was the first platform that focused exclusively on the industrial market for digital transformation use cases. Since its initial launch, thousands of industrial companies, including discrete product and process manufacturers, have used ThingWorx to successfully…

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Fruhlinger to depart Thinknum for new job

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Joshua FruhlingerJoshua Fruhlinger, the publisher at Thinknum Media, is leaving at the end of the week for a new job.Thinknum is a data-focused media outlet.“I’ve been given an exciting opportunity in content strategy, a practice I’ve bounced in and out of since 2004 (before my days even at Engadget),” he said in a message. “I can only say this: Soon you’ll probably be reading more of my writing than ever, but you won’t even know it.”Fruhlinger has been writing about technology, lifestyle and business for over 20 years. He’s the former editorial direct for Engadget, and he wrote regularly for…

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A WSJ reporter writes about being kicked out of China

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Lingling WeiLingling Wei, a Wall Street Journal reporter, writes about being forced to leave China, where her parents live, earlier this year.Wei writes, “Beijing called the eviction of American journalists a response to Washington’s earlier expulsion of Chinese journalists. ‘It’s not personal,’ a Chinese official told me. But for me, it couldn’t have been more personal: I was being forced to leave my family. The expulsion also brought to an abrupt end my dream of reporting from the country where I was born and raised, and which I call my motherland.“In the fall of 2010, I became a U.S. citizen…

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