Oct.11 -- President Donald Trump says the U.S. and China have agreed on the outlines of a partial trade accord.
Oct.11 -- President Donald Trump says the U.S. and China have agreed on the outlines of a partial trade accord.
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(Bloomberg) -- U.K. ministers may bring forward second vaccine doses for millions of people and local restrictions could be imposed to curb the spread of a Covid-19 variant from India.Cases of the B.1.617.2 strain have risen to 1,313 from 520 over the past week, Public Health England said Thursday, assessing the strain to be “at least as transmissible” as the so-called Kent variant that took hold in December, precipitating the U.K.’s third lockdown in January.The government is ruling nothing out on tackling the spread of the variant, including the possibility of local lockdowns in the worst-hit areas, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told broadcasters Friday. The vaccination program could also be altered to give people their second doses more quickly, so they are fully protected sooner, or to roll first doses out to younger people faster.There is no evidence the so-called Indian variant is able to evade the vaccines, he said, and plans to further reopen the economy on Monday would still go ahead in England, with pubs and restaurants able to serve people indoors.But he said ministers will look carefully at the data to assess whether all legal limits on social contact should be lifted on June 21 as planned.‘Anxious’Slowing the lockdown “roadmap” risks putting Prime Minister Boris Johnson into conflict with members of his own Conservative Party, who have already been agitating for a faster reopening amid a vaccination program that’s one of the most advanced in the world.Johnson said Thursday he is “anxious” about the spread of the variant.“Why on earth would we lock down when the vaccines continue to break the link between cases and hospitalizations and deaths?” Steve Baker, chairman of the party’s Covid Recovery Group, said in a statement. “We were told the roadmap was cautious -- in spite of the overwhelmingly promising data on the benefits of the NHS vaccine rollout -- precisely so it would be irreversible.”Exiting LockdownAuthorities are carrying out surge testing in places such as Bolton, in northwest England, where cases have been detected, as well as in parts of London, Public Health England said. Late on Thursday, the Department for Health and Social Care said in a statement that ministers are considering bringing forward planned second vaccine doses for eligible groups.At present, the U.K. allows for up to 12 weeks between first and second doses. Almost 36 million people have had their first dose, of whom almost 19 million have had a second dose. That leaves 17 million people whose second doses could be brought forward if the government decides to change policy.“While there is no firm evidence yet to show this variant has any greater impact on severity of disease or evades the vaccine, the speed of growth is concerning,” the department said. The government “will not hesitate to take further action if necessary,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.That could include local restrictions or “flexing” the vaccination program, Zahawi told Sky News Friday. “But we think that the roadmap for Monday remains in place because the vaccines are delivering because they’re keeping people out of hospital.”Wales UnlocksFrom Monday, people in England will be allowed to meet indoors in homes, pubs and restaurants. Cinemas and theaters will be allowed to reopen, and international holidays will no longer be illegal.Wales will also ease restrictions Monday, moving to alert level 2 from level 3, First Minister Mark Drakeford is set to confirm Friday, according to a statement from his office. Indoor hospitality businesses and entertainment venues will be able to open and more people will be allowed to attend organized indoor and outdoor activities. But Drakeford, too, warned of the new dangers.“The pandemic isn’t over: the new, so-called Indian variant of concern is another unwanted twist in this pandemic, which we are monitoring closely,” he said.(Updates with comment from vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi from third 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.
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — As South Sudan approaches 10 years of being an independent country, many challenges remain for the world’s youngest state. A 2018 peace deal ending a five-year civil war has faced delays in implementation. A government of national unity was formed only last year. Millions of people remain in need of humanitarian assistance ahead of the anniversary of independence in July. One major problem has been the formation of a unified security force, which has been hampered by lack of funding and political will. More than 25,000 trainees have yet to graduate from centers across South Sudan, many struggling without regular meals, medical care or even a curriculum. Many trainees have abandoned the centers. Life in the centers has been especially difficult for women, who had hoped that serving in the security forces would be a stable way to help provide for their families. Their ambitions reflect those of many across South Sudan who saw lives and livelihoods shattered by the conflict. The Associated Press last year explored the lives of women in the centers and followed up as frustrations mounted about the delayed timing of their graduation. One trainee, Happifanya Ogwon James, told the AP she has been waiting to graduate for almost a year. During that time she became pregnant and found herself begging for larger food portions. She alleged that food is distributed according to ethnicity, a practice that could worsen tensions in a country where intercommunal violence is still a deadly threat. “I do not believe that the graduation will be soon,” James said. Another trainee, Taban Albert, alleged that they were given expired food. “Do they mean to kill us?” he asked. He also alleged that funding of the centers is so tight that when a trainee dies, other trainees are told to pay for the burial. “I’ve been in training for 11 months, so where do I get the money?” Albert asked. Trainee Nancy Vincent said that with most people at the centers not receiving any salary, “we are washing our clothes with sand in the stream as if we were still in the bush.” The frustrations echo among some of South Sudan's security leaders. Col. James Khor Chuol, the deputy chief instructor at the Rajaf Police Training Center, asserted that 38 people there had died, some due to lack of medicine. “If somebody is sick, we are going to rush her or him to the hospital, but it will take time,” he said. South Sudan’s defense minister, Angelina Teny, acknowledged “issues” in implementing the peace deal but defended the agreement. “If there is any South Sudanese who thinks there is an alternative to this agreement, they’d better come to their senses, and they really should join us in ensuring its implementation,” she told The Associated Press in an interview this week. The defense minister also expressed concern about the training centers. They “were not adequately prepared for lactating mothers, for pregnant women, and also people are human beings, you know, some women got pregnant there in the training centers," she said. "This all has not been catered for. We take it now as a lesson for the next phase.” Another problem was the lack of screening of people before they were admitted to training centers “because there was that pressure that something must happen,” Teny said. ___ Maura Ajak is a freelance journalist based in Juba. Her story was developed with support from African Women in Media, in partnership with the European Union delegation to the African Union and the African Union. Maura Ajak, The Associated Press
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) does not see any major impact on chip exports from Taiwan's largest airline having to cut flights while pilots are quarantined over a COVID-19 outbreak, it said on Friday. The government on Monday ordered the quarantine of all pilots at China Airlines Ltd for 14 days as it tries to stop an outbreak of COVID-19 linked to the carrier and a hotel at Taiwan's main international airport. China Airlines said that would affect more than 10% of its freighter capacity, though it stressed it would not be totally grounded.
