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Lay-offs at Hong Kong TV station stoke concerns over media freedom
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong television station said on Tuesday about 100 staff were “affected” by a shake-up as it seeks to control costs and remain competitive in a challenging economic environment, a move that has re-ignited worries over media freedom in the city. Local media said 40 workers had been laid off from i-Cable, including the entire team from the station’s award-winning investigative section News Lancet. “Under this circumstance, after a comprehensive review, it was unavoidable for the group to carry out an organizational restructure of various departments.”The pay TV station did not say how many had been sacked. i-Cable journalists told Reuters the lay-offs had prompted the heads of the station’s China News, Hong Kong General News, Finance News and Editing desk to resign. There aren’t many TV investigative news programmes in Hong Kong,” Yau said.
Persons: Wong Lai, Yau Ting, leung, “ It’s, ” Yau, ” HKJA, David Chiu Organizations: Reuters, , China News, Cable, China, Hong, Hong Kong General News, Finance, Hong Kong Journalists ’ Association, Cable News, Far, Consortium Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong, Wuhan province, Beijing
UK's Gove says: there's a chance of a no-deal Brexit
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.95   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove is seen in Westminster, London, Britain November 10, 2020. REUTERS/John SibleyLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit supremo, Michael Gove, said on Tuesday that there was a chance that Brexit trade talks may end without a deal, the nightmare finale to the five-year Brexit crisis. “We have intensified the negotiation process, but it’s important that the EU also lives up to its responsibilities as well,” Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Gove told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Asked whether a no deal was closer than anyone would admit, he said: “I think it’s certainly the case that there is a chance that we may not get a negotiated outcome, that’s why it’s important business prepares for all eventualities, but I very much want a deal and I believe that we can secure one.”
Persons: Lancaster Michael Gove, John Sibley, Boris Johnson’s Brexit, Michael Gove, Lancaster Gove, ITV’s, , it’s, Organizations: REUTERS, John Sibley LONDON, British, Locations: Duchy, Westminster, London, Britain
LONDON (Reuters) - A senior British minister said on Tuesday there was still a chance of a turbulent Brexit without a trade deal as talks with the European Union had snagged on fishing, governance rules and dispute resolution. Britain’s Office for Budget Responsibility said last week that failure to agree a free trade deal would wipe an extra 2% off UK economic output - in addition to the 4% drop from leaving the bloc with a deal - while driving up inflation, unemployment and public borrowing. “The EU still wants to take the lion’s share of the fishing in our waters - which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU,” Gove told Sky. A trade deal would not only safeguard trade but also buttress peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland. Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said a deal could be done this week.
Persons: Lancaster Michael Gove, Toby Melville Just, , Michael Gove, “ It’s, ” Gove, Gove, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Micheal Martin, ” Martin, Organizations: European Union, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, REUTERS, London, ITV, of, Britain’s, EU, Sky, Irish, Irish Times Locations: British, Duchy, London, Britain, Lancaster, of London, United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Ireland
TOKYO (Reuters) - Social transformations triggered by the coronavirus pandemic are making index-following, passive stock investments less attractive and could reverse a decline in active stock investments, the chief executive of Nissay Asset Management said. FILE PHOTO: Hiroshi Ozeki, chief investment officer (CIO) of Nippon Life Insurance Co, Japan's largest private insurance company, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo September 2, 2015. Assets held by exchange traded funds (ETFs), among the most convenient passive investments, have been increasing globally over the last decade. The era of active investment may be back,” Ozeki said. For investors, too, it reduces risk when the government clarifies its long-term goal,” Ozeki said.
Persons: Hiroshi, Toru Hanai Hiroshi, , it’s, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Suga Organizations: Nissay, Management, Nippon Life Insurance, Reuters, REUTERS, Energy, , Environment, Social, Enterprises, Japan, Sony, Ricoh Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, United States, Japan
Giving Tuesday was created to promote charitable acts of giving after consumers spent billions of dollars on goods during Black Friday weekend and on Cyber Monday. While it may feel enticing to shop while saving and giving back, Gall noted shoppers should also be vigilant and make smart shopping decisions when participating in Giving Tuesday. You can also take advantage of cashback offers when online shopping on Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday 2020 versus past years“More people will be participating in Giving Tuesday than in previous years since so many are shopping online right now due to Covid-19, and this creates a potentially bigger impact as Giving Tuesday has become a primarily online event,” said Gall. Giving Tuesday initiativesBrands also hold their own Giving Tuesday initiatives separately from the official Giving Tuesday movement.
