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Is It Too Late To Consider Buying LSL Property Services plc (LON:LSL)?While LSL Property Services plc (LON:LSL) might not be the most widely known stock at the moment, it saw a...


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What’s Next for Libya’s Oil Surge as War Rivals Talk Peace(Bloomberg) -- After years of setbacks and false starts, Libya is back in the oil game. A stalemate between the armed forces battling to control the OPEC nation has led to an uneasy truce, and most fields and ports shuttered amid the fighting are operating once again.A blockade of many of the country’s energy facilities ended last month, and the state energy firm National Oil Corp. is ramping up production faster than many analysts expected. Output reached 560,000 barrels a day on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the matter said, up from 150,000 in September. Libya’s biggest field, Sharara, has resumed pumping, and all nine export terminals aside from Es Sider and Ras Lanuf in the east are now open for tankers to load oil. If the truce sticks, production could reach 1 million barrels a day by March, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.Whether Libya can sustain the recovery is an open question. The country is still a long way from pumping the 1.2 million barrels a day it supplied prior to the January blockade -- not to mention the 1.8 million that flowed before the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Moammar Al Qaddafi and triggered almost a decade of strife and lost production.Repeated efforts to broker a lasting peace between Fayez al-Sarraj’s United Nations-recognized government based in Tripoli and eastern commander Khalifa Haftar have faltered. But on Wednesday, the rivals extended their truce, providing a rare sense of stability for one of the world’s most war-ravaged oil producers.How much more oil can Libya pump this year?Libya pumped 80,000 barrels a day in August, the thinnest trickle in nine years. Thanks partly to the resumption at Sharara, it’s now supplying more oil than several of its peers in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Sharara in western Libya is pumping 160,000 barrels a day and could reach 300,000 next week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.The nearby El Feel, or Elephant, deposit has yet to restart. Because El Feel relies on electricity from its bigger neighbor, the 70,000-barrel-a-day field normally follows Sharara’s operating cycles and is likely to resume soon. The eastern Abu Attifel field, which also can produce 70,000 barrels a day, is set to start pumping next week.Analysts at Bloomberg Intelligence see overall production reaching 1 million barrels a day by year-end.Can it sustain the recovery?Before the shutdowns in January, Libya had ambitious plans to raise output to 1.5 million barrels a day this year and more than 2 million by 2024. Those targets look especially challenging now, given the dilapidated state of the nation’s oil infrastructure.NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla told Bloomberg in June that repairing wellheads alone would cost more than $100 million. The lack of basic, nuts-and-bolts servicing has left pipelines corroding and storage tanks collapsing. The NOC is strapped for the cash it needs for investment, and the plunge in global crude prices amid the coronavirus pandemic isn’t helping. A return to peace will at least enable the company to address its most urgent needs.What does Libya’s revival mean for oil markets?Further increases in Libyan production are sure to rattle OPEC and its allies such as Russia and Mexico. In light of the country’s civil war, OPEC+ exempted it from supply cuts that the coalition enacted in May to boost oil prices. Crude is still down around 37% this year. While no one in OPEC is calling publicly for Libya to join in the production cuts, barrels from the North African nation are weighing on oil prices just as tighter virus restrictions in many countries sap fuel demand.Libya’s exports more than doubled to 378,000 barrels a day in the first half of October from the same period last month, according to data firm Kpler. Shipments rose the most to Mediterranean buyers including Italy and Spain, where Libyan crude will probably displace oil from more-distant Russia, Nigeria and the U.S. Exports fell to China, but that country will likely remain a big purchaser in coming months, Kpler said.Will peace prevail?The past nine years of turmoil have proven that reliable crude flows from Libya are impossible without political stability. A key issue still to be resolved between Haftar’s forces and the government in Tripoli is the sharing of oil revenues between east and west. Haftar has called for a more equitable distribution of the wealth, the demand that initially led him to shut down fields and ports.The rivals have agreed to restructure the Petroleum Facilities Guard, the UN said on Wednesday. The paramilitary unit was originally formed to protect oil infrastructure but transformed into a force that blocked export terminals. A deal to reorganize the Guard could be an important step toward boosting crude output.Officials from both sides are meeting in Geneva this week for a fourth round of military talks with the aim of ending the civil war.“We expect the cease-fire to keep holding, which means the resumption of normal activities at the remaining ports and storage facilities is only a matter of time,” said Kristoff Potgieter, an analyst at NKC African Economics in South Africa. “We are less optimistic about the prospect of a more comprehensive and lasting deal.”(Updates with details on oil exports in 12th paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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Biden-Trump debate, Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS nomination: 5 things to know ThursdayTrump and Biden face-off in the final presidential debate, Senate panel to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's nomination and more things to start your Thursday.


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BERLIN (AP) — German consumers are growing increasingly pessimistic amid growing fears of new lockdown measures in Europe's largest economy as coronavirus numbers continue to rapidly climb, a survey showed Thursday.

The forward-looking GfK consumer climate index fell more strongly than predicted by economists to minus 3.1 points for November, from a value of minus 1.7 points in October.

The survey of some 2,000 consumers over the first two weeks of October showed about three-quarters of them believe the coronavirus poses a “major or very major threat” and about half are “concerned or very concerned” about their personal future, the Nuremberg-based agency said.

“The rapid increase in infection rates is leading to a tightening of restrictions brought on by the pandemic," said GfK consumer expert Rolf Buerkl. “Fear of a second lockdown, should infections get out of control in the coming winter months, is also increasing.”

Germany's number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days has climbed past 50, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s disease control center.

The institute on Thursday reported that it had recorded 11,287 new cases over the past 24 hours, the first time there have been more than 10,000 daily cases since the pandemic began, shattering the previous record figure of 7,830 daily infections set on Saturday.

The pandemic pushed Germany's economy into a recession in the first quarter, and the drop in consumer confidence suggests that increasing private consumption may not continue to bring growth back around, said ING economist Carsten Brzeski.

“New uncertainty and new restrictions as well as local lockdowns have already started to dampen consumer confidence and the prospects for private...

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As German corona cases surge, consumer confidence fallsGerman consumers are growing increasingly pessimistic amid growing fears of new lockdown measures in Europe's largest economy as coronavirus numbers continue to rapidly climb, a survey showed Thursday. The forward-looking GfK consumer climate index fell more strongly than predicted by economists to minus 3.1 points for November, from a value of minus 1.7 points in October. The survey of some 2,000 consumers over the first two weeks of October showed about three-quarters of them believe the coronavirus poses a “major or very major threat” and about half are “concerned or very concerned” about their personal future, the Nuremberg-based agency said.


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South Korea flu jab: Investigation into 13 deaths after vaccineHealth officials stress there is no proven link between the flu vaccine and the fatalities.


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British Airways owner IAG cuts flight numbers againAirline group IAG is reducing capacity further as it reports a hefty loss for the past three months.


