Reliance to Acquire Stake in Five-star Hotel for $98 Million
The renowned Indian conglomerate Reliance announced that it shall buy a stake in Manhattan-based five-star hotel, Mandarin Oriental New York, through purchasing its parent company. The deal is said to be worth around $98.15 million, with Reliance’s industrial investments subsidiary to acquire parent company Cayman; an indirect owner which has a 73.37% stake in the hotel.
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The central bank of Venezuela stated that the South American nation’s annual inflation rate hit a staggering 686.4% in 2021, which presents a deceleration of consumer price growth when compared to last year’s figures, driven by governmental measures focused on tightening credit and decreased spending.
Hospitalization rates arising from the spread of COVID-19 has been on the rise, especially in the United States. According to Reuters, hospitalizations in the U.S. will likely set new highs on Friday, fueled by the spread of the Omicron variant, placing heavy strains on hospitals.
The U.S. dollar suffered its largest decline in six weeks due to the nation’s jobs report of December missing expectations and proven to be underwhelming. However, the rise in nonfarm payrolls by 199,000 last month, which is miles away from the estimate of 400,000, the figure is still seen as significant enough to maintain the Federal Reserve’s tightening outlook. The dollar index dropped 0.61% to 95.735.
Gold futures bounce back from three-week lows amid an underwhelming U.S. jobs report in December, which has plunged the dollar greenback to six-week lows. Amid a weaker U.S. dollar and less risk appetite, which typically push the bullion upwards, the safe haven jumped 0.27% to value at $1,796 per ounce.
Crude oil prices sink lower amid supply issues looming in Kazakhstan and declining production in Libya caused by pipeline maintenance work. However, oil futures remain 5% higher than the week before. Brent futures edged 0.26% lower on Friday to $81.78 a barrel, while WTI futures declined 0.72% to price at $78.89 per barrel.
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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has provided the closest thing to a confirmation that the company is developing a headset.
In a recent interview with China Daily USA, Cook was questioned about what, in his opinion, are the essential elements for augmented reality, or AR, to be successful in the consumer market.
“I am incredibly excited about AR as you might know. And the critical thing to any technology, including AR, is putting humanity at the center of it,” he said, echoing comments he’s made in the past about how important AR is to the company.
Meta, Microsoft, and other tech titans racing to build the emerging metaverse concept have formed a group to encourage the development of industry standards that will make the companies' nascent digital worlds compatible with one another.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as other well-known standards-setting organizations, are among the participants in the Metaverse Standards Forum, according to a statement released by the group on Tuesday announcing its formation.