(Bloomberg) -- Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. warned that the global supply crunch that has hit the consumer electronics and automaking industries will worsen this quarter, after it weathered component shortages to post better-than-expected quarterly profits.The world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and main assembler of iPhones reported net income of NT$28.2 billion($1 billion) in the three months ended March, beating the average NT$24.4 billion of adjusted analyst estimates. Revenue in the second quarter will likely be steady from the previous three months, as growth in its consumer electronics and components divisions is countered by a slowdown in its server and computer divisions, in part because of parts shortages, the corporation said Friday.“Component shortages in the second quarter will be more severe than the first quarter,” Chairman Young Liu said on a conference call. He reiterated previous comments that shortages may persist until the second quarter of 2022 and that the impact on its businesses won’t exceed 10%.Taiwan’s Hon Hai is among a crop of leading companies from Sony Corp. to Stellantis NV that have sounded the alarm over a growing shortage of key components like semiconductors and display drivers vital to product manufacturing. Liu said last month that component scarcity has worsened since late March and the lead time for some parts is now as long as 52 weeks. Its shares have slipped 20% since rising to a record in March, as the extent of the supply crunch became more evident.To boost its own semiconductor capabilities amid the prolonged shortage, Hon Hai agreed earlier this month to set up a joint venture with Yageo Corp. to develop chips with average selling prices lower than $2.“This JV will help Hon Hai’s ongoing business transformation into semi/auto business to increase content value with margin expansion,” BofA analysts wrote in a May 6 note, adding the company’s strong sales in the first quarter and April indicate its share gain in Apple Inc. business and the server market.Sales during the quarter jumped 44% to NT$1.35 trillion, in line with analyst estimates, the company said last month, helped by robust demand for Apple’s new 5G devices and other gadgets that help consumers stay connected at home during the pandemic.While prices of components as well as raw materials have increased, the impact on Hon Hai will be limited, Liu said. The firm still aims to reach gross margins of 7% this year, he added. But the incessant spread of Covid-19 in India, which is growing in importance as a manufacturing base for Hon Hai, may cloud the firm’s prospects. The company, also known as Foxconn, cut iPhone 12 production in the country by more than 50% after infected workers left its factory, Reuters reported earlier this week.To reduce its reliance on consumer electronics, the assembler has been casting around for new growth drivers and it’s identified electric vehicles as a key emerging industry. In recent months, Foxconn has entered into partnerships with an array of carmakers including Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Byton Ltd. and Fisker Inc. to boost its automotive capabilities. Its agreement to develop an EV with Fisker will now include a factory in the U.S., the companies said Thursday.Read more: Fisker Soars as EV Deal With Foxconn to Include U.S. Factory (Updates with outlook, company comments)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.
Ireland's health service operator shut down all its IT systems on Friday to protect it from what it described as a significant ransomware attack but said its coronavirus vaccination programme was unaffected. The head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) said it took the step as a precaution to protect as much information as possible and that it was assessing how the attack would affect other services. One maternity hospital in Dublin cancelled all outpatient appointments on Friday other than those for women 36 weeks pregnant or in need of urgent care.
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Toshiba Tec France Imaging System said on Friday that DarkSide, the hacking group blamed for crippling a major U.S. pipeline company, had targeted it in a ransomware attack during the night of May 4. The unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp said in a statement that only a minimal amount of work data was lost during the cyberattack and no leaks of data had been detected.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Friday, but no tsunami warning was issued and no damage was immediately reported. “People were running from their houses," said a local disaster mitigation agency official, Hiramo, who goes by a single name. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.6 quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and was centered 257 kilometers (159 miles) south of Sinabang, a town on the east coast of Simeulue Island, which lies off the western coast of Sumatra. No tsunami warning was issued by the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, and no casualties were immediately reported. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 271 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. Indonesia's latest major earthquake was in January, when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500, while displacing more than 92,000, in West Sulawesi province. The Associated Press
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New Delhi [India], May 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday directly transferred around Rs 19,000 crores to the bank accounts of 10 crore farmers across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).