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UK set for strongest economic growth since WWII, forecasts Bank of England

Interest rates to be kept at record low of 0.1% with GDP growth now forecast to rise at 7.25% in 2021Britain is on track for the strongest growth since the second world war this year as it stages a faster than expected recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Bank of England…

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Jersey hits back at ‘disproportionate’ French threat to cut electricity

Paris threatens to take retaliatory measures in row over post-Brexit licences for French fishing boatsJersey has accused France of making “disproportionate” threats after Paris warned it could cut off electricity to the island in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights.The maritime ministe…

the Guardian

The Guardian view on Biden’s 100 days: going big, but not big enough | Editorial

The US president is right to spend, but shrinking the federal deficit is not the priorityJoe Biden’s first 100 days in office signalled that the future does not have to be a rerun of the past. The US president’s speech to Congress this week made it clear that Trumpism was a warning from…

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Biden marks 100 days in office by unveiling ‘blue-collar blueprint’ package – live

Biden lays out vision for sweeping change in speech to CongressBiden’s speech to Congress: five key takeawaysPresident to travel to Georgia today and meet with Jimmy CarterSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.42pm BST New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the…

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An overhaul of the global tax system can wait no longer

The Covid-ravaged global economy is at a crossroads: we can commit to greater tax cooperation or risk a tax-driven trade warBiden’s plans ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to end global tax abuseFor almost a century, international tax was a byzantine and foreboding world into which few but the…

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Biden to order sweeping review of U.S. supply chain weak spots – The Washington Post

President Biden on Wednesday will formally order a 100-day government review of potential vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains for critical items, including computer chips, medical gear, electric-vehicle batteries and specialized minerals.

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2022 Kia Carnival vs. Odyssey, Pacifica and Sienna: Battle of the minivans – CNET

Is the Carnival the coolest-looking minivan? We think so.

CNET

Pfizer, Moderna, J&J pledge 240 million total Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of March – CNN

CNN

How Elon Musk Lost $30 Billion Overnight – and the Title of World’s Richest Man – TheWrap

The Tesla co-founder is now second to Amazon owner Jeff Bezos in the billionaire rankings

TheWrap

Stock futures trade cautiously higher despite inflation concerns – Fox Business

Fitz-Gerald Group principal Keith Fitz-Gerald and Gibbs Wealth Management President Erin Gibbs discuss the state of today’s markets.

Fox Business

Exclusive: Ant investor Boyu Capital targets $6 billion for new private equity fund – sources – Yahoo Finance

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GameStop CFO resigns following Reddit stock trading mania – Fox Business

Sources tell FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino that the investigations are forcing Robinhood to slow walk its planned IPO.

Fox Business

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law – The New York Times

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Whales offloaded 140K Bitcoin this month: Glassnode – Cointelegraph

Whales have been offloading their BTC this month after a sustained period of accumulation.

Cointelegraph

De Blasio Hopes Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Will “Supercharge” Campaign To Reach More Seniors – Gothamist

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gears up to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday it could be a “difference maker” for the city’s vaccine supplies and its rollout to hard-to-reach seniors.

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L.A. County approves ‘hero pay’ for grocery workers – Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of grocery store workers in unincorporated Los Angeles County will receive $5 an hour in hazard pay on top of their regular wages as part of the county’s “hero pay” mandate that goes into effect Friday and lasts 120 days.

Los Angeles Times

Some Nashville private schools took millions in PPP loans while others paid it back – NewsChannel5.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some of Nashville’s most prestigious private schools received millions of dollars in forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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Biden Is About To Send The Electric Vehicle Revolution Into Overdrive – Yahoo Finance

The first few months of Biden’s administration have made one thing clear, the EV boom is just getting started.

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After a devastating milestone, Covid-19 vaccine makers pledge hundreds of millions of doses through July – CNN

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Texas racked up a $50 billion energy bill last week. It’s not clear who’s going to pay it. – Yahoo News

When demand for energy rose sharply last week in unseasonably frigid Texas, and power plants started going offline, the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) allowed wholesale electricity prices to jump to the maximum rate of $9 per kilowatt-hour, a 7,400 percent increase over the normal rate of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, The Texas Tribune reports. “The rate hike was supposed to entice power generators to get more juice into the grid, but the astounding costs were also passed directly on to some customers.”

