Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

40% of ECB staff has low or no trust Two-thirds say confidence is damaged 63% worried about ECB’s ability to protect purchasing power FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – (This Jan. 17 story has been corrected to restore the dropped words in paragraph 11) European Central Bank staff are losing confidence in the institution’s leadership following … Read more

Factbox: Spain, Malaysia add to restrictions on travellers from China

Factbox: Spain, Malaysia add to restrictions on travellers from China

Dec 30 (Reuters) – Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 case there surge following its relaxation of “zero-COVID” rules. They cite a lack of information from China on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections. China has rejected criticism of its COVID data and … Read more

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

U.S., Japan, others require COVID tests from Chinese visitors China state media calls COVID travel curbs “discriminatory” China’s factory activity likely cooled in December -poll BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese state-media said COVID-19 testing requirements imposed by several places around the world in response to a surging wave of infections were “discriminatory”, in the … Read more

Paterson School District will bring back its mask mandate in the new year amid rising COVID, RSV, flu cases

Paterson School District will bring back its mask mandate in the new year amid rising COVID, RSV, flu cases

PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) — New Jersey’s fourth largest school district is bringing back an old mandate in the new year. Starting January 3, Paterson School District will be requiring everyone who enters into a school building to wear a face mask. The mandate will be reinstated as students and staff return from their winter … Read more

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

SAO PAULO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 p.m. “due to … Read more

COVID-19 rules for Chinese travellers set to be rolled out across the globe | The World – ABC News (Australia)

COVID-19 rules for Chinese travellers set to be rolled out across the globe | The World – ABC News (Australia)

COVID-19 rules for Chinese travellers set to be rolled out across the globe | The World  ABC News (Australia) PM flags changes to COVID-19 testing requirement for China travellers after US announcement  9News Push for new Covid rules for one group  news.com.au China to resume issuing passports and visas in roll back of zero-COVID controls  ABC News View Full … Read more

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. The United States, India, Italy and Taiwan now require mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers … Read more

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

Hospitals, funeral parlours overwhelmed by COVID wave Some countries impose testing rules on Chinese travellers China reports one new COVID death for Dec. 28 SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China’s sprawling and thinly resourced countryside is racing to beef up medical facilities before hundreds of millions of factory workers return to their families for the … Read more

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

Tesla gains 3.3% in choppy trade Southwest Airlines slips 5.2% on government scrutiny Indexes down: Dow 1.1%, S&P 500 1.20%, Nasdaq 1.35% Dec 28 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes ended weaker on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq hitting a 2022 closing low, as investors grappled with mixed economic data, rising COVID cases in China, and … Read more

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

HONG KONG, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Hong Kong will cancel its stringent COVID-19 rules from Thursday, city leader John Lee said, meaning that arrivals will no longer need to do mandatory PCR tests while the city’s vaccine pass would also be scrapped. All measures would be cancelled on Thursday, apart from the wearing of masks … Read more