September 7, 2012 in Business

Spokane’s Humanix opens staffing office in Las Vegas

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Spokane staffing company Humanix has opened an office in Las Vegas.

Company President Nancy Nelson said the move follows a request by one of its customers, Hayden printing company Digital Lizard, to provide staffing help for its expansion in Nevada.

“They asked us to follow them to Las Vegas to open a branch because they couldn’t imagine working with another service,” Nelson said in a news release.

The Nevada office will eventually target administrative, financial, and executive level search.

Heading the new office is Dancia Wieners, who has been with Humanix for 10 years, the release said.

Tom Sowa

Microsoft ready to add 1,000 new workers in China

BEIJING – Microsoft Corp. said it will hire more than 1,000 additional employees in China this year and boost research and development spending by 15 percent in an effort to expand its share of the country’s fast-growing mobile Internet and cloud computing market.

Microsoft’s CEO for China, Ralph Haupter, said Thursday the company is recruiting local partners to create mobile applications for China.

The announcement adds to intensifying competition in mobile Internet and cloud computing in China, where nearly 400 million people go online using mobile phones and other wireless devices.

Haupter said Microsoft is stepping up efforts to expand use of its Windows 8 operating system for mobile phones. In China, the company trails Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Google Inc., whose Android operating system is widely used.

AIG to sell stake in insurer to help pay loan to feds

NEW YORK – Insurance giant American International Group Inc. said it’s begun the sale of part of its stake in Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd. and will use the funds raised to help pay off loans from the U.S. government.

Proceeds from the sale of up to $2 billion of AIA shares to certain big investors will be used for general corporate purposes, including possible stock buybacks.

AIG’s board is also approving the repurchase of up to $5 billion of shares of the company’s common stock from the U.S. government.

AIG, which is based in New York, nearly collapsed in 2008. It received $182 billion from the U.S. government. – the biggest of the Wall Street bailout packages – after suffering massive losses from investments in derivatives.

U.S. leader in prosecuting international bribery cases

BERLIN – Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International says a new study shows laws forbidding companies from paying bribes to win or influence foreign contracts have resulted in a rising number of prosecutions.

The Berlin-based agency said in a report released Thursday that of 37 countries that have signed on to the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention, Germany and the United States – two of the world’s three largest exporters – have been most aggressively pursuing investigations and prosecutions.

The report found that by 2011 the U.S. had brought 275 cases against companies, adding 48 new cases since 2010. Germany had 176 total prosecutions, up 41 over the previous year. Japan showed only “moderate enforcement” with 2 cases by 2011 while several countries including Ireland, Greece, Israel and South Africa showed no enforcement at all.


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