Delaware governor sets in-home mask mandate

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s governor is issuing a stay-at-home advisory and implementing a universal mask mandate requiring people to wear cloth face coverings even in their own homes if someone outside the immediate household is present.

Gov. John Carney on Thursday also recommended that schools suspend in-person instruction from Dec. 14 to Jan. 8 and resume hybrid learning on Jan. 11. Winter sports competitions will be prohibited during that period.

The mask mandate will require all Delawareans to wear cloth face coverings anytime they are indoors with anyone outside their immediate household. Delaware has had a public mask mandate since April 28 requiring use of face coverings in public settings where social distancing is not possible.

A spokesman for the governor says officials are relying on voluntary compliance with the mask mandate.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— U.S. reaches daily records with more than 3,100 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations; tops

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Nissan Sets up New Business Unit for African Region | Investing News

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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Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high

Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs.

Australia reported its economy expanded 3.3% in the July-September quarter as the country recovered from pandemic lockdowns. That lifted the country out of recession, although in annual terms the economy contracted 3.8% from a year earlier.

“The rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around 40% of the decline during the first half of the year and we expect output to return to pre-virus levels by mid-2021,” Ben Udy of Capital Economics said in a commentary.


Renewed talk of a possible U.S. stimulus package failed to drive major gains in Asia, however, as investors adopted a “wait and see” stance after so many failed attempts to forge an agreement on additional help as the U.S. endures fresh waves of coronavirus infections and precautions.

Hong Kong’s

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Strong start to December as S&P 500 index sets another high

Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones Tuesday after a broad rally for stocks pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs.

The S&P 500 gained 1.1%, with Big Tech companies and banks driving a big part of the rally. The strong opening to December follows a 10.8% surge for the broad index in November, marking its best month since April. The tech-heavy Nasdaq climbed 1.3%. Both indexes beat the record highs they set on Friday. Treasury yields also rose in another sign of optimism from investors.

Stocks have been ramping higher in recent weeks as investors focus on the possibility that coronavirus vaccines could soon help usher in a fuller global economic recovery. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington are debating once more whether to deliver another round of coronavirus relief to the economy before President Donald Trump leaves office.

“It seems like both the House and the

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AWS adds natural language search service for business intelligence from its data sets

When Amazon Web Services launched QuickSight, its business intelligence service, back in 2016 the company wanted to provide product information and customer information for business users — not just developers.

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At the time, the natural language processing technologies available weren’t robust enough to give customers the tools to search databases effectively using queries in plain speech.

Now, as those technologies have matured, Amazon is coming back with a significant upgrade called QuickSight Q, which allows users to just ask a simple question and get the answers they need, according to Andy Jassy’s keynote at AWS re:Invent.

“We will provide natural language to provide what we think the key learning is,” said Jassy. “I don’t like that our users have to know which databases to access or where data is stored. I want them to be able to type into a search bar and get the answer to a

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Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan

European Union lawmakers have laid out a major legislative proposal today to encourage the reuse of industrial data across the Single Market by creating a standardized framework of trusted tools and techniques to ensure what they describe as “secure and privacy-compliant conditions” for sharing data.

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Enabling a network of trusted and neutral data intermediaries, and an oversight regime comprised of national monitoring authorities and a pan-EU coordinating body, are core components of the plan.

The move follows the European Commission’s data strategy announcement in February, when it said it wanted to boost data reuse to support a new generation of data-driven services powered by data-hungry artificial intelligence, as well as encouraging the notion of using ‘tech for good’ by enabling “more data and good quality data” to fuel innovation with a common public good (like better disease diagnostics) and improve public services.

The wider context is that personal

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Colorado guv sets Nov. 30 start for COVID-19 special session

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers will convene Nov. 30 in a special session to craft a relief package for businesses, restaurants, bars, child care providers, landlords, tenants, public school students and others suffering under the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Jared Polis set the date in an executive order issued late Thursday. He also told The Washington Post on Thursday he is seeking relief totaling between $300 million and $400 million. On Tuesday, he had proposed a $220 million package for a special session.

Polis wants lawmakers to adopt sales tax relief for restaurants, bars, other businesses and cultural venues affected by capacity limits; allocate funds for child-care providers and rental assistance for tenants and landlords; and expand broadband and Wi-Fi internet access for students and teachers displaced from the classroom.

The Democratic governor is seeking more aid to help tenants struggling pay rent; assistance for paying utility bills; food banks and

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Central New York auto parts manufacturer sets date for closing, layoffs of 135 workers

Auburn, N.Y. — BCS Automotive Interface Solutions has set a date for the closing of its auto parts factory near Auburn and the layoffs of the plant’s 135 employees.

BCS said the plant at 2150 Cranebrook Drive in Aurelius will shut down Feb. 28, 2021. Its 135 workers will be permanently laid off between Jan. 8 and Feb. 28.

The company made the disclosures in a notice filed with the state under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) Act.

BCS makes controls systems for vehicle interiors, including access systems such as electronic and mechanical steering column locks, passive entry systems, and remote keyless entry systems. (BCS stands for Body Control Systems.)

In its notice to the state, the company attributed the closing to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19.” Covid-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

However, BCS was looking at closing the plant, formerly known as

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Business Process Outsourcing Market Sets the Table for Continued Growth | Capgemini, Aon Hewitt, Wipro, Accenture

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Nov 18, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Global Business Process Outsourcing Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The influencing Factors of growth and regulations with respect to the usage of the information, availability of highly reliable products in the market, and increase in operational efficiency of Business Process Outsourcing Players.The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing dynamics of Global Business Process Outsourcing Market . As per study key and emerging players of this market are Aon Hewitt, Wipro Limited, Xerox Corporation, Accenture PLC, IBM Corporation, Capgemini, Infosys BPO Ltd., Syntel, Inc., Tata … Read More

Entrust Sets the Standard for Simple and Secure Instant Financial Card Issuance with the Sigma DS4 Printer

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entrust, a leading provider of trusted identities, payments and data protection, today announced the Sigma DS4 Printer for instant financial issuance. Designed to enable banks, credit unions and retailers to instantly issue secure, flat financial cards, the Sigma DS4 printer sets the standard for simplicity, security and smart features.

Entrust Sigma Financial Card Printers are specifically designed for today’s cloud environments and have the ability to easily issue the most secure financial cards in the world. With the growing demand for contactless technology solutions, Sigma systems make it easy for banks and credit unions to provide permanent, fully activated cards through drive-up service and drive-thru windows – providing an instant and convenient card-user experience when a replacement card is needed.

The Sigma DS4 is Entrust’s most user-friendly financial card printer, with an intuitive dashboard that lets users see print status, order supplies, check cleaning status, update

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