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    Related news Wall Street faced the comeback this Wednesday supported by the commitment to maintain stimuli that the president of the Federal Reserve (Fed). Although Jerome Powell reiterated that the economic recovery has slowed, he also ensured monetary stimulus for at least the next three years. A revulsive that converted the falls of the first hour into rises and it placed the Dow Jones at all-time intraday highs almost ten points above 32,000 integers. Faced with this scenario, investors shifted from early caution to purchases, with a special focus on more cyclical values. The pessimistic tone that Powell used in the Senate yesterday was offset this Wednesday in his appearance before Congress with a greater emphasis on the promise of encouragement as long as necessary. First-hour sales gave way to purchases after the appearance of the Fed’s first sword was over. Dow Jones it straightened the course 1.35% higher...
    February 27, 2021 2:17 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, conveyed to his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, his support for the country, “near and dear” with which he is “eager” to work, according to a White House letter collected by the media of the Latin American country. “I assumed the Presidency with clear eyes on the overwhelming global and regional challenges that lie ahead, but also eager to revitalize important and lasting relationships with partners like Colombia,” according to the letter. “I am committed to a bipartisan agenda that promotes our shared prosperity, that contributes to a lasting peace for all Colombians. Also that promotes our shared vision of a safe, middle-class and democratic hemisphere,” says the leader. Biden pointed out that, since the conversation he had with his Colombian counterpart in 2018, during the Concordia summit in Bogotá,...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Major League Soccer announced Friday that a lead investor has backed out of the expansion deal to bring a team to Sacramento. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he is disappointed that Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle will not uphold his commitment to the city. READ MORE: Grant High Teacher Comes Under Fire For Reportedly Making Racist Gesture During Online Class “Despite the difficult past year for our city, we have upheld every commitment to Mr. Burkle, the league, and our community,” the mayor said. “We took major steps to welcome Major League Soccer to a new stadium in The Railyards, and we remain prepared to move forward immediately.” MLS said the pandemic was a key role in Burkle’s decision. “Earlier today, Ron Burkle informed the League that based on issues with the project related to COVID-19, he has decided to not move forward with the acquisition of...
    NRSC chair Sen. Rick Scott of Florida The two Republicans heading up the party's efforts to retake control of Congress in the midterms all but declared war on any GOP lawmaker who dares to cross Donald Trump between now and 2022. On Friday, both Sen. Rick Scott and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy copped to the fact that not only did they fail to get a commitment from Trump not to make primary targets of their caucus members, but they also had no intention of doing so. Both men are also charter members of the Sedition Party, voting to reject congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory even after Trump’s murderous mob stormed the Capitol complex on Jan. 6. “I don't have a commitment on that," McCarthy told reporters Friday during a press conference, adding that he's working "closely" with Trump on "endorsements to win seats in the House." The 10 members of McCarthy's...
    Ty Simpson will play his college ball for Nick Saban’s Alabama football program.The Alabama Crimson Tide got a huge commitment for the 2022 class on Friday afternoon, as five-star quarterback Ty Simpson picked the Alabama football team over the Clemson Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels and Tennessee Volunteers. Simpson is the son of UT-Martin Skyhawks head coach Jason Simpson. According to the 247Sports Composite, Simpson is the No. 2 player from Tennessee, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 27 overall recruit nationally in the 2022 class. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller from Martin, Tennessee had 37 offers at the time of his Alabama commitment. BREAKING: Nick Saban gets another stud QB 5-star QB Ty Simpson is headed to Alabama!@AlabamaFTBL | @ty_simpson06 pic.twitter.com/CyJPPCLbFg — CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) February 26, 2021 “What stuck out to me with them was one their culture and two their player development,” said Simpson to 247Sports...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySchiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Conservatives go after Cheney for Trump CPAC remarks MORE (R-Calif.) said President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE has not given him a commitment to refrain from targeting House GOP incumbents in their primaries.  “I don't have a commitment on that, I work closely with the president on working on endorsements to win seats in the House,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday. “We did quite well [last cycle] — you know everybody said we'd lose 20 seats.” McCarthy said that his current focus is not on the 2022 election, arguing it is too far out to be his...
    February 26, 2021 2:25 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Secretary of State of the United States (USA), Antony Blinken, made a virtual visit to Mexico this Friday, with a telematic tour of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez post located on the border. From there, he reiterated the commitment of the Government of President Joe Biden to reform the immigration system. During your tour, Blinken had the opportunity to talk with US officials, like the general consul in Ciudad Juárez, Eric Cohan; and the Acting Director of the Border Patrol in El Paso, Greta Campos. The latter explained how the port works and gave him details about the measures taken during the pandemic. At the end of his virtual visit to that border post, the Foreign Minister stressed that “Last year alone, more than 1.3 million people crossed the bridge. Together, these 2 cities, one American and one...
    Kristin Chenoweth holds on to Josh Bryants arm as they walk their dog Judy Garland and more celebs who died broke Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have secured their first commitment for the Class of 2023. © Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Rueben Owens, who is in his sophomore year at El Campo High School in Texas, announced on Thursday that he has committed to the Longhorns. Owens said that part of his decision is attributed to how well he believes he fits in with Sark’s offense. The Black Unicorn To Austin TX #HookEm @RuebenOwens2 @MikeWestHTX @TXStarsFootball pic.twitter.com/KXHsPcTsZO — Rueben Owens ll #BlackUnicorn (@ii_rueben) February 26, 2021 247 Sports ranks Owens as the No. 26 player nationally, No. 2 running back, and No. 1 player in Texas for 2023. Owens had 1,511 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns last season. Securing a commitment from a player of his level...
    LA TRIBUNE: A year ago, Nexity wanted to “give greater impetus to the ecological transition”. How far has come?VERONIQUE BÉDAGUE: The low-carbon strategy is one of the three founding pillars of Nexity’s CSR commitment. We have been pioneers for more than ten years in wood construction (offices and housing) and the first low-carbon developer in 2020 in the BBCA ranking for the second consecutive year. We have developed the first tertiary building in France to obtain the E3C2 energy performance level and are now working on the scale of entire low-carbon neighborhoods, such as the Porte de Montreuil or the Athletes’ Village project. What are the other two pillars?The first pillar of our CSR commitment is historic. Since Alain Dinin created Nexity, he has been focusing on inclusive cities and affordable housing. We believe that housing is not a privilege, it must be accessible to all. Thus, even...
    California is first state to pass 50,000 Covid deaths World’s Biggest Cricket Arena That Hosted Trump Is Renamed After Modi © Brian Snyder/Reuters JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon previously said he is "committed to fighting racism." Brian Snyder/Reuters JPMorgan is investing hundreds of millions in Black and brown entrepreneurs and small business owners. Brian Lamb, JPMorgan's head of diversity and inclusion, spoke with Insider about the firm's plan. Black and brown small businesses have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On Thursday, JPMorgan announced a new wave of investments as part of its $30 billion commitment to lift up Black, Latinx, and other underserved communities. Latinx is a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina to describe people of Latin American descent.  Load Error The plan, which was announced in October of last year, appears to be the...
    U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a “Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership” on Tuesday that commits to fight “systemic racism” and COVID-19, but ignores the Keystone XL pipeline. In a preamble, the two leaders declare: “The Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership announced today establishes a blueprint for an ambitious and whole-of-government effort against the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of our mutual prosperity. It creates a partnership on climate change, advances global health security, bolsters cooperation on defense and security, and it reaffirms a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and justice.” Much of the document is devoted to the coronavirus pandemic, including a commitment to the controversial World Health Organization (WHO). It also commits both countries “to take a coordinated approach based on science and public health criteria when considering measures to ease Canada-U.S. border restrictions in the future.” It also renews a...
