LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters)Zambia’s bonds fell heavily on Wednesday as a escalating row between the government and the country’s private sector creditors fed fears of a ugly default by one of the world’s largest copper producers.

One of the country’s international bonds due to pay a $42.5 million coupon payment on Wednesday slumped over 3 cents on the dollar ZM105638671=, its biggest drop since March when the government first signalled it wanted to delay debt payments.

Zambia’s finance ministry had issued a statement late on Tuesday repeating a request made to creditors last month for a number of its debt payments to be defered until April.

Creditors had rejected that request, however, saying the country had not laid out how it would get its debts under control again, or discussed the issues with them.

“Should Zambia fail to reach an agreement with its commercial creditors (including holders

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The ongoing pandemic has changed everything. In the last few months, the world has evolved into living with the ‘new normal’. This has impacted businesses, irrespective of their size or sector. But in the case of small and medium businesses (SMBs), the impact has been particularly severe. For a country like India, where SMBs generate nearly a third of its GDP, their swift rebound is paramount.

Not only do SMBs provide employment to millions, they are also important suppliers and customers to larger enterprises. In recent decades, SMBs’ entrepreneurial spirit has driven much of India’s growth — which is why they are so critical to economic recovery as the nation grapples with the impact of the pandemic.

With restrictions easing, businesses are opening again. But things don’t look to be very pleasant. Recent media reports suggest that 30-40 per cent of restaurants may never open again. And it seems to

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According to a new study at Johns Hopkins Medicine, blocking the effect of a certain protein may prevent inflammatory reactions triggered by the overactive immune responses in Covid-19 patients.

The study, published in the journal Blood, said that a protein called Factor D — a serine protease that stimulates glucose transport for triglyceride accumulation in fats cells and inhibits lipolysis — should be blocked.

The researchers noted that there may already be drugs in development for other diseases that can block this protein.

The researchers explained that when SARS-CoV-2 attacks the ACE2 receptors to proliferate and infect more cells in the human body, it also prevents Factor H from using the sugar molecule to bind with cells.

Also read: Coronavirus can persist for four weeks on paper currency, says research

Factor H’s main function is to regulate the chemical signals that trigger inflammation and keep the immune system from harming

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President Trump’s cutting back on campaign commercials in some of the key Midwestern battlegrounds that helped him win the White House four years ago – and shifting resources to a bunch of crucial swing states further south.

The president’s re-election campaign has dropped roughly $2 million in ad reservations in Michigan and Wisconsin since last month, according to Advertising Analytics , Medium Buying, and Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group , three leading ad tracking firms. Trump narrowly won the two states in 2016, breaking a quarter century long winning streak by Democrats.


The Trump campaign is also currently dark on local TV in Ohio and Iowa, two states he convincingly flipped from blue to red four years ago. And the re-election team is chopping approximately $5 million from its fall TV budget in Minnesota, a state that

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “there’s a good deal to be done” with the European Union on post-Brexit trade as he prepares for crunch talks with the head of the bloc’s executive arm

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that “there’s a good deal to be done” with the European Union on post-Brexit trade, as he prepared for crunch talks with the head of the bloc’s executive arm.

Johnson told reporters that the U.K. wants a free trade deal along the lines of the one the EU has with Canada, but is also prepared for negotiations to fail.

“We’re resolved on either course, we’re prepared for either course and we’ll make it work, but it’s very much up to our friends and partners,” Johnson said.

He and European Commission President Ursula von

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Here’s where all the key players stand on stimulus package negotiations.

The next stimulus package hasn’t passed through Congress yet, but it might soon. In the last week, all of the key players in stimulus negotiations have signaled their relative optimism towards the chances of reaching a compromise with this next package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have engaged in stimulus talks for the last week, with both parties indicating their enthusiasm for reaching a compromise. Then, on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a surprisingly optimistic comment on the talks. McConnell has, for the most part, poured cold water on Pelosi and Mnuchin’s negotiations, calling the Democrat package “outlandish.”

But on Friday, during an event in Kentucky, McConnell said, per the New York Times, “I’m trying to figure out here whether I should predict another bill quickly or not, but the talks have

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The pandemic has blurred the line between our professional roles and personal obligations. Our lives were not designed to work from home, which has put a strain on our work and relationships. That has psychological ramifications. In a recent conversation with Amy Edmondson, a Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School, about her new book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, we discussed the key findings she discovered in her research on psychological safety in the workplace.

“Psychological safety is a belief that colleagues and managers absolutely expect candor from me,” says Edmondson. “They expect me to speak up with my ideas and concerns and questions, and that’s how

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India’s agriculture and food supply chain have demonstrated ample resilience during Covid. Despite the hiccups during the start of the lockdown, which coincided with rabi harvesting, most notably of wheat, potato, cotton, and many fruits and vegetables, the sector has done fairly well.

After five months since the Covid pandemic started, India is in good shape on the food security front. In late March, coinciding with the start of the lockdown, the government announced 5 kg additional free grains per month for three months (April to June) for 80 crore National Food Security Act beneficiaries on top of the highly subsidised grains they receive through the Public Distribution System (PDS).

In addition, the government increased the PDS subsidised grains from 5 to 7 kg per month for each beneficiary. This means that each beneficiary received 12 kg grains per month in the past three months. The record amount of grains

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Global Moisture Analyzer Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 comprises the past, current, and projection size of the market. The report provides an in-depth segment analysis of the market, providing valuable insights to the rivals. The report covers various domestic vendors in the global Moisture Analyzer market with a competitive scenario. The study document is distributed inside this examination, comprehensive of things like the business size concerning value and volume during the forecast period from 2020 to 2025. The report includes numbers, subdivisions, revenue, and shares as well as the exhaustive calculation of the industry chain structure, market drivers, opportunities, industry news analysis, and industry policy analysis.

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