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LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Stocks, oil and risk currencies gained on Tuesday as the formal go-ahead for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to begin his transition burnished a November already boosted by COVID-19 vaccines. Futures for the S&P 500 rose 1.2% in early European trading hours and putting the 49-country MSCI world stocks index on course to set a new record high later. Japan’s Nikkei jumped 2.5% to its highest level since May 1991 overnight, with energy, real estate and financial shares leading the advance. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was 1.26% stronger, touching its highest level in almost nine months, with energy stocks leading the pack there. Also spurred on by the vaccine hopes, oil reached levels not seen since before the coronavirus began to spread rapidly in March and decimated demand.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, Murphy, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, , Emmanuel Cau, Janet Yellen, Steven Mnuchin, Australia’s, Seoul’s Kospi, Hong, Stephen Innes, Gold Organizations: Reuters, U.S, COVID, Office, Management, General Services Administration, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, Brent, Barclays, Treasury, Japan’s Nikkei, Global, Biden, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, New Zealand, West Texas Locations: HONG KONG, U.S, Washington , U.S, Asia, Pacific, Japan, China, Washington, Beijing
GSA chief says decision to allow transition to begin was 'solely mine'
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney swears in U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy in Washington, U.S. December 5, 2017. GSA/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the General Services Administration on Monday said the decision allowing the start of a presidential transition to Democrat Joe Biden was “solely mine” despite a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he recommended the move. “I want you to hear directly from me: I was never pressured with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. The decision was solely mine,” GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter. “I was not directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — to delay this determination or to speed it up.”|
Persons: Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, Murphy, Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Emily Murphy, Organizations: Office, Management, General Services Administration, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Democrat, White House, GSA — Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S
In Malaysia's Sabah, pandemic rages as migrants flee testing
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Rozanna Latiff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Sabah accounts for nearly half of Malaysia’s 54,775 recorded COVID-19 infections and over half its 335 deaths despite having barely a tenth of the Southeast Asian country’s population. But health officials fear the real picture could be much worse as people evade screenings in fear of detention or deportation. As of Nov. 17, nearly a fifth of the state’s infections involved foreigners, according to government data obtained by Reuters. The data included both documented and undocumented migrants. But the response has been lukewarm to say the least.”Malaysia’s crackdown on undocumented migrants since the start of the pandemic has also worsened fears among vulnerable communities, rights groups say.
Persons: Surau Al Falah, COVID, ” Ahmad Han, Masidi Manjun, ” Masidi, , they’re, Masidi, , Ahmad Kamil of, Al Falah Organizations: Reuters, Surau Al Falah Semporna Aid Agency, Handout, REUTERS, Tawau Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Sabah, Malaysia, Malaysia’s Sabah, Borneo, Semporna, Philippines, Indonesia, COVID
UK's Sunak: no return to austerity in new spending plan
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 22, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak said there would be no return to austerity and instead he will announce “quite a significant” increase in funding for public services in a one-year spending plan on Wednesday. “You will not see austerity next week,” Sunak told Sky News television on Sunday. “What you will see is an increase in the government’s spending on day-to-day public services, and quite a significant one, coming on the increase that we had last year.”
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Jessica Taylor, Handout, , ” Sunak, Organizations: REUTERS LONDON, Sky News Locations: London, Britain, British
Lebanon's president pledges to revive forensic audit of central bank
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERSBEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that a forensic audit of the central bank was vital to combat corruption, and that he would get it back on track after the consultancy contracted to carry it out withdrew. “Our reality today is not promising,” the president said in a televised speech to mark Independence Day, adding that Lebanon was a prisoner of corruption, political scheming and external dictations. “If we want statehood, then we must fight corruption ... and this begins by imposing the forensic financial audit,” he said, adding he would not “back off” on the issue. Saad al-Hariri, the Sunni prime minister-designate under a sectarian power-sharing agreement, is struggling to form a cabinet amid turf wars.