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The global security testing market is predicted to record a CAGR of 23.76% during the forecast period, 2021-2028The factors fueling the market growth are the rising security threats, a growing number of network attacks, and government regulations with regard to network security. MARKET INSIGHTSNew York, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "GLOBAL SECURITY TESTING MARKET FORECAST 2021-2028" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05977656/?utm_source=GNW Several industries are relying on big data processing and cloud computing.The security of sensitive data is increasingly at risk with rising cyber terrorism. Also, networks and wireless devices have become an integral part of many utility and commercial services.Data breaches in government bodies have a negative impact on foreign direct investments, causing fluctuation in an economy. Moreover, this can affect public security.Thus, governments across the world are putting forth regulations and increasing awareness among organizations and businesses, along with prioritizing security-testing frameworks. Many online training programs have been introduced in several sectors. In March 2013, the UK government launched the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) for enabling information sharing among businesses.It also launched initiatives that promote the cybersecurity profession. The US government passed the E-Government Act in recognition of the importance of information security with regard to economic and national data.Such factors are set to influence the global security testing market growth. At the same time, the lack of knowledge and proper monitoring mechanisms hamper the growth of the market. REGIONAL INSIGHTS The geographical segregation of the global security testing market includes the analysis of the Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and rest of world.The Asia Pacific is projected to be the leading region in the global market by 2028. The potential for digital transformation, and favorable government initiatives, are expected to enhance the market prospects of the region. COMPETITIVE INSIGHTS The competitive intensity of the market is estimated to be high, with players engaged in developing new and innovative security testing solutions. Some of the eminent players in the market include, Accenture Plc, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, Applause App Quality Inc, Core Security Technologies Inc, etc. Our report offerings include: • Explore key findings of the overall market • Strategic breakdown of market dynamics (Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges) • Market forecasts for a minimum of 9 years, along with 3 years of historical data for all segments, sub-segments, and regions • Market Segmentation cater to a thorough assessment of key segments with their market estimations • Geographical Analysis: Assessments of the mentioned regions and country-level segments with their market share • Key analytics: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Vendor Landscape, Opportunity Matrix, Key Buying Criteria, etc. • Competitive landscape is the theoretical explanation of the key companies based on factors, market share, etc. • Company profiling: A detailed company overview, product/services offered, SCOT analysis, and recent strategic developments Companies mentioned 1\. CORE SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES INC 2\. IVIZ SECURITY INC 3\. OFFENSIVE SECURITY LLC 4\. APPLAUSE APP QUALITY INC 5\. ACCENTURE PLC 6\. CISCO SYSTEMS INC 7\. HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY 8\. IBM CORPORATION 9\. MCAFEE LLC 10\. VERACODE INC 11\. CONTROLCASE LLC 12\. PALADION NETWORKS PVT LTD 13\. MAVERIC SYSTEMS LTD 14\. CHECKMARX LTD 15\. RAPID7 INC Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05977656/?utm_source=GNW About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ CONTACT: Clare: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001


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'Street Culture Festival 2020' organised in hybrid format to bring new street culture experience for youthYouth Square and TWGHs Tuen Mun Integrated Services Centre have been co-organising 'Street Culture Festival' for four consecutive years, providing a series of workshops and dance competition opportunities to youth for free. In view of the situation of COVID-19, some workshops and the preliminary dance competition have been held via "virtual" format in August, and the finale of dance competition has been held on 18 October in Y Studio, Youth Square successfully. The whole 'Street Culture Festival 2020' has received enthusiastic response from youth who have joined either online or offline activities across the festival this year!


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Rishi Sunak expected to increase tier 2 jobs supportThe hospitality industry has described tier 2's restrictions as the "worst of all worlds".


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S2C Accelerates Billion Gate FPGA Prototyping with Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P Based SystemsS2C, a world leader in FPGA-based prototyping solutions for accelerated SoC verification, unveils new members of its Prodigy S7 Series Logic Systems. Based on Xilinx UltraScale+ VU19P, S2C's new Prodigy S7-19P is available in Single, Dual, and Quad FPGA configurations. Together with the newly enhanced partition engine and other productivity features released in the new Player Pro Compile, the Prodigy S7-19P can easily scale and address the ever increasing complexity and performance requirements found in large scale SoC designs for applications such as 5G, data center, AI/ML, and autonomous driving.


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US approves $1.8bn weapons sale to TaiwanThe arms deal is likely to further strain tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own.


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Portman Partners Elevates Dave Pye To ChairmanPortman Partners, a boutique executive search and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the digital infrastructure industry, announced today it has appointed Dave Pye to the position of Chairman.


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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market to Grow With 18.3% CAGR Through 2030: P&S IntelligenceThe lithium-ion battery recycling market is growing on account of the limited availability of the said metal and rising adoption of electric vehicles (EV). As a result, the industry revenue will surge from $165.3 million in 2019 at a substantial CAGR of 18.3% during 2020–2030. In such energy storage devices, the movement of Li ions between the two terminals leads to discharging and charging, depending on the direction of the ion flow. These batteries contain less-toxic material than several others, which is why their recycling is picking up, according to the market research report published by P&S; Intelligence.


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F2G Receives Second US FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for OlorofimF2G Ltd, a UK- and Austria-based biotech company developing novel therapies for life-threatening systemic fungal infections, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an additional Breakthrough Therapy Designation to its lead first-in-class candidate, olorofim, for the indication of 'Treatment of Central Nervous System (CNS) coccidioidomycosis refractory or otherwise unable to be treated with standard of care therapy'. This is the second Breakthrough Therapy Designation for olorofim; a designation was granted previously on 11 November 2019 for 'Treatment of invasive mold infections in patients with limited or no treatment options, including aspergillosis refractory orintolerant tocurrently available therapy, and infections due to Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium, and Scopulariopsis species'. Olorofim (formerly F901318) is the first antifungal agent to be granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation.


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British Airways Parent Cuts Flight Schedule to 30% of Last Year(Bloomberg) -- IAG SA, the owner of British Airways, slashed fourth-quarter capacity and no longer expects to break even during the period as fresh travel restrictions and virus infections keep would-be travelers at home.The airline group, which also includes Spain’s Iberia and Irish carrier Aer Lingus, now plans to operate no more than 30% of its usual schedule in the three months, according to a statement Thursday. The company had expected to gradually rebuild services and operate at 54% strength in the period.A resurgence in Covid-19 infections that torpedoed a comeback for summer air traffic is now bearing down on the slower part of the year. Airlines have been clamoring for an easing of European travel requirements to spur demand, but with cases rising there’s little sign authorities will comply in the near term.IAG’s shares fell 3.6% as of 8:26 a.m. in London, extending the year’s decline to 77%.This “demonstrates the challenges faced by legacy airlines in managing through the current crisis,” Daniel Roeska, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said in a note to clients. “Management will need to significantly lower monthly cash burn to avoid significantly depleting resources by next summer.”IAG’s announcement comes after Deutsche Lufthansa AG said this week it would operate at a maximum of 25% capacity this quarter. Discount carriers are also feeling the pain, with Ryanair Holdings Plc planning to offer about 40% of its 2019 winter schedule and EasyJet Plc opting to fly only 25% for the fourth quarter and beyond.In September, IAG raised 2.75 billion euros ($3.3 billion) by way of a rights offering backed by No. 1 investor Qatar Airways. IAG said it remains well-capitalized with liquidity of 9.3 billion euros. The company also reported a third-quarter operating loss of 1.3 billion euros, with revenue plunging 83%.(Updates with share price in fourth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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European Stocks Slide to 1-Month Low; Futures Drop: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- Global stocks and S&P 500 equity futures slumped as investors worried about delays to U.S. economic stimulus, the impact about surging virus cases across Europe and the possibility of American election interference. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.9% and reached the lowest level in a month. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.6%. Treasury yields fell, though remained above the 0.8% level. Other haven assets were mixed, with the dollar trading little changed and gold declining. “There is increasingly a recognition that no fiscal package agreement ahead of the election is likely,” said James McCormick, global head of desk strategy at NatWest Markets. “The Covid-19 resurgence is certainly a background issue for risk assets, but the fiscal debate in the U.S. has been the main short-term question.”U.S. shares closed lower on Wednesday after a volatile session amid signs that a stimulus package is unlikely to become law before the election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made progress in their latest talks and will speak again Thursday even as the odds remained long for a deal that could pass in the Senate.Around the world, there is increasing evidence that the pandemic is starting to worsen. Germany’s new infections have jumped to a record, while Spain and France are now the first nations in Western Europe with 1 million cases.U.S. hospitalizations for Covid-19 have reached a two-month high, led by the Midwest. New York state’s new virus cases exceeded 2,000 for the first time since May.The American presidential election also remains at the forefront for investors, who were recently pricing in a lower liklihood of a contested legal battle after the vote. The top U.S. spy chief accused Iran of making its most direct efforts to interfere in the closing days of the presidential election. John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, said both Iran and Russia had obtained voter registration information and that Tehran was already using it to send threatening emails.With no meaningful progress on fiscal policy, markets “are reacting to the heightened political instability that comes with the confirmation of efforts to manipulate the presidential race,” said Eleanor Creagh, Sydney-based strategist at Saxo Capital Markets. “The ability for either candidate to seize upon accusations of foreign interference is heightened and raises the probability of a contested outcome, particularly as the race could be closer than polls currently indicate.”Here are some key events coming up:The final presidential debate before the U.S. election, between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, will be live from Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.U.S. jobless claims come Thursday.These are some of the main market moves:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.6% as of 8:22 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index decreased 1.1%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.5%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index dipped 0.3%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.1% to 1,159.78.The euro dipped 0.1% to $1.1855.The British pound decreased 0.1% to $1.3134.The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 104.52 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries decreased one basis point to 0.81%.The yield on two-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.15%.Germany’s 10-year yield gained less than one basis point to -0.58%.Britain’s 10-year yield rose one basis point to 0.255%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.2% to $40.06 a barrel.Gold weakened 0.3% to $1,918.25 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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10 Swiss Fintech Startups Get Ready to Accelerate Their Growth in Asia with Venture LeadersVenture Leaders Fintech 2020, co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex China, will kick off their pitching and fundraising roadshow virtually on October 27th through the Virtual Demo Day as well as to explore the booming fintech ecosystem of the Greater Bay Area, including participation in the virtual edition of the Hong Kong Fintech Week, Asia's global fintech conference.