    The company’s first application to Ethisphere earned its place among 135 companies around the world that are recognized for their leadership in ethical business practices. HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI), a leading global socially responsible merchant of branded basic apparel for everyday wear, has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies of 2021 by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and promoting standards of ethical business practices. This press release is about multimedia. See the full news here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223006048/es/ HanesBrands is one of only two recognized apparel manufacturers among 135 companies from 22 countries and 47 different industries. Ethisphere’s assessment process includes more than 200 questions on culture, social and environmental practices, compliance and ethics activities, management, diversity, and initiatives to support a strong value chain. This year, Ethisphere also appreciated how applicants adapted and responded to the pandemic, safety, equity and inclusion, and social justice. “We are deeply...
    Last summer, "General Hospital" was one of the first television shows to go back into production after a four-month coronavirus shutdown. The daytime drama is once again a well-oiled machine - with safety protocols firmly in place.Laura Wright has been front and center in our living rooms for 15 years, playing Carly Corinthos on ABC's daytime drama "General Hospital.""We get to tell stories five days a week... how great is that?" said Wright.Things have again been getting particularly harrowing for her character Carly in the current storyline. But that is par for the course for this character!"Carly, her first reaction to pain is to spiral, to attack, and fight and not feel it," said Wright. "So there's probably going to be a little of that."Fight or Flight: whatever! Wright says she loves playing a character who is this fearless."I never say no because I want to tell the story to...
    HOLLYWOOD -- Last summer, "General Hospital" was one of the first television shows to go back into production after a four month coronavirus shutdown. The daytime drama is once again a well-oiled machine... with safety protocols in firmly in place.Laura Wright has been front and center in our living rooms for 15 years, playing Carly Corinthos on ABC's daytime drama "General Hospital.""We get to tell stories five days a week... how great is that?" said Wright.Things have again been getting particularly harrowing for "Carly", in the current storyline. But that is par for the course for this character!"Carly, her first reaction is to pain is to spiral, to attack, and fight and not feel it," said Wright. "So there's probably going to be a little of that."Fight or Flight: whatever! Wright says she loves playing a character who is this fearless."I never say no because I want to tell the...
    An article about Wikipedia published last Thursday on the Fox News website examined the left-wing bias of the online encyclopedia. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, stated in an interview for the article: “The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone.” Fox also interviewed economics professor Bryan Caplan regarding the slanted coverage of communism and socialism on their Wikipedia pages, notably the omission of atrocities carried out by communist governments. Fox cited other critics of the site and its biased handling of left-wing ideologies. Sanger previously published a blog post criticizing Wikipedia for its left-wing bias, declaring the site’s neutrality policy “dead” due to bias. In the Fox piece by Maxim Lott, Wikipedia is noted as having received less scrutiny than the other Big Tech firms. However, the piece further notes these tech firms, such as Google, also rely heavily on the site and Wikipedia itself is one...
    Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.Giulia Marchi | Bloomberg | Getty Images JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced its latest round of initiatives to support banks and credit unions that are primarily owned or directed by people of color, as well as banking institutions that work with underserved communities. It's part of JPMorgan's $30 billion commitment to help address wealth inequality. "These new initiatives are focused on strengthening minority-owned and diverse-led financial institutions by providing additional access to capital, connections to institutional investors, specialty support for Black-led commercial projects and mentorship and training opportunities," the bank said in a news release. JPMorgan announced its initiative last October, following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has also highlighted longstanding systemic health and social inequities. "Systemic racism is a tragic part of America's history," Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, said in a statement...
    From young apolitical dreaming of immigration to citizen committed to the liberation of prisoners of conscience in Algeria, the life of Zaki Hannache has “radically changed” after the first march of the popular Hirak movement on February 22, 2019 (see p. 12) Got out “unintentionally”, like “automatism”, to join the unprecedented mobilization in the streets of Algiers, he suddenly felt concerned. “It was the only solution not to have an undead in power”, he said, referring to the bedridden ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was running for a fifth term. At 31, this industrial maintenance technician takes part in his first event. Constantly “plugged”, he discovered a new vocation: to inform public opinion about the prisoners of the movement. His phone rings all the time. His Facebook profile has become an information platform in the face of the silence of public television and private channels close to power. Daily...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Morgan State University received a $20 million commitment from alumnus and philanthropist Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife, Tina, to increase an endowed scholarship fund in the Tylers’ name. It’s the largest private donation from an alumnus in the University’s history. READ MORE: All Lanes Blocked On Outer Loop Of I-695 For Multi-Vehicle Crash Credit: Morgan State University The Tylers had made a $5 million commitment to the University in 2016 for select, need-based students living in Baltimore. However, because of the financial hardships and issues students and families have faced over the last year due to the pandemic, the Tylers were “compelled to expand their giving,” according to a press release. The scholarship will now be national, and can benefit generations of future Morgan State students. The endowed fund has already supported 222 Morgan students with 46 full-tuition and 176 partial scholarships. Calvin Tyler with...
    Dr Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen group, let it be known on his LinkedIn account that electric vehicles are the best solution to combat the issue of climate change. Its work, for some years now, has focused on the development of modular platforms that allow to house vehicles with electrical capacities in different segments. In addition, the firm pointed out that there are several infrastructure projects and better batteries that they have bet on. “We made the decision to transition to electric cars five years ago. Our MEB electric modular platform is a real advantage today, allowing us economies of scale in electric mobility globally. Now almost all of our competitors are following us and announcing an electricity strategy. This shows that we are right, “said the manager. In addition, he pointed out that to achieve this efficiency in the use of clean energies, vehicles must...
    Joe biden meets today his first month as president of the United States. On January 20, he vowed to undo the legacy of Donald Trump. A legacy was to be marked by a phrase that Trump repeated at his investiture: “America first“. Trump’s goal was to prioritize the United States before everyone else. A speech that confronted the world, its European partners and NATO. Yesterday Joe Biden debuted on the international scene with two great virtual dates. And whatI want to send a very clear message: “America is back“. The United States is betting again, says transatlantic relations, by defense of democracy and for its commitment to allies of always. That message has generated a sigh of relief in Europe, and of course, in Washington as well. The return to diplomacy and talks with European leaders have focused Joe Biden’s first message on the G summit7 and at...
    Tahir Raj Bhasin joins the Bollywood six-pack club with his role in the upcoming film, Looop Lapeta. He will be seen flaunting a hunky frame as a romantic hero opposite Taapsee Pannu, and he says the challenge to get a six-pack was all about commitment and consistency. “The body type has everything to do with my character Satya’s background. He has to be the guy you’ll notice if he walks in to the room. A lot of his character traits — like laidback irreverence and wit — lie in the performance and script, but there’s a lot in the physical structure that needs to supplement this,” Tahir said. Looop Lapeta: Taapsee Pannu Introduces Tahir Raj Bhasin as Satya, Her Love Interest in Her Next Film (View Post) He added: “We filmed in Goa and Satya spends time in the outdoors, so we knew his physicality had to be portrayed. That’s...
    By NATALIE WEBER, Tampa Bay Times TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clad in a purple dress shirt, black slacks and a mask, wedding officiant Nan Klater stood near the water on Harbour Island in Tampa and faced the brides on a balmy January afternoon. Before her were Tiffany Velazquez and Yaribilisa Colon, who were preparing to commit their lives to each other in front of their families and friends. “By the power and authority vested in me by the state of Florida, I now pronounce you wife and wife and spouses for life,” Klater declared to the young couple. It was one of more than 2,000 ceremonies Klater has presided over, many of them for same-sex couples. For over 25 years, the 63-year-old has officiated weddings across Tampa Bay. Since 2010, many of those have been held in her South Tampa “wedding hall-gym,” where mats, fitness balls and weights are hidden...