Persons: Michel Aoun, Dalati, Aoun, , Alvarez, Marsal, Saad al, Hariri Organizations: REUTERS, Independence Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, REUTERS BEIRUT, Beirut,
UK PM raises Rohingya concerns in call with Myanmar leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.65   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question-time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the UK’s ongoing concerns over the Rohingya crisis and the conflict in Rakhine when he spoke by phone to Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, his office said in a statement.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Suu Kyi Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, British Locations: London, Britain, Rakhine, Suu
Second Acts: A career change roadmap in challenging times
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Chris Taylor | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Some people launch Second Acts for personal reasons, finally starting their own business or pursuing a long-held passion. In fact, one out of four women are considering a career change, according to a new survey by financial services giant MetLife. “Usually people stay in their own professional silos, like lawyers hanging out with lawyers,” said Schoenberg, noting that EvolveMe holds eight-week group training intensives for women tackling career change. Do not be inactive for long periods, which could stall momentum toward a successful career transition. DON’T ACT OUT OF PANICIf you have been pushed into career change by a furlough or a layoff, the natural instinct is to jump at the first job that comes along just to pay the bills.
Persons: Judie Saunders, Linda Lautenberg, Judy Schoenberg, Chris Lo Bue, “ It’s, ” Saunders, , you’ve, , DON’T, Jenny Blake, ” Blake, Schoenberg, EvolveMe, Blake Organizations: YORK, REUTERS, MetLife, LinkedIn, ACT Locations: Handout
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 22, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s public finances need to be put on a sustainable path over time, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday, adding that unprecedented support for the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic had been responsible. “We’ve provided over 200 billion (pounds) of support to protect the economy, lives and livelihoods from the significant and far reaching impacts of coronavirus,” Sunak said. “This is the responsible thing to do, but it’s also clear that over time it’s right we ensure the public finances are put on a sustainable path.”
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Jessica Taylor, Handout, “ We’ve, ” Sunak, it’s Organizations: REUTERS LONDON Locations: London, Britain
WHO's Tedros denies taking sides in Ethiopia conflict
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERSGENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday denied taking sides in the conflict in his home country Ethiopia and called on all parties there to work for peace and the safety of civilians. In a message on Twitter, Tedros said: “There have been reports suggesting I am taking sides in this situation. This is not true and I want to say that I am on only one side and that is the side of peace.”
Persons: Ghebreyesus, Christopher Black, Tedros, Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Handout, REUTERS GENEVA, Health Organization Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Ethiopia
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City chef Michael Lomonaco is no stranger to adversity. Chef Michael Lomonoco poses in an unknown location, in this undated photo. Shortly after, Lomonaco, a host on Travel Channel and Food Network shows, co-founded the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund. Lomonaco, 65, spoke to Reuters about the importance of survival skills in 2020. These are all good things.
Persons: Michael Lomonaco, Chef Michael Lomonoco, Eric Vitale, Handout, Lomonaco, I’ve Organizations: YORK, REUTERS, Porter House, Windows, World Trade, Travel, Food Network, Hope Family Relief, Porter, Grill, Reuters, Brooklyn College, Business Locations: New York City, New York, Lomonaco, Manhattan, Japan
Japan finance minister: Not considering another cash handout for households
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso answers a question during a news conference of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan June 9, 2019. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday he was not currently thinking about giving households cash handouts for a second time. Aso made his remarks in parliament when asked whether he would consider cash handouts as a means of providing a basic income to households.