Persons: New York —, , Asha Curran, , Gall, Sara Skirboll, Rakuten, Alex, Ani, Trae Bodge, Bodge, Rafi Nova, Warby Parker, Draper James, Ivory Ella, Cotopaxi, DoorDash, It’s Organizations: United Nations Foundation, Black, American Bar Association, Adobe, Nike, Microsoft, Facebook, Random, The, Brands, Foods, GivingDirectly’s, NBC Locations: New York, Patagonia, Banana Republic, West Elm, Tupperware, Tatcha, LA, America, San Francisco Bay Area, Texas
India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Abhrajyoti Chakraborty | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
If the Censor Board refused to certify the documentary, was he confident that the courts would again come through for him? But in an op-ed he wrote for an Indian newspaper several weeks later, he seemed to have made up his mind. In scenes straight out of a Patwardhan film, women camped out on streets day and night in the cold. “I feel so helpless watching all this on TV,” Patwardhan told me. Patwardhan told me last year that it was becoming difficult to distinguish between Hindutva and Hinduism.
Persons: Patwardhan, , it’s, ” Patwardhan, , Patwardhan’s, Gandhi, Ambedkar, Donald Trump’s, Modi, “ Jai Bhim Comrade ”, I’m, Weeks, Advani Organizations: College, Patwardhan, Indian Locations: India, country’s, New Delhi, Jaipur, , “ Bombay, Our, Mumbai, Britain, Italy, Spain
Quentin and Stacy Blakley opened the “decontamination station” in their home garage as the coronavirus pandemic took root in Georgia in March and have never shut it down. Quentin I work at the busiest airport in the world, which means I come into contact with a lot of people. Stacy We all learned the term “frontline worker” during the pandemic. As soon as the pandemic started, we set up the garage for him. I had to sit the boys down and explain to them what the pandemic was.
Persons: Quentin, Stacy Blakley, Blakley, Quentin I, Stacy, Stacy Quentin, “ Dad, ” Stacy, we’ve, It’s Organizations: Douglas Consulting Group Locations: Georgia, Atlanta, South Fulton, Ga, Stacy
“2020 is really just one big loss for the wedding industry,” said Steve Sendor, publisher of Sophisticated Weddings Magazine. “If nothing else, it’s a pretty safe bet that the vaccine will be in place by fall and that fall 2021 weddings are going to happen,” she said. “There’s less razmataz in pandemic weddings,” Blum said. She’s also surprised wedding guests with famous bands who have Zoomed in to virtual wedding receptions and serenaded the wedding couple with a favorite song. “The wedding industry is not dead yet.
Persons: Kleinfeld, , Jennette Kruszka, , ” Kruszka, “ We’re, Phillip Van Nostrand, ” Coronavirus, Steve Sendor, ” Sendor, Sendor, we’re, “ I’ve, Preston Bailey, Bailey, he’s, we’ve, ” Bailey, Marcy Blum, Blum, ” Blum, ‘ Let’s, Billy Joel, Lebron James, it’s, ” Blum’s, She’s, Amy Anaiz, Anaiz, ” Anaiz, she’s, Kruszka Organizations: Kleinfeld, NBC, , Brides Magazine Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, South Carolina
12 merry and gay movies to spice up your holiday
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Dan Avery | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
This year, at least four LGBTQ-inclusive Christmas movies landed on cable channels and streaming services. While “The Family Stone” doesn’t reinvent the holiday movie, it does shake up conventions about expectations when it comes to romance. She and John Goodman play a couple of 40 years who want to have one last “perfect” family Christmas before announcing their impending divorce. Though a bit heavy-handed, “Holiday Heart” has a surprisingly good pedigree: Directed by Robert Townshend and produced by Robert DeNiro, it earned Woodard a Golden Globe. 'Rent' (2005)Every holiday movie list needs a musical, and “White Christmas” wasn’t going to cut it.
