Sunak pledges more spending as UK emerges from pandemic

UK 2021 GDP +6.5% vs previous forecast +4.0% Credit forecasts lowered by OBR Sunak: getting started with the post-pandemic economy Sunak says government is ready to act on inflation Promise for real spending increase for all departments LONDON, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak used a stronger forecast for Britain’s post-lockdown … Read more

COVID infections, deaths plummet across America – health agency

A woman receives a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination campaign in the University of Santiago, Chile, June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado BRASILIA, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – COVID-19 is slowly retreating across most of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday, reporting that last week’s death and … Read more

Thailand is preparing for tourism restart with reopening test

BANGKOK, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Thailand held a dry run on Wednesday for the much-anticipated quarantine-free reopening for vaccinated travelers as the country rushes to restart an industry battered by an 18-month hiatus in international tourism. At Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand’s main gateway, airport staff and health and immigration officials simulated the arrival of … Read more

Cuba welcomes tourists as homegrown vaccination campaign kicks off

HAVANA, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – Cuba will open its borders and relax entry requirements next month after it vaccinates most of its people with homegrown COVID-19 drugs, allowing it to welcome foreign visitors and give it a shot in the arm to its ailing tourism industry. Strict restrictions due to the pandemic, a drastic cut … Read more

China’s debt-ridden Evergrande resumes work on more than 10 real estate projects

An aerial view shows residential buildings at the construction site of Evergrande Cultural Tourism City, a China Evergrande Group project whose construction has been halted, in Suzhou’s Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China on Oct. 22, 2021. REUTERS/Xihao Jiang BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Reuters) – China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) said on Sunday it had resumed work on more … Read more

New Zealand’s coronavirus outbreak spreads to the South Island

A sign on a highway in Auckland calls on people to get vaccinated at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination clinic during a one-day vaccination drive aimed at significantly increasing the percentage of people vaccinated in the country, in Auckland, New Zealand, October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Watts Oct. 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand reported 104 new … Read more

The only way is up: business leaders warn about prices

Adds CBI survey, AutoNation, SouthWestern, Unilever details Unilever warns prices will continue to rise next year Labor shortages will continue for years, according to Randstad UK manufacturers increase prices the most since 1980 Oct 21 (Reuters) – For central bankers grappling with whether inflationary pressures are transient, industry leaders around the world have a clear … Read more

Melbourne is poised to exit the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along an abandoned city bridge during the morning hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria tries to contain the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, in July. curb 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File photo Victoria records second highest … Read more

British Prime Minister Johnson encourages all leaders to attend ‘critical’ climate summit

LONDON, Oct. 20 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is encouraging all leaders to attend next month’s United Nations climate change summit in Scotland, his spokesman said Wednesday when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to participate remotely. “The prime minister has previously said that we would of course strongly encourage leaders to … Read more

Brexit and COVID are brewing a perfect storm for British chicken farmers

DRIFFIELD, England, Oct. 18 (Reuters) – When Nigel Upson checks plucked chicken carcasses dangling from a rotating line at his poultry factory in England, he sees money flowing out of his business as a result of a clash of events affecting every part of the supply chain from farm to fork. Like food producers across … Read more