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State interference threatens China’s control of rare earth production

State planning limits on China’s production of rare earth elements is undermining the country’s dominance of the strategic sector, according to Chinese industry executives and analysts. The production limits, enforced to limit environmental damage from rare earth mines and also keep prices high, are forcing Chinese manufacturers that depend on rare earths for a range… Continue reading State interference threatens China’s control of rare earth production

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US state governors grapple with surge in Covid cases

US healthcare workers fear surging Covid-19 cases could overwhelm hospitals as governors scrambled on Sunday to address record rises in new infections across the country.  New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said the state was developing a new strategy to find “micro-clusters” of Covid-19 infections. Testing must get more local, he said, pointing to… Continue reading US state governors grapple with surge in Covid cases

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Economic Report: More unemployed Americans are exhausting state benefits and facing bleak job prospects

The number of jobless Americans getting unemployment compensation fell by more than 6 million from August to early October, but at least one-third appear to have simply exhausted their state benefits and shifted to a temporary federal-relief program. What it signals, economists say, is the decline in existing jobless claims is not quite as good… Continue reading Economic Report: More unemployed Americans are exhausting state benefits and facing bleak job prospects

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Thailand lifts state of emergency

Thailand lifted a week-old state of emergency intended to quash anti-government protests on Thursday, a day after demonstrators surrounded the country’s seat of government.  Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement after vowing to “de-escalate” the stand-off between Thai authorities and protesters demanding his resignation and limits to the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.  Mr… Continue reading Thailand lifts state of emergency

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US Republicans must make peace with the state

If a man helps to win the greatest war ever fought among our species, some four-lane highways he built later on will tend not to define him. Sure enough, there is no telling from the new Dwight Eisenhower memorial in Washington DC that his was a mostly domestic presidency. It is the D-Day generalship that… Continue reading US Republicans must make peace with the state

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Mark Hulbert: The stock market’s strength tells us less about the true state of the economy than at almost any other time over the last five decades

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — We can stop debating whether the stock market has become more disconnected from the economy. It undeniably has, according to a just-completed academic study by Rene Stulz, a professor of banking and monetary economics at Ohio State University, and Frederik Schlingemann, a finance professor at the University of Pittsburgh. But don’t… Continue reading Mark Hulbert: The stock market’s strength tells us less about the true state of the economy than at almost any other time over the last five decades

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Protective Antimicrobial Face Coverings – Grey State Apparel Unveiled the 'Protective Collection' (TrendHunter.com)

Grey State, the fashion-forward loungewear brand, recently launched a new collection of facial coverings with enhanced with innovative HeiQ V-Block, a Swiss antimicrobial technology that provides protection for fabrics against microbes. The new series, called the Protective Collection, features stylish colorways and are designed to be non-irritating and non-toxic. Saima Chowdhury, the Founder and CEO… Continue reading Protective Antimicrobial Face Coverings – Grey State Apparel Unveiled the 'Protective Collection' (TrendHunter.com)

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Economic Report: Philadelphia Fed index outperforms NY Empire State survey in October

The numbers: Two regional gauges of U.S. manufacturing sentiment moved in different directions in October, according to data released Thursday. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to a reading of 32.3 in October from 15 in September. Economists had expected a reading of 13.5. This is the highest reading since the pandemic. The Empire State… Continue reading Economic Report: Philadelphia Fed index outperforms NY Empire State survey in October

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Thailand declares state of emergency and cracks down on demonstrators

Thailand’s prime minister declared a “serious” state of emergency in Bangkok as police and soldiers disperse protesters on Thursday, marking the start of a crackdown on a student-led protest movement. In an ad in Thailand’s Royal Gazette, the government said it had taken the action due to “action that impacted a royal procession” carrying family… Continue reading Thailand declares state of emergency and cracks down on demonstrators