: House Democrats just introduced 5 antitrust bills aimed at reining in Big Tech
  [Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2021/06/12-03:04]

House members on Friday introduced five antitrust bills --- including one that would force Amazon.com Inc. and others to essentially split into two companies or shed their private-label products --- in the most aggressive action yet by federal lawmakers to rein in the market influence of Big Tech.
UK To Extend Lockdown One Month As Indian Variant Spooks Officials Into Vaccine Scramble
  [Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml 2021/06/12-03:03]

UK To Extend Lockdown One Month As Indian Variant Spooks Officials Into Vaccine Scramble

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to delay the country's "freedom day" from lockdowns by just under one month - from June 21 to July 19 - after the 'Delta variant' COVID-19 strain from India exploded 240% in one week, as was first reported by The Sun, and later confirmed by the Financial Times via comments by England's Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitley, who requested the delay.

Under plans drawn up to be announced on Monday, a two-week review will be included meaning Covid restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.

But multiple sources told the Sun the chances of lifting restrictions as planned on June 21 were close to zero - in a massive blow to Wembley hosting of the Euros.

Group games will have a 25 per cent stadium cap - 22,500 fans - with that hopefully rising to around 45,000 for the Semis and the July 11 Final.

Via The Sun

Freedom loving Brits are livid at the prospect...

Downing Street was reportedly spooked after cases of the Indian variant began to spike last week - as Public Health England says infections have risen from 12,431 last week to 42,323 - a jump of 240%. The new variant is 2/3 more likely to spread via close contacts, as cases have more than tripled in the last 11 days. Doubling rates for the Delta variant were as high as 4.5 days in some parts of England, with 96% of new cases attributed to the new strain.

According to the Financial Times, "Whitty told the prime minister a four-week delay was vital to avoid a situation in which restrictions are lifted prematurely, only to have to be restored later," news that comes as the UK records its highest weekly rate of COVID-19 cases since early March, with 45,895 new infections reported in the past week.

That said, according to Downing street, "no decisions have been taken" regarding lifting restrictions on June 21, and Johnson may relax guidance on the size of weddings even if he maintains other restrictions into July.

Vaccine push

"It is now critical we double jab everyone as quickly as possible," said one UK official, per the Times, while one Cabinet Office insider said "A delay [to lifting the final restrictions] is the only sensible course of action. It’s our working assumption. The latest modelling is dire and it would be suicide to go ahead with a full easing."

And as The Sun notes:

Just six per cent of all Delta variant infections were in people who had both jabs.

More than half of the 42 deaths due to the mutation were in unvaccinated Brits.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “With numbers of Delta variant cases on the rise across the country, vaccination is our best defence.

If you are eligible, we urge you to come forward and be vaccinated.

Remember that two doses provide significantly more protection than a single dose."

According to the report, the delay will be used to determine if the vaccine rollout coincides with a reduction - or at least no surge - in hospitalizations, as millions of people receive both jabs.

Of course, this will make lockdown proponents giddy as school girls.

Tyler Durden Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:03
Natural-gas futures settle at highest since October; U.S. oil prices post a rally for the week
  [Source: MarketWatch.com - MarketPulse 2021/06/12-02:55]

Natural-gas futures rallied on Friday, buoyed by warmer weather forecasts that are likely to boost demand for the commodity from power generators. "Demand is variable, with low load demand expected to persist through the weekend amid milder conditions, but then reverse higher next week with the return of hotter conditions," said Marshall Steeves, energy markets analyst at IHS Markit. July natural gas rose 15 cents, or 4.7%, to settle at nearly $3.30 per million British thermal units. That was the highest front-month contract settlement since Oct. 30 of last year. Prices rose about 6.4% for the week, FactSet data show. U.S. oil futures, meanwhile, posted gains for the session, ending the week roughly 7% higher after the IEA forecast a return to pre-COVID global oil demand levels by the end of next year. July West Texas Intermediate crude rose 62 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $70.91 a barrel, the highest finish since October 2018. For the week, prices gained nearly 1.9%.

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活動被延期、畢業生「被畢業」……如何用英文表達「掃興」?
  [Source: 遠見雜誌 - 前進的動力 2021/06/12-02:53]

疫情升溫,許多活動「被延期」、「被取消」,連應屆畢業生都可能突然「被畢業」了!雖然知道這是為了防疫的不得不,但心中難免出現「好失望!好掃興!」的情緒。要如何用英文表達這些心情呢?What a bummer! 真掃興!期待已久的演唱會被迫取消?Bummer!聽到朋友發生衰事,或自己發生不可預期的倒霉事時,就可以說 “Oh, bummer!”此外, Bummer! 也可以用在 “That’s too bad.” (真糟糕。)的情境。It’s a real letdown! 真失望!這句子把let somebody down(讓某人失望)變成了名詞 letdown (失望)。其實就是 It’s re