    EFE Latam Videos The young Kenyan who creates recycled bricks “harder than concrete” Nairobi, Feb 18 (EFE) .- The young Kenyan engineer Nzambi Matee faces every day an omnipresent enemy that is ignored by all: plastic. In his small factory in Nairobi, bits of milk bottles, shampoo and cereal bags are mixed with sand, melted at a high temperature and molded into bricks. “We were tired (of nothing being done). Plastic waste is not a Kenyan problem but a global one and, if we are not able to offer practical solutions, asking people to adopt a recycling culture can be a challenge,” he explains to EFE Matee, 29 years old and founder of the company Gjenge Makers, which produces sustainable construction material with plastic waste. Since its inception in 2017, this entrepreneur and her team – now made up of five part-time workers and another five full-time; with a capacity...
    By getting AJ Johnson’s commitment, the LSU football program is one step closer to landing Arch Manning.LSU football fans should be ecstatic over their favorite team’s latest commitment. By gaining four-star wide receiver AJ Johnson‘s commitment, the Bayou Bengals might be at the front of the line to win the Arch Manning sweepstakes. Johnson not only is the No. 12 player from Louisiana, the No. 33 wide receiver in the 2022 class and the No. 237 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, but he just so happens to catch balls from the top 2023 quarterback prospect at Isidore Newman in New Orleans. Manning may be an Ole Miss and Tennessee legacy, but LSU is his home state’s college team. Does landing Arch Manning’s top high school receiver get him to Baton Rouge?On talent alone, Johnson was on LSU’s radar anyway. The 6-foot-4 and 205-pound receiver had 10 official offers,...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden on Friday said the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance was “unshakeable” and promised to observe the principle that an attack on one member was an attack on all. His statement was at odds with his predecessor, Donald Trump, who called the 30-member alliance outdated and at one point suggested Washington could withdraw. “The United States is fully committed to our NATO alliance, and I welcome your growing investment in the military capabilities that enable our shared defenses,” Biden told an online session of the Munich Security Conference. “An attack on one is an attack on all. That is our unshakeable vow.” Trump administration officials had publicly hammered, and sought to shame, Germany and other NATO members for not meeting a target of spending 2% of their gross domestic output on defense. Biden’s comments signaled a different approach – and...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, state media said on Friday, days after the White House said it would deal with the king, not his heir, and U.S. officials would engage their counterparties in the kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed, who is also Saudi Defence Minister, reviewed bilateral relations with Austin, especially in defence cooperation, state news agency SPA said. Austin reaffirmed the importance of the strategic defence partnership between the two countries, and said the United States was committed to helping Riyadh defend itself, condemning attacks launched into the kingdom by the Houthi group in Yemen. Austin said in a statement he had a productive call. “We discussed the continued commitment to the 70 year US-Saudi security partnership, and I’m looking forward to working together to achieve regional security & stability,” he said. U.S. President Joe...
    President Biden on Friday plans to reinforce a U.S. commitment to engaging with the international community during virtual meetings of the G7 and the Munich Security Conference. Biden's plans include announcing a $2 billion donation to the World Health Organization’s COVAX program, which aims to distribute vaccines around the world, senior administration officials said. While speaking with world leaders, Biden plans to focus on the coronavirus pandemic, its worldwide economic fallout and the climate crisis. "Now he will get the opportunity as president of the United States early in his term to declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back, and he will look forward to driving home the core proposition that the transatlantic alliance is a cornerstone for American engagement in the world in the 21st century, just as it was in the 20th," an official told reporters.  Also Friday, the U.S. will officially rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. The...
    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to reaffirm the “strategic defense partnership” between the two nations and discuss recent changes to U.S. policy on Yemen, the Pentagon said. Why it matters: The call comes just days after the White House said it would “recalibrate” its relationship with Saudi Arabia, and return to “counterpart to counterpart” engagement, with President Biden’s counterpart being King Salman, not MBS. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free. The big picture: Since taking office, the Biden administration has announced the end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen, reversed the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terror group, and paused an arms deal with the kingdom. The Biden administration is also set to release a U.S. intelligence report that concluded that MBS...
    Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and pushback from players, the NBA announced Thursday its plans to hold the All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7. Though Stephen Curry stopped short of a full endorsement, he made it clear he accepts the league’s decision. “It’s a business and we understand that. We know what we all signed up for,” said Curry, who is expected to be one of five All-Star starters in the Western Conference. “We know it’s happening and we know we’re required and expected to be there, and that is what it is.” Under the plan, the league will hold a scaled-down All-Star Weekend during the midseason break from March 5-10. The All-Star Game will tip off at 5 p.m. PT at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. This year’s events will also include a 3-point contest starting at 3:30 p.m. PT and...
    “It was a commitment by the president from day one, and this is his vision of what it takes to fix the system,” a senior administration official told reporters. Two elected Democrats, Linda Sanchez and Bob Menendez, will present the initiative respectively to the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill plans to pave the way to U.S. citizenship for nearly 11 million irregular people, who can prove they were in the United States on January 1, 2021. The reform will also benefit the “Dreamers”, some 700,000 young adults who entered the United States illegally during their childhood and who have lived there ever since. The Biden administration has taken the opposite view from its first day against the ultra-controversial migration measures of the Trump era. In particular, the new Democratic president canceled the decree which prohibited nationals of predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen)...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that President Joe Biden would support a study on whether descendants of slavery in the United States should receive reparations. Psaki says President Biden would "certainly support a study of reparations," but does not say whether hed sign legislation or take executive action creating a reparations commission: "Well see where Congress moves on that issue" https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/H3bFLUSoDs — CBS News (@CBSNews) February 17, 2021 A transcript is as follows:  REPORTER: The president during the campaign supported a study for reparations. There’s a House committee hearing today. Does the president support the legislation? He stopped short of that during the campaign. Would he sign that if it came to his desk? JEN PSAKI: He’s supported a study of reparations. I believe that’s what’s being discussed and studying the continued impacts of slavery, which is being discussed in this hearing on H.R. 40, and...
    Adolfo Tenahua Ramos Tlaxcala / 02.17.2021 00:41:28 A group of politicians who called themselves as founders of Morena in Tlaxcala He regretted that the open call for candidacies for popularly elected positions has generated an excess of applicants, including those characters who were active in other political forces and have currently declared themselves leftists. In this way, Agustín Sánchez Corona and Floria María Hernández Hernández, aspiring federal deputies for the districts of Tlaxcala and Zacatelco, respectively, and representing the Un Pact from Below guild, said that they have already identified a group of « Politicians of opportunity » who rated them as « Morenos de Troya ». “There are those who see the political institute as an alternative of victory, because it is the party that is governing Mexico and could govern Tlaxcala, however, it is unfortunate that many citizens who now claim to be from the left have joined...
    The White House on Tuesday walked back Joe Biden's push for gun control legislation, calling it the president's 'personal' priority but saying there is no package ready for Congress. 'He has not afraid of standing up to the NRA. He has done it multiple times,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden.  But, she noted, there is no timeline of changing gun laws.  'It is a priority to him on a personal level, but I don't have a, a prediction for you, or a preview for you on a timeline of a package, and certainly not what it will look like and how it goes through Congress,' she added at her daily press briefing. On Sunday, Biden used the three year anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida to call on Congress to strengthen gun laws, including requiring background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons. ...