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Asia stocks slip with US stimulus unlikely before electionAsian markets mostly fell Thursday as chances of a pre-election stimulus package from Washington dimmed, while investors were also spooked by warnings from US officials that Russia and Iran had tried to interfere in the vote.


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Global Protein Assays IndustryGlobal Protein Assays Market to Reach $2. 9 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Protein Assays estimated at US$1. 5 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$2.New York, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Global Protein Assays Industry" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05799447/?utm_source=GNW 9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.7% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Dye-Binding Assays, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 10.5% CAGR and reach US$1.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Copper-Ion-Based Assays segment is readjusted to a revised 8.9% CAGR for the next 7-year period. The U.S. Market is Estimated at $454.2 Million, While China is Forecast to Grow at 9.1% CAGR The Protein Assays market in the U.S. is estimated at US$454.2 Million in the year 2020. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$506.2 Million by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 9.1% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 9.1% and 7.9% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 7.8% CAGR. Test Strip-Based Assays Segment to Record 9.5% CAGR In the global Test Strip-Based Assays segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 9.6% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$362.5 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$687.5 Million by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$338.9 Million by the year 2027.We bring years of research experience to this 6th edition of our report. The 296-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed. Competitors identified in this market include, among others, * Abcam PLC * Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. * Biovision Inc. * Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. * GE Healthcare Life Sciences * Geno Technology Inc. * Lonza Group AG * Merck KgaA * Novus Biologicals LLC * PerkinElmer, Inc. * Promega Corporation * Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05799447/?utm_source=GNW I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & REPORT SCOPE II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1\. MARKET OVERVIEW An Overview of Protein Assays Market Global Competitor Market Shares A Prelude into Market Leading Players Protein Assay Market: Percentage Breakdown of Product Sales Volume by Leading Player (2018) Protein Assays Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2019 & 2025 Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession 2\. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS 3\. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS Increase in R&D Initiatives by Public and Private Companies is anticipated to Bolster Market Demand Encouraging initiatives in Proteomics Research is Fuelling Worldwide Protein Assay Market Rise in Biotech and Pharmaceutical R&D Expenditure Augurs Well for Market Growth Global Pharmaceutical Industry: Breakdown of Total R&D Spend in USD Billion for years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Increase in Cancer Prevalence: An Opportunity Indicator for Protein Assays Market Increase in Technological Advancements to Fuel Growth in Protein Assay Market 4\. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE Table 1: Protein Assays Global Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 2: Protein Assays Global Retrospective Market Scenario in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 3: Protein Assays Market Share Shift across Key Geographies Worldwide: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 4: Dye-Binding Assays (Type) World Market by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027 Table 5: Dye-Binding Assays (Type) Historic Market Analysis by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 6: Dye-Binding Assays (Type) Market Share Breakdown of Worldwide Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 7: Copper-Ion-Based Assays (Type) Potential Growth Markets Worldwide in US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027 Table 8: Copper-Ion-Based Assays (Type) Historic Market Perspective by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 9: Copper-Ion-Based Assays (Type) Market Sales Breakdown by Region/Country in Percentage: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 10: Test Strip-Based Assays (Type) Geographic Market Spread Worldwide in US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027 Table 11: Test Strip-Based Assays (Type) Region Wise Breakdown of Global Historic Demand in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 12: Test Strip-Based Assays (Type) Market Share Distribution in Percentage by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 13: Other Types (Type) World Market Estimates and Forecasts by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027 Table 14: Other Types (Type) Market Historic Review by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 15: Other Types (Type) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 16: Reagents (Product) World Market by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027 Table 17: Reagents (Product) Historic Market Analysis by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 18: Reagents (Product) Market Share Distribution in Percentage by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 19: Kits (Product) World Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020 to 2027 Table 20: Kits (Product) Market Worldwide Historic Review by Region/Country in US$ Thousand: 2012 to 2019 Table 21: Kits (Product) Market Percentage Share Distribution by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 22: Instruments & Accessories (Product) Market Opportunity Analysis Worldwide in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020 to 2027 Table 23: Instruments & Accessories (Product) Global Historic Demand in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012 to 2019 Table 24: Instruments & Accessories (Product) Market Share Distribution in Percentage by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 25: Drug Discovery & Development (Application) Worldwide Sales in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 26: Drug Discovery & Development (Application) Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 27: Drug Discovery & Development (Application) Market Share Shift across Key Geographies: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 28: Disease Diagnosis (Application) Global Market Estimates & Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 29: Disease Diagnosis (Application) Retrospective Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 30: Disease Diagnosis (Application) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 31: Other Applications (Application) Demand Potential Worldwide in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 32: Other Applications (Application) Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 33: Other Applications (Application) Share Breakdown Review by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 34: Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies (End-Use) Worldwide Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 35: Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies (End-Use) Global Historic Analysis in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 36: Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies (End-Use) Distribution of Global Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 37: Hospitals (End-Use) Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country for the Years 2020 through 2027 Table 38: Hospitals (End-Use) Analysis of Historic Sales in US$ Thousand by Region/Country for the Years 2012 to 2019 Table 39: Hospitals (End-Use) Global Market Share Distribution by Region/Country for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 40: Clinical Laboratories (End-Use) Global Opportunity Assessment in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 41: Clinical Laboratories (End-Use) Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 42: Clinical Laboratories (End-Use) Percentage Share Breakdown of Global Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 43: Academic Institutes (End-Use) Worldwide Sales in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 44: Academic Institutes (End-Use) Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 45: Academic Institutes (End-Use) Market Share Shift across Key Geographies: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 46: Other End-Uses (End-Use) Global Market Estimates & Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 47: Other End-Uses (End-Use) Retrospective Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 48: Other End-Uses (End-Use) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 III. MARKET ANALYSIS GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSIS UNITED STATES Market Facts & Figures US Protein Assays Market Share (in %) by Company: 2019 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 49: United States Protein Assays Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Type: 2020 to 2027 Table 50: Protein Assays Market in the United States by Type: A Historic Review in US$ Thousand for 2012-2019 Table 51: United States Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 52: United States Protein Assays Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Product: 2020 to 2027 Table 53: Protein Assays Market in the United States by Product: A Historic Review in US$ Thousand for 2012-2019 Table 54: United States Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 55: United States Protein Assays Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 56: Protein Assays Historic Demand Patterns in the United States by Application in US$ Thousand for 2012-2019 Table 57: Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown in the United States by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 58: United States Protein Assays Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 59: Protein Assays Historic Demand Patterns in the United States by End-Use in US$ Thousand for 2012-2019 Table 60: Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown in the United States by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CANADA Table 61: Canadian Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Type: 2020 to 2027 Table 62: Canadian Protein Assays Historic Market Review by Type in US$ Thousand: 2012-2019 Table 63: Protein Assays Market in Canada: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Type for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 64: Canadian Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Product: 2020 to 2027 Table 65: Canadian Protein Assays Historic Market Review by Product in US$ Thousand: 2012-2019 Table 66: Protein Assays Market in Canada: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 67: Canadian Protein Assays Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 68: Protein Assays Market in Canada: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by Application for 2012-2019 Table 69: Canadian Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 70: Canadian Protein Assays Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 71: Protein Assays Market in Canada: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by End-Use for 2012-2019 Table 72: Canadian Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 JAPAN Table 73: Japanese Market for Protein Assays: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2020-2027 Table 74: Protein Assays Market in Japan: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2012-2019 Table 75: Japanese Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 76: Japanese Market for Protein Assays: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2020-2027 Table 77: Protein Assays Market in Japan: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2012-2019 Table 78: Japanese Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 79: Japanese Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 80: Japanese Protein Assays Market in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 81: Protein Assays Market Share Shift in Japan by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 82: Japanese Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 83: Japanese Protein Assays Market in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 84: Protein Assays Market Share Shift in Japan by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CHINA Table 85: Chinese Protein Assays Market Growth Prospects in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2020-2027 Table 86: Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in China in US$ Thousand by Type: 2012-2019 Table 87: Chinese Protein Assays Market by Type: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 