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The IRS says it’s sent out all stimulus checks thus far. Here’s what to do if you didn’t get one. – CBS News

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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class debuts with crazy tech, electrified drivetrain – CNET

The 2022 C-Class is still the most-affordable way to slip into a proper rear-wheel-drive sedan from Mercedes.

CNET

After blackout crisis, Commissioner Adrian Garcia says Harris County should explore leaving ERCOT – Houston Chronicle

Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, right, wants Harris County to explore whether it can leave the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the operator of the electric grid that covers most of Texas.

Houston Chronicle

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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson dies at 62 – CBS News

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What the GameStop Congressional hearing will reveal to retail investors – Yahoo Finance

One month after GameStop (GME) shares surged to record levels due to Reddit-fueled trading, Wall Street, online brokerage Robinhood and Reddit are facing probes by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and both chambers of Congress.

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Black franchise owner sues McDonald’s, cites persistent bias – Yahoo News

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Black owner of 14 McDonald’s franchises in Ohio says one of the world’s largest restaurant chains has shown more favorable treatment to white owners and denied him the opportunity to buy restaurants in more affluent communities, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Youngstown.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 misses landing after successfully deploying 60 Starlink satellites – Fox Business

Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.

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Nestle debuting first vegan KitKat bar this year – Fox News

Caramel-filled chocolates are the most popular choices; Fox Biz Flash: 2/3.

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Two dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after using car for heat in Texas storm – NBC News

Two people, including a child, were found dead Tuesday from carbon monoxide poisoning after a car was used to generate heat in a Houston home hit by widespread power outages from a rare winter storm.

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Oil, gas prices jump as deep freeze paralyzes Texas – Fox Business

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette argues the situation in Texas following a storm shows the importance of having ‘a diverse energy supply.’

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Buy the Dip in Palantir? Let’s Look at the Chart First – TheStreet

Shares of Palantir  (PLTR) – Get Report were being hit hard on Tuesday, down about 8%.

TheStreet

South Africa to be first to use Johnson Johnson Covid-19 vaccine – Quartz Africa

South Africa is poised to achieve a milestone in the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic when it becomes the first country to administer a Covid-19 vaccine created by the pharma giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) this week.

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South slammed by winter storm, millions left without power in Texas | TheHill – The Hill

The South is being slammed by a rare winter storm, leaving millions in Texas without power on Monday as officials scramble to respond to snow and low temperatures in states that typically deal with neither.

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Corey Johnson Exited the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race. Will He Run for Comptroller? – The New York Times

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Adidas is selling Reebok to focus on its own brand – CNN

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Pfizer vaccine 94% effective at preventing symptomatic infections of COVID-19, Israeli study shows – CBS News

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Jaguar is going all-electric, but don’t look for this model – Fox News

The Jaguar I-Pace is Tesla’s first challenger in the luxury electric car segment and a charmer, says Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu.

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14 states face blackouts over power grid emergency amid winter storm – Insider

A major power grid that spans 14 states, from North Dakota to Texas, has ordered rolling blackouts amid an extreme cold blast that has hit the south.

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Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook needs ‘to inflict pain’ on Apple – Engadget

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WHO approves AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use – NBC News

GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Monday listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, widening access to the relatively inexpensive shot in the developing world.

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US oil rises above $60 as Texas gets pummeled with ice and snow – CNN

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Exxon Mobil, Aramco Texas oil refineries temporarily shut down for unexpected mid-winter freeze – Fox Business

Extreme cold weather is bringing arctic air as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean with more.

Fox Business

Electrical companies ask customers to conserve energy – KPLC

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – All of Southwest Louisiana’s electrical companies are asking their customers to conserve electricity as the area braces for another night of bitter cold.

KPLC

How to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens – Fox Business

Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.

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The FDA Has Issued A Warning About Cheeses Like Queso Fresco Due To A Listeria Outbreak That May Be Linked – Yahoo Lifestyle

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Biden and the Fed Leave 1970s Inflation Fears Behind – The New York Times

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NYC transit workers worry about safety amid a spike in subway violence – Fox News

New York City councilman Joe Borelli claims politicians have prevented police officers from doing their jobs.

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Bristol-Myers, Sanofi ordered to pay Hawaii $834 million over Plavix warning label – Fox Business

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Md. COVID-19 vaccine update: How many doses is your county getting? – WTOP

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5 Great Tools To Improve Your Business Knowledge – Forbes

Knowledge is power, and it’s what makes us business owners better able to compete in a marketplace … [+] that never stands still.