    MAFS AUSTRALIA viewers were left shocked tonight as Dan and Jess plotted to recouple and ditch their partners at the next commitment ceremony The deceitful pair have embarked on an illicit affair behind their spouses backs and now they are making their move to be together. 5MAFS Australia's Jess and Dan came up with a plot to be together tonightCredit: E4 In shocking scenes this evening, the cunning twosome planned how they could get rid of Mick and Tamara. During a tense dinner party they again snuck off for a sordid chat and a snog behind their partners backs. But talk quickly turned to how they can run off together, but still stay in the experiment. Jess' poor other half Mick has been desperate to leave the show, but she has voted to "stay" every week. 5They now plan to ditch their partners for each otherCredit: E4 But now Jess...
    Digi starts 2021 reducing the commitment to stay in your fiber services. After launching unlimited mobile data and taking its fiber up to 1 GB without a price increase, the company reduces its commitment to stay, going from twelve months to three months. It is still a distant figure to that of rivals like Pepehone or O2, that offer fiber optic services without assuming permanence commitment, but without a doubt the new measure will be a good incentive in order to contract the services of the operator. Digi’s tenure goes from twelve to three months This is reflected in Digi’s list of frequently asked questions, in the fiber service the permanence is three months, while in mobile products there is no commitment to stay. This change represents a significant reduction in the months of tie to the operator, which to date were twelve. In those fiber optic contracted services the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrence Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn’t so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That’s frustrating to activists like Wise, who worry their victory...
    By WILL WEISSERT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn't so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That's frustrating...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn’t so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That’s frustrating to activists like Wise, who worry their victory...
    America Vincent braun Subscribers Published on 02-15-21 at 7:48 am – Updated 02-15-21 at 7:49 am © . The new Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin, will reaffirm this week the United States’ commitment to NATO and promise its allies that no important decision will be taken without consultation with them, to turn the page on the Trump years.
    The members of the Council of Ministers expressed their gratitude to Pilar Mazzetti, outgoing head of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), after confirming his resignation from said portfolio due to questions from the Congress of the Republic. After the swearing-in of Óscar Ugarte as the new Minister of Health this Saturday, February 13, the different members of the cabinet recognized Mazzetti’s work to combat the pandemic and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. One of the representatives of the Executive who highlighted her work was Prime Minister Violeta Bermúdez. “Thank you for your work and commitment to Peru, former minister Pilar Mazzetti. It has been very valuable to have you in the cabinet. I am sure that, from where you are, you will continue to contribute to the development of our country! « , He wrote on his official Twitter account. Violeta Bermúdez thanked Pilar Mazzetti for her...
    Bodycam captured police saying they wanted to ‘gas’ and ‘stomp on’ BLM protesters Seven GOP senators vote to convict Trump; McConnell says former president is responsible for Capitol riot but votes to acquit Texas lands commitment from five-star QB recruit Maalik Murphy The latest attempt to rebuild Texas football is off to a good start on the recruiting trail. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Steve Sarkisian's first recruiting class for Texas appears to be off to a good start. Gardena (Calif.) Serra quarterback Maalik Murphy announced his commitment to the Longhorns on Saturday, sealing a major recruiting coup for Steve Sarkisian’s program. Murphy is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 30 recruit overall in 247Sports’ composite ranking of the 2022 recruiting class. Murphy credited Sarkisian as a big reason behind his decision to commit to Texas. “I think he’s the perfect coach to prepare me for...
    « You were like a light in the middle of the darkness. » « Thanks for being there despite everything. » These are some of the phrases of listeners of the SER channel that star in the video that the station, together with Los40, Cadena Dial and Radiolé, has launched to celebrate the World Radio Day this Saturday, February 13. For four consecutive years, SER has commemorated this day with open days for listeners to get to know the radio from within. The health situation this year has not allowed to maintain this custom, so the group has opted to pay tribute to those who have recognized the work and effort that the radio and its professionals have developed during the pandemic. Through the message « Only if you follow, the radio will continue », the different stations of the SER seek to value the role of radio through the support, commitment and loyalty that has...
    Oscar Alvarado Camacho Source: Courtesy According to Gallup the perspectives on the workplace they are not flattering. For more than 30 years, he has conducted in-depth research on economic performance in more than 25 million employees in hundreds of companies in the United States and in the world. Year after year, since 2000, the percentage of people who feel actively engaged is around 30%. Another 50% of employees simply ignore the company. Engaged employees connect emotionally with the organization and its goals. They care deeply about their job and the company. They are willing to put all their effort at the service of business objectives. They not only work for a salary or a promotion, but to achieve the purpose of the organization; a purpose they have made their own. The annual losses Around the world due to this lack of commitment they reach billions of dollars. According...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union on Thursday reiterated their commitment to resolve issues around the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the wake of a row over COVID-19 vaccines. After a meeting between senior British minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Thursday, they released a joint statement saying they had had "a frank but constructive discussion". They said they would "spare no effort" to implement solutions mutually agreed on Dec. 17, as they formed a foundation for cooperation. (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ireland, vaccines, European Union, United Kingdom, Europe
    Shay Mitchell has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday where she proudly unveiled her new toned figure. The "Pretty Little Liars" and "You" star welcomed her first child in late 2019 and felt ready to revamp her fitness routine. "2020 was the year of searching for something to make us feel good. Not even good…to feel fine. Feel ‘normal,’ the 33-year-old captioned a side-by-side before and after selfie.  "For me that came in the form of comfort food, comfort clothes and throwing my fitness routine out the window," Mitchell shared. "And that was okay…for awhile. They’re called unprecedented times for a reason." SHAY MITCHELL WELCOMES BABY GIRL WITH BOYFRIEND MATTE BABEL ​ Shay Mitchell welcomed a daughter in 2019. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) "But I also learned about physical and mental self-care, and made a pact with myself that...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s silence on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial fulfills an election commitment. “The American public should read it as his commitment to delivering on exactly what they elected him to do,” Psaki said. “Which is not to be a commentator on the daily developments of an impeachment trial, but to push forward an American rescue plan that will ensure people are back to work, get the assistance they need, get shots in arms, reopen schools.” “That’s what they asked him to do and that’s what he’s focused on doing every day.” Psaki’s response was to a question about what Americans should think of Biden’s silence over the impeachment trial. Biden said Tuesday that he wasn’t going to watch the impeachment trial, citing larger concerns. (RELATED: These Six Republicans Voted That Trump’s Impeachment Trial Is Constitutional) “I am...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday underscored the Fed's commitment to reducing unemployment to multi-decade lows, where it stood before the pandemic, while signaling little concern about the risk of potentially high inflation or financial market instability. Powell stressed in prepared remarks for a webcast to the Economic Club of New York that the job market was far from fully recovered and that the Fed isn't considering any increase in its benchmark short-term interest rate from its current level near zero. He did not refer to the surging stock market or to recent signs of market froth, like the explosive volatility in the prices of GameStop and other stocks targeted by ordinary day traders. “Despite the surprising speed of recovery early on, we are still very far from a strong labor market whose benefits are broadly shared,” Powell said. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday underscored the Fed’s commitment to reducing unemployment to multi-decade lows, where it stood before the pandemic, while signaling little concern about the risk of potentially high inflation or financial market instability. Powell stressed in prepared remarks for a webcast to the Economic Club of New York that the job market was far from fully recovered and that the Fed isn’t considering any increase in its benchmark short-term interest rate from its current level near zero. He did not refer to the surging stock market or to recent signs of market froth, like the explosive volatility in the prices of GameStop and other stocks targeted by ordinary day traders. “Despite the surprising speed of recovery early on, we are still very far from a strong labor market whose benefits are broadly shared,” Powell said. The Fed last year...
