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How the commentariat could tip Trump’s impeachment one way or the other. (WaPo)   

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"Politics is a lot like coaching football -- you've got to be smart enough to know the rules, but dumb enough to think it's important."

This column is flawed in its execution. I seriously doubt that commentators have that much influence. Thanks to social media, their influence is declining.

I think the video of live witnesses testifying will be breathtaking. Now that the World Series is over, the impeachment hearings will have our full attention.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the House voted on impeachment procedures on Oct. 31. (Andrew Harnik/AP) (Andrew Harnik/Bloomberg)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the House voted on impeachment procedures on Oct. 31. (Andrew Harnik/AP) (Andrew Harnik/Bloomberg)
The members of the commentariat — reporters and editors, columnists, authors and broadcasters (whether online or on radio or television) — are either “influential” or “irrelevant,” and they are either “prolific” or “occasional.”
It’s a four-square box, and like all four-square boxes, imperfect but useful. The head of the German military general staff in the early 1930s classified officers as either diligent or lazy, and either clever or stupid. There was a place for the lazy and stupid officers — vast numbers of jobs needed a plodding even dense sort, not numbed by repetition. The diligent and clever officers became colonels, for they would get accomplished what the strategic thinkers — the clever and lazy generals — decreed. The energetic and stupid officers, though, needed to be cashiered for there was no limit to how much damage they could accomplish.
On impeachment eve, the commentariat has spent years sorting itself into fairly easily identifiable camps, camps that align along an axis from anti-President Trump absolutism to a pro-Trump certainty. That axis has little to do with the four-square box. Indeed it is best to think of three different four-square boxes — one at each end of the spectrum and one in the middle.

In the box on the pro-Trump end of the axis, in the quadrant marked “influential and prolific,” for example, are Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist and Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal. At the other, anti-Trump end, again in the “influential and prolific” quadrant, are for example MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times.
There are many others in both boxes, of course. The middle-of-the-spectrum “influential and prolific” box includes a handful of journalists, including The Post’s Dan Balz and the Times’s Peter Baker, who could conceivably move the story off the deadlock on which it rests now: a House certain to pass an article or two of impeachment and a Senate certain to reject them, perhaps peremptorily, given the vast deficiencies in the rules of the process adopted last week by the House. (Imagine a prosecutor being able to veto a defense counsel’s star witness!)
Say the House reforms its rules to match those of impeachments past and thus restores at least the patina of fairness to the proceedings. A handful of the commentariat could then be in a position to decide the matter.


Huh? Yes, it’s true. Simply put: Only surprise defections of prolific, influential members of the commentariat from the pro-Trump camp to the anti-Trump camp, or vice versa, would shatter the deadlock. Such influencers from the former camp would give cover to Republican senators. We are nowhere near the 20 GOP senators needed to remove the president, and until you show me at least six Republican senators willing to publicly state that it’s within the realm of possibility — that the process is fair enough and the evidence of a high crime and misdemeanor conclusive enough to vote to remove — we are closer to the Miami Dolphins going to the Super Bowl than we are to removing the president via conviction.
That could change if a Hemingway or a Strassel came upon evidence they thought sufficiently damning to overcome the obvious procedural assaults on the country’s shared understanding of fair play. Americans know that such processes need to be appropriate to the circumstances, whether that means a proceeding to penalize a high school student for drinking alcohol at the prom or to grant a variance at the homeowners association for a second-story addition. Right now, the pro-Trump people think the impeachment process lacks the fair-play element and that it is unlikely to be restored. They doubt as well that an offense deserving removal has occurred.
But if one, or two, or suddenly three or six of the presently pro-Trump influencers, including both the prolific or the occasional (think of Brit Hume and Fred Barnes as entrants in the occasional category), break and switch to the remove end of the axis, then the president will be in trouble. For it is the commentariat that listens closely to its audiences and reflects the consensus views, not automatically, but by this mysterious process known as reporting.


Similarly, if influencers from the anti-Trump camp go out from the citadels of the left and into handful of states that will decide the election of 2020 and return with the news that the impeachment proceeding led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) is widely understood to be a show trial and an assault on due process that is endangering the Democrats up and down the ballot in a year, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will quickly descend from her throne to put the genie back in the bottle.
Rarely has the media possessed such power. But only if it acts in unpredictable ways. Otherwise, the deadlock persists until next November.


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Dolar ABD – Çin tarife haberinin ardından düştü   

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Commerzbank CEO'su Zielke hedeflerini ikinci kez düşürdü   

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Ekonomi basınında bugün - 7 Kasım 2019   

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Breaking Up Shouldn’t Be Hard to Do   

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by Mark Schneider, Y Soft

As if celebrity divorces are not entertaining enough, now corporations are splitting up too. It’s become the latest trend. HP, eBay and Symantec are recent Silicon Valley high-tech examples but recently companies in all sectors are doing it too: RR Donnelley, W.R. Grace and Computer Sciences. And research shows this trend will continue since the effect on shareholder value proves a split makes sense.

As a provider of IT services, what do you do if your customer announces they are splitting the company up? How can you turn this into a selling point – that in the event of a reverse merger (or changes in general), your solution and customer care organization can guide them through the change easily?

When a company plans to split up, the IT organization is hit the hardest – internal systems, contracts and services have to be analyzed so that vendors can be contacted and change plans organized. It’s a lot of work and not surprising that it takes companies years to complete a split.

In the case of print management, how your services and support are structured can make things easier for IT. From a pricing perspective, if pricing is done on a per device structure, it is much easier to calculate what pricing will look like for the split organizations – IT just needs to know how many MFPs are going to the various new entities. If pricing is done on a per-person or per-page basis, it becomes more complicated. The IT person will not know for a long time how employees will be allocated across the various new organizations and which of these employee groups are responsible for the bulk of print services.

Lastly on pricing, a print management solution and ongoing customer care based on a subscription model helps the organization as there are no lengthy contracts to renegotiate.

Consider also the print administrators role. Usually large organizations are a result of mergers and acquisitions. Sometimes these organizations fully merge IT operations. In a reverse merger, these IT operations now have to split. If the print management system is capable of having administrators for each division, what we call local administrators, a reverse merger is made much easier as the print management system is already configured for administrators to access and manage only those MFPs in their division. This is one less thing that IT management has to worry about.

An important consideration for a print administrator is a seamless continuation of services. How quickly can you react to requests for new quotes, billing changes and ongoing customer care? Does the new, slimmer organization need all the features or are some of those feature needed only in some of the new entities? Is your solution an all or nothing or is their flexibility based on critical needs?

While reverse mergers seem to be a trend, mergers and acquisitions are still happening too. The same considerations described above are headaches for the combined organization and the poor IT print administrator who has to sort it all out. 

How flexible is your print management solution and the services that stand behind them? How do you picture that conversation going when your customer calls you and says, “We’re splitting the company”? Is splitting up hard to do or are you prepared? It’s a topic we invite discussion on as you consider adding managed print services to your offerings. Y Soft is here to help.

Mark Schneider is the national sales manager for Y Soft, North America. Reach him at mark.schneider@ysoft.com


          

Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Details Emerge on Giuliani’s Role   

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Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Details Emerge on Giuliani’s RoleNov.06 -- Transcripts released Tuesday by the House impeachment panels offered details from U.S. envoys on Rudy Giuliani’s back-channel efforts to pressure Ukraine for investigations linked to the top political rival of President Donald Trump. Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter reports on "Bloomberg Surveillance."



          

France Is Europe’s New Economic Growth Engine   

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France Is Europe’s New Economic Growth Engine(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.After years of measuring unfavorably against Europe’s economic powerhouse Germany, France may finally have something to crow about.The euro area’s second-largest economy is outpacing its neighbor and the region as a whole -- excelling in weathering blows from trade wars and weaker global momentum. Some of the divergence is due to fortuitously timed tax cuts and less reliance on exports, but it also reflects early dividends from President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms that aim to sow the seeds of longer-term growth.Evidence that there’s more to the story than timing can be seen in the robust business investment that’s followed Macron’s corporate-tax cuts, and increases in employment after changes to labor laws. The pace of job creation is so fast that economists struggle to explain it, and Bank of France chief economist Olivier Garnier has described it as “remarkable.”“With respect to economic policies, we have an all thumbs up for France,” said Berenberg European Economist Florian Hense. “Whether it’s Germany in the early 2000s or France now, the labor market is actually key for all layers of the economy.”The awakening of the French economy as Germany slips toward recession could have wider policy implications for Europe by giving Macron political capital to push his agenda. That includes a more active industrial policy and building European champions to rival the U.S. and China, and more sharing of resources between member states.The French leader has already registered some success with an agreement on a euro-zone budget, albeit far smaller than initial ambitions. But confidence is running so high in Paris, that officials no longer shy of lecturing Germany on its national fiscal policy.In the third quarter, the economy posted better-than-forecast 0.3% growth, with domestic demand a key driver. Surveys for October showed stronger French growth at the start of the fourth quarter, while Germany was weighed down by manufacturing.France is attracting a growing share of foreign investment, and existing businesses have also kept spending as they are less exposed than German peers to the highs and lows of global trade.At Axa, chief economist Gilles Moec says ultra-loose European Central Bank monetary policy may also be playing a part in the relative strength of French investment, which is mostly funded by borrowing, in contrast to Germany.In a world of “low-for-long’’ interest rates, this is a strategy that could also pay off in the longer term. “Beyond the cyclical support, the resilience in investment is conducive to decent prospects for potential growth as well,’’ he said.Even if France is set for a brighter period, it still has some way to go before it can truly measure up to Germany.A vast and costly public sector backstops French resilience, with the government spending 56% of annual economic output compared with 45% in Germany. As a result, France’s public debt hovers near 100% of GDP.Also, unemployment may be falling, but it’s still more than double the rate in Germany.The French government points to the quality of jobs as a sign reforms are working. Crucially, the share of new jobs with stable, permanent contracts has been rising since Macron changed laws that companies said discouraged hiring.The government is also trumpeting a more favorable environment for business since he cut wealth taxes and put corporate tax on a downward trajectory. Investment is rising, and the number of new start-ups has surged to record levels since Macron’s election.Only half way through his five-year term, Macron is not done yet. At the start of this month, changes to unemployment benefits kicked in that aim to encourage workers to take jobs and employers to offer better contracts. He’s also embarking on a top-to-bottom overhaul of the pension system that would in theory allow workers to be more mobile.On top of that, the government is considering more tax cuts for companies producing in France and changes to strategic sectors where the state invests.“Nothing will make us retreat from transforming the country,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said last month on RTL Radio. “Emmanuel Macron was elected for that.”(Updates with PMI in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Zoe Schneeweiss.To contact the reporter on this story: William Horobin in Paris at whorobin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Jana RandowFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Stocks, U.S. Futures Jump on Trade-Deal Optimism: Markets Wrap   

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Stocks, U.S. Futures Jump on Trade-Deal Optimism: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- Stocks climbed in Europe along with S&P 500 futures after China said it agreed with the U.S. to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a trade deal. Havens including Treasuries and gold slipped.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose with U.S. equity contracts after a Chinese government spokesman said the economic superpowers would remove the duties in phases “as progress is made on the agreement.” Shares advanced in Hong Kong and China’s yuan strengthened offshore. Equities trading in Shanghai and Tokyo had already closed. West Texas-grade oil futures rose to almost $57 a barrel in New York, and a Bloomberg index of commodities advanced. Most European sovereign bonds declined.Risk appetite is picking up as China’s latest assertions of progress on trade helped counter earlier reports that a preliminary accord may not happen this month as the two sides continued to wrangle over a location. With economic indicators showing signs of stabilization, investors will now be looking for further signs that a global recession can be avoided.“Before we see material evidence of an agreement, any trade headline will be seen as a short-term trading opportunity,” said Linus Yip, a Hong Kong-based strategist with First Shanghai Securities Ltd. “We see good news coming out, and the market is reacting to that. I don’t know if it will last for a long time.”Here are some key events coming up this week:Earnings are due this week from companies including: Walt Disney.A Bank of England monetary decision is due Thursday.The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report for November comes out Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe Stoxx Europe 600 Index increased 0.4% as of 9:24 a.m. London time.Futures on the S&P 500 Index advanced 0.4%.Spain’s IBEX Index gained 0.4%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index jumped 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.4%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%.The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1079.The Japanese yen was little changed at 109.02 per dollar.The offshore yuan increased 0.5% to 6.978 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained two basis points to 1.85%.Britain’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to 0.738%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to -0.31%.Australia’s 10-year yield declined six basis points to 1.2145%.CommoditiesIron ore sank 1% to $80.22 per metric ton.West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.9% to $56.86 a barrel.LME copper increased 0.9% to $5,957.50 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.3% to $1,485.82 an ounce.\--With assistance from Adam Haigh, Andreea Papuc, Michael Msika and Elena Popina.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Yakob PeterseilFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Opening a Restaurant? 4 Ways to Make it Stand Out   

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In August, Bloomberg posted an article titled “Americans are Spending Like Crazy at Restaurants.” On top of that, the National Restaurant Association is projecting that the industry will rake in $863 billion this year. If you’re opening a restaurant and looking to grab some of the market share in an already-crowded industry, make sure your…

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BME se dispara en bolsa ante una posible OPA de Euronext    

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Vuelven los rumores de movimientos corporativos a la bolsa española. Según ha publicado la agencia Bloomberg, Euronext estaría estudiando lanzar una OPA sobre BME, cuyas acciones se disparan un 5,6% en el arranque bursátil de la jornada.. Leer

          

Emerson Plans Measures to Reach Peace With D.E. Shaw - Bloomberg   

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  1. Emerson Plans Measures to Reach Peace With D.E. Shaw  Bloomberg
  2. The D. E. Shaw Group Welcomes Emerson Electric’s Plans for Board Composition and Governance Changes  Yahoo Finance
  3. Analysis | Emerson Avoids an Activist Fight But Not the Gloom  Washington Post
  4. Emerson nears truce with activist D.E. Shaw - Bloomberg  Seeking Alpha
  5. View full coverage on Google News

          

Tesla Owners Say Autopilot Makes Them Feel Safer   

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"Bloomberg has conducted a survey of Tesla Model 3 owners," writes Slashdot reader Thelasko. "Some of the most interesting data are responses to questions about Autopilot." Here's an excerpt from the report: We asked 5,000 Model 3 owners about their experience with the electric sedan that Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk says will lead the world into a new era of driverless transportation. [...] Six drivers claimed that Autopilot actually contributed to a collision, while nine people in the Bloomberg survey went so far as to credit the system with saving their lives. Hundreds of owners recalled dangerous behaviors, such as phantom braking, veering or failing to stop for a road hazard. But even those who reported shortcomings gave Autopilot high overall ratings. More than 90% of owners said driving with Autopilot makes them safer -- including most of the respondents who simultaneously faulted the software for creating dangerous situations. Bloomberg also asked Model 3 owners about the quality and reliability of their vehicles, as well as the service and charging.

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Uber Test Vehicles Involved In 37 Crashes Before Fatal Self-Driving Incident   

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Uber's autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes in the 18 months before a fatal March 2018 self-driving car accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday. Reuters reports: The board said between September 2016 and March 2018, there were 37 crashes of Uber vehicles in autonomous mode at the time, including 33 that involved another vehicle striking test vehicles. In one incident, the test vehicle struck a bent bicycle lane bollard that partially occupied the test vehicle's lane of travel. In another incident, the operator took control to avoid a rapidly approaching oncoming vehicle that entered its lane of travel. The vehicle operator steered away and struck a parked car. The NTSB will hold a probable cause hearing on the crash Nov. 19. A spokeswoman for Uber's self-driving car division said the company has "adopted critical program improvements to further prioritize safety. We deeply value the thoroughness of the NTSB's investigation into the crash and look forward to reviewing their recommendations." Bloomberg is also reporting that Uber's self-driving test car wasn't programmed to recognize and react to jawalkers. The report said "the system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians." [Elaine Herzberg, the 49-year-old pedestrian that was struck by one of Uber's self-driving cars] was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk.

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An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power For Decades   

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg have figured out how to harness the energy and keep it in reserve so it can be released on demand in the form of heat -- even decades after it was captured. The innovations include an energy-trapping molecule, a storage system that promises to outperform traditional batteries, at least when it comes to heating, and an energy-storing laminate coating that can be applied to windows and textiles. The breakthroughs, from a team led by researcher Kasper Moth-Poulsen, have garnered praise within the scientific community. Now comes the real test: whether Moth-Poulsen can get investors to back his technology and take it to market. The system starts with a liquid molecule made up of carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen. When hit by sunlight, the molecule draws in the sun's energy and holds it until a catalyst triggers its release as heat. The researchers spent almost a decade and $2.5 million to create a specialized storage unit, which Moth-Poulsen, a 40-year-old professor in the department of chemistry and chemical engineering, says has the stability to outlast the 5-to 10-year life span of typical lithium-ion batteries on the market today. The most advanced potential commercial use the team developed is a transparent coating that can be applied to home windows, a moving vehicle, or even clothing. The coating collects solar energy and releases heat, reducing electricity required for heating spaces and curbing carbon emissions. Moth-Poulsen is coating an entire building on campus to showcase the technology. The ideal use in the early going, he says, is in relatively small spaces. "This could be heating of electrical vehicles or in houses." Moth-Poulsen believes there's potential for the system to produce electricity, but his team is focused for now on heating. "Moth-Poulsen plans to spin off a company that would advance the technology and says he's in talks with venture capital investors," adds Bloomberg. "The storage unit could be commercially available in as little as six years and the coating in three, pending the $5 million of additional funding he estimates will be needed to bring the coating to market."

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One Bitcoin 'Whale' May Have Fueled the Currency's Price Spike in 2017   

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A single Bitcoin holder -- called a "whale" in cryptocurrency parlance -- likely manipulated the market and helped fuel the big rise in Bitcoin's price in 2017, according to researchers. That year, Bitcoin's price jumped from under $1,000 in January to more than $19,000 in December. From a report: Last year, University of Texas professor John Griffin and Amin Shams, an instructor at Ohio State University, published controversial research concluding that in 2017 just a few big players used the stablecoin Tether to prop up the price of Bitcoin following market downturns. Griffin and Shams now tell Bloomberg that just a single whale was likely behind the behavior. They say that one entity on Bitfinex, a popular cryptocurrency headquartered in Hong Kong, appears able to push the price of Bitcoin up when it falls below certain thresholds. Griffin and Shams studied Bitcoin and Tether transactions from March 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. They found that Bitcoin purchases on Bitfinex increased whenever the price dropped by certain increments. According to Bloomberg, which saw a prepublication version of a paper set to be published in the Journal of Finance, the authors conclude: "This pattern is only present in periods following the printing of Tether, driven by a single large account holder, and not observed by other exchanges."

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Monday ~ thefrontpagecover   

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Monday Top News Executive Summary Media Editors:  Above the Fold HISTORIC DEBT: Federal government debt surpasses $23 trillion for first time as annual deficits once again near $1 trillion (The Hill) AND YOU THINK THE DEBT’S BAD NOW… In empty warning, liar-Nancy Pelosi claims she’s worried 2020 candidates are on wrong track with healthcare and wealth-tax rackets (Bloomberg) Government…

          

Green jobs now employ 10x more people than fossil fuel   

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  • The United States green economy now employs 10 times more people than the fossil fuel industry, providing nearly 9.5 million jobs.
  • In the face of a global climate catastrophe, the green economy is destined to keep rising at an exponential rate over the next decade.
  • Rather than seize this golden economic opportunity, the Trump administration has promised to protect coal and mining jobs while eviscerating funds from green energy.


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According to a pair of economic researchers in the United Kingdom, the United States green economy now employs 10 times more people than the fossil fuel industry.

And that isn't to say that the fossil fuel industry hasn't been growing. In fact, from 2015 to 2016, the fossil fuels industry, which includes coal, oil, and natural gas, employed approximately 900,000 people in the U.S. according to government figures. But the two British researchers — they are based at University College London — found that over the same period this was eclipsed by the green economy, which actually provided nearly 9.5 million jobs.

That's 4 percent of the population of working age individuals.

The Rise of the ‘Green Economy’


Because the green economy is so dispersed, figures detailing green job statistics have probably underestimated how many jobs that sector was creating.

In this study, the researchers calculations accounted for 26 sub-sectors. These included marine pollution regulators, carbon capture, biodiversity, wind and solar power, and air pollution. The analysis showed that the green economy is worth a total of $1.3 trillion, contributing to a substantial chunk — 7 percent — of the U.S. GDP.

As nation's find themselves under increasing pressure to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to avoid 1.5°C global warming and meet the emissions standards set forth in the Paris Agreement, it's looking like the green economy is destined to keep rising at an exponential rate over the next decade. As the world heats up, so does the market demand for green energy and technology.

Already, renewable energy accounts for 15 percent of our total electricity generation according to the United States Energy Information Administration. Investments in renewable energy are proliferating, and even places once known as petroleum meccas are being yanked into the tides of change. For instance, Texas now attributes a portion of its energy production to renewable resources. Some researchers are even predicting that the world will be ready to go 100 percent renewable by the year 2050.

