(BBG) Crypto Wealth Sinks $45 Billion in One Week

(BBG) So much for the Blockchain Week bounce. With thousands of cryptocurrency diehards swarming into Manhattan for this week’s Consensus 2018 conference and other industry related events, the prediction from Bitcoin bulls like Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors was that the hype-filled gathering would trigger a market rally. Alas, not even a trio of (rented) Lamborghinis, a 1,000-person yacht … Continue reading (BBG) Crypto Wealth Sinks $45 Billion in One Week

(NYT) Italy’s Populist Parties Agree on a Common Agenda to Govern

(NYT) ROME — After more than two months of political deadlock, Italian populist parties announced on Friday that they had agreed on a common platform for governing that would allow them to push ahead with a potentially budget-breaking and anti-immigration agenda that seeks to adjust Italy’s relationship with Europe. The document diluted some of the … Continue reading (NYT) Italy’s Populist Parties Agree on a Common Agenda to Govern

(OBS) O Futebol já não é deste mundo – Rui Ramos

(OBS) O futebol tornou-se um mundo aparte, onde as leis e as regras não se aplicam. É por isso que, por vezes, parece que Alvalade fica na Venezuela e Alcochete na Síria. Deve ter sido por volta de 1949, numa palestra radiofónica, que o capitão Jorge Botelho Moniz avançou esta tese (cito de memória): se … Continue reading (OBS) O Futebol já não é deste mundo – Rui Ramos

(Economist) An Italian populist government looks likely, and risky

(Economist) A coalition of the Northern League and the Five Star Movement could send the country off the rails. LUIGI DI MAIO (pictured, left) is only 31, but as leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S), he is poised for a decisive role in Italy’s next government. After coming first in the general election on March … Continue reading (Economist) An Italian populist government looks likely, and risky

+++ (BBG) Trump Says ‘We’ll Have to See’ as Doubts Swirl on Kim Summit

(BBG) President Donald Trump said North Korea hasn’t directly raised concerns about his proposed summit with its leader Kim Jong Un, after the country threatened through its state-run news agency to pull out of the meeting. “We haven’t been notified at all,” Trump said Wednesday during a meeting with Uzbekistan’s president at the White House, in response to … Continue reading +++ (BBG) Trump Says ‘We’ll Have to See’ as Doubts Swirl on Kim Summit

+++ (BBG)Pound Gains on Report U.K. to Stay in Customs Union: Inside G-10

(Bloomberg) — The pound rallied against all its Group-of-10 peers after the Telegraph reported that the U.K. will tellthe European Union that it is prepared to stay in the customs union beyond 2021. * GBP/USD climbed 0.4% to 1.3539. The pair was bought by fastmoney following the report, with buy-stops for short-termaccounts above 1.3530, according … Continue reading +++ (BBG)Pound Gains on Report U.K. to Stay in Customs Union: Inside G-10

(OBS) O mito fundador que é a desgraça dos palestinianos – José Manuel Fernandes

(OBS) É fácil e popular culpar Israel por todos os massacres. Mais difícil é perceber que nunca haverá paz enquanto os palestinianos forem reféns de uma cultura de vitimização mitificada na sua “catástrofe”. Nakba. A palavra árabe para “catástrofe”. Nakba, o mito identitário que os palestinianos celebram – o mito que enquanto for glorificado tornará … Continue reading (OBS) O mito fundador que é a desgraça dos palestinianos – José Manuel Fernandes

(JN) Já nem disfarçam – Nuno Melo

(JN) A Comissão para a Igualdade de Género (CIG), que arvorada em polícia de consciências avocou em agosto de 2017 o radicalismo feminista da “Capazes”, na cruzada ridícula contra os manuais de atividades da Porto Editora, decidiu agora atribuir 73 mil euros dos contribuintes europeus à mesma organização para preleções de doutrina canhota ministradas por … Continue reading (JN) Já nem disfarçam – Nuno Melo

(Reuters) Portugal environment body OKs oil well off Alentejo coast

(Reuters) Portugal’s Environmental Agency gave its tacit approval on Wednesday to a consortium of Galp Energia and Italy’s ENI to drill an oil exploration well off the Alentejo region’s coast, a project that environmental activists are trying to block. It would mark the resumption of drilling in Portugal after a long hiatus, with opponents arguing the … Continue reading (Reuters) Portugal environment body OKs oil well off Alentejo coast

(OBS) Agora o futebol quer chamar a polícia? – Miguel Pinheiro

(OBS) É o novo mantra da intelligentsia futebolística: “À Justiça o que é da Justiça, ao desporto o que é do desporto”. É só mais uma forma de cobardia: ninguém tem coragem de enfrentar clubes e adeptos. Não se deixem enganar: o que aconteceu esta terça-feira em Alcochete não é só um caso de polícia. Foi comovente … Continue reading (OBS) Agora o futebol quer chamar a polícia? – Miguel Pinheiro