    The LSU football team now has the third-best recruiting class in 2021 with the signing of four-star receiver Brian Thomas.With Brian Thomas taking his four-star commitment to the LSU football program, it means the Bayou Bengals have the No. 3 overall class in the 2021 cycle, knocking Kirby Smart’s Georgia football team down a peg. According to the 247Sports Composite, Thomas’ commitment to LSU over Texas A&M was enough to leap Georgia into the top three. LSU had originally finished with the fourth-best class through National Signing Day, but it gained roughly two points on the Dawgs in the standings, beating them out by a single point. Once again, a Georgia sports team blew a lead. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thomas is the No. 88 player overall, No. 13 receiver and No. 4 recruit in Louisiana, according to 47 Sports. He’s also an elite basketball player who could help Will Wade’s...
    Fluidra continues in the FTSE4Good index for its commitment to sustainability
    Since countries’ commitments must be accompanied by clear and credible plans, he urged countries to make determined contributions in national plans – countries that have signed the Paris Agreement commit to obligations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and climate change adaptation – significantly more ambitious, as stated in the Accord, adding that “major economies and G20 members must lead the way.” The secretary general said that the use of coal for energy purposes should be eliminated in 2030 for the OECD countries and by 2040 in the rest of them, and that the financing of the sector, and other fossil fuels, should be redirected towards the search clean energy sources. “Investments in coal are a losing bet,” he said. He also called for progress in adaptation and resilience, which requires greater support to vulnerable nations, including least developed countries and small island developing states. “We...
    That Epic needs to redefine its strategy regarding the Epic Games Store it is something that, at this point, admits very little (that is, no) discussion. And it is that some of its numbers are very high, its user base does not stop growing, and its promotions of free games, of which we inform you promptly, do nothing but add records. And it is normal, since they are usually notable titles, like this week’s Metro: Last Light Redux, but on occasions they have even given away triple A games, as happened with Grand Theft Auto 5, a promotion with which the Epic Games servers Store were saturated for hours. However, and if we scratch to see what is under those numbers, we find that the enormous growth in users does not translate into a substantial increase in game sales on the Epic Games Store. To put it in an even...
    A French court found its government guilty of not meeting its commitments to the Paris climate accord. In what was dubbed the “first major climate trial in France,” the court declared that the French government was guilty of inaction but only ordered it to pay a symbolic fine of 1 Euro to the four nongovernmental organizations that brought a lawsuit against the government. The court will also decide within two months whether the government will have to take any more actions to rectify its failure to meet its climate obligations. Oxfam France’s head Cecile Duflot, whose organization was one of the NGOs that filed the lawsuit, called the decision "a historic victory for climate justice." The group was joined by Greenpeace and two other environmental organizations in filing the suit, denouncing the French government’s “climate inaction” and circulating a petition that garnered over 2 million signatures. As part of...
    February 8, 2021 9:38 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Government of the United States (USA) will return as an observer country to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN), an institution that it left in mid-2018. This was reported on Monday by the US delegation at an organizational meeting in Geneva. US diplomat Mark J. Cassayre confirmed the news. The information will also be announced Monday from Washington by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He also stressed that “it is the most effective way to reform and improve the Council.” “We recognize flaws in this Council“said the US delegate.” But we know that the organization has the potential to be an important forum in the fight against tyrannies and injustices around the world. “ During the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States left the Human Rights Council. He did so on the grounds...
    (CNN)Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will continue to race for Mercedes in the 2021 season after agreeing a new, one-year deal, the team announced on Monday.The deal will see Hamilton partner with Mercedes for a ninth season and puts an end to months of speculation over the Briton's immediate future in the sport.Hamilton has dominated the F1 landscape since joining Mercedes from McLaren in 2013, winning 74 races as well as six drivers' championships.During the 2020 season, the 36-year-old drew level with Michael Schumacher's seven world titles and surpassed the German's all-time wins record of 91 races.Hamilton was also a leading voice supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and called on the F1 paddock to do more to address issues of diversity and inclusion.Read MoreHe set up a commission in his name to increase diversity in motorsport with the hope of making "real, tangible and measurable change."Hamilton celebrates...
    Colin Kaepernick started to trend on social media during halftime of Super Bowl LV on Sunday as viewers watching the game took issue with the NFL’s commercial about its social justice initiatives. The NFL’s Inspire Change commercial included footage of the protests against racial injustice and police brutality as well as LaDanian Tomlinson’s Hall of Fame speech talking about how football brings people together. The commercial showed players wearing the names of victims of police brutality on the back of their helmets as well as players locking arms in a show of solidarity and kneeling on the sidelines. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SUPER BOWL LV COVERAGE But missing from the commercial was Kaepernick, who started his activism during the 2016 season when he protested during the national anthem to bring awareness to social injustice and police brutality. "The NFL is committing $250 million to help end systemic racism," the commercial...
    A Paris court convicted the French government of not upholding its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, according to reports. The court ruled that the state has displayed "non-respect of its engagements" to combat global warming. "This is an historic win for climate justice," said Jean- François Julliard, the executive director of Greenpeace France. "The decision not only takes into consideration what scientists say and what people want from French public policies, but it should also inspire people all over the world to hold their governments accountable for climate change in their courts." Environmental activists stage a protest in Paris in January before the first hearing in the case against the French state over climate inaction. Julliard believed the court ruling would push the government to finally take action, the Guardian reported. The Paris Agreement, signed five years ago, aimed to limit global warming...
    Legendary NFL running back Emmitt Smith believes the Dallas Cowboys are "uncertain" about whether or not Dak Prescott is the "future" of the team. Smith, who won three Super Bowls in 13 seasons with the Cowboys, told the SB Nation NFL Show this week that there would be no back-and-forth over Prescott’s contract if Dallas was all in on him being their quarterback.  CHIEFS’ PATRICK MAHOMES TO HAVE SURGERY ON FOOT AFTER SUPER BOWL LV: REPORT  "The only answer I can give is the Cowboys are uncertain whether or not he's the future of the Cowboys," Smith said, via KRLD radio. "Outside of that, if he was the complete future of the Dallas Cowboys, they would make no bones about giving him a contract." Prescott previously signed a franchise tag worth $31.4 million during the offseason after failing to negotiate a long-term deal with the team. He suffered a season-ending...
    “If they want Iran to return to its commitments (…) the United States must fully lift the sanctions, in practice and not on paper,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a televised speech. “We will then check whether in fact the sanctions have been lifted correctly,” he added. In May 2018, President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the international Iran nuclear deal reached in Vienna in 2015, reinstating in the wake of heavy sanctions that plunged Iran into a deep recession and deprived of the economic benefits he hoped for from the deal. The new American president, Joe Biden, wants to return to the Vienna agreement supposed to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons. However, he conditioned this decision on a prior return from Iran to strict compliance with its commitments, from which it has begun to shy away in response to American sanctions. For its part, Tehran...
    President Biden will ask to protect LGBTQ rights globally. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reported that President Biden will announce a presidential memorandum protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Miamimundo / Univision This action, Sullivan said during a press conference, which reflects Biden’s “deep commitment” to these issues “both here in the United States and around the world.” During his presidential campaign, Biden made a commitment to pass LGBTQ rights legislation – known as the Equality Act – during the first 100 days of his administration. Additionally, Biden is also committed to protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, ensuring fair treatment in the court system, and promoting their rights globally. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Biden “keeps” his promise to sign the Equality Act in its first 100 days, but noted that Congress would have to take steps to pass a...
