Masterclass in reading and writing

“Revising one sentence” is the title on Lydia Davis’s lucid collection and according to her if a short story is a love affair and a novel is a marriage, then her very short stories sometimes just a single sentence is more like a one-night stand. Spanning more than 30 years Essays, the first of two…

Nato leaders meet at a 70th Anniversary summit

Nato leaders will meet outside of London for formal three hours of talks on Wednesday as they gather to mark the military alliance’s 70th Anniversary.   The talks will take place at a luxury hotel near Watford and follow receptions held on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. Tuesday also saw also sharp exchanges…

China tech companies dictating standards for Facial recognition

Chinese tech companies are at an advanced stage of shaping facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, as they aspire to dominate markets in the developing world for their designs. China Telecom, ZTE, Dahua are among companies proposing global standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and…

Ted Baker overstated the value of stock by £25m

Ted Baker. Admitted today that it had overstated the value of the stock on its book by £20 million to £25 million, but stressed any adjustment to inventory value will have no cash impact and will relate to previous years. Their shares plunged 10 per cent before recovering , down 8p at 390p. The company…

Chinese tech companies concentrate growth on Indian market

Hanfzhou, China’s tech city, where Club Factory, five-year-old business with 400 engineers and operators have built India’s fastest growing ecommerce start-up, a fashion and lifestyle market place that is gaining market share by undercutting domestic rivals on price. Club Factory a platform that began life in China in 2015, as a data analytics and drop…

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP for 11th victory this season

  Lewis Hamilton led away from pole position and cruised off to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to end the season in which he won a sixth world drivers’ title. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the second after Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari slipped backwards who had to content with third position. Leclerc held off an…

Face scans mandatory for new mobile phone users in China

  A regulation announced in September 2019, was due to come into effect on Sunday when all people in China are required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of hundreds of millions of internet users. China has for years been trying to…