Asia-Pacific set to outperform other markets in next 6 months: Nikko Asset Management

Noble Horvath

SINGAPORE — As uncertainty clouds equity markets ahead of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, one asset management firm is placing its bets on Asia-Pacific.

“For the most part, yes, we’re quite happy to have risk positions on in Asia-Pacific,” John Vail, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday. He said his firm expects “all of Asia-Pacific to outperform in the six months ahead period.”

“We’re not afraid, especially for long-term investors, to have to put positions on now in Asia-Pacific,” Vail said.

For those who are looking to time the markets, the strategist said there will probably be dips — though the timing is “extremely difficult” to determine.

For its part, Vail said Nikko Asset Management’s global investment committee forecasts a win for former Vice President Joe Biden while Congress may be split between Democrats and Republicans. This would result in a “moderate

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Business Travel Demand Won’t Bounce Back In 2021, And Maybe Not For Years. That Will Be Devastating For Airlines.

Noble Horvath

Even if a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes widely available – and widely used – around the globe, and if the very onerous government restrictions on international travel largely disappear, airlines still will continue to struggle with extraordinarily weak demand for business travel through the end of 2021, and likely beyond.

And that could be devastating for already cash-depleted airlines that are guaranteed this year to report losses that, even for an industry with a long history of red ink, will be record-shattering.

The economic importance of business travel for all conventional airlines and even for most

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IMMAF president wishes Bellator luck ahead of Paris event, hopes to ‘see MMA flourish in France’

Noble Horvath

Bellator’s historic dual-card event in Paris on Saturday night marks not only a landmark moment for the sport in France, it also opens the doors for MMA to prosper and grow in a country that has already produced a host of notable fighters, despite the sport’s previous ban.

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Bellator 248 and Bellator Europe 10 will take place at the Accor Arena in Paris Saturday night and, ahead of the event, IMMAF president Kerrith Brown issued a statement to MMA Junkie wishing the promotion all the best for their upcoming show.

“IMMAF wishes the best of luck to Bellator for their historic event in Paris this weekend, as we celebrate the opening of doors to MMA in France,” he began. “Together with its French national federation, headed by IMMAF Board Director Bertrand Amoussou, and other stakeholders in the sport, IMMAF has campaigned long and hard for the

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery set to reopen and the rules you must know

Noble Horvath

The most popular free attraction in Birmingham city centre is reopening its doors after being mothballed for more than six months.

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) has been closed since March but is set to welcome back pre-booked visitors keen to see a new display from city artist Cold War Steve (see video below).

A survey published in 2018 by VisitEngland showed that BMAG was the city’s second most popular free attraction with more than 11,000 visitors per week in 2017.

Originally opened 135 years ago in 1885, its annual total of 602,000 visitors was second only to the 1.13 million who had been to MAC Birmingham – almost 22,000 per week.

a fireplace in front of a building: The Gas Hall entrance during Birmingham's 2007 Equiano exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the ending of slavery with a look at the life of the leading black abolitionist

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The Gas Hall entrance during Birmingham’s 2007 Equiano exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the ending of slavery with a look at the life of the leading black abolitionist

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Sister Hazel to play drive-in concert at Raymond James Stadium | Diversions

Noble Horvath

TAMPA — Platinum-selling group Sister Hazel will be bringing their energetic show featuring new music and chart-topping hits to their first ever drive-in concert Thursday, Oct. 22, in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Car placement will begin at 6 p.m. and the show will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Vehicles will be placed on first-come, first serve basis. Attendees will be placed by parking attendant staff, not on their own.

With tickets sold per four-person vehicle, fans can buy limited VIP tickets for $169 to be located in the first several rows or $149 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit

Fans can expect a high-energy show with some brand-new Sister Hazel songs such as “Good For You” and “You Won’t See Me Again,” as well as popular fan favorites, including “All for You.”

