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Italy to discuss on Monday plans to use resources from EU's Recovery Fund
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A European Union's flag flutters outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Yves HermanROME (Reuters) - Italy’s cabinet will meet on Dec. 7 to discuss the country’s national recovery plan, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said on Friday. Rome is expected to receive more than 200 billion euros ($242.88 billion) from the European Recovery Fund designed to help EU nations hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Persons: Yves Herman ROME, Rome Organizations: European Commission, REUTERS, European Recovery Fund Locations: Brussels, Belgium
Portugal approves extension of COVID-19 emergency as Christmas approaches
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s parliament on Friday approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency to Dec. 23 under a decree that envisages a further extension into January, as the government prepared measures to limit COVID-19 contagion during the holiday season. The nationwide state of emergency to tackle the second wave of the virus initially came into force on Nov. 9 and will now likely stay in place at least until Jan. 7. The current state of emergency includes a night-time curfew and a half-day lockdown on weekend days across most of the country. Prime Minister Antonio Costa told Observador radio that Christmas “would not be the same” but the government planned to ease some rules. Observador said travel between regions would not be prohibited on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
Persons: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Antonio Costa, Observador, Costa Locations: LISBON, COVID, Spain, Italy, Portugal
Slideshow ( 2 images )ROME (Reuters) - More than half of Italians think it is right to give up personal freedom to protect public health, a survey said on Friday, suggesting the government’s curbs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic still have public support. The percentage is highest among young people, the survey showed, reaching a peak of 64.7% among those aged between 18 and 34. Italy was the first Western nation hit hard by the virus and has suffered more than 58,000 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February. On Thursday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a ban on midnight mass and on movements between towns on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, among other measures. Fear was the dominant emotion among Italians in 2020, the survey showed, with some 73.4% saying they felt anxious and scared.
Persons: Giuseppe Conte Locations: ROME, Italy
Swiss expand coronavirus risk quarantine list, add United States
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.72   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A poster placed in front of check-in counters reminds passengers to wear protective masks, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at the airport in Zurich, Switzerland July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has expanded its list of countries here with a high risk of coronavirus infection from which new arrivals must quarantine themselves for 10 days, the Federal Office for Health said on Friday. The United States has been added to list, which also now includes more areas of neighbouring Italy and Austria, as well as Hungary, Poland and Portugal. It takes effect from Dec. 14.
Organizations: REUTERS, Wiegmann, Federal Office, Health, United Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, Wiegmann ZURICH, United States, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Portugal
Alitalia to run COVID-tested flights from Rome to New York from Dec. 8
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: An Alitalia Airbus A319 comes in to land at Rome Fiumicino Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Rome, Italy, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File PhotoMILAN (Reuters) - Alitalia will offer COVID-tested flights from Rome to New York starting from Dec. 8, the airline and the company running the Fiumicino airport, Aeroporti di Roma, said in a joint statement on Friday. In September, in an effort to resume domestic travel after the first wave of the epidemic, Alitalia experimented with COVID testing on some flights between Rome’s Fiumicino and Milan’s city airport Linate, Italy’s biggest hubs. However, the government progressively restricted movement between regions to tackle a second wave of infections. Fiumicino saw its passenger traffic plummet this year due to the coronavirus crisis and early in March it was forced to announce a partial closure.
Persons: Alberto Lingria, MILAN Organizations: Alitalia Airbus, Rome Fiumicino Airport, REUTERS, Alitalia, Aeroporti Locations: Rome, Italy, New York, Milan’s
Alitalia to run COVID-tested Rome-New York flights from Dec. 8
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: An Alitalia Airbus A319 comes in to land at Rome Fiumicino Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Rome, Italy, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File PhotoMILAN (Reuters) - Italian carrier Alitalia will offer COVID-tested flights between Rome and New York starting from Dec. 8, the airline and the company running Rome’s Fiumicino airport said in a joint statement on Friday. On arrival in Italy, passengers undergo another coronavirus test which, if negative, exempts them from the 14-day quarantine Italy imposes on incoming travellers. The quarantine exemption only applies to Italy, while restrictions on entry into the United States provided for by the U.S. government remain in place. In September, in an effort to resume domestic travel after the first wave of the epidemic, Alitalia experimented with COVID testing on some flights between Rome’s Fiumicino and Milan’s city airport Linate, Italy’s biggest hubs.
