Houthis approve UN technical plan to assess decaying Yemen oil tanker

By Lisa Barrington

DUBAI, Nov 25 (Reuters)Houthi authorities in Yemen have given long-awaited approval for a United Nations plan to visit and assess a deteriorating oil tanker off Yemen’s coast that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil into the Red Sea.

Staff and equipment could be expected to arrive at the tanker by late January or early February, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Tuesday.

Hussein al-Azzi, the Houthi deputy foreign minister, said on Sunday Houthi authorities had sent a letter confirming they would welcome the U.N. team of experts, adding they were waiting for confirmation of an arrival date.

“It represents an important step forward in this critical work,” Dujarric said, adding the letter was received on Saturday.

The United Nations has warned that the Safer, stranded since 2015, could spill four times as much oil as the 1989 Exxon Valdez

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Dark Fiber Market 2020-2024 | COVID-19 Impact Analysis and Business Continuity Plan for New Normal | Technavio

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The dark fiber market is expected to grow by USD 4.85 billion, progressing at a CAGR of over 12% during the forecast period. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dark fiber market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios. According to the report, the market is expected to have a positive impact due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The imposition of lockdowns and the adoption of work from home policies by businesses across the world has significantly increased the demand for internet services. This is resulting in the increased deployment of high-speed fiber facilities by network and telecom operators worldwide.

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Digital Publishing Market Value to Reach $64.83 Billion Amid Recession | COVID-19 Recovery Analysis and Business Continuity Plan


The digital publishing market is expected to grow by USD 64.83 billion and progress at a CAGR of almost 12% during 2020-2024. According to Technavio, the market is expected to have a neutral impact due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in the short term, the market demand will witness superior growth due to the increase in infections and the imposition of lockdowns. In addition, prominent music streaming service providers such as Spotify are looking to expand their operations in emerging markets such as Asia. These factors are expected to propel the market growth during the forecast period.

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How Big Stores Plan to Handle Black Friday This Year

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Black Friday has long been the biggest shopping day of the year, with doorbuster deals inspiring some die-hard shoppers to camp out all night in front of big-box stores.

But as coronavirus cases climb across the country and public health officials beg people to avoid crowds, will stores still try to lure customers inside? And if they do, will customers take the bait and show up?

“This year is going to be a Black Friday unlike any other,” said Kelly O’Keefe, managing partner at the Brand Federation, a consulting firm. “We’re not going to have crowds knocking down Walmart’s door this year. There will be fewer people in stores and there will be much better management of those people.”

Here’s what some

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German States Plan to Relax Virus Rules for Christmas | World News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s 16 federal states plan to allow gatherings of up to 10 people over Christmas and New Year, offering some relaxation of coronavirus restrictions to let families and friends celebrate together, a draft proposal showed on Tuesday.

Leaders have also agreed to dramatically boost capacity on state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn through the winter months, effectively making carriages window-seat only to reduce the chance of passengers infecting each other.

The premiers of the states are due to agree plans with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. Berlin mayor Michael Mueller told ARD television he was confident the measures, agreed by the leaders late on Monday, would be adopted.

The premiers agreed to extend a national “lockdown light”, introduced on Nov. 2, until Dec. 20 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will keep bars, restaurants and entertainment venues shut while schools and shops stay open.

They also

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5 Reasons to Double Down and Draft a Business Plan, Plus Tips for How to Do It

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These days, you just don’t hear that much about business plans. The feeling from some corners of this industry — entrepreneurs and investors—seems that business plans have lost their snap, but I simply don’t agree.

There are plenty of good and necessary reasons for savvy entrepreneurs to invest time and energy to write a memorable business plan. Here are my top five.

1. A well-thought-out business plan is a roadmap that becomes a living, breathing document for turning your vision into a real company with paying customers 

Your business plan is the opportunity to demonstrate crisply that you understand your market, that you can solve a big problem for your customers and that your solution presents a value proposition that decision-makers will buy. 

Writing a business plan is like catching a fish or painting a room.

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Bangladesh presents 5-point plan on business recovery from pandemic crisis

The Bangladesh High Commission in London and the Commonwealth Secretariat organised the virtual high-level Commonwealth B2B Connectivity dialogue on Monday.

Bangladesh also paid tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark his birth centenary at the event, the high commission said in a media release.

The proposals presented by Munshi included the creation of a Commonwealth B2B connectivity hub and a digital market place as well as virtual training and capacity building programmes for supporting Commonwealth private sectors, women entrepreneurs and SMEs for taking full benefits of e-commerce and cross-border paperless trade.

The commerce minister recalled Bangabandhu’s call for the economic emancipation of the Commonwealth’s less advantaged, small and developing members at the 1973 Ottawa CHOGM.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s rapid digitalisation of Bangladesh economy with 98% mobile banking access and more than 60% internet penetration including the Digital Commerce Policy 2018 has not only spurred a $1 billion e-Commerce

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A brilliant plan to turn parking garages into rooftop gardens

There are more than 41,000 parking spaces in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. Many of them could be put to better use, says Julian Anderson, a director at the large Australian architecture firm Bates Smart.

“It’s the third largest land use in the city,” he says. Community space, on the other hand, ranks dead last. Bates Smart crunched the numbers and found that, in total, parking takes up nearly 1,200 acres of space, or more space than New York’s Central Park. And if it’s not bad enough that these parking spaces take up so much space and encourage more driving, they also sit empty most of the time. “You think, my god, there’s one and a half times Central Park wrapped up in car parking in central Melbourne,” Anderson says. “What can we do to unlock this?”

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One potential solution, he says, is to

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Why the Golden State Warriors’ COVID-Reopening Plan Isn’t So Nuts

Last week the City of San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors, rejected a plan from the team to seat fans when the COVID-marred 72-game NBA season kicks off on Dec. 22. If you’re inclined to regard sports owners and the billionaire class at large with some degree of cynicism, you probably read this sentence and thought: Why were the Warriors trying to turn their indoor arena into a COVID breeding ground?

The truth about Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s plan to sit 9,000 fans in an arena for a two-and-a-half-hour basketball game is more reasonable than that, a fascinating test case case in how private businesses small and large have tried to balance staying afloat while keeping coronavirus at bay in a country that has drifted about with absolutely no plan aside from “wait for a vaccine and hope people don’t hang out with their friends and family.”

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Business group criticises Victoria’s plan to offer paid sick leave to casuals

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The Victorian government is creating a nation-first program which will see casual workers receive paid sick leave, but COSBOA says the initiative shows a “deep lack of understanding” of the work environment.

The ‘secure work pilot scheme’ will provide casual workers in industries with high rates of casualisation, such as hospitality and aged care, up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the minimum wage.

The initial two-year pilot will be funded by the Victorian government at no cost to businesses, however, any ongoing scheme will be funded with an industry levy.

“Workers staying on the job when they’re sick is bad for business — for the rest of your staff and for your customers. We believe this scheme will benefit businesses and workers right across Victoria,” Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas said in a statement on Monday.

COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces and hotel

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