David Fickling

Recent and archived articles by David Fickling

18 Jun 2019 | 3:30 PM

Cyberattacks make smart grids look pretty dumb

Imagine if your thermostat led to a region-wide power blackout. It’s a scenario that’s looking increasingly plausible.

Argentina isn’t ruling out a cyberattack as the possible cause for the mass outage that affected millions of people in five South American countries over the weekend. — AP
1 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Talk is cheap. Unless you’re a UBS banker

CARELESS talk costs dollars.

9 Jan 2019 | 2:47 PM

Belt and Road is more chaos than conspiracy

IS China’s Belt and Road Initiative a bold infrastructure vision, or a slush fund? The question is becoming more pressing.

 China has denied that money in the programme was used to help bail out 1MDB.
22 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

What’s the deal with the airline food, Lufthansa?

IF you find a tray of warmed-over chicken curry and a pocket-sized Greek salad at 35,000 feet an unappetizing prospect, you’re not alone. The world’s airlines don’t much like it, either.

4 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Report: Fake islands, like Malaysia's Forest City, could spell economic trouble

WHERE is it that we’ve seen glittering archipelagos like Malaysia’s Forest City and Melaka Gateway developments before? Those stretches of newly packed white sand, dotted with palm trees, villas, marinas, high-end retail malls and office towers?

Work in progress: Residential buildings under construction at Forest City in Johor. There seems to be something of a correlation between the construction of artificial islands bejewelled with fancy real estate and an economy that’s about to go off the rails. — Reuters
23 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Vodafone Hutchison jumps for a bigger lifeboat

ONE of the longest stalemates in Australian corporate history could be nearing a resolution.

12 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Singapore Inc’s overpriced ticket to Hainan

IS there any valuation at which Temasek Holdings Pte could buy into Hainan Airlines Holding Co at a decent price? Considering the indebtedness of China’s most highly rated carrier, it’s hard to think of one.

High price: A Hainan Airlines aircraft on the tarmac at the airport in Beijing, One crucial advantage of a deal could be a seat at the table of China’s domestic aviation market. — Reuters
6 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Chinese burn will only make solar stronger

BEIJING: Remember how there was a glut of computer chips in 2008, and then the world stopped using computer chips? Yeah, me neither. That’s a good reason to discount your worries about the effects on solar power from recent policy blows on panel manufacturers by the US and Chinese governments.

9 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Cheap flights to Japan force a JAL course change

JAPAN Airlines Co has spent the best part of a decade recovering from its 2010 bankruptcy.

New strategy: New JAL group employees release paper airplanes in front of a Boeing Co. 777 aircraft during an initiation ceremony in Tokyo. The airlline is hoping to establish a new low-cost carrier and boost international traffic. — Bloomberg
23 Mar 2018 | 7:00 AM

Buying Wynn could be Genting’s jackpot opportunity

GENTING Bhd chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay has never quite gotten over losing out on a Macau casino licence.