Focus on robust supply chains set to continue post-pandemic

SINGAPORE – The need for more agile and resilient supply chains will remain a focus for companies at home and across the world even in the post-coronavirus era. Companies were sent scrambling when the pandemic exposed the lack of a robust system that could ensure continuous supply of raw material…

Auto Safety Agency Faces Calls for Overhaul as Biden Presidency Begins

For decades, across administrations of Republicans and Democrats, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has faced criticism from safety advocates who accuse it of routinely falling short of its mission. Among their complaints: That the agency fails to promptly detect and act on deadly safety problems, such as a faulty…

Opinion | If You’re Offered a Vaccine, Take It

Last week, as friends of mine learned they would soon be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, I received a slew of angst-ridden text messages. A teacher who sees students only once a week wondered if she should wait so teachers who were more at risk could get a shot first….

UK online brokers IG to buy U.S. peer tastytrade for $1 billion

FILE PHOTO: Traders look at financial information on computer screens on the IG Index trading floor in London, Britain February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson(Reuters) – London-listed trading platform IG laid out a planned $1 billion cash and shares deal to buy U.S. peer tastytrade on Thursday, taking a step into…

Auckland schools boast best-ever NCEA results – have we been too generous?

Exam results in some Auckland schools have jumped – raising questions over whether bonus credits awarded because of the Covid-19 lockdowns were too generous. Mt Albert Grammar School headmaster Patrick Drumm said pass rates in all three levels of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were “the best we’ve…

WHO plans slew of Covid-19 vaccine approvals for global roll-out

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to approve several Covid-19 vaccines from Western and Chinese manufacturers in coming weeks and months, a document published on Wednesday (Jan 20) shows, as it aims for rapid roll-outs in poorer countries. Covax, a global scheme co-led by the WHO, wants…

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON — President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal agencies to start reviewing and reinstating more than 100 environmental regulations that were weakened or rolled back by former President…

Analysis: Jack Ma's reappearance fails to soothe all investor concerns

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Jack Ma’s 50-second video reappearance may have buoyed Alibaba Group’s shares, yet it has done little to resolve the Chinese e-commerce giant’s troubled relationship with regulators that is making some investors hesitate about owning its stock.FILE PHOTO: Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attends…