    Skyworks Aeronautics Announces a USD 100 Million Investment Commitment from GEM as the Company Seeks to Go Public in the Next Months
    The head of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development praised President Biden this week for the new administration’s environmental priorities. “President Biden’s environmental executive orders resonate deeply with an integral ecology that listens to the ‘least of these’ (Mt 25:40),” said Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley in a statement. “Not only do they recommit our nation to robust and integrated climate mitigation policies, but also emphasize other environmental realities that deserve greater attention.” In his January 27 Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Biden said he was following the science by “putting the climate crisis at the center of United States foreign policy and national security.” “The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis,” Biden asserted. “We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that...
    Super Bowl LV: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Most Famous Fans, From Nick Carter to Hulk Hogan (Photos) How Emergencies Like Coronavirus Expose Nonsense Business Practices Honda extend MotoGP commitment to 2026 Japanese manaufacturer Honda confirmed on Friday it would continue in MotoGP at least until 2026 after signing a new five-year contract with series-promoter Dorna Sports. © Glenn Nicholls Marc Marques has won six MotoGP titles for Honda who have extended their contract with the sport until 2026 "Honda has been competing in the world championship since 1959, and won its 800th grand prix last year," said Noriaki Abe who oversees Honda's MotoGP unit.  "Honda believes MotoGP racing is vital to our motorsports activities.  "MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. It allows us to develop various technologies, and through fierce competition, teach our engineers and nurture their skills." Video: NASCAR Cup schedule changes will test drivers (NBC Sports) Replay...
            by Andrew Kerr  President Joe Biden’s commitment to ethics will be put to the test in how his Justice Department handles the connection one of its top officials shares with Hunter Biden’s lawyer, a government ethics expert told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Chris Clark, a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins, is assisting Hunter Biden with the federal criminal investigation into his foreign business dealings. Clark had worked closely at the law firm with Nicholas McQuaid until the latter’s departure from the firm on Jan. 20 to lead the Justice Department criminal division, which is reportedly involved with the Hunter Biden investigation. There’s no evidence suggesting that McQuaid had any involvement with the Hunter Biden matter while working at Latham & Watkins, but he and Clark were jointly representing at least one client, not Hunter Biden, before he left the firm, according to Axios. “This...
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz placed a hold on President Biden’s Commerce Department secretary nominee after she declined to promise specifically to keep Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a U.S. trade blacklist, he said. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted 21-3 to approve Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s nomination on Wednesday, moving her toward a floor vote on whether to confirm her as head of the agency. Only Cruz and fellow Republican Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee voted against her. “I’ll lift the hold when the Biden admin commits to keep the massive Chinese Communist Party spy operation Huawei on the Entity List,” Cruz tweeted Thursday night. A source familiar with Cruz's thinking contended to the Washington Examiner that "every couple of hours, there’s a new worrying sign that the Biden administration is rushing to embrace China" and "Cruz...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia welcomed on Thursday what U.S. President Joe Biden's speech included regarding the commitment of the U.S. to cooperate with the kingdom to defend its sovereignty and address the threats targeting it, the state news agency SPA reported. SPA cited a statement saying the kingdom is looking forward to working with Biden's office and the U.S. envoy to Yemen, the UN and with all Yemeni parties to reach an all-inclusive political solution in Yemen. (Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Omar Fahmy; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, Yemen, United States, United Arab Emirates, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told "America’s Newsroom," Thursday that the United States needs to continue its commitment to defend Taiwan under the Biden administration. Rubio made the comments after the U.S. Navy sent a guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, through the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet said in a statement this is the first time a U.S. warship has sailed through the strait between mainland China and Taiwan during the Biden administration. US URGES CALM AFTER CHINA TELLS TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE MEANS WAR SEN. MARCO RUBIO: We have a commitment to defend Taiwan. This is an administration and a president, that when he was running for president, talked about the importance of living up to our international commitments and our partners … Taiwan has been our partner for a very long time in a place that we have an understanding with, in terms of having that core relationship. So,...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden will visit the State Department Thursday to thank a workforce repeatedly maligned under the previous administration and present his broad vision for a foreign policy re-grounded in alliances and multilateral institutions.By making his first Cabinet agency trip to the State Department and not the Pentagon or CIA, Biden is aiming to underscore his administration's renewed focus on repairing American alliances and using diplomacy as a tool abroad, an official said. Biden is not expected to offer concrete policy direction in his speech to America's oldest Cabinet agency, which will center on the theme of "restoring America's place in the world," one of his central campaign promises. However, he is expected to announce his intention to increase the number of refugees allowed to be admitted into the United States after years of historical lows under the Trump administration, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN, fulfilling...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The United States Navy sent a guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the first time a US warship has gone through the waterway that separates China and Taiwan during the Biden administration.The Japan-based USS John S McCain made the routine transit in accordance with international law, Lt. Joe Keiley, a spokesperson for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, said in a statement."The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," Keiley said. These three Pacific military flashpoints could shape Bidens China strategyThe issue of self-governed Taiwan has been one the first big foreign policy challenges for US President Joe Biden. Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden renewed his commitment Wednesday to send $1,400 checks to millions of adult Americans to boost the country's coronavirus-ravaged economy. But he said he was open to Republican demands to tighten restrictions on who would get the money.   In a call to Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives and later at a White House meeting with a group of Democratic senators, Biden called for quick passage of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes the stimulus checks, pushing aside a call by some Republican senators for a more limited $618 billion deal.   Biden told the House lawmakers he was willing to set lower income limits on who would get the $1,400 checks, but not cut the size of the stipends. Coupled with $600 payments approved by former President Donald Trump in December, the combined $2,000 in assistance would equal Biden's...
    President Joe Biden’s commitment to ethics will be put to the test in how his Justice Department handles the connection one of its top officials shares with Hunter Biden’s lawyer, a government ethics expert told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Chris Clark, a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins, is assisting Hunter Biden with the federal criminal investigation into his foreign business dealings. Clark had worked closely at the law firm with Nicholas McQuaid until the latter’s departure from the firm on Jan. 20 to lead the Justice Department criminal division, which is reportedly involved with the Hunter Biden investigation. There’s no evidence suggesting that McQuaid had any involvement with the Hunter Biden matter while working at Latham & Watkins, but he and Clark were jointly representing at least one client, not Hunter Biden, before he left the firm, according to Axios. “This is a great test of...
    Remember when the blackness of his soul started leaking out on his face and hands? Senate Republicans are showing their true attitude toward unity and bipartisanship on the COVID-19 relief plan. That was expressed Wednesday morning on the Senate floor by Sen. Mitch McConnell, who promised to inflict as much pain as the rules of budget reconciliation allow. Unfortunately, that's quite a bit in the form of basically unlimited nonbinding and toxic amendments. "We'll be getting senators on the record about whether taxpayers should fund checks for illegal immigrants," McConnell said, and "whether Democrats should raise taxes on small businesses in the midst of this historic crisis … and whether generous federal funding should pour into school districts where the unions refuse to let schools open." Then he promised, "This is just a small taste." That last one, on schools, is the brain child of seditionist Sen. Josh Hawley. These are...
    The legacy auto industry is finally sending welcome signals that it’s serious about addressing climate change. We saw it last week when General Motors CEO Mary Barra pledged her company would completely transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035. And we saw it Tuesday when Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other manufacturers dropped their support for a Trump-era lawsuit seeking to block California from setting more environmentally friendly fuel standards. Whether it’s the turnover in the administration, President Joe Biden’s plan for tougher fuel standards and seriously addressing greenhouse gas emissions, or Bay Area-based electric-car producer Tesla leaving legacy manufacturers in the dust, other carmakers now seem to recognize the industry’s future lies in zero-emission vehicles. But exactly how committed some of them are to changing their ways remains to be seen. As we saw during Trump’s reign, car manufacturers can easily shift direction with the political winds. They are often more...