88: Chinese Protein Assays Market Growth Prospects in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2020-2027 Table 89: Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in China in US$ Thousand by Product: 2012-2019 Table 90: Chinese Protein Assays Market by Product: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 91: Chinese Demand for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 92: Protein Assays Market Review in China in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 93: Chinese Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 94: Chinese Demand for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 95: Protein Assays Market Review in China in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 96: Chinese Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 EUROPE Market Facts & Figures European Protein Assays Market: Competitor Market Share Scenario (in %) for 2019 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 97: European Protein Assays Market Demand Scenario in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 98: Protein Assays Market in Europe: A Historic Market Perspective in US$ Thousand by Region/Country for the Period 2012-2019 Table 99: European Protein Assays Market Share Shift by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 100: European Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Type: 2020-2027 Table 101: Protein Assays Market in Europe in US$ Thousand by Type: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 102: European Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 103: European Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Product: 2020-2027 Table 104: Protein Assays Market in Europe in US$ Thousand by Product: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 105: European Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 106: European Protein Assays Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020-2027 Table 107: Protein Assays Market in Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Thousand by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 108: European Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 109: European Protein Assays Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020-2027 Table 110: Protein Assays Market in Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Thousand by End-Use for the Period 2012-2019 Table 111: European Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 FRANCE Table 112: Protein Assays Market in France by Type: Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand for the Period 2020-2027 Table 113: French Protein Assays Historic Market Scenario in US$ Thousand by Type: 2012-2019 Table 114: French Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 115: Protein Assays Market in France by Product: Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand for the Period 2020-2027 Table 116: French Protein Assays Historic Market Scenario in US$ Thousand by Product: 2012-2019 Table 117: French Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 118: Protein Assays Quantitative Demand Analysis in France in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020-2027 Table 119: French Protein Assays Historic Market Review in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 120: French Protein Assays Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by Application for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 121: Protein Assays Quantitative Demand Analysis in France in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020-2027 Table 122: French Protein Assays Historic Market Review in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 123: French Protein Assays Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by End-Use for 2012, 2020, and 2027 GERMANY Table 124: Protein Assays Market in Germany: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2020-2027 Table 125: German Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in US$ Thousand by Type: 2012-2019 Table 126: German Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 127: Protein Assays Market in Germany: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2020-2027 Table 128: German Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in US$ Thousand by Product: 2012-2019 Table 129: German Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 130: Protein Assays Market in Germany: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 131: German Protein Assays Market in Retrospect in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 132: Protein Assays Market Share Distribution in Germany by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 133: Protein Assays Market in Germany: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by End-Use for the Period 2020-2027 Table 134: German Protein Assays Market in Retrospect in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 135: Protein Assays Market Share Distribution in Germany by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ITALY Table 136: Italian Protein Assays Market Growth Prospects in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2020-2027 Table 137: Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in Italy in US$ Thousand by Type: 2012-2019 Table 138: Italian Protein Assays Market by Type: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 139: Italian Protein Assays Market Growth Prospects in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2020-2027 Table 140: Protein Assays Historic Market Analysis in Italy in US$ Thousand by Product: 2012-2019 Table 141: Italian Protein Assays Market by Product: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 142: Italian Demand for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 143: Protein Assays Market Review in Italy in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 144: Italian Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 145: Italian Demand for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 146: Protein Assays Market Review in Italy in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 147: Italian Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 UNITED KINGDOM Table 148: United Kingdom Market for Protein Assays: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2020-2027 Table 149: Protein Assays Market in the United Kingdom: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Type for the Period 2012-2019 Table 150: United Kingdom Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 151: United Kingdom Market for Protein Assays: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2020-2027 Table 152: Protein Assays Market in the United Kingdom: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Thousand by Product for the Period 2012-2019 Table 153: United Kingdom Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 154: United Kingdom Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 155: United Kingdom Protein Assays Market in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 156: Protein Assays Market Share Shift in the United Kingdom by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 157: United Kingdom Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Protein Assays in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 158: United Kingdom Protein Assays Market in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 159: Protein Assays Market Share Shift in the United Kingdom by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF EUROPE Table 160: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Type: 2020-2027 Table 161: Protein Assays Market in Rest of Europe in US$ Thousand by Type: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 162: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 163: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Product: 2020-2027 Table 164: Protein Assays Market in Rest of Europe in US$ Thousand by Product: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 165: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Share Breakdown by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 166: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020-2027 Table 167: Protein Assays Market in Rest of Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Thousand by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 168: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 169: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020-2027 Table 170: Protein Assays Market in Rest of Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Thousand by End-Use for the Period 2012-2019 Table 171: Rest of Europe Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ASIA-PACIFIC Table 172: Protein Assays Market in Asia-Pacific by Type: Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand for the Period 2020-2027 Table 173: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Historic Market Scenario in US$ Thousand by Type: 2012-2019 Table 174: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Type: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 175: Protein Assays Market in Asia-Pacific by Product: Estimates and Projections in US$ Thousand for the Period 2020-2027 Table 176: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Historic Market Scenario in US$ Thousand by Product: 2012-2019 Table 177: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Product: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 178: Protein Assays Quantitative Demand Analysis in Asia-Pacific in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020-2027 Table 179: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Historic Market Review in US$ Thousand by Application: 2012-2019 Table 180: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by Application for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 181: Protein Assays Quantitative Demand Analysis in Asia-Pacific in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020-2027 Table 182: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Historic Market Review in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2012-2019 Table 183: Asia-Pacific Protein Assays Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by End-Use for 2012, 2020, and 2027 REST OF WORLD Table 184: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Type: 2020 to 2027 Table 185: Rest of World Protein Assays Historic Market Review by Type in US$ Thousand: 2012-2019 Table 186: Protein Assays Market in Rest of World: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Type for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 187: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Product: 2020 to 2027 Table 188: Rest of World Protein Assays Historic Market Review by Product in US$ Thousand: 2012-2019 Table 189: Protein Assays Market in Rest of World: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product for 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 190: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 191: Protein Assays Market in Rest of World: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by Application for 2012-2019 Table 192: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 193: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Thousand by End-Use: 2020 to 2027 Table 194: Protein Assays Market in Rest of World: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Thousand by End-Use for 2012-2019 Table 195: Rest of World Protein Assays Market Share Analysis by End-Use: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 IV. 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10/22/2020   Seattle PI Business

Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware.

Kamara, who is Black, was enrolled in an “audio engineering” course that taught her how to make music tracks and videos instead of a regular engineering course that she recalls was mostly filled with white students.

When she asked an administrator at Mount Pleasant High School about this apparent disparity, she said she was told that the audio engineering course was created for “regular students.”

“They thought we would be more interested in audio engineering than engineering,” said Kamara, now a junior at Wesleyan University studying English and sociology. “That was a hard pill to swallow.”

Historically, career and technical education (CTE) was seen as a dumping ground for students who weren’t considered college material. A two-tier educational system tracked predominantly low-income students and students of color into career and technical classes, then known as vocational education. But in recent years, schools have revamped these courses to prepare students for higher education and lucrative work in fields such as technology, health care and engineering.

A Hechinger Report/Associated Press analysis of CTE enrollment data from 40 states reveals deep racial disparities in who takes these career-oriented courses. Black and Latino students were often less likely than their white peers to enroll in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and information technology classes, according to the analysis, which was based primarily on 2017-18 data. Meanwhile, they were more likely to enroll in courses in hospitality and, in the case of Black students in particular, human services.

