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    Joe Biden's spokesperson said Monday the U.S. 'reserves the right' to sanction Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamala Khashoggi. 'Our objective is to recalibrate the relationship, prevent this from ever happening again and to find ways to work together with Saudi leadership,' White House Press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a press briefing on Monday afternoon. In a Sunday morning interview, Psaki told CNN that there are 'more effective ways' for President Biden to retaliate against MBS than directly issuing sanctions after a recent intelligence report indicated the de facto Saudi ruler was behind Khashoggi's killing. She walked back slightly on those comments on Monday. 'Of course we reserve the right to take any action at a time and manner of our choosing,' Psaki said during her daily briefing. 'Historically, the United States through Democratic and Republican presidents has not typically...
    Scotiabank México reportó una caída de sus utilidades del 44% en 2020. El banco de origen canadiense reportó que su utilidad sumó 3,359 millones de pesos (mdo) mientras que en 2019 las fueron de 6,036 mdp. La caída se debió a la creación de reservas, que ayudarán al banco a enfrentar posibles impagos de sus clientes, por 3,750 ,mdp. “Los resultados este trimestre dan muestra del gran trabajo que venimos realizando con nuestra transformación, para cumplir el compromiso que tenemos con los clientes de apoyarlos a hacer realidad y dar continuidad a sus proyectos con productos convenientes y una excelente atención”, dijo Adrián Otero Rosiles, director general del banco en el reporte. A diferencia de algunos de sus competidores que reportaron una caída en la cartera de crédito, Scotiabank mantuvo su cartera de crédito sin cambios, con 402,127 mdp, aunque el índice de morosidad se elevó a 3.2% desde...
    The European Union (EU) does not rule out adopting new measures against Venezuela, pending the consumption of the ultimatum that the Government of Nicolás Maduro gave on Wednesday to the European ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante, to leave the country, further take, this Saturday. “The EU and its member states reserve the right to consider any other appropriate measure,” Nabila Massrali, spokeswoman for the European External Action Service, told . today. The tension between the EU and Venezuela increased on Monday, when the Twenty-seven approved new sanctions against 19 senior Venezuelan officials, taking a further step towards their rejection shown so far against the December 6 elections and the constitution of the new National Assembly, which Brussels does not recognize when considering that these elections did not comply with democratic standards. The list of sanctioned includes magistrates of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, the top leaders...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The starters for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game were announced last week, and on Tuesday, we’ll find out which 14 players (seven from each conference) were voted in as reserves by the league’s 30 head coaches. Anthony Davis (frontcourt) — Contrary to what Charles Barkley may think: Yes, Anthony Davis will be an All-Star; yes, he deserves it; and no, Jordan Clarkson shouldn’t get an All-Star spot over AD, who is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals per game for a title contender. The Los Angeles Lakers are already falling off without his two-way talents, so even if his numbers are slightly down this year, even if he’s missed games and even if he’s currently injured, he should...
    West Virginia leads in COVID vaccinations with this simple solution Austria bets on millions of tests to contain Covid-19 © Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports Damian Lillard (0) and the Blazers rolled by Donovan Mitchell (45) and the Jazz. Julius Randle is one of a few potential NBA All-Star surprises Picking NBA All-Star starters is easy. Selecting the reserves is difficult, and it’s up to NBA coaches to make the decisions. When the 2021 All-Star reserves are announced Tuesday on TNT, worthy players will be rewarded for the seasons they are having. We see you Damian Lillard. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Also, players who are having All-Star seasons won’t be named to the team because it becomes a numbers crunch. Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris and Mike Conley could be left out. For the...
    Kanye Wests Most Extravagant Gifts for Kim Kardashian Work for Yourself? Here’s How to Reduce Self-Employment Taxes The All-Star starters were announced, with ballots from the media counting as 25% of the formula. The reserves will be announced next week, followed by captains LeBron James (West) and Kevin Durant (East) selecting teams — the format from the past few seasons. Here’s the ballot this writer submitted as starters as well as selection for the reserves in both conferences: West All-Stars starters: Frontcourt: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: The narrative is turning for LeBron to win his fifth MVP, since the campaign began last season. But his play has been excellent in year 18, controlling a game like no one else. The numbers (25.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists) are easy to yawn at, only because he’s been doing it so well, for so long. A no-brainer here. Nikola Jokic, Denver...