Persons: Taro Aso, Eugene Hoshiko, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, Aso Organizations: Japan's, REUTERS, Japanese Finance Minister Locations: Fukuoka, Japan, REUTERS TOKYO
Post-Brexit UK announces largest military investment since Cold War
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Andrew Macaskill | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.82   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question-time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has announced the biggest investment in its military since the end of the Cold War, despite the coronavirus crisis pummelling the economy, as the government seeks to define its post-Brexit role on the world stage. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to carve out a role for Britain as a swashbuckling leader of a new era of global cooperation and free trade, backed by cutting-edge modern military and cyber capabilities. The government said the increased military spending will cement the United Kingdom’s position as the largest defence spender in Europe, the second largest in NATO, and allow increased investment in areas such as cyber and space. The full conclusions of the defence and security review - a study of threats and capabilities - will be announced next year.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, , ” Johnson, Donald Trump’s, spender Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, Britain, European Union, NATO, National Cyber Force, Command Locations: London, Britain, China, Europe
Post-Brexit UK announces military spending boost
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Andrew Macaskill | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain pledged to end the “era of retreat” by announcing a major increase in military spending, despite the coronavirus crisis pummelling the economy, as it seeks to define its post-Brexit role on the world stage. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSPrime Minister Boris Johnson said the extra spending reflected the need to upgrade military capabilities, with plans for a new space command and artificial intelligence agency. The military spending announcement comes just a week after Johnson promised U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that Britain was determined to remain a valuable military ally. Christopher Miller, acting U.S. defense secretary in Trump’s outgoing administration, welcomed the extra spending. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the defence spending would not come at the expense of aid.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, ” Johnson, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Britain, Christopher Miller, , spender, Ben Wallace, we’re, ” Wallace Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, European Union, NATO, Labour’s Party, Conservative, Media, Sky News Locations: Britain, London, United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, France, China, Europe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little-known agency that keeps the U.S. federal bureaucracy running is the biggest impediment to new efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden said on Wednesday. Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, must “ascertain” the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. Despite a clear margin of victory for Biden, Trump has refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling. The bipartisan National Task Force on Election Crises said on Tuesday it was “past time” for the GSA administrator to certify Biden. Trump administration sources said it is reasonable to wait until vote recounts are completed and the legal challenges have been resolved - a process that is continuing.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, Murphy, , ” Biden, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, it’s, , “ She’s, Biden’s, It’s, Republican George W, Bush, Dave Barram, Al Gore, Gore, ” Barram Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Office, Management, General Services Administration, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, Republican, Biden, Biden’s, American Medical Association, , National Task Force, Government Operations Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, Washington, United States, Florida, Wisconsin
Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, must “ascertain” the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. That is a condition of releasing funds and resources to the winner, but she has so far not done so. Despite a clear margin of victory for Biden, Trump has refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling. Trump administration sources said it was reasonable to wait until vote recounts are completed and the legal challenges have been resolved - a process that is continuing. Dave Barram, who was GSA administrator in 2000, said Murphy contacted him shortly before the election to discuss how he handled that year’s contested scenario.
Persons: Joe Biden, , ” Biden, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Murphy, it’s, , Phil Murphy, ” Murphy, Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, GSA’s Murphy, “ She’s, Biden’s, Jim Fitterling, It’s, ” Trump, Republican George W, Bush, Democrat Al Gore, Dave Barram, Gore, ” Barram Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, General Services Administration, Republican, Biden, Biden’s, . New, White House, CNN, Office, Management, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, American Medical Association, , National Association of Manufacturers, Dow Chemical, National Task Force, Democrat, Trump, Government Operations Locations: Washington, United States, ., . New Jersey, U.S, Washington , U.S, Florida, Wisconsin
Saudi Governor of the Northern Borders Region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, speaks during the Saudi and Iraqi border opening ceremony at Arar Border check post, Saudi Arabia, November 18, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERSAL-NUKHAIB, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq and Saudi Arabia opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades, the Iraqi border ports commission said on Wednesday. Arar has been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break. In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports.
Persons: Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, Arar, Saddam Hussein’s, Abdulaziz Alshamri, , , Abdulaziz Organizations: Northern Borders Region, Saudi, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, REUTERS AL, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Prince, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iraqi, Kuwait, Riyadh, Baghdad, Iran
Starling’s Kite card allows parents to transfer money to their children’s account, set spending limits and receive notifications of their purchases. They hope to capitalise on the digital payment and ecommerce boom, and hold on to new customers into adulthood. “A couple of big macro trends drove the adoption of Greenlight,” Timothy Sheehan, the company’s chief executive said. “A lot of money is going to these firms, but do they make money?” said Ian Kar, the founder and chief executive of consultancy Fintech Today. “Every brand wants to reach this new generation,” said Step founder and chief executive CJ MacDonald.
