March 3, 2021

Business management

Britain and the European Union today struck a Brexit deal that will define the country’s relationship with our closest neighbours and largest trading partner for decades to come.

After 24 hours of last-minute haggling over fishing quotas, Boris Johnson tweeted a picture of himself smiling with both thumbs lifted in the air. “The dealis done,” he wrote.

The European commission president Ursula von der Leyen described the negotiations as a “long and winding road” but said the final deal was “fair and balanced”.

She added: “At the end of a successful negotiations journey, I normally feel joy. But today I only feel quiet satisfaction and — frankly speaking — relief.

“I know this is a difficult day for some. To our friends in the UK, I want to say: parting is such sweet sorrow. But to use a line from TS Eliot: what we call the beginning is often the … Read the rest

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Dining-out isn’t just about the food, its an experience. Friends, families, and even co-workers love to spend some time together after a tiring day to relax and just enjoy each other’s company and some good food. And yes, no dining is complete without some dessert that adds a sweet note towards the end.

Speaking of desserts, while there are amazing recipes that are either region-specific or suit a particular tastebud, there are a few which are devoured across the globe and without barriers. Ice-creams or Frozen Desserts are one of those recipes with unrivaled popularity. Seldom do we come across someone who doesn’t enjoy an ice cream in one form or another—say a sorbet, gelato, or even frozen yogurt.

Enchanting young an old with their color, texture, and a plethora of flavors, ice-creams have also been a favorite among home cooks and chefs alike who love experimenting. While some of … Read the rest

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Dec 24 (Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:

 

Singapore confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Singapore confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus variant found in the United Kingdom, while 11 other people who were already in quarantine returned preliminarily positive results for the new strain.

Singapore has been conducting viral genomic sequencing for recently arrived confirmed COVID-19 cases from Europe. The patient with the new variant came to Singapore from the UK on Dec. 6, had been quarantined on arrival and tested positive on Dec. 8.

All her close contacts had been placed in quarantine, and had tested negative at the end of their quarantine period. The health ministry said it had been able to ringfence the case so that there was no further transmission.

 

Early success leaves South Korea scrambling

After a summer of touting South Korea’s … Read the rest

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The Scottish government has called for drivers moving perishable goods such as seafood and salmon to be prioritised as France eases it travel ban.

France and the UK have reached agreement over their shared border which was closed amid concerns over a new coronavirus variant.

EU nationals and hauliers are among those now able to travel – if they have had a recent negative test.

But there have been warnings that it could take days to clear the backlog.

Soldiers have joined NHS Test and Trace staff in Kent to carry out rapid tests on thousands of stranded lorry drivers.

There have also been reports of clashes between some stranded lorry drivers and police.

The travel ban was imposed on Sunday after the UK government warned of a new, fast-spreading variant of coronavirus and introduced strict tier four – “stay at home” – restrictions across large parts of southern and … Read the rest

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You can access the trading system on your mobile devices with both Android and iOS apps available. You can access the system on diverse online platforms and access the market to … Read the rest

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The bamboo tree is known for being resilient. It sways with the breeze and bends when a storm comes, but it doesn’t break and remains standing tall even with the strongest wind. This particular trait makes bamboo stand out.

Amid the pandemic and natural disasters, the bamboo symbolizes Filipinos’ resiliency.

 

Home of bamboos

Las Piñas City, NCR’s Parol Capital, is home to three generations of parol makers who use bamboo frames. Bamboos may have grown abundantly in the area long before, as it is home to the world-famous Bamboo Organ built-in 1824.

In 2006, when Sen. Cynthia Villar was still the representative of Las Piñas, she started the Parol Festival.

Villar SIPAG Chairman Manny Villar and Managing Director Senator Cynthia Villar

She helped organize the parol makers by launching the Samahang Magpaparol ng Las Piñas. She assisted them in setting up the Las Piñas Parol Center. The center served … Read the rest

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New research into the state of play for 250 U.K. business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing leaders  has revealed that over half of brands surveyed saw a rise in their marketing technology budget in 2020.

Businesses are focused on using these expanded resources to deliver for a market radically altered by COVID-19. The top concern from marketing leaders for 2021 was the growing demand for convenience and safety, more than twice the second biggest concern – the acceleration of e-commerce.

In the new year, brands are preparing to bounce back from the challenges of 2020 with a more mature, tech-driven approach to build meaningful connections with customers. Sixty-one percent of respondents pointed to increased new customer acquisition as their top business priority in 2021, followed by improved data management, optimised marketing automation workflows and better mapping of the customer lifecycle.

These priorities translate into an ambitious expansion of businesses’ martech stack in 2021. … Read the rest

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Starting a business is exciting, but before you jump headfirst into a new opportunity, you should ask yourself some crucial questions that will determine if this path is right for you. Building a small business isn’t for everyone, especially specific business ideas like in the food industry, and treating this decision lightly could lead you to a decision you might regret. 

Ask Yourself the Following Questions

How Much Money Will I Need?

Every business comes with a start-up cost, which means you’ll need to save a few dollars before fully exploring your new opportunity. On Startfromzero.com, author Dane Maxwell discusses how there are plenty of businesses you can start for free, like blogging, freelance writing, and dog training, as long as you already have the skills necessary to start.

However, there are other businesses that need thousands of dollars in start-up-costs, especially if you require factory or office space. Read the rest

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Making a vehicle represents a supply chain challenge even for Apple, a company with deep pockets that makes hundreds of millions of electronics products each year with parts from around the world, but has never made a car.

Apple Inc. is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch. At one point, Apple drew back the effort to focus on software and reassessed its goals. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who had worked at Tesla Inc., returned to oversee the project in 2018 and laid off 190 people from the team in 2019.

Since then, Apple has progressed enough that it now aims Read the rest

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More than 800,000 private tenants in England and Wales could be behind on their rent, with young people and the self-employed most likely to have missed payments, research for a landlords group has found.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) warned of a “rent debt crisis” and called for government action to help struggling tenants.

A survey for the NRLA found 7% of renters had built up arrears as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a figure that would equate to 840,000 people across England and Wales.

While the average arrears were between £251 and £500, some tenants reported that they owed their landlord more than £1,000.

Renters aged between 18 and 24 were twice as likely to have fallen behind as the general population of tenants, and the self-employed were most likely to be struggling, with 17% saying they had built up debts to their landlord.

These groups have … Read the rest

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