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Economic sentiment in the euro zone eased in January as continued COVID-19 lockdowns further undermined the mood in services, in retail and among consumers, despite an improvement of sentiment in industry. Monthly data from the European Commission showed that economic sentiment in the 19 countries sharing the euro deteriorated to 91.5 points this month from 92.4 in December. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a decline in the sentiment to 89.5 in January, with a fall forecast in services -- among the sectors hardest hit by lockdowns.
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Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyMIAMI—On Tuesday evening, a trio of young women approached the back gate of Lagniappe, a tree-lined, outdoor patio wine bar near Wynwood, a trendy neighborhood of Miami that has served as Florida’s COVID-19 epicenter since the pandemic washed over the state. From the sidewalk, it was easy to see the popular drinking spot was full. Nearly all of Lagniappe’s circular patio tables were packed with maskless people sharing bottles of pinot grigio, rose, and merlot.On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that 92 out of 293 known U.S. cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, or the “U.K. variant,” a potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus, were found in Florida. For comparison, California, which has nearly double the population, had identified 90 cases of the same variant. As the Miami Herald reported Wednesday, the U.K. variant had been identified in 19 Florida counties, but the highest incidence of known cases was in Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward. Researchers with Miami’s Jackson Health Systems have also begun analyzing positive samples for the P1 strain of the coronavirus, known as the Brazilian variant, given that Miami International Airport has two daily direct flights from Brazil, according to the paper.Yet 25-year-old Amy Baez and her two pals at the bar didn’t seem fazed.“I just don’t think COVID should keep me from enjoying myself and going out,” Baez said. “I definitely don’t want to catch it. But I only see a small circle of friends, we all wear masks, and meet up in places that have outdoor seating.”The Coronavirus Variants Are Here. Can the Vaccines Keep Up?Baez was unaware of the emergence of the U.K. variant, which experts believe to be more transmissible and possibly even deadlier than its predecessors, but insisted she was not worried. “It would only bother me if I caught it, didn’t show symptoms, and then gave it to my parents,” she said. “But I try not to see them in person and if I do, we wear masks and sit in the backyard.“I do hope they can get the vaccine soon, though.”The bar scene here is emblematic of why efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Florida keep failing, infectious disease experts say. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ cowboy approach of refusing to enact a statewide mask mandate, blocking local jurisdictions from enforcing COVID-19 rules with monetary fines, and insisting on a libertarian pandemic philosophy has turned Florida into a coronavirus petri dish.And as DeSantis wages a high-profile messaging war over the vaccine with the new administration in Washington, suggesting shots are the sole solution to the state’s pandemic ills, millions of people are at high risk with no inoculation in sight.“We have to assume the vast majority of the state population is susceptible to COVID-19, and having a variant that is more transmissible is a significant concern,” Mary Jo Trepka, a Florida International University infectious disease expert, told The Daily Beast. “People should double down on their efforts to put on masks when they see people they don’t live with, avoiding large gatherings, and all the other precautionary measures.”While Florida avoided a significant surge over the holidays, the U.K. variant is spreading “quite quickly” and poses a serious new risk, agreed Jill Roberts, a University of South Florida infectious disease professor. “A higher number of infected means more hospitalizations, possibly more deaths, and of course a greater burden on the health-care system,” she said.Thanks to lax pandemic restrictions across the state, the local party scene was not confined to outdoor venues. In Miami-Dade, restaurants and bars are allowed to operate at at least 50 percent capacity indoors and 100 percent outdoors, with minimal restrictions and no viable means of enforcing rules on mask wearing.Across the MacArthur Causeway, half-a-dozen sun-tanned booze hoods huddled at the wood bar of Ted’s Hideaway, a dive joint in Miami Beach. A Ted’s regular, Jessica Riveron, stood underneath a purple neon sign near the entrance. The 25-year-old told The Daily Beast she enjoyed Ted’s chill vibe, but that she was always vigilant, pulling a mask from her back pocket and putting it on.“I feel safe here because it’s not super crowded, and it’s a cool spot,” Riveron said. “People are friendly and I can play pool.”Riveron said she’d read and heard about the new strains, but was prepared to live her life to the fullest as she looked ahead to inoculation. “Look, we have to protect ourselves regardless,” she said. “The virus is everywhere and we can’t see it. I’m not afraid of getting the vaccine when it’s available for people like me.Still, Trepka warned that the development of vaccines to thwart the deadly respiratory disease that has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. has lulled people into a false sense of security.“People now think that because we have a vaccine, we have control of the situation,” she said. “That is not the case.”As of midnight Wednesday, over 1.6 million Floridians had received at least one shot, representing 6.8 percent of the state’s total population.The problem is that the Sunshine State, which has recorded nearly 1.7 million total coronavirus cases to date, has played host to a remarkably messy vaccine rollout. Since Gov. Ron DeSantis declared people 65 and over would get the vaccine after frontline health-care workers—and before essential ones like those at grocery stores—senior citizens across the state’s 67 counties have experienced systemic problems trying to get doses. A spokesperson for the governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.For instance, last week, a vaccination site set up in The Villages, Florida’s largest retirement community whose residents are predominantly Republican voters, was abruptly shut down. Global Medical Response, the company running the drive-through operation, notified residents it didn’t have enough vaccines. In an email sent to Villages residents who signed up for doses, Global Medical Response said “all 7,500 scheduled appointments for first doses have been placed on hold until we receive adequate supply of vaccine.”William Anderson, a 66-year-old homeowner in The Villages who shared the email with The Daily Beast, was despondent. “I want to see my grandchild,” he said.Partisan politics also threatens to grind down the vaccine rollout. On Monday, DeSantis complained that President Joe Biden, who has only been in office one week, needed to ramp up vaccine distribution in Florida and other states. “I think the only thing they need to be focusing on is increasing the supply of these doses for our seniors,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Jacksonville.MAGA Retirement Enclave Is Ground Zero in Florida Vaccine ShitshowLater that afternoon, White House press secretary Jenn Psaki told reporters that Florida had only distributed half of the nearly 3 million vaccines the state has received so far. “They have a good deal of vaccine,” she said. The following day, DeSantis fired back with a statement posted on Twitter. The first line reads, “The insinuation that Florida is underutilizing vaccines is totally disingenuous.”It is true that Florida’s vaccine rollout woes echo national distribution problems, and it is not faring as poorly as some states in getting shots in arms. But prominent state epidemiologists told The Daily Beast now would be the worst time for the governor, a diehard ally of former President Donald Trump, to pick a fight with the new president.And focusing on shot distribution over other pandemic safety measures was counter-productive, they added.“Politics made a mess of our pandemic response,” said Marissa Levine, a University of South Florida infectious disease professor. “We don’t need any more political divisions at this time.”Levine also noted it is going to take some time for the vaccine rollout to work seamlessly. “We know setting up a vaccine distribution process is going to be rocky,” Levine said. “That is what we should be focusing our efforts on and not spending time pointing fingers. That is just a waste of energy.”For his part, Anderson, the Villages resident, got a call Wednesday morning from the Sumter County Health Department to reschedule his lost appointment. He expressed hope that he would get his shots in time to ward off the new variants—which experts are cautiously optimistic vaccines will guard against. But he was also racked by anxiety about the intervening period, one that had many of his fellow citizens in serious danger.“I just gotta be extra careful, I guess,” Anderson said. “And hopefully my Friday appointment doesn’t get canceled.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Poland's top human rights official on Thursday denounced a top court ruling that amounts to a near total ban on abortion, saying it imposes a severe limitation of women's rights and “condemns them to torture.” After the court published its explanation Wednesday, Poland's right-wing nationalist government published it in a government journal. Large protests erupted Wednesday evening across this central European nation, traditionally a bastion of Roman Catholicism but one undergoing rapid secularization among young urban Poles.
Disney+ will increase its catalogue on 23 February with the addition of more mature content via the Star platform.
GettyAs the Senate prepares for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial over the Capitol riot, the ex-president’s allies in the right-wing media remain hard at work creating a range of defenses that absolve him from the violence triggered by months of lies and deception.In the logic of an argument that’s been embraced by pro-Trump cable networks, it was impossible for the first wave of rioters to hear Trump’s speech on the White House Ellipse in person because they started attacking before he was finished speaking. Therefore, Trump couldn’t have incited them to attack the Capitol.Unless, that is, everyone carries cellphones that can livestream speeches as they happen.“The people who were storming the Capitol could not have been the people in front of the president when he was speaking,” Newsmax host Greg Kelly said in an interview with Steve Bannon associate Raheem Kassam on Jan. 12, in a typical statement of the argument.“Nobody could have both heard the president and breached the perimeter of the Capitol in the time we’re told that it took place,” Kassam said, adding that rioters would need “either a time machine or a teleportation device” to see both Trump’s speech and start the riot.This claim that Trump could only incite rioters who saw him speak in person has plenty of flaws, including statements from alleged rioters themselves and the fact that Trump promoted the Jan. 6 rally weeks in advance, promising at one point that it would be “wild.”But the increasingly popular Trump defense has an even bigger problem: the existence of internet-connected cellphones, which can play speeches live even when they’re being given in another location.Despite the fact that internet-connected phones have existed for nearly two decades, the theory that only people who saw Trump speak in person could have been incited by his remarks has proved to be a hit in right-wing media. Tweets obsessing over the timeline of the riot, which started shortly before Trump finished speaking, have gone viral in an attempt to prove that Trump couldn’t have been involved in a riot that he promoted and was carried out by his supporters.In reality, people were watching Trump’s speech live outside the Capitol shortly before the riot. A reporter for The Daily Beast on the east side of the Capitol witnessed people listening to the speech on a speaker, providing just one example of protesters following Trump’s speech despite not physically being located at the Ellipse. Hours of livestream footage of the riot, much of it taken by the rioters themselves, also demonstrate that rioters could have had enough cellphone service to hear Trump’s speech.Still, the idea that the riot starting before Trump’s speech ending exonerates the former president has been embraced by websites like Christianity Daily and The Gateway Pundit, which cited the fact that police started using flashbangs on rioters before Trump finished his speech as proof that the rioters couldn’t be Trump supporters.Republicans Come Crawling Back to Trump Three Weeks After Capitol Riot“CNN even admitted that flashbangs were going off at 1 PM,” one Gateway Pundit post read. “President Trump was still speaking at 1 PM!”On Saturday and Sunday, pro-Trump cable network One America News even aired a special, “One America News Investigates: Inside January 6,” devoted to the theory that only people who saw Trump’s speech on the Ellipse could be incited to riot.The special, which starred OAN personality and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, revolved around the idea that the rioters couldn’t have been influenced by Trump because they couldn’t have seen Trump’s entire speech in person.“There were people who had already been there, probably couldn’t have attended the president’s speech, and that were pre-planning to commit this activity, regardless of what the president said,” Posobiec said.As in the Newsmax segment, Kassam appeared in the OAN special to bolster the claim that the first rioters could not have heard Trump’s speech. Kassam declared that it was “impossible” to get cellphone service before the riot, meaning Trump could not have incited the rioters.“I’ve seen people say, ‘Oh well, maybe they were listening to the president’s speech,’” Posobiec said.“Yeah, that’s exactly what you do while you’re smashing (inaudible) windows and causing havoc outside the U.S Capitol, you have a speech on your phone in front of you while you’re doing it,” Kassam said.“It wasn’t possible,” Posobiec said.“It doesn’t make sense, it’s a total nonsense,” Kassam agreed. “And so what we have to do is treat these two events as completely separate events.”The OAN special even included a segment devoted to cellphone service at the riot, with a chyron declaring “reports of no cell phone service.”“How was cellphone service that day?” Posobiec asked Kassam.“Impossible, impossible!” Kassam said. “Could barely get any, could certainly not livestream the president’s speech and get ‘incited’ that way.”Much of the rest of the OAN investigation focused on interviews with other OAN reporters remarking on how little violence they witnessed during the riot, which Posobiec described mildly as “an altercation that is still under investigation.” But both of the OAN reporters portrayed as on the scene during the riot were inside the Russell Senate Office Building across the street from the Capitol, making it physically impossible for them to have witnessed any violence inside the Capitol building itself.The focus on those who weren’t physically present for the Ellipse speech seems meant to present the violence that ensued as the work of what Kassam has called “troublemakers,” rather than Trump supporters riled up by the president’s voter fraud rhetoric.But identifiable pro-Trump groups were already present outside the Capitol before the speech. For example, the pro-Trump Proud Boys, who Trump once told to “stand by,” had already gathered outside the Capitol hours before Trump spoke. Members of the group were caught on tape discussing an attack on the Capitol before they led some of the first attacks on Capitol Police.Despite whatever airs on Newsmax or OAN, the alleged rioters themselves have identified Trump as their inspiration. Jacob Chansley, the “Q Shaman” pictured breaking into the Capitol in horns and animal skins, told the FBI that he came to Washington at Trump’s request.I’D NOT HERE HIS LAWYER RECENTLY SAID HE FELT ‘DUPED”Other riot suspects and their lawyers have echoed that reasoning.Riot suspect Kenneth Grayson summed up his motivation in a message sent to a friend ahead of the riot and later published in court documents: “IF TRUMP TELLS US TO STORM THE FUKIN CAPITAL IMA DO THAT THEN!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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(Bloomberg) -- GameStop Corp. took a pause from its meteoric ascent on Thursday morning, after a brief outage of the Reddit forum whose users have fueled the stock’s surge.The shares fell 6.5% to $325 at 4:54 a.m. New York time. The stock has advanced more than 1,700% this year, fueling a rally in retail trading across the board, leading some short sellers to throw in their towels.Trading has remained highly volatile since the last regular U.S. session, in which the stock rose 135%. Gains were briefly pared postmarket after the Reddit page that has fueled the surge was made private and then later reopened by the group’s moderators. In the time the original WallStreetBets board was down, an alternate forum called Wallstreetbetsnew topped 350,000 members.This month’s breathtaking gains in the stock have boosted GameStop’s market value to about $24 billion, making it bigger than more than a third of the companies in the S&P 500 Index. Only Plug Power Inc. is larger in the closely watched Russell 2000 Index, a far cry from the end of 2020 when GameStop, then a $1.3 billion company, was firmly in the middle of that gauge.“This will end, and probably sooner than we expected,” said Marshall Front, chief investment officer at Front Barnett Associates in Chicago. “At the same time, the force and the exposure that have been revealed by Reddit isn’t going away because politicians will run with this like crazy, particularly those who are involved in oversight on the financial markets. We are probably going to see a very thorough investigation by the SEC.”The day-trading phenomenon landed in Washington on Wednesday, when the White House press secretary said U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and the Biden administration’s economic team are watching stock-market activity around GameStop and other heavily shorted companies. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell dodged questions on the topic at his regular policy press conference.Senator Elizabeth Warren weighed in, saying she intends to make sure securities regulators “wake up and do their jobs.” Not long after, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it is “actively monitoring” volatility in options and equities markets.Other short-seller favorites such as Express Inc., AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. also dropped in Thursday premarket trading, following a surge this week as hedge funds scrambled to cover their negative bets. In Europe, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Ambu A/S and Pearson Plc all declined, while Reddit trader favorite Nokia Oyj gained as much as 8.6% before slumping to a 5% decline.(Updates with premarket moves in last paragraph. A previous version of this story corrected a company name in the fourth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
British life insurer Prudential said on Thursday it would split off its U.S. business Jackson through a demerger and may raise $2.5-3 billion in new equity, abandoning plans for a minority initial public offering. But on Thursday it said that a demerger would allow a quicker separation than a minority IPO and future sell-downs. Prudential split off its British life insurer M&G through a demerger in 2019.
From unlimited paid time off to laptops for children, some of Britain's blue-chip employers are trying to persuade parent employees juggling jobs and childcare during the pandemic that they have their backs. Many firms say managers will offer flexible and pragmatic working arrangements that could allow staff to avoid breakfast or lunchtime meetings so they can feed and set up children for remote schooling - and catch up with work at night or weekends.
A German court sentenced a far-right sympathiser to life imprisonment on Thursday for shooting dead a pro-immigration politician two years ago in a case that raised questions about whether Germany is doing enough to tackle right-wing radicalism. Walter Luebcke, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, was found dead in a pool of blood outside his house in the western state of Hesse in June 2019. The court convicted the defendant, Stephan Ernst, of the homicide of Luebcke in Hesse by shooting him on the night of June 1-2 2019.
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Some of the factors such as an increase in the penetration of internet users and the growing adoption of digital content are the drivers for the growth of the hardware encryption market. Hardware encryption market for inline network encryptor product to share the largest market share in 2019New York, Jan. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Hardware Encryption Market by Product Type, Application and Region - Forecast to 2025" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p04603855/?utm_source=GNW The inline network encryptor segment accounted for the largest size of the hardware encryption market in 2019.The commercialization of the internet of things has led to surged demand for inline network encryptor globally.Moreover, the increase in digital content has led to the growth in the procurement of inline network encryptors for the encryption of data at various levels.Hardware encryption market for consumer electronics application to share the largest market share in 2019The hardware encryption market for consumer electronics application is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period considering the demand for security and safety of data which is stored in these devices and is even sent to others. Encryption has enabled a sense of satisfaction for the customers as their data is stored at various levels of encryption.APAC region is accounted for the largest share in 2020 and further in the forecast period.The hardware encryption market in APAC region is projected to share the largest market share during the forecast period.The highest CAGR is because of the huge population, which is technology-savvy and is demanding encryption enabled products.The numerous electronics and semiconductor manufacturing companies in the region create demand for these products for their internal applications and for installing hardware encryption in their products.Breakdown of the profile of primary participants:• By Company Type: Tier 1 – 60 %, Tier 2 – 25%, and Tier 3 – 15%• By Designation: C-level Executives – 50%, Directors - 30%, and Others -20%• By Region: APAC – 40 %, NA – 25%, Europe – 20%, and RoW – 15%The major players profiled in this report include:• Western Digital Corp. (US)• Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)• Micron Technology Inc. (US)• NetApp (US)• Kingston Technology Corp. (US)• Seagate Technology PLC (Ireland)• KIOXIA (Japan)• Kanguru Solutions (US)• Intel (US), WinMagic Inc. (US)• Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (US)• Thales e-Security (US)• Mcafee (US)• Broadcom (US)• IBM (US)Research CoverageThe study segments the hardware encryption market report into architecture type (FPGA and ASIC), by product type (External HDD, Internal HDD, SSD, Inline network encryptor and USB flash drive) and by application (consumer electronics, IT & Telecom, transportation, healthcare, aerospace and defense and others) The study also provides market size for various segments regarding global regions.Reasons to buy the reportThe report would help the market leaders/new entrants in this market in the following ways:1. This report segments the hardware encryption market comprehensively provides the closest approximations of the overall market size and those of the subsegments across different applications and regions.2. The report provides a detailed analysis of the hardware encryption market with the help of competitive leadership mapping, including crucial companies in the market and their relations in the ecosystem.3. The report helps stakeholders understand the pulse of the market and provide them information on the key market drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities.4. This report would help stakeholders understand their competitors better and gain insights to enhance their position in the business. The competitive landscape section includes the competitor ecosystem, product developments, partnerships, and mergers & acquisitions in the hardware encryption market.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p04603855/?utm_source=GNWAbout ReportlinkerReportLinker 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: firstname.lastname@example.org US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
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Saudi Arabia's futuristic city project NEOM is in talks with companies to pick a lead partner for its first cloud computing deal that will lay the foundation for hi-tech services in its flagship $500 billion business zone, a senior executive said. The talks with local and international tech firms come after a subsidiary of oil giant Saudi Aramco recently partnered with Google to bring its cloud services to the kingdom, and Saudi Telecom Co. struck a similar deal with Alibaba Cloud.
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