Persons: John Hibbs ’, Xanthe, John Hibbs, Handout, REUTERS Hibbs, Kate, , , Hibbs, fintechs, JPM.N, Kavita Kamdar, JPMorgan’s, Greenlight, Sarah Kocianski, Kocianski, ” Timothy Sheehan, Eddie Behringer, Ian Kar, Alex Zivoder, Zivoder, Helen Bierton, Gen Z, CJ MacDonald, ” Ben Galbraith, ” Galbraith, Jackie, ” Jackie Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, JPMorgan Chase, Greenlight, Chase, Banking, PayPal Holdings, Analysts, Fintech, , Rivals, McKinsey, San, New York University Locations: gohenry, Monzo, Britain, U.S, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto
The drill will use boxes carrying as many as 5,000 doses each, all cooled by dry ice, Air France-KLM special cargo manager Béatrice Delpuech told Reuters. All widebody planes can carry a maximum of around 1 tonne of dry ice in refrigerated and insulated containers, according to a DHL white paper on vaccine transport. The U.S. drugmaker has also developed temperature-controlled and GPS-enabled boxes that use dry ice to keep its vaccine at around -70C for up to 10 days. Va-Q-tec also said this month that it would significantly expand its container fleet over the coming months in anticipation of orders COVID-19 vaccine transport. Accenture’s Seabury Consulting estimates the global roll-out of a vaccine will generate 65,000 tonnes of air freight, which is five times the air vaccine trade in 2019.
Persons: KLM AIRF.PA, Béatrice Delpuech, ” Delpuech, , , Joachim von Winning, Patricia Cole, drugmaker, COVID, Pieter Elbers Organizations: Pfizer, Moderna, Handout, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Airlines, Korean Air, Korean, KS, Air France, KLM, Reuters, DHL, Air Cargo Community, Deutsche, AG's, DHL Global, FedEx Corp FDX.N, United Parcel Service, Consulting, CAPA Centre for Aviation Locations: FRANKFURT, Puurs, Belgium, CYRX.O, Germany, Amsterdam's Schiphol, Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, United States, U.S
The drill will use boxes carrying as many as 5,000 doses each, all cooled by dry ice, Air France-KLM special cargo manager Béatrice Delpuech told Reuters. All widebody planes can carry a maximum of around 1 tonne of dry ice in refrigerated and insulated containers, according to a DHL white paper on vaccine transport. The U.S. drugmaker has also developed temperature-controlled and GPS-enabled boxes that use dry ice to keep its vaccine at around -70C for up to 10 days. Va-Q-tec also said this month that it would significantly expand its container fleet over the coming months in anticipation of orders COVID-19 vaccine transport. Accenture’s Seabury Consulting estimates the global roll-out of a vaccine will generate 65,000 tonnes of air freight, which is five times the air vaccine trade in 2019.
Persons: KLM AIRF.PA, Béatrice Delpuech, ” Delpuech, , , Joachim von Winning, Patricia Cole, drugmaker, COVID, Pieter Elbers Organizations: Pfizer, Moderna, Handout, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Airlines, Korean Air, Korean, KS, Air France, KLM, Reuters, DHL, Air Cargo Community, Deutsche, AG's, DHL Global, FedEx Corp FDX.N, United Parcel Service, Consulting, CAPA Centre for Aviation Locations: FRANKFURT, Puurs, Belgium, CYRX.O, Germany, Amsterdam's Schiphol, Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, United States, U.S
Moderna and Pfizer have both announced promising trial results this week, suggesting their coronavirus vaccines perform very well at preventing COVID-19 infections. If all goes well, by mid-2021 people in the US may have two — or more — safe, highly effective coronavirus vaccines to use. Earlier in the week, Moderna also announced its own coronavirus vaccine trial was nearing its end, with a very similar 94.5% efficacy rate. "When people are more densely packed, and you can have central points of distribution, it's easier to distribute a vaccine like the Pfizer vaccine, versus a place where things may be more spread apart." "Even if the Moderna vaccine is easier to distribute, because it has a less stringent cold chain ... it's still going to be the case that we're going to need the Pfizer vaccine and Pfizer's manufacturing capacity as well," Adalja said.
Persons: Pfizer's, Amesh, Leon Neal, they're, Adalja, David Rach, Pfizer handout, it's Organizations: Moderna, Pfizer, Wednesday, US Food and Drug Administration, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Getty, Both Moderna, BioNTech, Center for Vaccine Development, Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Reuters Locations: COVID, Baltimore , Maryland, Moderna
Iran's Zarif says Biden can lift sanctions with 'three executive orders'
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran would fully implement its 2015 nuclear deal if U.S. President-elect Joe Biden lifts sanctions on Tehran, which Zarif said could be done swiftly through “three executive orders”. “We are ready to discuss how the United States can re-enter the accord,” Zarif said. Biden can lift all sanctions with three executive orders.”Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the 2015 accord, agreed by Washington when he was vice president, if Iran also returns to compliance. It began breaching the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 and started ratcheting up unilateral sanctions on Tehran.