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news Bay Area Black-Owned Business Spotlight – 49ers.com – 49ers.com

Amid the worldwide pandemic and the ongoing fight against social injustice, the San Francisco 49ers have, and will continue to support and elevate their neighbors and businesses surrounding the greater Bay Area. In addition to the organization’s year-round efforts, the 49ers recently teamed up with U.S. Bank to provide several small businesses with gift cards and partnered with Visa to surprise two local Black-owned businesses with $10,000 grants. Additionally, the 49ers spent over $35,000 with multiple Black-owned businesses to aid in COVID-relief efforts.

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Free Webinar | March 15 How To Scale Your Business in Four Phases – Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and employees need help like never before. American businesses are in a crisis mode. They need to know how to make money—even, and especially, in difficult times. Enter Kent Billingsley, known as America’s “Revenue Growth Architect.” Billingsley is an international expert who helps business leaders scale their growth and profitability using the resources they already have.

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Denver developer buys land in southern Dallas County for huge business park – The Dallas Morning News

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Petition circulates for support of Watertown business district – NNY360

NNY360

January was bleak for lodging, but business is picking up as restrictions loosen and snow falls – Summit Daily News

Summit Daily News

Low-Cost Airlines’ Aggression Due To More Resilient Business Models – Forbes

Low-cost airlines have business model advantages over their legacy peers. This allows them to be … [+] aggressive even during a demand downturn, paving the way for future growth.

Forbes

Solar panel plant to be built at proposed Watertown business park, create hundreds of jobs – NNY360

NNY360

Cape Cod woman with autism turns mask-holder creations into online business – Boston 25 News

CAPE COD — Bead by bead and stitch by stitch, Elena Coln is making a nice nest egg for herself, selling crochet and beaded items on Etsy and at several Cape Cod stores.

Boston 25 News

He pushed through COVID-19 to keep his Jackson business running, now he’s earned a chamber award – MLive.com

Co-Owner and CEO Kevin Barclay of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, P.C. follows COVID-19 protocols while with patient.Co-Owner and CEO Kevin Barclay of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, P.C.

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Vaccine, federal funding, hiring: New survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on local business – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

We’re taking a closer look at some new survey results detailing the impacts of COVID-19 on local businesses.

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Consumers face uphill battle over COVID-19 business immunity – WJXT News4JAX

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BBB Business Tip: How to run a social media giveaway – WSIL TV – WSIL TV

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (BBB) — Social media giveaways are a great way to promote your business. With the average adult in the United States spending more than two hours a day scrolling through social media, a well-run giveaway will help build brand awareness and grow your online following.

WSIL TV

2 Atlanta business owners talk to President Biden about loses due to COVID-19 – FOX 5 Atlanta

Two Atlanta business owners speak to President Joe Biden about their restaurant loses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FOX 5 Atlanta

Walmart closes 415 stores, Amazon shuts down delivery stations as businesses confront tough weather – The Dallas Morning News

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Life Upended: Small family business owner refuses to give up – SILive.com

Kimberly Kallaitzakis, 48, runs the New Dorp-based Luke’s Copy Shop, which her father, Loucas Callas, 72, started decades ago. (Courtesy of Kimberly Kallaitzakis)

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COVID can’t deter launch of Crave food truck, catering business – masslive.com

Holyoke Community College culinary arts alumna Nicole Ortiz, a member of the Class of 2020, launched her food truck and catering business, Crave, during a grand opening celebration held in October outside the college’s MGM Culinary Arts Institute. (MICHAEL GORDON / HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE)Third Party submitted

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Global Yacht Charter Digital Business Models Report 2021 – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Yahoo Finance

The “Yacht Charter Digital Business Models – Expert Market Report 2021” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Yahoo Finance

Cape Cod woman with autism turns mask-holder creations into online business – Boston 25 News

CAPE COD — Bead by bead and stitch by stitch, Elena Coln is making a nice nest egg for herself, selling crochet and beaded items on Etsy and at several Cape Cod stores.

Boston 25 News

Middletown set to create more business incubator spaces at historic former factory – Middletown Press

The R. M. Keating Historical Enterprise Park, at 180 Johnson St. in Middletown, has 20 small businesses operating in incubator spaces at the historic building. The city is looking to find more tenants.

