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Massachusetts lawmakers approve major police reform bill
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Nate Raymond | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +2 min
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday approved a major police reform bill in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis that creates a new system for officer accountability, restricts no-knock warrants and bans chokeholds. FILE PHOTO: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks to incoming U.S. citizens during an official Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 6, 2019. The Massachusetts legislation faced strong opposition from police unions. The House voted 92-67 to approve the legislation after the Senate voted 28-12 in favor. The Massachusetts legislation also creates what lawmakers say would be a first-in-the-nation statewide moratorium on biometric surveillance systems, including facial recognition technology.
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Denmark went so far as to cull 17 million minks in November in response to outbreaks at more than 200 mink farms. The northern region of the country, where most fur farms lie, was placed under strict lockdowns. And across the Atlantic, mink farms in the U.S. are seeing Covid-19 spread and deaths of their own. At fur farms, minks are densely packed in conditions ripe for close contact with one another. Culling is often the answer when data on animal spread is inconclusive.
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OSCE states set to end impasse over vacant senior positions, U.S. says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Member states failed this year to agree to renew the three-year terms of staff in four key roles, including the OSCE’s top full-time position of secretary general. That impasse has left those posts vacant since July. Like other Vienna-based international organisations, the OSCE prefers to reach decisions by consensus, or unanimity. That means in-fighting among its European, Central Asian and North American member states can easily leave it deadlocked. The candidate for secretary general is Helga Schmid, a German diplomat who currently has the same title at the European Union’s foreign policy office.
Persons: OSCE James Gilmore, , Helga Schmid, Gilmore, , that’s, ” Gilmore Organizations: Organization, Security, Cooperation, OSCE, Central Locations: VIENNA, Europe, Russia, United States, U.S, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Vienna, Central Asian, German, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Italy,
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is discussing the possibility of announcing a campaign to retake the White House in 2024 on Inauguration Day and skipping the swearing-in of his successor, according to three people familiar with the discussions. Regardless of the timing of a campaign announcement, Trump is not expected to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, according to the people familiar with the discussions. He also does not plan to invite Biden to the White House or even call him, they said. But Trump is keen on the idea of formally launching a 2024 campaign on Inauguration Day because that’s when he filed for re-election in 2017, people familiar with the discussions said. The Daily Beast first reported that Trump might hold a rally on Inauguration Day.
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But revenue has collapsed even further because ambulance services are also now expected to treat people in place at the scene of an emergency. That’s a huge financial hit to ambulance companies that answer 911 calls across the country, especially because if Medicare doesn’t cover it, most insurance companies won’t either. The American Ambulance Association, he was told, was worried that EMS companies nationwide had not received the aid they needed. That money won’t specifically go to groups like ambulance companies, however. Ambulance companies across the country, however, insist that something must be done.
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Credit Credit... Anna Moneymaker for The New York TimesAs uncertainty grows, Biden announces economic team and Congress kick-starts stimulus talks. — Jeanna Smialek andBiden and Harris will introduce their economic team, with women in top spots. Mr. Biden is poised to enter the White House at a time of national crisis amid the worsening virus outbreak. Mr. Biden also selected Janet L. Yellen, a former Federal Reserve chair, to be his Treasury Secretary. But to make it happen, they are expected to slash the number of officials flanking Mr. Biden.
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“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Mr. Barr said. The move raised expectations that Mr. Trump will bestow clemency on other associates in his final weeks in office. On the afternoon of Dec. 11, Mr. Trump is hosting a party for the West Wing staff and their families. “Good,” Mr. Biden replied to a shouted query about how he was feeling, as he arrived at The Queen theater to deliver remarks. A Biden spokesman did not respond to more detailed questions about how the injury occurred — was Mr. Biden playing catch with his dog?
