China Is Winning the Coronavirus-Economy Recovery Race

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Even Wuhan is back.

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The countries that best controlled the coronavirus pandemic haven’t necessarily been rewarded with economic benefits. But one economic giant has, and its success is likely to resonate for years. That’s China.

Among members of the Group of 20, the global club of leading economies, only China rebounded from a Covid-19 contraction as early as the second quarter of 2020, and its growth shows no signs of abating. In the U.S. and Europe, by contrast, where the virus arrived later, recoveries were slower and now face stiff headwinds.

Since the coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan in December 2019, scientists, economists and many business experts agree that in China, saving lives has correlated with economic performance.

“Countries that have successfully reduced their number of Covid-19 cases have generally been more successful at reopening their economies,” said a Sept. 23 executive briefing

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Facility Management Services in Saudi Arabia to Cross $76,244.9 Million Revenue by 2030: P&S Intelligence

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NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, with the growth of the construction industry in the kingdom, the Saudi Arabia facility management market is predicted to cross $76,244.9 million by 2030, from $32,480.4 million in 2019, at a 9.3% CAGR between 2020 and 2030. The Smart City initiative launched by the Saudi government in 2017 has been giving a strong push to its construction sector. Under the initiative, the government plans to install smart parking, smart cameras, smart lighting system, smart solid waste disposal, and environmental pollution monitoring tools in five Saudi cities. In addition, an investment of $500 billion in infrastructure development has been planned under Saudi Vision 2030.


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The Saudi Arabia facility management market faced some hurdles in the wake of COVID-19, as most commercial settings, such

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Visit Florida aims to boost tourism by targeting East Coast cities

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TALLAHASSEE – Visit Florida will expand its efforts to dig the state out of a COVID-19 tourism funk next week by targeting major metro areas along the East Coast to try to draw people who will drive to the Sunshine State.

As the Walt Disney Co. acknowledged plans to lay off at least 6,700 non-union workers around Orlando, Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young told members of the Enterprise Florida Executive Committee on Tuesday the efforts will turn to the “drive markets that have been particularly productive for us over the past many, many years.”

That means the state tourism-marketing agency will open up the rest of a $13 million marketing plan that started just before Labor Day. The first phase of the plan has encouraged Floridians cooped up for months because of the pandemic to explore other parts of the state.

The in-state campaign has used $3.4 million

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Kelly Clarkson’s management sues star over unpaid commissions: report

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Kelly Clarkson is facing a lawsuit.

The “Since U Been Gone” singer’s management company, Starstruck Management Group, is suing the 38-year-old singer for $1.4 million in unpaid commissions, according to Variety.

Clarkson recently filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock, son of Narvel Blackstock, who runs Starstruck.


The outlet reports that a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday claims Clarkson has not paid this year’s full commission for her work on “The Voice” and her hit talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

Kelly Clarkson is reportedly being sued by Starstruck Management Group. (Getty Images)

The company has earned a 15% commission

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Ben Hochheiser, CEO of Blade Marketing, Announces New Guaranteed Booked Appointments Program for Business Owners

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Thanks to Hochheiser’s New Program, Entrepreneurs Can Look Forward to at Least 30 Booked Appointments Per MonthLOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 2, 2020 / Ben Hochheiser, CEO of Blade Marketing, is pleased to announce the launch of his new …

Thanks to Hochheiser’s New Program, Entrepreneurs Can Look Forward to at Least 30 Booked Appointments Per MonthLOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 2, 2020 / Ben Hochheiser, CEO of Blade Marketing, is pleased to announce the launch of his new …

Thanks to Hochheiser’s New Program, Entrepreneurs Can Look Forward to at Least 30 Booked Appointments Per Month

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 2, 2020 / Ben Hochheiser, CEO of Blade Marketing, is pleased to announce the launch of his new Guaranteed Booked Appointments Program for

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Digital Business Plan Of Australian Govt Includes $5M For Blockchain

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Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, has revealed that the Federal Government is making its biggest investment in blockchain technology yet. Two pilot programs are set to receive $5 million in total.