Middletown Press

Open Sky Group Celebrates 15 Years in Business Valentine’s Day, 2021 – Yahoo Finance

Open Sky Group, global specialists in Blue Yonder solutions, celebrated its 15th anniversary as a company February 14, on the heels of an impressive 2020 performance, despite global supply chain challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yahoo Finance

Business daily – Japan’s stocks soar despite economy shrinking in 2020 – FRANCE 24

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FRANCE 24

Urban Columbia high school teaching students about agriculture business with live animals – Charleston Post Courier

Charleston Post Courier

School, business closings on Monday due to winter weather threat – WAFF

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Many schools and businesses will be closed throughout the Tennessee Valley on Monday, February 15 due to the threat of inclement weather conditions.

WAFF

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List: Winter weather brings Mid-South business closures – WMC

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Inclement weather is causing several business closures in the Mid-South. Below is a list of businesses that have made changes to their hours of operation due to the winter storm.

WMC

Serena takes care of business on and off the court in Melbourne – Yahoo Sports

Stay in the know at a glance with the Top 10 daily stories

Yahoo Sports

Suspect wanted for firing shots into business after failed theft, police say – FOX13 Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of firing shots into a business after he attempted to take some cigars without paying for them.

FOX13 Memphis

Frigid weather brings school, business, and event cancellations and delays – KFDA

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Winter weather in our area has caused some delays and closures.

KFDA

Business Blooming for Local Florists Amid Pandemic – NBC San Diego

Instead of a romantic date, many people are staying home during the pandemic and flowers to their loved ones. Local florists are hoping to cash in after what has been a difficult year for business.

NBC San Diego

Eastlake business receives third citation from Ohio Investigate Unit – Cleveland 19 News

EASTLAKE, Ohio (WOIO) – An Eastlake business will face the Ohio Liquor Control Commission after being cited early Sunday morning by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU).

Cleveland 19 News

Open Sky Group Celebrates 15 Years in Business Valentine’s Day, 2021 – Yahoo Finance

Open Sky Group, global specialists in Blue Yonder solutions, celebrated its 15th anniversary as a company February 14, on the heels of an impressive 2020 performance, despite global supply chain challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yahoo Finance

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The Latest: US coronavirus cases continue to decline

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, attends a video-conference meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus amid the COVID-19 outbreak,at the Elysee palace in Paris, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
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Over the last year, COVID-19 has undone the economic, health and food security of millions, pushing as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty.
While the health and economic impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, the rise in hunger has been one of its most tangible symptoms.
Income losses have translated into less money in people’s pockets to buy food while market and supply disruptions due to movement restrictions have creat…

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South Africa holds off AstraZeneca vaccination over doubts on its effectiveness against coronavirus variant

South Africa holds off AstraZeneca vaccination over doubts on its effectiveness against coronavirus variant
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Nepal has already completed its first phase of vaccination drive using AstraZeneca vaccine ‘Covishield’
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South Africa has decided to hold off its Covid-19 vaccination drive us…

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Brexit Britain to lure investors in from around world with major economic ‘liberalisation’

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“The UK should come back at least to a meaningful degree into the horizon of many investors from which it has been absent for half a decade,” continued Mr Das.
The economist’s predictionscome after Chancellor Rishi Sunak prom…

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Brexit news: Warning issued by London finance boss as new Brexit talks start

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This week talks between the UK and EU on financial services begin.
Both sides are hoping to secure a memorandum of understanding by March.
The document issued will outline how London and Brussels expect to cooperate on future regulation to ensure firms in both territories can continue to…

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Rajinikanth asks fans to stop stir aimed at coercing him to join politics

Rajinikanth
held a demonstration urging their screen idol to plunge into Tamil Nadu politics.
The actors fans held banners reading ‘Va Thalaivaa Va (Come Leader Come), Ippo Illaina, Eppovum Illai (If Not Now, Never) and urged Rajinikanth to get into state politics as he had announced earlier.
The actor took U-turn from his earlier stand that he would float his party in January 2021 and that an announcement in that regard would be made on December 31, 2020. On December 29, Rajinikanth announced h…

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EU news: European businesses will have to DROP prices to compete in Brexit Britain