Some say that we have the technology to do it right now. For example, a new study published in September made an extraordinary finding: Maximizing onshore wind energy potential in Europe could power the entire continent via wind farms up to 100 times over. That's enough to power the whole world until 2050.

All around the world transitions to green energy are being made. Kenya, on a mission to go totally emission-free by 2020, recently began one of Africa's largest wind power farms. Over in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates just launched one of the world's largest solar farms while Saudi Arabia is said to be working on a solar farm.

Meanwhile, the fossil fuel empire has faltered. Once the safest bet on the market, the industry is now an increasingly floundering enterprise. According to the Guardian in 2018, researchers at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis claimed that the industry was the weakest it's been in decades.

Losing Economic Opportunity


Of course, if you're someone who believes the bulk of scientific evidence telling us that fossil fuels contribute to rising CO2 emissions that threaten human life on earth, investing in the green economy goes beyond numbers and dollar signs. It means investing in public health, national security and the existence of the next generation. But according to the researchers at University College London who conducted this latest study, the investment in the green economy is a good economic choice as well.

"If you want to be a hard-nosed neoliberal economist you would say, 'Let's support the green economy as much as possible," Mark Maslin, one of the researchers, told New Scientist. He also noted that the Trump Administration's plan to promote fossil fuels was "stupid when it comes to economics."

Rather than seize this golden economic opportunity, the Trump administration has promised to protect coal and mining jobs while eviscerating funds from green energy. Considering the math, this is an economically misguided move.

According to the researchers, this research demonstrates how other countries could tap into a huge source of potential to develop their own green economies. Their findings suggest that the U.S. is at risk of losing its competitive edge in the global economy if it doesn't work to better develop energy, environmental and educational policies to support its green economy.

In other words, despite what the president has harped at, the "America First Energy Policy" is looking to be a bad deal for the United States.
          

Grupul american HP Inc confirmă că Xerox a înaintat o ofertă de preluare    

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Compania americană din sectorul tehnologiei HP Inc. a confirmat joi că rivalul Xerox Holdings Corp. a făcut o ofertă de preluare, o posibilă tranzacţie urmând să revoluţioneze industria imprimantelor, transmite Bloomberg.

          

Grecia vrea să introducă un nou impozit unic pentru a-i atrage pe străinii bogaţi   

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Grecia vrea să îi atragă pe străinii bogaţi prin introducerea unui impozit unic de 100.000 de euro pentru persoanele dispuse să îşi mute rezidenţa în Grecia, transmite Bloomberg.

          

Breakfast links: Democrats take Virginia, and Jack Evans has a bad day   

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Democrats win big in the Virginia elections

Virginia is a blue state: Democrats won majorities in both houses of the General Assembly. They already control the governorship and both other statewide offices. Locally, Dan Helmer beat Rep. Tim Hugo, the GOP caucus chairman, and John Bell defeated Geary Higgins for an open Senate seat.  (Ella Nilsen / Vox)

One Loudoun County Supervisor seat went to a famous cyclist

Remember Juli Briskman, the woman on a bicycle who flipped off President Trump and then was fired? Well, Briskman will be a Loudoun County Supervisor now after she beat a Republican for the seat Tuesday, giving her the opportunity to improve bicycling for all Loudoun County residents.  (Paul Schwartzman / Post. Tip: JimT)

DC Councilmembers call for Jack Evans to resign

Seven councilmembers say Evans should step down after the publication of a detailed report of his ethical violations. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson hasn’t called for the resignation, but criticized Evans’ behavior harshly; Mayor Muriel Bowser did not comment. Meanwhile, Evans shows no sign of stepping down and has put out a long rebuttal to the ethics report.  (Fenit Nirappil / Post)

What does a blue Virginia mean for local policy?

With their gains in the Virginia legislature, Democrats are now able to push an agenda that is expected to contain gun control legislation, additional education funding, and raising the state’s minimum wage.  (Daniella Cheslow / WAMU)

Councilmember David Grosso announces he won’t run again

The at-large councilmember says he will not run for re-election in 2020 after serving on the DC Council for two terms. Grosso says he is proud of his record, especially in ending suspensions and expulsions based on absences in DC schools, and public campaign financing.  (Rachel Kurzius / DCist)

Metrobus drivers in Northern Virginia continue to strike

Negotiations between Transdev and the striking Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 have stalled, while the strike has been going on for almost two weeks. Now Fairfax Connector drivers are meeting to discuss potential strike action of their own, further reducing transit routes in Northern Virginia  (Max Smith / WTOP)

WMATA may sanction Christian Dorsey for campaign contributions

The WMATA board is weighing penalties for Dorsey, a board member and chair of the Arlington County Board, for failing to disclose a $10,000 campaign donation from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 for four months. Dorsey said it was an oversight and he will recuse himself from votes involving the union.  (Robert McCartney / Post)

Maryland nixes an alternative to widening the Beltway

MDOT announced that the state would no longer consider using the Intercounty Connector Alternative, where cars would use the ICC to avoid congested stretches of the Beltway in Montgomery County. County officials supported the plan in order to avoid adding lanes to the Beltway.  (Kate Masters / Bethesda Beat)

Uber’s self-driving technology had a blind spot for pedestrians

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the self-driving Uber car that killed Elaine Herzberg in 2018 was not designed to respond to pedestrians crossing the road outside of a crosswalk, and that the car’s system saw and could not appropriately react to Herzberg before striking and killng her.  (Bloomberg)

Community leaders will map out equitable development for Georgia Ave

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau announced that a group of civic organizations, residents and small businesses will form a planning group to promote equitable and community focused development on Lower Georgia Avenue, which stretches from Florida Avenue to New Hampshire Avenue.  (Andrew Giambrone / Curbed)

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US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support   

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US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support

The U.S. is targeting the aid that the Bank of Spain grants Maduro by allowing the Central Bank of Venezuela to make transfers

  The U.S. government is considering sanctioning Spain because the Socialist Pedro Sanchez, like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran, has helped Nicolas Maduro to evade international economic measures. According to Bloomberg, the Treasury Department is examining economic sanctions for the European country, which, if implemented, would be a severe blow to the Spanish economy. LATEST: […]

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Bloomberg: Social Media Specialist (Contractor)   

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Dow futures jump 100 points after China says it has agreed with the US to remove existing tariffs - CNBC   

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  1. Dow futures jump 100 points after China says it has agreed with the US to remove existing tariffs  CNBC
  2. China Says U.S. Agrees to Tariff Rollback If Deal Reached  Bloomberg
  3. China hints at progress in U.S. trade talks, raising hopes of a breakthrough  The Washington Post
  4. China says it has agreed with the US to cancel existing trade tariffs in phases  CNBC
  5. China and U.S. Agree to Reduce Tariffs if Trade Talks Advance, Beijing Says  TIME
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EU cuts growth forecasts for the euro zone on global trade tensions - CNBC   

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  3. EU crisis: Eurozone economy growth rates slashed amid fears of downturn  Express.co.uk
  4. Bank of England in surprise split over interest rates - business live  The Guardian
  5. EU Warns Worst May Be Yet to Come as Euro-Area Resilience Wanes  Bloomberg
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Huawei Founder Says Chinese Giant Doesn’t Need the U.S. - The Wall Street Journal   

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Vape Shops Likely to Be Exempted in Planned FDA E-Cig Curbs - Bloomberg   

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Vape Shops Might Be Exempt From Federal Flavor Ban, If You Believe Kellyanne Conway   

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Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s administration appeared to be ready to eviscerate the entire vaping industry with a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarette products—with the possible exception of menthol. Now it looks like the vapocalypse has been offset somewhat, with Bloomberg reporting that the administration may…

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In a sinister corporate nightmare where your bladder is a redundancy, it’s not surprising that warehouses would collect workers’ aggregate corporeal data, and a new company is testing the limits of what we’ll put up with. Bloomberg reports that major manufacturing and shipping companies are asking their manual…

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百度(Baidu)第三季度的销售停滞不前,但其不断提高的净利润让这家中国主要搜索引擎在美国的股票上涨逾5%。

由于经济放缓、美中贸易战以及新竞争对手在广告支出中所占比例不断上升,导致其搜索业务停滞不前,因此这家科技公司一直在努力寻找新的营收来源。

根据彭博(Bloomberg)的数据,百度第三季度营收达到281亿元人民币(合40亿美元),同比略有下降,但高于分析师...

          

Bloomberg Analyst Explains Why Bitcoin Price is “Caged” by $8,000 to $12,000 Range   

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ПАО "ГЛОБАЛТРАК МЕНЕДЖМЕНТ" (MOEX: GTRK, Bloomberg: GTRK:RM, далее Globaltruck, Компания или Группа), один из крупнейших автомобильных грузовых FTL-перевозчиков России и ПАО "ГЛОБАЛТРАК МЕНЕДЖМЕНТ" (MOEX: GTRK, Bloomberg: GTRK:RM, далее Globaltruck, Компания или Группа), один из крупнейших автомобильных грузовых FTL-перевозчиков России и...

          

Report Suggests Rampant Negligence In Uber Self Driving Car Fatality   

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Earlier this year you might recall that a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona killed a woman who was trying to cross the street with her bike outside of a crosswalk. The driver wasn't paying attention, and the car itself failed to stop for the jaywalking pedestrian. Initial reporting on the subject, most of it based on anonymous Uber sources who spoke to the paywalled news outlet The Information, strongly pushed the idea that the car's sensors worked as intended and detected the woman, but bugs in the system software failed to properly identify the woman as something to avoid:

"The car’s sensors detected the pedestrian, who was crossing the street with a bicycle, but Uber’s software decided it didn’t need to react right away. That’s a result of how the software was tuned. Like other autonomous vehicle systems, Uber’s software has the ability to ignore “false positives,” or objects in its path that wouldn’t actually be a problem for the vehicle, such as a plastic bag floating over a road. In this case, Uber executives believe the company’s system was tuned so that it reacted less to such objects. But the tuning went too far, and the car didn’t react fast enough, one of these people said."

Thanks to that report, a narrative emerged that the vehicle largely worked as designed, and the only real problem was a modest quirk in uncooked programming.

But a new report by Bloomberg this week shatters that understanding. According to NTSB findings seen by Bloomberg, the vehicle in question wasn't even programmed to detect jaywalkers. Like, at all:

"Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators."

Assuming Bloomberg's read of the 400 page report (only a part of which has been made public) is accurate, that's a far cry from a bug. The NTSB report found that Uber staff had also disabled Volvo auto-detection and breaking software that could have at least slowed the vehicle if not avoided the pedestrian impact altogether. Investigators also noted that despite the fact that Uber was conducting risky trials on public streets, the company had little to no real system in place for dealing with safety issues. Again, not just underwhelming public safety protocols, but none whatsoever:

"The Uber Advanced Technologies Group unit that was testing self-driving cars on public streets in Tempe didn’t have a standalone safety division, a formal safety plan, standard operating procedures or a manager focused on preventing accidents, according to NTSB."

Again, that's not just buggy or "poorly tuned" software, it's total negligence. Despite the fact the driver was distracted, the car was never adequately programmed to detect jaywalkers, some safety features were disabled, and Uber had little to no safety protocols in place, prosecutors have already absolved Uber of criminal liability (though the driver still may face a lawsuit). The NTSB also hasn't formally affixed blame for the crash (yet):

"The documents painted a picture of safety and design lapses with tragic consequences but didn’t assign a cause for the crash. The safety board is scheduled to do that at a Nov. 19 meeting in Washington."

Self driving cars are remarkably safe, and most accidents involve autonomous vehicles getting confused when people actually follow the law (like rear ending a human-driven vehicle that stopped at a red light before turning right). But that's only true when the people designing and conducting trials are competent. If the NTSB report is anything to go by, Uber fell well short, yet got to enjoy a lot of press suggesting the problem was random bad programming luck, not total negligence and incompetence. Later this month we'll get to see if Uber faces anything resembling accountability for its failures.



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Saudi Arabia has priced its lighter crude at the widest premium to heavier oil in almost two years as new rules mandating cleaner shipping fuels drive demand for less-sulfurous grades. Arab Extra Light’s premium over Arab Heavy ballooned to $4.65 a barrel for December sales to Asia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s the ...

          

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Fires Are Ravaging Brazil’s Pantanal, the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:38 PM PST

(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing.

The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region.

The Pantanal, which sprawls over parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a popular ecotourism destination considered one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. During the wet season, rivers overflow their banks and make most of the region accessible only by boat and plane. In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman.

But this year’s dry season has extended much longer than usual.

“Any spark in this area these days of high temperatures and very low humidity will start fires like those we’ve seen in recent days,” Júlio Cesar Sampaio, chief of WWF Brasil’s Cerrado Pantanal program, said by phone. “Only rain will decrease the risk of fire.”

Rescue efforts have so far found burned remains of caimans, iguanas and snakes. SOS Pantanal, a local group, reported that hyacinth macaws, a vulnerable species, lost much of their primary food source as coconut and palm trees went up in flames, and the blue-and-yellow birds have been seen flying about aimlessly.

Between January and November, the area had 516% more fires than the same period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research.

While there have been more fires in the Amazon, they have been dispersed across an area roughly half the size of the United States. The blazes in the Pantanal, by contrast, are concentrated in Corumba, a municipality in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Corumba has had about twice as many fires as the worst-affected municipalities in the Amazon.

“There is no precedent for a fire of this scale,” said Angelo Rabelo, president of the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, an environmental group based in Corumba.

Fires in the Pantanal this time of year are abnormal because heavy rains usually start in October. Rabelo said waters in the rivers and wetlands drained much faster this year. The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low.

“Climate change is here,” he said.

With little precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, fires are spreading fast through the low vegetation, authorities say.

The Mato Grosso do Sul state government said in a press release that the fires are “of a proportion never-before registered” and that the causes were both the dry conditions and “criminal activity.”

Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Such burning is particularly common among cattle ranchers, who use fire rather than costly equipment to prepare pastures.

Fires in the Pantanal this year have been overshadowed by the months-long period of blazes seen in the Amazon region. The governor of Mato Grosso do Sul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 after over 10,000 square kilometers (nearly 3,900 square miles) burned in the previous five weeks in the state’s portion of the Amazon.

The Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group, released a report Wednesday saying the Pantanal destruction in September and October hit the area’s biggest center for hyacinth macaw reproduction and also came in the middle of mating season. Of 98 nests monitored, at least four baby birds died, their nostrils clogged with soot.

The fires have only worsened since, and still the rain hasn’t fallen.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years,” said Waldemir Moreira, who runs the state fire department’s environmental protection unit. “We’ve certainly had fires before, but it’s much more serious now. We want the world to pay attention to our Pantanal, too.”

Northern Mexico Town Prepares Funerals After Nine Americans Were Killed in Drug Cartel Violence

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST

(LA MORA, Mexico) — Under a strong security presence, this remote farming community prepared to hold the first funerals Thursday for some of the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen.

Dozens of high-riding pickups and SUVS, many with U.S. license plates from as far away as North Dakota, bumped across dirt and rock roads over desert, arid grasslands and pine-covered mountains Wednesday as night fell on this community of about 300 people. Many of the residents are dual U.S. and Mexican citizens who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At least 1,000 visitors were expected to bunk down in the hamlet overnight ahead of Thursday’s funerals, filling floor space in the 30 or so homes or sleeping in tents they brought with them. At least one cow was slaughtered to help feed the masses, as well as the few dozen Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to La Mora.

Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expected the killings to have a “major” impact on the community. Once upon a time he didn’t think about moving around the area in the middle of night, but in the last 10 to 15 years things “got worse and worse and worse.” As many as half of the residents could move away, he feared.

“It was a massacre, 100% a massacre,” said Langford, whose sister Christina Langford was one of the women killed. “I don’t know how it squares with the conscience of someone to do something so horrible.”

When gunmen opened fire on them Monday, the Mexican army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

To many, the bloodshed seemed to demonstrate once more that the government has lost control over vast areas of Mexico to drug traffickers.

“The country is suffering very much from violence,” said William Stubbs, a pecan and alfalfa farmer who serves on a community security committee in the American-dominated hamlet of Colonia LeBaron. “You see it all over. And it ain’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

Stubbs said that after the 2009 killing of anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, residents positioned themselves each night for two years with high-powered binoculars to keep watch from the large “L” for “LeBaron” that stands on a hillside above the town.

Since then, he said, the cartels have left Le Baron and the town of Galeana a few kilometers to the north alone. But he said they have watched the cartels get stronger in the past two decades, with nearby communities in the mountains suffering from violence and extortion.

This week, he said, the military told him that the town of Zaragoza had been about 50% abandoned.

The army’s chief of staff, Gen. Homero Mendoza, said Wednesday the attack that killed three American mothers and six of their children started at 9:40 a.m. Monday, but the nearest army units were in the border city of Agua Prieta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) and 3½ hours away.

Soldiers didn’t start out for the scene until 2:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until 6:15 p.m. — even while five surviving children lay hiding in the mountains with bullet wounds.

“There are areas where the government’s control is very fragile,” said Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

“The government’s main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be,” Hope said. “It should be in the mountains, and it’s not there.”

He noted that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles (420,000 square kilometers) between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard agents stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

Questions have also arisen over whether the army can do its job even when it is present. On Oct. 17, in Sinaloa state, soldiers were forced to release the captured son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to avoid further bloodshed after Sinaloa cartel gunmen counterattacked in greater numbers in the city of Culiacan.

Colonia Le Baron is a place where the U.S. influence is evident everywhere: pickup trucks with license plates from California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and English-speaking customers eating hamburgers at Ray’s Restaurant, Coffee & Grill. Many of the dual citizens were born here, and their families have been here for decades.

Stubbs predicted that some people will move their families to the United States out of fear but will ultimately come back, as happened after the 2009 killing.

He dismissed López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

“I’m really shocked actually of his way of thinking, and it ain’t going to solve the problems,” Stubbs said.

Residents know they can’t fight the cartels on their own.

“We’re not experts in military and war and weapons,” Stubbs said. “We’re farmers, and we have great families and big families, and we definitely want our families to be peaceful.”

Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” are fighting a vicious turf war against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”

“Those who attacked the occupants (of the vehicles), they let the children go, so we can deduce that it was not a targeted attack” on the families, said Mendoza, the army chief of staff.

Most of the victims lived in La Mora, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many in the hamlet are related to the extended LeBaron family.

The killers were believed to be from La Linea, whose gunmen entered Sinaloa cartel territory the previous day and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop near La Mora and an ambush farther up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to prevent Sinaloa gunmen from entering their territory in Chihuahua state.

On Wednesday dozens of army soldiers, federal and state police and National Guard troops provided security along the bumpy route from Chihuahua state to La Mora, in neighboring Sonora, retracing in reverse the route the victims were on when they were ambushed. People in the caravan clapped the agents on the back in thanks and gave them food, bottles of water and baseball caps.

Langford said he and others come and go frequently between La Mora and the United States, working north of the border to build lives and families in a place he described as a “paradise” for children to grow up. Behind the lot where he and his wife raised 11 kids, they are fond of fishing and swimming.

“We’ve always known the dangers. We’ve seen the people doing their deal. We always had the policy, ‘We don’t bother them.’ We never dreamed something like this could happen,” said Langford. “Now this place is going to become a ghost town. A lot of people are going to leave.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Shakes Off a Rocky Start to the Elections

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:41 PM PST

(LONDON) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party’s election campaign.

Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day of Britain’s five-week campaign, Johnson said the political impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union made him want to “chew my own tie in frustration.”

“I don’t want an early election, and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we have got to the stage where we have no choice,” he said.

Johnson, trying to set the stage for a people-versus-Parliament campaign, said lawmakers were “refusing time and again to deliver Brexit and honor the result of the referendum.”

In fact, lawmakers approved Johnson’s EU divorce deal in principle last month, but asked for more time to scrutinize it. Johnson then withdrew the bill and pushed for an early election instead.

Johnson also slammed his main rival, left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, comparing him to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and — erroneously — claiming he had sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the Dec. 12 election, which is coming more than two years early. Some 46 million British voters are eligible to take part in the country’s first December election in 96 years.

Johnson urged voters to deliver a Conservative majority so Britain could “put uncertainty behind us.” With that support, Johnson vowed he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit deal and the country would leave the EU as scheduled on Jan. 31.

Brexit was supposed to happen on Oct. 31, but with Britain’s politicians deadlocked, the bloc granted the U.K. a three-month delay.

While unofficial campaigning has been ramping up for weeks, the campaign formally began when Parliament was dissolved Wednesday. Johnson went to Buckingham Palace to notify Queen Elizabeth II of the dissolution before unveiling the party’s election slogan — “Get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential” — at a rally in the central England city of Birmingham.

The Conservative campaign has had a bumpy start. Just minutes before Johnson spoke Wednesday, Cabinet Minister Alun Cairns resigned over allegations about a former aide’s role in a rape trial.