$4.95 Million Allocated To Two DLT Pilots

The Government of Australia had revealed its Digital Business Plan this week, showing that $574 million had been sectioned off for it. These include seven-figure grants for initiatives of distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Morrison announced this plan ahead of the Federal Government Budget, which is set to be revealed next week. Within this plan, $4.95 million had been set aside in order to support two blockchain pilots. Morrison stated that these pilots aim at the reduction of business compliance costs.

Pushing For A Globally-Sought Technology

Morrison explained that the plan supports the recovery of the Australian economy, doing so by the removal of regulatory barriers that are outdated. Alongside this,

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Study shows importance of agriculture to Nebraska economy

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new study shows that the agricultural economy in Nebraska remains resilient despite some recent down years.


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The Lincoln Journal Star reports that researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Thursday released the 2017 Economic Impact of the Nebraska Agricultural Production Complex report. The report uses 2017 data because that was the year of the most recent Census of Agriculture.

The report found that agriculture accounts for nearly 34% of business sales, 22% of the gross state product and nearly a quarter of the state’s jobs. Those figures were reported even though 2017 was the lowest-income year for Nebraska farmers and ranchers of the decade.

“Few other states have an economy with this degree of agricultural prominence,” said Mike Boehm, vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and vice president of agriculture and natural resources for the University of Nebraska system.

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Kelly Clarkson Sued By Father-In-Law’s Management Firm Over $1 Million Unpaid Commissions

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  • Kelly Clarkson is facing a lawsuit from her  father-in-law’s management firm over alleged unpaid commissions worth over $1 million
  • Clarkson and Starstruck Management Group have a verbal agreement that she will pay them 15% commission on her gross earnings
  • The firm claims Clarkson still owes it $1.4 million and at least $5.4 million by the end of the year

Kelly Clarkson is facing legal charges after her father-in-law Narvel Blackstock’s management company sued her for unpaid commissions worth over $1 million

Starstruck Management Group filed a lawsuit against Clarkson on Tuesday and Page Six was able to confirm it through Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

The company is run by Narvel Blackstock, the father of Clarkson’s estranged husband Brandon Blacktock, who claims she owes $1.4 million in commissions for her work on “The Voice” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

“Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck

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SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc (OTCPK:SMKG) Global Cloud Infrastructure Market Size to Witness Huge Growth by 2027

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New York, NY  – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 2, 2020 – SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc (OTC:SMKG): 

Key Note: The Cloud Infrastructure Market is expected to exceed more than US$ 198 Billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 11.3% during the given forecast period.

Source: Sep 29, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) — The market growth is mainly due to the growing deployment of new cloud infrastructure setups as well as upgrading of existing cloud infrastructure setups to meet the increasing demand. The cloud infrastructure markets are primarily focused in North America and Western European regions. There has been rapid growth to some extent in Asia-Pacific region in the last two to three years.

SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc (OTC:SMKG): A leader in Cloud and Mobility applications for contactless business process applications explains the

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Here’s how Solano, Lake, Mendocino economies are planning to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic

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Solano County had some of the first COVID-19 cases in California and has been one of the last Bay Area counties to move out of the tightest restrictions on indoor activities under California’s latest reopening plan.

On Sept. 22, Solano, San Mateo and Alameda counties moved up from the most restrictive of the four color-coded levels of risk for infection spread, allowing restaurants and movie theaters to reopen inside at 25% occupancy, malls and retail at half-capacity, and gyms at 10%.

“Moving to the red (tier) is a breath of air for storefronts, from business services to anyone with any inside operations, like restaurants and event centers,” said Bob Burris, CEO of Solano Economic Development Corp. “It allows them to hire back some employees and hire some full time.”

Employment in these major Solano job categories, according to Robert Eyler of Economic Forensics & Analytics, have been the hardest hit

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