    BOSTON (CBS) — At some point in the future, Tom Brady is going to have to retire from football. At least we think he will. Brady, 43, is gearing up for his unprecedented 10th trip to the Super Bowl. Overall, he has shown very few signs of slowing down now that he’s well into his fifth decade of life and third as a professional football player. It’s leading some to believe that Brady can keep going until he’s flirting with 50. In the past, Brady has said that he would like to play until he’s 45. However, now that he’s on the cusp of adding a seventh championship ring to his collection, he may be moving the goalposts once again. On Monday, the Tampa Bay quarterback said that he’d be open to playing into the back nine of his 40s. “I would definitely consider that,” Brady told reporters at Super...
    Next1 of 25Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse With the 2021 class putting pen to paper, it’s time to examine where the top 25 recruits in 2022 class for college football could land. With the 2021 college football recruiting class wrapping up, it’s time to look ahead to what’s next. The recruiting trail never ends and coaches are already working on getting commitments from their next class. That next class is 2022. All eyes are now set forth on getting those commitments that will eventually lead to the signing of a letter of intent. The chase is on for the next crop of five-star recruits. Some from the 2022 class have already made a commitment. However, a commitment can be temporary and the race can always open back up. It’s never over until a recruit signs a letter of intent. Even then, it’s not really over with the...
    (CNN)Myanmar's military coup is a tragedy for a people who have enjoyed fragile freedom after decades of darkness under dictatorship. It also marks the failure of an effort by the United States and its allies to instill democracy and to draw the country out of China's orbit.Long-established democratic structures held firm in the US when an autocratic leader wanted to steal an election, but Myanmar's quasi democracy dissolved early on Monday morning local time, leaving it yet again under the boot of a junta. Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader since the military constitution barred her from serving as President, is back under house arrest, where she spent much of the last 30 years. Pro-democracy leaders have been rounded up. The future looks bleak again.Myanmars military seizes power in coup after detaining leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ruling party politiciansMyanmar's generals clearly took advantage of Aung San...
    70-year-old Tennessee man wanted for 2 murders found dead Only 38% of nursing home workers accepted COVID-19 vaccines, new data shows How Brands and Retailers Are Tackling Diversity — Both Within and Beyond Their Organizations © Diane Bondareff/AP Click here to read the full article. Following a year marked by national unrest over racial inequity, a number of retailers, fashion groups and footwear brands are taking a new approach to celebrating Black History Month. Beyond product launches and collaborations with Black talent, companies like Gap, Neiman Marcus and Walmart are upping the ante on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives by donating millions of dollars in product and funds to nonprofits, addressing representation within their own organizations and committing to allocate shelf space for Black-owned brands, among other moves. More from Footwear News With a Spate of New Initiatives, Macy's Steps Up Diversity Efforts in Honor of Black History...
    The Georgia football team is the favorite to land four-star defensive tackle Bear Alexander.Four-star defensive tackle Bear Alexander will be committing on Wednesday, and he is expected to Commit to the G. Alexander will announce his commitment on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET. He is the No. 9 defensive tackle, the No. 22 player from Texas and the No. 140 player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Denton, Texas native has 29 formal offers and is drawing serious interest from six other Power 5 teams besides the Georgia football program. Will Bear Alexander take his four-star commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs?Other teams vying for Alexander’s 2022 commitment include the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. While it would make sense for him to stay in-state and commit to...
    General Mills has made significant commitments to cage-free chickens and eggs. The company will transition to using cage-free eggs with 75-80% of its global purchase coming from cage-free chickens by the end of 2021 and a goal of 100% cage-free by 2025, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). General Mills announced the cage-free commitments as part of a broader animal rights and welfare strategy. The United States has seen significant changes in the expansion of cage-free eggs. As legislation in Massachusetts and California move ahead, 50 million additional hens will live in cage-free environments.  “We’ve been working to free every egg-laying hen from industrial cage confinement,” said Matthew Prescott, senior director of food and agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States in an emailed statement. “Food companies can and should at least let farm animals spread their wings and stretch their legs. To...
    The US needs more vaccine doses. But increasing production isnt easy, experts say. Biden wants Democrats to keep Trump trial short Team USA receives commitment from Treveon Graham Four-year NBA veteran Treveon Graham has committed to play for Team USA in the AmeriCup qualifying tournament Feb. 19-20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, league sources told HoopsHype. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Treveon Graham Graham, 27, has played for the Hornets, Nets, Timberwolves, and Hawks during his four-year career. He last played in the NBA with the Hawks in March 2020 and is known as a defensive player who can guard the one through four positions on the floor. Graham is the fifth known player to commit to Team USA for the AmeriCup qualifying tournament. Former Nets first-round pick Josh Boone committed Friday, which was also reported by HoopsHype. The duo joins former All-Stars Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas, and...
    A host of drivers’ market moves in 2020 saw Carlos Sainz make the switch to Scuderia Ferrari. At the time, speculation over the coveted seat was heating up among a few names. But, the Spaniard eventually won that race. He now arrives at Maranello, the team’s factory site, knowing full well there are expectations on his shoulders. The pressure that the tifosi adds certainly does not help matters at times. Nevertheless, Sainz is confident that he warrants nothing but commitment to the team and its fans. He believes he is also keen on seeing and helping Ferrari back to where it belongs. Share the ambition of seeing Ferrari ‘back where it belongs’, says Carlos Sainz Speaking to the team’s website, Sainz stated, “To all the tifosi out there, I can guarantee my absolute commitment to them and to the Scuderia. We share the same passion for this team and they...
    Watch Machine Gun Kelly Hilariously Troll John Krasinski in Saturday Night Live Teaser Morning Bell: Tesla Will Focus on Expanding Capacity Team USA receives commitment from former Net Josh Boone Former Nets first-round draft pick Josh Boone has committed to play for Team USA in the AmeriCup qualifying tournament Feb. 19-20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, agent Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports told HoopsHype. © Provided by HoopsHype Boone, 36, spent four seasons with the Nets before playing overseas in the CBA and Euroleague. Last season, Boone played alongside LaMelo Ball on the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL. Team USA has also received commitments from former NBA All-Stars Isaiah Thomas and Joe Johnson, and former 76ers two-way player Dakota Mathias. Thomas, who will be 32 Feb. 7th, last appeared in an NBA game for the Wizards in February of 2020. Johnson, 39, signed as a free agent with the...
    The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden wants schools to reopen and remain open, even as press secretary Jen Psaki downplayed a CDC study of relatively safe re-openings in Wisconsin by saying it might not apply elsewhere.  Biden wants to reopen a majority of K-8 schools during his first 100 days in office, and is pushing a $1.9 trillion relief bill that includes funds for testing, equipment and upgrades for schools.  The push comes amid a series of studies showing schools have not been spreading infections – providing ammunition for proponents of reopening, even as unions in Chicago and other public school systems balk at reopening decisions amid high infection rates.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pointed out limitations in a CDC study that found rural Wisconsin schools that reopened had less COVID-19 than in the county at large, saying 'for areas there they are more populated,...