    Robinhood restricted the purchase of 50 different stocks late on Friday, including blue-chip names Starbucks and General Motors, in an apparent act of desperation as the company's cash reserves were stretched to the limit. The move followed a wild week of trading driven by small investors on the message board Reddit, who took on hedge funds that had bet against shares of struggling video game retailer GameStop. Robinhood said in a statement that it had restricted users from purchasing certain shares this week because it struggled to meet deposit requirements with the clearinghouses behind the scenes of stock trading. It was a stunning admission that cast doubt on conspiracy theories accusing Robinhood of trying to tank high-flying GameStop shares for nefarious purposes -- but it revealed how precarious the startup trading platform's financial position may be. Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev said that no outside pressure was put on the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. The pace of the recovery in economic activity and employment has moderated in recent months, with weakness concentrated in the sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic. Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions remain accommodative, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses. The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus, including progress on vaccinations. The ongoing...
    Oil reserves in the United States increased significantly after five weeks of decline, contrary to expectations by analysts, and crude prices fell back on Friday Miami World/ Las Américas newspaper According to the weekly report of the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), commercial crude oil reserves increased by 4.4 million barrels (mb) in the week ending January 15 compared to the previous week. Analysts had expected a decrease of 1,675 mb. Oil prices fell when this report was released, in a market that is watching with concern the signs of a return of the coronavirus to China. A barrel of North Sea Brent for March delivery fell 1.23% to $ 55.41 in London. And the barrel of WTI for the same month fell 1.62%, to 52.27 dollars in New York. “The number of COVID-19 cases in China is the main concern for investors in terms of demand,” summed up Stephen...
    Reserves are resources that banks use to anticipate the deterioration of their portfolio or defaults of their clients. Banorte created in all of 2020 a total of 7,200 million pesos in reserves due to the COVID-19 effect. “We made reservations in June thinking about the first red light, what we did not think was that there would be a second red light,” Marcos Ramírez, CEO of Banorte, the third largest bank in the country by number of assets, said Thursday. The manager said that these reserves were generated to anticipate possible defaults and that they wanted to have a clean 2021. Until the end of last year, Banorte closed with a past due portfolio of 1.1%. “We have seen how different financial institutions have handled it differently (the creation of reserves) because it has been quite complex trying to calculate how much the pandemic is going to impact...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from January 15, 2021: 443,562 cases; 5,850 deaths Walz addresses Washington Post report on lack of vaccine reserves Article continues after advertisement 443,562 cases; 5,850 deaths Thirty-three more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday, for a total of 5,850. Of the people whose deaths were announced Friday, one was over 100 years old, seven were in their 90s, 13 were in their 80s, eight were in their 70s, three...
    Kelvin Perera Arteaga, a young entrepreneur creates an application called Esent, which consists of offering diners a digital medium that helps them to reserve, order and pay for their food before arriving at the restaurants, he defines said application as: « The ideal way to go out to eat. » Perera said that with the Esent app, it aims to transform the restaurant industry, which since its inception has maintained a concept that over time has only evolved with “Delivery”. He also commented that the platform is easy to use, the steps are as follows: go to https://www.esent.com.mx, register, choose a restaurant, select your food, pay and when you get to the restaurant, your food is ready and freshly prepared, thus reducing waiting times. App that reserves, orders and pays before arriving at the restaurant. Photo: Pixabay. Kelvin graduated in 2017 from the Petroleum Engineering degree at the Universidad...
    As states across the country hurry to vaccinate their frontline workers against COVID-19, Tennessee is the only state prioritizing the development of its independent vaccine stockpile. Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan is to withhold a portion of the “coveted” vaccines “in case of spoilage of vaccine shipped to facilities,” according to Associated Press. (RELATED: Operation Warp Speed Official Says 20 Million Moderna Vaccines Will Be Distributed By End Of December) The state did not distribute its first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that came Monday; thus, health care workers had to await the second shipment that arrived Wednesday, Associated Press reported. Some medical professionals questioned Tennessee’s decision.  “I don’t know all of the reasons that went in to the decision for holding that 975 back, but if any of it was to create a rainy-day stockpile, let me just tell you, there is a hurricane blowing,” Dr. Jason Martin, a critical...