The analysis offers a comprehensive look at data that states will...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Mafia is becoming legitimate in Buffalo — the Bills Mafia that is.

The Bills last week filed an application to trademark the fan base’s adopted nickname in preparation to launch a series of branded merchandise and apparel available at Buffalo's team store and sold online.

Bills Mafia, which first became popular in 2011 and for years was considered taboo by the Bills and NFL because of its connotation of organized crime, will be featured on everything from T-shirts to potentially pajamas, and available as early as this week.

“We felt like we needed to embrace this, because it had really turned into a community spirit,” said Ron Raccuia, executive vice president of the Bills' parent company, Pegula Sports and Entertainment. “Our players and our coaching staff have really been engaged with it, and it just became very natural.”

Just as important, the Bills are collaborating with members of the Bills Mafia fan base, including Del Reid, who coined the phrase and has since launched a T-shirt business.

“I don’t like using the word godfather,” Raccuia joked, “but (Reid) and his partners came up with this idea, they brought it to life. We wouldn’t be here without them. And they’re certainly going to be a big part of this ride going forward.”

That wasn’t always the view of Bills management, going back to the days of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson, who died in 2014. Rather than acknowledge the nickname, the team would go out of its way to avoid its mention.

Another concern was how Bills Mafia became mischaracterized on social media, which focused on the team’s rowdier, table-breaking fans, while overlooking the charitable work done on behalf of the nickname over the years.

“Bills Mafia has always stood for support...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

BERLIN — Germany’s disease control center is reporting a new daily record increase in coronavirus infections, which rocketed past the 10,000 mark for the first time as the pandemic continues to spread.

The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that it had recorded 11,287 new cases over the past 24 hours, shattering the previous record figure of 7,830 daily infections set on Saturday.

The news comes the day after Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive for COVID-19 himself.

He has been quarantined at home and told Bild newspaper that so far he’s just suffering from “cold-like symptoms.”

The government says Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet members have always followed distancing, hygiene and mask rules, so there is no reason for other ministers to quarantine.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues

— Despite pledges, Czechs face 2nd lockdown as system totters

— Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

— Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has overruled his own health minister on the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine being tested in Sao Paulo state.

— Ireland is already focused on Christmas. It’s a major national priority. Unless the country can get the COVID-19 epidemic under control, there won’t be much Christmas cheer this year in Galway, Cork or Dublin.

— Poland’s prime minister has signaled that the whole country faces being placed on the highest restriction level short of a full lockdown, as health authorities registered a record in new confirmed COVID-19 infections.

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10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump.

The officials did not lay out specific evidence for how they came to pinpoint Iran, but the activities attributed to Tehran would mark a significant escalation for a country some cybersecurity experts regard as a second-rate player in online espionage. The Wednesday announcement was made at a hastily called news conference 13 days before the election.

The allegations underscored the U.S. government's concern about efforts by foreign countries to influence the election by spreading false information meant to suppress voter turnout and undermine American confidence in the vote. Such direct attempts to sway public opinion are more commonly associated with Moscow, which conducted a covert social media campaign in 2016 aimed at sowing discord and is again interfering this year, but the idea that Iran could be responsible suggested that those tactics have been adopted by other nations, too.

“These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” said John Ratcliffe, the government's top intelligence official, who, along with FBI Director Chris Wray, insisted the U.S. would impose costs on any foreign countries that interfere in the 2020 U.S. election and that the integrity of the election is still sound.

“You should be confident that your vote counts,” Wray said. “Early, unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.”

The two officials called out both Russia and Iran for having obtained voter registration information, though such data is sometimes easily accessible and there was no allegation either country had hacked a database for...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new wonder is rising in the southern desert of Dubai against the backdrop of Persian Gulf beaches, but it's not another skyscraper to grace the futuristic sheikhdom. Instead, it's one of mankind's oldest power sources gaining its own space on the oil-rich Arabian Peninsula — a coal-fired power plant.

The construction of the $3.4 billion Hassyan plant in Dubai appears puzzling, as the United Arab Emirates hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency. It's also building the peninsula's first nuclear power plant and endlessly promotes its vast solar-power plant named after Dubai's ruler. Dubai has also set the lofty goal of having the world's lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050 — something that would be impacted by burning coal.

The coal plant's arrival comes as Gulf Arab nations remain among the world's hungriest for energy and amid political concerns over the use of natural gas imported from abroad, concerns underscored by a yearslong dispute with gas-producer Qatar, which is boycotted by four Arab nations, including the UAE.

“Dubai was really saying we're far too exposed on gas imports, those could be interrupted by all kinds of things, the cost is very high and so we have to do something else to diversify our fuel supply and bring down the total cost,” said Robin Mills, the CEO of Qamar Energy, a Dubai-based consulting company. "They got a very competitive offer on the coal plant ... and so the decision was made.”

“If they were making the decision today, would they make the same decision? Probably not, to be honest," Mills said. “But once it was committed and once it was substantially down the road, then they had to see it through.”

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the sheikhdom's state-run utility, did not respond to...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as investors watched Washington for signs of whether political leaders can agree on an economic aid plan in the two weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated.

On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.2% on Wednesday as U.S. political leaders wrangled over economic aid following the expiration of extra unemployment benefits that propped up consumer spending. Democrats are pressing President Donald Trump's Republicans to expand a proposed package.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said she made progress in talks with the White House. But a potential agreement might face opposition in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republicans he warned the White House not to seal a relief deal before the election.

“Fiscal stimulus deal optimism has faded,” said Mizuho Bank in a report.

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.7% to 3,302.55 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shed 0.6% to 23,489.51. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong retreated 0.1% to 24,719.12.

The Kospi in Seoul was 0.7% lower at 2,353.28 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 declined 0.3% to 6,173.80.

India's Sensex opened down 0.2% at 40,623.74. New Zealand, Singapore and Jakarta also retreated while Bangkok advanced.

Markets are swinging between optimism about possible development of a coronavirus vaccine and uncertainty about the U.S. economic outlook without an aid package.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 declined to 3,435.56. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4%. The Nasdaq composite gave up 0.3% to 11,484.69.

Industrial and health care stocks declined. Communications services gained. Social media stocks rose after the...

10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
President Trump at a 2017 meeting with the leader of China, Xi Jinping. Mr. Trump has a long history of chasing licensing deals in the country.
10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates.

Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are bracing for an even longer shutdown — and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops that cater to visitors who no longer walk their streets.

The city of Anaheim, which is home to Disneyland, has slashed its general fund budget forecast by 30 percent because of plummeting hotel and other tax revenues usually generated by the resort area and a nearby convention center, said Mike Lyster, a city spokesman. Officials fear mom-and-pop shops along a boulevard normally packed with backpack-toting tourists wearing Disney's hallmark Mickey Mouse ears could wind up closing for good.

“We understand this is a pandemic-induced downturn. But what our concern is, without a recovery plan, it could easily become a prolonged economic downturn,” Lyster said.

California announced Tuesday that smaller theme parks could reopen on a limited basis when their home counties report moderate levels of virus transmission, but with only 500 patrons or 25% of capacity, whichever is smaller, and only outdoor attractions. Bigger parks such as Disneyland must wait until counties reduce virus transmission to minimal levels. But with many of the parks located in densely populated Southern California, industry leaders and health officials said it could take months for their counties to be able to do so — possibly not until there's a vaccine.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's health and human services secretary, said the concern is that large theme parks draw visitors from further away...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main fish market was closed Thursday and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows.

The government imposed the curfew in parts of the capital and some areas outside Colombo after earlier isolating at least six villages in Western province where the new cluster was discovered early this month. Colombo is inside Western province.

Health authorities also temporarily closed the island nation’s main fish market after 49 traders tested positive. Hundreds of other traders at the market on the outskirts of Colombo are being tested for the coronavirus.

By Thursday, 2,510 infections have been connected to the cluster first tied to a garment factory and which authorities identified as Sri Lanka's first community outbreak in two months.