Cairns said he was quitting as Welsh secretary because of “speculation” surrounding the “very sensitive matter,” which is under investigation. He said he was confident he would be cleared of wrongdoing.

Cairns denies allegations that he knew his former staffer Ross England made claims about a victim’s sexual history when he was a witness in a 2018 rape trial. That is not allowed, and the trial collapsed. The judge accused England of deliberately sabotaging the trial. Cairns later endorsed England as a candidate for an upcoming Welsh Assembly election.

On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help.

The comments drew sharp rebukes from opposition politicians — and from rap star Stormzy, who urged the Conservative lawmaker to resign and tweeted: “These politicians are actual aliens.”

The Conservatives were also criticized for posting a doctored video of a senior Labour figure on Twitter that appeared to show him failing to answer a question, when in fact he did. Conservative Party chair James Cleverly claimed Wednesday the ad was just “a lighthearted satirical video.”

In another over-the-top political insult, Johnson used a column in the Daily Telegraph to accuse the Labour Party under Corbyn of attacking the rich “with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” the wealthier peasants targeted by the Soviet regime in the 1930s.

In his Downing Street speech, Johnson also claimed inaccurately that Corbyn had “sided with Putin” after a former Russian spy and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Corbyn initially asked for “incontrovertible evidence” that Moscow was behind the 2018 attack, as Britain’s Conservative government had insisted. He later said he believed Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

Other parties in the race include the Liberal Democrats, who want to cancel Brexit; the Scottish National Party, which opposes Brexit and wants Scotland to leave the U.K.; and the Brexit Party, which says Britain should leave the bloc without a deal.

The Labour Party has its own woes, with many of the party’s lawmakers uneasy about Corbyn’s firm left-wing views and ambivalence over the EU. On Wednesday, deputy leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced that he was stepping down from politics.

Watson acknowledged his “political differences” with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political.

Labour wants to shift the election debate away from Brexit and onto domestic issues such as health care, the environment and social welfare, saying it will reverse Britain’s increasing social inequality.

Corbyn has labelled Johnson’s economic plans “Thatcherism on steroids,” in reference to the free-market, low-spending ideology of the late former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“I don’t do personal attacks,” Corbyn told supporters in Telford, central England. He said, if elected, he would be “a very different kind of prime minister.”

“I was not born to rule,” Corbyn said, contrasting himself with the affluent, Oxford University-educated Johnson. “I don’t pursue the kind of politics that thinks it’s all a game, a parlor game, a debating society game.”

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:09 PM PST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

Col. Saidou Sanou, the region’s governor, gave the provisional casualty toll in a statement. The mining company said only that it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

“Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

The area has become increasingly precarious for Semafo, which operates two gold mines in Burkina Faso. Last year, an employee and subcontractor were killed when a bus was targeted by bandits, according to Canadian Press. Later last year, five members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

The violence underscores the rapidly deteriorating security situation in once peaceful Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by jihadists who have been active for years in neighboring Mali. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists have staged dozens of attacks on churches and public officials across the north of Burkina Faso the last few years.

Concerted military actions by five regional countries, along with a French operation, have failed to stem the growing violence.

The country, which experienced its first major extremist attack in 2015, is a gateway south into coastal West Africa, and regional leaders worry the extremists could be moving into Togo and Benin.

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Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:07 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents. He was expected to make his initial court appearance in Seattle federal court Wednesday afternoon.

That same year, investigators alleged that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family, recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington, D.C., for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

“Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization private data of Twitter users en masse,” the complaint said.

The effort included the user data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter, investigators said.

After being confronted by his supervisors at Twitter, Alzabarah allegedly admitted to accessing user data and said he did it out of curiosity.

Alzabarah was placed on administrative leave, his work-owned laptop was seized and he was escorted out of the office. The next day, he flew to Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter and has not returned to the United States, investigators said. A warrant for his arrest was issued as part of the complaint.

False Alarm Triggers Hijacking Protocol at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Airline Says

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:48 PM PST

Passengers and crew on board a plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were reported safe after Dutch police began investigating a “suspicious situation” on Wednesday.

A tweet from the official Schiphol airport’s account said the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police, is looking into the situation on board of a plane at the airport. The police’s official Twitter account also confirmed the investigation.

Details about what police were investigating on the plane were not immediately available.

About an hour after announcing the start of the investigation, police and airport officials said the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. The investigation on the plane continues, they said.

The airline Air Europa said Wednesday afternoon that a false alarm prompted the investigation. A warning that “triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport” was activated by mistake on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid, according to a tweet from the airline.

Air Europa noted in a followup tweet that its flight to Madrid would take off shortly. Schiphol airport said later Wednesday afternoon that regular operations had resumed at the airport.

Schiphol airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs, with more than 70 million passengers passing through each year.

 

The ‘OK Boomer’ Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:20 AM PST

The decisive rise of the “OK Boomer” meme continues.

On Monday, an MP from New Zealand’s Green Party, 25-year-old Chlöe Swarbrick, delivered a speech in support of a Zero Carbon Bill, which would provide a framework to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a new Climate Change Commission. The government’s previous plan to limit greenhouse gases has been criticized by climate activists as insufficient.

“Mr. Speaker, how many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep [climate change] behind closed doors?” she asked. “My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”

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“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old… yet, right now, the average of this 52nd Parliament is 49-years old,” she continued. In response, another MP began to heckle her.

“OK boomer,” Swarbrick shot back.

Not sure what she’s referring to? The phrase “OK boomer” comes from a viral meme that originated on the social media site TikTok. The videos usually include an audio clip of an older man saying, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” Teens then include their reactions, always a variation on the phrase “OK Boomer.”

The phrase has taken off across the Internet and beyond, and become a common retort used by young people when confronting condescension from older people, usually those of the Baby Boomer generation.

 

In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick explained her use of the phrase: It’s a “simple summarisation of collective exhaustion,” she said. “Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to ‘pull our socks up,’ or something.”

“‘OK boomer’ acknowledges that you cannot win a deeply polarized debate — facts don’t matter,” she continued. “It’s better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere.”

Hungarian Mayor Resigns Amid ‘Yacht Orgy’ Scandal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:36 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — The mayor of western Hungary’s largest city, who was re-elected despite the publication of a video showing him participating in an orgy on a luxury yacht, has resigned less than a month after winning a fourth term.

Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor and a 1988 Olympic champion gymnast, said in an open letter on Wednesday that he was stepping down because of his “moral predicament.” His resignation is effective Friday. Under pressure, Borkai had already quit Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party last month.

Hungary’s opposition had seized on the Borkai scandal during the campaign for nationwide municipal elections as evidence of moral decay under Orban’s nine-year rule. The video was widely seen as having helped tip close races in favor of a united opposition, including in Budapest, and deal the Hungarian leader his worst electoral setback in more than a decade.

Child Survivors of Mexico Ambush Hid in Brush, Walked as Much as 14 Miles for Help

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:25 AM PST

(GALEANA, Mexico) — The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

In a testament to a mother’s devotion, one woman reportedly stashed her baby on the floor of her Suburban and got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn’t a threat. She may have moved away from the vehicle to distract their attention; her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 yards (meters) away from the SUV.

The mother was one of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children all living in northern Mexico — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Mexican officials said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

The five wounded children were seriously enough injured that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer. Three other children who were not wounded are in the care of family members in the tiny hamlet of La Mora in northern Mexico.

But what the children went through in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state is nearly indescribable.

Kendra Miller, a relative, said in an account of the shootings that Devin Blake Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) back to La Mora for help.

“After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” according to the account. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1:00 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.

In recordings of calls between the rescuers, they can be heard debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or wait for an hour or two until Mexican army troops arrived. It was an agonizing decision.

What they saw when they found the children was terrifying.

Cody Greyson Langford, 8, had been shot in the jaw and bled profusely. Another girl had been shot in the foot and the back.

The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — “The Line” — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road into Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that the American mothers and their three vehicles drove into.

It was only after the first vehicle was shot up and set afire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel gunmen showed up to see what had happened.

But it isn’t the cruelty of the cartel, but the bravery, innocence and sacrifice of the victims that relatives want remembered.

Austin Cloes, a relative of the victims, said from his home in Salt Lake City that they were good people who loved their children and enjoyed their quiet lives based around a successful pecan farming operation.

“This sort of thing shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Cloes, who works with at-risk youth and coaches high school basketball. “And these sorts of people shouldn’t just be buried without their names being put out there. These are great people.”

The dead in the attacks included a mother, her 8-month-old twins, her 10-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son. Another mother lay dead in the front seat of another Suburban, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and 2.

The victims lived in Sonora state, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona, in the hamlet of La Mora, which was founded decades ago by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with any church.

A number of such American farming communities are clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. Many members were born in Mexico and have dual citizenship. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

The victims had set out to visit relatives in Chihuahua. One woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

While a drug-related violence has been raging for years in Mexico, the attack underscored the way cartel gunmen have become increasingly unconcerned about killing children as collateral damage. In August in Chihuahua state, cartel gunmen fired 123 bullets at a man and also killed three girls, ages 4, 13 and 14. In June, a young boy was killed along with his father in Sonora state. In July, a 10-year-old was killed during a robbery in Puebla state.

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested, but it was unclear whether the person had taken part in the ambush.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

The suspect, whose gender was not specified in the statement, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as various large vehicles including a bullet-proofed SUV, the agency said.

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AP Writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

Buckingham Palace Says Queen Elizabeth’s New Clothes Will No Longer Feature Real Fur

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 05:13 AM PST

(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.

The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.

Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.


          

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China says it has a plan with the US to roll back trade-war tariffs — but one expert warns it may be 'more of the same kind of pump we see almost daily'   

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  • A Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said the US and China had agreed to roll back tariffs in phases as trade talks progressed. 
  • While the announcement signaled progress, Neil Wilson at Markets.com called it "more of the same kind of pump we see almost daily."
  • Still, US futures rallied on the news.
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China says it has agreed with the US on a plan to roll back tariffs as trade talks progress.

"In the past two weeks, top negotiators had serious, constructive discussions and agreed to remove the additional tariffs in phases as progress is made on the agreement," a Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said on Thursday, according to Bloomberg

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Huawei's billionaire CEO said Trump should meet him in China because he can afford only a paper airplane   

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  • Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei on Wednesday said that he would be happy to meet with President Donald Trump but that Trump would have to come to China.
  • "He has private jets and he can come to China anytime, and I do not have private jet," Ren said. "My airplane is only made of paper — if it rains, it might fall."
  • Ren is estimated to be a billionaire as the CEO and founder of Huawei, which is the world's second-biggest phone maker behind Samsung and dominant in mobile network equipment.
  • Ren has given conflicting statements over whether he'd talk to the president after Trump's administration placed Huawei on a trade blacklist in May.
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Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said during a panel discussion on Wednesday that if President Donald Trump wanted to talk, he'd have to come to China.

Ren was asked why he didn't visit Washington to lobby Trump directly after Huawei was blacklisted by the US in May. Huawei's new phones are also blocked from running Google's mobile services thanks to the restrictions.

"I don't have a channel of communication with Trump — I don't have his mobile phone number," Ren replied, though when asked whether he would speak with Trump given the chance he said, "Yes I would, certainly."

"He has private jets and he can come to China anytime, and I do not have private jet," he added. "My airplane is only made of paper — if it rains, it might fall."

Huawei is the second-biggest smartphone maker in the world and is dominant in mobile network equipment. Forbes places Ren's net worth at $1.4 billion.

The CEO has a history of confusing statements regarding Trump.

In January, after his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the behest of the US, Ren said Trump was a "great president."

Following the company's blacklisting, however, Ren said he would ignore a call from the president if it came in, and a month later he said he might be "too busy" to answer a call from Trump — adding that he didn't speak English.

Ren's comments on Wednesday came with the US and China closing in on sealing "phase one" of a trade deal, which may mean US suppliers will be able sell to Huawei once more.

"From the beginning I've never paid any attention to the trade war," Ren said, adding: "We have zero sales in the United States, so the trade war between the two countries bears no impact on Huawei."

It's true that Huawei mostly doesn't sell phones in the US; however, it has been affected by the US lobbying its allies to block the firm from providing equipment for new superfast 5G mobile networks.

And Ren acknowledged the blacklist had affected Huawei in that it was unable to license and preinstall Google's suite of apps on its new flagship Mate 30 phone. The ability to use Google's services is key for most Western consumers buying Android phones.

"The impact in the non-China region is bigger than the China region," Ren said.

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  2. Dow futures jump 100 points after China says it has agreed with the US to remove existing tariffs  CNBC
  3. U.S., China to Remove Tariffs Bit by Bit if Partial Deal Clinched, Says Beijing  The Wall Street Journal
  4. China Says U.S. Agrees to Phased Tariff Rollback If Deal Reached  Bloomberg
  5. China and the US agreed to roll back trade-war tariffs — or it may be 'more of the same kind of pump we see almost daily'  Business Insider
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  2. Bank split on rates as it warns Brexit deal would hit growth  BBC News
  3. BOE to Hold Steady as Brexit Fog Thickens: Decision Day Guide  Bloomberg
  4. Bank of England to keep rates steady in pre-election meeting  Reuters
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First Republic Bank: Client Service Manager   

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Description At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. We believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You'll always feel empowered and valued here. Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day First Republic Private Wealth Management is comprised of investment management, brokerage, trust, financial planning and insurance professionals. We offer customized wealth management solutions for our clients from a wide array of services including comprehensive investment management, financial planning, estate planning, trust services, endowment management and more. Our goal is to understand our clients' unique needs and support them throughout a lifetime of financial goals. Responsibilities Own your work and your career As a Client Service Manager, you will lead a Client Service Team of 30 to 35 associates, providing daily oversight on a wide range of sales, service, administrative and relationship management support activities; participate in developing policies and procedures; provide back-up support to the Regional Client Service Manager; and assist the Client Service Team in client-specific projects. What you'll do as a Client Service Manager: - Hire, train, manage and lead a highly effective Client Service Team of 30 to 35 to ensure exceptional client experience is consistently delivered to both internal and external clients. - Develop and implement new career path roles and opportunities within Client Service. - Partner with Wealth Managers to understand their business and pipeline in order to help optimize best practices and implement appropriate support models. - Identify, escalate and provide solutions to mitigate and manage enterprise risk, improve operating efficiencies and harmonize workflows and expectations across the firm. - Assist with the onboarding and integration of new Advisor Teams. - Handle day-to-day questions and manage the escalation of sensitive and timely issues. Qualifications You could be a great fit if you have: - At least5 years of experience in the financial industry working with high net worth individuals and families; with a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred - Series 7 and 63/65 or 66 licenses required; Series 9/10 or 24 highly preferred - or must obtain within 90 days of employment - Experience with project management and platform implementation preferred - Proficiency with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint; knowledge of Salesforce, Addepar, Pershing's NetXInvestor and Bloomberg a plus - A working knowledge of the securities industry, including a broad understanding of capital markets and how products trade, settled and are invested - Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication and client relationship management skills - whether interaction is in person, over the telephone or via email - A desire and capacity to thrive in a dynamic, constantly changing global market environment, coupled with the ability to work with a sense of ambiguity in a somewhat autonomous environment - Strong interpersonal and change management skills, with the ability to exercise discretion and apply independent judgement Job Demands: - Must be able to review and analyze data reports and manuals; must be computer proficient. - Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and in person. Own your work and your career - apply now Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team? Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career? If so, then come join us. We want hardworking team players. You'll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability - that's the First Republic way. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, to the extent consistent with applicable federal and/or state law. Associated topics: customer care manager, customer service team manager, gerente de servicio, guide, guidance, manager, monitor, operations manager, service manager, supervisor

          

Rajan Declines to Comment If He's Been Approached About BOE Job   

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Rajan Declines to Comment If He's Been Approached About BOE Job(Bloomberg) -- Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan declined to say if he’s been asked by the U.K. about succeeding Mark Carney to head the Bank of England, and repeated his view that the job is now burdened with huge political challenges.“You’re navigating in a very complicated environment with a whole lot of political forces,” Rajan, who now teaches at Chicago Booth School of Business, said in a Bloomberg TV interview with Haslinda Amin on Thursday. He said in July that the issues posed by Brexit were a key reason he didn’t apply for the role.Asked if anything has changed since then, and whether he’s been approached about the job, Rajan declined to comment.“I don’t want to talk about that, but I would say it’s a very difficult job,” he said. “Mark has a very difficult job, he’s done it in a very admirable way and it’s good that he’s there.”Carney, who himself denied an interest in the BOE governorship before he was appointed, has twice extended his stay and is now due to step down at the end of January, though the upcoming U.K. general election has delayed the appointment of his successor. Originally slated for the fall, it’s now not expected until after the Dec. 12 vote. An interview panel has prepared a shortlist, but that could be discarded.To contact the reporter on this story: Fergal O'Brien in Zurich at fobrien@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net, Paul Gordon, David GoodmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Lenovo reports quarterly profit up 20%   

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IMF warns Europe to brace for impending recession   

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The International Monetary Fund has warned the EU that it must prepare emergency plans for a recession and that it has nearly exhausted its policy tools for stimulating growth. The IMF also urged Germany and the Netherlands to embark on a program of "measured fiscal expansion", which it said could benefit the wider eurozone economy. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (06 Nov.)

          

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Some economists say the European Central Bank has been unable to drive inflation closer to its target of just under 2% because the gauge it uses to measure inflation is flawed. They say the benchmark grossly understates housing costs by only counting data on residential rents, disregarding data on owner-occupied units that account for 66% of the market. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (07 Nov.)

          

Nigeria’s Buhari Weakens Deputy’s Powers Amid Succession Talk   

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Nigeria’s Buhari Weakens Deputy’s Powers Amid Succession Talk(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterThe relationship between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the spotlight after the head of state embarked on a private overseas trip without handing over temporary authority to his deputy.While Buhari, 76, transferred power to Osinbajo, 62, during his first term when he traveled abroad for medical reasons, it’s the second time he’s opted not to since being re-elected in February. His chief-of-staff, Abba Kyari, this week had to fly to London so that Buhari could sign long-awaited oil legislation approved by parliament.Speculation that Buhari is marginalizing Osinbajo was partly fueled by the president’s decision last month to appoint a new economic advisory council that reports directly to him, replacing a committee headed by the vice president. Nigerian newspapers reported that Buhari, who is on a 15-day private visit to the U.K., this week approved the dismissal of dozens of Osinbajo’s aides.The treatment of Osinbajo since the election “has sent a strong signal to the ruling party and national power brokers that Buhari has no plans to anoint, or go out of his way to position, his VP as his preferred successor,” said Matthew Page, an associate fellow at London-based Chatham House. “It also sends a signal that Buhari prefers to maintain tight control over government decision-making.”Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, declined to comment and Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, didn’t immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.Reversing DecisionsEven before the election, Buhari had begun undoing what could pass for Osinbajo’s legacy by reversing key decisions the latter made when he was acting president. These include removing former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, whose appointment was confirmed by Osinbajo while Buhari was abroad, and firing Mathew Seiyefa, the vice president’s choice for head of the secret police to replace a Buhari appointee.Although the next presidential election isn’t due until 2023, Buhari can’t stand again and attention is already turning to the question of who’ll be the ruling All Progressives Congress’s candidate. A former law professor from southwest Nigeria, Osinbajo won praise for his decisive handling of economic matters, especially during the president’s lengthy health-related absences during his first term.Under an informal arrangement, the APC is expected to select a candidate from the mainly Christian south to replace Buhari, who comes from the predominantly Muslim north.APC spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu didn’t immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment.Opinions differ over the legality of Buhari’s decision not to transfer power to Osinbajo while he’s in the U.K. for undisclosed private reasons. The president’s supporters say he’s under no obligation to hand over responsibilities if his absence is shorter than 21 days.“This is some kind of clever attempt to explain away the provisions of the constitution,” said Clement Nwankwo, director of the Abuja-based Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre. “What he (Buhari) has done is not in line with the provisions of the constitution.”To contact the reporter on this story: William Clowes in Abuja at wclowes@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net, Dulue MbachuFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Bolsonaro Hands Congress Bills to Tackle Brazil’s Budget Woes   

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Bolsonaro Hands Congress Bills to Tackle Brazil’s Budget Woes(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.President Jair Bolsonaro is seeking to exert greater control over a federal budget that’s almost totally earmarked by mandatory expenses as his administration picks new legislative priorities after the approval of a sweeping pension reform last month.The president, along with Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, headed to Congress on Tuesday to personally deliver a series of bills designed to help government officials abide by a constitutional spending cap and the so-called “golden rule” establishing that budget deficits must not exceed investment. The package also includes proposals to cut payroll expenditure by restructuring the careers of public servants.Bolsonaro and Guedes were received by Lower House Speaker Rodrigo Maia and Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, from whom they heard that lawmakers are unlikely to accept any reduction in social spending now. Bolsonaro said he hopes the bills will be approved by mid-2020.The proposals mean that, at least for now, efforts to reform Brazil’s byzantine tax system may be left on the back burner. Guedes’ plan to simplify the tax code suffered a blow when Bolsonaro rejected the reintroduction of a tax on financial transactions that was the cornerstone of the proposal. The economic team is now reworking its offering before sending it to Congress, possibly over the next few weeks.Read More: Brazil’s Massive Tax Code May Face Moment of ReckoningIt’s unclear how much traction those bills will get in parliament, where lawmakers are already discussing alternative tax reform proposals. Recent turmoil in Bolsonaro’s own party also raises questions about the ruling coalition’s ability to push legislation through the lower house and the Senate.“Even as the approval of pension reform may have evidenced Congress’ reformist side, the new batch of measures will demand a similar amount of negotiation,” XP analysts wrote in a note to clients.Read More: Guedes Waited Decades to Change Brazil and He’s Not Quitting NowHere’s an outline of the main proposals prepared by Guedes’ team:Federative PactThis project would establish a fiscal council comprising the president, the head of the supreme court, the Senate president, the lower house speaker, the chief of the audit court and some state governors. The council’s goal would be to oversee the budgets of the federal government, states and municipalities. The bill also seeks to free up the public budget to give the government more freedom to allocate revenue. More than 90% of the primary federal spending, or 1.4 trillion reais (not including interest payments) is mandatory.Emergency AmendmentThis mechanism would make it easier for elected officials to automatically trigger austerity measures that ensure compliance with the spending cap and the golden rule. The idea is to create a legal framework allowing federal and state governments as well as municipalities to reduce salaries and working hours of public servants in order to cut expenses in case of a budget emergency.Mansueto PlanThe Economy Ministry has already sent to Congress a bill to help state governments in financial crisis to gain access to bank loans guaranteed by the federal government. It also gives two more years for state governments to comply with the spending cap. In exchange, states have to adopt fiscal measures to reduce expenditure and increase revenue. The program was named after Treasury Secretary Mansueto Almeida.Administrative ReformThis plan reviews the careers of public workers. The idea is to increase the number of years a public servant takes to reach top posts in their career and lower the starting salary. For some careers, there will be a change in the employment rules for new servants. Evaluation rules for promotions will also be reviewed.FundsThis plan will review and possibly extinguish most of the 260 government funds -- including those mandated by the constitution -- that were designed to finance development projects in poor areas of the country.(Updtes with delivery of proposals to Congress, quote from analyst in sixth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Mario Sergio Lima.To contact the reporters on this story: Martha Beck in Brasilia at mbeck96@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Maria Luiza RabelloFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

1 de noviembre viernes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ   

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Тие се милијардери од сенка: Заработуваат огромно богатство, а никој не знае кои се!   