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EU news: Lord Moylan predicted EU businesses will have to lower their prices if they want to sell in the UK.
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“With a no deal they would have to get used to some paperwork.
“But they do that paperwork when they export to the rest of the world, now they will have to do that wh…

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Rajinikanth makes an about turn, says won’t enter electoral politics now

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A miracle will surely happen,” the actor had said in a tweet then.
However, on Tuesday, in a three-page letter that was tweeted, the actor apologised to Rajini Makkal Mandram and people who feel disappointed by his decision. Only I know the pain while making this announcement, he said. The actor said that he did want people who believed in him to become a scapegoat.
The actor said that he was taking immuno suppressants. Even if he was vaccinated for coronavirus, if his health deteriora…

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Sourav Ganguly meets Dhankhar amid speculation of him joining politics

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on Sunday held an hour-long meeting with West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, which sources at Raj Bhavan described as a “courtesy call” and said there is nothing political about it.
However, with Assembly elections in the state due in April-May next year, there has been speculation that he may join politics.
While Ganguly did not take questions on the reason for his visit, Dhankhar said that they had discussion on “varied issues”.
The governor also said that he accepted the Boa…

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Community Rallies Behind Vandalized National City Business – NBC San Diego

Tucked in a dark corner inside a National City shopping center you’ll find Raspados Michoacan.

NBC San Diego

A Hacker Almost Poisons A Florida City’s Drinking Water …And Other Small Business Tech News – Forbes

An almost-hacked glass of water

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Water rights activists worry about sale of Poland Spring – Fox Business

Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.

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Progress 2021: Key businesses forced to adjust, think creatively with COVID – NNY360

NNY360

Valentine’s Day one more boost for flower shop’s pandemic business – WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — While the pandemic has been tough on a number of businesses, one local flower shop says business has actually been up for them.

WKOW

Frigid weather brings business closings and event cancellations – KFDA

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Winter weather in our area has caused some delays and closures.

KFDA

Three of Grand Junction’s black owned businesses come from different backgrounds – The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

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Corporate America Flexes Its Political Muscle – The New York Times

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China Turns the Page on the Trump Era – World Politics Review

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR contributor Rachel Cheung and Assistant Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curate the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive China Note by email every week.

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Biden needs buy-in from the public to win back America’s global respect | TheHill – The Hill

President BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump acquittal: ‘Substance of the charge is not in dispute’ White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter Trump conviction vote exposes GOP divide MORE sounded familiar themes in his inaugural address, promising to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again” and pledging that, by the end of his time in office, history can proclaim “America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world.” However, the U.S. cannot regain its leadership role in the international system without conquering the pandemic and its economic challenges, and it cannot succeed in those tasks without looking to its allies for cooperation. U.S. global engagement must serve as the centerpiece of Biden’s foreign policy agenda. 

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The GOP Is Now the Party of Political Violence – World Politics Review

If the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump achieves one thing, it will be a lasting historical memory of the moment that the Republican Party openly embraced political violence as its brand. As Democrats lay out their case that Trump was “singularly responsible” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, the “Grand Old Party” is on the verge of strangling American democracy.

World Politics Review

Only the Left Can Save Globalization Now – New York Magazine

To most on the U.S. left, globalization is a dirty word — the name of that Frankensteinian amalgam of forces that turned America’s industrial centers into Rust Belts, its trade unions into laughingstocks, and New Deal Democrats into anachronisms. And these associations are far from baseless. The model of trade liberalization that the United States pursued in the last quarter of the 20th century favored footloose capital over landlocked labor, financialization over industrial production, and, thus, the corporate wing of the Democratic Party over the progressive one.

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Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him. – The New York Times

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When sport, politics, business and pleasure mix – IOL

By Eshlin Vedan Time of article published Jan 23, 2021

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Trump impeachment lawyer says he’s going to Disney World post acquittal – Business Insider

One of Donald Trump’s lawyers reportedly said that he was “going to Disney World” after the Senate acquitted the former president following an impeachment trial over the Capitol siege.

