French business activity falls in Oct as services weaken: PMI

PARIS (Reuters) – French business activity fell in October at the fastest pace in five months as the service sector pulled back in the face of new coronavirus restrictions, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Masked people at financial and business district of La Defense

Masked people at financial and business district of La Defense

Data compiler IHS Markit said its Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 47.5 from 48.5 in September, marginally better than a preliminary reading of 47.3.

The index dropped further away from the 50-point threshold dividing an expansion in activity from a contraction to hit its lowest level since May, when France emerged from a first lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

“The results point to a worrying trend for business activity, showing that the recent surge in infections and the introduction of new restrictions have already negatively impacted the economy,” IHS Markit economist Eliot Kerr said.

Video: September factory orders rise 1.1

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Famous birthdays for Oct. 25: Katy Perry, Mia Wasikowska

Oct. 25 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio.

They include:

— Austrian composer Johann Strauss in 1825

— French composer Georges Bizet in 1838

— Automobile entrepreneur John Francis Dodge in 1864

— Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in 1881

— Artist Tyrus Wong in 1910

— Country comedian Minnie Pearl in 1912

— Actor Marion Ross in 1928 (age 92)

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— Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Knight in 1940 (age 80)

— Author Anne Tyler in 1941 (age 79)

— Pop singer Helen Reddy in 1941 (age 79)

— Rock singer Jon Anderson in 1944 (age 76)

— Political strategist James Carville in 1944 (age 76)

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— Basketball Hall of Fame member Dave Cowens in 1948 (age 72)

— Olympic gold medal wrestler Dan Gable in 1948 (age 72)

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5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (Oct. 24)

Billboard’s Latin Music Week took place this week, celebrating its 30th anniversary as the longest-running and biggest Latin music industry event featuring intimate artist conversations, industry panels, workshops and performances. Some of the highlights of the first-ever virtual conference and showcases included various superstar Q&A’s between Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, Rosalia and Pharrell Williams, and Anuel AA and Jamie Foxx, to name a few. Artists such as Camilo, Guaynaa and Natalia Jimenez sang some of their biggest hits as part of the showcases, and Rebeca Leon was awarded Billboard’s Latin Power Player executive of the year title. For more highlights, click the link below.

Billboard Latin Music Awards

The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards aired live on Wednesday (Oct. 21) from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., with artists Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny becoming the big winners of the night with seven awards each. Among big wins

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Fraser Institute’s annual Quebec secondary school rankings coming Saturday, Oct. 24

MONTREAL, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Fraser Institute will release the Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools 2020, the go-to source for measuring school improvement.

It provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else by showing which Quebec public and private secondary schools have improved or fallen behind, based on data derived largely from provincewide test results.

A news release with additional information will be issued via GlobeNewswire on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5:00 a.m. Eastern.

The complete results for all 473 secondary schools will also be available at

Yanick Labrie, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute
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Andrew Cuomo Says Movie Theaters Outside of NYC Can Open Oct. 23

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to open beginning Oct. 23.

During a press briefing on Saturday morning, Cuomo said that movie theaters not located in the city can open at 25% capacity with a limit of 50 people per screening if they meet state safety regulations.

Only counties that have an average COVID-19 infection rate lower than 2% over 14 days and no cluster zones will be allowed to open their theaters. Masks, assigned and socially distant seating and additional staff to enforce the new rules will be required, in addition to air filtration, purification and ventilation standards.

Movie theater owners in New York state have been pleading with Cuomo over the past few weeks, urging him to allow for them to safely reopen. On Wednesday, the executive committee of the Global Cinema Federation wrote an open

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