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Тие се милијардери од сенка: Заработуваат огромно богатство, а никој не знае кои се!

Семејството Ван дер Ворм се ретки милијардери кои го држат својот приватен живот далеку од очите на јавноста.

Данското семејство го изградило своето царство преку “Holland America Line”, компанија за крстарења која ја продале на фирмата “Carnival” во 1988 година за тогаш неверојатни 625 милиони долари. 

Оваа 2019 година, семејството е во плус од речиси 4 милијарди долари, но нејасно е каде ќе завршат тие пари.

“Семејството би можело да ги искористи парите за исплата на дивиденди за акционерите, повторно вложување во нешто друго, пензија или дури филантропија”, изјавил аналитичарот Тијс Беркелдер за “Bloomberg”.

Иако “Business Insider” испратил писмо до семејното трговско друштво “HAL” со прашања за делувањето и одредиштето на парите, неговите претставници одбиле да коментираат. Аналитичарите откриваат дека “HAL” и семејството се необично таинствени околу своето делување, но и општо околу своето богатство и имот и никогаш не ги изнесуваат таквите информации во јавноста.

Она што е интересно е дека ниту еден јавен документ не ги открива имињата на членовите – туку исклучиво само нивните иницијали. Единствената работа која јавноста успеала да ја дознае за нивните финансии доаѓа преку “Панамските документи” по “протекувањето” на информации од адвокатската фирма во 2016 година.

 

 “Панамските документи” ги откриле личните финансиски делувања на 12 лидери на земји, 128 јавни службеници и 29 милијардери од листата на “Forbes”, објави “Bloomberg”.

Од тие информации се дознава дека “HAL” има свое седиште во Карасау, холандски карипски остров познат по ниските каматни стапки, поради што е популарен за богатите странци.


          

Bloomberg (США): у России даже язык может быть оружием   

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По словам российского президента Владимира Путина, «русофобы», «агрессивные националисты» и некоторые страны (кивок в сторону Украины и прибалтийских государств) ведут войну против русского языка. Это сильное утверждение.

          

Oct. inflation slowest in 3-1/2 years    

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Governor Benjamin E. Diokno told Bloomberg and ABS-CBN News Channel on Monday that monetary authorities are done with policy easing for the year. “We think the BSP’s signaled pause on monetary easing ...

          

Eurozonen: Detailsalget steg overraskende i september   

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Detailsalget i eurozonen steg i september med 0,1 pct., når man sammenligner med måneden før.

Det var en smule bedre end ventet, idet økonomerne ifølge estimater indsamlet af Bloomberg News havde ventet en helt flad udvikling.

Samtidig er tallet for august også blevet revideret til en fremgang på 0,6 pct. mod tidligere rapporteret 0,3 pct.

På årsbasis steg detailsalget i eurozonen med 3,1 pct. mod en ventet fremgang på 2,4 pct. blandt økonomerne.

Her er tallet for august oprevideret til en fremgang på 2,7 pct. fra tidligere rapporteret 2,1 pct.

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Ny ECB-chef "glemte" renten og pengepolitikken   

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Den Europæiske Centralbanks (ECB) nye chef, Christine Lagarde, holdt mandag aften sin første tale med den titel, og hun glemte tilsyneladende det allervigtigste.

Ordene fra den tidligere IMF-chef, som satte sig i chefstolen i Frankfurt den 1. november, var nemlig på hendes første reelle arbejdsdag mandag helt uden hendes synspunkter på renten eller på pengepolitikken i det hele taget.

Markedet havde ellers set frem til at lytte med på talen og vurdere, om Christine Lagarde vil følge samme retning som sin forgænger Mario Draghi, som i forrige måned trods uenighed i ECB's styreråd gennemtvang en rentenedsættelse og genindførte et program for obligationsopkøb. For at stimulere den haltende vækst i eurozonen.

Lagarde understregede sin undvigelse af de pengepolitiske emner ved at bede alle de tilhører, som var kommet for at høre om renter og anden stimmulus, om "venligst at forlade lokalet".

- Jeg mener, dette er en besked hele Europa har brug for at høre. Et ønske om at ihukomme vort bedre jeg og ikke at lade egentvivl trække os ned, sagde Christine Lagarde ifølge Bloomberg News i forbindelse med en prisoverrækkelse til Wolfgang Schäuble, den tidligere tyske finansminister.

Lagarde opfordrede dog så sent som i sidste uge til, at både Tyskland og Holland gør op med deres kroniske statsoverskud og øge investeringerne for at sparke økonomien i eurozonen i gang.

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Ny ECB-chef "glemte" renten og pengepolitikken   

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Den Europæiske Centralbanks (ECB) nye chef, Christine Lagarde, holdt mandag aften sin første tale med den titel, og hun glemte tilsyneladende det allervigtigste.

Ordene fra den tidligere IMF-chef, som satte sig i chefstolen i Frankfurt den 1. november, var nemlig på hendes første reelle arbejdsdag mandag helt uden hendes synspunkter på renten eller på pengepolitikken i det hele taget.

Markedet havde ellers set frem til at lytte med på talen og vurdere, om Christine Lagarde vil følge samme retning som sin forgænger Mario Draghi, som i forrige måned trods uenighed i ECB's styreråd gennemtvang en rentenedsættelse og genindførte et program for obligationsopkøb. For at stimulere den haltende vækst i eurozonen.

Lagarde understregede sin undvigelse af de pengepolitiske emner ved at bede alle de tilhører, som var kommet for at høre om renter og anden stimmulus, om "venligst at forlade lokalet".

- Jeg mener, dette er en besked hele Europa har brug for at høre. Et ønske om at ihukomme vort bedre jeg og ikke at lade egentvivl trække os ned, sagde Christine Lagarde ifølge Bloomberg News i forbindelse med en prisoverrækkelse til Wolfgang Schäuble, den tidligere tyske finansminister.

Lagarde opfordrede dog så sent som i sidste uge til, at både Tyskland og Holland gør op med deres kroniske statsoverskud og øge investeringerne for at sparke økonomien i eurozonen i gang.

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Ny ECB-chef "glemte" renten og pengepolitikken   

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Den Europæiske Centralbanks (ECB) nye chef, Christine Lagarde, holdt mandag aften sin første tale med den titel, og hun glemte tilsyneladende det allervigtigste.

Ordene fra den tidligere IMF-chef, som satte sig i chefstolen i Frankfurt den 1. november, var nemlig på hendes første reelle arbejdsdag mandag helt uden hendes synspunkter på renten eller på pengepolitikken i det hele taget.

Markedet havde ellers set frem til at lytte med på talen og vurdere, om Christine Lagarde vil følge samme retning som sin forgænger Mario Draghi, som i forrige måned trods uenighed i ECB's styreråd gennemtvang en rentenedsættelse og genindførte et program for obligationsopkøb. For at stimulere den haltende vækst i eurozonen.

Lagarde understregede sin undvigelse af de pengepolitiske emner ved at bede alle de tilhører, som var kommet for at høre om renter og anden stimmulus, om "venligst at forlade lokalet".

- Jeg mener, dette er en besked hele Europa har brug for at høre. Et ønske om at ihukomme vort bedre jeg og ikke at lade egentvivl trække os ned, sagde Christine Lagarde ifølge Bloomberg News i forbindelse med en prisoverrækkelse til Wolfgang Schäuble, den tidligere tyske finansminister.

Lagarde opfordrede dog så sent som i sidste uge til, at både Tyskland og Holland gør op med deres kroniske statsoverskud og øge investeringerne for at sparke økonomien i eurozonen i gang.

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Eurozonen: BNP-væksten overrasker positivt i tredje kvartal   

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Den økonomiske vækst i eurozonen overraskede positivt i tredje kvartal, hvor fremgangen i bruttonationalproduktet (BNP) er opgjort til 0,2 pct. sammenlignet med andet kvartal.

Ifølge estimater indsamlet af Bloomberg News ventede økonomerne en BNP-vækst på 0,1 pct. sammenlignet med andet kvartal.

Sammenlignet med tredje kvartal sidste år steg BNP med 1,1 pct., og det var som ventet blandt økonomerne.

Det viser tal fra Eurostat torsdag formiddag.

I andet kvartal voksede BNP i eurozonen med 0,2 pct. sammenlignet med første kvartal, mens væksten på årsbasis var 1,2 pct. De to tal er ikke reviderede.

Der er i begge tilfælde tale om sæsonjusterede tal.

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China's Asset Management Industry in Transition – the Opportunities Ahead   

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Bloomberg hosted the Buy-side Forum in Shanghai in late October, convening nearly 200 leading asset managers, asset owners, chief executives and technologists from international and local buy-side institutions. Top of the agenda were the opportunities and challenges facing global investors and how data-driven technologies will shape China's investment management industry, as it undergoes rapid growth and new reform. With the liberalization of China's asset management sector over the last y...

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Análisis de empresas que son noticia: ArcelorMittal, Ferrovial y Cie Automotive   

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Te ofrecemos el análisis de algunas de las empresas que hoy son noticia, ArcelorMittal, Ferrovial y Cie Automotive, realizado por el Departamento de Análisis de Bankinter (Blog de Bankinter): Análisis de los últimos resultados de Arcelormittal Principales cifras comparadas con el consenso de Bloomberg: Ingresos 16.634M$ (-10,2% a/a) vs 16.965M$ estimado EBITDA 1.063M$ (-61% a/a) vs.943,2M$ estimado […]

La entrada Análisis de empresas que son noticia: ArcelorMittal, Ferrovial y Cie Automotive se publicó primero en Megabolsa.com.


          

USD MBA Program Ranks 16th in the U.S. for Entrepreneurship   

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According to the Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools ranking released this week, the University of…

          

San Diego Business Schools Win High Ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek   

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The business schools at both the University of San Diego and UC San Diego received high marks in a…

          

USD MBA Program Continues to Rise in Bloomberg Businessweek Rankings   

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The University of San Diego School of Business MBA program rose another two spots and now ranks 58th…

          

UniCredit a raportat o creştere cu 26% a profitului trimestrial   

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UniCredit, cel mai mare grup bancar italian, a raportat joi o creştere cu 26% a profitului trimestrial, datorită câştigurilor mai ridicate din tranzacţionare, care au compensat scăderea veniturilor din dobânzi, transmit Reuters şi Bloomberg.
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Sr. Research Data Analyst | Johns Hopkins University   

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Baltimore, Maryland, General Summary/Purpose The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) works to inspire healthy behaviors worldwide utilizing social and behavior change c

          

ŞTIRILE SERII - ECONOMIC - 7 NOIEMBRIE    

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* Electrocentrale Bucureşti (Elcen) are toate stocurile de combustibil necesare pentru a livra agent termic bucureştenilor, iar reprezentanţii Primăriei Capitalei ar trebui să se abţină de la politizarea acestui subiect şi să-l trateze serios şi responsabil, potrivit unei postări pe pagina de Facebook a Ministerului Energiei. * Ministrul Mediului, Apelor şi Pădurilor, Costel Alexe, afirmă că va face tot ce îi stă în putinţă pentru a opri tăierile ilegale, acestea reprezentând o problemă stringentă, şi a subliniat că montarea de GPS-uri pe maşinile care transportă material lemnos este obligatorie. * Ne dorim foarte mult ca tot ceea ce înseamnă transport de lemn tăiat ilegal să fie scos la iveală iar dacă suprapunem harta României cu harta defrişărilor ilegale vom avea pur şi simplu "o înspăimântare", a declarat, joi, într-o conferinţă de presă, viceprim-ministrul Raluca Turcan. * Comisia Europeană a solicitat explicaţii României pentru a vedea de ce ţara şi-a propus scăderea contribuţiei resurselor regenerabile în producţia de energie electrică de la 41,8% în 2020 la 39,6% în 2030, a declarat, joi, Henrik Dam, Policy Officer în domeniul energiei regenerabile la DG Energy din cadrul Comisiei Europene, prezent la Bucureşti la conferinţa "Energy Transition 2019". * Ministrul Economiei, Energiei şi Mediului de Afaceri, Virgil -Daniel Popescu, susţine că trebuie definit clar cine sunt românii care au cu adevărat nevoie de subvenţii, deoarece există în jurul Bucureştiului vile cu piscine încălzite care beneficiază de subvenţie la gaz. * Ministerul Muncii şi Protecţiei Sociale trebuie să evacueze sediul în care funcţionează în termen de 60 de zile, în urma unei solicitări din partea Ministerului de Interne şi poate ajunge în situaţia ca, de la începutul anului viitor, să nu mai aibă nicio opţiune de funcţionare, a declarat joi, într-o conferinţă de presă, ministrul de resort, Violeta Alexandru. * O nouă taxă auto trebuie concepută ca o taxă de poluare, dar poate fi gândită şi ca un impozit variabil, pe proprietate, a declarat, joi, într-o conferinţă de presă, premierul Ludovic Orban. * Noul ministru al Muncii, Violeta Alexandru, a anunţat joi comasarea Autorităţii Naţionale pentru Protecţia Drepturilor Copilului şi Adopţii (ANPDCA) cu Autoritatea Naţională pentru Persoanele cu Dizabilităţi (ANPD), propunere despre care a afirmat că a fost aprobată miercuri în Guvern. * Inspectorii sanitar-veterinari au aplicat amenzi în valoare de 494.600 de lei unor operatori economici care activau la nivel naţional în sectorul produselor alimentare de origine non-animală, pentru nerespectarea legislaţiei în domeniu, potrivit unui comunicat de presă al Autorităţii Naţionale Sanitare-Veterinare şi pentru Siguranţa Alimentelor (ANSVSA). * România se află pe ultima poziţie între statele UE şi pe locul 67 din 193 de state din lume la capitolul digitalizarea administraţiei publice, conform unui studiu al Organizaţiei Naţiunilor Unite realizat anul trecut, însă investiţiile şi creşterea educaţiei digitale reprezintă cheia unui succes garantat, susţine preşedintele Confederaţiei Naţionale pentru Antreprenoriat Feminin (CONAF), Cristina Chiriac. * Serviciile de evaluare ale Direcţiei Generale de Asistenţă Socială şi Protecţia Copilului aveau în evidenţă, la finele lunii iunie 2019, un număr de 71.893 copii cu dizabilităţi, cu 1.123 copii (7%) mai mulţi comparativ cu finele lui 2018. * Încasările din serviciile şi produsele turistice vândute contra vouchere de vacanţă de către Eximtur în primele trei trimestre ale lui 2019 au fost mai mari cu 160% comparativ cu aceeaşi perioadă a lui 2018, depăşind valoarea încasată cu acest instrument de plată pe parcursul întregului an precedent, a anunţat, joi, compania de călătorii. * Ministrul Muncii şi Protecţiei Sociale, Violeta Alexandru, şi-a exprimat îngrijorarea cu privire la infrastructura existentă la nivelul ministerului, făcând referire la softurile care gestionează sistemele de calcul pentru pensii şi salarii, unde există nenumărate probleme. * CupruMin a obţinut cel mai bun preţ din istoria companiei pe tona de produs la recent încheiata licitaţie de vânzare a concentratului de cupru, pentru o perioadă de un an, câştigătorul fiind compania românească Ronefer, potrivit unui comunicat al societăţii. * Ministrul Agriculturii, Nechita-Adrian Oros, a dispus Corpului de control efectuarea unei verificări de fond asupra întregii activităţi a Casei de Comerţ pentru produse agroalimentare Unirea S.A, în condiţiile în care membrii Consiliului de Administraţie au semnalat "grave probleme privind modul de cheltuire a bugetului alocat Casei de Comerţ Unirea SA". * Ministerul Muncii, împreună cu Ministerul Finanţelor, şi-a propus ca într-o lună sau două să finalizeze şi să supună dezbaterii publice proiectul privind nivelul până la care să crească salariul minim începând din 1 ianuarie 2020, a declarat joi ministrul Muncii şi Protecţiei Sociale, Violeta Alexandru. * Telekom România înregistra 2,1 milioane de utilizatori ai serviciilor de voce fixă (inclusiv FMC) la sfârşitul celui de-al treilea trimestru din 2019, în scădere cu 0,9% faţă de perioada similară a anului trecut, ca urmare a declinului continuu al numărului de abonaţi pentru serviciile tradiţionale de voce fixă, a anunţat, joi, operatorul. * Consiliul Concurenţei a autorizat tranzacţia prin care Unilever South Central Europe SA preia compania Good People SA, potrivit unui comunicat de presă al instituţiei. * Prosperitatea este mai degrabă asociată cu siguranţa financiară şi cu liniştea emoţională decât cu valoarea veniturilor sau cu bogăţia, conform unui studiu de piaţă recent, care vizează legătura dintre serviciile financiare şi prosperitate. * Comisia Europeană a revizuit joi, în scădere, estimările referitoare la ritmul de creştere înregistrat de zona euro şi Uniunea Europeană, avertizând că zona euro se confruntă cu o "perioadă prelungită de creştere modestă" din cauza unor factori externi precum tensiunile comerciale dintre SUA şi China, informează DPA. * OMV AG are ca obiectiv reducerea propriilor sale emisii de carbon prin captarea CO2 în subteran şi ar putea oferi clienţilor aceleaşi soluţii de stocare, a afirmat joi directorul general al grupului energetic austriac, Rainer Seele, transmite Reuters. * Preţul cărnii de porc în Bulgaria a atins un nivel record în ultimele luni, pe fondul epidemiei de pestă porcină africană, dar autorităţile dau asigurări că vor urmări cu atenţie evoluţiile, a anunţat, joi, Nova Televizia, informează publicaţia Sofia Globe. * Comisia Europeană a lansat joi o noua rundă de înscrieri pentru permisele de călătorie DiscoverEU, care oferă posibilitatea participanţilor să călătorească în Europa, să afle informaţii despre patrimoniul său cultural şi să-şi dezvolte cunoştinţele şi aptitudinile, se arată într-un comunicat al executivului comunitar. * UniCredit, cel mai mare grup bancar italian, a raportat joi o creştere cu 26% a profitului trimestrial, datorită câştigurilor mai ridicate din tranzacţionare, care au compensat scăderea veniturilor din dobânzi, transmit Reuters şi Bloomberg. * Ford Motor va lua în considerare producerea de camionete în China, dacă restricţiile privind conducerea acestora în oraşe sunt relaxate, şi ar putea dezvolta modele personalizate, a declarat pentru Reuters Joseph Liu, vicepreşedinte pentru inovare la Ford China. * Deutsche Telekom AG, cel mai mare operator european de telecomunicaţii, a anunţat joi reducerea dividendelor pentru 2019, pe fondul incertitudinilor privind afacerile din SUA, în condiţiile în care industria se confruntă cu costuri ridicate pentru construirea reţelelor 5G, transmite Reuters. 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Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management (Bloomberg)   

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Bloomberg:
Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management  —  - Nielsen will split into two: global media and global connect  — Company completes strategic review following activist pressure


          

Lego-milliardærene mistet 1,4 milliarder på én dag   

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Milliardærene bak lekeprodusenten Lego AS led et sviende tap på én enkelt dag etter at en av nøkkelinvesteringene falt kraftig i verdi, skriver Bloomberg.