Business Insider

Critics question revenue projections, labor practices of San Diego’s potential choice for ambulance provider – The San Diego Union-Tribune

A Danish company trying to take over ambulance service in San Diego is facing questions about its track record in labor negotiations and whether its plan to put 20 percent more ambulances on the road is financially viable.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The battle lines are forming in Biden’s climate push – The Japan Times

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My Pillow CEO says Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Wayfair are dropping his products – Seattle Times

Seattle Times

The Latest: UK hits vaccine milestone goal of 15 million – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

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Democrats back down, reach deal to not call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial. – Slate

The Senate was thrown into disarray and chaos Saturday after senators voted to consider allowing witnesses be called during former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The move had many in the Democratic base cheering as it brought an unexpected twist to what everyone had expected was going to be a quick acquittal on Saturday. But the excitement didn’t last long. Shortly after the vote, the House impeachment managers, Trump’s legal team, and leaders in the Senate all reached a deal to not call witnesses.

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For Companies, Talking Politics or Opining on Social Issues Can Be Like Stepping on a Landmine – BU Today

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue (left) threw his company into a political firestorm when he praised President Donald J. Trump during a recent White House roundtable meeting of Hispanic leaders. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

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An Open World Is in the Balance—and on the Ballot – World Politics Review

As Americans cast their ballots Tuesday, and indeed for the millions who already have, they are voting for the future not just of their own country, but of the open world that the United States helped create. A distinctive element of this global order, particularly since the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been the removal of many restrictions on cross-border flows of goods, money, ideas and even people. Under every American president since the Cold War, until Donald Trump, the United States championed global integration as a motor of prosperity, a bulwark of peace and—at least implicitly—a source of solidarity. It is that open world that is on the ropes today, thanks to disillusionment with globalization, Trump’s nativist and anachronistic “America First” policies and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically curtailed cross-border exchanges.

World Politics Review

What a Biden Win Would Mean for the Future of Multilateralism – World Politics Review

Should Joe Biden win the American presidency on Nov. 3, the world will experience whiplash, as the United States performs a second about-face in its posture toward multilateralism in only four years. Although the U.S. has oscillated through cycles of internationalism and isolationism before, it has never executed such a swift and dramatic double-reverse. A Biden triumph would repudiate the “America First” platform on which Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, and the hyper-nationalist, unilateralist and sovereigntist mindset that undergirds it. Such a stunning shift in America’s global orientation would have major implications for global cooperation on everything from climate change, health and nuclear proliferation to trade and human rights, as well as for U.S. relations with its Western allies.

World Politics Review

Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election – The New York Times

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Covid-19 Can Change International Politics Forever – The Nation

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As Trump fights for his political future, the outcome could affect his company, which owes more than $400 million – Seattle Times

Seattle Times

When It Comes to Soft Power, China Is Already Outpacing the U.S. – World Politics Review

The coming crisis of American power that is sure to follow the November election will be unique in U.S. history. Competing with China, Russia and whatever other major rivals may emerge will be less about aircraft carriers, fighter jets, nuclear submarines and stealth bombers than ever before, and more about helping other governments meet the vital needs of their citizens. Although the United States suddenly has much less of a hard power edge than it once did, due to China’s rapid and ambitious modernization of its military, and particularly its navy, Americans should treat skeptically the calls that are bound to begin multiplying soon to match Beijing ship for ship. It should focus instead on soft power and public goods.

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World watches the US vote: Why the election matters everywhere – NBC News

It isn’t just Americans who care — the whole world is watching the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Through an interactive map and articles from around the globe, we look at who the world’s citizens would vote for if they could.

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‘Extraordinary’ corporate revolt over campaign donations shakes political world – CNN

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Jack Ma’s Disappearance and the Dangers of Doing Business in an Autocracy – World Politics Review

The last time China’s most famous billionaire, Jack Ma, was seen in public was October. It was an appearance that did not please the regime in Beijing. The founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba—something of a Chinese Jeff Bezos—may have grown too confident and too powerful for the Chinese Communist Party, which may have decided it was time to not just silence him and limit his power, but to send a message to other potential critics with wealth and influence.

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A Political Crisis Threatens to Derail Guyana’s Oil Boom – World Politics Review

Despite growing signs of a dramatic and global economic downturn stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the small South American country of Guyana appears poised for a period of spectacular economic growth. In its recent semiannual report on Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Bank forecasts a 4.6 percent contraction for the region’s economy in 2020, followed by an expansion of 2.6 percent in 2021. However, the World Bank sees Guyana’s economy skyrocketing by 51.7 percent in 2020, before leveling off to 8.7 percent in 2021.

