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Business 01 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

Quality of university degrees comes into question

IN 2010, there was an adrenaline rush on education stocks on Bursa Malaysia. It was the time when the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) was virtually the “ticket” for private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) to flourish.

Business 01 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

AI: A disruptive technology that brings benefits

Today, practitioners of artificial intelligence (AI) have become technology world’s rock stars. “Deep learning” (a more fashionable branch of AI), which uses natural networks to churn through volumes of big data looking for patterns that is inspired by the activity of layers of neurons in the brain, has proven to be in high demand to help build software, particularly for the companies collectively known as FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google).

Business 01 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Protasco starting on a clean slate

COULD construction and property player Protasco Bhd be a stock worth watching now that its boardroom tussle and one-off impairments have come to a close?

Business 03 Jun 2019 | 1:18 AM

Trump downplays chance of tariffs on Australia after NYT report

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump downplayed the chance he would impose tariffs on Australia, a top U.S. ally, after the New York Times reported his administration considered doing so last week.

Business 04 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

Finland to ramp up spending as growth cools

HELSINKI: Finnish policy makers struck an agreement to form a five-party ruling coalition with plans to increase public spending by more than €4bil (US$4.5 bil) as the economy cools.

Business 06 Jun 2019 | 6:59 AM

Axiata to tap on AI via own academy in third quarter 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Telecommunication conglomerate Axiata Group Bhd will officially launch Axiata Academy in the third quarter of this year in an effort to build up its own talent pool especially in new technologies such as artificial technology (AI) that has become a strategic priority for most companies and countries in the world.

Business 07 Jun 2019 | 9:26 AM

Nike is expanding its day care benefit and employees are furious

NEW YORK: Nine miles outside of Portland, Oregon, Nike’s corporate headquarters is a mecca of work-life balance. There are wooded trails, ponds and grassy knolls, with company-branded bikes employees are free to pedal from A to B.

Business 08 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

Investing in volatile times

Volatility is expected to persist through the year, as the main trends driving the turbulence last year, such as global trade tensions, slowing growth, oil prices and mounting debt levels.

Business 10 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

SCIB confident of winning multimillion ringgit bids

KUCHING: Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB) has bid for contracts to supply industrialised building system (IBS) products to several new multimillion ringgit school and government health clinic projects in Sarawak.

Business 10 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

Mnuchin says trade talk with PBoC constructive

WASHINGTON: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted that he had a “candid” and “constructive” talk on trade issues with People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang.