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(Bloomberg) -- U.S. futures fell with stocks as investors weighed corporate earnings and recent spikes in virus cases. Oil rose.Contracts on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 slid Tuesday, while the Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined by more 1% as tobacco stocks were hit by a report that the U.S. government is considering a rule to strip cigarettes of addictive levels of nicotine. British American Tobacco Plc plunged 6.6%.Oil climbed above $64 a barrel, the highest in a month, on the one-year anniversary of negative prices. Government bond yields marched higher.Investors are awaiting further confirmation of the private sector’s recovery from the pandemic as the earnings season gathers pace. The bright spot in the latest reports was the first revenue gain for International Business Machines Corp. in eleven quarters.Even with this latest pullback in major indexes, and the relentess spread of Covid-19, global stocks are not far from record highs.Here are some key events to watch this week:Apple’s first product unveiling of the year on Tuesday.EIA crude oil inventory report on Wednesday.European Central Bank rate decision and President Christine Lagarde briefing on Thursday.U.S. releases new home sales dataFor 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.
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TigersofTinder.com announces the release of the review “Best Sugar Dating Sites”SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Where do sugar daddies and sugar babies go to meet each other? Matches made in heaven happen every day, but potential users should be cautious when choosing a sugar daddy website. Not every site is safe or worth one’s time. To avoid wasting money or ending up chatting with a bot, people can go straight to the real sugar daddy sources that offer legitimacy and success. The purpose of this article is to share the top 10 sugar daddy sites for getting in on some of that sweet action. Best Sites for Sugar Daddy Hookups Best overall – SeekingBest for paid dates – What’s Your PriceBest for travelers – Miss TravelBest for verified sugar daddies – SugarDaddyMeetBest for long-term relationships – RichMeetBeautifulBest for member monitoring – Established MenBest in popularity – SugarDaddieBest for successful singles – EliteSinglesBest sugar daddy app – Sudy 1. Seeking – Best Overall One of the hard parts about signing up at a sugar daddy site is understanding the language used by members. But do not worry, this site has advisors to help members out. Seeking caters to all sugar daddy relationships including married, long-term, short-term, or even platonic.It is not hard to find an anonymous, no-strings-attached sugar daddy relationship. Just fill out the profile after creating an account. Sugar babies get to sign up for free while potential sugar daddies are charged a fair fee for the service. There is a healthy female-to-male ratio, and some quality features to take advantage of including, video chat, profile verification, wealth verification, and a blog on etiquette. Benefits 10 million members from 139 countriesWomen sign up for freeCougars are welcome 2. What’s Your Price – Best for Paid Dates The gimmick that makes this sugar daddy website so popular is the bidding function. This helps break the ice and lets the money talk, it is competitive but friendly. It must be working as the site has over 3,000,000 members. Bids start low but can go sky high if one is not careful. The sugar baby proposes date suggestions to help raise the bid. Benefits Auction-style datingBids starts as low as $5 and no minimum wealth requirementVirtual gifting option available 3. MissTravel – Best for Travelers This is a site for those who love to travel and appreciate an exotic atmosphere for their dates. The two people meet in countries like Italy, Japan, Spain and enjoy their time sightseeing, eating and more. Women are attracted to this website because they can sign up for free, travel at no cost, and meet interesting, wealthy men at the same time. The “create a trip” feature lets a daddy provide a preview of the date’s location and activities on that date to impress their potential baby. Benefits Takes dating to a new, worldwide levelWomen sign up for freeWomen can propose dates in advance and find someone to fulfill that dream 4. Sugar Daddy Meet – Best for Verified Sugar DaddiesSigning up for any dating site, even a sugar daddy one, is not without risk. This site helps with that by verifying the wealth of male members who come from the 20 richest countries in the world. Sugar Daddy Meet has been in business since 2007, and since then has created a community of over 4 million individuals. First-date gifts help break the ice and with the different search fields and verification features, women can have a better idea of their potential dates. The male-to-female ratio favors the men making it easier for women to find the right match. Benefits Millions of membersAdvanced search optionsVerification processes 5. RichMeetBeautiful – Best for Long Term Relationships No matter how someone looks or how much money they have, there is a chance to meet a sugar baby or daddy for a long-term relationship. This site also promotes marriage and matchmaking to make sure members find the right connection. A questionnaire helps determine matchups. Safety protocols with this site include 256 bit encryption combined and Norton security. This offers users peace of mind. While some competitors focus on casual and no-strings-attached dating, this site stands out for its effort to bring romance and love back to the dating scene. Benefits Women outnumber men on the siteExcellent securityModerators on-callAndroid and Apple apps available 6. Established Men – Best for Member Monitoring Wealth is not mandatory but the site recommends that its male members be well established and ready to spoil their dates. There are moderators who watch activities closely and the site does require verified photos if the man can’t prove his richness. Unfortunately, there are many scammers and stalkers who find a way into these groups and take advantage of the casual dating theme. Established Men will ban escorts and suspicious profiles. The founders of this dating service have been involved in sugar-daddy dating since the early 2000s, before creating this website in 2008. Benefits A safe place to meet someone newActive monitoring and banning when necessaryFriendly communityChoose between casual dating or long-term romance 7. SugarDaddie.com – Best in Popularity Serving the dating community since 2002, this may be the largest sugar daddy website online today. it has received numerous mentions from CNN, Fox News, Dr. Phil, and even the BBC. They have matched verified millionaires with beautiful women for almost 20 years. The focus of this company is millionaire dating with a smart and long-term relationship influence. Their offices are located in the UK and the US with customer service agents on-call and ready to help. They do sugar daddy dating the right way. Benefits Best for millionaires20 year track recordWell-reputed and popular 8. Elite Singles – Best for Successful Singles What makes Elite Singles stand out is its focus on professionals from both genders. Their members are well-educated and successful in business. At least 80 percent have college degrees. It is a great site for wealthy men and women to hook up with someone in their class, as well as someone who understands the nuances of business dating. Benefits 56 percent of the members are womenSuccessful business people unite 9. Sudy – Best Sugar Daddy App To be a member of Sudy it is best to have over $200,000 in assets and cash. While not millionaire status, it still requires a level of wealth to attract beautiful women from around the world. This app is new and already has over 4,000,000 members. The female-to-male ratio favors the women with over four times as many females than male members. Women can join for free and Sudy does remove suspicious profiles when they find them. Use the advanced search option and match-making algorithm to find the right connection. Benefits Verified minimum income levelFour women to every manProfiles moderated to weed out spam and scammers How to Find a Sugar Daddy Online One method to finding a qualified sugar daddy is to send messages to as many potential men as possible. Then wait and see who responds to those contacts. After that, use a predetermined set of criteria to weed out the rest until the best comes along. Another key that potential sugar babies should follow is to only share enough personal information without exposing too much of their identity until the time is right. There are “likes” and “dislikes” features on these sites as well, so individuals can scan for personality traits. Finally, appearance counts. The better looking a girl or guy is the better the response. Sugar Daddy Sites Common Questions Some of the most frequently asked questions about these sites include the following: What Is a Sugar Daddy? This is a wealthy man looking for a younger woman to be his companion, girlfriend, etc. He pays all the bills, maybe an allowance, and in return receives conversation, company, affection, and so on. How to Be a Sugar Daddy? Men need to be wealthy and willing to spoil the girl that takes them up on their offer. He should be handsome and kind-hearted, as well as treat the sugar baby with respect. How Much Money Do Most Sugar Babies Want/Make? This will vary depending on how lucky you get finding a sugar daddy who is a good match. On average sugar babies are given allowances of $2,500 a month or roughly $33,000 a year. Some get $300 on a per-date basis, others receive $500 per week and still more can command $10,000 a month. What Should a Sugar Baby Look for in a Sugar Daddy on a Sugar Website? What is the daddy’s personality like? How does he treat his family and friends? Is he sincere, generous? These are questions that potential babies can ask, along with proof of his credentials and more. Some demand an upfront payment until they know the potential daddy better. Conclusion Sugar daddy-baby relationships are doable, but discernment is a must when using a sugar daddy website. The best site is probably Seeking, as it has the most millionaires and the most willing sugar babies around. All the sites are good, though, and one only needs to research their top choices before making a decision to sign up. 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Xantrion Inc. announced it has been named for the sixth consecutive year to CRN's Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list, this year as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. The annual list recognizes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading approach to managed services enables their clients to improve operational efficiencies, cut costs, get more value from their IT investments and successfully leverage technology to achieve a greater competitive advantage.
Audio Equipment Market Research Report by Product Type (Amplifiers, Audio Monitors, Microphones, and Mixers), by End User (Automobile, Commercial, and Home) - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19New York, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Audio Equipment Market Research Report by Product Type, by End User - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p06064417/?utm_source=GNW Market Statistics:The report provides market sizing and forecast across five major currencies - USD, EUR GBP, JPY, and AUD. This helps organization leaders make better decisions when currency exchange data is readily available.1. The Global Audio Equipment Market is expected to grow from USD 27,093.67 Million in 2020 to USD 36,915.67 Million by the end of 2025.2. The Global Audio Equipment Market is expected to grow from EUR 23,756.25 Million in 2020 to EUR 32,368.36 Million by the end of 2025.3. The Global Audio Equipment Market is expected to grow from GBP 21,119.36 Million in 2020 to GBP 28,775.54 Million by the end of 2025.4. The Global Audio Equipment Market is expected to grow from JPY 2,891,582.09 Million in 2020 to JPY 3,939,837.43 Million by the end of 2025.5. The Global Audio Equipment Market is expected to grow from AUD 39,343.62 Million in 2020 to AUD 53,606.46 Million by the end of 2025.Market Segmentation & Coverage:This research report categorizes the Audio Equipment to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets:Based on Product Type, the Audio Equipment Market studied across Amplifiers, Audio Monitors, Microphones, and Mixers. Based on End User, the Audio Equipment Market studied across Automobile, Commercial, and Home. Based on Geography, the Audio Equipment Market studied across Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas region surveyed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and United States. The Asia-Pacific region surveyed across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. The Europe, Middle East & Africa region surveyed across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. Company Usability Profiles:The report deeply explores the recent significant developments by the leading vendors and innovation profiles in the Global Audio Equipment Market including Altec Lansing, Bang & Olufsen, Bose Corporation, Bowers & Wilkins, Definitive Technology, Dolby, Dynaudio, Harman Kardon, JBL, KEF, Klipsch, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Martin Logan, Paradigm, Philips, Pioneer Corporation, Polk, Sennheiser, Sony, and Yamaha Corporation. Cumulative Impact of COVID-19:COVID-19 is an incomparable global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, so for and, the long-term effects projected to impact the industry growth during the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure the inclusion of underlaying COVID-19 issues and potential paths forward. The report is delivering insights on COVID-19 considering the changes in consumer behavior and demand, purchasing patterns, re-routing of the supply chain, dynamics of current market forces, and the significant interventions of governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimations, and forecast, considering the COVID-19 impact on the market.FPNV Positioning Matrix:The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and categorizes the vendors in the Audio Equipment Market on the basis of Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) that aids businesses in better decision making and understanding the competitive landscape.Competitive Strategic Window:The Competitive Strategic Window analyses the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications, and geographies. The Competitive Strategic Window helps the vendor define an alignment or fit between their capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. During a forecast period, it defines the optimal or favorable fit for the vendors to adopt successive merger and acquisition strategies, geography expansion, research & development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth.The report provides insights on the following pointers:1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information on the market offered by the key players2. Market Development: Provides in-depth information about lucrative emerging markets and analyzes the markets3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information about new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: Provides an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players5. Product Development & Innovation: Provides intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and new product developmentsThe report answers questions such as:1. What is the market size and forecast of the Global Audio Equipment Market?2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Global Audio Equipment Market during the forecast period?3. Which are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in over the forecast period in the Global Audio Equipment Market?4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Global Audio Equipment Market?5. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the Global Audio Equipment Market?6. What are the modes and strategic moves considered suitable for entering the Global Audio Equipment Market?Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p06064417/?utm_source=GNWAbout ReportlinkerReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. 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Dublin, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "China National Tobacco Corporation: Heat-not-Burn Subsidiaries Marketing Activity in Domestic and Foreign Markets for 2017-2020" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This report provides an overview of marketing activity of heat-not-burn products developed by China National Tobacco Corporation subsidiaries for 2017-2020 year. The report reviewed all HnB products that were officially released in domestic and foreign markets as well as co-operation ties in the Chinese heated tobacco market. CNTC's HnB brands are presented in many foreign markets, among which are mostly Asian and Eastern European countries. The report includes complete list of HnB consumables made by major domestic CNTC companies such as Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Shandong, Jiangxi, Chongqing, Shanghai, etc. China Tobacco has a market of 300 million Chinese smokers with a significant part active HnB users. It is the largest heat-not-burn market in the world with a huge variety of HnB brands released locally and in foreign markets. The domestic HnB sector is completely dominated by CNTC. It has launched heat-not-burn products in Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangdong, Anhui, Hubei, Heilongjiang and other provinces, and has been actively engaged in overseas markets. CNTC HnB brands are presented in many foreign markets, among which are mostly Asian countries and Eastern European countries. Most HnB devices are promoted with dedicated consumables. HnB devices are either produced at own facilities of CNTC subsidiaries or are OEM versions developed by third-party manufacturers. The major CNTC subsidiaries with the largest number of HnB devices presented in the domestic market are Sichuan Tobacco, Yunnan and Guangdong. The report includes a brief review of HnB electronic devices produced in cooperation with major Chinese hardware manufacturers. There is also a brief description of companies engaged in the Chinese HnB market, and a complete list of HnB products with release dates and corresponding references in domestic and foreign markets, a map of presence of CNTC HnB brands in foreign markets, and a timeline of CNTC HnB products by release date. CNTC's products profiles are also attached in the form of the Appendix. Key Topics Covered: Glossary Executive summary 1. CNTC structure of HnB branches 2. CNTC brand releases2.1 Domestic market2.2. Foreign marketsMap of official brand releases 3. Manufacturers collaborating with CNTC3.1 Domestic market3.2 Foreign markets Companies Mentioned China National Tobacco Corporation, Sichuan China Tobacco Industrial Co., Ltd.Sichuan Sanlian New Materials Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Henan Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Anhui Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Jiangxi Industrial LLCWuhan Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Hubei Industrial LLCChina Tobacco Guangdong Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Yunnan Industrial Co., Ltd.Hongta Tobacco (Group) Co., Ltd.Shanghai Cigarette Factory (Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.)China Tobacco Shandong Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Hunan Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Heilongjiang Industrial Co., Ltd.China Tobacco Zhejiang Industrial Co., Ltd. For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/vv4q00 CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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Central Europe's currencies moved sideways on Tuesday, struggling to capitalise on a drop in the U.S. dollar as the region continued to cool after the past month's gains, while the Prague bourse's hot streak also fizzled. Prague's PX index retreated midday after climbing to its highest since January 2020 in early trade, pulled down by a correction in MONETA Money Bank shares. On currency markets, Hungary's forint was steady at 361.0 to the euro and the Polish zloty sat at 4.551, both still showing signs of a correction seen recently.
The U.S. manufacturing sector is at a crossroads: Proponents of President Biden's Build Back Better initiative argue that if focus was to be retrained on it, the sector could provide improved and sustainable economic growth after decades of shedding jobs and scale to other countries.Why it matters: Biden's ambitious plan makes it clear that infrastructure and manufacturing investments are top priorities, but history is not on his side and Congress is already asking for plenty of compromises.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Where it stands: The pandemic-induced PPE crisis and recent chip supply shortages have highlighted the drawbacks of globalization and the U.S. dependence on foreign nations to provide a multitude of necessary goods and supplies. What we're hearing: The pandemic can serve as a key moment to “revitalize growth and competitiveness” in 16 process sectors of manufacturing, which could help the U.S. grow annual GDP by more than 15% above baseline forecasts and add up to 1.5 million jobs by 2030, a new independent report from McKinsey Global Institute suggests.This isn't about toys and clothing: Among the 16 recommended focus sectors, semiconductors, medical devices, communications equipment and electronics are seeing 6% to 11% global GDP growth annually.Between the lines: McKinsey does not make policy recommendations, senior partner Katy George tells Axios, but "we have been beating this drum for a long time." "If you look at past efforts to revitalize manufacturing, it doesn't add up to a cohesive strategy," she adds. Federal, state and local governments have spent more than $85 billion on 15,000 initiatives over 10 years, while GM alone spends $80 billion a year across 15,000 global suppliers.But, but, but: While edicts like Biden's ''buy American" executive order demonstrate the president's penchant for investment, critics say such laws raise costs and lower quality, and are too easily circumvented by savvy multinational companies.To wit, Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, writes in Foreign Affairs (paywall) Monday that the U.S. needs to stop fixating on manufacturing jobs as a driver for growth, and should focus more on universal benefits and embrace international expansion and competition.U.S. politicians' "nostalgia" and "sentimental obsession" with manufacturing is "not a good look for a progressive agenda," Posen argues — and it enables manufacturing companies to feel they are "too big to fail," potentially leading to production monopolies that drive up consumer prices and drive down wages.Further, manufacturing employment has been falling around the world in high-income economies, irrespective of their trade balances, he notes.The last word: There is clear White House and bipartisan Congressional support for increased investment in manufacturing, but what that support ultimately looks like will determine the shape and scale of the industry. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Data: Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer; Chart: Axios VisualsWhile Fox News has largely ignored the Derek Chauvin trial compared to competitors, conservative media seized on comments from Rep. Maxine Waters over the weekend, making it the single biggest trial storyline on social media since it began on March 29, according to NewsWhip data provided to Axios.Why it matters: The data shows that for conservative America, the story in Minneapolis is being used as a way to highlight the aggression of protesters rather than the police killing of a Black man.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.By the numbers: The three biggest stories on social media about the trial since it began all came this weekend, all from conservative media, all reacting to Waters’ comments on Saturday night.Sunday was the biggest day of engagement around the trial since it began.7 of the top 10 stories during this period came from conservative publishers, all nodding at the prospect of protestor violence.The big picture: Conservative media is otherwise looking away from the trial on TV. Data from the Stanford Cable News Analyzer shows that Fox News has spent 4.2 minutes this month covering the trial, compared to 51.7 minutes from CNN and 40.7 minutes from MSNBC.Driving the news: Waters said last weekend that protestors need to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin were acquitted, prompting swift outcry from conservatives.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Waters incited violence and plans to introduce a resolution to censure her, while Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called to expel Waters from Congress.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
A growing alliance of policy makers, activists, and conservationists are looking to the ocean for climate solutions, from setting aside vast stretches of open water to protecting coastal marshes and mangrove forests.Driving the news: President Biden's top climate aides will use a virtual event Tuesday to showcase the benefits of so-called blue climate solutions. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeJohn Kerry, President Joe Biden's climate envoy, and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will be joined by high-ranking environmental officials from around the world.The big picture: Jane Lubchenco, a top White House climate scientist, tells Axios the ocean is just now being seen as an increasingly important part of the climate change mitigation and adaptation portfolio. How it works: While ocean activities cannot produce the same level of emissions cuts as, say, decarbonizing the transportation sector can, the sliver of emissions cuts above or undersea are relatively large. One 2019 study found it may be possible to get as much as 21% of the carbon emissions cuts needed to meet the most ambitious Paris agreement temperature target from ocean-based solutions, Lubchenco said.Such cuts would come from boosting natural absorbers of carbon emissions, like mangroves, expanding offshore wind farms, deploying floating solar arrays, and pursuing wave and tidal energy. Work is also underway to assess whether carbon can be captured from the air offshore and sequestered in the seafloor. Other ocean sequestration technologies are being studied too. Some want to use deep seabed mining, which is controversial for its potential to harm sea life, to obtain materials needed for clean energy technologies, such as metals like copper, cobalt, and nickel.Driving the news: The time for decisive action to protect the sea is now, Lubchenco says. As the deputy director for climate and the environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Lubchenco will be moderating the virtual event on Tuesday. She says it will show that many countries "Are coming together to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious ocean climate action."Yes, but: There's also the ocean climate impacts side of the ledger to consider, which will be discussed at the meeting as well. A new United Nations report out Monday underscored how climate change is altering the oceans.The ocean absorbs around 23% of the annual emissions of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, "and acts as a buffer against climate change."When the CO2 reacts with seawater, it lowers its pH levels, and makes waters more acidic. This harms marine life. The ocean absorbs more than 90% of the excess heat put into the climate from human activities. "2019 saw the highest ocean heat content on record, and this trend likely continued in 2020," the report stated."There's no doubt that the ocean has been a victim of climate change. What the new science is telling us, and these leaders are now incorporating into their actions, is that the ocean can also be a powerful source of solutions."Lubchenco Of note: The oceans meeting will involve some of the participants in a major ocean conservation announcement coming Tuesday morning, which is the rollout of one of the largest-ever ocean conservation projects on record. The effort, the result of a combination of more than a half-dozen organizations will seek to protect an ocean area (7 million square miles), which is twice the size of the continental United States and larger than South America. "The oceans are woefully under protected. We believe there is a unique moment available to us right now when nations around the world (dozens of nations) are willing to massively increase their conservation efforts for the benefit of their communities, in the ocean space," said M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, one of the groups involved in the initiative, in an email to Axios. More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
In a push to dominate global financial technology, the Chinese government is aiming to roll out the world's first state-backed digital currency.Why it matters: China's new currency could set global standards for the use of national digital currencies — and give Beijing unprecedented visibility and control over domestic financial transactions.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.At least 60 countries are exploring the use of an official digital currency, but China is furthest along in making those plans a reality, while the U.S. has largely sat on the sidelines.What's happening: The Chinese government has started pilot programs in Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities that give small amounts of the currency, known as the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP), to residents on a lottery system, with a limited number of retailers participating.Chinese officials have stated they hope DCEP is ready for wider use in time for the Beijing Olympics in February 2022.Some officials also hope DCEP could help internationalize China's currency, though China's tight capital controls have made the renminbi less attractive for international transactions.The big picture: Rolling out a national digital currency offers several advantages. Improving efficiency in the financial system. Cash and coins are inefficient and expensive to store.Reducing systemic risk. “The existing system is owned by private companies. Should Alipay or WeChat pay [go] bankrupt, which is extremely unlikely, it creates systematic risk,” Trivium China analyst Linghao Bao told CNBC. A government alternative would provide a layer of security.Spurring innovation. A state-backed digital currency could potentially provide a host of new opportunities for businesses, tech companies, and trade.But it isn't just about efficiency and innovation. Chinese officials have made it clear that they view the digital currency as a key staging ground for global geopolitical competition, according to a January report by Yaya Fanusie and Emily Jin of the Center for a New American Security. “Fintech is the commanding heights of future global financial competition," Chinese central bank vice-governor Fan Yifei said in November 2019. “Whoever grasps this advanced productive capability will possess the strongest core competitiveness in finance."Background: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum exist on a decentralized ledger and are intended to skirt controls by governments or companies. But DCEP would be managed directly by China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC). Chinese officials have said DCEP offers "controllable anonymity" — meaning payments could be anonymous to companies and other users but not to the government.In the hands of an authoritarian