Persons: it’s, Lifetime’s, Zola, It’s, Hulu’s, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meredith, Diane Keaton, Gunn, Keith Jordan, ” Nathan, Adamo Ruggiero, Nathan, Carol, Charles Dickens ’, , Vanessa Williams, grinchiness, Betty, Williams, Ebony Scrooge, Kathy Griffin, Todd Haynes, Cate Blanchett, Therese, Rooney Mara, Sam ”, Jessie Nelson, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Chalamet, Anthony Mackie, Mervyn Nelson, Jay, Rue McClanahan, Fannie Flagg, Candy Darling, Gary Sanders, , Alfre Woodard, Robert Townshend, Robert DeNiro, Woodard, Dawn Davenport, John Waters, doesn't, Dawn, Mink, Rudolph the Red, Rudolph — I’m, Bass, Rudolph, Hermey, Sean Baker’s, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Alexandra, Mya Taylor, Rodriguez, Taylor, Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter, Claire Danes, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Robert Downey Jr, Tommy, Larson, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, you’ve, Jonathan Larson’s, Anthony Rapp et, Diehard, Tinashe, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Vanessa Hudgens, Valentina, Angel Organizations: Hallmark, Lifetime, Paramount, City, VH1, Greenwich Village, Golden Globe, Rankin, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: America, , Manhattan, , Cincinnati, New York
NEW YORK/ZURICH/LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozLATEST- The online shopping habitRISE OF THE MACHINES. That would outpace Black Friday’s $9 billion online sales haul, which was itself a new peak. Assume Chief Executive Robert Swaak succeeds in cranking costs down to 4.7 billion euros a year and revenue stabilises at 7.4 billion euros. The bank will only buy back shares when its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio rises above a chunky 15%.
Persons: Eduardo Munoz, PlayStations, Anna Szymanski, Richard Beales, Ed Cropley, It’s, Rob Cox, Robert Swaak, Swaak, Christopher Thompson, Una Galani Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, Adobe Analytics, AAA, Uber Technologies, Bank, SWISS MISS, didn’t, ABN Amro, Canberra, Wine Estates, Oxford Locations: ZURICH, LONDON, MUMBAI, Macy's, Manhattan , New York, U.S, United States, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Treasuries, China, SWISS, Alpine, It’s, Amsterdam, Australia, People’s Republic, Una
If Week 12 is a harbinger, NFL executives will be doing more scrambling than Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray. The NFL deserves praise for getting this far with minimal disruptions compared to what we are seeing in the college game. “When you think about the country right now, we’re going through a second wave. “I think right now from a competitive and balance standpoint that’s out there, and from a safety standpoint that’s out there, go to a bubble. Browns center JC Tretter, the president of the NFL Players Association, last week addressed the issues pro football is facing.
Persons: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, They’ve, it’s, , Bill Cowher, , NFL hasn’t, , Sean Payton, JC Tretter Organizations: Ravens, Denver, Saints, Patriots, Pro, of Fame, CBS Sports, NFL, Bears, Browns, NFL Players Association Locations: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Denver
LONDON (Reuters) - Corporate defaults are a growing risk for next year, although central bank stimulus and a COVID-19 vaccine will provide support, Russell Investments’ CIO for fixed income and EMEA said on Monday. “On the flip side, there is definitely a rising risk relating to default risk. It’s clearly having an impact on the economy and some sectors.”The coronavirus shock will more than double company default rates across the United States and Europe over the next 9 months, ratings agency S&P Global said last month, predicting U.S. corporate default rates at 12.5%. “The delta of the stimulus being behind us, and the default risk being ahead, means now’s the time to be a bit more conservative,” he said. “I think it’s a low risk, but the severity would be high, if it did happen,” Fitzpatrick said.
Persons: “ You’ve, you’ve, ” Gerard Fitzpatrick, We’re, It’s, Fitzpatrick, , ” Fitzpatrick, Organizations: Russell Investments, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, , P Global Locations: United States, Europe
First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. If a blood test had been available, “I might have been afraid of the results” but would have “jumped on that” to find out, she said. The blood test from C2N Diagnostics of St. Louis aims to fill that gap. If the PET scan was negative, the blood test ruled out amyloid buildup 77 percent of the time. The other 23 percent got a positive result, but that doesn't necessarily mean the blood test was incorrect, Braunstein said.