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LONDON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity could be one of the key post-pandemic investment themes in an equity-friendly world of low interest rates and vaccine-led recovery, LGIM CIO Sonja Laud said on Monday. “If you get a normalisation... then there is a broader opportunity set for investors to choose from,” she said. Overall equity returns around 20% were “plausible” in the event of vaccine deployment and good use of fiscal stimulus, Laud added. For the longer term, Laud said a raft of investment themes had emerged from the devastation of the pandemic, which has dramatically altered patterns of work, travel and leisure worldwide, not least by forcing millions to work from home. She said contrary to all expectations, LGIM traders had successfully worked from home after the pandemic erupted in March, managing to navigate the worst market turbulence.
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Under Armour announced Monday the launch of the Curry Brand with NBA star Stephen Curry, a long-time Under Armour athlete, in a bid to reach younger consumers and compete with Nike and its Jordan Brand. The launch of the Curry Brand could help Under Armour gain momentum against its rivals, especially with younger consumers, where it has lost ground. In its latest reported quarter, Under Armour sales were about flat from a year earlier, at $1.43 billion. Nike has grown its Jordan Brand, created for former NBA star Michael Jordan, to bring in more than $3.5 billion annually, reaching consumers both young and old. More recently, Nike’s focus has been on expanding the Jordan Brand to reach more women.
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Breakingviews - S&P’s IHS swoop opens door to messy bidding war
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( George Hay | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
The S&P Global logo is displayed on its offices in the financial district in New York City, U.S., December 13, 2018. LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The global race for financial data is hotting up. The attraction for S&P Global is to create even more scale, say by combining its rating operations with IHS’s bond pricing and analytics. IHS Markit’s operating profit next year is only likely to be $1.8 billion, according to analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv. If a bidding war follows, the winner will need an awful lot of data growth to avoid value destruction.
Persons: Moody’s, That’s, Refinitiv Organizations: LONDON, Reuters, London Stock Exchange Group, Global, IHS Markit, IHS, Markit, Financial, Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, & $ Locations: New York City, U.S
Paul McCartney Is Still Trying to Figure Out Love
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( David Marchese | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +19 min
Photo illustration by Bráulio Amado Talk Paul McCartney Is Still Trying to Figure Out LovePaul McCartney, like the rest of us, this year found himself with an unexpected amount of time stuck indoors. I don’t think I’ve told it. McCartney recording his latest album, ‘‘McCartney III.’’ Mary McCartneyI have another bigger-picture question. Even though I write love songs, I don’t think I know what’s going on. There is something with my ability to write music that I don’t think I’m necessarily responsible for.
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ET Stocks Set to Complete Strongest Monthly Rally Since April: Live UpdatesStocks are set for their strongest monthly rally since April. Shares in IHS Markit, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, rose nearly 6 percent in premarket trading. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyS&P Global agrees to buy IHS Markit, a financial data powerhouse, for $44 billion. The Tokyo Stock Exchange is the world’s third-largest equity market, behind the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market, with nearly $6.2 trillion worth of stocks, according to the World Federation of Exchanges. It has the most listed companies of any major exchange and handles tens of billions of dollars of business on an average day.
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With the coronavirus touching virtually every corner of the United States, social distancing, restrictions on business activity and health concerns kept many people home. According to Adobe Analytics, which scans 80 percent of online transactions across the top 100 U.S. web retailers, consumers spent $9 billion on Friday. That’s a 21.6 percent increase over Black Friday in 2019 and the second-biggest number for online retailers Adobe has ever tracked. In the four days from Thanksgiving through Sunday, consumers spent $23.5 billion online, a 23 percent increase over last year, according to Adobe. And Friday’s online sales surge is expected to be outdone on Monday, which is Cyber Monday, a promotional event concocted in 2005 when most retailers still offered deep discounts online.