Persons: Alberto Lingria, MILAN Organizations: Alitalia Airbus, Rome Fiumicino Airport, REUTERS, Italian, Alitalia, New York, U.S Locations: Rome, Italy, New, United States, Milan’s
Eni buys 20% of Dogger Bank wind power project from SSE, Equinor
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
OSLO (Reuters) - Italy’s Eni will buy a 20% stake in the Dogger Bank Wind Farm development from Norway’s Equinor and Britain’s SSE for a combined 405 million pounds ($545 million), the companies said on Friday. REUTERS/Alessandro BianchiThe project off the northeast coast of England is expected to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, helping the companies achieve their climate targets. Following the deal, SSE and Equinor will each hold 40% while Eni will own the remaining 20%. Britain is already the largest offshore wind market in the world and is aiming for 40 GW of capacity by 2030, up from 10 GW now. Equinor in September announced the sale of a 50% stake in two U.S. wind farm projects to BP, booking a $1 billion profit.
Persons: Alessandro Bianchi, Claudio Descalzi Organizations: Eni, Dogger Bank, REUTERS, Bank Locations: OSLO, Dogger, Rome, Italy, England, Northern Europe, Equinor, Britain, U.S
27 Great Holiday Gift Ideas From Truly Chic Hotel Boutiques
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Christian L. Wright | ) www.wsj.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
NO LONGER cramped kiosks selling postcards and prophylactics, many hotel gift shops have become expertly curated boutiques. And now some of the world’s great purveyors of hospitality have emerged as a solution for online shoppers who need a holiday gift for the curtailed travelers in their lives. If your loved ones have a favorite hotel, to which they return time and again, but can’t this year, a souvenir from its gift shop can be especially thoughtful. The London landmark is now selling its tea service for the first time via its online store. Aunt Jane will be thrilled and you can feel good about yourself: Online Christmas shopping via hotel boutique helps the hard-hit hospitality industry, too.
Persons: Jane, Aunt Jane, here’s, Italy Emporio Sirenuse, Porter, Stetson, noelle, nashville.com, keep.shop Organizations: Oil Locations: London, Italy, Le, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italian, Noelle, Nashville, Southern U.S
REUTERS/Massimo PincaSPACs are shell companies that use the proceeds from going public to buy another company, not yet identified at the time of listing. They said listings destined for Europe tended to be focused on the healthcare, technology and consumer sectors, with Euronext’s exchanges in France, the Netherlands and Southern Europe set to see the most activity. Saadi Soudavar, co-head of equity capital markets (ECM) at Deutsche Bank in EMEA said a “decent” pipeline of European SPAC deals was building for next year, without giving further details. FEE BOOSTFor European ECM bankers, a surge in SPAC deals would mean a fee boost. SPACs led by European investors and targeting European companies, such as the one recently launched by private equity fund Investindustrial, have ditched European exchanges to list in New York, where investors are more familiar with the product.
Persons: Massimo Pinca, Nikola, Bill Ackman, Michael Klein, Martin Franklin’s, Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse, Saadi Soudavar, Suisse’s Joachim von der Goltz, SPACs, , Darrell Uden Organizations: REUTERS, VectoIQ, Harvester Holdings, Reuters, Deutsche Bank, European, Northern, RBC Capital Markets Locations: FRANKFURT, U.S, Europe, Turin, Italy, United States, London, Amsterdam, France, Netherlands, Southern Europe, EMEA, European, Germany, Northern Europe, New York
9 4,081 deaths Nov. 28 4,082 deaths Covid-19 daily deaths Spring wave of Covid-19 Fall wave Source: New York Times database. A devastating second wave has forced reluctant governments back into lockdowns or restrictions and inflicted new scars on European economies. We now know that the second wave in Europe has become deadlier than the first. Today, Poland faces a severe second wave that is straining its hospitals to the breaking point. Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway have kept the second wave at bay.
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ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Promises New Prominence for Fauci Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, was sidelined under President Trump, but President-elect Biden says he will continue in his current role and also become chief medical adviser. Now it is Mr. Trump who is leaving, and on Thursday, his successor had a message for Americans: Dr. Fauci will soon be back in the mix. Much better than the Americans have.” Dr. Fauci seemed more than a little skeptical. Later, a chagrined-looking Dr. Fauci, who is ordinarily averse to public conflict, appeared on British television saying that he wanted to apologize. In their study, Dr. Barouch and his colleagues found a correlate of protection in monkeys.
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Thomson ReutersThe UK's economy will grow 7% in 2021 led by the coronavirus vaccine rollout and a Brexit trade deal, Goldman Sachs predicted Friday. Although new trade restrictions are likely to weigh on potential growth in the coming years, the drag will mostly be slow to materialize, Goldman said. The UK economy is poised for a sharp rebound next year as the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out and a Brexit trade deal is struck, Goldman Sachs said on Friday. The bank expects UK gross domestic product to grow by 7% in 2021 and 6.2% in 2022, above economists' consensus. "The new trade restrictions in services are likely to weigh significantly on potential growth in coming years," Stehn wrote.