(GBtimes) China’s US Treasury holdings hit five-month high amid trade tensions

(GBtimes) China increased it US treasury holdings by US$11bn to a five-month high of US$1.19tn in March. China News Service While China accounts for 15 percent of global GDP, its currency’s share was only 1.85 percent of international payments.     China raised its holdings of US Treasury bonds to a five-month high in March, official data … Continue reading (GBtimes) China’s US Treasury holdings hit five-month high amid trade tensions

(EP) El país con más mujeres científicas es… Portugal

(EP) El porcentaje de portuguesas en carreras de ciencias dobla al de la japonesas. Una científica en un laboratorio. SERGIO PÉREZ REUTERS JAVIER MARTÍN DEL BARRIO Sí, ya se sabía que el portugués es quien más corcho tiene del mundo y quien más vino bebe y más bacalao consume; pero lo que nadie calculaba en la tierra del fado es … Continue reading (EP) El país con más mujeres científicas es… Portugal

(OBS) EDP: um intrigante silêncio – João Carlos Espada

(OBS) Ficou célebre a máxima de Xi Jinping: “Governo, militares, sociedade e escolas — Norte, Sul, Este e Oeste — o partido é o líder de todos”. Portugal estará incluído? O assunto tem sido noticiado na imprensa, mas o silêncio político tem sido de chumbo — para além da curiosa declaração do nosso primeiro-ministro sobre a inexistência … Continue reading (OBS) EDP: um intrigante silêncio – João Carlos Espada

(IA) Portugal: from pig to golden child

(IA) The Iberian country has undergone a turnaround in fortunes since the European debt crisis. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the unflattering acronym ‘PIGS’ or ‘PIIGS’ entered the popular lexicon to describe southern EU member states – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – that were unable to refinance government debt or … Continue reading (IA) Portugal: from pig to golden child

(AFP) Portugal’s EDP rejects Chinese takeover offer

(AFP) Portugal’s electricity company EDP on Tuesday rejected as too low a takeover bid by its current largest shareholder, Chinese energy behemoth Three Gorges. Energias de Portugal (EDP), one of the country’s largest businesses, said in a statement it would comment at a later date on the other terms of an offer put forward by the … Continue reading (AFP) Portugal’s EDP rejects Chinese takeover offer

+++ (JN) EDP considera que preço oferecido pela CTG “não reflecte adequadamente” o seu valor

(JN) O conselho de administração executivo da eléctrica nacional disse que irá “pronunciar-se em devido tempo” sobre a oferta pública de aquisição lançada pelos chineses da China Three Gorges, mas adiantou que não considera adequado o preço de 3,26 euros por acção. O Conselho de Administração Executivo (CAE) da EDP sublinhou esta terça-feira, em comunicado divulgado na … Continue reading +++ (JN) EDP considera que preço oferecido pela CTG “não reflecte adequadamente” o seu valor

(BBG) Eisman of ‘The Big Short’ Fame Recommends Shorting Deutsche Bank

(BBG) Eisman of ‘Big Short’ Says ‘Deutsche Bank Is a Problem Bank’ Steve Eisman, the Neuberger Berman Group money manager who famously predicted the collapse of subprime mortgages before the 2008 financial crisis, recommended shorting Deutsche Bank AG shares. “Deutsche Bank is a problem bank,” Eisman said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong. The German … Continue reading (BBG) Eisman of ‘The Big Short’ Fame Recommends Shorting Deutsche Bank

(Reuters) IMF says supports Argentina floating exchange rate as peso tumbles

(Reuters) The International Monetary Fund said on Monday a target exchange rate for the peso will not be a condition of a financing deal with Argentina, as the currency closed more than 6 percent weaker at a record low of 25 per U.S. dollar. Argentina requested a “high access stand-by arrangement” from the IMF last … Continue reading (Reuters) IMF says supports Argentina floating exchange rate as peso tumbles

(Reuters) Factbox: Chinese investments in Portugal

(Reuters) Chinese companies have become major investors in Portugal, first drawn by cheap assets at the time of the country’s 2011-14 bailout by the European Union and IMF, and now involving a $10.8 billion offer for all of power utility EDP. Many wealthy Chinese have also moved to Portugal, taking advantage of the country’s “golden visa” … Continue reading (Reuters) Factbox: Chinese investments in Portugal

+++ P.O. (BBG) Trump in Reversal Says U.S. to Help China’s ZTE Stay Afloat

P.O. …President Trump repaying the North Korea ‘s favours of President Xi Jinping…? One thing is for sure… The actual turn around of the policies of North Korea would not have been possible without China’s approval and encouragement. «This is a typical case of “confrontation tactics” which are a form of negotiation,(that most of the … Continue reading +++ P.O. (BBG) Trump in Reversal Says U.S. to Help China’s ZTE Stay Afloat