Persons: Drug Administration —, Tammy Maida, chalked, , , don’t, Louis, David Holtzman, Randall Bateman, it’s, It’s, It's, Bateman, Holtzman, Joel Braunstein, Braunstein, Eliezer Masliah, “ We’re, we’re, ” Heather Snyder Organizations: U.S . Food, Drug Administration, C2N Diagnostics, St, Washington University School of Medicine, Louis, Alzheimer’s, U.S . National Institute, Aging, Alzheimer’s Association Locations: San Jose , California, United States, U.S, Europe, Alzheimer’s
While smaller names typically see outsized price moments compared to their larger brethren, the small cap gains for November have nearly doubled the roughly 11% gain in the S&P 500 this month. Small cap stocks are generally seen as the first to recover as the U.S. economy pulls out of a recession. In the large cap S&P 500, the same four sectors account for about 24.5% of the overall index weighting. Graphic: 20-year performance of Russell to S&P 500In addition, small caps appear comparatively cheap, even with the strong November performance. Graphic: Small cap price to earnings relative to large capWhile the longer economic outlook may be positive, the next few months are expected to be rocky, which could lead to some volatility for small caps.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Russell, , Tom Hainlin, “ You’ve, Steven DeSanctis, DeSanctis, Keith Lerner, Michael Feroli, It’s, Morgan, Lisa Shalett, Sam Stovall, Stovall Organizations: YORK, REUTERS, Netflix Inc, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, U.S, Bank, Group, Jefferies, FTSE Russell, Suntrust, Services, JPMorgan, Federal, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Research Locations: U.S, Wall St, New York, COVID, Minneapolis, Atlanta
NEW YORK/ZURICH/LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriLATEST- DoorDash IPO- African debtYOUR IPO IS ON THE WAY. The cake part is the surge in demand for home-delivered meals thanks to distancing measures designed to limit the coronavirus pandemic. Assume Chief Executive Robert Swaak succeeds in cranking costs down to 4.7 billion euros a year and revenue stabilises at 7.4 billion euros. The bank will only buy back shares when its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio rises above a chunky 15%.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, Richard Beales, Ed Cropley, It’s, Rob Cox, Robert Swaak, Swaak, Christopher Thompson, Una Galani Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, Uber Technologies, Bank, SWISS MISS, didn’t, ABN Amro, Canberra, Wine Estates, Oxford Locations: ZURICH, LONDON, MUMBAI, Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, United States, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Treasuries, China, SWISS, Alpine, It’s, Amsterdam, Australia, People’s Republic, Una
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday will receive his first presidential daily briefing since winning the 2020 election after the Trump administration delayed approving the transition process. It’s prepared by the director of national intelligence and includes information from the CIA and other elements of the intelligence community. Outgoing Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are also under consideration. Former Obama administration national security adviser Tom Donilon is no longer in the running to be Biden’s CIA director. After receiving the President's Daily Brief, Biden and Harris are expected to meet separately with transition team advisers.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, Kamala Harris, It’s, Biden, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Deval Patrick, Sen, Doug Jones, General Xavier Becerra, Sally Yates, Tom Donilon, Donilon, Harris, Jen Psaki, Obama, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Camp David Organizations: WASHINGTON, CIA, Center for American, Management, of Economic Advisers, Wilmington . Former Massachusetts Gov, NBC News, Obama, White, Camp Locations: Wilmington ., California
(Reuters) - Moderna Inc will apply for U.S. and European emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine on Monday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said. Moderna reported 30 severe cases - all in the placebo group - which means the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing severe cases. Pfizer has already applied for emergency use authorization in the United States and Europe, putting it about a week ahead of Moderna. Azra Ghani, chair in infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London, said Monday’s details from Moderna confirmed the vaccine was highly efficient, including against severe cases. Moderna plans to start a new trial to test the vaccine in adolescents before the end of the year, followed by another in even younger volunteers early in 2021.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Tal Zaks, , COVID, , Alexander Edwards, Moderna, it’s, Zaks, Azra Ghani, you’ve Organizations: Reuters, Moderna Inc, U.S, REUTERS, Moderna, Pfizer, ” Moderna, Britain’s University of Reading, European Medicines Agency, AstraZeneca, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, McKesson Corp, U.S ., Imperial College London Locations: United States, Europe, Moderna
(Reuters) - Moderna Inc said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns. Moderna reported 30 severe cases, all in the placebo group. Switzerland’s Lonza Group , which has a contract with Moderna to supply ingredients for the vaccine, rose 4.4%. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines proved more effective than anticipated and far superior to the 50% approvable benchmark set by FDA. Moderna reported no new side effects since its interim analysis, the most common of which were fatigue, injection site redness and pain, headache and body aches, which rose after the second dose and were short-lived.
Persons: Tal Zaks, , COVID, , Alexander Edwards, Moderna, Gillies, , Switzerland’s, Dado Ruvic, it’s, Zaks, you’ve, Moderna’s Organizations: Reuters, Moderna Inc, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Pfizer Inc, FDA, Moderna, ” Moderna, , Britain’s University of Reading, European Medicines Agency, Britain’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, Switzerland’s Lonza, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, REUTERS, McKesson Corp Locations: U.S, United States
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Prince Wong was still in her mother’s womb when the Chinese government reclaimed control over Hong Kong from the British in the summer of 1997. She was born nearly three months later, on September 27, into what some here call the city’s “cursed generation.”FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Bill Clinton talks with Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee during a bilateral meeting in Hong Kong, China, July 3, 1998. His apartment looks over the hills of Hong Kong, forested with a mix of trees and skyscrapers. After the Hong Kong government postponed the elections for a year, the United States imposed unprecedented sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials. “I may not be there to see democracy coming to Hong Kong or coming to China, but it will come one day.