Persons: Thomson, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Sven Jari Stehn, Read, Stehn Organizations: Thomson Reuters, Pfizer, EU, The, of Locations: Germany, France, Italy
The restaurant industry lost jobs for the first time since April as new restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic weighed on sales at eating and drinking places. Food and drinking places lost 17,400 jobs in November, and the industry has an unemployment rate of 13.8%. But the spike in infections is hitting the restaurant industry particularly hard. Delaware had placed new restrictions on restaurants in mid-November, but on Thursday issued a stay-at-home order, as cases continued to climb. Industry experts are expecting a new wave of restaurant closures and bankruptcies this winter, which will further shrink the number of available restaurant jobs.
Persons: Da, Covid, McDonald's, Joe Biden, Steven Mnunchin Organizations: Department of Labor, Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University —, Intelligence, Capitol Locations: Little Italy, New York City, Angeles County, Delaware, U.S
NEW YORK/LONDON/MELBOURNE/MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Europe’s largest airline boosted its 737 MAX order from Boeing to 210, adding 75 aircraft, the U.S.-based manufacturer said on Thursday. And if Ryanair proves to have been too ambitious, it can prolong delivery and payment to Boeing. Richard’s bid gives Orange Belgium an enterprise value of nearly 1.6 billion euros, including its estimated 274 million euros of debt. But global luxury sales will still be between $40 billion and $80 billion below pre-pandemic levels next year, says McKinsey.
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Italy's Webuild will merge with Astaldi unit in next few months: CFO
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
MILAN (Reuters) - Webuild is aiming to complete its merger with listed unit Astaldi by the end of the first half of next year, the top finance executive of Italy’s biggest construction group said on Thursday. Webuild took control of its troubled rival Astaldi last month, completing the first phase of a state-backed plan dubbed “Project Italy” to revive the country’s ailing construction industry. However with COVID creating uncertainty across the sector, Massimo Ferrari, Webuild’s general manager corporate and finance, said the Astaldi deal was likely to be the last piece of merger activity for the moment. “About M&A ... we have completed most of the way, if not all of it, at the moment. And the Covid pandemic completely changes the market scenario,” he told Reuters in a phone interview.
Persons: Webuild, Astaldi, Massimo Ferrari, Webuild’s, Organizations: MILAN, Italy, Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The logo of an infrastructure group Atlantia is seen outside their headquarters, in Rome, Italy October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneMILAN (Reuters) - Italian infrastructure fund F2i is in talks with state-backed lender CDP to become a key investor in a consortium working on a bid for the motorway assets of infrastructure group Atlantia, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. According to the sources, infrastructure fund F2i and other Italian institutional investors could join forces with CDP, allowing domestic suitors to have the majority of the vehicle that would buy Autostrade’s 88% stake. “There are talks under way between CDP and F2i to discuss a possible co-investment in Autostrade,” one of the sources said. Reuters reported in October F2i could join forces with CDP.
Persons: Guglielmo Mangiapane MILAN, Blackstone, F2i Organizations: REUTERS, Macquarie, Reuters Locations: Rome, Italy, Autostrade
Monte dei Paschi to send ECB plan to plug capital shortfall by January 31
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian state-owned bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) said on Thursday it would tell the European Central Bank by the end of January how it plans to tackle its capital shortfall. FILE PHOTO: The entrance of Monte dei Paschi bank in Siena, Italy, October 27, 2017. The project faces opposition from the co-ruling 5-Star Movement which backs instead the stand-alone plan MPS CEO Guido Bastianini has been working on. However, negotiations may be delayed now that UniCredit CEO Jean Pierre Mustier has resigned after clashing with the bank’s board over strategy. People involved in the discussions said Treasury’s talks could still continue, but one source said the current UniCredit board may be reluctant to take strategic decisions just before its mandate ends in April.
Persons: Stefano Rellandini, Guido Bastianini, Bastianini, Marco Morelli, Jean Pierre Mustier, Treasury’s, Mustier Organizations: MILAN, Monte, European Central Bank, REUTERS, Italy’s Treasury, MPS, Treasury, UniCredit, Reuters, Wednesday Rome Locations: Siena, Monte dei, Italy, Rome
Judge orders mass trial as Italy takes on 'Ndrangheta mobsters
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Crispian Balmer | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ROME (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday indicted 444 suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia on an array of charges, including murder, attempted murder, extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking, a judicial source said. FILE PHOTO: An Italian Carabinieri official stands an Italian courtroom during the Mills trial in Milan's court March 11, 2011. Mafiosi are not Martians, they live among us,” Nicola Gratteri, the lead prosecutor on the case, said this week. The Calabrian trial involves a high number of white-collared workers and does not target the top hierarchies of the ‘Ndrangheta clans in the way the Palermo case did. He said it had grown easier for mobsters to infiltrate local administrations and win lucrative contracts or siphon off funds.
