Supply shortages and emboldened workers: a changing economy

Employees at a fast food restaurant in Sacramento, exasperated by working in sweltering heat for low wages, demanded more pay and a new air conditioner – and got both. Orders poured in to an Italian auto supplier, which struggled to source enough of everything from plastics to microchips to meet …

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Former leader of abducted group dies at 83 still heartbroken

Shigeo Iizuka, who until a week ago led a group of family members leading a decades-long campaign for the return of loved ones abducted by North Korea, died on December 18. He was 83 years old. Iizuka joined the group after a landmark meeting in Pyongyang in 2002 between then …

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Inflation is a concern for most economies, but not for Japan

(AP) – Soaring prices are haunting consumers and baffling economic planners in the United States and other countries, but not in Japan, where triggering inflation has proven to be an elusive goal. As the Federal Reserve and most other central banks shift into anti-inflation mode, the Bank of Japan on …

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Capito and Manchin announce over $ 23 million in USDA rural development loans and grants

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriation Committee, today announced $ 23,367,889 in rural housing loans and community development grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “West Virginia’s rural housing, clean water, and wastewater infrastructure needs are …

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Post-pandemic bloom and how Shillong was celebrated

Even though the winter chill had started its descent over Meghalaya state, the beautiful cherry blossoms came through the cold to reveal a bloom of pink sakura. After the pandemic, it seemed entirely appropriate that the flowers, which symbolize the revival, usher in the start of the post-Covid festivities. The …

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Latest news: GAM and star fund manager fined over conflict of interest scandal

Qantas has become the latest airline to experience a slowdown in bookings, especially for international routes, due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Australian carrier said it held “significant levels” of domestic bookings during the Christmas summer season and the southern hemisphere, fueled by the …

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Marubeni to become equal shareholder of Swiss blockchain start-up led by a trader

An independent legal entity based in Geneva, Covantis was incorporated in March 2020. Its digital platform, Launched in February this year, leverages technology to modernize cumbersome post-trade execution processes, with an initial focus on grains and oilseeds operations. Subject to regulatory approvals and upon closing of the transaction, Marubeni is …

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Phoenix Police Officer Charged With P3 Loan Fraud After Receiving $ 1.2 Million: Report

Officer Toni Richardson has resigned his post in Phoenix and has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy. Uncle Sam is not having fun when it comes to Paycheck Protection Program (P3) loans. They were instituted during the quarantine last year to help keep small businesses afloat, but by the …

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Global investment in the manufacture of wood pellets and regulations to impose an increase in use

Indian government forces thermal power plants to use biomass In an effort to reduce thatch burning by farmers, India’s Energy Ministry has required all thermal power plants to burn a mixture of agricultural residues and coal. The states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, as well as the country’s largest …

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AdBlue prices quadruple, carriers request ACCC intervention

A national milk hauler says a two-week additional supply of AdBlue from Indonesia will not resolve Australia’s “price increases” for the rare diesel fuel additive. Key points: Milk hauler says it pays four times as much for AdBlue Urea Additive Helps Reduce Diesel Vehicle Emissions Australia in talks with Middle …

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