Episodes
Chipmaker Nvidia has lifted its earnings to new record levels. Does this suggest a wider boom amongst companies in this sector? The US and the European Union have each announced new sanctions on Russia on the second year anniversary of the conflict with Ukraine. We examine whether they making a difference. AND Germany becomes the latest country to make cannabis use legal. Could the move lead to the emergence of a legal profitable cannabis market?
Published 02/23/24
Published 02/23/24
The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Russia on the eve of the second anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. So what impact will they have? And how are Ukraine's people and its economy faring two years on? Devina Gupta talks to Irina, a Ukrainian businesswoman who started a new life in the UK. And she hears from an Ukrainian chicken producer about what it's like to keep going in a war zone.
Published 02/23/24
Nvidia shares are on the up, after an extraordinary set of earnings results. Revenues surged 265% in the three months to 28 January. We examine the reasons behind the chipmakers success. Research from the US reveals roughly half of college graduates end up in jobs where their degrees aren’t needed. The study tracked the career paths of more than 10 million people who entered the job market over the past decade. And a spacecraft owned by a private US company is attempting an historic moon...
Published 02/22/24
A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court that frozen embryos are considered children, and that a person could be held liable for accidentally destroying them, has opened up a new front in the US battle over reproductive medicine. We hear how it could affect Alabama’s fertility clinics. Also, in the programme, we will hear about about the company driving a global stock market rally.
Published 02/22/24
The US government is announcing a series of actions to strengthen the cybersecurity of U.S. ports the move is aimed at targeting Chinese cyber-attacks. Ed Butler will be finding out what kind of plans are being put in place. We also take a look at Sir Jim Ratcliffe the new co-owner of Manchester United as his one and a quarter billion pound deal has been completed. And the world’s biggest mining project has been approved in West Africa.
Published 02/21/24
South Africa faces several challenges with an economy that has barely grown in more than a decade amid rolling power cuts and problems with its railways and ports as it gears up for national elections on May 29. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his budget speech was under pressure to curtail the government's growing budget deficit while also maintaining spending, and keeping taxes low, in order to not put voters off. Also, in the programme we will talk about Indian farmers protests and...
Published 02/21/24
South Africa is heading back to the polls on May 29th. The news comes on the same day that the country revealed its unemployment numbers - officially the world's worst. Ed Butler will find out what's behind the latest rise in unemployment. President Joe Biden may be languishing in the opinion polls, but he's winning some impressive results in campaign donations. Could finance be the key to his re-election bid? And hacking the hackers we hear how the police may have brought down one of the...
Published 02/20/24
Another day, another protests. Polish farmers are staging protests against cheap Ukrainian grain flooding the market and EU regulations on pesticide and fertiliser usage. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the protests demonstrated the "daily erosion of solidarity" with Ukraine. We will hear from Ukrainian grain farmer who's exporting his product to Europe. Also, in the programme, we will find out why over 6 000 doctors resigning in South Korea and how The People’s Bank of China is...
Published 02/20/24
The crew of a Belize-flagged, British-registered cargo vessel have abandoned ship off Yemen after it was hit by missiles fired by the Houthi movement. Ed Butler will be finding out the latest. Also in the show, we look at the latest surging protests over spiralling inflation in Nigeria. And a billionaire tells us about his passion for collecting sneakers - and why he's selling them off for charity.
Published 02/19/24
The Hamas attacks of 7 October 2023 led to major reductions in household spending and business investment in Israel. We also assess what the Houthi Red Sea attacks mean for global shipping. Also, in the programme, our presenter Devina Gupta finds out why Paytm's digital wallet in India at risk; and how rising inflation in Nigeria is impacting businesses.
Published 02/19/24
A New York judge has ordered Donald Trump to pay $354.9 million over fraud allegations and banned him from running companies in the state for three years. Roger Hearing gets the latest on what this means for Trump and his business empire. Alexei Navalny, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, has died in a prison near the Arctic Circle. We look at what this could mean for Russia and for future possible sanctions.
Published 02/16/24
We look at Russia's economy after the opposition leader Alexei Navalny is reported to have died at the "Polar Wolf" Arctic penal colony where he was serving a three-decade jail term. Also on the programme, investment firms quit a global investor coalition which was pushing companies to rein in climate-damaging emissions. And Indian election bonds are ruled “unconstitutional” by the country’s Supreme Court.
