Working From Home: The New ‘Industrial’ Revolution

Several centuries ago Europe and the USA underwent the industrial revolution, a transformation of our manufacturing processes enabled by the development of new machinery to support repetitive assembly line tasks within large factories.

The revolution served to bind workforces to specific locations and rigid working hours, triggering a fundamental societal shift as countries saw mass population migration from rural areas to the cities. Post-revolution life would never be the same again.

The question is, with millions of people currently working from home and showing little appetite to return to the office, are we witnessing a new industrial revolution across the knowledge economy?

 A decade of change overnight

The jury is still out on whether our way of life will permanently change as

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Ireland’s Donohoe calls for Brexit negotiators to redouble efforts

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said Brexit negotiating teams should redouble their “creativity and commitment” in order to reach an agreement before the end of the year, with officials and governments currently preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Donohoe told CNBC Friday the importance of the EU-U.K. talks have been heightened by the global economy being gripped by Covid-19 developments in the last few months.

“It’s so important that all of us redouble our efforts and redouble our creativity and commitment to see if a pathway for an agreement can be found because the impact of a very, very hard Brexit on all participants in global trade, of course, is only going to be heightened if we are already dealing with the consequences of Covid-19,” he said.

Talks faced another setback last week after Ireland’s European Commissioner Phil Hogan, who was responsible for trade, resigned amid a “Golfgate” scandal. Meaning the

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Arizona student group slammed for raising money for gunman

A Republican student group at Arizona State University is receiving backlash for donating money to the 17-year-old gunman who fatally shot two protesters in Wisconsin

TEMPE, Ariz. — A Republican student group at Arizona State University is receiving backlash for donating money to the 17-year-old gunman who fatally shot two protesters in Wisconsin.

College Republicans United announced this week that half of any funds they raise during the semester will go toward paying for the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse.

“He does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot,” the group said in a tweet.

In a statement Saturday night, the ASU College Republicans denounced College Republicans United “radical, far-right extremist group.”

ASU College Republicans called for an investigation of

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China Life Insurance Company Limited Announces 2020 Interim Results (H Shares)

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China Life Insurance Company Limited (SSE: 601628, SEHK: 2628, NYSE: LFC) announces the unaudited consolidated results of the Company (China Life Insurance Company Limited and its subsidiaries) for the six months ended 30 June 2020 (the “Reporting Period”) prepared under the International Financial Reporting Standards today.

Business Overview of the First Half of 2020 

2020 is the crucial year when the strategic deployment of China Life Revitalization advanced to a critical stage of breakthrough. In the first half of the year, facing various challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, the Company pursued the fundamental requirements of high-quality development, adhered to the strategic core of “centering on customers and basic operational units, focusing on business value and individual agent business sector” (“Dual Centers and Dual Focuses”), and concentrated on the operational guideline of “prioritizing business value, strengthening sales force, achieving stable

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What happens when a small business owner gets COVID-19

Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord contracted COVID-19, forcing him to temporarily close his business. Photo: Courtesy Of Flying Colors Comics

Photo: Courtesy Of Flying Colors Comics

Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord contracted COVID-19, forcing him to temporarily close his business.

Business at the Flying Colors comic shop in Concord had returned to something that resembled normal. The 32-year-old business weathered months of closure and curbside pickup, only to finally reopen with a limited capacity of ten customers at a time and a lot of disinfectant. Some regulars still stayed at home, but the diehard comic fans upped their purchases out of support (and maybe boredom).

This week marked the release of “Batman: Three Jokers #1,” one of the year’s biggest releases. Hundreds of copies arrived at the store, ready for eagerly awaiting fans.

Then owner “Flying Joe” Field came down with a fever and tested positive for coronavirus.

“This thing just

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American Water Works’ Q2 2020 Results Demonstrate It Has A Strong Business Model Part 2 (NYSE:AWK)

American Water Works Company, Inc (AWK) has been my favorite company to analyze. It is one of the few companies that I have covered that I feel is ran by disciplined and focused executives. Besides this, the company’s guidance usually is correct, and the profit margins are pretty stable. I will present my revenue estimates from my last AWK article and my updated DDM Valuation in this article.

Important Information And Key Assumptions From Original Article

In part one of this series, I mentioned how I was shocked that AWK lost $21 million (after-tax loss of $15 mn or $ 0.09 in EPS) due to the adverse effects of the coronavirus. I expected that the company would lose a couple of million because of the increase in delinquent accounts. Yet, I didn’t take into account that commercial/industrial loss in revenue would outweigh the growth in residential revenue.

Figure 1 –

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Drones help insurance companies check damage in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Insurance adjusters who descended on Cedar Rapids after the Aug. 10 derecho storm are using drones to check roofs and asking homeowners with less severe damage to take their own photos.

Some of this is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reduced the number of experienced adjusters willing to travel. But the changes also help speed up claims and get repairs done sooner, company representatives said.

“Drones or aerial imaging helps them estimate the claims,” said Scott Hauptman, vice president for claims for Grange Insurance, of Columbus, Ohio, which is working with Integrity Insurance, of Appleton, Wis., to handle at least 500 storm-related claims in Cedar Rapids. “It’s as efficient as possible and helps them (adjusters) safeguard their health.”

Cedar Rapids officials told The Gazette on Wednesday that 140 buildings are too damaged to be occupied. Several hundred more have non-structural or cosmetic damage.

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Ditching tax on tech firms will mean less money for key workers, says Labour

Anneliese Dodds smiling for the camera: Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

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Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Labour has told Rishi Sunak that if the UK Treasury scraps a tax on technology companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon it would mean losing out on enough money to pay for tens of thousands of key workers in Britain.

The shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, said there were serious questions about a potential multibillion-pound black hole in the Treasury’s finances that needed urgent clarification.

Her intervention comes after a report suggested ministers were preparing to ditch Britain’s digital services tax – a levy of 2% on the revenues tech companies derive from UK users – because it could jeopardise a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

In a letter to the chancellor, Dodds said the future of £465m in revenue from the digital services tax had been thrown up into the air, warning this was equivalent to the cost of employing

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Tough Start for New Boss of BA-Owner as Walsh Bows Out | Investing News

LONDON (Reuters) – With an enviable reputation, IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh would be a hard act to follow at the best of times, but his successor Luis Gallego will have to steer its British Airways and Iberia out of the depths of the worst downturn in aviation history.

A former pilot and dealmaker, Walsh created IAG by dragging two old-fashioned flag carriers into the modern age of budget flying, taking a tough line on unions and cutting costs to build a group that for years outperformed traditional European peers.

As a key player within IAG, Gallego took the helm of Iberia in 2013 and was credited with turning the Spanish airline around. His task now will be to cut group costs while managing damaged relations with unions and politicians and stepping up the battle with low-cost Ryanair

and easyJet


Gallego steps into the role on Sept. 8 and said

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Research Report: Industrial Wireless Automation Market (2020-2024) | Adoption of High-speed Communication Network Solutions to Boost the Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the industrial wireless automation market and it is poised to grow by $ 2.03 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download a Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Impacts

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the major trends in the market?

    Increasing focus on predictive maintenance is a major trend driving the growth
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