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Fake Claims About Dominion Voting Systems Do Real Damage
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( John Poulos | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: +2 min
Accurate, transparent and accessible elections—this is the objective that motivated me to create Dominion Voting Systems 18 years ago in Canada. None of Dominion’s systems use the Smartmatic software that has come under attack, as any state certification lab could verify. Dominion voting machines do one thing: accurately tabulate votes from county-verified voters using a durable paper ballot controlled and secured by local elections officials. Some of the main counties where results have been contested, like Philadelphia and Allegheny (Pittsburgh), don’t even use Dominion voting systems. In fact, across the 14 Pennsylvania counties that use Dominion systems, President Trump received 52.2% of the vote.
Persons: you’ve, it’s, Hugo Chávez, Trump Organizations: Systems, Twitter, Dominion, Denver . Dominion, National Institute of Standards, Technology Locations: Canada, U.S, American, Denver ., Venezuela, Philadelphia, Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ZURICH/LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Bottles of Australian wine are seen at a store selling imported wine in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. LATEST- Swiss vote- ABN Amro- Australian wineSWISS MISS. Assume Chief Executive Robert Swaak succeeds in cranking costs down to 4.7 billion euros a year and revenue stabilises at 7.4 billion euros. Unlike wine, however, Australian iron ore may be less easy for China to substitute.
Persons: It’s, Rob Cox, Robert Swaak, Swaak, Christopher Thompson, Una Galani Organizations: Reuters, Corona, ABN Amro, SWISS MISS, didn’t, Canberra, Wine Estates, Oxford Locations: ZURICH, LONDON, MUMBAI, Beijing, China, SWISS, Alpine, It’s, Amsterdam, Australia, People’s Republic, Una
Meet the Mets: The Most Interesting Team in Baseball
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Jared Diamond | ) www.wsj.com + 0.95   time to read: +1 min
The Wilpons don’t own the Mets anymore. Hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen does, and his net worth of more than $14 billion immediately transforms the Mets into the most fascinating team in the sport. While the rest of the industry retrenches in the wake of significant losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets have brought Alderson back as team president and appear ready to act aggressively. That has cast the Mets in an unfamiliar role: not a punchline, but an economic force primed to shake up an otherwise stagnant employment market. It’s more about getting that somebody,” Alderson said.
Persons: Sandy Alderson, Bernie Madoff’s, Steve Cohen, Alderson, “ It’s, ” Alderson, Scott Boras Organizations: New York Mets, Mets Locations: MLB’s
Biden should clarify US position on digital tax within two months, France says
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - The European Union hopes Joseph Biden’s incoming administration will clarify the U.S. position on digital taxation within two months of taking office, a French Finance Ministry source said on Monday. March will be two months after Biden takes office ... We hope to have contacts within these two months with the new American administration,” the source said. France is pushing its EU partners to prepare an EU digital tax in early 2021 that could be quickly applied in case the talks at the OECD fail again by mid year. Paris has its own national digital tax, but has pledged to scrap it as soon as there is an international deal.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Joseph, Donald Trump’s, Biden Organizations: EU, REUTERS, PARIS, French Finance Ministry, Google, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, European Council, it’s, OECD Locations: Brussels, Belgium, EU, France, Paris
Mental health in the workplace, saved by bots and apps?
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Chris Taylor | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File PhotoSeven in 10 employees say this has been the most stressful year of their working lives, according to a report from Workplace Intelligence and Oracle. For companies, that means the mental-health issues of employees have rocketed from a secondary concern in years past, to a primary one. To find out how AI can help in this moment of workplace crisis, we sat down with Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Workplace Intelligence and author of multiple books including “Back to Human”. A: People don’t want to be judged based on the mental-health issues they are facing. Q: So how can AI help with this?
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Dan Schawbel, It’s Organizations: YORK, REUTERS, Workplace Intelligence, Oracle, Workers, Virgin Locations: London, Britain
Hi, It’s the Denver Broncos. Can You Play Quarterback Tomorrow?
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
The NFL is learning that playing football in a pandemic is like…well, it’s like playing football in a pandemic. Sometimes, your team plays on schedule. Sometimes, it doesn’t. Sometimes, a big game gets moved from a Thursday to a Sunday, then to a subsequent Tuesday—and who really knows if Tuesday will happen, either. Sometimes, a county...
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