It would be “foolish to pre-announce” a date for an interest rate rise, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for monetary policy tells the BBC.
NAXOS, Greece (Reuters) – A jovial potato farmer whose family has tilled the fertile land on the island of Naxos for over 200 years, Stelios Vathrokilis is unfazed by all that he believes a farmer must inevitably face: God, inclement weather and natural disasters.
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday lauded the warming of ties with former war enemy Vietnam but said the scope of relations would depend on the communist rulers’ willingness to protect human rights and freedoms.
PARIS (Reuters) – A French woman who was abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, the French president’s office said early on Friday, adding that she would return to France in the coming hours.
Economists forecast that nonfarm payrolls increased by 223,000 last month, matching June’s job gains
The number of US jobs probably rose at a healthy pace in July and wages likely rebounded in data due on Friday, providing further signs of an improving economy that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in September.
A Reuters survey of economists forecast that nonfarm payrolls increased by 223,000 last month, matching June’s job gains, a number which would be slightly above the monthly average for the first half of the year.
Science fiction was serious stuff when I was a child, Douglas Adams showed it could be funny – plus he included something for us economists, too
There are books that you know before reading them will change you. There are books you read precisely because you want to change yourself. But The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy belonged to neither category. In fact, H2G2 (as a tribe of Douglas Adams fandom calls it) is special because I didn’t expect it to have any effect on me, let alone one so enduring. I don’t even remember exactly when I read it, except that it was in the first few years of my arrival in Britain as a graduate student in 1986. The only thing I remember is being intrigued by the description of it as a piece of comedy science fiction (SF).
I had been a fan of SF since I was 10 or 11, when I started devouring what I could from the rather meagre selection (often in simplified children’s editions) available in Korea in the 1970s and 80s. SF was serious stuff then: intergalactic wars and imperialism (Skylark), technological dystopia (Brave New World), post-apocalyptic worlds (On the Beach, The Day of the Triffids). It wasn’t supposed to be comical.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide wasn’t just hilarious, it was beyond my then mental universe
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – The first visit of a top Syrian official to a Gulf Arab state in more than four years is the strongest sign yet of a new diplomatic push to end the Syrian war, but there are still huge hurdles to face before any peace process can begin.
KABUL (Reuters) – A truck bomb exploded near an army compound in the center of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding hundreds, police and health ministry officials said.
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the need to forge ahead to “finish the job” on an ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a meeting with Vietnam’s president on Friday, a week after lengthy talks in Hawaii ended with no deal.