Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce join a push for digital vaccination credentials.

Airlines, workplaces and sports stadiums may soon require people to show their coronavirus vaccination status on their smartphones before they can enter. A coalition of leading technology companies, health organizations and nonprofits — including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and the Mayo Clinic — announced on Thursday morning that they were developing technology standards to enable consumers to obtain […]

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Harper Concierge Gets Ready to Scale Its At-Home Fitting-Room Concept

LONDON — Liam Young always found it odd that whether a consumer was shopping for something trivial on Amazon, or spending thousands of dollars on a luxury e-tailer, the delivery experience was identical — and just as likely to take a turn for the worst. Cue Harper Concierge, a U.K.-based business he founded in 2016 to act as “a platonic wingman” […]

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GL posts H1 net loss of US$19.8m as Covid-19 pandemic closes British hotels

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – Mainboard-listed hotel operator GL sank into the red in its first half-year, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit its British portfolio, unaudited results on Wednesday (Jan 13) showed. GL, formerly known as GuocoLeisure, posted a net loss of US$19.8 million for the six months to Dec 31, 2020, against a profit of US$26.9 million previously. This […]

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Disappointing Chinese Vaccine Results Pose Setback for Developing World

Scientists in Brazil have downgraded the efficacy of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine that they hailed as a major triumph last week, diminishing hopes for a shot that could be quickly produced and easily distributed to help the developing world. Officials at the Butantan Institute in São Paulo said on Tuesday that a trial conducted in Brazil showed that the CoronaVac […]

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Pfizer forecasts 2021 earnings of $3 to $3.10 per share

FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc expects 2021 earnings of between $3 and $3.10 per share, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said at a J.P. Morgan healthcare conference on Tuesday. Wall Street analysts on average expect Pfizer to earn […]

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Here’s how the new small-business relief program start will work.

The Paycheck Protection Program reopens this week, and underserved borrowers — including women-led businesses and those run by Black, Latino and Asian owners and other minorities — will be first in line to tap the new funds, The New York Times’s Stacy Cowley reports. Starting Monday, a group of specially designated institutions known as community lenders, which specialize in working […]

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U.S. small businesses to get more cash as pandemic loan program re-opens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Monday was set to re-open its signature small business pandemic aid program with $284 billion in new funds and revamped rules that aim to get cash to the most needy businesses while stamping out fraud and abuse.FILE PHOTO: A Chinese restaurant and barber shop in Harlem are closed, as retail sales suffer record […]

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‘It Was a Joke’: Some Small Businesses Got $1 Relief Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program was a lifeline for millions of small businesses brutalized by the pandemic. Over a four-month span, the government program distributed $523 billion in forgivable loans to more than five million companies. The average recipient got just over $100,000. And then there were the roughly 300 business that received loans of $99 or less. Judith Less, who […]

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