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Softbank plans $18bn share sale of its mobile business

Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 2 trillion yen ($ 18bn; £13.1bn). Softbank confirmed in a statement that the share sale was an option, but said no decision has yet been made. If it goes ahead, the stock market listing would be one of Japan’s biggest initial public offerings. The Softbank Group reportedly intends to sell about 30% of the outstanding shares…

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News: Thomas appointed vice president business development at Centara

Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Allen Thomas as vice president business development. Thomas has 28 years of experience developing hotel and resort businesses, a career that includes positions with HPL and Como Hotels and most recently Resorts Holdings International. His appointment marks another significant Centara move in their five-year plan to double the company’s size and become a major regional hospitality brand. Thomas will report to Centara deputy chief executive Markland Blaiklock. He will be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to…

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This magazine spread just smashed the stereotypes about 'juggling' motherhood and business

Mothers have to put up with a lot, not least of which is a society where terms such as “baby brain” and “mumpreneur” can cut down as many women as they empower or emancipate. But one Australian magazine is seeking to smash the stereotypes around “juggling” motherhood with other pursuits in a feature about mothers who are making their mark. RUSSH magazine contributor Anna Harrison was spurred to write “New Dawn” after her own conflict around how having a child would impact her work. “Mothers are badass, this much is clear,” Harrison…

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Focus: 4 Unusual Ways to Make New Business Connections When Traveling

You have can pin a nametag to your chest, grab the next drink that comes along and introduce yourself. While this is a tried and tested formula for making contacts during business networking events, making critical new connections should not be limited to the four walls of a hotel function room or bar. Here are four creative ways to networking outside the box. 1. The SaunaWhile many professionals prefer to dress to impress as they meet potentially new business partners, in Finland, the attitude is less is more. When you…

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Manchester United transfer news: ‘It would be amazing business’ – fans excited by Leon Goretzka

Schalke star Leon Goretzka Saturday, December 2, 2017 With the transfer window just around the corner, it’s no surprise Premier League clubs are planning their business. Manchester United are the latest team to have a significant rumour reported by the press and it appears, according to Sky Sports, they want to sign Schalke star Leon Goretzka on a pre-contract. The highly-rated Germany starlet, 22, is wanted by a host of huge European clubs, with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Liverpool already in the hunt. But now the Red Devils have entered…

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Theresa May to meet EU business leaders

European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the government to clarify the future relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU. The next round of Brexit talks is due to start in mid-December. They will meet Mrs May at No 10, as well as Business Secretary Greg Clark,…

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News: WTM 2017: Caribbean is open for business following recent hurricanes

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has announced at WTM London the region is still open for business and the infrastructure is in place to receive and provide visitors the best holiday experience. The CTO is developing social media campaigns to get the message out targeting trade partners, such as tour operators, media and travel agents, as well as consumers to raise awareness of the destinations where it has been business as usual since the storms. “It’s important to remember that over 75 per cent of the Caribbean was not affected at…

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