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How this rapper quit his music career to start a cat rescue
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Jen Reeder | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Most community cats wouldn't do well inside a home, so trap-neuter-return is the humane alternative to euthanasia. Instead, he was going to devote all his time to cat rescue as the TrapKing. His bold goal: to change stereotypes of men in cat rescue and bridge the communication gap between Black communities and predominately white animal welfare organizations. “I’ve literally been pushing to make TNR community cat care as common as recycling and get more people engaged in so many fun ways.”It hasn’t always been easy. Courtesy of Sterling TrapKing DavisDavis now runs TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions from an RV, which he shares with his cats Bowie, Damita Jo and Alanis Mewissette.
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PREVIEWIt’s been a long time since employers around the world abruptly sent their staff home, and workers are feeling it. Before the pandemic, Mr. McEnaney’s team received requests for help from about 10 workers a week. He also implores workers to avoid rounding their spines and pushing their necks out, an injury-prone position he calls the Office Turtle. I myself spent most of election season slumped awkwardly in my office chair, stress-eating various carbohydrates while typing. Watch your posture: Don’t round your back into the dangerous Office Turtle position that Mr. McEnaney warns against.
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In three specific years, half of the jurors had books published by the same publishing company that captured the prize. Four of its nine current jurors work for publishers. Jurors at the major prizes enjoy lifetime appointments; the exception is the Goncourt, which established a mandatory retirement age of 80 in 2008. In the top four prizes, there is one nonwhite juror among 38. That’s ridiculous, that’s not representative of France,” Mr. Busnel said, adding, “It’s the old world that’s clinging on.”
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Internal auditors were once a small cog in the corporate machinery, tucked away in finance departments where they primarily analyzed financial controls. Richard Chambers, chief executive of the Institute of Internal Auditors, says the internal audit role is expanding beyond monitoring financial controls. Photo: The Institute of Internal AuditorsA lot of companies started creating formal enterprise risk management initiatives, and companies started tapping internal audit to help. WSJ: What are some of the new roles internal auditors have taken on as a result of the pandemic? We’ve also seen a higher incidence of internal auditors being asked to roll up their sleeves and help on the operations side.
Persons: you’re, Richard Chambers, Mr, Chambers, they’ve, CHAMBERS, It’s, we’ve, , We’ve, you’ve, that’s, I’ve, You’re, who’ve, Jack Hagel Organizations: Internal Auditors, Internal, Management, CHAMBERS, Locations: Lake Mary, Fla
Thai protesters target would-be coup makers as rumours swirl
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Patpicha Tanakasempipat | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai anti-government protesters called for an end to coups in the Southeast Asian country on Friday as months of street protests fuel rumours of another military takeover. Protesters inflate rubber Santa Clauses at a pro-democracy rally demanding the prime minister resign and reforms on the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaThe protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader who seized power in the last coup in 2014, but say they do not want him replaced by another general. Prayuth’s putsch was the 13th successful coup since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. The Royal Palace has made no comments on the protesters although the king said recently that they were loved “all the same”.
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Covid-19 Pushes Rural Hospitals to Their Limits
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Melanie Evans | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The patient wouldn’t stay after the procedure, as is normally the case, and would return to Permian Regional to recuperate. She is one of four doctors at the rural hospital, which has no intensive-care unit. “Never in the history of ever” have small hospitals transferred patients to bigger facilities for procedures and immediately brought them back, she said. The trade-off is one of many that doctors and nurses at the nation’s smallest hospitals are now making to help patients, as the pandemic’s largest, most widespread U.S. surge pushes rural health care to its limits. Hospitalizations nationally have nearly doubled in November, setting a record Nov. 10, and every day since, to reach about 90,480 people in hospitals with Covid-19 on Thursday, Covid Tracking Project data show.
Persons: Alyssa Tochterman, Tochterman, wouldn’t, , “ That’s Organizations: Medical Locations: Andrews , Texas, U.S, Covid
Opinion | Wasn’t It Winter Just Yesterday?
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Katherine May | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
When I tried to work, my attention flitted away like the soft avoidance of two magnets. In all these months since Covid arrived, while I was trying to be defiant and industrious, I was slowly winding down. In the absence of these things, I felt I had to wear a brave face and make the most of it. We arrive there in the wake of illness, depression or bereavement; that darkness may yawn open during major life events like divorce or job loss. However we come to it, wintering is usually involuntarily, lonely and bitterly painful.