Founded in Gainesville, Sister Hazel is comprised

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Sunworks stock soars in active trading after reporting upbeat Q3 booking activity

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Shares of Sunworks Inc. (sunw) shot up 64% in active premarket trading Wednesday, after the solar power systems provider said it signed $10 million in new commercial and agriculture projects during the third quarter. Trading volume was heavy at 15.3 million shares, making it the second-most active stock ahead of the open. The company said the sales during the quarter, which marks the strongest quarterly booking activity since the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, are comprised of 19 existing and new customers. “Much of our [agriculture, commercial and industrial] sales activity has been on-hold since March 2020 as new and existing customers faced challenges and uncertainty caused by COVID-19,” said Chairman Chuck Cargile. “The most notable volume of third quarter sales were booked in the last week of September, and we are optimistic this momentum will continue into the fourth quarter as we signed two more large projects

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Elektrobit and Unity Technologies Enable Next-Gen, Real-Time 3D Experiences in Automotive Cockpits

Noble Horvath

Elektrobit (EB), global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, and Unity, the platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, announced a collaboration to streamline the process to design and develop automotive human-machine interfaces (HMIs), utilizing real-time rendering to create next-generation, future-proof user experiences.

This collaboration utilizes Unity’s real-time 3D rendering platform, and EB GUIDE, Elektrobit’s HMI development toolchain that, according to the company, powers more than 50 million vehicles on the road today. EB and Unity are enabling their customers to jump-start next-gen real-time 3D automotive HMIs by accelerating time to market and providing a reliable foundation throughout the entire development journey.

EB and Unity will showcase a complete automotive cockpit user interface developed with their technologies at Car HMI USA, Nov. 16-17, in Detroit, MI.

For more information, join EB and Unity for a webinar on Oct. 6:

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Macy’s same-day, next-day delivery available with DoorDash

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  • Macy’s is teaming up with DoorDash to offer same-day and next-day delivery. 
  • There are no minimum order requirements or time slots, but orders must be placed by noon at Macy’s and by 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale’s in order to be eligible for same-day delivery. 
  • The announcement comes as the retail industry gets its holiday deals going — several weeks ahead of schedule.

DoorDash, the delivery platform best known for delivering takeout from restaurants, is branching out into a different sphere with its latest partnership. 

It announced Tuesday it would be working with Macy’s to offer same-day and next-day delivery for the department store. 

The service will be available at 500 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores across the country. (Macy’s owns Bloomingdales.) Orders placed by noon at Macy’s and by 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale’s are eligible for same-day delivery, while orders placed after that will be delivered by DoorDash’s driver fleet the

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City of Colorado Springs slashes event spending as lodging and rental car tax revenue decline | Colorado Springs News

Noble Horvath

Tourism is rebounding across the state, but the coronavirus pandemic is expected to keep revenues from lodging and car rental taxes down next year, greatly limiting the events the city of Colorado Springs can fund. 

The city’s 2% lodging tax and 1% car rental tax are expected to generate about $5.7 million in 2021, down from the $8.19 million it was projected to generate in 2020, a decline of about 29%, the proposed 2021 budget shows. The projected 2021 revenues, however, are fairly close to the $5.47 million the two taxes are expected to generate this year.

Much of that tax revenue funds organizations such as VisitCOS, a marketing agency for the region, and the rest goes to events. 

The projected slide in revenue means city funding for those events next year will likely be pared down to some of the long-time community traditions, such as the Festival of Lights

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Where to Eat After Hiking Around Clayton in the North Georgia Mountains

Noble Horvath

a wooden bench sitting next to a body of water: Blue Ridge overlook at Black Rock Mountain state park in Mountain City, Georgia

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Blue Ridge overlook at Black Rock Mountain state park in Mountain City, Georgia

It’s finally autumn in Georgia. This is the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to the north Georgia mountains for leaf peeping, hiking, and exploring the area’s towns and restaurants.

Clayton, Georgia, located approximately two hours northeast of Atlanta, is a mountain town trifecta of food, drinks, and local charm. While the town makes a great stop for lunch on the way to Asheville or Highlands, North Carolina, Clayton is an even better destination for Atlantans looking for a quick weekend get-away involving minimal travel time.

As the county seat of Rabun County, Clayton has seen an influx of tourists drawn to the robust food scene here and the local shops. It’s a great home base to explore some of the region’s attractions. North Carolina is only 20 minutes north, with South Carolina

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