Schools and key public offices have been closed, public gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transport.

Sri Lanka has reported a total of 5,811 confirmed cases with 13 deaths since March.

In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:

— India added fewer than 60,000 new coronavirus cases for a third day. The Health Ministry reported 55,839 new cases, taking India's total past 7.7 million. The 702 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours brought its total fatalities to 116,616 on Thursday. Authorities are concerned relaxing attitudes might cause a resurgence. The Election Commission issued a warning after political campaigning drew large crowds without masks and social distancing in eastern Bihar state where voting for state elections is due to begin next week. Bihar is India’s third largest state with a population of about 122 million people. Health officials also are concerned about the potential spread during religious festivals. In West Bengal state, a court limited the size of congregations during the Hindu Durga Puja...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory.

The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of Colombo and some areas outside the capital. Officials already isolated at least six villages elsewhere in the same province, where the new cluster was discovered early this month.

Authorities also suspended operations at Sri Lanka’s main fish market after 49 traders tested positive. Health workers are conducting tests on hundreds of other traders at the market on the outskirts of Colombo.

Schools and key public offices are also closed, public gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transport.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Spain reaches 1 million cases of coronavirus

— North Dakota Republican governor calls National Guard to help with test results

— CDC redefines coronavirus close contact, adds brief encounters

— Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids. Pfizer received permission last week to test its vaccine in U.S. kids as young as 12.

— Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to rising coronavirus cases in the city.

— Brazil President overrules own health minister, rejecting purchase of 46 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine tested in Sao Paulo state.

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10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Property owners in Mexico are being required to allow access through their land for the public to reach beaches that do not have access roads, under a law enacted Wednesday.

The Environment Department said land owners would be compensated for access.

The law also establishes fines of up to $49,000 for hotels, restaurants or other property owners that restrict access to the country’s beaches.

Mexicans have long been angered by private restaurants, clubs and hotels that erect barriers or employ guards to keep locals off “their” stretches of beach.

Federal law already states the public cannot be denied access to a space 20 meters (65 feet) inland from the high tide line, but some businesses mark off exclusive areas for tables or beach chairs almost up to the water’s edge. Business that repeatedly break the law could lose their permits to operate on any part of the beach.

In February, two Mexican tourists were briefly arrested in the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen after refusing to leave a stretch of sand that had been taken over by a local restaurant to set up tables for paying customers. The arrests sparked protests, and the local government later apologized.

The private “beach club” had been charging to use lounge chairs placed almost up to the water, and it called municipal police when the couple refused to leave what the club called “a service aisle” on the sand. Video posted on social media showed the couple being handcuffed and wrestled off the beach by police as other people objected, noting beach access is protected by law.

The issue has also gained prominence during the pandemic. Public beaches were officially closed along much of Mexico’s Caribbean coast as a health measure, but tourists — often foreigners —...

10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
The Fair Access to Financial Services Act, introduced on Wednesday, would explicitly outlaw discrimination against bank customers, who currently have to rely on state laws.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
The Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google this week, accusing it of being a monopoly in search and search advertising.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Family and friends of people lost to opioid overdoses protested outside Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn., in 2018.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Tesla Model 3 cars at the company’s factory in Shanghai. Sales in China slipped in September, despite price cuts.
10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A German arrest order for two Panamanian lawyers whose firm was at the center of an international tax evasion scandal faces a substantial obstacle: Panama’s constitution prohibits the extradition of its citizens.

Juergen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca are sought by Cologne prosecutors on charges of being an accessory to tax evasion and forming a criminal organization.

“They have constitutional protection,” Alvin Weeden, a lawyer in Panama, said Wednesday. “Technically, there’s no possibility.”

Mossack and Fonseca already face prosecution in Panama and are prohibited from leaving the country while out on bond after spending two months in jail. That case stems from allegations they helped create a corporation to hide money used for bribes by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht as well as fallout from the so-called Panama Papers scandal.

The Panama Papers include a collection of 11 million secret financial documents leaked in 2016 that illustrated how some of the world’s richest people hide their money. It brought scrutiny to a number of world leaders and was a hit to Panama’s reputation.

Interpol’s office in Panama did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether it had received an alert from German authorities about the case in Germany against Mossack and Fonseca.

In a statement, Mossack and Fonseca said their firm had sold corporations to a German bank that later resold them to clients. They said they had nothing to do with subsequent transactions.

“If one these ultimate beneficiaries evaded taxes in their country or committed some other crime using a corporation created by us, that is totally out of our control and knowledge,” said the statement issued by their lawyer in Panama, Guillermina McDonald....

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that the U.S. economy grew at a “slight to modest” pace in September and early October, but also documented many areas of economic activity hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fed report made public Wednesday said that the pace of activity varied greatly among sectors of the U.S. economy. Housing demand showed solid gains, helped by very low mortgage rates, but conditions in commercial real estate continued to deteriorate. That sector has been hurt by the closing of thousands of restaurants and other retail establishments.

The report, known as the beige book, said that the outlook among the central bank's business contacts remained generally optimistic but that respondents expressed “a considerable degree of uncertainty” about the future.

“Restaurants in many districts expressed concern that cooler weather would slow sales as they have relied on outdoor dining,” the Fed report said.

It said that banks were also worried about rising delinquency rates in coming months. Analysts are concerned about foreclosures on home mortgages and commercial real estate after support payments for individuals and businesses expired in late July or August.

The report said that while consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of economic activity, remained positive, some districts reported a leveling off in retail sales, which could be linked to the expiration of the support programs in the summer.

The Fed survey said that businesses reported only modest price increases with “notable exceptions.” Prices were up significantly for things such as food, autos and appliances, a development that has been linked to shortages stemming from the coronavirus. Prices for personal protective equipment, technology needed for remote...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter.

The electric car and solar panel maker said Wednesday that it made $331 million, or 27 cents per share, for its fifth-straight profitable quarter.

Excluding special items such as stock-based compensation, Tesla made 76 cents per share, beating Wall Street estimates of 57 cents. Revenue from July through September was $8.77 billion, a record that passed analysts' expectations of $6.3 billion, according to FactSet.

But as in previous quarters, the company relied heavily on $397 million it earned from selling electric vehicle credits to other automakers so they can meet government fuel economy and pollution regulations.

The earnings were driven by a 44% increase in global deliveries for the quarter, which came as U.S. auto sales overall fell 9.7% from a year ago due to consumer fears about the economy hit hard by the pandemic.

Shares of the Palo Alto, California, company rose 3% in extended trading Wednesday. Its results were released just after the markets closed. Tesla's shares are worth about five times what they were at the start the year, accounting for a split.

The third-quarter profit was more than double the same period a year ago, when Tesla made $143 million. Its string of profitable quarters reversed years of losses. Through the first nine months of this year, Tesla has made $451 million and appears headed toward its first annual profit.

Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for the Edmunds.com auto website, said the company's results and production show it has moved out of rookie territory and may become a mainstream automaker this decade.

But she said the release Tuesday of an all-electric...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover up a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company's ice cream that killed three people in Kansas and sickened several others, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

A federal grand jury in Austin returned a seven-count indictment Tuesday charging Paul Kruse with six counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a Justice Department statement.

Health officials notified Blue Bell in February 2015 that two ice cream products from the company’s flagship factory in the central Texas city of Brenham and its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant tested positive for listeria. The bacterium can cause severe illness or even death in vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and the immuno-compromised.

Blue Bell recalled products after its ice cream was linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

Prosecutors allege that Kruse schemed to deceive Blue Bell customers by directing employees to remove potentially contaminated products from store freezers without alerting grocers and consumers as to why. They say he also directed employees to tell customers who asked that there was an unspecified issue with a manufacturing machine. The company did not immediately recall the products or issue a formal warning to customers about potential contamination.

“American consumers trust that the individuals who lead food manufacturing companies will put the public safety before profits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

Kruse's attorney, Chris Flood of Houston, said he would argue that the indictment came too late under the statute of limitations....