government, a digital currency also offers unprecedented surveillance and control. “Never before has a government ever had access to individual user transactions directly. Technology hasn’t allowed that,” Fanusie told Axios."DCEP offers a direct route for the government to cut a person off from payments, from their funds, from their accounts. Right now, the government has to go through a private company or a bank to do that."This capability could be used to reduce criminal abuse of the financial system, but also in theory to monitor and shut down the accounts of dissidents, human rights activists, persecuted groups such as Uyghurs, and others engaging in non-criminal behavior that the Chinese Communist Party may want to suppress.What to watch: Though DCEP could help internationalize the renminbi to a moderate degree, it's unlikely to challenge the U.S. dollar any time soon. But international DCEP transactions could bypass SWIFT, the most widely used international payments system, making it easier for people and governments to evade U.S. financial sanctions.Go deeper: What central bank digital currencies mean for cryptoLike this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
The White House is exploring whether to make tobacco companies reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why it matters: The policy would make nicotine levels so low that cigarettes wouldn't be addictive, and wouldn't satisfy nicotine addiction — theoretically pushing smokers to buy less harmful tobacco products instead.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe big picture: Nicotine reduction has been on the Food and Drug Administration's radar for years, and could prevent nearly 8 million premature deaths, according to agency estimates.What they're saying: "We advanced this major public health endeavor ... and the White House should secure this effort," former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted on Monday. What's next: The FDA is also supposed to announce a decision by late April on whether to ban menthol tobacco products.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Data: Axios research; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/AxiosThe COVID-19 crisis has triggered a massive uptick in news media unionization efforts, union leaders tell Axios.Why it matters: The trend is only going to grow bigger once people head back to work in-person, says Jon Schleuss, president of the NewsGuild. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeMore consolidation in the industry via SPACs and local news takeovers will also drive record unionization efforts. "We have been organizing like crazy since the pandemic," says Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East."It's going to explode," says Schleuss. "This will be a record year for unionization in the industry."Three key trends have pushed journalists to unionize over the past year, union executives tell Axios.Financial uncertainty: Journalists rushed to unionize early on in the pandemic following rounds of layoffs that were triggered by ad-industry headwinds. "Whenever there is concern about economic security, that is one of the factors leads people to unionize," says Peterson.SPACS and consolidation: Later in 2020, media companies began eyeing SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) deals that would allow outlets to go public and merge with other companies. Concerns about consolidation and new leadership have pushed more journalists to seek union protection.Social justice: A rise in political protests, and movements around racial justice, over the past year, have pushed journalists to seek further safety protections from unions, as well as better representation around diversity and inclusion. By the numbers: In 2020, more than 1,800 journalists across unions from the NewsGuild and the Writers Guild (of America) unionized, according to data from the leaders of both groups. That's up from roughly 1,500 the year prior. In 2020, Schleuss said the NewsGuild saw unionization efforts from more than 30 outlets, compared to 18 in 2019 and 20 in 2019. In 2021, more than 200 journalists have already unionized with the NewsGuild and hundreds more are pending. Driving the news: Insider became the latest digital media company to organize when its U.S. editorial staff said it was forming a union with the NewsGuild of New York on Monday. In a video tweeted by the union, journalists at Insider say they've voted to unionize to "secure what we've built and strengthen it."Last week, The New York Times' 650 tech workers also formed a union. Other major outlets to unionize in the past few months include Bustle Digital Group, NowThis and Wired, in addition to dozens of other local outlets. What to watch: In the past few years, more local newsrooms have pushed to unionize in response to hedge fund and private equity takeover threats.Schleuss says that more than 40 different newsrooms within Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper company, have unionized, as well as more than a dozen from McClatchy, which sold to a hedge fund last year. Tribune Publishing newspapers, whose fate hangs in the balance of billionaires trying to upend a hedge fund takeover, are using unionization to try to protect journalists from the inevitable cuts. Over the past few years, nearly every outlet within Tribune Publishing has unionized, says Schleuss. The bottom line: Peterson says news media unionization efforts have increased steadily over the past few years, but "it's been more intense during the pandemic." "All of these factors have combined to really make this a powerful movement," says Peterson.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
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