Herald afternoon quiz: December 31

WATCH: Wisconsin football breaks Duke’s Mayo Bowl trophy in postgame celebration – The Denver Post

The win will go down in the record books. The postgame celebration will enter Wisconsin football lore.

After the Badgers beat Wake Forest, 42-28, on Wednesday to win the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Wednesday, the team celebrated in the locker room. Maybe a tad too hard.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz, who led the way with three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing), danced in a circle with his teammates with the trophy in his hand. And then it slipped, crashing to the ground and shattering into countless pieces.

Census Bureau To Miss Deadline, Jeopardizing Trump Plan

The Census Bureau plans to announce it will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, a census official said. That delay could undermine President Donald Trump’s efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren’t turned in before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

A census official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed the delay to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

It will be the first time that the Dec. 31 target date is missed since the deadline was implemented more than four decades ago by Congress.

Internal documents obtained earlier this month by a House committee show that Census Bureau officials don’t see the apportionment numbers being ready until days after Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Once in office, Biden could rescind Trump’s presidential memorandum directing the Census Bureau to exclude people in the country illegally from numbers used for divvying up congressional seats among the states. An influential GOP adviser had advocated excluding them from the apportionment process to advantage Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.


China's factory activity expands at slower pace in December

  • China's factory activity expanded in December but at a slower pace than the previous month, an official index showed, extending a robust economic recovery from the coronavirus shock.
  • The Chinese economy is expected to expand around 2% for the full year, leading a recovery that beats other major economies.

China's factory activity expanded in December but at a slower pace than the previous month, an official index showed, extending a robust economic recovery from the coronavirus shock.

The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) fell to 51.9 in December from 52.1 in November, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Thursday, remaining above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction.

Analysts had expected it to fall slightly to 52.0.

The Chinese economy is expected to expand around 2% for the full year, leading a recovery that beats other major economies.

Profits at China's industrial firms in November extended robust growth, driven by solid production and sales.

U.S. slaps tariffs on French and German wines, aircraft parts in EU dispute

  • U.S. trade officials said on Wednesday they were increasing tariffs on certain European Union products, including aircraft-related parts and wines from France and Germany.
  • The new tariffs are the latest action in the 16-year U.S.-EU dispute over civil aviation subsidies involving European aircraft company Airbus and its U.S.-based rival Boeing.

U.S. trade officials said on Wednesday they were increasing tariffs on certain European Union products, including aircraft-related parts and wines from France and Germany, amid an ongoing civil aircraft dispute between Washington and Brussels.

In a statement, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it was adding tariffs on aircraft manufacturing parts and certain non-sparkling wines as well as cognacs and other brandies from France and Germany.

The USTR did not say when the tariffs would take effect but noted that additional details would be "forthcoming."

The new tariffs are the latest action in the 16-year U.S.-EU dispute over civil aviation subsidies involving European aircraft company Airbus and its U.S.-based rival Boeing.

The USTR said on Wednesday the EU had unfairly calculated tariffs against the United States allowed by a September World Trade Organization ruling in the ongoing dispute: "The EU needs to take some measure to compensate for this unfairness."

Representatives for the European Union could not be immediately reached for comment on the USTR action.

UK House of Commons Speaker says post-Brexit trade deal has been granted royal assent by queen – PA Media

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle speaks during Question Period at the House of Commons in London, Britain December 9, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) – UK House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle told lawmakers that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal has been granted royal assent by the Queen, PA Media said in a tweet here Thursday.

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Herald afternoon quiz: December 31

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