    File Photo: A man walks in front of the facade of the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sep 16, 2020. REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian BUENOS AIRES, Nov 30 (.) – Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) sold about $ 335 million of its reserves during November, traders said, amid a persistent fall in the domestic currency due to investors’ mistrust of the progress of the economy. Despite the fact that it is the fifth consecutive month in which the entity’s interventions show a negative balance, based on official data from the monetary authority, sales fell considerably in the month-on-month comparison. “The ‘foreign exchange stocks’ and the measures that the Government recently took are taking effect, although the investor who has liquidity continues to prefer to be positioned in dollars. All bets to recover reserves are placed on the next liquidations of...
    Salt Bae has permanently reserved Diego Maradona's favourite table at his iconic Dubai restaurant to honour the late footballer. Internet sensation Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, shared a video of the table which featured a framed picture of the sporting great and a sign reading 'reserved'. Mr Gökçe also shared footage of Maradona dining at the table, and sprinkling salt over his food in the same iconic way that shot the Turkish butcher to fame online. Maradona died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday and tributes to the 1986 World Cup winner have since been pouring in from all over the globe. In a caption shared along with the video, Mr Gökçe wrote: 'This was your favorite table Maradona. Table is reserved forever for you. RIP Legend.' Salt Bae has permanently reserved Diego Maradona's favourite table at his iconic Dubai restaurant to honour the late footballer. Internet sensation...
    Yuan banknotes with other dollars. . The other side of the exchange stability in real terms that spanned all of 2020 for the official dollar is the permanent sacrifice of reserves carried out by the Central Bank to regulate prices. Still with strict exchange control that hinders retail demand – a ceiling of USD 200 per month and a tax burden of 65% -, dollars keep leaking out of the system local financial institution, for import payments, deposit withdrawals and public and private debt cancellations. According to provisional data, on Friday, November 13, the Central Bank’s reserves reached USD 39,101 million, with a loss of USD 91 million on the day, its lowest amount since January 2, 2017. “Clearly what is happening is that despite the fact that demand was greatly limited by the measures that were taken successively in the previous weeks, still some...
    Monica Murphy The U.S. deficit is already burgeoning and it's set grow even bigger as lawmakers push for a second stimulus package to beat the pandemic fallout. The additional costs of funding the package will have to be through issuing more U.S. Treasurys — but that raises the question of who will buy them. It comes amid new shifts in the geopolitical landscape, as China — previously the top purchaser of U.S. Treasurys — cuts its holdings, analysts pointed out. "While the US economy is gradually healing, the costs of handling the pandemic are still stacking up," wrote Kristjan Mee, a research and analytics strategist at asset manager Schroders. He pointed out that the rolling 12-month U.S. budget deficit was close to $3 trillion as of the end of August, following the CARES Act — the first relief package aimed at tackling the pandemic which added over $2 trillion to...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A New York bookstore has survived the Great Depression and two World Wars, but are now in danger of going out of business due to the pandemic.A personal plea from famed independent bookstore, "The Strand," about their draining financial reserves amid the pandemic - asking the public for their support, encouraging customers to buy their wares.Friday afternoon Strand put out a letter from proprietor Nancy Bass Wyden, writing in her appeal - that their revenue "has dropped nearly 70% compared to last year."RELATED | Source of Knowledge Bookstore in Newark's book club thriving despite pandemicEMBED More News Videos Anthony Johnson has more on The Source of Knowledge Bookstore in Newark which has become a major resource for anyone seeking to find details of black life in America and beyond. "While the loan we were given and our cash reserves allowed us to weather the past...
