2017 was not easy for Austria’s wine growers who had to do their utmost to cope with capricious weather during the year. And while the end result for the wine has been positive, it was not a sure thing.The coldest January in the last thirty years was followed by the warmest March since meteorological records have been kept, resulting in a very early bud-break.… Be Informed
Reuters report that Facebook said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.
Most of the 87 million people were in the United States, Schroepfer wrote in the blog post.… Be Informed
Fifty years after Martin Luther King was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection on Wednesday.
The commemorations stretched from his hometown of Atlanta to Memphis, where he died, and points beyond, including the nation’s capital.… Be Informed
CNN reports that US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to tamp down economic anxieties over tariffs recently announced by China and the United States.
“We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S.,” Trump tweeted, adding, “Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion.… Be Informed
The European Commission is proposing to make cross-border payments in euro cheaper across the entire EU. Under current rules, there is no difference for euro area residents or businesses if they carry out euro transactions in their own country or with another euro area Member State.… Be Informed
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5% in February 2018, down from 8.6% in January 2018 and from 9.5% in February 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.1% in February 2018, down from 7.2% in January 2018 and from 8.0% in February 2017.… Be Informed