Day: January 29, 2021

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Spain: Government plans a four-day workweek to fight Covid-19

  Spain’s socialist-led government plans to implement a four-day work week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the pilot plan is causing concern throughout Europe.      According to the Independent newspaper, the plan was proposed by the left-wing political party MásPaís and supported by the country’s Ministry of Finance to provide financial assistance […]

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Portugal to offer Covid-19 vaccine to people over 80

  The coordinator of the plan, Francisco Ramos, announced on January 28 that all people over 80 years old in Portugal will be included in the first phase of the vaccination plan against Covid-19.    Francisco Ramos believes that this is the “probably the most important” change to the country’s vaccination schedule, and this decision […]

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Greece: Jet2 adds Athens to 2022 holiday flights

  British leisure travel group Jet2 announced that it will operate flights to Athens and city holidays for the first time-starting in April 2022, the company’s three UK bases will begin operations.    The company’s leisure airline Jet2.com and city interruption provider Jet2CityBreaks started selling flights to Athens and city holidays from Birmingham (exclusive routes), […]

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Taiwan exhorts Germany to help get coronavirus vaccines

  Economy Minister Wang Mei hua said on Thursday that Taiwan has sought German help to provide the COVID-19 vaccine.    Wang told reporters that she made the request during a meeting with the de facto German ambassador to Taipei, who handed her a letter asking for help to solve the shortage problem, which hindered […]

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France: Visas issued down by 79.8% in 2020

  The number of visas issued by the French consulate during 2020 came down by 79.8%. The number of short-term visas for the Schengen area fell by 82%, while the number of long-term visas fell by 37.1%.    Compared with the figures in 2019, the French authorities approved 3.5 million visas during the year.    […]

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Toyota surpassed Volkswagen in 2020 car sales

  Toyota Motor Corp of Japan surpassed Volkswagen of Germany in car sales last year. This is the first time in five years that the global pandemic has severely hit its German rival and has become the world’s largest car manufacturer by sales.    Toyota Motor said on Thursday that the group’s overall global sales […]

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Global e-learning market expected to grow massively

  Due to the increasing penetration of smart phones and the Internet, the global e-learning market is expected to achieve considerable growth from 2020 to 2026.    The entire company sector has a high demand for advanced learning technologies, and government support for the use of digital learning technologies is also increasing, which will help […]

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EU announces 14.5 mln Euros to promote technology in Africa and Caribbean

  The European Commission and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) today signed a new 14.5 million euro initiative with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to help the potential of digital finance 600,000 in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries Women, youth and entrepreneurs.    “Nowadays, digital technology plays an important […]

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Germany discourages use of AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s

  The German Vaccine Board said in a draft recommendation that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should only be provided to people between 18 and 64 years old, one day before European regulators decide whether to approve the drug manufacturer’s injection.    The committee said in a draft resolution provided by the German Ministry of Health on […]

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EU asks Google, Facebook and Twitter to keep monitoring fake news

  The European Commission has informed Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft that it will continue to publish monthly reports on its efforts to deal with fake news (especially news about COVID-19) for six months.    Social media and online platforms have come under fire around the world for the spread of fake news, leading to […]

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Portugal: Lisbon approves financial support for taxi drivers

  The Lisbon Council has announced a support fund for the taxi industry in the city.   During the lockdown period, taxi drivers will be entitled to a direct subsidy of 500 euros to compensate for the loss of fares due to the pandemic, which is mainly due to the decline in tourism and mandatory […]

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Switzerland: Swatch reports first annual loss in 40 years

  The Swatch Group reported on Thursday that this is the first annual loss in nearly 40 years since the establishment of the Swiss watch manufacturer, as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed stores and smart watches have entered the market.    The company announced an annual net loss of 53 million Swiss francs (60 million […]

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