Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023


BEIJING (AP) — China has accused critics in the U.S. government of “an escalation of political suppression” against Beijing following new visa restrictions on members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their immediate family members.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday that China would “make representations” to the U.S. over its decision to limit such people to one-month, single-entry visas.

Hua called Washington’s approach “totally inconsistent with the U.S.’s own interests,” and said it would damage America’s global image.

“I think it is obvious to all that this is an escalation of political suppression by some extreme anti-China forces in the U.S. out of strong ideological prejudice and deep-rooted Cold War mentality against China,” Hua said at a daily briefing.

The State Department said in a statement Thursday that the new restrictions are intended to protect the U.S. from the Chinese Communist Party’s “malign influence.”

“For decades we allowed

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Obama will take vaccine, might film to build confidence

Former President Barack Obama addresses voters one day before the election, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2, 2020.

Brandon Bell | Reuters

Former President Barack Obama said that he will take a Covid-19 vaccine once one is available and may film it to build confidence about safety.

“I will be taking it and I may take it on TV or have it filmed so people know that I trust this science,” he told SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” during an interview. “What I don’t trust is getting Covid.”

Numerous polls find many Americans are skeptical about getting a Covid-19 vaccine, potentially jeopardizing U.S. vaccination efforts to control the pandemic.

The reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated has been a growing problem in the U.S. long before the pandemic started. Medical experts point to a long-debunked

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By Ted Hesson and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has issued rules to restrict travel to the United States by members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their families, in its latest move to push back against Chinese activity in the country.

The policy reduces the maximum validity length of B1/B2 non-immigrant business and tourist visas for party members and their immediate family members from 10 years to 1 month, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

The measure was aimed at protecting the nation from the party’s “malign influence,” it said, adding the party works to “influence Americans through propaganda, economic coercion, and other nefarious activities.”

It said the party, which has more than 90 million members, also “sends agents to the United States to unabashedly monitor, threaten, and report on Chinese nationals and Chinese-American groups.”

The Trump administration has sought to

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Lofchie added that the service is available for “any client that wants some help, whether they have a small business idea they want to launch, or whether they are currently an entrepreneur and want some help.

“We have business experts that will be available to talk with any of our clients on a confidential, one-on-one basis,” she said. “We also will be providing training and access to other content resources.”  

Most businesses have had some resiliency planning in place during the COVID-19 crisis, Lofchie said.

“I think this has lasted longer than any of us ever expected,” she said. “They [small businesses] are at the point where it is getting really hard, and there is a need for someone to come alongside them and coach them. There is also a need on the technical side, matching entrepreneurs with resources that are out there for them.”

The goal is to provide

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LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone business activity contracted last month as governments across the bloc re-imposed strict lockdowns to quell a second wave of coronavirus infections, but optimism recovered on hopes for a vaccine, a survey showed.

The euro zone’s economy will shrink again this quarter, a Reuters poll predicted, but as a coronavirus vaccine comes closer and with expectations for additional support from the European Central Bank, quarterly growth forecasts for next year were upgraded.

IHS Markit’s composite PMI, seen as a good guide to economic health, sank to 45.3 in November from October’s 50.0, the level separating growth from contraction. That was, however, above an earlier flash reading of 45.1.

“There is a sense that after the initial reactions of businesses to the lockdowns, the second half of the month was better than anticipated. It’s still bad but not as bad as expected,” said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank.

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Bank of Japan (BOJ) board member Hitoshi Suzuki said on Thursday the central bank should allow super-long bond yields to rise moderately as part of efforts to make its stimulus programme sustainable.

Under its yield curve control policy, the BOJ seeks to keep short-term interest rates at around -0.1% and 10-year bond yields at around zero as part of efforts to revive the economy with low borrowing costs.

But years of ultra-low rates have strained financial institutions’ profits, stoking fears that they may not earn enough to boost lending and help support the economy.

“Allowing the super-long end of the yield curve to steepen moderately, while keeping 10-year bond yields around zero, would help financial institutions earn more profits,” Suzuki told business leaders in Fukushima, northeastern Japan.

“As such, this will be desirable from the standpoint of maintaining financial system stability, as our monetary easing is prolonged,”

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Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax’s CEO and majority owner, is clearly enjoying the sudden attention on his business, giving interviews in the last few weeks to CNN, CNBC, the Daily Beast, the New Yorker and Variety and making swipes at Fox along the way. He’s right about one thing: Fox can’t keep up its clashing interests. It can’t be taken seriously as a journalistic operation while at the same time cozying up to the conservative fringes and peddling conspiracy theories. And now places like Newsmax are doing the latter part better. Trump’s loss has effectively put Fox at a crossroads.

But whether Newsmax or OAN will seriously dent the No. 1 primetime cable-TV network or remain kooky wannabes depends on several unpredictable factors, including how politically relevant the Trump family is after 2020 and whether it forms its own media brand, further fragmenting that corner of the industry.

There’s also one wall

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Japanese automotive group Nissan is to set up a new regional business unit for Africa as it seeks to boost manufacturing capacity and penetrate one of the world’s biggest undeveloped new car markets.

The move marks a reorganisation of the company’s disparate operations on the continent, bringing them within one entity headed by Mike Whitfield, who has previously served as managing director of Nissan’s units in both South Africa and Egypt.

“Beyond internal operating enhancements, this also positions Nissan to focus on the massive opportunity that Africa presents to the organisation globally,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population and household incomes are rising. But its 1 billion inhabitants account for only 1% of the world’s new passenger car sales, based on industry data.

Most carmakers have focused manufacturing and sales in South Africa – the continent’s most developed economy – which accounts

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In the current student survey for the master’s ranking by the Center for University Development (CHE), Mannheim’s business administration came out on top in all categories.

At the University of Mannheim, the master’s degree in business administration can be studied very well. This is shown by the current CHE university ranking for master’s courses. The Mannheim Master in Management is in the top group in all eight categories and thus – together with the Technical University of Munich and the inter-university degree in Finance and Information Management (FIM) – receives the most top ratings nationwide. The Mannheim master’s courses in economics and business informatics were also rated in the ranking. These achieved top positions in the categories “transition to master’s degree” and “course offerings” and were in the middle of the field in the other evaluations.

For the ranking, enrolled students are surveyed regularly. Their verdict on Mannheim’s business administration

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved Purdue University’s new Master of Science in Graduate Studies degree. Purdue says this is the first degree to be conferred through the Graduate School on the West Lafayette campus. 

“Education is changing, and students want a powerful learning experience where they can draw from many different disciplines,” said Linda Mason, dean of the Graduate School. “With the new MS in Graduate Studies, students will be able to integrate several academic disciplines to become interdisciplinary thinkers and creative problem solvers in emerging fields.”

Associate Dean James Mohler says there was already “great interest” among West Lafayette faculty to build interdisciplinary degrees that are not housed in a single department.

“I am amazed by the number of units approaching us about this,” Mohler said. “The MS in Graduate Studies provides a vehicle for faculty to operate outside

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