HBO’s acclaimed finance drama is worth investing in now.

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HBO’s finance drama Industry, which followed a group of fresh-faced recruits at the fictional investment bank Pierpoint & Co, was one of 2020’s best TV surprises. Packed with sex, drugs, and business jargon, the UK-based show, which debuted on HBO in November and wrapped up right at the end of last year, sucked you in with its soapy spin on the high-stakes workplace drama while also providing a barbed critique of its often toxic subject matter. Each episode was more exciting and visceral than the one before.

But now, like the characters blinking through a day of work after a ketamine-fueled night of debauchery, we’re left looking around at the wreckage and wondering what’s next. Will the company’s ever-buzzing open-plan office, where everyone’s trying to make a deal for “half a yard” and planning to grab a “bevy”

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One of the most surprising shows of the year had one final twist.


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When HBO’s sex-and-drugs-filled finance drama Industry debuted back in the beginning of November, the series immediately drew both acclaim and derision for its chilly remove. The synth-driven score, the jargon-heavy dialogue, and the transactional nature of show’s key relationships signaled a willingness to portray its subject—the ketamine-fueled professional lives of young investment bank recruits in a perpetually gray vision of London—with a dead-eyed lack of sentiment. But there in the season finale was Rob, the coked-up party boy salesman played by Harry Lawtey, delivering a surprisingly hopeful message to his superiors: “There’s still romance left in this business.” 

In Industry, that romance often takes the form of cruelty. Over an eight episode first season, which has been fully available on HBO Max for weeks but finished its run with two final episodes, “Pre-Crisis Activity”

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The “Smart Parking Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” report has been added to’s offering.

The global smart parking market to grow at a CAGR of around 14% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

A smart parking system (SPS) optimizes parking spaces through automated access control systems, parking guidance systems (PGS), parking reserving barriers and ticketing systems.

It utilizes mechanical arrangements to transport cars from one parking space to another and eliminate the wasted space in a multistory or single-story garage. It uses vehicle counting equipment, video cameras, automatic number plate recognition readers (ANPR) and pavement sensors to determine the occupancy of a parking lot and transmit the data to the control center in real time. It aims to assist in the smooth flow of traffic in congested areas and provide a systematic parking operation.

It also guides users to available

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Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta   ●  
Mon, June 7, 2021


The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is expected to lead economic growth in Indonesia both this year and in 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic has induced a faster-than-expected takeup of digital services.

The ICT sector will grow by between 9.1 and 10.1 percent this year and 9.8 to 10.3 percent in 2022, according to a Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) projection.

“Other sectors look even, but the sector we have generally been focusing on, namely information and communications, is performing really well,” BKF head Febrio Kacaribu said at an online briefing on Friday. “We also see it continuing to improve in 2022.”

While the pandemic has battered contact-intensive industries, the ICT sector has benefited from the increased digitalization of people’s daily activities, such as work and school, as the government

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Will Paterson’s voice echoes around a large dark room at the E1 nightclub, once one of London’s biggest party venues but which has not seen a customer for 16 months.

The venue, on an industrial estate in the east of the British capital, opened to a fanfare in 2017 with a marathon 27-hour rave and regularly played host to 1,600 clubbers.

But after months of preparations to finally reopen on June 21, club manager Paterson is struggling to put a gloss on Boris Johnson’s latest announcement of a four-week delay in lifting all coronavirus restrictions.

The prime minister’s move on Monday was designed to stem the spread of the Delta variant of the virus after a surge in cases of the highly infectious strain first identified in India.

Restrictions have been gradually eased since March and as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, nightclubs

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When the banking drama Industry blared on to our screens earlier this month, one name towered above all others. The first episode was directed by Lena Dunham which, when coupled with its workplace setting, led to a flurry of lazy it’s-Girls-meets-Mad-Men comparisons.

But as the series wears on – and the entirety becomes available to stream today in the UK and the US – this is looking less and less accurate. Sure, Lena Dunham is involved, but only as a hired hand. This is not her show. And there is none of Mad Men’s languid style here, either. Industry is a show where people hurry through their tasks under the glare of unforgiving strip lights. You cannot imagine anyone ever having an Industry theme night, for example, unless looking stressed to the point of exhaustion suddenly becomes aspirational.

Which isn’t to say that Industry stands on its own, though.

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I t didn’t take long for the optimism of a new decade to wear off. By the end of Q1 2020, companies everywhere were reeling as they reckoned with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the impact of the virus was
too much for many firms, leaving millions of workers unemployed and driving thousands of businesses to close their doors. Those companies that stayed afloat had to act quickly in order to enable their remote workforce and maintain operations.

Heading into 2021, there is little precedent for projecting the future. The economy is showing some signs of stability, but there are lingering fears over continued challenges or further surprises. Add in uncertainty around the U.S. political landscape,
and there are more questions than answers.

Through all the confusion, though, there are still some basic concepts that will shape the year to come. Digital operations are more important than ever,

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Rifki Nurfajri (The Jakarta Post)


Jakarta   ●  
Tue, June 8, 2021

Local furniture makers are worried about rising competition on their home turf, as franchise holder PT Hero Group plans to almost triple the number of IKEA outlets in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Furniture and Craft Industry Association (HIMKI) said IKEA’s expansion would eat into the young consumer and families market, a lucrative segment for the country’s furniture sellers.

According to Statista, the domestic furniture and homeware market is expected to grow 11.51 percent annually over the next four years to US$6.98 billion by 2025.

IKEA, a Dutch home furnishing brand founded in Sweden, today sells around the globe through franchise agreements.

“The addition of IKEA outlets will severely hit Indonesian micro, small and medium [furniture] businesses,” HIMKI secretary-general Heru Prasetyo told The Jakarta Post

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