Trump asks for presidential transition to Biden to begin

Joe Biden

Donald Trump says he has told his team to “do what needs to be done” to start the transition of handing power to a Joe Biden administration. In what publicly appears to be the closest President Trump has been to conceding he lost the 3 November election, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had recommended that the General Services Administration (GSA) begin the transition process “in the best interest of our Country”. …fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending…

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Janet Yellen is a serial breaker of the glass ceiling

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Janet Yellen, who was the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, will be appointed the first female Treasury Secretary by US President-elect Joe Biden. The 74-year-old has a long history of working in Washington. Before then-US-President Barack Obama named her to lead the Federal Reserve in 2014, she had served as one of its board members for a decade, including four years as Vice Chair. Yellen, who would become only the second person to head both the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, has spent decades…

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Oxford University vaccine 70% efficient yet better

AstraZeneca

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and manufactured by UK pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca had an average efficacy of 70% in protecting against COVID-19 infection in trials, compared to the 90% efficacy announced by US drug company Moderna and the joint collaboration between Pfizer and German counterpart BioNTech. Today we announced high-level results from the AstraZeneca @UniofOxford #COVID19 vaccine clinical trials. https://t.co/eTz7cdY4hN pic.twitter.com/d6Wzo11Ftr — AstraZeneca (@AstraZeneca) November 23, 2020 Yet, it is being hailed as better than the more effective coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Why?…

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The flexible workplace is here to stay

Microsoft

When the confirmed cases of COVID-19 begin to fall with the advent of vaccines – the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed Chief Advisor Dr Moncef Slaoui told CNN on Sunday that the first doses would be delivered to Americans on 11 December – the issue of returning to work will become a hot topic. Microsoft is thinking ahead. “Moving forward, it is our goal to offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture,” Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s Executive Vice…

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The QR code is booming in the time of COVID

QR Code

The QR code is back with a vengeance in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The two-dimensional barcode was designed by Masahiro Hara from the Japanese automotive components company Denso Wave for the motor industry in 1994. Its purpose was to allow high-speed component scanning. However, the codes soon became used in a much broader context, including in both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile-phone users (termed mobile tagging). A QR code uses four standardised encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to store data efficiently. When…

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Elephant calf rescued after being trapped down deep well

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A young elephant has been rescued after being trapped for 12 hours down a 50-foot (15-metre) dried up well in southern India. The elephant, weighing approximately three tons, looking for food had wandered into the village of Dharmapuri in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu from a nearby forest when it fell into the well, which an official for the Indian Forest Service estimated to be about 50-feet deep. The well did not have a barrier and had been obscured by bushes, Reuters reported. A sub-adult elephant fell into a…

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