    With the commitment of five-star quarterback Gunner Stockton, Georgia football is quickly becoming QBU. Death, taxes and Kirby Smart landing a five-star quarterback each year. Those seem to be life’s guarantees, with the Georgia Bulldogs landing yet another coveted signal-caller on Thursday. Indeed, 5-star quarterback Gunner Stockton just gave Georgia his verbal. A 2022 product, Stockton is ranked the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback for his class by 247Sports and the No. 27 player nationally. While Georgia is focused on next week’s Signing Day to put the finishing touches on the 2021 class, landing Stockton this early is a great get for the program. COMMITTED GO DAWGS????@KirbySmartUGA @Buster_Faulkner @CoachToddMonken @Mansell247 @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/x2gVPYcbmk — Gunner Stockton (@GunnerStockton) January 28, 2021 Georgia has landed several highly-ranked quarterbacks under SmartThroughout his recruitment, Stockton picked up 23 scholarships. He chose Georgia over additional offers from South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, LSU...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve pledged on Wednesday to keep its low interest rate policies in place even well after the economy has sustained a recovery from the viral pandemic. The Fed said in a statement after its latest policy meeting that the improvement in the economy and job market has slowed in recent months, particularly in industries affected by the raging pandemic. The officials kept their benchmark short-term rate pegged near zero and said they would keep buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to restrain longer-term borrowing rates and support the economy. The policymakers also warned that the virus poses risks to the economy and removed a phrase from their previous statement that had said the risks were “over the medium term.” The removal of this phrase suggested that Fed officials are unsure how long the uncertainty will last. For now, the job market, in particular, is faltering,...
    MARRIED at First Sight Australia will welcome TWO new couples tonight — which is a first so late in the Channel 4 experiment. And The Sun can exclusively reveal a first look at one of the handsome grooms who is seen getting a right grilling from his new father-in-law. 12A first look at tonight's Married At First Australia sees newcomer Billy, 28, being grilled by his father-in-law Married At First Sight fans will get to meet new pairing Susie and Billy and see their lavish wedding day unfold. They'll also find out Susie is a no-nonsense 25-year-old nurse, but her most important job is being a mother to her three-year-old daughter. Having struggled to find a partner who will accept her ‘young mum’ status, the experts pair her with Billy, an empathetic 28-year-old who was brought up by a single mother himself. And in a teaser clip from tonight's...
    The New York Times showered Dr. Anthony Fauci with praise for his apparent truthfulness after he admitted to lying to the public while serving the Trump administration.  Fauci, who was tapped by President Biden during the transition to become a White House adviser in the new administration, was the subject of a flattering piece published by the Times on Sunday about his tenure working for President Trump.  "For Dr. Fauci, 80, the past year has stood out like no other. As the coronavirus ravaged the country, Dr. Fauci’s calm counsel and commitment to hard facts endeared him to millions of Americans," the Times wrote.  FAUCI GUSHES OVER MADDOW DURING 1ST APPEARANCE ON HER MSNBC SHOW, HINTS TRUMP WH 'BLOCKED' HIM However, critics pointed to a Times report in December about how much herd immunity would be enough that suggests quite the opposite.  "In the pandemic’s early days, Dr. Fauci tended to cite...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — District Attorney Larry Krasner gave an update on Monday about gun crime in Philadelphia. He once again stated that his office is committed to prosecuting offenders. “To anyone who is thinking of picking up a gun, carrying a gun illegally, using that gun, my staff and I are not going to tolerate babies, young people, women and men in communities being victimized by your choice to pick up a gun and shoot it at someone,” he said. Krasner also asked victims who need additional support to reach out to the DA’s office for services and support. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM ‘Watched My Friend Take His Last Breath’: Shooting At Birthday Celebration In Burlington County Leaves Two Dead $1 Million Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Police: Ex-Husband Charged In Murder Of Gladys Coriano, Shot To Death While Sitting In Parked SUV Outside Fox Chase Home
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve this week will likely underscore its commitment to its low-interest rate policies, even as the economy recovers further from the devastation of the viral pandemic. Chair Jerome Powell is sure to strike a dovish tone at a news conference after the Fed’s latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. He may, in particular, aim to puncture any speculation that the Fed might soon curtail its aggressive efforts to support the economy, including its bond purchase program that aims to hold down long-term interest rates. The conditions the Fed has laid down before it would adopt any policy changes aren’t close to being met, so no new actions are expected this week. Still, analysts will scrutinize the Fed’s policy statement and Powell’s comments to reporters to gauge how Fed officials are reacting to recent economic developments. Since the Fed last met, in mid-December, there has...
    January 24, 2021 11:37 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, conveyed to his Israeli counterpart, Meir ben Shabbat, the “unwavering commitment” of the new President of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, to protect the Hebrew State. He also described as a “success” the agreements to normalize relations between Israel and several countries in the region facilitated through his predecessor, Donald Trump. In a telephone conversation between the two on Saturday, “Sullivan reaffirmed President Biden’s unwavering commitment to the security of Israel.” During the gathering, he expressed his appreciation for the Israeli adviser’s contributions “to bilateral security.” Both advisers also spoke about the partnership opportunities that will open up in the coming months. This is to “take advantage of even the success of Israel’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.” Finally, the American adviser...
    On January 31, the current extension of the ERTE. With the intention of extending these files, the Government and social agents are immersed in intense negotiations. In fact, negotiations to extend the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) at least until May 31 enter a key week. The Government wants to avoid that, as on other occasions, the agreement is produced ‘in extremis’ and has put on the table a new proposal with which it hopes to achieve a yes from the parties. After several meetings last week in which a final agreement was not reached but important progress was made, according to the sources consulted, the new government text aims to speed up the ERTE processing, but it does not imply substantial changes with respect to the current regulation, which expires on January 31. Pitfalls in negotiations The main obstacle to closing the agreement is the commitment to maintain the...
    China ramped up its antagonism of Taiwan Saturday by sending 13 warplanes into the island’s airspace, prompting Taiwan to launch missiles to monitor the flights in response. China sent eight nuclear-capable bombers, four fighter jets and an anti-submarine patrol aircraft into Taiwan’s southwestern air defense zone near the Pratas Islands, Reuters reported. While Beijing has been sending almost daily flights over the waters in the southern part of Taiwan and nearby islands, it’s usually just one or two reconnaissance aircraft. In response, Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft and deployed missiles to monitor them. There was no immediate comment from China. In the past China has said it has been carrying out exercises to defend the country’s sovereignty and security. The increased antagonism came just three days after President Biden was sworn in and may be an early test of the new president. Biden’s nominee...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) responded to a question on whether the Biden administration is lowering expectations and underpromising on coronavirus vaccine distribution by stating that if the Biden administration’s commitment “to truth and to science,” “means in part saying what you don’t know and then underpromising and overdelivering, I think that would be a refreshing change from what we all went through over the last four years.” Host Wolf Blitzer asked, “CNN has learned the Biden team says there’s really no substantive vaccine distribution plan to work off of from the Trump administration. But look at this, more than 17 million vaccinations have been completed. The Biden administration is trying to lower expectations. Is the Biden administration simply trying to lower expectations ahead of this difficult push? Because even Dr. Fauci just said at this briefing they are working off some elements of...
    The ECB reiterates its commitment to supporting the economy during the pandemic
    Geneva — In a dramatic turnaround, the Biden administration thanked the World Health Organization Thursday for leading the global pandemic response and vowed to remain a member state. "Under trying circumstances, this organization has rallied the scientific and research and development community to accelerate vaccines, therapies and diagnostics," Dr. Anhony Fauci, who's been named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, told a meeting of the WHO's executive board. The WHO, he said, had "relentlessly worked with nations in their fight against COVID-19." His comments marked a clear departure from the harsh criticism dealt to the WHO by former President Trump, who'd started withdrawing the U.S. from the organization. But on his first day in office Wednesday, Mr. Biden reversed that decision. In a letter sent to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Mr. Biden announced he was retracting Mr. Trump's July 6 notification that the United...
    TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS. The Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, congratulated via Twitter Joe biden after he was sworn in as the new president of the United States of America (USA). Read more