          

Nov 11, 2019: Seminar @ Cornell Tech: Omid Rafieian at Cornell Tech, Bloomberg Center   

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Revenue-Optimal Dynamic Auctions for Adaptive Ad Sequencing

Digital publishers often use real-time auctions to allocate their advertising inventory. These auctions are designed with the assumption that advertising exposures within a user’s browsing or app-usage session are independent. Rafieian (2019) empirically documents the interdependence in the sequence of ads in mobile in-app advertising, and shows that dynamic sequencing of ads can improve the match between users and ads. In this paper, we examine the revenue gains from adopting a revenue-optimal dynamic auction to sequence ads. We propose a unified framework with two components – (1) a theoretical framework to derive the revenue-optimal dynamic auction that captures both advertisers’ strategic bidding and users’ ad response and app usage, and (2) an empirical framework that involves the structural estimation of advertisers’ click valuations as well as personalized estimation of users’ behavior using machine learning techniques. We apply our framework to large-scale data from the leading in-app ad-network of an Asian country. We document significant revenue gains from using the revenue-optimal dynamic auction compared to the revenue-optimal static auction. These gains stem from the improvement in the match between users and ads in the dynamic auction. The revenue-optimal dynamic auction also improves all key market outcomes, such as the total surplus, average advertisers’ surplus, and market concentration.

Bio:

I am a Ph.D. candidate in quantitative marketing at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. My research interests broadly encompass topics related to digital marketing, mobile advertising, personalization, and privacy. I examine these topics through two complementary lenses – (1) how can we utilize the recent advancements in machine learning to create value in digital marketplaces, and (2) how can we use theory-driven structural frameworks to study the marketing and economic implications of such developments.

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Nov 13, 2019: Seminar @ Cornell Tech: Tommaso Bondi at Cornell Tech, Bloomberg Center   

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"Alone, Together: Product Discovery Through Consumer Ratings"

Consumer ratings have become a prevalent driver of choice. I develop a model of social learning in which ratings can inform consumers about both product quality and their idiosyncratic taste for them. Depending on consumers’ prior knowledge, I show that ratings relatively advantage lower quality and more polarizing products. The rea- son lies in the stronger positive consumer self-selection these products generate: to buy them despite their deficiencies, their buyers must have a strong taste for them. Relatedly, consumer ratings should not be used to infer product design: what is polarizing ex-ante needs not be so among its buyers. I test these predictions using Goodreads book ratings data, and find strong evidence for them. Goodreads appears to serve mostly a matching purpose: tracking the behavior of its users over time reveals an increasing degree of specialization as they gather experience on the platform: they rate books with a lower average and number of ratings, while focusing on fewer genres. Thus, they become less similar to their average peer. Taken together, the findings suggest that consumer ratings contribute to both the long tail and, relatedly, consumption segregation. For managers, this illustrates, counterintuitively, the reputational bene- fits of polarizing products, particularly early in a firm’s lifecycle, but only when paired with the ability to match with the right consumers.

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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the New York University Stern School of Business. I expect to graduate by May 2020.

My research interests lie in the Economics of Digitization, Quantitative Marketing, and Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

My Job Market Paper studies the effect of consumer ratings on market structure, and uses data from Goodreads, the world's largest book ratings platform.

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The head of the largest flight-attendant union in the US explains why Delta's cabin crews might finally vote to unionize (DAL)   

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Delta Flight Attendants

  • Delta flight attendants are organizing a drive to unionize with the AFA, the Association of Flight Attendants.
  • While flight attendants with competitors like United, American, and Southwest are represented by unions, Delta is the largest US airline with nonunion cabin crew employees.
  • Delta flight attendants voted against joining the union in 2002, 2008, and 2010. 
  • We spoke with Sara Nelson, president of the AFA, who explained why she thinks this time will be different.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Delta is the biggest airline in the US to have flight attendants who are nonunion. But that may be about to change.

The country's largest cabin crew union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), announced that it is starting a membership drive in an effort to organize Delta's 25,000 flight attendants.

The drive comes as Delta has reported strong performance over multiple quarters, and as the airline says it plans to hire 12,000 new employees by 2020, including at least 1,000 flight attendants.

Delta flight attendants previously voted against unionizing in 2002, 2008, and 2010. But Sara Nelson, president of the AFA, says she believes the current economic and social landscape will lead to a different outcome this time.

"A lot has changed since 2010," she told Business Insider. "More than 40% of the flight attendant workforce has been newly hired since then."

Additionally, the context was different then. After the 2008 election, a rule under the Railway Labor Act that counted any uncast vote in a union election as a "no" was changed, so that the elections would only count votes that were actually cast.

The 2010 election, which took place after the rule change, occurred when Delta and legacy Northwest Airlines employees were kept separately, operating in different pools — Delta and Northwest merged in 2008. Now combined into one pool, legacy Northwest flight attendants, who had been unionized prior to the merger and 2010 vote, have voiced favorable views toward unionization to legacy Delta employees.

"They know what it's like to have a union contract, a voice at work, due process — all of those things," Nelson said.

"And now that they've been flying with the Delta flight attendants, they've been able to talk to people about what that's like."

"And that's at the same time that there's a new interest in unions by workers across the country," she added.

The data back up Nelson's claim. Recent Gallup polling has found union favorability nearing a 50-year high.

American workers have felt increasingly emboldened amidst a strong economy, as employees seek a greater share of robust corporate profits. In addition to organizing drives, this has manifested in employee strikes in varied industries like hospitality, supermarkets, and automotive manufacturing, as well as public service.

Federal law generally prohibits companies from openly discouraging union efforts or penalizing employees for organizing. Delta was criticized on social media this year when photos of antiunion posters began circulating, including one suggesting that employees should spend money on video games instead of union dues.

In a statement, the airline said that it respected the flight attendants' decision, but felt that a union could be a hindrance to its relationships with employees:

"This marks the AFA's fourth attempt to organize at Delta, after flight attendants rejected their efforts during three previous elections since 2002. While we respect our flight attendants' right to choose whether or not to support AFA representation, we feel that our direct partnership with Delta people plays a significant role in our award-winning culture and customer experience including our ability to respond and implement quickly to our flight attendants' ideas and feedback."

Delta pilots are unionized, but overall its workforce is less organized than at its competitors.

The airline has offered solid pay and benefits in the past, including more than $1 billion per year in profit-sharing with employees over the past five years.

However, Nelson suggested that a decade of profitability, leading Delta to be the most profitable US airline, would lend momentum to the current drive, particularly as employees realize that they could do even better, or have more security.

Contemporary issues also make unionization more appealing, Nelson said, including a recent spate of health issues that flight attendants have attributed to new uniforms issued by the airline in 2019.

"There's a large number of Delta flight attendants right now who are dealing with toxic uniforms who need the backing of a union to deal with this adequately," Nelson said. "People want to know that they have a strong voice, a strong union backing their health and safety on the job."

"The AFA has the resources to be able to deal with that. There's more to having union membership, than just the provisions in the contract," like salary and benefits, she added.

A Delta flight attendant Business Insider spoke with, who is not part of the union push, said that she was in favor of unionizing partly because of the uniform issues. She described the process of reporting health effects to the airline as arduous, and said that it's difficult to get assistance. A group of Delta employees filed a lawsuit against manufacturer Lands' End earlier this year.

Nelson said that the enthusiasm toward unionization she's seen on the ground makes her optimistic that the outcome will be different than in 2010.

"We're only doing this because thousands of Delta flight attendants on their own have been doing this on their own," she said. "We're coming in with the full resources of the union and what's great about it." 

Mark Matousek contributed reporting to this article.

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В Германии решили смягчить газовую директиву ЕС для "Северного потока 2"   

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Представители правящей коалиции ФРГ - партий Христианско-демократический союз Германии и Христианско-социальный союз в Баварии (ХДС/ХСС) и Социал-демократической партии Германии (СДПГ) - подготовили законопроект, который позволит обойти ограничения новой газовой директивы ЕС для газопровода "Северный поток 2", сообщает агентство Bloomberg.

          

Al Gore Is Opening a New Front In the War On Climate Change - Bloomberg Australia-NZ   

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11/07 Links Pt1: Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over; Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year; Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains   

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Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over
When I heard that United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned, I was shocked. After all, the UN does not have the best track record when it comes to investigating corruption allegations against its own agencies, let alone when it comes to the UNRWA, which until recently had airtight immunity from criticism.

For 70 years, UNRWA has been something of a separate entity in the UN, one dedicated solely to the issue of Palestinian "refugees," alongside the agency that handles all other refugees – the UNHCR. But unlike the former UNRWA never even tried to solve the refugee problem and seemed dedicated to perpetuating it.

Case in point: When UNRWA was founded in 1949, there were around 700,000 Palestinian refugees in the world. Today, their number stands at 5.7 million.

But UNRWA's data must always be taken with a grain of salt, as they tend to artificially inflate. A census that took place in Lebanon in 2017 found that 300,000 people included in the agency's data simply do not exist and that the true number of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon was 66% smaller than stated on its reports.

At the same time, the budgets appropriated to UNRWA put the UN's actual refugee agency to shame.

Not only is UNRWA's budget per-refugee four times greater than that of any other refugee, it employs 30,000 people. The UNRCR, which deals with 70 million refugees, employs only 10,000 people.

But it seems that UNRWA's party is coming to an end.
Head of Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year
Head of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman claimed on Thursday that the Shin Bet thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year. Argaman spoke at the Unmanned Systems Conference, UVID 2019, initiated by Israel Defense.

"We are an agency with excellent people, the best technology and synergy within the agency and with Israeli security authorities, which allows us to have an edge on very challenging enemies," Argaman said. "All that allowed us to thwart over 450 terror attacks in the past year and try to provide the citizens of Israel with safe and peaceful daily life without knowing what happens behind the scene."

Meanwhile, the IDF mapped on Thursday the house of Kassem Shabli, one of the terrorists who carried out an attack near the West Bank town of Dolev in August, in which 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered.

The mapping was done in order to prepare for the demolition of the house in Kfar Kobar on Wednesday night.

Kassem a-Karim Ragah Shabli, 25, a member of the PFLP, has been arrested in the past for involvement in terrorist activities. Kassem provided the explosives that were used in the IED as well as assisted in assembling it, and took part in the killing of Shnerb.

Two other terrorists were arrested for involvement in the attack.

PMW: Why is Martyrdom-death “unique in Palestine”?
Death as a "Martyr" for Allah and for "Palestine" - during terror attacks and other violent confrontations with Israel - has been promoted as an ideal by the Palestinian Authority for years, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

The elevated status "Martyrs" enjoy in the PA was recently stressed by a host on official PA TV, who bragged that "Martyrdom in Palestine is unique," because a Martyr's funeral is considered "a wedding." A mother of a "Martyr" present in the TV studio expressed her opinion that death as a Martyr is "an honor":
Official PA TV host: "Praise Allah, I want to say that this Martyrdom always is-"

Mother of a "Martyr": "An honor."

Official PA TV host: "Exactly! Martyrdom in Palestine is unique. We are the only ones who celebrate the news of a Martyr's wedding." [Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Aug. 27, 2019]


A Martyr's funeral is considered a wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam.

These expressions of support for dying as a "Martyr" come as no surprise. PMW has documented numerous mothers and fathers who have expressed joy when their terrorist children died as "Martyrs." This is what the PA has taught them and what is expected of them. The following are examples of mothers praising their dead children's Martyrdom, collected in one video (additional texts below):

"I hold my head high. The honor is mine. I have a son who is a Martyr." [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2002]

"[My son] told me: 'In this entire world, I can't think of anyone to marry... I want to marry the Dark-Eyed (i.e., Virgins of Paradise).' I said: 'If these are his thoughts, I wish him Martyrdom.'" [Official PA TV, Jan. 21, 2003]

"I ask Allah to give him the reward of a Martyr... I greet all the people who came today to accompany my son at his wedding (i.e., to the Virgins of Paradise). My son is a sacrifice for the homeland, for Palestine, for Islam, and a sacrifice for all of Palestine." [Official PA TV, Feb. 17, 2018]






Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains
Zionist watchdog group Im Tirtzu on Wednesday released a video showing Israeli police officers physically blocking Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount from using the compound’s water fountain.

Im Tirtzu’s Tamir Baram, who was among the Jews prevented from drinking water on the Temple Mount, said: “We’ve gotten to such an absurd situation on the Temple Mount in which something so elementary as drinking water is being prevented from Jews. For those who forgot, the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site – and we deserve to be treated there with respect rather than with discrimination.”


Netanyahu requests U.S. transfer funds to PA, Trump refuses
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that Washington allow the transfer of $12 million to Palestinian security forces, but President Donald Trump denied the request, Channel 13 reported.

“If it’s so important for Netanyahu, he should pay the Palestinians $12 million,” Senior White House officials told Channel 13, quoting the president.

Netanyahu's administration was supposedly one of the key factors in Trump's decision to cut aid to the Palestinians in the first place, i24 reported. The cuts were made slowly over time, but the US State Department found that the money was still being transferred to Palestinian security forces, according to Israel National News.

Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, among other Israeli officials, reportedly asked the US to allow the transfer.

"All US security assistance to the PA has ceased," a US official told Axios. "The US security coordinator and his team continue to conduct a security cooperation-only mission. These activities are not funded with foreign assistance resources."

The transfer of funds did not occur, according to Israel National News.
Security Agencies in India on Alert for Possible Terrorist Attacks on Jewish, Israeli Targets
Security agencies in India are on alert for possible terrorist attacks on the country’s Jewish community or visiting Israeli tourists.

News site DNA India reported that both al-Qaeda and ISIS could both be involved in such attacks, as intelligence agencies have traced messages being shared online by the terror groups.

In addition, a jihadist group in the southern state of Kerala may be collecting information on the Jewish community in the district of Kochi. Kochi is home to the Cochin Jews, an ancient community most of whose members have immigrated to Israel.

There may also be plans to kidnap Israeli tourists in the country. India is a popular destination for Israeli travelers, especially for young Israelis who have just finished their military service.

DNA speculated that the terror groups could also be motivated by Israel’s support for the Indian government’s decision to impose direct rule on the disputed Kashmir region.
Netanyahu lauds pro-Israel fmr Canadian PM Stephen Harper
RELATING TO the project that will link Harper’s name in perpetuity with the State of Israel, Netanyahu said that Israel is a hub on many levels, including bird migration from Europe to Africa and back. He saw the center as an important facility for ornithological research, combining beauty and science.

In a reference to the many friendships that Israel has developed over the years with the leaders of different countries, Netanyahu said that, “the best friendship is based on an alliance of values. Stephen has stood up for these values time and again.”

Harper, acknowledging that he is not supposed to be partisan in another country, recalled that he had first come across Netanyahu in the 1980s and had seen him on television when he had “virtually exploded off the screen.” He had predicted at the time that Netanyahu would one day become prime minister of Israel.

Not only did that happen, he said, but Netanyahu had become Israel’s longest serving prime minister and had transformed the country and its image on the world stage.

Harper described Netanyahu as “the most consequential figure in the history of the State of Israel.”
Bipartisan group of US congresswomen visits to show ‘no daylight’ on Israel
A bipartisan delegation of women members of Congress is visiting Israel this week to underline that there is “no daylight” between the Democratic and Republican parties when it comes to ensuring the strength of US-Israel relations, and in supporting Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, the leader of the group said Thursday.

Speaking to The Times of Israel by phone as the delegation toured the country, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat of Florida, said the group had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, and former chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, and found it “heartwarming” to hear how similar they sounded about the imperative to enable Israelis and Palestinians to “live side by side in peace.”

Two other members of the delegation were also on the call — Martha Roby (a Republican of Alabama) and Angie Craig (a Democrat of Minnesota). The delegation also included Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda Lawrence, Mikie Sherrill and Susie Lee.

Asked about concerns in Israel that some high-profile members of the Democratic party have been loudly critical of Israel, and that three Democratic presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — have talked of leveraging US military aid in order to compel Israel to change its policies on settlements and the Palestinians, Wasserman Schultz replied: “Quite the contrary: The message given to us, particularly by Prime Minister Netanyahu, is that he does not perceive or believe that there is any erosion of support.”
Jewish Democratic congressman visiting W. Bank blasts treatment of Palestinians
A Democratic congressman from Michigan has criticized Israel for its treatment of Palestinians following a tour of the West Bank earlier this week.

Rep. Andy Levin said Wednesday he was enraged by the situation in Susya, where Palestinian villagers are denied water access, while Jewish settlers nearby are granted government-supplied amenities.

“Yesterday, I traveled to the southern West Bank, including the Palestinian village of Susya, which the Israeli government has destroyed twice and currently denies access to water,” he wrote. “Yet we watched the government utility, right before our eyes, lay in pipes right across the village’s land to deliver tap water to an illegal Israeli outpost nearby.” He did not name the outpost.

Israel has several times in the past demolished Palestinian buildings in Susya, saying they were built without permits.

“It was simply incredible. As angry as the situation made me, the resilience of the Palestinian villagers left an even stronger impression,” wrote Levin, a former synagogue president and chair of the steering committee of Detroit Jews for Justice.
French far-left leader accuses Jews of 'violent sectarianism'
The leader of the French far left accused French Jews of inciting to assault him and promoting “violent sectarianism” that he said doesn’t occur among Muslims.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the France Unbowed movement, inveighed against the CRIF federation of Jewish communities and organizations on Sunday during a televised interview with France Inter.

“Sectarianism’s always been a problem for the republican idea,” Melenchon, who has been accused of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the past, said. “Take CRIF. It practices blatant, violent and aggressive sectarianism, namely against me, right? To the point of encouraging people to hit me during a demonstration like the one for Mirelle Knol.”

Mirelle Knol was a Holocaust survivor who was murdered in her Paris apartment last year, allegedly by a Muslim neighbor. CRIF asked Melenchon and the leader of the rightist National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, not to attend a commemorative march for Knol. Both politicians came to the march, where participants booed them until police escorted them away.

CRIF did not call for violence, which did not occur at the event, and condemned the booing.

Melenchon, who continued to call CRIF “bizarre, folkloristic and ridiculous,” did not name any other group as responsible for sectarianism.
BREAKING: Ex-Twitter Employees Charged For Spying For Saudi Arabia, Reports Say
The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday charges against two former Twitter employees for allegedly spying for Saudi Arabia which analysts believe is the first time that the United States government has accused Saudi Arabia of spying in the United States.

The two former Twitter employees that were charged are Ahmad Abouammo, who reportedly is a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, who is a Saudi citizen.

In a statement, the DOJ wrote that the “information could have been used to identify and locate the Twitter users who published these posts.”

Prosecutors alleged that Abouammo “spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership – on behalf of the government in Riyadh,” The Washington Post reported. Abouammo was also charged for allegedly “falsifying an invoice to obstruct an FBI investigation.

Prosecutors accused Alzabarah of “accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015 on behalf of Saudi Arabia,” The Post added. “One of those accounts belonged to a prominent dissident, Omar Abdulaziz, who later became close to Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was killed by Saudi government agents last year.”

A second Saudi national, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for allegedly spying as prosecutors say that he acted as a middle man between the Saudi government and the two Twitter employees.
‘They Are Leading by Leaps and Bounds’: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Lauds Israeli Economic Innovation in Policy Speech
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa lavished praise on Israel’s technology sector during a recent major economic policy address to women business leaders in Johannesburg, describing it as a model for his own country to follow.

When it came to growth and innovation, Israel was “leading by leaps and bounds,” Ramaphosa told the 2019 Presidential Dialogue of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa on Oct. 29.

“They are innovative in a number of sectors in the economy — in agriculture, in maritime, in many other areas,” Ramaphosa said, in remarks that were also broadcast live on South Africa’s national television network.

“They have shown that they can lead, and we can learn a lot from what they do,” he said.

Ramaphosa’s comments about Israel came in response to an audience question from prominent venture capitalist Polo Leteka — the co-founder of IDF Capital, a South African-owned equity firm that invests in businesses owned by black women.

Leteka told Ramaphosa that Israel’s status as a global technology leader had been secured by the financial support of its government.

