Poland's anti-abortion push highlights pandemic risks to democracy
The push to tighten Poland's restrictive abortion laws has proved a lightning bolt moment for protesters.Wojtek Raadwanski/AFP via Getty ImagesHundreds of thousands of Poles have taken to the streets since late October, defying bans on mass gatherings and risks from the COVID-19 pandemic to protest the government.An immediate concern for protesters is the implementation of abortion regulations that would in effect end a woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy in almost all cases.But the demonstrations also, I argue, mark a concerted effort to protect Polish democracy from a deliberate attack b...
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China alert to COVID-19 risks from containers
Imported beef is sold in a supermarket in Shanghai on August 20, 2020. Photo: VCGInternational containers and imported cold-chain products are posing dual challenges for China to prevent a COVID-19 epidemic resurgence, which has prompted many cities to adopt preventive measures to avoid another large-scale outbreak.Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a Wednesday media briefing that cases in Kashi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Shanghai showed that cross-regional transportation of containers in low-temperatu...
1 in 3 parents believe Thanksgiving traditions outweigh COVID-19 risks, poll says
Although health officials and agencies have urged Americans to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to household members only, one in three parents say the benefits of holiday celebrations outweigh the risks of spreading or getting the coronavirus, one poll found.University of Michigan researchers behind the survey said families should consider safer ways to celebrate Thanksgiving while keeping traditions alive to prevent the pandemic from worsening.There are more than 12.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than 257,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, yet 61% of ...
Balancing growth with risks
China Daily | Updated: 2020-11-20 07:40China's macro leverage ratio has risen by 27.7 percentage points in the first three quarters of 2020 and is expected to rise by 30 percentage points in the whole of this year, according to Zhang Jing, director of the Institute of Finance and Banking, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.The increase in the macro leverage ratio is high, but still lower than the 31.8 percent rise in 2019. The global leverage ratio is expected to rise by 35 percentage points this year, higher than China's.The rapid increase in China's macro leverage ratio this year is simi...
Arturas Karnisovas — in 1st draft as Bulls' decision maker — shows he is willing to take risks
CHICAGO — With his first major roster decision as the Chicago Bulls top executive, vice president Arturas Karnisovas was willing to stand on his convictions.The Bulls drafting Florida State forward Patrick Williams with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft was a surprise selection Wednesday night, especially among fans who did not have him on their radar. Williams had been rising up draft boards in recent weeks, but still the move can be seen as a bit of a reach when most mock drafts expected him to go later in the lottery.But consider Karnisovas’ words after the Bulls secured the No....
Reduce the financial risks of rash investments
China Daily | Updated: 2020-11-19 07:45Some State-owned enterprises, including a large coal enterprise in Henan province, have successively issued bond default notices. A close analysis shows that they all have something in common, namely the pursuit of diversification.The scale of China's economic expansion is influencing the manner in which enterprises develop.For some time in the past, Chinese enterprises mainly focused on low-end manufacturing and the service industry, treating low-cost labor as their competitive advantage, leading to insufficient competition among local enterprises and th...
S&P flags risks to Security Bank’s capital strength
S&P flags risks to Security Bank’s capital strengthLawrence Agcaoili(The Philippine Star) – November 18, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — S&P Global Ratings said the record high credit costs of Security Bank Corp. due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could diminish the bank’s capital strength over the next two years.In its latest bulletin, the debt watcher said the elevated credit costs of the listed bank would squeeze its rating buffer.“Our base case remains that the bank’s risk-adjusted capital ratio would stay above 10 percent over the next two years. However, elevated credit costs...
These are the ten biggest long-short hedge funds
Hedge funds are a good way to magnify the return of one’s portfolio, but big returns come with big risks as well. However, hedge funds use a number of strategies to minimize the risks. One such strategy is long short that allows the fund manager to maximize the upside of markets, as well as limit the downside risk. In this strategy, the fund manager goes long on the undervalued stocks and shorts the overvalued stocks. If you also feel the urge to invest in hedge funds using such a strategy, then detailed below are the ten biggest long-short hedge funds.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences a...
Mass applications for properties would pose serious risks for prospects of Cyprus solution, Spokesman says
Mass applications to the immovable property commission in the Turkish occupied areas for properties in the fenced off area of Famagusta known as Varosha, would pose very serious risks, Government Spokesman Kyriacos Koushos has said.In statements to CNA, the Spokesman said that not only would such a move not prevent, but that it would in fact encourage Turkish plans in relation to the enclosed area of Varosha and the prospects of resolving the Cyprus issue.Noting that he fully respects the fact that the right to property is an individual one and everyone is free to make decisions on matters con...
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Saluting those taking risks for science
By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | China Daily | Updated: 2020-11-12 07:34Remembering Marie Curie on her birthday on Saturday, the Twitter handle of The Nobel Prize tweeted a photograph of her notebook saying, "Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia on 4 July 1934, a result of years of exposure to radiation through her work. Even today her laboratory notebook from 1899-1902, is radioactive and will be for 1,500 years."The tales of Marie and other scientists of her time are in some sense very tragic.Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a professor of physics at the Wuerzburg University in Germany, discovered X-rays in 1895...