German business decries gradual easing of coronavirus curbs as “disaster”

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – German business groups expressed dismay on Thursday after Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders agreed a gradual easing of coronavirus curbs but added an “emergency brake” to reimpose restrictions if case numbers get out of control.

“The results of the coronavirus summit are a disaster for the retail sector,” said Stefan Genth, chief executive of the HDE retail association.

Under the five-stage plan agreed late on Wednesday, up to five people from two households will be allowed to meet from March 8, with children under 14 exempt. Some shops, including book stores and garden centres,

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Your Relationship with Your Financial Adviser? It’s Complicated

Trusted advisers are honest and empathetic — especially as we learn more about our clients’ motivations and other experiences. These factors, and how they are revealed to us, may be the biggest test of the strength of our professional relationship.

The personal stories of two of my clients over the years illustrate how complex these relationships are, and how good advisers tailor their approach to allow their clients to make good decisions, balancing their social and emotional needs without sacrificing their financial goals, and vice versa.

A Call from Out of the Blue

Some years ago, my longest running prospect

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EIPH will no longer issue mask mandates – advises public to take personal responsibility

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IDAHO FALLS — Eastern Idaho Public Health won’t be issuing any more public health orders on COVID-19, including mask mandates, after a decision by its board Thursday.

Although it is still highly recommending individuals, businesses, schools and others to implement proper safety protocols, personal responsibility is now being pushed rather than countywide enforcement.

“(Hospitals) are in a good position to care for all patients needing hospital care. Our kids are in school, our businesses are open, and more and more people every single week are getting vaccinated. With all of this being said, I feel that continuing to

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Dayton Arcade is ‘open for business’

“I think (this is) the biggest on-site university program commitment in an innovation hub in America,” he said. “This is the launchpad ― this is just the beginning of rebuilding the economy of downtown, of the city of Dayton and the region.”

The hub offers co-working and co-share spaces, private offices, classrooms and print, art and design studios that will have UD students, faculty, small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, creative professionals and other community members working side-by-side.

This will have a “monumental impact” on the student experience, said David Marshall, assistant professor with UD’s department of management and marketing.


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Fayetteville approves certificate for pedal pub business

Photo courtesy of Pedal Pub, which offers franchise opportunities through a partnership with bike manufacturer Fietscafe.

People in Fayetteville will soon have the option to get a drink while aboard a pedal pub, also known as a bar-on-wheels or a party bike.

City Council members on Tuesday approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Pedal Pub Fayetteville to operate its pedal carriages in certain areas in town.

The council last April approved an ordinance legalizing pedal carriages. Pedal Pub Fayetteville is the first business to seek a certificate to get started. Amber Sinclair, the local Pedal Pub

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Private Insurance Wins in Democrats’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage

Democrats spent much of the 2020 presidential primary debating the best way to expand public health insurance. They sparred over whether to enroll everyone in public coverage — the preferred policy of Senator Bernie Sanders — or to give everyone a choice to do so, the public option plan that President Biden supports.

The candidates repeatedly proposed a future in which private insurers play a diminished role in the American health system — or no role at all.

But the first major legislation of the Biden administration, if it passes in the Senate, moves in the opposite direction: It proposes

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