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX's third-quarter profit fell 14% but the railroad said it handled nearly as many shipments as last year, as volume recovered from the depths of the shutdowns earlier this year.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Wednesday that it earned $736 million, or 96 cents per share, in the quarter. That's down from $856 million, or $1.08 per share, a year earlier.

The quarterly profit topped Wall Street expectations. The seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research predicted earnings per share of 93 cents on average.

But the freight railroad said revenue fell 11% to $2.65 billion in the quarter, which was below the $2.7 billion that analysts expected.

CSX also announced plans to spend $5 billion repurchasing its own shares. Its stock rose 4% in after-hours trading.

CSX said the total volume of carloads it delivered during the quarter was 3% below last year as strong growth in deliveries of shipping containers — known as intermodal shipments — nearly offset weakness in every other category of shipment. During the second quarter earlier this year volume was down 20% as many businesses were shut down.

“We were encouraged by the speed with which volumes recovered from the trough, particularly the strength in the intermodal market,” CSX CEO Jim Foote said. “Fourth-quarter volumes to date are up year-over-year and we all hope for continued positive economic momentum.”

CSX managed to cut its expenses 11% to $1.5 billion even as volume increased sharply during the third quarter. Edward Jones analyst Jeff Windau said its remarkable how well CSX has managed its costs.

“You have to be pretty impressed with the way they have been able to navigate the markets and how nimble they have been,” Windau said.

CSX operates more than...

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress.

The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol Hill veterans cautioning against expecting a quick and smooth resolution for an aid package that has tied Washington in knots for months.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke again Wednesday but her office signaled no real progress, and she acknowledged for the first time publicly that the measure won't pass before the election.

President Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, accused Pelosi of slow-walking the talks. Trump's most powerful Senate GOP ally, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is warning against a costly deal that could drive a wedge between the president and his fellow Republicans.

No one knows whether Election Day will bring much more clarity.

“I’m never very optimistic about the lame duck and I’ve never been surprised,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “You don’t get near as much done as you think you’re going to get done.”

Those Republicans willing to speculate about a Trump loss in two weeks say not to expect much, either.

“I think Democrats would want to wait until the new president is sworn in and do it then and I think Republicans probably would say ... the economy’s taking care of it,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

At issue is a huge virus relief bill that would send another $1,200 direct payment to most Americans, restart bonus unemployment benefits, fund additional testing and vaccines, provide aid to schools and allocate money to states and local governments, a Democratic priority.

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10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

Short-video app Quibi said it is shutting down just six months after its early April launch, having struggled to find customers.

The company said Wednesday that it would wind down its operations and plans to sell its assets. “Quibi is not succeeding," its top executives bluntly declared in a letter posted online.

The video platform — designed for people who were out and about to watch on their phones — was one of a slew of new streaming services started to challenge Netflix over the past few years, most of which were part of much bigger tech and entertainment companies, like Apple and Disney.

Quibi, short for “quick bites,” raised $1.75 billion from investors including Hollywood players Disney, NBCUniversal and Viacom and its leadership were big names: entertainment industry heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman.

But the service struggled to reach viewers, despite a 90-day free trial, as short videos abound on the internet and the coronavirus pandemic kept many people at home. Part of the appeal of the service, which started at $5 a month, was supposed to be that you could watch short videos while out, without access to a TV. Being stuck at home made TV more desirable than watching on a phone, and Quibi only later and slowly rolled out TV options. Katzenberg blamed the pandemic for Quibi's woes.

Katzenberg’s connections helped line up stars to make and star in its videos, including Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lopez. There was a short version of “60 Minutes” and reality shows. The shows never achieved big name recognition, although the platform scored some Emmys earlier this year.

Why did it fail? "Likely for one of two reasons: because the idea itself wasn’t strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our...

10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Meg Whitman’s presence as C.E.O. helped give Quibi legitimacy.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
When Dave Summers created his own company, he and his wife moved to Tennessee, where they can be outdoors near the Great Smoky Mountains.
10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has hired about 4,100 Detroit residents, and most if not all of them will be employed at a new auto plant on the city’s east side.

The auto giant is obliged to employ at least 3,850 Detroiters at the Mack assembly plant under a development deal with the city for the land where plant is being built. If the remaining 250 workers who have been hired are not employed at Mack, they could be sent to work at any of Fiat Chrysler's other plants in Detroit or the suburbs.

“When Mack comes on line at the end of first quarter next year, we’ll have a better sense of exactly what the solid numbers are related to our facilities in Macomb County, the city of Detroit and other cities,” Fiat Chrysler external affairs manager Ron Stallworth told reporters Wednesday.

Under the $108 million land development deal between Fiat Chrysler and the city, the automaker said it would give Detroit residents first crack at applying for good-paying jobs at its new plant.

Laid-off and temporary Fiat Chrysler workers got to apply first. Detroit residents then were considered before the jobs were opened up to others.

Pay will start at $17 per hour and can climb to $28 per hour, Mayor Mike Duggan said.

About 3,400 of those hired have agreed to fill vacancies at other Fiat Chrysler facilities as supplemental workers at lower pay until the Mack plant opens next year.

When the automaker approached the city about the supplemental workers, Duggan said “that’s jobs for Detroiters. We’ll take that on.”

10/21/2020   Seattle PI Business

PHOENIX (AP) — Honda has agreed to a $5 million settlement with Arizona over allegations that it failed to disclose defects in air bags that led to two deaths there, the state's top attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the settlement over the faulty airbag systems manufactured by Takata Corp. and used in certain Honda and Acura cars. Under the agreement, roughly $1.7 million will go toward consumer restitution in Arizona. Another $2.1 million will pay for a gift card program incentivizing owners to get their air bags replaced.

“We estimate more than 40,000 of these dangerous airbags are still on the roads in Arizona, and we are pleading with the owners to get their vehicles repaired immediately," Brnovich said in a statement.

Arizona had declined to be part of a joint $85 million settlement with multiple states awarded in August. That settlement only made payments to the states but nothing for customer restitution, Brnovich's office said.

Like with the multi-state settlement, Honda said it was not acknowledging any wrongdoing by agreeing to the terms in the Arizona case. It asserts the now-bankrupt Takata deceived several automakers about the safety of its airbags. Takata pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal criminal fraud charges.

“The company has thus far replaced more than 16 million defective Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles and made more than 294 million individual attempts to contact owners and urge them to have their recalled Takata airbag inflators replaced,” Honda said in a statement.

Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to moisture in the air. The explosion can blow apart a metal canister and hurl...

10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
The Amtrak station in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Shortly after the pandemic began in the spring, ridership on the train service plummeted 97 percent.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Speaker Nancy Pelosi in May. She said Wednesday that she was optimistic about a compromise but allowed for the possibility that the stimulus bill would not be passed before the election.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Mr. Black, the chief executive and chairman of Apollo Global Management, asked independent board members to examine his relationship with the convicted sex offender.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Audra McDonald, center, as Lottie Gee in the musical “Shuffle Along,” in 2016.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
“The commission will borrow for the first time on financial markets on a large scale,” Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner in charge of budget and administration, said on Wednesday.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
This month, United Airlines and American Airlines furloughed more than 32,000 employees. Many of them are wondering when, or if, they’ll fly again.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Could partisan infighting take pressure off the tech giants?
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
To reopen to tourists, Jamaica created what it calls Resilient Corridors, with a northern one that includes Montego Bay. 
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
Emily Baedeker, a hair stylist, used to get migraines when her salon performed a Brazilian Blowout.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
“Accountability is important,” said Christopher Howell, who tapped his knowledge of neural net technology after police tear-gassed him at a protest in Portland, Ore. “We need to know who is doing what, so we can deal with it.”
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
A federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Google of harming consumers by using restrictive contracts to stifle competition in search and search advertising.
10/21/2020   New York Times Business News
An antibody trial site for Regeneron and Eli Lilly treatments in Mesa, Ariz.
10/21/2020   Small Business CEO

Starting and running a business is often overwhelming, especially for first-time entrepreneurs and employed individuals looking to escape the 8 am-5 pm employment. Most people venture into businesses in a bid to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of not working every day in confined offices, not reporting and adhering to strict rules, and the potential of making endless profits.