Published 02/16/24
Microsoft's Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has announced four of its Xbox- exclusive games will be available on other consoles for the first time, the news comes after an increase in multi-platform games by Microsoft. Roger Hearing finds out what this means for the gaming industry going forward. We also hear from local business in the US to hear how they are coping as their retail figures are revealed. And we look at the four sportspeople who have turned their success on the field into financial...
Published 02/15/24
New data has revealed that the economies of both the United Kingdom and Japan have fallen into recession. Japan’s GDP has now fallen behind Germany, making it only the fourth largest economy in the world. Also on the programme, an oil leak off Trinidad and Tobago causes a national environmental emergency but the clean up continues. And ski resorts struggle as record temperatures leads to less snow for tourists who flock to the mountains for skiing.
Published 02/15/24
Cuba has established diplomatic ties with South Korea for the first time since 1959 The announcement was made in New York after the UN representatives from the two exchanged letters formalizing bilateral ties. Devina Gupta will look at the significance of this. We often hear the phrase too big to fail for those companies that can't be allowed to collapse and it is true for Mexico's state oil and gas giant Pemex. With mounting debt and thousands of jobs at risk we find out what is keeping it...
Published 02/15/24
Independent pollsters predict victory for current Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto in the Indonesian General Election. Polls closed on Wednesday in the South East Asian country that has 205 million voters. The European Union is preparing sanctions on companies in China and India that it accuses of illegally trading with Russia. And we hear how Paris’ booksellers have fought off plans to remove them from the banks of The Seine during the 2024 Olympic Games.
Published 02/14/24
Consumer prices in the United States have risen at their slowest rate since June last year. That might sound like good news - but prices are still rising faster than economists had predicted. The annual inflation rate now stands at 3.1 percent - a long way from its peak of more than nine percent in 2022. Also, in the programme, we will find out why political views are so important for dating apps developers.
Published 02/13/24
Our food supply chains are under pressure as thousands of farmers are marching to the Indian capital, Delhi, to protest over how much they get paid for the food they produce, with elections coming later this year. Sam Fenwick examines what started this movement as farmers in Europe are also raising their voices. Meanwhile those delivering our foods say they're not paid enough either as they are planning not to work on Valentine's Day in the UK and the US. And we find out if there is light at...
Published 02/13/24
Our food supply chains are under pressure as thousands of farmers are marching in India to protest over how much they get paid for the food they produce. Sam Fenwick will be looking at what started this movement as farmers in Europe have also been raising their voices. Meanwhile those delivering our foods say they're not paid enough either as they are planning not to work on Valentine's Day in the UK and the US. And we find out if there is light at the end of the tunnel for US shoppers as...
Published 02/13/24
Elections in Pakistan have left no single party with a clear majority. Independent candidates from former Prime Minister Imran Khan's Party topped the polls with 93 National Assembly seats. His rivals are currently trying to form a coalition. Also, in the programme, we will find out why 300 Nurses in Nigeria protested against the new rules and how expensive was a Super Bowl party in the US this year.
Published 02/12/24
Pakistan faces weeks of political uncertainty as it approaches a crucial deadline for a new IMF bailout. Sam Fenwick will be getting the latest on if Pakistan needs more financial support from the the IMF. Also on the programme the boss behind the game-changing obesity and diabetes drugs say he isn't bothered about rivals replicating its breakthroughs. And an oil leak off Trinidad and Tobago causes a national environmental emergency and warnings to tourists not to bathe on the beaches.
Published 02/12/24
The government of Nicolas Maduro increases military presence in the border with the disputed oil-rich Essequibo region despite the recent commitments it made in talks with Guyana. We take a look at how recent oil discoveries have escalated a historic disagreement. As the Super Bowl approaches, we hear how the negotiations to take one of the largest sport events in the world to Las Vegas for the first time happened. And we look into why the US financial regulator is cracking down on firms...
Published 02/09/24
Farmers in Poland and Hungary are the latest to begin protesting over cheap produce flooding in from Ukraine. Elsewhere in Europe the complaints continue over pesticide use and costs; we bring you the latest. Global cocoa prices have hit a fresh record high as dry weather hurts crops in West Africa. We hear from a cocoa grower in the Ivory Coast. Rahul Tandon also hears from Tim Draper - one of the funders of Nikki Haley's Presidential campaign - about why he backs the former US Ambassador to...
Published 02/09/24
Authorities in Pakistan suspended calls and mobile internet data during a controversial election. The United Nations says Mongolia is facing a humanitarian crisis due to extreme weather conditions that have become more common in the country. And the US Federal Communications Commission rules that robocalls made with AI-generated voices are illegal. What could this mean for the 2024 presidential election?
Published 02/09/24