Persons: Alessandro Garofalo, ” Nicola Gratteri, , Gratteri Organizations: mafia, Cosa Nostra Locations: ROME, Italian, Milan's, Italy, Calabria, Calabrian, Lamezia Terme, Palermo, Europe, America
FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his iPhone in Rome September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Max RossiMILAN (Reuters) - The number of high speed fibre optic broadband lines in Europe is expected to more than double over the next six years from last year’s levels as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for faster internet services, a study showed on Thursday. Houses passed is an industry term meaning the potential number of premises a service provider could connect to high-speed fibre optic broadband. According to the forecasts, the number of subscribers in the EU and Britain will increase to around 148 million in 2026 from 70.4 million in 2019. Among factors boosting fibre-to-the-home adoption across Europe, the report cites switch off plans for old-copper networks and a strong commitment by governments to fibre optic rollout plans.
Persons: Max Rossi MILAN, Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Britain, FTTH, EU Locations: Rome, Europe, Germany, Britain, Italy
Angelina Friedman, a 102-year-old New York woman who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic and survived cancer, has now beat the coronavirus — twice, her daughter says. Her daughter, Joanne Merola, said that the diagnosis came as a surprise because her mother wasn't sick. The worst symptom she had was a fever that lasted maybe 10 days," Merola said in a phone interview Thursday. North Westchester Restorative Therapy & Nursing CenterFriedman spent a week in the hospital before she returned to North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center to recover. "My mom has been through so much in her life," Merola said, offering some advice: "You just can't give up.
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Voluntary and free: Portugal approves COVID-19 vaccination plan
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Catarina Demony | Victoria Waldersee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: People hold a conversation near Comercio square during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal November 7, 2020. The first phase should be completed between January and February, Francisco Ramos, the coordinator of the government’s vaccination task force, said. Shots will be administered at 1,200 vaccination points in health centres across the country. Health Minister Marta Temido said the country would buy 22 million doses of COVID-19 shots for 200 million euros ($243.14 million). Portugal, with a population of about 10 million people, has reported 307,618 coronavirus cases, with 4,724 deaths.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Francisco Ramos, , Antonio Costa, Marta Temido, Johnson Organizations: REUTERS, Health, Pfizer, BioNTech, Johnson, Sanofi, GSK Locations: LISBON, Portugal, Comercio, Lisbon, Moderna, Spain, Italy
LONDON/MELBOURNE/MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris, France, February 11, 2016. LATEST- Valery Giscard d’Estaing- Flutter- Working from homeA CREDIT TO FRANCE. Peter Jackson, chief executive of Irish gambling group Flutter Entertainment, is doubling down on the burgeoning American sports-betting market. The stake’s current owner, Fastball, will get about $2.1 billion in cash and the rest in Flutter shares.
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UK's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 60,000
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/John Sibley/Fiel PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s total death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 60,000 on Thursday, by the government’s preferred measure of deaths within 28 days of a positive test. The UK toll is the fifth highest in the world after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico. The number of deaths over the past seven days was 3,085, down 5% compared with the previous seven days. Until August, the United Kingdom was tallying its official COVID-19 death toll by a different measure, namely all deaths where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate. By that measure, the toll has now reached 69,752.
Persons: John Sibley Organizations: REUTERS Locations: London, Britain, COVID, United States, Brazil, India, Mexico, Europe, Italy, France, United Kingdom
Italian regions up in arms over government's Xmas Covid curbs
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s regions on Thursday hit out at the government over its latest curbs to control the coronavirus, saying they were not consulted over measures that were too hard on families and did not compensate hard-hit businesses. FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street on the day Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza lays out in parliament the government's plan for mass coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations and restrictions over the Christmas period, in Rome, Italy December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File PhotoUnder a decree approved late on Wednesday, Italians will not be able to move between the country’s 20 regions from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6 except for work, medical reasons or emergencies. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day they cannot even leave their towns. This is yet more proof that the government does not know Italy,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the rightist League opposition party.
Persons: Roberto Speranza, Yara, Giuseppe Conte, , Attilio Fontana, Matteo Salvini, Conte Organizations: Health, REUTERS, League, Reuters Locations: ROME, Rome, Italy, , Lombardy
On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Italians cannot even leave their towns. In Italy, the first Western nation to be battered by the virus, more than 58,000 people have died since its outbreak in February, the second highest toll in Europe after Britain. On Thursday, 993 people died - Italy’s highest daily toll yet. The previous record was 919 on March 27 at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic. This is yet more proof that the government does not know Italy,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the rightist League opposition party.
Persons: Giuseppe Conte, Conte, , Matteo Salvini Organizations: League Locations: ROME, Italy, Europe, Britain, , Rome
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