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RIP Medical Debt estimates that just one dollar can purchase, and relieve, $100 in medical debt. So with a series of relatively moderate fund-raising efforts and donations from corporations, nonprofit and religious groups, and individuals, RIP Medical Debt said, it has been able to eliminate almost $2.7 billion in medical debt. Although American Christianity is as malformed by the harsh tug of political poles as any other realm, forgiving medical debt has managed to ally very different Christians behind the same cause. Traci Blackmon is associate general minister of justice and local church ministries for the United Church of Christ, a fairly liberal denomination. “Its overarching creed is love.”A recent campaign led by the church abolished more than $26 million in medical debt throughout New England, and the church plans to expand efforts to include the entire country.
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China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong's rebellious youth
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Sarah Wu | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +14 min
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cua Chiu-fai is on a mission to rid Hong Kong’s classrooms of what he sees as poisonous anti-China bias. FILE PHOTO: A flag is seen amidst the rain during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China, December 29, 2019. In September, a Hong Kong teacher became the first to lose his teaching license after being accused of promoting the city’s independence in class. A Reuters analysis of government records on funding for national education shows it has continued to rise. If the people of Hong Kong have “free access” to outside information and continue to be aware of things like “the international community’s positions on Hong Kong,” the authorities will struggle to reshape their thinking.
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That’s the message President-elect Joe Biden sent the world as he unveiled key Cabinet and national security picks earlier this week. Foreign governments will know Biden’s team from their time in office under President Barack Obama and other previous administrations. We are on the same page on climate, on Iran, on NATO,” one European official said about the picks. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida dismissed Biden’s new team members over their track record with China during Obama’s presidency. “Biden’s Cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences and will be polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.
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As France eases lockdown, ski resorts left out in the cold
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Cecile Mantovani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
MEGEVE, France (Reuters) - Megeve, in the foothills of Mont Blanc, was gearing up to welcome back skiers before Christmas after a COVID-19 lockdown was eased. “When you’re outside, when you’re doing sport outdoors, that’s not the moment when you’re going to give COVID to someone. COVID is passed on in enclosed places,” said Pierre de Monvallier, director of ski school Oxygene, which operates in several resorts including Megeve. Announcing a phased easing of the lockdown on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron said it was “impossible to envisage” re-opening ski slopes for Christmas and New Year, and that he preferred instead to do so during January. Prevarication cuts little ice, however, with Mathieu Dechavanne, Chairman and CEO of Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, which operates cable cars at Megeve and other resorts.
Persons: that’s, COVID, , Pierre de Monvallier, Emmanuel Macron, Catherine Jullien, it’s, , David Le Scouarnec, Mathieu Dechavanne Organizations: Megeve, , Cote, Compagnie du Locations: MEGEVE, France, Mont Blanc, , Megeve, Austria, Ischgl, Blanc
UK's Sunak says public finances are on unsustainable path
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( David Milliken | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Sunak declined to commit specifically to tax rises, saying any decision would need to wait for his annual budget statement due early next year. The headline measure of public debt will begin to fall as a share of GDP from 2024/25, but a lower, underlying measure of debt - which excludes temporary lending by the Bank of England - is forecast to keep rising. Record-low interest rates made the high level of debt affordable, and spending on debt interest is due to fall to a record low share of public spending, despite the surge in borrowing, the OBR forecast. But Britain was becoming more vulnerable to any unexpected rise in global interest rates, it warned. “If those change significantly over time and move up, that would cost us more money and that’s something that would obviously be difficult,” Sunak told radio station LBC.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, that’s, ” Sunak, Sunak, , Andrew Bailey Organizations: BBC, . Bank of England, Britain’s, Bank of England, LBC Locations: British, Britain
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