“It was the government of Israel who put up a challenge fund back in 1992 — it was essentially a matching fund that put millions of dollars into the private sector,” Leteka said. “That’s how the industry there has developed as it has.”
Iran said to pull out of deaf futsal championships to avoid facing Israeli team
After the Iranian Judo federation was banned by international sports authorities from all competitions over its boycott of Israeli athletes, another Iranian sports team has reportedly pulled out of a competition to avoid facing an Israeli squad.

Israel and Iran were placed in the same group in the upcoming World Deaf Futsal Championships, along with Argentina and Sweden. Israel was due to play against Iran on Saturday.

The Iranians said they wouldn’t show up to the tournament in Switzerland unless they were moved to a different group, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported Thursday. When that didn’t happen, they withdrew from the competition entirely.

Futsal is similar to soccer, with five players per side on a small court.

The Iranian team had won the Asia Pacific Deaf Futsal Championships in February.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a country and Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis. Iranian passports remind holders in bold red that they are “not entitled to travel to occupied Palestine.”

Last month, the International Judo Federation (IJF) banned Iran from competition indefinitely over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors.
Jordan bans Israeli farmers from border enclave
The Jordanian government announced that as of Sunday, Israeli farmers will be banned from entering the Naharayim enclave, Jordan Valley Council head Idan Greenbaum said Thursday.

Under the 1994 peace agreement with Jordan, the Naharayim enclave and the Tzofar enclave were leased to Israel for 25 years, allowing the Israeli farmers living in the enclave to continue managing their farms.

About a year ago, the Hashemite Kingdom announced that it wanted to terminate the lease agreement and take over the two enclaves.

Various attempts were made both in public and in private to change the Jordanian decision, but the decision is apparently final.

About a month ago, a Naharayim farmer in the Jordan Valley approached with an urgent letter to King Abdullah II and asked him to stop the process of restoring the enclave to the possession of the Kingdom of Jordan.

Idan Greenbaum wrote to the Jordanian King on behalf of all the farmers of the Naharayim enclave: "I am taking an extraordinary step of writing directly to you, to prevent what is a disaster for us. I sincerely ask you to have the opportunity to present our suggestions to you or to someone you trust, through a meeting with us at the Island of Peace itself.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas bans rally to commemorate Yasser Arafat
The Palestinian ruling Fatah faction on Thursday accused Hamas of banning Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from holding a rally to commemorate former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on the 15th anniversary of his death.

Fatah had called on its supporters to gather on Thursday afternoon at the Square of Unknown Soldiers in Gaza City to mark the anniversary of the death of Arafat, who died on November 11, 2004. Another event, planned for next Monday, has also been banned by Hamas.

The ban came as Fatah and Hamas have been holding indirect negotiations on PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s initiative to hold new Palestinian parliamentary and presidential elections.

Mahmoud al-Aloul, deputy chairman of Fatah, said that the ban shows that Hamas’s announcement welcoming the new elections is nothing but “slogans.”

The ban, Aloul said, is a “frustrating and unreasonable message” from Hamas.

He said that Fatah was optimistic that matters were moving in the right direction after Hamas welcomed Abbas’s initiative to hold long overdue elections. “But Hamas took this unwise and unexpected decision to ban the event commemorating Arafat,” Aloul added.
Gaza Protests Erupt after Police Throw Arrested Man Out the Window of His Home
A rare public anti-Hamas protest took place in Gaza following the death of a 28-year-old man who’d been thrown from the window of his own home by the terror group’s security services.

Three Hamas police officers arrived at the home of Anan Abu Jameh in the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza last Friday. According to the family, the security forces went upstairs to his room, arrested him and then threw him out of the window of his room. He sustained a serious injury to his head and later died from his wounds in the hospital.

"They knocked on the door very hard and as soon as I opened it they said, 'We want Anan,’” said the father. He said he had asked to see a search warrant but was pushed aside by Hamas men who told him they will “do whatever we want.”

The 28-year-old had recently graduated from a local university with a degree in communications and journalism.

The incident led to an uproar among the local residents, who labeled Anan’s death as a "cold-blooded murder." The subsequent protests forced the Hamas police spokesman to make a statement, presenting a different version of events where the 28-year-old was arrested based on a warrant for his arrest.

The police did not specify what the victim was accused of, but claimed Abu Jameh tried to evade the arrest by jumping from his window onto the nearby tree, from where he fell and sustained fatal wounds.

Abu Jameh's family rejected the police’s account of events, calling it a gross lie. The family also added the police didn’t try to investigate the circumstances of their son’s death at any point.

During Abu Jameh’s funeral in Khan Younis a rare anti-Hamas demonstration erupted, with the participants chanting: “Hamas are murderers.”
Middle East: The Anti-Iran Revolution is Well Underway
Iran's attempts to expand its malign influence throughout the Middle East have suffered a severe setback as a result of the unprecedented anti-government protests that have erupted in Lebanon and Iraq in recent weeks.

The most obvious source of discontent in these two key Arab states has been the endemic corruption that has taken hold in both Beirut and Baghdad; in both countries, it has been the prime motivation in persuading tens of thousands of demonstrators to take to the streets.

The desire to end corrupt practices and force the governments in Beirut and Baghdad to undertake a radical overhaul of their respective countries' governments is, though, only part of the story.

The nationwide protests taking place in both Arab states are also driven by a burning desire to end Iran's blatant attempts to turn them into de facto fiefdoms of Tehran.

Iran's attempts to seize control of the political agenda in Lebanon dates back to the early 1980s, when Iran established its Hezbollah militia in the southern part of the country to launch a series of terrorist attacks against Israeli forces operating in the area. Since then, Hezbollah -- with Iran's backing -- has gradually extended its influence in the country to the point where Hezbollah is now widely recognised as Lebanon's most influential political organisation.


Seth J. Frantzman: U.N. slams bleeding Iraqi protesters for closing roads, harming oil supply
The Special Representative for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq slammed protesters for closing roads and disrupting oil on its way to ports, raising the ire of Iraqis who wonder why the UN cares more about oil and roads than people’s lives. It came days after the UN Secretary-General visited Turkey and appeared open to a plan by Turkey to settle Syrian refugees in an area that 200,000 have been forced to flee from due to fighting, leading to questions about the overall UN blind-spot on suffering in the region.

Jeanine Hennis, a Dutch politician who serves as a diplomat and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, tweeted on Wednesday that the protests in Iraq, where more than 200 protesters have been shot by security forces, are disrupting critical infrastructure.

“Also of grave concern. Responsibility of all to protect public facilities. Threats, closure of roads to oil installations, ports causing billions in losses. Detrimental to Iraq’s economy,” she wrote.

It was undermining fulfilling the protesters’ legitimate demands.

“Losses to whom?” wondered the Twitter account Mosul Eye, which is run by survivors of the ISIS occupation of Mosul. “Most young Iraqis have no work. The schools are bare. The hospitals are completely unsupplied. No electricity. No assurance of clean water.”
JCPA: Iran’s Strategy: Negotiate Using the Threat of Reneging on Its Commitments
Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran would begin transferring nuclear materials to the Fordow site on November 6, 2019, as part of its fourth phase of reneging on its nuclear agreement obligations. He made it clear that the nuclear agreement prohibited Iran from transferring any nuclear material to Fordow, “but Iran is in the process of transferring nuclear material to the site.” He added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was updated that the transfer of nuclear materials – before being fed into centrifuges – would take place on November 6, 2019. The spokesman said that by the end of the week, Iran would provide reporters with more details on the nuclear issue.

On November 5, 2019, President Hassan Rouhani said that he instructed the AEOI to implement the fourth stage of moving away from Iranian commitments to the nuclear accord. He said that like the previous stages of Iranian violations of the nuclear agreement, these steps are “reversible,” and if the other nations that also signed the deal will fulfill their side of the agreement and restore Iran to their previous position (January 2017), then Iran will return to fulfill their commitments. Rouhani noted that the IAEA would be allowed to monitor their activities.

The Iranian president said that the facility in Fordow currently has 1,044 centrifuges in which uranium gas will be injected, in direct violation of the nuclear accord, where it was agreed that the centrifuges would be operated in a vacuum without being injected with gas. Under the agreement, Iran also pledged to drastically reduce the number of centrifuges at the Fordow enrichment site and banned uranium enrichment by 2031. At the same time, Rouhani made it clear that Iran continues to be committed to behind the scenes negotiations with several countries to resolve the crisis. Rouhani claims that Iran “had hoped to achieve results before taking these current measures, but that didn’t happen; No results were achieved, so we had to take this fourth step.”
IAEA accuses Iran of evading attempts to probe uranium production – report
The top inspector for the UN’s nuclear agency has reportedly accused Iran of evading attempts to gather information on Tehran’s uranium production at a warehouse that was flagged by Israel and where particles were found earlier this year.

Bloomberg, in a report Thursday, cited two officials as saying that Massimo Aparo told diplomats in a closed-door meeting in Vienna on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic was “evading attempts to discover the source of manmade and natural uranium particles detected at a warehouse in Tehran.”

The extraordinary meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors was convened by Cornel Feruta, the organization’s acting head, to discuss the latest concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, the report said.

In September, Reuters reported that traces of uranium were found at a facility in Tehran that was alleged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a “secret atomic warehouse.”

Iran has not provided an explanation for why uranium was found at the site to the IAEA, which is investigating the facility in the Iranian capital, the news agency reported at the time.
Top Iranian Official Targeted by New US Sanctions Is Wanted by Argentina for 1994 Bombing of AMIA Jewish Center
One of the nine top Iranian officials targeted by new US sanctions on Monday is wanted by the Argentine authorities for his alleged involvement in the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in downtown Buenos Aires.

Ali Akbar Velayati was among the list of senior aides to the Tehran regime’s so-called “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in order to “block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world,” an OFAC statement said.

Velayati was Iran’s foreign minister at the time of the AMIA atrocity on July 18, 1994, when 85 people died and hundreds more were wounded when a van packed with explosives was driven into the Jewish organization’s main building in the Argentine capital. He was also alleged to have been present at a meeting of Iranian security officials in the city of Mashhad on Aug. 14, 1993, where the decision to bomb the AMIA building is understood to have been taken.

In July 2018, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral requested Velayati’s arrest by Russian authorities while he was on an official visit to Moscow. Velayati met with Russian President Vladimir Putin one day after Corral’s request was issued.

Judge Corral originally issued international arrest warrants in 2006 for Velayati and seven other Iranian and Lebanese operatives wanted in connection with the AMIA bombing. Corral also tried unsuccessfully to secure Velayati’s arrest under the same warrant in 2016, when the Iranian visited Singapore and Malaysia.


Mike Pompeo: Iran positioning itself for rapid nuclear break-out
Iran has positioned itself to rapidly break out into a nuclear power by resuming uranium enrichment at Fordow, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

“Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo said.

The biggest obstacle to build a nuclear weapon is stockpiling enough fissile material — highly enriched uranium or plutonium — for the core of a bomb. A central objective of the 2015 deal was to extend the time Iran would need to do that, if it chose to, to a year from about 2 to 3 months.

Tehran’s latest "nuclear escalations" reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran,” Pompeo said.

He called on the international community to supports sanctions against Iran.
MEMRI: Even As UK, France Acknowledge That Iran Is Violating The JCPOA, The Trump Administration, After Ostensibly Withdrawing From It, Continues To Preserve It – By Means Of Its Waivers For Civilian Nuclear Cooperation With Iran
On November 5, 2019, Iran announced that it was taking its fourth step to cut back on its obligations under the JCPOA nuclear agreement. This step includes reviving uranium enrichment at the Fordo nuclear facility and activating an array of advanced centrifuges that will enable it in future to double and triple its enrichment capability. In effect, Iran is systematically stripping the JCPOA of all meaning, ostensibly with the approval of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

France and Britain have issued a public response to this fourth step by Iran, saying for the first time that it is violating the JCPOA.[1]

Although the U.S., in May 2018, announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA,[2] it is in effect preserving it by continuing to grant significant waivers to the U.S. sanctions. These waivers allow some countries to help Iran develop its nuclear program under the heading of development for civilian needs – allowing Europe, Russia, and China to continue to uphold the agreement (see for example July 2019 statements on this matter by then-U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on the continuation of the waivers[3]).

This report will set out the significance of this fourth step in Iran's withdrawal from its obligations under the JCPOA, as explained by two top regime officials, and will discuss the ramifications of the third step – the cancellation of the JCPOA's research and development timetable for it – for the development of Iran's nuclear program. These ramifications were previously discussed in a MEMRI report published in October.[4]




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Netanyahu Really Isn't All That Good At Apartheid (Daled Amos)   

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Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be the second favorite target of Democratic Presidential candidates and fringe left-wing groups -- not all that far behind Donald Trump.

That may seem odd, considering that Israel is a long-time ally of the US. Contrast that with, Iran, a global sponsor of terrorism where crowds of people chant "Death to America," a country with a long-standing practice of holding Americans hostage.

But Netanyahu, not Khameini, is the villain.
The reason given is the treatment of the Arabs -- both Israeli Arabs and Palestinian Arabs.

But those posting the de rigueur boilerplate accusations against Israel of "Apartheid," "Genocide," and "Racist" have no interest in what is actually happening in Israel. While there is clearly a difficult and challenging situation, there is a process of integration going on.

Five years ago, in 2014, US News & World Report came out with an article suggesting that there was Slow But Certain Integration in Israel.

Robert Cherry and Robert Lerman, two economics professors, came to this conclusion based in part on the voluntary national service in Israel, relying on a 2012 survey from the University of Haifa. That survey found that 40% of Arab youth in Israel were personally willing to volunteer with the civil service and 62% of the Arab public were supportive. This represented a small decrease in support from previous years. There was Arab opposition to the idea of civil service, based on
o The assumption the project was linked to national security
o The fear civil service could become a precedent for imposing military or civil service duty in the future
o The belief such service would dilute the Palestinian-Arab identity
o The opposition to national service being administered by the state of Israel instead of the Arabs themselves,
Those Arabs who did participate in the program gave it high grades:
91.6% of the volunteers were satisfied with the service
o  95.8% were proud of their volunteering
o  96.4% said they were treated well
o  89.0% thought that volunteering contributed to Arab society
o  82.4% said their volunteering contributed to the state.
Still, as impressive as those numbers are, the fact remains that those entering the program would be favorably inclined to begin with.
Also, the Israeli government was not making any effort on its own to counteract the strong pressure Arab leaders applied against participating in the program.

What the Israeli government did do was take steps from the social to the economic spheres. According to Cherry and Lerman, Israel was not limiting the goal of just employing Arabs in government agencies:
The educational performance of Arab students has improved significantly as well, leading to a substantial increase in enrollment in Israeli universities. More Arab women are employed in professional careers, and Arabs with high-tech training have transformed Nazareth into a hub where numerous national and international companies run production development sites.
But how invested is the Israeli government -- and Netanyahu -- in investing in those educational opportunities?

Just last month Haaretz came out with a piece asking Could Netanyahu Actually Be Good for Israel's Arabs?

The article notes that in 2015, one year after the article by Cherry and Lerman, the Finance Ministry conducted a secret study of budgetary discrimination between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities -- and wanted to directly address the problem head-on with a new program, Resolution No. 922: a five-year Economic Development Plan for the Arab Sector:
This would involve not a one-time payment to the country’s Arab communities, as had been made in the past, rather it would change the budgeting mechanisms fundamentally, so that the population would receive its fair, proportionate share of support in some areas, like public transportation, but a favorably disproportionate amount in other areas, as part of a process of affirmative action [emphasis added].
There were several disagreements and opposition to the program, but after 3 cabinet meetings, it was pushed through.
By Netanyahu.

And he pushed the proposal through in the form presented by the budget committee, with only a few added conditions.

Ron Gerlitz, who was involved, is quoted in the article. He had a birds-eye view of the proceedings and admits it is not clear why Netanyahu actually backed the plan. It may have simply been an issue of Israel's economic interests, or a decision to support Kahlon and the budget department -- or maybe Netanyahu wanted to offset the negative impact of previous anti-Arab statements.

In any case, not only did the resolution pass; in the end, it passed unanimously.

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The changes resulting from the program, according to Haaretz, are real:
o  According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, over the past 7 years, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80%.
o  Over 5 years, the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number pursuing master’s degrees (in all fields) have both jumped 50%
o  The number of Arab students studying for a Ph.D. has soared 60%.
o  During the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased 18-fold -- and 25% of them are women.
o  By 2020, it is estimated that Arabs will make up 10 percent of the country’s high-tech work force
o  The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10% in 2008 to 15% in 2018
21% of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry.
There is a natural carryover into the ability to get a job. In the private sector, for example, the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7% in 2007 to 11.3% in 2017.”

That's how the Israeli Arabs are benefitting.
What about the Palestinian Arabs?

According to another article in Haaretz, coming out last week, Palestinians Are Attending Hebrew U in Record Numbers, Changing the Face of Jerusalem.

Haaretz correspondent Nir Hasson writes that Hebrew University has seen an overall trend showing a growth of hundreds of percent of Palestinian students being accepted into bachelor degree programs over the last 10 years. This runs counter to the traditional trend of Arab Palestinians who live in East Jerusalem attending universities in the West Bank and in Arab countries. From just a few dozen Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem attending Hebrew University 10 years ago, last year 586 students from East Jerusalem attended -- 18 doing doctorates and 69 doing other graduate degrees. The most popular degrees were education, social work, communications, international relations and nursing.

Why the change?
o The separation barrier makes it more difficult to study at Palestinian universities
o Changes to regulations make it harder for Arabs with degrees from Palestinian institutions to work in Israel
o The Council for Higher Education provides funding which makes it possible for Israeli universities to offer stipends to nearly every Palestinian student who meets the requirements
o The convenience of the new light rail system also plays a part in the decision to study in Israel
There is more to this educational advancement than economic opportunity. University studies are also bringing Jerusalem’s Palestinian and Israeli Jewish societies closer together. There is a rise in the demand for Israeli citizenship and an increase in the number of Palestinians working in West Jerusalem.

According to Hasson, in Jerusalem, the social taboos forbidding forging ties within Israeli society have weakened. So too the taboo against applying for Israeli citizenship and criticizing someone who chooses to study at an Israeli institution.

While it may be slow, there is some real change going on.

According to Gerlitz, the change extends to the attitudes of Israelis as well. According to him, on the Israeli side, there is an attempt to compensate for the demotion of Arabic as an official language. Arabic studies are flourishing and there is a rise in the use of Arabic in public, to the extent that there are Arabic signs on the trains and buses -- something he says you did not see just 2 years ago. He believes the separation between Jews and Arabs is "cracking," on the campuses, for example, where Arab graduate students serve as teaching assistants for Jewish undergrads. And then there is the beach:
A Jewish boy who goes to the shower and hears Arab children laughing no longer thinks they are necessarily terrorists. When a Jewish kid in Be’er Sheva takes the bus to basketball practice and hears the name of his bus stop in Arabic, he’s no longer frightened it’s the language of terrorists. That is also the reality in Israel.
On a more pragmatic level, Ben Avrahami, the mayor’s adviser for east Jerusalem affairs, says
it is dripping into the consciousness [of Arabs] that Israel is a reality and that if east Jerusalemites want to improve their lives, they might be willing to pay the price of integration.
Clearly, there is a long way to go and many hurdles that Israel faces in addressing the issue of its Arab population.

But if this 5-year economic plan can show that it not only is capable of improving the lives of the Arabs but also encourage their integration and "Israelfication" -- what would Trump's peace plan actually be capable of doing?



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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork - Bloomberg   

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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork  BloombergView full coverage on Google News

          

White House May Exempt Vape Shops From E-cigarette Flavor Ban From Harlem To Hollywood   

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Federal regulators are expected to unveil new restrictions on e-cigarettes in an effort to reduce youth use of the products. However, vape shops could be exempted from those restrictions, Bloomberg reports. Continue Reading →

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Gigafactory 3電池供應多國聯軍 傳Tesla與寧德時代達初步協議   

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根據消息人士透露,Tesla傳已與中國大陸電池供應商寧德時代簽署電動車用電池供應初步協議,寧德時代將成為Tesla中國大陸製電動車的電池供應商。彭博(Bloomberg)報導,經過幾個月的磋商後,兩家業者達成這項無法律拘束力的協議。Tesla執行長Elon Musk曾於8月底遠赴上海市,拜訪寧德時代總裁曾毓群,會晤時間歷時40分......

          

NTSB Report Reveals Limitations of Uber’s Self-Driving Cars   

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Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car is displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center.

Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car is displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center.
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The National Transportation Safety Board just released a 400 page report on the self-driving Uber fatality last March in Tempe, Arizona that killed 49 year old Elaine Herzberg, who was jaywalking with her bike.

The NTSB’s report says that the autonomous car didn’t recognize Herzman as a pedestrian up until a second before it struck her. Prior to that detection, the Uber’s software classified her as an unidentified object, and safely out of the car’s way. Uber said its software would have been able to identify her as a pedestrian had she been in a crosswalk, and have since updated their software. Herzberg’s family received a settlement two weeks after the crash, and Uber pulled all of it’s self-driving vehicles off the road. 

