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The FINANCIAL -- According to the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, in the period of January 1 - May 11, 2015, four largest ports of Ukraine provided 89% of the export grain transshipment volumes, and continued increasing the grain shipment rates, declared Andrii Kupchenko, grain analyst at APK-Inform Agency, on May 29 during his report "Port shipment of grain cargoes in Ukraine: volumes, directions, and technical maintenance", within the fourteenth international conference "Grain Forum & Maritime days in Odessa -2015".
The FINANCIAL -- The World Bank has updated its economic outlook for Russia for 2015 and 2016 to reflect a further stabilization of global oil prices. The new most likely scenario is more optimistic and assumes an average oil price of US$58.0 per barrel for 2015 and of US$63.6 per barrel for 2016.
The FINANCIAL -- Sydney Airport on June 1 welcomes Solomon Airlines’ new weekly Sydney-Honiara service, marking a new airline and new route for Sydney Airport.
The FINANCIAL -- Mr Jack So Chak-kwong became Chairman of the Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) on June 1.
The FINANCIAL -- Air Seychelles has celebrated a significant milestone in the development of the airline by registering the first Airbus aircraft in its fleet under the Seychelles civil aircraft register.
The FINANCIAL -- Air Seychelles Cargo has launched SafeGuard, an air freight service for sending valuable cargo in a secure manner.
The FINANCIAL -- Michael Uzielli has taken up his role as Heathrow’s new Chief Financial Officer from today where he will be focussed on continuing to strengthen Heathrow’s reputation in international markets as a pre-eminent global infrastructure asset and building confidence in the financing of Heathrow’s expansion plans.
The FINANCIAL -- Etihad Airways much-anticipated A380 arrives in Sydney tonight, beginning an exciting new era of luxury travel on the Sydney-Abu Dhabi and Sydney-London routes.
The FINANCIAL -- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on June 1 announced the signing of a management agreement with Al Majd Al Arabiah Company for what will be the world’s largest Holiday Inn hotel. Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer is due to open in The Holy City of Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The FINANCIAL -- IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Central Bank of Congo signed an agreement that enables IFC to swap U.S dollars for Congolese francs. IFC will use the swap to make franc-denominated investments in the local private sector, supporting the country’s efforts to increase the use of local currency in the economy.
The FINANCIAL -- While a select few actions remain deeply taboo for much of the country, there has been an increasing shift to moral acceptability for some of these over time. Such actions include suicide (which 19% of Americans call "morally acceptable"), polygamy (16%) and cloning humans (15%). On the other hand, "married men and women having an affair" has remained at the bottom of a list of 19 moral behaviors Gallup has measured, with only 8% considering it morally acceptable, according to Gallup.
The FINANCIAL -- TARGET2, the Eurosystem’s real-time interbank payment system, confirmed its leading position in the European landscape in 2014, processing 91% of the total value settled by large-value euro payment systems, according to ECB.
The FINANCIAL -- The pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects in Africa could be significantly enhanced once the preparation phase is better designed and resourced. That is the finding of a new World Economic Forum report, developed with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, titled A Principled Approach to Infrastructure Project Preparation Facilities, shows how early-stage adjustments could boost the number, scale, and sustainability of the region’s infrastructure assets.
The FINANCIAL -- As more people across the globe are engaged with marketers and their products and services via the mobile and the digital world, more personal information is being collected both directly and indirectly or passively.
The FINANCIAL -- Euronext, the primary exchange in the Eurozone, on June 1 announced the launch of three country indices: the Euronext Germany Index GR (ENDEG); the Euronext Italy Index (ENITI); and the Euronext Spain Index (ENESI). The indices will serve as the underlying for new index futures and index options, which will be available for trading in the third quarter of 2015.
The FINANCIAL -- Wincor Nixdorf has received a three-year contract from Bancolombia for the operation of its 1,160 self-service systems. The bank also ordered 800 ProCash 280 automated teller machines.
The FINANCIAL -- On June 1, Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will be available July 29 in 190 countries. Windows 10 will help people be more productive and have more fun, with a personal and natural experience that works across all their devices. Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 will deliver ongoing feature innovations and security updates.
The FINANCIAL -- Orders for Germany's plant and machinery industry declined in April due to weak domestic demand and a sharp drop in orders from outside the eurozone, industry group VDMA said on June 1, according to Nasdaq.
The FINANCIAL -- Switzerland's manufacturing output rose in May suggesting companies are coping with the stronger franc and the country may avoid an economic recession, according to Nasdaq.
The FINANCIAL -- Global financial services transaction activity is gaining momentum, with 46% of executives intending to pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months, according to EY’s 12th Financial Services Capital Confidence Barometer.