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Cote d’Ivoire’s Post-Election Political Crisis Shows Little Sign of Abating – World Politics Review

DAKAR, Senegal—Mohammed Ouattara, an activist from Cote d’Ivoire who lives in exile in Senegal, doesn’t mince words when speaking about his country’s recent presidential elections. “It’s a constitutional coup d’état,” he told me, as we sat in a café along the corniche in Dakar. “He doesn’t have the right to be a candidate,” he said, his eyes wide and intense. “He stole the elections.”

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For China, Pandemic Containment Leads to Economic Growth and Opportunity – World Politics Review

Following shutdowns of factories and lockdowns due to COVID-19, China’s economy shrank by 6.8 percent in the first three months of this year compared to 2019—its first economic contraction on record since 1976. But in the months since then, China seems to have bucked the trend of pandemic slumps hitting other countries, as it posted 4.9 percent year-on-year growth in the third quarter, according to data released Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics.

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Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation? – World Politics Review

When does a global catastrophe stimulate a revival of international cooperation, rather than accelerate fragmentation and disorder? When does a crisis become a turning point in international relations, rather than just augur more of the same? These questions loom large in the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest shock to world politics and the global economy since 1945. While history provides no definitive answers, it hints at three preconditions for resurrecting international cooperation from the ashes: new thinking, enlightened leadership and a favorable distribution of power.

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What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Trans-Atlantic Relations? – World Politics Review

International expectations are high for Joe Biden’s presidency, but perhaps nowhere more than in Europe, where political leaders and observers see an opportunity to revitalize the trans-Atlantic relationship after years of drift and then downright antagonism under Donald Trump. They have reason to be optimistic. Biden and his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, are confirmed Atlanticists. They recognize that, despite Asia’s rise, the United States and Europe are still the load-bearing pillars of any open and stable international system. The president-elect has pleased Europeans so far by pledging to return to the Paris Agreement on climate change, remain in the World Health Organization despite Trump’s attempt to leave it, reengage in diplomacy with Iran, deescalate trade conflicts and generally follow the path of multilateralism.

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The Center Holds in Romania, but a New Far-Right Party Spells Trouble – World Politics Review

The results of Romania’s parliamentary elections earlier this month were thought to be something of a foregone conclusion, with a victory expected for the ruling center-right National Liberal Party, or PNL. However, record-low voter turnout of just 32 percent saw the leftist opposition pull off an upset, with the Social Democratic Party, or PSD, taking 30 percent of the vote to the PNL’s 25 percent. That makes the PSD the largest party in Parliament, with 110 seats in the lower house, though it will remain in the opposition, as the PNL have agreed to form a governing coalition with two smaller parties. Still, Prime Minster Ludovic Orban, of the PNL, resigned the day after the polls to take responsibility for the disappointing results. The PNL-backed president, Klaus Iohannis, named Finance Minister Florin Citu, a former economist and investment banker, as the new prime minister-designate this week.

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‘Trump political base hit hardest by coronavirus’ – BBC News

By Simon Jack and Kirsty Mackenzie
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The Companies Cutting Ties With Trump – The New York Times

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A Controversial Omnibus Law Could Spell Trouble for Indonesia’s Democracy – World Politics Review

In early November, Indonesian President Joko Widodo approved a controversial omnibus law that is meant to bolster Indonesia’s economy by reducing regulations and bureaucracy in areas from mining to forestry and labor to business licensing. Jokowi, as the president is known in Indonesia, has touted such reforms for years; he has claimed the new, landmark Job Creation Law, which clocks in at nearly 1,200 pages, will “create an additional 1 million jobs a year and increase worker productivity, which is below average in Southeast Asia.”

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AMLO Promised a ‘Transformation.’ It’s Been a Disaster for Mexico’s Economy – World Politics Review

Around the world, the blunt measures imposed by central governments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are causing widespread economic hardship. In its latest report on the state of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that most advanced and emerging economies will experience their worst downturns since the Great Depression, as global GDP is set to contract by an estimated 4.9 percent this year. The recovery will not come fast, it warns, with growth expected to be sluggish in 2021.

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To Counter China Online, Regulate Big Tech – World Politics Review

The heads of Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook fended off tough questions from lawmakers last month at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. To help allay concerns about monopolistic business practices, each CEO sought to portray his company as representing American values and serving American interests. They all did so in part by pointing to a threat supposedly bigger than their own companies: China.