Joining us to talk about what’s in the report, the state of the technology, and where legislation may go from here are Alan Levin, Bloomberg Transportation Reporter who’s been covering autonomous car safety, and Petros Ioannou, a professor of electrical engineering at USC.

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Alan Levin, transportation reporter at Bloomberg who’s been covering autonomous car safety

Petros Ioannou, professor of electrical engineering and the associate director for research at METRANS (Metropolitan Transportation Center) at USC

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USA/middag: Tolden rulles tilbage - aktierne ruller igen i rekord   

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Positive handelsnyheder om mulig gensidig tilbagerulning af tariffer fra Kinas og USA's side sender torsdag atter aktierne i rekordniveau, mens renten hopper solidt op.

Det brede S&P 500-indeks stiger kl. 12.15, lokal tid i New York, med 0,5 pct., mens teknologitunge Nasdaq vinder 0,7 pct. Samtidig går Dow Jones op med 0,9 pct.

Alle tre indeks ligger dermed rekordhøjt.

VIL TILBAGERULLE TOLDSATSER

Det er nyheden fra det kinesiske handelsministerium, som siden er bekræftet af USA, om, at forhandlerne fra Kina og USA er blevet enige om i faser at tilbagerulle told på hinandens varer i forbindelse med en kommende delvis handelsaftale, som præsident Trump annoncerede i oktober.

- Handelskrigen begyndte med toldafgifter, og den bør ende med fjernelse af toldafgifter, sagde talsmand i det kinesiske handelsministerium, Gao Feng på et almindeligt pressemøde.

- I de seneste to uger har de førende forhandlere fra begge sider ført seriøse og konstruktive drøftelser om en løsning på forskellige kerneproblemer.

Meldingen har reduceret risikofrygten i markedet, og det kan ses på en stigning i renten på den tiårige amerikanske statsobligation på 12 basispoint til 1,95 pct., mens frygtindekset VIX falder 1,0 pct., og det er nu dalet med næsten 50 pct. siden den seneste top i slutningen af juli.

- Indtil en aftale er på plads, vil der naturligvis være volatilitet omkring handelsoverskrifterne. Det synes dog som om, at USA-Kina-handelsnyhederne nu overrasker til den positive side, hvilket giver markedet medvind, siger Dan Russo, chefstrateg hos Chaikin Analytics, til Bloomberg News.

CYKLISK OG OFFENSIVT I TOP

Det er de mere cykliske og offensive sektorer, som stiger torsdag. I top ligger kommunikationsservice med et plus på 1,3 pct., løftet af fremgang til Googles ejer, Alphabet, på 2,3 pct., mens enegi følger lige efter med et plus på 1,2 pct., da olieprisen løftes på udsigt til en bedring i handelskrigen, som ellers ville bremse væksten.

Finans stiger samtidig 1,1 pct., da den stigende rente er godt nyt for bankernes indtjening. Desuden vinder it-aktierne frem med 1,1 pct., især løftet af chipproducenterne med et plus til den gruppe på 1,8 pct.

Obligationsstråmændene, forsyning og fast ejendom, falder omvendt med henholdsvis 1,7 og 1,2 pct., da de stigende renter er skidt nyt for dem.

ÆBLER OG CHIPS PÅ MENUEN

Apple bidrager mest til fremgangen i markedet torsdag, da aktien igen sætter rekord og stiger med 1,0 pct. til 259,73 dollar. En handelsaftale kan betyde, at Apple undgår importtold på sin iPhone, som samles i Kina.

Qualcomm løfter også godt op med et plus på 7,8 pct. En bedring i handelskrigen er godt nyt for aktien, men samtidig leverede chipproducenten onsdag aften et stærkt regnskab for fjerde kvartal og bedre end ventet prognose for den igangværende periode.

I slipstrømmen af det stiger også branchens storebror Intel med 1,4 pct., mens Nvidia vinder 1,5 pct.

Blandt finansaktierne fører Bank of America og JPMorgan, USA's to største banker, an, med plusser på 2,2 og 1,4 pct. De to har de største udlån og gavnes derfor ekstra af stigende renter.

HÅRD KOST FOR REJSESITES

Det går omvendt ikke særligt godt torsdag for Expedia Group, der driver en lang række rejsesites, herunder Expedia.com. Aktien dykker hele 25,6 pct., da koncernen trods vækst på 9 pct. i tredje kvartal skuffede på både toplinjen og bunden.

Konkurrenten Tripadvisor følger med ned, da koncernens indtjening i tredje kvartal også skuffede, ligesom et fald i omsætningen på næsten 7 pct. sendte toplinjen under konsensus. Læg dertil, at Tripadvisor oplevede faldende trafik på sine platforme, og resultatet bliver et kursfald på 19,7 pct.

Expeida og Tripadvisor er torsdagens absolut største tabere i S&P 500.

I den anden ende vinder Ralph Lauren frem med 12,9 pct. Tøjkoncernens andet kvartal viste en bedre vækst, i det sammenlignelige salg, end ventet. Den blev på 2,0 pct. mod en flad udvikling et år tidligere og en forventning om en fremgang på 1,1 pct., ifølge Consensus Metrix.

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USA/middag: Tolden rulles tilbage - aktierne ruller igen i rekord   

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Positive handelsnyheder om mulig gensidig tilbagerulning af tariffer fra Kinas og USA's side sender torsdag atter aktierne i rekordniveau, mens renten hopper solidt op.

Det brede S&P 500-indeks stiger kl. 12.15, lokal tid i New York, med 0,5 pct., mens teknologitunge Nasdaq vinder 0,7 pct. Samtidig går Dow Jones op med 0,9 pct.

Alle tre indeks ligger dermed rekordhøjt.

VIL TILBAGERULLE TOLDSATSER

Det er nyheden fra det kinesiske handelsministerium, som siden er bekræftet af USA, om, at forhandlerne fra Kina og USA er blevet enige om i faser at tilbagerulle told på hinandens varer i forbindelse med en kommende delvis handelsaftale, som præsident Trump annoncerede i oktober.

- Handelskrigen begyndte med toldafgifter, og den bør ende med fjernelse af toldafgifter, sagde talsmand i det kinesiske handelsministerium, Gao Feng på et almindeligt pressemøde.

- I de seneste to uger har de førende forhandlere fra begge sider ført seriøse og konstruktive drøftelser om en løsning på forskellige kerneproblemer.

Meldingen har reduceret risikofrygten i markedet, og det kan ses på en stigning i renten på den tiårige amerikanske statsobligation på 12 basispoint til 1,95 pct., mens frygtindekset VIX falder 1,0 pct., og det er nu dalet med næsten 50 pct. siden den seneste top i slutningen af juli.

- Indtil en aftale er på plads, vil der naturligvis være volatilitet omkring handelsoverskrifterne. Det synes dog som om, at USA-Kina-handelsnyhederne nu overrasker til den positive side, hvilket giver markedet medvind, siger Dan Russo, chefstrateg hos Chaikin Analytics, til Bloomberg News.

CYKLISK OG OFFENSIVT I TOP

Det er de mere cykliske og offensive sektorer, som stiger torsdag. I top ligger kommunikationsservice med et plus på 1,3 pct., løftet af fremgang til Googles ejer, Alphabet, på 2,3 pct., mens enegi følger lige efter med et plus på 1,2 pct., da olieprisen løftes på udsigt til en bedring i handelskrigen, som ellers ville bremse væksten.

Finans stiger samtidig 1,1 pct., da den stigende rente er godt nyt for bankernes indtjening. Desuden vinder it-aktierne frem med 1,1 pct., især løftet af chipproducenterne med et plus til den gruppe på 1,8 pct.

Obligationsstråmændene, forsyning og fast ejendom, falder omvendt med henholdsvis 1,7 og 1,2 pct., da de stigende renter er skidt nyt for dem.

ÆBLER OG CHIPS PÅ MENUEN

Apple bidrager mest til fremgangen i markedet torsdag, da aktien igen sætter rekord og stiger med 1,0 pct. til 259,73 dollar. En handelsaftale kan betyde, at Apple undgår importtold på sin iPhone, som samles i Kina.

Qualcomm løfter også godt op med et plus på 7,8 pct. En bedring i handelskrigen er godt nyt for aktien, men samtidig leverede chipproducenten onsdag aften et stærkt regnskab for fjerde kvartal og bedre end ventet prognose for den igangværende periode.

I slipstrømmen af det stiger også branchens storebror Intel med 1,4 pct., mens Nvidia vinder 1,5 pct.

Blandt finansaktierne fører Bank of America og JPMorgan, USA's to største banker, an, med plusser på 2,2 og 1,4 pct. De to har de største udlån og gavnes derfor ekstra af stigende renter.

HÅRD KOST FOR REJSESITES

Det går omvendt ikke særligt godt torsdag for Expedia Group, der driver en lang række rejsesites, herunder Expedia.com. Aktien dykker hele 25,6 pct., da koncernen trods vækst på 9 pct. i tredje kvartal skuffede på både toplinjen og bunden.

Konkurrenten Tripadvisor følger med ned, da koncernens indtjening i tredje kvartal også skuffede, ligesom et fald i omsætningen på næsten 7 pct. sendte toplinjen under konsensus. Læg dertil, at Tripadvisor oplevede faldende trafik på sine platforme, og resultatet bliver et kursfald på 19,7 pct.

Expeida og Tripadvisor er torsdagens absolut største tabere i S&P 500.

I den anden ende vinder Ralph Lauren frem med 12,9 pct. Tøjkoncernens andet kvartal viste en bedre vækst, i det sammenlignelige salg, end ventet. Den blev på 2,0 pct. mod en flad udvikling et år tidligere og en forventning om en fremgang på 1,1 pct., ifølge Consensus Metrix.

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Europa/middag: Vestas flyver til tops i grønt Europa   

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Danske Vestas er trukket i førertrøjen i den europæiske aktiehandel torsdag, hvor vindmølleproducenten topper det paneuropæiske Stoxx 600-indeks med en stigning på hele 12,6 pct. efter morgenens regnskab, der overgik forventningerne og viste en langt stærkere ordreindgang end ventet.

Det brede paneuropæiske Stoxx 600-indeks løfter sig i middagshandlen med 0,2 pct., og generelt er der grønne indeks at finde over det meste af Europa.

De ledende europæiske aktieindeks - britiske FTSE 100, tyske DAX og franske CAC 40 - ligger alle med stigninger mellem 0,2 og 0,3 pct.

Blandt enkeltaktierne er Unicredit, Aston Martin og Deutsche Lufthansa i fokus.

For sidstnævnte, der er den næstmest stigende aktie i det brede indeks ved middagstid, er det en forbedret præstation for selskabets datterselskab Eurowings, der er med til at sikre flyaktien en stigning på 8,1 pct.

I England falder den britiske producent af luksusbiler Aston Martin på børsen på grund af et skuffende salg i tredje kvartal.

Det ordinære overskud blev 13,4 mio. pund i kvartalet, hvilket er 51 pct. mindre end i samme periode sidste år.

Derudover kunne selskabet fortælle, at det forventer, at salget vil blive mindre end de 6300-6500 biler, som selskabet tidligere havde stillet i udsigt.

Aktien taber 1,7 pct. på den britiske børs.

Fokus er der også på italienske Unicredit, der har været igennem et treårigt transformationsprogram, som nu viser at have båret frugt.

Italiens største bank fik et nettooverskud på 1,1 mia. euro mod ventede 995,6 mio. euro ifølge et estimat indsamlet af Bloomberg News.

Indtægterne landede i kvartalet på 5,7 mia. euro, hvilket var 2 pct. højere end i det tilsvarende kvartal sidste år. Udgifterne faldt på den anden side med 2 pct. til 2,4 mia. euro.

Aktionærerne belønner selskabet for regnskabet med en stigning på 6,1 pct. til aktien.

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Valuta: Yen svækket på friske handelsnyheder   

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Den japanske møntfod, yen, er torsdag svækket overfor dollar. Svækkelsen kommer efter kommentarer fra kinesisk hold om, at konturerne af en handelsaftale mellem USA og Kina kan skimtes.

Og det får investorerne til at slippe tøjlerne og søge væk fra den sikre investeringshavn, som yen betragtes som i svære tider.

Kina og USA er enige om proportionalt at tilbagerulle afgifter på hinandens varer i faser. Størrelsen på afgiftslempelserne, der vil komme på tale i første fase, som ventes underskrevet i de kommende uger, vil afhænge af indholdet af aftalen, påpeger Kinas handelsministeriums talsmand, Gao Feng, ifølge Bloomberg News.

Hvis det bliver bekræftet af USA, kan sådan en aftale skabe en vej fremad for en aftale, som kan afslutte handelsstriden.

- Handelskrigen begyndte med toldafgifter, og den bør ende med fjernelse af toldafgifter, siger Gao, som fremsatte udtalelserne på et almindeligt pressemøde.

Adam Cole, valutastrateg ved RBC Capital Markets, siger til Reuters, at det er bedre end det, der var håbet på.

- Forventningerne var lave, og så er det ikke svært at slå dem, siger han til Reuters.

Dollar koster torsdag 109,14 yen efter at have været nede i 108,65 yen torsdag morgen. Og bortset fra slutningen af oktober har styrkeforholdet ikke ligget så lavt siden udgangen af juli.

USA og Kina har ligget i handelsstrid med hinanden de seneste 16 måneder, og toldafgifter har været en del af konflikten. Det har ført til store krusninger på de finansielle markeder og bremset globale investeringer og vækst.

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Obligationer/middag: Renten stiger efter positive handelsmeldinger   

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Det danske obligationsmarked oplever pæne rentestigninger ved middagstid torsdag, hvor positive meldinger om handelskonflikten mellem USA og Kina trækker op.

Renten på den toneangivende tiårige danske statsobligation ligger torsdag middag i minus 0,26 pct., hvilket er knap 5 basispoint højere end onsdagens lukkeniveau.

Med til at skabe den mere positive stemning er meldinger om, at Kina og USA er enige om proportionalt at tilbagerulle afgifter på hinandens varer i faser.

Størrelsen på afgiftslempelserne, der vil komme på tale i første fase, der ventes underskrevet i de kommende uger, vil afhænge af indholdet af aftalen, påpeger Gao Feng, der er talsmand for Kinas handelsministerium, ifølge Bloomberg News.

Hvis det bliver bekræftet af USA, kan sådan en aftale skabe en vej fremad for en aftale, som kan afslutte handelsstriden.

Torsdagen byder ikke på mange nøgletal, men de få der er blevet offentliggjort, har vist sig at tegne et blandet billede.

Fra de hjemlige breddegrader viste den danske industriproduktion ingen tydelige tegn på, at den afmatning, der har ramt den globale industri det seneste års tid, for alvor kan overføres til de økonomiske nøgletal fra Danmark.

Den danske industriproduktion steg nemlig 1,5 pct. i september, mod et fald i august på 1,1 pct.

Samme data fra Tyskland viste et anderledes billede. Den tyske industriproduktion har gennem en periode været i knæ, og et fald på 0,6 pct. i september i forhold til måneden før var en del større end det ventede fald i produktionen på 0,4 pct. Det viser estimater indsamlet af Bloomberg.

Fra USA offentliggøres der i løbet af eftermiddagen ugentlige tal for nytilmeldte ledige.

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Aktier/middag: Vestas spurter frem efter stærkt regnskab   

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Vindmølleproducenten Vestas spurter fra de øvrige aktier i det danske eliteindeks torsdag, hvor en række danske selskaber har offentliggjort deres regnskaber for årets tredje kvartal.

Torsdagen er præget af en positiv stemning, efter at det er kommet frem, at Kina og USA er enige om proportionalt at tilbagerulle afgifter på hinandens varer i faser.

Hvis det bliver bekræftet af USA, kan sådan en aftale skabe en vej fremad for en aftale, som kan afslutte handelsstriden, skriver Bloomberg News. Torsdag stiger det danske C25-indeks 1,4 pct. til 1181,04 ved middagstid.

Helt i toppen har Vestas placeret sig efter et kurshop på 12,1 pct. til 608,20 kr. Vindmølleproducenten offentliggjorde torsdag morgen et stærkt regnskab for årets tredje kvartal.

- Først og fremmest var det et kanonflot regnskab på især ordresiden, som overraskede super positivt. Investorerne har også været lidt nervøse forud for regnskabet efter regnskabet fra Siemens Gamesa tidligere på ugen, hvor mange trak følehornene lidt til sig. Så der er også noget "relief" i markedet, siger Nikolaj Holmsgaard, der er ansvarlig for aktiehandel hos ABG Sundal Collier.

Vestas mere end levede op til forventningerne på stort set alle parametre i tredje kvartal. Alligevel fastholdes forventningerne til 2019, og der ventes dermed fortsat en omsætning på 11,0-12,25 mia. euro og en driftsmargin på 8-9 pct.

Selskabet leverede markant bedre end ventede tal for tredje kvartal, hvor ordreindgangen blev opgjort til 4738 megawatt mod ventet 3477 megawatt.

GN LØFTES AF TAL

GN har også offentliggjort sit regnskab for tredje kvartal inden børsåbningen. Den samlede omsætning løb op i knap 3 mia. kr., og driftsresultatet landede på godt 0,5 mia. kr., og begge dele var en kende bedre end ventet.

Den organiske vækst løb op i 13 pct., og den klart største bidragsyder var igen headset-divisionen, GN Audio, med en organisk vækst på 20 pct., mens høreapparatselskabet, GN Hearing, præsterede en organisk vækst på 8 pct.

- Tallene var nogenlunde som ventet, men det var et solidt kvartal fra GN. Konkurrenten Plantronics var også ude tidligere på ugen med en "profit warning", og det kan have gjort nogle investorer lidt nervøse forud for regnskabet, siger Nikolaj Holmsgaard.

GN-aktien startede med en stigning på 3 pct., men ved middagstid ligger aktien bare 0,8 pct. højere i 299,70 kr.

GENMAB FÅR BELØNNING FOR REGNSKAB

Genmab overraskede med en opjustering i regnskabet for tredje kvartal, der landede onsdag efter børslukketid, og torsdag bliver aktien belønnet med en stigning på 2,1 pct. til 1492,50 kr.

Guggenheim har torsdag øget kursmålet knap 7 pct. til 1832 kr. fra 1719 kr. Anbefalingen af aktien fastholdes på "køb". Også Jyske Bank har løftet kursmålet til 1575 kr. fra 1350 kr.

Genmab overraskede positivt i tredje kvartal, hvor omsætningen og indtjeningen gik pænt frem. Driftsresultatet, EBIT, landede på 350,7 mio. kr. mod 200,2 mio. kr. i samme periode sidste år.

Selskabets samlede omsætning landede på 1039,8 mio. kr. mod estimeret 933 mio. kr. blandt analytikere, som Bloomberg News har indsamlet estimater fra.

Genmab opjusterede forventningerne til 2019 grundet medvind på valutamarkedet, hvor en bedre omregningskurs for dollar trækker op.

Selskabet venter nu en omsætning på 5100 mio. kr. og et driftsoverskud på 2350 mio. kr. Tidligere ventede Genmab en omsætning på 4800 mio. kr. og et driftsoverskud på 2050 mio. kr.

Det kom ikke som den store overraskelse, at en højere dollarkurs har hjulpet koncernen på både top- og bund, men blandt andet flere milepælsbetalinger betyder, at den nye prognose er over konsensus.

ISS RAMMER BUNDEN FOR ANDEN DAG I TRÆK

ISS får omvendt kursklø for anden dag i træk, efter at servicekoncernen ISS onsdag nedjusterede forventningerne til driftsmarginalen.

Servicekoncernen venter nu at realisere en driftsmargin på over 4,2 pct. mod den tidligere forventning om en driftsmargin på 5,0-5,1 pct. Forventningerne til den organisk vækst lyder fortsat på 6,5-7,5 pct.

Nedjusteringen fik onsdag aktien til at dykke 20,1 pct., og torsdag fortsætter aktien ned med et fald på 3,3 pct. til 140,35 kr.

- Folk har nok stadig en masse ubesvarede spørgsmål, og måske har en del også mistet forholdsvist meget tillid til selskabet. Det har også fået en del børshuse til at nedjustere forventningerne til aktien, siger Nikolaj Holmsgaard fra ABG Sundal Collier.

Nordea har eksempelvis sænket anbefalingen til "hold" fra "køb", og det samme har svenske SEB, som også har skåret kursmålet til 155 kr. fra 210 kr.

ALK-ABELLÓ TAGER ET KURSHOP

Allergikoncernen ALK-Abelló kom ud af det sæsonmæssigt lille tredje kvartal med resultater, der akkurat oversteg analytikernes forventninger.

Samtidig oppræciseres forventningerne til indtjeningen, og nu ventes et driftsresultat før af- og nedskrivninger, EBITDA, på 200-250 mio. kr. mod et tidligere ventet resultat på 150-250 mio. kr.