    Venues around the country are bleeding out their last reserves, digging themselves into deeper debt, bracing for bankruptcy or preparing to shut down entirely. To try to keep them afloat through indefinite closures, the National Independent Venue Association is throwing a star-studded three-day virtual music festival. The event, running Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18, will raise relief money for venues and promoters and awareness about the Save Our Stages Act, which would be a life preserver for the independent music economy until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Local superstars the Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff will perform sets from the Boulder Theater, and the Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Dave Matthews, Demi Lovato, Phoebe Bridgers, the Roots, Brittany Howard, Portugal. the Man, Rise Against, Black Pumas, FINNEAS, Leon Bridges and many more will perform. The event, which includes 35 artists being recorded at 25 independent venues across the...
    TEEN Mom’s Kailyn Lowry revealed she plans on joining the Air Force Reserves after wanting to “drop 50 pounds." The 28-year-old MTV star’s weight loss goals comes five weeks after she gave birth to her fourth son, Creed - whom she shares with ex Chris Lopez - on August 3. 10Kailyn gave birth to her fourth son Creed last month Credit: Instagram 10The reality star revealed her ambitious weight loss goals after giving birth Credit: Instagram Kailyn announced her ambitious agenda on Thursday’s episode of her Coffee Convos podcast with Lindsie Chrisley.  “My goal right now is to drop 50 pounds and join the Air Force Reserves,” she said to her shocked co-host.  She went on to explain: “I signed up at this gym that’s local to my area. “It’s not CrossFit - but it’s sort of, like with the classes… it’s like CrossFit in that way.  “But it’s like,...
    Without the usual training camp alumni weekend because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raiders paid homage to their legends Monday in name and number. There was no practice for the second consecutive day — a team spokesman said it was not related to the rash of false positive tests incurred by some other teams — but Jon Gruden saw to it players were issued jerseys of Raiders legends for a walkthrough which was closed to the media. “Gru loves to bring back the old players, loves to keep the Raider tradition going,” tight end Foster Moreau said in a Zoom teleconference. Moreau wore No. 88, previously worn by Raymond Chester in his second tour with the Raiders. Darren Waller was in No. 46 (Todd Christensen) and Jason Witten received No. 87 (Dave Casper). Fullback Alec Ingold, who wore Mark VanEeghen’s No. 30, said teammate Josh Jacobs was thrilled to wear...
    Oruc Reis seismic research vessel, one of the 5-6 research ships in the fully equipped and multi-purpose in the world, is seen as it is ready for a new seismic research activity in the Eastern Mediterranean in Antalya, Turkey on July 22, 2020.Orhan Cicek | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images An intensifying dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean over oil and gas exploration rights at sea has seen tensions flare between Turkey and Greece, with one regional expert describing the situation as the "most dangerous" in years. Turkey and Greece, both members of NATO, are at loggerheads over competing claims to energy reserves in contested Eastern Mediterranean waters.  The countries and territories of this region include Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Libya. Last week, Turkey sent the Oruc Reis survey vessel, escorted by warships, to conduct seismic research in territory both Ankara and Athens claim jurisdiction...
    (CNN)China has spent years working to save its iconic giant panda and has celebrated real success in recent years, but those efforts have failed to protect leopards and other large carnivores that share their habitats. The panda's status was changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable" in 2016, in a sign that decades of Chinese conservation efforts had paid off. However, several carnivorous populations have seen their numbers drop sharply during the same period -- potentially placing the larger ecosystem at risk, according to a new study released Monday by a joint China-United States team.The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, examined 73 protected areas in China, including 66 giant panda nature reserves. Pandas are known in China as an umbrella species -- which means experts believe measures to protect pandas would help protect other species, as well as the larger ecosystem. This may be true for some species,...
    Conservation efforts in China put in place to protect the giant panda may have triggered a decline in the numbers of leopards, snow leopards and wolves. Experts from China found that these carnivores — as well as the dhole, the Asian wild dog — have almost disappeared from the protected areas set aside for the panda. Accordingly, the researchers have argued for a broader conservation strategy to be implemented in the region to protect biodiversity as a wider whole. Conservation efforts in China put in place to protect the giant panda, pictured, may have triggered a decline in the numbers of leopards, snow leopards and wolves (stock image) Researchers found that four large carnivores have almost disappeared from the protected areas set aside for the panda. Pictured, where each of the carnivores (leopard, top left, snow leopard, top right, wolf, bottom left and dhole, bottom right)...