Young entrepreneur thinking

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Unfortunately, despite the relief brought by starting your own business, the entrepreneurial journey is stressful and challenging. That said, take note of the following factors before starting your small business.

Identify the Nature of the Business

Identifying the nature of your business is the first step to a successful business idea.…

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10/20/2020   Small Business CEO

You’ve spent considerable time putting together niche expertise. This most likely involved supply chain management, competitor research, and market analysis. You’ve even worked on your SEO skills. Meta tags and website organization have quickly become second nature. However, there are five SEO and analytics tips you may not yet be implementing – and you need to.

SEO specialist

1. Set up and Use “Google My Business”

As one of the many Google support tools, Google My Business is completely free. You only go through the easy steps of setting up a free business profile to connect to Google Maps, Search, and a variety of other applicable Google properties.…

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10/17/2020   Small Business CEO

Many people believe that trading is simple and they try to follow the advice is given on the online platform. Although it is the largest financial center in the world, making a profit is not as simple as it seems. A lot of dedication, effort, and practice is required to make a successful career in currency trading.

Forex trading platform

The virtual industry implies that people from all over the world can access the designated platform but it also requires some level of knowledge before one can make crucial decisions regarding investment. Community plays a big part in Forex because beginners are fond of following such open groups.…

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10/17/2020   Small Business CEO

The economy was never going to be the same again with the outbreak of the coronavirus. We can all agree that the pandemic has had severe effects on the international economy.

Woman wearing mask

It has negatively affected the stock market and service industries like the travel and hospitality sectors. With all the travel restrictions and lockdowns in most countries, it was ever going to be business as usual. Even some of the most reputable firms have had to lay off workers to cut down costs. Several professional soccer teams had to convince their players to take a pay cut.

Unpredictable Future

If the coronavirus wasn’t enough, the 2020 elections came up to remind us that we aren’t yet done with the year 2020.…

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10/16/2020   Small Business CEO

Successful Forex traders work harder from the beginning of their careers. They work smartly and analyze the market a lot. Newbie investors often take greater risks in order to earn more profits, which is not so common among the successful Forex traders.

Forex trading analysis

Professional investors don’t enter a trade until they analyze the trade properly. They study, learn the lessons, practice, follow the strategies, and finally execute them to ensure profits.

Can you be a successful Forex trader?

The greatest difference between an unsuccessful and successful trader is the sense of humor, consciousness, and awareness. To be a successful trader in Hong Kong, you should be dedicated to learning and building up awareness in yourself.

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Tri-City real estate broker Charles Laird was vacationing in his native Scotland in March when national borders began to close because of the spreading threat of coronavirus. Laird and his family cut their trip short and headed home, a journey that included driving on Interstate 5 through pandemic-stricken Seattle. The chronically congested freeway was all…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

A pandemic, choking smoke and a polarizing national election did little to dampen demand for new and existing homes in the Tri-Cities as the calendar flipped toward the final quarter of 2020. More homes sold for higher prices. Unemployment increased, driven up in part because more people were seeking work. New home construction fell, but…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The Tri-Cities is coming off a banner year for commercial construction. New schools dot the region. A new cold storage warehouse is taking shape in north Pasco. Kennewick’s Vista Field is stocked with utility lines, paved streets, lamps and a water feature, waiting for private developers to build an urban village in the heart of…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Government-funded projects are keeping construction workers busy in Kennewick despite the recession. Multiple commercial and residential projects are underway in every area of the city, and the largest are funded by the city, Benton County, Kennewick School District and Port of Kennewick, said Evelyn Lusignan, the city of Kennewick’s spokeswoman. “Development activity is down from…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

A global pandemic hasn’t slowed progress across the city of Richland as major construction projects wrap up and new ones prepare to break ground. The $43 million Duportail Bridge opened to limited traffic in early September 2020. It is expected to fully open by Nov. 1, 2020, providing a new span across the Yakima River…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Construction is booming in Pasco. It’s because the city is an incredible value for builders, said Rick White, Pasco’s director of community and economic development. Whether residential, commercial or industrial, Pasco is less expensive to develop than Richland and Kennewick and it promises population growth, he said. With 77,100 residents, the Franklin County seat has…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

As a city that doesn’t rely on sales tax revenue to fuel much of its budget, West Richland had an unexpected boost from the Covid-19 pandemic: more people began ordering online, sending “destination-oriented” sales tax revenue to the city’s coffers. “When you’re not dependent on sales tax, it’s actually benefited the city,” said Eric Mendenhall,…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The first months of 2020 welcomed new members to the Port of Benton “We were in the middle of a transition,” said Diahann Howard, executive director for the port, whose jurisdiction includes a population of about 56,050 and a budget totaling $14 million in 2020. Howard, who became executive director in December 2019, hired a…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Kennewick’s Clover Island.  |  Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography/Port of The dust seems to have settled at Port of Kennewick developments — for the moment. Construction of infrastructure and landscaping wrapped up for phase one of Vista Field and two additional wineries and five food trucks have moved in at Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan…

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10/15/2020   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The Port of Pasco’s Processing Center is at capacity, and it has sold all the lots at the Foster Wells Business Park. It’s also moving ahead with plans to develop Osprey Pointe and a new industrial center. The port knows industrial land is in high demand and has been working to accommodate growth in this…

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10/15/2020   Small Business CEO

Improving your customer service has numerous benefits that will benefit your business. Customer loyalty and retention levels will increase over time and this causes a ripple effect that attracts more customers to your brand. A customer-driven business can succeed in the business world because happy customers improve a brand’s reputation.

Stellar customer service

Increased sales and skyrocketing profits come when customers are happy and satisfied. Read on to learn more about the steps needed to improve your communication and support skills when dealing with customers.

Seeking Customer Feedback

Improving your customer service can be done by seeking customer feedback. Every business dreams of providing the best products and services, so understanding the importance of customer feedback is vital.…

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10/15/2020   Small Business CEO

Working remotely has never been a universal process for so many people until now. Therefore, as people adjust to the ‘new normal’ longer term – after the initial transition almost overnight – businesses are asking themselves just what exactly they need to ensure steady progress and growth.

Busy remote worker

SaaS Software

The very first thing on the agenda for businesses is Saas HR software. Removing the need for users to install anything themselves, cloud-based HR software means that there is no physical housing of data so that you can just set it up quickly and effectively.

However, it also means that the system is fully accessible 24/7, no matter where you are.…

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10/13/2020   Small Business CEO

It’s an understatement to say that video is “increasing in demand” in Asia. It’s gone way past being in demand. Today Asia Pacific viewers alone account for over half the total number of digital video viewers GLOBALLY. If you’re a retailer, a brand, or a business looking to tap into the Asian market with videos, this is the perfect time to capture the market. You will need the help of video production agencies in Asia to create stories and visuals that best resonates with the Asian consumer.

Video production companies in Asia

So without further ado here’s a list of the top seven video production agencies in Asia that you can reach out to and get help in creating videos that can deliver the best ROI.…

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10/13/2020   Small Business CEO

The customer experience is often considered an intangible, qualitative metric for business owners. However, it has real, quantitative effects on your company.

Business owner talking with a customer

A good customer experience is reflected in your retention rates, your referrals, and increased spending. In fact, 2019 data from Gartner found that “CX drives over two-thirds of customer loyalty, outperforming brand and price combined.”

While improving the customer experience can grow your revenue, you might not have a large budget to invest in it. Instead of spending more, check out these five unique (and no-cost) ways to improve your customer experience.

1. Build Your Brand Around Their Pain Points

Too often, companies develop marketing materials based on the company and its capabilities.…

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10/12/2020   Small Business CEO

Private equity firms are playing an increasingly important role in helping businesses to navigate and thrive in today’s rapidly evolving markets. Business owners evaluating a new deal or opportunity to work with an investor firm may find themselves having to choose between a fundless or a funded sponsor model.

Meeting with a private equity firm

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Both models have their pros and cons, so it’s important for business owners to closely evaluate their options before they sign a letter of intent. Here are a few considerations to help business owners learn more about the different advantages that potential sponsors have to offer and discover which private equity firm is ultimately right for them.…

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