ALK-aktien stiger 4,7 pct. til 1575 kr.

Torsdag har der også været regnskaber fra Bavarian, Schouw og North Media.

Uden for C25-indekset falder Netcompany omvendt torsdag, på trods af at Danske Bank har løftet anbefalingen for aktien til "køb" fra "hold", mens kursmålet er blevet hævet til 320 kr. fra 300 kr.

SEB har omvendt skåret anbefalingen på Netcompany ned til "hold" fra "køb". I samme omgang skæres der 5 kr. af kursmålet, så det nu lyder på 300 kr.

Netcompany valgte onsdag i forbindelse med regnskabet for tredje kvartal at nedjustere til en ventet organisk omsætningsvækst i faste valutaer på 18,25 pct. i 2019, efter at selskabet i det foregående regnskab ventede 20-22 pct.

Aktien falder 1,5 pct. til 280,40 kr.

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KORR: USA/middag: Taber pusten på handelsskepsis - sygekasser løfter   

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De amerikanske aktier trækker onsdag i minus. Efter en uges tid med rekorder, hvor handelshåbet var benzinen i tanken, er der onsdag lidt tvivl om, USA og Kina vil kunne nå en aftale allerede i november eller først en gang i december.

Teknologitunge Nasdaq falder kl. 12.35 lokal tid mest med 0,5 pct., mens det brede S&P 500 mister 0,2 pct. Dow Jones bakker tilsvarende.

NOVEMBER ELLER DECEMBER

I oktober annoncerede USA's præsident Donald Trump en delvis handelsaftale med Kina, og det er færdiggørelsen af den, som markedet venter på. De to lande har begge peget på en underskrift her i november som en mulighed, men onsdag skriver Reuters på baggrund af en anonym kilde i den amerikanske regering, at det måske først bliver i december.

Det skaber usikkerhed hos investorerne, der ellers har vænnet sig til, at nyhederne omkring handelskrigen var vendt til det positive.

- Hvad angår markedet, er en masse positivt tydeligvis allerede indregnet i forhold til handel, siger Robert Carnell, økonom hos ING, til Financial Times.

SUNDHED I TOP

Sundhedssektoren fører an i S&P 500-indekset med et plus på 0,5 pct., efter at aktierne var med til at holde markedet nede tirsdag. Dagligvarer stiger også 0,4 pct., mens energiaktierne omvendt udgør bunden med et minus på 2,1 pct. Efter tre dage med stigninger i olieprisen, som har løftet olieselskaberne, bakker den igen onsdag med 1,5 pct.

Det er derfor også Exxon Mobil, som trækker mest ned i S&P 500 onsdag med et minus på 2,1 pct. Aktien var dog steget med 8 pct. de foregående tre dage, også løftet af et solidt regnskab for tredje kvartal.

Microsoft bidrager dog også til udviklingen med et fald på 0,6 pct., mens Facebook gør sit til tendensen og mister 1,2 pct., ligesom Apple og Amazon mister 0,4 og 0,6 pct.

SYGEKASSER LØFTER

En af de store vindere onsdag er derimod printerproducenten HP, som stiger med 10,1 pct. på nyheden om, at Xerox overvejer at byde på selskabet. Xerox, der netop tirsdag solgte sin andel af joint venturet Fuji Xerox til partneren Fujifilm for 2,3 mia. dollar, vil ifølge flere medier byde op mod 27 mia. dollar for HP.

Xerox' egen aktie stiger onsdag 2,2 pct.

Der er også fokus på sygekassen og apotekerkæden CVS Health, som stiger med 4,9 pct. efter sit regnskab for tredje kvartal, da koncernen opjusterer sine forventninger efter en stærk udviklingen i medicinalsalget, i salget af sundhedsforsikringer og i detailsalget. Koncernen bidrager dermed mest af alle til, at sundhedsaktierne ligger i top.

Konkurrenten Humana stiger samtidig med 3,5 pct., da sygekassen også har løftet sin prognose for hele 2019. Humana har fået flere medicare-kunder end ventet, set et løft i sin forretning for sundhedsservices og samtidig forbedret effektiviteten.

Det går derimod ikke så godt for chipproducenten Microchip Technology, som mister 5,7 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal var en spids under det ventede på omsætningen, men især prognosen skuffer, da selv toppen af guidance for tredje kvartal for omsætningen og indtjeningen ligger under analytikernes konsensus, ifølge Bloomberg News.

GN-KONKURRENT I HULLET

Nedturen er endnu større for GN Audios amerikanske konkurrent Poly, der mister hele 40,1 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal og prognosen for tredje, som blev præsenteret tirsdag aften, var langt under Wall Streets forventninger på både omsætning og indtjening.

- Når vi analyserer lagerniveauerne over hele værdikæden, i lyset af udviklingen af de makroøkonomiske betingelser og betydelige transitioner af produkter undervejs, mener vi, at det er fornuftigt at reducere lagrene i kanalen på dette tidspunkt ved at reducere salget til kanalpartnere, udtaler Chuck Boynton, finansdirektør i Poly, i selskabets regnskabsmelding.

Efter regnskabet har investeringsbanken Morgan Stanley blandt andet sænket sit kursmål for aktien til 44 fra 58 dollar, skriver Bloomberg News.

En anden aktie med ørerne i maskinen er Chesapeake Energy, som smider 28,0 pct. Det største kursfald i aktien i 20 år. Koncernen, der udvinder skiffergas, advarede tirsdag aften om, at koncernen måske ikke kan overleve lave priser på brændstof.

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De amerikanske aktier trækker onsdag i minus. Efter en uges tid med rekorder, hvor handelshåbet var benzinen i tanken, er der onsdag lidt tvivl om, USA og Kina vil kunne nå en aftale allerede i november eller først en gang i december.

Teknologitunge Nasdaq falder kl. 12.35 lokal tid mest med 0,5 pct., mens det brede S&P 500 mister 0,2 pct. Dow Jones bakker tilsvarende.

NOVEMBER ELLER DECEMBER

I oktober annoncerede USA's præsident Donald Trump en delvis handelsaftale med Kina, og det er færdiggørelsen af den, som markedet venter på. De to lande har begge peget på en underskrift her i november som en mulighed, men onsdag skriver Reuters på baggrund af en anonym kilde i den amerikanske regering, at det måske først bliver i december.

Det skaber usikkerhed hos investorerne, der ellers har vænnet sig til, at nyhederne omkring handelskrigen var vendt til det positive.

- Hvad angår markedet, er en masse positivt tydeligvis allerede indregnet i forhold til handel, siger Robert Carnell, økonom hos ING, til Financial Times.

SUNDHED I TOP

Sundhedssektoren fører an i S&P 500-indekset med et plus på 0,5 pct., efter at aktierne var med til at holde markedet nede tirsdag. Dagligvarer stiger også 0,4 pct., mens energiaktierne omvendt udgør bunden med et minus på 2,1 pct. Efter tre dage med stigninger i olieprisen, som har løftet olieselskaberne, bakker den igen onsdag med 1,5 pct.

Det er derfor også Exxon Mobil, som trækker mest ned i S&P 500 onsdag med et minus på 2,1 pct. Aktien var dog steget med 8 pct. de foregående tre dage, også løftet af et solidt regnskab for tredje kvartal.

Microsoft bidrager dog også til udviklingen med et fald på 0,6 pct., mens Facebook gør sit til tendensen og mister 1,2 pct., ligesom Apple og Amazon mister 0,4 og 0,6 pct.

SYGEKASSER LØFTER

En af de store vindere onsdag er derimod printerproducenten HP, som stiger med 10,1 pct. på nyheden om, at Xerox overvejer at byde på selskabet. Xerox, der netop tirsdag solgte sin andel af joint venturet Fuji Xerox til partneren Fujifilm for 2,3 mia. dollar, vil ifølge flere medier byde op mod 27 mia. dollar for HP.

Xerox' egen aktie stiger onsdag 2,2 pct.

Der er også fokus på sygekassen og apotekerkæden CVS Health, som stiger med 4,9 pct. efter sit regnskab for tredje kvartal, da koncernen opjusterer sine forventninger efter en stærk udviklingen i medicinalsalget, i salget af sundhedsforsikringer og i detailsalget. Koncernen bidrager dermed mest af alle til, at sundhedsaktierne ligger i top.

Konkurrenten Humana stiger samtidig med 3,5 pct., da sygekassen også har løftet sin prognose for hele 2019. Humana har fået flere medicare-kunder end ventet, set et løft i sin forretning for sundhedsservices og samtidig forbedret effektiviteten.

Det går derimod ikke så godt for chipproducenten Microchip Technology, som mister 5,7 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal var en spids under det ventede på omsætningen, men især prognosen skuffer, da selv toppen af guidance for tredje kvartal for omsætningen og indtjeningen ligger under analytikernes konsensus, ifølge Bloomberg News.

GN-KONKURRENT I HULLET

Nedturen er endnu større for GN Audios amerikanske konkurrent Poly, der mister hele 40,1 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal og prognosen for tredje, som blev præsenteret tirsdag aften, var langt under Wall Streets forventninger på både omsætning og indtjening.

- Når vi analyserer lagerniveauerne over hele værdikæden, i lyset af udviklingen af de makroøkonomiske betingelser og betydelige transitioner af produkter undervejs, mener vi, at det er fornuftigt at reducere lagrene i kanalen på dette tidspunkt ved at reducere salget til kanalpartnere, udtaler Chuck Boynton, finansdirektør i Poly, i selskabets regnskabsmelding.

Efter regnskabet har investeringsbanken Morgan Stanley blandt andet sænket sit kursmål for aktien til 44 fra 58 dollar, skriver Bloomberg News.

En anden aktie med ørerne i maskinen er Chesapeake Energy, som smider 28,0 pct. Det største kursfald i aktien i 20 år. Koncernen, der udvinder skiffergas, advarede tirsdag aften om, at koncernen måske ikke kan overleve lave priser på brændstof.

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USA/middag: Taber pusten på handelsskepsis - sygekasser opjusterer   

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De amerikanske aktier trækker onsdag i minus. Efter en uges tid med rekorder, hvor handelshåbet var benzinen i tanken, er der onsdag lidt tvivl om, USA og Kina vil kunne nå en aftale allerede i november eller først en gang i december.

Teknologitunge Nasdaq falder kl. 12.35 lokal tid mest med 0,5 pct., mens det brede S&P 500 mister 0,2 pct. Dow Jones bakker tilsvarende.

NOVEMBER ELLER DECEMBER

I oktober annoncerede USA's præsident Donald Trump en delvis handelsaftale med Kina, og det er færdiggørelsen af den, som markedet venter på. De to lande har begge peget på en underskrift her i november som en mulighed, men onsdag skriver Reuters på baggrund af en anonym kilde i den amerikanske regering, at det måske først bliver i december.

Det skaber usikkerhed hos investorerne, der ellers har vænnet sig til, at nyhederne omkring handelskrigen var vendt til det positive.

- Hvad angår markedet, er en masse positivt tydeligvis allerede indregnet i forhold til handel, siger Robert Carnell, økonom hos ING, til Financial Times.

SUNDHED I TOP

Sundhedssektoren fører an i S&P 500-indekset med et plus på 0,5 pct., efter at aktierne var med til at holde markedet nede onsdag. Dagligvarer stiger også 0,4 pct., mens energiaktierne omvendt udgør bunden med et minus på 2,1 pct. Efter tre dage med stigninger i olieprisen, som har løftet olieselskaberne, bakker den igen torsdag med 1,5 pct.

Det er derfor også Exxon Mobil, som trækker mest ned i S&P 500 torsdag med et minus på 2,1 pct. Aktien var dog steget med 8 pct. de foregående tre dage, også løftet af et solidt regnskab for tredje kvartal.

Microsoft bidrager dog også til udviklingen med et fald på 0,6 pct., mens Facebook gør sit til tendensen og mister 1,2 pct., ligesom Apple og Amazon mister 0,4 og 0,6 pct.

SYGEKASSER LØFTER

En af de store vindere torsdag er derimod printerproducenten HP, som stiger med 10,1 pct. på nyheden om, at Xerox overvejer at byde på selskabet. Xerox, der netop onsdag solgte sin andel af joint venturet Fuji Xerox til partneren Fujifilm for 2,3 mia. dollar, vil ifølge flere medier byde op mod 27 mia. dollar for HP.

Xerox' egen aktie stiger torsdag 2,2 pct.

Der er også fokus på sygekassen og apotekerkæden CVS Health, som stiger med 4,9 pct. efter sit regnskab for tredje kvartal, da koncernen opjusterer sine forventninger efter en stærk udviklingen i medicinalsalget, i salget af sundhedsforsikringer og i detailsalget. Koncernen bidrager dermed mest af alle til, at sundhedsaktierne ligger i top.

Konkurrenten Humana stiger samtidig med 3,5 pct., da sygekassen også har løftet sin prognose for hele 2019. Humana har fået flere medicare-kunder end ventet, set et løft i sin forretning for sundhedsservices og samtidig forbedret effektiviteten.

Det går derimod ikke så godt for chipproducenten Microchip Technology, som mister 5,7 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal var en spids under det ventede på omsætningen, men især prognosen skuffer, da selv toppen af guidance for tredje kvartal for omsætningen og indtjeningen ligger under analytikernes konsensus, ifølge Bloomberg News.

GN-KONKURRENT I HULLET

Nedturen er endnu større for GN Audios amerikanske konkurrent Poly, der mister hele 40,1 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal og prognosen for tredje, som blev præsenteret onsdag aften, var langt under Wall Streets forventninger på både omsætning og indtjening.

- Når vi analyserer lagerniveauerne over hele værdikæden, i lyset af udviklingen af de makroøkonomiske betingelser og betydelige transitioner af produkter undervejs, mener vi, at det er fornuftigt at reducere lagrene i kanalen på dette tidspunkt ved at reducere salget til kanalpartnere, udtaler Chuck Boynton, finansdirektør i Poly, i selskabets regnskabsmelding.

Efter regnskabet har investeringsbanken Morgan Stanley blandt andet sænket sit kursmål for aktien til 44 fra 58 dollar, skriver Bloomberg News.

En anden aktie med ørerne i maskinen er Chesapeake Energy, som smider 28,0 pct. Det største kursfald i aktien i 20 år. Koncernen, der udvinder skiffergas, advarede onsdag aften om, at koncernen måske ikke kan overleve lave priser på brændstof.

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USA/middag: Taber pusten på handelsskepsis - sygekasser opjusterer   

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De amerikanske aktier trækker onsdag i minus. Efter en uges tid med rekorder, hvor handelshåbet var benzinen i tanken, er der onsdag lidt tvivl om, USA og Kina vil kunne nå en aftale allerede i november eller først en gang i december.

Teknologitunge Nasdaq falder kl. 12.35 lokal tid mest med 0,5 pct., mens det brede S&P 500 mister 0,2 pct. Dow Jones bakker tilsvarende.

NOVEMBER ELLER DECEMBER

I oktober annoncerede USA's præsident Donald Trump en delvis handelsaftale med Kina, og det er færdiggørelsen af den, som markedet venter på. De to lande har begge peget på en underskrift her i november som en mulighed, men onsdag skriver Reuters på baggrund af en anonym kilde i den amerikanske regering, at det måske først bliver i december.

Det skaber usikkerhed hos investorerne, der ellers har vænnet sig til, at nyhederne omkring handelskrigen var vendt til det positive.

- Hvad angår markedet, er en masse positivt tydeligvis allerede indregnet i forhold til handel, siger Robert Carnell, økonom hos ING, til Financial Times.

SUNDHED I TOP

Sundhedssektoren fører an i S&P 500-indekset med et plus på 0,5 pct., efter at aktierne var med til at holde markedet nede onsdag. Dagligvarer stiger også 0,4 pct., mens energiaktierne omvendt udgør bunden med et minus på 2,1 pct. Efter tre dage med stigninger i olieprisen, som har løftet olieselskaberne, bakker den igen torsdag med 1,5 pct.

Det er derfor også Exxon Mobil, som trækker mest ned i S&P 500 torsdag med et minus på 2,1 pct. Aktien var dog steget med 8 pct. de foregående tre dage, også løftet af et solidt regnskab for tredje kvartal.

Microsoft bidrager dog også til udviklingen med et fald på 0,6 pct., mens Facebook gør sit til tendensen og mister 1,2 pct., ligesom Apple og Amazon mister 0,4 og 0,6 pct.

SYGEKASSER LØFTER

En af de store vindere torsdag er derimod printerproducenten HP, som stiger med 10,1 pct. på nyheden om, at Xerox overvejer at byde på selskabet. Xerox, der netop onsdag solgte sin andel af joint venturet Fuji Xerox til partneren Fujifilm for 2,3 mia. dollar, vil ifølge flere medier byde op mod 27 mia. dollar for HP.

Xerox' egen aktie stiger torsdag 2,2 pct.

Der er også fokus på sygekassen og apotekerkæden CVS Health, som stiger med 4,9 pct. efter sit regnskab for tredje kvartal, da koncernen opjusterer sine forventninger efter en stærk udviklingen i medicinalsalget, i salget af sundhedsforsikringer og i detailsalget. Koncernen bidrager dermed mest af alle til, at sundhedsaktierne ligger i top.

Konkurrenten Humana stiger samtidig med 3,5 pct., da sygekassen også har løftet sin prognose for hele 2019. Humana har fået flere medicare-kunder end ventet, set et løft i sin forretning for sundhedsservices og samtidig forbedret effektiviteten.

Det går derimod ikke så godt for chipproducenten Microchip Technology, som mister 5,7 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal var en spids under det ventede på omsætningen, men især prognosen skuffer, da selv toppen af guidance for tredje kvartal for omsætningen og indtjeningen ligger under analytikernes konsensus, ifølge Bloomberg News.

GN-KONKURRENT I HULLET

Nedturen er endnu større for GN Audios amerikanske konkurrent Poly, der mister hele 40,1 pct. Tallene for andet kvartal og prognosen for tredje, som blev præsenteret onsdag aften, var langt under Wall Streets forventninger på både omsætning og indtjening.

- Når vi analyserer lagerniveauerne over hele værdikæden, i lyset af udviklingen af de makroøkonomiske betingelser og betydelige transitioner af produkter undervejs, mener vi, at det er fornuftigt at reducere lagrene i kanalen på dette tidspunkt ved at reducere salget til kanalpartnere, udtaler Chuck Boynton, finansdirektør i Poly, i selskabets regnskabsmelding.

Efter regnskabet har investeringsbanken Morgan Stanley blandt andet sænket sit kursmål for aktien til 44 fra 58 dollar, skriver Bloomberg News.

En anden aktie med ørerne i maskinen er Chesapeake Energy, som smider 28,0 pct. Det største kursfald i aktien i 20 år. Koncernen, der udvinder skiffergas, advarede onsdag aften om, at koncernen måske ikke kan overleve lave priser på brændstof.

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Morning y'all from the Commonwealth of Virginia the State of South New York. I voted, but for the first time in my adult life I did not cast a ballot for anyone running for my state senate district. There were two candidates. From the D-team, a pedophile, who lost his law license and copped a plea deal to avoid what was a slam-dunk felony conviction for statutory rape. From the I-team, a pot head whose entire platform was the legalization of marijuana and allowing convicted felons to legally posses firearms, thus avoiding that mandatory sentencing associated with a convicted felon being arrested and in possession of a firearm. From the R-team... they didn't even put up a candidate. The pervert won as did the candidates for state house and senate race who received money from Michael Bloomberg. He now owns this state. Today starts with partly cloudy skies, 45F, and 79% humidity. Expecting the clouds to clear, giving a sunny afternoon and a high of 61F.

          

Bloomberg Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings   

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Bloomberg Businessweek released the 2019-2020 Best Business School Rankings earlier this week. Personal MBA Coach would like to share our thoughts on the latest rankings and business school rankings in general. According to Bloomberg, “The Bloomberg Businessweek 2019-20 Best B-Schools ranking is based on 26,804 survey responses from MBA students, alumni, and recruiters in 2019 […]

          

Is an MBA Still Relevant? Definitely, According to These B-School Deans   

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Are you contemplating an MBA for career advancement, personal development, or a career switch? You may have mixed feelings as a result of news stories covering the recent dip in applications. You might ask yourself, is an MBA still relevant? We know b-school hopefuls love to hear advice from the experts. Bloomberg Businessweek recently spoke […]

          

Thursday Afternoon Links   

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[Reuters] Trade-fueled rally pushes Wall Street to fresh record high

[Reuters] Bond yields are surging with the 10-year Treasury yield jumping the most since Trump’s election

[Bloomberg] U.S. Bonds Smashed by Trade Boost as French Yields Go Above Zero

[Bloomberg] Home-Price Gains in the U.S. Accelerated as Borrowing Costs Fell

[WSJ] New York Fed Adds $115.14 Billion in Short-Term Liquidity to Markets

[FT] Italy surpasses Greece as euro area’s riskiest borrower

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