    Tiger Woods at the Memorial. . I had already hinted at it last week at the end of the Memorial, where Jon Rahm became world number 1 thanks to his victory, and has confirmed this Friday through their social networks. Tiger Woods is not going to play the WGC FedEX Sj Jude Invitational, the first World Championship after the pandemic break and which will take place next week at the TPC Southwind in Memphis. “Disappointed to miss the FedEx World Cup, but doing what I think is best to prepare for the PGA Championship and the upcoming FedExCup Playoffs,” he wrote on his social media. The PGA Championship will be played from August 6 to 9 at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco (California). Disappointed to miss @WGCFedEx, but doing what I think is best to prepare me for the @PGAChampionship and upcoming FedExCup Playoffs. ? Tiger Woods...
    T&CS Open to United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland residents aged 18 or over only, except employees of the Promoter, News Corp UK & Ireland Limited, and their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, their families, agents or any other person(s) connected with the competition, including third party promotional partners. Competition closes at 11.59pm on August 8, 2020 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received after the Closing Date will not be counted. One entry per person. Bulk, automatically generated or third party entries are void. To enter you must click the ‘click to enter’ link on the THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO LONELINESS page before the Closing Date. There will be 10 winners. The winners will be selected at random from all valid entries for this competition received before the Closing Date. Winners will be notified by email or phone or using the other contact details provided by the winner within fourteen days...
    Coronavirus — The Spanish pharmaceutical company PharmaMar has shot up 15% this Friday in the Stock Market until it reaches its historical maximums after announcing that one of their medications, Aplidin, is up to 2,800 times more effective than Remdesivir, one of the first effective drugs to treat patients with coronavirus. The news emerged after a study done against SARS-CoV2 by a laboratory in South Korea. The drug was requested by Boryung Pharmaceutical, the partner in that country of PharmaMar, with which it also has a license agreement to market the drug. Thanks to this information, this Friday each share of the company costs 9.31 euros, its highest level in the last decade, while its market value has exceeded 2,000 million euros. With the antiviral activity data obtained in the aforementioned study, PharmaMar hopes to reduce the progression of the disease until it becomes an Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome...
    A few hours after activating the reservation system, Walt Disney World fans sold out the tickets for the company’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida, and they will open on July 11 after more than three months closed to the public because of the pandemic. It only took half an hour until the beneficiaries of an annual pass – the first to be able to book – completed the capacity of the first five days of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom parks, which will be the first to welcome visitors and they will operate with reduced capacity. Both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on July 15, a date by which reservations have also run out, while the rest of the parks will remain closed until further notice. They create a petition to delay the reopening of the parks. However, these were not the first...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a budget emergency Thursday that will allow California to take nearly $8 billion from a state reserve account to help plug a large budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus. The state Senate is set to vote on the budget later Thursday, followed by the Assembly the next day. It will take effect July 1. The budget surplus California enjoyed when the year began was quickly wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, as the state delayed tax collections, businesses suffered and spending soared to battle the virus. Now, the state faces a predicted $54.3 billion deficit. The proposed budget would take $7.8 billion from the state's “rainy day” fund, about half of what's in it, to help plug the whole. Newsom needed to declare a budget emergency to legally tap it. The rest of the shortfall will be plugged through a combination...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a budget emergency Thursday that will allow California to take nearly $8 billion from a state reserve account to help plug a large budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus. The state Senate is set to vote on the budget later Thursday, followed by the Assembly the next day. It will take effect July 1. The budget surplus California enjoyed when the year began was quickly wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, as the state delayed tax collections, businesses suffered and spending soared to battle the virus. Now, the state faces a predicted $54.3 billion deficit. The proposed budget would take $7.8 billion from the state’s “rainy day” fund, about half of what’s in it, to help plug the whole. Newsom needed to declare a budget emergency to legally tap it. The rest of the shortfall will be plugged through a combination of...
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