Persons: Mohammad Javad Zarif, Dalati, Joe Biden, Zarif, , Biden, ” Zarif, , ” Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Hassan Rouhani, Washington Organizations: REUTERS, DUBAI, Reuters, United States Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, Iran, Tehran, United States, Washington, U.S, United
UK PM Johnson fully supports devolution, says his spokesman
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.55   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on during the weekly question-time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has always fully supported devolution, his spokesman said on Tuesday, after being asked about comments he made describing it as a “disaster”. “The PM has always fully supported devolution and this government continues to put the union in the heart of everything that we do,” the spokesman told reporters, not directly commenting on the reported use of language at a meeting. “He will always stand against those trying to separate the United Kingdom. He is very clear that he rejects the (Scottish National Party’s) call to break up the UK.”
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, , Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON Locations: London, Britain, United Kingdom
British PM tells ministers an EU deal is far from certain
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question-time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his top ministers on Tuesday it was far from certain that a trade agreement would be reached with the European Union and that time was running “very short”, his spokesman said. “The PM said that his position hasn’t changed: the UK is keen to secure a deal with the EU, but not at the cost of our core principles around sovereignty and control over our laws, borders, money – and our fish,” the spokesman told reporters. “Significant issues remain, particularly on the so-called level playing field and fisheries. We are working hard to find solutions which fully respect UK sovereignty, but it is far from certain that an agreement will prove possible and time is now very short.”
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, , hasn’t, Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, British, European Union, EU Locations: London, Britain
Twitter names famed hacker 'Mudge' as head of security
  + stars: | 2020-11-16 | by ( Joseph Menn | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Peiter Zatko, widely known by his hacker handle Mudge. Handout via REUTERSThe company on Monday named Peiter Zatko, widely known by his hacker handle Mudge, to the new position of head of security, giving him a broad mandate to recommend changes in structure and practices. Zatko answers to CEO Jack Dorsey and is expected to take over management of key security functions after a 45- to 60-day review. Twitter faces numerous security challenges. Stamos, who once worked for Zatko’s security consultancy, called him a great fit for a company lacking the financial muscle of Facebook and Google.
Persons: Peiter Zatko, Mudge, Handout, Jack Dorsey, Zatko, , Dan Kaufman, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Alex Stamos, ” Zatko Organizations: FRANCISCO, Reuters, Twitter, REUTERS, Google, Research, Projects Agency, DARPA, Microsoft, Tesla, Facebook, Stanford, Locations: cybersecurity, U.S, Saudi Arabia
A worker passes a line of freezers holding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate BNT162b2 at a Pfizer facility in Puurs, Belgium in an undated photograph. At least half a dozen states, including California, Rhode Island and New Mexico, said in published comments to the CDC that they expect to face challenges due to limited supplies of ULT freezers. Northwell Health, New York state’s largest hospital system, said it has leased around 20 ultra cold freezers for the Pfizer vaccine, and that manufacturers now had waiting lists. Dry ice has also been offered as a potential solution for nations without access to ULT storage in vaccination centers. “Waste is a major concern,” said Soumi Saha, vice president of advocacy at Premier Inc, which coordinates purchases for thousands of U.S. hospitals and health systems.
Persons: PFE.N, BioNTech 22UAy.F, Helmer, Stirling Ultracold, , Claire Hannan, Andy Beshear, Rebecca Gayden, Fisher, Helmer Scientific, Ohio's Stirling Ultracold, George Gerhardt, ” Gerhardt, Kim Deti, Soumi Saha Organizations: ANGELES, NEW, Pfizer, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Handout, REUTERS, CDC, Fisher Scientific Inc, Medical Systems, Helmer Scientific, Stirling, Association, Inc, Kentucky, Northwell, United Parcel Service, North, Wyoming Department of Health, Premier Inc Locations: Puurs, Belgium, California, Rhode Island, New Mexico, ULT, New York, . Indiana, North Dakota, Cities, Philadelphia, U.S
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