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The Rise of Twitter Diplomacy Is Making the World More Dangerous – World Politics Review

In mid-July, 130 high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked by a small group of hackers, apparently led by a teenager in central Florida. They were able to take over some of the social media service’s most prominent handles—including those of Kanye West, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk—and use them to scam hundreds of people out of a combined $118,000 in bitcoin. It was the biggest security breach in Twitter’s history, and a stunning embarrassment for the company.

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What do experts see as the biggest risk to the world in 2020? American politics – CNN

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Say goodbye to 2020, a historic and consequential year in politics – NBC News

WASHINGTON — No matter what happens in the next 13 days, we can safely say that this year will join 1968, 1941, 1929 and 1918 — as a historic, consequential and likely transformational year in this country.

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Kyrgyzstan’s Descent Into Mob Rule Bodes Ill for Its Future – World Politics Review

Kyrgyzstan is in the midst of historic political upheaval, spurred on by nearly three decades of government misrule, a frustrated civil society and the rise of unsavory criminal groups to positions of power. With the resignation last week of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov amid mass protests, and his shocking replacement by a convicted felon freshly sprung from jail, the Central Asian nation looks set for more volatility—and the Kyrgyz people will pay the price.

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Trump’s Trade Wars, and Now COVID-19, Are Unraveling Trade as We Know It – World Politics Review

The global economic map is reshuffling, and predictions abound on where the pieces will land. As companies scramble to protect themselves from U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade wars, the growing technology rivalry between the United States and China, and the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will the long-promised “reshoring” of manufacturing back to higher-wage countries finally take place? Will the U.S. and China “decouple” their economies, particularly for the technologies of the future? If so, how will Europe, Japan and others respond?

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The sick politics at the heart of this week’s US crisis go deeper than Donald Trump – ABC News

By International Affairs Analyst Stan Grant

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The Trump effect in Palm Beach County: His presidency altered business and politics; his personality affected the people – Palm Beach Post

In early 2017, Kelly Smallridge was flipping through a PowerPoint presentation at a luncheon when she stopped on a slide with photos of the new president, Donald Trump, and other Palm Beach County-connected members of the administration.

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Global political and business leaders on the economic impact of COVID-19 – World Economic Forum

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The Global Rise of Anti-Lockdown Protests—and What to Do About It – World Politics Review

The wave of anti-government protests that roiled global politics over the past decade initially seemed to be an early casualty of COVID-19. Lockdown measures, especially stay-at-home orders and restrictions on mass gatherings, halted protests almost everywhere. Yet as the pandemic has dragged on, the increasingly strained relationship between governments and citizens in many countries has brought demonstrators back into the streets. While many renewed protests reflect anger over familiar issues like corruption, political repression and economic hardship, a striking new trend is afoot: citizens openly challenging the public health measures governments have taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Will Historic Protests in Bulgaria Dislodge an Entrenched Oligarchy? – World Politics Review

Karate coach, firefighter, bodyguard, Interior Ministry chief and now prime minister. Boyko Borissov has had an eclectic career, and if the protesters on the streets of Bulgarian cities have their way, he’ll soon leave the prime minister’s office for the third time. The burly, pugnacious politician is accused of presiding over a state that has been captured by a cabal of oligarchs and corrupt officials. Antigovernment demonstrators say the situation should shame the European Union, which Bulgaria has been a member of for over a decade and which provides billions of euros in development funds each year.

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Hold Those Obituaries for the Liberal World Order – World Politics Review

Documenting the demise of the liberal international order has become a growth industry in the foreign policy sector. In a terrific new book, “A World Safe for Democracy,” G. John Ikenberry, the premier analyst of liberal internationalism, contends that reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. The rules-based, international system may be in crisis, but its strategic and normative logic is as compelling as ever.

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Talk Radio Giant Tells Hosts to Stop ‘Stolen Elections’ Rhetoric – The New York Times

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Hong Kong’s Darkening Future, Through the Eyes of Unbowed Protesters – World Politics Review

More than a year ago, months into the escalating protests in Hong Kong, a reporter with a local television station, Tsang, put on a bulletproof vest for the very first time.* She had gone for a drink the night before, wondering if it would be her last. A few days earlier at a protest, a reporter standing next to her was hit in the eye and permanently blinded by a police projectile; on another occasion, her cameraman had yanked her from the spot right before a Molotov cocktail exploded at her feet.

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